For those that have been around Strats for a while, you probably remember a time before the Strats Weekly, when Monday evenings used to be a somewhat-chaotic community meeting where we’d discuss the goings on in Strats, our various guilds, and jaw-jack about all manner of things for however long it took; 2+ hours was not an uncommon run time, depending on what was going on in any given game or if some current event was a hot topic and kept derailing the discussion. You may also recall a series of requests for a Strats podcast. We experimented with producing a podcast and did limited releases of a few episodes to the Regulars for feedback. What we found at the time was a smaller-than-expected desire for a standalone podcast. After some deliberation, we decided we already had a regular time during which members seemed apt to talk on all manner of topics besides just Strats-related business, and thus the Strats Weekly was born: an evolution of the community meeting into something of a live podcast for Strats where we cover topical gaming discussion as well as Strats happenings.
For a while, things went pretty well; there was some resistance to the changes, but on the whole participation increased and people seemed to like the new format. Now, however, a set of juxtaposed audiences have formed: those that are turning out to talk about Strats, what we’re doing, and where we’re headed, and those that are there for the podcast-esque discussions. This divide has become more pronounced of late, and the current state of the Weekly is failing to address either group as well as it could.
As development of Strats: Command has started and we’re now manning highly-active guilds in multiple games, the need for focused, open discussion on Strats, what we’re doing, and how we are and can support our member base has reached a new level of necessity. @Vocino and the rest of the team want to make sure our actions are guided and in the best interest of the community and its members. Resultingly, the Strats Weekly is going to refocus on what’s most important, in our eyes: Strats. Curious what games your fellow Strategists are playing, want information or have an idea for a community event, have a suggestion for a feature, wondering why we did something, have some feedback on a recent community event or decision, or just want to watch and help steer the continuing growth and evolution of Strats? That’s what we’ll be talking about on the Strats Weekly moving forward. We’ll continue to rein in the discussion not unlike we have been during previous Strats Weekly’s to keep things topical and the run time around an hour.
For the other audience (those interested in general gaming/geek discussion and a more podcast-like experience) we are going to break that portion away and develop it into a full-fledged podcast. Previous attempts at this found a lack of audience, which ultimately resulted in the project either being sidelined or (most recently) the integration of podcast elements it into a loosely-established, preexisting meeting. @tommy2118 and @Vocino are still hashing out the particulars on this; as soon as there’s more to tell, we’ll be sure to spread the word.
Ultimately, our goal with this evolution is to make sure we’re addressing the needs and wants of the community. By separating the two somewhat-contrary elements of the current Strats Weekly, we hope to better cater to a wider berth of Strategists; we’ll see everyone Monday evening for the first Strats Weekly of 2016