So, on Friday I managed to make it to the RWBY panel and the Founding Fathers panel as well as have my appointment with Brian Behm who was gracious enough to spend time talking with myself and several others. Also was able to spend a bit of time on the convention floor.
The craziest thing that I sort of knew to expect, but was still surprised by were the lines for panels. I do have to say I apologize to the Guardians for being among those that was clogging the fourth floor prior to the start of the official line, but then I honestly wasn't sure what I was doing since it was for the first panel I've ever been to. That said, I was actually surprised I ended up being able to get in as the line just seemed to never end, but I did and actually got what I felt were decent enough seats.
The panel itself was great. The moment for Monty at the beginning was very sweet and I confess I actually was getting emotional especially once I saw how it was affecting everyone on the panel. Still feels weird and probably always will. The trailer for the game looked pretty good I have to say, though sadly I never got a chance to try out the new build on the floor, but looking forward to seeing more and I hope the final product turns out well.
It was rather surreal seeing the Japanese trailer for the first season. When you're so used to seeing a show in a particular language first, suddenly seeing it in another can be a weird experience as was the case here. Very good casting though I must say with some pretty well known choices as well. Very curious to see the rest of the cast for the show and also wondering what the chances are of an eventual release of the the series over here with the Japanese voices alongside the English ones down the line.
While I had discussed this with a friend, it was still fantastic to learn that the festival and tournament will be big parts of this season as I am always a sucker for a tournament with all the stuff you can see from the various teams. The footage shown was of course rough as they told us it would be, but I still really liked what we were shown and it even featured some interesting developments I imagine will get more spotlight once we get to the show proper.
Very surprised to see that they got Vic and Elizabeth and very much looking forward to seeing their performances and the characters themselves onscreen.
Overall though a great panel and made me really look forward even more to the next volume.
After that I had a bit of time so I headed over the convention floor for a bit to look around some and saw quite a lot of cool stuff. Best of all, I got to meet some of the Mega64 guys over at their booth and picked up the first merch I'd gotten of them, which they were also gracious enough to sign. I do wish I'd listened to their podcast beforehand or else I would have maybe purchased a few of those exclusive con items I didn't realize were there. But then I also probably didn't need to spend any more than I already did. Still, it was great to meet them in person as a recent fan of their work and I want to thank them for being so gracious.
After that came my meeting with Brian Behm who I must thank for taking the time to sit down with myself and all the others to talk about careers, portfolios and such. The advice you gave me has had me thinking a lot and I've been applying some of what you told me such as that whole idea of writing down ten ideas a day. I haven't gotten quite up to that amount, but I like what I've come up with and realized that some of them are projects I really want to do. So thank you.
From there, I pretty much headed over to the Hilton once again to get in line for the Founding Fathers panel, which felt like it went a bit more smoothly than the RWBY one. That panel also proved to be a blast, especially with how rare it is to see the founding members all together talking like they were. Made me nostalgic for the older podcasts back in the day (Even if I did listen to those relatively recently).
It was just great hearing them discuss how far the company has come and seeing both the first trailer made for RVB and then the latest trailer for Lazer Team to demonstrate that progress. Also a bit sad to hear how they don't really get as much time to hang out together due to work.
Also realized I'm among those who has never actually watched Strangerhood. There's plenty of time to catch though I suppose.
After that was pretty much dinner and then turning in for the night. I do wish I'd been able to make it to the Cards Against Humanity panel among a few others, but overall I think making it to the two I did was a good start and a good first day for RTX.