Rodan's Roost was first conceived in the mind of C. L. Werner in the latter part of 1997. He envisioned a Kaiju website that could cater to all things Kaiju, not just another Godzilla focused website, like those that already filled the Internet. After much thought and planning he approached his good friend, Brandon Waggle, who happened to know a good amount about computers, but not so much about web page creation.
After a few months of learning and planning, Rodan's Roost: A Kaiju Site debuted in its first iteration in April 1998. While not spectacular in design or content, this early form of the site still had a good deal of information and could hold its own against the other Godzilla/Kaiju sites out there. The site grew larger weekly and things were flowing smoothly.
Disaster struck Rodan's Roost on August 11, 1998. Early that morning, the computer housing all of Rodan's Roost's files, information, and graphics, had a major meltdown. A power surge effectively wiped out all of the files for Rodan's Roost on that computer. All of the information still resided on the host AT&T server however, so there was still hope.
All hope was lost a few weeks after the computer meltdown when AT&T, for no reason, deleted all of the files for Rodan's Roost off its web server. Despite paying a monthly fee, AT&T felt compelled to delete the files without warning or reason - scum and villainy at its purest. With all hope lost, the AT&T account was promptly cancelled and Rodan's Roost: A Kaiju Site was put to rest.
While remaining in the hearts of its creators, the passion for creation had been erased, and Rodan's Roost would lay dormant for two and a half years. During a domain name purchasing binge in late 1999, co-creator Brandon Waggle purchased rodansroost.com amongst other site names. The first glimmer of Rodan's Roost's return appeared. However, the two creators were now living far apart from each other and lack of communication plus varying work schedules kept Rodan's Roost from returning.
In August 2000, Brandon Waggle moved within minutes of the dwelling place of C. L. Werner, and the two creative forces behind the site were reunited once again. In February 2001 the rebirth of Rodan's Roost: A Kaiju Site kicked into full swing and by April 26th, 2001 the site had re-launched in a very bare bones form.
The site grew at an alarming rate, adding content and features near daily. The addition of the Kaiju Forums in July 2001 would forever change the face of the Roost by changing it from a static website into an online community.
All was good for nearly two years. The Forums were swelling and switched to a brand new program to accommodate: Ikonboard. The site was still adding content at a good pace, and Rodan's Roost had become a common name in the world of Kaiju Fandom.
However, problems arose for the site once more. The Forum program suffered near daily errors, and would remain down for long periods until Sauron (now Brandon Waggle's adopted screen name) could tend to them. The company that was hosting the site offered only limited storage space, and it was near running out. With Forum growth out of control, the space limit was broken and the site shut down in November 2003. The site remained down for nearly one and a half months, a period known to regulars of the site as 'Black November'.
Rodan's Roost reopened its doors in late December of 2003. This was achieved by deleting several sections of the main site, to make room for Forum needs, and was only temporary while Sauron went on the hunt for a new host.
A new host was found in February 2004, and it was decided to expand the scope of the site when the switch was made. A new name would be adopted to preempt any legal actions from having a copyrighted name in the URL of the site. After much brainstorming, the name Kaijuphile.com was decided on, and the transition began.
After a month of intense work, Kaijuphile.com launched complete with a new Forum program, vBulletin, to further improve the quality of the site. Rodan's Roost became a sub-site of this new larger venture and would remain the main place for Kaiju reference material.
All fan created material and activities were broken off into their own spin off site: Kaijuphile.com: Fan Nest, which launched later that month. The Fan Nest also offered to play host to two popular Forum creations: 'Roost Fighter', created by Bruce Parker and 'Roostville', the creation of Forum member GamingBoy.
In late May 2004, Sauron was stunned by some new fan art he had received from an artist by the name of Todd Tennant. After many e-mails exchanges it was agreed upon that Kaijuphile would take over hosting and web mastering duties on Mr. Tennant's American Kaiju website, which was co-created by the talented Mike Bogue.
American Kaiju launched at its new Kaijuphile.com home on June 19th, 2004 and featured a host of original monsters and art pieces along with articles and reviews written by the much published Mike Bogue. American Kaiju became the 3rd Kaijuphile.com sub-site. and fast became a favorite.
American Kaiju now plays home to a new and exciting Godzilla graphic novel based on the original script for the American Godzilla movie. Another must visit is the American Kaiju Store, home to original high-quality artwork prints by Todd Tennant.
The next big thing to hit Kaijuphile.com came in the form of a 2-ton chicken from space...
Guidolon.com launched on June 24th, 2006 and played home to a group of giant size monsters from the mind of Frank Wu. Guidolon The Giant Space Chicken And Friends Half-Power Half-Hour was a cartoon concept made possible by many talented people, but sadly never could find a distributor.
The sub-site has since been removed, but will always have a fond place in the hearts of all Kaijuphiles.
By 2007, Rodan's Roost was beginning to show its age, and it was decided to give the site a new look. The remodel of Rodan's Roost rolled out in phases, beginning with the main page and trickling down to its various sub-sections.
It was during this time of remodel that Robo Japan News was added to the Kaijuphile.com gateway. The entire gateway was remodeled for the launch of the news feed, and Kaijuphile.com even received it's very own mascot: Kyrith.
The remodel was put on hold during a tumultuous 2008, which saw some key members of the Kaijuphile staff leave the site for various reasons. This, combined with some personal dealing in Sauron's private life, led to the darkest period in the history of Kaijuphile.com.
By mid-2009, the site stopped being updated, which led to decreased forum activity. Things continued declining over the course of four long years, until the site had hit rock bottom and was all but a ghost town. A few loyal members still patrolled the Forums, hoping that some day it would see life again...
In May of 2013, forum admin Seer235 contacted Sauron about some questionable material on the Kaijuphile.com Gateway. Sauron was quick to return to take care of the problem, and in the process realized how much he missed working on the site. With his personal life now settled and better than ever, working on the site reignited a flame that had been blown out years before.
It was then Sauron decided to reboot the site, to give things another run for old time sake! Work on a Kaijuphile.com remodel began immediately. Sauron implored the remaining Forum faithful to spread the word about the reboot, and slowly former members returned until the Forums began to feel like they did in the good old days.
Version 3.0 of the site launched on July 5th, 2013, complete with a new look and dropping the '.com' from the name to officially be known as just Kaijuphile. A news program was added to the Gateway, and work on new content was started.
The return of long time friend and co-creator Jeff Cooke (Saruman) added further to the Kaijuphile renaissance. His help and support during the golden era of the site were invaluable, and having him back could only bring good things.
At 12 years old, Kaijuphile is slowly building up steam again in the world of Kaiju Fandom. Work is in full swing to bring new and exciting content to both Kaijuphile and Rodan's Roost, which will start rolling out in the near future... With the release of Pacific Rim and the upcoming Godzilla reboot, it is an exciting time to be a kaiju fan!