RTX SideQuest Cocktail Party and Charity Auction 2015

Just over a month ago we opened donations to this summer’s auction at RTX and unveiled the first items available to bid on in a Star Wars Day news post. Now, it seems like that was such a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away… *Cue the music*

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The Auction Awakens

That’s right, we want YOU to help us make this year’s auction the BIGGEST RT Community fundraiser EVER! Although we’ve already collected a bunch of AMAZING items for the auction, we still want to show off the creativity of the RT Community! We want to auction off YOUR arts, crafts, and other donations, to benefit charities like Child’s Play, AbleGamers, Operation Supply Drop, and others!

If you’re a community creator who would like to be part of the RTX SideQuest Cocktail Party and Charity Auction, please fill out the form at http://rtsidequest.org/auction-donations and we’ll be in touch ASAP! Whether you’re a digital artist who loves Red vs. Blue, or a crafter who loves AH Let’s Plays, or a talented LEGO master who delights in the flavors of Dude Soup, we want your donations!

Tease It…

Of course, we’re not JUST relying on the community to donate items this year. We’ve already collected a BUNCH of amazing items for this year, like ALL of the limited Red vs. Blue and RWBY posters released by Rooster Teeth, an awesome signed Counter Strike poster, a full boxed copy of the Legendary edition of Halo 3, and all sorts of other things! Below is just a small taste. We’ll create a full gallery sometime closer to the auction…

The SideQuest Signature Series

We also have a special collection of items from artists that were hand-picked by the RT SideQuest Board of Directors called the SideQuest Signature Series. We began what would become the Signature Series with Project 10 in 2013, and continued it with the RT Renaissance in 2014. This year, we’re going back to simpler time…

The SideQuest Signature Series theme for 2015 is…

Saturday Morning Cartoons

Here’s an explanation from RT SideQuest Founder and Donations Director, Dominic Dobrzensky:

Two years ago we celebrated a milestone.

Last year we looked deep into the past and wondered about our present.

This year, we look back again, but to childhood and a more colourful time.

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“Saturday morning cartoons are no more,” declared The Washington Post in 2014 after The CW ended its Saturday morning animated slate, the last broadcast network to do so. In a world of round-the-clock, streamed entertainment, this is a time that is perhaps lost but not too far gone.

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The age of Saturday morning cartoons has molded childhoods, prompted some of today’s biggest movies, helped conventions become mammoths.

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We have all sorts of memories of this time, the popular and the obscure. Lindsay Jones and Jordan Cwierz’s newest animated series X-RAY AND VAV sparked a callback to it.

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The creation of a fast, digital infrastructure gave rise to connections and art that didn’t exist. Millennials were the last to witness life without that. How it made us laugh, set standards and stirred imaginations.

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And may do so again…

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We’re really excited about the artists we selected for this year’s Signature Series and the wonderful art they’re going to create for it. Rest assured, we’ll announce the full roster and tease their works sometime before the auction!

Don’t Miss Out!

And of course, we want to make sure community members get to see and bid on all of these amazing items! Our auction is a great way to start your RTX weekend, and you never know who you might bump into!

Tickets for the auction are still available at http://rtsidequest.org/tickets, but we expect them to start going fast and once they’re gone, that’s IT! Don’t miss your chance to be a part of the GREATEST kick-off to RTX that the world has EVER seen! You can’t go wrong when loads of food, a few cash bars, tons of amazing arts and crafts, charity, and the Rooster Teeth Community get crammed into a fancy ballroom together!

See you at RTX!

Quest Complete: RTSQ for Operation Supply Drop

On May 16th, RT SideQuest had the honor of participating in Operation Supply Drop‘s 4th annual 8-Bit Salute to raise money to support all the great things that Operation Supply Drop does. This was our first year participating in the 8-Bit Salute, and only our fourth 24 hour gaming marathon and livestream at Gamerz Galaxy in Austin, but it was a HUGE success!

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Armed with a collection of classic and retro-inspired video games, tabletop games from Steve Jackson Games, and a few more fan-favorites, the Rooster Teeth community members who came out for the event played for a solid 24 hours! Through generous donations from friends, family members, and viewers on Twitch, we managed to raise over $2000! Check out some of the highlights from our Twitch stream!

Along the way, we met new friends from SJ Games, the local central Texas chapter of Operation Supply Drop’s “The Teams”, and other local Austinites just looking to have a fun Saturday. Achievement Hunters Caleb and Steffie even stopped by to say hello and play games with us for a while! We also gave away some AMAZING items graciously donated by community member NaomiC!

We gave away two of those items at the event, but the rest will be going into our RTX SideQuest Cocktail Party and Charity Auction!

Speaking of giveaways, we promised one last giveaway at the end of the event that we didn’t quite get to during the event… We said we’d give away an All-Access badge to RTX SideQuest to one person who was either there in person, in the chat room, or donated to our 8-Bit Salute page. The Randomizer™ has spoken and selected Noah Magaro as the winner! Noah, we’ll be sending you an email to claim your prize!

Our next fundraiser is actually THIS WEEKEND! We’ll be hosting RTSQ for Make-A-Wish LIVE from downtown Austin as we watch Barbara and Caleb rappel down the side of a 38-story building! We’ve already raised $5,525 but we’re trying for more! Donations are still open and we’ll be streaming the whole event on Twitch! If you’re in or around the Austin area, you could even join us in person!

Thanks again for all of your support! Enim Filii!

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