Valentine’s Day De-massacred
So what was going on with DMing during these past three winter months? Well like often happens in the gaming industry, there was a sale & in the interim everything here was put on ‘Hold Person’ while the gold pieces changed hands between buyer & seller. It was admittedly tough to completely stop working right after we had just created an awesome bunch of articles in November. i.e. the 6-part series we did about why our various contributors were thankful for D&D. However the new owners are investing in DMing’s future & are dedicated to returning the site to its glory days of yore: back in 2008 when it earned not only an ENnie award, but a Gold ENnie at that.
How invested? Well they’ve basically doubled our budget. With that 2x-ness worthy of a confirmed Critical Hit, we’re going to be able to a few things now (as in, immediately now) that we weren’t able to do in 2012. Here’s the list:
- More articles! Yes, we’ve heard loud & clear that the most common complaint about us is that there’s simply not enough new stuff. While it definitely can be challenging at times to constantly create not only original content, but constantly create USEFUL original content, we’ll be able to commit to an average of at least 1.5 articles a week. More articles will come down the pipe more often, while the quality continues to be maintained. (Yes, we’re shooting for another ENnie Award) The next new-new article will be the 1st in a series by Darkwarren about lessons gained from his running a weekly Rise of the Runelords campaign & will run Mondays.
- Contests!! (Aka free stuff.) Every Thursday, starting next week, there will be a short review of gaming-related product. If there are at least 20 unique comments under that review, we’ll give away whatever we’ve reviewed to the reader who has submitted the ‘+5 comment’ for it. What do we mean by that? Well its a somewhat subjective decision based upon whether the staff here either got something useful out of reading your post or maybe just LOL’d at your reply. And yes, employees of DMing or their family members are not eligible to win, although their comments do count towards the minimum requirement. Readers can indeed post multiple times- say if responding to another person- but still only get counted once towards the 20 readers overall. Contests run for a full-week, so if a book reviewed doesn’t immediately get the full 20, it’ll keep on being eligible for a new owner until it both does & the next review comes out on a Thursday. Gamers being gamers, we expect a little hacking of sorts but the idea here is to get the community back to discussing what’s being published on the site. As I’ve said before: “if you take the time to read what we’re doing, take an extra minute to tell us how we’re doing. That’s the only way we’re going to know what to keep on writing & more importantly, what to not write. Well, other than magically-shitting foxes. Think we learned our lesson on that one.” Now more than ever we really need everyone’s help with that goal to keep our new overlords not only happy but also, more importantly to you & me, funding the site.
- Promotional Offers!!! This one is indeed in its infancy, but the idea is that on a regular basis, DMing readers will receive special coupons, discounts, or outright Swag samples for cool gaming stuff from various companies & stores who have partnered with us. Win-win.
So that’s the deal gang. Let us know what you think below, & the new material comes out starting this Monday!