The first installment of Beyond the Veil an in-depth look at Arkham Horror The Card Game, It Came From the Tabletop Podcast, a look at FOMO, reviews of Undaunted Normandy and Starlight Stage, and more TBA.
Brainwaves Podcast: Honest Barrage
This episode Iain and Jamie are joined by guest reporter and actual journalist Owen Duffy. Together they dive into this cast's news including new Kickstarter guidelines, review bombing on BGG, Cyberpunk 2077 coming to tabletop and much more! In our Brainstorm discussion we pick Owen's brains about the state of boardgame Journalism.
Review bombing is a strange topic. I have trouble feeling bad for publishers if their customer base is being let down somehow and lacks another way to directly interact. See Unbroken for an extreme example. I understand that it compromises BGG's data, but as it's a user aggregate and people don't hold themselves to the scale that's always been the case.
Let it burn, basically. The only people who seem really bothered by it are the people who directly benefit from said high ratings.
Whilst I don't mind people expressing themselves through BGG ratings, I think the only thing we need to be careful of is if publishers start to see BGG as the only tastemaker in the hobby.