When I think about how those posts somehow, beyond my wildest expectations, led me to being the co-host of the DM-Nastics segment and eventually co-host of the Dungeon Masters Block podcast, led me to a place where I had the privilege of trading ideas with Rich Howard, Morgan Jenkins and many more, improvised with James D'Amato, and chatted for over two hours with Ed freaking Greenwood, and have even guested on other podcasts? A resounding YES, it's very weird at times that the things I have posted here turned into far more than I could have ever imagined. I am, and will be, eternally grateful to both DM Mitch and DM Chris for being crazy enough to give me a shot, and to dm_mainprize for being even crazier and joining me on DM-Nastics. Not to mention the pure awesome that are the other 80+% of posts on here from some truly amazing people. On top of that, the extensive conversations had in direct messages. I definitely have one that just reached page 20 it's gone on so long. So yeah, it's weird, but I wouldn't have it any other way.
These forums mean more to me than I can comfortably express. I became a Patreon supporter partially because of the community growing here. Being able to post here for feedback, advice or just to complain has been invaluable. I don't really have an RPG community in my real life. I am an island where this hobby is concerned. This is changing as my players grow in the hobby, but I still don't have anyone I can discuss DM issues with.
These forums are more than just a repository of advice. I've made friends here. Connections I never would have made if not for DM Mitch and DM Chris.
I had the Global Moderator look it up (who is that guy anyway?). After DM Mitch and DM Chris, I was the first person to sign up for these forums. Shout out to dm_mainprize, @nevvur for also being in the first 10 to sign up. Shout outs to joatmoniac and Samuel Wise for providing invaluable feedback on my home game via direct messages. Shout outs to DMC, DM Kiado, whipstache, and kjmagle for being awesome and reaching out beyond the forums to connect.
And a special shout out to all the amazing people who frequent this board. There's too many amazing people here to list them all! Anyone who has spent any amount of time on Internet forums knows that they can easily turn into terrible places. It's all too easy to be a jerk when you don't have to look the other people in the eye. I'm so proud of this community and the level of respect that is the norm here.
To all the Blockheads: keep on Dungeon Mastering and keep on being awesome!
I really cannot put into words how awesome everyone on this forum is. Honestly, when Chris put the first version of this forum up, I had no idea the kind of love and participation it would get. And the kind of community that has been built here, like friartook stated, it really is amazing. I can say it up and down and until I am blue in the face, and some people may just think I'm blowing smoke...but this community IS the REAL reason that we have gotten to where we are today, and why Chris and I, now joined by the awesome powers of Neal & Phil are steam rolling ahead. And it is because of this community that we are working on secret projects behind the scenes, so that we can give more to you...our awesome community. #GMShowcase