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.

Patrick Brennan: Game Snapshots – Mar 2018 (Part 1)

  Today we delve into first impressions on the two big legacy games in our current world. You’ve got to love and admire the inspirational drive that goes into the making of these, where it’s not enough to just provide … Continue reading

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Luke’s Birthday weekend – Travel/Game/Food blog – Part 3 of 3: Saturday/Sunday

Saturday morning starts out with a fresh pot of coffee, and a bit of Internet searching to see if Hartford will be able to accept planes tomorrow due to the bomb cyclone over the Northeast. It’s nice and sunny here … Continue reading

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Luke’s Birthday weekend – Travel/Game/Food blog – Part 2 of 3: Friday

Luke’s Birthday weekend – Travel/Game/Food blog – Part 2 of 3: Friday Then, time for bed for a few hours. Only to be awoken by the glorious smell of fresh coffee. Matthew has a favorite coffee roaster from back home, … Continue reading

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Luke’s Birthday weekend – Travel/Game/Food blog – Part 1 of 3: Weds/Thurs

A fun tradition that has developed over the past few years is getting together in the winter to celebrate birthdays with a group of gaming friends. It all started with a wild idea for a 40th birthday party, and it … Continue reading

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Alan How: Review of Sidereal Confluence: Trading and Negotiation in the Elysian Quadrant

Sidereal Confluence: Trading and Negotiation in the Elysian Quadrant  Designer: TauCeti Deichmann Publisher: WizKids Players: 3-9 Time:  90-120 Minutes Times played: 2 times with a review copy Sidereal Confluence is a trading game in a space setting that takes place over … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Review of Doodle Rush

Doodle Rush Designer: Adam Porter Publisher: Brain Games Players: 3-6 Ages: 8+ Time: 6-7 minutes Times played: 8, with review copy provided by Brain Games Brain Games was unknown to me until about two years ago – they are a … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Review of Dragon Castle

Dragon Castle Designers: Lorenzo Silva, Hjalmar Hach, Luca Ricci Publisher: Horrible Games Players:2-4 Ages: 8+ Time: 40-60 minutes Times played: 6, with review copy provided by Horrible Games Prior to SPIEL 2017, Dragon Castle was high on my list of … Continue reading

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Patrick Brennan: Game Snapshots – Feb 2018

Patrick Brennan: Game Snapshots – Feb 2018 The downside of having kids of driving age is that every other week there seems to be a new unexplained (or “it wasn’t my fault”) minor dingle on the car somewhere. The upside … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Preview of Kami-Sama

  Kami-Sama Designer:  AJ Lambeth Publisher: Kolossal Games Players: 2-4 Ages: (not listed on my documentation) Time: documentation says 45-60 minutes, real life says 90ish minutes Times played: 4, with prototype preview copy provided by publisher (Note that the above … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Review of Calimala

  Calimala Designer: Fabio Lopiano Publisher: ADC Blackfire Players: 3-5 Ages: 10+ Time: 75-90 minutes Times played: 3, with review copy provided by ADC Blackfire Blackfire has been one of those companies that has been on the periphery of my … Continue reading

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