The Carnival of Gamers heads out of town for good.

With a heavy heart, I’m here to announce that The Carnival of Gamers is retiring. As of January 1st, 2008 I’ll be taking down the Carnival Headquarters page. It will relegated to this blog post so that all the links to previous Carnivals can be preserved. If you were a former Carnival Host, here’s no need for you to change any of the links on your end, I’ll set up a simple redirect to this post so nothing will be lost.

I had high hopes for the Carnival. I think, at its peak, it was a great place to find great video game blogging. But it slowly lost steam and I didn’t have as much time to support it. I hate giving up on anything, but this is the end of the road for the Carnival. It was fun to do but was a lot of work, which took time that I now find in short supply. Three kids will do that. But I appreciate all the previous hosts and their hard work as well. If you were involved in the Carnival in any sort of way, THANK YOU.

There is still great “group blogging” going on. The Roundtable is still going strong (keep up the good work, Corvus) and the newly formed Blog Banter will carry the torch admirably. I will endeavor to contribute to both.

So I bid the Carnival farewell.

Hit the jump to take a stroll down memory lane:

Here you will find the latest information about the Carnival of Gamers, a traveling show of the best (and worst) kept secrets in the world of Video Game Blogging. We’ve had a successful, inaugural stop of the Carnival here, at buttonmashing.com and the momentum never stopped. You can always check back here for up-to-the minute information about the Carnival of Gamers. You can also read the Frequently Asked Questions after the Carnival Schedule

Previous Carnival:
#24 May 3rd, 2007: Conservathink
#23 April 5th, 2007: Gaming Nexus
#22 March 1st, 2007: Virgin Worlds
#21 February 1st, 2007: Jason-Preston.com
#20 December 7th, 2006: MMOGNation
#19 November 2nd, 2006: Unfettered Blather
#18 October 5th, 2006: Man Bytes Blog
#17 August 17th, 2006: Cheap Ass Gamer
#16 July 6th, 2006: Grumpy Gamer
#15 June 1st, 2006: …on pampers, programming & pitching manure
#14 May 4th, 2006: buttonmashing.com
#13 April 2006 6th, 2006: n3rfed
#12 March 2nd, 2006: Virgin Worlds
#11 February 2nd, 2006: Slashdot Games
#10 January 5th, 2006: Kill Ten Rats
#9 December 1st, 2005: The Game Chair
#8 November 3rd, 2005: Aeropause
#7 October 6th, 2005: Flicker Gaming
#6 September 1st, 2005: AFK Gamer
#5 August 4th, 2005: Unfettered Blather
#4 July 7th, 2005: Cathode Tan
#3 June 23rd, 2005: Man Bytes Blog
#2 June 9th, 2005: Mile Zero
#1 May 26th, 2005: buttonmashing.com

Carnival of Gamers FAQ

What is this Carnival of Gamers you speak of?
The Carnival of Gamers is a bi-weekly monthly gathering of video game bloggers at a central location. The premise behind the Carnival of Gamers is similar to those of other “Blog Carnivals” — it is a showcase of blogs that are about video games. Some of the participating blogs are almost exclusively about video games while others deal with a wide range of topics, from music and movies to politics and punditry to video game design. The Carnival of Gamers has an open format. Anyone wishing to participate in the Carnival is welcome. While the Carnival is hosted by a different blog each time, its entries are currently unedited and unfiltered. We reserve the right to filter entries in the future, but as it stands now, we accept all entries and present them as-is. This did cause a bit of a furor with the first Carnival but that seems to have settled down now.

Interested in reading more about Carnivals? Here’s a site with some great information.

Who can participate?
Anyone with a blog and an opinion about video games can participate. You can visit this page for a link to the host of the current Carnival, along with information regarding the Carnival in general.

Where do I submit my entry to the Carnival?
Josh of Cathode Tan has set up a Carnival Gmail account. You can submit your entries to carniegrue@gmail.com and the Carnival host will have access to that account. After you’ve submitted your entry, just sit back and wait for the next Carnival to be posted!

There are now TWO ways to submit your blog post to the carnival. Along with directly sending an email to the carniegrue email above, you can also submit via the Carnival Submit Form at Conservative Cat. Just select the “Carnival of Gamers” from the list of Carnivals, fill out the information and click “SUBMIT YOUR POST”. It will send a copy of your submission to the carniegrue email as well, but I set this up at the request of a commenter on the last carnival. This way more people outside of our “blogosphere” can find the Carnival and hopefully they’ll take part in the fun.

What if I want to host an edition of the Carnival?
I thought you’d never ask! We are always looking for hosts and gladly welcome anyone willing to put up with the hassle. So if you’re a brave soul wishing to host the Carnival, send an email to buttonmashing@gmail.com and you’ll be promptly added to the list!

Comments

  1. Sorry to see it go, Tony. It was a good run!

  2. Many thanks for getting it up and off the ground in the first place. It was a good idea and certainly worth it.

  3. The Carnival was cool. Effort well spent.

  4. Thanks for the kind words. It was fun while it lasted, but I feel it’s time to let it go. Thanks for making it work! You guys helped out a lot.

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