My Review Policy & Process
I started doing reviews on things I liked and used and things others mentioned that were new to me.
Now I am getting more requests to do reviews. To keep things organized, here is how I currently handle reviews. I will revise as needed.
First I will review those items from the Kickstarters I back. I am way behind on this, so I have been slipping in other reviews as they are requested.
What will I review?
- I will review table top RPG related materials. My preference is for generic items that will help at the table, maps, and modules.
- I will review full systems, but am not looking for a new game.
- I would even review books in the Fantasy and Science Fiction genres.
- I have a couple in mind, that are long overdue.
- I can review PDFs and eBook formats.
- I will review Android apps and program that help at the table, either for preparation or running the game.
- NOTE: I don’t use apps at the table for running in-person games.
- For physical materials, such as books, ship them to me at your expense.
- If you want them back, include return shipping.
How long will it take?
- It will depend.
- Do you want a quick overview or an in-depth review?
- How big is the thing you want me to review?
- I have done a requested review of about 300 pages of a new RPG in a weekend when I had an open schedule.
- I am a fast reader, but if it is a complete set of rules, I slow way down.
- I am a fairly fast typist, but locating and adding links to your website(s) and product(s) can take time. If you send me all the links I need, it saves me having to do the research.
- If you have a deadline, plan to get it to me well in advance of when you need it. Be clear up front that there is a deadline.
- Send me the final product you want to review. The first thing I get is what I’ll review.
- NOTE: I will review final drafts if it is requested and clear on that point. I have done this and had things I’d like to see added before the product was finalize.
I avoid reading other reviews until I finish my own review to avoid clouding my efforts.
How to get a better review?
- Use spellcheck and grammar check and have it edited before it comes to me.
- Chose a font that is easy to read.
- Avoid background art that makes it hard to read.
- For printed materials, avoid slick, shiny paper that makes it hard to read.
- For PDFs have a hyperlinked table of contents and index.
- Include reference sheets/summaries for rules and rules supplements.
Will I sign an NDA?
I have never been in that position, but it doesn’t make sense in the scope of a review. I suppose if you wanted a private review of something, I could do that.
Will I do paid reviews?
If the demand is there for my time, I may consider this. This would only be to obtain a spot on my priority list. It would not prevent me from pointing out the issues I find. I will try to do so with a positive/constructive spin. I will always mention a complimentary copy, and if actually paid, will indicate that. In all cases, I ask for a link back to my blog.
How to contact me?
See my Social Media page here on the blog. You can private message me on my G+ account.
If you have a question not answered above, just ask.