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New Skin!

Written by Expy - Published on May 29, 2008

New design

Dungeon Mastering has a brand new look and feel.

Tell me what you think

I’d like to know what you think.  Especially if I got rid of something you liked, or if links you were using often are missing.

Thanks in advance.

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Written by Expy

Meet Expy The Red Dragon

Expy is the mascot for DungeonMastering.com and the real mastermind behind Expy Games. He likes to hoard treasure, terrorize neighbors, burn down villages, and tell white dragon jokes..

No matter how fearful the legends claim dragons are, they always end up being defeated in 5 rounds by adventuring parties they encounter. That’s what dragons are – experience points for the heroes in your Dungeons & Dragon party. And this mascot is no different, hence the name Expy.

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23 Responses to “New Skin!”
  1. Martin Ralya says:

    So THAT’S what you’ve been up to these past couple days!

    Overall, I like it. I love the post thumbnails on the main page, and the layout as a whole has a good amount of white space. I do miss the red, but given Gnome Stew’s layout it’s clear I might be a little biased there. ;)

    I find it slightly harder to instantly know what the site’s about, too, but that may just be “returning reader shock.”

  2. greywulf says:

    The rss feed looks just the same :)

    The new blog theme looks just fine to me, and I’m using vintage era Opera 8.54 on an old Imac G3 right now. Nice sidebars. Clean.

  3. Yax says:

    Opera? I didn’t anyone actually used it!

  4. greywulf says:

    Depends on what system I’m using. I prefer Opera for low-memory/low-spec systems, but use Firefox for the more powerful ‘puters.

    Now you know :)

  5. Mario says:

    Sleek and sexy!

  6. steve says:

    I miss having the instant campaign builder and world builder as direct links, as I direct DMs I meet to them all the time.

  7. Yax says:

    Thanks for the feedback:
    @Martin: Very pertinent comment about knowing what the site is about. I’ll definitely improve that.
    @Steve: I’ll try to find a more prominent spot for the Instant Campaign and World Builder.

  8. Dave T. Game says:

    Love the new look, especially the front page. I do prefer floated center instead of left, though.

  9. Martin Ralya says:

    Ooh, yeah — floated center definitely beats floated left.

    I like the new 468×60 top banner placement. Much better.

  10. bob says:

    I’m not so sure I like the magazine/grid style layout. Too much on the front page to find what I’m looking for (ala Steve’s comment about ICB and IWB). Also, your links on the right seem out of place as a 1/2 column, but I’m not sure floating them left would make it any better.

    Also confusing: didn’t you change themes less than 6 months ago? gonna stick with this one? I don’t see anything from your last theme in colors or layout here, it makes me think the site is under new management. I liked the red as the color for DungeonMastering, now you’ve ‘lost’ your brand and it seems vanilla to me.

  11. Joey says:

    I like the new layout. It is nice and clear and doesn’t feel cluttered. I use Opera 9.25 on Windows and the design so far appears to work flawlessly. Many sites and WordPress themes use work arounds which don’t work in standards compliant browsers, this does though, great job.

    Now i need to go and get my blog back up

  12. Yax says:

    Yes, I changed design 6 months ago… And the bounce rate was horrible. People weren’t finding what they were looking for. And you’ve got a good eye for branding. I am reworking the whole brand. Hopefully it will all come together.

    Thanks. I’m happy that the layout works in opera. I must admit I didn’t test it.

  13. Ian winterbottom says:

    I also like the “look”, find it easy to read with plenty of white space and contrasting print, not always the case. Still love this site. Martin, good to see you back, now Gnome Stew is up and running, I am a founder member. regards to the rest of the Gnomish Miners, or Stewers, too.

  14. Bob says:

    Like it! Like especially the Free Adventures link right in the main menu.

    FYI, the Archives link goes to an “oops, this page is missing” page.

  15. Alphadean says:

    I truly like this set up. I find it easy to navigate and since everything is right here on the front page it makes that much easier to get to what I want….keep it going Yax.

  16. Bartoneus says:

    I like how the new front page looks, BUT i have to say i feel like all of the color has been sucked out and now (especially on individual post pages) I feel like all of the focus has gone to the full-color ads. It is a very sleek and nice design, it just looks like it got color drained by a rainbow wraith…or something. :D

  17. steve says:

    Thanks for the menu links at the top :)

  18. ScottM says:

    I’m a fan of the new layout– it’s very clean and inviting. Plus the same great content– it’s a winning combo.

  19. Yax says:

    Thanks again for all the feedback. I implemented some suggestions already and took note of all comments.

  20. Maikl says:

    It seems that you take ads seriously :) Anyway, nice design. Maybe some more unique logo would be nice?

  21. Yax says:

    The archives link is now working. Thanks for letting me know. More goodies are also coming up. They should be easy to spot.

  22. jill says:

    My comments refer to a couple of omissions at least one of which may not be recent . I miss the links to previous and next post though I suppose if one’s not missed more than a week these can be accessed via the top right link to most recent articles.
    I’ve been away or had limited computer access for some months and am just beginning to play catch up. I’m obsessive about this and like to read all your articles in the order in which they were written so I also miss the link to archives month by month rather than just archives by topic.
    While I’m about it, it would also be nice to see all of a month’s articles on one page so I can get to oldest first instead of having to go to end of the month and keep paging backwards tilll I get to beginning of the month.
    Sorry to be so obsessive and without real comments on the look of the page but the last time I was able to be a regular reader you had fairly recently done your last major change so I’m still reeling from that.
    Anyway, best wishes for the column – I’m glad to be back as a regular reader.

  23. Noumenon says:

    The front page looks amazingly professional, as good as a corporate web magazine like Wizards’ Magic website. Because of the pictures. On 800×600 you don’t see much on the front page but the feature article, but that’s what happens with 800×600.

    I was a little confused the first time as to where the new content was. It is under “Recently at the blog” on the left side. But because the “Projects & Series” also have pictures and are right next to it, that could be new content too, but it’s not. Usually the kind of page you scroll down looking for updates has all the updates in the center column and all the auxiliaries in the left and right columns, so maybe the “Projects and Series” column should be on the left in more of an isolated side-bar type thing.

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