EBG Contributors

Lake Leafty – Owner
Lake was a pharmacy tech in just about every facet you can think of including as a veteran of the United States Air Force. He’s also a husband to his wonderful wife with whom he has been blessed to be the father of 5 great children. Due to circumstances beyond his control he got thrown into the world of Tabletop gaming. As an overachiever he couldn’t just sit there quietly playing games. So he started podcasting about games in May of 2017. Ever since then has been slowly trying to grow his evil regime starting with The Giveaway Geek and now EBG.

See Lake’s Reviews HERE.


Jazz Paladin – Reviewer

Jazz Paladin is an eccentric at heart — When he is not learning to make exotic new foods at home, such as Queso Fresco cheese and Oaxacan molé, he is busy collecting vintage saxophones, harps, and other music-related paraphernalia. An avid music enthusiast, when he is not pining over the latest board games that are yet-to-be-released, his is probably hard at work making jazzy renditions of classic/retro video game music tunes as Jazz Paladin on Spotify and other digital music services.


See Jazz Paladin’s Reviews HERE.


Brad Hiscock – Reviewer
Brad Hiscock, aka “Zerility”, is a construction project manager, cost analyst, and electrician who has earned 6 business awards and was featured in several magazines. His passion for board games has led him from playing hundreds of original titles to creating a publishing company, Convivial Games, and designing games of his own. As an up and coming collaborator on many projects, he is always eager to try new games and create new connections in the community.

See Brad Hiscock’s Reviews HERE.


QuelqunQui – Reviewer
QuelqunQui (literally Someone who in French) is an eclectic who can’t stop doing more than one thing at a time..  Quelqunqui is a harpsichordist and gamer at heart that doesn’t abide by rules he doesn’t believe in.  When not playing he’s traveling the world for the Belgian Air force.
See QuelqunQui’s Reviews HERE.


Harry Jacobs – Reviewer

Harry has been a gamer for over 5 decades, his first games were strategic war games from Avalon Hill and Strategic Publications Incorporated (SPI).  Currently he resides in Yellowknife Northwest Territories in Canada, a city known to hold most of the cold weather records in Canada.  While not playing games or working, his five dogs keep him busy around the house and yard.  He is active in Ptarmicon Game Knights a club dedicated to bringing gaming to the communities in the Territories and can be often found teaching games both on club nights and at their various events. He looks forward to bringing his reviews and perspective of various games, in order for you to make an informed decision around buying and playing games. You can also catch Harry nigh-lighting as the North of 60 Gaming HERE.

See Harry’s Reviews HERE.


Shane “Bogue” Bogardus – Reviewer

Born and discarded to the wolves of the great Northern Planes, Bogue grew up a nomad. His recluse behavior landed him in the penitentiary of the Witchic County Municipality with a population 2 -A man and his dog. (Translation: A retired broadcast television and radio broadcaster turned financial planner for the good folks of main street not Wall Street.)

Life was always a game set on hardcore until he met a mild mannered digital publisher who took him under his wing and showed him the miracles of game design and play testing.  (Translation: Bogue is an entrepreneur at heart owning multiple businesses including the latest www.Meepology.com dedicated to growing and maximizing the gaming experience 

for current and new gamers to the hobby.) Now he is a thriving member of the Everything Board Games review team (THIS IS TRUE along with hosting the monthly joystickshow.com podcast on video game reviews heard anywhere you get your downloads) and lives with his long lost mother and his pet ferret named Meeple in Austin, TX. (Translation: He lives with his wife, two teenage boys and his dog “Pepper Potts” in Austin, TX.)

See Bogue’s Reviews HERE. 

E.V. – Reviewer

E.V. is passionate about music, nature, and her family. She is a piano teacher/composer who loves to venture outdoors on sunny  days. Hiking, camping, snowboarding and beach days are her favorite kind of adventures. She has always loved playing tabletop cards & board games. Being taught backgammon at a young age her love of games grew, some of her favorites include: Thanos Rising, Battle of Hogwarts, Red Dragon Inn, and Mysterium. Finding the time to play board games with friends and family, and instilling a love for games in her children is very important to her. She is excited to be a part of EBG, to learn new games and continue to branch out and diversify the types of games that she plays.

See E.V’s Reviews HERE.

TechnoFunkBoy – Reviewer

TechnoFunkBoy is a podcastermusician, and author. Both he and his music can be heard on the actual play podcasts Dice & Dreary, Order of Podcasters, and Tales from the Rusty Speeder. His music is available on Bandcamp, Amazon, Apple, and Spotify, and ranges from electronic video game covers to soundtracks. His latest album is called The Wolves and is an energetic collection of synthwave instrumentals.

See TechnoFunkBoy’s Reviews HERE.

The Arcanist’s Armory LLC – Reviewer

The Arcanist’s Armory LLC has recently begun to review board games. They love supporting small creators as they also run several custom dice and game projects and empathize well with other small creators. Sharik Peck, the owner, has a master’s degree in Financial Economics and a JD (law degree). He works as an attorney full time and runs the gamestore on the side. They specialize in family friendly games and their reviews will make sure to give suggestions for how to play the games with your families.

See The Arcanist’s Armory LLC’s Reviews HERE.


Carl King – Reviewer
Buyer / Estimator @ ABC Stainless, P’gh & owner of YouTube channel The Games Kingdom

See Carl’s Reviews HERE.


Thomas Shepherd – Reviewer

I grew up loving to solve puzzles, play games, and have fun.  In my younger years I had fun playing pencil games, enjoyed the creativity of playing Dungeons and Dragons with my friends, and generally hanging out with others. My favorite thing to do was to make puzzles of all kinds, mazes, word games, picture games, etc. Sadly my career took me in a different direction, solving computer problems rather than gaming problems. Gaming came back into my life, though, in a big way about 15 years ago, and I have held onto it since. I still enjoy designing games and have 9 published titles, which I did through my own game publishing company, Toresh Games, prior to the Covid pandemic. Sadly I was not able to sustain the company through the pandemic. I highly encourage people to play games, make friends, and have fun. As a game enthusiast, I would love to see a return to games as the best social media platform for the masses.

See Thomas Shepard’s Reviews HERE.

Tony Ripley – Reviewer
Fifteen 2, fifteen 4, and there ain’t no more! I remember being so confused at what was going on at the table when my dad and grandpa were playing some card game. Of course, I eventually got old enough to learn the game of cribbage and enjoyed plenty of evenings sharing stories and snacks. Games have really been a part of my life all along; whether it was to escape the heat of the afternoon in the middle east in the 70’s, making up a game about George Washington crossing the Delaware when I forgot to do a written report, or mashing up Yahtzee and Poker to see what would happen. I’ve lived around the world growing up, served military and religious missions, and ended up as an It professional in the South. I have run successful Kickstarter campaigns, organized mega-meetups and game conventions, and learned an awful lot along the way. Really, when I am reviewing a game, it is going to be as much about the kind of experience it is providing more than anything. In fact, for more involved games, I still like there to be at least maybe 20% luck or randomness so that winning or losing isn’t entirely my fault, lol. Ironically, I like abstract strategy games too; I think it is because I like to see what strategies and tactics emerge from the usually simple ruleset as you learn the game. So, as I provide overviews, unboxings, and playthroughs they will reflect my interests and tastes and that is probably the most helpful thing I can do. As there are more reviews from me you will know if you have similar views and that can help you find games you will enjoy or know who would when it is time for gift hunting. Onward!

See Tony Ripley’s Reviews HERE.

Steven Foster – Reviewer

Steven is currently a stay-at-home dad, homeschooling his two young sons. He is a father of 8 children
ranging in age from 26 to 7. He and his wife of 22 years have been foster and adoptive parents for 15 of
those years. Steven began gaming as a young child playing family classics like Monopoly and Uno. In the
early 90s, he started playing Magic the Gathering with the alphas and started his first Dungeons and
Dragons campaign in 1995. His first Euro-style board game was Catan in 1997 but board games would
soon be out. Steven left tabletop gaming in the early 2000s and got into online competitive gaming with
Counterstrike, and Halo then eventually started competitive Call of Duty tournaments. He started
playing board games again in 2019 at the start of the Global Pandemic. Board games became an escape
during a time when a family of 9 was stuck in the house together. Steven fell in love with board games
and quickly amassed a decent collection. Steven enjoys board games and their ability to bring people
together and create lasting memories. Some of his favorite types of games are polyomino, tile
placement games, and worker placement games.

See Steven’s reviews HERE.

Tal the Wolf Card Guy – Reviewer

Tal is a Student Success Specialist at a high school in Michigan.  He runs a very popular after school game club there.  Tal grew up playing Advanced Dungeons and Dragons (2nd Edition) and started playing Magic: The Gathering in 1995.  Tal has an eclectic taste in games.  He lists his current favorites as including Magic (he has a local tournament winning Werewolf and Token decks), Munchkin, Fluxx, Scrabble (he is VERY good at this Math game.  It is not a spelling game), Catan, and Pit.  He also likes social deduction games and heavier story driven games as well.  “Playing games is a universal language and a great way to connect with people.  Even if you are not ‘talking,’ you are still communicating and connecting.  Sometimes that is all people and students need!”  

See Tal’s reviews HERE.