An issue with a lot of reviewers (boardgames or otherwise) is determining what the reviewers affiliations are. Should I purchase based on the opinion of a reviewer, or are they linked with the company? I know that I have come across a few glowing reviews myself only to find that they were written by someone who was paid to produce content.
I want board gaming to be an inclusive hobby, but also a hobby that you don’t have to unnecssarily have to waste money on. I will provide reviews of games from a independent point of view, regardless of how I receive a game. I will ensure that I will note my thoughts, but also the situations when I think a game may work for you, or alternative games that may work better.
At the commencement of each review I will declare where the game came from and how many times I have played the game in order to form my judgement.
The independence rating for this site is a very simple metric, it balances the total number of reviews against the number of copies that have been provided by publishers, developers or game creators. At a glance this allows you to see that the majority of the games that I play are either payed for from my own pocket or played through a gaming group. At the time of writing, 77 percent of the games that I have reviewed for Next Player are games that I have purchased myself.
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