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The first thing you'll need to do is download and open the template file. Once you've done that, you'll need to modify it using a plain text editor such as Notepad or Editpad. Do not use programs such as Word or HTML editors (unless you're editing the HTML by hand with them). These will cause more problems than they're worth in most cases. Next, open up this file which should look almost exactly like the template, aside from the 29 things you need to fill in being marked in red, and follow the steps below.

  1. Review --- If the game is over a year old, replace this with Retroview. You'll also want to add the word "Reader" in front of the word "Review" if you're a reader and "Staff" if you're RPGamer staff.
  2. Name of Game --- Replace this with the name of the game you're reviewing.
  3. Name of Game --- Replace this with the name of the game you're reviewing.
  4. Review --- If the game is over a year old, replace this with Retroview. You'll also want to add the word "Reader" in front of the word "Review" if you're a reader and "Staff" if you're RPGamer staff.
  5. Title of Review --- This is where you place your review's title.
  6. mailto:you@yourmailserver.com --- Fill this in with your email address. If you're staff, replace this with a link to your bio.
  7. Your Alias --- Write your chosen alias here. If you're staff, you need to use your real name, but you can write your alias as well.
  8. /games/GAME PAGE URL --- Find the URL of the gamepage of the game you're reviewing and insert it here starting with /games
  9. /GAME LOGO URL --- On the gamepage should be a logo. Grab its URL and do the same thing.
  10. Platform you played the game on --- Write the name of the platform that you played the game on. SNES, PS2, etc.
  11. # --- This is where you write your score for the game's battle system. Acceptable values and 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.
  12. # --- Repeat the battle score here.
  13. # --- This is where you write your score for the game's interaction. Acceptable values and 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.
  14. # --- Repeat the interaction score here.
  15. # --- This is where you write your score for the game's originality. Acceptable values and 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.
  16. # --- Repeat the originality score here.
  17. # --- This is where you write your score for the game's story. Acceptable values and 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.
  18. # --- Repeat the story score here.
  19. # --- This is where you write your score for the game's music and sound. Acceptable values and 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.
  20. # --- Repeat the music and sound score here.
  21. # --- This is where you write your score for the game's visuals. Acceptable values and 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.
  22. # --- Repeat the visuals score here.
  23. CHALLENGE --- Replace this with the general difficulty of the game.
  24. ???-??? --- This is where you write a fairly rough estimate of how long it would take someone to beat the game on their first playthrough.
  25. # --- This is where you write the first part of your score for the game's overall performance. Acceptable values are 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.
  26. # --- This is where you write the second part of your score for the game's overall performance. Acceptable values are 0 and 5. Please note that combined score must fall between 1.0 and 5.0.
  27. # --- This is where you write the your total score for the game's overall performance. Acceptable values are 1, 1.5, 2, 2.5, 3, 3.5, 4, 4.5, and 5.
  28. <p align="justify">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Intro.</p> etc. --- We're finally to the review itself. Insert the first part of your review here. It doesn't have to follow the order written in the template or even have one paragraph per category. That's merely a suggested format; you can do pretty much whatever you want within reason.
  29. imageURL --- Find an image you like from the gamepage's screenshots subpage and write the URL here minus everything before /games. If the image you want has a thumbnail, please link that here instead.
  30. Caption --- Write a caption for the image here.
  31. imageURL --- Same as the imageURL above this one, except use the full image instead of the thumbnail this time.
  32. Caption --- Copy the caption here.
  33. <p align="justify">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Difficulty &amp; Completion Time.</p> etc. --- Continue your review here.
  34. imageURL --- Find another image you like from the gamepage's screenshots subpage and write the URL here minus everything before /games. If the image you want has a thumbnail, please link that here instead.
  35. Caption --- Write a caption for the image here.
  36. imageURL --- Same as the imageURL above this one, except use the full image instead of the thumbnail this time.
  37. Caption --- Copy the caption here.
  38. <p align="justify">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Originality &amp; Story.</p> etc. --- Finish up your review here.

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