Tips on Writing Board Game Reviews

This article strongly references my website, though I think it contains a few nuggets of gold for those interested in reviewing board games, or anything else.

When I started Roll to Review it was on the ambitious premise of fixing the three big issues that I saw within board game media:

  • Reviewers spending too much time describing how to play the game, and not enough actual feedback.
    • As a reader I didn’t want to know how to play the game, but whether it was good or not, and why.
  • Reviewers overstating the importance of components.
    • Components are a necessity and if they’re not terrible I’m fine with them. They should in all honesty be the least exciting part of a board game, so why does talking about them take up so much gosh darn space.
  • Reviewers are way too positive, with hardly anyone daring to give negative reviews.
    • This is great for building and creating a community, as there isn’t any interest in bad reviews. The problem is that it’s so widespread within board game media it makes it hard for me to trust reviewers’ opinions.

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Break Time!

Hey guys,

Small update today, as I’m writing from my phone. I’m on holiday! And currently in Western Australia, meaning I have limited access to my board games. The games that I managed to sneak into my luggage but have yet to play:

  • Arkham Horror LCG
  • The Ravens of Thri Saharashi
  • Morels (a.k.a Fungi)

However the games on my mind are definitely the heavier titles: Spirit Island and Terraforming Mars. It really bugs me I can’t play these right now! These titles have really changed my perspective on heavier games. They both aren’t rules dense but have so much depth of decision making that the game stays with you long after you play it. I love that.

Now, let’s talk Gen Con. There are some great looking games coming out, in no particular order:

  • Shadows: Amsterdam
  • Reef
  • Yellow & Yangtze
  • Everdale
  • Coimbra
  • Forbidden Sky
  • Caper
  • Speakeasy Blues
  • Trade of Tigris
  • Arkham Horror 3rd Edition
  • Poetry Slam

I’d also add in Root, but I’m hoping by the time I get back from holiday it’ll be on my doorstep. Otherwise I’m definitely going to keep my eyes open for these in the coming year.

Did you see anything interesting? Let me know! Otherwise see you all in two weeks!