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.

The Opinionated Gamers list the games they “must have” from SPIEL 2019

This is the first of a number of previews/reports from SPIEL 2019 about the games that we are looking at. As the fair hasn’t started, this is still all speculation, but here are the lists of games that some of … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: First Impressions of Little Town

Little Town Designers: Shun Taguchi, Aya Taguchi Publisher: IELLO Players: 2-4 Age: 10+ Time: 30-40 minutes Times played: 7+ overall, 2 with review copy of new edition provided by IELLO We have reviewed it before – https://opinionatedgamers.com/2018/01/20/tokyo-game-market-part-2/ –  it was … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Review of Las Vegas Royale

Las Vegas Royale Designer: Rudiger Dorn Publisher: alea (Ravensburger) Players: 2-5 Ages: 8+ Time: 40-60 min Times played: 3 with review copy provided by Ravensburger USA Las Vegas (the original) is one of my favorite games of all time.  It … Continue reading

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Dale Yu – Essen Preview of Kung Fu

Kung Fu Designer: Zong-Hua Yang (Bob) Publisher: Good Game Studio Players: 2-5 Age: 8+ Time: 15-20 minutes Review copy provided by Good Game / Taiwan Boardgame Design Kung Fu is a super colorful game which arises out of a mostly … Continue reading

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Dale Yu – Essen Preview of Carnival of Monsters

Carnival of Monsters Designer: Richard Garfield Publisher: AMIGO Players: 3-5 Ages: 12+ Time: about 60 mins/game thus far Times played: 4, with early prototype copy (2017) provided by publisher; 1 with new edition provided by Amigo (2019) In this newly … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Review – Bermuda Pirates (and a small Essen Preview of 50 Clues)

Bermuda Pirates Designer: Jeppe Norsker Publisher: FoxMind Players: 2-4 Ages: 7+ Time: 20-30 minutes Played with review copy provided by FoxMind Bermuda Pirates was a game I had heard nothing about prior to seeing it on the FoxMind stand in … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: A Second Look at Tanto Cuore

Tanto Cuore Designer: Masayuki Kudou Publisher: Japanime Games / Arclight Players: 2-4 Ages: 13+ Time: 45 minutes Times played: probably at least 40, but 3 in past month with new review copy provided by Japanime Games Tanto Cuore is a … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Essen Preview of Trial of the Temples

Trial of the Temples Designers: Michael Mihealsick and Wei-Min Ling Publisher: EmperorS4 Players: 2-4 Ages: 14+ Time: 30-45 minutes Times played: 2, with preview copy sent by EmperorS4 EmperorS4 has been one of the most consistent (IMHO) Taiwanese publishers since … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: First Impressions of Kibble Scuffle

Kibble Scuffle Designers: Keegan Acquaotta, Scott Gratien, Jennifer Graham-Macht, Jesse Haedrich Publisher: Wizkids Players: 2-4 Ages: 14+ Time: 30 minutes In Kibble Scuffle, players try to get their cats to eat the best (most valuable) food out of the three … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Essen Preview of 3 small games – Flipover Frog, Decrypto: Laser Drive, Doctor! Doctor!

One of the general trends that I’ve noticed in the past few years is that the release calendar is slowly but surely trending backwards. When I first started seriously playing games, it felt like most of the new releases were … Continue reading

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