O Reviewer, Reviewer wherefore art thou!

UPDATE: This list’s data is constantly being updated as I get more data. Most recent major update was April, 2016

I run a Facebook group with over 5000 designers and run several prototype events throughout the year at http://www.Protospiel-Milwaukee.org , http://www.UnPub.net , and major conventions like GenCon and BGG.CON – I also run this blog about game design and publishing. 🙂

As such, I have the ears of many up and coming game designers and publishers. I’m constantly asked about reviewers and who accepts what. So I thought I’d create a  worksheet of game reviewers for all to reference. This survey was created to capture that data. Hopefully, it’ll help you find the games you want to review and cut down on the amount of unwanted solicitations you may get.

The last column of the table tells you if they will pre/review Kickstarter products and if they charge for that service. More importantly even if they say they will do your KS review, most all of reviewers will not do it with less than a couple weeks notice (and esp. won’t do it if your campaign is live).

If you would like to get on this list, please send me all the info through the contact link at the top of this page.

NOTE: This listing below has a horizontal scroll with more data.

NAMECONTACTWEBSITEFOLLOWERSCOUNTRYKICKSTARTER?
Across The Board Gamesnicolejekich@yahoo.comacrosstheboardgames.net100-499 USAYes, Free
All Us Geekspodcast@allusgeeks.comallusgeeks.com2000-5000 USAYes, Free
An Even Weirder MoveDrew.G.Hicks@gmail.comanevenweirdermove.wordpress.com100-499USAYes, Free
Angel of Dicegamingrulesboardgames@gmail.comangelofdice.co.uk100-499EUYes, Free
Another Dungeonpress@anotherdungeon.comanotherdungeon.com1000-1999AUYes, Free
Bayard Catroncatron@gmail.comspielnacht.blogspot.com/100-499 USAYes, Free
Bearded Meepletyler-anderson@rogers.cominfo@beardedmeeple.com100-499CanadaYes
BGG News – Ericwericmartin@gmail.comboardgamegeek.com/blog/1/boardgamegeek-news1000-1999 USASometimes
Big Game Reviewsnormanhunteriii@gmail.combiggameproductions.com100-499 USAYes, Free
Bit TraumaBitTraumaMedia@gmail.combittrauma.comover 5000USAYes, Free
Blue Peg, Pink Pegbluepegpinkpeg.combluepegpinkpeg.com500-999 USASometimes
Board Game Authoritycontact@boardgameauthority.comboardgameauthority.com500-999 USAYes, Paid
Board Game Brawlboardgamebrawl@gmail.comfacebook.com/boardgamebrawl2000-5000 USAYes, Paid
Board Game Closetjimmy@jimmyhudson.comboardgamecloset.com500-999USAYes, Free
Board Game Dialog Mike@boardgamedialog.comboardgamedialog.com499-999USANo
Board Game Questtony@boardgamequest.comboardgamequest.com500-999 USAYes, Paid
Board Game Resourcezillegas@gmail.comboardgameresource.com500-1000USASometimes
Board Game SocialBoardgamesocialnetwork@gmail.comyoutube.com/channel/UC9PwxN9vHTDyrncYprndnKg100-499USAYes, Free
Board Gamers Anonymousanthony@boardgamersanonymous.comboardgamersanoymous.com500-999USASometimes
Board Gaming At Homeruss@boardgamingathome.comBoardGamingAtHome.com500-1000UKYes, Free
Board to Death TVboardtodeathtv@gmail.comboardtodeath.tvover 5000 CanadaYes, Paid
Boardgame Cornermark.streed@boardgamecorner.net boardgamecorner.net2000-5000 USASometimes, Paid
Boardgamebloggerboardgameblogger@yahoo.comwargamer.com500-999 USASometimes
Boardgaming FTWchristopher.richter33@gmail.com100-499 USAYes, Free
Boards Alive Podcastboardsalive@live.com www.boardsalivepodcast.wordpress.com1000-1999CanadaYes, Paid
BobTHJpidgepot@gmail.comgamedesignerchronicles.com< 100 USAYes, Free
BorderConnthomson1975@gmail.comboardgamegeek.com100-499 AustraliaYes, Free
Bordspelerspelweb@gmail.combordspeler.nlover 5000 EUSometimes
Bower's Game Cornertonythespy@gmail. comyoutube.com/user/blqonXBL1000-1999 USAYes, Paid
Breacher18jay@breacher18.combreacher18.com2000-5000 UKSometimes
Calandaleuse BGG PMboardgamegeek.com/geeklist/61422/games-receiving-the-calandale-video-treatment100-499 USAYes, Free
Cardboard Insanityinfo@cardboardinsanity.comblog.cardboardinsanity.com/100-499USAYes, Free
Cardboard Vaultreviews@cardboardvault.comCardboardVault.com100-499USAYes, Free
Casual Game Revolutioncjames@casualgamerevolution.comcasualgamerevolution.com2000-5000 USANo
Chalk Board Game Reviewschalk.reviews@gmail.comchalkboardgamereviews.com1000-1999 USAYes, Paid
Cloak and Meeplecloakandmeeple@gmail.comcloakandmeeple.wordpress.com500-999USAYes, Free
Club Fantasciboardgames@thelowryagency.comclubfantasci.comover 5000 USAYes, Free
Club Fantasci - Mauricemoefantasci@hotmail.comclubfantasci.comover 5000USAYes, Free
COG Gamingbduerksen30@gmail.comcoggaming.net<100USAYes, Free
Crits HappenToxziq@gmail.comcritshappen.com2000-5000 USAYes, Paid
Cyril's BrettspieleNils.Herzmann@gmx.deyoutube.com/channel/UC7xaqN9t7pEj3hHQqsvxBoQ100-499USAYes, Paid
Dad's Gaming Addictionvmp0514@msn.comdadsgamingaddiction.comover 5000 USAYes, Paid
Dan Kingdan@gameboygeek.comGameboygeek.comover 5000USAYes, Paid
Deseret Newsckcarlson76@gmail.comdeseretnews.com500-999 USANo
DeskoveHry.comdusan@deskovehry.comdeskovehry.com2000-5000EUYes, Free
Dice Hate Mechris@dicehateme.comdicehateme.com1000-1999 USASometimes
Dice Monkeytincanrocketship@gmail.comdicemonkey.net100-499 USASometimes
Dice on Firerobin@diceonfire.comdiceonfire.com2000-5000 OtherSometimes
Dice. Card. Go!matt@dicecardgo.comdicecardgo.com100-499 USAYes, Free
DM Fiatperseus@dmfiat.comdmfiat.com/category/reviews/< 100 USAYes, Free
Drake's Flamesmatt@vixentorgames.comdrakesflames.com1000-1999 USASometimes
dramaplastikadramaplastika@gmail.comcubomagazine.comover 5000 EUYes, Free
Drive Thru Reviewjoel.eddy@gmail.comYouTube.com/e3kmouse2000-5000 USANo
Edo's Game Reviewsebaraf@gmail.comyoutube.com/user/EdoBarafu 500-999USAYes, Free
EndersGamegodlygadfly@europe.comboardgamegeek.com/geeklist/37596500-999 OtherSometimes
Everything Board Gamesdanetrimble@everythingboardgames.comeverythingboardgames.com2000-5000 USAYes, Free
Father Geekfathergeek@gmail.comfathergeek.com/over 5000 USAYes, Paid
Fluff N' Crunchfluffencrunch@gmail.comwww.fluffandcrunch.be100-499EU (Belgium)Yes, Free
Flying Dutchman Reviewsjtemple@uwo.caboardgamegeek.com/< 100 CanadaSometimes
Forensic Gameologyforensicgameology@gmail.comyoutube.com/c/forensicgameology500-999USAYes, Paid
Forged by Geeksahanses@forgedbygeeks.comyoutube.com/playlist?list=PLAAICGHyjJLPPnJeYcT2vZU0xgSbOrdk6100-499USAYes, Free
Fortress Ameritrashubarose@fortressat.comfortressat.com1000-1999 USA & EUSometimes
Game Centric TVgamecentrictv@gmail.comyoutube.com/c/GameCentricTV100-499USAYes, Free
Game Nite Magazineeditor@gamenitemagazine.comgamenitemagazine.comover 5000USANo
gameandacurrygameandacurry@gmail.comgameandacurry.com1000-1999 USAYes, Free
GameGroup.Orgfnordy1@yahoo.comgamegroup.org/wordpress/< 100 USANo
GameosityReviews@gameosity.comGameosity.com500-999USAYes, Free
GamerNodeeddie@gamernode.comgamernode.comover 5000USAYes, Free
Gamers Alliancegamers@gamersalliance.comgamersalliance.com2000-5000 USANo
Gamers RemorseMaster@gamersremorse.comgamersremorse.com1000-1999 USAYes, Paid
GamerTelliqrickmo@aol.comgamertell.comover 5000 USAYes, Free
Gaming Bitsdoublew17@gmail.comjlnelson73.wordpress.com/100-499USAYes, Free
Gaming Nonsense Uncensoredgamingnonsenseuncensored@gmail.comgnupodcast.podbean.com/100-499USAYes
Gaming Trendschleicher@gamingtrend.comgamingtrend.comover 5000 USASometimes
Geek-Craftken@geek-craft.comGeek-Craft.com100-499 USAYes, Free
GeekDadjonathan@geekdad.comGeekDad.com100-499 USASometimes
GeekJock / The Geek Allstarspatriss@aol.com or thegeekallstars.comthegeekallstars.com500-999 USASometimes
Giant Fire Breathing Robotgeekinsight@gfbrobot.comgfbrobot.comover 5000 USAYes, Free
GJJ GamesGeorge@Jaros.comgeorgejaros.com/GJJGames100-499USAYes, Free
GoldenDragonaturs@wp.plplanszowki.polter.pl100-499 EUSometimes
GotGameTestersgotgametesters@gmail.comyoutube.com/user/GotGameTesters< 100 USAYes, Free
Heimspiele.infoinfo@heimspiele.infoheimspiele.info/HP/500-999DEYes, free
Hello Gregorfieldtripstaff@gmail.comyoutube.com100-499 USASometimes
Hendrik Breuerhb@hendrikbreuer.comreich-der-spiele.deover 5000 CanadaNo
I Teach Her, She Winsalberto.resti@yahoo.comhttp://albertoresti.com/i-teach-her-she-wins-the-gaming-series-english/100-499InternationalYes, Free
ILSAinfo@ilsa-magazine.netilsa-magazine.net/1000-1999 EUNo
Indie Cardboardhello@indiecardboard.comindiecardboard.com1000-1999USAYes, Free
Into The Cardboardjohn@intothecardboard.comIntothecardboard.com100-499USAYes, Free
iSlaytheDragonfuturewolfie@islaythedragon.comiSlaytheDragon.com2000-5000USAYes, Paid
JohnBandettinijohnbandettini@yahoo.co.ukboardgamegeek.com100-499 EUYes, Free
Juega Meserosjuegameseros@gmail.comyoutube.com/juegameseros500-999MexicoYes, Free
Juegos, juguetes y coleccionablesoscargzza@gmail.comjuegosjuguetesycoleccionables.comover 5000 Mexico (Spanish)Yes, Free
Just Got Played Jestershand@gmail.com justgotplayed.com
100-499USAYes, Free
Just Got PlayedJustgotplayedshow@gmail.comjustgotplayed.com 100-499USAYes, Free
Kentucky Bored Gamerkentuckyboredgamer@gmail comkybg.blogspot.com100-499USAYes, Free
Kickin' It With Megkickingitwithmeg@gmail.comkickingitwithmeg.wordpress.com/100-499USAYes, Free
Kostki zostały rzucone!kamil.kostkizostalyrzucone@gmail.comkostkizostalyrzucone.pl100-499EU (Poland)Yes, Free
KPBGkpn3007@gmail.comkpbgblog.wordpress.com< 100AustraliaYes, Free
League of Nonsensical Gamersadmin@nonsensicalgamers.comnonsensicalgamers.com500-999 USAYes, Free
Let's Level Upletslevelupdotnet@gmail.comletslevelup.net1000-1999USAYes, Free
Lifeingames.comlifeingames@hotmail.comlifeingames.com< 100 USAYes, Free
Little Metal Dog Showmichael@littlemetaldog.comlittlemetaldog.comover 5000 EUYes, Free
Loulandon.squire@gmail.comhowlouseesit.blogspot.com< 100 USAYes, Free
lucyferfk@lucyfer.netlucyfer.net1000-1999DENo
Ludoversuminfo@ludoversum.deludoversum.de500-999 Canada & EUNo
Maggibotmaggi@maggibot.commaggibot.comm500-999 USAYes, Free
Man vs Meeplefacebook.com/jeremyjd.salinasyoutube.com/channel/UCTU7xJi9dBQIcBeUFLpWGUAover 5000 USANo
Married with Board Gamesmarriedwithbg@gmail.commarriedwithbg.com500-999USAYes, Free
NerdbloggersBilly@neosaint.orgNerdbloggers.com2000-5000 USAYes, Free
Noobsourcechristopher@noobsource.comnoobsource.com100-499 USAYes, Free
Not Just Another Gaming PodcastShadrock169@gmail.comnjagp.com2000-5000 USAYes, Paid
NVS Gameplaysforderm@wcgwave.cayoutube.com/user/icurnvss100-499 CanadaYes, Free
On Board Gamesonboardgames.net@gmail.comonboardgames.net2000-5000 USAYes, Free
papskubber.dkskubpap@papskubber.dkpapskubber.dk1000-1999 EUNo
Perpetual Geek Machinedanzuke@gmail.comperpetualgeekmachine.net500-999 USASometimes
Planszówki we dwojeplanszowki.we.dwoje@gmail.complanszowki.blogspot.com500-1000EU (Poland)Sometimes, Free
Play Board Gamesjason@play-board-games.complay-board-games.comover 5000USANo
Play Unplugged – Enricoinfo@playunplugged.complayunplugged.comover 5000 USASometimes
Play Unplugged – Matteqsnods@sbcglobal.netwww.playunplugged.com500-999 USAYes, Free
Polyhedron ColliderPolyhedroncollidergames@gmail.com.polyhedroncollider.com500-999 EUYes, Free
Pop Culture Beasteliot@popculturebeast.comPopCultureBeast.com1000-1999USAYes, Free (no PnP)
Power to the Meeplexnrdcorex@gmail.compowertothemeeple.com500-999 USASometimes
Pretty Sneaky, Sisagentindanger@gmail.comclevergamereference.wordpress.com500-999USAYes, Free
Propane Gamesinfo@propanegames.compropanegames.com/reviews500-999 USAYes, Free
Pub Meeplepubmeeple@gmail.comyoutube.com/pubmeeple100-499USAYes, Free
Purple Pawndavid@purplepawn.compurplepawn.comover 5000 USA & EUYes, Free
Push Your Luck Podcasterictkl@Gmail.compushurluckpodcast.com100-499USANo
Rahdo Runs Throughrichardham@hotmail.comyoutube.com/rahdoover 5000EUYes, Free
Roll to Hit Gamingrolltohitgaming@gmail.comyoutube.com/channel/UC6sFAq5kIY7ytA3bdjzH4dg< 100USASometimes, Free
Rolling Dice & Taking Namesrolldicetakenames@gmail.comrolldicetakenames.com2000-5000USASometimes
RPG.netshannon.appelcline@gmail.comrpg.net/reviews2000-5000 USAYes, Free
Rules Lawyer Reviewsreddish22@gmail.comBGG100-499USAYes, Free
Rundlii GamingIAMSAMUS@hotmail.comyoutube.com/user/T96171<100USAYes, Free
SAHM Reviewsscott@sahmreviews.comsahmreviews.comover 5000 USASometimes
Shut Up & Sit Down – Markwalkering@gmail.comsusd.pretend-money.comover 5000 USASometimes
So1ks Gamingjoshua.eisbrenner@gmail.comso1ks.comover 5000USANo
Spel!spel@ducosim.nlducosim.nl/spel500-999NL + BESometimes
SpieLama.deBen2@spielama.deSpielama.de1000-1999 EUNo
spieletest.atarno@spieletest.atspieletest.atover 5000 EUNo
SpinLiarne.decnodder@skynet.bebloggen.be/speleninlille100-499 EUYes, Free
Starlit Citadel Reviewsksadowski@starlitcitadel.comyoutube.com/user/StarlitCitadelover 5000 CanadaNo
Stone Circle Gamesjon.stonecirclegames@gmail.comstonecirclegames.com500-999USAYes, Free
Superfly CircusSuperflytnt@twc.comsuperflycircus.com100-499 USASometimes
Tantrum Housewill@tantrumhouse.comtantrumhouse.com100-499USAYes, Free
The Board Game Vaulttheboardgamevault@gmail.comyoutube.com/channel/UCLH5lBVnjthu0IQ1xQFXUtg< 100 USAYes, Free
The Boarding Kennelmike@the-boarding-kennel.comthe-boarding-kennel.com<100UKSometimes
The Cardboard JungleReviews@thecardboardjungle.comThecardboardjungle.com2000-5000 USAYes, Free
The Cardboard Republicryan@cardboardrepublic.comcardboardrepublic.com1000-1999 USAYes, Free
The Dice Have Itcontact@thedicehaveit.comthedicehaveit.com500-999USAYes, Free
The Dice Tower – EricEric@ericsummerer.comdicetower.comover 5000 USANo
The Dice Tower –- Ryanrpmetzler@gmail.comdicetower.com2000-5000 USAYes, No
The Gamers' Tablethegamerstable@hotmail.comthegamerstable.info1000-1999 CanadaSometimes
The Indie Game Reportmike@theindiegamereport.comtheindiegamereport.com100-499USAYes, Free
The KwarenteenWolfVonhinslik@Gmail.comYoutube.com/TheKwarenteen100-499USAYes, Free
The Party Gamecastthepartygamecast@gmail.comwww.thepartygamecast.com100-499 USASometimes
The Spielstephen@thespiel.netthespiel.netover 5000 USANo
Thearkhammonk (thedeepones)Thedeepones.net@gmail.comBoardgamegeek.com< 100 USAYes, Free
TheMadKatterKat@TheMadKatter.co.ukTheMadKatter.co.uk100-499UKYes, Free
Theology Of Gamesfirestoneiv@gmail.com, jeremiahisley@gmail.comwww.theologyofgames.comover 5000 USAYes, Free
This Board Game Liferob@thisboardgamelife.comthisboardgamelife.com2000-5000 USASometimes
Ticket to Tabletopgregg@greggbolinger.comtickettotabletop.com/< 100 USASometimes
To Die For Games2dieforgames@gmail.comtodieforgames.ca100-499CanadaYes, Free
To the Tabled-c-taylor@sbcglobal.netyoutube.com/c/ToTheTableFamilyPerspectiveGameReviews500-999USASometimes
Today in Board Gamespidgepot@gmail.comtodayinboardgames.com1000-1999 USAYes, Free
Today in Board Gamescmeeusen@gmail.comtodayinboardgames.com100-499USAYes, Free
Toucan Play that Gametoucanplaythatgame@outlook.comyoutube.com/ToucanPlaythatGameUK2000-5000 UKYes, Free
Troll in the Cornersmilodectes@gmail.comtrollitc.comover 5000USASometimes
UndeadVikingundeadvikingvideos@gmail.comyoutube.com/user/UndeadVikingVideosover 5000USAYes, Paid
VetruvianGamerVetruvianGamer@gmail.comyoutube.com/channel/UCQmtZBJmAvInYvnDlftFqwQ100-499BEYes, Free
Vin d'jeufswatsh@gmail.comvindjeu.euover 5000 EUSometimes
Voice of E Elliott_Miller@Voiceofe.comVoiceofE.com1000-1999USANo
Watch It Playedwatchitplayed@live.comyoutube.com/WatchItPlayedover 5000CanadaNo
We The Nerdy oscar.russell@wethenerdy.com wethenerdy.com 1000-1999 USA/EUYes
What Did You Play This Week Podcast Thingwdyptw@gmail.comwdyptw.wordpress.com500-999USAYes, Free
What's Eric Playing?whatsericplaying@gmail.comwhatsericplaying.com1000-1999USAYes, Free
Whiskey Board Gameseditor@whiskeyboardgames.comwhiskeyboardgames.com1000-1999AUYes, Free
Windsor Gaming Resourcegilvanblight@gmail.comw-g-r.com1000-1999 CanadaSometimes

 

Other Lists

http://boardgamegeek.com/wiki/page/Board_Game_Reviewers

http://meeplemechanic.com/meeple-directory/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/boardgamereviewer/

 

More reading

http://clubfantasci.wordpress.com/2013/12/09/board-game-publishers-help-a-board-game-reviewer-out/

Card & Board Game Design Guild
https://www.facebook.com/groups/GameDesignersGuild/

How to reach out to reviewers
http://www.jasmineadavis.com/index.php/2014/06/how-to-reach-out-to-reviewers/

 

Written by: James Mathe

26 thoughts on “O Reviewer, Reviewer wherefore art thou!

  1. I just wanted to say ‘thank you’ for putting this list together – I’ve found it really helpful and have already got in touch with a whole bunch of cool people through it.

  2. I submitted a new response to your survey as my information and readership has changed substantially over the past month. Feel free to remove my previous response from the list (BobTHJ). Thanks so much for maintaining this list!

  3. James, We just added our podcast to your list, but I wanted to let you know that many in community speak very highly of you and your efforts. Thank you for compiling this list and your efforts on behalf of the reviewer community generally.

  4. Hello James,

    I have filled out the survey and would greatly appreciate being added to the pdf when you have the time. In addition, as an aspiring designer as well as a reviewer, I look forward to making use of this list when the day arrives that I need it from the other end. Thank you for creating this amazing resource and supporting the gaming community in general!

  5. James, I’m not sure I’m in the right category for readers. I am flattered, but I’m not sure there are more than seven or eight people who read Drake’s Flames on a regular basis. And they’re almost all misanthropes.

  6. I am a freelance reviewer writing reviews for Whose Turn is it Anyway podcast and Indie Cardboard. Is it possible to get added to this list even without having my own space?

    • Not sure what you mean by “your own space”… but yes, all reviewers are welcome to send me their information for this table via the CONTACT ME link at the top of this site.

  7. Hi,

    I have been going through the list and I found a few of things that you might want to know to update it. I hope it helps 🙂

    The Spiel (http://thespiel.net) the list says that they sometimes review KS, but this in their website:
    “Please Note: We do not cover/review unreleased Kickstarter games. We limit our coverage to games that are currently available. If you are looking for publicity for a Kickstarter campaign, check out our sponsorship ad opportunities.”

    There is a typo in Crits Happen’s website, which means that if you copy and past it, it fails. www,critshappen.com As you can see between the www and the address there is a , instead of a .

    Undead Viking has 11.073 followers in youtube, but he is now in the 2,000-5,000 range.

    Great list!

  8. I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you. The wonders of the internet brought me here, and I am happy to have found you.

  9. Thanks for making this list! I’d love to see it as a Google doc or something that can be downloaded.

    Also, to make sure, the ‘No’ means that they won’t review *Kickstarters,* right? But they might review a prototype before a Kickstarter is even announced? Our plan is to make a PnP but wait until we have a number of downloads before launching.

    Thanks again for this list. This site is an amazing resource.

  10. Wonderful, James. Thanks for this list on behalf of everyone ever. : )
    Question: What percentage of the “Yes, free” folks do you think ask for a free copy of the game post funding, even though they say “free”? Thanks again.

  11. James you are a god! I’ve been looking for something like this forever. This is insanely helpful for the ‘live in a cave’ designer like me. Can’t thank you enough!

    • No this list is for people to review your actual game… it is not a news or press release listing. Only contact these people if you’re willing to send them a game.

      • Does such a list exist? And do you think it’s appropriate to send a kickstarter press release in this manner while also inquiring about whether or not they’re interested in a review copy?

  12. I have been using your list to help me find reviewers for my game. I truly appreciate it, and it has been a great resource.

    I’m sure its a constantly updating list, so I thought you might like to know that Board Game Authority does charge $15 for reviews.

  13. Laurens on

    Great list! What would be valuable for me would be an extra field that says whether the reviewer accepts print&play files or not. And possibly what type of games they mainly play or don’t want to play. But I recall that a list like that exists somewhere, though not as extensive.

    • 99% of them will not. Think about it. Not only are you asking them to make you a video but now you’re asking them to spend time AND MONEY to build a prototype? That’s rare and not going to happen. Frankly you shouldn’t even ask as it’s just rude.

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