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Tabletop QOTD 2020-04-02

Borrowing from the idea of the Pluspora Check-in get some tabletop conversation going. If you have any questions that you want to get on the list to be asked, let me know. Also, if you'd like to be added or taken off the list of participants, let me know.

What do you look from in reviews or recommendations about games?

I try to find reviewers that have the same tastes and/or biases as myself in order to cut through the noise of the number of releases to allow me to focus in on those projects that might appeal to my sensibilities. In general, I only look to those when the description of the game isn't enough to immediately make me say, "I want to play that.". If I'm interested in the game from reading the box or the description, I will go with my own feelings.


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I don't look for anything specific, really. I am one of the very small handful of folks who still likes Tom Vasel's reviews - I don't always agree with him about the games, but watching his reviews gives me a good idea of whether or not I will enjoy a game (regardless of what he thought of it).

I appreciate Shut Up & Sit Down, but their reviews are so hit-or-miss because they get so distracted by one another that sometimes the game itself gets lost in the play surrounding it, making for an oddly unsatisfying review even as the spectacle is entertaining.
I look for things that I might have missed on first glance. Lots of folks are way deeper into things than I am, so a well-thought-out review that discusses intricacies and what-not is helpful to me.

That said I've also followed Drive Thru Reviews, The Dice Tower, Rahdo, and Kurt Wiegl over the years and I can get a pretty good sense based on those folks reviews of what might tickle my fancy and what might become another shelf dust cover.
When I go looking for reviews of a product I usually look for a variety of sources, so as to round off an individual bias and to make sure there isn't a mismatch (like a reviewer that has only played, for example, D20 based games and has a bias against percentile dice or against dice pools; or who doesn't like games that focus on non-combat activity etc.)
For reviews, I usually just go to BGG and read user posted reviews. I often read a number of them to get different perspectives and experiences about any particular game. Also, with BGG user reviews, I have the opportunity to ask the reviewer some follow up questions and they sometimes answer or other members may answer.

I generally do not read or watch reviews from well known boardgame bloggers or video channels. I find those reviews tend to feel more like entertainment than information. I also prefer reading reviews than watching video reviews. I find videos are not an easy format if I want to skip over certain parts of a review. For instance, I am generally not interested in the aesthetics of a game. As long as I can tell pieces apart and see the game state of the board, I am generally satisfied. I don't care about how pretty the game looks. I usually just care about how it plays. It is hard to skip over this section in a video review compared to a written review.