Barbara RT Cast & Crew
RTX 2012: IT'S OVER!If you got that Teen Girl Squad reference, I love you.

This journal is a week late because right after RTX finished, I was off to San Diego for Comic Con for 6 days. I can say it was the most exhausting 2 weeks of my life. I was on my feet from 7 AM on Thursday, July 5 until Monday, July 16th. I think I slept for a total of 22 hours in the last 24 hours.

So yeah, RTX. What an experience. The months leading up to it were crazy, the 2 weeks before it were a blur, and the actual event was.. well.. ridiculous. What was a 4,000 person event seemed to be a 50,000 person event. We learned a lot for next year-- how to make things better, how to avoid some issues we had, and how to grow next year into an even more awesome time for everyone. It was so great getting to see so many old friends and new faces, and to hear about other people's experiences with the event. So many exhibitors gave us feedback saying how awesome our attendees were.. and all I could say was "yeah, the RT community.. they are the best people in the world". You all were so patient and kind, even though things weren't always perfect. I've never seen such a big group of people just..happy to be somewhere. Happy to meet others from the community and to experience this event we've been working on for so long.


- Our Guardians and Guardian Team Leaders. Thank you for your time, dedication, and energy. You all stepped up more than I could ever hope, and handled every situation so perfectly. We got so many compliments from both our Exhibitor Services team and Convention Center team. They asked if they could use you guys for every event they had. Thank you for taking everything that went wrong on Saturday and making it better for Sunday. I know that every year will be that much better with you guys on our team.

- Every single attendee-- so many of you came up to thank me for having a hand in RTX, and I said this every time: we do this for you. No matter how hard it is, how many sleepless nights I had, or stressful moments during the event, it's all worth it to hear how much fun you all had and how much you appreciated it. I also want to take this opportunity to apologize to any attendee I had to brush off during the weekend. As you may know, I was involved in most of the front-of-house operations of RTX, so I was constantly being pulled in 100 directions. This caused me to have to run all over the place, and at times I didn't have a moment to stop and talk to people. There's nothing I love more than meeting and hanging out with fans, and I felt terrible for having to walk away. Just know I love you all and I wish I could have spent more time meeting you guys.

- And last but not least, Gus. I don't think I could have done this event with anyone else. As crazy as things got, you stayed calm and kept me sane. You somehow managed to handle every issue right away even though you were just as busy as I was.

We've already started talking about 2013. I can't wait to see you all again!

Oh, and if you've written a journal or posted any youtube videos about the event, please link them here! I want to read/see them all!

1 year ago  |  Comments (54)  |  + 123 Cool
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HappyFinger Bydand
Sounds like you had a blast!
#1  Posted 1 year ago  |  + 2 Ditto
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#1  Posted 1 year ago
LordOwen Young Joel
It was one of the craziest and most amazing weekends of my life! Thank you, Barb, for making it all possible :)
#2  Posted 1 year ago  |  + 5 Ditto
Steffie Huzzah
My journal is pretty much the same message: The RT Community is the greatest!

Everyone was so helpful and just willing to go the extra mile. I've volunteered so many other places but this was the absolute best time I have ever had. The thing is, we just have such a pride in our community, we didn't want to let anyone down.
#3  Posted 1 year ago  |  + 7 Cool
LordOwen Young Joel
I still can't believe we, the Guardians, discovered that the key to unlimited human energy is actually less sleep and less food!

And that Grifball Messenger Bag? Awesome :)

Post edited 7/18/12 3:18PM
#1  Posted 1 year ago
Steffie Huzzah
Wait... You mean to tell people actually ate?!

And I'm madly in love with my messenger bag. I sometimes catch myself staring lovingly at it and just let out a gentle, dreamy sigh....
#2  Posted 1 year ago
Newbs RoosterSpeak
Do I really have to post my journal here? I'd just like to thank you for putting on a tremendous event! I had my fears over this growing this big when compared to last year, but those fears were blown completely out of the water within the first few hours of being on the show floor!

Thank you again Barb, can't wait to see you in two weeks!
#4  Posted 1 year ago  |  + 4 Cool
Kaoru27Umi Vamp
TGS... All I could think of was "We will be called KISSY BOOTS!"

Sounds like so much fun... I hope I can make it next year!
#5  Posted 1 year ago  |  + 1 Funny
BlackPenguin Guardian x4
I love the post-RTX lag where everyone takes days/weeks to write their recap journal. Just made mine yesterday.

It was a blast. I love how most of us came in with pre-existing degree of commitment to the event. It's what made it special. I wish it was three days like last year. Already looking forward to next year now.
#6  Posted 1 year ago  |  + 4 Ditto
Red420 Guardian2013
Really cause I made mine every night guess some people are just lazy.
#1  Posted 1 year ago
Kazion kyle
Even though Saturday was a blurred mindfuck for most of us Guardians (that store line was insane), it was such a wonderful event to work. I enjoyed talking to every single person I met.
#7  Posted 1 year ago  |  + 2 Ditto
Red420 Guardian2013
For my first convention every RTX was a blast and I learned some things myself mostly when to jump in line for panels. I well be making this my annual trip from now on come Hell or high water.

The "Legends of the RT Community" was one of my personal favs because I learned so much about others besides you and Luke's history.
#8  Posted 1 year ago  |  + 1 Cool
Kythrae Creator
Read away, I am not technically advanced for what I have seen above.

#9  Posted 1 year ago
legato2d Lord of Meat

Working on the SideQuest Teaser right now.
#10  Posted 1 year ago
DiMono Site Admin
I've put up several RTX journals, but the one you're probably most interested in is my proper RTX wrap-up. Also the PM I sent you shortly after the event is RTX-related.

It was fantastic seeing you and everyone else at RTX, even though I got but a few seconds with most people. On the better side, I'll see you at RvBTO!
#11  Posted 1 year ago
Chad SabakuNoChad
My journal is pretty intense and awesome!

I spent most of the weekend with Fragger and Caleb and you can read about it there.
#12  Posted 1 year ago  |  - 1 Lame
Marc Backlogged
Haha wow I didn't think there were still people out there who know what those teen girl squad videos were, you're reference was wiggity wack!

I unfortunately didn't go to RTX (although I've never even been to a gaming convention at all) but I appreciate the fact that you guys put the effort into live streaming as much as possible so that people like me at least got to experience some of it and that was awesome!
#13  Posted 1 year ago
RoadBlock Site Admin
My RTX is summed up thusly...

Thanks for all your hard work, Barb. The quality of the event speaks to your work more than any compliment I could give. Outstanding job!
#14  Posted 1 year ago  |  + 3 Funny
I'm ready to do it all over again.
Next year's goal: a little more sleep, a little more booze, and I won't loose my voice so early in the event.
#15  Posted 1 year ago  |  + 2 Ditto
flats RTX Guardian
I agree with SailorTweek, more booze is needed for next year
#16  Posted 1 year ago  |  + 1 Ditto
Kick ass event, Already looking at plans for next year. 2 important rules in my opinion: 1. Bring a buddy, 2 people means twice the potential for autographs and such. 2. Flying is way better than a 16 hour drive. Journal is here
#17  Posted 1 year ago
Keegan Irish Rocker
Nice! Hopefully next year will run a bit smoother! It ran very well for only the second year of the event and the first time it's been this size, especially on Sunday! Big thumbs up to the guardians! They did a terrific job!

Here are my Journals:
Day 1
Day 2
#18  Posted 1 year ago
kylebrodeur RTX Guardian
I didn't want to leave Austin after RTX was over. I had such a good time at the event. The experience was great no matter how many issues there might have been. I didn't think the event could've gone any better, but I know you guys will come up with something even better next year. As you all learned a lot, I learned that I need to stay closer to the convention center next year. I wasn't able to drink as much as I wanted. Here's my Journal!

Next year I hope to meet more awesome community members!
#19  Posted 1 year ago
Well, I didn't get the Teen Girl Squad reference AND I didn't go to RTX...
I fell so unloved.

I like cake, and oak trees.
#20  Posted 1 year ago  |  - 1 WTF
#1  Posted 1 year ago
Jean110 Oh yeah
Such an amazing time, thank you infinitely Barbara.
#21  Posted 1 year ago  |  + 1 Ditto
Darkhologram Dem Pokemans
All the journals I've read about RTX have expressed it as amazing. I can't imagine meeting the Rooster Teeth guys in real life anyway. Let alone go to the convention. What will the capacity be next year? 1 million?
#22  Posted 1 year ago
I wish I were here, it sounds so amazing!
#23  Posted 1 year ago
aww102 SQSpectre13
Thanks again Barbara! It was great to have the opportunity to thank you personally as the Exhibit Hall was closing on Sunday! It was well worth trip from London!

Here's part 1 of my RTX adventure!
#24  Posted 1 year ago
BostonPoke Zelda Ring
yay love! and now I must go watch some Teen Girl Squad. What's her face! So and so! Arrowed!!!

Great event. Still tired. So glad we made the trip! Thanks to everyone!
#25  Posted 1 year ago
Tunzor Puma
Twas my first con and I found it to be quite organized and handled very well.
Guardians were spectacular at keeping order and peace. Kudos to them and to you guys.
#26  Posted 1 year ago
craZboy87 Guardian Hat
RTX Journals: I haz 4 of them.

RTX 2012 Part 1 - Arrival
RTX 2012 Part 2 - Pregame
RTX 2012 Part 3 - Round 1: Fight!
RTX 2012 Part 4 - Not Goodbye
#27  Posted 1 year ago
Meerkat_df Sponsor
Thank you, Barbara, and the rest of the staff for setting up such a great event
Also thank you Barbara for making it so easy for me to change my shipping address for my RTX badge a few mouths back, I really appreciate it
#28  Posted 1 year ago
Icarus qBitnaut
Its over! Arrowed!
#29  Posted 1 year ago  |  + 1 Ditto
Panacamanana Site Bulge
I only did this one..

I miss Steven..
#30  Posted 1 year ago  |  + 1 Cool
Steven Sponsor
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