Published on May 14th, 2014 | by Nicole Jekich0
Follow Forward -May 2014
Follow Forward is a monthly segment on our site where we share some resources that we have found useful as members of the board game community. We really hope you check them out!
Board Games For Me
If you are looking for a quick and easy tool to help pick your next game, BoardGamesForMe is the website for you! The website is a database of 400-500 games where gamers of all levels can search for their next game by answering questions which filter and select a group of games fitting that criteria. Gamers also have advanced search settings for more tailored results. You can filter games by length of game, number of players, theme, game type and more! The latest update to Board Games For Me allows users to log in via Facebook and keep a record of games played and own or games that you want to play. While the website and profile system isn’t as extensive as Board Game Geek, Board Games For Me is more user-friendly and approachable by new and casual gamers. One of our author’s, Scott, enjoyed his experience using BGFM: “In just a couple minutes I was able to quickly find a list of 15 board games that suited my interest at that moment. There were no issues or delays while loading the site on my iPad. The site is simple, elegant and easy to use”. As someone who is okay with Pandora and Amazon in their suggestions based on personal criteria and data history, I am okay with putting my next game choice into the hands of a formula every so often.
Board Games Links
The ultimate database of every single board game related site is listed on this massive site. Board Games Links will have all the links for you to browse, save and monitor. Categories include lists arranged by popularity (and popularity is determined by how many people have ‘liked’ the link on BGL’s site) from top board game review sites, top publishers, top stores and a recently added section. The latest update added a generic board games list so users can favorite board games they’ve enjoyed which help boost its ranking. Board Game Links is a great source for gamers, designers and reviewers to connect with and research what others are doing in the industry.
(Oh and if you have spare thumbs, how about giving Across The Board Games a Like? 😉 )
The Game Crafter
Running a Kickstarter to fund your games is a larger risk for indie game designers. Sometimes that risk pays off well and other times a successful Kickstarter will leave a small company bankrupt. An alternative to crowd funding projects is the low-risk and very popular print-on-demand model. Designers can print one or thousands of copies through Game Crafter: a company which has been offering game publishing services for designers since 2009.
Game Crafter deals in primarily card games, playing card decks and tarot decks which offers a lot of pocket-sized, casual games available on their online store. The decent card quality and low overhead also means that designers can test print their games.
As a gamer looking for a new purchase, you might have to sift through a lot of low quality, low production games, but there are a handful of well-known designers who use Game Crafter as an alternate to store sales like Cheapass Games. If you’re looking for cheap, indie games, their selective has you covered and most games are under $20.
Rahdo Runs Through
Board game reviews are invaluable to gamers. Video reviews are more than just regurgitation of the rule book as they provide a perspective of playing the game for the first time. A positive review can help with game sales and ultimately lead to more board games sales. TableTop for example has created such a buzz around board games that major retailers like Barnes and Noble are now carrying board games with approval sticks from TableTop and Geek and Sundry.
We often don’t want a lot of video game reviews because the ‘how to play’ videos can be very long and dry often pushing 45 minutes to an hour. This is why I enjoy Rahdo’s video reviews. What Rahdo Runs Through does is capture the essence of a game in three shorter YouTube video segments. He explains games from the perspective of the player and we have found his reviews to be entertaining and very informative. His YouTube channel is an impressive list with way over 200 video reviews! He reviews published and Kickstarter games.
#BoardGameHour Replays on Nurph
Trying to get all the gamers of the world to sit down for one hour each week to talk board games is quite an undertaking. Each Monday at 11am PST, @boardgamehour leads a discussion about a topic of the community’s choosing. Unfortunately, we sometimes cannot make the chat whether because of the day job conflict or other restrictions. Luckily Nurph, a website and app which organizes tweet chats based on hashtags, archives each #BoardGameHour discussion. To relive some of your favorite moments or if you’d like to get caught up on all the tweets, visit the Nurph’s past chats for BoardGameHour. We’ve been part of many of the board game chats over the past year and it has been wonderful to be part of the supportive and constructive discussion. We highly recommend participating if you have a chance!
That concludes our May 2014 edition of Follow Forward. If you have a suggestion for our June recommendations, please email us at nicolejekich(at)yahoo(dot)com. Thank you!