I had this whole thing typed out, and it was a beautiful rendition of my weekend, but I took a break to take a shower, and my computer decided to FUCKING UPDATE, so I lost this whole thing. This is take two, hopefully it's at least half as good as the first time I typed this journal.
RTX was a blast, and I had a ton of fun this whole weekend. Before I get into it, I want to give a shout out to the guardians for a wonderful job this year, you da real mvp. I also want to mention the clusterfuck that was security on Friday. I'm not mad at RT or the guardians, but I am disappointed in the Austin Convention Center's security. As someone who works security, I saw they were not prepared and they really messed up on Friday by only having two metal detectors. They eventually remedied this by getting a third, and for Saturday and Sunday having a whole room dedicated to security with plenty of metal detectors, but it still doesn't change the fact that they were not prepared. What I heard was that the ACC decided that RTX needed security three days before the event, and that's too short of notice. I also want to point out that security checks were only happening for the exhibit hall and not for panels, and for general security what happens if something bad were to happen at a panel? Doesn't seem like this was all the way planned through. Lastly, my dad went into the exhibit hall multiple times with a pocket knife in his backpack, and from one security guard to another WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU DOING?!? IS THIS AMATEUR HOUR? YOU HAVE ONE JOB!!!!! Ahem... like I said, I'm not mad at RT or the guardians, they did a great job making sure Saturday and Sunday were better, but man the ACC security fucked up.
Anywhore, to the recap of the weekend: Thursday, I drove into town with my dad and @teFlyingNinj . We got registered and went to Fado's for dinner and bevs. We ended up having an impromptu meetup when @Ratatoskr , @RWBimbie , @Lamkia , @Izayer and @Treanomaly showed up. We had some drinks and told some stories, had laughs, and at one point Treanomaly started talking about Australian accents and made me laugh so hard I was crying. We left to get food never forget the kebabs... but got sidetracked when my drunken father took us into the Driskill hotel for more drinks. There we met up with @madmanmoe , @Joron093 , @Jaron097 and a few others (sorry for not tagging everyone, I didn't catch everyone's usernames, plus I was drunk at this point so I don't quite remember who all was there). We all left the Driskill and went down 6th street, got some pizza, and some of us drifted off while the rest went into Pete's Dueling Piano Bar. After a few songs we all went back to our hotels and called it a night. I sobered up and posted into the OCC Discord server about sobering up before bed while listening to Incubus. Afterwards I realized how odd that sounded, especially when thinking about which Incubus song I was listening to.
Friday: Got up at 9 to get some breakfast then walked to the convention center with Ninja. Stood around waiting for the RWBY panel line to start up when my dad showed up, so he and I decided to get lunch at (guess what) Fado's. We got back to the convention center and played Line Simulator 2017 for about an hour until we got into the exhibit hall. Once we finally got in, we went to the RT store (where I spent too much money), then went by to see @lukemckay and got a drawing done while catching up on the past year. It was pretty funny when I told him I was the one who made Jeremy in RWBY, Geoff in RWBY, and Sad Geoff. Afterwards, we wandered around, went by the Mega64 booth and talked to the guys. I thanked Shawn (again) for something nice he did for me a few RTX's ago, and got a picture with the crew. After a little more wandering around the floor, my dad, Ninja and I went back to the hotel room for a little bit before going to Salvation Pizza for the OCC meetup. (Instead of tagging everyone from the OCC, I'll just post the forum page HERE and the group page HERE.) The meetup was a ton of fun. We ended the night with a few rounds of Uno and Million Dollars But (many "here's looking at you, kid" were had) before heading back to our respective hotels.
Saturday: Got some breakfast and walked to the convention center (met up with @GreenBull92 ) to see the Halo panel. It was an interesting panel, they had about 5 minutes of announcements followed by 55 minutes of Halo Match Game. It's not exactly what I was expecting, but funny nonetheless. Went to the exhibit floor and hung out at the food court when we saw Gavin. Of course, a group of people wanted to get a picture with Gavin. Instead of getting in line, I decided to start photobombing all of their pictures. I stood behind Gavin for a couple of minutes as he kept getting pictures with people and signing things. At one point I walked up to him in between pictures and told him "Hey Gavin, just to let you know, I've been photobombing pictures behind you for a while now." He laughed, and said "So you're in like ten photos and I didn't know?" I replied with "Closer to thirty or forty." He let out a loud "Jesus!", to which I stated "I was back there for a while hahaha." A few minutes pass and he gets through majority of the line, so I decide to walk up to him again and ask for a real picture. His response was gold: "Actually, how about you take a picture and I'll photobomb YOU." And thus, I now have a picture of Gavin photobombing a selfie. After that, We went upstairs to the Music of RvB panel. Got to talk to @nico and @DavidLevy and invited them to get drinks later. We went back to the exhibit floor and wandered a bit more, met shifty Larry at some point, played The Ultimate Drinking Game with the creator, then went to the Behemoth booth where we saw @AgentWashingtub008 and got separated when my dad wandered off again. We eventually went back to the hotel and met up with my sister and soon-to-be-brother-in-law for happy hour. Got some drinks and met up with Ninja and Lamkia right when they needed to make a quick cosplay repair. The we went on down to (fucking guess) Fado's and had dinner and bevs when Nico and his friend (I'm really sorry but I forgot his name) showed up. Unfortunately David was busy, but we still had fun. If you ever have a chance to hang out with Nico and David, they're a blast. After that, we went on to our respective hotels for the night.
Sunday: Breakfast and a slow walk to the convention center. Wandered around the exhibit hall (you're catching a theme here, right?) until going to the How To Start A Game Company panel. Another interesting panel, although most of the info I already knew, there were some good tips shared there. Exhibit hall wandering happened, ended up meeting Max and asked him if he's seen Sad Geoff. He said he hadn't, but he "loves sad Geoff" and said he'd definitely check it out. My dad and I continued, played a few games like Battlesloths, Black Ice, and (I think the name was) My Lost Robot Body. Later met Griffon and (jokingly) apologized for Sad Geoff. We met back up with Ninja and Lamkia and went in search for Tex-Mex (because Lamkia never had Tex-Mex before). We trekked many blocks west to a restaurant that apparently served Mexican food but not Tex-Mex (we actually had trouble reading the menus). We walked many blocks back up to 6th Street to a Tex-Mex place when I finally remembered there was a Tex-Mex place LITERALLY right next to the convention center. It was quite the brain fart, but we already sat down so we weren't getting back up. Had dinner and walked back to the car to start the drive back home. Ended up driving back through a storm, but got home safely (although it was really funny when I hit a puddle and scared the shit out of Ninja hehehe).
All in all, the convention was so much fun, and I'm glad to have not only been there again this year but to hang out with so many of my friends that I see all the time online. If you read through that wall of text, congratulations you made it through the gauntlet. If you skipped down to the bottom for a tl;dr then get your ass back up there and read, you don't get congratulations unless you read it.
Lastly, here's an imgur album of my pictures from the event.
Hope to see you guys there for RTX 2018.