Ten years ago, Steve Paget took the initiative to launch the TC-RTC as a
– temporary – replacement for the IRTC, after a vivid discussion by
concerned participants to the legendary defunct competition. During
those ten years, we have witnessed the much regretted and untimely death
of Steve in 2010, but also a succession of successful competitions, or
challenges as Steve preferred to call them, yielding some of the most
striking examples of computer graphics generated images.
When Stephen and I took over in 2010, we did not expect to be still
here, ten years after the first competition. We have seen some
fluctuations in the enthusiasm and readiness to contribute new work to
the challenges. Indeed, the concept introduced by Steve for using book
titles as competition headers has often been met with some confusion.
Maybe we should have innovated at some time but we were keen to continue
Steve's work and in his spirit.
However, after seven years of running the TC-RTC site, Stephen and I
have come to the decision that we do not want to continue indefinitely.
So we have decided to call it a day and to close down the site in the
course of 2017. The times have changed and we do not expect that anyone
is ready to take over our job and instil new life in the TC-RTC but if
anybody feels the urge to do just that, he or she is welcome to contact us.
There is however, an alternative to the TC-RTC in the making. Normand
Brière, aka DrNo, a stalwart member and participant of the TC-RTC, has
already launched and alternative forum
[http://dev.noware.ca/index.php/en-us/forums/tc-rtc ] replacing the
troubled TC-RTC one [http://tinachepforum.forumup.co.uk/]. He is
planning to launch a new competition site when the current TC-RTC closes
down. More information on that later. The current TC-RTC forum will
remain active for the time being to enable comments and questions.
However, it will be closed down later this year, and before the TC-RTC site.
The timetable for the remaining challenges in 2017 is as follows:
Challenge 1: After the current challenge, one last challenge will be
proposed, running from May till August. *Remember that there are still
two months left for the current challenge 'Anniversary'!*
Challenge 2: Three challenges of two months each will be proposed,
ending in August.
In September, both challenges will stop. However, the site will remain
up till the end of the year at least.
Remains for us to thank you all for your commitment and support.
Thomas and Stephen
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