Category Archives: Commentary

Alexa: Launch Ticket to Ride

I can now finally tell you about one of the more exciting meetings that I had while in Essen this year – a joint presentation between Amazon and Days of Wonder. After a lengthy period of development, there is now … 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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Anatomy of a Gaming Experience: Glen More II (Article by Chris Wray)

Author’s Note: This isn’t really a game review. It is more of an ode to game, and in particular, an ode to a particular gaming experience. There’ll be humor. At times I’ll veer into being a fanboy. And at times … Continue reading

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Essen 2019, Day 4: Quick Wrap Up (Chris Wray)

I’ll have mini-reviews of lots of games in the coming days, but this is a sort of wrap up post, just quick thoughts on the Geekbuzz and Fairplay lists. The big news on the last day is that attendance topped … Continue reading

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Essen 2019, Day 0: Initial Thoughts, and What I Played (Article by Chris Wray)

Essen 2019 will officially start tomorrow, but Day Zero (or “setup day”) was today. Today starts my daily coverage of the fair, including mini-reviews of what I played.

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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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The Opinionated Gamers list the games they “must have” from SPIEL 2019

This is the first of a number of previews/reports from SPIEL 2019 about the games that we are looking at. As the fair hasn’t started, this is still all speculation, but here are the lists of games that some of … Continue reading

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Congratulations to the 2019 IGA Nominees!

The nominations for the 2019 International Gamers Awards were just 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 outstanding games and … Continue reading

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Matt Carlson: Gencon 2019 (The Bizarre of the Bazaar)

If all my writing has you tired out, here’s a nearly all pictorial view of the oddball (to me) underpinnings of the show. Read on to see the overconfidence of a man in a purple jersey, class it up with … Continue reading

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Patrick Brennan: Game Snapshots –2019 (Part 15)

We recently conducted our Sydney-wide no-shipping mass auction, resulting in lots of new games falling into local gamers’ hands and a wealth of new games to be played. Over a 1000 games were simultaneously auctioned off or traded away (we … Continue reading

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