This is really late, but here's my post RTX journal, as is tradition.
I didn't realize it until the third day but 2016 was my fifth RTX and, as usual, it was amazing. There was one thing I caught myself telling people I during the convention: 'No two RTXs are the same, you will always have a first.' That's the one consistent thing I've seen at RTX, it is never the same. I'd like to indulge in some nostalgia and retrospection, if that's okay with you.
For my first RTX, I was alone. I didn't have many friends on the site at the time so I went purely for the convention, I didn't even try to see the city. When I managed to get pictures with most of the RT big names, that was my highlight. Thinking back on it now I remember how sparsely populated the main exhibit hall was, how massively empty it seemed. RTX was so small back then, and now the main hall is standing room only.
It wasn't until my second RTX that I made memories that actually mattered, that I had friends to spend my time with. Even though I slept on a rather hard floor for the entire event, it was some of the most fun I'd ever had up to that point. I met friends in person for the first time that I had made since my the last RTX, thanks to being more active on the site, and especially thanks to Sponsor Chat. We founded undying RTX traditions that year, and many of the people I met that year I still consider good friends of mine.
My third RTX was probably the most eventful if I'm being honest. I was finally drinking age, and me and my friends from Chat had decided to rent a house for the event. A few bad things happened, mistakes made, some of which I still think about today. But the sheer number of good memories outweighed the bad. I got to meet and drink with close friends, two friends who I knew from Sponsor Chat and who had actually met each other on Sponsor Chat announced their wedding engagement and are now happily married, all the Sponsor Chat peeps went over to brianb's house for some good food and fine French cinema. I made memories, and friends, that will hopefully last a lifetime.
For my fourth RTX things felt different. The previous year had set a bar, I thought, nothing could hope to match it. Along with that bar, several friends were unable to attend the convention due it being moved to August, or simply because they couldn't afford it or didn't want to go. I thought my friends being gone would ruin everything, that I shouldn't go at all. But that changed once I met my incredible roommates, it was nice to meet them in person after months/years of chatting. The convention itself had changed, not much for the better, but outside of it was constantly fun and almost constantly drunk. There was a particular birthday party I somehow remember very well, in spite of the fact that I was more booze than man during it. Even after RTX had ended I made great memories, staying with two other friends for a short while. I realized then that outside of the convention it doesn't matter if RTX is "as good" as the year before, you'll always be making memories, and it's selfish and ungrateful to ask those around you to try and surpass something so subjective.
This year, my fifth RTX as stated above, was a bit of a roller coaster. This website had drastically changed, and with it my communications with friends. For a good while I thought going to RTX wasn't going to happen, until a friend reached out to me. I owe him quite a lot, because of them I met friends I hadn't talked to in ages, and some I hadn't even seen since last RTX. I made new friends and new memories, ate excellent food, saw an amazing fireworks show over the river and nearly passed out from exhaustion during the mile walk back from that fireworks show. This year was full of surprises, and I did things I never thought I ever could or would. Next years RTX is up in the air, but after all these years I'm sure it will exceed all expectations.
So remember, dear reader (if you've made it this far that is), that RTX is more than a bunch of panels and meeting celebrities; it's meeting old friends, making new ones, experiencing everything you possibly can. What I described above doesn't cover a fraction of what my friends and I have done and experienced at RTX and in the amazing city of Austin. Also try to attend SideQuest if you haven't, you won't regret it!
RTX is an adventure! No two should ever the same!
I want to thank @Cointoss250 and @Nyrhtac for allowing me to have another excellent adventure. I owe both you an unquantifiable amount.
I know I didn't really mention anyone by name, but you know who you are. Everyone I've ever met at RTX was gonna be in this space, and I tried to get everyone, but that is a lot of tags. Please know that you will always be friends to me, always.