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Beccy is the EU Community Manager and has the funny accent to prove it.

Her role is to "maintain the European presence on the site", which primarily involves refusing to cater to American spelling conventions. She moderates the forums and cblogs, heads up the UK regional group mailer and organises various meet ups throughout the year. She can be found at the European cons and expos surrounded by other people with funny accents, though she has been known to stray to the other side of the Atlantic on occasion.

Self-proclaimed master firer of Jaffa cannons.

Ethics disclaimer: She's credited in Vlambeer's LUFTRAUSERS and spends an inordinate amount of time hugging indie devs at expos. Naturally, she takes no part in the reviewing of such games. Even though they're GOTY.

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Perhaps less interestingly, that's also me. Or rather, used to be. As mentioned in my last (read: only other) C-blog post, my name is still Beccy, I'm still a student from the UK and I still love video games. The only difference is that from November 1st, I'm your new European Community Manager. Yo.

I write this from France, having moved here two weeks ago to teach English, and can owe my continued existence to my near continuous use of Google Maps and copious amounts of ice tea. I joined Destructoid last August, and can be seen flitting between the forums, Steamtoid, IRC and the EU mailer. Since joining, I have attended the Eurogamer Expo (twice), gamescom, several meet ups (two of which I hosted), and logged an inhumane number of hours on Skype and various social networking sites. In short, interacting with you guys has become a large part of my daily life and I consider many of you family. The type of crazed extended family one normally doesn't discuss in polite company, but family nonetheless.

My new role came along after our beloved Hollie Bennett accepted a position at Namco Bandai as their new Consumer and Community PR in the UK. In a real testament to just how much Hollie accomplished at Destructoid, her role is being split in two: my new partner in crime, Becca Roberts, will be taking over Hollie's PR duties and continuing BritToid, while I'm taking over the community aspect, namely running the EU Mailer, maintaining the EU presence on the site and organising the NARPs and European expos. In short, I'm all about you guys. Yay!

(We're all well aware of the inevitable confusion that will arise from Beccy and Becca. Sorry.)

This is Dtoid EU (well, a large contingent of it) in our third year at the Eurogamer Expo. We're on a tank. It's what we do. In a nutshell, my role is to ensure that next year we need an even bigger tank. So get involved! We eat obscene amounts of barbecue pork, drink cocktails, sing karaoke and occasionally play games. The best way to do this is to sign up to the EU Mailer via Google Groups here.

Any questions, suggestions or torrents of abuse from angry Scotsmen can be directed to beccy@destructoid.com or @chromatogram on Twitter.

Also, cocks. <3

My name is Beccy, I'm a student from the UK, and as you may have guessed, I love video games. No, this is not a skeet skeet introduction forum-style. This isn't about me, really. This is about the Destructoid community and how amazing you all are.

For all intents and purposes, this weekend should have been a nightmare. I've had very little sleep and about as much food. My accommodation plans with friends fell through, and I had to book an earlier (and stupidly expensive) ticket home to avoid the scheduled tube strikes. And in true British style, it was pissing it down for a good portion of the weekend.

I've actually had one of the best weekends I've had all year, and it's all thanks to the people I met from Dtoid UK.

I started lurking here in June and joined in August. I wasn't even planning on meeting up with the community because I hadn't interacted with anyone else going besides Tarvu before, and I didn't want to be the awkward newb gatecrashing the party. But after meeting Tarvu and some other Dtoiders in a developer session and my plans with friends also falling through for the evening, I was later traipsing through Chinatown in the pouring rain looking for the karaoke bar. (Read: I followed Hammertiem. If you've ever been to any Chinatown, you'll know this is like looking for a needle in haystack.)

I was treated to various renditions from every genre you could think of -- Pew's Britney Spears performance and Ash's YMCA dancing were particularly memorable -- and somewhere between Gay Bar and Never Gonna Give You Up, I knew that Destructoid was the community for me. I'm normally a fairly reserved person, but before I knew it, I was singing Outkast's "Hey Ya". Badly. (Thanks, TheToiletDuck.) And then I even sang The Killers of my own volition.

As I went to thank Hollie for the evening, I said that this wouldn't have happened anywhere else, and I truly believe that. I joined in August (August!), and the people from Dtoid have been some of the most welcoming I've ever had the fortune to meet.

And the games? Yeah, they were good too.

Everyone I met this weekend, however briefly, was awesome, and my only regret is that I wasn't able to stay longer on the Sunday. Thanks for the welcome, Dtoid UK; I think I'm going to like it here.

Oh, and next year? I'm studying in France. I fully intend on still going to the expo. That's how much I enjoyed it.
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