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For Throwback Thursday, the most least recent game in my Steam library was …

Aquaria by Bit Blot

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Summary for the week ending Apr 15, 2018

Here’s a summary of activity for the week ending April 15th, 2018.

I’ve been streaming a lot. There’s been something every day for the last couple of weeks. I probably can’t keep up that pace, but it’s been fun!

The audio issue during the IRL Cooking with Rigaroga! streams turns out to have been an issue with the power supply to the camera phone. I tried tons of things, only to discover that if I unplugged the phone, the audio was very nice. The new lavalier mic helps, for sure, as well.

Warhammer 40k Roleplay got postponed until the next Sunday, but I played Dungeons & Dragons in science-fantasy Spelljammer and gothic horror Curse of Strahd settings this week.

This week I also posted an interview with Twitch streamer Isaac Velazquez aka IceMan, so you should check that out.

In conversation with Twitch streamer IceMan

And, in a final note, I just reached the milestone of 250 hours of streamed content on Twitch. That’s everything since my first stream back on 2014. A lot of that has been recent, since I’ve been streaming more regularly and longer, but either way, it’s a big number and super nifty to see the progress I’ve been making lately as a streamer in real terms.

Rigaroga Twitch stream for 250 hours

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In conversation with streamer IceMan

I had the chance to have a conversation with streamer IceMan who is a Twitch Affiliate and member of the Nomads. You can also find IceMan on Twitter, and YouTube. IceMan was selected by the Nomads as Streamer of the Month for January 2018.

Who are you as a streamer?

Streamer Isaac Velazquez aka IceMan

Hello my name is Isaac Velazquez aka IceMan, a silver haired guy just trying to make a living playing video games.

I was born in Chicago but raised in Texas where I live now. I’ve been playing video game for as long as I can remember which is why I love them so much.

I’m good at shooters but I’ll play any genre. Along with video games, movies and cartoons have been a big influence on my life. Teaching me right from wrong, how to be a better person, never give up if something seems hard are a few things that I’ve learned playing video games. I’ve been called IceMan since I was a kid. Many people think I get my nickname from the X-Men character IceMan but those that know me best know it comes from the movie Top Gun one of my favorite movies.

As a streamer I’m no different from how I am in real life. What you see is me playing video games and reacting how I would when not in front of the camera.

Being named IceMan, I try to stay cool headed, a regular cool guy that you want to game and hang out with.

It’s interesting that you talk about how games, movies and cartoons have helped teach you some good life lessons. So many times when games and things are brought up, they end up being blamed for bad behaviour or as a bad influence. Is it just that games and thing are part of the youth culture of recent generations? What would you say could be done to show games as a good influence on people?

It’s not recent at all. Playing early Mortal Kombat was a huge issue because of all the blood and gore. Compared to now however that game’s gore is nothing. Different generations have all had their games scrutinized by people. As to what can be done people need to stop looking for something to blame for the human mistakes. Whenever a shooting happens games and violent movies are the first things to get blamed by most people but my friends and myself have played some very violent games but we’re not shooting anyone or robbing cars. We as a society just don’t want to accept that there are people out there that just want to cause chaos and unrest in everyone’s lives.

Perhaps there’s also something about context. People try to understand new things in the context of something they already feel they understand, or are at least familiar with. I remember my grandfather got angry at the tokens that the video arcades used, because he thought it was gambling. So the broader gaming as a community gets, perhaps the more understanding of it there will be, I wonder.

In that case how much broader must it get? It’s true people sometimes fear what they don’t understand but with events like E3, EVO and many others one could say that video games have become or are becoming mainstream. The context is there if you take the time to understand it then i think we’ll start to see the blame come off of videos games. The other question is just how long will that take? Only time will tell.

That’s a good point. I mean, when there’s recent streams with a million viewers and enough people watching live streams on Twitch to populate a city … as you said, “How much broader must it get?”

Any projects other than streaming you want to mention?

Making YouTube videos would be the other thing I’m working on. Trying to give my viewers a chance to catch up on any cool stuff whenever possible.

What sort of videos are you making on YouTube? Any stand out example you want to share?

Right now just some highlights of past streams. My more popular videos are of Fortnite and PlayerUnknown’s BattleGround.

Great! I hope people take a moment to check those out. When videos expire on Twitch, it’s nice to have a longer term archive to show people.

What’s your setup like for streaming?

IceMan streamer desk

Right now I have an Xbox One and PC. PlayStation 4 to come very soon.

What do you know now about streaming that you wish you’d known earlier? Or, best advice about streaming you’ve gotten?

Best advice I’ve gotten was from my girlfriend. She said use what you’ve got. Don’t worry about having a green screen or crazy PC right now. All that will come later right now just get your personality out there.

That seems like really good advice! Just get in and do it, and only spend extra money on special equipment later when the time comes that you need it to keep growing.

How long have you been streaming?

I’ve been streaming since June of 2017. One year anniversary coming up.

Congratulations on the upcoming milestone!

What’s your next milestone that you’re trying for with your stream?

I would say the short term milestone would be 1000 followers and 50 subscribers. For partnership, I need an average of 75 viewers in 30 days which is pretty tough.

Oh, yeah, it’s a big leap from the numbers needed on Twitch for Affiliate to Partner. Best wishes for your climb up that ladder!

What stuff are you streaming now?

A few different games. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Fortnite being the most popular. DragonBall FighterZ, Rainbow Six Siege, Monster Hunter World, Sea of Thieves, and SOS. I’ve been looking for more while not trying to break the bank.

Yeah, the struggle is real! What’s coming up that you’re excited to play?

God of War 4 and Red Dead Redemption 2 are the two I’m looking forward to. Hopefully E3 shows us some good games this year.

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

Right now the immediate goals are to make Twitch and YouTube partner while also making a community of cool gamers along the way. I want this to be my career and that’s going to take a lot of work on my part.

So far the fans that I have made have also become my gaming friends which is what I would like, have a bunch of cool people being friends and gaming with each other.

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

Summary for the week ending Apr 8, 2018

Here’s a summary of activity for the week ending April 8th, 2018.

Last week I was surprised and honored to be selected by the Nomads as Streamer of the Month for April 2018!

Rigaroga Nomads Streamer of the Month April 2018

Got some JerkyPro Honey Glazed Beef Jerky sent to me as a gift from the Nomads.

I also started up an experimental new Cooking with Rigaroga! series. I’ve cooked two meals on stream, using meal kits from Home Chef, and I’d love to keep doing them. Consider clicking through and signing up for food delivery and we’ll both get $30 in credit, then you get great food, and I get to keep cooking on stream.

I’ve been having some issues with the audio for those cooking streams, essentially because I’ve got an entirely different set of gear to use in the kitchen. I have a new lavalier mic to try for the third stream, to see if I can keep improving the audio. Like everything, I say do what you can with what you have for as long as you are able to improve something every day.

One other brand new thing this last week! Technically it was this week, because it was on Monday morning, but still … I started a new D&D Curse of Strahd live stream actual play.

Dungeons & Dragons Curse of Strahd Twitch live stream actual play

This is the third live stream actual play series, and it was the first session of the new campaign, players I’ve not played with before, and new characters, including mine which I created over the weekend just in time to join. I’m pretty sure this new character is the first paladin I’ve ever played, which should be fun to try out in Barovia.

And, in a final note, I’m making progress on a number of achievements, and should, this week, hit a total of 250 hours of live streaming since I started with my first stream back in September of 2014! It’s been a bumpy road, from there to here, but the last few months have been really awesome. Thanks for joining me for the all fun!

Rigaroga Twitch working on achievements April 2018

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Fort Nights with Rigaroga

It’s a snowy night here at Odd Order radio, and I’m your DJ Rigaroga. Up next, building forts and taking names …

Fortnite: Battle Royale by People Can Fly and Epic Games

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IAG The Crash of Packet Cruiser K748N, Part 3

Rigaroga tries adapting for solo play The Crash of Packet Cruiser K748N, an introductory adventure for the playtest of Iris: Adventure Game, “a tabletop roleplaying game set in a sci-fi universe full of color and exploration,” which is currently in development.

In this segment, I introduce the setting and outline of the adventure.

Iris: Adventure Game by Joshua Hunter Mitchell and Jared Collins

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Dead Maze by Atelier 801

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Deep Sixed by LRDGames, Inc.

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SWRPG TFA Beginner Game Discovery on Jakku, Part 8

Rigaroga plays through Discovery on Jakku from Fantasy Flight’s Star Wars RPG The Force Awakens Beginner Game.

Star Wars RPG The Force Awakens Beginner Game from Fantasy Flight Games

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D&D Spelljammer “Jamming with the Stars” Live Stream Actual Play

Rigaroga joins “Jamming with the Stars”, an ongoing weekly campaign of D&D Spelljammer, as a tabaxi rogue named Rasc Ije. Come hang out with me as I play!

D&D Spelljammer from TSR Inc, now Wizards of the Coast

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