Category Archives: Sessions

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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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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Patrick Brennan: Game Snapshots –2019 (Part 20)

The H-index in academia is used to give an indication of the productivity and impact an author has had in their field. By way of example, if their 30 most cited papers have each been cited 30+ times say, their … Continue reading

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