BREAKING NEWS: I'll be interviewing leading game designer Wolfgang Warsch at Essen Spiel for The Board Game Book. When I get back, I'll make the unedited transcript available to everyone who backs this campaign! See the latest update for details.
Hi! I'm a journalist from Glasgow, Scotland specialising in board and card games. For the past few years I've written for outlets including The Guardian, VICE, Ars Technica, IGN and Tabletop Gaming Magazine. I also founded a bestselling annual book series exploring the fascinating world of analogue gaming.
Basically, I'm a professional game geek. I love exploring the brilliant, innovative ideas that are constantly emerging in the hobby. I also take a lot of pride in putting tabletop games in front of mainstream audiences and trying to bring new players to the table.
This year I'll be attending the annual Spiel game fair in Essen, Germany. It's the biggest, most important board gaming event of the year, with thousands of new games launched over a single weekend. It's the place where big publishers show off their hottest new products, indie designers introduce quirky and innovative releases, and tens of thousands of gamers come together to celebrate the hobby in a frenzy of dice chucking, card shuffling and cube pushing.
It's an incredible experience for any game fan, and this year I'd like to take you with me.
I'd like to make a series of videos covering Spiel 2019. And since sites like BoardGameGeek already do comprehensive game overviews, I want to give you an idea of what it's like to actually attend the fair. That means walking the halls with my camera, playing new games, chatting with designers and giving you my instant reaction to some great upcoming releases.
And sausage. There will also be sausage.
Some of my previous Essen coverage:
One of my vlogs from Spiel 2018
Board game journalism is my full-time job. It's how I pay my bills and support my family. The only way I can keep doing it is if I can cover my costs and generate some income. I'm extremely lucky to be writing for some great professional publications, but I'd like to do more!
This campaign is a bit of an experiment for me. I'm setting a low funding goal and offering a couple of simple rewards. It's an attempt to see whether this kind of straightforward campaign can help me produce more tabletop coverage, and if it's successful then I'd like to try the same approach with some other cool ideas. If you enjoy my work, it would mean a lot to me if you'd chip in a few pounds to support it.
If you can't afford that, no worries! The videos will be available for everyone to watch free of charge. But supporters will receive an acknowledgement in the end credits, and if you feel like contributing a little bit extra, I'll also send you a personalised postcard from Germany!
If you like, you can also receive a copy of The Board Game Book, which lots of people have said lovely things about. It's a combination of games criticism, designer interviews and studio photography, and the next volume in the series will be released in May next year.