July 4, 1999
The New, Improved Mudslinger
Polls have been pulled, fat has been chewed and we of the Mudslinger
Staff have taken good note. You, the reader and submittor, have spoken
and we have listened. There will be some changes to the content of the
Mudslinger as you know it but let's first examine the results of the
The polls were divided into levels and gender to aid in our analysis.
As we expected the ladies preferred the more chatty style of article -
interviews and so forth - whilst the gentlemen seemed to prefer the
In line with these findings we've decided to try and up the amount of
interviews if possible - if you consider yourself to be a worthy subject
for an interview then contact Nykaul for details. When we say "worthy"
we mean "interesting" - we do not want someone trying to show how bad
or anti-system they are.
The Mudmarriages, Heroings and Reheroings section is adding Bloodline
Babies as a section (given birth recently? Let everyone know by sending
all details to firstname.lastname@example.org). Did you have a glamorous wedding
before the section began? Got logs? We are thinking of rerunning
these so if you want to tell the newer players about your big day then let
Maleah have the information. We may also be trying a different style
in this section instead of the list format. Keep checking for details.
We'll be trying to add an amount of "gossip" to the pages and to this
end Mudslinger Staff will be occasionally popping onto clan channels to
chat to people. We will be giving warnings when we come onto clan
channels and all we really are seeking are interesting events which we can
put into a gossip style article. We will not be snooping or
interfering - if you have nothing to tell us then we'll be on our way. What do
we consider interesting? Being hunted by a dozen dragons within two
navigators on a trade run, the most misportals in a row you've just had,
the most load free eq run you've just finished - recent things but
things that are of note. We don't need to hear about old battles from many
The fictional articles were an interesting case. I followed these up
on a webpage forum (Gersidi) and we have adjusted the guidelines for
this type of article. HELP MUDSLINGER_SUBMIT ingame for the details
there. I have started to prepare a series of articles based on how to write
fiction specifically designed for budding talents in the game. I'm not
a complete expert in every aspect but I can safely say that I know a
reasonable amount. I have also started a story for people to continue as
a serial - we're experimenting with this format. If you feel you can
add another chapter to the story then follow the rules and send your
Factual articles were an interesting aspect - people want more. Up
till now we have relied on player-written factual articles, but these are
generally few and far between amongst the submissions I receive. When
we have had articles I have often had to space them out - there are
only so many trading articles one can read in the space of a month. In
order to put some extra factual content on the pages we'll be attempting
to show you a hint of the behind-the-scenes work by having semi-regular
articles from gods involved with different areas of the game. If there
are any areas you wish to have information about then please contact me
(Excrucior) and I'll try and bug the relevant divinity.
We will still be accepting factual articles under the previous system -
just let me know what you want to write about and we'll take it from
there. Fictional articles will still be welcomed but we have changed the
rules there slightly. The newly updated HELP MUDSLINGER_SUBMIT has the
changes in there - refer especially to the rules on serials and article
type. I shall be endeavoring to aid the hopeful author with a series
of notes designed to make the most of your story - read them well and
heed the advice. For the newer readers we shall be re-releasing older
tales (try the help file above for details) that were of especial worth
to give examples of what we really like to read.
The most prominent result from the Polls was the dislike by most
readers of the Verse based articles. We talked this matter over but decided
to keep the style as we feel it adds a certain something. However,
these are going to be treated differently - try HELP MUDSLINGER_SUBMIT for
We've been asked for a greater frequency of publication. We'll be
putting the extra work in to try and produce more articles, but we still
need more from you, the players. Have you ever read an article and
thought "I can do better than that."? Think of this - why didn't you? We
need your creativity and inspiration to produce the newspaper that you
want. Many people wanted new types of article, but we have received
very little in the way of suggestions to say what you think we ought to
put in there.
Any ideas, you know where I am.
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