The Hero Returns

Hello again, adventurers. It’s been a long time.

My last appearance here in the virtual world was to announce a hiatus. I needed time to decide things about life, and to make changes and work on things about myself and all of that self-improvement jazz. Every hero needs a hiatus – every champion has to take some time to go brood before returning even stronger than before to defeat a villain they could not previously overcome.┬áMy time of brooding is over, and my mission is now clearer than ever before.

That’s right – Adventure Rules is back.

Now my return will bring with it some changes. You may have already noticed some new graphics, including a new profile picture for myself (you can see a large version on the About Me page) and a new site logo at the top of the page (featuring way more me than anyone ever needed to see). Expect to see more new graphics in the coming days – my intent is to avoid using any images from before the hiatus and focus entirely on new artistic content. You know, because the artwork is why you visit this site.

The next change is the schedule. Just before the hiatus I announced my intent to reduce the schedule so that there would no longer be posts on weekends. I am now un-announcing that announcement – Adventure Rules will be returning to a seven-day-a-week schedule, with posts every day at 9 AM EST. In addition to that, there is now a schedule for the social media pages! Social media exclusives will be posted on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 2 PM EST. But what exactly will those exclusives be?

On Mondays, Tumblr will feature a flash-fiction work inspired by a prompt. I’ll either take suggestions from adventurers or, when suggestions are lacking, just pick prompts that I like from the internet. On Wednesdays, I’ll post an original cartoon on Twitter. Cartoons will feature quick, simple gags about video games or tabletops. On Fridays, I’ll use Facebook to post some exclusive tabletop content like custom classes, villains, magical items, or thoughts/suggestions about tabletop games of all sorts.

The main blog will be experiencing some changes as well. One such change will be a new segment that I call “Attempted Objective Reviews.” If you’re a fan of my Totally Subjective Reviews segment, no worries – that’s not going away. Rather than trying to do an intellectual review and to express my biased opinion all at once, the site will now feature two review segments. Objective reviews will be focused on giving a numerical score between 0 and 10 to help you decide what games you might be interested in buying, renting, or putting on your Christmas list. Subjective reviews will be more about me expressing my opinions that don’t necessarily have a place in a numerical review score. For my full impression of a game, you’ll definitely want to check out both.

Now one change that’s happening may be somewhat disappointing for some adventurers, but I really think it is for the best. I am cancelling the ongoing fanfiction story The Outrealms.

There’s quite a few reasons why. The Outrealms was easily my most time-consuming project. I often stayed up late or got up early trying to get each week’s post finished before the post time. Now that wouldn’t be bad if it was like “man, I’m so excited to write this that I want to devote extra time to getting it done!” Nope. Every word was a slog through a bog laden with fog. And frogs. And Smaug. Anyway, the point is, I wasn’t having fun writing it, and since fanfic is not exactly the selling point of the site, I don’t want to torture myself making it a priority. The biggest thing is, I don’t feel like my readers were super passionate about it either. Of course, there are some of you who may miss The Outrealms, and if that’s the case I apologize.

However, Fanfic Friday is not going away. Instead, I am returning to the original formula. Each month with focus on one fanfiction story told in parts. Every Friday will be one part, and by the last Friday of the month you’ll have a standalone story. The next month, it’ll be a whole new story. I prefer this approach because it allows me to change things up each month, and because it will allow me to appeal to a broader audience. If you don’t like the April fanfiction, you still might enjoy the May one.

Now when it comes to the 2016 goals for the blog, that means I have already failed a goal: finishing one season of The Outrealms. Now I’m not a big fan of failing, so I’m setting a new goal, one that I think is important to achieve. The new goal is this: to complete a fanfiction on the site for three consecutive months. Ever since Fanfic Friday came around, it has never seen more than one month of successful observance. That’s pitiful! I have a whole weekday dedicated to a specific form and I haven’t been able to deliver on it for more than a month at a time. So my goal now is to spend the next three months creating really solid fanfic for you all, and to not miss a Fanfic Friday during that time. If, after that three months, we as the Adventure Rules community feel like fanfiction just isn’t working out, then maybe it’ll be time for Friday to be something different. But for the time being, this is the plan we’re going to stick with. Three months of consecutive fanfic will be the goal, and I have every intention of meeting it.

As far as our other blog goals, things are progressing. The adventurers now number over 70 across all the locations for Adventure Rules. Now granted, some of those followers are repeats, but overall things are looking good for the 100 follower goal. I haven’t started on the reading challenge yet (you can think Fire Emblem Fates for that), but once I get going I’ll keep you updated and we’ll slowly integrate some book content onto the blog. I haven’t worked on Myers-Briggs RPG in awhile, but I have done some work on Paper Mario RPG. The best goal-related news is this: since I have now set a schedule for the social media sites and decided their purposes, all I have to do is actually adhere to that schedule for a time and we can consider goal #5 completed. I’ll continue to keep you all updated on the site goals, and from now on those goals will be posted on their own page so you can check them out anytime.

Pretty much anytime I post an update, there are two sections you can count on me including. The first one is this: for those who have been here for awhile, I so appreciate your patience with me. I didn’t really lose any followers during the course of my hiatus and it’s great that you all are willing to stick around while I figure things out. Now that I am rested up and have enjoyed a break, I feel ready to really tackle some of our blog goals and to put out good content. Thank you for being there for me, and I hope you’re excited to see Adventure Rules back up and running.

Now here’s the second section: it’s quite possible that you are reading this update and it’s the first time you have read anything on Adventure Rules. If that’s the case, welcome! I invite you to stick around for awhile and check out some of the content on the site. Now I┬árecommend focusing on some of my segments like Totally Subjective Reviews, Casual Stroll, and Tabletop Tuesday. You can see all the posts in a specific segment by clicking on the category name at the bottom of the page. After you’ve read some of the content here, if you really enjoy it, it would be awesome if you would follow Adventure Rules so that you don’t miss out on any future content. You can follow here on the host site, WordPress, or on any of the social media pages. Links to those are available on the About This Blog page. I hope you decide to stick around and that you enjoy what you find here on Adventure Rules.

Now some of the changes announced today (read: the social media schedule) will not be taking place until next week. So there will not be a Twitter cartoon posted this afternoon, and there won’t be a special tabletop post this Friday on Facebook. All of that stuff will start up next week. However, you can expect the first part of April’s fanfic to start up on Friday, so that is definitely something to look forward to.

Thank you all for taking the time to read, and thanks again for being so patient with me throughout the course of February and March. With your continued support, I know that Adventure Rules will be even greater in the months to come.

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