Hi, I’m Rick.
This is my blog. It’s mainly about gaming, though sometimes it wanders into other aspects of geeky fandom – books, TV shows, movies, comics, conventions, writing, that sort of thing.
The bulk of the posts these days are play reports from the games I’m running, usually laced with discussions of how I’m running them, what I’m learning from them, and why I made certain choices with them. I post these noodlings for a few reasons:
- It’s a good way to provide a recap for my players. And for me.
- I find it helpful to dissect a game session to see what I did that worked, and what I did that didn’t. It helps me become a better GM.
- Some people find either the actual play or my thoughts about the actual play amusing, and they encourage me to keep doing it.
I also sometimes review games. In fact, I’ve had enough requests of late to review games for people that I’m posting my review policy here.
Rick’s Game (or Book) Review Policy
I review games (and books) that I find interesting. I do not review games that I don’t find interesting. Most of the reviews I do are of games that I bought myself, with no recompense of any kind from the authors or publishers. Some reviews are of games that were provided free to me, and I always call those out in the text of the review.
If you wish to provide me with a free copy of your game for me to review, there are a few provisos you need to accept.
- I have a day job, a social life, and a pile of things to read. I cannot guarantee that I will get to your game quickly, or at all. If the concept of the game is really cool in my own estimation, of course, it moves closer to the top of the reading pile, but that’s the best I can offer.
- I don’t write negative reviews. This doesn’t guarantee you a positive review, though; if I don’t like your game, I just won’t write a review of it. I’d rather share and discuss the cool things about gaming than whine about the bad things. But just because I don’t write a review of your game, that doesn’t mean I didn’t like it – see point 1, above.
- If I write a review, it will be honest. I will point out the things I think are cool about your game, and I will point out the things I thought were less cool. I strive to be fair and balanced. I will also inform readers that you provided your game free for review, so they can assess bias as they please.
If any of those points above sound unattractive to you, don’t send me a review copy. If you can live with these conditions and you want to take the chance, you can contact me via e-mail. The address is:
neal (dot) rick (at) gmail (dot) com