Article #16 – The Motherload List of Reviewers

You’ve read our article on how to get reviews (#4), now you need to know who to ask for one.

The following list contains 50+ reviewers, all relevant to you, that…

  1. …review prototype-level Kickstarter-level games. (If they only review published games, they’re not listed.  Sorry, Rodney.)
  2. …are currently active reviewing these games.
  3. …I myself have directly communicated with, either by having had a review with or by chatting with about such things (to verify the above and pseudo-rate my experience with them for you).
  4. …I would not rate as “Horrible”.  I left those two off.  : P

List of Reviewers

If you contact any of these folks, please tell them that I sent you.  I don’t get anything out of it, but it’s always nice to hear a referral mentioned.  Thanks.

Chart notes below.  Scroll the chart to the right for ranking stats.

Reviewer OrgWebsiteContact PersonEmailTwitterMM InfoWebStatsYouTubeStatsBonusesCaveatsGKG's ExperienceReviewer Org
Reviewer OrgWebsiteContact PersonEmailTwitterMM InfoWebStatsYouTubeStatsBonusesCaveatsGKG's ExperienceReviewer Org
All Us Geeksallusgeeks.comJeff Kingpodcast@allusgeeks.com @allusgeeksmeeplemechanic.com/reviewer/all-us-geeks/www.similarweb.com/allusgeeks.comsocialblade.com/youtube/user/allusgeeksChat only, love. Tweeted us out without review just in goodwill.All Us Geeks
Bearded Meeplebeardedmeeple.comTyler Andersontyler-anderson@rogers.com @BeardedMeeplehttp://meeplemechanic.com/reviewer/bearded-meeple/www.similarweb.com/beardedmeeple.comsocialblade.com/youtube/user/beardedmeepleVids are short, thus approachableCanadaGreat. Very fast.Bearded Meeple
Blue Peg Pink Pegbluepegpinkpeg.comPatrick Kellybluepegpinkpeg@gmail.com@BluePegPinkPegmeeplemechanic.com/reviewer/blue-peg-pink-peg/www.similarweb.com/bluepegpinkpeg.comn/aPlays with wifeChat only, Good.Blue Peg Pink Peg
Board Game Authorityboardgameauthority.comvariouscontact@boardgameauthority.com@BoardGameAuthmeeplemechanic.com/reviewer/board-game-authority/www.similarweb.com/boardgameauthority.comn/aMailing address on siteImpersonal initial contact, no promise of review when sending your gameGreat. A 'new staff reviewer' gave a poorly done review; they didn't post it based on his inexperience. Thoughtful.Board Game Authority
Board Game Brawlyoutube.com/user/boardgamebrawlNick Meenachanboardgamebrawl@gmail.com@boardgamebrawlmeeplemechanic.com/reviewer/board-game-brawl/n/a - Youtubesocialblade.com/youtube/user/boardgamebrawlFast responderPaid, strong opinionsMehBoard Game Brawl
Board Game Kingboardgameking.comOleg or Sergeserge.siluyanov@gmail.com@BoardGameKingIn/awww.similarweb.com/boardgameking.comn/aShows review in advance to avoid translation mistakes.Thailand/RussiaGoodBoard Game King
Board Game Monkeysboardgamemonkeys.comAndreas Hohmannandreas@boardgamemonkeys.comn/an/awww.similarweb.com/boardgamemonkeys.comn/aWill print simple PnPsEUGoodBoard Game Monkeys
Board Game Questboardgamequest.comTony M.tony@boardgamequest.com @BoardGameQuestmeeplemechanic.com/reviewer/board-game-quest/www.similarweb.com/boardgamequest.comn/aGoodBoard Game Quest
Board to Death TVboardtodeath.tvLucaboardtodeathtv@gmail.com @boardtodeathtvn/awww.similarweb.tv/boardtodeath.tvsocialblade.com/youtube/user/boardtodeathtvBest short vids on the netPaid - $200 or several copiesOk, costlyBoard to Death TV
Bower's Game Corneryoutube.com/user/blqonXBL/videosForrest Bowertonythespy@gmail.com @BowerGameCornermeeplemechanic.com/reviewer/bowers-game-corner/n/a - Youtubesocialblade.com/youtube/user/blqonxblFun, growing$30 1st timeGreat, we even sponsoredBower's Game Corner
Box of Delightsboxofdelights.netRicky Royalricky@boxofdelights.net @rickyroyalbodn/awww.similarweb.net/boxofdelights.netsocialblade.com/youtube/user/rickkcroyalHuge followingEULove. Communicated regularly during plays, so no mistakes in review! (Only one)Box of Delights
CastleKonyoutube.com/user/thecastlekon/videosChristian Konrevanformvii@gmail.com n/an/an/a - Youtubesocialblade.com/youtube/user/thecastlekonReviews with WifeNewLoveCastleKon
Casual Game Revolutioncasualgamerevolution.comChris Jamescjames@casualgamerevolution.com @casualgamerevn/awww.similarweb.com/casualgamerevolution.comn/aWell run siteInterviews only with us, very nice.Casual Game Revolution
Cloak & Meeplecloakandmeeple.wordpress.comBriancloakandmeeple@gmail.com@CloakandMeeplemeeplemechanic.com/reviewer/cloak-and-meeple/www.similarweb.com/cloakandmeeple.wordpress.comsocialblade.com/youtube/user/cloakandmeepleGood, quick turnaroundCloak & Meeple
Club Fantasciclubfantasci.comMaurice Fitzgeraldmoe_fitz@hotmail.com @clubfantascimeeplemechanic.com/reviewer/club-fantasci/www.similarweb.com/clubfantasci.comsocialblade.com/youtube/user/clubfantasciGoodClub Fantasci
Da Pyrateboardgamegeek.com/user/da pyrate/contributionsDavidGeekmail BGG user: da pyraten/an/an/a - BGG pagen/aAustralia, BGG onlyChat only, nice.Da Pyrate
Dad's Gaming Addictiondadsgamingaddiction.comVincent Paonevmp0514@msn.com n/an/awww.similarweb.com/dadsgamingaddiction.comsocialblade.com/youtube/user/dadsgamingaddictionPaid, Impersonal contactToo impersonalDad's Gaming Addiction
Deskovehrydeskovehry.comDusan Vitdusan@deskovehry.com@DusanVitn/awww.similarweb.com/deskovehry.comn/aExcellent detailed review. Friendly.EU, site in Czech, took months to finish.Good.Deskovehry
Ed KabaravariousEd KabaraGeekmail BGG user: Biotech66@biotech66n/an/a - BGG pagen/aPosts in many places/forumsGood. (Unboxing vid + write up)Ed Kabara
Enderboardgamegeek.com/geeklist/37596/enders-reviews-comprehensive-pictorial-overviewsEnder WigginsGeekmail BGG user: EndersGamen/an/an/a - BGG pagen/aHighly ratedBGG posts only; doesn't own diceAlways too busyEnder
FatherGeekfathergeek.comCyrusfathergeek@gmail.com@thefathergeekn/awww.similarweb.com/fathergeek.comn/aMust please 3 groupsPoorFatherGeek
Game and a Currygameandacurry.comJenn or Herbgameandacurry@gmail.com @gameandacurryn/awww.similarweb.com/gameandacurry.comsocialblade.com/youtube/user/gameandacurryHumor in reviewsTastefully crassGoodGame and a Curry
Game Theoryspielnacht.blogspot.comBayardcatron@gmail.comn/an/awww.similarweb.com/spielnacht.blogspot.comn/aGreat. Great communication, timely review, nice guy.Game Theory
GameBoyGeekgameboygeek.com/Dan Kingdan@gameboygeek.comn/an/awww.similarweb.com/website/gameboygeek.comsocialblade.com/youtube/user/thegameboygeeksBusy, PaidChat only, nice.GameBoyGeek
Gaming Bitsgamingbits.comJonathanalexis@gamingbits.comn/ameeplemechanic.com/reviewer/gaming-bits/www.similarweb.com/gamingbits.comsocialblade.com/youtube/user/reviewbitsChat only, ok.Gaming Bits
GamingTrendgamingtrend.comKeith Schleicherschleicher@gamingtrend.com@gamingtrendn/ahttps://www.similarweb.com/website/gamingtrend.comn/aTeam of reviewers - can probably work you inSome on the team are terrible - you might get burnedGood in past. Terrible recently.
Net: Meh
GamingTrend
GeekDadgeekdad.comvariouspr@geekdad.com@geekdadsmeeplemechanic.com/reviewer/geekdad/www.similarweb.com/geekdad.comn/aReviews & PressLove, great group of gents.GeekDad
GeekedUpGaminggeekedupgaming.wordpress.comTim Sextongeekedupgaming@yahoo.com @Geekedupgaming1n/awww.similarweb.com/geekedupgaming.wordpress.comsocialblade.com/youtube/user/geekedupgaming1Video game audienceMeh. Did review very very late, didn't seem to know game.GeekedUpGaming
BoardgamingFTWgeekspodcast.comChristopher Richterchristopher.richter33@gmail.com@Boardgaming_FTWmeeplemechanic.com/reviewer/christopher-richter/www.similarweb.com/geekspodcast.comsocialblade.com/youtube/user/geekspodcastTweets regularlyGreat. Tweeted our campaign daily!BoardgamingFTW
Geeky Hobbiesgeekyhobbies.comEricGeekmail BGG user: mortee50n/an/awww.similarweb.com/geekyhobbies.comn/aMeh. Let graphic-d of proto affect net opinion.Geeky Hobbies
Grey Elephant Gaminggreyelephantgaming.blogspot.comTim NorrisSevenbites@yahoo.com@GreyElepntGaminmeeplemechanic.com/reviewer/grey-elephant-gaming/www.similarweb.com/greyelephantgaming.blogspot.comn/aPaid - $100Chat only, ok.Grey Elephant Gaming
Heimspielheimspiele.info/hp/Pascalinfo@heimspiele.info n/an/awww.similarweb.info/heimspiele.infon/aPosts in GermanPosts in GermanGreat. Very positive person to be around.Heimspiel
Indie Game Allianceindiegamealliance.comMatt Holdenmholden@indiegamealliance.com@indiegamealliesn/awww.similarweb.com/indiegamealliance.comn/aLive nationwide demosNot actual reviewsGreat, very active, multiple public plays.Indie Game Alliance
Just Got Playedyoutube.com/channel/UCQaqoHo4frRbz5JfuIbKKTQ/videosPatrick SiebertJestershand@gmail.com @Jestershandmeeplemechanic.com/reviewer/just-got-played/n/a - Youtubesocialblade.com/youtube/channel/UCQaqoHo4frRbz5JfuIbKKTQChat only, nice.Just Got Played
League of Nonsensical Gamersnonsensicalgamers.comDan Halstaddan.halstad@gmail.com@LeagueNonsensen/awww.similarweb.com/nonsensicalgamers.comsocialblade.com/youtube/channel/UClnD0Vo1sHDpQvR1n-GSQJwChat only, very nice.League of Nonsensical Gamers
NVSyoutube.com/user/icurnvssMichael Forderforderm@wcgwave.ca@NVSGameplaysn/an/a - Youtubesocialblade.com/youtube/user/icurnvssCanadaLoveNVS
Pete Belliboardgamegeek.com/user/pete belli/contributionsPeteGeekmail BGG user: PeteBellin/an/an/a - BGG pagen/aBGG onlyToo busyPete Belli
The Purgeboardgamegeek.com/user/william4192/contributionsJaysonGeekmail BGG user: william4192n/an/an/a - BGG pagen/a1000+ ReviewsHe will say if your game sucks, it's why he named his reviews "The Purge"Love. Good communication, friendly, honest, did follow up video too!The Purge
Rahdo Runs Throughyoutube.com/user/rahdoRichard Hamrichardham@hotmail.com @Rahdomeeplemechanic.com/reviewer/rahdo-runs-through/n/a - Youtubesocialblade.com/youtube/user/rahdoSuper nice, plays with WifeEU, Few competitive gamesLoveRahdo Runs Through
RPG.netrpg.netvariousvariousn/an/awww.similarweb.net/rpg.netn/aMultiple reviewers may get you listedHard to contact the right peopleN/A - User submissions - site can't be rated.RPG.net
Sharon Khanboardgamegeek.com/user/sa266/contributionsSharon KhanGeekmail BGG user: sa266n/an/an/a - BGG pagen/aEU, BGG onlyChat only, ok.Sharon Khan
Smarter Backersmarterbacker.comDaniel Zayashello@smarterbacker.com@smarterbackern/awww.similarweb.com/smarterbacker.comsocialblade.com/youtube/channel/UCd139YjVG_SB2Qr_Mwm7Cjg"Zayas Index" will rank your Live KS with or without a review. <-Recommended path.Has an application process...? Must offer a giveaway. Only live interviews on inflexible schedule.Terrible. Poor communication, verbally disrespectful, never did the review, but did return game.Smarter Backer
Spooning Meeplesyoutube.com/user/SpooningMeeplesRhiannon Ochsrhilee@mac.com@spooningmeeplesn/an/a - Youtubesocialblade.com/youtube/user/spooningmeeplesIgnores you after you send games to.Terrible. Have sent 2 games to, no reviews done, ignores emails now. Do not send her your games.Spooning Meeples
TalisinBearboardgamegeek.com/user/Talisinbear/contributionsCalvinGeekmail BGG user: Talisinbearn/an/an/a - BGG pagen/aCanada, BGG & local online newspaper onlyMeh. Titled review negatively based on dislike of theme ...which was known before sending. Only compared it to other games.TalisinBear
Teh Slippery Boyboardgamegeek.com/user/sdonohue/contributionsSteveGeekmail BGG user: sdonohuen/an/an/a - BGG pagen/aBGG Only, mostly RPGsChat only, ok.Teh Slippery Boy
The Secret Cabalthesecretcabal.comvariousFounders@thesecretcabal.com@thesecretcabaln/awww.similarweb.com/thesecretcabal.comn/aAddress on siteImpersonal contact, no promise of reviewMeh. They're huge, nice, and do good work, but don't ever respond to emails. Recommend for published games only.The Secret Cabal
Theology of Gamestheologyofgames.comJeremiah IsleyjeremiahIsley@gmail.com@TheologyofGamesn/awww.similarweb.com/theologyofgames.comsocialblade.com/youtube/user/theologyofgamesReducing Previews; usually require 2 copiesOk. Low communication.Theology of Games
TiagoVIPboardgamegeek.com/user/tiagoVIP/contributionsTiagoGeekmail BGG user: tiagovipn/an/an/a - BGG pagen/aBrazil, posts in PortugueseChat only, nice.TiagoVIP
Today in Board Gamestodayinboardgames.comRoger Hickspidgepot@gmail.com @BoardGamesTodayn/awww.similarweb.com/todayinboardgames.comn/aChat only, very nice.Today in Board Games
To Die For Gameshttp://www.todieforgames.ca/Mandi Hutchinson2dieforgames@gmail.com@boardgamerpinupn/awww.similarweb.com/todieforgames.ca/socialblade.com/youtube/user/todieforgamesGreat communication. Posts when desired.CanadaGreat. Easy to work with.To Die For Games
Undead Vikingyoutube.com/user/UndeadVikingVideosLance Myxterundeadvikingvideos@gmail.com@undeadvikingn/an/a - Youtubesocialblade.com/youtube/user/undeadvikingvideosHuge followingPaidLoveUndead Viking
Vincent Darlageboardgamegeek.com/user/VincentDarlage/contributionsVincentGeekmail BGG user: VincentDarlagen/an/an/a - BGG pagen/aBGG only, newerChat only, ok.Vincent Darlage
WhatTheGeek (formerly NJAGP)whatthegeekpodcast.com/variousnjagpodcast@gmail.com @WTG_Productionsn/awww.similarweb.com/whatthegeekpodcast.com/n/aLove. Funny lighthearted guys, lots of coverage.What The Geek
Who's Turn is it Anywaywhoseturnisitanyway.comJacob Coonjacobjcoon@gmail.com@whospodcastn/awww.similarweb.com/whoseturnisitanyway.comn/aEUGood. Good communication, funny guy.Who's Turn is it Anyway

Chart Notes.

  • Reviewers with a blank or “n/a” stat simply don’t function in regard to that stat. ie: No Youtube stats = no Youtube presence, No MeepleMechanic stats = No MM profile, etc.
  • Some Youtube stats may show critically low numbers for certain reviewers.  Don’t be scared, they may just be written reviewers.  Use Youtube stats as a guide for ones with worthwhile numbers.  But if they had a Youtube channel I wanted to list it.

“GKG’s Experience” Rating Chart

  • “Love” – Top of the line reviewer.  Friendly, fast, knowledgeable, fair, reliable, AND I personally hit it off with.  A++
  • “Great” – Excellent in all professional regards you could hope for.  Possible above average offerings.
  • “Good” – Above average experience.
  • “Ok” – Average experience.  Didn’t make a publisher feel super welcome, but didn’t feel pushed away either.  Review, if done, was fine.
  • “Meh” – Below average experience.  I didn’t like something about they way they interacted with me or another person I know.
  • “Poor” – Review done, but I didn’t approve of the manner or mistakes were made and not properly corrected.
  • “Terrible” – To be avoided. Disrespectful and/or wasted time with a prototype without ever doing the review for poor reasons.  (Akin to Horrible below, but were on the list as prior to rating.  See note below about non-removal.)
  • “Horrible” – Not listed; but there really are two of these.
  • Note: -Non-Removal- Once a reviewer gets on the list, I won’t remove them, even if an experience becomes “Horrible”; rather I’ll mark it “Terrible” and communicate to you why.  Please know: My desire and intent with this chart is positively promote fair to great reviewers, but my loyalties are with you the reader coming to me for advice.  I don’t care to let you to suffer the same mistakes I did in other areas, so I don’t want to here either.
  • Note: “…in progress…” – Means they have, or are being sent, a copy of one or more of our games for current review.  As the reviews come in, we’ll update these ratings.
  • Note: “Chat Only” – Means no review was done, but we communicated in one regard or another.  Followed by approximate rating of that experience.

Are YOU a reviewer?  Wanna be listed?  I’d be happy to!  But first read this, then shoot me an email and we’ll at least “Chat Only” about adding your organization. : )

Did I miss anyone that you’d like to see on the list? Please let me know in the comments.
Since I’m only listing those I’ve personally interacted with, let me know who, and I’ll email them to chat or to review one of our games.

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