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No Pun Included makes passionate, informative and humorous board game reviews.
1,831 backers pledged £36,109 to help bring this project to life.

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Hey! We're No Pun Included, professional board game reviewers, and thanks to you we've been making board game reviews for five years. We need your help to make our sixth year a reality.  At NPI we put you first, working hard at helping you decide whether a board game is right for you and showcasing some of the best that board games have to offer.

But don't take us for our word - just watch one of our videos to see for yourself. 

We're incredibly proud of everything we've managed to achieve so far, but making informative, entertaining reviews takes a lot of time and effort. Whilst board games are constantly on the rise, it is still a niche hobby. Long ago we made the choice to be independent from board game publishers which means we rely on you to keep us going. Your kind contributions will help us produce:

  • More Board Game Reviews
  • Board Game Play-throughs (with our very first launching in just a few days!)
  • Side-projects such as the What Board Game is this Song About show

This year we've chosen not to offer board game promos as rewards because they feel impersonal. Instead, we wanted to create some truly special rewards that we hope you'll appreciate. 

 Newsletter: Backers at all levels that include rewards will be eligible to receive our excellent newsletter packed with sneak peaks at our upcoming reviews, board game musings and our general goings on.  

 Gloomhaven Adventure: Gloomhaven fans rejoice! Not only will backers at £15 and above receive a brand new digital Gloomhaven adventure designed by us and the game's creator Isaac Childres, but folks who missed out on last year's adventure will gain immediate access to it after they pledge to our Kickstarter at any level (you'll find it in the updates section). 

Elaine's Album of Comedy Board Game Songs: By far the most requested feature for our Kickstarter campaign is that we release an album with Elaine's wonderful songs about board games. So we're going to do just that. Expect a lovingly, not-at-all professionally produced, very digitally delivered set of songs that will be available exclusively only to backers of this campaign. 

If you want to hear some of Elaine's songs, you could do much worse than watching our panel show that we filmed at UKGE 2018. 

Behind the Scenes Vlogs: Ever wanted to know what it's like to film NPI videos? This year you can. Through the course of the next season we'll make four videos letting you take a peek at how we do what we do. You're helping us make this journey a reality so we want you to come along. 

 Your Name on Our Wall: Let's be frank - you're making us happen and we want to credit you. So you know those fast scrawls with people's names at the end of a video? Right, OK.  We're not doing that. We want something more personal and more meaningful. So we commissioned the wonderful Rachel and Heinze from Semi Co-Op to create a piece of art comprised entirely of your names (or whatever you choose to go by - within reason). It might be our logo or something else that represents us but we'll leave the specifics up to them. Then, we'll get a large print and hang it on our wall to be featured in all our reviews. Finally, we'll get lovely A5 prints mailed to you as a nice memento. 

 A Bad Joke: What if No Pun Included made a video just for you? I mean, really. Just for you. You'd be the only person to see this video and maybe there's a good reason for that. Maybe this video is not meant to be seen. And you'll be the guardian of its secret. Note: lack of quality and length guaranteed. 

 Play Games with Us: If you ever wanted to play a game with us whilst simultaneously putting a big donation into our campaign - this is your chance. There's two reward levels that let you do that. You can either play a game with us this year at UK Games Expo in Birmingham, UK in June (which naturally would require for you to already be at UK Games Expo) or, if you're feeling particularly generous, you can spend the entire day playing games at our house (although it would require for you to figure out travel and accommodation to United Kingdom). 

A Bag of Junk #2: Last, but definitely not least is the world renowned bag of junk, version 2.0. Yes, to you, our true fan, we will send a bag loaded with useless tat that just happened to have been used as props in our videos. Upon reception last year's proud owner described their prized possession as " why did I do this?" Words of praise indeed. And this year the bag is bigger and better. 

This year we only have three goals. If we reach our funding, NPI can continue as it was for another year. However, if we reach £35,000 - Elaine can take a step back from her full-time job to only work part time and spend more time on No Pun Included. This means more Elaine in videos, more songs, more zany skits - more everything that makes us good. Finally, if we can reach £50,000 - that's both of us working on No Pun Included full time - essentially the dream scenario. Let's make it happen!   

Risks and challenges

We've run and delivered on two campaigns before and we're confident we can successfully deliver on this one. In fact, in our previous campaign we asked for funding for six months and with smart allocation of funds and our time we stretched it out to a whole year. Of course, our work entirely relies on just us two and it specifically relies on us being healthy and well. We take care to look after ourselves and make sure we're mentally and physically fit. We hope you feel confident in putting your trust in us and we're certain we won't let you down.

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    NPI Newsletter

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    NPI Newsletter + Gloomhaven Adventure

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    Elaine's Board Game Song Album

    By popular demand - Elaine will record an album of her comedy songs and we'll send it to you digitally. This will be the only way you can receive this digital album.

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    Behind the Scenes Videos

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    Behind the Scenes + Elaine's Album

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    Your Name. On Our Wall. Literally.

    We'll commission a piece of art representing NPI made up of your names. We'll hang it on our wall to be in our videos. And then we'll send you a lovely A5 print of it.

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    A Bad Joke

    We'll shoot a short video featuring a bad joke (not offensive - just bad) and send it to you and only you. You'll be the only recipient of one of these twenty silly videos.

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    Play A Game With us at UK Games Expo

    You and a friend or significant other are welcome to join us for a couple of hours playing a board game together at UK Games Expo. Expect laughter and good times.

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    Bag of Junk #2

    Yes, backing at this level will make you the proud owner of the one and only - Bag of Junk #2. Inside you will find unique and exclusive items that we've used for props. This particular combination of tat will not be available anywhere else. Naturally, shipping for this very large and exclusive item is expensive too.

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    Game Day

    Spend a day with us, at our place, playing games, eating food, having the best time. You'll be required to make your own accommodation and arrangements to travel to the United Kingdom.

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