Today marks the 10th anniversary of me being bored on a night shift, finding a series of comics about Halo 3, and then remembering a little web series called Red vs Blue. Diving into the first result on Google led me here.
Never in my wildest dreams did I expect a website, the company behind it and the people frequenting the then lively forums to be such a huge part of a third of my life. But that's exactly what happened when I first went looking into the Grifball forums. There was a team of friends looking for new members, and I'd recently fallen in love with the gametype! So with that, I joined Sarge's Angels and even designed them a team picture!
Of course, it was just after that another RT property started up and things really got serious! I am of course talking about Achievement Hunter! And what started with me sending @jack a few achievement tiles for Smackdown vs Raw, led to me helping write news and community pieces for the front page, as well as running the AHTV stream one Extra Life and even posting a bit on the AH Twitter account. None of that would have happened if @geoff didn't look at the community for people to help with managing the games database that was so painstakingly created!
But while the experiences in Grifball, Achievement Hunter and even more recently in the RT Store at MCM and RTX London, have all been incredible experiences of my life, it's the community that keeps me here. RTUK as an event and community has grown faster than I could have ever imagined when @Boomer first invited me to help out on RTUK'09. I've made friendships that I hope will last another decade at least, and a new found love to plan events, not only for the community but for the charities we support.
It's been a hell of decade.
And a huge shoutout to all of you I still wish to meet! Far too many to name, but you know who are, and one year I will make it to RTX Austin to see you!