About Us

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What’s in a name?

Hi and welcome to Board Game Yarns! My name is Simon and Board Game Yarns is the name of my writing, editing and proofreading services for the tabletop industry. This website began life as a board game and tabletop blog, springing from my love of board games and my wife Fran’s love of yarn. The name ‘Board Game Yarns’ is a play on words where ‘yarns’ can mean ‘stories’ as well as ‘the materials used to make cosy hats and socks’.

English and the written word

As a native-English speaker who has studied English Language, English Literature, Latin and Ancient History, I have a good understanding of the English language and its origins. My love of language has seen me write poetry, prose, technical documentation, training materials, blog posts and social media content. I have a pretty wild imagination and blend creative elements with real life experiences when writing. I also speak a little French and understand some Italian, Spanish and German. I really enjoy listening to music with foreign lyrics, relishing the different sounds made by vocalists.

Complimenting my grasp of the English language is more than eleven years’ experience debugging (identifying and removing errors from) computer programming code, which means I am well practised at finding those hard-to-spot errors. I also have more than eighteen years experience translating complex, technical concepts into layperson’s terms. This means I can take your stream-of-consciousness, scribbled notes and help you turn them into a rulebook that everybody can understand. Additionally, twenty years’ experience in customer service across multiple industries means I understand that everyone is different and treat everybody with respect.

You could say that I strive for accuracy, clarity and simplicity, whilst conveying complex concepts – as well as having a little fun with words along the way! I’m also a really good listener and will provide a professional service, tailored to your requirements.

If you would like to know more about the services I offer, you can contact me at simon@boardgameyarns.co.uk

A little more about me and my family

Residing just thirty minutes outside of Nottingham, I live in a village called Barrow upon Soar, where I am flanked on all sides by tabletop creatives, in what is affectionately known as the UK’s ‘Lead Belt’. I’m an enthusiastic card and board gamer, and I attend as many tabletop events around the UK as I can. I enjoy painting miniatures and tabletop scenery, as well as playing narrative-rich video games such as Bioshock and The Witcher.

I’m enthralled by books, graphic novels, TV and movies – often spending time picking apart a script or dialogue, just for fun. Anything involving wordplay is pure entertainment to me and I often spoonerise quotes, alliterate aggressively and turn mundane phrases into songs while I work.

I am hopelessly in love with all animals, great and small, and my wife and I have two wonderful Cockapoos named Monty and Zelda. We enjoy walking together through the local countryside and hiking around the Peak District.

For the love of yarn

Our house is a cosy hub of creativity. In addition to my various indulgences in the tabletop hobby, it is home to my wife’s yarn-dying business. From her custom workshop in our converted garage, Fran serves unique hand-dyed yarns to the craft community across the globe. She has a lifelong love affair with yarn and when she isn’t dying the stuff, she will most likely be found spinning, sewing, weaving and more. You can find her yarn shop on etsy under the name Burrow and Soar.

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