John has been playing board games since his early childhood and began writing games reviews and articles for the original Games & Puzzles magazine from its inception in 1972 until 1979/80. He later wrote reviews for Games International until it closed. He has been writing reviews, articles and commentary for Counter for the past five or six years.
John and his wife live in rural Northumberland in northeastern England, where he has a small but enthusiastic gaming group.
In 2004 John retired from the college where he lectured in marketing and accounting to concentrate on playing board games and golf.