So I still have my perfect RTX attendance record. It's funny how my attitude has changed over the years. RTX is a blast to attend, but I am totally unwilling to wait in line for hours or jump into the surprise flash mob of people scrambling to get an autograph or picture with any of the RT A-listers. Or even waiting a couple of hours to see some of the bigger panels, I couldn't care less when it usually ends up being about 10 minutes of good BTS stuff or conversation between the people I waited to see, and then turns into 50 minutes of Q&A because they didn't plan on anything else to show or talk about. But anyway, back to what really enjoy out of RTX and the entire RT community as a whole.
It's rare to find someone grumpy. It's such a good atmosphere, I adore the place. Pretty much every elevator ride was filled with excited talk to total strangers about what we were going to see that day. We (and when I say we I mean me and my mom) happened to have 2 elevator rides with Jesse Boyd, who is Jake from Day 5. He is such a nice guy!
One of my favorite panels was the Ladies of RT Animation. They were all so nice and had a really good amount of helpful information to share about their experience in the industry. Which brings me to my favorite panel(s) of all time, the three day VFX lab by Brian and Andre. Getting to see the process and be a part of making bumpers for my favorite Youtube channel was so cool. There is a decent chance in a few weeks that you'll see a post here with me going "LOOK ITS MY PHONE AND FINGERS!!!" and having a right good freak out about it. It was so fun. Mega 64 is still Mega 64, been to every one of their RTX panels, they never disappoint. Well, they might disappoint one day if they ever decide to not show The Bookstore, we'll see.
I went to a professional game of Ultimate Frisbee! Caleb's team put up a hell of a fight, but Dallas stole the win in the end. I am by no means a sports person, but that game was so fun to watch! I bought a shirt and said hi to Caleb before I left, he is still so nice. I really hope there will be a game next year when I am in town again.
I still continue my annual eat-my-own-weight-in-Gourdoughs-donuts personal festival. Still amazing donuts, can confirm. The major food disappointment I had this year was that Frank, a place on 5th and Colorado that had the most spectacular coffee, apparently decided that having beer was better and replaced their espresso machine with another beer tap. I'm super not happy about it, it's doo doo. I did finally get to try Home Slice, it was really good, but pretty heavy on the Parmesan. I really wanted to try Torchy's again (a fried avocado soft taco? yes please!) but didn't get too. Sometimes I think about spending the money on a quick trip to Austin just to eat food, it's all just so good man...
So yep, another RTX in the books. Was it hot? Extremely. Was it fun? Yep! Was it a tad overpriced in terms of ticket price? Sadly yes, I still feel there isn't enough stuff on the show floor to warrant the general cost of admission, especially now that they they are pushing into preferential VIP and "First" (I still think First is stupid and sponsor was much better) specific events. Will I still go every single year anyway from now until such a time when I can not? Yes, absolutely. See you next year RTX!