And so, my first RTX comes to a close.
After feeling somewhat melancholic from my views as an outsider on Day Two, my time at the show rebounded nicely in the end. I still walk away from RTX thinking it's probably not a show I need to return to next year, though I'm sure it's incredibly likely I will anyway to spend time with friends again. But all in all, I had a great time with some of my best friends in the world, so who cares if it made me feel like a crotchety old man.
The day started, as all have this weekend, with a bit of a later start than intended. Fortunately, I kept my snooze button to a minimum and was able to get us up and moving in time to get everyone out as necessary. Since we needed to check out of the hotel, we got ourselves all packed, got ready for one last day in Austin, and walked downstairs. We left our luggage with the front desk and headed to our morning Kinda Funny signing appointment.
As I touched on yesterday, I've reached the (admittedly fortunate) point where I view the Kinda Funny guys as friends more than celebrities so I'm pretty much beyond(!) the point of needing them to sign anything. Sure I could have given them my badge or something but there were concerns about time anyway so I skipped that. Instead, I gave them the custom Kinda Funny LEGO Dimensions figures I won in a Toys for Games auction a while back benefiting Take This, got my picture with them, gave Greg an awkward me standing/him sitting hug from behind, and left them to continue signing and taking pictures.
From there, I made a B-line straight to Pyre. And of course, the line was the longest they'd seen yet but whatever, I only had to wait about 30-40 minutes to sit down with the 25-minute demo. I'll be writing up my full detailed impressions tomorrow in my usual Recap Games post but the long and short of it is I wound up gushing about it to people for the next couple hours. The praise I had read in various bits of PAX East preview coverage was incredibly justified.
Anyway, because the line was a bit longer than anticipated, I ended up running late for the RT Games panel. I rushed upstairs to go support Andy Cortez and the team he's been working with as they discussed RWBY: Grimm Eclipse, which launches Tuesday on Steam and will be coming to consoles (hopefully by the end of 2016, they said). A lot of the Kinda Funny Best Friends were in attendance to support Andy, which kind of made me feel a bit bad because I was trying to place who went to Greg's Let's Play panel going on at the same time.
After the panel, a bunch of us went on a pilgrimage for barbeque. Alex Aziz, as one of the prime Austin locals, took us to a place near the convention center, only for us to find it was closed Sundays. So we looped around, headed over to the JW Marriott again, and went to a second BBQ place right around the corner. And damn was it good. The brisket felt like it was melting in my mouth.
Bellies full, we returned to the convention center one last time for the H1Z1 Battle Royale among the Let's Play teams to support Greg. I've never played the game, but I used to watch Alfredo Diaz stream it. So I at least understood what I was watching and could follow along pretty easily. All in all, with a bunch of my friends in attendance, and a lot more watching from home on the Twitch stream, it was a pretty great way to end the convention.
We said our goodbyes to everyone and Christian was gracious enough to drive Xyger, Frank, and I back to the hotel to grab our stuff and then over to the airport. With the three of us all flying out in the 8 o'clock hour, I wanted to make sure we had ample time to get through security on the holiday weekend when a convention was just letting out. I didn't think it would only take five minutes for us to get through security. So to all the people who keep saying the TSA is having huge issues with 2 hours of waiting in line, I'm pretty sure we're just dealing with very different airports.
Anyway, with our ample free time, we enjoyed some pretzels and lemonade as we decompressed from the weekend we'd just experienced. With Xyger and Frank much bigger fans of Rooster Teeth, they obviously had a better time all-around but even I chose to highlight the positives of the weekend.
Eventually, Frank and I parted ways with Xyger, boarded our half-full flight home, got some rest on the plane, and said our goodbyes back at Sky Harbor airport; already talking about when our next trip together might be.
As I said at the beginning of the year when I was asked, I don't think RTX is the show for me. I had a great time with friends, but if I find myself having to cut out events next year in order to make room for something like E3, RTX is probably the first one on the chopping block. As it is really only tangentially-related to the industry I'm aspiring to crack into (specificially games media the likes of IGN or Gamespot), attending something like RTX feels a bit too emotionally selfish. Instead of investing in a trip to an industry event where I can continue to put myself out there with the people who might hire me, this one winds up being exactly what I thought it would be at Kinda Funny Live 2: a chance to get my friend fix between then and PAX West.
That said, I wouldn't trade the weekend for anything.
Stay tuned over the next couple days for more detailed coverage of the games I played (because, unlike PAX, I actually played games this time) and the panels I attended.