Obsidian Portal check-in 2018: Has the site improved?

brookselliotbe303

I'm preparing to share a campaign I've started with a blog audience, and would like to use a wiki-style platform to share game information. I've been using Obsidian Portal on and off for about five years now, and every time I've contemplated paying for an Ascendant membership I've been turned off by complaints and horror stories that have mostly occurred after the site went to new ownership.

The question is, then, have things been getting better? And if not, are there new alternatives (other than hosting my own wiki, which may very well happen but is unlikely at this juncture)? My intent is to provide a platform to share campaign information widely; if I was just running this game for myself and my group I'd use Google Docs.

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  • Leonidas300
    Leonidas300
    Posts: 268 edited January 27

    I'll give you my honest opinion, YES, things have gotten better. My history with the Obsidian Portal is or was well documented on these forums at one time. Pre-reforge, I loved the portal, it hands down had the best community and did many things well. I was excited and backed the Reforge and well, you know how that turned out. 

    I left the portal in anger and disgust and honestly looked hard for a replacement venue, nothing I really looked at really lived up to the portal. I tried on and off to come back but every time I really considered putting work into it, I just could not.



    So, i don't know about 2 years ago?? (mabye less) I had occasion to happen on an online Obsidian Portal conversation where I heard Kallak had taken the reigns. I reached out to some of the old longtime members I knew and trusted and they told me things had stabalized and improved and honestly, they were right on. 



    I have since reascended and with all due respect to my old campaign which won a CoTM award, my new campaign kicks the shit out of my old one, the improvements made and CSS possibilities really lends itself well to overall campaign management. I am willing to lend my name in support of what Kallak has accomplished (I single him out, because many tried and were felled by the pressure, he steped up and got it done... like a true Spartan).



    Hope this helps,



    Leonidas300

    https://amanifestationofchaosextinctionevent.obsidianportal.com/

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  • Kallak
    Kallak
    Posts: 903

    Hi @brookselliotbe303. To address your question (not that Leo didn't do an awesome job, because he did - but I figure a response from someone in an official role is in order as well): Yes, things have definitely improved around the Portal, and will continue to do so. The site has certainly had some dark days in the past, and the content team (which was not the team during those times) understands the impact that those days had on the userbase. We know that it's incumbant upon us to keep proving to the users that those days aren't ever coming back. As someone who was a user myself during that time, I can assure you I will never permit things to reach that point again (or even anywhere near) - not on my watch.

    @Leonidas300, Thank you for your post on this, it's really nice to know that my work is felt, and that it's (at least to some degree) helping to bring folks back to the site. That means a lot to me. Having said that, I'm obviously not doing it alone. A lot of credit goes to the the other guys on the content team, and to the volunteer level folks who put their passion to work for the community out of pure love. Some folks who deserve particular mention include:

    ChainsawXIV, Jynx001, thaen, Maesenko, Keryth987, twiggyleaf, cgregory, UselessTriviaMan, and killervp.

    All the best,
    - Kallak

    Inner Council Member
    CotM Selection Committee
    Writer/Editor - Words In The Dark
    Obsidian Portal Community and Content Manager
    GameMaster - Crucible of the Blacksoul (CotM for Jan. 2013)

  • UselessTriviaMan
    UselessTriviaMan
    Posts: 447

    Thanks for the love, Kallak. :-)

    That said, it appears that this user (who also happens to have a 303 at the end of their username) only became an OP user yesterday, and is not a member of any campaigns.

    Curiouser and curiouser...


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  • Conan_Lybarian
    Conan_Lybarian
    Posts: 156

    Hey @brookselliotbe303- check out https://mctrollersonstrollmanagement.obsidianportal.com/. A lot of good info for "members" without campaigns, just a forum presence with questions about the awesomeness and improvements that have been made :-)

  • JaymesBolton
    JaymesBolton
    Posts: 274

    Be nice Conan. Unlike the other post this one actually seems to be a genuine question (just trying to give the benefit of the doubt).

    That being said I second everything Leonidas has said. Kallak personally skyped me to help fix a problem with a character sheet. If that is not customer service I don't know what is. 

  • Conan_Lybarian
    Conan_Lybarian
    Posts: 156 edited February 2

    @JaymesBolton, you're right, and I apologize for jumping to conclusions @brookselliotbe303. You do seem genuinely interested in the state of things. I was going retract my post- but it's outside the edit window time frame. So I will say, it's great to see anyone interested in utilizing the awesome service that is OP. The site is stabilized. @Kallak does an amazing job not only interacting with the community, which he is an active part of as a gamer and designer himself, but also pushing for real change. OP itself has taken a much more User and Gamer focused approach for a while now. I'm fairly new as far as being an active user. I joined a few years ago, using as just more or less a half assed game journal. I wasn't around for the brimstone and fire that you read some of the veteran users post about. But, I am someone who does my research and own testing when deciding to spend what little free time and money I have on a service.

    @brookselliotbe303, I really hope you consider "investing" with OP the way we have. It sounds like what you're looking for, especially considering how easy it is to customize to make is user friendly. I look forward to reading your stuff :-)

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  • SkidAce
    SkidAce
    Posts: 810

    Kallak is the best.

    He loaned me code from way back in the beginning of my campaign.

    Three thumbs up for Kallak.

     

    Now don't ask me about my misgivings with the "owners" and support teams.  My impression is that OP is one of many business ventures they have, and Kallak has been appointed the caretaker.

    Making Kallak the only person singularly devoted to OP. 

  • Kallak
    Kallak
    Posts: 903

    @SkidAce, Hey hey! Great to see you. I'm not quite able to make any official statements on the subject, but there are more than a few things that have changed around the Portal. I'm definitely not the only devoted person these days. Send me a PM at some point, I'd love to catch up.

    All the best,
    - Kallak

    Inner Council Member
    CotM Selection Committee
    Writer/Editor - Words In The Dark
    Obsidian Portal Community and Content Manager
    GameMaster - Crucible of the Blacksoul (CotM for Jan. 2013)

  • SkidAce
    SkidAce
    Posts: 810

    No worries!

    Totally understandable about statements.  And I do constantly see things getting better, so that's great.

  • Keryth987
    Keryth987
    Posts: 801

    Thanks for the mention Kallak. And yes, i'd agree things round here have improved. And I'm glad to see the direction OP is going in

  • twiggyleaf
    twiggyleaf
    Posts: 1,608

    Thanks Kallak for the shoutout!  And for brookselliotbe303, I confirm that things are way better here on OP now.  I have always recommended Ascendancy.  I love been an Ascendant member and I highly recommend it to anyone else.

    smiley

     

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