We couldn’t be happier with the service Games Previewed offers. Chris is extremely professional and packs a lot of insightful commentary into a short space of time. We expect to include Games Previewed for every project going forward. Thanks!

— Simon Lucas, creator of The Big Easy

Crowdfunding? Get your game previewed without sending an expensive prototype.

You’re gearing up to start a crowdfunding campaign — time to get your game to previewers to get some independent opinions of your game. Here’s the thing:

  • Some previewers / reviewers are booked solid.
  • Some are difficult or impossible to reach.
  • Some are really expensive.
  • And of course, they all need a prototype copy of your game.

I print, assemble, then preview your game. Your video goes live on the day of your choice.

Please read this page carefully to see how it works.

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Step 1: Upload your files — no prototype or shipping required.

Get your game previewed no matter where you are in the world. There’s no need to ship anything — I print off your cards and tiles on my end. I’m a game designer myself, so I have a toolbox full of bits / pieces to play with. (Note: if your game has a unique component, an extremely unusual component or more than 500 pieces, this service may not be for you.)

Step 2: pay the preview fee.

This goes to printing and assembling the game, and also the time it takes to learn the rules, give the game a go, then record and upload the video.

  • If your game has 10 or fewer pages of printables: $50
  • If your game has 11-25 pages of printables: $100
  • If your game has 26 pages or more of printables: $150

‘Printables’ are cards, tiles, and anything else that is required to play, but does not include the rulebook.

If your game cannot be previewed for whatever reason, the preview fee will be refunded automatically (see the next page for why this might happen).

Once everything is sent, I’ll get to work! Keep your eyes open for possible follow-up questions while I print, assemble, and preview your game.

Step 3: get a link to your video.

Unlike most other reviewers or previewers, you choose what day your video goes live! As soon as the video goes live, you’ll get the link to it by e-mail. Add it to your crowdfunding page and use any quotes from it that you like to help promote your game!

Working with Games Previewed is a treat for a game designer. The approach of taking Print & Plays takes a weight of planning off of the designer or publisher’s back. Chris is super communicative throughout the process, touching base, asking questions, and making sure everything goes off without a hitch. He’s an absolute pleasure to work with.

— Tyler Omichinski, creator of Builders

“Games Previewed is a great channel in modern Kickstarter times – the chance to get coverage on a prototype was sorely missed before. Chris had the right idea at the right time.”

— Karsten Schulmann, Stimulus Games

All videos follow a similar format:

  • Intro to the channel
  • Intro the game in a short segment (this is where I show the box art, some of the cards, or some graphic element of the game)
  • Details like the game’s name, publisher, number of players, age range, game length, and a standard disclaimer.
  • A look at the cards or other pieces, along with the story and win condition of the game.
  • Explain the setup of the game
  • Go through a turn or two, and talk about some of the strategy / mechanics of the game.
  • Note anything new, different, distinct, unique, or awesome about the game.
  • I come on to give some thoughts and final feedback.
  • Outro to the channel

“Communication with Chris was easy & clear. He delivered a week ahead of time with a high quality video including his personal take which I love in reviews.”

— Patrick Rauland, Laid Back Games

Before sending on your game, please make sure you can say ‘yes’ to all of the questions below:

To save us both some time, let’s be sure your game is ready to be previewed before making contact. It’s best to reach out at least two weeks before you want the video to go live, but I can work with tighter deadlines in a pinch.

  1. Have you decided on a specific day to start your crowdfunding campaign?
  2. Is your game submitted to or listed on BoardGameGeek?
  3. Is the graphic design nearly complete or complete?
  4. If your campaign will have stretch goals, have you thought about them or planned at least some of them out?
  5. Does my game have fewer than 500 pieces? (A ‘piece’ is a card, tile, cube, meeple, die, or any other individual component.)

Why these rules? Put simply, I want to promote games that are definitely coming to Kickstarter. Viewers / readers are disappointed when they can’t actually get the game that’s been promoted, or have to wait a long time before it’s ready.

Important note: Games Previewed supports game designers and developers regardless of gender, gender identity, race, religion, religious beliefs, citizenship, nation of origin, native language, physical ability, marital status, age, sexual preferences, political beliefs, and other factors. I truly believe a great game can come from anyone and anywhere.

FAQ’s

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What kind of videos do you make?

I make preview videos for games coming to crowdfunding sites. Videos will go live and public on the day of your choice, which can be just before the start of your campaign or just after. I recommend including the video in your campaign alongside other reviewers — to do this, have it go live a few days before your campaign starts so you can get the embed code from Youtube to include in your Kickstarter page.

All videos follow a similar format:

  • Intro to the channel
  • Intro the game in a short segment (this is where I show the box art, some of the cards, or some graphic element of the game)
  • Details like the game’s name, publisher, number of players, age range, game length, and a standard disclaimer.
  • A look at the cards or other pieces, along with the story and win condition of the game.
  • Explain the setup of the game
  • Go through a turn or two, and talk about some of the strategy / mechanics of the game.
  • Note anything new, different, distinct, unique, or awesome about the game.
  • I come on to give some thoughts and final feedback.
  • Outro to the channel
What do you do if my game has a lot of game pieces?

I’m a game designer myself with a toolbox full of stuff, so as long as I can substitute in generic meeples and dice and such, we’re good. The audience is told these are my pieces, and what’s in the box they’ll receive will be different – see your website or Kickstarter campaign for the most current information.

With that said, I’ll have to decline a game if there’s more than 500 pieces (a ‘piece’ being a card, die, meeple, chip, tile, or the like), or if some unique piece is absolutely critical to play.

What if I have a custom piece that you HAVE to have to play?

For the purposes of the video, I would likely hold up your picture or rendering of it to show it off. For learning and testing the game, I’d substitute something else. If it’s absolutely critical that a given piece must be used on-camera, I’d have to decline the game.

What are the typical files I would need to send in?

The following files are all needed:

  • The complete rulebook
  • The cards, tiles, and all other printables needed to play the game
  • Any box art you have

All files need to be in PDF format. This reduces the chances of oddball formatting issues, missing fonts, or simply not having the program the files were created on.

What format do the files need to be?

PDF’s all the way, ideally PDF’s ready to print on A4 / A3 paper. (Americans: letter-sized is fine, but it’ll be printed on A4 paper.). You’re welcome to ZIP them up if you choose, but there’s no need. What about Word / PowerPoint / JPG’s / InDesign / other files? Sorry, but too many issues can crop up — missing fonts, printing issues, and so on. I’d rather spend the time learning and playing your game, not messing with the printer!

Do I need a how to play video before submitting?

No, but if one exists and it’s up-to-date / relevant I’ll certainly take a look.

How much does this service cost?

I ask for three things:

  • Subscribe to the Youtube channel (if you’re a game designer, you also love playing games!)
  • Share the video with your social networks (this is a natural win-win)
  • A donation to help cover printing costs (suggested donation is $1 per page of cards, rules, etc.)

If your game cannot be previewed for whatever reason, I’ll be happy to refund any donation (see the fine print on the next page for why this might happen).

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