About Us

Beards Swords and Shotguns launched as an independent gaming website on January 24th, 2020 with the explicit aim of writing quality content where the absolute joy of gaming is celebrated. We prefer spending our free time exploring the vast and mysterious worlds and narratives in whichever game we can get our hands on. Here at Beards Swords and Shotguns we will play and write about many games but our focus will mostly be on shooters, rpg’s and indies. We are passionate about games and truly enjoy spending time with them. We hope to share some of that with you through our guides, reviews and commentary on our gameplay experiences.

Nicolaas Matthee

I am a rpg fanatic. From the time I was old enough to invoke the power of the turbo button on the old Intel 80486 or 486 chipsets, I had a weakness for the genre. The pinnacle being during my time playing Ultima Online on a role playing server as a blacksmith and miner. Over the years I have had many epic adventures in these games and would occasionally try my hand at some 360 no-scopes in Call of Duty for good measure. 

Proudest gaming moment: Two come to mind, unlocking the platinum trophy for Dragon Age Inquisition on PS4 and slaying Belial in Diablo 3 when the game was literally hell to play.

Favourite games: Ultima Online, World of Warcraft, Witcher 3, Dragon Age Inquisition and Don Bradman Cricket 14.

Gaming Gear

CPU: i7-8700k

GPU: EVGA SC2 1080ti

RAM: 16gb

Mouse: Razer Death Adder Elite

Keyboard: Corsair K70 with low profile keys and speed switches

Headphones: Razer Nari

Jean Matthee 

Give me a gun and physics and I am yours. It can be a fps, rpg or any genre for that matter. The last couple of years I enjoyed playing online shooters but I won’t say no to a good single player shooter either. My first real fps experience was when I got my hands on Doom and Hexin. Sure I couldn’t sleep at night but what a time I had!

Proudest gaming moment: Completing Dark Souls 1 without breaking a controller and getting a platinum trophy in God of War 3.

Favourite games: I know, I know, cliche, but I have to mention Half-Life 2 on release. Escape From Tarkov and the Grand Theft Auto series.

Gaming Gear

CPU: i7-8700k

GPU: Asus Strix 1080ti

RAM: 16gb

Mouse: Razer Mamba Wireless

Keyboard: Razer Blackwidow Chroma

Headphones: AKG N60nc