I can’t believe that RTX London 2018 has already come and gone. As I’m sitting here writing this post I honestly can’t believe how quickly it went but it was such an incredible weekend overall full with so many great moments and memories.
For those of you who don’t know, RTX London is an event hosted by Rooster Teeth and is all about animation, gaming, comedy and more. They also run two similar events called RTX Austin and RTX Sydney. This is the second year there has been an event held in London.
After arriving on Friday afternoon and my partner and I spent the rest of the day exploring London before hanging out with the Rooster Teeth Community at The Fox by the ExCel Centre, we were all set and excited for day one of the convention.
Day one started off well. We arrived just before 8am armed with coffee while waiting for the event to start. The first port of call was the RT Store as we learnt from last year that most of the time the size you want in a particular item of clothing will be the first to go. It didn’t take us too long to make it to the store and after spending a bit of time browsing we had a few new additions to our wardrobe.
We made the aim of the first day to check out the various stalls and catch some of the Centre Stage events as well. The main one that we caught was all about the upcoming Forza Horizon 4 game. We hadn’t gotten a chance to play the demo prior to RTX London so it was awesome seeing Blaine, Jeremey, Ryan and Lawrence showcase the game to the audience on the big screen.
In between waiting for queues to open for panels we took the opportunity to check out Shadow of the Tomb Raider and Rage 2 demos. Both games just from what we were able to play were incredible. I’ve played the previous two current-generation Tomb Raider games and loved playing them loads and Rage 2 I wasn’t too sure what to expect but it was incredible and I can’t wait to check out the full game next year.
I wasn’t very successful panel wise for day one with only being able to get into RT Podcast late Saturday afternoon. I did attempt to get into Achievement Hunter and Million Pounds Although but both panels got capped before I was able to make it anywhere through the crowds. I have to say the RT Podcast panel was incredible and full of laughs and was definitely the best way to end day one.
Day two started slightly later than day one but a mad dash to Starbucks to grab some breakfast and then go from there. The plan was to spend most of the day trying to catch panels as we could to make up for the day before. First up was Always Open. Luck was on our side and we ended up with some brilliant seats not too far from the front. Always Open has been a favourite of mine to watch on YouTube but seeing it live took it to a whole other level and again was full of plenty of laughs and audience participation.
After grabbing some lunch we had to try and somehow get into back to back panels. These being On The Spit Spot: LIVE and the Off Topic Podcast. These were expected to be two of the biggest panels of the weekend.
With another moment of free time, we had another look around the RT Store as there was the day two deals on and between the two of us grabbed another couple of items each. Another quick look around the stores where I picked up a Stardew Valley plush and also Unstable Unicorns from TeeTurtle which I’m super excited to check out at some point.
On The Spit Spot: LIVE was absolutely incredible. There are no other words for it. I laughed so much it actually looked like I had been crying. My cheeks hurt so much from the laughing too. Luckily the panel finished with enough time for us to get outside and join the mayhem that was the queue for the Off Topic Podcast.
In regards to queues, this had to be the worst of the whole weekend. Although it was somewhat controlled by the Guardians and Excel Centre Staff there were so many people congregated outside waiting for the actual queue to start that when we were allowed into the hall it was a nightmare. The queues were definitely managed better compared to last year but this did become very overwhelming. That aside though Off Topic was brilliant and definitely brought the event together and to a close perfectly.
There is so much more I could write about RTX London 2018. I honestly don’t know how I can put everything into words or even how long this post would become but I’ll keep this last bit short and sweet.
The Guardians were amazing especially the one who helped me find my partner again after getting lost in a crowd at one point. Every single one I spoke to were always smiling and full of energy and just so happy to be there at RTX London. The Rooster Teeth Community and those who I bumped into in the queues and at The Fox on Friday and Saturday. Thank you for listening to my random rambles and just chatting about anything and everything. The staff at the stalls and at the Excel Centre you were all awesome.
Most importantly thank you Rooster Teeth for hosting such an incredibly amazing event. It’s been lovely to have attended RTX London 2018 and I’m looking forward to the next RTX London!