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To The Future – An Editor-in-Chief Address

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Hello dear readers,

Again, too long seems to have passed since I took the time to address you directly, and, this time, I have some news that is in equal measure exciting and saddening.

After a fraction over a year and a half as the Editor-in-Chief of OnlySP, I’ve decided to take a step back for personal reasons. Taking my place at the helm is Rhain Radford-Burns, who has been the Deputy Editor since the end of 2017 and has proven himself to be dedicated to improving things for the site, as well as providing invaluable assistance to the entire team behind the scenes. Having had the opportunity to work alongside Rhain and see him develop his skills as an editor, administrator, and team leader, I genuinely believe that he is the right choice to carry the site on to bigger and better things.

He will also be assisted by the team at Enthusiast Gaming, OnlySP’s original owner Nick Calandra, and our new Sub-Editor Ben Newman, so you can rest assured that the level of quality that you expect from the site will be maintained.

This change marks a momentous shift in OnlySP’s history. For the first time since the site’s debut on February 22, 2012, it will not be led directly by one of its original contributors. That fact, to me, is a sign that this endeavour that Nick started to shine a light on those games doing things the traditional way rather than kowtowing to the then burgeoning multiplayer has a life of its own. We are not the only ones who want to see the single-player market continue to flourish as it has for the past 45 years. To that end, OnlySP remains as committed as ever to providing the latest information and scintillating opinions on the world of single-player gaming.

Thank you for reading and visiting OnlySP over the past six and a half years. Without you, we would all be shouting our dying opinions into the ether. I hope you’re as excited for the future of the website as I am.

Now,  without any further adieu, I pass the reins to Rhain.

— Damien

 

Many Editors-in-Chief have taken the helm at OnlySP, hoping to steer the ship in the right direction for both staff and readers to follow—none, however, have had a more tumultuous task than Damien Lawardorn. To be placed in charge of a sinking ship and assigned to relaunch a closing website is no easy task, but Damien accepted the challenge and set his goal: to “continue to cater exclusively to that subset of gamers who are interested in single-player experiences.” In his eighteen months of leadership, Damien has consistently achieved that goal, and, as Editor-in-Chief, I promise to do the same.

My name is Rhain—yes, pronounced like the weather. I’ve been working in video game journalism for five years, and reading it for even longer. OnlySP is the site that I found myself frequently returning to in this time. I live in Australia—a country known for its incredibly sluggish internet connection—so I’ve always strongly gravitated towards narrative-driven, single-player gaming experiences: games like Uncharted, Red Dead Redemption, Wolfenstein, and The Last of Us. To be a reader of a website focused on such experiences was always fun, but to be a part of the team behind the site (the leader, no less) is absolutely thrilling.

I’m very confident in the team that has been built at OnlySP—I could not be more excited to lead such an incredible group of talented and passionate writers and producers. We have several exciting projects in the works, and we’re looking forward to showing the fruits of these labours in the coming months.

I look forward to joining you on this journey.

Just remember: while the “Damien” boss fight may be over, the “Rhain” boss is only just preparing his attacks. You may want to go and level up first, though.

— Rhain

Damien Lawardorn is an aspiring novelist, journalist, and essayist. His goal in writing is to inspire readers to engage and think, rather than simply consume and enjoy. With broad interests ranging from literature and video games to fringe science and social movements, his work tends to touch on the unexpected. Damien is the former Editor-in-Chief of OnlySP. More of his work can be found at https://open.abc.net.au/people/21767

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OnlySP Site Update — We’ve Got A New Look Again

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Hey folks,

You may have noticed that over the past month we’ve significantly increased the output of our content here on OnlySP again. We’ve been working behind the scenes on some internal changes here at OnlySP and as we prepare for some upcoming changes in the near term, we’ve updated the look and feel of the site to prepare for this.

The general layout you’ve come to expect from our content is still the same as it always has been so you should be able to find everything just as easily as you could in the past. In fact, the home page is probably a bit more organized and easier to follow now compared to what it looked like previously. This new theme on the backend is quite a bit more streamlined than the last one and gives the website a bit more of a magazine feel to it. This new theme is also the best looking site we’ve ever had on mobile, so be sure to check it out there for an incredibly smooth and fast loading experience.

There’s currently no advertisements on the site, but we’ll be adding them back in the near future which will update the format just a tiny bit, but nothing that will be in the way of reading our content. Mainly you’ll see a couple big ads on the homepage and the typical ads we’ve always had in the sidebars. We won’t be adding any ads within the actual content of the site. They’ll be responsive and unobtrusive on mobile platforms as well, so we’d very much appreciate you whitelisting the site in anticipation for the return of our advertisements if you do enjoy reading our content.

We have a few little technical things to hammer out on the site, including making sure the comment links work correctly up in the metadata of posts, and if you go back to older content you may find some formatting errors, but most everything should be in working order. If you spot errors or encounter bugs, please do let us know!

Hope you enjoy the updated look of OnlySP. We’ll be working hard over the next couple months to continue increasing the content output here and providing you with coverage of all the hottest upcoming single player video games.

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