Happy 11th anniversary, RPF!
“Club Penguin is an Internet game, somewhat of a chat room, but not really. There are many armies in club penguin too. Many undiscovered armies, and many well known armies. People join these armies to protect their servers, their homes. RPF is a new army. We just want peace, and to do so we need to crush our enemies. So join RPF and fight the good fight.”
-Stated RPF Creator, Commando717’s “Welcome R.P.F. Members” on May 8th, 2007
[A short post but still similar to last year’s anniversary post which you can read by clicking here]
Many people who continued even after Club Penguin’s closure possibly did so to relive past memories and continue establishing new ones. Some, along the way, integrated themselves into this tight-knit community that has been alive for eleven years. Thousands have joined and left, some vanished without a single warning, and others who continue to stay, whether directly affiliated with this group or simply communicating with others globally. A group about logging on, doing a couple of emotes together, and then logging off to go higher up the ranks was and is possibly the pinnacle of many people’s childhoods (or whatever period of time), but not for that reason.
Friends kept this entire organization alive. Ordinary people made this entire thing special. Once everyone leaves, there will be many who look back through digital fragments and recall the essence of childhood spent with others. Even when we’re all scattered around the world, we all may have common interests and goals that banded us together and possibly made us closer to each other for those reasons.
The only way this group is special to you is if you make it special. We’ve been alive for eleven years and constantly climbing up the ladder, sometimes falling down, but always climbing again afterward. The way we can reach the next step can start with you.
Eleven years—that’s a long time. And yet, we still stand today.
Truly I wonder, what’s on the horizon next?