Welcome to the Bottom Shelf! This is a place where I can share my thoughts on board and card games, but it's not your average reviews site. Think of the Bottom Shelf as a book club, but for board games! Every month will focus on just a single game. This means I won't cover all the latest and greatest games, but it does mean I'll be able to enjoy them more fully and hopefully provide more insight than I could I otherwise.
Every month's game will receive an initial thoughts video. These videos run around 3-5 minutes and provide a quick overview along with my impressions of the game after a few plays. These aren't comprehensive by any means, but I will have played the game enough that I feel comfortable giving an opinion. They're meant more as a starting off point than anything. You'll get an idea what the game is about and if it's something you might be interested.
Following the initial thoughts video will be a final thoughts article. These will be more in depth than the videos and will assume you are familiar with how the game works. I'll address issues that arise after multiple play-throughs, what works and what doesn't. And remember that book club analogy? Well, the best part of book clubs is the discussion, so if you have any thoughts, questions or concerns about a particular game, be sure to post them in the comments of the initial thoughts videos or drop a message in the mailbag and I'll be sure to address them in the article.