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.

Dale Yu – Review of Kerala

  Kerala Designer: Kirsten Hiese Players: 2-5 Ages: 8+ Time: 30 minutes Times played: 4, with review copy provided by Thames&Kosmos Kerala is the name of one of the provinces of India which is well known for its elephant sanctuaries. … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Review of Word Slam

Word Slam Designers: Inka & Markus Brand Players: 4+ Ages: 12+ Time: 30-45 minutes Times played: 6, with preview copy provided by Thames&Kosmos Word Slam was a game that I had really not paid much attention to when I first … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: First Impressions of Hanzi

  Hanzi Designer: Chau-Hsin Chou Publisher: EmperorS4 Players: 2-5 Ages: 7+ Time: 15-20 minutes Times played: 3, with preview copy provided by EmperorS4 / Taiwan Boardgame Design EmperorS4 is one of my hidden publishing gems – while they have become … Continue reading

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Quick trip to Origins 2017

Well, normally I get one or two days each year at the Origins Game Fair, and this year, due to a number of reasons, it turned out to be about 60% of a day only…  Sad, but I tried to … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: First Impressions of Beasts of Balance

Beasts of Balance Publisher: Sensible Object Players: 1+ Ages: 6+ Times played:  well, I’ve spent 2.5 hours with it so far in 4 different sessions.   Beasts of Balance was offered to me in a recent press box.  I had … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Preview of Taiwan Monsters Brawl

  Taiwan Monsters Brawl Designer: Hung-Che Lin Publisher: Chiaos Creative Players: 2-4 Ages: 15+ Time: 30-60 minutes As I’ve been preaching about for the past two years or so, I feel like the new hotbed of undiscovered games might be … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Review of Okey Dokey

  Okey Dokey Designer: Hisashi Hayashi Publisher: Tasty Minstrel Games Players: 1-5 Ages: 14+ Time: 15-30 minutes (box says 16-32) Times played: 8, with review copy provided by TMG Okey Dokey is one of those quirky small Japanese games that … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Review of Mistkäfer

  Mistkäfer Designer: Klaus-Jürgen Wrede Publisher: Schmidt Players: 2-4 Ages: 8+ Time: 20 to 30 minutes Times played: 5, with review copy provided by Schmidt Mistkäfer is a new game from Schmidt Spiele in their small box format.  In this … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Review of Game of Trains

  Game of Trains Designer: Trehgrannik Publisher: Brain Games Players: 2-4 Ages: 8+ Time: 20-30 minutes Times played: 5, with review copy provided by Brain Games Game of Trains is a small format card game which has been described by … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Review of Orient Express

  Orient Express Designers: Carla and Jeff Horger Publisher: Rio Grande Games Players: 2-5 Ages: 14+ Time: 60-75 minutes Times played: 3, with review copy provided by Rio Grande Games Orient Express is a new 2017 release from Rio Grande … Continue reading

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