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: First Impressions of Valparaiso

Valparaiso Designer:  Stefan Malz, Louis Malz Publisher: dlp games Players: 2-5 Time: 45-90 min Ages: 12+ Times played: 2, with review copy provided by dlp games I started reading about the Essen 2018 games back in August, and Valparaiso was … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Review of Ton Ton

Ton Ton Designer: Tori Hasegawa Publisher: Happy Baobab Players: 3-5 Ages: 8+ Time: 20 minutes Times played: 4, with review copy provided by Happy Baobab Ton Ton is an interesting trick taking game from the Korean company Happy Baobab that … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Review of Planet

Planet Designer: Urtis Sulinskas Publisher: Blue Orange (EU) Players: 2-4 Ages: 8+ Time: 30 minutes Times played: 6, with review copy provided by Blue Orange (EU) Planet is one of those games that is so eye-catching that it forced me … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: First Impression of Scientia

Scientia Designer: Evan Song Publisher: BoardM Players: 2-4 Ages: 13+ Time: 30-45 minutes Times played: 2 with review copy provided by BoardM Scientia was one of the games that we got a short teaser from W. Eric Martin on BGG, … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Review of Cool Runnings

Cool Runnings Designer: Olivier Mahy Publisher: Ravensburger Players: 2-4 Age: 8+ Times: 30 mins Times played, 4 with review copy provided by Ravensburger DE Cool Runnings was one of my more anticipated games from SPIEL 2018.  I was honestly not … Continue reading

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Opinionated Gamers – Quick Takes, Part Deux…

Well, we’re back for round 2.  A lot of the Opinionated Gamers have had a chance to play more games, especially those who had a chance to go to BGG.con.  This is our second round of quick comments on the … Continue reading

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Patrick Brennan: Game Snapshots –2018 (Part 18)

Patrick Brennan: Game Snapshots –2018 (Part 18) Have I mentioned recently how much love Gloomhaven generates around here. It’s still going strong. Replay on Pulsar 2849 has confirmed my liking, and my Thursday night crew have declared it the best … Continue reading

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175 Snap Thoughts on games from SPIEL 2018

  So – lots of gaming done by the Opinionated Gamers this weekend – and though it’s always tough to judge a game by your first play, plenty of opinions to be had.  Sure, it’s not completely fair to a … Continue reading

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Warning – under construction for a few weeks… Sorry for all the ads. Should be better now.

OK, as many of you have noticed, and some of you have complained to me – whether in person or email – the WordPress ads have become increasingly intrusive… Much more so in the past 60 days or so. The … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Saturday news

Spent my setup hour on my final day here walking around the fair in picking up the last little things that I think might fit in my luggage. I did a fairly decent job of packing last night, and I … Continue reading

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