Author Archives: Dale Yu

About Dale Yu

Dale Yu is the Editor of the Opinionated Gamers. He can occasionally be found working as a volunteer administrator for BoardGameGeek, and he previously wrote for BoardGame News.

Patrick Brennan & Dale Yu: Review of Rush M.D.

Rush M.D. Designers: Anthony Howgego, Konstantinos Kokkinis, Dávid Turczi Publisher: Artipia Games Players: 1-4 Age: 14+ Time: 30-45 minutes Times played: 1 (Patrick), 3 (Dale, with review copy provided by Artipia) [Patrick] Rush M.D. is a real-time co-op with physical … Continue reading

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The Opinionated Gamers Re-review Hadara and talk about the new mini Expansions

Hadara Designer: Benjamin Schwer Publisher: Hans im Glück, Z-Man Games(Gen Con Release) Players: 2-5 Time: 45-60 We originally looked at this game back on July 22, 2019 – right before Gen Con 2019.  Since then, the game has been a … Continue reading

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Patrick Brennan: Game Snapshots – 2020 (Part 2)

When I re-discovered boardgaming in 1999, I immediately knew I wanted to play anything and everything, just to “know” – know what was out there, know what I liked, know how to play well, know enough to recommend good games … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Review of Fire in Adlerstein (spoiler free)

Fire in Adlerstein Designer: Alexander Krys Publisher: iDventure Players: 1-5 Age: 13+ Time: 2 hours Times played: 1, with review copy provided by iDventure (This review is meant to be spoiler free.  There are pictures of the game components in … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: First Impressions of Res Arcana: Lux et Tenebrae

Res Arcana: Lux et Tenebrae Designer: Tom Lehmann Publisher: Sand Castle Games Players: 2-5 Age: 12+ Time: 20-40 mins Times played: 5, with preview copy provided by Asmodee NA Res Arcana was, without a doubt, one of my favorite games … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: First Impression of Minecraft – Builders & Biomes

Minecraft – Builders and Biomes Designer: Ulrich Blum Publisher: Ravensburger Players: 2-4 Ages: 10+ Time: 30 minutes Played twice with review copy provided by Ravensburger USA So when I first read about Minecraft – Builders & Biomes (pre-Essen), I’ll admit … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: First Impressions of The Fox in the Forest: Duet

The Fox in the Forest: Duet Designer: Foxtrot Games Publisher: Renegade Games Players: 2 Time: 30 minutes Times played: 2 sessions, with preview copy provided by Renegade Games The Fox in the Forest was a very well received 2 player … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Review of 50 Clues – The Leopold Trilogy (spoiler free)

50 Clues – The Leopold Trilogy (The Pendulum of the Dead, White Sleep, The Fate of Leopold) Designer: Jeppe Norsker Publisher: Norsker Games Players: 1-4 Age: 14+ Time: we took about 4 hours total to play all 3 games Times … Continue reading

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Happy 2020! The Opinonated Gamers Final Quick Looks at SPIEL 2019 games

So last year, we did a fun thing where we asked our writers to give short comments on games as they play them, and many of our readers felt this was a great way to read about the games.  These … Continue reading

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Crystal Palace – Review by Alan How

Crystal Palace Designer: Carsten Lauber Publisher: Feuerland Spiele Players: 2-5 Age: 14+ Time: 90-150min on box The Crystal Palace exhibition of 1851 attracted the great and the good to display their culture, inventions and industry. It was the first of … Continue reading

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