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September 11, 2010 11:01 PM   Subscribe

DowntimeTown is the boardgame review site of Scottish comedian Robert Florence, previously of Consolevania and Videogaiden [and previously on MetaFilter]. The heart of DowntimeTown are the wonderful video reviews, recommendations is a better word, where Florence explains why he likes the games under review so damn much, in an irreverent but loving fashion. There are plain ol' text reviews too, besides a whole host of other goodness. Links to individual videos below the cut. posted by Kattullus (11 comments total) 18 users marked this as a favorite
Yay Games!
posted by Windopaene at 11:48 PM on September 11, 2010

Oh man, Downtime Town was just recommended to me by a fellow at a bar in the strongest of words. And sure enough if I didn't spend that whole night consuming it. Gotta love his enthusiasm.

Also, how does he have the time to play all these games so thoroughly?
posted by breath at 1:10 AM on September 12, 2010

Unfortunately, Robert hasn't updated the site in a few months (probably because he's getting ready to film the second series of his TV show, Burnistoun).

For more super-enthusiastic nerdy board game videos, I like Tom Vasel's reviews for The Dice Tower. Breath, if you think Robert can't possibly have the time to get into these games so thoroughly, Vasel is going to blow your mind into sticky red clumps.
posted by dudekiller at 7:06 AM on September 12, 2010 [1 favorite]

Also, how does he have the time to play all these games so thoroughly?

Overwatch, baby.

Spend two action points, and any time a new game comes into sight you can take a shot at it.
posted by ecurtz at 7:07 AM on September 12, 2010 [2 favorites]

He is very... enthusiastic. I am in favor of this.
posted by GenjiandProust at 8:02 AM on September 12, 2010


We purchased Memoir on the basis of a DT review. The Dice Tower is also great for two reasons: the way he puts sweets into the boxes to keep his kids interested when they review things together, and the fact that, according to BoardGameGeek, he has 996 games. NINE HUNDRED AND NINETY SIX.
posted by mippy at 1:13 PM on September 12, 2010

breath: Gotta love his enthusiasm.

The reason I love his reviews is that they're recommendations. I don't play enough boardgames to really benefit from reviews of poor games and his videos are essentially just like having a friend tell you about this game they really love.
posted by Kattullus at 3:32 PM on September 12, 2010

I can't believe WotC put out that Planechase garbage. Dice? Really? A fucking travesty.
posted by empath at 4:48 PM on September 12, 2010

His Space Hulk review is a thing of beauty, and tipped me over the edge to buying a copy of the recent 20th anniversary reprint.
posted by Happy Dave at 2:25 AM on September 13, 2010

Would it be that funny without the Scottish accent?!
posted by markkraft at 10:17 AM on September 13, 2010

Robert Florence has started writing about boardgames for Rock Paper Shotgun. His first post is about DungeonQuest.
posted by Kattullus at 1:13 PM on September 18, 2010

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