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Michael Coene
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The subject pretty much addresses the question at hand. What exactly clarifies something as appropriate for the "sessions" section and not simply a "comment"? Is it just a longer and more detailed version of a comment, yet without quite being as structured as a review? And isn't a review just a summary of how you felt about a session?

Pardon my noobiness, I just want to get involved without annoying the mods (I love that they have to clear anything you post though). Thank you!
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You'll probably get varying responses on this depending upon individual points of view. I see it as this:

1) Comments. A summarized impression a game, usually a sentence or two. "Like the graphics, gameplay a little stilted in 3 player. Looking forward to playing 4 player" kind of thing. Some people will write a full blown review in a comments section although it is not so common.

2) Session reports. Is a retelling of gameplay. Sometimes elements of a review will be included such as a description of game mechanics or components. This can be quite a creative medium, there are many examples of people writing in character, journal entries from a soldier at the front etc.

3) Reviews. These tend to be more technical. A description of the game components and mechanics as well as the writers opinion of the quality of these.
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Thanks for the response! So it seems that the actual differences between the three lie more within the presentation than the content. Just different approaches at discussion.
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No presentation and content really.

Below is one of the most famous session reports on the geek. Hilarious and thematic, it gives a feel, an impression of the game but doesn't review the mechanics or components. It doesn't present the writers opinions of the quality of the game itself so is no way a review. It is an excellent session report though:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/24697

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Muzza wrote:
No presentation and content really.

Below is one of the most famous session reports on the geek. Hilarious and thematic, it gives a feel, an impression of the game but doesn't review the mechanics or components. It doesn't present the writers opinions of the quality of the game itself so is no way a review. It is an excellent session report though:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/24697



Indeed, an excellent session. However one shouldn't need to try duplicating that feat just to get a session report accepted. A bare bones approach, such as http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/34265, is just as valid a contribution to the site.

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You can probably get a good feel of the differences by picking a few of the more popular games that you're familiar with, and reading all of the reviews, session reports, and comments for those games.

IMHO, an opinion expressed in a review (especially negative ones) will draw a greater reaction than an opinion elsewhere. A review implies, in a way, that you are a critic, and if you are a critic you must be able to speak authoritatively about the game (at least in some people's minds). So a controversial opinion in a review may generate a stronger response from readers. Also, some people seem to rely on reviews for game purchases more than other comments, so the stakes (to some, at least) are somewhat higher.
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Yes quite right.

In contrast a good review is something like this:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/36731

Much more technical detail and opinion. Like the session report I listed above this is a top rate example, there are many humbler versions that are also worthy.
 
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Wow, all of these are great responses you guys. And by the way, MMM, nice Bills badge. GO SABRES! (I'm from Rochester originally)
 
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Octavian wrote:
Muzza wrote:
No presentation and content really.

Below is one of the most famous session reports on the geek. Hilarious and thematic, it gives a feel, an impression of the game but doesn't review the mechanics or components. It doesn't present the writers opinions of the quality of the game itself so is no way a review. It is an excellent session report though:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/24697



Indeed, an excellent session. However one shouldn't need to try duplicating that feat just to get a session report accepted. A bare bones approach, such as http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/34265, is just as valid a contribution to the site.

-MMM


Although personally I'd say a session report should have a little more than THAT one...
 
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It's really good of you to ask, and I'm not sure anyone's really given a concise answer:

Comments: Whatever you want to say to other people about your feelings about a game. (Unmoderated, unrewarded,)

Review: Detailed opinion about the game--any play of the game: indeed, what you expect play of the game to be like in general. (Moderated, rewarded.)

Session: A report on a single play of a game. (Moderated, rewarded.)

The only thing I'd add is that the minimal session report Octavian linked to is scoring based. They do not have to be. They could be tactical, strategic--even psychological. A number of viewpoints are possible and useful. What doesn't qualify is, "Oh, wow, like I played Amun-Re with Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, and it was like totally kewl!"
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It's my belief that the phrase "totally kewl" is never appropriate under any circumstance. ;)
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