Sunday, November 12, 2017

24-Hour Stream Complete

Well, it happened. I don't know if it was a huge success, but I can at least say that I completed the challenge.

Highlights (a.k.a. What went well...)

  • I managed to get in a lot of games with Black-Green Energy, a deck that I was planning to play next weekend at GP Portland. After a morning of fairly rotten results, I decided to switch over to a less synergistic, but more powerful deck. 
  • The new deck that I picked up seems sweet, and it's one that I'll enjoy playing next week even if I don't play particularly well. I'm not sharing my exact decklist yet, but I will say that it's based on this list.
  • 13 new viewers started following my channel, which is far lower than what I'd hoped for, but not far off from what I expected. That pushed the channel over the 100 followers mark, and we'll do another 24 hour stream when we hit 200!
  • Soda Dungeon is the perfect game to run during breaks. I tried not to take a break for longer than 10 minutes, although I think one of them went to 15. Soda Dungeon can run automatically so that viewers don't see an empty screen, and it isn't brainpower-intensive.
  • Physically, this wasn't as big of a challenge as I expected it to be. I haven't pulled an all-nighter in years, and I was worried that I would be falling asleep on my keyboard. Surprisingly, I felt pretty good throughout the majority of the stream. Only the last hour or so was tough.

Room for Improvement (a.k.a. What didn't go well...)
  • I intended to play D&D as usual on Friday night, but my communication skills broke down with my group. At one point, a few weeks ago, I mentioned playing on Saturday instead of Friday because of the stream... but I also mentioned playing on 11/10 (the correct date). Somehow, in my head, I thought I had shared the correct information... but looking back at old messages, I was about as clear as mud, and my group wasn't ready to play at the usual time. OOPS! Next time, I need to communicate more clearly.
  • I switched over to Skyrim in between games of Magic, and the game glitched - not giving me the soul from the dragon outside of Whiterun (which, in turn, means that the main storyline doesn't advance). I quickly googled a workaround, used a console command to "fix" the problem, but just couldn't force myself to keep playing after that irritation - especially since Skyrim was the backup game. Next time I need several backup games instead of just one.
  • I... ummmm... need to stop saying, "ummm." One of my viewers pointed it out early on, and I challenged myself to be better. I'm not as bad with it while I'm commenting on game play (although I'm guilty there too), but when I switch over to talk about what's happening with future events on stream, or what games are coming up, or whatever... let's just say I get bad
  • The last hour was pretty miserable. I zoned out some, at one point I googled something, went down a rabbit-hole of reading articles, and totally forgot I was streaming. 
Despite some setbacks, the event was fun. I was definitely ready to crash by the end, but I'm looking forward to pulling this off again. The next time will be at the 200 follower mark! If you want to join in on the fun, and speed up the timeline for our next 24-hour stream, head on over to twitch.tv/theoutsyder83 and click "Follow!"

24+ hours of streaming... never thought I'd pull that off!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

24-Hour Stream Challenge on 11/10

That's right, folks. On Friday, November 10th, I'll be tackling the challenge of streaming for a full 24 hours. At some point on Friday (or early Saturday morning), you should come check out the stream. Why now?
  • To celebrate reaching 50 followers and affiliate status. We're actually getting closer to 100 at this point, but we're still celebrating the 50-follower milestone!
  • To geek out with my new computer. I built it myself, but lately my work schedule has kept me from gaming as much as I'd like. This is a good excuse!
  • To test for GP Portland the following week. I haven't played a standard tournament in years, so I need all the help I can get!
  • To have fun, of course!
Here's the schedule I'll be following. It's a rough outline at this point, but it'll be Magic: The Gathering most of the day, our regularly scheduled D&D in the evening, and then whatever will keep me awake through the wee hours of the morning! I'll have Soda Dungeon breaks (a great time-killer of a game that doesn't require a bunch of mental energy), and giveaways at various points throughout the day.



Come join the channel and hang out!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Dude, Where You Been?

Yeah, I've been gone a while. I've barely written here this year, with only a handful of posts since 2017 began. I'm back, though, and the last quarter of 2017 is shaping up to be pretty exciting. There are some sweet projects in the works here at Outsyder Gaming, and I want to let you in on what's going on right now, as well as what's coming soon.

The Current Goings-On - Streaming, Magic: The Gathering, D&D
Most of the gaming I've done lately has revolved around Twitch, a website for streaming video games live. I fill my free time with these games on a regular basis anyway, so I figured it couldn't hurt to try this streaming thing out. I didn't have very high expectations, but it has been a blast! I'm playing the same games I'd be playing anyway, but now I get to interact with the Twitch community, and the people have been great. Nowadays I stream twice a week: Friday nights at 6:00 pm PST and Sunday mornings at 6:00 am PST. Sunday mornings I'm always playing Magic: The Gathering Online, and Friday nights alternate between MTGO and Dungeons & Dragons.



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