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Corey Butler
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So what do you look for in a game review at BGG? I like moderate length reviews that provide enough information to give me a feel for the game, particular strengths and weaknesses, and an overall assessment or recommendation. The reason I'm asking is that I've written several reviews here and have been surprised at the negative feedback I've gotten, not in comments but in ratings. I can see that my review of Squad Leader was a little too glowing and perhaps not informative, but I thought my recent review of PanzerBlitz was fairly good. I read the rules over carefully, thought about how the game plays, and tried to put it in it's historical context. Maybe I'm too concise, but no one else has even bothered to review the game. I know, poor me, maybe I'm too sensitive to criticism, but I don't really feel like writing any more reviews. Feel free to share your own experiences writing or rating reviews, or help me out by saying what I'm doing wrong!
 
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Magnar Sveen
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I just read your PanzerBlitz review, and I like it. I think maybe you got bad ratings because people expect longer and more detailed reviews. I enjoyed the historical perspective, and the comments about improvements in later games based on the same system. I would have liked to know more about your feelings about the game, though.

Don't give up yet!
 
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David Seddon
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Yep
Mostly, I find that reviews and articles tend not to be rated at all. I haven't read the ones you speak of, but I will now do so and rate them accordingly.

I understand your annoyance.

David
 
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Peter R.
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Me Reviews too
Hi there,
I reviewed some games too, but the response was rather lukewarm (at best)!
I haven't read any of your reviews, but I will and then I will let you know what I think of it!

Just don't get to desperate, one "rather bad" review is better than none! I hope you continue to write. To read reviews is one of the things I do most here at the geek.

Bye by Pete
 
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Gerald McDaniel
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Don't stop writing reviews. I think that is one of the best features of BGG. I do not read very many of them -- just the ones about games I am considering purchasing or perhaps about a game everyone is discussing, when I want to know more about it. I like both long and short reviews, those that discuss the rules (since I don't own those games, generally) and those that gloss over the rules and give me the reviewer's personal thoughts. I don't want all reviews to come from the same cookie-cutter.

I have been guilty of not rating reviews after I read them, however. I will try to rate them from now on. Everyone likes feedback, especially when it is upbeat. It would be good, I think, to send a comment to a reviewer when you really want to compliment him/her.

Hang in there....
 
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Damian Evans
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Hey Guess What
When Im researching a game I read a highly rated review and a low one. The low reviews, that stir up controversy, generally have many truths about the game that the diehard supporters (or those with differing oppinions) dont like to hear about.

Keep it up.

Some of us like more than one point of view.



 
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Andrew York
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Personally I would scrap the rating system as the spotlight artical system is a far better method to flag up any exceptional reviews. Regardless, most people will be greatful that you have taken the time to write one in the first place.

However, if ratings are to be used I think it's only fair that the reviewer has the option to see who has rated their game so that they can ask why it was marked low. That way we can start to raise the bar rather than just sit there not knowing what was wrong from that person's perspective. Either way, what pleases someone might not please another.

To be honest though, I tend to look at the number of comments and given a choice of many reviews, I am far more likely to read reviews with comments than look at the actual rating.
 
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Hans Persson
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At least you've gotten ratings. Apparently almost noone has read my (admittedly few) articles, or at least not bothered to rate them.

(I haven't read your reviews now, so I can't comment on them.)
 
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Shawn Christenson
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My first review for the BGG was a review for Duel of Ages. It was the second review up, and unbeknownst to me I got stuck in the 'grain of salt' category, because I was deemed as simply hyping the game. I liked it, what could I say? I got very low ratings, and when i look back I do see why. I wrote a more in depth review for it later for a site I was part of.

I've written more since, and I havn't even seen if they were rated, as I don't want ratings of my reviews to affect me writing them.

So I would say take these peoples pointers, go forth and keep writing.
 
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