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Type of site
|Role-playing video game news & information|
|Created by||Andrew Vestal (original)|
|Launched||April 1995 as the UnOfficial SquareSoft HomePage
1998-03-11 as RPGamer
|106,189 (April 2014[update])|
RPGamer is a media and news website dedicated to covering role-playing video games. Its coverage includes North American game news, European game news, Asian game news, gaming industry news, game reviews, game previews, hands-on game impressions, gaming conventions, game merchandise, release dates, contests, and interviews. It provides reviews for role-playing games and maintains professional contacts with video game developers and producers. RPGamer has been quoted in various media and on game boxes.
RPGamer also has various columns dedicated to fan submitted content; these focus on game reviews, remixed music, editorials, and traditional and digital art. Other methods of fan interaction that they support are a message forum, IRC chat, and monthly poll.
RPGamer was founded in April 1995 by Andrew Vestal as the UnOfficial SquareSoft HomePage (UOSSHP), a fan site devoted to the games of Square. In mid-1997 it changed its name to Square.Net and had the distinction of being hosted on Square's own webserver for several months. Then, in late-1997, Andrew Vestal closed the site due to two reasons. The main one was a large amount of spam, but also this unwanted attention lead Square USA's management on a path that found the site was on their servers without their knowledge. Square expressed their discontent with the situation by removing all the Square.Net files from their servers.
Vestal handed the content of the site to Mikel Tidwell and helped resurrect it on March 11, 1998 as RPGamer. The new site was founded to cover RPGs specifically and immediately expanded to cover companies other than Square. By the same token, all content related to Square's non-RPG titles was removed.
|Mikel Tidwell||Firemyst||Lead Progammer/Owner|
|Becky Cunningham||Ocelot||News Director|
|Jonathon Self||Neist||Senior News Editor/Pastry Chef|
|Nathan Schlothan||TwinBahamut||News & Media|
|Jonathan Yearworth||Quin||News & Media|
|Ken Staples||CofLSilk||iOS Reporter|
|Michael Apps||Wheels||Q&A Host|
|Michael Baker||GaijinMonogatari||Japandemonium Columnist|
|Francis Gayon||Fermat||Sound Test Curator|
|Emanuel Merino||Risingsuntzu||Currents Columnist|
|Chris Privitere||Sabin1001||RPGCast Producer|
|Maxime Viventi||Unpetitmax||Fan Art Curator|
|Scott Wachter||Fowl Sorcerous||Tabletop RPG News Editor|
|Phillip Willis||JCServant||RPG Backtrack Producer|
|Adriaan den Ouden||omegabyte||Point of View Curator|
|Mike Moehnke||JuMeSyn||Game Reviewer|
|Zach Welhouse||Nekobasu||Game Reviewer|
|Glenn Wilson||SeventhCircle||Game Reviewer|
|Paul Engemann||Keldarus||Content Editor|
|Sam Marchello||Nyx||PR Assistant|
|Anna Marie Neufeld||Paws||Forum Admin|
|Ed Walker||Fox Worth||Webmaster|