This interview is part of a series focusing on candidates in the running for the 2014 ENnie Awards. The Gen Con EN World RPG Awards (the “ENnies”) are an annual fan-based celebration of excellence in tabletop role-playing gaming, with voting beginning 7 a.m. Central on Sunday, July 20 through 7 p.m. Central on Wednesday, July 30. The winners will be announced at Gen Con, the Grand Hall at the Historic Union Station on Friday, August 15. To vote, see http://www.ennie-awards.com/vote/. In this installment I interview Matthew Monin – Community Manager for RPGGeek.com.
Michael Tresca (MT): Tell us about your company.
Matthew Monin (MM): RPGGeek.com is one part extensive database of all things RPG, and one part incredible community of people passionate about RPGs.
MT: Tell us about your nominated site.
MM: Our database of RPGs and RPG related articles grows every day, and combined with our collection management and trading tools we continue to strive towards being being one of the premier places online for RPG information. Our forums feature fans of all genres and systems coming together to discuss topics relevant to the hobby as a whole.
MT: What distinguishes your entry from your competitors?
MM: The community is what sets RPG Geek apart. Two examples of how the RPG Community shines are the yearly Iron Reviewer competition (http://rpggeek.com/geeklist/167295/ ), which challenges participants to submit quality reviews of RPG materials at a steadily increasing pace throughout the year, and our second annual Virtuacon RPG Convention (http://rpggeek.com/thread/1202624/ ), a three day RPG convention held entirely through Google Hangouts. Virtuacon 2013 featured close to 100 scheduled game vents and discussion panels, and we are looking forward to topping those numbers this year. Anyone interested in checking out last year’s VC13 panel discussions here: http://www.rpggeek.com/geeklist/164095/virtuacon-13-air-panels
MT: Any metrics on the number of viewers to your site?
MM: As of the end of 2013, Google Analytics shows that over 2.5 million unique visitors have come to RPGGeek.com
MT: What do you think of the new edition of D&D?
MM: I’ve been playing it since early in the playtest phase. I enjoy it quite a bit!
MT: Where can we find out more about your site online?