OUR REVIEW PHILOSOPHY
Our reviews will never be paid for.
Our reviews will always be 100% representative of our thoughts on the product.
We will never let our standard of quality suffer in favour of quantity.
We will always play a game as many times and at as many player counts as we deem necessary to form a fair, informed and thorough opinion.
Our final scores are not an average.
Categories will often be weighted more toward game design. However, this will depend on the game.
Category scores will only ever have decimal ratings of .0 or .5. Final scores may range from .0-.9.
NOTE: Any and all sponsored content (such as previews) will always be clearly noted and stated as such in order to remain as transparent as possible.
ABOUT THE AYCB TEAM
I wasn’t always an avid tabletop gamer. I had dipped my toe into the world of Dungeons & Dragons in my youth briefly, but it didn’t last. Back in the 90’s, I was a gamer of the video variety, always parked in front of the TV whenever I had the opportunity, playing Super Nintendo and PlayStation almost religiously. It wasn’t until I bought Pandemic on a whim one afternoon almost 10 years ago that an itch started to develop that no amount of board game purchases could ever properly scratch. Fast-forward to now and I have a collection that never stops growing and an overwhelming love and appreciation for the medium. I don’t just love playing board games, I love talking about them, writing about them, making content for them and connecting with its community to see what gets people excited and what brings them and their groups to the table.
With a passion for video production and writing and a love for tabletop games, naturally the idea of starting some sort of hub for consistent board gaming content began to circulate in my head. It wasn’t until Carlo approached me, sharing the same sentiments and feelings, that it clicked for me: We should do this. We can do this. And it’ll be awesome.
All You Can Board is a passion project. I want to take a hobby that I love so much and turn it into something more, but never lose that passion or that appreciation. I want to help people make decisions on which game to buy next. I want to help teach them how to play the games they’re most excited for or thinking of buying. I want to engage in discussions, debates, comparisons and everything in between with the people of this wonderful community. Hopefully you’ll find something here or on any of our channels that you like, connect with or find useful. And if you do, I hope you’ll keep coming back to check out our new content, or comment on one of my opinion pieces, or even just shoot me an email and tell me about a game you’re really excited about or think we should have on our radar. If there’s one thing I’m always willing, available and excited to do, it’s talk about and play board games.
You’ll find me heading up video production and post-production for AYCB, but you’ll also see plenty of me on camera, teaching games and reviewing them, as well as writing articles, reviews and a whole bunch more too.
Now if you’ll excuse me, there’s a mug of coffee, a bowl of chips and a tabletop covered in Gloomhaven calling my name!
Until I was 18 or 19 years old, most of the board games I had played were the common classics like Monopoly, Scrabble, Guess Who and Battleship. One day, my brother introduced me to the Xbox online version of Carcasonne. I had no idea at the time how monumental that introduction to Carcassonne would be, but as soon as I played it, I was hooked. I wondered why I hadn’t heard of it before, or what other games might be out there waiting for me. I immediately bought the tabletop version of Carcassonne, and taught it to all my friends.
Soon after, I got Agricola, then Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride: Europe, Pandemic… and it all took off from there. The more I got entrenched in board gaming, the more I loved it. I quickly noticed how incredible the board game community was, between all the resources online and also by the board game stores and cafes that began opening here in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
Over the next few years, I would log probably over 300 plays of Carcassonne and almost the same amount for Settlers of Catan. My current tally for Agricola is 128 games, most of those in a 3-4 year span. Even though I love to revisit old favourites, these days I try to diversify and play more games. I try to read reviews and watch How to Play videos for most games before buying, but when so many games get such fantastic reviews, it’s tough to decide what to buy. Besides, there are simply way too many good games out there to play them all. What an unfortunate “problem” to have.
Years ago, after finishing University, I entered the freelance world. Mostly writing, but also editing and some French-to-English translation work. It was not easy to get started and get picked for jobs at first. Even when I did, I often had to write about or edit something that didn’t interest me, which made it more difficult to justify taking these often extremely low paying jobs. I always knew I wanted to pursue a bigger writing project of some sort, and as my love of board games grew, I thought about a way to mesh those passions together. It wasn’t long until I thought of Dylann, knowing what our combined skill set and obsession for board games could do.
Our goal is to consistently produce high quality written content and videos in a variety of formats, primarily reviews and how to play videos. We hope to keep you entertained and well-informed as you explore the magical world of board games with us. Now go, it’s your turn!
Thank you to our friend and talented artist, Jan Castillo, for our logos.