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Wow, that was oddly satisfying in a way, releasing how I feel about the games. Do you guys do it too? Do you like it when you see others do it? I always had liked reading others' reviews/comments but was too lazy to until someone in a thread wondered why I rated BSG low and I realized it could be useful if people were giving me recommendations/advice.

A lot of games I've only played once as well, but I usually feel like I get a good sense of the game, and I usually read the description or refresh my mind a bit before giving the score - this is fine right? Its not bad that I give my input after only 1 play of some games right? (For reference, I almost never rate games I haven't played even if I've seen dozens of reviews and playthroughs of it)

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What percentage of your games that you've rated have you also given a decent comment for (i.e. not just two words "bad game")?
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Josh Chen
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All my comments are at least 4 sentences or more. I like to update my score once in a while too. Sometimes with newer games coming in, it drops some game's score lower due to lower desire to play. (I use BGG scale literally).
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I was surprised when I looked. Nearly 90%. Most of the ones that I haven't written comments for are games I've recently rated. I guess I just lost interest in doing it.

On second look, most of my comments devolve into "yeah, I like this," or "I play this a lot," once you sift through some unnecessary words.
 
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Mostly i write the comments for myself, instead as reviews/advice for others.

Its fun to read back your own comments after you played the games some more.
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I usally comment on my high-ranking games and also on some very popular ("hot") ones which did not do so well for me.
It's just fair to give some objective reasons on your ranking.

Some of my info is just for me and quite subjective ("Best party game").
 
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I write likes/dislikes notes on just about every game I play, but I've only just started with this hobby this year.
 
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Do you guys immediately review after the first play? I usually do, but sometimes my experience firsttime is so bad that I want to replay to make sure it wasnt an accident, like with RFTG's disastrous first playthrough.
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I even rate and comment on games I have played but do not own.

People on my geek buddy list have previously commented no how helpful this mini reviews can be as I explain what I like and dislike and my thoughts on the game.

I am not articulate to actually write reviews, plus I do not wish the venom that can come from giving someones favourite game a negative review, heaped upon me and so I tend to stick to these mini reviews in my comments
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NowOrNever88 wrote:
Do you guys immediately review after the first play? I usually do, but sometimes my experience firsttime is so bad that I want to replay to make sure it wasnt an accident, like with RFTG's disastrous first playthrough.


I write a comment when I have a solid opinion of the game. Oftentimes that is after the first play, then again sometimes not.
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I have been wanting to do these mini summaries for quite a while and started with that last month.
But by now I have a summary to every game I own...as long as I have played it by now.

Reading through them is a big help when considering to buy a new game. And it's fun to me reading and writing them.

Maybe it's the next step to reviewing.
 
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To me, writing comments is about as pointless as replying to the "what did you play last week" threads. no one wants to read anyone elses, save for a very select few.
 
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TheRocketSurgeon wrote:
To me, writing comments is about as pointless as replying to the "what did you play last week" threads. no one wants to read anyone elses, save for a very select few.


If I'm thinking of buying a game, reading a cross section of the comments is one of the first things I do. It's much quicker and easier than reading multiple reviews, and people are probably more comfortable writing negative comments rather than negative reviews (even if that's only because no-one can reply to your comments) so they give a more rounded perspective on a game.

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I put some good thought into my comments actually. Because I tend to play many games a few times but just a few many times I often don't feel qualified to write a review. It's my opportunity to offer something in the way of comment.

Like Kim, I spend quite a bit of time here reading comments (just as much if not more than I do reading reviews) and I always appreciate seeing them, especially the ones into which thought has clearly been given. I use the Geekbuddy function quite a bit for this. Reviews tend to be written by gamers who liked the game, but I can count on many of my Geekbuddies to have written a little something about a much bigger sample of the games they have played.
 
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TheRocketSurgeon wrote:
To me, writing comments is about as pointless as replying to the "what did you play last week" threads. no one wants to read anyone elses, save for a very select few.
Something like, "I've funded this and can't wait for it to arrive" is useless (besides being literally false).

A statement that succinctly describes an overview or instructively evaluates gameplay can provide useful guidance during my selection process.

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TheRocketSurgeon wrote:
To me, writing comments is about as pointless as replying to the "what did you play last week" threads. no one wants to read anyone elses, save for a very select few.


Wrong. I find comments to be the most useful function on BGG. I read the comments of my geekbuddies before I even think about buying a game. They're far more useful to me than what pass for reviews on this site.
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agreed. any game that I'm on the fence about will have me read all comments for rankings of 4-7. I personally comment every game I own and about 1/4 of the games that I play, but don't own.
 
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TheRocketSurgeon wrote:
To me, writing comments is about as pointless as replying to the "what did you play last week" threads. no one wants to read anyone elses, save for a very select few.


"GeekBuddy Analysis" is one of the first things I look at when thinking about a game, and the comments are a big part of that.

I'm part of a select few! Go me!
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TheRocketSurgeon wrote:
To me, writing comments is about as pointless as replying to the "what did you play last week" threads. no one wants to read anyone elses, save for a very select few.
I have to disagree with this. I very much am interested in the opinions of the people who I've geekbuddied. Most of whom I buddied because of their taste in games. Occasionally, I'll also look at random comments, especially for very new games which don't have many videos or reviews yet. But even then I'm looking for well written comments that provide some insight into the game and screening out most of the generic or "love it" tripe.
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I don't use the comments feature at present, although I do post links to my reviews there (as much for my benefit as anybody else's). However, I disagree with the person who said they are useless. I often look at other people's comments of a game I'm thinking of buying, especially those where there aren't many actual reviews.
 
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I comment on close to 100% of the games I've played because my Geekbuddies and the games themselves deserve it.
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I don't do mini-reviews or write-ups in the comments. I treat the Collection on here as a way to keep track of my collection. So for say, a Z95 Headhunter X-Wing mini, I will list the quantity of them that I own. I keep track of how many plays I have across different versions of the same game (like all the different Love Letters) in the comments. And I keep track of what pledged levels I backed at for Kickstarters in there too. If there is anything extra that my copy has, component-wise, I annotate that in the comments (like my Adventurers: Temple of Horus having the extra pre-painted minis).

I don't have any issue with people using the comments section for more than that, but I don't need them for any more than what I currently use them for.
 
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