RTX 2014 Wrap Up
Don’t tell Dragon Con (Or TK-Bear) but RTX has become my favorite convention.
There’s two main reasons for that. One is that I’ve been watching Red Vs Blue since episode 3 back in when I was in High School in 2003. Few things have stayed consistent in my life over the past eleven years, but my enjoyment of Red Vs Blue is one of them. One of the first real big costume projects we contemplated and started in the TK Bear Crew after Stormtrooper armor was Halo 1 Mark V armor. I was personally really motivated by in that project by a desire to be Caboose, as I loved Red Vs Blue more than I Liked Halo. That initial project would never come to fruition, and it would be years later that I actually accomplished the goal of making Caboose’s armor, but in the end Caboose has become my favorite costume.
Which is the second reason why RTX has become my favorite con. It is an amazing feeling to be in a Caboose costume at a convention with such a high percentage of Red Vs Blue. At most other conventions when I wear Caboose I get called “Master Chief/SPARTAN/Halo Guy” far more than I get people who recognize that I’m supposed to be Caboose. At RTX, however, almost everyone knows it’s Caboose’s and recognize all the little details that make it so. The “Regulation Blue” paint scheme, the “-1” homage to the old RvB T-Shirt line on the back plate, the purple ribbon (which is first place ribbon for doing nothing and coincidentally the same color as last place), and the bloody bullet hole over the left pinky toe do not go unnoticed by the crowd at RTX.
We arrived at the convention center a little after 2 on Thursday afternoon. I had resigned myself to spending the rest of the afternoon to waiting in the registration. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find that there was virtually no line. We pretty much walked right up and got our passes. I was also very surprised and excited to see a picture of our Caboose and Donut costumes featured prominently in the RTX program. Later Thursday night we went to the Sidequest charity auction. We left before the end of the auction, but when we left most of the prints of my art where going for around $50, which was much more that I thought they would go for.
Friday morning I continued a tradition from the past two RTXs and walked the registration/exhibitor hall lines in armor to do my bit to help entertain the people waiting in line. After the line had cleared out, we went into the exhibit hall itself. We made our way to the RTX museum/experience. While waiting in line, someone approached us from behind, and I turned around to see it was Shannon McCormick, voice of Agent Washington and Professor Ozpin. I was very flattered that he had approached us to tell us he remembered Caboose and Donut from last year, loved our costumes, and was happy to see us back again. After we left the Rooster Teeth museum/experience we passed by the Microsof/343 Industries booth where we were approached by a staffer who told he loved our armor, and said it would be great if we could wear it to their invite only “1st-Annual One Time Only Retro Rumble Halo 2 Dual Wield Drink Fest 2014 Championship Extravaganza!” party.
Saturday we entered the costume contest on a whim. They split the contest up into three categories, Men, Women, and Halo. By the time they got around to the Halo costumes time for the panel had almost run out, an instead of the introduction and short skit afforded the previous categories, the Halo section was told to just line up in a row and the audience would vote one by one with applause. I did my best Caboose and lined up facing away from the crowd and waited until someone shouted “Wrong Way, Caboose!” That was when I turned around and the crowd cheered.
Saturday night was the 343 Industries “1st-Annual One Time Only Retro Rumble Halo 2 Dual Wield Drink Fest 2014 Championship Extravaganza!” party. Halo 2 multiplayer. An open bar. All my favorite Rooster Teeth staff and personalities. A fascinating talk with 343’s head of licensing about all the cool new stuff coming up next year from different companies like NECA and Mega Blocks. I didn’t have a bad thing to say about Microsoft for like a whole day!
Sunday morning we got up extra early to ensure a spot in line for Yomary and Shannon’s autograph session. I had wanted to make sure I could get a picture with Yomary and give her a copy of PizzaKing’s Caboose and Sheila drawing. When I went to go around the table to take a picture with her, apparently Goose and Shannon agreed that this was really more of “our moment” and stepped out of the way. (Which I didn’t even realize until I was reviewing the pictures later.) As we were going to leave Yomary shouted “Firing main cannon!” at me.
It was better than winning the costume contest.