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!