The Thoughtful Gamer is happy to accept review copies of games, but in the interest of genuine openness and honesty, here are some ground rules and guidelines I will follow.

  1. I will not accept money or any compensation (except for the review copy itself) to review a game. If you would like a preview or how-to-play instead, we can discuss compensation. Just email me at
  2. If you have a preference between, written, video, or audio (on the podcast), let me know and we’ll talk.
  3. I’m fine with prototype copies as long as the rules are 100% complete and finished. Incomplete art and components are fine as long as it’s playable.
  4. If I tell you I will review a game, I will review it honestly, good or bad. If I honestly think it’s garbage, I’ll say so, but I will always explain why.