PlayByMail.Net is a PBM oriented website, whose aim is to promote play by mail gaming and to give PBM gamers a place to gather. From this website has evolved the PBM Wiki, a blog, and Suspense & Decision magazine, a PBM magazine for the 21st Century. The site contains both a discussion forum and a blog. The site seeks to facilitate PBM gaming by serving as a major modern resource for play by mail.
Yeah, that fix was long overdue, but aside from the mere fact that this particular problem (or set of problems) has gotten fixed, I now, also, have located someone who can assist me, in the event of future such problems with the forum end of this overall site's operations.
The icing on the cake, of course, is that we have a fresh install of the forum software, and we're running the latest version - plus, the guy that fixed the problem managed to successfully import all of the existing user accounts and old messages, so that the forum didn't simply have to start over from scratch. That is a BIG boon to the site, and for those who frequent it.
On the PBM end of things, more big news will be forthcoming!
Speaking as the assistant regional manager of Suspense & Decision magazine, I present you a quick summary of current status:
Grimfinger is still presumably on his sabbatical/hiaitus/self-imposed banishment. I have been unable to email or PM him.
Charles, I deeply and sincerely hope all is well with you and your family. Please feel free to update us or maintain radio silence, as you see fit. All is good with us, with your media empire, and with PBM in general. Having said that, I think I speak for all of us when I say "we'd love to hear from you!"
I have a full issue's worth of articles in my posession, edited and mostly formatted. I could post an interim version of the magazine using this content. Some of it is really good stuff indeed. If I had all the collateral that Charles has, I would gladly put Issue 10 together myself. What I am lacking is:
Ads (we could either do an issue without ads, or rip them from last issue)
Charles' multiple columns
Charles' explicit permission to publish an issue
So, if anyone is reading this, what do you think we should do?
Wait until we hear from Charles?
Publish an interim issue without the fancy stuff?
Try to create a full issue, filling in what we can?
Full-on publication and here's some cover art and/or editorial ramblings to help out?
I will start a thread on the forum -- please post your thoughts there. The forum appears beset by some error messaging, but still works. You can browse threads and post while ignoring the errors. I haven't seen Charles on the list of "recently active members", but I have seen some of you. Please chime in there.
Which ALSO brings me to the question of how to help shoulder the load of Charles' large PBM media conglomerate. He has hinted that he might consider offloading some parts to other helping hands. Here are the main chunks -- please consider which of these you as a loyal member of the PBM community might want to help out with:
Suspense & Decision magazine
I post all this, obviously, without any consent or contact from Charles. I just thought it might be useful if we "loyal members" could try to rally ourselves to support the community and perhaps help