I first wrote a series of reviews for Games Trade Monthly many, many years ago, back when it was a trade-only newspaper. I’ll see if I can find you a photo for all those who only know its slick and modern current incarnation. Back then there was only one rules for reviewing: you had to find at least one nice thing to say about it. It could be that the art was nice or the paper it was printed on was particularly thick, but something. Anything. That’s never normally an issue as almost everything has some redeeming quality, and in all my time there was only one item that I had to give back unreviewed. A less critical soul than I did eventually write a review, but I couldn’t in all conscience do so. It was a badly designed game with rubbish art on shoddy paper and the book binding was falling apart before I read the whole thing. Luckily, we now live in the Golden Age of gaming and standards are very much higher than used to be the case. Long may it continue.

Since then I’ve been reviewing things verbally to anyone who’ll stand still long enough. I tend to buy and play a lot of games, and am often the first one in my gaming group to try something out. As I also design games for a living I have a rather different take on things from most reviewers. This is not necessarily a better viewpoint, just a different one. You’ll have to decide for yourself whether it’s your cup of tea or not :)

If you have a product you would like me to review then drop a comment below and I’ll get back to you. When I’ve done that I’ll delete the comment.


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(last updated 8 Jan 2012)

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One Response to Reviews

  1. Ni Keni says:

    Hi Jake,
    I wondered whether you have come across Lords of War by Black Box Games? It was originally conceived by Nick Street who was a wargamer – he came up with it when he was trying to distill wargaming into a simple mechanic which would result in a portable tabletop game. It’s a great game – it won UK Games Expos 2013 Best Strategy Card Game award. They were at Salute and Essen this year and will be at Dragonmeet in a few weeks’ time. They have a kickstarter on at the moment to raise funds to launch their third double deck. They are lovely guys and have worked really hard and are really passionate about the game. The links are.

    Best wishes,

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