Author Archives: Ted Alspach

Werewords and Oink

Recently, there’s been a bit of hubbub about a few Tweets from Oink games, claiming that I copied Insider with Werewords after they supposedly turned down a request to license the game from them: This article is to clarify what … Continue reading

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Bagging Monthly #3: Bagging on the Road

When I go to gaming get togethers, the one question I’m consistently asked tends to be “How tall are you?” to which I say something particularly clever, and then change the subject to boardgame bagging. After all, spreading the love … Continue reading

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Bagging Monthly #2: Bag Size Consistency

Welcome back to the only regular Opinionated Gamer column that provides an in-depth look at boardgame storage practices, techniques and guidelines. I know, I know, it’s hard to believe the other OG columnists didn’t all clamor to write this first, … Continue reading

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Bagging Monthly #1: Bag Quality

Years ago, our game group (the infamous California FNVP’s) used to joke a lot about proper bagging of games, from bag quality to how to properly organize game bits within games. Someone (might have been me, not sure anymore) mentioned … Continue reading

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Professional-looking Prototype Creation

By Ted Alspach Since I’ve been working on Suburbia for a few years, I’ve made several prototypes. In fact, even though I haven’t been keeping count, I believe I’ve made more than a dozen of them, from the original square … Continue reading

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Purchasing Games at Essen: A Statistical Analysis

I’ve been working on a “Publisher Diary” for BGG for a while, which details how Bezier Games has grown with a focus on Essen Spiel for the past six years. As I was doing that, I noted the games that … Continue reading

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