This past year I've had a growing resolve to end the sale of physical goods in the NG store. This will likely happen in early 2014 so if you've ever wanted to buy a Tankman or one of the remaining shirts, this would be a good time to do so!
You can also buy the just-released Clabtrap 2012 Compilation CD!
The staff is smaller than it used to be and shipping orders / providing customer service is a daily time-drain. We'll continue to use the store for digital purchases such as the Supporter Upgrade but the "store" button will likely be removed from the navbar and instead we'll promote the Supporter Upgrade near ads.
When the time comes to update the navbar, we may also remove the "Channels" button, instead promoting channels and series pages within the individual content hubs for games, movies, audio and art. That will bring our navbar down to five items, making things just a little less complicated looking when you glance at the site.
I ultimately want to remove the rollover dropdown menus from the navbar but we need to work out a few more things to be sure no pages get lost in the shuffle.
It's hard to put a positive spin on the store closing down but we have a lot of great stuff coming and simplifications to the site will help us spend time on the things we want to be focused on. But yeah, sorry for the downer.
In other news, thank you everyone who participated in Madness Day this year! Winners are coming up next.