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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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GMMichael

Guide of Modos
It feels like I've been here for 20 years. Thanks, Morrus! Thanks ENWorld community!

How many years will it last, Legolas?
twitching war GIF
 


Warpiglet-7

Adventurer
I started looking at Eric Noah’s site when I was away at grad school and hungry for 3e rumors!

Years later enworld is my most visited and used site!
 

Ringtail

World Traveller
I'm too young to know about Noah's site and I've only been on EN World for about 2 years or so. Still I'm having an interesting time scrolling through some of the old posts on the archived site. All these years and editions later it's entertaining to look back at people wondering over the imminent release of their favorite game, new systems and all that.
 



Happy anniversary! I've been around since its early years, and I'm very proud of how far this place has come. Though I don't comment much here anymore, I still check the content every single day and look forward to seeing what new delights this place will bring!
 


AmerginLiath

Adventurer
I lurked here for many many years before ever posting. I am sure there are many still like I was that appreciate it even if they don't say so.
I finally made an account 15-17 years ago, even if my actual posting is minuscule (I’ll go years reading without posting and then have a few replies scattershot across a couple months before going dark again), but I can totally dig. I remember fondly learning about the upcoming edition on the original Eric Noah site and then watching the switch to Morrus in what I still think of as the golden age of vBulletin!
 



EricNoah

Adventurer
Russ, I can hardly express how glad I am you came into my world and my admiration for your years of hard work and success. I saw, over and over again, how you innovated, changed with the times, grew in new directions, and were willing to go places I never could. I wish you continued success.
 

el-remmen

Moderator Emeritus
Russ, I can hardly express how glad I am you came into my world and my admiration for your years of hard work and success. I saw, over and over again, how you innovated, changed with the times, grew in new directions, and were willing to go places I never could. I wish you continued success.

I want it know that my long-running 3E campaign had Half-Fiend Gnome big bads in honor of Eric.
 

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
Russ, I can hardly express how glad I am you came into my world and my admiration for your years of hard work and success. I saw, over and over again, how you innovated, changed with the times, grew in new directions, and were willing to go places I never could. I wish you continued success.
Thank you Eric! And I'm so glad we've remained such good friends now for 20 years. Despite your inability to distinguish between a peninsula and an island...
 

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