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One of Raine's biggest hobbies has always been gaming. It all started with an Atari and spread out to Yu-Gi-Oh!, Magic: the Gathering, and Dungeons & Dragons. As an artist, Raine takes pride in painting models for games as well as making his own terrain. He's also been a writer for many years, working both in the journalism industry and writing pieces of fiction. He decided to create Initiative : Tabletop as a platform to talk about all things gaming that he simply thought were cool, and reviewing games became a part of it!

A Year-End Thank You and Outlook On 2014

Initiative Tabletop Group

The last day of 2013 is finally upon us. Initiative : Tabletop has gone from an idea I wrote on a piece of paper to a full-fledged media site complete with staff and a business account. I never imagined things would grow as quickly as they have, and I am extremely grateful for everything it has become, especially to those who have helped us along the way.

With this year coming to a close and a new year being rung in, I thought it would be a good idea to post up some of our ambitions that we have for heading into the next 365 days. We’ll be making some changes here at the website that I feel will better for both us and our readers in the future. It’s time to look forward and improve on what we’ve built over the past year.

First of all, perhaps the biggest news of the next year , is that we will be putting our podcast on hiatus until further notice. Right now we’ve got a lot of back-logged work that needs to be done, and we’re going to put focus on getting it all taken care of in the new year. The podcast is still something we want to do, but we want it to be professional and fun, so it needs a lot of time devoted to it. In order to do this, we will be putting it on hold until we can give it the attention it deserves.

Following this, speaking of back-logged work, we will be doing our best to put out more reviews in the coming months. The holidays have brought us more work, what with family activities and such, so we’ve slowed down a bit. We still have plenty of games here at the office to review, and we plan not only to get through those, but offer more reviews on some of the older titles we have sitting here as well.

What does this mean exactly? Well, basically, we have games that aren’t quite new, but that we still feel should be given review attention. We’ll be getting those up as we can to help add to the content we’ll be bringing to the site. In talking about content, that’s another aspect of the site we are focused on. Throughout the year we’ve been talking about how we want to post more videos, such as how-to-plays, battle reports, and more. Towards the end of the year we had some things come up that prevented us from getting to work on that stuff as much as we wanted, thus it did not make it to fruition. Going into the next year we’ve got a better bearing on just what we need to do. On top of this, we’ve gotten more models painted and fixed up for our battle reports, and the local game store has expanded to offer more room, which will help aid us in having space to record. So, keep your eyes peeled because more content is coming, and it will be better than ever.

Sometime in the coming months the site will undergo a facelift. It doesn’t mean our content will be going anywhere, it just means that it will have a nice, fresh, new look. We’ve been wanting to get a different look on the site for some time now, and we’ve finally made it to the point where we can really hash ideas out. We are really excited about it, and we can’t wait for you all to see it.

Also, there are quite a few events we plan to attend in 2014. We’ll be covering Who’s Yer Con and Gen Con for sure, but there are a couple more events we want to add to our list to cover. Conventions like Warmachine Weekend, Adepticon, Indy Pop Con, and more are on our list, and we want to make it out to as many as possible. We know how important coverage of these events is, and we want to offer our readers the best, most fun coverage we can.

I want to thank all of the companies who have helped us over the past year. Without that support we wouldn’t have as much content to offer our readers. From support with review copies of games to retail support offering us places to play and record, we couldn’t make this work without you. We hope to earn your continued support through the next year and beyond, and strive to provide the best tabletop gaming news/reviews coverage we possibly can.

Finally, I want to offer a sincere thank you to all of our readers out there. Without you we wouldn’t be where we are today. You helped make this idea I had come to light and become something I only imagined. We want to show our support with more giveaways, meetups, and much more. Thank you for giving us an amazing year so far, and we hope you stick around for another great one. Tell your friends about I:T and help continue to spread the word. If you have any suggestions, don’t forget to contact us. Even if you’re looking for an opportunity to write, don’t be afraid to let us know!

From all of us here at Initiative : Tabletop, we hope you have a wonderful and happy new year, and we can’t wait to dive headfirst into the next one!


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