For our reviews, we score each component of a game out of 100%, before assigning an overall score to the game. The overall score is not necessarily an average of the component scores, but this is left to the discretion of the reviewer. Our 1-100% scale is generally modeled after academic grading systems, wherein numbers below 60% are generally at or near “failing.” For a full overview of our standard scoring system, see our handy chart:
Several years ago, we introduced a secondary grading scale for scoring DLC, as we felt our standard scale didn’t properly apply. This simpler scoring platform gives us a clean, easy way to tell you what is worth your time for these types of releases.
As add-on content to existing games, DLC almost never would affect our standard category scores. We determined it’s more useful to simply tell you if we think such an add-on is worth your time or not. Our three-tiered specialty grading scale works as such:
The RPGFan Editor’s Choice Award designates exceptional games, either because they introduce new ideas that push RPGs or adventure titles in a new direction, or simply because they deliver an absolutely solid experience in general.
Recipients of this award are not held to any particular score, but are simply superb games in the eyes of the author. You can rest assured that games carrying the Editor’s Choice Award emblem are some of the best games released in that genre.
These days, a game can change quite a bit between release, and a year or even months later. If we feel our published review no longer properly reflects a game’s current state, we may revise or publish an addendum based on a game’s update, pending staff availability. Occasionally, we may be alerted to such changes by a publisher or reader, though any changes are made solely at RPGFan’s discretion.