In conversation with streamer RafThree

RafThree, or Raf, is a streamer I’ve known for a few months. I had the chance to have a conversation about streaming with him recently. RafThree is a Twitch Affiliate and member of the newly formed FoxFyre gaming and streaming community. He was selected for September 2018 as Featured Fox, a recognition of involvement in the community. You should also check out RafThree’s Discord, Twitter, and Instagram.

Who are you as a streamer?

Streamer and Twitch Affiliate RafThree

Well, I’m RafThree but you can call me Raf. I mainly stream Overwatch but I like to play other games especially games with a story to play through so I can enjoy or poke fun at them, a la Mystery Science Theater 3000. I’ve been told that I have “Dry Humor” and I only play games that I have fun playing. So currently I’m doing Destiny 2, Overwatch, and >observer_.

Any projects other than streaming you want to mention?

I’m planning a charity stream soon for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. It’s a foundation to help raise awareness of Childhood Cancers as well as help those affected by Childhood Cancers. St. Baldrick’s raises money for their cause and also hold “head shaving” events to show solidarity to those children that lose their hair due to treatment. I came across the foundation because my niece was diagnosed with Ewing sarcoma when she was about 15 years old. She’s 21 now and cancer free. I’ve been doing my best to keep doing mini fundraising attempts each year in September. I’m having some scheduling issues this year, but I’ll be announcing this soon.

I’ll look forward to hearing when that happens, and will help get the word out. That sounds like a cool event, and for a great cause. Glad your niece is doing well. And, good on you. So you’ve done fundraisers before, but this will be the first one as a streamer? What do you have in mind for the event?

Since it’s my first time doing this as a stream I don’t want to get too ambitious as to doing anything too new. I’m hoping I’ll be able to set up the donation link correctly atm. I would like notifications to go off for each donation. It’ll be on the day that I do my long stream so I hope for more exposure to the foundation in doing so.

The streaming community has been really active in charity fundraising events, and done a lot of great work helping causes like the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. I hope you have much success for that event!

What’s your setup like for streaming?

RafThree streaming setup

My setup is very resourceful, you could say lol. My main monitor is a Hannspree 720p 60hz that I bought about 7 years ago. The second monitor is actually a TV 720p I bought about 5 or 6 years ago that has HDMI so I use it as my left monitor to help with streaming and reading chat or working on OBS while playing. My cam is a Logitech c920 which is great for the price. The mic is a Blue Yeti Silver that was gifted by GameThesis which I’m very thankful for as well as for the chromakey green screen and Elgato HD 60.

Yeti Blue Silver 4 lyfe! Haha!

My mechanical keyboard is a Red Dragon that I got for $30 bucks and is great. My mouse is a Combaterwing CW-80 that was gifted to me by my sister in law that she got for $20 and it’s awesome. The little wing on the mouse helps me from bumping the mouse pad since my hands shake so much.

This is my first PC that I do not build myself in over 10+ years. It’s an iBuyPower build that was a good price especially with how expensive GPUs can run now because of the crypto miners. The huge tower on the left is my old build that’s pretty much just there as a memory. LOL! In the pic I couldn’t show my green screen since it was packed up. As for lighting I use two night stand lamps that’s part of the room, I bounce that desk light lamp off the white blinds and use that LED lamp for face light. During the day I’d open the blinds and use the sun as my third light and not use the desk lamp. Yes I know that’s a big no no but hey gotta stream with what you got ;)

Heck yes, I agree! Do the best that you can with what you’ve got for as long as you are able. I think that’s especially true about streaming, which is something one can spend unlimited money on equipment. But, we’re real people, not television stations or movie production companies! Wait until you need a thing, instead of trying to buy everything up front before you really need it. Stream with the equipment you’ve got!

Since we’re on great advice, what do you know now about streaming that you wish you’d known earlier? Or, best advice about streaming you’ve gotten?

What I know now that I wish I knew about streaming that I wish I knew earlier… Nothing really. I feel I’m learning things at the right pace and researching and learning as I go so I’m in no rush but I’m not just sitting on my butt (streamer pun intended) just playing games. The best advice I’ve gotten about streaming is to just do it. Just start streaming. Don’t just say you want to do this, or that, just do it already. No stream will be perfect and mistakes, disconnects, bad sound, all of that will happen. As you said with Tbone’s interview, Murphy’s Law is still in effect. Don’t let the goal of perfection prevent you from streaming. Striving for perfection is a sign of insecurity and that will never be quenched until you finally just jump on stream and stream. Also keep in mind that “imperfection” might be what helps you stand out from all the other streamers and your viewers might see as your best trait that keeps them on. I learned more from my test streams and met so many of my current friends/followers from test streams. So to make a long story even longer, just stream.

How long have you been streaming?

I started streaming about near January 2018 and became affiliate about 5 months ago so I think it was in May 2018.

Oh wow, another baby streamer! That’s cool! Welcome to the circus. Ha!

You mention that you only play games you enjoy, and that seems like a really good idea. Maybe that’s even something that one could call advice for people wanting to stream! Of course, a lot of streamers play what gets them viewers, or try to make that balance out. Personally, I struggle with that, but feel I stream only what I’m drawn to play, as well.

Are there games that you’ve enjoyed a lot that you’re not playing now? Maybe this is a question about old favorites!

I really loved playing Shadowrun for the SNES and the new Shadowrun Returns but it’s not so fun to play on stream. If I play an RPG I prefer it to have voice acting in it so it’s not just me reading all the time. I also really like Destiny but I haven’t played much of Destiny 2 at all so I’m trying to get back into it.

Cool! Since you mention it, I pitched in to the Shadowrun Returns crowdfunding, way back. Anything you’re looking forward to that’s coming up?

I’m really looking forward to Red Dead 2. It looks interesting since it’s a story game and deep. I’d love to play that through with everyone. I really liked playing the Black Ops 4 Blackout BR as well.

What goals do you have for the future with your stream?

My goal for the future and to be my continued goal is to stream content that my viewers enjoy and I enjoy as well. So I want to entertain and have fun with my current peeps in the Raf Pack and to those new buddies that join. Partner or anything like that is a bonus it’s on my “that’ll be cool list” but I want to end each stream feeling “Damn that chat was popping” or “Wow that was so damn fun”. If I ever end a stream not feeling like that then I gotta change things up.

Seems to me streaming can get tough sometimes too, and it can be hard to keep one’s spirits up; having a hoppin’ chat really helps! But, every streamer, I think, should keep their health in mind and listen to themselves about that. So, more good advice about switching things up! Do you do anything else to keep yourself in good spirits, before or after stream?

Just starting up a stream gets me in good spirits and I’m always reluctant to end the stream since I have so much fun with it. I don’t run into any issues starting a stream or ending. What keeps me in that good mood is that I start each stream not expecting anyone to show up. For me each stream is set to be just me with electric skateboard and electric longboard lol. When I see that first person chat I’m already exceeding expectations and I’m boosted. I tend to be the one chatting in streams so when I see someone chatting with me on stream I get excited and want to chat too.

Streaming can be tough, but it can also be its own reward! Haha!

Thanks to RafThree for talking with me. I hope you’ll go check out his stream and watch for his announcement about his upcoming charity event for St. Baldrick’s Foundation, and help make that a success!

In conversation with streamer Tbone

Here’s a conversation I had recently with brand new streamer Tbone, or Terrin Scott. Tbone is a member of the newly formed FoxFyre gaming and streaming community, and was selected for August 2018 as the first Featured Fox. You should check out Tbone’s twitter and instagram.

Who are you as a streamer?

Streamer Tbone

My name is Terrin Scott, aka Tbone. I am thirty one years young, and reside in New Orleans, LA. Gaming is a large part of my life ever since I first completed Super Mario Bros. on the NES when I was a wee one. To this day gaming has given me some very memorable moments in my life. I am very laid back as a streamer. I hope to not only entertain through game play, but also hope to get people talking about their day or some events that they will soon attend.

So, I understand you started streaming just this month after being selected as Featured Fox. How’d you decide to take that leap?

I have been streaming for a good part of August of this year. So far it has been a blast. I have been wanting to start streaming as a part of assisting a group of friends in another discord channel long before FoxFyre formed up. Sadly my rig at the time wasn’t up to par, and they kind of stopped streaming at the point I was able to get up and running! Now that I am where I need to be, I figure I’d still go full steam ahead with streaming.

Since you were selected as Featured Fox, I’m wondering about your involvement in that new community. What does being a Fox mean to you and what’s your involvement in that community?

For me, being a Fox is all about accepting all who want join with a shared interest in gaming. Casual or hardcore? Come in and enjoy some dope folks! Generally, I am a goofball in the group, or at least I like to think so.

How’d you find your way to the group? Were you a regular in one of the founders’ streams?

I found my way into the group by igetexcited. I was a regular in her stream, and an invite was handed out to me. I couldn’t resist the invite.

Any projects other than streaming you want to mention?

At the moment I am a part of a team that is raising money for the Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital. It is the Dreamless Dreamcast Marathon, and it is my first year doing it!

Hey that’s cool! Doing good with Extra Life and playing retro games! Can you tell me more about what that event is like?

It is awesome, until something breaks. Ha ha! It feels pretty good being in a room with people that share the same love of gaming for a great cause is just amazing.

Do you play on an actual Dreamcast console or emulation? What are your favorite Dreamcast games and any fun or funny memories about playing that console? How short is your VMU battery life, amirite?!

I tend to avoid the emulation route as much as possible. While the emulators get close, they tend to not be perfect in reproducing the game play properly. However for rarer games for the system, like Project Justice, emulation becomes a much more cost effective way to play those games.

I have a few favorites on the system. They are Jet Set Radio, Skies of Arcadia, Project Justice, and Power Stone 1 & 2. All of them held great memories with either exploring the world in Skies of Arcadia or standing triumphant over my brothers in Power Stone. Many sleepless nights were had with these games.

Ha ha, don’t get me started on the VMU life!

Anything else you’ve got going on, like hobbies or interests that you’d like to share?

At this moment, I have been considering getting more into cosplay. I have been wanting dress up as some of my favorite characters

Oh, hey, that’s cool! I like to say that every home needs a costume closet for whimsy. What are your favorite characters, that you’re thinking about trying to do?

Well I have always wanted to cosplay as a White Mage from Final Fantasy, that is my main goal. After that it would have to be either Kazuma Kiryu from the Yakuza series and Vyse from Skies of Arcadia.

Cool beans! That sounds like a lot of fun. Hopefully you’ll post that to your social media for everyone to see too. What’s your setup like for streaming?

Streamer Tbone streaming gear setup

My current rig is powered by an AMD Ryzen 5 1600, 8 GB of RAM, 1060 GTX with 6 GB of onboard RAM, a 256 GB SSD with a 1 TB HDD for storage. Also, I am rocking two monitors to keep up with chat.

Good plan with a second monitor to help stay aware of chat! And I see you have a couple console systems you play. What else is in your gaming setup?

Streamer Tbone consoles

So far I have a Sony PlayStation 2-4, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo GameCube, and, my favorite system, the Sega Dreamcast. I am looking to add to my collection in the future.

I see some space on those shelves for more systems! I know you just started this month, but I’m curious what do you know about streaming that you wish you’d known earlier? Or, best advice about streaming you’ve gotten?

I think the best advice I got is that you won’t know your ready until you get out and do it. I was afraid much of the time that I wasn’t ready because I thought everything needed to be perfect from start. This is a work in progress and you shouldn’t expect to be perfect from the start.

Oh, yeah. Look, streaming isn’t ever perfect. Murphy will mess something up, and streaming is like a Murphy’s Law magnet! Getting comfortable with not being perfect and having things go haywire is good advice. What software are you using to stream right now and how was that part of it for you?

Oh! Murphy’s law I will never escape you! Ha ha! I have been using the Streamlabs version of OBS. It has difficult to get the basics down, but it has been something that isn’t easily forgotten. The good thing with this I can always edit, and I really do like that a lot.

What stuff are you streaming now?

Right now I am streaming a lot more Sega games that I have been enjoying over the past few years. Typically they are action games, but I will venture out in to other genres like platformers and rpgs in the future. Look forward to that!

Sounds like you’re into a lot of retro and retro-inspired gaming. There’s a lot of indie stuff out there and other old systems to check out. Any specific old school games you’re hoping to revisit or upcoming games you’re looking forward to?

I would love to revisit Parasite Eve and Xenogears on stream. While waiting for the next big thing to come out from Sega, those two games held me over quite a bit. Many great nights were had with those games. I think I have the sound tracks somewhere on my computer somewhere.

As for games that I am looking for, Ghosts of Tsushima, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, and Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise are on my radar for sure.

What goals do you have for the future with your stream?

For my stream I would love to get to affiliate to start from there partner if things go well. I hope to have a pretty awesome community of people that can come in and enjoy not only the game being shown, but can come around and chat. High positivity, maximum chill.

Thanks to Tbone for talking with me, and be sure to check out his stream!