Hi, I’m Chris Marling. I started GoPlayListen in 2011 as a place to talk about going (on holiday), playing (board and computer games) and listening (to music) – but it has since largely become a place for game discussion.
As of mid 2019 I’d posted around 150 board game reviews alongside posts on designing board and card games, gaming conventions, designer Q&As and a collection of basic guides for people getting into the hobby – as well as occasional ramblings on anything from running to what I’m reading.
I’ve had five games professionally published. My first board game design Empire Engine (with Matthew Dunstan) was published by AEG in 2014 and by Pegasus in Germany in 2015. Armageddon (with David Thompson) followed in 2016, published by Queen Games, with Pioneer Days (again with Dunstan) published in 2017 by TMG. My first solo design Witless Wizards was released by Drawlabs in 2018, with Europe Divided (again with David Thompson) hits the shelves early in 2020.
In my day job I’m a professional journalist/editor. If you have a game you want reviewed or event covered, please get in contact. But please note: I cover games I’ve played and events I’ve attended, or will be attending. I don’t do ‘news’ and/or cover press releases.
I’m also happy to provide comment on anything to do with the board game industry for your blog or news story, or write content for your site about board and card games. I’ve been a guest on podcasts such as Board Games to Go and The Game Pit, so am happy to get on Skype and chat. And I’ve done judging/panels at cons and for awards, if you’re looking for that kind of thing (I’m a co-organiser of LoBsterCon too).
Outside of gaming I’m a mortgaged-up 40-something living in East Anglia. I’m a recovering music obsessive with a terrible diet – happy days.