hey everyone,

So here’s some fun stats to end the year with.  WordPress does this every year, but I figured that I would pad it out a bit more with other stats and random facts.

PolyCraft went ‘public’ this year with the addition of a dedicated server and a loosening of the requirements to get onto the server.  We are now at ~24 members from around the world.  Of course, bringing new people in has had it’s challenges.  AlphaShard’s title as ‘most likely to be killed just for logging in’ has been usurped by Ekat2468, though we suspect foul play.  Duskey and fuzzyfractal have been subverting members into the indie game crowd.  Papers, Please and the Kerbal Space Program have made the rounds in the group.  As well, even though everyone said that they weren’t going to do it, PolyCraft found its way onto multiple Youtube channels this year.

I also added an online game shop this year, http://gameshop.maddjinn.ca/ and ended up at E3 right before Civ V: Brave New World was released.

This was definitely a big year for Strategy games with both expansions to games (Civilization V, Xcom) and new titles (Europa Universalis IV, Total War Rome II, etc) released.  My youtube channel definitely picked up on that with the addition of +9000 subs (this number does count people who previously subbed, left, and then subbed again, so it’s a little less accurate than I’d like), +35 million minutes watched and over 2.2 million views for the year (nearly doubling the previous years combined).  The best months were July and August, with over 500k views each.  The top videos are all Civ V related, with Deity Venice taking the #1 spot.  Close behind though was Beyond the Monument episode 1, which shows the staying power of that particular show.

Thanks to all the fans and supporters for the wonderful year!  Looking forward, I will definitely be continuing to make Civ V LPs, Beyond the Monument and Deity Scenario Time shows.  There is still a lot of content to be made wrt Civ V, so it’s not going anywhere this year.  I’ll be continuing the trend of adding more strategy games to the mix, and hopefully doing a few more collaboration LPs.  2014 so far looks like there won’t be ‘many’ big releases in the Strategy genre of games, so I may end up digging into some more ‘oldies’ and ‘indies’ from other genres this year.  Of course, I will also be continuing on with both PolyCast and TurnCast live! shows.

back to the blog stats…

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 120,000 times in 2013. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 5 days for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Shen and I are looking to do a collaboration, but we need some help on ‘what game’ we want to play.  Good thing we have straw polls for this:

head on over to http://strawpoll.me/582775/ and vote!

Hey everyone!

I’m adding a new online ‘store’ to my domainname area.  Why?  Because I can!  :D  You can find my new ‘online game shop’ over at http://gameshop.maddjinn.ca/

What is it?

The shop is a partnered online store with Gamefanshop.com.  I get a commission with any game bought via my store (there’s the reason) and you get games for the PC, Xbox-whatever and PS-insert number here!  You never know when a sale is on, so check it out and compare pricing before buying ;)

Otherwise, I will also be enabling a ‘grand opening’ coupon to add an extra 5% off any title that you buy via my store.  The code is: MadDjinnSpecial (limited time only offer)

Where is it?

right here:

Hey all,


just a quick note that I won’t be live streaming Civ Scenarios tonite due to it being the long weekend/Turkey day.