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What’s in a name?

Board Game Yarns began life as a board games and tabletop blog, springing from Simon’s love of board games and his wife Fran’s love of yarn. The name is a play on words where ‘yarns’ can mean ‘stories’ as well as ‘the materials used to make cosy hats and socks’. This website now serves as a hub for all things Board Game Yarns, which includes their editing and proofreading services for the tabletop industry.

“Who are you? Who, who, who who?”

Located just thirty minutes outside of Nottingham in a village called Barrow upon Soar, Board Games Yarns are surrounded by tabletop creatives in what is affectionately known as the UK’s ‘Lead Belt’.

Simon is an enthusiastic card and board gamer, who attends tabletop events around the UK. He also loves painting miniatures and playing narrative-rich video games such as Bioshock and The Witcher.

Fran runs her own yarn-dying business, serving 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.

Simon and Fran are hopelessly in love with all animals, great and small, and have two wonderful Cockapoos of their own named Monty and Zelda. They all enjoy long walks together, across the countryside surrounding their village. Simon and Fran are also enthralled by books, graphic novels, TV and movies – often spending time picking apart a script or dialogue, just for kicks. Anything involving wordplay is pure entertainment to Simon and Fran and they often spoonerise quotes, alliterate aggressively and turn mundane phrases into songs while they work.

English and the written word

As native-English speakers who have studied English Language, English Literature, Latin and Ancient History, Board Game Yarns have a good understanding of the English language and its origins. Simon’s love of language has seen him write poetry, prose, technical documentation, training materials, blog posts and social media content. He has a wild imagination and blends creative elements with real life experiences when writing. Simon also speaks a little French and understands some Italian, Spanish and German. He often listens to music with foreign lyrics and relishes the different sounds made by its vocalists.

Complimenting Board Game Yarns’ grasp of the English language is more than eleven years’ experience debugging (identifying and removing errors from) computer programming code, which means they are well practised at finding those hard-to-spot errors. They also have more than eighteen years experience translating complex, technical concepts into layperson’s terms. This means they 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 they understand that everyone is different and treat everybody with respect.

You could say that Board Game Yarns strives for accuracy, clarity and simplicity, whilst conveying complex concepts – as well as having a little fun with words along the way! They are also really good listeners and will provide a professional service, tailored to your requirements.

If you would like to know more, you can contact them at info@boardgameyarns.co.uk

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