Do You Read This News?

[h=3]EN World News[/h]
  • In my never-ending quest to try to optimize the time I spend on different aspects of EN World, I'm trying to ascertain whether this news page is still popular or useful in the face of big mega-companies like Facebook, Twitter, and Google. (I know I occasionally ask this - it's important, I think to keep asking every year or so!) It's the busiest page of the site, for sure, but that may be just because it's the most common landing page - I can't tell whether folks actually read it, and I get very little feedback or response which would let me know. So, a small ask - if you read this page, please drop a quick note in the comments so that I can get a rough idea (and indeed, which bits of it you read). Then I can make an informed decision on how to spend time to improve things for everyone! The page is a lot of effort every day (and I've been doing it for about 12 years!) and I'm happy to do it, but I'm also happy to do other things, too, which would also be cool!
  • In Pretty Darn Fun (a look at new PDFs) This week we have 10 new PDFs, 4 WotC rereleases, 4 new adventures and 1 excellent Spotlight of the Week. Some are previews, some are new systems, some are supplements for a game you are likely already playing, but all are good PDFs that look of interest to a wide range of players.
  • The ENnie Awards are still looking for booth volunteers.

[h=3]D&D News[/h]
  • I Don’t Know What It Is, but I Like It by James Wyatt -- James provides us with descriptions for several good-aligned creatures that have animal forms. Come see what menagerie he has assembled for you to view and discuss this week!
  • 2E AD&D Core Rulebooks Premium Reprints Released![FONT=&amp] For many gamers, the 2nd Edition Advanced Dungeons & Dragons core rulebooks were their introduction to the role-playing game hobby. Now players can celebrate those dungeon-storming campaigns with this set of special premium editions released by Wizards of the Coast today. The AD&D 2nd Edition Player’s Handbook, Monstrous Manual and Dungeon Master Handbook (each sold separately) contain [/FONT] [FONT=&amp]all of the original content and art that fans will remember, but each rulebook has a new cover design to commemorate the reprint.[/FONT]

[h=3]Pathfinder RPG News[/h]

[h=3]RPG News[/h]
  • Cubicle7's First Doctor Sourcebook hit US stores recently, and will be appearing in UK stores this week. "Celebrating the 50th anniversary year of Doctor Who, this 160 page hardcover sourcebook explores the First Doctor's adventures. With detailed information on all the allies, enemies, aliens and gadgets that he encounters, as well as examining each of his adventures, the book contains a wealth of material for the Doctor Who: Adventures in Time and Space RPG, and is also being a fact-packed resource for fans of the show!"
  • Forbes has reviewed 13th Age, and has a video Q&A with Rob Heinsoo and Jonathan Tweet. "It’s fun, fast, and accessible and encourages imagination from players and GM alike. It bakes some very cool new ideas into the d20 ecosystem while keeping all the major pieces intact. Of the many systems I’ve read recently, it’s one of the best."


[video=youtube;e3qPQhTns64]http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=e3qPQhTns64[/video]

[h=3]Community News[/h]
  • Sarah Darkmagic talks about End to End, a book of fairy tales, and using such tales as game inspiration.
  • Kobold Press posts a 1000-word rebuttal against its own article; in yesterday's news I mentioned Against the Nostalgia Fetish in Fantasy Roleplaying; today, the kobolds have posted Against the Fetish of Progressive Design.
  • Gnome Stew's guest writer, Richard Dansky (Wraith: The Oblivion) writes about What GMing Can Take From GameDev.

[h=3]Boardgaming News[/h]
  • Forbes has reviewed Lords of Waterdeep. It says "Lords of Waterdeep is one of the most unique and surprising D&D boardgames on the market" but - and this may just be me - is that a non-statement? It's the most 'surprising' of the half dozen boardgames WotC has out at the moment? Still, the rest of the review is fairly glowing.
  • Play Board Games has reviewed Astlan. Aztlan is an area control game with an Aztec theme. You must control domains that contain specific terrain to score big points and win. But look out your opponents might just overpower you and remove your pieces from the board.
 
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Russ Morrissey

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i visit the news page first everyday. But generally I only pay attention to the D&D, Paizo, and sometimes 3pp news. I rarely check out any the enworld columns (reviews aside), boardgaming news, community news, or all of the inked stuff on the right column of the page (again, barring one thing- coming soo n products).
 

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Blackbrrd

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I do appreciate the news, but I don't really like the format. I would prefer the different news items to have their own "box" so that the text isn't as wide and it is now and so if I wanted to comment on a specific news item, it would feel a bit more natural.

... I am guessing that would mean more work for you though, not less though. I am guessing you could get some volunteers* to help you add those news articles though. I know hardware.no did it this way when they were smaller (now they are one of Norway's largest tech sites, much due to the good forums, which is the strength of this site as well).

*One way of doing it is to have people apply for adding articles and if they get an ok, they can create threads in a certain subforum. You could then approve those articles and move them to the correct subforum.

... It would probably be preferable to have the news in the correct forums instead of a "news" forum. That way I would find the discussion about L&L articles in the dnd forums instead of in the news forum.

Not quite sure how much work this would be programming wise, but at the best it's adding a couple of fields to the database, creating a new layout for the front page and adding an authoring process page.
 


delericho

Legend
I skim the news for the bits that interest me. The one thing that makes it less useful for me, though, is that it tends to be updated at just the wrong time of the day for me. Also, I tend to have read the new articles before the news updates to tell me about them!
 


Crimson Fist

First Post
A daily read for me as well. In fact I got concerned when you had not posted since last Thursday. It's part of my routine, daily read. I don't use any part of the rest of the site much at all.
 


ShadowDenizen

Explorer
First, THANKS for all you do to keep this site a hub of information for all RPG's. We may not say it often enough, but your hard work is appreciated.

Gratned, the news page is my default "Landing Spot", but I do try to actively look at it every day, and find all the categories useful in varying degrees. I enjoy knowing not only what is forthcoming, but the links to the reviews, the bit of social commentary, etc.
 



Dominic

First Post
I visit the news page almost daily. I'm not that interested in DnD or Pathfinder. I normally focus on the enworld, other games, and boardgaming sites most.
 


God

Explorer
I read the news section almost daily. It's by far the most useful part of the site, IMO (note the lack of an H).
 




I check in a couple times a week. I like the reviews--but am waiting for D+D Next to come out before I make any new purchases. However I will definitely use your reviews when/if I buy in---and would be happy to use any links that your site provides.
 


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