The reviewing process starts now, and ends on June 5th. In that time you will need to review four assigned games and recommend one that you think deserves a shot as a finalist.
Which Games Should I Review?
Review each of your assigned four games and submit your review before June 5th. The sooner, the better!
If you feel unable to review a particular game (because it isn’t accessible for you, or the content is triggering, etc), you can arrange to swap that review with a fellow chef, on a 1-for-1 basis.
Thought Check Games’ google doc does the helpful work of sorting out all the judging assignments based on these instructions I provided:
- Starting with your entry, count down the list +1, +3, +6, and +10. If you read the end of the list, scroll up to the top and continue counting. These are the games you will review.
- For example: your game is entry 43, near the end of the list. You are responsible for reviewing entries 44, 46, 49, and… you reached the end of the list, scrolled to the top, and continued counting until you ended on entry 4.
How Should I Review My Assigned Games?
Read each game in a cooperative spirit, looking for ways to support and challenge the author. Provide at least two short paragraphs of feedback on each: a paragraph on what was most compelling and awesome, and a paragraph on areas that need improvement and revision. You can write more, but let that two-paragraph structure form the foundation of your review.
Try to avoid reading the other reviewer’s comments on the game. Focus on your own insights.
Where Should I Post My Thoughts?
Each entry provides a contact method for sharing your review with the author(s). Contact them by their preferred method, and start that dialogue! You’re not obligated to stick around and continue the discussion, but it’s sometimes really helpful to do so.
How Should I Pick One to Recommend?
Please do not indicate in your reviews which game you are recommending as a potential winner! Honestly, the business of winning should not get in the way of providing helpful feedback and support to your fellow chefs.
Instead, please fill out the form below to submit your recommendation, picking 1 of the 4 games you reviewed to be a potential winner of Game Chef 2012.
When picking an overall winner, you determine your own metrics. Consider some of the following:
- Are you excited to play this game right now?
- Do you feel able to play this game right now?
- How well did the designer use the theme and ingredients?
- How brave was the designer in attempting this game?
- How compelling and innovative are the mechanics?
Your selection will be anonymous unless you decide to announce it. Additionally I’m not planning on announcing the number of votes each game receives, since I suspect that would be a distraction from the more specific comments each game accrued in the reviewing process and simply appreciating everything the participating chefs have accomplished.
What If I Can’t Finish by June 5th?
Please let us know as soon as possible, since there are a number of former Game Chef participants and friends of Game Chef who might be able to step in and help out with reviewing.
And Then What?
Send out your peer reviews and submit your finalist recommendation, and you’ll be rewarded handsomely with a badge to denote your completion of Game Chef 2013. Badge is a small jpeg image with no value other than the pride and meaning you imbue it with.