One month ago (yesterday) Play the Past went live. It was a project that I had been nursing for some time, and I quite honestly had no idea how it would be received. I knew that the model of a collaboratively contributed and lightly edited blog worked (based on my involvement with ProfHacker). I also know that there was were people interested in reading about (and discussing) games (broadly defined) and cultural heritage (equally broadly defined).
The results were far better than I could ever have imagined. In this past month, we’ve experienced a far more traffic than I quite frankly expected in such a limited slice of time – and there are two very clear reasons for this. The first is that we’ve started to build a great community of commenters who’ve extended the discussions wonderfully and thoughtfully beyond the orignal text of the articles…and for that, we’re extremely grateful. Second, the authors. It is no stretch for me to say that the success of Play the Past has almost everything to do with our incredible authors. Everyone’s contributions have exhibited a breadth and depth of both content and thoughtfulness that leaves me pretty damn humbled.
In addition to being our one month anniversary (+1 day, but whose really counting…besides me, of course), today also marks our final day of regular publishing. After this post, we’re taking a little holiday hiatus. Don’t be sad, however, as we’ll resume our regular publishing schedule in January. In the meantime, I would like to take this opportunity to wish all or our readers a very happy holiday on behalf of all of us at Play the Past. May your holidays be filled with awesome games (and awesome people to play them with)!