Welcome to Board Game Yarns!
My name is Simon and I’m an avid board gamer, who provides freelance writing, editing and proofreading services to the tabletop industry.
I help game designers write and refine rulebooks, game components, Kickstarter pages and more.
I also help creators with English as a second language (ESL) improve the readability of their text, after it has been translated into English.
You can find details of my services here, and you can get in touch with me using the contact form.
It was a glorious age of champions… and rulebooks?
You know the scenario. After the initial excitement of un-boxing your brand new game, comes the dreaded reading of the rulebook. There’s no escaping it. If you want to play, you need to know the rules. Yep, it’s time to read the pesky rulebook you put to one side, while your were cooing over the game’s delightful plastic tokens and stylish wooden meeples.
Learning a new set of rules for every game in your collection can be exhausting. That’s why a well-written rule book can make all the difference between someone saying ‘yes! Let’s play this right now’ and ‘maybe we’ll play this tomorrow… or the next day… or the day after that’. Before you know it, their copy of your game could be up for sale on the second-hand market, just because your rulebook didn’t make the cut!
Although alternatives such as video and audio guides are increasingly more common nowadays, some players still prefer to learn the old fashioned way. Even after watching a video guide, some people will still read the entire rulebook for themselves. A video might abbreviate rules, skip over optional steps or perhaps move too fast for some viewers. Additionally, a video is someone else’s interpretation of the rules. Reading a rulebook for yourself allows you to control exactly how you learn the game. Also, the printed rulebook that came with your analogue game doesn’t require an internet connection, so you can learn new games while on a camping trip or on a remote beach, where there’s no wifi.
My name is Simon and Board Game Yarns is the name of my freelance writing, editing, and proofreading services. I’m here to help ensure your content is the best it can be, and editing your rulebook is just one example of how I can help. I’m here to take all kinds of writing, editing, and proofreading tasks off your plate, so that you’re free to channel your creative energy into making your game amazing!