Time to knock this application out of the water.
1 month agoS182Jesus Wookie Jesus RT Scotland
Lets see if I can remeber how to do this....
Figured the best place for summing up RTX London 2018 was back home on the RT Site :)
So, this year I was again a Platinum badge holder, and went down on the Thursday, so that I had more time to chill out and see friends and all that awesome stuff :)
I will say from the get go, that I will not be doing Platinum again though. Hopefully I will convey through this journal my reasons for changing from this. I would definately recommend it though still for others!
This journal has ran rather long...so TL;DR
Much Community enjoyment
300% more panels this year
One of which I was ON!
Not doing Platinum again, much rather hang with Community!
Thursday ended up just hanging out with everyone's favourite Canadian, who used to live in Scotland, Byron :D Its always so heartening seeing him and hanging out with him.
Thursday was also the day of the Let's Party London stream from all under Let's Play. For this, the amazing Tudor had arranged with the same venue for the After Party to have the stream playing, so I went along to do some community tweets and the like from there as poor Tudor had to work (hahahah the Scot beat you into London AGAIN!)
Once that finished ended up at the standard hang out of The Fox @ ExCel with a whole host of people! (Keith, Ciara, Ash, Sparky, Kirsten, Dec, and probably missing people...)
Friday was more of a Tourist day, but not so much for myself, more for the wonderful Jackie, our Community Manager :D Her first time out of the United States and she gets adopted by Tudor and a tag along of me. Go check out her Twitter @geekyfriedrice for her travels, including her first Full English Breakfast (which is weird, it has chips...Scots is better...not that I could manage that hahah) Followed this up with a trip across to the O2 on Cable Cars and a whole bunch of Pokemon Go-ing as well (Defeated a Moltres!!! Didnt catch it though....:'( )
Friday was also a big day as it was the Community Summit as well. This a venture that was started at RTX Austin where all the Admin gets together with RT and talk about how RT can help us and help their community, and was continued at RTX London! What this was, was basically a round(ish) table with Chelsea (Community Support Manager), Jackie(Community Manager), Eric Cherry (Man in charge of setting up the UK Offices after he setup the Australian base), Matt and Burnie. This was a great opportunity for us all to get our community pains and pleasures heard as well as to hear more about the longer term plans for the community and community site. Was also good putting more names to faces, especially long term faces that I've known in one form or another for like 10 years...
Finally, Boat Party, after a quick run to grab my badge, then back to the hotel to change like Superman in a phone box, good times, good craic, most I've seen of London as an adult and the only way to see it. With Booze and away from the rest of the crowds! :D
Saturday, Ask the CEO Panel, even after the Summit, as it was another chance to hear other things Matt and Eric had to say, as well as different views from the wider community on what they want and want to see (100% more panels than 2017!)
Next up, the CommuniTea panel! Good listening to that lot babble on for a while and listening to the questions they got as well (200% more panels than 2017!)
Rest of the day was more wandering around the Con, meeting people, having a few drinks and taking some cool photos where I could before a signing with Jeremy and Ryan.
Saturday was supposed to be the Platinum Party, but I skipped this to hang out again at the Fox and met some more people that I hadnt seen for ages, and just have a general damn good time :)
Sunday, more just exploring the Con, seeing our community member Natalie in the Community Corner displaying her awesome artwork!
Final part of the Con for me, was the panel that I (we, RT Scotland!) was on! This was the CommEUnity panel along with Eoin (RT Ireland), Lena (RT Germany) and Tudor (RTUK) aka A Scotsman, Irishman, englishman and a German walk into a bar... Or the panel to go to when you couldnt get into the queue for Off Topic...This was great talking about our experiences with community and what we try to do with them and trying to build relationships between communities since despite being RT Scotland, RT Germany we're all part of the same big RoosterTeeth Community. Also annouced was our February 24 hour stream for SpecialEffect! Totally not what spurred me to buy a good PC for gaming...nope not at all...
After this, a quick wee rest and shower then off to the After Party where I was bugging everyone for charity! Selling Raffle Tickets for some amazing prizes (all profits to SpecialEffect! Who were also at both the Boat Party and the After Party which was awesome!) and taking photos (with the assistance of the glorious Sparky) and then back to the After After Party and meeting even more people.
All in all, it was a great time, and I realised that the main thing that I am going for is Community. Whether its just hanging out talking killing time between panels and stuff like that, or drinking in the evenings, or just trying to help wherever I can, the Community is what I am going for 100% and am intending to get a weekend pass next year
...And totally am not trying to figure out Austin either....shhhh ;)
Hope this wasnt too rambly and long, and if you made it this far, there are photos in my Gallery hopefully from RTX London 2018!
Until the next time!
1 month agotrevordylan
Dear RT Family,
So this year started off quite differently than others. I was told by one of my friends to start a twitch channel with my twin brother, Rob, because he said we had "a voice." A unique one. This was daunting to us that he felt that way. We were just two guys from a small town in Massachusetts.
Anyways, it took a few days, but we launched it under the name "ImLividTV" (most people just call us "Livid" though). I think the "livid" part just comes from Rob's rage to honest. Don't tell him I said that.
We have met people from all over the world. From the UK to Norway and all the way to Japan. We thought that would be our focus this year outside of filmmaking, but things got even crazier. In a good way. I promise!
It was thanks to an announcement that Rooster Teeth was getting a new RT Games Community Manager that I was lucky enough to meet Cricket. She is amazing, kind and so supportive. There aren't enough words to describe her.
We started chatting and watching her stream some cool games on her twitch channel. And then, she inspired us to venture out to RTX London and meet her in person there.
So here's the thing I have never been out of the country before so this was a crazy thing for me. Plus I'm not the biggest fan of flying, but I couldn't find a reason not to go. I have been a part of the RT Community for quite sometime and yet, I haven't really met anyone who was a part of it in person.
We ended up booking our flights and began our journey to London. We landed and found out that Cricket was not going to be able to make the event. I was definitely sad to hear that, but I know that we will definitely meet someday (Plus she is probably crazy busy with the upcoming release of Bendy and the Ink Machine next month).
She was kind enough to let us know that Jackie, the RT Community Manager would be there. We were able to meet her on our first day and it was great to chat with someone who, also never been out of the country before.
I'm so thankful that Cricket was able to be a voice that pushed us in a direction that we needed to go. The trip to RTX London even allowed us to meet some of the Livid Family who lived in the UK. It was so incredible meeting people who have been so supportive of our shenanigans on twitch. I consider myself so lucky to have all of these people in my life. They are the reason I keep working toward being a writer, an actor, a content creator, and most of all, just being a friend.
We caught the "A Million Pounds Although...," "RT Animation," "RTUK Community," and both "Kinda Funny" Panels during RTX London. We met so many amazing people who were just as passionate as we were. One of the Kinda Funny Best Friends, MC Fixer was someone who I had only met on twitter and he was even more amazing in person. I hope that I am lucky enough to collaborate with him on content in the future.
The friendship he has with Greg Miller is amazing and you can tell the impact that community has had on him. It's these stories that show us why we love being creative and pursing the future we know is possible. They push us to never give up on what you are meant to do.
The truth is, I have no idea where life is taking me, I'm just along for the ride. I am keeping my head up and looking towards the future. The goal from here is finish 2018 on the best note possible and grow more next year.
I'm sending you love, no matter where you are on this marble we call Earth.
Thanks for listening to me get emotional and ramble.
1 month agomiriam RT Ireland
Where do I even begin.....
I honestly didn't think RTXL2018 could beat RTXL2017 but it was in so many ways.
The Expo Family grew, we went from a family of 12 guardians to a family of over 20 both old and new. There is nothing that can beat being a guardian for those few days those people are your family you have breakfast, you work, you have fun, you get dinner, you drink and you bond! I have made friends for life being a guardian. I love being a part of RTX, helping attendee when they are lost or not sure where they should be going, I love being a cog in the machine that keeps RTX going. It hard to explain to others why you take days off work to essential work at a convention but I just don't see it as work because I love it so much!
The RT community is like no other. I try to explain what Rooster Teeth is and how the community is so important and people just don't get it but RTX is the best example of how much our community gets involved. Whether your waiting in line for a panel or just hanging out in the pub after there is always something or some one you can join and have fun making new friends. I got to experience this in three ways, the first was the boat party organised by RTUK, I didn't really know anyone going and I was a little nervous to go but by the end of the night I had made so many friends and bonded with people who I continued to see over the weekend. The second was with the RT Ireland meet up on Saturday night, we were expecting a lot of people to turn up but hoped we get a few, throughout the night we had more and more people join us saying things like 'Oh I didn't know there was an RT Ireland group mind if I join you" and we grew even bigger than night and those people will go on to meet up with us at future events in Ireland. The third one was when I wasn't ready to say goodbye so I went back to a friends hotel and found other RTXer in the bar who weren't ready to let the weekend end just yet but everyone was having fun and moving from group to group and I met people from all parts of the world and it was just a great way to end RTXL!
I have already booked my holiday time off for next year for RTX Austin and once we have dates for RTX London I be sure to book that time off as well because its something I don't want to miss!
1 month agoFaetalFlaws RtLGBT Admin/Guardianx5
Ready for me to get sappy about RTX London again? What do you mean I've worked 3 conventions in between there?
Okay, I'll get to those afterwards, but RTXL is still fresh. Let's goooooo
Oh man. #RTXLondon happened, huh? Every RTX I feel so incredibly grateful to be selected as a Guardian, and this one was no exception. And, this time, I was asked by the lovely Sole to be her co-team lead. And what a team it was. I love our Signatures family, London and Austin.
Our returning teammates were incredible, the new ones were wonderful, and the lines squad that joined us - they consistently went above and beyond.
I want to give a special thanks to our incredible squad leads, Will, Chloe, Jessamy, and Harrison.
Y'all kicked so much butt, took care of your squads, and made sure Sole and I were functional, and I can't thank you guys enough. Really. Thank you for stepping up and being amazing. Love you guys
And the rest of the team, thank you all for being so quick to learn and adapt. We made some changes from last year, and more changes throughout the weekend, and you all picked up on them and adjusted, and made sure the attendees had the best possible experience in our little box. Thank you thank you thank you!
The Guardian fam is incredible, every RTX we rock it. Thank you RTXL guardians for being amazing and making this year even better than last year - I can't wait to see next year!!
And of COURSE, Arileya and Boomer. You're both incredible leaders and community members. This wonderful team is because of you. We see some of your hard work during the weekend, and I'm sure there's so much more behind the scenes that we don't even know about. Thank you for your love and your passion for the RT community, RTX, and the Guardians. Lots of love
I could go on forever about the Guardians, but that wasn't all this trip was. I also got to see Heathers with Jessamy, Amber, Abi, Lauren, and Shantel, and had a fabulous time. Thanks for being lovely friends. Which musical we on for next year?
There was also the lovely RT LGBT+ meetup, which couldn't have happened without Stef/Riga and James Kirk, who are both lovely friends and great community leaders. Thanks for plotting with me and helping the community have a great weekend (and raise money for charity!)
There are so many more people to thank for making this an unforgettable trip (finally meeting Lixxie B who is a sweetheart and lovely person! Watching Rebecca have her signing with Geoff! The Garbo heist! Hair dye and plotting with the sigs girls! Erkan's hugs! Luke organizing Cheer on the Guardians!!)
Tl;DR -was incredible. The Sigs fam rocked it. I have amazing friends in this beautiful community - I wish I could see you all more often than once a year.
Thanks for letting this American be part of something really really grand.
Till next year,
1 month agoSkorche DNG
This is a first journal entry from a very new account but quite a long time RT consumer.
So what made me show up here, eh? It's been a mixture of things. The official answer is that now that I have some extra spending money, I decided to both support this really cool company, and drink straight from the tap at the same time, but there are quite a few other reasons. My first real interaction with anyone from the RT community happened a few months ago when I went to RTX Austin for the first time just to see what's up. It was quite a lively experience. It left me wondering why I hadn't tried it out sooner seeing as how I'm an Austin native that has been consuming RT content since RvB season 1. That event, and everyone in it, including the rather uncouth Bakugo cosplayer who screamed into my ear in a rather Bakugo-esque fashion, essentially sealed the deal that I would be migrating here.
I'm interested to see how much interaction I'll be able to get myself into with this community. I'm interested in what this community does here. I'm also interested in how to handle the incredibly voluminous amount of content on this site, and how to streamline it to my fancy.
At any rate, here I am. I look forward to whatever is in store for me here. If you have any questions, feel free to ask! I'll be around.
1 month agokemery1
It was just incredible!!!
As a fan of Rooster Teeth it really was amazing to attend this event 2 years in a row as an Exhibitor. We had the best weekend chatting to you all and seeing some amazing Cosplay wandering around. What an amazing community we have!!
I wanted to say a HUGE thank you to the attendees, the Guardians, the staff... everyone who visited the booth to have a chat or purchase something from us.
We would love to see any pictures of you guys and your weapons, Aku Aku masks, or your Necklaces etc. Wanna see how they are doing in their new homes!
So please tweet them to @Ziekaru or me @KristanEmery
Thank you all again for making our RTX so special!
Love to you all!
2 months agoPortalBen Mad Inventor
It's been a year, guess that means it's time for another post. Looking back at my feed, it seems to be mostly RTX related, but I think that's mostly because our community are on Facebook and Twitter. Can't wait for some new social tools on here to roll out...
BUT! Until then, I've already posted and shared a bunch of photos I took during RTX, but I've still got a few thousand more to get through. I've been streaming 96% of the process so far and talking about various things while I edit as well as answering questions about photography, being a guardian, ect. ect.
I've been on a bit of a hiatus after I took a week and a half off to Enforce PAX West and got this really annoying illness a few days after I got back that's lasted basically this whole week now... Assuming it clears up tomorrow, I'll get back in gear since I now also have photos from PAX to edit as well.
Until next year! (but hopefully sooner)
2 months agojacktattoo Tattooist at Iron Shoe
Ive never really been vocal at all amongst the community. But I've been here a long while.
So, I missed out last year on tickets for RTX. With being busy at work, It completely passed me by.
But I made a point of getting a weekend ticket earlier this year.
However my mate that was coming along, broke his ankle and can't go. I'll still be heading up regardless. Where I live and amongst who I know, I'm pretty sure I'm the only RT fan other than my friend.
It'll be cool to potentially meet a few people from the community
3 months agoAgentWashingtub008 Crackpot of Coffee
For the uninitiated, I get #VeryExcited for #rtx and for the past three years I have made a series of journal entries covering my thoughts and experiences. This is the series for #RTXAustin2018 and the rest are likely to be found under the #RTXcited tag on the site. Join me, won’t you?
This is not just a swag post. That said, I got a lot of nice things this RTX which I’m going to tell you about in the miscellany that is this post.
The first, and probably most important thing to mention is my Badge. It’s been added to my small collection, but we’ll go on a little journey to find it.
Tucked away behind my jeans, jackets, (jean jackets,) and nicer shirts is a little organizational hanger with all my ties for the occasions I wear fancy clothes. And on the other side of that…
… is where my badges from conventions, school, and other lanyarded things I want to keep are kept.
It is a safe place for my great memories, but it isn’t much of a display. It’s not fair to the buttons and pins I get. So I have a solution.
As you can see, the badges are pretty bare. They are in themselves wonderful keepsakes and that is why I have them but in my mind, pins and buttons as just as much for display. I also don’t know about you, but I want to be able to remember RTX every day with other people. Wearing a con lanyard in public makes people ask questions though…
So I migrate the decorative bits (with purpose)!
Every year at RTX I but or bring something that’s going to be that year’s RTX thing. Last year it was the Epsilon jacket which has my RTX 2017 pin secured front and center under the top button. This year I intended it to be the RT Letterman Jacket which I’ve been needing to get since I got that Double Gold patch way back when, but there was also a sweet RTX Snapback in the RTX #RTBOX which is now half this year’s RTX thing.
See, cool pins all along the hat (First, Extra Life, and Side Quest). I put it on my head and remember the good times. (I also, the day I got home, went out to get comics with my brother and the comic-shop guy saw it and asked if I went. We talked for two hours. I think the hat has earned its keep.)
The jacket still will be an RTX thing. It’ll be covered in patches I got this year (and before) and as soon as it’s done you can bet I’ll show it off.
Speaking of showing off, here’s the rest of the merch I got in the RT Store.
Some pretty cool stuff. I just can’t not get an RvB thing each year, but it is true Camp Camp took up more of the budget than my jacket. I really love that show, almost as much as I think the Ice Queen can be Best Girl when she puts her mind to it. Maybe putting her hear back in a Cib headband might help her concentrate (I doubt it, but I needed to mention it somehow). You can see here all the patches I got from the store and The Coop. I really liked the Coop and its merch but that stuff was EXPENSIVE and I’ve still got some tin posters to buy.
But, maybe by favorite thing of all is the RTX exclusive “Never Stop Trying” shirt. It has that great cartoony style I love from this year’s RTX branding. It has the positive other half of my favorite line in the show. It’s very comfy. And it has some actual importance to this post I’m writing on #rtcommunityday right now.
For all the fun stuff I get from RTX, what I take away from it every time is a reinvigorated sense of just how much the #rtcommunity means to me and a passion to do my part in it.
RT asked us on twitter for pictures and favorite moments from RTX to retweet over RT Community Day. You all have seen the pictures (I wanted to attach them all, but twitter only allows 4) but here’s what I wrote:
It's hard to pin it down because every moment of #rtxaustin is a reminder of the welcoming, talented, and just best community ever (of all time) that I have become a part of. RTX is coming home to these people and that keeps me very excited for every year.
Maybe I’m being a little sappy, but there it is. I may get a lot done at RTX and all of it gets me #VeryExcited , but a greatest moment? I am immersed in the RT community from the moment I put on my daily outfit and funny socks to when I flop into my bed then have to get back out and turn on my light to find my eye cover so I can actually sleep a few hours for a whole weekend. It’s pretty hard to top that.
Yet I think I’m gonna try.
I planted the seeds of this all the way back in Part 1 of this threequel. RTX 2018 marks the start of the Year of Participation for me. I’m getting more involved with groups. I’m gonna finish this pass at Red vs Blue Rec0very. I have enough RT shirts now to wear one every day of the month (if I so choose). I’ve got some actual video content actually in the works. Where this year will take me is unknown, but there’s one key to getting there.
Remembering where I came from to this community and applying that. If I don’t do anything else this year I’m going to do my best to have one 008 Update* for every calendar week. I’m a writer. I have thoughts best conveyed in words that I want to share with other people. They aren’t all going to be 20+ page behemoths and not all of them are necessarily going to be directly RT related. The connection will be I’m writing them for you guys, the RT Community. It’s stuff I’m making because I’d want to read it and I’m hoping a bunch of like-minded friends on the internet will enjoy it too. That sounds kinda familiar…
*I really mean I’ll be doing “A Written Post” every calendar week. Scripts for Rec0very and review posts count for that, as do other fictions I may decide to share and a planned series I have that isn’t just a blog but might start under the 008 Update banner.
It’s a little ambitious but this community is worth it to me and I can always use the practice writing. By calendar week I mean every Monday-Sunday and that is so I can visualize all of this on my calendar easier and make a checkmark. It also gives me the leeway of more than seven days on occasion.
Again, I don’t know what shape this year is going to take. I also may miss a few. I’m not perfect, but what’s important is I’ll never stop trying. This community and this place means a lot to me, so I will keep coming back. I hope you will too.
You can also expect, along with part 5 of RTXCited 2018: The Threequel a lot of fun shenanigans and doodles, like me achieving a nice lunch or little doodles to up my word count by a couple thousand (metaphorically) and explain some stuff about how I see myself and the world. I even got a new set of markers.
3 months agopingpongsong pro dog petter
I haven't posted on here in a year, which is, yikes. I guess thats how it goes around here for me, every once in a while I'll update my journal in which no one will see. That's fine, it's for me.
I'm moving to San Marcos from Dallas on Saturday where I'll begin my journey in Electronic Media at Texas State. I'll be closer to the democratic South, the fun of Austin. And I won't have to book an airbnb to go to RTX or ACL. So that's fun. My dog is about to turn 3, so I'll be throwing him a birthday party with my roommates, but that means I'll have to get every dog a cake that's in my cottage (there will be 3 or 4 others, which im so fuckin stoked for).
Anywho, I hope I can find some people down there into RT so we can go to RTX next year. I was sad to miss it this year, and almost bought a Sunday pass until I partied the night before and was dead afterwards. But it's fine.
I'm seeing Twenty one pilots in November in Dallas. I'm stoked about their return and somehow became an even bigger fan in the fast 4 months. 6th times a charm, and hopefully I'll meet them this time; the last time i saw them was at Hangout fest last year when it got rained out and ended early. It's always a blast seeing them live, it's like they give me my soul back lmao.
okay bye bye
3 months agoDarkBowler Photographer
So that wonderful time of year known as RTX has come and gone and you know what that means…..Connor has a lot of photos and a lot of work ahead of me. Well this time I worked on my pipeline and workflow and thus after shooting RTX for 7 years I finally have been able to get photos out within a week of the convention (or at least the first batch). So here you go, I will post more journals as I get more done but here are the first 2 batches of photos from Friday and Saturday of the Convention. I still have Sunday, The Jeff Williams Concert, Booze Cruise, Sidequest, and a ton of videos to do so stay tuned.
The photos will be free to download until the next RT Community day Aug 15th and then I will lock them for view only. While they are free and I am so glad people enjoy my work if you want to throw me a few bucks to keep the website running I would be very grateful. If you can’t then that is fine too and I hope you enjoy the photos.
I know all of you amazing people are wonderful and wouldn’t do anything like this but I must put it in black and white so here is the legal mombo jumbo. These photos are for personal use only and may not be used for any promotional or commercial purposes without the express written consent of Connor MacRae Media. In addition while sharing is encouraged any modification of the images including (but not limited too) cropping, removal of watermark, post processing, and/or claiming of work is strictly forbidden. If you wish to use any material for promotional or commercial purposes please contact me using the “Contact Us” link at the top of my website.
Hope you all enjoy the photos.
-Connor MacRae aka DarkBowler
That Crazy Camera Guy at RTX
3 months agoBrunty023 Level 24
So, it has been two weeks since I touched down at Austin, TX!
And it has been a week since RTX Austin!
To perfectly sum my first ever experience in the US, I can honestly say this...
IT WAS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!!
Everything about the eleven days I was there was a whole new world!
It took a while to get used to how the US does things, but it was legendary!
RTX Austin was absolutely amazing to experience the main event at where it all began!
Now a 4x RTX Guardian, because of 3x RTX Sydney Guardian and now the 1x RTX Austin Guardian!
It was an absolute pleasure to be a Guardian at my first RTX Austin and it will not be the last!
This is my Volunteering Cycle for 2019...
- RTX Austin (Round 2 for Guardian FOR SURE!!)
- RTX London (if I wasn't moving to Melbourne, I would have done it this year. BUT, the plan is to do it next year)
- PAX Australia (because I still have a few left in me and it's still awesome)
That's what 2019 looks like and I can't wait to do it all again next year at Austin!
3 months agoSailorTweek RTX Head Guardian
It's been a week since we closed the doors on RTX 2018.
I can say that not only was this the smoothest RTX ever, but it was also the smoothest show I have EVER worked.
I wanna gush for pages, but I'm exhausted IN THE BEST WAY.
Thank you all for making RTX so terrific. The Guardians who worked their asses off and showed the world how powerful and wonderful they are - the attendees who emit the essence of convention positivity- the content creators coming together to bring substance to the show - the RT Events team and the other planners and check-signers for RTX - Mixer for streaming the action and those of you who watched from home. I'm forgetting departments/teams, but know that my heart is full of love and appreciation for you all.
EVERYONE who has their hands in RTX made this all happen. THANK YOU
I love this show more than I can explain. RTX is the most important event in my world. I'm so happy that this year was stellar. I walked out of the ACC upright, proud, and almost ready to do it all over again the next day.
I felt the very same pride, community love, and appreciating that I did walking out of RTX 2011.
Thank you all for the BEST RTX EVER...
...OF ALL TIME.
3 months agoTropes Dead Set On Adventure
This year everything was different, and it was definitely for the best.
As some of you already know, last RTX was why I stopped drinking. I was in a dark place at the time, and I essentially browned out for four days.
That led to my decision to go sober. I went too hard for too long and I realized that I was coping with my problems in an unhealthy way that could hurt people. I decided to quit, and also to be a better, stronger person than I had been.
And that... led to the best RTX, possibly the best week, I've ever had.
You all took me back with open arms. Despite the fact that the last time you saw me I was a sloppy, sad mess. If talk of my sobriety came up at all it was to be encouraging and congratulatory.
Despite the lack of alcohol I still made a point of causing as much chaos as possible, to bring up the energy in any room I was in, to be ready with a kind word or joke wherever one was needed, and everyone responded in kind in a massive feedback loop of friendship and joy.
RTX is the start and end of my psychological year. It's where I take stock of my last year's worth of choices and decide the course of my next one. I think I made mostly good choices this time, because I knew I wanted to be deserving of your friendship, so last year was the Year of Emotional Redemption. I'm still not in a perfect place, and we are still living in a hell world that's careening towards capitalist dystopia. But you guys are why I'm strong enough to deal with it. When I need a reason to get up in the morning or hit a low point I think of you. When faced with a choice I consider what would make me worthy of you. So this next year is going to be the Year of Moving Forward, where I take my good choices and build on them. The me from RTX 2017 is dead, and now I'm going to improve the me that took its place!
Thanks to you I'm completely revitalized, and ready to take on the world! If you ever need a kind word or shoulder to lean on, come find me - it's the least I can do!
See you in 2019, as even better and stronger people than we already are!
3 months agoOboeCrazy Freelancer
4 of my closest friends I only see in person once a year. Thanks to this little D&D podcast we do I get to also play games with them, and do extra special things like play that game in front of a live audience for charity.
Thank you Jack, Jonathan, Juls, and John for being my friend and filling my RTX with D&D joy.
If you missed our live game, you can see the archive of the video here: https://mixer.com/RTX-Governors?vod=47299221
Eventually that game will be in cannon in our podcast, which you can find here: dungeondrunks.podbean.com
And thanks to our Patreon we got new art commissioned by Luke McKay:
Thank you everyone. Let's do it again next year.
3 months agocatladyrai Cat Lady
I'm so glad I was able to make it out to my first RTX. It was more than I could've have imagined. Seeing my first Rooster Teeth personality, I literally shook as I asked Miles Luna and Ellie Main for a photo. My nerves definitely got the best of me. And rightfully so, as this was my first interaction with any RT people since I started watching RT content in 2011.
While waiting in line to enter the exhibit hall on Friday, I was next to two very lovely people. Jennifer and Anthony were very kind, gave me some tips and tricks. We traded rainbow goldfish and nature valley bars while we waited. And then in queue for the first panel I attended, I met Ben and Steven. These guys were fun to hang out with. We ended up playing some Jack Box on Steven's Switch while we waited to enter Hall 1. Luckily, the panels they were going to were pretty much the same as me and so we ended up hanging out for most of RTX. I'm not a terribly shy person in general. But I definitely felt like I could push my boundaries of meeting people since I know I had much in common with the rest of the attendees.
The only regrettable thing all RTX was that I never got a photo with Anthony and Jenn or Ben and Steven. I hope that next year we all see each other again, and I can finally get a photo with my new friends. Guess, I have more to look forward to next year.
3 months agoItalianChick KingQuint
so I totally forgot to get any pictures of my beast boy cosplay from RTX austin 2018 but quite a few people took pictures with me so I was wondering if anyone has them that they could send me?! I would really hope I searched instagram to no avail. :( i was fancy beast boy with a purple button up and grey vest!
3 months agoJDunlap
Surprise, I'm writing a journal!
I have so much to unpack that can't be contained in one journal. There's stuff say say about RTX, the community site, the community projects I'm involved in, and the future of my involvement with the community. Some of it will have to wait for a future journal.
First off, RTX was great. There were highs and lows, and in betweens or "neutrals". I've had higher highs and lower lows, but it was an above average experience. As I have done in past years, during the previous iteration of the community site, I will break it down to each individual day with a brief summary of the highlights and obnoxiously tag people. The search functionality on this site is impossible to find, but I'll do my best to get everyone.
I'll probably write a journal soon about my journey in the world of Magic: The Gathering, but how it currently relates to RTX is I got home late Monday night from traveling to a Magic tournament out of state, and had only one day to rest and get ready to go to Austin. Gina had to check on her research project at school on Wednesday morning, so in the early afternoon, we packed, dropped off the kids at my mom's, and drove to Austin.
This year our condo consisted of: Alex @kaosblack21, Tristan @Shagrazir, Bree @WomanFriday, Tony @tonyski, Matt @ALousyCopilot, Connor @DarkBowler, and a few others whose RT usernames I don't know: Brett and Haley from RTLV, and Krys the Guardian. We ate Russian cuisine with complimentary vodka shots (I may have had a few extras), then walked to Amy's for ice cream. By then it was getting late so Gina began the trek home. It's just as well, because when we got back to the condo we busted out Jack Box on Tony's Xbox and played Quiplash, Drawful, and Murder Trivia.
While the Guardians headed in to prepare for the convention, a group of us walked to the RT World Summit for community admins. Brett came to represent RTLV and Matt and I represented BIGBITE Media. This was one of the major highlights of the weekend and I want to personally thank @kriss (who I finally got to meet and is now one of my favorite people) and @Chelsea (who was already one of my favorite people) for organizing it.
The long and short of what I got out of the summit, other than making some new friends, is I am excited for what the future holds for the community portion of the RT site. More on that in a future journal.
Before leaving for the summit, I realized I had left my suit bag in the car that was now 2 1/2 hours away. I let Brian know at the summit that I would likely be late to setup for SideQuest due to this issue. Once it concluded, I hopped an Uber, bought some dress pants at JCPenney, and arrived fashionably late to help finish up setup for the Charity Gala.
Over the course of the SideQuest events this year, I didn't see many of my friends that I have grown accustomed to getting to hug, high five, or talk/drink with, but the most important thing is we raised $15,000 for charity and everyone had a good time all weekend. This was my third year as a Spectre and fourth year attending SideQuest (I didn't know about it my first year and could only afford to drive down for a few hours to do the Player 4 Podcast panel in 2016), and I hope to continue to volunteer for this amazing organization.
After the gala ended, I met up with some RT World admins at Shakespeare's, bought a $5 pitcher of whiskey + coke
(none of my university students follow me on here, right??), and partied with the SideQuest folks. Also, it is always great to talk to @Josho, one of the few friends still with me since my old RT account. I look forward to your album when it's finished!
For me, the first day for RTX was dedicated to preparing for the Camp Camp press roundtable, knocking it out of the park, and that's about it.
Last year I don't believe I had an RTX badge, focusing instead on working at the SideQuest booth and working at their events. Having a press badge this year for BIGBITE was a new and great experience. I've been hesitant in the past about applying for one, mostly because of the time investment, but the new roundtable format (when properly enforced) was a good idea.
At the Camp Camp presser, Matt and I did just that: we knocked it out the park and asked some awesome questions. After having noodles with Bree and Hayley, I decided I would cook for the condo. About an hour and a half later, my HEB groceries arrived and I set to work cooking a giant shepherd's pie for anyone who wanted it.
This was the morning of the BIGBITE content creators panel. Most of us had never met, or had only met in passing, but we did our best and got several compliments on a well run panel. Shoutout to all the BIGBITE folks whose usernames I don't know.
After lunch, I had a pretty quiet day leading up to SideQuest. I don't remember an awful lot from the Barlympics, but I do remember sitting at the nametag table, making a lot of friends, and drinking everything set in front of me
(no seriously, none of my students follow me here, right?).
I started off Sunday with a splitting headache. After resting for a bit, I had lunch and watched Nomad of Nowhere with Matt to prepare for our press roundtable, which we crushed once again (strong arm emoji). A few hours later was the ... shall we say "interesting" Founding Fathers roundtable. Don't get me wrong, I love Matt, Burnie, and Geoff. Great people.
The presser was poorly run/moderated and resulted in 2-3 people asking most of the questions. Matt and I barely got a single question in at the end (thanks to Burnie, who let us get in our question because he's a class act), and I recall at least one other journalist not getting a chance to ask a question. All that said, we asked our top question and got a good answer. Afterwards I shook Matt Hullum's hand, and was pleased and surprised that he remembered me from our conversation about music at SideQuest 2014.
As we do every year, @lttlecaboose and I met up briefly to say hi and have a drink before she went to RS and I went to SideQuest. As she has done in the past, Kristen also attended my panel. We all need supportive friends in our life, don't you agree?
The RTX SideQuest wrap-up party was, for me, far slower than it's ever been. I ended up only seeing about 4 people I knew outside the SQ staff. I made sure everyone else was having fun by monitoring various parts of the upstairs area, and chatted with a few people like my good friend @Matt317, Dominic, and Brian of SQ (who will be on Player 4 Podcast soon). After midnight, when the event was officially over, I wandered off and returned to the condo.
It was a slow morning as everyone gradually woke up and got ready for the day. A few of us from BIGBITE had a short meetup at Starbucks - Matt, Sean, Sean's friend, and I. Eventually, a large group met at Rudy's to have our annual BBQ lunch. If photo sharing was working, I would show the pictures we took, but you can find them at the link above (the big group photo was taken after I left to put the kids in the car).
Gina came with the kids to join us and eventually take me home. I bought enough BBQ to last us well over a week because why not? The process of packing everything and cleaning the condo took around 2 hours, so the kids made sure to be as loud as possible and make friends with everyone.
Finally, it was time to say goodbye. We only live 2 1/2 hours away, so we could have left at any time during the day, but everyone was ready to check out of the condo and go their separate ways.
In 2016, it wore on me all year that I hadn't been able to see my friends for longer than about an hour (a little longer with @xcalante and @Nabohs at Gus's Chicken). I basically showed up to do the P4 panel, ate some food, and went home. It was rough.
This year, while I didn't see everyone I wanted to hang out with, I saw pretty much everyone I talk to online on a regular basis, like my P4 co-hosts, BIGBITE family, Minecraft crew, and others. I even made some new friends, which I'm not exactly the best at offline.
Almost every year I've come home from RTX, I've returned with renewed purpose, direction, and inspiration. I hope to continue this trend again in 2018.
3 months agoCrackedBrain
Just got home a bit ago from the drive from Austin, TX back home to Utah. This year's RTX was my first, and will DEFINITELY NOT be my last. I had an amazing time with my friends that I brought with me. Met some amazing new friends and people I hope to collaborate with soon. Ran into people that I have only talked to online. And honestly just had the time of my life.
I am excited that sooooo many people liked the Tucker cosplay I worked very hard on. I love to cosplay and always want to show something that everyone will enjoy. Despite the numerous issues that I ran into, I am happy with how well everything went. And this has only motivated me even more to work on something big for next year, blargh!
Some truly amazing things happened over these last few days, and I don't think that my life will ever be the same. I hope everyone else that attended had fun. And hopefully a few more people feel exactly the way I do.
3 months agocyberdork117 TheQuestCrafter
This was the best RTX I’ve ever been to by far. Met with some amazing community members and got to make some excellent new contacts at the community summit. We’ve got some really awesome and cool things coming down the pipeline for RT LGBT and just myself as well. Really can’t wait and I’m look so forward to next year!