They say "the more things change, the more they stay the same."
Well. Let me answer that for you.
When I 1st started here at Wizards Trevor and I had split the community about 60/40. Trevor would be in D&D, and I would be in Magic. We'd sit down and talk things over on a weekly basis and we would fill each other in on the events, topics, concerns in the communities. That way both of us knew what was going on in both communities. As time went on we both focused on D&D. The Virtual Table was going underway and with my background in QA it seemed like the perfect place for me.
As more time passed on Trevor was getting deeper and deeper into the D&D communities and I was balancing both D&D and Magic.
Flash forward to when Trevor dropped the bomb that he was leaving. There was plenty of talk of what would happen in Trevor's absence, and what duties would I be left with? Josh and Chuck quickly became the VT superstars and I was becoming more of a "face" for the community. I was at PAX Prime and DDXP with Trevor and we both were representing the community. Then came PAX East and I was the lone soldier. I was put on a panel for D&D, and was there giving out and playing Magic with fans.
Let me be clear when I say Magic, I am not talking about just the paper product. I'm talking about ALL of Magic. That means paper product, Magic: The Gathering Online, and Magic: The Gathering Duels of the Planeswalkers for Steam, PS3, and XBLA. That's a MASSIVE community. Luckily we've got everyone's favorite Crazy Monkey helping us out with some of the digital stuff, but there's still a ton of Magic communities out there.
A decision was made. I would now be "full time" Magic and help support D&D when needed. Magic has a very large community with a ton of great personalities and I'm very excited to be a part of it. As many of you have seen from what I've brought to the D&D communities I plan to do the same for Magic.
One of my biggest strengths as a community manager is my ability to capture the lifestyle of games like Magic and D&D. We've got some amazing articles and Facebook posts for news and announcements so I don't want to just rehash those channels. My job is to not only get the announcements out there, but also to show you the cool things that don't fit in the news/announcements style broadcasts. You want to talk to me about this one time you destroyed someone at Duels of the Planeswalkers? Do it. You want to take me on in a game of Archenemy? Let's rock! I am here to show that not only do I work for the company that makes these games, but I also play them and have the same fun that you do.
For all the friends that I've made in the D&D Community, does this mean we won't get to hang out or talk? Not at all. I'm still very active on Twitter, and I've got lots of awesome Gamma World ideas for my home game. Plus, it's not like I'll be just abandoning you all together. I'll still be keeping up with the communities and reading blogs, websites, etc. I'll be around.
Does this mean I won't be at places like GenCon or DDXP? HA! You can't get rid of me that easily. Part of my charm is my "live event" experience. Nothing makes me feel more awesome then hanging out with people passionate about Wizards products. I love to talk with people about our products, play games with them, and when I can, hook up our fans with free stuff. Plan to see me at most major events that Wizards has a presence at. Maybe even a few we don't!
So basically what I'm saying is, things are changing, but also staying the same. Steve is going to completely rock the D&D side of this new community team, and I will do what I can to help and support him. I already know that the D&D community will welcome Steve with open arms and maybe some hugs... and I've warned him about that.
I look forward to talking about Magic, playing Magic, and still being that guy with all the cool free at conventions. It's one of the reasons I love what I do.
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