Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Final impressions of the review mess at DTRPG

After posting my last post about the featured reviews at DTRPG I have gotten lot of really good feedback. I thought I wanted to wrap some of it up, even though the conversation probably need to continue about the relationship between producer, reviewer and potential buyer.

So, it seems like even though reviews giving less than top marks has been discouraged at DRTPG, it no longer seem to be the case. Maybe it was even thought of as a way to impress upon some reviewers the need to actually provide a review. Whatever the case, that was a terrible idea. I think it poisoned the well, and sadly made a lot of honest reviewers suspect. I will have a hard time not being reminded of that if I ever visit DTRPG.

Should you shop there? Well, I've heard more complaints about them, and am no fan of pdf game books, so I will probably be even more wary of them from now on. I dislike the idea of the mobbing a re-seller, but I am also a firm believer in informed decisions when you shop.

But, what is a poor game designer to do when wanting to sell their stuff? I don't know, really. There are some other sellers of electronic game books, but I have no idea what their policy is about reviews and how big a cut they take.

Then I'd like to say that I think that if you signed up to get free stuff in exchange for a review, you should write a review. That's just polite.


  1. i pretty much limit my reviews to my blog for the most part - because that was the deal when i signed up via their push to get blogs involved - and even allowed us to post "bad" reviews so long as we didnt mention our "featured status" on the blog

    these days, most of what i review i buy myself, or grab a free copy as a reviewer because i know the publisher / author and know they have a good track record

    it's no fun reading bad stuff

  2. I don't know.
    There is no convincing evidence to me that the reviews are "tainted" at DTRPG. I even went back and reread some of my own 1 and 2 star reviews.


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