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DAAAANNNNNNN!!!!

Is this goodbye? Let's just call it... smell you later.

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A large part of my job, and one that I take very seriously, is to clear a path and get rid of obstacles for my employees so they can run down whatever path they want. Never has that ability been more tested than with Dan Ryckert. Whether it’s through budget, time, or dismemberment, Dan was never afraid to come up with ideas that pushed outside of our comfort zone, or the practical realities of the site. This is one of my favorite qualities about Dan. And it will be one of the things I miss most about him now that his time with Giant Bomb is coming to an end. If you haven't heard already, Dan Ryckert is moving onto a new job and at the time of this posting this is his final, glorious day here.

Dan began at Giant Bomb in 2014 during a time that a lot of the staff and community were still reeling from Ryan Davis’ passing. About this same time, not coincidentally, I had moved to NY and Alex and I were hard at work trying to get Giant Bomb East off the ground. Dan’s impact was immediate and profound. He showed that while nobody would ever replace Ryan, Giant Bomb would continue to be a place that could change, evolve, and allow new personalities to flourish. In 2017 I got to experience that “flourish” firsthand when Dan picked up and moved over to NY.

When Dan joined us on the East Coast team he brought an energy and chaos that was exciting to work with and it has been a lot of fun to attempt to focus that into an intense productivity. One of the hardest parts of this job can be follow through on an idea. Everybody has ideas, they are probably the cheapest currency in production, but having the will and energy to see something through is where the real value is. Whether it was features like Steal My Sunshine, Crime Crew, or even the Playdate for Red Alert 2, Dan actively kept working the staff and iterating on ideas until the show was ready to go. Or at least, ready enough.

There’s a lot to list about Dan, but if you’ve been on this site long enough you know most of it. What you might not know is that he always came in on time and despite acting like a goofball he took the job seriously. We didn’t always agree on everything but I always knew two things: he loved video games and did not take his job for granted. The industry and job has changed so much even since Dan has joined, but those two things never seemed to waiver and it was something I came to rely on in good times and bad.

Dan is a volatile power core. If you put him in the engine and keep an eye on the gauges you will be capable of exceptional things. Look away for a second and the whole thing just might explode. Having Dan around was always exciting as a manager and as a fan of his work. In a lot of ways I’ll be sad not to have that relationship with him anymore but I can’t wait to see what he gets up to next as a fan and a dear friend.

Also! Alex wanted me to include this note and this video:

"We’ll all miss him, and Dan will always have a place here at Giant Bomb" - Alex Navarro

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Edited By WhiteShadow151

F

o7

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#overblood

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Best of luck to Dan as he chases his dream of becoming an in-play racquetball.

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<3

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Wish him the best of luck wherever he goes...which I assume is heading up the writers room for one of the wrestling groups.

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Thank you for the memories Dan, and good luck with your next adventure!

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Nooo

I feel like I knew this was coming, and have been bracing for it, but am entirely unprepared for it. This is a terrible loss and I don't know how GB will replace the energy that Dan brought.

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I'm going to miss that lovable madman!

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<3 We'll miss ya Dan. Such an infectious, lovable personality.

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o7 Dan, we'll miss you. Really curious what this next chapter of Giant Bomb looks like.

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o7

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I'll always miss you, Dan. Thanks for everything, and good luck in your future endeavors.

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Forever...

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Death Stranding made him hate video games forever. He's now working for an anti-video game NGO.

Seriously though, Dan was a real asset to the crew and I'll be sad to see him go.

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Good luck dan, may wrassling bring u as much joy and success as vidya games.

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@whiteshadow151: He's fine, He's just leaving GB (and the videogame industry at large) to do something else he clearly loves.

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Edited By Klager

Forever a duder, Dan. Forever.

Also, I wish I could've seen or heard Paul Ryckert's reaction to Dan's new gig. I'm sure he ripped him a new one.

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I was not ready for this today, man. I discovered Giant Bomb right after Ryan's passing and so nearly the entire time i've been a fan Dan has been here. He's been so consistently positive and energetic about the things he enjoys and his work. He's leaving very big shoes to try to fill. I have no doubt whatever he does next he'll excel at.

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:'( Good-bye Dan Ryckert. Thank's for everything I would not be on this website if not for you

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Good luck, Dan!

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Damn.... I thought Dan would be with GB forever :(

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From GI to GB, Thanks Dan for making the gaming industry a better place!

o7

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o7

https://youtu.be/TrRFZ1Oq7tY

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Aww man, I was doing ok then the video broke me :(

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Dan, you will be missed!

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I cannot believe this...completely and utterly gutted. I mean good for him, he has tweeted what he is doing next and in a totally Dan world I don't know why I expected anything different.

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Good luck Dan!

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This is such a fitting farewell! The "volatile power core" statement is a wonderfully video gamey way to describe Dan Ryckert. As a fan of Dan while he was at Gameinformer and as an owner of multiple shirts that state that "Dan Ryckert is a Monster", I am excited to see what nonsense he will unleash upon us next. This is the end of an era.

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Dan is a singular and sometimes baffling force of positive energy that can never be replaced.

But if that Jeremiah guy is available I'd love to get him to fill the chair.

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Aww

I think I remember Dan telling a story about screaming "One day I'll work for you!!" in Vince McMahon's face. And well, here we are!

Been following Dan since GI, and I have nothing but the best wishes for the guy.

Duder, it's over(blood).

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please say sike

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o7

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This is TERRIBLE. NO

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooooo

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Good luck, Dan! You're a force of nature and responsible for so creating so much joy.

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I LOVE YOU DAN

FUCK

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Dan, I already miss you. I wish you all the best in whatever you pursue.

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Hits so damn hard. I wish him the best but man, I'ma need a minute to process this one.

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Fuck,

Good luck, Dan. You'll be missed.

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:(

DAN......

S.....

A.....

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Really going to miss you Dan. Good luck on your future endeavor!

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Speaks volume about his impact that this is such a huge, megaton blow to Giant Bomb.

Good luck Dan! You deserve it!

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A Dan-sized hole in GB is scary, but exciting.

He will be missed. Metal Gear Scanlon is what really got me hooked to Giant Bomb. I somehow got very into Steal My Sunshine. I even enjoyed listening about weird wrestling shit I didn't understand. Best of luck Dan.

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Press F to pay respects. ;w;