Open Letter to Savage Worlds Bloggers.

Hey Savage Worlds Fan,

How are you? I am doing fine, a bit busy with work, but I get by and still find some limited time to blog here about my hobbies. Which is nice.

I am writing you regarding all those Savage Worlds Fan license creations. You know, the fan-made Edges, Hindrances, Races & Powers, but especially the fully fledged conversions of other games (and more!) to the Savage Worlds system. Even though they are scattered all over the interwebs, some kind folks try to collect them all in places like Savagepedia or Savage Heroes. If you haven't seen many of them, you should check them out - they are good free stuff. You can't get much better than free.

I am concerned, however, that many of those great free supplements don't get the exposure they deserve. They are a labor of love and usually, once created they are not advertised or promoted. Sure, they might be mentioned somewhere on forums, maybe even on social media, but that's all. Some fans may comment and even pass the word, but it might not be enough for some of those projects. I know for a fact, that some great conversions have disappeared from the face of the web and even the eldrich wizardry of Wayback Machine can't bring them back.

It is for this reason that I’m writing you today, to formally request your help in spreading the word about Fan License creations and helping them get readership they deserve. If you have stumbled across a conversion that you enjoyed or even used to play a session or few, take some time and write few thoughts about it. It does not have to be a proper review. Even few of the likes/dislikes will help to spread the word. Maybe you enjoyed how true to the source material the conversion was. Maybe you have adapted some of its monsters into your campaign or just used some Edges in your game? It doesn't matter - just help to spread the word. This feedback will not only allow others to see if they like the conversion, it will also be a huge ego boost for the authors. Who knows, maybe thanks to your "review" they decide to write more free content?

The easiest way to help is to post about fan creations on your blog. Do a proper review, or just write your thoughts about the document. What you liked, what you didn't like. I am sure that people will be interested in our opinions and by this we will introduce new people to some great free savage content. I will start  reviewing fan supplements on this blog and collect those reviews on a page created solely for Savage Worlds Fan Projects Reviews. If you write anything about a fan project - send it my way so I can add it to this makeshift review database. After all, why shouldn't we review something just because it is free?

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