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Web address RPGamer.com
Type of site
Role-playing video game news & information
Registration Optional
Owner Mikel Tidwell
Created by Andrew Vestal (original)
Launched April 1995 as the UnOfficial SquareSoft HomePage
1998-03-11 as RPGamer
Alexa rank
negative increase 106,189 (April 2014)[1]

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.[2]

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.


Current Staff:[3]

Name Alias Role
Mikel Tidwell Firemyst Lead Progammer/Owner
Michael Cunningham Macstorm Editor-in-Chief/PR
Trent Seely InstaTrent Editor/Columnist
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
Chloe Kung Varie Translator
Sam Marchello Nyx PR Assistant
Sarah McGarr Noodle Graphics
Anna Marie Neufeld Paws Forum Admin
Ed Walker Fox Worth Webmaster


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