In recent days, I've been tagged with comments/questions regarding the subject of Steven's departure from RollPlay®. It has become a topic of conversation across this community site, Twitter, my YouTube channel, and on the unofficial subreddit. It's important for me to first point out that I've always tried to keep the focus on the content being produced and not the business behind it. Not because I don't want to engage with the community, but because I don't want what goes on behind the scenes (especially if it involves personal drama) to ruin the experience of a viewer. Being able to enjoy a show simply because you enjoy the cast and/or DM, and are engaged in the actual storyline, is one of the purest experiences on Twitch, and one that I constantly aim for our viewers.
I'd like to take a few minutes to say a few things. First, that Steven and I have recently talked offline about this topic in an effort to resolve any lingering questions, so that we can move forward on the same page. Secondly, even prior to that conversation, he was invited to participate in future projects. It is possible he will one day return in some fashion to RollPlay® content. And, if not, I'd like to also publicly say that I will always appreciate the work, time, and engagement he had with the RollPlay® community while DMing here. I know he will find success in his tabletop endeavors and I'm excited to see his future projects.
All that said, I want to clear up that his work/life balance at the time, as well as the goal of diversifying the types content produced on RollPlay® were absolutely factors in the decision that was made to move on without him. There ARE other factors, but, again, I do not believe certain, personal, behind-the-scenes issues need to be addressed in public forums. These factors also don’t need to be witch hunted or conspiracy theorie’d because they are private. Steven and I have discussed them recently, and I'm pretty confident in saying we've cleared up any questions specifically regarding that decision between the two of us.
I admit that I made the mistake of not having a full, clear conversation with Steven about all of these factors at the time. We did not, together, come up with a cohesive message to communicate his departure to the community. This is the cause of confusion for some viewers. For that, I apologize to anyone who felt the way in which it was handled was not done properly.
It was, and will continue to be, my goal to simply produce the best tabletop content for our community. Sometimes business decisions have to get made, and I can promise to do my best in the future to engage with the community when they do, to be as transparent as I can about them. As always, I thank the viewers and subs, both new and long term, for your support, feedback, and work put in to make the community as great as it is. It wouldn't be RollPlay® without you.
Here's to an exciting 2017.