A Simple Guide to Being a RTX Attendee
As we know Texas is hot. Drink water.
Of course you’re in Austin to have fun which may mean being out drinking some of the local beers or you may just drink a lot of soda. Don’t forget it’s very hot and you have to stay hydrated. You can buy bottled water in the convention centre, but prices will be higher there so it’s best to bring water with you if you’re trying to save a few dollars.
Because of the heat you will be drinking more than your usual fluid intake so make sure you’re prepared for that.
Newsflash – it’s hot is Texas. You’re going to sweat. Shower every morning.
Nobody wants to stand next to someone in a 2hr line who stinks. When you get pictures with all your favourite Rooster Teeth personalities, you don’t want to be remembered as the really smelly person.
Use an anti-perspirant. Anti-perspirants are designed to control sweating and body odour. Body sprays are not.
You don’t want post con-flu. It’s horrible and you just don’t want it. You can’t just combat this after RTX finishes, it’s a constant battle. You will be opening doors, wiping the sweat out of your face, shaking hands, sitting on the floor, clutching controls that thousands of other have used. Wash your hands as often as you can.
Anti-bacterial hand sanitiser is your friend. Embrace it. Make sure you keep some on you all day at the convention centre and use it regularly.
You’re going to be on your feet a lot. Be that walking around the convention floor, between panel rooms, between convention centre and the hotels or just standing in line. You have to look after your feet or by the time you roll back to where you’re staying on Friday night all you’ll have is swollen and blistered misery – no good for anything.
Comfortable and supportive shoes are a must. And don’t just think you can buy a brand new pair of shoes and throw them on for the first time on the morning of RTX. That’s not going to work. Break in your shoes before the convention.
If you’re cosplaying take a pair of shoes to change into, you will NOT want to be in those beautifully crafted boots all day.
You may be unlucky so a supply of blister plasters would be worth while in your RTX packing.
Welcome to the worst and sometime best part of conventions. Queuing. If you want to be in one of the big panels (RT Podcast, RWBY, Dude Soup etc) you will be in queue for a long time.
First things first, be patient. It’s hard but there is literally nothing you can do about it so stay strong, and try not to get frustrated.
Secondly, there are, literally, hundreds of people around you all there because of Rooster Teeth. They are all part of the same community. Use this opportunity to make some friends! You will see games of Cards Against Humanity and Superfight breakout, join in.
If you’re not one for the card games or want to take a breather from the pace of the convention, make sure you have something to entertain yourself be that music, podcasts or books. You will need something to help pass the time.
The RTX app is a must have for the weekend. You can plan your panels, see what’s happening on the main stage and stay on top of any changes that might happen through the weekend.
A new feature this year for RTX is @RTXLines. Follow this twitter account for all information about the lines around RTX. Has the RWBY panel line been capped? This account will tell you. The best way to stay on top of it will be to set notifications for when they tweet out. But remember, due to the huge amount of people who will be using data in and around the convention centre, you might find your connection a little sluggish. Explore setting up text alerts which should stay clear of the data lag.
We’re always using our electronic devices. Be that your phone, tablet or 3DS. And guess what? The batteries suck on them. The last thing you want is to get to your signing and not be able to get a picture because your phone has run out of power. Invest in a charging pack. You may be thinking now “It’ll be fine, I’ll hardly ever use my phone”. You’re wrong. You’ll use it in lines, you’ll use it to check the RTX app, you’ll use it when you bump in to someone and want a quick photo. It’ll be in almost constant use.
Get a charging pack and put it in your bag. You will, at some point over the 3 days, be very thankful that you brought it.
The RTX Guardians are heroes. They are volunteers and members of our community. They work exceptionally hard and are constantly trying to make your experience at RTX better. If they tell you the line is capped, don’t argue, accept it. If they ask you to move, there is a reason, please do it. Respect and listen to them and you and everyone else will have a better RTX.