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Scrye Buys GamingReport.com

GamingReport.com is, bar none, the best news site out there for the tabletop gaming industry. (ICv2.com rocks too, but it covers comics and manga as well, and its coverage of games isn’t as broad, mostly because it’s aimed at retailers, not players.) F+W Publications, owners of Scrye and Comics & Games Retailer just bought it.

This makes good sense for F+W because they barely have an online presence. This gives them a strong foothold in the World Wide Web, prebuilt and with a relatively large, passionate audience. Congratulations to James Mishler, Joyce Greenholt, and John Jackson Miller, the people now in charge.

On the other hand, this buyout means the exit of Dan Sivils, the founder of GamingReport.com, who did an amazing job keeping the site rolling for nearly eight years. It seems Dan needed to get out from under the burden of running such a large site—a burden he clearly enjoyed—though, so F+W plays the white knight here, rescuing the site from closure or some other terrible fate.

Good luck, Dan, in wherever life takes you and your wife Jennifer next. And congratulations to James, Joyce, and John. It’s good to see GamingReport.com land in such good hands.

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  1. I think this purchase puts gamingreport.com at a kind of developmental crossroads. Either F+W use their journalistic experience to make gamingreport.com the Variety/Hollywood Reporter of the gaming industry (it was currently the equivalent of the early Futon Critic) with depth of coverage and professionalism, or it saunders down parochial lane and becomes ever more narrowcast in its coverage.

    I hope for the first, but fear the second. IGN.com became a better site, in many ways, when Fox bought them, but I don’t know that F+W have what it takes to make gamingreport.com better. What is kind of disturbing, to me, is that this sale and the reasons behind it make it clear that Dan wasn’t making enough money to support himself on the website. Given how good the website is, that is a shame.

  2. I think this purchase puts gamingreport.com at a kind of developmental crossroads. Either F+W use their journalistic experience to make gamingreport.com the Variety/Hollywood Reporter of the gaming industry (it was currently the equivalent of the early Futon Critic) with depth of coverage and professionalism, or it saunders down parochial lane and becomes ever more narrowcast in its coverage.

    I hope for the first, but fear the second. IGN.com became a better site, in many ways, when Fox bought them, but I don’t know that F+W have what it takes to make gamingreport.com better. What is kind of disturbing, to me, is that this sale and the reasons behind it make it clear that Dan wasn’t making enough money to support himself on the website. Given how good the website is, that is a shame.

  3. Too true, Christian. I think Dan always approached it as fun first and a business second. F+W will reverse that, of course, but that may be a good thing. Most of the content on the site is generated by publishers and fans with little if any of it ever paid for. (I’m not sure about Ken Hite’s column.)

    As long as F+W puts some time into the site, it shouldn’t degenerate much at all. Like you, however, I’d love to see it improved upon too. James, Joyce, and John certainly have the ability to manage that. It may be up to F+W, though, whether or not they get the budget and time to apply their abilities.

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    Too true, Christian. I think Dan always approached it as fun first and a business second. F+W will reverse that, of course, but that may be a good thing. Most of the content on the site is generated by publishers and fans with little if any of it ever paid for. (I’m not sure about Ken Hite’s column.)

    As long as F+W puts some time into the site, it shouldn’t degenerate much at all. Like you, however, I’d love to see it improved upon too. James, Joyce, and John certainly have the ability to manage that. It may be up to F+W, though, whether or not they get the budget and time to apply their abilities.

  5. I agree with both you. Gamingreport has been one of teh daily websites Ivist to keep abreats of the gaming world.

    Big shoes are usually often best filled with big feet.

    Hope the feet are just right.

  6. I agree with both you. Gamingreport has been one of teh daily websites Ivist to keep abreats of the gaming world.

    Big shoes are usually often best filled with big feet.

    Hope the feet are just right.

  7. Agree on all points Matt (and Christian for that matter).

    I was always surprised that SCRYE didn’t really have a web presence to speak of…maybe this will become their primary outlet for online news?

  8. Agree on all points Matt (and Christian for that matter).

    I was always surprised that SCRYE didn’t really have a web presence to speak of…maybe this will become their primary outlet for online news?

  9. Heya Matt! Thanks for the kind words!

    We plan on continuing in Dan’s tradition. The main reason we acquired the site was that Dan had established an excellent record of and reputation for reportage.

    We will continue to maintain the broad umbrella, covering all sorts of genres and companies, from the big guys to the little guys operating out of their spare bedroom. I identify with the latter myself, even though I’ve worked for many of the big guys.

    This will be Scrye’s only online presence, and we are going to make the most of it. The site will not be dedicated to collectible games… we will cover everything tabletop and beyond, role-playing games, board games, card games, trading-card games, war games, you name it, pretty much we’ll cover it.

    We do not plan on making any major or even minor changes for the near future. And then, when we do start making changes, they’ll be additions, things that will be useful to readers or make their use of the existing site easier.

    The new Gaming Report will be everything you loved about the old Gaming Report, plus more cool stuff. And, of course, Dan is welcome to hang out any time he wants.

  10. Heya Matt! Thanks for the kind words!

    We plan on continuing in Dan’s tradition. The main reason we acquired the site was that Dan had established an excellent record of and reputation for reportage.

    We will continue to maintain the broad umbrella, covering all sorts of genres and companies, from the big guys to the little guys operating out of their spare bedroom. I identify with the latter myself, even though I’ve worked for many of the big guys.

    This will be Scrye’s only online presence, and we are going to make the most of it. The site will not be dedicated to collectible games… we will cover everything tabletop and beyond, role-playing games, board games, card games, trading-card games, war games, you name it, pretty much we’ll cover it.

    We do not plan on making any major or even minor changes for the near future. And then, when we do start making changes, they’ll be additions, things that will be useful to readers or make their use of the existing site easier.

    The new Gaming Report will be everything you loved about the old Gaming Report, plus more cool stuff. And, of course, Dan is welcome to hang out any time he wants.

  11. Fantastic, James! I have every bit of faith in you, and I’m looking forward to great things from the new GamingReport.com. I think it’s cool you immediately set ScryeMag.com to forward to GamingReport.com. That shows the company’s level of commitment right there.

    If you need another columnist, just let me know. 🙂

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    Fantastic, James! I have every bit of faith in you, and I’m looking forward to great things from the new GamingReport.com. I think it’s cool you immediately set ScryeMag.com to forward to GamingReport.com. That shows the company’s level of commitment right there.

    If you need another columnist, just let me know. 🙂

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  14. Believe me, Ken’s a more than worthy challenge in any such contest. At most conventions, it’s a friendly tournament that ranges over every night of the show. Since I go home on Sundays and Ken hangs around for the Dead Dog Parties, though, he can often claim victory by default. 🙂

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    Believe me, Ken’s a more than worthy challenge in any such contest. At most conventions, it’s a friendly tournament that ranges over every night of the show. Since I go home on Sundays and Ken hangs around for the Dead Dog Parties, though, he can often claim victory by default. 🙂

  16. And, don’t forget that Ken has the Hawaiian Shirt of Hypno-Doom™ advantage… of course, that means Ken is fighting on two fronts at most conventions, the Laws vs. Hite battles in the Hawaiian Shirt category being legendary.

  17. And, don’t forget that Ken has the Hawaiian Shirt of Hypno-Doom™ advantage… of course, that means Ken is fighting on two fronts at most conventions, the Laws vs. Hite battles in the Hawaiian Shirt category being legendary.

  18. I’ve taken part in those battles myself from time to time. After all, it was Industry Shaman Greg Stafford himself who declared the Hawaiian shirt to be the game designer’s uniform. Still, I usually capitulate to Ken and Robin at some point in the convention, switching to a club or polo shirt for one thing or another. Someone has to dedicate himself to the Drinks till Dawn campaign after all.

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    I’ve taken part in those battles myself from time to time. After all, it was Industry Shaman Greg Stafford himself who declared the Hawaiian shirt to be the game designer’s uniform. Still, I usually capitulate to Ken and Robin at some point in the convention, switching to a club or polo shirt for one thing or another. Someone has to dedicate himself to the Drinks till Dawn campaign after all.

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