Miniature Review format

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  • #8962

    Ben
    Keymaster

    I republished my Miniature Reviews from Miniature Trading.  Here is the format you can use to publish MR’s on this forum.  The bold/etc formatting tags are there for reference; you would paste this into the Text version of the post editor.  I can’t seem to find the original format from MT (with the descriptions for each section as defaults from the website whenever starting a new MR), but I’ve written basic equivalents instead.  The Competition section was never an “official” part of MR’s, but I find it quite useful. (I was not the one who started it)

    (Optional: picture of game piece – found here)

    <strong>Game Piece Name</strong>
    Set:
    Collector’s Number:
    Faction Affiliation:
    Rarity:
    Type:
    Point Value:
    Number of Masts:
    Cargo Space:
    Base Move:
    Cannons:
    Ability:
    Flavor: <em>Flavor text</em>

    <strong>General description:</strong>
    Introduction of the miniature. Can describe why you’re reviewing it, if you have it/how you got it, any personal history with it, etc.

    <strong>Uses:</strong>
    How to use this miniature in games.

    <strong>Strategies and game play:</strong>
    What are the best strategies to use this game piece with? What gameplay tips can you provide players with that will help them use it?

    <strong>Combos with other miniatures:</strong>
    Which other miniatures can be used with this one? Ships, crew, treasures, events, islands, etc.

    <strong>Ways to counteract it:</strong>
    How can players counter and beat this game piece?

    <strong>The Competition:</strong>
    Are there other game pieces out there that are similar to this miniature that may be equal to or better than this one?

    <strong>Strengths/Pros:</strong>
    List all the positive traits about this game piece.

    <strong>Weaknesses/Cons:</strong>
    List all the negative traits about this game piece.

    <strong>Artwork and aesthetics:</strong>
    What is the artwork like? Do you like or dislike what the game piece looks like? Why?

    <strong>Overall rating:</strong>
    Give this game piece a rating from 1 to 10. Consider everything about the game piece and remember to compare it to other miniatures; not all game pieces should receive ratings of 6+.

    #9008

    Woelf
    Moderator

    This is handy to have for anyone that wants to keep writing reviews (or update previous ones).

    Is there a good place for others to post them? Creating a whole new section of the forums might be a good option if there’s enough demand for it, and this post (or a duplicate of it) could be made into a sticky at the top for easy access.

    That Google drive link to all of the images should be really useful too. Adding the names to each image (after collector number, so they remain sorted properly) would be super helpful, but is an understandably big undertaking. Do the different folder numbers indicate anything, or is that just for sorting purposes?

    #9009

    Ben
    Keymaster

    Is there a good place for others to post them? Creating a whole new section of the forums might be a good option if there’s enough demand for it, and this post (or a duplicate of it) could be made into a sticky at the top for easy access.

    I’m fine with people creating a new thread for their reviews, or posting them here in this thread.  I hate to be pessimistic, but I highly doubt there will be enough demand to justify creating another forum for them – I ran a Miniature Review Contest a few years ago with one of Rossinaz’s beautiful islands as the prize, and I don’t think anybody had their review in by the deadline.  The MR section was quite dormant for the past 2-4 years, and I’d rather focus on more important things that I may not have time for either.

    Do the different folder numbers indicate anything, or is that just for sorting purposes?

    The folder numbers are raw – they are exactly what httrack pulled from MT when I started frantically saving stuff in August 2018.  The Best Posts widget is not on a forum sidebar, but this post is on the other sidebars across the site.

    #9025

    El Cazador
    Participant

    @a7xfanben

    I think that reviews may get lost in the forum if they are regular forum threads, so I agree with Woelf’s sentiment.

    #9055

    Woelf
    Moderator

    Letting them go into the regular forum is probably fine for now. They would get much better/more responses here instead of being sequestered off in an adjacent area. If there is a sudden influx of reviews, and a new forum section was added, I assume any created beforehand would be relatively easy to move over.

    #9058

    Ben
    Keymaster

    Letting them go into the regular forum is probably fine for now. They would get much better/more responses here instead of being sequestered off in an adjacent area. If there is a sudden influx of reviews, and a new forum section was added, I assume any created beforehand would be relatively easy to move over.

    Exactly.  Indeed, it is easy for me to move threads (and even replies I think) between forums.

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