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When you browse the list of games in our system, these are shown to you by ranking. For example, if you Browse RPG Items you will see this list is sorted by rank. When you browse any single item, say the Dungeons & Dragons v3.5 Player's Handbook (D&D 3.5e), it shows both the user rating and the rank amongst all ranked RPG items. In order for an item to have a rank, it must have 5 or more user ratings. The more ratings an item gets, the more accurate the ranking. We ask that you honestly rate any RPG game items you are familiar with. Our system only works with participation and the more people that provide good, honest ratings, the better this works for everyone!
Here is a typical browse list in our system showing the various rankings and ratings.
Both RPGs and RPGItems have a rank on the site. That is, you can rank the game (say, Dungeons & Dragons v3.5) as well as the individual books that make up the game (say, the Player's Handbook, Dungeon Master's Guide or any of the adventures for that game).
There are two easy ways to rate an RPG or RPGItem. They are:
- On the ranking list shown above you can click on any of the boxes listed under Your Rating and will be given a quick-entry to enter your rating.
- Simply hover the mouse over your username on the top of any Geekdo page and select "Collection". You can browse your entire collection here on the 'Geek and click the Your Rating box of any item to rate it.
Please Note: you do NOT need to own something to rate it - if you're read the book or played the game, you can provide a rating. Ownership is not required by our system. Obscure items which don't get many user ratings are especially important to rate if you know the game/book.
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.