Author Guidelines for MagicGatheringStrat

Section One: Articles on MagicGatheringStrat.com

Articles submitted to the site should be no less than 500 and no more than 3,000 words long.

Authors should edit their own articles as much as possible, fixing typos, misspellings, and grammatical errors when they find them. Articles that are submitted with too many errors may be rejected.

Articles should be submitted with a strong title and an applicable image to use as an article thumbnail.

Articles should be submitted using the author’s real name. MTGO usernames may be provided in addition to the real name as a sign-off at the end of the article.

Articles should be submitted at least 2 days before their expected publishing date. This means that if you are expected to publish an article every Friday, it needs to be submitted no later than 11:59pm on Wednesday evening. Earlier submissions are welcome.

Some editing may occur between submission and publication. Please read your articles over upon publication to make sure nothing has been changed erroneously.

The editor has the final say in whether or not an article is fit to be published.

Articles may include video but should supplement the video with text. Simply embedding a video into a post does not make it an article.

Author who are responsible for writing posts in certain format may swap format with another author for a given week so long as both authors agree to the swap. Authors who are swapping formats for any period of time should let the editor know.

Payment for Content

We are still working on developing a steady source of income so that we may pay out content creators. Stay tuned!

Section Two: MagicGatheringStrat on YouTube

Here are our general video pointers for anyone interested in making Magic videos (Live or Magic Online or Cockatrice). There are a lot of them, but each point made has been necessary at some point. We have learned that there are a lot of possible misunderstandings in this matter.

Please begin with saying whatever name you want to be known as and greet our audience, as we always do.  “Hello, Stratters! This is Dan …”

Record in any software (Bandicam is freeware, Active Presenter is freeware). I count on you to be able to figure out how it works by yourself. Many of us currently use Active Presenter and Snagit for videos.

Make sure the finished product is in avi or mp4 format.

Name the file what you want the video on YouTube to be named (we might still change it for various reasons, often to match earlier videos and naming conventions of the channel). Try to name your file like other similar videos are named on the channel. Name your video as we usually name videos. It will most often be uploaded with the file name you have given it. Try to start with the format and then other relevant info. Example: “Pauper Daily Event Apr 3 – Round 1 – Delver vs Affinity”. Use an appealing name if you can. You want to convince viewers to watch your video.

Put the video on Google drive and share it (the video FILE itself please, not an entire folder) with brennon.rankin@gmail.com, dan_horning@hotmail.com and limitedmagic@gmail.com.  Include any show notes text you want to include in the body of the share email such as, “Dan plays Deluxeicoff’s brew Izzet Laboratory vs Chris who is playing his signature Delver deck. Can the mad scientists prevail?”

You will get a reply from Dan or Brennon within 48 hours. The publication of the video might take longer than that, depending on how many videos are queued for the channel in your format. If you want to know when your video is due to be published, just ask Dan or Brennon and they will check for you.

After your video is published check for comments the first few days, so fans get some interaction. A good idea is to make a playlist of your own videos on your YouTube account. That way you can quickly check for comments. If you have a Google+ account and use it to comment on your own videos, you will then be notified when others leave comments. This is the only way to get comment notifications on your videos for non-administrator accounts.

Shut off the sounds of the MTGO client (or keep them very quiet). If you are using SnagIt, make sure you are NOT recording system audio. You may not notice them but some viewers really get annoyed by them and will ignore everything else, including what you are saying.

What’s in it for you? Feedback on your play and peer recognition, pretty much. There are some occasional opportunities for earning tickets when you are involved with the channel. See below.

Do not put any music in the videos. Do not have music playing in the background while you are recording videos. If you put music in the videos, it can get blocked or we can lose the rights to the video. If we get too many copyright dings for things like music, the channel can ever get shut down.

If you are under 18, it is not a problem, but make sure your parents know that you are making videos for strange men from Sweden.

There will be a symbolic reimbursement (probably in event tickets) for videos reaching a certain number of views (over 1,000). Ask if you want to know more about this, otherwise you will be informed when it happens.

If you are doing draft videos and your draft is a 3-0 draft, mention that when you share the video. We will provide additional promotion for 3-0 drafts.

For software we recommend Snagit from TechSmith. We can’t help train you, but everyone has figured it out for themselves so far. 30-day trial here: http://www.techsmith.com/download/snagit/.

We do not have the resources at this time to lend you cards. You will have to play with the cards in your own collection.