“The Best Forum on the Planet”
Each year I tout how lucky I am – I have the best online community on the planet at my fingertips. Each year I am at a loss of words on how much I appreciate the members of Casinomeister’s Forum. Sure there is a lot of great content there – but it’s the people who make it what it is.
And yeah, I appreciate everyone – those who encourage thoughtful informative banter, those who help police the site by reporting spam attacks, those who lighten up conversations that might be spiraling into a flame war. I especially appreciate the members who remind me of the importance of having a well balance approach to any issue that comes our way – even the posters who get under my skin now and then. Those are the ones who keep me in check – making sure that any decisions that I make are not fraught with either bias or emotionalism.
So here’s a cyber “cheers” to our community. Regular members and the moderators – the beers are on me.
Forum Highlights of 2018
Here are just a sprinkling of some of 2018’s highlights:
Ok, long story short(ish): Jasminebed, one of our senior forum members, kicked off the thread ATTN: Casino Rep – Demo play not the same as real – GameArt slots with a shout-out to the forum regarding glaring differences between the RTP of Play and Real mode in a game called Thunderbird from GameArt. She’d been playing it at VideoSlots and the rep there tried to calm everyone’s concerns: “I contacted the provider and they confirmed that the RTP and math is exactly the same in Demo/real mode.” The debate went on for a while, pettered out briefly, and then resumed about a month later with more and more players confirming that they’d seen and recorded suspicious RTP results in the game’s Play Mode. Ten pages into the debate the rep from Bitstarz jumps in to say “I can defend the fact that demo mode and real money mode have the same RTP.” Not 5 hours later VS was back with a final statement on the subject: “We have been dealing with GameArt. They have confirmed to us that RTP is different on demo compared to real money. For us this is unacceptable and we have made sure GameArt has fixed this issue.” Good on VideoSlots for listening to players and conducting a proper investigation. Not so good for Bitstarz and their ill-timed attempt at polishing a turd.
Early in the year Rizk ran a competition on the forums where the lucky winner would get to work alongside their Managing Director in Malta for a day. Win the chance to be Managing Director at Rizk for the Day was very popular and a raging success. The end result was that forum member ternur won and did everyone the great service of opening it up to the Casinomeister gen-pop for anyone to ask questions that ternur would take with him to the Rizk office for answering: Your Input Please – Rizk Casino answers submitted players’ questions here!!. That too proved very popular and showed us all that there’s a lot more common ground between players and casinos than is usually given credit. Kudos to Rizk for creating this wonderful opportunity, to ternur for sharing his good fortune and to the membership for their enthusiastic participation. Thumbs up all around!
As the Rizk threads mentioned above were in full swing NetEnt picked up on the constructive spirit and good vibe of the thing and their rep, burgstrom, kicked off their own Q&A thread: NetEnt Open Questions. Again, very popular and great while it lasted.
New Slot Announcement – Donuts by Big Time Gaming Started by our resident “Unofficial T&Cs Editor”, dunover, this very popular thread celebrated a new slot game, Donuts. Spanning some 21 pages of excellent back and forth debate this thread was fine demonstration of the forums at their best: spirited debate amongst experienced and knowledgable players. If I was designing slots I’d be reading this for the great insights into the slot player’s wants and needs.
Debating the Afterlife:
New Slot Announcement – Afterlife Inferno by Leander Another busy thread started by resident slots-man dunover, this time Afterlife Inferno by Leander Games, one of our house-favourite game developers. This one was of particular interest to Casinomeister because it was the first slot developed with input from the (unofficial) CM Slots Focus Group with heavy involvement from long-time Casinomeister grandee Simmo!. Excellent discussion of a game in the making, warts and all.
And the Audience Participation Award goes to …:
Impromptu M2M giveaways, 51 pages and counting: hard to beat The Remarkable CM Community Thread for sheer enthusiasm.
And now, for something completely different:
Here is Practical Explanation about Next Life, Purpose of Human Life, philosophical/religious facts was a little something out of the ordinary for us:
can you tell me every single detail of your `1 cheapest Minute Or your whole hour, day, week, month, year or your whole life ??
if you are not able to tell me about this life then what proof do you have that you didn’t forget your past ? and that you will not forget this present life in the future ?
Not sure what the fellow was on about but “Makes potty in shoes” ended up being his by-line. Oh and he got himself banned for being an incoherent PITA who wouldn’t take a hint. So much for the meaning of life, eh?
You want to complain? Just look at these shoes! – what would our forum be without complaints! Most of these were either resolved or ended up being processed and placed in our Casino Warning section.
We saw a large spike in affiliates signing up in the forum (and a number of players becoming affiliates). There are plenty of good threads there. Some good threads in the Affiliate Issues section. To include a number of affiliates programs giving guidance for their UK facing partners.
Screenshots-O-Rama: – is one of the most popular spots in our forum: winner screenshots, worst screenshots, high roller screenshots, low roller, we’ve got them all. And now with the new forum software, you can search for your friends’ screenshots in their user profile. Yeah!
This was only the tip of the iceberg called Casinomeister’s forum. There are loads of threads I wasn’t able to review before getting these awards out.
And if you are not a member, why not? You are missing out on a lot of interaction with some very cool people – and a few lunatics as well. You can register here.
I am grateful for such a fantastic community. Thank you everyone for making this possible.
Forum Highlights Historical Awards
Forum Highlights of 2017
Forum Highlights of 2016
Forum Highlights of 2015 – Both a crazyman’s and a gambler’s dream
Forum Highlights of 2014 – Both a crazyman’s and a gambler’s dream
Forum Highlights of 2013 – It was a wild year
Forum Highlights of 2012 – A whole bunch of stuff
Forum Highlight of 2011 – De-roguing Grand Privé, Questions on RTP, Casinos and Responsive Gambling
Forum Highlight of 2010 – A Poll that Made a Difference
Forum Highlight of 2009 – Software Provider Intervenes with Rogue Casino
Forum Highlight of 2008 – Cynthial and Swede gettin’ hitched