February 23rd, 2007

GoPlay

Devotion to a site, cross posting reviews, and the Zantabulousness of it all. Warning: kinda boring

I've often considered cross posting my reviews with other websites. While it does take time to redo formatting for different review systems, having my current 80+ reviews on four or five RPG sites instead of just one would result in significantly greater name recognition for me. So why h haven't I done that yet?

I did give it a bit of a try with Spirit of the Century. Unfortunately, neither ENworld nor Gaming Report had review support anywhere close to what RPG.net has. While I dearly wish I could edit my RPG.net reviews, I am very happy with the features, drop down menus, and general formatting of reviews there. I also discovered that Gaming Report seems to be bad about letting reviewers know when reviews will be posted, and my review there received very few hits.

Today I added a review of Zorcerer of Zo to theRPGsite just to try out their system. While it's not quite as good of a review system as RPG.net, I love that reviews are posted immediately instead of being queued for some time. I'm sure that could result in some problems if they had a larger user base, but it was a nice change of pace. Reviews there are also posted on the main page, something RPG.net does but ENworld (for non-d20 products) and Gaming Report do not. All in all a pleasant experience.

The thing is, I don't want to post my reviews on several other sites. I want people to come to RPG.net for general RPG reviews, because I think it's the best hub for general gaming discussion online. Sure, there are all sorts of specialty sites. ENworld rocks for d20 gaming, theRPGsite seems suited for folk interested in older games, and StoryGames and GameCraft are fine choices for small press games and theory.

On the other hand, I'm not so sure that it matters. My reviews only draw the occasional White Wolf fan to RPG.net (by far the bulk of my reviews are of WW products). An advance review of a much hyped game like SotC or BESM might draw a few folk. Are there folk who regularly use RPG.net because it tends to have good, varied reveiws posted there? I don't know.

I suppose it's an idea to keep kicking around.