About The Forge!
The Forge and its Very Terrific Team
"The Forge" (The Forge VTT inc. / La Forge TJV inc.) is a tabletop game company founded in 2020 by Youness Alaoui, also known as KaKaRoTo also known as "That guy who collects broken PS3s and Intel CPUs", .
The Forge is the first and only fully integrated, turn-key, high-availability hosting solution for Foundry VTT games. Its mission is to make it painless for game masters to host and manage games, so that they can focus on the story and gameplay, rather than to mess around with servers, network equipment and configuration, security, bandwidth and latency, etc. The Forge provides all the necessary tools for GMs to create immersive tabletop gaming experiences for their players, without going insane and becoming a lich.
The company is headquartered in the frozen lands of Montréal, Canada, where KaKaRoTo's office remains at subtropical temperatures year-round because his graphics card outputs a ton of heat. The team is based in Canada and throughout the world.
Before creating the Forge, Youness (a.k.a. "KaKaRoTo") has spent decades laboring in the coal mines of the Free & Open-Source software industry, whether through the aMSN project, his various projects for the PS3 hacking scene, 3D printing software, and reverse engineering CPUs. Due to some mysterious circumstances, he discovered Dungeons and Dragons only in 2018, started playing, then wrote Beyond20, joined the Foundry community (around the time FVTT 0.3.0 was released), then wrote multiple popular modules for Foundry, before creating the Forge because he has an insatiable hunger for solving complicated challenges and creating infinite problems for himself.
Leon (a.k.a. "DestinyGrey"), is the Forge's executive assistant and general administrative solution seeker. It is said he achieved level 20 as a moderator of FoundryVTT and then just retired that character to try a new adventure with the Forge. He dispels our knee-jerk reactions and channels them into magically diplomatic messages. Like every gamer, he drinks energy drinks while backseat gaming his teammates in online shooters.
Kevin (a.k.a "Dndpopulationme") Jensen helps with various tasks including customer support, documentation, video editing and illustration work. He comes from Hell, Norway but he's actually a really nice guy. We are the main reason he has a horrible sleep schedule (the second reason is, well, timezones).
A tabletop and D&D enthusiast, packed into a Swiss Army Knife of a person: codes, designs, draws, streams and still tries to keep a social life.
Bruno (a.k.a. Varstahl) is a jack of all trades bard. When he's not streaming D&D with his friends, he's hacking stuff. If the stuff does not want to get hacked, he hits it with a hammer. It's the law. Rumors say he was near our servers and codebase, nobody knows why, although everything seems to run smoother and faster now. Master of the Speak with Electronics ritual, he sings and inspires from the cold shadows of a server room with a +12 modifier on IT Handling ability checks.
Michael (a.k.a. IronMonk) lives on the West Coast of Canada, in beautiful Victoria BC, close to Professor X's mansion. He tried applying for the X-men, but was disappointed to learn that sitting in front of a computer for ridiculously long periods of time is not in fact a super power… and also it wasn't actually Professor X's mansion. He's been passionate about RPGs since Andvanced D&D and has been actively creating modules for Foundry for awhile now.
Rikus (a.k.a. Phi) lives in an ivory temple on a cliff overlooking the stormy seas of South Africa. Well, the weather is actually rather pleasant most of the time, and the locals make for excellent drinking companions. When not coding, hiking, or channeling holy power to smite the undead (and bugs), Phi likes to play D&D, learn new languages, and mess around with Unity.