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    • Traveling 101: Hotels

      3 years ago

      kriss Community Manager

      First off, @ErinM does an AMAZING job of breaking down the financial and mental obstacles you may be up against when it comes to making plans for RTX. You can read all of her compiled journals here. Seriously, you need to read this stuff. I am super serial.


      There really isn't much more I can offer but I can give some very basic advice based on my own experiences. I also must remind you that my priorities may differ from yours because I am a Guardian and we are on a little bit of a different schedule that attendees.


      *Hotels blocks have been listed on http://rtxevent.com/Hotel blocks really just mean that a certain number of rooms have been reserved by a company/event planner at a discounted price specifically for said event. However, just because it says book before X date that does not mean rooms will be available up until that date. Once the room block is filled up, it is filled up. And if there are other rooms available, they will be full price. The long and short of it is, room blocks don't offer a huge discount, but it is helpful if you are on a strict budget. If that is the route you want to go, then booking sooner is way better than waiting until the deadline. Take it from me, the $200/night range is actually pretty cheap for hotels near a convention center. You need to have a credit card ready and if you want roommates (which I highly suggest you should have), you can place additional names on the reservation. Be careful though because adding a crapton of names can result in additional fees.


      *Read the fine print. I'm going to be crass only because this is something you need to do and understand. If you are traveling and you are a cardholder or one who is responsible for booking, then you need to take full responsibility for what you are about to do with your money and that includes accepting the possibility of a mandatory deposit or certain hotel fees. All this stuff is listed in the hotel's policy. READ THAT BEFORE YOU BOOK. Cancellation policies are another thing you need to be aware of when booking. Once you reserve a room, you have a certain timeframe in which you cancel without getting charged. But if you cancel within 24 hours (generally) of your reservation, you will likely be charged a portion of that room price. That is not on the hotel, that is on you for not informing them of your status. This is part of adulthood.


      *Calling is much more effective than emailing. We are in a technological age where we would rather not speak to someone and even though I am a social media butterfly, I will be the first to tell you that calling a hotel for questions about hotel blocks specifically is much more effective than using their website. If you do happen to book a room over the phone, make sure that they email you your confirmation and if you DON'T receive a confirmation within an hour, call them again. Don't assume you are in the system. Convention season breaks computers sometimes. Don't forget that.


      *Don't be afraid to ask if the room comes with special accommodations. Two items that will definitely help you in your budget is the use of a fridge and a microwave. Even though there may be an extra cost, you have to compare that to the food you will be buying throughout the weekend. Convention food and dining out is expensive if you are on a strict budget. Go to a grocery store (everything you need is within walking distance), and store some food or if you happen to dine out, take your leftovers back with you. A lot of food tends to go to waste simply because there is no place to store it or heat it up. Snacks and water will definitely save you too. In multiple ways.


      *Don't fuck up the room. I am serious when I say this. Respect the hotel room. I don't care what you do at home, but a hotel room should be left in the same condition as when you first entered it. I'm not talking about leaving clothes everywhere, I am talking about breaking things or destroying property. If you are in a non-smoking room, don't smoke in it. That is not cool. If you happen to notice something not working properly or if something is broken, immediately inform the front desk. That way they will not assume you did something and make you pay for it. And tip housekeeping. They have to clean up after you.


      *Most hotels will offer some type of laundry service. Again, this is on you to double check with what the hotel has to offer. Some hotels have washer and dryer units stored either in one section of the hotel or on every floor. In that case, you will need quarters and probably have to buy detergent from the front desk. Other hotels will offer an actual service. They will give you a laundry bag and a list of services they provide (like dry cleaning) and you throw your dirty laundry into the bag, mark if you require special care for your clothes and then just leave it for them to pick up. They will return your clothing at a later time. This can get pricey. In rare, extreme cases (and I have done this), you can always wash your own clothes in the shower and hang them to dry.


      *If you want to explore or do other things before your flight after officially checking out of the room, hotels will generally hold your baggage until you come back to claim it. That's really self-explanatory. It's like valet. You give them your luggage, you get a ticket and when you want to claim it again, you give them the ticket and you get your stuff back.


      Aside from airfare, hotel will be one of the larger expenses in your budget. Again, I recommend roommates, and if you are someone who prefers to sleep in every day and you are a light sleeper, I would suggest not rooming with someone who is a Guardian. We have very early schedules and a lot of us have to be up at ready to go at 7am. That means being at the actual convention center at 7am, so you can imagine what time we have to wake up. But going back, if you can fill your room with the maximum occupancy, that will definitely help you save financially. And I highly suggest that you get to know your roommates before the convention starts. I'm not going into details, but there have instances where we had to provide people with a floor or couch because their roommates made them feel extremely unsafe and uncomfortable. That is an unfortunately reality. I'm not saying this to scare you, but it is something you need to consider. And with ANY convention, always be as safe as possible. So get conversations going, get to know one another because you will be sharing a space for 3+ days. There are tons of people who are either searching for space or offering it. You can check out the room share thread here. We have months before RTX is here, so start making friends!


      One of the most awesome things about the community is that we are always trying to help each other out, so if you have questions, ask. Use the forums, tag people in posts, message us, etc... You're never bugging us. =]


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      That's it for now!

      Less than three you all!




    • I love when I posted about tech water damage...

      3 years ago

      kriss Community Manager

      and people tell me to leave said hardware in rice.


      And I'm all "I HAVE THAT!!!"

    • RTX Guardian Podcast

      3 years ago

      kriss Community Manager

      I'm in it. Mary's in it. Guardians you should check it out. RIGHT NOW.


      https://t.co/CdMQWiFL5S


    • I'm livestreaming!

      3 years ago

      kriss Community Manager

      Come hang out if you're bored! #PS4live (LittleBigPlanetâ„¢3 (US)) live at twitch.tv/geekyfriedrice

    • RTX Tickets are now live... but you probably already knew that

      3 years ago

      kriss Community Manager

      Here are somethings that you may not know.


      VIP tickets are sold out.

      Weekend passes are $85 + $13 service fee

      Day passes are $45 + $9 service fee

      The passes work for both RTX and SGC (Screw Attack) events.


      You can find them here: https://rtx2016.frontgatetickets.com/ I cannot stress this enough, but I highly recommend you read up on the policies and procedures as far as buying tickets in bulk and how to transfer information to another individual. RT cannot process anything for you. Go to Frontgate.

      Paypal is not an option but all major credit cards are accepted


      The hotel blocks can be found on the RTX website towards the bottom. http://rtxevent.com/ If you've ever traveled before, you know to take advantage of the room blocks as soon as you can. Just because there is a "book your room before this date" does not mean that rooms will be available at the price until the very last day. Rooms fill up. That's how it works.

      There is a hotel room share thread: http://roosterteeth.com/forum/rtx-2016/topic/32067...


      There is a general FAQ thread: http://roosterteeth.com/forum/rtx-2016/topic/32067...

      There is a "how much will things cost thread: http://roosterteeth.com/forum/rtx-2016/topic/32065...


      If you are a sponsor, you should have received a 5% discount code via email which can be applied to the purchase of an RTX pass.


      RT will NOT be mailing badges this year. Just like last year, they will have badge pickup onsite at one of the three venues (Convention Center, Hilton, JW Marriott). Because of this, while you can certainly buy a badge as a gift for a friend, you would need to call Front Gate PRIOR to RTX to update your name to your friend's name. This is the only way they will be able to pick up their badge once onsite since you would not be with them. (per @Bethany's journal)


      The limit is 10 tickets per transaction.


      That being said, I highly encourage you take a look through Bethany's journal post here: http://roosterteeth.com/post/51199127 because it seems to have formed into an FAQ forum, and she has been wonderful in answering many questions (some I am sure you may have as well!). So before you ask an RTX related question, read through the posts in that journal or feel free to post in the RTX 2016 forums. That's what they are there for.


      I know a lot of you are either attending RTX or traveling by yourself for the first time. Trust me, don't worry. Take baby steps, plan ahead, read up on information that may serve as guidance to both travel arrangements and the convention itself and you will be fine. The unique thing about RTX is that you will have something in common with everyone there. So you automatically have friends! And the community has got your back. Don't be afraid to ask questions, but also don't be afraid to take the initiative and learn some pretty valuable adult knowledge. Traveling and convention attendance is a HUGE learning experience, so don't feel discouraged if you run into a few bumps in the road. It's happened to all of us. The bottom line is that you are embarking on a journey to meet up with one of the best communities in the world. Embrace that and all the struggles of getting there will disappear.


      I am very much looking forward to meeting as many of you as I can during RTX. Who's all going?



    • Today

      3 years ago

      kriss Community Manager

      I had this long ass post about how Vday should be a day about love in general. If you're in a relationship, great! If not, also great! Just don't forget to love yourself and those in your life, etc... It was a LONG ASS post and I was writing it while waiting to see Deadpool.


      But stuff has come up and it has adjusted my perspective. A few days ago, my friend Shelly asked me about a video we created four years ago. It was for the Red vs Blue Season 9 community contest and it was basically creating a music video to go along with any of the S9 OST songs that were created by @williams. I had no idea what I was doing when it came down to video editing software, but I had an idea and I went with it. I called Shelly up and asked her if she could play a part in the video and we had so much fun creating it. It's not spectacular or mind blowing. But the memories I have with her are most cherished.


      I had wondered why this was brought up. Today, I found out. Recently, Shelly received some distressing news about her health. Not going to really sugar coat it. She has colon cancer and she is months behind fighting it. She goes in for surgery in a few days. In light of this, I want her to be surrounded by nothing but good memories that will strengthen her and constant reminders that she is loved. She totally kicked ass in this video and to me, has become part of the RT family. I had to read her message a few times to fully process it, so I can't even imagine how she must be feeling. She's a true fighter, and if you believe in positive thoughts, karma any of that, please wish her well.


      Even if you don't "celebrate" Vday, take the time to remind someone you love them and always take the time to create memories to cherish.



    • Happy Valentine's Day To My Lovely Friends

      3 years ago

      kriss Community Manager

      Please note: I don't sing. I haven't been professionally trained. It's not a thing I do.


      https://vine.co/v/inPlpWDtM0I

    • jackiebot asked kriss a question

      Wanna help me make a live-action Game of Thrones fan fiction series featuring bunnies? We could call it Game of Thumps.

      Answered: Feb 13, 2016

      I have a feeling there's going to be a lot of sex.

    • You guys are mean

      3 years ago

      kriss Community Manager

      I don't have a beard.


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    • Room Share

      in Forums > Room Share | Follow this topic

      kriss Community Manager

      If you would like to coordinate with other RTX attendees on sharing a hotel room, condo, etc... feel free to use this thread.


      Please note that it will be your responsibility to coordinate with other attendees/community members. This thread should be used to either request a room or offer availability of one. Actual discussion of terms, payment and such should be discussed privately and off of this thread. This is merely to keep the posts as consolidated as possible and convenient for people to find rooms.


      If you are no longer offering availability, update your post, and state clearly that your room is no longer available.


      Per Bethany's latest journal: We have secured a block of discounted hotel rooms at the Hilton and JW Marriott. We will post more info on how to book your room(s) next week when tickets go on sale.


      EDIT as of 2/17/16: @DarkBowler has created a google doc which can be found here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/11l9kFAKRHj... I will reiterate that it will be individual's responsibility to edit the document as appropriate.


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  • Comments (1227)

    • Batpez FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      9 years ago

      VERY good wow!

    • MissJackie

      9 years ago

      lol nah thats sweet
      ive been playing piano for like 16 years

    • MissJackie

      9 years ago

      lol thanks

      i did a buncha art in my school also. acting and painting n what not.

    • Aerrior

      9 years ago

      Hello
      Thank you for such kind words.
      I really appreciate you saying that. It means a great deal to me.
      It's a pleasure meeting you as well. smiley0.gifsmiley13.gif

    • Tetrameth

      9 years ago

      That is the awesomest possumest. smile.png

    • MANxXx561XxX

      9 years ago

      good u???

    • Tetrameth

      9 years ago

      I bet. No traction on the tires, means no getty anywhere.


      And no, I haven't been anywhere near Vegas... or that side of the country for that matter. But I perfectly know what snow is. smiley4.gif

    • Tetrameth

      9 years ago

      Hehe, damn. I didn't know you guys could even get snow over there. tongue.png

    • Tetrameth

      9 years ago

      Don't worry, it'll be back to that good pic soon. wink.png

    • Larcher FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Chunky Monkey

      9 years ago

      No need to worry about that I carry decoys with me at all times. and As you can probably see by my profile i have a very long name. but you can just call me larcher. everyone else does.

    • Larcher FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Chunky Monkey

      9 years ago

      Damn it now i can't even pretend to be mad at you.....Curse you and your gentle nature !! smiley8.gif

    • MrJacinto Hey I'm Grump

      9 years ago

      I shit you not. Bungie haz iPhone backgrounds. The Bungie Brotherhood (group I co-founded) has more info.

    • runelady

      9 years ago

      Nice to meet you, Jackie. smiley1.gif I'm Kristen, but you can call me Rune... everyone else does.

    • runelady

      9 years ago

      I think I might keep this avatar for a long, long time.

    • MrJacinto Hey I'm Grump

      9 years ago

      Wait, I can get your opinion! What do you think? (Check my latest journal entry on my front page)

      You are a writer, right?

    • Tetrameth

      9 years ago

      I wouldn't know. At least, I don't think they would be.

    • Keith8290

      9 years ago

      Lucky you, I'm an engineering major and I will be in college until I die. Yay me lol

    • Keith8290

      9 years ago

      Why does everyone say that, it's not a big deal smiley0.gif You in college?

    • Zakster

      9 years ago

      Semi writer? Want a show pitch i've given up on?

    • Tetrameth

      9 years ago

      I think video games have done that to a lot of people, not just your. smiley4.gif

    • Tetrameth

      9 years ago

      Well, at least I didn't have to pay for mine. ^_^

    • manablade117

      9 years ago

      no problem

    • manablade117

      9 years ago

      Your welcome?

    • SilentNick

      9 years ago

      Hey you seem pretty cool, I too also have a mutual hatred for acronyms, not really but thought it would be cool to be friends with a writer.

    • counterjmb

      9 years ago

      aw, thanks! i'm trying to figure all this out without being too much of a noob. and you would think people on RT would have a better sense of humor. oh wells. shit happens.

    • counterjmb

      9 years ago

      you freakin earned it! \o/

    • Keith8290

      9 years ago

      Well that's very nice of you, thanks! smiley0.gif

      Feel free to ask any newbie questions too if you get lost.

    • Tetrameth

      9 years ago

      You're welcome. smile.png

    • Keith8290

      9 years ago

      Hello random person, whats up?

    • Glaxton

      13 years ago

      Congratulations on being here at RvB for six months!

      I created a banner for you Here, you can download it and post it if you like.,
      OR, just delete this message and go on with your life! smiley0.gif

    • kriss FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Community Manager

      13 years ago

      Ah my bad. ^_^ It's actually the shorter nickname of one of the main characters of a fantasy book I'm working on. @_@

    • behemoth005

      13 years ago

      Hi just saying your name makes me feel bad cause my names kris lol hmmm

    • kriss FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Community Manager

      13 years ago

      Awww thanks! Trying to get used to the forum topics and all. So much stuff! I'll be entertained for hours on end.

    • haloguru2552

      13 years ago

      Welcome to RedvsBlue!!

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