Category Archives: Sessions

Patrick Brennan: Game Snapshots – 2020 (Part 6)

So, here we are in uncertain times. Gatherings (outside immediate family) in my part of the world have been limited to yourself and one other person for the foreseeable future. All face-to-face gaming has come to a crushing halt; as … Continue reading

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Patrick Brennan: Game Snapshots – 2020 (Part 5)

My hits of Essen (Die Crew, Maracaibo, and Expedition to Newdale) have all seen significant play over the last two months, and I’m still very happy with them. They’ve been reducing the number of new games played though compared to … Continue reading

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Patrick Brennan: Game Snapshots –2020 (Part 1)

As a new year commences, perhaps it’s timely to ruminate on the journey that junkie gamers take. In your introduction to the hobby, every game is amazing, your eyes are opening up to a world of endless possibilities, every game … 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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Patrick Brennan: Game Snapshots –2019 (Part 28)

Playing games at an Essen weekend is like Gump’s box of chocolates. It’s easy to get roped into games that other people are interested in, bypassing all your usual self-selective-bias security alerts, often with alarming results.

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Patrick Brennan: Game Snapshots –2019 (Part 27)

At time of writing, I’ve just finished our Essen weekend here in Sydney with 100 of my closest gaming friends (here’s a shoutout to the glorious Advent Games for organising and hosting), which means I have a bank of snapshots … Continue reading

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Patrick Brennan: Game Snapshots –2019 (Part 26)

The more I write in this prelude, the less time there is to play games. Let’s go!

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Patrick Brennan: Game Snapshots –2019 (Part 25)

… and this episode ticks us over to 200 new games for the year! With that groundwork laid, an observation on the latest design trend if I may: you know, I’ve never met a roll-and-write, or flip-and-write, or whatever incarnation … Continue reading

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Patrick Brennan: Game Snapshots –2019 (Part 24)

My Essen theory is, if you have a great game, you want to release it at any time other than Essen so as to give it clear air and allow us to hear the bagpipes swell. If you have an … Continue reading

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Patrick Brennan: Game Snapshots –2019 (Part 23)

We’re still in the middle of an unrelenting desire to explore Terraforming Mars which has seen it hit the table twice a week over the last month. Meanwhile a second Gloomhaven campaign has started, with different characters, to keep the … Continue reading

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