2021 is over. Was it better than 2020? Was it worse? Who knows? Who cares? Does it matter? Am I stalling? Probably. Let's get to what happened.
Derrick J. Wyatt
It would be improper for me to start this off without paying respects to the late Derrick J. Wyatt, who passed away on December 16th of last year. The cause of death remains unknown at the time of writing this, but in the end, how it happened doesn't matter nearly as much as that it happened. He was a controversial figure among the fandom, but it's undeniable that his contributions to the franchise brought joy and inspiration to thousands of people all across the world. He was able to live his dream, and inspired many others to pursue theirs.
For many of us, it's still hard to believe he's gone. At only age 49, he was taken from this world too soon, and though my personal interaction with him was limited, there's still a distinct hole in the world without him. I never realized just how much his work contributed to our childhoods, and it's something I wish I had appreciated more when he was still alive. His legacy in animation has and will continue to touch the hearts of his audiences for years to come.
Rest in peace, Mr. Wyatt.
And thank you.
- 1/5/21: After years of general inceldom, Ethan is finally banned from BTFF for attempting to defend being attracted to loli waifus on the wiki's Discord server (which is filled with minors) one too many times. This resulted in several people that had been avoiding the wiki due to being uncomfortable around him rejoining the wiki's Discord server as active members, and admins apologized to the community for not taking action sooner.
- Normally "wiki drama" wouldn't make it onto a list of notable events, but Ethan was an incredibly popular user whose series consistently dominated the wiki's analytics, and the fallout from this made it to practically all corners of the fandom. Like it or not, it happened, and it was unfortunately a very, very notable event.
- 11/20/21: Sci100 emerged on the wiki's Discord server after a five-year absence from BTFF, putting an end to the rumor that he may have died.
- 12/26/21: I blew out my wrists, which is why this blog took so long to come out.
- I probably blew them out from using them too much for too long in the first place so uh. My bad.
- 2/2/22: I visited a wrist doctor and I am currently being treated for tendonitis by using splints and anti-inflammatory gel which is why I can write this blog now.
- Ridejacker won Featured Alien of the Year. Months with no winner not included, the full list of aliens featured in 2021 includes:
- Serena & Sasha's Solar System won Featured Series of the Year. Months with no winner not included, the full list of series featured in 2021 includes:
- Anne Christensen won Featured Character of the Year. Months with no winner not included, the full list of characters featured in 2021 includes:
- Project Deca: The Final Hour won Featured Episode of the Year. Months with no winner not included, the full list of episodes featured in 2021 includes:
- And finally, months with no winner not included, the full list of our wiki's very own users featured in 2021 includes:
I'm finally wrapping up the BTFF RPG franchise for real this time. No, seriously. Community input and everything. Check it out if you don't believe me:
Project Deca: The Final Hour was finally released after like. A year and a half in development.
Hey nobody else here is able to finish their projects on time either okay bite me
- Pesky Dust Fest was held February 1st - February 15th, becoming the wiki's 26th Alien Fest.
- Swampfire Fest was held May 17th - May 31st, becoming the wiki's 27th Alien Fest.
- Armodrillo Fest was held August 23rd - September 6th, becoming the wiki's 28th Alien Fest.
- Diamondhead Fest was held November 15th - November 29th, becoming the wiki's 29th Alien Fest.
April Fool's Day
The wiki's Discord became Amogus-themed for a day because somehow that meme still isn't dead yet.
- Spring Fanon Con was held March 22nd - March 27th.
- Summer Fanon Con was held July 5th - July 9th.
- Fall Fanon Con was held October 4th - October 8th.
- Winter Fanon Con was held December 27th - December 31st.
The 2021 Omniverse Awards were held during the first half of August, with the results being revealed on August 17th.
The wiki's logo was gayified for Pride Month and it just kinda stuck.
Spooktober Horror Contest
The fifth Spooktober Horror Contest, "Urbanightmare", was announced on October 7th and lasted throughout the month, with the results being announced on November 1st.
BTFF celebrated its anniversary on November 20th, turning 12 years old in 2021. The occasion was commemorated by a special release of the Project Deca movie, Project Deca: The Final Hour (Ver. 12th), that contained bonus content not included in the original release.
Year of Resolve
- 1/4/21: 2021 was announced to be the Year of Resolve, which mostly just involved trying to hang in there with the world collapsing and what not. Mission accomplished as far as that goes, so this year, we're hoping to get everyone a bit more... involved.
2022: A Year of Involvement
That's right this was actually a callout post all along.
For 2022, we want to get the community more involved with doing things on the wiki, and to that end, we've come up with a few different ideas:
We'd like more input from the wiki's users on how to improve their BTFF experience. The initial idea was having monthly polls, but that seemed a bit restrictive, so my best idea is opening a #suggestions channel on the wiki's Discord server. That way people can give and discuss their ideas however and whenever they want.
In order to encourage writers both new and old, we'll be introducing a Series Spotlight of some sort that serves to promote new and underread fan fiction on the wiki. No votes, no polls, just hopefully encouraging people to read and write.
And finally, for our largest project, we're going to be setting up a community-written series that anyone can contribute to! Its name?
Haven De La Vega, a non-binary teenager living in the small mountain town of Neon, Nevada, has their life turned upside down when they uncover the remains of a forbidden history intertwined with the town's origins and become the host of a mysterious, watch-like device that allows them to transform into a host of different aliens. With enemies on every side and the power of the galaxy in their hand, they're determined to solve the mysteries of their home town no matter what it takes.
Boom, that's the synopsis. Episode 1 (or Episode 0, however it turns out) will be released later this year, establishing the story, characters, and whatever else before handing the series over to the community.
As a community project, Investigation Neon will be an episodic adventure series that allows any user to write an episode for it whenever they want, providing both a unique creative writing exercise and an outlet for people who don't want to write an entire series by themselves. There will be some ground rules, of course, but our goal is to encourage creativity as much as possible. Please look forward to reading and participating in this one-of-a-kind series!
2021 was one hell of a year, and 2022 is already shaping up to be... interesting, to say the least. Let's all stick together, do our best, and ride out the storm guns blazing. Thank you for sticking with us, and good luck to you all!