The State of NHMTG.ORG

As you may have noticed, updates have been pretty slim on the site and currently I have yet to update for the next PPTQ season. I wanted to talk a bit about how things currently are going….

When I first created NHMTG.org I envisioned a website where I could get word out to players about events, and they could come to one place to get all of the information that they need about Magic in the state. On top of that it would give me a spot to ramble on about Magic, whether it be the Modern banned list, new brews, policy updates, or anything else.

The reality is that it’s way more work to compile information on events than I was hoping, and I’m not really sure that it provides enough of a gain to continue doing. Stores have often been really bad about communicating about events, as in an ideal world when an event is scheduled they could reach out to me to let me know the details and also to confirm that they have a Judge if needed (which my role as the Area Representative for New Hampshire in the Judge program should help with). That’s not how things worked, however. Instead it was me spending a lot of time going through Facebook and mtgfinder.net to try to find what stores had events on what day. This didn’t even give me most of the information though, as I was often left in the dark about what time the event started, cost to enter, and for GPTs what event the byes applied to. All of this for maybe a bit more exposure for the events where advertising wasn’t a huge priority. A big use of my time, and only marginal gain for the stores that put in a small amount of effort towards having successful events (and virtually no gain for me). I hope that everybody can see how it can feel like a burden to go through this process constantly….

As far as a place to post my thoughts on Magic: it has begun to feel like more of a chore than anything else. This is even factoring in that many of the udpates are small, little more than a copy/pasted deck list and some few words on why the deck is cool or how it is positioned in the meta.

There are certainly things that I still want to do with the site, it’s just become a bit less of a priority for me at this moment. My projects within the Judge program have been expanding as I am taking a larger role there than before. I’ve had a lot going on with my personal life. It seems like I have a lot less time these days and need to budget it a bit better, especially if I want to continue to get out and play Magic.

Some of my goals going forward are to talk to stores a bit and try to get effective communication going. It’s possible that I will cut support for stores that do not do this, that I will only list events when a store talks to me about them. I’d also like to be able to start providing more content, but that’s not something that I can do on my own. It would be great to get more guest posts to show up from time to time, or even to get regular contributors to the site to have consistent posts. However, NHMTG is not a monetized website, and there is no plan for it to be, so there can be nothing offered for any content.

I am always available for any questions or suggestions about the site, events in New Hampshire, the Judge program, or really anything Magic related. You all should hopefully know how to find me. I’m sure that I will have some updates soon(™), and at that time I’ll post them in the usual manner on Facebook.

Chris Wendelboe

Chris is a level 2 judge from Ashland, New Hampshire. He enjoys Scapeshift, modern, and putting on the best events possible.