Summary for the period ending April 2021

My last summary was back in September 2019. And my last post was in March, 2020. Yeah, that was a while ago wasn’t it? I was on indefinite hiatus. But, I still did some things whilst I was gone. I don’t know that I’m back to posting, let alone regularly. But, I thought I’d post something.

So, here’s a summary of stuff since then up until the end of April 2021.

In the last week of April, I got 1 Gbps Internet to my house. I’ve gone from DSL, which I’ve had for the last couple years after the cable company doubled their rates, to brand new Fibre, recently installed to my neighborhood, and now have 1 Gpbs speed to my home. I worked at one of the first commercial ISPs back in the 90s, and we ran our entire business on 3 T1 (1.5Mbps each) and later upgraded to a T3 (54Mbps) on which we supported 10,000 customers. Back then, through work, I had upgraded from dialup to ISDN (128 Kbps) to an actual T1 to my home, and I thought that was blindingly fast! Hey, but, also, my very first modem even, when I was a kid, was 300 baud, or 0.3 Kbps, and I had to manually dial the phone and then unplug the cord from handset and swap it to the modem before the other side hung up! Now I’ve got a symmetrical 1 Gbps to just me and the cats. Wild.

And, I actually did a real live stream on Thursday over on Twitch. It’s also archived on YouTube. It was a first look and readthrough of the preview edition of Ironsworn: Starforged, a brand new sci-fi setting and rule set, that’s currently in crowdfunding.

I’m tentatively thinking about streaming every Thursday from 4:20pm until 6:66pm (which is 7:06pm in normal time telling). We’ll see how it goes! I never did get around to setting a regular schedule for streaming. It’s like the one box I never ticked. Yeah, I don’t know. Same stuff, just regularly.

One of the things that I missed about streaming was that it really, oddly enough, cut down on how much time and effort it took to create videos. I mean all I had to do was set up and film and I was done, hit a button and archive it to YouTube. Easy peasy. No going back and editing. No having to upload the video over DSL. The whole process for even a simple video took an entire day! That’s not even mentioning the fact that if the video was longer than 30 minutes it took longer to upload than letting it go overnight, and so I’d end up having to wait around not being able to use any Internet until it was done even the next day. Totally a shit show. And unpleasant. That and so many other reasons that just kept piling on, like the constant noise and drama from my next door neighbors, nonstop every day, including psycho-couple arguing and yelling all the time and that time when they had their power shut off and ran a generator in the backyard for over a month. I mean, fucking hell. There’s still constant noise over there, but it’s not quite so bad as it was. Small favours, I guess. But, even not streaming, it was still hard to record when there’s so much noise and bullshit, and the effort required far outweighed the resulting fun, right? Yeah. That’s just a taste. I don’t really want to keep talking about it anymore right now.

By the by, I switched my YouTube away from being Odd Order to just being me as Rigaroga, so the “friendly” link has changed, and I’m pretty sure I got that updated most places, except where I didn’t. Although this blog is still under the Odd Order name and domain, I’m probably at some point going to migrate that over to Rigargoa also. At some point that will probably happen. Odd Order never went anywhere and if it’s just me, then it should be just me! I can still do on my own blog, as myself under the guise as Rigaroga, anything I would have done with Odd Order, just not as an imaginary and non-existant collective Odd Order anymore. Oh well. It seemed like a nice idea at some point in the past but didn’t happen.

Also, I killed all my Rigaroga and Odd Order social media. There just wasn’t any point and no one was interacting with me, so I gave up howling into the void. I did go back and recreated a Twitter account, but only so that I could create a private list of accounts I found myself going back and checking for updates every once in a while; but, it’s private, has neither followers nor is actually following anyone. Let’s just act like that doesn’t exist at all. I made the choice not to engage in any of that anymore for the geeky stuff. That’s brings me back around to the blog, and I’m not sure what point it serves anymore, to be honest. I’ll keep thinking about that, but it is possible that just archiving important links, like the old anthologies, and dumping the rest, will be where I end up.

I don’t even know what all else to say. So much time has passed, and so many things, both huge and tiny, have happened … Let’s just move on from here and see what happens now? I mean, after this point, you know, where I point to all the things that happened in the time that I’m moving on from. D’oh!

Well, that’s enough from me for now.

Ironsworn Actual Play

Here’s videos and archived streams since September 2019

Summary for the year 2018

Here’s a summary of Rigaroga and Odd Order activity for the year 2018.

Every year there’s so much going on, I’m sure I’m going to miss some things. Consider going through all past summaries for more details about what was going on each week of last year. However, here’s some important things that come to my mind immediately.

Personally there was a lot going on for me. The place I had been living was sold. I moved across the country, with everything and cats, in almost an exact reverse of the historical Oregon Trail. I had my computer die, and went through a 4+ month ordeal of trying to get it fixed. And, all the sundry trials and tribulations one goes through …

But, I suppose, the biggest news this year is that I became a Twitch Affiliate in March! Moving across country and losing my streaming capable machine really took a chunk out of my year, and ground my ability to stream to a halt. But, hey, it happened! I mean, that’s something! And, I’ve just recently been able to get back to streaming again!

In 2018, I became a bit demoralized and disappointed in both the community of streamers I had been active in and also in all the groups I had been doing streamed actual play tabletop rpg games with … so, I’ve left those behind and have been trying to decide what to do next in that regard.

Once burned, twice shy as far as community goes, I’m afraid; and I don’t think I’ll be trying that again. On reflection, not only were my recent attempts to participate in community foiled, but I have to recall that even in the past attempts to start Twitch PDX didn’t pan out either. I should just come to grips with the fact that I have some kind of life long thirst for community that has never, and I fear will never, be met. So, accepting that, what’s next? I don’t know how to deal with that chronic unmet feeling of needing community. That’s what I’m going to try to figure out. One some level, I think I just need to make peace with that itch that cannot be scratched, and not allow myself to be distracted trying to scratch that sweet spot I cannot reach.

Mostly, I’ll probably keep talking to myself, as one does, case in point, online, on blog and stream and video. I mean, the cats look at me like I’ve lost my mind when I appear to be talking to no one, someone other than them; but, they seem to mostly okay with my insanity, as long as food, water, petting, and treats continue to be served.

I did do a number of interviews with people who are streamers or in the streaming community over the course of the year. That’s something I’ve come to enjoy doing, originally as part of a streamer community, and then as an outsider of another streamer community. Now that I’m not going to be directly or indirectly involved in those communities, I’d like to keep doing interviews but will need to stretch my wings and reach out to others if I am to continue them.

Trying to satisfy my desire to play tabletop roleplaying games, on the other hand, I have decided to try Gloomhaven by Isaac Childres, from Cephalofair, solitaire, as a substitute. We’ll see how that goes!

Hopefully this will help me both in playing without a group and also help minimize the massive and daunting extra off-camera effort I had to make whilst doing my previous solo roleplaying video series. But, I’ve got the game, and I’m waiting on some organizational bits at the moment. Once I’ve got some of the organization sorted, I’m planning on diving in, and live streaming whilst trying to figure out what the hell I’m doing. Fun!

I did already do one Gloomhaven Unboxing live stream on Twitch, which is now archived on YouTube, so the insanity has begun, and will, no doubt, intensify.

This year, I released BIT NIBBLE BYTE, the 2018 issue and third Odd Order Anthology. The newest release joins all the others, and they’re all great! Check them all out, and check out the anthology album post on the blog for the artists who participate.

Odd Order Anthology 2018 BIT NIBBLE BYTE

I recently created a process to pitch ideas for submissions to the Odd Order blog. This hasn’t been as active as I had hoped. The only submission to make it through the process this last year was Power Up Gamers and L’gat’s Tome of Amazing Creatures. This is the only guest post so far, but I’d hoped that there would be more. Eventually with the generous support from Patrons or Subscribers on either Bandcamp or Twitch, I hope to increase the available honorarium to further encourage submissions. But at least I am still able to offer a small honorarium along with gratitude and gratis anthology download codes!

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Top ten posts on the blog last year

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