Welcome to the Cannibal Halfling Weekend Update! Start your weekend with a chunk of RPG news from the past week. We have the week’s top sellers, industry news stories, and discussions from elsewhere online.
DriveThruRPG Top Sellers for 11/13/2021
- Minsc and Boo’s Journal of Villainy
- Interface Red
- Rangers of Shadowdeep: Dungeons Dark
- Runequest Starter Set
- Hundred Devils Night Parade
Top News Stories
D&D TV show announced: In a sign of its coming legitimacy or almost certain doom, actual play is coming to cable TV station G4. Dungeons and Dragons: Invitation to Party will be a weekly series on the gaming-centric network. Joking aside, the cast looks pretty solid, and luckily for those of us without cable (i.e. everyone in the show’s demographic), there will also be a livestream on Youtube and Twitch.
Discussion of the Week
On Bad Reviews and Indie Media: Jeff Stormer of the Party of One Podcast re-linked a short article this week talking about the value of negative reviews in the indie RPG space (or lack thereof, rather), and why thinking about who benefits from a review is important.
It’s always been unofficial CHG policy to attempt to keep to writing largely positive reviews. Now, there have been exceptions where we felt it was warranted, and harmful behavior must be called out. Even for games we love we try to be fair and point out issues which may trip up some readers. We still try to avoid spending our time and yours on things we don’t think are worth it, and find ourselves agreeing with Jeff: “a bad review pushes away people who have found the game without doing much to push them towards something else.”
Negativity gets clicks, even we’ve experienced that, but let’s let Jeff remind us (and you) to keep bringing games and gamers together instead of slinging mud.
Nothing of value happened on Twitter at large this week: Speaking of which. If there was some discourse interesting or important enough to discuss here, nobody saw it. Such is the nature of the algorithm. If you thought one of the discourse topics this week that people actually saw had value, or would be remembered…
Go enjoy reading and/or creating and/or playing some games.
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