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Admin unlocked: Lt. Sophie – Content Administrator

Jun 15, 2018
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Great news!
I no longer have full responsibility by myself :D
Though, I never had full responsibility by myself… TSU has always been a community project…

That being mentioned, I’d like to welkom Lt. Sophie to the rank of administrator.
This is something that I have been thinking about for a while now, and thankfully, Lt. Sophie has proven herself (though, she did not know it).

During everything regarding the mammoth, and during the many holidays that I’ve had since I took over the banhammer from Sgt. Dutch, she’s been around to take over from me.
Helping me out with blog posts, emails, images or just her weird sense of humor.
Things, big and small, that really took some weight off of my shoulders.
Because, let’s face it, I’m not the strongest one when it comes to writing blog posts or motivating others to write.
Let alone to keep a steady stream of content going on through the website or the many social media channels (make sure to follow all of them!).
Her drive to keep people involved in the creative challenges that lie ahead for the TSU, is what confirmed for me that she would make a great admin.

It also gives me the room to go back to the deeper depths of the TSU and work on the technical improvements.
As well as work on the larger vision for the TSU, and focus more on the legal and financial stuff.
Knowing that content will be in good hands :)

Some of the older members might experience a slight déjà vu moment with this sharing of responsibility.
As it is quite similar to what Sgt. Dutch and Commander Jet used to do back in the day.
And I would like to believe that it’s a formula that really works well!

This does not mean that it’s Lt. Sophie and me vs. all of you!
TSU keeps running with a few members at it’s core, that all share a bit of responsibility in making sure that the TSU is a place where everyone can feel at home and have fun.
We discuss ideas and suggestions within this group, and make sure that it falls within the greater vision for the TSU.

So with this, I also want to thank Rev. Geoff, Trigo and Iron, for their continuous support and great feedback!
If it wasn’t for you lot, I would have gone mad ;)

Why I am a Toy Soldier

Dec 2, 2015
0

Now, I could possibly answer this question with one sentence: To make a change. Or because the Toy Soldiers have become my family. Or because it is the one, big thing I always wanted to be part of. Or…

Ah well, apparently it is not as easy at it seemed. At least, there is not just one answer. And the reason why I joined back in 2012 is in fact different from why I stayed with TSU after all. A while ago I had a conversation with one of our admins, about what drives and motivates people to be part of TSU. He said that it often comes down to personal agendas. Everybody has their own goals, and sometimes you need a group such as TSU to achieve them. Of course, he won’t ever complain because it is all for a good cause, for a better world to live in for everyone. Personal agendas are a useful tool in this case. And it made me think about my own agenda. Why was I still part of the community?

I remembered why I joined. Back then, I felt lonely and had severe problems with depression and anxiety. I called in sick at least once a month due to this condition. At the same time, the thought of changing this world, my own world, into a brighter place was just really appealing. Those people were as weird as me. Idealistic in a way without taking themselves too seriously.

Now three years have passed, and I am still here. I have successfully fought a big part of my issues. I started to study. I have met the love of my life, incidentally through TSU… Nothing is perfect, but compared to where I started, right now, I am in a better state than ever. The initial cause to change my own little universe to the better has kind of been fulfilled. I could probably leave TSU behind, if I wanted to, and focus on my own plans. So, what does TSU mean to me, at this point? Why am I sticking around?

First of all, I’ve grown attached to the place and the people. I have been part of the forum, missions, projects, invasions… I even created* the Gaming Marathon, a rather big event I guess I can call my baby, and that is inseparable with either TSU or me. People know me by now. I am in our IRC channel daily, and have gained operator status. I take care of newbies and try to keep an eye on what gets posted in the forum. At some point, this becomes a part of you. TSU has become my big, weird family.

It also plays a significant role to me professionally. TSU gives me the freedom to explore, experiment and improve my work. I get to organise events, get in touch with the most awesome people and companies, and, most importantly, it lets me use my art and design work for a good cause. It allows me to do the things I love, and to prepare for my own career.

The biggest reason for me to stay though is happiness. The fulfillment, being part of this group, working towards a better future for the generations to come, making others smile… I would not trade it for any money in this world. This is irreplaceable.

What is your reason?

 

*It might be noted here that the Gaming Marathon as such was not initially my idea, but an event called Operation: Dig Deep by Engineer Airhead. I only took his idea and made the Marathon out of it. Airhead, as well as others, is still involved in the planning and preparation.

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