Always Open, produced by Rooster Teeth’s Barbara Dunkleman, Just Resonates With Me

Lightning facts:

I’ve been part of the RT community for close to 11 years now

Barbara has been part of that community for longer than that, has now worked for RT for several years, and this is the first show she has ever produced.

The pilot episode for Always Open aired 9/1/16 for FIRST members of RoosterTeeth.com

I phuqing love this show.

And that is not putting down the other shows that RT has produced over the years. I love them as well, and I will do whatever I can to support them. But Always Open speaks to me on many levels. It doesn’t even feel like a show or a podcast. It feels like a genuine conversation that friends are having. Even the camerawork feels more organic. It’s fluid, it keeps your attention, and it catches the more unnoticeable mannerisms you would only normally see if you were part of the actual conversation. I really don’t know how else to explain the technical aspects of Always Open, but there you go. Some of the reasons why this show speaks to me:

1) I like that the feel of the show isn’t “MEN SUCK” or “I AM WOMAN, HEAR ME ROAR”. It’s just friends who happen to be women who are talking about whatever the hell they want to talk about. Sure there is some structure as far as answering questions and such, but you don’t feel the stress of needing to address as many questions as possible. The atmosphere is super laid back and fun. Nothing seems forced at all. This show very much reminds me of hanging out with my friends and not having a care in the world.

2) Because the first episode featured an all-female cast, it resonated with me more. That’s just a very natural reaction to have. Ladies, especially women who are good friends, really do talk about this kind of stuff with each other. The stigma that women have to be proper and appropriate all the time goes out the window. These conversations are real conversations. You want to talk about relationships? Bring it. You want to talk about farts? Let’s do it.

3) The diversity. This is so important, especially for today’s audience. Yes, the cast in the first episode is all-female, but my god, the diversity was astounding. You have four women, who are very different from each other in every way. You have a difference of ethnicity, backgrounds, sexual orientation, and walks of life. And they blend beautifully. I cannot praise this aspect of the show enough. IT IS SO GOOD TO SEE ALL OF THIS IN ONE SPOT.

4) Impact on the community and viewers. I think this is a really healthy show in general. There are so many in the community who look up to these lovely ladies, so having their own show is quite empowering. It’s no secret that many see them as role models. Seeing them all in one setting will definitely make a bigger impact and stronger influence for the better. Again, this is not a knock against men or the men of RT, but I think it’s important for young women to see these conversations and understand that they are perfectly normal. It’s okay to joke around with your friends and that it’s possible to find and establish that kind of relationship with another person where you can be yourself and you won’t be judged for it.

Just talking with community members throughout the years at RTX and through the forums, I know there are many people who shrink away from their full potential because they feel they may just not fit “the norm”. I always encourage people to embrace who they are, work to become better people than who they are in present day, and change the world for the better. I want to see people bring their best, and I want to see them grow, and I want them to never forget who they are in the process.

These ladies have done this and continue to do so. I think that’s worth supporting and backing. Cheers, ladies.

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Day 5. Four + Years in the Making

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!

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

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 Flanagan and Chris Demarais have done a magnificent job with this series, and I cannot wait to see the finale. Special shoutout to Aaron Marquis 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. ❤

RT Vegas Community Plays: Pokemon Go!

For those who are unfamiliar with other shenanigans I participate in, I also host community events within the Rooster Teeth community. The 15th of every month has been dubbed #RTCommunityDay. Since Pokemon Go is fairly new and Saturday the 16th was when most people were available this month, we decided to head over to a local park and try our hand at Pokemon Go.

It was a lot of fun! I mean a LOT of fun. There aren’t many instances where we can go out and meet other people with such a strong and immediate common ground tying us together, but it happened. Towards the end of the night, all of us were trying to take down a gym, and we found new comrades and friends who helped us. (YEAH, VALOR, but for real, Instinct kicked our asses…)

If you haven’t tried it yet, I encourage you to give Pokemon Go a shot. However, please be careful when playing it. Be aware of your surroundings, be aware of other people around you, and use common sense on when and when not to play it.

I am pleasantly surprised by the number of people who were open to friendly conversation. This game is really changing how people interact with one another. At least for the time being. Really looking forward to another Pokemon Go outing.  Enjoy the vid, and I will see you guys in the next livestream!

Less than three you all!

 

Extra Life continues on until the end of the year!

Rooster Teeth had a big day for their Extra Life livestream. It is always phenomenal to watch them do their thing, and it’s even better to see the community come together and absolutely destroy the donation goals set by Jack and Caiti.

As you know, many community members, including myself, are raising donations as well. This year, my personal goal is $1500, and I am leading a small team with a team goal of $2000.

I will be doing my own livestream this weekend, mostly likely starting out with the Alien Isolation DLC because you know… I am entertaining as hell when I’m scared out of my mind. I will also be livestreaming Fallout 4 as well. Fair warning, I will probably take two hours just on character creation.

I have currently raised $680 of my $1500 goal and I am still going strong! Just remember, if you donate $15 or more, you will get entered into a raffle for the following prizes:

And very recently, I came into this gem.

It doesn’t have all RT signatures, but it has a crapton of them.

So if you are still able to donate, please help me make it to my personal goal. You can donate here If you cannot donate because you kicked so much ass by helping other Extra Lifers, I humbly ask if you can share my page.

Thank you so much to everyone who has donated so far. You truly made my birthday memorable and wonderful, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking the time, donating your money, and spreading the word about my Extra Life page to help make my birthday wish come true.

Did You Know There’s A RvB Book Available For Pre-Order?

It is surprising to me that there is so little marketing for this gem, so I want to help boost the awareness of it. Bottom line: THERE IS A RED VS BLUE FAN GUIDE BOOK that is available for pre-order on Amazon. Seriously. It’s very pretty. It will be officially available on November 17, 2015.

The list price is $19.99 but if you pre-order, it’s $12.50. Better yet, this is authored by none other than Eddy Rivas (@Eddy ), one of the writers for RvB season 10 and everyone’s favorite blue team member Mr. Burnie Burns. This book has the following (taken from the Amazon page):

  • Character dossiers and fact sheets
  • Character-driven lists, including “The Wisdom of Caboose”
  • Charts and statistics mapping out character, world, and episode trivia
  • Best Red vs. Blue quotes. Of all time
  • Alternate stories and character arcs that were abandoned
  • Spotlights on the cast and crew of Red vs. Blue, filled with unique anecdotes, behind-the-scenes stories, and insights into the series and their role
  • New, never-before-seen content: Includes annotated scripts of some of the most-watching episodes, side-stores, expanded universe material, alternate endings, deleted scenes and trivia
  • Original sketches and drawings

While you’re shopping around Amazon, just letting you know that Season 13 of RvB can be paired nicely with the book (good job @Miles ). Just sayin.

So what are you waiting for? Look at this sexiness. LOOK AT IT.

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DISCOUNT CODE GIVEAWAY WINNER: One of the few times where how others see you is highly relevant

Even from a young age, we are taught “you shouldn’t care about what others think of you,” and I agree with that statement, but only partially. The saying usually applies to people who go out of their way to belittle you or be unforgivably condescending. Often times, there is no just reason for those people to behave in such a way; again, some people just want to watch the world deteriorate. In those cases, you really shouldn’t give a fragglesnap about what that person thinks of you.

But in times of “hey, nominate your favorite person to receive a discount on a convention badge and tell me why they deserve it”, I think it’s pretty damn cool to read up on the reasons behind these nominations. Rooster Teeth will be selling their convention tickets later today, and those who attended their Let’s Play Live event a month ago received unique discount codes to use for RTX badges. I was chosen as a volunteer for RTX, therefore, I don’t have to purchase a badge. I decided to give my code away to someone else, but the catch is, someone has to nominate you to receive that code.

I posted up the little contest on the RT site, on my Twitter and FB. Some names I recognize from years of interaction on the site, and other names were completely new to me. And I have to admit, reading some of the stories that were sent to me gave me all the fuzzy feelings. Not only did these stories serve as an official nomination for my contest, but the people who were nominated were genuinely surprised that others thought so highly of them. It’s nice to be reminded that you matter to someone. Even in its slightest form, having that recognition can really change the perspective on how one looks at oneself.

I know all too well how easy it is to feel like you are nothing, that you only exist to take up space. You get caught up in your life, in work, in a set routine and you forget your very existence can actually mean the world to the people around you. So please, do not forget that. People recognize what you do, what you say, the work and effort you put into supporting others, and although it is not always acknowledged, people do see the value you bring into their lives.

That being said, not one but THREE winners have been chosen! Other community members were kind enough to give me their codes hoping that they would make someone’s day. So thank you very much to Mark Belanger and Mark Messmore for donating your discount codes to the community!

And the winners aaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrreeeeee……

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MyWinona

Connall

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Congratulations, you guys! I shall be contacting you shortly. I hope I will be able to see you at RTX and hug you! Remember, someone thought of you for this little contest, so don’t forget that you’re super awesome. I’m being super serial.

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