About Us

The Indie Game Report is a collaborative review site co-founded by Mike Wokasch and Cassie Elle. We primarily feature  reviews and Kickstarter previews of tabletop games from smaller board game publishers.

Founders

Mike Wokasch

meMike W. is a husband, father of two great kids, lawyer by profession, and a game designer at heart. He is the man behind, Fairway 3 Games, that successfully funded Starving Artists Game on Kickstarter.  Mike helps support the board game community by being a moderator/curator at The Game Crafter. He’s a really big board game fan.

You can find Mike on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Mike would also like the words “genius,”“celebrated” and “cultural hero” in conjunction with his name in this introduction of who he is.

Cassie Elle

Cassie is a recently married cat lady who always loved the hidden gems in gaming, but had a difficult time finding reviews and playthroughs of indie games. Thus her journey into board game reviewing began! In Cassie’s very little spare time she volunteers as a Guardian Ad Litem.

Cassie has her own website for personal and learn to play inquiries, CassieElle.com. Otherwise, you can find her on Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube.

Our contributors

Ryan Sanders

ryanRyan Sanders is a tiny purple meeple, stay-at-home father of 5 (what?!) and founder of The Inquisitive Meeple which was known for its interviews and getting the story behind the games. After the closing of The Inquisitive Meeple he started writing for its sister (and spin-off) blog, The Indie Game Report, still getting the inside scoop behind the games. You can find him on Twitter and Facebook.

Ryan often thinks he is witty and funny, as he makes people laugh, what he fails to realize is that they are laughing at him, not with him.

 

Dan Letzring

danDan lives in Rochester NY with his wife and two daughters. Dan and his wife play games often either alone together or with friends. Dan founded his company Letiman Games to not only design and publish his own games, but to help other designers bring their game to the public as well. Dan has had four five successful campaigns funded on Kickstarter and he started a blog series based on what he had learned. This blog series was later moved to TIGR and Dan became a part of the team. Dan doesn’t find Ryan as funny or witty as Ryan thinks he is. Find Dan on Twitter and Facebook or reach him by email.

Steven Aramini

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Steven lives in Reno, Nevada, where he is the Creative Director for an ad agency by day and a fledgling game designer by night. He is married and has two adorable furry kids (both Cocker Spaniels). When he’s not making games, he’s playing them. Some of his favorites include Above and Below, Splendor, Kingsburg and Ticket to Ride, but he’s up for playing just about anything.

If he’s not unplugging in the Sierra Nevada somewhere, you can find him primarily on Twitter.

Dustin Oakley

dustyAn avid gamer since childhood, Dusty has been a serious hobbyist designer for several years. During that time he has run and delivered on two successful Kickstarters, orchestrated the creation of a monthly designer meetup, and won prizes in two design competitions hosted by The Game Crafter. At that site, he also serves as a professional Sanity Tester, having critiqued close to 100 rulebooks.

In addition, Dusty’s service, Tabletop Tune-up, consults on game design and offers playtesting and rulebook writing and editing. Online, he goes by the handle CrassPip on Twitter, Facebook, et al.

Jason Dobson

jasonWhile Jason cut his teeth covering the video game industry for more than a decade for numerous outlets including Gamasutra and Joystiq, his heart has always been at the table with board and card games. A web designer and community manager by day working for the largest federally recognized Native American tribe in the United States, Jason is passionate about both his work and hobbies.  A husband and father, Jason lives in northeast Oklahoma, and enjoys playing a variety of games, but finds deck builders and area control games of particular interest. You can find Jason on Twitter most often at @indiecardboard, or reach him through email at hello@indiecardboard.com.

Benny Sperling

Benny Sperling is a board game designer and is passionate about playing, designing and reviewing tabletop games. He loves how tabletop games bring people together and provide a space where they can communicate with others in a meaningful way. He started officially designing games in 2006. Most recently he had a successful Kickstarter campaign with DaftConcepts for his game Yakitori. Benny lives in Dallas, TX where he works in mental health counseling. His wife Jax is a successful chef and the couple have a wonderful little boy Ronan.

You can follow him on twitter at @Benny275.

Carla Kopp (Weird Giraffe Games)

Weird Giraffe GamesCarla Kopp is an engineer and board game designer currently living in Huntsville, Alabama. She loves playing board games and spends most of her free time learning new games or working to make her designs better.  She’s part of Weird Giraffe Games, which has one funded game on Kickstarter, but has more games in the works.

You can follow her on Twitter @WeirdGiraffes.

 

Xisra

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Meet Xisra (Seez -ra) which means “independent” in Thai. The logo was created by accomplished game designer and artist, Alisha Volkman.

 

 

Want us to review or preview your game, create a Learn to Play video, or be interviewed or featured?

Interested in having your table top game (e.g., board or card game) reviewed? Are you a designer or crowdfunding creator looking to be interviewed? Fill out the form below which will help us figure out how best to get you or your game featured on our site.  We do not review video games.

We do not charge for reviews or previews provided to us with reasonable time. However, for previews of Kickstarter games or other pre-production games, we request that you send a copy of the final, production version of the game.