I am admittedly a huge fan of the website RPG Geek for a number of reasons. First and foremost, I believe in the sense of community that they are and have been creating since their inception. I have met many a great gamer, designer and publisher through this website (in person and online). Lastly, it serves as a great repository for RPG information that I might be seeking.
Over the last year or so, I continue to see or comments from other gamers, both on Facebook and G+, that are derogatory or dismissive in nature towards RPG Geek and I am not sure why. I know there are several sites out there that are attempting to do the same thing as RPG Geek and I periodically visit those sites too, but I am at a loss as to why folks might cringe at the mention of the site, are dismissive or even derogatory.
I am asking you to comment if you like or dislike RPG Geek and to say why. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and no opinion is wrong. I just want to understand why people like or dislike the site.
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I _love_ RPGGeek.
I’m not sure what there would be to dislike about an open, inclusive, friendly, community built around the most in-depth RPG games database on the web.
The only downside to the website is that it’s a bit overwhelming to newcomers, from what I’ve heard (the design never really bothered me but I admit it takes time to learn).
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Thank you for the comments. You and I have very similar impressions of RPG Geek. It’s the community itself that really attracts me and keeps me engaged over there. Now, admittedly, the site interface could use some enhancements. Though I am not impeded in any way by the interface. It just has a slight learning curve that is all.
I love RPGGeek! It is practically my home-away-from-home on the internet. There are so many things I like about it, I don’t know where to start… so I’ll start with the community itself.
It is the people there who keep me coming back. They are such an awesome bunch of gamers! I’d be willing to invite any of them over for a game and a meal – if they ever happened to be where I am.
Aside from the users, I love the site design contests, the willingness to help on the design forums, the Tavern silly word games, playing/running games in the PbF forums (I’m an addict, I know), the Question of the Day discussions (which are remarkably civil), I like posting session reports (I’m taking time out from writing one to answer this), and reading the game reviews. I can’t imagine why people wouldn’t like it (other than the somewhat daunting layout design – which you can get used to).
But then, I’m not a user of Facebook, and can’t imagine why people would want to use that site.
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Thank you for the comments. I agree with your assessment of the site’s features. I too find so much to like about the “Geek”. Most importantly, like you, I love the sense of community that exists there on a daily basis.
I think the common gripe I keep running into has been the interface. As you said, it can be overcome and users readily get used to. The sheer volume and quantity of the content and the overarching community that is there should be deciding factor, not the interface.