Chris is a Thirty-something theatre technician from South Manchester. A gamer all his life Chris played RPG's and Miniatures games throughout school college and university and finally discovered designer board games in 2008 when he played Settlers of Catan for the first time.
Since then Chris has gone on to amass a collection of over 150 games across all genres and styles. Chris runs two highly successful blogs, Unboxed and it's sister blog, Duke of the Blood Keep, a site that chronicles his miniature painting.
Unboxed the Board Game Blog
A gamer since being able to roll a dice, was tempted away from the joys of board games in the nineties to work and play in the video games industry. Has since seen the error of his ways and returned to the fold and is now on a crusade to convert anyone he meets to this amazing social and fun past time.
Posts reviews on his blog Who Dares Rolls, writes and currently has numerous designs for games cluttering the house and could really do with more spare time.
Who Dares Rolls
For someone who doesn't take himself too seriously, Paco Garcia Jaen's passion for games has driven to create a well received website, regular podcast and a YouTube channel in less than two years.
Spanish by birth and living in the UK for nearly 15 years, Paco deals with dyslexia and dyscalculia the way he knows best; reading and writing as much as he can and ignoring maths. Opinionated, gay, pro-women, honest to the death and always up for a debate!
Paco Garcia Jaen
Rob Harris is fascinated by all types of games and creativity. This passion has led him to design his own board games, create pervasive games for the Science Museum, write freeform games at Peaky and study Game Theory at Stanford. He likes nothing better than to get together with friends to play a game with plenty of laughter and maybe a little bit of head-scratching. At other times he works as a film & video editor.
The Playtest group was formed in 2010 to bring together game designers and playtesters to create better games and build a community to pool resources and help designers to get published We meet monthly and run playtesting events each year at the UK Games Expo and Dragonmeet.
I’m a GM and the site admin for Edinburgh’s Open Roleplaying Community, and I'm also starting to do freelance RPG work. RPG-wise I run a variety of games: from futuristic horror games like Cthulhutech to gritty fantasy like WFRP.
I'm a 38-year-old geek, who has been playing D&D since it first came in a little red box. I've been running regular games since 1989, and currently run four 4th edition D&D campaigns. I also play / run a load of other games including CoC, Magic the Gathering and Deathwatch
The Dour DM
Jonathan Hicks has been gaming for thirty years and has covered almost every type of genre, system and setting
I’ve been playing and designing games for about as long as I’ve been able to walk. I like to think that I’m finally getting good at it, but I still fall over sometimes. I enjoy linguistic ambiguities, cultural change and chocolate; I’m also a doctor of psychology, but prefer playing with people to studying them
3D Total Games
A Chartered Tax Advisor from Portsmouth born in 1984 who (despite the boring job title) has enjoyed board games, RPG's, CCG's and wargaming minatures since his college years. He is an active participant in three separate gaming groups in the Southern Hampshire region experiencing a wide range of genres and enjoys reading and listing to other gamer's opinions and reviews. This passion has developed into a desire to run his own review blog and podcast for board/card games that aims to tell a story beyond the rulebook
The Broken Meeple
Since Santa brought him a copy of Heroquest, at the age of 11, Steve Tudor has been obsessed with all kinds of table top gaming. This passion is now channelled into PolyhedronCollider.com a website about board games, card games, miniature war games and their digital counterparts.
The Giant Brain is a site dedicated to previews, reviews and critique of tabletop games. We like to concentrate on smaller publishers where we can, especially UK companies. You will also find the Brainwaves podcast on the site, a fortnightly show covering the latest in tabletop gaming industry news that Iain hosts with his friend Jamie Adams and a regular special guest.
The Giant Brain
I have been a member of the gaming community for about 15 years, former M:TG judge, UK Netrunner coordinator (WotC version) and demo monkey for various companies. You may have come across my posts on BGG where I do sneak previews of new games, rules threads, etc. I also am the main CGE contact in the UK, representing them at UKGE and other cons. Recently, I have started my own YouTube channel and FB page called Gaming Rules! , where I go step by step through the rules of a game, teaching you how to play, so you don’t need to read the rulebook. It’s still early days yet and given time, I might expand into doing reviews and other things too.
I'm a thirty-something gamer (I no longer keep count) who has been in the gaming/hobby scene for almost 15 years. Having started with the Lord of the Rings tabletop system I went on to spend most of my hobby years in Warhammer 40,000, but gradually lost interest in it as a system. A few years ago I drifted into the world of specialist card/board games and have never looked back, playing as many games as I can lay my filthy hands on. I also thoroughly enjoy a few tabletop systems such as Warmachine, but board and card games are where my heart truly lies. When not gaming, writing about games or painting toy soldiers, I work as a professional zombie and shuffle around muttering "brains".
Games & Tea
From the age of 10 when he queued with his dad for 9 hours to see Star Wars on its opening weekend in Manchester, Paul pretty much knew sci-fi/space/anything less than terrestrial origin was going to be his bag. Now a sound designer, he spends a lot of his time writing music and sfx that aim to scare the patoosies off the general public. He is also an avid video and obsessive board-gamer and harbours a deep desire to not get sucker-punched by Ghost Stories every time he opens the box.He irregularly writes a wide interest gaming Tumblr called 'cardandpixel' and knows the pain of people who shuffle cards wrong. His motto used to be "I'd rather see bad sci-fi on TV than no sci-fi at all" then watched Under The Dome and changed his mind. He also knows he has an original copy of HeroQuest plus the expansions somewhere, but is deeply embarrassed and annoyed to admit he can't find it.
Card & Pixel
Raised on a healthy diet of Commodore 64 and Amiga 1200, Colin aka Cardcore Gamer now creates articles and videos about table-top gaming in the strange and terrifying "real world" for The Website of DOOM!
Geek on Radio is a weekly radio show syndicated to online and FM stations across the UK. The show covers a whole range of geek culture, from going out to the Cons across the North West UK, to interviewing game designers from around the globe, and of course playing a whole load of nerdy tunes.
All the Geek On team are great fans of board games & RPGs, and have been collectively gaming for roughly 50 years, and that makes us feel very old, but we have not found a way to make the dice hate us less. Ask us about THAT time in the sewer with the lantern.
Role to Hit
I Play Red is my way of sharing my passion / addiction for board games with the rest of the world and hopefully help you find some new and interesting games along the way. If you see me at an event come and say hi, I'm pretty recognisable and if the red hair doesn't give it away look for the red meeple on my right wrist, yes, I Play Red.
I Play Red
Tristan Hall (NinjaDorg) is an English Ninja with a love for thematic games, and designer of the epic fantasy card game Gloom of Kilforth: A Fantasy Quest Game, and the medieval battle card game 1066, Tears to Many Mothers, along with tons of other mods and bits and pieces for various games. 1066, Tears to Many Mothers was nominated for a Golden Geek Award, and for an Origins Award for Best History Game.
Hall or Nothing
Matt grew up as a miniatures game addict and spent all his money on Kickstarters. Now living out of a hut built from expansion boxes, he has been fighting his way up the long road to recovery by discovering all the amazing board games that don't need miniatures.
Creaking Shelves is his little oasis of irreverent board game love. There is something inherently amusing about simulating reality using cardboard and small wooden cubes, and it's this sense of fun that imbues every review, Kickstarter preview and article on the blog.
Dr Michael Heron is a lecturer in the School of Computing and Digital Media at Robert Gordon University, studying and teaching issues of accessibility, video and board games, ethics, and the intersections between them.
He serves on the editorial board of the Computer Games Journal, acts as a specialist reviewer for the Journal of Games Criticism, and is an area editor for the ACM's Computers and Society journal.
He currently runs the text MMO Epitaph (http://epitaphonline.co.uk) and the board game accessibility blog Meeple Like Us
Meeple Like Us
A lifelong gamer and part time blogger/podcaster/video-er, pro-wrestling mark and all around nice guy*
Also likes Jesters, Rogues, Thieves, Assassins, Vampires and always plays Purple... ALWAYS!
I'm from Scotland but current live in Wales. I have been fortunate to have lived in Australia and New Zealand also. I am currently married and have 2 children. However I have had some downfalls in life which was when I was homeless for over 5 years, but my determination got me through that and I achieved everything I set out by the time I was 30. My father sent me a prototype of board game he designed and I took inspiration from that. I therefore started designing my own board games and will be looking to put Destruction on Kickstarter mid next year. After reading a lot of blogs on game design and theories I decided to share this knowledge and started my own blog which has grown rapidly.
After getting into the board game hobby at the end of 2014, Fiona and Amy decided to share their thoughts on the games that are weighing down their shelves. The collection has certainly expanded over 2 years and they've been making up for lost time, even having board games at their wedding in June 2017!
Sometimes our opinions differ, so Amy posts reviews every Tuesday and Fiona posts on Thursdays. Our game tastes are sometimes similar, but Amy is definitely the dungeon crawl fan, whilst Fiona can’t cope with confrontational and strategic 2-player games due to constant landslide defeats! We hope you enjoy reading some of our opinions on board games - especially those for two players and couples.
Fiona & Amy
The Game Shelf
Board games in bed is a weekly podcast about board and card games hosted by Becky and Kelly Rolfe. The podcast is recorded on a Sunday morning from their bed, where they recap what games they have been playing in the week and discuss a board game related topic.
The podcasts usually lasts about 30-40 minutes and focuses more on discussion of experiences playing games rather than reviews, but rest assured opinions will be given!
Becky & Kelly
Board Games In Bed
Chris and Lindsey are board game lovers and YouTube reviewers. Lindsey moved to the UK in 2010 after marrying Chris then started buying board games shortly after that. They started a YouTube channel called Behind the Box to share their love of games. They do reviews and top 3 lists and also a series called Gaming Solutions. Gaming Solutions is where they take a look at common board game challenges and offer solutions that have worked for them.
Chris & Lindsey
Behind the Box
The Game Pit is a board game podcast and YouTube channel based out of the UK.
Hosted by Sean and Ronan, they discuss tabletop games which have fallen into the pit whether it be ‘Picking over the Bones’ of new and older releases, going on a ‘Treasure Hunt’ by previewing upcoming releases, sorting out the best from the rest in ‘The Vault’ or contrasting similar games in ‘Pit Fight’. They also provide in depth coverage of gaming events like Essen Spiel, UKGE, Airecon, etc.
Sean enjoys thematic games and gaming bling while Ronan likes to delve into the mechanisms of a game and enjoys the social interaction in tabletop gaming. These contrasting viewpoints lead to some lively discussions.
The Game Pit has also branched out into video content of late and their YouTube channel provides Pit Stop videos which are overviews on games to help people decide if a game is right for them in a short time span.
Sean & Ronan
The Game Pit
The Meeples & Miniatures Podcast has now been running for over 10 years.
Meeples & Miniatures
What is Iron Mammoth's Studio? Model Making and Figure Sculpture discussion, tips, tricks and tutorials. Mainly aimed at the wargamer, but covering other areas too!
A painting blog focusing on Super heroes and Super Hero Games
If you like tabletop games, then this blog will give you some food for thought and an opportunity to discuss hot topics. My name is Oliver Kinne, and I aim to publish two new articles every week on this blog, one on a Tuesday, the other on Saturdays, and also release both in podcast form. The Tuesday article discusses a tabletop games related topic, while the Saturday article is a tabletop game review.
Tabletop Games Blog
A podcast all about people and their connection to the tabletop hobby.
Be it designers through to fans. They review games on the blog, record videos and try to be entertaining on twitter. Over 300 shows and should be stopped.. They are many things, but they're not wizards..
Richard, Colin & Steve
We're Not Wizards
A geek culture blog. Geek Native was founded to try and attract new blood into tabletop roleplaying by showcasing all the geeky things gamers are interested in. Now the site shares RPG news, reviews of games, anime and even technology. It hosts art galleries, interviews with designers and even the occasional quirky music video.