Hello MTG Cardsmith community!
Our apologies for the delay in our announcement. I’m sure what’s going on globally with the coronavirus affected most, if not all, of our users in one way or another. We send our warmest intentions to the health of you, your families and friends. We hope MTGCardsmith.com continues to be a way for you to enjoy this pastime, which can be a respite, mentally and physically, from the uncertainty of these current times.
And, now, back to our announcement:
We are excited to become the new owners of what is a stellar group of Magic enthusiasts.
We first would like to thank Grant for all of his time and effort in developing and growing this site and its members through the years. I’m sure many of you will agree with what a great job he has done to add a dimension to those who enjoy playing Magic and all that entails. We also would like to thank members Corwinnn and Tomigon, who have helped immensely during the transition and we hope to continue their work to help us grow the site and its community.
First, I’d like to let you know who we are. We are The Media Shop, a company founded by a group of friends that has its hands involved in the most engaging web destinations and small companies that are pillars in their communities. With a number of gamers on our staff and an extremely talented creative team (thecreativeshop.co), we see MTG Cardsmith as a place where our passions collide.
We officially switched over to our version of the site on Friday the 6th and are eliminating the last remaining bugs. If you see anything that isn’t working properly do not hesitate to reach out to us and we will be active in helping squash any remaining problems. Going forward we’re going to be implementing a number of enhancements and new features to the site, some of which will be based around what you want as a community. So let’s jump right into our initial ideas and questions:
We’ll start you off with the only thing you won’t like. We are going to be deploying a small number of ads on the site. We know, we know, everyone hates ads, but they will help give us more resources to grow the community. Premium members/subscribers will not see any ads and we will not be making any changes to premium pricing.
We've upgraded a host of the legacy software behind the site and put it on much more powerful hosting. There's still a long way to go but we'll be continuously making upgrades to the site to improve performance and give you a better experience when creating, sharing and talking about your cards
Editors and Options
The current card and token editors have taken the community this far, but we think it’s time to put some love into this area. We have some new frame and icon options we’ll be adding over the coming weeks and months. We’ll also be redesigning the editors to be more user-friendly and provide some completely new functionality. This is an area we’d love to get your feedback on as we begin development. What are the things you would like to see most out of the editors? What new options and features would you like? Do you want GIF and video support?
We think there’s a lot of room for improvement in the store. We love what Grant did offering custom merchandise and we’re going to expand that but we’re also looking at offering some products made by other great companies. What would you like to see added to the store most?
No, we can’t let you print out copies of your cards… but we can let you print your cards on other items. We’re taking a deep look at allowing you to print your card designs onto T-shirts, pillows and posters. We’d love to get your feedback on this idea. What other products would you like to print on?
We love how many contests the community participates in, official and non-official. We are thinking of introducing a calendar of official events into the main navigation menu to keep users apprised. We are hoping to hear input on this idea and what else we can place into it.
We are always ready to hear input from the community that makes this site so special and we encourage you to give us your feedback so we can put it to good use. We’ve created a feedback form you can fill out to answer some of our questions and give us your thoughts. We’ll leave it open for 30 days and randomly select an account to get 30 days of free premium!
Our Content Guy, Ian Powers (Ian_The_Guru) joined the community last month and is getting acclimated to all facets of it. Please continue to be patient with him and our staff as we grow into your established community.
So enjoy the community, continue making cards and sharing them with the world!
The new MTG Cardsmith team