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So, there's this thread where people are talking about a bunch of games that don't use gonzo elements to do their thing. It could be a really interesting thread except that I've never heard of a lot of these games. I want to find out about a lot of these games, and there's a good chance I want to purchase a lot of these games. But that is made hard because there are like two links in the list of dozens of games.
IF YOU DON'T LINK TO GAMES THEN PEOPLE DON'T KNOW WHAT THEY ARE.
Just dropping the names of games and walking away is unhelpful to you, the thread, and the creators of the games.
The "creators" bit is important. Independent game creators rely on word-of-mouth enthusiasm to get people to get the goods. If you don't link to the game's page, that last part of the transaction doesn't happen, which means that game you like doesn't get sold to other people you might want to play with, which also means the creator doesn't get to move forward whatever their publishing objectives are and that endangers the future of the game.
This is the thing about community. You're not just a customer. We don't advertise for the most part because we rely on earnest people-to-people linking. In the recent past, the indie community was small enough that everyone knew that and were basically linking to their friends' games. It's what made this whole thing fly. But now there are so many players who don't know the creators, they have some idea that the games are made by abstract people who are far away and inaccessible, and with whom their entire interaction is twenty bucks and a perfect bound book.
That's not the whole interaction. The creator wants to help you have a great game. There might be non-obvious implications of the rules you discover and want to discuss with the creator. You can. Email the creator. They might have a forum. They might be here. Whatever. But the other part of that interaction is that you are supporting them. If you don't care about the game, then it doesn't matter. But if you want it to gain popularity so the creator will make another one you like, if you want to get more players for game night, if you think your friends would benefit by knowing about it, link whenever you discuss a game. Everyone will benefit.