What the shit?!? Yesterday, I asked for reviews from those who've read my RPG books and enjoyed them. I got a couple favorable responses on DriveThruRPG... and this 1 star review of How to Game Master like a Fucking Boss from someone named Andrzej S. In Polish!
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- - so, about the review and the whole topic...
It doesn’t surprise me that you try to attack me by suggesting that it's really about censorship. Many times I’ve seen such attacks. After all, it’s not about the actual censorship, but about protecting your income. "You do not understand what I wrote, it's art!", "You're trying to shut my mouth, just because it is a controversial topic!", "Low-rated, because it's competition for you" - such texts are nothing new. Some people don’t see that, so it’s pretty profitable tactic. I do not buy it.
You can write and publish anything, if it is within the law. I have the right to comment, evaluate and review the what you have written. If you refuse me the right to criticize (and thus the freedom of expression), you're censor, trying to - through cheap propaganda - to convince people that I have “an agenda” other than warning them about how bad “Hot to…” is.
I do not understand why are you so mad about my "1". The book has a lot of high ratings at OBS - my review can only give someone a signal that while the majority of book readers like it, there are those didn’t find in it anything worthy. Thanks to my review and Google Translate they can find out why. As an author I’m used to criticism (even harsh) - you have to live with it, that’s a part of the job. I’m more motivated to improve my work when someone tells me what I did wrong. Don’t treat this as the end of the world, only a signal that for some readers "How to ..." is simply an extremely weak book.
Reasons for which the almanac got a "1" are many. For me it looks like the book was written in two or three weeks - if indeed it was a collection of your thoughts from thirty years, there wouldn’t be so many weak advices and techniques. Part of the text is not even advice, just spotlighting the subject - dinosaurs, volcanoes or the unfortunate lipstick are the best example (but just an example - one of many). You write "Put dinosaurs, dinosaurs are cool". What about it? How that would help novice GMs? How will it help veterans?
Novice Game Masters require structured content, many examples, hints about using mechanics, types of players, what problems they provoke and how to deal with them. They need advice about writing adventures, where to find inspiration, how to improvise… Almost none of that is presented in your book. Veterans need more complex advice - special techniques, tricks, ways to shorten prep, using strong parts of the mechanics and setting. How to experiment with story and campaign structure, how to manage the game on different levels (group, organisation, personal, etc.). None of this is presented in “How to…”.
Many advices are supported by an assumption that the players are lemmings and don’t think at all. Such "clever" tricks like asking players what might happen next is no trick, is a simple way to burn the session down. Players will sense that GM simply does not know what is going to happen further and expects that they will have to do GM’s job. As before, it's just an example, one of many.
The examples are poor. Sometimes there are none, and the whole paragraph is useless. When you describe something you waste space for the physical look. The reader have to do the dirty job of thinking what role the artifact/ place/ person/ object will take in the campaign. In many paragraphs “the advice” is only a matter of taste (how long a session should last, for example). There are none brilliant tricks, only a handful of good, and a throng of mediocre.
And the tables. I have written several times - I do not mind random tables, but throwing them into the book is the extreme laziness and mockery of the reader. You can create a cool generators? Teach the readers, give a fishing rod, not a fish. For me, you wasted a quarter of your book for something that shouldn’t be there. Similarly, as for the useless glossary.
I hope that I explained myself enough. I really hope that you stop offending me and act honourable and apologize for naming me a facist.Aug 17, 2016
- Despite your backtracking here, you came off as a liar between the original review and your later explanation. What you wrote directly above is a better review than your first attempt. Plus, it also clearly provides evidence that How to Game Master like a Fucking Boss is not worthy of one star.
But even this review is still wrong, in my opinion, but at least you tried to back your words up. And that's something I wouldn't dream of censoring. Honestly, you should read the book again. Some good advice and a few great tips and techniques are in there. You just let yourself get in the way, justifying your narrow minded beliefs because there's something deeper about me or my book that you can't stand. At the end of the day, I feel sorry for you.Aug 17, 2016
- ok, I'm done with you. I don't know if you do this only because you want to earn more or you really are so simple minded, Idon't care. I think that's the tactic I wrote about ("You don't understand my work") - childish, but working.
"How to..." isn't worthy even one cent, that's one of the worst RPG books I read. And because of you, I had to read it for the third time, before posting my earlier comment... You can argue with my review and try to offend me, but that won't change anything. Except for your PR.
I saw yesterday another one star at Amazon. You just have to live with that.
Your opinion about my review is irrelevant.
Edit: I forgot about "deeper" things. As I wrote, there are some (not many) decent paragraphs, but they sink under the shit like "Wear clean clothes", "Don't say GM, call yourself Game Master all the time", "Play 3-5 h, because I like that" and many, many others. I think you forgot what shit you put in "How to...", and it's you who should read it again.Aug 17, 2016
- Haha, you are hilarious,. One more thing - giving someone a useful random table is the definition of teaching a man how to fish. A good random table can feed a man many times over. That random table can be used a dozen, a hundred, or even a thousand times!Aug 18, 2016
- no arguments again? I'm not suprised. I am very suprised about all those primitive invectives you use. In Poland almost no one uses so vulgar language in public discussions.
About random tables - it seems that you are unable to understand what I wrote about teaching other players. That explains why the book is so bad.
EOT.Aug 18, 2016
- "In Poland almost no one uses so vulgar language"
Only because I swear enough for our entire race.Aug 18, 2016