Game Reviews, Previews, Unboxings, and More

A Pawn’s Perspective provides reviews, previews, unboxing, and more from the world of tabletop gaming. It was founded in April 2016 as a place for it’s founder, Rob Kalajian, to post overflow content from his contributions to Purple Pawn. In June of 2017 Rob left Purple Pawn to focus soley on A Pawn’s Perspective .

Review Policy

Most products that are sent to us for review are provided free of charge. This will always be stated at the bottom of a post where this is the case. This fact does not color our opinions on said products in any way, shape, or form. There are times where we will review a product we have purchased on my own, or received as a gift. Again, this will be disclosed at the bottom of the post and does not have any bearing on the review at all.

Preview Policy

Due to the overwhelming amount of Kickstarter preview requests we receive, our policy on doing said previews has recently changed. A Pawn's Perspective now requires two things in order to accept a Kickstarter preview.

  1. A physical prototype of the game to be previewed. We cannot accept print-and-play prototypes.
  2. Payment in the amount of whichever Kickstarter pledge level contains a physical copy, plus shipping, of the game if funded.

The payment collected will be used to back the game being previewed at the pledge level agreed upon. If the project fails to fund then we'll hold the funds for 1 relaunch of the project. If the project fails again the funds will remain with A Pawn's Perspective.

The exchange of money in the case of previews is only to guarantee A Pawn's Perspective a final copy of the game if funded, and in no way, shape, or form affects the reviewers overall feelings towards the game. As with our reviews you can trust us for fair, unbiased opinions.

This policy will appended to the bottom of all Kickstarter previews.


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Our Team

Founder, Editor-in-Chief

Rob Kalajian

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Media personality Rob Kalajian has been a staple in the board game world for many years. As a former writer for Purple Pawn and the owner of A Pawn's Perspective, Rob focuses on board game reviews, events, and news. A self-proclaimed geek, Rob loves all things toys and games and even helps raise his four kids in his spare time.

Staff Writer

Frank Grip

Frank is an attorney and family man currently based out of Las Vegas. He's a long time gaming enthusiast with a tabletop interest in most dungeon crawlers and map strategy games.

Guest Writer

Thomas Deeny

Described as "a being of distilled InDesign coding, smoke, and visual lyricism, with a hint of a velvety ghost of cognac", Thomas designs the look and feel of some of your favorite roleplaying games and boardgames. He lives in a spooky forest near the edge of civilization.

Guest Writer

Mike Hourigan

Mike is creative arts therapist and tabletop enthusiast from the Seattle area. While he loves all forms of tabletop games, his particular interests are in roleplaying games, story based games, as well as discussing diversity and visibility in the gaming community.

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Tim Blank

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Ben "Eater of Lunches"

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A Family at Play

Play is a family affair, and other members of mine are also content creators!

Table for Two Show

The Table for Two Show

My cousin, Jane, and her husband, Phil, have a Youtube series where they review games from a 2-player perspective based out of Illinois.


My cousin, Tommy, down in Texas reviews motorcycles and posts ride journals on YouTube.

The Nerd is Dead

My cousin, Rich, has a new podcast where he discusses nerd and geek culture. Coverage includes movies, TV shows, comics, toys and game.

A Pawn’s Perspective

Wait, what? That’s where you are right now! Staff Writer Frank Grip is another of my cousins (I have a lot.)

Other Work

I also contribute to a few other sites. Check them out below for more great content!

Table for Two Show

Engaged Family Gaming

Providing parents the tools they need to be an active part of their children’s gaming.

Engage: A Family Gaming Podcast

We post new episodes every Monday! We talk about great board games and video games that your family can play TOGETHER!

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This blog was originally part of the Stack Exchange network, but in fall 2016, support for Stack blogs was discontinued. Members of the community worked together to continue the blog privately, but still with strong ties to the network that brought us together.