It's been a week since Pico Day and my last front page post, so here's another! Sorry in advance if it's pretty big and sappy. Whatever.
Highlights from Pico Day in chronological order maybe I dont know whatever who cares not me:
@Emrox and I have the exact same birthday. Hung out on the stream with @Whirlguy and @Yurgenburgen. Finally met @TomFulp and talked for a little bit! Also got to see his new game! Talked to @EJR for a bit. Got a smooch from @Luis. Got a hug from @Sabtastic. Signed the Picollage. @Tyler drunkenly broke my game <3 and introduced me to Noel, who isn't on NG but is super cool and is making a super cool game. Played a round or two of Smash. Drew on the gigantic cock filled chalkboard. Flailed around in StreetFighter with @Saminat. Then had to hop on the train back to NY! Submitted my game at 3 AM the next morning!
I absolutely know I'm forgetting some people because I don't know their username, but if we met and talked you can comment and berate me. <3
Things I'll do differently next time:
BRING A SKETCHBOOK. There are so many cool people there just hanging out drawing in whatever they find. You can just leave a sketchbook and by the end of the day it'll be filled with awesome shit.
TAKE PICTURES. I don't really know what I was thinking, but I've got like 0 proof I was even there. No pictures or momentos or anything, just got swept up in the moment I guess. Also, I seriously need a Newgrounds tank shirt. My biggest regret.
TALK TO EVERYONE. Or at least say hello. A lot of people there, including me, were a little bit shy. There's no need to be! Most everyone is super chill and interested in the same stuff you are. It also helps if you know people there already or go in a group, I was sorta going in blind.
Pico Day was super inspiring and motivating. I'd taken a break from Flash for what feels like forever, but now I'm totally reenergized. The first email for Pico Day sorta set off that spark again. Meeting all these super talented people was super motivating to work my ass off on the things I love and be passionate about what I do.
On a semi-related note, I've been listening to a bunch of Sleepycast, and although I was too shy to go up to any of them at Pico Day, they've sorta inspired me to try my hand at animation. It's something I've always wanted to do but never had the confidence to try. This summer I'll make a few little shorts and put em up on Newgrounds and see how it goes. Put on some David Rose and get ready for a good time.