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Staff Our dearest Gromph has passed away

EviLore

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With the heaviest of hearts, I regret to inform you all that NeoGAF’s long-time heroic system administrator, Gromph Gromph , has passed away suddenly.

Gromph, real name Raúl, built NeoGAF’s infrastructure and oversaw the technical aspects of our growth into a huge community over the course of more than a decade.

He performed the system migration from vBulletin to Xenforo in 2017-2018. Other sysadmins told me that it was physically impossible to be done in the time frame that Gromph did it, as our database is enormous, but he found a way to keep the downtime to an absolute minimum and ensure a smooth transition to our current platform with all 100+ million posts intact.

He cared about this place and was always there to ensure we were able to keep going. Gromph stuck around for the good times and the not-so-good times alike, without hesitation. I can't overstate how much of a technical challenge it was to keep the site operational on our old vB platform, which was never designed to scale to that level. But he got it done.

He was an excellent friend and a badass competitive billiards player. He even had a custom NeoGAF cue case made that he brought to tournaments.

The world is far worse off without him.

Rest in peace, Raúl.
 

BigBooper

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RIP Raul, Gromph. I appreciate the little bit of his legacy I know, here in Neogaf. I'll pray for comfort for his family and friends.
 
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Palliasso

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This guy was without a doubt a real wizard and true friend that will be absolutely missed. Rest in peace buddy.
 
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Jeeves

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RIP. Didn't know him personally, but thankful for his hard work. He must've been talented to keep up with an enormous website like this.
 
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godhandiscen

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Rest in peace Gromph Gromph . I have spent so much time in GAF over the years. I owe you a lot. Thank you.
 
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TLZ

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I don't know the guy, never seen him, but according to Evilore's post he's a huge asset, and looks like will be missed a lot.

My condolences.
 
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Dark Rider

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This is really disheartening to hear, Gromph Gromph always seemed on the case whenever there was technical issues and he always came on top of the case. He will truly be missed. He also was pleasant to interact with.

Rest in peace, Raúl.
 
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Atrus

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Jul 16, 2007
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Sad to hear. Condolences to his family and much respect to Raúl for his presence and contributions in life.
 
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ZoukGalaxy

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I'm so sorry for this loss 😢
My condolences.
"May Khenarthi fly him to the Sands Behind the Stars 💕"
 
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Shmunter

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RIP Gromph.

 

Rock And Roll

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RIP Gromph Gromph thank you for keeping this community in tact and for all the hard work put in behind the scenes. I wish his family and friends all the best during this difficult time
 
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