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    • Stigma

      2 years ago

      kriss Community Manager

      Allow me to speak my mind as I am only representing myself and no one else. Others may share my views, but again, I do not speak for them. What I'm going to write is purely from my own perspective, based off my opinions and backed by my own experiences. This is me being real with you guys but in a carefully worded way. You are free to disagree, but I will tell you now, I will not put up with disrespuect or hate.


      It is public knowledge that I have been given the honor of being one of two leads for the PA Guardian team for 2015 and 2016. Prior to that I was welcomed on the team in 2013 as a traditional PA, then I was moved into an experimental PA role as the team's first freelancer in 2014. The team has grown over the years, and I and a few others were among the first of the official PA Guardian team. That is not me boasting. That is a fact. I need to write this down so you, as a reader, can understand where I am coming from in this journal.


      I can't tell you the exact reasons why I was chosen to be on the team in 2013, but I believe it had to do with my existing relationship with the community, an established level of trust with some staff, and my professional experience as an assistant.


      Over the years, I've seen a healthy mix of constant and change. And being placed in the position of lead, one of my highest priorities is to make each year better. I want the best for not only my team, but also for all Guardians and attendees. That has never changed. What HAS changed is the stigma that has surrounded the PA team. While PAs are placed in unique roles for RTX, for some reason, that somehow translates to some that we believe ourselves to be of an elite force or so high and mighty that everyone else is below us. Note how I write that only SOME people believe that. I know the majority of people do not feel this way. How this became a thing, I will never know. And honestly, I can't change the perception that some people have. It's not my job to, nor is it to apologize for or coddle that mentality.


      What I CAN do is tell you my side of things. Again, I am going to hold back some because there is a time and place for everything and right now, I just want to publicly say a couple things to lay a healthy foundation.


      Real talk, in my time as a Guardian, I have only seen one full panel during RTX. That was Social Disorder in 2015. One panel. In all of four years I was a Guardian. All I wanted in 2014 was an Ice Knight figure from the Behemoth booth, but I didn't have any time to go on the floor on my own time until 4PM on Sunday, and they were all sold out. I'm not bitching, far from it. I'm just stating facts.


      Being a PA isn't unicorns and rainbows. It isn't. No matter how you want to slice it, there is a lot of hard work put into RTX for those three days. We bust our asses for not only our assigned parties, but also for each other. We work as one unit. There is no set schedule for us; there is no black and white. Things can change in a matter of seconds and we have to adapt. If we are asked to stay after hours or show up hours before the hall opens, we do so. If we need to sacrifice personal time to get a job done, we do so. This is the job we signed up for.


      If we happen to find a quiet moment for ourselves to get away from the crazy or post a picture of us smiling and being genuinely happy for loving our job, you have no right to take that from us. Let me give you a purely made up example of how I see this stigma being presented to me. The stigma is made up. The reality is well, reality.


      There's a hilarious picture of me hugging a box of donuts. I cannot tell you how happy I was to have those things.

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      Stigma: Look how happy she is! I bet it's awesome that PAs get free donuts. Must be nice. And look, she's sitting on the ground, so I guess that means PAs don't have anything to do but lounge around until something happens to their staff member. She's probably playing Pokemon Go and messing around until she's called on. Some Guardian she is.


      Reality: I hadn't eaten since the day before. I was up at 5:30AM and this picture was taken around 10AM. This was one of the first times I was able to actually sit down somewhere. I was exhausted, hungry, and yes, constantly on my phone because I had chatter going off on the walkie that I had to pay attention to and multiple texts and group chats that I had to focus on. As soon as I saw a notification pop up, I was on my phone. If I was mid-bite on said donut and I was needed, that bad boy would go back into the box and I would be off again.


      Not everything is the way it seems. So bottom line, perception can get very warped when it comes to not only Guardian teams, but life in general. If you have a certain perception and you don't bother to do a little bit of digging to see another side of things (whether that be fact checking or just being empathetic), then your view of the world is very narrowed. I and no one else can help you see the other side unless you are open to doing so.


      Suffice it to say, I am very protective of Guardians and I am protective of my team even though changes are made to the rosters year to year. Their well-being and efficiency as a team is my responsibility and their successes are my successes, and where they hurt, I also hurt. If you happen to be someone who has a certain belief or perception of my team, I encourage you to please try and look at it from our POV. If anything, ask questions. You'll find that we are human, we're just like everyone else, we just have a couple of extra unique duties assigned to us.


      That being said, I have very high expectations of my team. I want them to have fun, have a great time, and be able to enjoy their time at RTX, but I also expect them to work as a team with EVERY team, understand to not take their jobs lightheartedly and more than anything, I place a lot of emphasis on being humble. If my expectations are not met, there will be discussion. I don't mess around when it comes to how Guardians are treated OR how they behave. It's a two-way street. And on the real, it's a three-way street because I am not exempt from this. You can bet that I will hear from the people I report to if I don't meet their standards.


      So that's it. There is a lot more I can say about this topic, but this is insight that I can offer as of this moment. I like to avoid the domino effect whenever I can, so if I see issues, I will address them head on when I can. Make no mistake, every moment of being a Guardian is fucking worth it. The takeaway here is that I care very deeply about this community. That's no secret. I care very deeply for my Guardian family. That is also not a secret. Another non-secret is that I care for my team. And I will both protect them and coach them as needed. We aren't perfect, but we certainly aren't whatever this stigma is shaping us to be. Again, the overwhelming majority of what I see and hear about the team is positive, and I am grateful for that. I am just addressing a minority perception that while is a minority is still harmful and let's be honest... Kriss ain't having none of that.


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    • NEW HOTNESS: My upgraded Twitch Page!

      2 years ago

      kriss Community Manager

      Guys, @Raf did an amazing thing for my Twitch page, and I couldn't be happier about the outcome. He took the original logo...


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      updated it and made new stuff with it! LOOK AT HOW CUTE THIS SHIT IS!




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      Ahhhhh, I'm in love with them. To see everything in action, feel free to visit twitch.tv/geekyfriedrice


      Seriously, Raf was awesome to work with. He was open to changes and new ideas and the turnaround on the work was QUICK. He's currently open for commissions, so I highly suggest hiring him if you're looking to create some branding for or updating your Twitch page. He also does shirts, and all that jazz. Hit him up if interested!


      The below is straight from him profile and Twitter.


      Thanks so much, Raf! <3 <3 <3


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    • Don't have a local community group?

      2 years ago

      kriss Community Manager

      Chelsea's Join a Community Group post is getting some traction again and that's fantastic! However, I do see posts where people are commenting that their areas don't have a community group. This is a friendly reminder that these groups don't spawn automatically or magically. They are created by someone/people who have the drive to bring people together, to plan events and be willing to put in extra hours to make sure these gatherings happen more than once a year.


      Just because you don't see a group in your area, it doesn't mean that community members of RT don't exist where you live. I guarantee you that others are in your area. But if you want to find them, don't be afraid to do some legwork. Start a group. Go through the forums and see if you can find people, go through Twitter or other social media platforms. The RT site is still a good resource to find other people who have the same interests as yourself.


      When Chelsea first posted her journal, I wrote a supporting post that gives some helpful advice on how to get a group started. If you really want a local group, do something about it. It's easy to make comments and claim that there is no RT love in your area, but I implore you to see that the love is there. It just needs to be found and organized.


      TL;DR. You want a group? You can do it. Here's how. Go forth and prosper.

    • Day 5. Four + Years in the Making

      2 years ago

      kriss Community Manager

      Haven't seen Day 5 yet? I encourage you to do so. The series is such a huge milestone for RT as a whole because of its larger scope and the core nature of Day 5 is something RT has never produced in the past. If you've been a part of the community for the last few years, you know the ups and downs of the news that surrounded Day 5. If you attended RTX 2012, you may have been part of the what is now dubbed the "Joel episode" aka Episode 4 as an extra.


      Back then, I didn't know much about Day 5 at all. I was a regular weekend attendee for RTX and RT was asking for hundreds of extras to walk a street they had blocked off for a scene. Direction was simple. Walk and talk like normal, and when the signal was given, fall to the ground and don't move until instructed. I think we did that about 5-6 times. We had to be "on set" around 6AM, I think. Probably earlier. Ben (y'all remember Ben!?) was directing our portion of the street. I couldn't even hear what he was saying despite the fact he was using a megaphone to coordinate people, but all we needed to know was when he shouted, we were to hit the ground. It was amazing. Everyone was ON POINT. It was a simple task, but seeing and hearing hundreds of people "faint" at the same exact time was something I will never forget.


      I even got to faint next to this cutie!

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      And I got so dirty. This was after the second fall, I believe.


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      We were asked to wear non-branded clothing, and I remember wearing a light blue, sleeveless, shirt. There was a baby chick on the front and it was wearing glasses. Caption read "Nerdy Chicks Rule". Silly, I know.


      But after that, I enjoyed RTX just like everyone else. I lost touch with Day 5 happenings after that. I think we all did. It seemed like it would never happen, so it was shelved for the time being. It was a little upsetting because I knew RT wanted to do something with it, but it was just not in the cards at the time.


      Now, years later, we find out that Day 5 has life again! So exciting. Of course, we still didn't know much about it, but who cared! Day 5 was coming and we were excited to see what could be done with it. Then Lazer team hit the big screen. I remember sitting in the audience, watching all the RT previews of new content. And then we saw DAY 5 flash across the screen. We cheered. And then we saw that it was meant to be a series. And people lost their damn minds. That was so cool to hear.


      The finale of Day 5 will make its debut this weekend. If you've been meaning to check out the 6 episode series, I cannot recommend it enough. It's a bold move by RT and it is a welcome and refreshing one. Yes, we are used to seeing and hearing adult jokes, humor and "cartoon" violence, but Day 5's platform brings realism to a whole new level. Everything about it is solid: the acting, the writing, the direction. Just give episode 1 a look and you will know exactly what I mean. I'm so happy I got to see this come to fruition.


      Josh and Chris have done a magnificent job with this series, and I cannot wait to see the finale. Special shoutout to @RevDrMarquis for making it rain recently. Matt and Burnie should give you all raises ;)


      But seriously, Josh, Chris... incredibly happy and proud of you both. Now give me season 2. Kthxbai. <3

    • Blind Run of The Last of Us Highlights

      2 years ago

      kriss Community Manager

      Seriously... this game, man. Looking forward to finishing it this weekend. I might actually upload the long play for this one at some point.



    • Winner of the Lawbreakers Alpha key is...

      2 years ago

      kriss Community Manager


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      @ShaneBeasley


      Congratulations! Thanks so much for participating and I hope you have fun with the alpha!


      Last night's stream was really fun even though I was pissed off 80% of the time. Oh my gosh, parts of this game are so frustrating, but I am enjoying Last of Us overall. I will see if I can stream again before the weekend. Seeing so many of you show up last night was really awesome and made me incredibly happy.


      And thank you to everyone who followed! I am on my way to 700 followers. Since I live in Vegas, I'm thinking I will do a special stream when I hit 777. Hmmmmmmmmmmmm. Ideas.


      Thank you guys <3


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    • Last of Us + Lawbreakers Alpha keys giveaway happening!

      2 years ago

      kriss Community Manager

      FIVE MINUTES, Y'ALL.


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    • Lawbreakers Closed Public Alpha Steam Keys!

      2 years ago

      kriss Community Manager

      I HAZ!


      How can you get one?


      I will be giving one key away here on the site. All you have to do is comment below and tell me what your favorite part about RTX was.


      I want a fair amount of people to have a chance at obtaining a key, so please positive mod this post, so it can make it up on the popular content page. Comments will serve as an entry, and please note there is only one entry per user name. Winner will be chosen on 7/20 after my Last of Us stream!


      And speaking of streaming, I will be giving out ANOTHER key during tomorrow's TODAY'S stream. I will be starting at 6:30pm Pacific / 9:30pm Eastern. You guys have a heads up because you're my community ;) So this is like giving you a second chance to get a key and try out the closed alpha. Stop by today's stream at twitch.tv/geekyfriedrice and say hi. I'm looking into raffle bots or a plug-in that will be compatible to Twitch, so come chill with me and have at another chance to win a key! Well, you're going to be chilling. I'm going to scared out of my phuqing mind again. Last of Us is not unicorns and sunshine.


      If you win the keys! I will be giving you more info as far as when the next test dates and times are.


      If you don't win the keys, you can still sign up on lawbreakers.com for a chance to play in the Alpha.


      "Beat gravity into submission in LawBreakers, an exhilarating new first-person shooter where even the laws of physics can be shattered, creating unprecedented gravity-based combat across a bloody rebuilt American landscape."




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    • The Last of Us and RT Community Day with Pokemon Go

      2 years ago

      kriss Community Manager

      Games are consuming my life right now. I'm playing The Last of Us for the first time ever and one of my favorite parts is Sparta kicking a dude off of a stairwell.



      Also, the RT Vegas group celebrated July's community day with Pokemon Go! It was brutal towards the end because we were fighting it out for a gym (EFF YOU, INSTINCT). Honestly though, this was one of the biggest turnouts we've had for the group and it was great. We even made new friends! They came in a swooped a win for Team Valor and then they disappeared into the night.


      First video was edited by yours truly and the second by @SR71A


      If you're in the area for our next meet up, stop by! We welcome all!





  • Comments (1227)

    • spastic_jedi

      9 years ago

      aww <3 thanks lady! (though... is not my thanksgiving... as I am in Canada) lol hope it was awesome fun!

    • DocRossim

      9 years ago

      Yay smiley0.gif

      We Wookies are good at tracking.

      Post edited 11/27/09 6:30AM

    • Joel FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      9 years ago

      You Too! And Thanks!

    • Tetrameth

      9 years ago

      Awww, happy Thanksgiving to you too. smile.png

    • DocRossim

      9 years ago

      Hi there smiley1.gif

    • reesekindle

      9 years ago

      Happy Turducken Day! smiley8.gif

    • DSchneider

      9 years ago

      Lol. Come Sunday, you'll be tasting Andre Johnson's dust!

    • daprophet02

      9 years ago

      I'm happy for you. smiley0.gifsmiley0.gifsmiley0.gifsmiley0.gifsmiley0.gif

      A follow on interview is always a good thing. smiley0.gifsmiley0.gifsmiley0.gif

    • daprophet02

      9 years ago

      Happy Thanksgiving to you too. greenpinkhugz.gifrose.gif


      How did your interview go?

    • MissZahrah FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      9 years ago

      Krisssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss smiley11.gifsmiley11.gifsmiley11.gifsmiley11.gifsmiley11.gifsmiley11.gifsmiley11.gifsmiley11.gifsmiley11.gifsmiley11.gifsmiley11.gif

      Happty Thanksgiving to you, too!! smiley12.gifsmiley12.gifsmiley12.gif

    • OroborosNZ Projector

      9 years ago

      In reply to kriss:

      Fingers crossed!

      Incidentally I know I've been out of contact with you recently. I am working with your script now, and you'll be getting it soon. I'm working with it offline, as there are formatting things I'd like to do with it that GoogleDocs doesn't let me do.

      I think it's getting funnier. Let's hope smile.png

    • DSchneider

      9 years ago

      noooooooooo

    • spastic_jedi

      9 years ago

      we is gooood.
      Still getting used to eachother... he doesn't really want much to do with me lol He is just happy playing on his wheel.
      smiley1.gif It's all good though... eventually he will love me lol

    • Larcher FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Chunky Monkey

      9 years ago

      Jebus Kriss It's been like forevers since i last saw you online I know it's only been like 6 days but still. That's Like a whole week!!....I'm sad little man i know.......

    • Zakster

      9 years ago

      Thanks, that actually happens to me a lot. I've been calling it hug-rape. >.<

    • daprophet02

      9 years ago

      Oh My God, You're Old!!!!!!!!!!!! smiley0.gifsmiley0.gifsmiley0.gifsmiley0.gifsmiley0.gifsmiley0.gifsmiley0.gifsmiley0.gif

      Happy Birhtday again. smiley1.gif

    • MissZahrah FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      9 years ago

      I'd go ahead and call them or stop by the branch and just let them know you filled out the application and would like to get started on the rest of the process (they do testing for things like typing speed and proficiency in word and stuff).

      That way they know you're serious and you can pester them to get going on finding you a job. smiley1.gif

    • DSchneider

      9 years ago

      Oh we'll bring it, don't you worry.
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    • DSchneider

      9 years ago

      Well we play you again in 3 weeks. We'll beat you then. ;)

    • DaftProdigy FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Tinfoil Hatter

      9 years ago

      I'm smiling because I have awesome things in my life that make the stressful things not seem so bad. smiley1.gif

    • DSchneider

      9 years ago

      They just beat my boys yesterday. :(

    • reesekindle

      9 years ago

      The Who once said, "The change it had to come. We knew it all along."
      Well, this is the change. Obama didn't bring it, so I did. smiley0.gif

    • WhenIDie7

      9 years ago

      Hey MODel Citizens member!

      Find someone on RvB and nominate them so we can get people on the comm stats that never have been before.

      Don't forget to give a reason why that person deserves the spot :-)

    • Yaini

      9 years ago

      Well a few weeks ago I had what was thought to be a new strand of swine flu. ( it wasn't!) anyway I just got over having normal flu. I know what you mean about end of the year illnesses!

    • MissZahrah FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      9 years ago

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      I've missed you too!!!! smiley9.gif

    • Yaini

      9 years ago

      Hey Kriss. Long time no chat. How have you been?

    • Elemist

      9 years ago

      Also, congrats on the birthday!

    • Elemist

      9 years ago

      Wow! ihaven't spoken to you in a while! how are you? Anything good happen yet as far as programming?

    • spastic_jedi

      9 years ago

      BIRTHDIZZLE!
      WWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOT!

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    • spastic_jedi

      9 years ago

      i finally thought of a name if i get my hedgehog

      Moose - if its a boy

      Duckie - if its a girl

    • MissZahrah FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      9 years ago

      KRIIIIIIIIIIIIIISSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS smiley12.gifsmiley12.gifsmiley12.gifsmiley12.gifsmiley12.gifsmiley12.gif

    • spastic_jedi

      9 years ago

      I've been chatty smiley12.gif
      I MISSED YOU!
      efff

    • daprophet02

      9 years ago

      The Second Season was Awesome!!! smiley0.gifsmiley0.gifsmiley0.gifsmiley0.gifsmiley0.gif

      And Thank You. smiley0.gifsmiley0.gifsmiley0.gifsmiley0.gifsmiley0.gifsmiley0.gifsmiley0.gif

    • daprophet02

      9 years ago

      Oh sure, Alien. smiley8.gifsmiley0.gifsmiley0.gifsmiley0.gif

    • daprophet02

      9 years ago

      I think so too, smiley8.gifsmiley0.gifsmiley0.gifsmiley0.gifsmiley0.gif

    • daprophet02

      9 years ago

      I let my Emily read your journal entry and my response and then what you said. She laughed.......... then showed me the knife, reminding me to make sure my alarm is off for tomorrow. smiley7.gif

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    • superjim FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      9 years ago

      well its almost the halfway mark of the week, and i figured that i should see how your week is going. better than mine i hope?

    • superjim FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      9 years ago

      the back half of this week looks to be good, i guess i'll just have to force the next days to be good no matter what.

    • RVBclan

      9 years ago

      hey =D smiley12.gif

    • spastic_jedi

      9 years ago

      no worries I'll never leave youuuu

      smiley1.gif lol

    • mosthated

      9 years ago

      Well good luck, im in the same boat as you.

    • RVBclan

      9 years ago

      Plug in the power supply, but not to your console, plug it in just to give the brick power, wait 30 minutes, come back, and un-plug it.

      Smell it, if it smells funny, (you'll know it is, if it really is), then its the brick =P

    • RVBclan

      9 years ago

      I can help you fix it =3 smiley12.gif

    • RVBclan

      9 years ago

      I'm pulling for ya! ^///^ smiley12.gif
      Up for some xbox LIVE?

    • RVBclan

      9 years ago

      Think you got the job? =3

    • mosthated

      9 years ago

      hey hows it going?

    • muzeek

      9 years ago

      RL issues huh? Sounds like quite a handfull!!

    • muzeek

      9 years ago

      Howdy! At last, the Interview group lives! :] Nice interview.

    • spastic_jedi

      9 years ago

      awwwww
      LADY!
      Yer soooper smiley12.gif

    • NoNameHere

      9 years ago

      Do I need to beat up a certain guy for standing you up on a date?

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