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Sooo...as some of you may have noticed, I now have my own homepage, Endzeitgeist.com.

I post my reviews usually at least one day in advance there and have an RSS-feed that delivers all reviews conveniently.

Since you fine people here on the boards are essentially who I do this for, I'd like to ask you some questions:

1) I'm planning on tagging my backlog to make searching the site via tags/categories more efficient..BUT: Every moment I spend tagging, I can't write new reviews. What would you want me to prioritize? Tagging the backlog or writing new reviews? I can't judge what would be more useful to you.

2) What type of review are you most interested in? Short, Bullet Point-length files? Big books? All? I'm asking since e.g. Razor Coast for example will eat A LOT of time and I usually print out my books. Since the print book will come in summer, that would require reading the monster on screen when I could wait and read it in print.

3) Do you want me to join facebook/connect the page to fb? I don't like the platform one bit, but might bite the bullet if you folks tell me to.

4) Have you ever clicked on a link on my page to the respective product I reviewed? If not, what would make you? I'll be brutally honest: Reviewing as many files as I do, even with my at best erratic sleep-rhythm, takes a lot of time (it's almost a full-blown job by now) and at least being able to afford a pdf once in a while via affiliate sales would be nice.

5) Where do you read my reviews? Endzeitgeist.com? GMS magazine? Nerdtrek? Here? OBS? d20pfsrd.com's shop? Pathways? Lou Agresta's RPGaggression? What would make you visit my site?

Thanks for your attention and thanks for the continuing support and for reading my ramblings!

Cheers!

Liberty's Edge

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Endzeitgeist wrote:

Sooo...as some of you may have noticed, I now have my own homepage, Endzeitgeist.com.

I post my reviews usually at least one day in advance there and have an RSS-feed that delivers all reviews conveniently.

Since you fine people here on the boards are essentially who I do this for, I'd like to ask you some questions:

1) I'm planning on tagging my backlog to make searching the site via tags/categories more efficient..BUT: Every moment I spend tagging, I can't write new reviews. What would you want me to prioritize? Tagging the backlog or writing new reviews? I can't judge what would be more useful to you.

2) What type of review are you most interested in? Short, Bullet Point-length files? Big books? All? I'm asking since e.g. Razor Coast for example will eat A LOT of time and I usually print out my books. Since the print book will come in summer, that would require reading the monster on screen when I could wait and read it in print.

3) Do you want me to join facebook/connect the page to fb? I don't like the platform one bit, but might bite the bullet if you folks tell me to.

4) Have you ever clicked on a link on my page to the respective product I reviewed? If not, what would make you? I'll be brutally honest: Reviewing as many files as I do, even with my at best erratic sleep-rhythm, takes a lot of time (it's almost a full-blown job by now) and at least being able to afford a pdf once in a while via affiliate sales would be nice.

5) Where do you read my reviews? Endzeitgeist.com? GMS magazine? Nerdtrek? Here? OBS? d20pfsrd.com's shop? Pathways? Lou Agresta's RPGaggression? What would make you visit my site?

Thanks for your attention and thanks for the continuing support and for reading my ramblings!

Cheers!

Hey End! I can certainly give you my opinions on a few of these (and, as a wise man once said ... I am the world's foremost expert on MY opinion! :)

3) No interest in that at all. I am not a fan of Facebook and have no interest in checking out Facebook pages ...

5) Well, since I frequent these boards so much, I tend to mainly read them here right now. Perhaps posting part of your review here on Paizo.com (including the star rating), and then adding a 'To read the rest of the review, click here' link, which would then take the reader to the full review on your site?

Hope that helps a little!


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1) As a publisher, I appreciate the tagging.
2) No preference.
3) Seems unnecessary.
4) I have not. Your links point to Rpgnow and I know publishers get less cash per sale on those items that if they are bought at Paizo or shop.d20pfsrd.com. I have read reviews like the Horn of Geynon review and then went to shop.d20pfsrd.com to purchase it. Sorry, I never considered afflitate earns because sometimes the margins on products is very low.
5) I read on endzeitgeist.com, paizo.com, and rpgnow.com

- Mark

Liberty's Edge

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Endzeitgeist wrote:
1) I'm planning on tagging my backlog to make searching the site via tags/categories more efficient..BUT: Every moment I spend tagging, I can't write new reviews. What would you want me to prioritize? Tagging the backlog or writing new reviews? I can't judge what would be more useful to you.

Tagging.

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2) What type of review are you most interested in? Short, Bullet Point-length files? Big books? All? I'm asking since e.g. Razor Coast for example will eat A LOT of time and I usually print out my books. Since the print book will come in summer, that would require reading the monster on screen when I could wait and read it in print.

I'm interested in just whatever you want to review. That's one of the reasons I like reading your reviews, you don't only review books that I'd normally consider, you review such a wide variety and when I read your reviews sometimes books I'd have passed on suddenly intrigue me.

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3) Do you want me to join facebook/connect the page to fb? I don't like the platform one bit, but might bite the bullet if you folks tell me to.

I couldn't care less.

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4) Have you ever clicked on a link on my page to the respective product I reviewed? If not, what would make you? I'll be brutally honest: Reviewing as many files as I do, even with my at best erratic sleep-rhythm, takes a lot of time (it's almost a full-blown job by now) and at least being able to afford a pdf once in a while via affiliate sales would be nice.

I have not. I prefer to purchase my books through paizo since I'm almost entirely pdf based. (And by almost I mean totally I haven't bought a single dead tree rpg book since Pathfinder began.) If you'd work out a deal with Paizo I'd be happy to purchase through your links.

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5) Where do you read my reviews? Endzeitgeist.com? GMS magazine? Nerdtrek? Here? OBS? d20pfsrd.com's shop? Pathways? Lou Agresta's RPGaggression? What would make you visit my site?

I've read them on your site, I've read them here, and I've read them on d20pfsrd's shop.


I'd love to link to Paizo, but they unfortunately have no affiliate program, so unless that changes, I probably won't do it. :(

That's already two votes for tagging - Guess I got some mind-numbing work ahead of me. ;)


I think everyone else kind of sums it up.
Tagging is great if you have the time. Review what you like. A good book/PDF comes in all sizes. Product reviews help publishers.

Personally, I am a facebook stalker. Helps us a lot with marketing.

~Red
PS: I appreciate the meta humor of a reviewer asking for a review of sorts ;-D

RPG Superstar 2012

I'm a proponent for tagging as well. FB is not necessary, especially if you don't like the platform, and if you have enough gamer outlets (beyond Paizo's website) to promote your work. As far as the reviews themselves go, I don't think anyone will complain about a lack of reviews due to you taking time digesting a larger product. One suggestion: have you considered doing "capsule reviews?" I'm not sure if it saves you much time other than the writing of your reviews, but I thought I'd throw it out there.

Since I buy most of my PDFs through Paizo, I haven't used one of your links. Sorry.

Now that I've got you on my RSS feed, I read through that or directly on your site. I used to read most of your reviews here, though.


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To save you some time on tagging past articles..just tag the company and maybe the general topic, ie: base class, archtypes, encounter, adventure, etc.

I go to your site and search by company name. But I search for what I like. Then I read the others.

Liberty's Edge

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Amora Game wrote:

To save you some time on tagging past articles..just tag the company and maybe the general topic, ie: base class, archtypes, encounter, adventure, etc.

I think this is really good advice, however, I'd also advise to tag the 5 star and seal of approval as well.

The Exchange

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Endzeitgeist wrote:
I'd love to link to Paizo, but they unfortunately have no affiliate program, so unless that changes, I probably won't do it.

And this is why I also started off by linking to RPGNow, because Paizo didn't offer an affiliate program. I specifically asked Lisa about it twice, once via the boards and once in person at Gencon and she indicated both times that it was not something currently, or likely soon to be, on their agendas. I would have originally gladly linked to Paizo vs. other places but I didn't have that option.


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While I too agree that tagging past reviews is important. As a part of Rite Publishing, and having just released my first product (I know not #30 Ancestral Relics, that will come soon enough), and I'm desparate to see a review of Haiku of Horror: Autumn Moon Bath House - I'll give you the time to get the things you need done first.


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Endzeitgeist wrote:
That's already two votes for tagging - Guess I got some mind-numbing work ahead of me. ;)

I don't know how your web page is set up, but is there any way to have others (publishers, or just visitors to the site) do the tagging for you? You may have to edit incorrect tags, but I imagine that wouldn't be as much work as putting them all in yourself.


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Endzeitgeist, thanks for all your work. You've directed me to some cool stuff, and your reviews are one of the first things I look for when scoping out new stuff (literally! "Oooh, this product has a cool name and five stars from reviewers . . . but not one for Endzeitgeist . . . Hmmm . . . Guess I'll look at the product description now.).

As to your requests:
1) I think for your website this would be pretty useful. Personally, I prefer reading the reviews even if I don't have an immediate interest in the product, so tagging isn't as useful to me, but I know that as your body of work increases, tagging is pretty much required to help people find pretty much anything. So, 50/50? Letting it get away from you will just make it a bigger chore in the future.

2) My big-book purchases are fewer these days, so I'd vote for more of the smaller files. Besides, I'm in the RC kickstarter, so I'm already getting it. I can wait on your review. :) And honestly, for bigger books I prefer the physical book. And more often, I can find a copy of the larger book and get an idea of the product. I can't do that for most of the smaller pdfs.

3) I don't use facebook, and God-willing I never will.

4) I haven't visited your site but once (older material . . . okay, I've got that stuff already!). But I do want to support your work, so reminders that you have a site where I can go through an affiliate program will help. Also, I've seen a couple blogs that have a "tip jar" thingie for PayPal. Don't know if you find those obnoxious or not, or how well they work, but that might help a little bit. I tip my servers at restaurants, and you're providing me a better service (the meal only lasts a few hours; pdfs last until the hard drive crashes).

5) OBS, Paizo, RPGaggression (where I went back specifically to read your reviews, since browing through OBS or Paizo sometimes doesn't cut it). While I do collect Pathways, I can't say your reviews there are a huge draw for me (mainly because I can find them on RPGaggression).

I need to add your site to my regular blogroll/site list. Or an RSS feed or something. That will prompt me to go there more often.

Can you enlist a trusted friend to do some tagging for you? I'm not familiar with website programs or code, but I would think there would be a crowd-sourcing function to auto-tag posts ("Here's a list of tags; which applies to this post?"). But I wouldn't listen to me about technical issues . . . .

Thanks again for all the reviews.


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In no particular order:

I don't care for Facebook, and don't use it, but I would add the caveat that it might be helpful for getting you to reach a larger population of Pathfinder players that rely more on social media than messageboards.

I do, however, think that tagging is a good idea. People like to be able to narrow things down by categories.

I'd also like it if the front page, when displaying the blurbs for new reviews, showed how many stars each product received.


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1) Tagging the backlog is something I'm hoping for, as there's a number of older reviews I'd like to look up, but haven't been able to find. I'm not sure if it is because they lack tags, or if they aren't on the site (e.g. the original Cerulean Seas). Tags I find useful are the seal of approval, publisher name, author name, product name. Other tags like class, feats, spells, settings, etc. are also very useful.

2) I enjoy seeing you review whatever you choose to review. One of the big benefits of your reviews is that you look at things that many others would pass over, and its a great way of finding hidden gems.

3) Facebook: don't use it, don't care.

4) I've clicked on links. Something that may help, is to put a message in the comments section on the product thread on paizo.com saying that you've reviewed the item: link here, and that the review will be going up on paizo within X days.

5) Endzeitgeist.com and paizo.com. D20pfsrd.com reviews are blocked by some work filters for whatever reason.


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1) That's a big "Absolutely!" to you tagging your work, mate. Coming from a QA background, if you don't set up an organizational system for your work, it will degrade in usefulness with age much quicker than it would otherwise.

2) You got your name by being an omnivore. Don't cater to us in that respect. Be true to yourself.

3) Facebook is a rampaging cesspool. Enough said.

4) Nope, due to item 5 below.

5) I read the reviews on rpgnow.com, primarily. The SRD store doesn't perform well enough for me to focus too much on it and I'm too new to the rest of your venues to have properly settled in yet.

The Exchange

Interjection Games wrote:
The SRD store doesn't perform well enough for me to focus too much on it.

Can you PM me and describe what you mean by "doesn't perform well enough"?

Now back to your normally scheduled discussion :D


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Endzeitgeist wrote:
1) I'm planning on tagging my backlog to make searching the site via tags/categories more efficient..BUT: Every moment I spend tagging, I can't write new reviews. What would you want me to prioritize? Tagging the backlog or writing new reviews? I can't judge what would be more useful to you.

More reviews. Not that you're slacking, of course. More on this in answer #5.

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2) What type of review are you most interested in? Short, Bullet Point-length files? Big books? All? I'm asking since e.g. Razor Coast for example will eat A LOT of time and I usually print out my books. Since the print book will come in summer, that would require reading the monster on screen when I could wait and read it in print.

Whatever you like. The more a product is interesting to you, the more a review will matter. If you're not interested in a product to start with, it's a waste of your time, or nearly so.

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3) Do you want me to join facebook/connect the page to fb? I don't like the platform one bit, but might bite the bullet if you folks tell me to.

No. Also, no. More no. All the "no" you can eat. The right tool for a job. When I'm looking for a grocery store, I don't look at my friends' profiles and find out what grocery stores they like. I research what foods I like already, then research what stores carry those foods. In RPG terms, if I want a review site, I'd go to a review site. Social engin^H^H^H^H^Hnetworking doesn't value-add.

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4) Have you ever clicked on a link on my page to the respective product I reviewed? If not, what would make you? I'll be brutally honest: Reviewing as many files as I do, even with my at best erratic sleep-rhythm, takes a lot of time (it's almost a full-blown job by now) and at least being able to afford a pdf once in a while via affiliate sales would be nice.

No. Not likely to. Please see more in #5.

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5) Where do you read my reviews? Endzeitgeist.com? GMS magazine? Nerdtrek? Here? OBS? d20pfsrd.com's shop? Pathways? Lou Agresta's RPGaggression? What would make you visit my site?

I'm going to be honest.

Here. Paizo.com is where I buy my RPG material (aside from what I buy retail at my FLGS). There is huge value in your reviews (thank you, by the way) being nicely attached to products here. I wander around, browse the SSG offerings, find myself attracted to a title or cover, read a little product description, then read your review (and/or whatever reviews are present). Then I buy the product or don't. Replace SSG with whatever 3PP and the story holds.

Paizo.com is where I find the material, and where I expect to gather my information about the material. Having reviews where the materials are just makes sense.

So, while I thank you immensely for your efforts, I have to confess that I find the idea of an off-site collection of reviews to be... backwards. It's sort of like d20pfsrd having to pull some materials because they opened a store selling product. But... the main draw of the site was that it was complete. Just like the main point of your reviews (to me) is that they are handily connected to the products.

I don't mean to rain on your parade or in any way diminish what you've done for the community. We all owe you. However, just like your reviews being impartial, I won't sugar-coat this and pretend the idea of your site is something I can wrap my head around.


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First of all, thanks for all the feedback - tagging definitely gets some priority and I did some 50ish files today. :)

It does look like facebook is not particularly likely by now, though that may change. A tip-jar...well, I don't know...gotta think about it, but I might get one.

To answer especially Anguish: I get where you're coming from and I certainly won't stop posting my reviews on paizo - the thing is, they take A LOT of work.

So why the site: On the one hand, it's a bit of an ego-thing, I admit - and there's another reason. I understand that some people like to search by genre, author, publisher etc. (all covered by my tags, btw.) - and getting e.g. a chronological list of all reviews of that author, at least to me, seems sensible, as would for example being able to click "old-school module" and get a list of reviews of old-school modules. You're free to disagree, of course, but I think comfort-wise, that's definitely something a review-site can offer, especially with links provided conveniently. And then there's of course the slim hope I'll see at least a bit of revenue via affiliate sales, enough to cover one monthly purchase would be nice, though that will have to show whether it works.

I get that it depends on your approach, but I feel that the site does have something to offer. Also: I have an RSS-feed if you'd be interested in that. ;)

Thanks for the feedbakc, everyone! I GREATLY appreciate each and every one of your replying and each and every visit and encouragement! I salute you, ladies and gentlemen!

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I suggest also doing Youtube reviews, you can tell us what you think. :)


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Have you thought about doing some small ads on the site?


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I could do Youtube-reviews, yes - not sure, though, they'd be particularly popular. Gotta think about it.

Regarding ads - well, there's the thing with ad-blindness - recent research has shown that most people have managed to completely block any input from advertisement. Additionally, it could come off as dishonest: Say I have an advertisement of publisher x on my site and give a book of the publisher a good rating - might be problematic. I'd be suspicious. And then there's yet another thing: If a publisher pays me for advertisement and I rip a product to shreds, wouldn't that be weird? Also: Not sure whether there's an interest in advertising thusly in the first place....

So yeah, I contemplated advertisements and used banners for some time, but they just don't work.

Thanks for the suggestion, though!

Liberty's Edge

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Endzeitgeist wrote:

I could do Youtube-reviews, yes - not sure, though, they'd be particularly popular. Gotta think about it.

Regarding ads - well, there's the thing with ad-blindness - recent research has shown that most people have managed to completely block any input from advertisement. Additionally, it could come off as dishonest: Say I have an advertisement of publisher x on my site and give a book of the publisher a good rating - might be problematic. I'd be suspicious. And then there's yet another thing: If a publisher pays me for advertisement and I rip a product to shreds, wouldn't that be weird? Also: Not sure whether there's an interest in advertising thusly in the first place....

So yeah, I contemplated advertisements and used banners for some time, but they just don't work.

Thanks for the suggestion, though!

I tend to agree - having ads on your site, especially from publishers who's work you review could absolutely be seen as a conflict of interest.

Honestly, I almost think what you do with your reviews is more of a public service, and as such, I don't think adding some kind of PayPal donation link would be a bad idea at all.

The Exchange

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Endzeitgeist wrote:
recent research has shown that most people have managed to completely block any input from advertisement.

I can assure you that with enough traffic, advertising can be a nice supplemental income stream.


Yeah, d20pfsrd.com is something COMPLETELY different, as you've shown - its essentially one of the most vital signs with gazillions of traffic and content - content that shares the same target audience as your ads. I'm not surprised at all at how efficient d20pfsrd is with ads - LPJr has talked quite extensively on his blog about your advertisement-prowess and I have no reason to doubt him.

Perhaps I should rephrase: For a small light like me and my site, I don't see ads working.

Hope I didn't offend anyone!


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Endzeitgeist wrote:

Yeah, d20pfsrd.com is something COMPLETELY different, as you've shown - its essentially one of the most vital signs with gazillions of traffic and content - content that shares the same target audience as your ads. I'm not surprised at all at how efficient d20pfsrd is with ads - LPJr has talked quite extensively on his blog about your advertisement-prowess and I have no reason to doubt him.

Perhaps I should rephrase: For a small light like me and my site, I don't see ads working.

Hope I didn't offend anyone!

Personally, I think we all want to make sure that you are making some kind of income from all the work you do for free. I mean I have gotten great and bad reviews from you but they have always been quality reviews of the product no matter our personal relationship which is why I respect your reviews.

But I do understand WHY you don't want to do it. I think since you are giving away so much quality for FREE you should be able to find some way to generate some income from all you do.

RPG Superstar 2012

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End, as you've mentioned, this has almost become a job for you in and of itself. Given the thoroughness and even-handedness of your reviews, they are valuable for buyers and publishers alike. I know I'd throw some money your way if you provided a "tip jar."


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Run a cheap Kickstarter, say $1000 for 30 days with the goal of paying for a years operation of Endzeitgeist.com! Maybe you could twist some publishers' arms to donate some PDF materials as contributor content - I'm sure many publishers would do this. And you're bound to get more than $1000 (in the first day), I am sure. Something to think about anyway.

Once the site is 'paid for', experiment on the best ways to monetize your site so it pays for itself.

I've seen Kickstarters to pay for hot dog stands, so though your Kickstarter isn't a game, it probably still qualifies.

I'd back it, even donate content as well.

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Endzeitgeist wrote:

I could do Youtube-reviews, yes - not sure, though, they'd be particularly popular. Gotta think about it.

Regarding ads - well, there's the thing with ad-blindness - recent research has shown that most people have managed to completely block any input from advertisement. Additionally, it could come off as dishonest: Say I have an advertisement of publisher x on my site and give a book of the publisher a good rating - might be problematic. I'd be suspicious. And then there's yet another thing: If a publisher pays me for advertisement and I rip a product to shreds, wouldn't that be weird? Also: Not sure whether there's an interest in advertising thusly in the first place....

So yeah, I contemplated advertisements and used banners for some time, but they just don't work.

Thanks for the suggestion, though!

Yes I would stay away from ads from products/companies you review. But maybe ads for board games, or web comics, or things of that nature.

Not that i am in favor of ads on web pages, only saying IF you wanted to go the way of ads I would look at those kinds of ads.

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1) To a publisher, we want more reviews. I can only imagine your backlog. It seems like a no-brainer to me, but get some volunteers to help you set up your site and keep reviewing! I'm sure there are a couple people out there who would help out if you pleaded.

2) Honestly, all reviews, but perhaps you should be less in-depth in your review. Giving three major highlights and some generalization is not a bad thing. Perhaps some products merit more review, but you are clearly trying to do too much. We love you for it, but if it takes a month or more to get a review, it probably means you are trying to do too much.

3) As much as some people complain about Facebook, it really is a necessary evil. If you want read, get on Facebook. If you want to help publishers spread the word of their products, get on Facebook. In short, get on Facebook.

4) I only just learned about the site, but I would have no qualms in doing so to help support the incredible service you provide. There are or were a lot of other reviewers, and you are by far the most reliable. There might even be another large pdf distribution site that gets 30 odd copies to "reviewers" that never actually review your products.

5) Paizo and Nerdtrek. I'd love to read them on Facebook too.


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TPK Games wrote:
3) As much as some people complain about Facebook, it really is a necessary evil. If you want read, get on Facebook. If you want to help publishers spread the word of their products, get on Facebook. In short, get on Facebook.

I want to take a moment to be clear on my position here. What I object to is any content or value that is exclusively available via Facebook. I don't care if Paizo (for instance) has a Facebook page, but the moment they stop using their own forums and start using Facebook is the day I cease having any contact with their discussion groups.

Link to? Sure, whatever floats your boat. Rely upon? No.

Why? In short I elect not to join a community that functions purely to aggregate and sell my personal information - even information I don't realize I'm making available. Any company that forces or even rewards that I sacrifice my personal privacy isn't a company I need to do business with.

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Anguish wrote:
TPK Games wrote:
3) As much as some people complain about Facebook, it really is a necessary evil. If you want read, get on Facebook. If you want to help publishers spread the word of their products, get on Facebook. In short, get on Facebook.

I want to take a moment to be clear on my position here. What I object to is any content or value that is exclusively available via Facebook. I don't care if Paizo (for instance) has a Facebook page, but the moment they stop using their own forums and start using Facebook is the day I cease having any contact with their discussion groups.

Link to? Sure, whatever floats your boat. Rely upon? No.

Why? In short I elect not to join a community that functions purely to aggregate and sell my personal information - even information I don't realize I'm making available. Any company that forces or even rewards that I sacrifice my personal privacy isn't a company I need to do business with.

I agree completely, I refuse to join or take part in facebook myself. If people use it great, I would just find it annoying if I had to join facebook to find everything I wanted. There has been a few companies that did that and I never did care for it.

Scarab Sages RPG Superstar 2008 Top 4; Contributor; Publisher, Legendary Games

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Hi End,

I'd say:
1. More reviews, less tagging!

2. I think your reviews are awesome in their thoroughness, but while I selfishly enjoy them for that reason I also see on a meta-level that you could probably do a lot more different reviews if you kept them shorter. How much shorter? Who knows? There is a certain point at which you spend more time cutting down from what you originally wrote than if you had just gone with the longer version, so you'd need to calibrate your analysis and writing style to find the sweet spot. If you want to keep doing long reviews, though, I won't complain. :)

3. I use facebook and post up announcements for Legendary Games there, but it's just one of several places I post up information. I think it would be pretty easy to use Facebook in a modest way, even if it was just to announce when reviews were completed, and that could help draw in folks who use FB regularly to read your site. I think the point about not taking your site COMPLETELY over to a FB platform is valid, but I don't think you need to approach it as "FACEBOOK R EVUL DO NOT TOUCH WRONGBADFUN" either. I think you can make Facebook work for you without too much effort, and it can only help your exposure.

4. I don't click any of the links.

5. I most often read them here. Sometimes on your site. Occasionally on DrivethruRPG.

Thanks a million for all of the incredible work you do. It is always appreciated!


I hear you all and your suggestions are IMMENSELY helpful.

To give you a brief run-down of what I've done since I started this post:

-Tagged an insane amount of reviews
-Integrated a functioning paypal-donate button
-posted a compilation of my Slumbering Tsar-reviews

Beyond that, I'm currently blow away by Scott Gladstein, known here as Red, chief of Little Red Goblin Games, who has offered to help me tag products with his crew - even though to this date I haven't reviewed a single file of his. (Though that will definitely change!) I salute you!

Regarding the facebook-topic: While I won't probably ever get comfortable with the platform and while there NEVER will be any FB-exclusive pieces of content on Endzeitgeist.com, I think that there are two types of factions here, and don't see myself losing anything by providing facebook-tie-ins as well. Soooo....Yeah, expect to say Endzeitgeist-reviews via facebook as well soon, though I'll NEVER force anyone to use it.
Just gotta figure out a way to automatically get reviews there.

Thanks to GMS magazine and Nerdtrek I have a backlog of ~500 reviews on my site - about half of my total. That means once I'm done tagging that, I'd have to input the other reviews BY HAND.
That's a metric ton of very monotonous work and honestly, I'm not seeing myself doing it.

BUT: What I will do is listen to requests - either here or via the contact-tab on my site. If upon completion certain files in your opinion should be online and part of the DB, drop me a line and I'll get cranking- just please don't tell me "Everything from publisher z".

Until then, I'll post some reviews with the prefix "Vintage reviews" on the site as well when the fancy strikes me - these will be included in the RSS-feed, but easily discernible (and thus skipable) by those who already know the reviews.

Beyond that: I've been contemplating a kickstarter for some time now -
I'm not a wealthy guy and I've been asked quite a few times to come to Gencon, Paizocon etc. - but the plane-tickets from Germany and hotel-rooms are simply beyond my means. So IF I do a kickstarter (not easy from Germany, or so I've heard...), that might be a possible stretch-goal. You could finally punch me in the face (or just have a game run by me/talk). ;)

Finally: I'll look into youtube-reviews, though I'm as of yet not familiar with the software and need to get myself a proper webcam first.

Finally: 2 new reviews online, at least 3 more coming tomorrow.

Thanks again for all the feedback and if you like, keep it coming! Cheers!

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I got to brush up on some very rusty German after I clicked the PayPal "donate" button. Once I logged in, it switched back to English. :)

Thanks for adding a way to support your site, End!


I've changed my paypal-settings to English as the default-language - now the paypal-version the site links to is English.

Sorry for the inconvenience, Mike! And thank you a thousand times! As a meager means of thanking you, I've properly tagged "So what's that Mount like, anyways?" before continuing slugging through the rest - and you get bragging-rights for first ever donation! If we ever meet, I'll definitely get you a beverage of your choice!

Thanks again!

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Woo hoo! "First!" :)

I wanted to put my money where my (virtual) mouth is, since I kept asking for a donation button or something similar. You didn't have to go to the trouble for the Mount book, although I do appreciate it.

I still feel like I owe you a beverage or two, though. :D


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And I greatly appreciate it that you're doing this - if we meet, we could buy each other drinks! :)

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Hey EZG, thanks for asking. Your reviews are an important part of my QA process as a freelance writer - "what would EZG say?" :-)

1) I'm glad you've found a good solution for tagging - collaboration was the perfect answer!

2) I most appreciate reviews about shorter pieces from the less well covered 3PPs. There will be enough discussion about Razor Coast that I'll know whether I want it or not. The next 'Urban Dressing' release, not so much.

3) You should, at minimum, link your RSS feed to fb, g+, and twitter. They are channels to announce new reviews to those who don't use another RSS aggregator.

4) I would rather directly donate than use an affiliate scheme. Thanks for making that an option. Google "Amanda Palmer TED Talk" on more about the power of asking for help. I would love for this to become a realistic income stream for you.

5) Here so far, but I'll add your RSS feed to my aggregator so that might change.

Other

- I'd back an appropriate kickstarter - maybe a best-of compilation of reviews?
- You can drip-feed your vintage reviews into the site. One or two a week, with more when you don't have time to write as many new reviews. Keeps things active.
- The paypal donation link is still coming up in german :)


@Will:

Thank you very much for the feedback and telling me about the issue with paypal and language - I checked again and have both paypal and my donation plugin set to US English and for me, they actually show the English paypal-site when I click on them.

Very weird indeed. Did you click on it before I changed languages? From a quick search, it could be a case of an old cookie being problematic.

I also have implemented Twitter and Facebook-connections by creating profiles. My reviews will now show up as links on twitter and facebook. Just as a heads-up to you guys out there: I won't start excessively retweeting your posts etc. - I don't have the time to extensively check social media, so nothing personal!

Cheers!

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