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 Miyabi

Miyabi Designer: Michael Kiesling Publisher: HABA Players: 2-4 Age: 8+ Time: 40 minutes Times played: 5, with review copy provided by HABA USA In Miyabi, players vie to make the most elegant Japanese garden.  Each player starts with an empty … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: First Impressions of Contact

Contact Designer: Steffen Benndorf Publisher: NSV Players: 2-5 Age: 8+ Time: 20 mins Played with review copy provided by NSV Contact is a game that is not necessarily in my comfort zone.  I’m always skeptical of games with “limited communication” … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Review of The Longing (PC Game on Steam)

The Longing Developer: Studio Seufz Publisher: Application Systems Heidelberg Time played: about 11 days in real time (about 32 games in game time). Weblink – https://store.steampowered.com/app/893850/THE_LONGING/ So, I haven’t played many computer games since college (you know, back when I … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Review of Stellar

Stellar Designers: Matt Riddle and Ben Pinchback Publisher: Renegade Game Studios Players: 2 Age: 8+ Time: ~30 minutes In Stellar, the two players are astronomers who are competing the see the most beautiful display of celestial objects in the night … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Preview of Trekking the World

Trekking the World Designer: Charlie Bink Publisher: Underdog Games Players: 2-5 Age: 10+ Time: 45-60 minutes Times played: 3, with review copy provided by Underdog Games Disclaimer – while I received a free prototype copy of the game to play … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Review of Axio Rota

Axio Rota Designer: Renier Knizia Publisher: Pegasus Spiele Players: 1-4 Age: 8+ Time: 15-30 minutes on the box, 10-15 minutes in reality Times played: 5, with review copy provided by Pegasus Spiele The tagline in the rules says this is … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Review of Tournament at Avalon

Tournament at Avalon Designers: Karen Boginski, Jody Boginski-Barbessi, Kenneth C. Shannon, III Publisher: Wizkids Players: 3-6 (though up to 8 when combined with Tournament at Camelot) Ages: 14+         Time: 20-30 minutes Times played: 3, with review … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Review of Catacombs Cubes

Catacombs Cubes (Catacombes Cubes) Designer: Ken Valles Publisher: Elzra Players: 1-4 Age: 14+ Time: 30-60 minutes Played with review copy provided by Elzra Catacombs Cubes is a new game which is set in the universe of Cimathue (from Catacombs).  In … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Review of La Viña

La Viña Designer: Jose Ramon Palacios Publisher: Devir Players: 2-5 Age: 8+ Time: 45-60 minutes Played with review copy provided by DEVIR The story in the rulebook for La Viña is that the previous owner of the vineyard has gone … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: First Impressions of Monster Baby Rescue!

Monster Baby Rescue Designer: Vladimir Suchy Publisher: Rio Grande Games / Delicious Games Players: 2-5 Age: 9+ Time: 20-40 minutes Times played: 2, with review copy provided by Rio Grande I’ll be honest with you, when I first heard about … Continue reading

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