Most of us played games as a kid, but what was the draw to gaming for you?
I idolized my older brother and he had a large gaming group. When he would let me play D&D with him or play Risk, it was a huge moment for me. As I got older, I got my own group and it just took off from there!
I was writing reviews for a good half year or so and I was watching Tom and Scott doing their stuff on BGG and I felt...hey...I could do that too. My first few videos were horrible. Just horrible. But people seemed to like what I did, so I kept at it...and here I am 10 years later, still making them.
What is the most challenging part of reviewing for you?
Time. Finding the time to play the game. Finding the time to have 10+ hours of quiet alone time to record a video, and then another 5-10 more hours to edit the video and get it uploaded, all the while juggling my real job and my family and friends. There is never enough time.
How did your job with TMG come about?
I met Michael Mindes at Gen Con about 5 years ago and we hit it off. He and I exchanged emails and talked on the phone all time. One day, I asked him when he was going to hire me, and then a year and a half later he called me up and offered me a job. Running into him at Gen Con was one of the best things that ever happened to me.
What advice would you give to other people that want to break into the business?
You have to decide what it is you want to accomplish and focus on that. If you want to be super successful you have to treat it like a job and work very hard at it. If you just want to do it on the side, then lower your expectations to the point where you can't possibly not reach them, because so many people quit too soon because they never achieved "X" where "X" is several things - subscribers, thumbs, free games, whatever. Also - if you aren't having fun, quit. People can tell when you have lost your passion.
Is there one game that has not been announced yet by TMG that you could let me in on? Something in development perhaps?
Ha - no. I love my job too much. I can say we have close to 20 games at some stage of development right now, and we are adding more all the time.
Finally, what is a game that you love that we may have not heard of?
Neue Heimat. An absolutely brutal game where people are mean. Really mean. This is probably the meanest game I have ever played...mostly because the only way you can win is by crawling over the corpses of your opponents. I think Capstone is going to reprint it.
The Gentlemen Blogger
Jim is a lifelong gamer. He will play any game at least once. You will see a wide variance in the games he reviews.
Halden is our war game correspondent. He is on the front lines for skirmish game reviews.
Chris Globus is the newest member of the blog team. He is on a personal quest to fine tune his collection at all times.