Category Archives: Commentary

Patrick Brennan: Game Snapshots – Jan 2018

Patrick Brennan: Game Snapshots – Jan 2018 After working with the Electoral Commission on three different elections over the last 6 months, where time was not my own, gaming time is gradually returning to normal. When last we met, my … Continue reading

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Reflections on Playing 1,000 Games (And My Personal Top 50)

Reflections on Playing 1,000 Games (And My Personal Top 50) Article by Chris Wray I recently added it up, and I realized that I’ve played a thousand different games.  To many of my fellow Opinionated Gamers, that is a milestone … Continue reading

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The Opinionated Gamers “Best Of” 2017

    Well, another year has passed, and there is much to be thankful for.  The writers here on the blog have taken some time to write about their favorites for the year.    It’s been a busy year for … Continue reading

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Congratulations to the 2017 IGA Nominees!

The nominations for the 2017 International Gamers Awards were recently announced.  Congratulations to these games, designers, and publishers!   The IGA is awarded annually by a jury of prominent gamers from around the world, with a stated goal “to recognize … Continue reading

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The Opinionated Gamers (Try To) Predict the Spiel Des Jahres and Kennerspiel Des Jahres

The Opinionated Gamers (Try To) Predict the Spiel Des Jahres and Kennerspiel Des Jahres For the past few years, our group of gamers has taken their best guess at trying to read the minds of the Spiel des Jahres jury … Continue reading

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Kickstarter Skepticism: Why we’re not eager to play that game you backed…

By: Chris Wray and Jeff Lingwall Game night begins, and everybody stands around waiting for somebody to nominate a game.  These days, most large groups have at least one Kickstarter enthusiast, and he or she always seems to speak first. … Continue reading

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The Opinionated Gamers discuss the Spiel des Jahres award nominees / recommendations

OK – so each year, we predict the award nominees, and some years we look pretty good… and some years (like this one), we look like a bunch of hacks.  The reason?  Well, none can really be given other than … Continue reading

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The Opinionated Gamers Take Their Best Guess at the 2017 Spiel des Jahres lists

  It’s that time of year again… on Monday, the jury will release the nominated (and recommended) lists for the Spiel des Jahres, the game of the year award.  There is a pretty complicated process through which the jury members … Continue reading

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Play These Games First: Other Recommendations

What games would we recommend that aspiring (but wholly inexperienced) gamers play first?  This is the final article in a three part series, and today we discuss our other recommendations that didn’t make the top 10. We ran through details … Continue reading

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Play These Games First: An Introduction to Gaming (Games #5 – #1)

What games would we recommend that aspiring (but wholly inexperienced) gamers play first?  This is the second article in a three part series, and today we discuss the top five most recommended games. We ran through details of the project … Continue reading

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