Unheralded Games of the Past Decade: 2016 & 2017

It’s that time of year again, when we take a look back and do lots of Top game lists, but this year’s end is a bit special, it’s the end of a decade. A decade that started with 7 Wonders, Hanabi & Forbidden Island, and is ending with the likes of Die Crew, Wingspan & Res Arcana. There were lots of hits, even more misses and a lot of games over the decade that got lost in the continuous shuffle. So while a lot of outlets are going to give you their favorites of each year of the decade, we thought it may be a fun idea/experiment to take a look at some titles that have held the interest of folks here in The Opinionated Gamers. So for the next few weeks we’re going to take a look at these games and share our love of some of these off the radar titles. Feel free to participate in the comments and share your thoughts on games that we’ve overlooked.

2010 & 2011

2012 & 2013

2014 & 2015

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Unheralded Games of the Past Decade: 2014 & 2015

It’s that time of year again, when we take a look back and do lots of Top game lists, but this year’s end is a bit special, it’s the end of a decade. A decade that started with 7 Wonders, Hanabi & Forbidden Island, and is ending with the likes of Die Crew, Wingspan & Res Arcana. There were lots of hits, even more misses and a lot of games over the decade that got lost in the continuous shuffle. So while a lot of outlets are going to give you their favorites of each year of the decade, we thought it may be a fun idea/experiment to take a look at some titles that have held the interest of folks here in The Opinionated Gamers. So for the next few weeks we’re going to take a look at these games and share our love of some of these off the radar titles. Feel free to participate in the comments and share your thoughts on games that we’ve overlooked.

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2010 & 2011

2012 & 2013

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Patrick Brennan & Dale Yu: Review of Rush M.D.

Rush M.D.

[Patrick]

Rush M.D. is a real-time co-op with physical dexterity elements that simulates rush hour in a hospital emergency ward. If the thought of playing something in this genre fills you with hate and despair, don’t bother reading further; you can safely move on and thank me for allowing you to get through your feed faster. It’s also a one-ping-only (please Vasili) review, so take it for what it’s worth.

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10 Great Worker Placement Games (Article by Chris Wray)

Worker placement games have a prominent place in the gaming hobby, but the mechanic is only about 15 years old.  Caylus, designed by William Attia of France and released at Spiel 2005, is commonly referred to as the first “worker placement” game.  That point is debatable, as a few games before Caylus used the mechanism. But Caylus is undoubtedly the game that popularized the worker placement genre, and it quite possibly is the reason the phrase “work placement” was coined.  Since then, there have been hundreds of new worker placement games.

Today’s article is part of our “10 Great” series that features 10 great games in a given subcategory.  I pick a mechanic, theme, publisher, etc. In this case, I picked a mechanic.  We here at the Opinionated Gamers then all vote behind the scenes to create a list of 10 great games that meet the criteria.  We’re aiming for an article a month, and I’d love your suggestions about future lists.

As a heads up, today’s list might as well be called “The Opinionated Gamers Absolutely Love Uwe Rosenberg,” since 5 of the top 10 games are his design.  

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Brandon Kempf – Surviving the Purge 4

Over the next few months, instead of going with my Three Games articles, I am going to take a look at my collection and try to discuss why certain titles survived the great purge of 2019. During this process I may take a look at some games that didn’t survive, but only as a measuring stick for what did survive. Since I am silly, like a lot of gamers, I use Ikea Kallax shelves to display the games that we own. This makes it pretty easy to break things down cube by cube, so that’s what we’re going to do, twenty-four cubes, plus a top shelf for games that don’t fit in the cubes, over the course of a few months. I hope you enjoy!

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Unheralded Games of the Past Decade: 2012 & 2013

It’s that time of year again, when we take a look back and do lots of Top game lists, but this year’s end is a bit special, it’s the end of the decade. A decade that started with 7 Wonders, Hanabi & Forbidden Island, and is ending with the likes of Die Crew, Wingspan & Res Arcana. There were lots of hits, even more misses and a lot of games over the decade that got lost in the continuous shuffle. So while a lot of outlets are going to give you their favorites of each year of the decade, we thought it may be a fun idea/experiment to take a look at some titles that have held the interest of folks here in The Opinionated Gamers. So for the next few weeks we’re going to take a look at these games and share our love of some of these off the radar titles. Feel free to participate in the comments and share your thoughts on games that we’ve overlooked.

2010 & 2011

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Unheralded Games of the Past Decade: 2010 & 2011

It’s that time of year again, when we take a look back and do lots of Top game lists, but this year’s end is a bit special, it’s the end of a decade. A decade that started with 7 Wonders, Hanabi & Forbidden Island, and is ending with the likes of Die Crew, Wingspan & Res Arcana. There were lots of hits, even more misses and a lot of games over the decade that got lost in the continuous shuffle. So while a lot of outlets are going to give you their favorites of each year of the decade, we thought it may be a fun idea/experiment to take a look at some titles that have held the interest of folks here in The Opinionated Gamers. So for the next three weeks we’re going to take a look at these games and share our love of some of these off the radar titles. Feel free to participate in the comments and share your thoughts on games that we’ve overlooked. 

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Our Favorite Games of 2019

Another year has passed, so it is time for our annual list of “best of” games from the previous year.  Each writer was given space to put in their personal list. If you missed it, a few days ago we published an article on 10 Great Games from the 2010s.

Several games made the lists of various writers, but Die Crew was the top game on 5 people’s list!

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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 critical success going through a reprint and an all new cover art on that new edition.  Hans im Gluck has a pretty good track record in sensing what the market wants as far as cover art – back in 2009, they changed the cover art to Dominion, and they change worked out pretty well for them… (and everyone else involved!) – DPY

Before we get much deeper – let me copy/paste our original review

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Cine Write and Trade (Preview)

Designer: Nomas Kurnia, Arif Prima
Artist: Nomas Kurnia
Publisher: Tematis Co.
Players: 2-4
Ages: 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 I have a chance to play them a bit, this is one of the titles that was being demoed at the Indonesian booth at Spiel 2019. I was told that for Cine Write and Trade, it is in negotiation with a German publisher, but that for licensing purposes, it is pretty open.  There are a few copies of this one around, if you find yourself at a PAX convention, for instance, there is a copy in their “First Look” area for now, and I imagine it will move to their library after that.

Cine Write and Trade is nominally a game about screen writing, and I’ll likely drift in and out of using the theme to explain the game. Mechanically, you’d classify it as a word game. Not the kind where you have to provide specific words, such as Scrabble or Boggle, but more the kind where you are providing clues, such as Codenames or Decrypto. The twist here, is that rather than providing clues to help others guess your words, you are writing clues that you hope will be helpful for other players, such that they purchase your clues and assign them to certain words of theirs that you need to guess!

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