So where did the summer go?
Looking back, I'm not super sure. Aside from buying the new truck (which was a last minute distraction turned 3+ week project) I really am not totaly sure. Things I had planned to get done this summer were finishing the workshop/woodshop, setting up the print shop, and finishing the Mertoth wrap up video in any downtime where I wasn't relaxing and enjoying myself. Though relaxing and enjoying myself should go without mention.
Despite this summer seeming so unproductive I am remarkably happy with it. With only a few days notice I got a chance to see the eclipse in Oregon and that was remarkable and I got my twitch affiliate.
The eclipse was the highlight of this year though. We ended up spending 21 hours on the road in less than 48 but it was oh so worth it. Even the drive was beautiful. The off-roading to skip some traffic did it's part of make the drive much more memorable and new truck performed way above my highest expectations of it. We did have a pretty bad fuel scare in the 40°C heat when we had to double back after hitting a gate. Google said it was a federal land. Local ranches disagreed. Turned out okay though, we hollered at a campervan on the side of the 5 hour gridlock who happened to have 2 gallons to give us. Our original plan was to fill up gas in the next town which was only 60 km away and we had 200+ km of fuel. Those 60 km just took 5 hours to drive through.
While the eclipse was the highlight of the year and the summer what I'm most proud of this summer is finally getting traction on Twitch. Admittedly this is largely due to twitch's new affiliate program but it took a little over a week to fulfill their requirements since I had already had the base followed.. It feels like validation for all my time spent streaming to the admittedly niche Tabletop RPG genre but it encouraged me to update my schedule on twitch. The plan now is to do 4-6 hour video game streams at least three times a week. It's probably just my extreme extroversion but streaming video games is a lot more fun. It captures that fun from being a kid with your friends over and playing on the couch. Having affiliate now makes me feel like I'm allowed to have friends over to my place rather than just constantly bumming in my friends basement.
TALK ABOUT RPGs
Mertoth wrapped up 3 months ago, as of yesterday.. I still have been playing RPGs since then, just not broadcasting any. I GM a "Star Wars: Edge of the Empire" game on Sundays in the real world and play in a Pathfinder game on Fridays. As for when I'm going to be get back on streaming tabletop for the web? It comes after my To Do list.
Yes, oh gawd, my "To Do" list.
After my sabbatical from life as a [redacted] pretty much everything about me was much better, aside from my time management skills. Something that I used to consider a talent had atrophied to the point of non-existence. Those of you who played in Mertoth have watched one thing after another whistle by. Those of you who spent even more time with me saw a lot more. We've even seen a few projects get completely shit canned after I realized I just couldn't keep that many plates in the air at one time. (Yes you can hear the wiki whistling by your head right now). I can confidently say I'm getting better but only in watching some of my whiffs make orbit and return overhead to gloat. So here is the priority list. In order:
- Finish the Workshop/Woodshop
- Help Darkmoondancer upgrade her product offerings to physical prints and custom framing.
- Mertoth Epilogue video
- Launch the website and web store for the family Chicken farm.
- Stream video games atleast 3 times a week and no shorter than 4 hours at a time.
- DnD 5e Challenge Compendium (DnD 5e)
- Build book bindery
- Start and finish the outer shell for our new trucks overlanding Camper
- Start a series of 4 week multi-shot streamed RPGs.
So, if things go to plan. Number 8 should start in mid January. Numbers 3 and 6 are the most likely to get the chopping block. Victims of my deteriorated time management skills. Number 6, The DnD 5e Challenge Compendium on Wulpin's is only going to get axed if it's not financially viable for Darkmoondancer.
As for games in number 9 I'm thinking of starting with Blades in the Dark, Numenera, and Age of Rebellion. With some DnD 5e thrown in to test Challenge Compendium content some more.
So where did this summer go?
It went to family, friends, twitch, and progress. So here's to projects and the life I'm blessed with, that lets me pursue them. Thank you everyone, for your eyeballs and brainwaves.