I mentioned in the last post I'll be floating around the RTX all weekend, but there are a few places I know I'll be that you should also totally be at! Not just because I'm there, though. I mean, that's a good reason, but the things are awesome and you should want to experience them anyways!
*There are lots of other awesome things happening that you should go to; this is just a list of things I'm planning on being at.
The Booze Cruise - I have often heard tales of this event but have never been able to attend, BUT NO MORE! This year LoLink and I are both partaking in these shenanigans and I am super excited to kick off RTX with a dedicated 3 hours of hanging with community. The event is already sold out, so if you're reading this going "whaaaa I wanna go!" I'm sorry to say you'll just have to wait until next year.
SideQuest Charity Gala (7pm-11pm, The Line) - If you have never been to SideQuest I want you to stop what you're doing right now and go get a ticket. Seriously, I'll wait. SideQuest is a series of community events that run outside of RTX, put together by an awesome crew that originated from the community all the way back in 2011. The night before RTX they host a fancy pants charity gala where you get all dressed up, mingle with community pre-convention-exhaustion, and check out a ton of cool items that are up for silent auction to benefit charities like Able Gamers, Operation Supply Drop, and Child's Play. You can still grab tickets here.
RT Broadcast Panel (12:30pm, ACC Room 6) - I may no longer be working with them, but I did spend a year as a part of the broadcast crew so of course I have to go to the panel. Mostly just to heckle Michael but shhhh don't tell him I said that. For anyone who's ever wondered how the tech side of all your favorite broadcast shows work (and wanted to hear about all the things that have gone wrong) you're going to want to catch this.
Storyboards, Layouts, and Crowds (3pm, JW 1/2) - Part of the animation festival, this is all about my new job! We're going to show how we craft a scene from start to finish, with all the steps that happen in between to take something from storyboard concept to what you see in the episode release. We've got a couple of RWBY volume 5 scenes on deck and are excited to answer you guys' questions on how we operate. Spoilers: it involves a lot of caffeine.
Animation Mega Panel (7pm, JW 5/6) - GO TO THIS. WE'RE SHOWING A BUNCH OF COOL STUFF AND ANNOUNCING THINGS. YOU CAN SEE GEN:LOCK THINGS THAT I GOT TO SEE TODAY AND FUUUUUUCK I AM EXCITED TO BE WORKING ON THIS SHOW.
OCC Dinner (7pm-9pm, Frank) - ALSO GO TO THIS. Yeah I know it's at the same time as the mega panel, so really half of you should go to the panel and the other half should go to the dinner. Because it's going to be awesome. The Oxford Comma Cafe (more on that below) is gathering the community at Frank, which is honestly one of my favorite restaurants in downtown. Mingle with community and some of the most active current site users while chowing down on tasty foods. We have the upstairs area reserved for us, so just pop in and say you're with the OCC party! You'll be responsible for buying your own food and drinks (when you order say you're with us please so we can hit our minimum for having reserved an area), but it's a dedicated spot to get some chill community time.
Oxford Comma Cafe (12pm, ACC Room 8) - If you are at all active on the site and are not in the OCC forum, you are missing out. And no I'm not just saying that as one of the founders who gets the first post of almost every new page sacrificed in her name. It is the largest and most active forum here, and has achieved that status thanks to the way the core members manage the interactions there. This panel will be about fostering healthy discussion and how to maintain open conversation for the longevity of an online community. I highly recommend attending this, especially if you're the admin of a regional group. Bonus points: you can meet the panelists for this at that dinner on Friday!
Level Up Your Cosplay (1pm, ACC Room 8) - I am super excited for this as someone who loves cosplay and is constantly looking at details going "I have zero idea how to make that happen". Some fantastical cosplayers are going to share some tips and tricks on how to bring your cosplay and props up a notch.