For the uninitiated, I get #VeryExcited for #rtx and for the past three years I have made a series of journal entries covering my thoughts and experiences. This is the series for #RTXAustin2018 and the rest are likely to be found under the #RTXcited tag on the site. Join me, won’t you?
WASSSUP, MY DUDES?
Now that I’m back home and I’ve had my day to rest, unpack, and reflect it is time for y’all to gather ‘round and listen to everyone’s stories about #RTX2018 (which includes mine).*
*We’ll keep track of how long this actually takes me to write it, but I am starting the second full day I’ve been home: the 7th. Just for reference.
Let’s just start off by saying that this was the best RTX I’ve ever been to, and based off of the opinions other buddies of mine have shared, it might also be the best in a much larger time frame. I cannot speak for everyone else’s opinions and experiences but I am going to do my best to explain all of the reasons why this was the best RTX I’ve been to.
I feel like I need to do this not only because I want to tell you, but on my way out of the “Ask the CEO” panel I ran into none other than Ezra. Right, that @ezracooperst who left Fullscreen to join RT. Let me take a few lines to address Ezra directly. Because of a few reasons, during our talk I felt a little on the spot when I went up to you for an autograph in the field journal and when you asked me about my RTX it was clear how much you cared about an attendee and community member’s opinions. My answer (about how smoothly it ran and personally lucky I’d been) was honest but I don’t feel I scratched the surface. If you don’t mind the bad jokes and funny pictures, I hope this and the related journals can serve as a better answer for you. Thanks if you even read this far.
Now, back to the recap journal. The title I chose is just as accurate as the first part’s for just what kind of time I made for myself at RTX this year: “The Year of Participation” and “I Did It For the Bit.”
As I sit here on my homecoming and finally begin my tale, I find no better place to start than with #RTXHomecoming which was a brilliant idea for pre-RTX Community participation.
I couldn’t help but join in once I found out.
Day One, which I missed because of work was Pajama Day and I, being VERY EXCITED wore some RT PJ’s anyway the night before so I counted it.
Day Two was Fancy AF, which I’m pretty sure means And Fun, so I went right for an RT-based fancy outfit I had always wanted to wear, but RWBY premiers aren’t the best place for a Camp Camp cosplay suit.
Day Three was squad day, and because I live out in the boonies and was packing for RTX anyway, I went for the squad/twins inherent in my Elaborate Shenanigan cosplay of Epsilon “You Gotta Have Faith” Church and I think, for a bunch of fragments and rejects, we did a pretty nice job.
Day Four, was all about the merch. In my final stretching of the rules, I did wear a lot of visible merch, but since I was traveling to Austin after a trip to the dentist that day I made it just a bit more literal about my RTX Homecoming.
And, as it hit me stepping off the plane and every morning of the weekend, RTX really is like a homecoming of sorts for me. I’m going back to be deeply immersed with a community I’ve known for around half of my life though I’m meeting some of them in person for the very first time. Everyone at RTX understands one another. Conversations started just as easily for me with complete strangers far younger or older than me as they did with people I planned on seeing. A great part of RTX is the community which exists out of a physical space comes home by coming together every year here in Austin. I can only assume it is similar in London and Australia. I hope to join them one day.
I’m getting ahead of myself though. We haven’t even talked about the important things, like having my third cup of coffee at Sharies that morning for “brunch” of chicken and waffles with my mom who was just as excited for me as I was to get going to RTX. It has been the end goal of all my schemes this year and there was a part of my sanity that balanced on this plan working. AND IT DID.
So I get to the airport and have my 4th “cup” of coffee (a venti triple mocha frappe) and load up my Starbucks card with some of my cash and decide to, with the two hours I have until scheduled boarding, indulge myself further.
Do you all know Neil Gaiman? Odds are you’ve encountered his work sometime in the last thirty years in his own Sandman, Stardust, American Gods, The Graveyard Book, Coraline, or Neverwhere. He’s also written for Doctor Who, along with the translation for Princess Monanoke, and the screenplay of that CGI enhanced Beowulf movie a few years back. There are also more comics, books, short stories, and speeches to consider and collaborations that include Good Omens with Terry Pratchett. Well, he’s one of my favorites. I have three shelves in my room that are just his books. I’m also a collector. I have several signed editions that are also rare and/or really cool. Just this last year he put out a book called Norse Mythology, and I grabbed a signed copy when he came to Seattle to read and speak. That was a really fun night,
If a bibliographical paragraph didn’t get the point across, I love this guy’s work. But he’s also a pretty cool guy. Very funny, very sincere. He started All Hallow’s Read a few years back where you give books (scary books maybe) to friends to get them to read. It’s not a trick, but a treat. He’s also famous for doing sneaky signings if he’s in a book store and especially if he’s at an airport. It’s a nice little surprise for anyone who just wanted something fun to read.
So, I look. I have no idea when the last time he was in Seattle was but there are two Hudsons in every terminal at SeaTac. In the one at the front of mine I look around and don’t see any Gaiman books on the wall, or on top of the tables, but instead, in the little inlaid shelves bellow the table is one stack of Norse Mythology. I know where he signs them (the cover page) and lean down to this full stack under a table in one of the most active Hudsons and the very first one is signed.
I almost dropped my Starbucks.
We don’t have time to mess around here. I run over to the counter and put the innocuous paperback in front of the sleepy cashier and my card and skip out to the terminal to find a seat and read.
See, while super cool on its own, it is not just the signature that makes me happy. It’s the odds that after all of my job and some family stuff and a trip to the dentist, I am finally going to RTX and I walk into the first bookstore and the first copy of a Gaiman book I grab is signed. That’s just got to be a good omen.
Now that book is sitting up with my other two copies with the Hudson receipt in it so I never forget how and when I got it.
This was the first and a very significant instance of that good luck I was talking about on this trip.
I also called my mom because she loves Neil Gaiman too and it’s very important to call your mother.
The flight up was pretty good too. After a small delay in take-off which I didn’t mind because I got to read more Norse Mythology in the terminal we got on and I went up to my Economy Plus seat.
It was the absolute last ticket available on the flight that worked for me and didn’t have three layovers or get me in at midnight.
Here’s the thing about Economy Plus seating. It’s cool to have more legroom and if you drink more than me (i.e. more than once a month) it probably is worth it in the free drinks but you also have to deal with that divider from First Class that a 5’8” guy in a fedora has to duck around. Getting in and out ain’t easy. Luckily for me, there was a woman and man next to me who were tighter fits in the seats so I swapped my window seat with one less arm rest for a isle seat that I could jump out for bathroom breaks from (four coffees and two in-flight cokes).
I still felt pretty cool in Economy Plus and I looked sweet too.
I wear my sunglasses in flight so I can so I can deal with the fact that once you reach a certain altitude the clouds of the overcast and rainy day bellow become a wholly (or unholy) pale reflective surface to the light of the unfiltered sun that the plane is technically closer too as well.
But yeah, a good and otherwise uneventful flight where I had to explain what Rooster Teeth was to the first of many older people who wanted to know what all the geeks were doing on their way to Austin.
I got in and I gotta say, I was very excited that I was in Austin.
Caboose, Ruby, and Zewi seemed to be too.
And that was neat.
I also ran into my buddy from the flight up last year, Paul, who cosplayed Jaune with the shield that is also a sword he made himself. We turned out to be in the same hotel and return trip. We had fun in the shuttle and said we’d recap when we met back up at the end.
On to the hotel!
I stayed at the Fairmont.
The Fairmont is the nicest hotel I’ve ever stayed in. A bit too fancy for me, and I was very excited to have a swanky room all to myself. I also LOVE Art Deco so having the inside be like that was a definite plus. The lobby and bar were amazing too, there was even a tree and a small market restaurant.
But all that food was too expensive. Now that we’re on page 5 of this document we’re finally getting to the Austin and RTX portion of this journal.
It was late and I was hungry, but not so hungry that I couldn’t appreciate all the cute little cartoon RT characters on the door to the ACC.
Alone, and knowing all my friends were busy (it was 9ish) I headed to Gus’s chicken where I explained RT and RTX to two more people while I waited form my wings, Dr. Pepper, and fries. I returned to my room for a dinner with the city while I watched RT videos on my phone.
The chicken was very good and the videos were funny, but I needed to sleep. I knew how very excited I was and I had a big few days in the morning. I was so revved up that I woke every two hours on the hour (seriously) and had to check my phone to make sure it really wasn’t 10:30 and I’d slept too long. The runners on the black-out drapes got some work that night.
Then I really awoke.
RTX 2018 Day 1: Lines and Loot
I was very excited to get all duded up for the first day. I had my kilt ready too because today was the day I’d be the Achievement Bipper.
Or I was just happy I could wear my kilt out in public and have fun with everyone.
It was a really nice, really hot day. I went to Starbucks for my breakfast (Coffee #6 for y’all playing the home-game). I was ready, considering the unknown of the lines and security procedures this year, for the wait.
OR SO I THOUGHT.
Let’s start with the positives. We all (or you all because I was actually fairly moderate about the whole thing) really overestimated the new security procedures. Once the doors were open, I never waited more than 20 minutes to get into the ACC. The ACC people were mostly nice and quick. The guardians were always the best. And I was only ever questioned once about two things and neither was ridiculous or time-consuming. The buckle on my kilt set off the beeper and later day one I was asked about the hand sanitizer that I got from inside the convention center (spoilers). So, as they also started letting people in with water and open drinks (such as Starbucks) I have to say, this procedure was amazing. Remember that we live in a world where other jackasses call in threats and bring real weapons into cons to actually fight the celebrities (I’m still mad at that dude). It’s really unfortunate because the RT community is the best community ever (of all time) but if we just do things like this in the future, maybe with one or two more entry points on day 1 I will be really happy.
Waiting in line was also fun because, just like every year, I got to talk with some awesome other members of the RT community who also signed the top secret field journal. I met a guy who brought a sweet gimbal who was starting vlogging, another lore nut (though he focused on RWBY), and a good amount of first timers who I could impart my wisdom upon.
The only bad thing about the outside line was on my end. I showed up an hour early (like you do) and got a pretty sweet place in line. As I said, once the doors opened I was maybe ten minutes from entering the hall. The only problem was a half-hour in when my coffee and chocolate chip muffin finished their journey if you get my drift. And I was wearing a tee-shirt, sandals, socks, and a kilt. What’s the warmest part of that equation? The wool kilt. I ran from security to the bathroom.
That was the worst security experience I had all weekend. (Which wasn’t bad at all.)
Then I registered (or picked up my bag because I got my ticket the day they went up) and got in line with some awesome people and we talked about RvB, Nomad, and web comics.
Fun times were had by all.
I was very excited to get in though. Even with the cool people, I knew I was waiting two hours for the expo hall and I was on a mission (or two).
RTX day one is merch day. I had a list and I wasn’t gonna let the must-haves sell out.
First thing, I went to Luke McKay’s booth and had him sign the top secret field journal and buy the rest of Balls 2 That (the one I didn’t buy last year). I had a great talk with him and Enzo too. I ran into my old friend Maddy who lives twenty minutes away from me but we only see each other in Austin (we need to fix that).
I got a really cool sketch done by Luke too. That’ll be in a later post.
What I have for you now though is something I am very excited to tell you all about. I ran to the RT Box booth to grab this year’s RTX RT Box, followed by the year FIRST re-up and the FIRST pin. I have a windows phone so no RT App pins unfortunately. I do have a FUN little video for you all though:
RTX FUNboxing Video
Please forgive the Con Audio.
If y’all like this, and I have the time to film when I open, I think I’ll start doing more video FUNboxings. I’d also like to take this opportunity to say that there WILL be a more detailed post about the things I took home, but that is not this post. I also didn’t film anymore videos because… I was distracted. I said that this was my Year of Participation and a big part of that was mostly being in the moment once I took the picture at the beginning of it to trigger my memory.
As fun as these blogs with images are for me to do (I wouldn’t write this much** if they weren’t) a great thing about this RTX especially is just how much fun one could have on the floor, in line, or eating with friends. There’s always something to see or do if you’re alone and I spent full hours just wandering with people in the ACC. There’s just so many very exciting things going on that pictures can become an afterthought. I was THERE and having a great time.
** Currently we’re halfway through page 7. A quick note to you all: this is just an insight on the text portion of the updates. I have no idea how long this actually gets with the images put in because I write this all out 12pt single spaced with paragraph breaks (because of site formatting) and then add the images in when I post.
After the box, the next stage of the loot grab was the RT Store to get the things I knew I wanted and all the sweet debuting things I just had to have. I even got everyone in line to take a selfie with me.
The RT Store always has the longest line and I probably should have eaten before going in. That said, if moved at a decent clip and I was in line with this girl who was adorably loosing her shit while watching the Sugar Pine 7 bois on stage. It was a smart placement to have the line in sight of the Main Stage screens (I might suggest that a speaker or two hooked to that audio be placed near the line to help entertain the RT Store patrons because I could hear just enough for it to pull my attention, but I couldn’t really follow what was going on,
I dropped a few tafts and got all but two of the things I wanted and a few more others. The two things I didn’t get were the Red vs Blue tin tourist signs and an RTX 2018 pin. The pin I am not even sure if they had this year and I have my FIRST shield pin instead, but the signs I’m actually surprised weren’t there. Those are big ticket items to me. I still will be ordering them soon because I really want them*** but this also brings to mind that I thought the RvB island this year was a little sparse. I get that RvB merch is harder because of Halo being externally owned, but after 16 years of shirts, I’d say we have plenty of pin possibilities out there: “Protect Me Cone,” cartoon Caboose, everyone’s old jersey numbers on colored circles or squares, and maybe even an “underwear flag.” (Not to mention all the quotes.) There are options here.
*** In addition to art deco, I love the old-school railroad / national park / propaganda art style.
What I thought was awesome was finally finding the debuting of the CIB HEADBAND that I’ve been waiting for since it was announced when Alternative Lifestyle won the Streamy. I retweeted that one so hard. Me and that adorable girl ran straight for that box before making our separate ways.
I also really enjoyed finding the Mirror, Mirror Anthology Manga because I will support the print-medium releases of RT forever (and I like the Ice Queen). The manga was really good and gave some interesting depth to Weiss including showing that she can also be a little superficial. My fuller review of this will eventually happen. I don’t want this to turn completely into a swag post. (Even in the day titled “Lines and Loot.”)
After the store I ran into my good buddy @Ratatoskr and made him hold my shit while I went to the bathroom and ate because both of those things NEEDED to happen by the time I got into the RT store.
We have always had a good time being lore nuts about RvB and just bouncing our personalities off of each other in the forums we are in (the OCC). Telling a story out of order, I was looking for him in the Fairmont lobby because he was going to guide me to the OCC meet-up and had to fight the urge to tell the concierge in my hotel lobby that I was looking for the angry palate swap of me. I told him on the way and that was one of the best jokes I told all weekend apparently.
We made the plan to meet-up in my lobby and I ran off to my first Must Attend panel:
DUNGEON DRUNKS from @OboeCrazy and the rest of the Heralds of Greenest (I don’t want to break my the site with this post like I did last year, so I’m limiting the tags) which was a hilarious game I won’t spoil because it’s probably future continuity and will be airing later. I will say I was anti-octopus, but I like to think I was really just pro-Bernie, and who isn’t?
It was also really neat to get to go up to the front at the end of the panel, show off the top secret field journal, and talk with the cast. They’re all super cool, especially when you can talk Druids and Rangers with a professional who plays both (Travancore (Jack)).
After the panel I made my way back to the hotel to meet up with Rat and then go eat at Frank with all my buddies from the OCC.
WHAT A NIGHT
Frank itself is a pretty cool place, with a quality hotdog, “Dr. Pepper,” and waffle fries for under twenty bucks. The atmosphere is pretty cool and the only complaint I have is they shouldn’t plug in the lights for half the loft behind the chair space of the “head” of the table.
People might trip over that.
The party was really fun too. We got to chat. @sailorGirl brought another sweet picture of me, we got to go over the panel, I gave Lamkia a reverse Uno card, AND RT people showed up! LoZelda and Kriss who had gone from our ranks to the company. Mat Bragg also came up from his people in the room bellow us (including Blaine) and talked with everyone for a few minutes.
I was VERY EXCITED and honestly I’d had nothing to drink (I actually never had alcohol while I was down there this year) but it was dark and this honestly is just the perfect photo of a couple Minecraft bois late RTX day 1 at a hot dog eatery / bar.
It’s been a while since my last “Why this RTX was amazing” paragraph so let’s squeeze one in here. I actually had that experience you hear where I’m out with friends when the day is done and I meet a person from the con. He spoke with at least half of us a little bit each with interest in what we were saying. I didn’t get some perfect picture artistically but the perfect picture for the incident. And when he turned around the night wasn’t over. I had just as much fun with all my friends that night and we headed to our hotels to do it all again the next day.
DAY 2: I AM Agent Washingtub
I was VERY EXCITED for the second day because that was the day I suited up as Agent Washingtub for a day full of commitment to the bit and RvB fun times.
You all just saw the montage shots f said suit-up but if you think I stopped there for my elaborate shenanigans, you’d be wrong. I changed my phone’s wall paper to the sultry Carolina render. I had all Wash music from RvB soundtracks as my song. I smiled and saluted in the mirror over and over to get the G-man/Superhero/Good Boi attitude down. Hell, while I showered I listened to an hour long cut of the Duck Tales theme song just in case.
COMMIT TO THE BIT
I was, after all, in friendly competition to my friend Ratatatoskr who does a killer Director going around recruiting other cosplayers to a revamped Project Freelancer.
Before I forget, there also was my Top Secret RTX Field Journal I will pat myself on the back for making. It was my living prop and autograph book. It’s a one-of-a-kind souvenir of this and possibly (probably) other RTXs.
It’s surprising how I saw a small few of those, but so many people were really excited by the idea. It will get its own post. Technically I’m not “done with it” for this year and the post will come when the 2018 pages are finished.
Changing gears completely, I played Bendy at RTX and I am really glad RT Games now has a stake in it. I can’t wait for the PS4 version.
I also can’t believe I met the guy in the hall.
I went into the main hall for a brief moment after my breakfast and coffee just for the opportunity to see more people in my costume and character, and for them to see me.
This polaroid wall thing was another great community-centric idea utilized this RTX. Anyone could leave their mark or get a memento (I left mine). I wonder if anything will be done with this wall. I’m kinda hoping to see it in the background of a The Lab video or something.
Because I forgot my Headlight Fluid flask in my room and I had BIG plans that kinda required it. I headed back out a little early and then I saw the surprisingly short line for The Coop and I waited for that to open with a neat Ren cosplayer.
The Coop had a lot of BIG, high quality, and high(ish) price items and while I was very excited to see it all, there wasn’t much in my budget I felt I needed to have. I’d like to mention again, I’d like to see more RvB merch. But they also had a lot of really cool patches. I grabbed an Achievement Hunter military style Git Gud patch, and a Sugar Pine 7 axe patch.
All in all I was very excited to have the opportunity to see inside the Coop.
Now, for the moments you’ve all been waiting for:
AGENT WASHINGTUB GOES TO THE RvB PANEL!
I grouped up with my buddy Ratataoskr early so we could finish off his Director cosplay’s repairs and a half hour before we could technically line up, but we were safely seated in the lobby of the Hilton away from all the fire exits and conversing with “friends” we had just made.
Then, out of nowhere, famous actor James Allen McCune and Mimi Torres and their awesome Guardian, Vicky.
James took our selfie because he is a long armed boi and I had a nice short conversation with them about Season 3 of AL and RTX because I wanted to let them eat their tacos.
One of the friends I spoke of that I just met to legitimize our pre-panel meet-up was a sweet Nomad of Nowhere cosplayer (The Bounty Hunter) that was also giving out little critters he had made himself.
I got a stapler!
It was around this time that the Guardians told us that the line in the field would be starting shortly.
So Martin and I went out to the field in front of the Hilton. This was the second time I’d lined up there for the panel this year (Dungeon Drunks).
It was nice to meet other RTX attendees in line and make jokes with my buddy while we waited, BUT.
Either in a t-shirt and kilt or in a full G-man suit, wool hat, and cape, it really is too much to stand in that field for that long. I finished my Headlight Fluid flask about half-way through. I had a guy next to me in a Dishonored cosplay and separate parts of his costume fell off because the glue melted in the heat. That’s just too much. I would like to make what I’m sure isn’t the first sincere request that if the line before some of the biggest panels has to be out in that field there be a tent, some of those misting fans, both, or some other solution to the heat. I understand that there isn’t a space for a couple hundred people in the Hilton, but an open field for 30-45 minutes is not a good option.
That’s been said now. There’s my two cents. I hope someone is listening.
Let’s move into the positives though. I love Season 16 of Red vs Blue and the panel was just as good. Once we got in and Martin filled our water bottles we met up with an Agent Georgia cosplayer to chat in the seats for the last bit, when suddenly a guardian came over and asked us cosplayers to move over to the front stage-left section.
I got a front row seat for an RvB panel. I WAS VERY EXCITED.
Waiting I got to do my Agent Washingtub bit with some of the other people and it was received well, especially with a Theta cosplayer who also did a nice Caboose. I got people to sign the Top Secret RTX Field Journal and we all worked out a cosplay meet-up in the lobby below. That was a lot of fun.
But the panel, the panel came first. It was an amazing panel with Matt, Burnie, Gus, Kyle, Josh, Miles, Jason, and Joe talking about my favorite series ever, of all time. In true Washingtub form, I pulled out my notebook and took down the important information they departed upon us. I present them with further elaboration now:
RvB panel notes
-130(ish) Day Production
That’s about how long from official start to finish they were working on Season 16
-2 Season Arc
Joe stated that the Shisno Paradox is a two season story. Later notes will go into this further, but the gest of this is they HAVE planned the rest of the story out, they know where we’ll end up, and this is the “halfway point.”
-It is NOT Jimmy in the Epilogue
I knew this and I think we all got that down. In a later interview with After Buzz TV he confirmed that it is Genkins disguising himself as Church. That is all we know about the situation. I’d also like to pull out my crackpot and add that we have very likely not gone back in time. A lot of people kept saying that at RTX. The paradox happened, there is NO TIME to go back in anymore. We are someplace else (very probably).
-One of the ideas behind this season/arc is exploring Caboose’s Ego
No, I am not entirely sure how to tackle all the implications here either. It does make sense though.
-Gus had fun as the Cyclops
There was a BTS video about the Cyclops scene and Gus told stories. He hated getting his head-mold done (claustrophobic) but loved the scene. He also came up with biting Tucker’s head off. Joe and everyone else on the panel really had fun with this segment too.
-Matt got 101 decibels
Matt showed up late and Joe is a nerd. That’s the short version. Joe had a decibel counter on his phone open as everyone came on stage to see who was most popular. The joke came up again on the panel.
-No time = crappy
I think this is in relation to production scheduling but I can’t remember. It’s generally just fitting of the season though.
-Plan to circle back
Joe knew the epilogue explicitly about half-way through writing season 16. He said he had the perfect vision of it and it informed a lot of what he had left to do. He also always knows he can circle back to a Blood Gulch like scenario for good RvB writing. It has to be fresh, but the set-up is there.
-Sarge Season 17 BIG ROLE
It was a quick mention but Sarge will have a lot of important stuff to do in the next season.
-Blue most popular
Using the decibel counter again there was a pole by sound for the most popular team between Red, Blue, and Freelancer. I voted blue. I won. So did Matt because Doc is Purple.
-Dark Wash/Meta’s Theme
There was plenty of talk about this around RTX, but the panel “settled it” for us during the Q&A. Yes that WAS an alternate “When You’re Middle Name is Danger” played after Wash’s rage quit of the Pizza Quest. It is symbolic but not explicit. Dealing with Maine/The Meta/Meta is a dark time in Wash’s life and he’s dealing with similar emotions and thoughts now. There is also some similarity to Wash’s deteriorating mental state but only some. It’s more there to say “Oh SHIT” than a direct message about Wash going off to become another Meta or something. (Though now I wonder if an AI could help with his problems…)
-Caboose in cave is Caboose in 16
A question asked was what other adventures Caboose went on through time. A planned gag that wasn’t conveyed well in the slide-show format (and thus it was cut) would have been that when Caboose was talking to his “echo” in the cave at Crash Site Bravo during season 11, it actually was Caboose from season 16. Joe followed this up with a ~Fuck it, it’s cannon now~ comment so fuck it, it’s cannon now.
-RvB is like a comic book.
Joe said early on that was the way he viewed writing RvB. There’s a story and a cast of characters you have to stay true to, but it’s also something different people get to come to and write and escalate and then they are done. It’s someone else’s turn. As long as the story keeps those true elements and the writers take care, it won’t jump the shark. Burnie agreed to this sentiment. This also helped elude to the fact that the Shisno Paradox is a solid story with an end point that all the writers of RvB agree to and a new story will come after. There will be both resolution and somewhere to go to from it. (It was not made clear if a new team would come on in the next arc or not. I really enjoy Joe’s work so I won’t think either way either. I just want good stories too.)
-Are they still making Red vs Blue?
I did not get to ask my question because the line was huge by the time I got to it. I lept out of my chair when Joe first said they were going to open up for questions soon, but everyone went around the table with final thoughts, so I crouched and when the line really started the trip from far-left to the mic was too far. I was maybe 8 from the mic by the time the panel ended.
It’s not big deal, but I had a good question so let’s see if I can get it answered here and now:
This is a question mostly for @Joenut and Jason, but if anyone on the panel knows feel free to comment. I’m AgentWashingtub008 from the site, I’m a bit of an RvB lore nut. This season it is revealed/retconned that the artifact “under the sand” is the shell of a Cosmic Power, a very powerful AI. This does explain just why Charon and PF wanted it so bad. And then Epsilon inhabited it for a while. What I’m wondering, and I don’t want you to spoil anything, is do you know how the shell got there and do you think it will ever be told in the show? Or are you just leaving the seed of this for future teams?
We all swung down for the post-panel cosplay meet-up and the whole bunch of RvB nuts had fun and made jokes. There was a great bunch of Felix vs Tucker poses from Daks and CrackedBrainCospod (instagrams I can’t tag for fear of breaking the site but go search those names, they’re great artistic people and should be appreciated).
The fight didn’t turn out like most people wanted, BUT I got to get a picture with the victor who is also a really cool person. I’d been following her work on the costume for weeks on instagram and it was great to see it all done in person.
I was very excited by the whole thing and I even got another Starbucks because I needed food and drink.
Some of us planned on meeting back up with Daks for her Villian Cosplay Party later and parted ways.
I went to the Ask the CEO panel from there, I was trying to meet up with someone who was there already and I felt pretty lucky when I was able to sneak in myself.
Matt listening to the community, asking for improvements and suggestions, and making jokes to us like he would on a podcast was a bit of a humbling situation for me. I know these guys all do care still, but this is the first time I’ve experienced it in person. It was a huge highlight of this RTX and I plan to go next year to this panel. He said a few things about the future of production, the future of the community site, and just a few nice insights into the company as it is now. I didn’t take notes (I probably should have) but walking out from the panel I felt really good about this company and the future of it. Not many companies or conventions make you feel this welcome, but a honest talk with the CEO does the trick.
Then, after the panel and while I waited to meet up with the other person (she was busy), I ran into Ezra. I’d like to mention again that he is a really cool guy who clearly cares about the community. I told him it was my best RTX so far and I’m hoping my little asides coupled with how much fun I’m having writing this comes through to give you a better idea of why. Something as cool as getting to chat with the President of Rooster Teeth and getting the impression that he might appreciate your ramblings contributes to how much I enjoyed this RTX for sure (and it’s a bet I’m willing to make on this blog.)
I had my meeting and it was much appreciated to have a bit of @kriss ‘s time to talk about the community some. It was great and I am looking forward to a whole lot because of it. It’s another instance where I was amazed by an RT person taking the time for me. I’m very excited about it all.
From there I went to my signing with Maggie and Jordan. They were super nice and chatty while I got them to sign the Top Secret RTX Field Journal with doodles and then all the sweet pictures guardians took for me.
They were very excited to see a copy of the Camp Camp bluray and I was very excited to be the first one to get them to sign it. I love that show and couldn’t be more happy they (and others) put it into my life.
With all my plans for the day done I didn’t want to waste any possible RTX time and I’m glad I did because Martin found me and showed me to the ACTUAL AGENT CAROLINA AND AGENT WASHINGTUB (illuminati_dorito and woodpeckercosplay on Instagram). And these were also awesome people. We had some great interactions in and out of character and I got to run my favorite “Thing to Say to Carolina” from the Top Secret RTX Field Journal by Carolina to great success (she later read the entire page and it turns out that is everyone’s favorite page).
I had a great time and was very excited. We told them about the villain meet-up and then the day of RTX was done.
I went back to my hotel room and peeled my costume off my body so I (with some regret) didn’t put it back on for the cosplay meet-up. BUT I was able to get a pedi-cab (sponsored by Netflix) to Which ‘Wich and back and had a good time at the party.
No, it was a FANTASTIC party. There were other cosplayers there, but the villain cosplay party kind of turned into more of a RvB cosplay shoot with all the fragments, Felix, Locus, and that Wash and Carolina. The caboose they were hanging with showed up soon too.
I wasn’t in costume to get pictures myself, and I didn’t take any, but I had one of my favorite moments of RTX here.
Some preamble for you: I may be in a bunch of forums and a few groups here on the RT site, a handful of discords and other groups, and my local RT_Seattle group knows me, but I don’t feel like a huge and recognizable personality. Despite all the selfies, I’m always amazed by anyone recognizing my face. But I write (a lot) in my personal voice. At Frank I brought this up tangentially and a newer friend from the OCC said that a great thing about the online community is you can recognize people by how they talk. I agree.
So, I show up a little late with my sandwich and a RT shirt and shorts, say hi to Martin who’s taking “Family Photos” with all the AI against the background of the Residence Inn’s library lounge, sit down, and start eating. What I do while I’m eating is what I do best and start injecting little quips and jokes while playing off of my knowledge of Red vs Blue for maximum effect.
People laugh and focus on the photos, but around the fifth joke one of the AI ladies turns around and says “It’s you! It’s the Washingtub guy!” (Or something along those lines.)
After maybe one whole hour of interaction people recognized me, not for my appearance (because the costume was gone) but for my voice and my jokes.
Once that happened people started circling up on me and we talked RvB and I showed off the Top Secret RTX Field Guide and we were all laughing and sharing stories about the community and dancing to “Come On, Carolina” much to our Carolina’s dismay. It was an hour where I instantly and completely fit in, and that’s not something I get to do outside of RTX and the RT Community.
I kind of wish I did get photos, but I know I’ll remember that afternoon and how very excited I was.
Martin, Cainrin, one of her buddies, and I went to PF Changs later because we were still hungry and had some great conversations about RT and life in general. It was a pretty nice night.
And as big as that day was, I still had one more, probably even bigger day ahead of me. I had to go back to my room and sleep.****
**** Some time in that day I went my the Crypt TV booth at the perfect time to catch the Look-See terrorizing people just trying to deal with their past. So of course I gave it a go. I can’t remember when exactly I did this because the photo was emailed to me and it’s not in my camera roll. I just remember it was very cathartic and spooky and it got me very excited.
DAY 3: I Was On A Panel!
I awoke, very excited, to find that it was actually over-cast in Austin.
And for a North West Boi who probably sweated his bodyweight each day I took that as a good sign for the big day ahead of me.
I was about to represent not only the OCC to the greater RT community, but I had been planning on representing one of my other teams for quite a while now. So I threw on my appropriate shirt and letterman’s jacket and headed out the door with everything that could fit in my luggage.
Somethings that didn’t were the letterman jacket itself (if I wanted all my shirts to fit) and the RTBox. As much fun as I have with them, the RT Box is always a casualty of RTX. Maybe it will go on to become a part of some other RT Box or be a food container for someone working at RT and it will contribute back to the cycle.
Dropping my bag behind the counter and these deep thoughts made me hungry, so I went to get a coffee and some coffee cake.
It was good. (And number 9, I believe.)
With some time to kill I went around the floor. Today I decided to donate to and check out the Side Quest and Extra Life booths. Both had very informative and engaging staffers. I got a cool new bandanna and pin from Side Quest, but Extra Life was a whole lot of fun.
For donating, signing up, and posting a picture to social media about a good cause, you could get three buttons, a special pin, and add your own torture to be possibly drawn and spun on this year’s Wheel of Vengeance. I am very excited to inform you all I did all three and reaped the rewards.
I want it to be known that I bear Mr. Luna no ill will, he’s a favorite RT personality. But can you just imagine how much spookier Too Spooky would be with sticky hands? I don’t want to. (But I want to see it.)
With my small evil done #4thekids I ran over to Mizers booth to get some cool art stickers and a sketch. She was nice.
After that I gathered myself and went to the room where my panel for the Oxford Comma Café happened. I think we did a fantastic job of relaying the basics of what we’ve found makes for a long-lasting and well received community online but rather than tell you all about it, I can just show you!
Click this LINK to watch our Panel (it starts in the archived stream just after the first set of commercials).
If you couldn’t tell from watching that panel live or in archive, this RT and OCC community means a whole lot to me and anything I can do that might help out I will. And of course I will take feedback on anything you noticed about my delivery, opinions, or when I took off my shirt.
Yeah, the camera wasn’t in a great place for it, but I took off my shirt on a live broadcast. And I’d do it again. Greg Miller has the right idea. #TeamFat
Once the amazement of that wore of, I went to the RT Docs panel for some relaxing with fellow OCC’ers and decided to take one last loop around the floor. I was guiding my buddies to the RT lounge where you could get cool pictures taken of yourself to edit, when something pretty awesome happened. I ran into my good friend, leader of RT_Seattle, and the PA TEAM LEAD GUARDIAN @Johannah who I had been trying to hang out with all weekend (with full understanding of how busy she was). I took my friends were they were going and returned to where she was standing.
Joey had moved.
When I turn around to look what do I see but a supremely adorable scene at the vendor behind me. I won’t say what was going on because I don’t know what happened next in the story yet, but it was Ellie! She was super sweet and she signed my Top Secret RTX Field Journal before heading off to the next stage of her scheme I assume.
A quick loop helped me find Johannah and we spent my final hour on the floor (because I had a plane to catch) recapping our weekends, doing Guardian stuff (just like last year I was “her PA” and showed her booths and held her stuff), and we just had a good time. With all the hard work I know she and all the other guardians do, it only feels right to make sure they have fun too.
The guardians have always been the best group of people working a con in my experience. They deserve their own post and I just may do it, but if nothing else I recommend you thank every guardian you interact with at RTX. They do a whole heck of a lot for making this weekend work. I would know, my buddy is a team lead.
RTX was amazing and every year I am very excited for every minute of the three days I’m down in Austin with my community. Rooster Teeth not only makes some of my favorite content but it fosters meaningful relationships and experiences I’ll never forget.
I was pretty sad to go. I honestly tear up each year as I go out the same doors and take this picture. It’s not just a bit. Leaving RTX is leaving a home of mine and I’m a guy who values a little ceremony.
You know what though, as sad as I am to leave RTX, I know that because I am that only means RTX was that good. I love RTX. I love the people I see there. I want to celebrate it once it’s over. That’s why I do these blogs. RTX is that good.
I’m not very excited to go, but I’m happy it happened.
The journey home continued to be fun. I met up with my buddy Paul again in the Fairmont lobby and we told each other about our weekends and all the cool people we met while he shoved his Jaune cosplay into a suitcase (props to that guy for wearing it all three days). Then in the shuttle to the airport and while we sat waiting for the plane and caught up on all the RT news we missed.
Congratulations to the Joneses on 4th bebes.
I had to explain RTX a few more times to the uninitiated, which was still fun. I loose track of the times I say “digital puppetry” to describe machinima.
No one reading can probably do anything about this, but the Austin airport has two problems. First is construction. They need to finish that door. I only notice this problem here. Second, they need to get a Burger King or something. There are not enough restaurants that serve simple food at peak hours to be able to get anything before getting onto a flight. I ended up with a milkshake, some jerky, and a bag of Fritos.
The flight itself was pretty good. I had some good white reading.
I didn’t only read the manga, but also all of Dungeon Construction Co. yet that picture didn’t go quite as well with my final (11th) cup of coffee this trip which is firmly between the tastes of the Ice Queen and her BFF.
I was picked up by my mother who wanted to hear all about my trip and she got a story pretty close to the one you all got. I said hello to my dogs who had missed me very much and showed off my merch while I put most of it in the laundry hamper.
Then it was finally time, at the end of the fourth day of fun and very exciting things for me to rest, my dudes.
COMMIT TO THE BIT
We’ve come full circle, though the story isn’t over. I have one or two more posts to pull out of the RTXperience that I am very excited to share with you, but we’ve reached page 20 and picture number 60. I have more work to do outside of the work I’ve done here before I can make those two posts.
I’ll get to them soon.
I hope you enjoyed the read. This was without a doubt the best RTX I’ve been to and I hope you could understand that from my ramblings and fun pictures.
Tell me about your RTX too. What did you do that was awesome? How did you connect with the community in new ways? Did you find that one RT person in the wild you’ve always wanted to?
I’m still very RTXcited, even here at home days later.
I’ll talk to you all again soon.