There have been many milestones in the RT community; the buyout by Fullscreen; the death of Monty; the birth of Iris...each having a profound and lasting impact on the community.
We recently experienced another such milestone...the first ever RTX London.
"...but how does this apply to me, Mr Internet person?"
Not including MCM Expo, this is the first major presence Rooster Teeth has had in the UK...ever!
While we're still hoping to hear that this will be an annual event, it has at least re-energised the UK community, and that's good for all of us.
I mean, did you see the Centre Stage for the RT Podcast? They're saying that it was the single biggest live audience for the RT Podcast EVER!
If that doesn't scream energy and enthusiasm and an amazing community, then I don't know what does!
"...but RTX London is over...what do we do now?"
Believe it or not, the community continues to exist in the absence of Rooster Teeth!
Around the country and throughout the year, people are getting together to relive that RTX London feeling of inclusivity and togetherness...and that is something I hope we can all get behind.
One small example is the RTUK event, which has been going for 14 years, helps the community to co-ordinate meetups around the country, This can be in the form of a trip to the pub, heading to a board game cafe, taking part in 24-hour charity livestreams, or simply meeting up at other bigger events, such as MCM, Insomnia, and EGX.
"...but who do I speak to if I want to get involved with RTUK?"
Well the FireTeam of course!
Any one of these people can point you towards your nearest meetups, tell you about upcoming projects you can get involved with, or simply lend an ear if you have something you want to talk about.
"That's all well and good about RTUK, but what about RTX London?"
As for RTX London, I have to give a few shoutouts for really pulling it out of the bag...
I'm super proud of all of these people (and the rest, who know who they are!) for the work they do for RTUK and/or RTX London.
There is no way in hell the event would have been so smooth or welcoming without them...and even though we undoubtedly had some problems on the first day, they observed, oriented, decided, and acted on their solutions, making Sunday an amazing end to the weekend.
Well, here's to 2018...let's show the RT lot how much we want them back on our shores!