My RTX experience was great-- so great, in fact, that while I was planning to come back in 2018 I decided I have to come back next year. (I can make it if I cut my vacation to London short and stay somewhere cheaper in Austin, as much as I loved staying right at the Hilton across from the convention center.)
And hey, with next year's RTX not being over the 4th of July weekend my friend can join me! *blasts imaginary confetti cannon in celebration*
I came in Wednesday afternoon and visited the Game Over Videogames store (so fucking cool) and the Kerbey Lane in that plaza, where I met up with one of my roommates, Will who flew in from the UK. We went mini-golfing at Peter Pan Mini-Golf with a small group later that night. It was hot enough that most of us were sweating buckets, but it was a fun time! We stopped at P. Terry's before heading back to the hotel, where I bought some excellent fries that I ate cold like a heathen after a lovely little shower.
Me and Will woke up bright and early the next morning to meet up with two fellow Immersion participants at the P. Terry's around the corner from The Driskill. The egg burger was great, as were the breakfast potatoes, but the nerves started to strike halfway through and I had to give them up for a lost cause, ahaha. I had to stop by the 7-Eleven down the street to pick up some deodorant because I was an idiot and forgot the most important thing in my morning routine. I had two sticks at the hotel, a regular and a trial-size that I meant to put into my ThinkGeek bag just in case.
But hey, three sticks are better than none!
The Immersion shoot was so much fun. Everything was so organized and, despite some technical difficulties every now and then, my fellow participants seemed to have memorized their tasks pretty well. If anything, we were asked to be less enthusiastic! I got some cool pictures there.
Here's Blaine, explaining Immersion! That's the closest I got to him. He was running around like crazy. Major kudos to that guy.
Got this picture of a selfie being taken. Guess who the security guards are!
Me with the wonderful Adam Ellis. I'd like to bring everyone's attention to Blaine upstairs. (Despite the slight blurriness, this is one of my favorite photos because of that unintentional photobomb.)
Me and a rare wigless Michael Jones! This was just after I realized my camera was dead, fml, and it's maybe the third selfie I've taken. It turned out pretty good. Both he and Gavin signed my AH Monopoly board, then Gavin legged it before I could get a picture with him too. Didn't see him for the rest of the weekend, but seeing quite a few other familiar faces made up for it. <3
Got this one with Burnie Burns. He, uh... he blinked. *sags* He signed my RvB book and I was really close to those challenge coins, though! I do have a second photo with him on my phone where he had his phone out and was texting Gavin to see where he'd run off to.
I got a shitty selfie with Matt Bragg at the K1 event I dashed off to, so I won't bother posting that when I have a better picture from my camera for the next entry. I got photos and autographs with Caiti Ward and Jack Pattillo (the third on my board!), and another autograph from Joel Heyman, who was absolutely mobbed whenever he was off the go-kart track.
She's even nicer in person. If you ever have the chance to meet her, do it. <3
Oh boy, I brought out my selfie stick for this since the friend I was standing in line with left shortly beforehand. I got the last photo with him before the raffle because I switched out my Immersion shirt with the Jack Achieve shirt! I was too nervous to see it was still set to video mode. I had to turn the video, take a screenshot and crop it to get a picture out of it. Still have the two second video where we're grinning like idiots and I'll for sure get a better picture at Let's Play Live Chicago, so I'm not concerned. It makes for a funny story!
After that, I listened to the raffle. I put $20 on one of the AH bundles, which then went to Extra Life. The event made ~$10,000 in just five hours! I love the RT community so much. :) I recorded the AH race on my phone, so I may put it up on YouTube at some point.