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FINALISTS FOR THE 2016 INTERNATIONAL GAMERS AWARDS ANNOUNCED

The International Gamers Awards committee is extremely proud to announce the finalists for the 2016 IGA in the General Strategy category.  Games released from July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016 are eligible for consideration. This complete list of this … Continue reading

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Congratulations to Codenames for winning SdJ and Isle of Skye for winning Kennerspiel!

The prizes were announced this morning – The Spiel des Jahres was given to Codenames   The Kennerspiel was awarded to Isle of Skye   So – in our predictions, we’re one for two…  Luke, Joe H and Jonathan F … Continue reading

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The Opinionated Gamers take on the Spiel des Jahres and Kennerspiel des Jahres 2016

  The short lists have been out for a few weeks now, and the writers here at the Opinionated Gamers have had a chance to play the games and try to guess at what the real jury will select for … Continue reading

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Funkenschlag at Fifteen: The Story of Power Grid

Game History by Chris Wray   This year marks the fifteenth anniversary of Funkenschlag, the first forerunner of Power Grid.  In a hobby that is often defined by the “cult of the new,” Power Grid (which is still called Funkenschlag … Continue reading

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The Opinionated Gamers Prognosticate the Spiel des Jahres Lists

The Opinionated Gamers Prognosticate the Spiel des Jahres Lists Each year since 2011, the OG writers have tried to sit in the seats of the SdJ jury and choose which games we think that will be on the lists.  The … Continue reading

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Get Excited! SeaFall

If you don’t know by now, SeaFall is coming.  Plaid Hat has pre-orders available now and can be found here.  Now should you pre-order this game?  Is it going to be good?  What’s the hype all about?  I have read the … Continue reading

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The People You Play Games With – Eric Edens

  Board gaming is a social hobby.  Yes you can play some games solo but for the most part, the hobby requires personal interaction.  Like actually being around…people…yuck.  If I want to play an auction game, it pays (get it? … Continue reading

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Eric Edens: Star Wars games revisited…

[Editor’s note – the OG welcomes a new author to our group today in Eric Edens.  This is his first piece, and I think that you will find that he adds a very Opinionated voice to the blog!  Welcome, Eric!] … Continue reading

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Tichu Turns 25: A Retrospective on the Hobby’s Favorite Card Game

Game History by Chris Wray, Tichu Tips by Mary Prasad This year marks the 25th Anniversary of Tichu’s publication.  In a hobby that is often defined by the “cult of the new,” Tichu is still a perennial favorite among gamers, … Continue reading

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Congratulations to Pandemic Legacy, BGG’s new #1 game…

Pandemic Legacy just became the #1 game on BoardGameGeek.  Congratulations to designers Rob Daviau and Matt Leacock, as well as publisher Z-Man Games.   Pandemic Legacy was released on October 8, 2015, and since then it has earned rave reviews … Continue reading

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