New Stuff on the Metagames Blog

Posted by James (admin) on July 27th, 2010

In my blog and Tweets I’ve mentioned I have some new (and exciting features) that I shall be adding.  The first are described below, but I also have two bigger items to announce in the next couple of weeks.

Since I started posting boardgame reviews in October 2010, I’ve noticed I describe the game and how it is played more and more – I think this is the game explainer in me which is one of my natural roles at games events.  To comment on a game, it’s important that the comments are in context for readers, but I’m thinking of cutting down the amount of game description I include in new reviews.  One reason is that describing a game in detail takes longer than the writing my appraisal of the game.  Also, less detailed game descriptions will make it easier for me to review more games, still convey the same assessment and comments, and make it easier for readers to consume.  If you have any opinion on this, let me know.

Writing a full review is great and I certainly won’t be stopping that at all; however, there are times when I just want to give some thoughts on a game, so some posts will purely be Shorter Thoughts.  I had thought of using Twitter but it’s so hard to fit fair and balanced comments into 150 characters.

When new games get announced some really catch my eye and I want to highlight them.  So, I shall be trying out adding posts which are purely games that I think look promising.

That’s it for now.  Thanks for reading my blog and Tweets on @Metagames if you follow that too.

2 Responses to “New Stuff on the Metagames Blog”

  1. Jacob Says:

    I think the changes you mentioned are perfect for the type of site you host, although I’ve always enjoyed reading long reviews. For shorter reviews, if you’ve never read a review by The Tao of Gaming, take a look at his style of writing: he manages to give a quick context of the mechanics and gets his thoughts in there all with an incredible efficiency of words. In terms of length, his reviews are short yet I always feel like I get the full picture. I think that’s what readers are looking for even with short posts. Looking forward to more of your thoughts!

  2. admin Says:

    Hi Jacob. Thanks a lot for the feedback. I’ll check out that site too. Cheers, James.

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