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Valentine’s Day De-massacred

Written by MythicParty - Published on February 14, 2013

"Image courtesy of FrameAngel / FreeDigitalPhotos.net"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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!

Written by MythicParty

Dog-loving, movie-watching, pizza aficionado. Content Editor for DMing.com, Project Manager for AvatarArt.com, & player of the coolest characters in a weekly D&D game. Halflings are the real heroes.

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12 Responses to “Valentine’s Day De-massacred”
  1. ThomasE says:

    Glad to see you back. Good luck with the new concept!

  2. Liselle says:

    This sounds great! I look forward to seeing new content on here regularly. I admit, I’m one of the readers that stopped checking in here very often because there was nothing new for weeks or even months.

  3. Fenixius says:

    Great. I look forward to it! DMing is one of the most varied and deep roles in all of gaming anywhere. I’d love more ways to start adventures, more ways to write my own useful content, articles about how to run more efficient combat and how to encourage reluctant players to roleplay a bit more. That sort of thing. I’m sure a lot of it has been covered elsewhere, maybe even here in the archives, but fresh perspectives are always useful :)

  4. Jay says:

    I hope that with these new changes around here maybe you’ll consider doing Pathfinder and D&DNext coverage. I (and I’m pretty sure several other people) feel that Pathfinder is the true successor to the 3.X era and when you guys switched over to 4e it caused a bit of whiplash. On top of that, from what I’ve seen there are very few people taking an in-depth look at D&DNext/5e and I know I’m not alone in wanting to see DMing’s take on it :)

  5. Mica says:

    Sounds great! How can I contribute?

  6. Darkwarren says:

    Jay, if this helps… I pretty much play Pathfinder exclusively. Every once in a while we branch out into other games but it’s 90-95% Pathfinder.

    My particular philosophy on the content I create for this site is that I want it to be useful. To me that means that it needs to be non-campaign specific, and I’ll try my damndest to make it non-mechanic specific.

    Sure, my new column draws from my experience in DM’ing a Pathfinder campaign, but if you wanted to read Paizo-specific stuff you’d go to their website.

    Fenixius hit the goblin on the head: The experience of gamemastering goes across genre, mechanic, publisher, etc. I hope that my content does as well.

  7. Danno says:

    Glad to see you back too. Also, totally agree on the need to keep many things edition-neutral — and even some system-neutral content would be helpful.

    The RPG landscape is very diverse… Pathfinder has the most “vocal” fans, but there are so many edition trolls among them that they’re giving the whole game a bad impression online.

    In fact, the whole Old School Renaissance that has been sweeping the landscape is a a grass-roots reaction AGAINST the crunch-heavy 3.x/Pathfinder/4e systems.

    The RPG world is far larger than just D&D/Pathfinder — from Savage Worlds to World of Darkness, Call of Cthulhu, BareBones Fantasy, Shadows of Esteren, and so on…

    Even the last 2 episodes of Wil Wheaton’s “TableTop” YouTube show is featuring live play of the Dragon Age RPG…

    3.x/Pathfinder has lost its mojo.
    4e was basically abandoned.
    While D&DNext’s open playtest is even larger than Pathfinder’s was at this point, it’s still too early to pass any real judgements (though it’s looking somewhat promising, as they’re obviously paying a lot of attention to the anti-3.x/4e OSR movement).

    The OSR and rules-lite games from the indies have really been coming on strong — and THAT where the really exciting community is too… Some game systems like Warrior, Rogue & Mage (WR&M) are not only awesome & flexible, but are also Creative Commons licensed!

  8. Darkwarren says:

    This is why I love our members.

    Danno, you just turned me on to a game I had yet to hear about and now will check out WR&M.

  9. Danno says:

    :D A complete system (with bestiary) in all of 40 pages. It’s a pretty book too — especially when you consider it’s free.

    They published a handful of supplements as well with additional equipment, spells, combat options, etc.

    All the goods here: http://www.stargazergames.eu/games/warrior-rogue-mage/

  10. Jay says:

    I can dig it :)

  11. Waffledragon says:

    It is indeed about time for you guys to return to the wonderful world of dungeons and dragons! I’m quite excited to see what you guys come up with to assist our weekly campaigns!
    My only request, for the moment, would be to not use the term ‘swag’ on this site. I have a few high school kids who join our adult D&D session, and it gets quite exhausting to the ears when they toss that word around as though it is ‘like’ and ‘yolo’. Thank you!

  12. Waffledragon says:

    Actually, I need to revise my previous comment to encompass ALL RPG’s, not just D&D! I too play many different RPG’s, from Shadowrun to Gurps, to OpenQuest. I simply forgot that in my eagerness!
    Although, I acquiesce, a few RPG specific articles won’t be frowned upon by the community, but I agree with Darkwarren. It would indeed be wise to consider making the articles as game/genre open as possible. A gamer from T&T coming here should be able to enjoy and relate to the articles as much as a gamer from Shadowrun. In any case, this Site has huge potential, and I thank you for your dedication to it, and to us!
    May the dice stay with us all…

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