Hey guys JR here.
Ok, so, the long and short of it is that, after tomorrow, I'm going to be stepping down from running the Character Design Challenges on the blog. I've been running the contests since May 2013, well over 3 years, and during that time I've hosted 157 contests, more than Jeff and Hammerknight combined, which is ridiculous. I was originally planning to carry on until November, so I could leave on the 300th contest, but if I'm being honest, I feel like I've run out of good ideas for the contests. Also, since the Friday Night Fights back in June, I've been wanting to compete in the contests more and more, which I obviously can't do if I'm the one deciding the winner. Those two things, combined with the fact that the contests have been getting a smaller and smaller turn out each year, led me to decide that now was the right time to step down.
However, the CDC's will not be finishing. I've arranged for djuby to take over running them, which he hopefully will this coming Monday. I look forward to seeing what challenges he throws our way and you can rest assured, I'm going to be looking to get more than the 1 win I got before I took over from Hammerknight. I can also assure you that I will not be stepping down from my position as moderator nor ceasing to post on the blog. If you've paid attention over the last 3 years, I've had a lot of blog posts, so that won't change. I'll still be here with lists each Tuesday and, if I feel like it, I may introduce other blog topics. But we'll have to see about that.
And with that.
[watching chances of winning on automated graph dwindle] Awhhh. Well, I get it. But you did well! I think hm is just going through a rough patch. Glad you got djuby to step in. [types furiously for a moment, muttering “HE won’t be competing”, watches chances rise] Hmmmm . . . participation unknowns . . .
I hope things will pick up again. But it’ll be cool to see you compete!
@JR: Thanks for everything that you do and contribute to the HM community. That you intend to participate in rather than sponsor the CDC is welcome. Sometimes you have to slide over to the passenger seat and say, “djuby take the wheel.”
@djuby: I look forward to your CDCs. Plus the extra time allotted to create compared to just one day for a Pop Quiz. 😉
@HerrD: Did you account for isostasy when you erected the wall on which you hung the graph?
I don’t believe the low turnout in the CDCs is a reflection on JR or HeroMachine. Yes, the Home/Blog was more active in the past. I could say “things change,” but let’s talk about people instead. For a myriad of reasons, people move on, go on hiatus, or switch to or remain in lurker mode. HeroMachine is always welcome to friends old and new.
Having been on hiatus / in lurker mode for almost three years myself, I appreciate everyone’s efforts to keep HeroMachine open. I had set a personal deadline to return to “regular” status but my situation won’t allow it. Basically, an illness that I had when I was younger has returned with a vengeance. What took a week to recover from then keeps relapsing now.
Keep on ‘machining, everyone!