I can hardly believe it myself, but I’m approaching my 500th daily article on this very blog – and it made me think about how far I’ve come since I started writing again last year.

It’s not like I was a complete novice to writing though; way back in 1999, I had my first writing work published online, with a review of F-Zero for CEX’s website. More reviews followed for them, but when I left my position there, it was a few years before I built up the confidence to write again.

I started writing lots of reviews for Board Game Geek, but a deal with a UK retail website saw me move my articles from BGG to Infinity Games, in exchange for store credit for each review I posted on their site.

From there, I managed to get some article pitches agreed with then-new (and now sadly defunct) US print magazine Knucklebones. The first of these articles is what I’ll now share here, albeit in image form. Enjoy reading the first ever article that saw print with my name attached!

Apologies for the blurry pics – I no longer have a digital copy of the article. However, one of these days I’ll get it properly transferred to the blog. I may well reach out to the original creators I interviewed in the course of writing that article for an updated look at the budget end of the gaming spectrum, as well as others who have made their way into the industry in the fourteen years since that piece was published. Watch this space!

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  1. Wow almost 500 days in a row?! That’s amazing! πŸ€— And great job on that article you shared. Wish my writing was as good as yours… 😊 Keep up the good work, I’ll keep following and reading!

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