Play Matt! is creating Board Game Stories
31
patrons
$103
per month
What makes a board game?

It's not the rules or the pieces: they're no fun by themselves. The fun in gaming comes from the people that play, the stories that they tell.

So why do so many game writers choose to focus on the rules and the pieces?

I'm doing something different. Writing all sorts of content - reviews, features, interviews and more - in the form of a narrative, an experience. A story that I made with the help of my friends and family and the bits in a game box. You can read some of my stories here.

They are more readable than a traditional review, I think, and although they're a little more opaque, they're also more open-ended. They stimulate more discussion, more thought about what games mean to us, to you and the people you play them with.

They're also more work. It takes more time and effort to write this way, and that's difficult with the demands of family and working life. I think the results are worthwhile: if you agree, and you'd like to see more of it, then I could use the support to take the pressure off.

Board games can take us to some wonderful places, places we can't otherwise reach. Will you join us on our journey, with access to exclusive insights as to how we got there?
Tiers
Codenamer
$1 or more per month 13 patrons

Spy behind the scenes with this tier.

  • A Patreon-exclusive post alongside everything I write, with insight into the thought process, planing and wider perspective behind it.
  • My eternal gratitude.
Penny Presser
$2 or more per month 1 patron

Newshounds might want to consider this tier, which delivers a weekly newsletter. 

  • My first impressions of games I'm playing, well before a review goes out. 
  • Also includes analysis and hints and tips on writing and games media. 
  • Plus all the benefits of the $1 tier and double my eternal gratitude.
Dictator
$5 or more per month 7 patrons

Tell me what to do!

  • Once a year, choose any game for me to review, or an industry figure you'd like me to interview or any opinions on any gaming topic. I'll do the leg-work and get you the scoop.
  • Plus all the benefits of lower tiers, and five times my eternal gratitude.
Collector
$10 or more per month 4 patrons

Add to your own collection!

  • Each full year's support at this tier entitles you to one game, picked randomly from my trade pile and shipped anywhere. 
  • Plus all the benefits of previous tiers, and ten times my eternal gratitude!
Goals
$103 of $150 per month
Four stories about board games every month, free to access on ThereWillBe.Games
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What makes a board game?

It's not the rules or the pieces: they're no fun by themselves. The fun in gaming comes from the people that play, the stories that they tell.

So why do so many game writers choose to focus on the rules and the pieces?

I'm doing something different. Writing all sorts of content - reviews, features, interviews and more - in the form of a narrative, an experience. A story that I made with the help of my friends and family and the bits in a game box. You can read some of my stories here.

They are more readable than a traditional review, I think, and although they're a little more opaque, they're also more open-ended. They stimulate more discussion, more thought about what games mean to us, to you and the people you play them with.

They're also more work. It takes more time and effort to write this way, and that's difficult with the demands of family and working life. I think the results are worthwhile: if you agree, and you'd like to see more of it, then I could use the support to take the pressure off.

Board games can take us to some wonderful places, places we can't otherwise reach. Will you join us on our journey, with access to exclusive insights as to how we got there?

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Tiers
Codenamer
$1 or more per month 13 patrons

Spy behind the scenes with this tier.

  • A Patreon-exclusive post alongside everything I write, with insight into the thought process, planing and wider perspective behind it.
  • My eternal gratitude.
Penny Presser
$2 or more per month 1 patron

Newshounds might want to consider this tier, which delivers a weekly newsletter. 

  • My first impressions of games I'm playing, well before a review goes out. 
  • Also includes analysis and hints and tips on writing and games media. 
  • Plus all the benefits of the $1 tier and double my eternal gratitude.
Dictator
$5 or more per month 7 patrons

Tell me what to do!

  • Once a year, choose any game for me to review, or an industry figure you'd like me to interview or any opinions on any gaming topic. I'll do the leg-work and get you the scoop.
  • Plus all the benefits of lower tiers, and five times my eternal gratitude.
Collector
$10 or more per month 4 patrons

Add to your own collection!

  • Each full year's support at this tier entitles you to one game, picked randomly from my trade pile and shipped anywhere. 
  • Plus all the benefits of previous tiers, and ten times my eternal gratitude!