Digital Media Team Lead
Hello TG and welcome to the first episode of a new series. In this series, titled 'What It's Like To Be..", i will be interviewing members of TG throughout the ranks, ranging from squad member right up to the CoC. As well as interviewing CoC members, i will also be taking the chance to interview certain members in support positions. This series will be published on a monthly basis.
Today i had to pleasure of interviewing TG RoyalRenKu, Digital Media Team Lead (DMTL) for Tactical Gaming.
TG SmokeyB: What attracted you to this position?
TG RoyalRenKu: Well, after stepping down from BGC, for CoD XB1, I had a lot more time to focus on media (graphics). Then the position opened up. Having the experience of leading, from being SL many of times, CO and BGC a couple, I applied, and was promoted roughly 8 months ago. I was attracted as I love doing graphics, so why not lead the team? I've got leadership skills and experience, I know my way around Photoshop, I know how to mentor, so let's give this a shot. Now i'm here, I love it!
TG SmokeyB: You've been in your position of Digital Media Team Lead for close to a year and been apart for the Media team for a while. What is the main reason for serving in the position for so long?
TG RoyalRenKu: I first started with the video team, this was a long time ago, before they merged together. I streamed, made videos, some people may have seen some of which I've made. As I started with videos, I needed to make thumbnails, so I starting with Photoshop CS6, made a few thumbnails, then got into a little more detail, then was introduced to the graphics team, by former member TG Louie G, and been in ever since! One of the main reasons for keeping the position for so long, not only being the DMTL, but being apart of the media team, is how I can express creations, and feel happy about my work.
TG SmokeyB: Can you tell us the best highlight while serving as DMTL?
TG RoyalRenKu: Best thing, got to be when someone is extremely thankful for what you've made them. Being able to see my art posted around the site and thinking, aye, that's mine especially when others ask who or where made it.
TG SmokeyB: What attracted you to TG when you first joined?
TG RoyalRenKu: I first joined back in 2013. Initially I came because of my still close friends was in Crysis, and went into detail about how things were run. I wanted structure when playing CoD, not just to run and gun, wanted strategy behind it, this was also the time when I started to watch eSports and just wanted the feel of competitive nature when playing.
TG SmokeyB: I imagine you are busy with so many members requesting graphics. What is it about creating graphics you love?
TG RoyalRenKu: As mentioned above, its how I can create something that someone is so please with, just from a simple photo. Yeah, this may only be an overlay, or a little adjustment of the colour balance and ratios, but people like what I produce and that's the feeling I aim to get. Pretty sure all my guys on my team are like that. Nothing better when someone really expresses to you, that they love the work. Even those from the higher CoC, been given the thumbs up from Biggy a few times.
TG SmokeyB: Can you tell me a little more about your TG history?
TG RoyalRenKu: Like I said, I first started in 2013, when it was CoD: Ghosts, joined on XB360, then onto AW. Then when sadly the Xbox 360 and PS3 brigades closed, I moved to CS:GO (Counter Strike: Global Offensive) and was there for some time. I took a short break at the start of 2016, for a month or so, then decided that not being in TG was boring, so I joined back (lol).
Joined back into CS, obviously, going from squad to squad, being staff for said squads. Decided I wanted a change of pace, so I moved to ARMA, now these guys were brutal. Practice like nothing before. Taking real life like operations and tactics and implementing them into a mission. It was INSANE! Possibly the most fun I have ever had at a practice, there was so much going on and I learnt a load too! I decided to go back to CS, taking the knowledge I had learnt and implemented that into the IN squad. Shortly after, I was promoted to Commanding Officer of 2nd Battalion, then onto Brigade Commander, basically running the division as the DO was away with military and family, most of the time.
Now. Here were it gets a little rocky. I'm not going to sugar coat anything, as this is all in the past, and has made me the better person, leader, teacher and member I am today.
CS was a hard game, a very rage inducing game. I slipped up. Let it get the best of me. My Corps Commander at the time, TG FatalityV1, thought it was best I moved away from this position, as a cool down. So I moved to Rainbow 6: Siege, in hopes for a new path. It was way more relaxed and chill. Stayed there for some time, then moved to CoD PC, when WW2 came out, was promoted to the XO position of 2nd Battalion, under Louie's command, he was the one who suggested I join the team, and I owe him this.
Sadly after the PC brigade was closed, I moved to PUBG, Louie and I both moved over, spent a lot of time playing there, PUBG is fun, and was fun with the guys in my squad.
Not too long after, I saw an opening for BGC of XB1 CoD, and thought, here's my chance, to redeem myself after my hick-up with CS. I applied, and was given the position. I became really close with Patriot, the DO at the time, and was in this position for just over 8 months, I believe.
Life got busy, work got busy and I didn't manage to fit practice around that, so I had to step down. Luckily enough, I managed to keep my Silver Clover, as Lt.Col! Then this is where my journey of DMTL comes to present. Been in TG for some time now, can call me an old dog around here, I guess
TG SmokeyB: If you could change one thing in TG, what would it be?
TG RoyalRenKu: I can't really say. I'm not as involved with as much as I used to be, so going from what I am involved in, I wouldn't say anything needs changing.
TG SmokeyB: Just for fun. If you where having your last meal tomorrow, what would it be?
TG RoyalRenKu: Oooo..... That's a hard one... Now don't slate me for this but....Mac'n'cheese bites (from ASDA) chicken nuggets and onion rings, with BBQ and Ketchup on a wrap. Had that recently and MY LORD. It's worth a try!
Just again, I would like to thank TG Fatality, for making that decision, making me rethink my mindset, giving my the chance to better myself. Without that chance, I may not be here today. Cheers Sir!
Well that's me. RenKu, Digital Media Team Leader. You know my story and my history. If you want to see my work, check out my shop.
TG SmokeyB: Brilliant answers! Thank you very much for taking the time to share you experience and history with the TG community.
Again, i want to thank @TG RoyalRenKu taking part in this interview. I think its great that your interview is the launching point for this series. You've done so much work for TG, including making graphics for myself. On behalf of TG, thank you!
The next episode in this series will be published in July!
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