User:Kydo

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Homebrew is hobby slang referring to unofficial content produced by the people who play the game. By hobbyists for hobbyists. It usually refers to game content, while home made rules are typically called houserules, but in a general sense, houserules can also be considered homebrewed as well. The main thing is that it is home-made. Professionally produced content, even if it was unlicensed third party stuff, technically wouldn't really count unless it was a compilation of previously existing content which was not created for the purposes of publishing. The distinction is the intent behind creation.
—--Kydo (talk) 00:19, 18 October 2015 (MDT)

Identity

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As an Administrator

I am a deeply flawed person. Mere months before my nomination, I had been temporarily banned for using profanity in a very minor edit war. I can be aggressive and rash. That said, I try my best not to be. I genuinely care about this wiki, this community, and the other users, and try my best to be kind and helpful to everyone.

You can read about my nomination here: Requests for Adminship/Kydo

I was nominated for adminship on June 6th, 2016, after participating on the wiki as a highly prolific editor for roughly 2 years. I was voted into the position by my peers on June 13th of the same year. I made some promises at the time, and some people said some very nice things about me. At first, I was just happy being able to delete my old garbage user subpages and excessive redirects. However, one day I accidentally stumbled across that page again, read what was said, and felt almost obligated. Not just to this wiki or the community, but to myself. I said I would do good. People said I could be trusted. So I set out to get serious about making this a better place.

I began actively greeting new contributors. I wrote myself a schedule and got proactive on reviewing content. I got over-active and used brute-force consensus to restructure the help portal, (which I'm pretty sure was the most impolite and intrusive way I could have done that.) I wrote design guidlines for various types of content, and wrote generic policies to set a standard for what they are based on. I became active in every community project and made a community portal for them. For all the good I have done, in my inexperience, I did these things in a brash, aggressive, and disruptive sort of way. There was little collaboration in the methods I used, so the current state of the help portal actually came about due to my flouting the intended nature of the community I wrote it for. Since then, I have done some rapid introspection, and have cooled my efforts, refocusing myself on building community by interacting with the community, rather than by bashing them over the head with blunt-force editing.

In general, these are my priorities
  1. Greet every new contributor. This provides immediate administrator access to all actual editors, and if they actually click the links, provides them with all sorts of useful tools and information. It also gives the appearance of an active community, encouraging people to participate and interact with other users.
  2. Patrol content. I am only one man, and I can only do so much. I try my best. If you see something wrong, you can totally flag it into oblivion yourself- but it's better if you get active and make changes to rectify imbalanced or incomplete content yourself. Administrators resort to templates immediately, because we are trying to cover as much ground as possible as quickly as possible. We just don't have time to playtest every race and class.
  3. Teach, assist, and communicate. I hate banning people. I've only had to do it once so far, and I think they were just a bot anyways. To avoid having to do that, I focus a great deal of my effort on simply trying to resolve social issues which appeared in the past, such that they do not occur again. I spend a lot of time reading old flame wars and arguments- especially those which resulted in a user being banned or otherwise leaving the community, to try and find the root cause of the conflict such that it can be removed. Now, there will always be some jerks out there, but it is my belief that most people are not jerks. In fact, I believe that most online communities create their own jerks through poor communication of actual expectations, or through ineffective enforcement of those expectations. This leads to misunderstandings which victimize and isolate otherwise good people who, understandably, chew your head off for it and get banned. I don't want you to get banned, and I don't want to be the one to do it. Neither of us deserves that. So, please, for all of our sakes, go to the Help:Portal and read the policies section at least. It will improve your experience with this community, and it will improve our experience with you.
  4. Grow the community. Our biggest problem is that we are self-regulating, which means the website relies on a large active userbase that sticks around for a long time. We don't do a good job of community maintenance, and our only advertising method for years was random google results. As such, I actively participate in projects which I believe have the capacity to bring in, and retain, users. This include the wiki e-magazine, the facebook page, and the featured articles system. This is also why I am a dedicated new user greeter: I want you to know that you are wanted here.

As a Helper

I am a wiki helper. I help in all sorts of things. In general, I want to make this place as inviting, fun, and useful to you as possible.

Do you have questions about a policy, or how to interact with the wiki? Ask, and I will do my best to answer you or find a source for an answer.

Do you want help with a piece of homebrew? I'll do my best with my limited time to do so.

Having troubles with game rules? Fire away, I'll give you answers with citations!.

Want an opinion on your wild, random, crazy pipe-dreams? As long as it's D&D or wiki related, go for it, I'll likely give you an answer just as outlandish as your question!

I'm also a user on RPG.SE, and I make an effort to answer anyquestions I can help with there as well.

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As a Person

I am a married, (as of July 18th 2015) 29 year old man, and I have been playing RPGs since before I even knew what to call them. I am an artist specializing in freehand drawing media, particularly ink and silverpoint. I spent two years in college for the fine arts. I am a pseudo-intellectual with a love of aesthetic and artistic theories, and I see RPG theory, music theory, comic theory, and art theory as only small pieces of a grander, as-yet-undefined theory of human consciousness. I have an interest in theology and psychology, but my misspent youth has prevented me from pursuing those interests academically. I am an ASNT UT level 2, working in a steel mill for the oil and gas industry, and I hope to soon have my CGSB UT level 1 certification. Religiously, I am an atheist, and politically, I am an anarchist. I can be rather aggressive at times, and I apologize in advance if I come off as a bully. I don't intend to attack people.

As a Gamer

Prior to D&D, I had been role playing since as far back as I could remember. Games and sports were almost wholly unappealing to me. As a kid, that was fine, "let's pretend" was normal. As I got older however, people who were friends lost interest and moved on, while I began expanding on the idea of make believe as a game. By the time I encountered D&D, I basically had no friends, though I was already making primitive RPGs without even knowing what they were.

I was first introduced to the RPG hobby and D&D proper in the 7th grade. In the middle of class, a new friend of mine organized possibly the quietest session of 2nd edition ever performed, using no reference materials or dice. That is the environment in which I learned. I was enchanted. I wasn't alone any more, and what's more, my ideas weren't strange. I was right on track.

Since then, I have played many games, and even DMd some of them, not just D&D. I have played Mind's Eye Theatre, the Macross RPG, Traveller, Mutants & Masterminds, Amber, My Life With Master, Creeks & Crawdads, and a few others. I also take part in RPG design as a hobby and read on the theoretical side of things quite extensively.

My table consists of a dozen other guys around my age, four of us have been DMs. The group has always been strongly divided between very simulationist/gamist and very simulationist/narrativist players. I am the only gamist-oriented DM in the group. Most of my group maintains that 2nd edition was the best, the rest maintain that 3.5 was the best. I liked Basic Set most prior to 5e being released. I am the only person in my group who has played in the Adventurer's League.

As an Artist

Yes. I am an artist. Feel free to browse my random work at my deviant art page if you wish.

I am an art helper, so if you'd like a picture made for one of your pages, I can do that for you. Keep in mind that such works, being free, will be in black and white, likely be nothing more than an ink line drawing, and will be completed in under 30 minutes. You get what you pay for- but hey, it's custom art for free. (All such commissions will be uploaded to the wiki and licensed under CC-BY-SA-3.0 and GFDL)

Do you want me to do personal work for you? Be prepared to be serious about it. It took me 20 years and 12,000$ to build these skills. Where I work today, I make over 300$ a day. If you want my time, effort, skills, knowledge, and concern, be ready to pay me what I am worth.

I will not make pornography or simple random requests. If your offer is not D&D related, please make the request on Deviant Art. If I make art without payment or request, it was for me. If I share it openly it's because I'm nice. I am not necessarily fair or polite. Insults are not money.

As a Blogger

I am also an indie game designer hobbyist. I have a blog on the subject. Its articles discuss my thoughts on game design and discussion of projects I've been working on.

Current Post.
The Neverending Story Game Returns

As a Redditor

I am always active in the reddit scene. It's a good place to unwind after dealing with BS of any sort.

My Activities
  • I created a list of all spell components found in the PHB. You can find that here.
  • I played an important role in the completion of a 381 page compilation of redditor-written monster lore, all entries based on the 5e MM. That can be found here.

In particular, the D&D subs I browse are,

/R/ADVENTURERSLEAGUE

/R/ASKGAMEMASTERS

/R/BEHINDTHETABLES

/R/CHARACTERDRAWING

/R/CHARACTERPROMPT

/R/DMACADEMY

/R/DMTOOLKIT

/R/DND

/R/DNDBEHINDTHESCREEN

/R/DNDNEXT

/R/DUNGEONPROMPT

/R/DUNGEONSANDDRAGONS

/R/FANTASY

/R/GAMING

/R/HEROFORGEMINIS

/R/IMAGINARYTAVERNS

/R/LFG

/R/LOREMASTERS

/R/RPG

/R/TABLETOPMASTERS

/R/UNEARTHEDARCANA

/R/WORLDBUILDING

/R/WORLDPROMPTS

My Cryptic Personal Stuff

Administration Schedule (If you'd like to know what I'm up to, or what projects I'm focusing on, you can check it out here. Mostly, I just use this as a hub to keep personal notes and shortcut my way to pages which are relevant to my currect activities.)

Utilities (Just a page full of links directly to stuff I find useful while editing the wiki.)

Workspace (A page listing my creations which are not yet even close to being presentable.)

User:Kydo/5e Criticisms (Literally a list of what I dislike in the 5e system.)

Notepad (Literally random stuff I keep because I plan to use it for something some day maybe.)

My Contributions (A page listing, by category, pages that I have made a significant contribution to.)

Social Stuff (This is literally just me keeping track of other users I like. I guess you can go ahead and read it? I'm not sure why youd want to.)

DnD Discussion (I try my best to give at least 1 reply to topics that don't get answers from anyone else.)

Special:Chat

Community Projects
  • D&D Wiki Magazine (I try to make content for this when I can think of stuff. The themes have been kind of off-putting for me for the last 2 issues though.)
  • Featured Articles (I am reinvigorating the project and keeping it active on a weekly basis.)
  • D&D Wiki on Facebook (I am a contributor to the facebook page. My task is to keep it noisy so it keeps growing. My objective is to make sure at least 1 thing is posted there every single day. I fill the deadspace.)

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