7Years 7Smoke: The Anniversary
By THE LAW
I remember this moment from way back in 2014, when we were celebrating our group’s 2nd anniversary. We were making jokes and memes about how the group would be seven years old someday - and here we are anyway. I would never have expected 7Smoke to play such a central role in not just my life, but also the lives of many other members. Back when I founded this group in 2012, the sole reason was to find people to play BFE Survival with. Seven years is an incredibly long period - most communities collapse or go inactive around the fifth year, and most who live past that have a huge quality decline afterwards anyway. To be witness that 7Smoke has kept its quality fairly consistent over the years is a great thing to take note of that.
As with every family, there are ups and downs - for ups, we had a lot of new people coming in and clicking with all of us from the first meeting, but also downs - a lot of people, especially the older faces, have been forced to say goodbye to 7Smoke for various reasons. To quote Vanya, “It’s amazing that 7Smoke has lasted so long considering the amount of different personalities the group holds.
“. And another fun thing I have noticed, is that whenever a trouble-causing person leaves or gets kicked - they always say “7Smoke is gonna die now for sure!“. As if they were the key element holding the group together. Call us sadistic, but it always makes us laugh whenever this happens, even though we tolerate the actions of our group members to a high (yet reasonable) degree.
Another fun thing to read is people talking about “the good old days“. I mean, yeah, playing vanilla BFE in 2013/2014 for first time in such large numbers every week was truly a feat! But, as a group so oriented on one game, we need to keep on moving forward and evolving. Back in the days, we didn’t even use voice chat - so as owner of the group, I enjoy the times for what they are and I genuinely believe that every year so far has been great on its own. For example, 2017 was the year of the Underground events. And as for 2018 - I see it as the year where our members got a lot closer to one another, and a lot of members met with other members. Personally, I met with all the Bulgarian members and 2019 is starting to look very interesting - last week I met Owlet face-to-face and next week I will be seeing Pan.
We also saw people working together on all sorts of amazing projects and mods - even outside Tennis. We’ve hosted a lot of special Croteam-supported events and contests which were a great experience for the community as a whole.
My Wishlist for 2019
- I’d love to see even more new members coming in and becoming a part of our community. I often hear from new members that they were scared to join the group at first, because they felt intimidated - considering us as some sort of community reserved for elite members. This is not true at all! We accept everyone and would love to engage with new people - so have no worries, at our events you can see the variety of new and old members that we have.
- More interviews. I’m certain that The Interviewer will continue the tradition of interviewing members, but we also have something a little special prepared for later this year.
- Continuing the Undergrounds. Underground events are still doing well - I just hope it stays this way and that people will continue to host more in the future!
- More 7Smoke Cinema nights. The lack of official 7Smoke Cinema nights in 2018 is mostly because the Cinema nights became more of an Underground thing. In 2018, people literally watched movies/tv series almost every night - but it’s always best to post it officially, gather many people in our cytube channel and watch something good together.
- Event number #1000. We’ve hosted 900 events from 2012 to 2019 - and this year, I’m positive we will have our 1000th event, which we will turn into one big event - so get hyped!
- Keep the traditions going. We will keep on hosting Halloween, Moonbase Alpha, Christmas and Wrestling events all year - and many others of these special yearly occasions. Though, not in this order.
- Host contests and competitions. Now I can do those every month - but their quality depends highly on the community and their hunger for a challenge. But for sure, in 2018 we did some interesting ones such as I Hate Running Backwards or the Flash Speedrun.
- Same quality and more. Even though a lot of members are getting busier with their lives, me included, I am positive we will all do our best in providing activities with that trademarked “‘Smokin Good!” 7Smoke is known for. We will not decline any sort of help - actually, we have some staff slots available! Those who have interest and great ideas that they wish to contribute to the group are welcomed. You will be surprised to which extent you can use your 7Smoke experience in real life!
And so, I wish our members a Happy Seventh Anniversary! I hope you are all having the time of your life in 7Smoke, and I hope we all enjoy 2019 together.