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EN World is 20 Years Old!

It skipped me by, but EN World had its 20th birthday the other day! Yep, I've been doing this for... 20... long... years.

I launched the site on Jan 1st, 2001, originally under the name d20reviews.com (which is now a site about casinos, apparently), covering third-party D&D (d20 System) news, 7 months before Eric Noah closed his site, Eric Noah's Unofficial D&D 3rd Edition News. When Eric closed his site in August of that year, I took up the mantle of reporting the daily D&D news alongside the d20 System news I was already covering. I'm still doing that to this day, 20 years later, although I've expanded to general tabletop roleplaying game news in the last five years or so. I've reported on three (or five, depending how you count it) editions of D&D, the launch of Pathfinder, the creation of the Open Gaming License, the playtests and launch of 5th Edition, and hundreds more big stories in our little hobby.

EN Publishing was originally called Natural 20 Press, and was launched in 2001. In the 20 years since, we've published over 700 RPG products. Also in 2001, I founded the ENnies, which I owned until a few years ago when I decided to step away.

The community here is incredible. I’ve always believed that forums and the long-form in-depth conversation and moderated environment remained important in the face of social media, and I still do. It's incredible to think that back at the beginning of the century, the online D&D community was mainly in forums like this one; Twitter and Facebook didn't exist. We're still going strong, and we've even outlived one major social network! I’ve made lifelong friends in this community (though coming up to a year in lockdown now, I wonder when I’ll ever see them again!) People come and go, people return, new folks arrive, but the community is the core of this site.

When I started this site I was so young, and had no idea it would become my career. And somehow I'm still here, reporting the news. Anyhow, happy birthday to EN World!

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2001

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2002

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2005

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2010

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2015

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2018

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2021​
 
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Wicht

Adventurer
Wow, has it been 20 years already?
Congratulations on the first twenty and may the next twenty be even more rewarding!
 


CubicsRube

Adventurer
Supporter
Happy Nat20!

I've been a lurker for soemtime before joining up, but I've always found the plce a great community for sharing ideas and indulging in game related conversations.

Thanks for all your efforts Morrus!
 



FitzTheRuke

Legend
Congratulations. Never in a million years would I have imagined myself running PBP games, as I do here. The only reason I think I got into it is because of the community here. I generally avoid the internet and social media as much as possible. And yet, here I am!
 




skugga

Villager
Congratulations!

In that time I've been involved in running 2 different large community sites that have both now faded away. Keeping it going and vibrate for 20 years is no mean feat!
 




Eyes of Nine

Everything's Fine
Congrats Russ. 20 years and you still have a passion for your work. As the old saw goes, if you love what you do for work, you'll never work a day in your life, or something like that.
 



TerraDave

5ever
That means its 16 and a half years since I joined. That gives perspective, of some kind.

I still have my copy of the ENWorld magazine somewhere. Also, I really do wonder what happened to Hong.
 


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