• How Did This Ken Guy Get Here?

    So I realized I just sort of "showed up" when the new TRP site launched (as an admin no-less) and just started blogging, never really explaining how I arrived here. Inspired by the What brought you here thread, here is the story of how I arrived here as a member of the TRP crew. I'm going back reasonably far, but hopefully not too far to be uninteresting. It's longer than I might otherwise write, but may be interest of some because it offers a thumbnail sketch of how TRP 2.0 came about. It was kind of accidental.

    Towards the end of 2014, Tom Vasel (board game reviewer extraordinaire) convinced me that I should look into Dice Masters (not personally--just via his podcasts and videos). At about the same time as that I heard some guy named "Dave Morus" (@Dave) guest-appearing on another podcast I listen to. He mentioned he had a podcast and blog about Dice Masters. So I subscribed this "The Reserve Pool" podcast as I started buying into the game (December 2014) and started listening. When the game arrived and I tried it out, I was hooked. I kept listening to the TRP podcast and started looking for where Dice Masters folks hung out online.

    I emailed Dave near the beginning of January 2015 regarding a technical issue with the podcast feed and told him that I was feeling the itch to help out the DM community in some way. We traded emails for a bit and I lamented on how there wasn't a community site for DM fans that was actually owned by DM fans (in the way that a Heroscape fan site I run is), seeing the greater value that comes out of that in the long-term than something that's on Facebook, Google+, Reddit, whatever. I told him I might try to start such a site. Dave was a great sounding board for the ideas and had a similar vision. He offered to help out if he could.

    We also started talking about the possibility that this new site could be the new TRP, but that was very much not settled since I hadn't actually done anything tangible yet. In the second half of January I launched the private test site that would eventually become the new TRP site. Dave shared it with the other members of the TRP crew and everyone liked it. The decision was made that TRP would move to this site. There was only about 20 days between my first email to Dave and this decision being made.

    The site then started to get built out, now with the help of the rest of the TRP crew. There is a very interesting chapter--possibly the most interesting chapter to this full tale--that I have to omit here. I do so because it involves something that might have been that I hope still comes to be. (Consider the inclusion of these few lines mentioning it as a nudge to the cosmos to make it happen). Let's just say that for a while, for various reasons, it looked like it might be slightly possible that this whole site we were all working on may not have been the new thereservepool.com and all of us at The Reserve Pool were all happy with that prospect.

    Anyway, we worked a lot on hammering out features and details for the site. Since we put a lot of time in daily, things proceeded quickly. The new site started getting teased in the podcast, and bringing it back around to the title of this post, my name got dropped a time or two.

    After the site was looking pretty good the biggest thing left to do was to decide when we were going to launch. There was a trade-off between continuing to add features while the site was private (it's faster to add things during that time) and launching (so everyone could use it). While we could have launched a month earlier, in the end we decided on April 10th because U.S. Nationals was starting then and that's exciting, so why not? In hindsight, maybe we shouldn't have picked such a high-profile time, just in case moving to the new site went poorly. Fortunately, other than a boo-boo on my part that delayed things about a half-hour, the server switch-over went smoothly.

    We've grown a lot since then (see the "Numbers, Numbers, Numbers" post from last week) and continue to grow every day. According to the Alexa website ranking service (which admittedly is sometimes more fun-to-watch than illuminating), we're currently the #1 Dice Masters website by a healthy margin. That growth since we've launched is because of you guys, not us.

    ...but enough bragging about how great of a community all of us are collectively building here. This little history lesson is over!
    Comments 8 Comments
    1. Dave's Avatar
      Dave -
      And I'm so glad that I received that e-mail!
    1. IsaacBV's Avatar
      IsaacBV -
      Thanks for the history lesson @ken, I personally have loved this site since I found it months ago. Great job on the quality that is the TRP site!
    1. ToaEmpoleon's Avatar
      ToaEmpoleon -
      I love this site so much. I keep wanting to get more involved (playing online with people and learning how to use vessel) but currently my exams are a little more pressing. but rest assured I take up as much of this sites content as possible and love doing it.
    1. pk2317's Avatar
      pk2317 -
      There is a very interesting chapter--possibly the most interesting chapter to this full tale--that I have to omit here. I do so because it involves something that might have been that I hope still comes to be. (Consider the inclusion of these few lines mentioning it as a nudge to the cosmos to make it happen). Let's just say that for a while, for various reasons, it looked like it might be slightly possible that this whole site we were all working on may not have been the new thereservepool.com and all of us at The Reserve Pool were all happy with that prospect.
      Veeeery interesting...

      Love the site though and am very happy it exists!
    1. Bankholdup's Avatar
      Bankholdup -
      Let's just say that for a while, for various reasons, it looked like it might be slightly possible that this whole site we were all working on may not have been the new thereservepool.com and all of us at The Reserve Pool were all happy with that prospect
      Dollars to donuts that this refers to the possibility of this becoming an official WizKids site.
    1. Dave's Avatar
      Dave -
      Naw, but that would be cool. We're not really going to speculate about that stuff here and I'll be ignoring further speculation. We've thrown a lot of ideas out there that have fizzled for one reason or another, and all of them could have been cool. Some stuff just ends up on the cutting room floor, even it it's stuff you like.
    1. RJRETRO's Avatar
      RJRETRO -
      For the record, Ken is one of the hardest workers behind the scenes, and deserves a ton of credit for keeping this well-oiled machine a-runnin'.

      Thanks for all your hard work, my friend!
    1. SlapsterMcFlash's Avatar
      SlapsterMcFlash -
      So, basically the plot to a blockbuster Hollywood romantic comedy coming out in the next two years ...