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 SPIEL 2019

Well, normally I try to write something up each day while at Essen, but for a number of reasons, this just didn’t happen. Old age – I tell you what, this year, I was just bushed every night when coming … Continue reading

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The Opinionated Gamers give quick takes on SPIEL 2019 games – part 2 of ??? – updated as of November 11

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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The Opinionated Gamers give quick takes on SPIEL 2019 Games – Part 1 of ???

Intro: 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.  … Continue reading

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Six Essen 2019 Quick Recaps – Simon Weinberg

Editors Note: I was supposed to post this on the Saturday of the fair, but due to some “technical issues” (i.e. I completely forgot), I didn’t get this uploaded until I got back home when the technical issues were resolved … Continue reading

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Tuesday night – first look at Last Bastion

In what is becoming a nice opening tradition, we have a fantastic homemade dinner and a chance to play a new game with an old friend Frank Schulte-Kulkmann. Two years in a row now, we have gotten an early copy … Continue reading

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Monday setup in Essen

So I arrived in Essen this morning, and as I could not get into my hotel room until 3pm, I walked around. Saw the city. Got a new German SIM card so I can post this piece, ate something duck … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Review of Cat Sudoku

Cat Sudoku Author: Ta-Te Wu Publisher: Sunrise Tornado Game Studio Players: 1-6 Age: 10+ Time: 20 minutes Times played: 5, with review copy provided by Taiwan Boardgame Design (TBD) Cat Sudoku is a game that I hadn’t initially paid attention … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: First Impressions of Shadow Rivals

Shadow Rivals Designer: Halifa Publisher: Moaideas Game Design Players: 2-5 Ages: 12+ Time: 30 minutes Times played, 2 with review copy provided by Moaideas Game Design In Shadow Rivals, you will be leading a team of 8 skillful bandits each with … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Essen Preview of Clip Cut Parks

Clip Cut Parks Designers: Shaun Graham and Scott Huntington Publisher: Renegade Game Studios Players: 1-4 Ages: 8+ Time: 20-30 minutes Review copy provided by Renegade Game Studios As many of you likely know (if you read this blog regularly), I … Continue reading

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Patrick Brennan: Game Snapshots –2019 (Part 22)

It’s mostly disappointment city in this collection of new stuff, but that’s ok, the fun is in the exploring. One player’s trash is another’s treasure after all. In non-new gaming we’ve been on a Terraforming Mars kick the last few … Continue reading

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