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The mission of the Reacting Editorial Board is to assist game designers and to maintain standards of quality for the Reacting series as a whole. They evaluate games under review and provide feedback to game designers to assist in the process of the academic publication of Reacting Games.

The Full REB constitution is available here: Reacting Editorial Board Constitution (November 2021)

Call for Board Applications
Editorial Board Members


The REB is now accepting submissions from game designers hoping to advance their game to Level 3 or 4 until SEPTEMBER 30th!

For games to be eligible for Level 3, all elements must be complete (game book, instructor's guide and role sheets), it should have had some playtests by people who teach at different schools, all elements must be in 2.0 format, and there must be approximately 25 roles. To submit your game to advance to Level 3, please submit the game materials along with a very brief description of the game (a paragraph is fine--it will be sent to prospective reviewers to help prospective reviewers decide whether they can effectively review your game) and a list of people/schools that have play tested the game.

For games to be eligible for Level 4, they must have had significant additional playtests and revisions since being approved for L3. To submit your game to advance to Level 4, please submit the most recent game materials along with a letter describing any changes you have made to the game in response to the additional playtests and an updated playtest list.

All submitted materials (Instructor Guides, Gamebooks, Role Sheets) must be in the most recent 2.0 Format which can be found here.

Please check and update the BLORG entry for your game before submitting updated materials. The BLORG submission form can be found here.

Please submit your materials by September 30 to Kelly McFall at If the files are too big for e-mail, feel free to share via dropbox or google.

The REB aims to make a decision on submissions during its January meeting.


The REB is responsible for reviewing manuscripts and giving clear feedback to authors. It also creates and oversees templates for game components, introductory boilerplate, and the BLORG (Big List of Reacting Games).

The REB seeks diversity in disciplines, institutions, and perspectives. There is no set term. The board has not yet set a deadline for applicants to submit materials but will announce a timeline in the near future. Be on the lookout for updates coming later in 2022.

Anyone hoping to apply for the board should be prepared to submit:

• A Two-page CV

• Statement of interest

• Description of experience with Reacting and other game-based learning


Jae Basiliere, Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, Northern Vermont University

Author of:

Resistance at the Stonewall Inn, 1969

John Patrick Coby, Professor of Government, Smith College

Author of:

Henry VIII and the Reformation Parliament

The Constitutional Convention of 1787: Constructing the American Republic

Raising the Eleventh Pillar: The Ratification Debate of 1788

John Eby, Professor, Department of History, Loras College

Co-author of:

The Collapse of Apartheid and the Dawn of Democracy in South Africa, 1993

Paula Lazrus, Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at the Institute for Core Studies, St. John’s University

Author of:

Building the Italian Renaissance: Brunelleschi’s Dome and the Florence Cathedral

To Farm or Not to Farm: Hunter Gatherers in Transition

Kyle Lincoln, Special Lecturer, Oakland University

Co-author of:

The Remaking of the Medieval World, 1204: The Fourth Crusade

Sing Goddess of the Rage of Achilles

Kelly McFall, Professor of History and Chair of the Division of Humanities, Newman University & Editorial Board Director

Author of:

The Needs of Others: Human Rights, International Organizations, and Intervention in Rwanda, 1994

The Question of Algeria in 1950s France

Co-author of:

Changing the Game: Title IX, Gender, and College Athletics

Peacemaking, 1919: The Peace Conference at Versailles

Monuments and Memory-Making: The Debate over the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, 1981-82

North Korea Hunger Games: Famine, International Aid, and Oppressive Regimes

John Moser, Professor of History, Chair, Master of Arts in American History and Government, Chair, Department of History & Political Science, Ashland University

Author of:

Japan, 1941: Between Pan-Asianism and the West

Europe on the Brink, 1914: The July Crisis

Christians, Pagans, and the Altar of Victory (384)

Co-author of:

Restoring the World, 1945: Security and Empire at Yalta

Progressivism at High Tide: The Election of 1912

Bill Offutt, Professor of History, Pace University

Author of:

Patriots, Loyalists, and Revolution in New York City, 1775-1776

The Fate of John Brown, 1859

Alien and Sedition Acts

Mary Jane Treacy, Director of the Honors Program, Professor Emerita of Spanish & Women's Studies, Simmons College

Author of:

Greenwich Village, 1913: Suffrage, Labor, and the New Woman

Argentina, 1985: Making Memory

Harlem 1919: A Question of Leadership

Paterson, 1913: A Labor Strike in the Progressive Era

Jace Weaver, Professor of Native American Studies and Religion, Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Georgia and Director of the INAS

Author of:

Oklahoma Revolution: Radicalism Against Racism, 1923

Co-author of:

Red Clay, 1835: Cherokee Removal and the Meaning of Sovereignty

Nicolas Proctor, Professor of History, Simpson College

Author of:

Forest Diplomacy: Cultures in Conflict on the Pennsylvania Frontier, 1757

Chicago, 1968: Policy and Protest at the Democratic National Convention

Radical Reconstruction in New Orleans, 1868-76

Co-author of:

Kentucky, 1861: Loyalty, State, and Nation

Modernism vs. Traditionalism: Art in Paris, 1888-89

Restoring the World, 1945: Security and Empire at Yalta

The Jumonville Incident

Second Spanish Republic

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