The Peer Review System is a social system where in developers can post requests for peer review and offer to review their fellows’ projects. Below you will find a list of studios / developers and their related projects. Each entry contains any NDA you must agree to as well as contact information for that developer. If you would like to participate simply select a project below, confirm your happy with any NDA they have posted and reach out to them via the provided contact information to get access and further instructions.
How is this any different than simply asking on Discord?
You can browse and don’t have to constantly spam “HALP need review”
We consult with requesters ahead of time to insure the use-cases are fit for purpose and of value to the project
We provide a formatted structure for use-cases to be tested and for reports/feedback to be given … so less time diddling with how to communicate more time doing work
If your listed here Heathen will (as capacity allows) review your work as well … we simply don’t have time to handle it bespoke but the formatting here helps speed it up enough we should be able to review a few games now and then
Future services will swing off this … for example Heathen at current does some bespoke advertising across various networks … if we have actually played your game and you agree to let us share our opinion of what we have played then we can use that experience and the information provided here to help spread the word of your hard work … we will be formalizing this and expanding on it in the future to include Steam Curation, Made With Heathen articles, etc.
How is this useful to me?
WOW greedy :) ... but seriously being involved with more dev projects helps teach you a great deal. This is a dev to dev review system so you will have inside knowledge about the projects you review and if its your project being reviewed you are getting feedback from fellow game developers. There is huge value in this on both sides. But the benifit to the community is also major, "The more you share, the more your bowl will be plentiful" ... hat tip if you know the reference :)
How do I sign up?
See the post here https://www.patreon.com/posts/peer-review-47906906
How do I review a work listed here?
You will see contact information including the discord handle of the author. Review the information provided including the NDA if they posted one and if your happy to help then reach out via Email or Discord each author will handle distributing CD keys and use-case documents.
How do I provide my feedback and opinions of what I tested?
Below you will find a feedback template to download, run through each use-case as provided by the requester/author and populate the template with your feedback and opinions then send that to the author via the contact details provided on each entry.
The email address is broken on all the entries! WTF Heathen.
We list email addresses replacing the @ with “-at-“ and we do not attach a mailto link to it … we do this to at least slow down annoying bots that love to scrape email addresses and spam you with offers you can’t refuse. A human like your self is smart enough to replace -at- with @ in your email tool of choice … some bots are to … but most are not. If you really are opposed to typing out the address copy and paste it then edit the -at- to be the @ character …
Note that this is not an agreement written by legal professionals it serves only as a social agreement between participating parties of this system. In some jurisdictions this may be binding so do treat this agreement with respect and understand that some requesters may ask you to agree to a more formal legally worded non-disclosure or similar agreement before progressing forward.
The objective of this agreement is simply to ensure that all participants of this system respect and hold in confidence any information they gain relating to the work of others or the opinions of others. You will be seeing and using games and other applications that are not yet released or announced to the public. Similarly, requesters should hold comments and opinions in confidence not to be shared with others nor the public.
This agreement is not meant to stifle marketing or journalism which might wish to make use of any of this information, feedback, or opinions and so any agreement made between the parties involved is considered to supersede this agreement. Such agreements should be expressed written consent to avoid confusion or argument.
By participating in the system described on this page either in requesting a peer review or by performing a peer review you agree to be bound by the agreement as described and to operate in good faith for benefit of the projects, games and applications listed here and their related communities.