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. Depending on the game, my available time to play, and a number of other factors, I might publish the review as a “first impression”. I discuss the difference between the two here. If you only want the review to be listed as a “review”, let me know and we can talk about how long that might take.
  3. If you have a preference between, written, video, or audio (on the podcast), let me know and we’ll talk.
  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.