Over the last 6 days I've been eligible to review one Gmail screen-plus worth of products from RPGNow. I may have peeked at a dozen or so on the web, and actually grabbed 2 or 3 for later reading / reviewing. So what about the rest?
They way I see it, if there is no chance that I will EVER use the product in any way, shape or form, I'm probably better off not snagging a copy. Pathfinder stuff falls into that category, except for the modules, as they are easily converted and I still speak the language, if not the dialect.
4e stuff is out. A pain to convert to anything that resembles OSR. Ah well.
Most things that give out the "overpriced vibe" unless they look fricken awesome. I'd hate to grab a reviewer copy of something that I suspect is over priced and find out that I was right. Besides, I suspect reviewer copies are counted in the sales levels / awards (this is a guess only), and I don't want to boost the numbers of an item I expect to not justify its price in my eyes.
Most adventures for games I don't own the rules to. There are exceptions. Sometimes an adventure / module look so damn intriguing I'll buy the rulebook just to enjoy the adventure.
Foreign language products. If it isn't in English, I won't touch it. German language products are tempting, to see how far my college German can take me, but I suspect after the first page I'll give up ;)
Diorama products, as I have no space to display anything that I might actually produce from it.
So yes, I leave about 95% of what I am eligible to grab just where it is... but I'm getting fairly good at ensuring the other 5% is worthwhile, which ain't that bad ;)
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