Our New Schedule!

David here. I thought it might be nice to add some consistency to the posts that we make throughout our platforms — specifically Instagram and YouTube.

For the time being I will be using the following schedule.

Sunday: YouTube Episode (Coming Soon)
Monday: Instagram Review
Tuesday: Game Night Bag
Wednesday: Instagram Review
Thursday: Unknown
Friday: Unknown
Saturday: Unknown

And now we need your help. We’d love some ideas for Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Perhaps we should do a top 4 games of a certain category? Maybe make a short video on gaming tips on Instagram. Perhaps these will be reserved for other videos within our upcoming youtube channel. We’d love your ideas. I recently made a post on Instagram about this so be sure to leave us a comment and let us know!

Giveaway + Youtube Update

We’re almost there. Only 14 followers as of this post to reaching 1000 on instagram. That completely blows my mind. When we hit that number, I’ll be setting up a giveaway for Gamelyn Games, TINY EPIC WESTERN (special thanks to them for providing the copy).

And of course, I felt the need to comment on my youtube channel which has been very slow going. While working on this board game review thing, I’ve also been writing a novel (specifically YA Fantasy). For more info on this you can check out www.davidbockwrites.com and follow me on twitter at davidbockwrites if you have any interest. That said, I am currently revising my book. and all the while I’ve been trying to decide what I wanted to do as far as style for this youtube series. And, I’ve finally made a decision. I want this channel to feel a bit Vlogbrothers / Tested / Shut Up Sit Down. My reviews are going to be short, less than 10 minutes and at least in the beginning, I’m not going to spend much time going over the rules as there are many excellent channels that do this. My goal is to create a short video that gives you a basic idea of gameplay and then my thoughts. I may also do videos on organizing games, making things for your games, small painting tips etc.

Timeline. Right. Well, I hope to have the youtube channel started by the end of June. That’s my current goal and hopefully, I can do better than that.

Thanks for the support!

Giveaway at 1000 Instagram Followers!

A lot happened in February.

  • We gained almost 300 new followers (and as of today we now have 600). Yay!

And as a side note — once we get to 1000 followers on Instagram we’re going to do a GIVEAWAY! The people at Gamelyn Games have been kind enough to provide a copy of Tiny Epic Western Deluxe. Tell your friends!

  • We started our BGG Guild, #2830. https://www.boardgamegeek.com/guild/2830
  • We’ve slowly continued gaining followers on Twitter and Facebook (links above).

So how about our YouTube Channel?

Wow. So many things to talk about here. To be honest, in the past month Cathy and I have completely immersed ourselves in gaming, playing at least 3 – 5 different board games each week as we search for which games we want to review and discuss on my show. We’ve also been discussing our target audience. Who do we want to reach? As well, we’ve been discussing the content of the show and how I’ll approach reviewing games. Lots of ideas here and most of them lean towards a casual approach that focuses more on what makes a game fun, and less on explaining the rules.  Because we’ve made some changes to how we plan on doing things we’ve pushed things back to a mid to late March launch to focus on making the best show possible. You can help by joining our guild on BGG and joining in on the conversations – suggesting games, ideas and answering questions. We absolutely LOVE feedback, so please join us!

What about the Podcast?

Phew. Podcast. So this week we’re going to begin doing trial runs. Fake podcasts for ourselves only so to speak to see what we think and if we feel we have something new to offer. Our main focus would be on Kickstarter (by me) as well as News (by Cat) and then a little segment on what we recently played at our board game nights (we go to separate ones so this can make for interesting content).

And, as always:

If you have questions, want to submit a game for review or just want to send us a fan letter, go on over to the contact page for more info.

Thank you so much for your time. I look forward to hearing from you.
– David (and Cathy).

Thanks for your interest!

Well hello there awesome person. My name is David and I’m the host of Bock’s Games (truthfully I’m not the host of anything because I don’t have any episodes up yet). My current hope is that I’ll have episodes live at the middle to end of February, if not sooner. That being said, here is the current to do list and focus.

  • Instagram – I went live in the middle of January and in just two short weeks, I’ve been able to gather over 300 followers. Currently, my goal is 1000+ by the end of February. So what will I be using Instagram for? Well, my main purpose is to talk about what I am currently playing, whether at my local game night or with my wife, Cathy. I’ll post brief reviews, games to look out for, and recent purchases.
  • Facebook – Currently I’m using this for communication with viewers as well as live feeds. If you’d like to see the occasional live feed be sure to like and follow. I may eventually move live feeds to YouTube.
  • Twitter – I am using this the least at the moment. However, this will likely be my number one source for posting news. Regardless, the more followers I get, the more I’ll post on it!
  • YouTube – And here’s the big one. I’m currently working on a couple of play lists. My first thing to post will be a collection of short videos that help new gamers and intermediate gamers learn terms and mechanisms in board games or at least get an understanding of what they are. These will then be linked to within my reviews and overviews of other games. I’m also working on a collection of longer videos in which I’ll focus on my thoughts on specific games. At some point I may offer tips on painting board game minis but we’ll see. I’m sure top 10 lists will make it in there at some point.
  • Podcast – This is the big “WHAT IF”. Cathy and I are discussing the possibility of a podcast. We have a nice mic and we have lots of opinions. We love listening to podcasts and would love to contribute but it’s a matter of time and for us, we don’t do anything unless we can do it well. This will likely start as a monthly thing with topics focusing on stuff we’ve backed on kickstarter, games we’ve played at game night, board game news and upcoming episodes on youtube. I’m also hoping we might be able to get in a little Q&A section.

If you have a question for us, don’t hesitate to ask. We always do our best to respond to everyone. But be sure to put VIEWER QUESTION at the beginning of your subject line in your email to help me see them.

If you’re a board game company, we’d love to get review copies. Please contact me via the email at the bottom of this website and put BOARD GAME SUBMISSION in the subject line.

If you have an upcoming kickstarter, awesome! Congrats on going for it! If you’d like us to review your game, please let us know. Here’s how: Submit a short synopsis with “KICKSTARTER: Game Title” in the subject line. Be sure to also include a PDF of the rules for us to look over. We’ll look it over and let you know if it’s something we’d want to play and get back to you.

Thank you so much for your time. I look forward to hearing from you.
– David (and Cathy).