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I never read a single one outside of geekmoding. I guess it must be a personal thing. Do you use them to get a hang of how an unknown to you game plays, or to the contrary, enjoy stories about theme-rich games you enjoy?
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I've read some to get a better feel for the game.
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When I read them, it's typically to help me decide if I want to buy a game.
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HiveGod wrote:


OK Chris, what game has this in its session report? I want to read it!laugh
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Jrtolf wrote:
OK Chris, what game has this in its session report? I want to read it!laugh

Pretty much all of them, if only conceptually so.
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matthean wrote:
I've read some to get a better feel for the game.
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When I read them, it's typically to help me decide if I want to buy a game.


I thought good reviews are much better for that, are they not?
 
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schizoferret wrote:
I never read a single one outside of geekmoding. I guess it must be a personal thing. Do you use them to get a hang of how an unknown to you game plays, or to the contrary, enjoy stories about theme-rich games you enjoy?


If you've never read this session report, it's an absolute riot. You have to read this.

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whattheproblemis wrote:
schizoferret wrote:
I never read a single one outside of geekmoding. I guess it must be a personal thing. Do you use them to get a hang of how an unknown to you game plays, or to the contrary, enjoy stories about theme-rich games you enjoy?


If you've never read this session report, it's an absolute riot. You have to read this.

Session Report

I wish there where more like this!

When geekmoding, I noticed that why most reviews tend to keep some sort of minimum level, session reports are often just a couple of sentences summing up a first play of something.
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I often merely skim them, but occasionally I read them more carefully. Especially if it's about an abstract game I know well and the report gives some strategy insight.

Also, I did read this non-standard wargame session report with interest:
A life-altering game deserves this kind of session report.
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I read them to get a more "real" feel for a game I'm considering buying than I often find in reviews, or to glean some strategies that I may not have thought of in games I own.

And as far as session reports just being a couple of sentences, to me that is NOT a session report. That's a silly summary someone's trying to push through geekmod for a few quick coins.

If I'm allowed to self-promote by way of explanation, this is a session report that I put up yesterday, and is more the kind of thing I'm looking for in an AAR than just a couple of sentences. There are much better ones out there, though.

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I don't typically read session reports. They don't typically serve well to give you an overall impression of what a game, which is what you would like for game purchasing decision, but only how that single session went.

What they are good for is to find out how other people are faring in a particular game and get ideas how you could play it differently, such as if you are having difficulty with a particular scenario, or if you want to see how you can enhance a game, etc.

Once in a long while, you might stumble across some creative ways how others are enjoying a game, like this this fantastic session report.
 
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schizoferret wrote:
matthean wrote:
I've read some to get a better feel for the game.
vantageGT wrote:
When I read them, it's typically to help me decide if I want to buy a game.


I thought good reviews are much better for that, are they not?


Reviews talk about the game, but a session report is of someone actually playing the game. It is like the difference between watching a video review and a video playthrough.
 
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matthean wrote:

Reviews talk about the game, but a session report is of someone actually playing the game. It is like the difference between watching a video review and a video playthrough.


But don't you have to be pretty familiar with the rules to fully understand a session report, or is it not the point?
 
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A review talks about how awesome (or not) a game is over its lifetime of multiple plays. A session report talks about how awesome (or not) a single play was for the players. That's my criteria for geekmodding reviews and session reports.

I expect session reports to say why the writer had such a great time playing that game, and usually they talk about a funny, unique, or sublime experience in that play session (or in the case of Gola's Amun-Re report, hilarious in-character personifications). It's more of a historical recording than an analysis of the merits of the game. If that kind of reading appeals to you, then reading session reports might be fun.
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I don't read session reports to learn about strategy or to decide if I am going to buy a game. I just appreciate a well-written session report on a topic I enjoy. If I am looking for some entertaining, light reading a session report can be just the ticket.
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My main purpose in reading a session report is to see how much enjoyment other people get and to see how their gameplay went.

People often write their own perspectives into session reports. It's a good measure to see whether or not a game might be suited for your party.

Through preference, I choose to submit session reports as well to share my enthusiasm with the community.
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I read session reports about games I am interested in. Not EVERY one, but I do skim over some once in a while.
 
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