In conversation with community member Eeyore

Eeyore, or Tim, is a member of the the newly formed FoxFyre gaming and streaming community. He was selected as Featured Fox for October 2018, a recognition of involvement in that community. I had the chance to have a conversation about that with him recently. Eeyore is just starting to stream on Twitch, so be sure to check him out with encouragement. You should also check out Eeyore’s Twitter and Instagram.

Take a moment to introduce yourself! Who are you?

Community member and new streamer Eeyore

I am Eeyore, just a person who would rather stay home all day to play video games than be at work.

Haha, well, bless your heart. There’s the dream, yeah?

How’d you find the FoxFyre community?

I was invited to FoxFyre by Cayden Vierra, who I met a few years ago playing video games.

Wait. In real life you mean? You met a wild Cayden in her natural habitat?

I met her through a mutual friend playing Destiny when it first came out. I have met her in person and she has been a great friend, especially since she introduced me to Vanilla Bear, aka her husband.

Hey, that’s cool. I’ve met some other streamers in real life, I mean, other than myself. I meet myself a lot. It’s kinda crazy how often I run into myself, when I think about it. Have you met any other streamers? Thought about doing any meetups or anything?

It would cool to meet up some of the people in this group but there is nothing planned.

There was a bunch of local areas trying to organize meetups, so its worth checking if there’s one in your area. Or, start one up!

What does being a Fox mean to you? What are you hoping for as part of the community?

This is a tough question, What being a fox means to me, well lets see. At first I thought this is just going to be another Discord I put on mute and forget about, but after talking to and getting to know the people that I didn’t know yet I haven’t muted my discord at all. I really enjoy talking to people in there and they make anyone feel welcome. It is just another family community. This group has brought me out of part of my shell, which is good. So, in all, being a Fox is a special thing. It feels good to be a part of a community.

For the second question, what am I hoping for as part of the community, I am hoping that we get a full squad for raids in World of Warcraft.

What sort of stuff have you been doing in the community that got you recognized as Featured Fox this month?

When they started the World of Warcraft guild, I reinstalled the game and set up a new character on that server. Ever since then I would ask people if they want to join for dungeons and help out.

You’re thinking of starting to stream regularly! Have you seen a doctor about curing that?

No doctors involved! Haha.

But, hey, there’s your way to stay home from work and play video games all day … by turning that into work! Haha!

If I was an epic streamer then that is the way, unfortunately for me I am not yet.

Ah, see, you just got to step up your merch game! Residual passive income is the FuTuRe! Haha.

What else is it about streaming that you feel drawn to, as you’re just starting?

The potential of making new friends.

Ah! So, who are you hoping to be as a streamer, what kind of community do you want to build to attract potential friends?

I am hoping to be someone who people enjoy watching play. I am not the greatest at playing games but I really enjoy it. So, I hope others can enjoy watching when they aren’t able to play themselves.

Any projects other than streaming you want to mention? Any hobbies or interests you want to mention?

The only hobbies that I have besides playing video games is playing pool. Which I cut back on doing for a little bit.

Ah ha! Are you a pool shark? Do you play the rubes like fiddles? Are you a Newman or a Gleason in The Hustler?

Just like video games, I am not the greatest at it. It is just another hobby I enjoy most of the time. I have a few friends that are the best in the state I am in and they have taught me a lot.

What’s your current setup like for streaming?

Eeyore's streaming setup

My setup is a 17″ HP Envy laptop. I have the HP Omen Reactor for my mouse, and a HP Omen Sequencer for my keyboard

Oh! Hey, that’s not something that I usually hear. I also tend to stream using an odd setup myself, so it’s interesting to hear you’re using a laptop. How’s that working for you?

So far it is working, It is temporary until I can build a better PC so I can have all the games!

Have you tried something like Nvidia Geforce NOW or have an eye on Google’s Project Stream? I thought about using a Nvidia Shield TV with that service, with keyboard, mouse, and camera, to play Steam games I couldn’t run locally, but they removed the built-in streaming function; though I understand that’s finally back, at least until they remove it again! Or, do you definitely want to go with a full streaming PC?

I just want a high end computer that won’t crap out on me in a couple years and I can run games on the best quality without issue.

The struggle is real!

What have been your primary resources for information as you’ve been getting ready to stream regularly, on how to do it and set it all up?

FoxFyre has been my primary resource, I have done a couple test streams where Raf stopped by and helped me get it set up and Shammy as well since he knows about WoW and that was the game I was setting up for.

Hey, that’s cool, and a great community can be awesome for the mutual support and solidarity, for sure!

Wait. Also in real life, you mean? Raf and Shammy stopped by, you say?

I don’t know them in real life, they stopped by my test stream and we chatted in Discord where they helped me fix certain settings and get things set up to where I could minimize the lag.

Oh, right! That’s a good thing too. Having other streamers you know that can be an external eye and help is cool. That’s another thing that communities of streamers are great for when they hang out and lurk in each others streams and so on.

Have you gotten any advice about starting to stream that you’ve taken to heart?

I have! Just being told to enjoy it and have fun and don’t let one bad stream ruin it for you.

Pretty good. I’d add: if you’re thinking about doing it, just do it. You’ll find out if it is something you like doing or not. Then, do what you can with what you’ve got for as long as you are able to do better than the time before. Being cool with being scrappy is a good way to go; just look at fun stuff like, for a couple examples, classic Doctor Who, MST3K, and Elvira! And, yeah, “enjoy it!” … or really, I mean, most of us are essentially unpaid interns on our streaming platforms, so why else do it?

One of the reasons I want to stream is so I can come out of my shell to be a more energetic person and not someone who just sits back and watches. There is a reason why I have the nickname Eeyore.

Oh yeah! Put up a sticky note to remind yourself of that goal and try improving each stream just a little bit!

What stuff are you playing now? I see you’ve got some past videos from streaming Fortnite, Overwatch and World of Warcraft. Are those your jam?

I enjoy playing Fortnite and WoW a lot. I got Overwatch to play and slowly starting to enjoy playing it more. I also have played Hearthstone a little bit but not as much as I used to. I will try any game out once if I like it i will play it until I get bored or find a better game. Also any game that has a long story I am down for, not a huge fan of a game I can beat in 3 or 4 hours. That to me is just a huge waste of money and time.

Any stuff you’ve seen that’s upcoming that you’re interested in playing? Anything that sounds really entertaining or with lots of story coming up that you’ve got your eye on?

Nothing in particular that is coming out that I am looking forward to. I honestly don’t know of any games besides of Call of Duty that are coming out in the near future.

I’ve been watching things like Cyberpunk 2077 and Red Dead Redemption 2 which both seem like a lot of story and gameplay value, and cool. I’m sure there’s others!

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

Realistic goal is just to have fun playing the games I enjoy, Unrealistic, make all the money where I can get paid doing something I enjoy.

Haha, it’s like an uncanny valley of streaming! Well, it can’t happen if you don’t give it a try; but, yeah, do it to enjoy it!

Thanks to Eeyore for talking with me. I hope you’ll go check out his stream and drop in and get active in chat to show some encouragement!

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!

In conversation with streamer igetexcited

Here’s a conversation I had recently with streamer and cosplayer igetexcited who is a Twitch Affiliate and member of the Nomads and the competitive Overwatch Team Foxglove. You should check out igetexcited’s website, current streaming schedule, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and in her Discord. igetexcited was selected by the Nomads as Streamer of the Month for February 2018.

Who are you as a streamer?

Streamer igetexcited

I’m still figuring out who I am as a streamer. Like a lot of streamers, I’ve had some technically issues (faulty motherboard), getting my settings right and stream off the ground. Once I finally accomplished that, I started streaming December 2017 with my competitive Overwatch team, Team Foxglove. The team is currently on break. Since then, I still stream Overwatch competitive games as well as Fortnite. I’d love to stream some fighting games but I don’t think I’m too great of a player yet and I’m really hard on my skills set for myself.

Aside from cosplay, I’m also working on a prize for future Nomads streamer of the months going forward. Only issue here is learning a bunch of new techniques, I’m currently stumped learning Fusion 360 for this little project.

Oh, yeah, it’s always a struggle with technology. Streaming is like a technology magnet for Murphy’s Law! It seems like everyone’s got that learning curve, but it’s also something that I think one keeps learning too, yeah, like anything in a technical field.

Yep, this is very true. Technology is constantly changing so as with anything, it’s something that we are constantly learning and relearning as the software updates and changes. It’s fun though once you really dive into it!

I’ve not been on a competitive esports team, so what’s it like? Any fun stories about that?

Oh man, so many stories! Besides just being a team though, we really turned into a close knit family. Practicing 4-5 nights a week together, you really learn a lot about each other. Between knowing each others habits, personal life, having a Foxglove Secret Santa exchange, and our general love for bad dad puns. You could say we stayed close in each others friendship bubbles (Overwatch Winston bubble reference/pun).

Part of being on a team means running monthly and even sometimes weekly scrims. One week we faced off a team we had never played before, once they found out we were a team of all females it quickly went from professional to uncomfortable. They started to ask for nudes and Snapchat, etc. In the most professional manner I could, we told them we were here for business and scrims not for exchanging social medias and asked them to stop, and then proceeded to kick their asses in every match we faced against them. It was not only a very satisfying win because all of us played very well as a team, but also because they clearly underestimated us.

I can only imagine. I went through a whole journey there with you, cringing and then cheering. I recently had to drop out of an ongoing game group because of a racist dick I wasn’t willing to have at my table or on my stream. But, the shit you must have to deal with would be unimaginable if it weren’t real, yeah? I want to believe the resistance to racism and sexism, in gaming and beyond, is helping make things better, but is it at all?

I think it’s helping to an extent. I try not to let things bother me. If it’s small casual joking, I might let it go. If it’s someone blatantly egging on a situation, I speak up and loudly. Although I speak up, I’m only going to state my opinion once. I feel like some people want you to get mad and keep arguing and to me there’s no point. I’ll state my opinion and let it be. In this case for the scrims, it got a little out of hand and as one of the team captains, I for sure had to speak up on it and wouldn’t let my girls play scrims in an uncomfortable situation.

What support do you, individually as a streamer and as a competitive team, hope for from guys like me? I mean, showing up with an attitude of respect for the work you do, for sure, but also helping to shut that shit down, right? I mean, there’s a certain schadenfreude in watching you stomp on them, but that’s not enough, is it? On the other hand, you don’t need a bunch of dudes thinking you need to be rescued, which is still part of the problem, innit?

As a streamer (or YouTuber, esports team, cosplayer, etc), you have to think, acting as a public figure. You should come into your role expecting things like this to happen. No matter who you are, whether you’re female/male, white/black/asian/hispanic, like cats/dogs, you need to come into your role expecting a certain amount of nonsense going on. Nonsense being guys trolling for Snapchat, someone hating on you for liking cats vs dogs, people being racist, etc. It’s unfortunate, but you should expect it to an extent. That being said, I try to shut that shit down and move on. I don’t want to dwell on it.

As a viewer, I think showing up and supporting is plenty, that’s all we can really ask for. Cheering us on and what not. I think if someone in stream chat is acting up, then for sure be like “hey man, that’s not cool” and if they don’t stop then we get a ban going. That being said, I also don’t think having stream chat arguing for the majority of the time is support. So kinda finding the middle ground is a plus.

Right! And let’s not forget the massive job done almost behind the scenes by moderators. I kinda dread getting to the point where I need to have moderators full time. That’s a whole thing I’ve not had to deal with yet as a streamer.

Any projects other than streaming you want to mention?

Aside from streaming, I also cosplay! I’d say I set high expectations for myself when it comes to cosplay, trying to have really clean and detailed work. My last project, Juri from Street Fighter, is my favorite and most difficult cosplay to date. I am currently working on a gender-bent Rocket Raccoon, with a life-sized 3d printed prop of his gun.

igetexcited cosplay

What cosplay have you done so far? And, has it been public, like at a con or something?

My very first cosplay was Yoshi. I actually made this for Halloween and won best costume at a bar that night! I was ecstatic. I slowly upgraded Yoshi over the years as I learned more about cosplay. I also did Amy Rose from Sonic and wore her at New Orleans Comic Con another year. This one was interesting because I made the costume and large prop all in 4 nights after work, this being my first prop as well. I think I did well but messy. Juri is definitely my best cosplay and I wore her to Evo in 2016. Some other small closet cosplays I’ve done is gender-bent Beetlejuice and Android 18. You can find pics of all these on my Facebook page.

What does cosplay mean to you? I mean, I wonder about whether it is the crafting part that is the draw or the chance to closely identify with a character, or something else?

Usually, when I pick a cosplay, it’s a character I really love. Its just fun to dress up as characters you like, go to events, and meet other people that also have the same interest as you. They see you in the cosplay and run up to you all excited wanting to nerd out about the same topics. Its really great. The only exception to this was my Android 18 cosplay, I honestly have only watched a little bit of Dragon Ball-Z (I know! I know! I’m sorry!) and was trying to figure out a quick last minute cosplay using what I had on hand. Even though DBZ isn’t my favorite, I think I made a damn good Android 18.

I remember you posting an image of some 3D printing you were doing for cosplay and I don’t know why it never occurred to me me how awesome 3d printing would be for that! So, you’re building a makerspace in your garage, right? Right!?

Not so much yet hahah, I wish, so hopefully soon. I currently have the third bedroom in my home setup as a workspace with some power tools for crafting props and such as I have done prop commissions as well. Since I haven’t took the plunge to make the 3d printer purchase, I have a friend that owns one. Once we finish printing all the pieces, I’ll be assembling, cleaning, and painting the prop. I may possible add some LED lights to it as well, which is also a new ballgame for my cosplay skills. I have been working with him crafting a Rocket Raccoon prop. After working through all this, I will likely purchase a 3d printer in the very near future.

What’s in the future plans for your cosplay?

Oh man, again, I’d love to make it big in cosplay but this is something I’m just rolling with because it’s a lot of fun. If I didn’t have to pay bills and work that pesky 9-5 to pay the mortgage, I’m sure I’d be able to whip out cosplays left and right. But for now, I can only do so much in my spare time along with gaming.

What’s your setup like for streaming?

igetexcited playing on console

Motherboard: MSI Z97 Max Power Ac
Processor: Intel Core I7-4950k
GPU: MSI GeForce GTX 970
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB
Hard drives: 500GB Crucial SSD and 1TB Western Digital
External drive: 1TB Seagate
Case/Cooling: Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced
Power Supply: EVGA 850 Gold plus
Keyboard: Razer Blackwidow Chroma
Mouse: Razer Mamba
Headset: Astro A40
Mic: Blue Snowball
Webcam: Logitech c920

That’s quite a list. Is there a strategy to your setup or a plan, or is it something you’ve built component by component as the need arises? Did you start with everything from the beginning?

I actually bought all the parts (aside from peripherals) at once through Newegg.com, love them. This is my second custom build that I’ve done for myself and I am honestly still learning. I did have a plan to add a second graphics card eventually, hence the gigantic case, but I haven’t quiet done that yet. I think I may wait and semi start again because my motherboard was defective but I didn’t figure this out until way later down the line.

Aside from all that, I am working on getting a new desk and green screen.

What do you look for in a desk?

I love L-shaped desks personally. The one I have now is L-shaped, but both sides of the desk are different heights and it’s like a rounded L-shape desk and I hate it. It just feels off and wonky. I have had this desk since I moved out from my parent’s years ago and I don’t know what teenage/adult me was thinking. Hoping to get a cleaner L-shape desk very soon with a tad bit more space.

Look, I know our readers are probably thinking that was a silly question, but the struggle is real, and the desk is part of the gear! These things are important! (For the record, my desk is actually a dining room table repurposed because I nnneeeeeeddd the space to spread things out and I also can’t use a desk that has a stupid tray or shelf underneath that hits my legs! Ugh!)

LOL, hey man, no shame. I say you gotta make what works work. So if a dining table is what’s working for you, then so be it. I respect it. And I totally agree on the underneath tray getting in the way, can’t stand those things! A big minimal nice L-shape desk is something I am definitely looking for.

I’ve been thinking about a green screen too, and considering options. Are you thinking a big one you’ve got to steam to keep wrinkle free, or a pop-up screen, or something else?

Since I own my home, I was thinking of turning my desk around so that I could put the green screen against the wall. I even considered painting the one wall in this room green. I basically want hassle free. Another fear of mine is if I get a green screen I have to handle a lot, the cat will get ideas and ruin it, that would be tragic.

Painting it on sounds like a cool thing if you can do it! Also, you know, room scale VR: paint the whole room! And, yeah, I’ve had the cats destroy my feeble backdrop in various ways. Cats are why I cannot have nice things, except for cats, who are nice, and I totally love them all the time. (Are they still listening?)

They are def still listening. Cats run the house no matter what you think, poor Amigo (my dog) understands this all too well. But hey, they just want to join in on the stream fun too.

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

This is a hard one. I’m the type of person that does research for like a year before jumping into something like this. So most things I’ve read, actually happened to me and it wasn’t that surprising or off-putting. If anything, just remember to be patient with everything. You will have technical difficulties with bitrate and settings you need to figure out, you will start off slow and need to build your audience, don’t let any of these minor things get you down. I knew all this going into streaming, yet it still bothered me every so often, but when you remind yourself that it’s normal, then everything is a lot more smoother and positive.

How long have you been streaming?

Decemember 2017.

What stuff are you streaming now?

Mostly Overwatch and Fortnite. Hoping to move in some other games.

And with Fortnite, I’ve seen you play not just Battle Royale, but also Save The World. Not many people seem into both, so that was cool to see. Would you recommend people try out the original mode who like the other?

For sure, the Save the World mode is a lot of fun! It can feel a little grindy at times, but its honestly just a chill game. You can quest, earn schematics, level them up, and so much more! I’ve actually gotten a few friends into the PVE mode and they all have enjoyed it as well so far. I encourage everyone to try it. On top of that, if you are a BR player that loves buying skins, we all know v-bucks can get expensive sometime (cough cough, we won’t name any names here). A perk to playing the PVE is you can earn v-bucks from the story line, daily quest, and daily rewards for just logging in! So that adds up over time, hence saving you money :wink emoji:

What about some IRL or creative streams around your cosplay stuff?

This is something I would love love love to do! I recently got a new webcam so now I have two. The biggest problem is that my stream setup is in one room and craft supplies is in another room. Also if working with foam, it can get really messy with sawdust everywhere so I need to be able to protect my streaming equipment. This is definitely something that is coming in the future for me, but for now I’m working out the kinks of how to accomplish it in a good fashion in the space I have to work with.

Any upcoming games or other stuff you’re looking forward to?

I love fighting games, so I’m looking forward to the EVO tournament this year! I was planning to attend to play in Marvel vs Capcom Infinite but they decided not to put it on the main stage this year.

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

I’m honestly not too sure. I’m kind of just streaming with a fairly regular schedule and going with the flow. I don’t want to set high expectations and stress myself out. Now if I ever did make big things happen with streaming, then so be it and that would be awesome!

Eventually if I get the viewer base, I’d love to do like a Sub Sunday where I play with viewers etc. My biggest goal has to be getting my setup right to where I can stream my cosplay work. That would be amazing. It’s going to require some work but I fully plan to make this happen. Cosplay work takes a lot of time, meaning less stream time. So if I can stream and do cosplay work at the same time, I feel a lot better because I don’t need to neglect any of the things I love.

Thanks to igetexcited for talking with me, and be sure to check out her stream!

In conversation with streamer R0zu

Here’s a conversation I had recently with streamer R0zu who is a Twitch Affiliate and member of the Nomads. You can also find R0zu on Twitter, and in his Discord. R0zu was selected by the Nomads as Streamer of the Month for May 2018.

Who are you as a streamer?

Streamer R0zu

As a streamer, I’d say that I’m competitive at a casual level. I don’t like things to be on the line, but I like to be able to play to the best of my ability. I never really got that big into ranked because I always get nervous whenever I start it up. Once in a blue moon, I’ll hit up competitive game types, but you won’t be seeing that happen too often. Going back to the question, I’m a variety streamer with League of Legends, Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds, and Super Smash Bros. Melee. Melee being the only consistent games in my rotation. I was raised in Upstate New York, moved down to Arizona for college where I studied Game Design, and now I’m in Texas to stream!

Any projects other than streaming you want to mention?

Nah. I’ve been either working, sleeping, or streaming. The occasional activity with friends/family pops up every now and then.

Ha! Okay. But, do you have other interests besides streaming? Like, books, movies? Hobbies?

I’ve always been interested in Japanese culture. The food, the language, the animation, and everything in between. I was originally drawn to the Nomads from a friend of mine and the ninja on their logo made it that much better.

Longboarding used to be my main mode of transportation and it was really the only thing keeping me in shape throughout college. I love everything about longboards because there are so many ways to shape one up and ride it whether you’re wanting to cruise at a comfortable speed or go zooming down hills at 60 MPH.

I’ve recently been trying to get more into the Marvel movies and I’ve been successful, but I think it’s really difficult for some people (especially now) because they’re all so complex and incredibly confusing at times. Research is always your friend!

Oh! Some friends and I have been looking into the BYOC (Bring your own Computer) event at Quakecon 2018, so you might see me streaming for 4 days straight there! Tickets open up sometime soon and I’m hoping to get a spot.

That sounds like fun! I’ll look forward to seeing that on your channel, if it works out.

What’s your setup like for streaming?

R0zu streamer desk

Excuse the incredibly poor wire management. So let’s start off with what’s in my desktop! I run an Asus Z170 Motherboard equipped with an i7-6700 Intel Processor, NVIDIA Geforce GTX 980 for my graphics card, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, and 5 Corsair Fans. I’m gonna tell you right now, I have a lot of different products from a lot of different brands. For my monitors, I rock a 24-inch BenQ as my main for gaming because of the 1ms delay and a spare HP monitor as my secondary monitor that I use to monitor (ha) OBS, Streamlabs Chatbot, and Streamlabels. I use a Razer Blackwidow Tournament Edition for my keyboard because I really like the feel and size of a Ten-keyless board. The only things I have matching are a Logitech Proteus for my mouse and a Logitech C920 Webcam. For my headset, I use Astro A40s with the Mixamp Pro. To top it all off, I use an Elgato Game Capture HD60 as a capture card for my Xbox One.

That’s quite a set up! Do you have things you want to add to the mix?

I eventually want to get a green screen, although it isn’t mandatory/completely necessary. I have a layout that works well and I think I might just stick to it. If we’re talking long term, I’d want to get a Canon hooked up to my PC so I can use that as a camera. The picture quality on those are absolutely beautiful!

A real camera and a green screen are good ideas for the future, for sure!

And, hey, there’s that Clutch chair you won in the Nomads raffle. How do you like it?

I did! It’s phenomenal. One of my last chairs actually broke on stream and after that, It’s only been uphill from there! Before I left college, I had a DXracer that was great, but I had to sell it because it would’ve cost more than the chair was worth at the time to ship it to where I was going to. I finally feel like I’m back in my comfort zone and I’m ready to get back into it!

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

Speak your mind, but learn to filter yourself. Obviously you don’t want to be complaining constantly, so try picking up on details of the game, ponder on them, try and guess why they did how they did.

Giving people silly names/voices is also something that I enjoy doing.

Don’t use the same joke time more than three times. After that, it gets old and boring.

Never get complacent. Always learn from your previous streams. Learn how to make things for your stream. Basic highlight videos are pretty fun once you get into them.

Authenticity and personality go a long way! Oh, but don’t forget that after the tenth time, a repeated joke gets funny again! Ha! Or, at least I hope so, or I’m in trouble.

Making memes that you can refer to in your stream is always nice. For example, I always like to bring up a character I’ve made up named FloppyPancakes that’s a parody of big hit Youtubers. Every time, it goes a little something like “Haaaay it’s ya boi, FloppyPancakes. Comin’ at you with another Minecraft tutorial video. Today, I’m gonna show you how to…”. You get it. Some of my friends join in on it because it’s funny to parody those types of overly hyped people.

How long have you been streaming?

I’ve been streaming actively ever since October of 2017. I actually can’t believe it’s been this long!

Hey, that’s cool! Do you have anything planned for your year anniversary?

I might do a 24 hour stream, but it depends on what my work schedule is looking like. I’ll try to work something around and make a day out of it for sure.

What stuff are you streaming now?

As I said before, games currently in my main rotation are League of Legends, Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds, and Super Smash Bros. Melee. Destiny 2 and Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom are two that I’ve started recently and I don’t see them dropping off anytime soon. I actually started Ni No Kuni II today and I’ve gotta say it’s pretty amazing!

I’ve also seen you play Closers a bunch. Do you plan a rotation, or do you just play what you’re feeling like at the time? Are there any games that you’re looking forward to playing?

Honestly, my stream has just been a mix of whatever I feel like playing at the time. I never really try to plan out a lot because I don’t know what my friend’s schedules are. It’s also important to note that I won’t know how I’m going to be feeling for the rest of the week, so if I plan something and decide on something else, it seems like poor planning. I’m more of a go-with-the-flow kind of person.

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

I actually have sticky notes reminding me of my goals every time I turn on my computer (as well as inspirational quotes that I really like) I’m aiming for the stars and I won’t stop at good enough.

R0zu stream goalsR0zu inspirational quotes

In your goals, you really seem to be interested in positivity for viewer and the community. Is there a story about that you can share? Why’s that important to you? And, do you have a story about how you’ve been creating that for your stream?

I grew up playing video games. Through moving to different houses, getting different clothes, getting used to different school districts, video games have really been the only constant in my life. They let me escape the world when my heart broke for the first time (and many more times to come) and I’ve used them as a kind of therapy to deal with situations I wasn’t prepared to handle at the moment. Games have made me smile. Games have made me cry. No matter what day or age, games have always been there for me.

I met someone in high school. His name was Tommy. He was the most uplifting soul you had ever seen and was all-around a great person to be around. It’s been around a year and a half when his heart gave out due to complications. I keep him around in my memories from time to time and I’m trying to make an impact on everyone in my stream the way that he had an impact on me. He’s also the reason that I participate in the Extra-Life event every November. I want kids to have a chance to life because they can grow up to be great people that make incredible impacts on people, society, or even the world.

Creating a positive atmosphere that people can go to is probably the thing younger people need the most. I want to be the person I needed when I was younger. I’m trying to push towards that in my stream by not talking down on what I did or what my teammates did. Sometimes you just gotta take a deep breath and say “That’s alright. We got them next time.” If it doesn’t work out next time, it’s just a game and there’s no pressure in it. If I need to switch to another game because I’m getting tilted, that’s fine as well. It happens to the best of us and the most we can do is move on and not linger in the past.

I think sometimes all we need to do is just take a step back and take a breather.

Thanks to R0zu for talking with me, and be sure to check out his stream!

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!

In conversation with streamer Lokisaul

I had the chance to have a conversation with streamer Lokisaul who is a Twitch Affiliate and member of the Nomads. You can also find Lokisaul on Twitter, and he’s got a Discord server. Lokisaul was selected by the Nomads as Streamer of the Month for March 2018.

Streamer Isaac Saul aka Lokisaul

Who are you as a streamer?

Hello, I’m Isaac (Loki) Saul, and I stream on Twitch, currently operating out of Del Rio, Texas.

I’m 22 and currently in the USAF as my main focus, but I’m a Nomad in my free time.

I didn’t really have the access to games growing up but once I bought a PS3 (and eventually PS4) with basic games such as Fallout and Metal Gear Solid, I quickly fell in love with being able to shoot my problems away (virtually, of course).

As a variety streamer I’m here for the fun of it.

I can’t help but ask, since you mentioned it: given that you said you like to use games to help you deal with problems, how do you feel about the suggestions that link violent games and violent behaviour?

I feel that it’s a way to escape reality, but I don’t think its the reason violent behavior exists. My personal opinion, not as a Nomad or representing the US military, is that it’s how you are raised. Now on the other hand I’m looking at research that suggest that FPS games can hurt your long term memory, but it’s an incomplete study.

Interesting stuff, and I think talking about this stuff is important, but also that we talk about it shows that the culture cares about these things too.

Any projects other than streaming you want to mention?

I’m an active member of the Nomads, but I’m not on one of the esports teams. I’m there for the community of streamers, and to provide support to other streamers.

How’d you get first get connected with the Nomads?

Funny story! When I first started streaming I decided to grow my twitter by following a bunch of other small streamers. The ones I noticed were active I followed on Twitch and if the streamer seemed to be wholesome I would sub to the to see there reaction. Well, one of these people was [Twitch streamer and Nomad] Mo0ch2686. He was so excited to chat and was very talkative. I was hooked on his stream. After being in his chat and getting to know the other people, the Nomads gave me an invite to be apart of the team.

What’s your setup like for streaming?

Lokisaul streamer desk and gear

I run a Dell XPS 8920 with 6 GB DDR5, 16 GB RAM, Nvidia GTX 1060, while viewing through a 144 Hz ASUS 24″ ROG Swift for my gaming, an ASUS 22″ 4k UHD for my OBS/stream chat, and a basic Samsung 22″ monitor for any background programs I’m watching. I use a Logitech G502 mouse and a K95 Corsair Cherry MX Speed keyboard.

Three screens sounds pretty great for having everything up at once!

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

I wish I knew that I don’t have to be good at a game for people to watch so to not get frustrated with it. That people will come watch if I was happy with my games.

Oh, man, that’s good news for me too, because I’m awful at games, if I’m honest. I try to stop if I’m feeling too salty, so I keep it fun for everyone, including myself.

Do you do anything to help you keep the right mood for streaming? Like take regular breaks, or chill out before and after?

I’m not sure if you want to have this in the interview or not but I take in a lot of nicotine (dip) to keep myself leveled in all aspects of life.

Sounds like you might do that even if you weren’t gaming? But, I know that I make some less healthy choices while I’m streaming, like more caffeine and sugar, than I would if I weren’t. There’s been a lot of focus on health in the gaming and streaming communities lately, like new rules about how long people can stream on Twitch before taking a break, and so forth. Do you think gaming culture is less healthy than the general population?

It’s all a matter of person to person. Do I believe it’s a good thing to sit in a chair for 8+ hours? Probably not, but it’s not uncommon for a gamer to work out or eat healthy. All in all, I’ve seen unhealthy on both sides and as I have seen super healthy on both.

Do you do anything extra to stay healthy?

I work out 3 times a week and eat home cooked meals more often than not.

Do you have any stories about something funny that’s happened in chat to share?

The first thing that comes to mind is when I would donate to a Nomad member but I would put their own name as my nickname, this would say that they donated to themselves and the would freak out and be confused. (I’m slightly a trolling person.)

Ha! Yeah, tipping with funny names is a good one!

How long have you been streaming?

I started streaming on my PS4 on August of 2017 and switched to PC in November.

Do you still play both? On stream? And, what brought about the change?

When I started streaming I was on PS4 but once I started to play Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds, I switched to PC fully and sold my wallet to the Steam store.

Oh, yeah. Having to follow the games to whatever platform … there’s lots of games I think I’d play if I had the right console or whatever. But, wow, I’m better now, but I have a ton of games in my Steam library, because they were on sale, that I’ve not played at all yet.

What stuff are you streaming now?

Playerunkown’s Battlegrounds, Fortnite, Escape from Tarkov, and Sea of Thieves.

Any games coming out you are particularly looking forward to playing?

I’m waiting for some console games to go to PC, such as God of War and Gears of War.

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

To help make a good name for myself and the Nomads, while bringing a community together.

What do you do in particular to build community around your channel? Do you run one of the loyalty programs and have any giveaways you want to mention, or something else?

As a streamer, I’m here for the fun of it. I don’t need the money as I already have a paycheck. So, I don’t like to bribe loyalty. I just support others and make myself known. I feel if I have 1 active member or 20, I’m just happy to be able to talk to someone and get to know their culture whether it’s someone a state over or across the pond.

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