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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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Russ Morrissey

Russ Morrissey

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I want to thank you for having us all here and for the great discussions. I have found lifelong friends through the player finder forums and have had a place for creative outlets and thoughts.
Thank you!
 

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