A Fond Farewell

Four years ago I revived a D&D/gaming blog I started in college after realizing that a few posts had gained a fair bit of traction in my absence. I picked writing back up because I missed writing about my hobbies, but truthfully, it was because I needed a productive outlet.

My job at the time wasn’t challenging or fulfilling. So I turned to learning how to write a blog. I learned all about SEO, data analytics, research writing, technical writing, editing, WordPress, and of course Dungeons & Dragons. I put these skills to the test and I grew Dungeon Solvers to over 1.2M visitors a year.

I’m not sure if that’s genuinely impressive in this space, but that was an enormous win for me. Someone who had no idea how to do this at a competent level grew this project exponentially.

However, as I said in my welcome back post (really should’ve realized that’s the end, you don’t come back from those), life got busy and the blog was the most time consuming activity on my agenda that, truthfully, was no longer paying off as much satisfaction as I was putting work into it.

So I shelved it for a minute.

My schedule did open up quite a bit since then, but I came to the realization that I needed to leave that job. Over the pandemic, the nature of my job changed considerably since we weren’t allowed to enter the labs. I went from computer hardware testing to more of a product management role. I spent my days figuring out how to make our products better, how to make customers happy with new features, and working with tons of different people all over the world.

And me, the socially awkward guy with an engineering degree loved it. Excelled in it even. I was totally surprised.

But really, I shouldn’t be. All of those responsibilities were what made me love building Dungeon Solvers. They were skills I’ve been working on, on my days off, nights, weekends. I just never realized it.

So then, when the big boss at work said that things were going back to how they were pre-pandemic, I realized just how miserable I would be. However, things were different now. My wife and I got the house so I didn’t need the long-term employment on paper to get a more favorable loan from a bank. It was time to leave.

After my final post in February, I dedicated most of my time to finding work elsewhere. And as of last month, I found somewhere that finally makes me excited to get out of bed and get to work. I’m building an amazing product and working with hilarious and smart people. I’m busier, but I haven’t felt this sense of genuine passion since my first job out of college where I was, once again, building product as a software engineer.

I think that’s why it’s time I’ve closed the chapter on Dungeon Solvers. Mostly because I no longer have the passion for D&D that I did so long ago, and, in my opinion, genuine passion is why people follow creators. That’s something you can’t fake, no matter how hard you try. I don’t want to fake that just to keep the ship afloat.

My group is still going, albeit after a short hiatus due to acclimating to my new job, but I think it’s time D&D became a true “for me” hobby again, because finally, I’m back to building something. I’m back to being fulfilled. I’m actually satisfied for the first time in a long while. Dungeon Solvers isn’t needed anymore.

So, with that, a few quick thank yous to the people who have helped me along this journey.

Thank you to everyone in the D&D community I’ve had the pleasure working and collaborating with. You were an integral part of this self-realization journey.

Thank you to my friends and family who have supported me in my efforts.

Most of all, thank you to you, my readers for giving me the drive to write.

I’m paying for hosting through next May, so Dungeon Solvers will stay live until then. If you’d like to keep in touch or see what I’m up to feel free to follow me on Twitter for shitposting and gaming or Instagram for smoking, cooking, and pet pictures.

4 Comments

  1. Hello, Eldadres! Just wanted to say, thank you for all the wonderful content over the years. I read a lot of blogs and this quickly became one of my favorite. You have a way of tackling a topic that may have been covered elsewhere, and not only offering something new, but something better. I can’t count the number of blog posts that became favorite reference points of mine.

    A few of my favorites:

    – City Building for Your TTRPG Campaign
    – How To Create a Boss Fight in D&D 5e
    – Understanding Party Composition in D&D 5e
    – How To Do an RPG Session Recap
    – What Does Prepping for an RPG Session Look Like?
    – How Much Time is Needed?
    – How to Create a Memorable D&D Villain
    – How To Create a Boss Fight in D&D 5e
    – Creating a Short Adventure for D&D 5e
    – After the Campaign Ends – Writing an Epilogue
    – Campaign Prep: The First Session
    – Multi-Stage Boss Battles in D&D 5e
    – How to Introduce a New Character in the Middle of a Campaign

    …too many to count, really, so I’ll just stop there.

    Thanks for the good times and the great articles, and thanks for keeping the site up so I have time to browse a bit more. Good luck on your future endeavors, and my you find happiness and success wherever you go.

  2. Sorry to see you go, but glad it’s for all the right reasons! Never commented but I’ve been a reader for a couple years and I greatly enjoyed reading your take on all things D&D and TTRPG related.
    Stoked to hear you’ve got a job now that you love, it’s makes all the difference!
    Wish you all the best with your future dude, God bless. 🙂

  3. I just discovered this blog and D&D. Thank you for making my journey to becoming a DM more successful! Wish you the best in this new chapter but I would be lying if I didn’t say how much I will miss your posts

  4. I discovered your blog 2-3 years ago, right after I became a DM again just so I could find a group to play again. Your articles helped me get back into this hobby and games that I love so much! Very much going to miss your intelligent analysis to the creative side of these games!

    Question: Have you considered keeping the site hosted in archive mode if others paid the annual hosting costs? You have so much amazing content, it’d be a true shame and loss to us all if it just disappeared.

    Please consider simply asking us to help keep it hosted!! Just let us know how much you need each year to keep it alive, in an archived form.

    Please!

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