The Shell Case Forums has officially closed. Sad but necessary for this humble blog to continue on its journey towards world domination. Looking back I realise that the forum was doomed. I had set it up in the early days of The Shell Case, in a rush, so it was something extra I could offer to the few readers I had and essentially build a community. Dave at Miniature Musings of a Bear was instrumental in getting people to join but also came up with the idea of making it a forum for all bloggers to direct their readers to so they could discuss posts. As many will know it was from this idea that I developed The Shell Case Alliance. To begin with I posted regularly on the forum as did Dave and a handful of others but for me it quickly became just a place to post links to blog posts which were taking more and more of my time. Which wasn’t really the point of it.
In the end I hardly ever went on there and if the creator of a forum wasn’t bothered then neither would anyone else. In the days leading up to making the decision to close the forum I tried to find someone willing to take on the responsibility and breathe new life into it. I was ready to give it a face list, buy the URL – the whole shebang – but sadly no one I approached wanted the challenge. Not that I blamed them. And, in truth, with the #warmongers community thriving on Twitter, much of the forum’s work was being done there so it became clear that the forum had to go.
With the closure of the forum it allows me to concentrate fully on making this blog better and bringing more content that you, my lovely readers, want to see which brings me on to the next stage in The Shell Case’s evolution which is sponsorship. Hopefully you would have noticed the bloody great button at the top of the blog. If not, here it is again…
Over the weekend the utterly awesome people at Firestorm Games agreed to sponsor the blog. They, rather flatteringly, see a lot of potential in my site and were excited to support me in growing it further. Needless to say I’ve been overawed and humbled by the faith Rob and the guys have shown in me and I’m equally keen to work with them as I have used Firestorm in the past and they had never let me down. They also have an impressive breadth of range which can only come from having a real passion for what they do and successful business model.
What this sponsorship will mean is I now have an infrastructure behind me what will allow me to review more games, models and rule books than ever before and without the long and sometimes grinding task of contacting the dozens and dozens of wargaming companies out there and seeing if they’d be interested in reviews. Essentially, they’ll be more reviews, more often and covering a much wider range of games and models. And should free up sufficient time for me to pilot the podcast I’ve been working on in the background.
So a touch of sad news but coupled with some truly awesome and exciting news which will hopefully make The Shell Case a better blog to visit, not to mention result in a few more give-aways (huzzah!). And, as always, I wouldn’t have got this far without all the fantastic people who visit my blog everyday. So thank you one and all.