Allow us to preface this by saying that TotR is not going anywhere. We are dedicated to this story, to our characters, and to our fans… but 2020 giveth, and it taketh away. This year has been full of many behind the scenes struggles for our crew, some we have shared with our fandom, and some we have not. This has involved several job changes and some substantial decisions about our future as a show and more. Joe has been with us since the beginning – since we all sat in our basement and decided on our name, since we excitedly squealed about our finished logo, and we have enjoyed so many amazing moments with him and his PC Se’ku. For the last few months, your TotR crew has been struggling with scheduling, as adult schedules go, and a few hindering creative differences. At the beginning of August, Joe made the decision to step away from TotR indefinitely.
What does that mean for Se’ku? This was an abrupt and unexpected change in our production, but we are dedicated and feel like we did what we could with the Se’ku to give the fans some closure, especially seeing as we are at the edge of a finale. To be transparent, Joe’s last episode with us is episode 80. We know there are still many unanswered questions about the Twilight Prince, and there may be some worry we will never have answers, or unearth the lore that revolves around the character. We offer you this: Kenon is our DM, and he knows how to weave in an emergency.
What does this mean for TotR? The end of Book 2 is a ride, and the beginning of Book 3 even moreso. This story has a life of its own and we are passionate about seeing it through. And to continue telling stories in this world after the fact. We juggled around the idea of auditioning a replacement for Joe, but after careful consideration, play-testing, conversations with a few trusted friends in the community, and hours of late-night chats and planning between Kenon, Jordache, and I (Nikki), TotR is now officially the three of us. However… you may still see some unfamiliar faces and hear some unfamiliar (or heck, maybe they’ll be familiar) voices in the future.
What does this mean for our Patreon campaign, Sea of Sorrows? As of today, we have one more episode of SoS in the bank before we run out (the episode release for later this month). We are writing and producing a 2-4 episode audio-drama style finale to try and give the story and characters justice. Sea of Sorrows will be replaced by The Axiom, a campaign DM’d by Jordache.
The Joe-specific Patreon content is being replace with some fresh, fun new things (Patrons watch for an update).
We respect Joe’s decision and we wish him well. This is not an easy announcement to make. We hope you will partner with u s as we step forward and into the future of TotR. We are sad to see him go, but we are excited about all the possibilities going forward.
Thank you for your support and encouragement, TotRtots.
All of our love,
Nikki, Jordache, and Kenon