So, after a long hiatus from NWN, I’ve recently played a few modules, commented on them and gave them a rating, if I managed to play through them. Those ratings, of course, were rather personal, following my own subjective standards of what these random numbers or stars could actually mean. And I noticed that while I’d personally think my ratings scale is rather fair and not harsh or extreme (with ratings mostly between 6-9/10 for anything not bad), most ratings seem to oscillate within a narrower spectrum of 8-10/10, which I guess is more encouragng to the few authors who are still active, but doesn’t leave much room for distinguishing a true masterpiece from a well meant first attempt with room for improvement.
Anyway, I’m aware that discussing ratings is a bit futile and that there won’t ever be a true consensus on how to interpret the numbers or whether it has more merit to be encouragingly nice or (constructively) critical, but it can still be interesting to hear different opinions, so if you feel like giving yours here, go ahead!
I do have one particular reason for starting the thread though as well, and that is, I vaguely remember that there was once a recommendation for ratings on the old Vault somewhere, where every number was attributed to a specific description like “an absolute masterpiece/must-play”, “shows potential, but is lacking some polish” etc. etc. Does anyone here still remember what I mean and where to find that table?