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October 3rd, 2016, 16:04
I know it's been ten years but I'm suddenly curious.
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October 3rd, 2016, 16:16
Wasn't there but I can tell you what I believe. RPGdot owner needed some $ fast and started plans to sell the site to a highest bidder. Site regulars couldn't possibly outbid big companies so a new site needed to be set - RPGwatch was born.

Under new owner, RPGdot became just a tiny shadow of it's former glory and ended up flushed in toilet. Former RPGdot owner is MIA, feeling nothing about former site base because, you know, life goes on, shit happens, what's important is he took care of his grandchildren.
Who was the new RPGdot owner dunno, but it suspiciously resembles EA takeovers.
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October 3rd, 2016, 16:24
I don't know the shenanigans behind the scenes, but I remember the decay of RPGdot. People stopped posting, there were spam posts everywhere, and all the signs of a forum in its death throes.

The Codex used to be a great site back then, with some really sharp and interesting posters.
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October 3rd, 2016, 16:27
First Rendelius created BlinkingDot in summer 1999:

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Here's the story why RPGDot once was called BlinkingDot :-)

It started out as a small personal website on Xoom for a RPG project two friends of mine and I were doing (Legends of the Seers). It was meant to talk about the progress of the game. Because there wasn't much (the only thing we ever finished was my procedural landscape modeling and the display engine), I started to report about general RPG news as well. I moved the site to its own domain, and I named the domain after one of the "monsters" in the various Angband variants (dungeon crawls in ASCII, later with graphics): The Blinking Dot. I think when Garrett joined me in posting news (adding his great database of RPG games), we decided to change the name to RPGDot.

Blinkingdot, by the way, went online in Summer 1999 :-).
Later BlinkingDot was renamed RPGDot, but still owned by Rendelius.

RPGDot grewed up very fast and with it the costs, Rendelius sold RPGDot to Jolt.

Jolt changed the UI, did a lot of advertising that slowed the site down and came up with other bad ideas.

The staff was not amused and Myrthos and most parts of the staff at that time created RPGWatch in 2006.

Many users followed and a few years later the abandoned RPGDot was dead.
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October 3rd, 2016, 16:34
Dunno if it's important to mention, but Jolt dissolved on 11 December 2012. although closed more than half a year before that.
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October 3rd, 2016, 20:23
Ahhh, I remember when we left. Kinda felt like covert ops.
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October 4th, 2016, 00:32
Yea I didn't remember the details of who acquired rpgdot but i did remember it being acquired; having a crappy overhaul and then the folks who made it interesting (editors et all) left.

Vaguely I remember two sites being created one for rpgs and one for something else - mmo maybe but I can't remember the details since I only liked this one.
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October 4th, 2016, 01:13
I don't even remember how I found my way here. I was posting on the Shadows board I think and someone mentioned people were moving away.
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October 4th, 2016, 05:54
I vaguely remember how Jolt tried to implement somekind of primitive censorship routine on the rpgdot boards. Didn't they ban the word "rpgwatch" so the new site would not be advertised on the forums and people wouldn't leave… Ofcourse like with all banned words and topics, people do tend to find ways to get around the censorship.
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October 4th, 2016, 07:53
Oh right, that actually happened, so people became creative.
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October 4th, 2016, 15:22
This community has some serious history behind it! Thanks guys.
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October 4th, 2016, 17:27
I miss Rendelius. He has some good insights. I wonder how many of our current members were also on the Dot. The number is probably higher than most people would think.
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October 4th, 2016, 17:54
Originally Posted by Ripper View Post
The Codex used to be a great site back then, with some really sharp and interesting posters.
Some of them are still around, like Roqua.
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October 4th, 2016, 18:56
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I miss Rendelius. He has some good insights.
In case anyone was wondering: I googled for good old Rend the other day when the news of the anniversary came up and found out that he is now a Whiskey Expert (Bernhard Rems… second entry from top). I guess that means he still has good taste .
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Originally Posted by crpgnut View Post
I miss Rendelius. He has some good insights. I wonder how many of our current members were also on the Dot. The number is probably higher than most people would think.
Well, I think everyone with an Oct 2006 join date (the majority on this thread) are good candidates…me included.
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October 4th, 2016, 20:33
I only sporadically lurked on the Dot I was really into [re]playing Baldurs Gate back then, so I visited http://www.ironworksforum.com/ mostly
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October 4th, 2016, 21:37
I used to visit RPGDot all of the time. If I had to guess I would say that searching for Daggerfall patches and discussions is what brought me there. I was a big time lurker though. Even here Im a big time lurker, except maybe in the currently listening to thread
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October 4th, 2016, 22:33
Originally Posted by crpgnut View Post
I miss Rendelius. He has some good insights. I wonder how many of our current members were also on the Dot. The number is probably higher than most people would think.
I was a lurker on RPGDot and for quite a few months after the Watch was born too.
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October 4th, 2016, 23:40
I was also a lurker on the dot and then for a while here before joining.

I remember trying to figure out where everyone went after the dot forums started to die. I don't exactly remember how I found my way here but I'm sure glad that I did!
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October 5th, 2016, 05:31
I used to comment on the RPGDot news quite a bit when you didn't have to register but I only registered when Mythros and Co. started this.

Although, boy I still miss that giant banner ad.
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