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The Opinionated Gamers give quick takes on SPIEL 2019 Games – Part 1 of ???

Intro: 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.  … Continue reading

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Matt Carlson: Review of Welcome To…

Fill in your suburb wisely (in numerical order) to score points in this (sort of) Roll and Write style game of designing neighborhoods. Cards are flipped up from a deck and players must choose which cards to use and for … Continue reading

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HOMESTEADERS – 10TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION AND NEW BEGINNINGS EXPANSION

DESIGNER: Alex Rockwell (base game) and Sean McCarthy (expansion) PUBLISHER: Tasty Minstrel Games PLAYERS: 2 -5 AGES: 14 and up TIME: 60 to 90 minutes TIMES PLAYED: Many, many playings of the original, 3 of the expansion, 2 with the … Continue reading

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Welcome to the Clank!-iverse…

When we originally reviewed Clank! here on the Opinionated Gamers website, I commented that the game “could well be the love child of Dungeonquest & Ascension.” Since I’m a long-time fan of Dungeonquest, that’s not a bad thing. (Side note: … Continue reading

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Chris Wray: Quick Thoughts on 5 Essen 2019 Games

We’re a little over a week past Spiel ’19, and I’ve played 25-30 new titles that were on the Spiel preview list. Like I’ve done in past years, I wanted to post quick thoughts on a few games I’ve played. … Continue reading

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Slide Quest

Review of Slide Quest Designed by Nicolas Bourgoin and Jean-François Rochas Published by Blue Orange Games Players: 1-4 Playing time:  15-45 minutes While crowds at Essen might convey a different impression, boardgaming remains a niche hobby compared to watching football, … Continue reading

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Halloween Tricks

Designer: 常時次人 (Muneyuki Yokouchi)Publisher: [none](EN Rules, JP Rules)Players: 3-4Ages: 13+Playing Time: 30-45 minutes Halloween is not my jam. This polaroid is the only picture I could find of me in any sort of costume as an adult, and it’s just … Continue reading

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Father in the Messe 2019 – Day4 – back home

Sunday morning, rain is falling Steal some covers, share some skin Clouds are shrouding us in moments unforgettable You twist to fit the mold that I am in It’s raining and we are on our way back home. A Starbucks … Continue reading

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Essen 2019, Day 3: What’s Hot, and What I Played (Chris Wray)

I wasn’t especially productive today, instead spending considerable time wandering around the used game stands. So today’s post just has quick coverage of the Geekbuzz and Fairplay lists, then some thoughts on Die Crew, which we did get some plays … Continue reading

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Father in the Messe 2019 – Day 3

Listen to the ground There is movement all around There is something goin’ down And I can feel it Yes, there is a lot of movement in the halls today: it’s Saturday. We start getting tired: on Thursday the kids … Continue reading

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