I've been home almost two weeks and this is my first real opportunity to sit down and write a real recap of my time at RTX 2016. This is the first time since 2012 that I have been able to attend the event, and god damn was it good. But instead of doing a play-by-play, I have a few areas I wanted to touch on to condense my experiences.
Being Back in Austin
The first time I ever visited Austin was for RTX 2012. Back then, I had very little appreciation for the city, mostly in part to my only being there for 4 days. The heat and the atmosphere rubbed me the wrong way and everything felt too busy. This particular trip was my third time to the city, and something about this visit changed my perspective. Maybe it was being down there for over a week that gave me time to settle in and enjoy it more, or maybe it's because I've aged a bit, but I loved every minute of being down there. The way the city felt this time around was invigorating and inspiring. Now I anxiously await my next trip there for numerous reasons. Also the food. Sweet Jesus the food. I didn't get to really try out a lot of the cuisine in my previous visits, so this time around I made sure to. Nothing was disappointing.
RTX has changed a lot since my last visit. Everything felt bigger and busier and it was both exciting and jarring. To think that so much has come from Rooster Teeth is phenomenal, because you really feel like you're among kin when you're there. I got to attend a number of different panels hosted by a myriad of people, both official and from the community, and I think that is a strong testament to what this community has become. When you can attend panels hosted by people like you, it helps to shatter the metaphorical wall that exists between you and the people presenting content to you. Not only that, but there were a number of panels that showed Rooster Teeth still cares about its community and wants its input. I hope the community took something positive away from that.
The Jeff Williams Concert
As soon as I heard Jeff was doing a show during this RTX, I knew I was going to have a good time. The concert at 2012 is one of my favorite memories from that event, so I couldn't pass up the opportunity to see another concert. Getting to spend that concert with some of the people I was with for the 2012 one made it all the better. Jeff never disappoints in his performances, and I loved every moment of it.
The Rooster Speak Party
Oh boy. So. Technically, this was my first time attending the Rooster Speak Meet Up event despite having been present in 2012. It's hard for me to put to words how proud I am of all of the people involved with that community. To have walked into a room with several dozen people, most that I knew or at least knew the name of, was a truly remarkable experience. Getting to meet so many people who I've gotten to know over the months on the server, seeing old familiar faces again, and meeting new people was absolutely outstanding. Hands down, that party was the highlight of my RT-related weekend.
If at any point in this weekend I was introduced to you. If I met you for the first time. If it was our first time meeting in person. If it was just the briefest encounter. If it was my first time seeing you in four years. No matter the scenario or situation, you were what made RTX 2016 matter to me. In all of my life, I have never felt more at home than I did during this trip. Spending so much time with my friends, making new friends, just enjoying myself in good company was unforgettable. I've said it before and I'll say it again: I don't attend RTX for the convention; I attend for the people. Without you, I wouldn't have made the trip. I love you all so much and can't wait to do it again next year. Thank you all for being such amazingly wonderful people.