The kind of reviews that I look for as a consumer often don’t exist. If you’re looking for a reviewer to go over the rules in exhaustive (but not comprehensive!) detail, and then issue a couple final words to the effect that they found the game enjoyable, the internet has got you covered by many excellent offerings. So very, very covered.
What I want is a review that is helpful to both someone who has read the rules or not. One that focuses on criticism and analysis instead of unboxing shots and descriptions of the phase structure. Most importantly, I’m looking for reviews that recognize games don’t exist in a vacuum, and will draw explicit comparisons to similar games and how a reviewed game stacks up.
I don’t know if there’s an audience for such reviews, much less if I’m at all equipped to deliver them. But I have resolved to try, and welcome your feedback.
The first review is for Jamey Stegmaier’s Scythe. I hope you enjoy!