They help writers write what you like.
They help game companies produce materials you like.
They help other potential customers discover a product you like.
And they help you since with your feedback, more products you like will potentially be created.
Ask any small 3PP company and they will tell you the same thing.
(Seriously – even as I wrote this toward the end of July, Fat Goblin Games was thinking the same thing and released a similar post before this one published!)
Ratings are great, and they do help. They are a great confidence boost to the creators, and they might help potential purchasers make a decision, but even better than a rating is a rating with a few quick notes about what was great, what you’d like to see more of, what you’d like to see less of, etc.
But there’s already reviewers out there…
Yes, there are, but isn’t more than one person’s opinion better than a single opinion? Maybe there’s a review of a product, but you have a completely different point of view than that reviewer, or the review is skewed?
Would you rather buy a product that has one 5 star rating? Or one that has one 5 star rating and two 4 star reviews detailing what the reader liked and didn’t like?
There are lots of 3PP companies out there. It doesn’t hurt to have lots of people writing reviews.
Reviewers like Endzeitgeist do a fabulous job of pouring over dozens and dozens of game files in a month and producing just as many detailed reviews. Not everyone can do that (and hey, speaking of help and reviews – he can’t do what he’s doing without help, so if you love his reviews consider backing his Patreon). Not everyone should even think of aspiring to that size and volume of reviews.
Every little bit helps.
Little reviews are good too. Well written concise reviews. A few random thoughts. A play account. A deep look at one aspect of the file. Constructive criticism or praise for well written work. All of these help the game industry. And if you are a gamer who loves 3PP work, that means it helps you.
Bonus? Lots of 3PP companies are happy to give out review copies, especially to people who consistently follow through on their promise of a review. (It’s something we touched on in a previous post.)
So Write a Review!
If you read one of our products and haven’t written a review yet, think about writing one! As a special thank you from us to you for taking the time to write a review, we’ll send you a copy of any one of our products.
Write a review, post it to Paizo or DriveThruRPG, and then contact us with the link to the review and a request for one of our other products. We’ll send it on over, and you will have one more resource for your game night!
But don’t just think of us. If you have read something you loved, write about it! The little guys like us will thank you!