Welcome back to the Tabletop Writers Diversity Initiative! I’m Meeple Lady, and I’m a board game writer, rulebook editor and podcaster. And as someone who writes about board games, one important lesson to learn is to adapt your writing style to the platform you’re using. When I’m recording an episode on The Five By, I need to succinctly describe and discuss a board game in about five minutes. When I’m writing a blog post, I have much more flexibility with word count, and I have the added bonus of including photos to accompany the post. And sometimes, you post a photo on Instagram to show how gorgeous a game is.
It’s safe to say that many board gamers are drawn to the visual elements of a game, and platforms like Instagram can be used to highlight those images and express your thoughts, impressions and overall enjoyment of it.
Images are a common tool when writing about board games to draw the reader in, convey important concepts or information, highlight key elements of the game, and generally accentuate your main content. Both within your article and on various social media platforms, a decent image speaks for itself, often only needing brief context in form of captions. As such, this Challenge is about brevity – honing your ability to keep things concise.
Yes, this week’s Challenge is to write some captions! We have listed 10 photos below without providing any context. Using them, provide some captions for us to read. You can download and post them to your own site for your readers (you have our permission) or simply comment on the images that we’ll also post to Twitter and Instagram. Bonus points if you add your own photo for others to caption too!
As for exactly what to say in your captions, whether serious or not…well, we’re leaving that up to you!
Additional Challenge Info
- Aim for 138-150 characters, or about 30 words max – the ideal caption length – even though Instagram and other social media platforms allow for more characters.
- Caption as many images as you’d like, though we recommend doing at least 5.
- Once completed, post your comments or your article to your site on or before Monday, October 5th at 9AM EDT. We’ll start sharing them out ourselves the next day, but if you want to circulate it yourself too with the #TWDI2020 tag, by all means.
- Also, when finished, be sure to claim your Week 4 Merit Badge below!
Have fun, get creative, and keep it short and sweet this week!