Austin and RTX Part 4: Last Days in Austin

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Sooner than I wanted, the last day of RTX rolled around. This essentially meant that I was going to try and see almost everything that I hadn’t had the chance to see yet on the convention floor. While there were panels I wanted to go see, I mostly spent my time seeing the rest of the show floor. Pizza Hut; a major sponsor of the convention, had a great arcade where you could get free pizza and play some great classic arcade titles like Dig Dug and Excite Bike. Screw Attack had a similar set up in the JW Marriot, which was also tons of fun. But even with all the other cool stuff I got to see, there were probably three key highlights made my last two days in Austin.

AH vs Funhaus in Rainbow Six Siege

While I didn’t get a chance to play Rainbow Six Siege on the show floor, seeing it played on centre stage was an absolute blast. Nothing brings the community together like Achievement Hunter and Funhaus duking out and letting the hilarity ensue. You know it’s going to be good when someone accidentally kills their teammate within 5 seconds of the match starting. Also watching Geoff freak out over the whole “Peake” thing was also a ton of fun.

Meeting Matt and Jeremy

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One thing they did differently at this years’ RTX was autograph signings. Rather than line up and hope that you made it, they allowed each attendee to go to one signing (two if you were a VIP). While at first I was worried I wouldn’t know who to use my “ticket” on. Thankfully all my first choices were sold out immediately and therefore I could go to someone else I really wanted to see. In the end I met Jeremy Dooley and Matt Bragg of Achievement Hunter. Not only were they super nice and signed my poster that I’d brought, but they even thought my T-Shirt was funny. I still have to frame that poster… I’ll get around to it eventually. While I didn’t get to meet most of Achievement Hunter, I at least got to meet these cool dudes.

Austin Airport

While this might seem like a strange thing to talk about, those final hours in the Austin Airport were a great way to end the trip. Not only did I get to catch up with a whole bunch of people that I’d met on the various Days of the convention, but it was one last chance to reminisce about all the madness that had happened this weekend. while I don’t know if I’ll ever see some of these people again, I hope that I’ll be able to keep in touch with some of them. As I said in my pre-RTX post, it really was the people that made this entire journey so wonderful. Thanks everyone for making this one of the best trips I’ve ever had. Though I don’t know if I’ll be able to go again next year, I know I’ll be back at RTX eventually.

P.S. Funhaus’ flight and my flight were delayed… so there was more time for selfies.

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