Well, Pico Day has come and gone and I have to say, it was an AMAZING experience! I met so many cool people and everyone there was REALLY nice!
The trip was pretty interesting, I took a red eye from Oregon so I arrived at Philly around 10am. My plan was to sleep on the plane but... that didn't really work out :\. By the time I got to the hotel to check in it was already 12.30 but I really couldn't go to the event without sleeping or I would've been dead and lame. I ended up taking a 2 hour nap right before heading over.
I was extremely nervous all the way up until I got there, but as soon as I arrived it all just melted away. I got to meet so many people! If I forget to mention you, I honestly didn't mean to. I met so many people and was slightly sleep deprived.
Swain. He was really nice and awesome to talk to! I've been a fan of his work for a long time (I even was wearing his Mastermind shirt) and it was really cool to meet him. He's also damned handsome.
Oney. He was really cool as well. Just told him I was a big fan of his stuff and he seemed pretty humble about it. He also took my picture at one point so that might end up somewhere online at some point.
Zach/Psychicpebbles. I wish I got to talk to him more but I kept missing my chances. He had an interesting conversation with Tyler that I really enjoyed listening to.
Tyler. He was one of the first people I met and was really friendly. We went up to the office and showed eachother our.. . .. games.
Tom Fulp. He was as nice as I imagined him to be. It was really cool to know that he knew my work and actually invited me to come down (Or over or whatever). I feel like I had a bunch of stuff to say to him and ask him but I just sorta forgot when I was in the moment.
Jonas. He was the second person I met. He was very welcoming and helped me feel right at home!
RicePirate. He was really insightful and has a lot of interesting things to say! I really admire his dedication to Newgrounds even though he's working a full time job as well. Wish I got a chance to talk to him more, I think I could learn a lot from him.
AfroNinja. I almost didn't meet him, finally introduced myself near the end of the day. Really cool guy and it was cool to know he'd played one of my games.
JohnnyUtah. Really funny guy! It was fun to listen to him and Swain reminisce about Ching Chong Beautiful.
Luis. He's about as cool as everyone says! He told me he was a big fan of my work and that he was looking forward to meeting me. That was really cool to hear! He gave me a big ol hug before I left.
Stamper. Super nice dude! Didn't get to talk to him toooo much but he made me feel right at home there!
Ukinojoe. He was really cool and I ended up accompanying him and a couple others back to the hotel.
Fbipolux. He was really nice! Didn't talk to him too much but he recognized some of my work so that made me happy!
Emrox, Pjorg + Manly Chicken. I got to see them for a bit but I didn't really get a chance to talk to them unfortunately. I forget what happened. I met them along with a bunch of other people at the same time and then just lost them I guess.
Zanzlanz. He was the very first person I talked to. He knew my work which was awesome and said he was looking forward to seeing more. He was gonna ask me a question but I think he got cut off and never got a chance to ask it. I'm sorry :( Feel free to PM me if you'd like (If you end up reading this)!
Fungasm. I met him but didn't get a chance to talk much. This was around the time I was starting to crash from being tired.
Chakra-X (Sp?). Really friendly guy! Had a nice discussion with him about future plans and the possibilities of making a living off your own work.
Krinkles. Real nice guy! You can tell he really cares about Newgrounds. Told me that I was his friend because I'm on Newgrounds. It was cool to meet the guy that's made such a popular series!
Evil-Dog. Talked to him for a bit. He seemed real nice, which I had talked to him more.
Rig. He was really nice! Talked to him a couple times. Told him I liked his music. He got excited when he heard one of his songs playing on the playlist that was going.
Timmy. He was really friendly. We didn't talk that much though.
There were a bunch of people that I met briefly as well but I didn't really get to talk to them much..
Paul, Nick and Josh from the Continue Show. I was extremely surprised to see these guys here. They were all really nice and pretty much exactly like they are on the show. Really funny dudes, it's almost like they don't even have to try to be funny.
Again, if I forgot you, I'm really sorry. I blame sleep deprivation and being overwhelmed by new faces.
Overall it was a fantastic experience and I really hope it keeps happening for years to come! I've definitely become inspired to finish working on my game and even collaborating with other Newgrounders! I think if I get invited next year I'll try and get more sleep so I am more talkative! I wish I had taken some pictures while I was there but it completely slipped my mind!
tl;dr It was fun.