I got the chance to meet Nolan T. Jones, Co-Creator Roll20.net and Co-Founder of “The Orr Group,” at the Gen Con ENnie Awards. Roll20 began as an effort to keep developers Dutton, Jones, and Zayas in touch via long distance gaming. Their project became public with an eighteen day Kickstarter campaign in April of 2012. Since then it has attracted over 250,000 users as a free service. The program continues to be funded by subscribers who receive features that assist advanced gameplay. The Roll20 program added its 250,000th user over the weekend since launching the popular gaming platform eighteen months ago. I’m a big fan of Roll20, currently using the platform to run my Shackled City Dungeons & Dragons 3.5 game, so I was pleased to see that they won an ENnie for Best Software. I caught up with Nolan to see what was next for Roll20.
Michael Tresca (MT): Tell us a little about your company and about you.
Nolan T. Jones (NTJ): Roll20’s creators are based out of Wichita, Kansas (Riley Dutton), Washington D.C. (Richard Zayas) and Las Vegas, NV (me). Makes sense that we’d create platform for long distance gaming, doesn’t it? Us each flying to Gen Con represents only the second time all three of us have seen each other in person since starting Roll20 in April 2012.
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MT: What kind of geeks are interested in Roll20?
NTJ: We find people of all stripes who enjoy gaming with others enjoy playing those games via Roll20.
MT: What do you think of Indianapolis? How is the city handling the traffic? Were you able to easily find food/lodging?
NTJ: Indianapolis was great! Cannot speak highly enough about the food we had over the course of the weekend, the highlight of which was splurging on a dinner at St. Elmo’s Steakhouse.
MT: Will you be coming back next year?
NTJ: We hope to make Gen Con next year!
Roll20.net in Action
MT: What would you do differently?
NTJ: We all said we wish we’d played more GAMES at Gen Con, so we’ll be making an effort to do that in the future.
MT: What’s next for your company?
NTJ: We’re working on social features in Roll20 to make it easier to find others to play with, along with pursuing game creators / publishers to bring their works to Roll20.
Roll20 Screen Shot
MT: Where can fans find you online?
MT: Anything else you’d like to add?
NTJ: It was a blast meeting so many folks I’d only met online at Gen Con, yourself included.