Category Archives: Essen 2019

The Opinionated Gamers Re-review Hadara and talk about the new mini Expansions

Hadara Designer: Benjamin Schwer Publisher: Hans im Glück, Z-Man Games(Gen Con Release) Players: 2-5 Time: 45-60 We originally looked at this game back on July 22, 2019 – right before Gen Con 2019.  Since then, the game has been a … Continue reading

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Cine Write and Trade (Preview)

Designer: Nomas Kurnia, Arif PrimaArtist: Nomas KurniaPublisher: Tematis Co.Players: 2-4Ages: 13+Times Played: 2 on my demo copy This will be a different sort of post, as this game isn’t available…yet.  Along with two other games I’ll tell you about once … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Review of Fire in Adlerstein (spoiler free)

Fire in Adlerstein Designer: Alexander Krys Publisher: iDventure Players: 1-5 Age: 13+ Time: 2 hours Times played: 1, with review copy provided by iDventure (This review is meant to be spoiler free.  There are pictures of the game components in … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: First Impression of Minecraft – Builders & Biomes

Minecraft – Builders and Biomes Designer: Ulrich Blum Publisher: Ravensburger Players: 2-4 Ages: 10+ Time: 30 minutes Played twice with review copy provided by Ravensburger USA So when I first read about Minecraft – Builders & Biomes (pre-Essen), I’ll admit … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Review of 50 Clues – The Leopold Trilogy (spoiler free)

50 Clues – The Leopold Trilogy (The Pendulum of the Dead, White Sleep, The Fate of Leopold) Designer: Jeppe Norsker Publisher: Norsker Games Players: 1-4 Age: 14+ Time: we took about 4 hours total to play all 3 games Times … Continue reading

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Happy 2020! The Opinonated Gamers Final Quick Looks at SPIEL 2019 games

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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Crystal Palace – Review by Alan How

Crystal Palace Designer: Carsten Lauber Publisher: Feuerland Spiele Players: 2-5 Age: 14+ Time: 90-150min on box The Crystal Palace exhibition of 1851 attracted the great and the good to display their culture, inventions and industry. It was the first of … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Review of Garum

Garum Designer: Ricardo Jorge Gomes Publisher: Pythagoras Players: 2-4 Age: 8+ Time: 30 minutes Played with review copy provided by Pythagoras Each year while preparing for SPIEL, I try to seek out two or three games from companies /designers /countries … Continue reading

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Die Crew: Reist gemeinsam zum 9. Planeten – Review by Eric Edens

Die Crew: Reist gemeinsam zum 9. Planeten Review by Eric Edens Die Crew Designer: Thomas Sing Publisher: KOSMOS Players: 2-5 Age: 10+ Time: 5-20 min per mission As I write this I am still seeing the cards in my head … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Review of Bruxelles 1897

Bruxelles 1897 Designer: Etienne Espreman Publisher: Geek Attitude Games Players: 2-4 Age: 10+ Time: 45-60 min Played with review copy provided by Geek Attitude Games Bruxelles 1897 is a new card game which is meant to be a followup to … Continue reading

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