Welcome to the first in what may be a series (or at least a semi-series) of Friday night posts that are at least partially inspired by Canadian Club whiskey (that we tend to drink on Friday nights).
Tonight’s topic is the idea of negativity in response to reviews.
My good friend (well, I consider us good friends, but I am at least an avid reader if nothing else) Dan Thurot recently tweeted about the extreme response he received to his very lukewarm (if not downright negative) review of Jamey Stegmaier’s Tapestry.
Wowza. Apparently there was a five-page BGG thread about my review of Tapestry that I missed from November. The good news? I now have a New Year’s goal.
I’m not going to go into the details of the review or whether or not I disagree with it (though I don’t, for many of the same reasons my friend (actual friend, not just in my mind) Katanan mentioned on the BGG review post).
What I want to get into is why people who enjoy a game have to trash almost any negative review that comes out about that game.
Playing dice games out in the middle of the desert can be a trying task. You throw the dice and they just land without actually rolling.
“Look! I just got seven 6s!!!!”
“Nonsense, you just tossed them there!”
Not to mention that it’s hot. Very hot.
Throwing dice may have been even more difficult in Ancient Egypt. I wouldn’t know, I wasn’t there.
Or was I?
Anyway, even if you don’t know what it was like, you can certainly get the feel of rolling dice to try to become the Pharaoh with Favor of the Pharaoh, the dice rolling game published by Bezier Games in 2015.
Favor of the Pharaoh was designed by Tom Lehmann with art by Ollin Timm and is a re-skin of Lehmann’s To Court the King. I have only played Court online once or twice, but I definitely have to say that I prefer Favor.
With yesterday’s post about the Dice Tower, I have to now talk about my second (and probably more important to my style) blogging inspiration, Shut Up & Sit Down. You can even see the inspiration from them in the name of my blog, that irreverent tone which is just so fun to read or listen to. Though I guarantee I won’t make anybody laugh as hard as they make me laugh.
These guys do wonderful video board game reviews as well as written reviews. They have their own site with a very large fan community that is active in the forums there (I’m a proud member now). In fact, I have to give a shout-out to the community there as well, which is so welcoming and fun to discuss things with.
I had heard of Shut Up & Sit Down a few years ago, but didn’t really check them out until a few months ago when I was in search of videos to watch. And I was entranced, except when my sides were hurting from laughing so hard.