Contrary to popular belief, the written review is not dead. In reality, board gaming has never had a better, richer assortment of written content as it does right now. They’re the ones making the articles you read in a crowded places and the reviews you look up when you want to sift through a game’s merits at your own pace. They’re news posters, list makers, and crafters of press releases. And by George they’re everywhere, quietly doing their thing in the analog sea of board game material. Why, you’re partaking in written content right now and you might not even realize it!
Yeah, we’re sneaky like that.
Last year, as part of Gen Con’s 50th anniversary, we wanted to celebrate the part written contributors have made to the hobby over the years by giving people a chance to stop in and interact with some of the people behind many of the great written review sites you may or may know about. Writers generally avoid the spotlight, letting their words be the voice you hear instead, but we got several of them to step out from behind the computer to share their thoughts on the medium and answer your questions.
And since people actually showed up, we’re doing it again.
So come and join us at Gen Con on Friday, August 3rd at 7PM for Cardboard Quills 2018: A Written Reviewer Roundtable. (Lucas Oil Stadium, Room 8)
We’ll be doing a live Q&A with the audience, giving you a chance to interact with a number of folks, including:
- Jess Fisher (of Gameosity)
- Ryan LaFlamme (from here at the CR)
- Jonathan Liu (of Geekdad)
- Jonathan Wolf (of islaythedragon), and
- Eric Yurko (of What’s Eric Playing?)
You may be able to get one of your questions asked in person, but this year we’re also giving the option of submitting questions ahead of time in case you can’t make it but would still like to address one of these wonderful people.
You can fill submit your question here, and we’ll pick a number of them to ask the panel at Gen Con!
Yes, the powers that be were once again able to drag us from behind our respective keyboards to do this, largely due to the chance to interact with an people like you (there may have also been some cookie-based bribes), and as a result we’re happy to report that this event is totally happening.
What is it like to do prolonged game writing? What exactly are the pros and cons compared to podcasting or YouTube? Now’s your chance to ask us in person for some honest answers.
And at the very least, it’ll give you proof that we do indeed exist.
Oh, and we also may have a goodie or two lined up. Just saying…
Hope to see you there!