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One Thing Rate A Game

Both RPGs (the games we play) and RPG Items (books, PDFs, products of any kind) can be rated on RPG Geek. When you look at any game in our system, you will see in the upper right-hand side something like:

Which shows how well rated the game is. If the games has 5 or more ratings, it will also have a rank (a position relative to other games in our database). Over time, the games in our system begin to sort themselves out with the best games rising to the top. Only with your help and good, honest ratings can we sift and sort through the tens of thousands of RPG products which exist in our hobby. You can also click on the Comments to see any comments left behind on this item by other Geeks (to leave your own Comment, use the Record Information link as shown below)

Rating a Game

You might imagine that you can just click on the little yellow stars to rate the game - sadly that's not the way it's done. You need to go to the bottom of the page for any game or product in our system. You will see a little menu as follows:

You can click on either Record Information (if you don't want to mark the game/book as owned) or Add a Copy to your Collection.

Once you do, you'll get an expanded section at the bottom as follows:

You can then enter a rating from 1-10 in the Rating box (along with entering other comments and such as you see fit). The comment field is public - others will be able to see your rating and comment. The Private Info field is where you can leave a note for yourself - nobody else will see it.

Guidelines for Rating RPGs and RPG Items

There is a fundamental difference between an RPG and and RPG Item in our database. An RPG Item is a physical, tangible item - be it a book, dice, map set or accessory. The RPG is the game that you play. The difference is saying you play "Dungeons & Dragons 3rd Edition" vs. owning the "Monster Manual II for D&D 3rd Edition".

* RPG Items (books, maps, products, etc) can be rated if you've read the book or used the product.
* RPGs (the actual games we play) are be rated if you're actually played the game.

In other words, if you've read the Dungeons & Dragons Player's Handbook and Monster Manual for the AD&D 1st Edition, you can rate those books. You don't need to have played the game to rate individual books. But you should only rate the AD&D 1st Edition RPG if you've actually played the system. In this we realize that more items (tangible products) will be rated than RPGs but that's fine - there are many more products in the database than parent RPGs they belong to!

When rating RPG Items (books, maps, etc) we suggest the following guidelines:

10 - Outstanding. Rules and concepts well presented and a near perfect fit to your play style. Excellent writing. Excellent Editing. Highly consistent throughout. You would highly recommend this book/product.
9 - Excellent. Same as 10 but lacking in one or more of the elements (writing style, editing, consistency).
8 - Very Good. Rules and concepts are a good fit to your play style with some reservations. Solid writing. Solid Editing. Highly consistent throughout.
7 - Good. Same as 8 but lacking in one of the elements (writing style, editing, consistency).
6 - Above Average. Rules and concepts are a reasonable fit to your play style but there are significant sections which you would change or not use in actual play. Solid writing. Solid Editing. Highly consistent throughout.
5 - Average. Same as 6 but lacking in one of the elements (writing style, editing, consistency).
4 - Below Average. Rules and concepts are not a great fit to your play style and there are significant sections which you would change or not use in actual play. You would cherry pick a few ideas from such a book and discard the rest. Solid writing. Solid Editing. Highly consistent throughout.
3 - Well Below Average. Same as 4 but lacking in one of the elements (writing style, editing, consistency).
2 - Poor. Rules and concepts are not likely to mesh at all with your play style and there are precious few things you can cull from this book to use in your actual play. Solid writing. Solid Editing. Highly consistent throughout.
1 - Horrible. Same as 2 but lacking in one of the elements (writing style, editing, consistency).

Now for actual RPGs (which are the games we play). This scale is much closer to the BGG rating scale because we're at least talking apples to apples here!

10 - Outstanding. Likely your Bread-and-Butter RPG of choice. A game you tend to return to again and again.
9 - Excellent. You look forward to playing/running this game and would consider long-term play of the game.
8 - Very Good. You enjoy the game and would play/run it often but need to take a break from it once in a while.
7 - Good. Enjoyable once in a while but wouldn't feel the need to make this a staple of your gaming group.
6 - Above Average. Will play occasionally if the mood is right or the group really wanted to. Wouldn't clamor to play.
5 - Average. Can be talked into playing but usually for the benefit of the group.
4 - Below Average. Will play but would probably put up some resistance in favor of a game that is better suited to your play style.
3 - Well Below Average. You have played once and might give it another shot but are unlikely to return to it again. You would usually excuse yourself from a game if suggested.
2 - Poor. - You've played once and that's more than enough.
1 - Horrible. Maybe you didn't even get through a full session on this before you wondered if it was a game after all.

Be sure to rate RPGs as well as RPG Items... the games are at least as important as the individual books! Our system only works if enough people make an effort to enter ratings.

Guidelines for Rating Periodicals

Periodicals include magazines, newsletters, zines and APAs. When rating periodicals we suggest the following guidelines:

10 - Outstanding. Enjoyed virtually every issue that was produced. Would pay well to seek out missing issues.
9 - Excellent. Highly enjoyable read for most of the print run. Would seek out missing issues as spare funds allowed.
8 - Very Good. Enjoyed most of the print run and extracted plenty of RPG goodness from the reads. Don't feel the need to own every issue.
7 - Good. Enjoyed most of the print run but a bit more hit-and-miss. No need to own every issue.
6 - Above Average. More than half of the issues were of some use. No need to own every issue.
5 - Average. About half of the issues read were of some use. May own a few of the better issues.
4 - Below Average. A bit less than half of the issues read were of some use. May own a few issues - or may pass them along to others who might extract value from them.
3 - Well Below Average. Far less than half were of any real use. Would not see the need to hold onto these issues other than the occasional article.
2 - Poor. Most likely to end up in the recycle bin after a quick reading.
1 - Horrible. Didn't feel that any value was given for the periodical.

Visualizing your Ratings

From the My Geek->Profile page, you will see three graphs which indicate your ratings for various games and products in the RPG Geek database. These will be similar to the following example:

Seeing the Rankings in Order

When you Browse->RPGs or Browse->RPG Items you will find an ordered list from the highest ranked item on downwards. RPG Geek has many thousands of ranked items. Here is a snapshot in time of RPG Rankings that is typical of what you might discover:

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