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The Thursday Thing #3, July 15, 2021

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The Thursday Thing might be a new feature depending on how people feel about it. The goal of The Thing is to highlight contests and other interesting things on RPG Geek.

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Why I Write Reviews
by Bryce Lynch

A group at work was talking about restaurants. One man spoke up: "Chili's! Man, I love that place it's AWESOME!" Now, this did not match my recollection of Chili's. The epitome of American corporate chain restaurant food, I would place it one notch above Applebees. Whatever your tastes, I would certainly not describe the food as AWESOME. So, I asked him "On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the best, how would you rate it?" He replied "a 3."

In the late 2000's I returned to D&D. In an epiphany with Lacuna & Fiasco, I found the experience that Story Games provided to be hollow. I wanted more Game and less Activity, and thus found my way back to D&D. Which, at that time, meant The OSR.

I was excited, I joined several forums. There were recommendations seemingly everywhere for exciting new adventures! GenCon was just a month away! I made a list, checked it twice, and warmed up the old Credit Card for that magical wonderland that everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime: the GenCon dealer hall.

I came home with $1,500 in new adventure modules. I settled in to a chair in wide eyed wonder and anticipation of the glory of new adventure to come!

And they sucked. Sucked HARD. To this day, that initial buy was one of the worst batch of adventures I've ever seen. Boring. Overwritten. Disorganized. And, yet, there were all these people online saying how good these particular adventures were. Fanboys. People confusing "I like D&D!" with "This D&D thing is good!" I sat down with a notebook to take some notes on why they were bad. Then, I though, "Meh, I'll put my notes online" ... and thus the tenfootpole blog was born. It's my own diary/notepad on adventures; what is good about them and what makes them bad.

As time went on a few things became apparent. I was going to spend money on RPG's. It was a fact. And yet this clashed somewhat with my minimalist lifestyle. Reviewing became a way to feed the spend money on RPG's" addiction, while keeping the material possessions under control.

I continue to write for me, primarily, as my sole audience. That other people find some usefulness in them is a bit gratifying, but, my motivations remain that of Just A Dude Looking For Some Good Content.

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This week's review of the week is brought to us by Bryce0lynch and is an OSR adventure.
The Real Deal Lost City Adventure... but needs a major overhaul
We had lots of reviews to choose from this week, thanks everyone!

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This week's session of the week is for Star Wars and its written by Dutys_Fist
Murder in Mos Shuuta: Taking lowlifes to new lows

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Every day there's a new Question of the Day. Most of them are game-related but once in a while we get one that'a more geek-related like favorite movies or books. The question changes every day and you can even suggest a QOTD. When you check out this week's Question of the Week, you can see a link to all the old questions and the chance to suggest a question of your own. Here's this week's QOTD:
QOTD JUL 13: What do you do on RPGGeek?

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