RPG Gateway

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RPG Gateway, part of the RPG Nexxus site network, is a human-edited global niche directory, specializing in role playing games and related content. The purpose of RPG Gateway is to provide a single resource listing all RPG and RPG-related sites for gamers. Its focus is on pen-and-paper RPGs.



RPG Gateway was founded in 1996 by James Mathe of the RPG Host network, and subsequently taken over by Effie Rover of the RPG Nexxus site network in 1999. Since then, it has grown to around 5,000 sites. It has never changed its basic format - that of a categorized directory of site listings.

In the early 2000s, the site added Official designations to differentiate fan sites from designated official sites, Pick designations to denote Editor's Picks, and a Top 100 list tied to incoming votes, outgoing links and user ratings. Separate page listings for each designation started a trend toward this design among other niche directory sites. A web forum followed, offering advice for RPG webmasters on site improvements.


RPG Gateway relies on a staff of volunteer editors who may change from time to time. However, a core group of editors (called Senior Editors on the site) have remained since the 1990s.

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