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Wizards New Community Site September 1, 2009

Posted by Norm in Casual.
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How many of you have joined the new Wizards of the Coast community site already. If so it looks like a giant leap forward and I only have good things to say.

If you don’t already know this about me, I generally dislike forum sites. I find them hard to search, navigate, post, remember my password, etc. I know I’m swimming up stream here but that has just been my general feeling about forums. So I really didn’t participate much in Gleemax and I had little concern for the new Wizards Community site when it was announced.

First off I’ve got to say that the new site is more of a social network than a forum. It really is Wizards own version of myspace, except nice and clean and easy to use. I think that whoever designed the navigation deserves a case of beer and a raise! Seriously, great job. The ease of use factor is off the chart and I never once found myself wondering were a link is for something. Granted there is a small learning curve as I need to familiarize my self with how everything fits together. But I was never lost and never unable to go where I wanted to.

I really like that each person gets their own little home page to act as a hub for this little world. You get your own custom url so you can always remember how to get back to your home page, that is if you forget to click on your name in the top left corner. My profile is: community.wizards.com/casualmagic/ so please stop by and add me as a friend. If you are feeling frisky you can join my casual magic group.

Moving on, not only does each member get their own blog but also a place to upload photos and video. Pretty awesome.

The only thing about this social network that makes me wonder what is going on is all the places to upload; forum, blog, wiki, comments. Wiki, really? I don’t know why the site needs a wiki and a forum so I’ll have to take more time and look at how people are using it.

All-in-all I’m really impressed and I’m looking forward to getting into the the nicely overhauled community site.

On a different topic Blizzard is also doing something similar with Battle.net. So if you enjoy their game I suggest you check them out as well.

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