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October 31, 2014 at 7:57 PM
RoGo Halloween Contest Winner(s)
After a long month of waiting for submissions and reading over them, I am here to announce the contest winners of RoGo’s Halloween Contest of 2014!
Since the first place story was so good, we had to make it its own article. To read the first place story, check out its very own post here.
Story by: deddi
It was a weekend night, a Saturday I think. I was home alone that night since my wife was out of town. So, I had the whole house to myself. I was cleaning up after a quick dinner I made and something outside the window above the sink caught my attention. I saw what appeared to be movement out of the corner of my eye. It startled me and I immediately stopped what I was doing and looked out the window, scanning for anything in the pitch-black backyard.
After a minute or two of trying to see anything through the dirty window, I cautiously went back to cleaning up. I honestly thought it might have been a big bird or something that flew past the window.
No more than a minute or two later, the motion-sensor light about my back patio turned on. Now this will only turn on if a large object passes in front of it. A bird will not trigger the light. I instantly grab the closest, largest knife I see and move slowly to the back door. I could still see the light from the motion-sensor floodlight bleeding through the closed patio door curtains. I remember thinking at this point about whether I should quickly jerk the curtains completely open or try and peek through a slit. I chose the latter.
So, without moving too fast or making a lot of noise I peeked outside and initially I didn’t see anything. However, after a moment I noticed something just out of reach of the floodlight. I couldn’t completely make it out but the color was gray-ish and had a curved shape. It was also moving slightly. The movement was almost like a rocking motion. I remember struggling to make sense of what it was. I was going through everything I could think of trying to explain it. I just couldn’t make it out, I had never seen anything like it.
As I’m standing there, peeking through the curtain at this thing, it stands up! What I was looking at the whole time appeared to have been it’s back as it was hunched over and squatting down on the ground.
Ok, so at this point I’m ready to defend myself. I thought for sure this was some freak in my back yard and he’s going to try and break in. Right then, with it’s back still to me, it slowly turns it’s head to look back in my direction. When I saw its face, I jumped back from the door in fear while making a not-so-manly sound.
I couldn’t believe what I had just seen. The split-second I saw it’s face felt like 10 minutes. It had huge, dark-reddish eyes. I mean huge. The eyes were way too big for it’s face, which was pretty much featureless and expressionless.
As I backed away from the door trembling with the knife in my hand, I could now see a shadow through the curtains. This thing had come up to the door and was standing there! This thing was tall! It had to be at least as tall as me (6’4”) and it was still rocking back and forth which very much unnerved me.
At this point my heart was beating so hard that I actually thought a heart attack was imminent. I clutched the knife and yelled at the figure. I don’t remember exactly what I said but I know it involved some threats and some cussing.
Right then, the floodlight cut off. This in itself startled me for a second. I was still holding the knife but had stopped yelling. Everything was silent, except for my heart beating in my ears. However, it couldn’t have been more than 10 seconds later when the floodlight turned back on. Which made me jump again.
When I looked at the door, the shadow was no longer there so I knew whatever it was had moved. I had a feeling it was still out there though. So, I crept up to the door again completely expecting this thing to jump out of the shadows. I peeked through the curtains and into the backyard. I saw nothing in the light and couldn’t make out anything beyond that. I remember staring for what seemed like hours, but was only a few minutes until the floodlight timer made the light turn off.
After a little while of just standing in my kitchen holding a knife I mustered a little courage and went outside with a flashlight to make sure it was gone. A few sweeps of the flashlight was all I could do before I slammed the door shut and locked it.
I still don’t know what I saw and honestly don’t like thinking about it too much as it just freaks me out. I suppose some would say it was a gray alien, but who knows. All I know is that I don’t ever want to see it again – especially in my backyard.
Story By: gamerdude5
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lion2323:Thank you all for coming to our first RoGo business meeting.
tiger12289: Yes, we are here to discuss ways of getting both us and our fans more active, we are seeing a lot of inactivity from the group and the staff, so we would like to open with Ukenagashi discussing our recent staff activity.
Ukenagashi: Thank you, tiger. The activity levels of our staff have dropped tremendously since we had our last hiring session. Articles are not being made nearly as fast as before, and the group wall on both our staff group and our main group have seen less and less posts, whether it be related or not to what is going on. We are looking for ideas on ways we can get ourselves and our fans more active. So if you have been saving something, now is the time to speak.
[MrAtomikBlaster raises his hand]
MrAtomikBlaster: How about we organize meetings like this more often? This seemed to get everyone up.
Joshuats: Well you all are only here because we made you come here, I doubt you would all decide on your own to show up. Plus it was not easy getting you all to come on at the same time. This was more of a last resort so we can all discuss this together.
[InsanelyLuke raises his hand]
InsanelyLuke: We could add an Author/Editor of the week type of reward so all of the employees can strive for that kind of achievement. Also we could add a counter for how many times that a staff member has won it.
tiger12289: Not bad, I will keep that in mind. Any other ideas?
krispy11: Let’s have an occasional group hangout on games so RoGo staff can interact in a game instead of in a chat.
MrAtomikBlaster: I think that is a good idea.
Ukenagashi: If can think of a way to get people to get online at the same time then that could work.
[scoutwouty, Fiercebyte, chequeredflag1, and JenniferHartson arrive for the conference]
lion2323: These ideas alone won’t get the group to be more active. We need to think big.
gamerdude5: We should raid the-
gamerdude5: [Mutters] Fine… I need to use the restroom.
krispy11: I do, too.
[gamerdude5 and krispy11 exit the room]
scoutywouty: From what I am hearing, the ideas they are thinking up are not too good.
tiger12289: They were alright, but not too ‘big’ if you know what I mean.
Prozaic: I already came up with an idea, I made a contest to see who can come up with the best Halloween story.
scoutywouty: I noticed on the site. I like it but we should-
[All the lights in the room go off]
[Part of the ceiling caves in and falls]
Dornbaum: What was that?!
chequeredflag1/FierceByte: What happened?!
CeruleanTides: What’s going on?!
[Half the lights come back on]
Dornbaum: Is everyone alright?
JenniferHartson: I think so.
[krispy11 returns to the room]
krispy11: I heard a loud noise, what happened??
lion2323: It’s fine krispy, where’s gamer?
krispy11: I don’t know, he wasn’t in the bathroom when I left.
[gamerdude5 returns to the room]
lion2323: Where did you go?
gamerdude5: To the bathroom.
scoutywouty: You are awfully calm about what just happened…
gamerdude5: Oh yeah, I’m magic and I made that happen. I was about to ask what happened but I heard you tell krispy everything was fine.
Dornbaum: So what do we do about the big hole in the ceiling?
tiger12289: Let’s just ignore it and get back to our discussion.
chequeredflag1: You can’t just ignore a giant hole in the ceiling and a sudden blackout.
Prozaic: As I was about to say before… We could have an occasional contest every month or so, and depending on what is going on, we could base the topic off of that.
scoutywouty: That’s a good start.
krispy11: What about my idea? You said you liked it.
scoutywouty: I wasn’t here when you said that.
MrAtomikBlaster: I was the one that said I liked it.
gamerdude5: I also liked it.
scoutywouty: Alright, what was your idea then?
krispy11: We could have occasional staff hangouts on games to get us to interact while we play.
scoutywouty: If you can think of a way to get people online at the same time then that could work.
Ukenagashi: That’s exactly what I said.
gamerdude5: RoGo staff meeting on Apocalypse Rising… We’d rule the server.
Joshuats: We’re getting off track. Anybody else have any ideas they would like to share?
[A loud crash can be heard in another room]
MrAtomikBlaster: Sounds like there’s a ghost to catch.
CeruleanTides: [Starts humming Ghostbusters theme]
lion2323: I’m going to go check on what’s going on… Joshuats continue.
Joshuats: Alright, I brought a presentation on a flash drive that I would like to share.
Joshuats: It is more of statistics than a story.
[lion2323 returns to the room]
Dornbaum: Welcome back, how was your field trip?
FierceByte: Is everything alright, lion?
[lion2323 leaves the room]
JenniferHartson: How do you scare the king of the jungle?
tiger12289: That’s enough… I’ll go look for him.
gamerdude5: I need to use the restroom again.
Ukenagashi: Gamer what did you drink??
gamerdude5: A gallon of Kool Aid.
[gamerdude5 hurries to leave the room]
Joshuats: Alright, everyone settle down. I have the presentation ready.
[Joshuats fumbles around with the projector]
Joshuats: Hmmm, it doesn’t want to turn on.
Prozaic: Have you asked nicely?
InsanelyLuke: Is it plugged in?
Joshuats: Yes it’s plugged in. It might have been shorted out by the power outage. Half of the lights still haven’t even come back on so it must’ve been a bad one.
Dornbaum: I bet lion and tiger are pulling a prank because it’s Halloween.
scoutywouty: I don’t think they would, too much effort went into this for it all to be a prank.
chequeredflag1: That’s exactly what the prankster would say!
MrAtomikBlaster: I wonder who else is in on this prank…
Ukenagashi: I would expect gamer to be making up his own amature prank.
[tiger122989 returns to the room]
tiger12289: I can’t find lion anywhere.
[Ziggyblock enters the room]
Ziggyblock: Sorry I’m late. I had trouble finding the place.
Joshuats: That’s fine, we weren’t getting very far into this anyway.
Ziggyblock: Why is lion in a hole in the ceiling??
[tiger12289 hurries to look]
tiger12289: Lion isn’t up there.
Ziggyblock: Yes he is, I can see him right there… Come over to where I’m standing.
tiger12289: Lion! What are you doing up there??
[lion2323 falls from the ceiling onto the floor]
[Everyone in the room gasps]
scoutywouty: Alright, where’s gamer?!
[A loud scream is heard from somewhere in the building]
Ziggyblock: Alright can someone explain to me what is going on? This is getting weird…
[Joshuats still messing with the projector]
Joshuats: I don’t know.
Prozaic: The high ranks are pulling a prank on us little people…
scoutywouty: It isn’t a prank. I swear!
krispy11: Swearing is against the rules.
Ukenagashi: Everyone calm down, let’s figure out what is going on.
Ziggyblock: Well the door is locked. Typical ghost story, huh?
Dornbaum: Gamer is up to something… And I bet lion is- Where’d lion go??
tiger12289: What? He was just here.
[All of the lights turn off][Everyone gasps]
Ziggyblock: Guys don’t panic. When I was running late I noticed the power going out a lot so I picked up some flashlights from the store.
Prozaic: Some? As in two?
Ziggyblock: Flashlights are expensive…
krispy11: Well we should probably stay here until the power-
[A figure runs from a hallway and tackles krispy11 then runs off]
scoutywouty: That’s probably gamer, chase it!
[Everyone chases the figure until they get to another end of the building]
InsanelyLuke: [Out of breath] You guys realize that we just left krispy behind, right?
[A loud scream is heard from where they came from]
Prozaic: That sounds like krispy…
Ukenagashi: Oh great.
Ziggyblock: At least we still have the flashlights.
JenniferHartson: You just jinxed it.
scoutywouty: So where are we now? I got turned around back there.
FierceByte: Yeah, it felt like we were chasing that thing in circles, and we didn’t even catch it.
JenniferHartson: Are we anywhere near the conference room or what?
Joshuats: We are probably in another section of the building. We only borrowed that conference room for the discussion, we never intended to explore the entire building.
Dornbaum: My heart is still racing from that run.
tiger12289: That thing didn’t look like gamer or lion… We should go back for krispy.
CeruleanTides: Well… We are not really in any position to go back and get him.
JenniferHartson: Should we find a weapon?
chequeredflag1: This is starting to sound like a horror story. I don’t like this.
MrAtomikBlaster: Who has the flashlights?
MrAtomikBlaster: Can I see one?
Ziggyblock: For what?
MrAtomikBlaster: Well can you shine it at my feet? I’m about to trip over everything in here.
[A hand quickly retracts into the darkness]
MrAtomikBlaster: WHAT THE???
tiger12289: That looked like gamer’s glove. When I see him…
Prozaic: Well if that was him where is he now? I don’t think him and his giant pigeon wings can be in this room without being noticed.
[A flapping noise is heard from the ceiling]
Prozaic: Oh god why…
InsanelyLuke: You jinxed it.
Dornbaum: I really regret showing up to this meeting now.
scoutywouty: Well that is why we had it, so you guys would participate more.
JenniferHartson: Well it is sure working out great isn’t it?
Ziggyblock: I don’t see anything on the ceiling. Shall we start going back for krispy?
Ukenagashi: I think we should. Although, I am thinking that krispy is in on this too.
CeruleanTides: I just felt something touch my foot.
tiger12289: Here’s the flashlight.
[A feather is on top of CeruleanTides’s foot]
CeruleanTides: Gamer stop this nonsense!
Dornbaum: Doesn’t lion also have wings? And gamer’s don’t work because they are a hat, not a gear. This might be lion we are dealing with.
tiger12289: How do you know this?
Dornbaum: Before the conference started gamer went around the room bragging about his wings and then lion started flying and got him to be quiet.
scoutywouty: Well we should go back for krispy, I think he-
[scoutywouty is dragged to the ground and out of the room]
Ukenagashi: Don’t let him get away!
[Everyone chases the thing taking scoutywouty]
scoutywouty: [From a distance] Guys help me!
Joshuats: We can’t catch him.
Ziggyblock: Just keep running! We need to find out where this thing goes.
[The thing eventually outruns them, leaving them in yet another part of the building]
FierceByte: So where are we now?
Prozaic: Looks like a stage.
MrAtomikBlaster: Shine the light on the curtains. I want to try something.
[MrAtomikBlaster goes up on the stage]
MrAtomikBlaster: I thank you all for coming to the RoGo conference and-
[Ziggyblock turns off the flashlight]
MrAtomikBlaster: Why’d you do that, I was about to do something.
Ziggyblock: Because I only have the one battery.
chequeredflag1: So what’s behind the curtains?
FiercyByte: Probably a portal to the underworld.
CeruleanTides: I doubt it is anything like that.
[A humming noise is heard from behind the curtains]
FierceByte: I knew it!
Joshuats: I’m going to go look.
[Joshuats walks behind the curtains]
InsanelyLuke: What’s back there?
FierceByte: A portal to the underworld?
Joshuats: Uhhhh… Yeah…
[FierceByte walks behind the curtains]
FierceByte: I knew it! Look at that!
Prozaic: You are both going insane.
Dornbaum: I want to see this.
[The rest of them walk behind the stage]
JenniferHartson: So what is down there?
Ziggyblock: When I point the flashlight down there it goes away.
tiger12289: Same here.
Ukenagashi: Should we go in?
CeruleanTides: Well it’s better than being taken by that thing.
chequeredflag1: I say what is the worst that could happen?
tiger12289: Why would you say that?!
Ziggyblock: Well it is kind of true. If we don’t go down there we might be attacked again.
Joshuats: I am tired of these awful decisions.
Prozaic: I’m going in.
[Prozaic jumps in]
tiger12289: Prozaic, are you alright down there?
Dornbaum: I can’t hear him.
Joshuats: I’ll go in.
chequeredflag1: Me too.
[Joshuats and chequeredflag1 jump in]
FiercyByte: I’d be more comfortable if I could hear what happens in there… But whatever.
[FierceByte jumps in]
tiger12289: Alright, so the rest of us should jump in. Do a little synchronized portal diving?
JenniferHartson: Well it isn’t like there’s anything better to do.
Dornbaum: I’ll go if you all do.
[The rest jump in all at once]
[The portal closes behind them]
CeruleanTides: Whoa, this place is-
[chequeredflag1 silences CeruleanTides]
chequeredflag1: [Whispers] Shhh, look down there.
[There is a big ring carved into rock with symbols around the edges]
Prozaic: [Whispers] I’ll get a closer look.
[Prozaic sneaks down a path towards the ring]
Prozaic: [Whispers] Guys come on.
[The rest sneak down the path one by one]
[The group can see four figures around the ring]
JenniferHartson: [Whispers] Is that lion?
CeruleanTides: [Whispers] I think so, and look, is that krispy?
Dornbaum: [Whispers] So those those two must be scoutywouty and gamer.
Ziggyblock: [Whispers] So what are they doing?
Joshuats: [Whispers] It looks like they are meditating or something.
Ukenagashi: [Whispers] This is really creepy.
FierceByte: [Whispers] What do we do now?
Prozaic: [Whispers] Let’s go and fight-
[The four turn to look at the group]
FierceByte: Oh no.
Joshuats: So what was the about fighting?
gamerdude5: [Loudly] HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
InsanelyLuke: Now look who’s insane.
krispy11: Welcome to the special place in hell where the dark side of us always goes when you perish from an unmerciful fate!
scoutywouty: Let us rejoice in our new guests to fill this vacancy within the circle of death.
Ukenagashi: I don’t see lion anywhere.
gamerdude5: Oh lion? That fellow, I wonder where he could have gone. Certainly not directly behind you.
[The group looks behind them]
[lion charges from behind krispy11]
gamerdude5: HAHAHAHAHAHA They did fall for it like I said they would.
Dornbaum: Why are you four going insane?
krispy11: Insane? InsanelyLuke, Dornbaum would like to speak with you.
[krispy11 charges Dornbaum and drags him into the circle]
krispy11: Oops. It seems he is incapacitated at the moment. Please call back when you are in here as well.
scoutywouty: Yet another addition to our little group of demons.
chequeredflag1: What are you doing to Dornbaum?!
MrAtomikBlaster: You guys are totally mad!
lion2323: Why would we be mad? We are excited to have so much fresh blood to join us in our struggle for total world annihilation.
Dornbaum: Ironically, I finally feel alive!
gamerdude5: One down… One, two, three, four, a lot to go!
[gamerdude5 draws his sword and strikes CeruleanTides]
[gamerdude5 drags CeruleanTides towards the circle]
scoutywouty: Oh goody! Another one towards our side! Again we thank you all so much for your cooperation! It literally means the world to us!
tiger12289: Alright let’s do something… What can we do?
Ziggyblock: I have an idea.
[Ziggyblock points the flashlight at lion2323]
lion2323: [Growls] STOP THAT!!!
[lion2323 attacks Ziggyblock and drags him towards the circle]
Ziggyblock: Stop lion! Remember us?! You work for RoGo- Ugh, finally. I thought the lighter side of me would never shut up!
CeruleanTides: This is going great! They don’t even have the strength to fight back.
Dornbaum: Yes, but they are being awfully quiet.
[tiger12289 pulls out the other flashlight]
Ziggyblock: You really think that will work? Did you not just see me try the same thing?
tiger12289: Trust me I know what I am doing.
gamerdude5: Suit yourself.
[gamerdude5 lunges at tiger12289]
[tiger12289 shines the flashlight at gamerdude5 so brightly he vaporizes]
tiger12289: I dealt with this stuff before. You really think it would be that easy to take over the world?
krispy11: You really think it would be that easy to save it?
[krispy11 lunges at FierceByte and drags him towards the circle]
[tiger12289 shines the flashlight at krispy11 before he gets to the circle]
FierceByte: Phew, thanks tiger!
tiger12289: You might want to close your eyes.
[tiger12289 shines the flashlight at CeruleanTides]
CeruleanTides: We will get you someday, tiger!-
tiger12289: Don’t think so.
Ukenagashi: Mind if I try that thing out?
tiger12289: Go for it.
[tiger12289 gives the flashlight to Ukenagashi]
[Ukenagashi shines the flashlight at Ziggyblock and Dornbaum]
scoutywouty: This just got personal.
[scoutywouty tackles InsanelyLuke and drags him towards the circle]
Ukenagashi: The flashlight is out of battery!
tiger12289: Oh no, I didn’t know the flashlights were so cheaply made.
[InsanelyLuke picks up the flashlight Ziggyblock dropped and shines it at scoutywouty]
InsanelyLuke: Didn’t count on that did you?
[InsanelyLuke runs back to the group]
Ukenagashi: That was a close one.
tiger12289: So all that is left is lion.
JenniferHartson: Ummm, where is he?
[The group looks all over for him]
Prozaic: I don’t see him.
MrAtomikBlaster: Maybe he retreated?
chequeredflag1: So what do we do now? Can we get out of this place?
JenniferHartson: The portal opened back up.
tiger12289: Let’s just leave. If we run into him again we can just zap him with it.
Prozaic: So tiger, did you mean it when you said that you deal with this stuff all the time?
tiger12289: Pssh, no. I never have time to get a drink from the water fountain. Why would I be out fighting monsters with a flashlight?
FierceByte: So what do we do about the ones that died, or whatever happened to them.
Joshuats: I guess that idea about another hiring session isn’t so bad after all.
These stories were not edited. RoGo is not responsible for any spelling mistakes or failure to use grammar. The content of all the stories are original from their creator.