- I had just the Sunday pass, but I wanted max value from this day, so I went in early before any expo stuff opened. I used this time to scout out the stuff that was available (free play pinball and the Museum of Emotes was pretty interesting), and then sit down in the room where GDQ Express was going on
- In GDQx I sat in the corner watching most of the Super Metroid / Link to the Past combo randomizer. The way the seed treated the runners was perfect and led to a bunch of hilarity finding the last needed item and it was a very good time. Certain other speedrunners I've watched were talking with their friends not too far from me. They're indeed real people, who knew
- The Artist Alley had a lot of cool styles (stitches of Stardew Valley characters!), and I did decide to fork over 10 bucks for some cool retro bead keychains
- I didn't pay too much attention to the Meet and Greet section, but I did get to see the disappointed reactions from so many kids when they learned that the Ninja section was completely booked already
- In the early afternoon I met up with @Apollo the Just / Lloyd Irving, explored more stuff, talked about awkward Twitch chat moments, and circled back to the GDQx room
- We watched most of the Mario block, which was super impressive as always, and being right there with the cheering crowd and the runners themselves enhanced the experience further (we're probably a few pixels in the background of the streamer cam somewhere)
- There was a dedicated Fortnite section, but besides the free drink (blue flavored lemonade), it didn't resonate with me in the slightest. Does this mean I'm old?
- One of my goals was to educate myself a little more on how to brand my streams and stuff for greater chances of attracting the audience I want, but I moved around too much to see/hear most of that content. Whoops
- There are a lot of ways drink makers marketing to gamers can make beverages taste very strange
- The most interesting thing in the expo to me was people playing a Link to the Past Randomizer while others bought coins with Bits and then traded those coins for things to help or hinder the run in real time. I can install this extension now if I want, and it's kind of tempting......
- I thought about buying Twitch branded purple merchandise, but the line to enter the Loot Cave never seemed to go below a 1 hour wait, and I was not ready for that kind of life commitment
Overall, the GDQ event, Apollo, and the fact that Twitch chose the most convenient place possible for me made this worth the adventure. If just one of those were missing, I would have likely watched stuff from home. Very cool that it worked out this way!
Bonus pics (with more coming soon from Apollo probably):
^ Front entrance. Pic taken during the evening because I forgot to do one in the morning
^ League of Legends action with some commentators and players from the NA region
^ Corner view of the GDQx room. There's so many monitors on the actual stage
^ One of these is a SessyLloydo drawing, and the other is Apollo acting like the drawing. I think I have almost figured out which is which and will get back to you shortly