So Long 2014! Happy 2015 from RTSQ!

As the final hours of 2014 tick away here in Texas, we wanted to share some BIG news that has come about in the last few months. In addition to that, we want to wrap up 2014, and talk briefly about our first events of 2015!

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501(c)(3)

A while back, we applied for a 501(c)(3) tax-exemption from the IRS. We’re happy to report that our exemption has been granted and we’re now officially a tax-exempt non-profit organization! That opens a TON of avenues for us, as many companies won’t donate to organizations that aren’t 501(c)s. Being a 501(c) will allow us to improve our community events by getting things like food and supplies donated to us, as well as get even cooler items for our annual charity auction at RTX!

Of course, being a 501(c) comes with a few restrictions as well, but rest assured that we’ve looked everything over and nothing should change. We’ll continue to be the organization that you know and love and we’ll continue to serve both community and charity!

Closing out 2014

One of our last acts of 2014 was to make our final charitable donation of the year. Unfortunately, it wasn’t quite as large as we’d hoped, but it’s still substantial. We donated $3,500 to Child’s Play Charity today, bringing our total raised/donated in 2014 to $19,711 which is JUST UNDER our goal of $20,000! SO CLOSE!

You might ask, why didn’t we make our goal of $5,000 for Child’s Play? In part, it’s because we want to make sure we have enough money in the bank to be able to start our 2015 events. We’re holding some extra money in our general fund so that we can bring you the best events possible in 2015! Also, we’d just like to remind you that we’ve donated over $25,000 to Child’s Play in our existence, meaning our total contribution to Child’s Play is still far above our contributions to our other charity partners.

Don’t worry, we’ve got something special in the works to benefit Child’s Play early in 2015…

As for other things we did to close out 2014, we also held our annual meeting, where we decided to mostly keep things as-is in 2015. We’re not going to be making any major changes this year, except in the number of events we host and where/when we host them. We’re going to work hard to make our events the BEST Rooster Teeth community events around and to make our BIGGEST contributions to charity ever!

We did discuss our visuals a bit, so you may see some changes in our visual branding across our website, social media profiles, etc. Don’t worry, it’s nothing major. The sign is here to stay. Always.

Now, we’d like to share our first three events of 2015 with you!

PAX SouthQuest – January 2015

Our first event of 2015 is going to be in San Antonio at the inaugural PAX South! Starting at 8pm on January 23rd, PAX SouthQuest is going to be a celebration of community with great Tex-Mex cuisine at Casa Rio on the San Antonio Riverwalk!

Tickets are ON SALE NOW over at Ticketbud for $25 each. Your ticket will help to pay for a great spread of Tex-Mex favorites as well as a private space for community members to gather and chat!

We have limited space, so get yours ASAP and join us for the first RT SideQuest event of 2015! You never know who might be there…

RTSQ for Child’s Play – February 2015

We told you we’d have something special for Child’s Play early in 2015! On February 21st (The day AFTER Let’s Play Live) we’re planning to host our first 24-hour livestream/gaming marathon of 2015, this time to benefit Child’s Play! As with our last two “test” streams/marathons, we’re planning to be playing at Gamerz Galaxy in Austin, as well as online, for a FULL 24 hours!

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We haven’t nailed down many details yet, but as soon as we do we’ll be sure to post them! For now, just know that if you’re coming into Austin for Let’s Play Live, you’ll have a great Rooster Teeth community event to attend on the day after! The party can go ALL weekend!

PAX SideQuEAST – March 2015

Notice a pattern yet? We’re keeping things in high gear with a one-event-per-month pace for almost all of 2015! We’re planning to bring PAX SideQuEAST back after another successful outing in 2014. Currently, our plan is to move to a different venue, so that we can have a better opportunity to chat while eating. Lucky’s Lounge has been great to us, but the atmosphere is a bit too chaotic to form the great community bonds that we hope to make at our events. Stay tuned for more information over the coming months

Spectre Applications

Applications to be RTX SideQuest Spectres will be going out sometime in the next few weeks. We don’t anticipate much to change, other than the fact that we will be a bit more strict about allowing people to be Spectres when they’re already Guardians. Some veteran Spectres will be able to do both, because they’ve proven that they can, but it’s extremely unlikely that we’ll choose any new Spectres if they’re already going to be Guardians. It’s just not fair to RTX or to RTSQ for you to have to split your time and dedication between the two. We’d rather you be all-in for your Guardian duties or all-in for Spectre duties rather than trying to do both.

Again, that isn’t set in stone, but that’s what we’re thinking at this point

Happy New Year

The last thing we’d like to do in 2014 is wish ALL of you a VERY Happy New Year! Thanks to YOU, we had a very successful 2014, and we have great momentum to carry us into 2015 and beyond. The Rooster Teeth community is truly magical, and we love you all.

Happy New Year, and Enim Filii!

RT SideQuest for Extra Life

Extra Life is October 25th, and we’re hosting our 2nd annual RT SideQuest for Extra Life!

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Last year we had a great time and raised a total of over $7,000 when all was said and done…

But this year, we’re taking over a local Austin game store and shooting to raise $5,000 for Children’s Miracle Network hospitals like Dell Children’s!

The Basics

We’re going to have our Game Day event at Gamerz Galaxy (1000 E 41st Street, Austin, TX 78751) in Austin, TX starting at 11am on Saturday, October 25th, and running for 24-hours until 11am Sunday. Gamerz Galaxy is a GREAT local, family-friendly games store, and we’re extremely honored to have them as our hosts. They’ve even offered to donate a percentage of their sales to our Extra Life team, so if you’ve been eyeing a game or console, buy it Saturday!

Not only will we be gathering to play, but we’ll also livestream the whole event at http://twitch.tv/rtsidequest! This event is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC so we’d love to have as many people as possible come out and support our team!

We’ll have the Rooster Teeth Extra Life stream up on a big screen too, so it’s a great way to enjoy the crazy Extra Life antics of the RT crew with other RT Community members!

You don’t need to bring anything with you except maybe a comfy chair or pillow (Though we’ll have some to share) and your favorite controller/handheld. We’ll have drinks and snacks, plenty of consoles and games, and lots of places to sit and enjoy the fun. There are also plenty of restaurants nearby for when you want to grab lunch/dinner, including a Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, Wingzup, Papouli’s, Freebirds, Jason’s Deli, Pei Wei, Pok-E-Jo’s, Jack in the Box, and Wendy’s. Or, you can stock up on snacks at the 24-hour H-E-B.

You CAN bring your own food and drink into Gamerz Galaxy for the marathon, but PLEASE be careful not to make a mess or spill anything. They have a wonderful store with lots of valuable games and consoles, and we’d hate for anything to get ruined. Also, if you’re eating and playing, make sure your hands are clean before grabbing a controller. We’re definitely not a fan of controllers covered in grease and Cheeto dust.

We’ll have prizes and giveaways throughout the day, mostly for our events (listed below) but some you can win just by showing up! Anyone who shows up and signs in will be entered to win TWO tickets to the special SOLD OUT screening of Rooster Teeth’s RWBY Volume 2 at the Alamo Drafthouse on Thursday, October 30th. You do NOT have to be present to win the tickets, you just have to drop by and leave us your name and email address!

Finally, RT SideQuest will donate $500 to the Extra Life page of the player who brings in the MOST donations during the marathon! You do NOT have to be a member of the RT SideQuest team to be eligible, but you DO have to show us your page and starting donation total. We’ll check all the pages on Sunday morning and will make the donation to the person with the biggest increase! Take note that $500 is enough to get a silver Hero Medal if you’re a Platinum Extra Life-er!

What We’re Playing

We’ll have multiple game stations set up to play tons of games such as:

Mario Kart
New Super Mario Brothers U
Mario Party
Super Smash Brothers
Halo
Left 4 Dead
Rock Band
Dance Central
Johann Sebastian Joust
Divekick
Speedrunners
Minecraft

…and more!

You should be able to just show up and have a blast without bringing any of your own gear, but if you have a particular game or system you want to play, feel free bring it! We’ll try to work with you to get it set up somewhere, but we can’t make any promises. However, take note that this event is BYOI (Bring your own internet), so if you plan to play anything that requires an internet connection you’ll need to bring your own mobile hotspot to connect to. You’ll also want to be sure to label any of your own equipment that you bring.

As mentioned earlier, we’ll be streaming the entire event LIVE on Twitch. While we’ll mostly focus the stream on the events we have planned out below, we’ll also have the capability to rotate between several of the different game stations we have set up. Want to headline the stream for a bit because you’re having a great Game Day? Just let us know and we’ll try to put you on!

Events and Rough Schedule (Times subject to change)

We’ve got a bunch of great events planned with tons of cool prizes! ANYONE can participate, provided that you sign up in-person before the event begins.

Divekick (PC) tournament @ 1:00pm – Single-elimination tournament with best-of-five matches full of dives and kicks.  Last one standing gets a $15 Steam gift card.

Super Smash Brothers for 3DS friendly tournament (Must have your own 3DS and copy of Smash) @ 2:00pm – Single-elimination, all stages permitted, no custom moves/equipment, all items on low frequency. Winner walks away with a $20 Nintendo eShop gift card.

Mario Madness @ 4:00pm – 4 players compete to earn the most 1UPs they can. RT SideQuest will donate the winner’s total x2 to their Extra Life page!

Johann Sebastion Joust tournament @ 5:30pm -Move with the music! Rules TBD. Winner receives a $20 Playstation Store gift card

Halo 4: Game of Thrones @ 10:00pm – 16 players compete in a 4-team game of King of the Hill with a few twists. Each member of the winning team will receive a $10 Xbox gift card.

Dance Central Dance Off @ 8:00am (Sunday) – Wake up and dance! Single-elimination tournament for a $10 Xbox gift card!

Roundabout Round-Up @ 10am (Sunday) – We finish off our Extra Life marathon with a mystery challenge in Roundabout! The winner will get their very own copy of Roundabout to play at home!

Questions?

If you have questions about the event, feel free to ask them on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, or via email (info AT rtsidequest DOT com). Know that this is only our second event of this nature, so we’re still playing some stuff by ear. Hopefully we can answer anything you throw at us!

See you on Game Day!

We hope to see you either in our Twitch chat or at Gamerz Galaxy for Game Day! Remember that you can still sign up for Extra Life or donate to one of our team members to make a difference at a Children’s Miracle Network hospital! For the kids!

Enim Filii!

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