This is my first post to the Gamer’s Gauntlet community website, so I’m going to take a few minutes to explain what we’re all about before getting to the topic at hand.
This site was designed with the local player in mind. We have a news section where you can keep up with the major gaming news that affects us all, from Magic bannings to Kaijudo set announcements to updated tournament schedules for many games. Our weekly podcast, Running the Gauntlet, is available for direct download through the media section, as are educational and entertaining videos related to Magic or other games. Under articles, local players who have something to say can share their knowledge on a variety of topics, including new strategies, tournament reports, and stories related to gaming.
Which brings us to the crux of this post. The Gamer’s Gauntlet community is made up of players who ALL have something to say, even if they might not realize it. If you’ve been to a tournament recently, for any game, even if you finished terribly, there’s probably a story there somewhere about learning from your mistakes. If you did well, you have a success story to share.
As the content editor for this website, I encourage everyone who wants to contribute to do so. You don’t have to be a great writer, or even a decent one, to have something to share. After all, that’s why I have a job. Also, you don’t have to be a tournament “grinder” to write here. All you have to have is an interest in something. If you like Commander, you can write about it here. If you only play on Friday nights, that’s fine too. Even if you only buy your cards at Gamer’s Gauntlet, but play at someone’s kitchen table, you’ve got something to share with everyone. Heck, maybe you don’t even play cards, but there’s some really cool board game you bought and you want to write about it.
My point is that ANYONE can be a writer, and we want you, the local gamer, to be as involved in your gaming community as you want to be. We are always accepting submissions. Don’t worry about fancying up your work with hyperlinks and graphics unless you want to; we will take care of that.
That said, there are a few scant guidelines you should follow to help make the behind the scenes part of the website run smoothly.
Articles can be many things, but make sure they have at least a few hundred words to them. Anything less than that probably needs to be fleshed out a little bit.
As stated above, feel free to include graphics and other media if you want, but we aren’t always going to use them. However, we DO request that the author submit a 110 x 110 picture of themselves along with their full name so we can post it with the article. If you don’t, but I like your work, I’m going to post your article with a picture and/or name of my choosing, and I’m sure you don’t want that.
So what are you waiting for? Get started and get published by emailing your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org and start contributing!