Posts Tagged Warcraft-TCG.de

Releases of the past few days|Veröffentlichung der vergangenen Tage

The last few weeks have been rather busy, but at the same time very successful. I didn’t really find the time to update my blog, so here goes:

  • On Thursday, the 29th of September, my first article for GameHead.com went live. In it, I’m talking about the growing process of a “typical TCG player”. You should totally take a closer look: The Way of the Gamer.
  • What if… there would be no internet? is the title of an article as part of my weekly column that went live on Friday, the 30th of September. In it, I’m trying to make all the Yu-Gi-Oh! players aware of all the good (and bad) things that the internet introduced to their lives. Playing a TCG would be rather different without it, so I guess it’s also worth a read.
  • The next article went live on DailyMetagame.com. This time, I was introducing the recent project of the Bootcamp L.E. to a broader public. We opted to not attend the National Championship and instead promoted the WoW TCG at a fair in Leipzig. This is how we did it: Bye Bye Nationals.
  • I also found the time to write another weekly column for eTCG.de, this time talking about: The Rise of the Monsters in the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG. While they didn’t really play a major role in years past, they are now the defining card type in every deck!

Naturally, that’s not all that went down in the past few weeks. I’ve also published some articles on Trading-Cards.eu and made a lot of progress with various projects for my company nexTab.de (sweet Jesus, this post looks like a link farm…).

The next few days will also be quite exciting as I’ve explored a couple of ways to move my company nexTab.de to the next level! Partly because my business partner Fabian and I have a lot of cool ideas, but also thanks to the help of my coach and friend Majo. In case you also thought of starting your own little business, be sure to talk to Majo, he can help you stay on track and turn the company into a success.

Alright, that’s it for now. I’ll try to update the blog a little more regularly in the upcoming few days and also tell you about a cool new project that might go live this week!

P.S.: The upcoming weekend, I’ll be doing coverage for the Austrian Nationals! Be sure to check it out, it’ll go live on Warcraft-TCG.de.

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Warcraft-TCG.de is down|Warcraft-TCG.de ist down

I received a call this morning from my good friend Christian, asking me to access Warcraft-TCG.de. It turned out the site was down and the message shown instead of the familiar homepage read “domain for sale”. I don’t know exactly what happened, however, what I do know is we need a website for the German WoW TCG community. For the time being, I would suggest using the official WoW TCG forums (sub-forum for “Elwynn Forest”, the German speaking Realm).

My team, the Bootcamp L.E., is also missing its own dedicated forums. For the time being, we can make use of my forum, the PE Board, where I’ve set up a dedicated Bootcamp forum section. Further, we’ve decided that it would be best to set up a website for the Bootcamp. This way, we can make sure all members can communicate with each other – no matter if a third party site goes down or not. It will take us a little while to come up with something, but I should soon have more news for you.

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Trip to DMF Antwerp|Fahrt zum DMJ Antwerpen

After a number of bad news for fans of the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game, I decided it is about time to give you guys some stuff to look forward to again: I’m organizing a group trip from Berlin to the Darkmoon Faire Antwerp!

We would rent a car and pick all interested players up. Like I said, we’ll start in Berlin, but we’ll also pass Braunschweig, Hannover, Bielefeld and Dortmund. So this might also be a good chance for you if you’re living in one of those cities. More information can be found on Warcraft-TCG.de.

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Feedback

Quite often, I’m rather surprised when I’m reading over the feedback for my weekly columns (at the moment, there’s only one of them, but I’m hopeful that at least one of the WoW TCG columns will also make a comeback once some things are sorted out in the near future). Some of the comments to last week’s article, How the Synchro Monsters revolutionized the game, left me a little confused to be honest.

For starters, I don’t quite get why people make a big deal of the headline. Granted, “How the Synchro Monsters revolutionized the game” might not be the most fitting title, however,

  • “How 10 hyped revolutionary game concepts that came before the Synchro Monsters all failed” or
  • “Hyped Yu-Gi-Oh! game mechanics and how they did not change the game” or
  • “The Synchro Monsters were the first revolutionary game concept that actually lead to a revolution”

… or some other possible choices for the title were all

a) too long and
b) boring.

I understand that a reader might not be all that interested in the fact that no one’s reading a cool article because it’s title sucks, but I do. If this means I need to make use of some tabloid tactics and use titles that will make you want to click, I feel too bad about it. I hope you can live with it as well; please understand that this is one of the reasons why the weekly columns are as successful as they are!

Some of you said that I did not try to go into too much detail. That’s also true as I don’t see the point in explaining in another 1000 words how the Fusion Monsters were – if you took advantage of effects like Metamorphosis or Magical Scientist (“DJ”) – more or less playable for some time. The article was about “revolutionary game concepts” that worked out the way they were supposed to be. Fusion Monsters were never introduced so some Level 1 monster could Special Summon them from your Extra Deck by paying Life Points. They would have been called “DJ’s little friends” if that were the case…

Every single article is a compromise. I need to balance it’s length, depth, detail and find a fitting bottom line. I don’t want to write a novel every other week and throw 4000 words at you (besides, I don’t get paid for that). I don’t want to tackle subjects that will only make sense to 3% of the community (at least not all the time) and I don’t want to go into too much details when I’m mentioning something “along the way” (like the playability of the Fusion Monsters) when the article’s actually about something entirely different – readers would only lose track of what the article’s really about. I don’t want to give you the impression that everything’s been said and done after you’re through with one of my articles – I want you to think about the topic, make up your mind and come up with some cool ideas. If you learned something, enjoyed reading the article and actually want to contribute to the topic by posting something in the feedback thread, I did a good job. Which is one of the reasons why I’m not always posting in the feedback thread…

Alright, you got me there. If I don’t post in the feedback thread, chances are good I was simply too busy / lazy or did not feel like it. Last but not least, please keep in mind to support the respective websites and me when you’re browsing our sites. There’s a reason why we got some banners from our sponsors on the page. 😉

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Update on the Community Management page|Update der Community Management Seite

Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like my homepage can keep up with the current speed of change that I’m facing in my life. Therefore, some of the sub-sites aren’t up to date and contain outdated information. I just managed to update the community management page (deleted the BattleForge entry and updated the information for eTCG.de and Warcraft-TCG.de), so let’s call that a start. I’ll soon update the Writing page as well as the rest of the homepage.

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