Hard to think that the first RTX London already ended over a week ago! Normality has set back in far too quickly, but the memories of my first ever RTX are still plenty fresh! The scars are even fresher though, I had a couple of issues over RTX which included a very rough throat the whole time, giving me little to no voice, and on top of that, I slipped in the hotel shower on the Friday morning so had a wound ony my hand to deal with on top of everything else! Those two definitely put a downer on the weekend, I lost precious socializing time in the evenings by getting an early night to rest my voice. And looking back on the whole weekend, I wish nothing more than I had had more time to actually speak to the community and generally hang out with awesome people I otherwise only have contact with over social media.
Gotta say though, I have to give a huge thank to all of the RT personalities that came out to see the fans, everytime I passed them by or got a brief chance to speak to them, they were just the absolute best human beings possible. The events team as well, for planning the shit out of this RTX, which on the whole went so smoothly. And of course, my fellow Guardians, most of which worked a damn sight harder than me. Veteran Guardians were such a boost too, @SailorTweek, @sirNARVY and @mrarcys especially, who surprised us all with their presence and their huge wealth of RTX experience. Put all of those hard working people together, and the result was absolutely amazing!
So how was it being a Guardian? Well, I jumped feet first into that by leading the Store team! The guys are such an interesting group of individuals, but we gelled so well together, and worked damn hard throughout the weekend! I couldn't have asked for a better assignment, given some past experiences helping on the RT booth at previous MCM's, and of course we were helped out loads by Zac, Frankie and Ryan from RT.
Of course, the cherry on the cake of RTX was the Community After Party that we hosted in support of Special Effect. The themed drinks were a hit (we finished the night with most of us taking a whole Team RWBY shot set!), the raffle went down a storm, and in the end we raised £1899.83 for a good cause! Although the party was my baby, I couldn't have pulled it off without the support of @Boomer, @Arileya, @TopherBeadle, @CaptainNai, @The_Hybrid, @Lixxieb and many others! The bar also did a lot of the work, so if you are ever in Stratford, Dalston or even Brighton, check out the local Loading Bar because those guys are top!
I loved my whole experience at RTX, wounds, sore throat and all. But I'm seriously considering going as a weekend pass holder next time to focus on you guys, the community, and put all of my effort into making the next After Party bigger and better!