5703 in-depth character profiles from comics, games, movies

State of the union and October donation drive


Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

(There are three writeups.org donation drives a year – February, June, October.)

Let me tell you how the writeups.org (worg) project is going. No, no I insist.

We’re holding the line !

I was concerned that we wouldn’t be able to keep up the “5+ articles every 10 days” pace, but somehow we keep making it. “Somehow we keep making it” should be our motto, really.

Various contributors have been able to set some time aside to release bursts of material. Such as with Bryan’s Transformers Marvel stuff, Nicolas’ New Warriors (and more) material, Ethan’s out-of-the-left-field movie stuff (most of which remains to be published), Pawsplay’s M&M stats, etc.

A lot of the output during the Summer has been revised entries, which both removes substandard material and adds new material to the site.

We *just* reached 5,700 entries. But it’s not that important, since a slight majority of the work goes into fixing weak points rather than embiggening the headcount.

Even me !

I haven’t been able to do as much creative writing as I hoped. This is typical of the Summer – hot nights disagree with me craptastic health.

Still, the big Valérian arc was fully published (pity that the movie tanked), and I’m happy about it. There was also a lot of important DC Heroes rules work, some of which remains to be published.

The rule stuff is primarily useful for low-powered characters using body armour, shields and melee weaponry. This chiefly corresponds to my video game writeups.

I remain concerned that the various sample Player Characters from video games to present the setting, the plot, the powers, etc. might come across as a tad fan-fictionish. But these seems well received, and it’s not like I can conduct surveys or customer panels.

Logistics

We are now trying a different monthly newsletter format, since the bulk e-mail provider we were using didn’t work out. That also means I could remove a WordPress plugin, helping the server cope with the constant increase in traffic. I haven’t had 500s or 503s  recently.

I thought I’d shift the site to our hosting service’s  newer, better data centre last week. But that date was for *another* type of hosting. Ooops. We’re still scheduled to switch before the end of the year, without further precision yet.

The Big Sweep has resumed, albeit at a slow pace. Which, on top of having had to practically stop it for nearly five months, means I’m horribly behind schedule.

On one hand, having finally dealt with most of the new rules work does free me to pick up the Big Sweep pace. On the other, rewriting entries is more tempting.

Donations

We now offer both Patreon and Paypal. So that’s big-brand, standard online payment solutions that support both one-off and recurring donations in a few clicks.

The donation pages also include a bit more material about donations themselves. You totally should check it out.

We are highly dependent on donations to keep this site up. Everything is optimised to run on a shoestring budget, but it still adds up. And we have an unusual amount of traffic for such a small-time, niche site.

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