Author Archives: Joe Huber

Essen for Agoraphobes

Before I get to my main topic, I thought it worth mentioning just how it was that – five years after stating that I did not expect to return to Spiel – I did return.  In the end, it all comes down … Continue reading

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Early Thoughts on Spiel’18 Games

For the second time in my life I attended the Internationale Spieltage in Essen this year.  But, having learned from my previous experience the first time – I headed back home early, and just spent the day playing a bunch … Continue reading

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Making of Lone Sevens

You can thank – or blame, take your pick – Dale for this article; he suggested that I write it up. Lone Sevens is a solitaire game I designed recently.  Ever since Rattlebones was released, I’ve thought that there were … Continue reading

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Review of Q.E.

Designed by Gavin Birnbaum and published by Cubiko Games One of the central aspects of auction games is the limits on capital.  Which has many advantages, in terms of game play – but this also introduces a artificial limitation into … Continue reading

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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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