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Sphere of Influence - The Writers of Reviews

Jason Moslander
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These are the guys that drive the hobby. They make us respect their opinions. They make our wishlists grow and our Paypal accounts shrink. They drive us to fill our closets with more cardboard than we know what to do with. We question and respect them; they are the reviewers. And not just any reviewers, they are the ones who sit down in front of the typewriter and bang on those keys to tell you their opinion. No fancy reel- to-reel recordings here--just old fashion print. Here are few guys that I really enjoy reading and who do a great job of giving you the full picture in their reviews.

Board Game Reviews By Josh
I believe the name says it all. A guy name Josh does board game reviews. Josh has reviewed over 200 games in 2 years. That's about 2 games a week (that is a lot of written reviews). Josh also has lots of pictures and puts tons of thought into his reviews. I respect his opinions on games, and he has a very even distribution of his ratings of games. They guy is also not afraid to review new or old games. He will review the latest and greatest game, and then the next time he will review a game that is 5-10 years old. This is a great balance, and helps us all not forget some of the older games that are out there. So often, it's about reviewing the latest and greatest to get hits and drive traffic to your site. Josh just reviews what he wants to review. So, if you are looking for an opinion on a game, Josh probably has one on it.

Games & Grub
Are you hungry? If not, Games and Grub will make you so. What a genius combo for a blog, food and board games. There isn't much better than that combo. Now, the site does focus mostly on board games, but from time-to-time a foodie review will popup on the site. The nice thing about Games and Grub is that there are two guys that contribute to the site, so there is always new content. The last time I checked, they have almost 150 posts for the year. That is a lot of posting, and thus a lot of reading and content for you. If you are looking for a site that give you some fun and excitement with a little bit of a different twist, G&G is the site for you. And if you are wanting opinions on prototypes and print and play games, these guys aren't afraid to do it. This is great, because most reviewers, including myself, won't take the time to make and review print and plays. This is a great niche that isn't covered by most.

I hope you take the time to check out these two blogs. There is more coming from this series, not sure exactly what else you will see yet. Let me know what else you would like to see, and let us know who some of your favorite reviewers are.

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