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.
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 is located. The rest of 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 Advanced D&D and has been actively creating modules for Foundry for a while now.
Rikus (a.k.a. Phi) lives in a small apartment with a growing number of houseplants in a Hive City in the heart of the Netherlands. When not taking advantage of the exceptional cycling infrastructure, coding, or squashing bugs with an Imperial Autocannon, Phi likes to prep and play tabletop games, learn new languages, and mess around with Unity.
Veronique or simply V, can be found dwelling in the colorful city of Montreal and sometimes turns into a snow fairy in the northern mountains. She Murphy's her way through any situation and has joined the team to untangle the chaos. She is passionate about puzzles, spreadsheets and considers multi-tasking a lifestyle.
Daniel (a.k.a. Arcanist) is a full-time Software Engineering student of the University of Ottawa. He always has a trick up his sleeve and is prepared to cast a spell on any interesting task he encounters. When he's not coding or going to school, he spends his winters cross-country skiing and his summers wilderness camping. He is the developer of several Foundry VTT modules, the founder of the World Smiths community, and likes to help out his fellow developers in the League of Extraordinary Foundry VTT Developers whenever possible.
Matthew (a.k.a. Eranziel) lives near Saskatoon under the broad skies of Saskatchewan. After spending years automating industrial machinery, he decided automating tabletop games would be more fun. Creator of the Lancer system for Foundry (which he maintains with the help of many wonderful contributors), Matthew has deeply enjoyed TTRPGs for years. Currently, that involves stomping around in mechs or fantastical samurai intrigue. When he isn't writing software or playing tabletop games, he is busy herding cats and playing strategy video games.
Neeraj is our SysOps administrator. He is from the city of pearls, Hyderabad, India, and currently lives in Toronto. When he is not managing our infrastructure, he likes to read books, or watch anything from movies to anime. He has a passion to learn everything related to technology.