Author Archives: Joe Huber

Book Review – Fascination: The Lifetime Boardwalk Adventure

Fascination: The Lifetime Boardwalk Adventure Written by Randy Senna and self-published —– Fascination was once a staple of American amusement parks, as ubiquitous as Skee-Ball.  Often referred to as “Bingo with balls”, a Fascination table is a long, inclined table, … Continue reading

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My top 189 games of all time

For more than a decade now, I’ve made a tradition of ordering my favorite games – all games I rate an 8 or higher.  In spite of playing an ever increasing number of games – as I write this, I’ve … Continue reading

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Book Review – The Civilized Guide to Tabletop Gaming

The Civilized Guide to Tabletop Gaming: Rules Every Gamer Must Live By Written by Teri Litorco and published by Adams Media, 2016 —– Does the gaming community need its own Miss Manners?  While I’m not sure – I think there’s … Continue reading

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2015 Year In Review

With 2015 now over, your intrepid Opinionated Gamers are taking a look back to answer the question on everyone’s mind about this time of year – what was the best game of 2015?  Of course, all being opinionated, we can’t … Continue reading

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Tokyo Game Market – First Impressions

While gamers have been paying close attention to Spiel in Essen every Fall for many years, it’s only more recently they’ve started paying attention to the Tokyo Game Market (TGM), a biannual event featuring Japanese design work.  It’s still very … Continue reading

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Book Review – The Monopolists: Obsession, Fury, and the Scandal Behind the World’s Favorite Board Game

The Monopolists: Obsession, Fury, and the Scandal Behind the World’s Favorite Board Game Written by Mary Pilon and published by Bloomsbury, 2015 —– I was thinking about it recently, and realized that the game I own the most books about, … Continue reading

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The Half Dozen (or is it more?) Decent Essen Games

Nearly twenty years ago now, Mike Siggins wrote in one of his excellent Essen wrap-ups in Sumo: “What is certain is that on the evidence of Essen, the German hobby is still a hundred times more active than our own, … Continue reading

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Essen Preview: Fresh Fish

Fresh Fish Designed by Friedemann Friese; new edition to be published by 2F Spiele Once upon a time, the biggest source for German games in the United States was Adam Spielt, a German online store that was happy to ship … Continue reading

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How Acquire Became Acquire

(The following article is based upon research I recently had the opportunity to complete at the Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, NY.  I am indebted to Julia Rossi and Nicolas Ricketts at the museum for their tremendous help, … Continue reading

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SdJ and KedJ 2014 – A completely different set of predictions. Mostly.

It’s nearly time for the Spiel des Jahres and Kennerspiel des Jahres nominations, so it’s time for me to take a guess at what’s going to happen.  Fortunately, I realized some time back what two (of the total of six … Continue reading

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