It is... Duane O'Brien of http://aterribleidea.com/
Duane's proposal was chosen unanimously among the 4 of us after a
hidden vote and much discussion. His proposal was based on ideas that
we ourselves had wanted to implement to provide a better user
experience for both bloggers and readers, with the coding expertise to
back it up. It keeps our vision for the RPGBN intact while moving it
forward in new directions. It makes the transition process a smooth
and easy one for all the members who don't keep up with all of our
workings to suddenly find that everything had changed and more was
expected of them. Additionally, it was a good compromise between
several of the other proposals, incorporating better technologies to
make it run more smoothly and involving the community to a much
greater extent to give members a bigger say. Overall, we were very
impressed with the proposal: I know I'm being vague here, but I want
to leave all the details for Duane to reveal himself so I don't steal
his thunder or get anything wrong.
Over the next few weeks, ideally sooner rather than later, we'll be
working with Duane to move everything to his servers and hand off all
the assets of RPGBN, and trying to have as smooth a transition as
possible (though you may notice some hiccups and downtime.) We'll be
passing along our suggestions based on our experiences running the
network and considering his proposal, and I assume he'll begin a
dialog with everyone here for your input going forward.
For me personally, I have offered my services to Duane as an adviser
but am stepping back majorly from any of the day to day operations or
leadership. I had a few arrangements in the works that I would like to
see come to fruition to help RPG bloggers, yet I don't want to step on
any toes going forward. Phil, Danny, and Graham also are deciding on
their own future involvement level.
As many of you know, RPG Bloggers Network was initially my baby,
starting as a feed aggregator named GATO in a subdirectory of Critical
Hits, that turned into a way to connect with a few of the other blogs
that were all linking to each other anyway (starting with Chatty DM
and Critical Ankle Bites, then expanding to our other blog friends
Stupid Ranger, Dungeonmastering, Geek's Dream Girl, Uncle Bear, Living
Dice, and more). Then we opened it up to the world, advertising on our
own sites and wherever we could, and it just exploded from there.
So I can't help but be a little sad to be stepping away from it all,
given how it all grew and given the many, many hours of work I (and
all of my esteemed board members and great friends) put into it.
Still, I think it's going to be for the best overall, both for me
personally and the network, putting it into the hands of Duane to take
it to the next level, and I look forward to seeing where it all goes
If anyone needs to reach me directly, you can feel free to email me
(da...@critical-hits.com), tweet me (@DaveTheGame), or visit me on my
first RPG blogging love that Danny and I intend to devote more time
And one final thing, I cannot thank enough my good friends who have
done so much on this project: Danny, Phil, and Graham, you guys are
awesome. I look forward to working with you all on the Next Big Thing,
as well as with the many great people I've met through the network.
Thank you all!
Co-Founder and Former Executive Director, RPG Bloggers Network