Voice of Experience 2.0

Exciting news!

The second annual Voice of Experience review contest has been launched on Board Game Geek. The contest asks reviewers to provide critical analyses of games they know well – that they’ve played at least ten times. The winning review will be more than a mere rule-book re-write: it’ll be a pleasure to read, and offer the kind of insight only real familiarity with a game can offer.

This year, I’m especially looking forward to the contest since it focuses upon lighter games. All games reviewed should have a Board Game Geek ‘weight’ rating of 2.0 or less. (For context, Carcassonne is rated 2.0 exactly, Ticket to Ride, 1.9.)

Last year saw over 50 entries, many of which I’d consider to be among the most valuable contributions to Board Game Geek that I’ve seen.

I’m delighted to have been asked to help in judging the competition. I genuinely cannot wait to see what people contribute. I’d be especially pleased to see readers of Painted Wooden Cubes submitting pieces. I won’t be too partisan. I promise.

There will be prizes.

Go here to find out more, and go here for a list of all entries (at the time of writing none have yet been submitted, but do subscribe to that page to be notified when reviews arrive).

That’s about all for now. Except, while I have your attention, I’d like to say thanks for being patient while Painted Wooden Cubes is running quietly: it’s sadly necessary while I’m finishing my thesis. Two months to go. Hopefully.

The Voice of Experience

Just a quick note, to point you towards the Voice of Experience contest, organized by Martin Griffiths, which has just launched on Board Game Geek.

It’s a review writing contest, designed to encourage critical commentary from a perspective of familiarity with the games in question. Reviews submitted can be of any ranked game in the Board Game Geek database, and can be produced by new or established reviewers. The one requirement is that the reviewer should have played the game he or she is reviewing ten times or more.

I am genuinely honoured to be on the judging panel. I admire a great deal that has been written by the other judges – both in the form of reviews, and other commentary. I’m very excited to see what the contest will inspire in its entrants, and would be glad to see submissions from readers of this blog.

There are prizes. As it stands, the winner receives a copy of the card game JAB: Realtime Boxing, and 80 geekgold, but there seems a good chance of more being donated to the prize pool.

The final entry deadline is May 28th.