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Rock Band Network PAX Panels, Part II: Caleb Explains Authoring

Anyway, initially this panel was extremely nerve-wracking. Just before we started, I poked my head out of the door and then did a big run around of the theatre, following this MASSIVE line of people waiting to see us: the pressure was on. It was probably a good thing that Nord and JoCo (Jonathan Coulton) got the crowd a bit warmed up (and gave me some time to calm down) before I launched into my talk, or I would've been even more of a nervous mess.

As I started off though, things immediately went much better than I thought, and people actually laughed at my terrible jokes! In retrospect, the most fantastic thing about PAX is how accepting and approachable everyone is. You're among friends when you're at PAX, and even if you totally mess something up, everything is still going to be cool.

So my big concern was that the talk would be too technical. I've spent alot of time over the past 6 months or so travelling around and giving people a soup to nuts training session on Rock Band authoring, so I was worried that people wouldn't be interested in the finer points of Rock Band authoring, but I was immediately proven wrong by the crowd, which made for a totally awesome moment.

One last thing: I was talking Brad Shoemaker from Giant Bomb after the talk and he said to me something to the effect of, "That was great how you created that sense of drama about whether or not the file transfer was going to work." That was actual, genuine terror. None of us were sure if the file transfer was going to work. It had worked at Harmonix, but we weren't sure that it was going to work outside the office, so we were totally psyched when everything worked.

If you missed part I of this series, click here to see RBN producer Nord's PAX talk.