A new video series where a group of women play and review board games called Girls Game Shelf has just launched on YouTube, and they’re off to a great start.
The videos so far last around 10 minutes, starting with a quick explanation of the rules, some play-through video cut together with impressions from the women playing the game, and to wrap up, a final judgement on the game, whether or not to keep it on the shelf.
So far they’ve released two videos. For their first video, they play through The Resistance: Avalon, a hidden role game where some of the players are trying to get missions to succeed while the other players are trying to sabotage those missions.
Their second video explores King of Tokyo, a game where all of the players get to control huge monsters that are attacking Japan and each other. Last one standing wins! Their next video will feature Pandemic, a co-operative game in which everyone is trying to save the world from four horrible diseases.
— Girls Game Shelf (@GirlsGameShelf) June 28, 2015
Girls Game Shelf is currently the only series comprised of a group or team of women reviewing tabletop games on YouTube. (Another all-female series, Starlit Citadel Reviews, just ended earlier this week.) Series like this are especially important because so few women make gaming review or commentary videos on YouTube.
They’ve already shot the entire first season and will be releasing the videos on the second and fourth week of the month. The video and sound quality can be a little off sometimes, which their host acknowledges. She posted on Reddit saying they shot their first season with whatever they had, and they hope to upgrade for season two. In order to do that, they will be launching a Kickstarter soon to get better equipment.