EDIT – 2/5/2016 I’ve been noticing a lot of remarks on other blogs about how reviewers are getting paid for reviews. WE DO NOT GET PAID TO DO THIS. In fact, running this site and reviewing games costs us more more than we’d like to admit. Admittedly, sometimes we sell banner ad space if someone asks us, in total since the inception of this site, that has made us a total of $50. This is the breakdown of how our games end up on the blog.
1. We buy them blind at the store for full price.
2. We see a print and play and go to Staples and pay to print it.
3. Someone sends us a their game and we play it. This happens rarely, I can count on 1 hand how many times this has happened.
4. I sit down and play a game and then insist on jamming my opinions down your throat.
With real-life as a constant we have less time to playtest or play the larger games. We’ll still gladly take your smaller easier to learn games for review. As for playtests, if you are in the New York area and want to show off your games, we can set up something at a local game store or convention. That being said, it never hurts to ask.
Q: Would you like to review my new game?
A: Yes, we would love to review your game. (see above)
We try to get to them as fast as possible but in reality the simplest games get played first during the week and the more complex games get saved for the weekends where we have a larger and more experienced group.
Q: Can you playtest my game?
A: (maybe, see above) If your game isn’t perfect WE WILL BREAK IT! We can find the bugs and will give you appropriate feedback. Our group has been known to break games that are already on the market.
Q: Your reviews don’t really get too in depth with the rules, why?
A: If I feel like it, I may go over some of more difficult rules in depth, but don’t count on it. There are so many other places that will describe, in detail, how something works. In our reviews we give a basic overview of HOW X-game works then tell them WHY we like it and why they will too. We’re not here to teach anyone to play, we’re here to tell them why they want to play. Besides, most games come with rulebooks.
Q: Our game is for kids.
A: That’s not a question. And, just so you know, we play Pokemon. Plus we have a few children ages 10 to 13 in our group that also love to game. And they are pretty smart.
Q: All we have is a PnP.
A: Usually a question mark at the end of a sentence denotes a question. PnPs are fine too (see above).
Q: I’m in the New York, New Jersey area. How ’bout a demo?
A: We would be more than happy to meet up with you/host a demo night with some of our local happy gamers.
Q: I have other questions.
A: Email em to us. But make sure they’re questions first.
Q: Hi, we have a new party game….
A: STOP RIGHT THERE! Unless it’s some insanely spectacular, innovative, change the world, party game, sorry if I’m being too blunt, we don’t care.
Q: but, but, but…
A: If you don’t believe any of the above, just use the email address below. We usually respond to emails.