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To The Future – An Editor-in-Chief Address

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Hello dear readers,

Again, too long seems to have passed since I took the time to address you directly, and, this time, I have some news that is in equal measure exciting and saddening.

After a fraction over a year and a half as the Editor-in-Chief of OnlySP, I’ve decided to take a step back for personal reasons. Taking my place at the helm is Rhain Radford-Burns, who has been the Deputy Editor since the end of 2017 and has proven himself to be dedicated to improving things for the site, as well as providing invaluable assistance to the entire team behind the scenes. Having had the opportunity to work alongside Rhain and see him develop his skills as an editor, administrator, and team leader, I genuinely believe that he is the right choice to carry the site on to bigger and better things.

He will also be assisted by the team at Enthusiast Gaming, OnlySP’s original owner Nick Calandra, and our new Sub-Editor Ben Newman, so you can rest assured that the level of quality that you expect from the site will be maintained.

This change marks a momentous shift in OnlySP’s history. For the first time since the site’s debut on February 22, 2012, it will not be led directly by one of its original contributors. That fact, to me, is a sign that this endeavour that Nick started to shine a light on those games doing things the traditional way rather than kowtowing to the then burgeoning multiplayer has a life of its own. We are not the only ones who want to see the single-player market continue to flourish as it has for the past 45 years. To that end, OnlySP remains as committed as ever to providing the latest information and scintillating opinions on the world of single-player gaming.

Thank you for reading and visiting OnlySP over the past six and a half years. Without you, we would all be shouting our dying opinions into the ether. I hope you’re as excited for the future of the website as I am.

Now,  without any further adieu, I pass the reins to Rhain.

— Damien

 

Many Editors-in-Chief have taken the helm at OnlySP, hoping to steer the ship in the right direction for both staff and readers to follow—none, however, have had a more tumultuous task than Damien Lawardorn. To be placed in charge of a sinking ship and assigned to relaunch a closing website is no easy task, but Damien accepted the challenge and set his goal: to “continue to cater exclusively to that subset of gamers who are interested in single-player experiences.” In his eighteen months of leadership, Damien has consistently achieved that goal, and, as Editor-in-Chief, I promise to do the same.

My name is Rhain—yes, pronounced like the weather. I’ve been working in video game journalism for five years, and reading it for even longer. OnlySP is the site that I found myself frequently returning to in this time. I live in Australia—a country known for its incredibly sluggish internet connection—so I’ve always strongly gravitated towards narrative-driven, single-player gaming experiences: games like Uncharted, Red Dead Redemption, Wolfenstein, and The Last of Us. To be a reader of a website focused on such experiences was always fun, but to be a part of the team behind the site (the leader, no less) is absolutely thrilling.

I’m very confident in the team that has been built at OnlySP—I could not be more excited to lead such an incredible group of talented and passionate writers and producers. We have several exciting projects in the works, and we’re looking forward to showing the fruits of these labours in the coming months.

I look forward to joining you on this journey.

Just remember: while the “Damien” boss fight may be over, the “Rhain” boss is only just preparing his attacks. You may want to go and level up first, though.

— Rhain

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