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Happy (almost) 6th Anniversary, RWBY RPG!
« on: August 23, 2019, 09:57:19 PM »
Happy (almost) Sixth Anniversary, RWBY RPG!

As we finish out our sixth year on the site, enter our seventh, and move toward the seventh season of RWBY, there's some stuff that I've personally been thinking about in regards to not just the site but the show and fandom as a whole over the past two years. Over four years ago, we lost the dedicated and inspiring man who was behind the entire existence of all three of those things, without whom we wouldn't have ever been here. It has been said many times but Monty was truly someone to look up to, his work ethic was bar none, he was able to do what he truly loved, and he inspired people to improve their creative skills.

If you've been on this site since the beginning, if you've even been here for just a year, or if you've been anywhere in the Fandom where you're creating works of art whether it be drawn, written, or otherwise you can't deny that Monty changed your life even if it's in some small way. Maybe you were already a published author, maybe you never wrote a story or character in your life, maybe you had your art win contests, maybe you could only draw stick figures. No matter the starting point, I firmly believe that everyone is better off for having Monty in the world as he helped countless people strive to improve.

I genuinely believe that there isn't a single person, at the very least on this site, whose writing or art skills haven't improved from a year ago, even if only by a little bit. I want to repeat that part because I want to make sure you know I'm being entirely genuine and I'm honestly so happy to have found this community when I did. Had Monty not brought us together, I know at the very least I would still be writing like I was six years ago when I first joined the site. Hell, I probably wouldn't be writing at all.

You'd be hard pressed to find anyone in or out of the community that can't look up to Monty in at least one aspect, his works and work ethic were undeniable.

When we lost him, many were skeptical about Miles and Kerry taking over and whether you like or dislike how they've handled the show, it is impossible to deny that if they hadn't continued the work of their friend four years ago, we wouldn't be here today. The community would have burnt out and faded away. Because they carried on for Monty, because they put in the effort to not let his project die, we're still here, we're still writing and drawing and creating, we're still improving. Myself and the other members of the staff believe that this is an excellent time to thank the cast and crew of RWBY and pay tribute to Monyreak “Monty” Oum.

In the vein of this being a celebration of the community as a whole, we’re going to be heading a collaborative project involving members from several different sites. More specific project info can be found here but the quick and dirty is that we’re putting together a collection of writing and art created over this month to send to RT along with a thank you letter and (optional) signatures from everyone who submitted for the project.

The important thing is that we’re inviting people from RWBY Fanon Wikia and r/RWBY to participate in this project and that you should all be nice to our guests. They are, after all, still other creators in the same vein as you even if they’re from a different site.

After Monty's passing, Matt Hullum wrote:

“In lieu of flowers or gifts, we ask that you simply do something creative. Use your imagination to make the world a better place in any way that you can. If you know Monty like we do, then you know he would certainly be doing that if he were able to.”

I feel confident in saying that in the years since, we have all been doing creative work and that it's time we pay tribute and thank the staff for continuing Monty's work. We're allowing all who join to participate and at the end of the month, each and every prompt marked “Opt-in” will be compiled into a binder of stories put together by myself with a letter of thanks and an optional signature from each person who wrote in to be sent to RoosterTeeth. We had tried to get permission to compile the stories into a properly made and bound book by a print-on-demand service but despite multiple attempts at reaching out to roosterteeth’s fan project email we never got a response. This means it's most likely going to be made on my own with less than professional tools.

While all those who opt-in will be featured, we will have a vote to decide on the best response, one for writing and one for art, which will be at the very front of the binder, second only to a foreword and thank you letter.

“The goal isn't to live forever; it’s to make something that does.” - Monty Oum

It's been a fantastic six years of RWBY, here's to many more.

Discord for collaboration: https://discord.gg/dfUWzJd
Writing and art prompt threads: https://rwbyfanon.com/index.php?board=56.0
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Re: Happy (almost) 6th Anniversary, RWBY RPG!
« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2019, 09:56:15 PM »
Since the writing thread hasn't been unlocked yet, I'm posting a link to my contribution here: https://archiveofourown.org/works/20601515.

Feel free to tell me if I need to repost the short story word-for-word on here as a comment.