For those of us involved in a certain sub-section of the online TT RPGing community, the approach of August can only mean one thing, it’s almost time for RPGaDay – that special time of year when numerous roleplayers dredge through their memories and strive to create a series of blog and video posts talking about their current participation in the roleplaying hobby and their history with it. This year is the fourth year that RPGaDay has been running since Autocratik began it and–as usual–Runeslinger is flying the flag and getting the info-graphics out there, I’ve reproduced it below for convenience:
RPGaDay is a great way to reminisce about your RPG history and also to engage with other members of the community, we’re all talking about the same great hobby so–as well as making your own blog posts or videos–make sure to comment and get involved with other people’s, don’t forget to use the hashtag #RPGaDay. Even if you don’t manage to do a post a day, or whether you cheat and film/write several at once (like I do if I am really busy), that’s not important, what’s great about RPGaDay is that is gets everyone in the community involved and talking about this great hobby of ours.
I’ll be taking part this year and I urge you to do so as well 🙂
As anyone who has gamed with me will tell you–when it comes to running RPGs–I like to do my prep, some people can pull off amazing sessions with little to no prep and that’s absolutely grand, more power to them, however, I’m not blessed with a particularly good memory so it buoys up my confidence to know that I have notes prepared concerning what has already occurred in a campaign and what might be about to occur. However, this has left me with something of a dilemna recently when it comes to the prep for my Heart of Darkness Star Wars campaign and my Dungeon World campaign; both campaigns are recorded on my Youtube channel meaning I’ve got the actual play videos that I can refer back to in order to update my notes.
I’m sure those of you who read my blog or keep up with my Youtube channel have noticed that my output has fallen off drastically in the past few weeks, well don’t worry, I’m not abandoning the blog or making RPG related videos or anything like that.
Recently I’ve started up a new job which involves me working later and driving further, as I’ve been trying to learn new systems I’ve also had less spare time in dinner hours, etc to write blog posts. The time that I have been able to spare (when I’m not spending time with my wife) has mostly been taken up with preparing for or running games.
At the moment I have a number of games that I’m involved in:
- Shadow of the Century playtest games that I run every Friday.
My own 3Brothers D&D 5E campaign that runs bi-weekly on Sunday.
- A series of Star Wars one-shots (currently using the FFG rules although I might be trying some using my FAE Hack soon) that normally run on Saturdays.
- Thashif Muran’s Dresden Files campaign that alternates on Sunday’s with my D&D campaign, in which I play Murdoch a detective who has been overtaken by the spirit of the fallen angel Arioch.
- Jenny Green’s Dresden Files campaign on alternate Monday nights where I play Syd, a crotchety aged punk who happens to be a lycanthrope and is determined to fight against the man.
So as you can see a lot of my time is actually taken up with gaming and the other free time that I used to write blog posts/make videos has gradually become trimmed down to almost nothing; I’m confident that once things have settled down a bit that I’ll manage to re-organise my time to begin creating vids and making blog posts again, it might not be the same volume as before though.
I’m also considering using more stuff recorded in audio format, since I can record these when I am driving (I wouldn’t want to record video whilst driving but I can talk without getting massively distracted) or when I have a spare moment. I think the audio format whould also cut down the amount of time I spend messing around with cameras or editing afterwards, I would never have believed how much time (even relatively simple) editing takes up.
So to sum up, I might be quiet for a bit (aside from my actual play vids) whilst things settle down and I re-organise, but I’ve not forgotten you all, once I’ve worked out how best to fit my creative output into my current schedule I will be back.
In my third vlog I rambled about the close of my Jadepunk campaign, Star Wars Tides of Change, LARP and Thashif’s forthcoming Dresden Files game:
Last night I published the first in what I hope will become a series of weekly vlogs, the idea is to make some quick videos (with minimal editing) where I talk about RP stuff that I’ve been up to in the week before.
If anyone has any RP related questions they wish to ask please post them in the comments section of the vlog and I’ll try to answer them in the next video.
As I film more of these I’ll be added them to the playlist page.
As part of my commitment to really focus on my blog/writing and Youtube channel in the New Year I’ve already started making some alterations to the blog and content produced, tweaking our logo and the layout of the blog to make it quicker to load on people’s computers was the start of this and I’m going to continue that positive energy into the New Year and beyond.
Part of that is having a more regular schedule of releasing videos and blog writing, currently I’m planning on the following weekly schedule:
o Monday - Vlog style video (minimal editing) looking at my previous weeks RP based activities, also playing in and promoting TheRogueDM's excellent WFRP campaign that I am playing in.
o Tuesday - Blog post.
o Wednesday - This is going to be my evening for running any one-shot games that I may have going.
o Thursday - Blog post.
o Friday - Video release.
o Saturday - Day off.
o Sunday - Actual play of campaign game running that evening.
Now I realise this is quite a full schedule and there will no doubt be times that I cannot stick to it or RL gets in the way (as it tends to do with such things) but from next week I’m going to start trying to stick to this schedule as much as possible.
I’ve recently read some very insightful posts on the various online roleplaying communities that I am a member of, some of these have made me give thought to how good a job my own channel and this website do with communicating my aims to the audience, and what those aims actually.
So I sat down and thought about what the aim of this site and my Youtube channel is and I came up with the following:
To provide tips and advice for roleplayings, broadcast games showing that advice in action and highlight games that offer innovative mechanics or assistance to the GM.
Going forward I am going to make that phrase my mission statement and feature very little on my channel and this site that does not somehow help with that; luckily I seem to have been thinking about this on a subconscious level for a while, so a lot of my older stuff actually does this already.
There are also a couple of other things I like to do in the future:
- Stick to a more regular schedule of releasing videos, at the moment I’m thinking Saturday each week.
- Film a more vloggy un-edited video each Monday talking about RP stuff I’ve done during the week.
- More clearly divide the various different shows (GM Tips, RPG Bugbears, etc) that I do.
- Attempt to edit some of my actual plays to remove dead-air, shorten the videos and make them more watchable so that people can see the mechanics and running of a game in action without having to wade through so much footage.