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Achievement Hunter Important Announcement FAQIf you haven't already, please check out Achievement Hunter's Important Announcement video.

We are incredibly excited for this change and hope you share that excitement with us! In order to help ease the transition, we've made this FAQ. If you have additional questions, please leave them in the comments!

Link to new channel: www.youtube.com/user/AchievementHunter

What content is moving?
All Let's Plays (Podcast, Achievement Hunter, Funhaus) will stay on the Let's Play Channel. All other Achievement Hunter shows (VS, GO!, Top 5, Megacraft, etc) will be moved to the new Achievement Hunter channel.

Why a new channel?
Our main reason for the new channel is so that people no longer have to filter through a large variety of content on the RT channel to find what they'd like. Now, if you like RT and not AH, you don't have to see AH. If you like AH and not RT, you don't have to see RT. We are trying to make it better for our audience.

Why a new office?
We have outgrown our current Achievement Hunter space. Don't worry though, we are not moving far (just one building over) and will still be around the main office regularly.

Is Achievement Hunter still a part of Rooster Teeth?
Yes, we just have a nice new place for our bodies and our content.

What will happen to your current office?
Another division within RT is taking over the space.

Will Gavin still be on the podcast? Will Ryan still be on The Know?
Yes. We will still be walking distance from the main office so members of AH will still be able to easily appear in other productions.

I looked on YouTube and saw there were two Achievement Hunter channels. Which do I subscribe to?
There is actually only the one channel, but in our early YouTube days we used the shows function. The "channel" you are seeing is no longer active so there is no reason to subscribe. Please be sure to subscribe to www.youtube.com/user/AchievementHunter.

Will videos still be uploaded to the Rooster Teeth/Achievement Hunter website?
Yes
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caleb Cast & Crew
Rappelling Down a Large Building@Barbara​ and I recently helped raise over $5,000 (enough to grant a wish) for the Make-a-Wish Central Texas Foundation via their Over the Edge campaign. Part of the campaign involves fundraisers rappelling down the W Hotel in Austin (38 stories). If you have a few minutes, please check out the video RT SideQuest​ made about our experience!

Thank you to everyone who donated to the campaign. Thank you to Make-a-Wish and Austin Over the Edge for putting so much energy into bringing hope, strength, and joy to those in need.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fp68bTjBnsE
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Mental ToughnessFor those who don't already know, I play for one of the top ultimate frisbee teams in the country, Austin Doublewide. The team requires me to practice 3-4 days a week (two of which are 4+ hour practices) and travel around the United States to compete. The goal each year is to win a National title in October. This journal is about the first track workout of this season.

Mental toughness is a collection of attributes that allow a person to persevere through difficult circumstances and emerge without losing confidence. It's a key to success that is challenging to learn, even tougher master, but very easy to forget.

A new season, a new looking team. While Doublewide 2015 holds many familiar faces, it's also the 3rd season in a row in which the Well Nasty Brotherhood has witnessed large turnover. The major change for this season, a restocking of former brothers who decided to return home. On paper, the team looks impressive with a roster anyone would be amped to play on.

Sadly, I've yet to capitalize on that opportunity. I missed our first mini camp weekend in Dallas (due to a family-filled celebration of my grandma's life). Immediately following, the first track practice of the season was scheduled when I had previously made plans. This meant I had to start my season alone.

The workout was simple enough: mile warm-up, some dynamic stretching, ten 400s (one lap around the track=400m), followed by some stair sets. The 400s had to be run consecutively, the odd numbers were to be jogged at any pace you like (no walking), the evens were to be run in 70 seconds.

I powered through the warm-up and began my first 400 (jog) around the empty track. I kept a brisk pace as I was feeling fresh and confident. Finishing up the lap I accelerated, completing my first 400m sprint in 69 seconds. I finished the lap exhausted, how could I be so out of shape? Only 1/5th complete and I felt like I should at the end. I began doubting my ability to finish the workout.

I trudged on, completing the 2nd jog lap as slow as I could. My second sprint started strong, completing the first 100m in 16 seconds (a pace of 64 seconds a lap). Halfway through the sprint I was right where I needed to be, 35 seconds. 300m in I slowed, I was at 54 seconds. I told myself there was no way I could finish in time, I gave up. I finished the second sprint in 74 seconds, taking 20 seconds on the final 100m stretch. I almost stopped.

During the 3rd jogging lap, I contemplated going home. My legs were barely moving, I felt ready to collapse. How would anyone know otherwise? I could make up my last two times, keep them a tad above 70 seconds to keep it believable. Thankfully, by the time I made my decision to take off my shoes, I'd absentmindedly made it around the track. I'd made it this far, I might as well run one more. I finished the 3rd sprint in 73 seconds.

My legs were numb, I couldn't focus. Before my mind returned to Earth, I'd already slowly jogged 100m. Why was I still moving? I thought I'd already thrown in the towel. No. I knew better that, or at least my body knew. Mentally, only defeat, but my body knew what it had to do; keep moving. I questioned my doubt. Why did I believe this workout could defeat me? I'm a great runner, and endurance is a strength of mine. Before I knew it, my feet took off on the 4th sprint. I trusted myself to take care of business and didn't look at my watch until 300m in. Surprised, I saw 52 seconds. I was on pace for 69 seconds! Celebrating too early, I managed to finish the 4th sprint in 72 seconds.

Arms no longer moving, my legs carried the workload as I slowly jogged my finally recovery lap. I knew what had to be done. I couldn't go home without finishing in 70 seconds. I needed to prove to myself that I could do it, and that I deserved to be on Doublewide 2015. I needed to show that I would put in the work this season. I sprinted that final 400m with every ounce of energy I possessed. I didn't look at my watch. I didn't think about cans or cannots; I focused entirely on advancing forward. I finished my final sprint in 70 seconds.

Two words to describe my experience during the track work-out; roller coaster. Each lap around the track faced emotional highs and lows. It forced me to rethink my abilities, my goals, and my passion. It taught me that I'm not where I need to be for the season, and need to work hard and improve. It reminded me of my mental toughness and how I'm capable of achieving my goals if I approach them with the proper mindset and work ethic. It amped me up in the end, and made me hungry for more!

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caleb Cast & Crew
4 yearsToday marks 4 years as the Community Manager of Achievement Hunter. Good times.
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A Letter to Texas State TrainwreckThe 2014-2015 season was going to be my last season coaching Texas State Trainwreck. As much as I had enjoyed coaching the previous two seasons, it had taken a toll on me. It had strained my relationships, my mental health, and eaten a lot of my free time. Did I regret any second of it? Of course not, but I was tired. Feeling this before the season began, I knew in my mind I wouldn't be able to carry on for much longer.

With the start of the fall season, we saw tons of new recruits come out over the first few weeks (big thanks to the 5 of you who stuck around). Almost all of the vets were attending every practice. Everyone showed how much they wanted to play, improve, and work hard. As a coach, there isn't much more you can ask for. Yet, in my mind, this would be my last fall.

Part of the drain of coaching Trainwreck, was missing time with my wonderful girlfriend, Holly. You could imagine I was nothing short of elated when she offered up a night a week to help me coach. Not only would she bring tons of high level experience from the women's game, but it also meant she had to spend a 90 minute commute listening to me talk nonstop (mostly about Trainwreck)! Still, in my mind, the coming spring would be my last.

Throughout our spring season, I kept trying to remind myself it was the final semester for me. Apparently, Trainwreck had other plans, as at almost every practice and tournament, someone did something exciting. Whether it be as a team, or one individual, I witnessed humility, unity, growth, or strength. This team rallied around each other everyday for the better. I was fortunate each week to see growth of character and skill, see our team support each other through the good and the bad, battle through rough tournament conditions. Even in it's worst moments, Trainwreck shone with spirit, passion, and love for one another. Yet I still knew, my last days with Trainwreck were around the corner.

Driving to the team banquet Sunday, Holly asked me "Are you sure you don't want to coach next year?". My response was something along the lines of how I was sure I was done coaching, how it's not logical to do it. The commute was long, it's a strain on our relationship, etc. The more I spoke, the more I realized I didn't believe my own mind.

I love this team. I love it's passion, I love it's work ethic, I love the respect everyone shares. Heck, I even love the sass (sometimes)! So thank you Trainwreck for putting up with my game-time speeches, my ramblings at practice, liking all my super long, "inspirational", Facebook posts. Thank you for respecting me as coach and as a person. Thank you for believing in, and fighting for my beliefs on balancing spirit and competitiveness. Thank you for believing in yourselves. Thank you for an incredible 3 years of ultimate and friendship. Holly and I both look forward to coaching for the the 2015-2016 season!

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caleb Cast & Crew
Send me Over the Edge......of a building! A 38 story building to be exact!

The Make-a-Wish Foundation of Central Texas hosts an event every year where they send participants rappelling down the side of the W Hotel in Austin. The catch is that only those who raise $1500 are able to rappel down and even then, spots are limited.

If you'd love to send me rappelling down a building, please donate to my page. Every dollar helps get me to my first goal of $1500.

While $1500 is a great goal, I'd really like to raise $5000. That's the rough cost of granting a wish to a child. While I don't have a full idea of what I'd do if $5000 is raised to my page, it's been suggested I'd rappel dressed as my Minecraft character (I don't have a costume though). Please feel free to share some ideas you'd like me to do if $5000 is raised.

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TL;DR Donate money to my Make-a-Wish Foundation page to send me rappelling down a 38 story building for charity.

P.S. Thanks to the lovely folks at RT SideQuest for sponsoring me for this event. You are such an incredible group that do so much for charity and for our community!
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DOPP VS DOOPOUR GREAT LEADER @DOPP IS NOW UNDER ATTACK FROM THE EVIL @DOOP. WE MUST PROTECT DOPP!!

JOIN THE CHURCH OF DOPP!!!

Dopp vs Doop
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caleb Cast & Crew
5 Facts are TrendyI saw @roadblock and @dopp had posted 5 facts journal, and like the leader I am, I am following their example.

1. After a few years away from regular practice, I've started reading again. It's been a slow start, but a little over a week ago I started reading the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. I read all 5 in a week and have now moved onto the sequel series, The Heroes of Olympus (another 5 part series). I also highly recommend the Graceling series and for a cute read, the Origami Yoda books.

2. With my increase of book reading, my gaming time has gone way down. The last game I beat/100% (with an actual campaign) was the Walking Dead Season 1.

3. When I lived in California, I went to the movies at least once per week. I'd see almost every movie that came out at midnight on Thursday. Now, I see maybe a movie every two months.

4. My two favorite foods are cheese and potatoes. There are so many types of cheese it's amazing and the potato is super cheap, tasty, and can be prepared so many different ways.

5. My new favorite color is purple. For a long time I didn't have one, then a few years ago a joke between my friend Dan and me led to it being pink. A couple months ago it hit me that my true favorite is purple.

I encourage you all to go out and make a 5 fact journal. Just be sure to think about what you post, try to share info people here wouldn't know!

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P.S. Feel free to tag me in your journals, I'll read them all (might not comment though).
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