So, last week was one crazy week! Finally recorded my first two video reviews, technically one review and one play through video, and it went nothing liked I had planned. At one point during my play through video the legs on one side of my table gave out creating one big pile of cards. Now well shuffled cards mind you. I laughed. Aidan laughed. My first true recording blooper. It was a pretty funny scene and one you will not see until my first uncut blooper edition hits the internet. I also learned no matter how much you rehearse what you are going to say, the first time you say your own website name it will be a blubbering word jumble. Repurposing a room for a make shift studio is also harder than one might think. Again, no matter how well you think the room is “shoot” ready, a stray pile of legos or a random xbox controller will undoubtedly finds its way into the review. Oh, and lighting. Lighting is something a newbie video reviewer never considers until you see a shadow of a man holding an iphone in every scene. Anything else? Yes! It is nearly impossible to review and play a card game while also holding the video recorder. As I tried to show the viewers all the cards in my hand an explained what each one did in the game, I soon realized the limits of two hands.
Despite all the mishaps, the errors, the newbie traps, and the fact that the videos were not anywhere near the grand vision I had for them in my head, it was a fun and educational experience. I don’t want any of my reviews to be over produced and scripted. I want people to see how I play the game and my true feelings for the game. I would prefer people not see random toys, card tables collapsing mid review or the screen suddenly shifting 90 degrees for no reason but I think that will come with experience. I love board games. I want to help designers get their games noticed, my viewers to see new games I get as well as my favorite games, and I want people to see an honest review.
I will definitely be working on a “review” area in the basement; a big bookshelf full of games behind me, a nice game table, and maybe even some nice lighting fixtures. That is, if I can stop playing games long enough to get something done. I also need to invest in a few other pieces of recording equipment to make games a little easier to review. All of this will come in time. In the meantime, I really appreciate some of the fancier review sites. I also appreciate their budgets!
Come back later this week as I go over my pre GenCon thoughts and plans. Thats right people, I am heading to GenCon on Saturday!
A software developer by day and avid game player by night.KickStarter has recently rekindled my love of board games. Now I am looking to help the little guys of KS get their games noticed and funded as well as demonstrate how easy or difficult a game is played its first time through.