1 Today

The Shell Case is 1 years old today. It’s funny to think that back then I had very little idea what I was going to write about that month let alone 12 months later.

So, what’s happened in the last year? Well…

Since The Shell Case went live I’ve written 387 posts the blog has had over 84,500

In July last year the blog averaged 11 hits a day. It now averages 540.

The busiest day was a whopping 2,105 hits for my first look at Dropzone Commander which is released today – which has a pleasing symmetry to it.

I’ve written 47 reviews, 9 interviews and 12 essays on 40k. And I’ve even been interviewed by Noobhammer and War More Radio.

In the last year The Shell Case Alliance has been founded and has 33 members and the Shell Case Shorts looks set to run right through to the end of the year just as I’d hoped. This never would have happened were it not for the kindness of the writers and games developers who have donated prizes these last few months.

Thanks to my good and dear friend Dave aka DocBungle. He was an inspiration to me starting out and gave me invaluable advice in those early and timid days. He continues to inspire even now. And make fun of me until I paint things…

There are lots of other people to thank for the continual kind words and encouragement – you all know who you are.

All in all it’s been quite a year and none of it would have been possible were it not for the tremendous community that I have found myself a part of. You all inspire me to write better, write more and take as many #warmongers as I can with me on my meandering journey through wargaming.

The second year of The Shell Case has some ambitious plans, some of which are already getting traction but more on that another time.

Suffice to say that the reason why I have and will continue to write is for those of you reading this now. Thank you.

As a birthday bonus I’m going to do give one lucky person an Empire of the Dead Gentlemen’s Club starter set. All you need to do is leave a comment on this post telling me why you deserve to win. Be as imaginative as you like.

You have until Tuesday 31st July to enter, one entry per person, my decision is final and no alternative is offered. Have fun!

 

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21 thoughts on “1 Today

  1. happy birthday ! i deserve to win mainly just to stop that damned docbungle winning another bloody competition !

    1. plus ive been telling the wife for months whenever i buy stuff for gaming its because “ive won a competition”, might be nice to actually tell her the truth for once !!!!

  2. Happy birthday!
    I deserve to win as the wife has banned from buying minis “because baby takes priority” also I think with them I could win a blue badge 🙂 also I love you and you made me buy dystopian wars

  3. Congrats on your landmark. Here’s to another year of the shell case.

    I should win as some evil doctor is going to butcher my knee tomorrow and I need some models to pain to ease the healing process 🙂

  4. Congratulations and jubilations. 🙂 Love the blog and growing more and more of a fan all the time.

    I’d like to win as I’ve already posted a Happy Birthday post on my (not so visited) blog talking about how much I enjoy your blog, and it was written before I knew you had a birthday coming.
    http://inquisitordrake.blogspot.no/2012/07/what-i-read-shell-case.html

    Plus it’d be cool to win something again, I last won a D&D 3.5 book in 2003. I could use the Gentleman’s club to up my blog visits and put tons of links to The Shell Case in my posts. 😉

  5. Congratulations on reaching a year, and thank you for your input into the community.

    I think I should win as I think it’s about time I took a leaf from your book and tried some new gaming systems other than GW, plus the models look amazing and I wouldn’t mind having a go at painting them up.

  6. Happy birthday! Well I just found out about this game yesterday and have been reading about it ever since. I love skirmish games and when they pair it up with Victorian horror it is a win win. Now the day after finding about this game you have a contest to win a starter set just seems like the perfect chance to get to play this amazing game.

  7. Happy birthday and thanks for the entertaining and informative posts…look forward to next years content

  8. Happy Birthday! I am a little late to the party; hopefully there is still cake? Congrates on your success Phil and from one gentleman to another *Holds a glass* “For the Emperor and what not”!

    Sincerely,
    Adam

  9. I deserve to win because those figures would look great on my gaming table, and since I live so far away you’ll never have to face their awesomeness in a game. (Oh, have I mentioned I am a vampire lord and if I don’t win I will send my thralls to hunt you down!)

    Congrats on reaching the big 1, and here’s to many, many more!

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