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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

Editorial Process


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 mcfallk@newmanu.edu. 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, Assistant Professor of Pre-Modern European History and Interdisciplinary Humanities, Southeastern Oklahoma State 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

Editorial Process

The 5 Levels of the RTTP Development Processs

To Advance to this Level:

Author submits a Game Development Abstract to the Reacting Editorial Board (REB).

REB Action:

REB adds game to Big List of Reacting Games (BLORG).

Game Material Status:

Game materials are incomplete and/or game has not been playtested by Author.

To Advance to this Level:

Author submits game prototype to REB.

REB Action

Prototype is reviewed by REB to ensure that it includes all of the basic elements of RTTP games (Historical Context, Schedule, Documents, Roles, and Rules).

Game Material Status:

A prototype of the game is available from Author or in some cases may be found in the RTTP Game Library.

To Advance to this Level:

Author collects feedback from playtesting and develops all of the game's elements. The game materials adheres to the RTTP 2.0 format.

REB Action:

REB assigns readers who provide feedback to the author and determine whether the game fits RTTP standards.

Game Material Status:

Prototype game is available to download from the RTTP Game Library.

To Advance to this Level:

Author edits prototype and incorporates changes from playtesting and feedback since Level 3.

REB Action:

REB assigns readers who evaluate edited game and solicit letters of support from users. If the REB decides to advance the game they will send a recommendation to the RCB, which reviews submissions at least once a year.

Game Material Status

Prototype game is available to download from the RTTP Game Libraryuntil published.

To Advance to this Level:

Author completes a final round of copyediting and formatting. The Publications Committee and author also need to approve the game for publishing with UNC Press.

Game Material Status

Gamebook is removed from the developing games section of the RTTP Game Library and is available for purchase through UNC Press.

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