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Dave Bernazzani
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The open RPGG beta is coming. I can't say when - but you can bet it will happen somewhere between 1 hour from now and 100 hours from now.

As the closed RPGG beta nears an end, I have some random thoughts I want to share here. I was fortunate enough to be in on the beta when it started. But this was far from the beginning. Derk and Aldie had talked about this nearly four years ago. Lots of work was done by Aldie, Daniel and the team to rework some of the lower level code and make it more agreeable to expansion. Derk has been instrumental in finding quality people to help with data content. The beta efforts come at the back end of this important groundwork.

I believe the effort of the entire team to architect and seed the initial data can only be described by a single word: herculean. This effort spanned 50 people - I will not name them for fear of forgetting a single name. I'd say well over 1000 volunteer hours have gone into the RPG Geek and I hope that effort shows brightly when the doors open. I recall a three day stretch when a few heavy uploaders were posting 100+ new entries a day. I talked to Aldie one night at midnight... and when I awoke at 6AM to see what progress had been made he was still awake, typing at his keyboard and fixing issues so the beta team could continue to work efficiently.

I want to thank every beta tester who helped bring us to where we are today. Over 3200 RPG items spanning 1000 games - simply astonishing! I know the next open round of beta will be a resounding success if that new crew is as diligent, cooperative and helpful as you were. I love you guys!

About the only bad aspect so far has been that it's hard to resist all those awesome RPG covers. While looking through the data, I've had to stop and visit ebay to pick up a few new RPG sourcebooks. Oh well - such are the rigors of beta.

I’m so psyched for RPG Geek - "It will blow the dice right out of your pants!"*

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Dave Bernazzani
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* Krunk - Fear of Girls
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I'd say Dave has probably put in 1000 hours himself (and I think he has invented cloning)

A great job Dave.

And a great job everyone else too!
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Pretty exciting stuff, and a long time coming. I hope the results are everything you were hoping them to be. Over that long period of time perceptions change and being entrenched in all the discussions its easy to lose track of the end result. I hope you take some time to take a breath, step back, and bath in the beauty that will be is RPGG.

Congratz!
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Mike Jones
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Yes,

Thank you Dave for your leadership and your dedication and hard work.

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All I can say is that it is indeed super cool.


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Oh, the dice were supposed to be in my *pants*. Oops! blush I'm sure I'll find them eventually.
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Oh the RPGG! I can't wait!
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I entered for the second round of Beta.
Thanks to everyone who already put time and effort in this. This will be grand.


@ Dave: "Krunk is a God!"
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Yes, Dave. The amount of work you have put in is astounding.
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wavemotion wrote:
I’m so psyched for RPG Geek - "It will blow the dice right out of your pants!"

Logging on and seeing this thread has dice all over the house!
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Chris Martin
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Are we all allowed to advertise our non-boardgame-related websites? I have a website selling totally non-fake Rolexes I'd love to plug.
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chrisjwmartin wrote:
Are we all allowed to advertise our non-boardgame-related websites? I have a website selling totally non-fake Rolexes I'd love to plug.


If the website is Derk and Aldies? Sure. Otherwise no.

Go post this comment over on Aldie's thread:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/188044

Or Derks:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/422416

Nice going on this. The crew I thank above are BGG regulars - they have volunteered their time and life to help with Derk and Aldie's new Geek concept. I'm proud of their efforts. But after your silly post, how can we not ALL be proud of you.

-Dave
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Hey Chris, maybe you can campaign for the next project to be "FakeRolexGeek"? yuk
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wavemotion wrote:
how can we not ALL be proud of you.

I'm still waiting for the GG tip to express your pride.
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