Summary for the week ending May 28, 2018

Here’s a summary of activity for the week ending May 28th, 2018.

This will be my last weekly summary before going on hiatus at the beginning of June. I’m moving across the country, traveling almost literally a reverse Oregon trail with everything I own. I’ve still got a few streams before I leave, but then I’ll be on the road. Here’s a funny graphic I created for my Twitch channel whilst I’m on hiatus.

Rigaroga is currently traveling the reverse Oregon trail

The trip will take about a week, and then I’ll be getting set up there. I’m not sure how long the whole thing will take, or when I’ll be back online. But, we’ll see!

This week I also posted an interview with streamer igetexcited, so be sure to check that out.

In conversation with Twitch streamer igetexcited

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Summary for the week ending May 20, 2018

Here’s a summary of activity for the week ending May 20th, 2018.

This week Danny and I started up a new series: Let’s Learn Roll20! I’m going to learn from Danny how to use Roll20, a digital tool that provides a virtual tabletop for playing pen-and-paper games online, from absolute Basics all the way through Advanced scripting! In the first episode, we introduce ourselves and then and then cover a bunch of cool things about rolling dice.

Rigaroga Twitch Let's Learn Roll20 with Rigaroga and Danny!

Each episode in the series will be up on my Twitch events, and the video of each episode will be there until they expire. I’ll also be keeping the series long term in a playlist over on my YouTube channel. And, the first episode is there now.

We streamed the first episode on Friday, and we’re going to do a couple more before I go on hiatus for the big move. So, we’ll get three episodes in and then continue the series when I’m back streaming.

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Summary for the week ending May 13, 2018

Here’s a summary of activity for the week ending May 13th, 2018.

I’ve been looking into things and noticed that in a month, I’ll be a reasonable distance from both Gen Con and Gary Con. Like, for the first time ever, I think I might, just maybe, be able to go. The big issue will be saving up enough money to go, and stay whilst there. I could only go for a few days at most, but, hey, it’s at least possible!

Also, I’ve noticed that there’s a couple of FLGS, with supplies and events, in a larger town that will be just 40 minutes from where I’ll be. So, I might be able to do scheduled tabletop events, and might even be able to find a real live group of players to stream whilst we play in person. It’s something I’m definitely going to see about when I’m finally there.

This week I also posted an interview I did with streamer R0zu! So be sure to check that out.

In conversation with Twitch streamer R0zu

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Summary for the week ending May 6, 2018

Here’s a summary of activity for the week ending May 6th, 2018.

So, I’ve had to drop out of my D&D Curse of Strahd group because of a particular player, which has made me realize that I have to make a clear statement about groups I participate in. I’ve added an “Agreement” section to my LFG pages; but TLDR, I hope everyone in my groups can all not only agree to be on stream and recorded, but also to abide by Wheaton’s Law and Twitch Community Guidelines, at the table, whether on stream or not.

I realized that I was up front and clear about people needing to agree to streaming, but not the other stuff. It wasn’t the agreement to be streamed that was an issue. It was the don’t be a dick or a racist that this person failed to meet. I’m a little surprised at having to make a clear statement about that, but … I guess it’s not really a surprise.

This month I’m getting ready for a big move across country. So, I’m quite distracted by this looming event, and it’s my project all month long to get everything left to get ready ready. I’ll still be streaming, but not every day like I was in April. Then, in the beginning of June, I’ll be unable to stream until I get where I’m going and have fast Internet installed. I’m not entirely sure how long all that will take. I’ll hope it will be quick, but there’s no way to know yet. I’m looking forward to getting everything set up so I can start streaming again, with a new schedule, from a new timezone!

I’ve mentioned this before but I’m essentially doing a reverse Oregon trail for this one. It’s a long trip, and I’m moving to a region where I’ve never lived. It’s daunting, but I have hope it will work out for the best! I hope the cats and I make it safely there and can hardly wait to get settled in the other side.

I’ve put Cooking with Rigaroga! on hiatus until after the move, but I’m looking forward to figuring out how to continue that with actual groceries from a store, and my own recipes. But, for the rest of this month, I’m pretty much trying to clear out the fridge and freezer of all the stuff that isn’t shelf stable. Food for me this month will mostly be a bit boring!

We’re going to switch to weekly sessions of W40k Roleplay Deathwatch for a little while, as schedules currently permit us to do so. There was a session this past Sunday, and we’re doing on next as well. We’re in the thick of it now, and it turns out, somehow, we’re still in our first day on out current planet! So much has happened already, I was sure more game time had passed across our episodes so far.

I’m also working on a new series with Danny, who runs the W40k Roleplay Deathwatch campaign, on how to use Roll20, a digital tool that provides a virtual tabletop for playing pen-and-paper games online, everything from the very basics to advanced scripting. We’ll be doing the first couple episodes this month, and then plan to keep going after the move. We’re going to stream each episode, though they will be a bit shorter than a normal stream would be; and plan on the first episode on May 18th.

I’ve wanted to figure out Roll20 for a while, and I tried to use it for my solo RPG videos; but I found it a bit bizarre. If it starts to make sense, and I get a feel for it, maybe I’ll even start trying to run my own games. We’ll see!

In other news, I also recently added a shock mount to my Blue Yeti mics, which I hope will help a bit, but mostly with avoiding the cats constantly bumping into the mic.

Rigaroga Auphonix shock mount Blue Yeti

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Summary for the week ending Apr 29, 2018

Here’s a summary of activity for the week ending April 29th, 2018.

Saturday was International Tabletop Day, so several of my D&D Spelljammer buddies and I decided to do a mini-marathon. We started at 4am my time, and, wow, I was tired and wiped out when we finished that afternoon!

We had players from across Europe and North America playing a tabletop Space Hulk game, carefully marching through a ship to rescue people from the Genestealers, followed by an intermission with a video on how to play my NecronomiCards solo variant, and then another session of D&D Spelljammer actual play in our ongoing campaign, where we had a bit of slaughter in Jurassic Park.

Rigaroga Twitch International Tabletop Day 2018

This weekend also marked my penultimate days as Nomad’s Streamer of the Month for April 2018. Today, as I write this, my reign of terror has ended. The SOTM is dead, long live the SOTM! I’m super grateful for being selected, for the support from all the Nomads this last month, and I’m excited to find out who the new SOTM is for May.

Rigaroga Nomads Streamer of the Month April 2018

Since finding out that I was selected by the Nomads as SOTM, I’ve streamed every day last month. During that time of extra activity, I started up an experimental Cooking with Rigaroga! series, reached 250 total hours of streamed content since I started back in 2014, and hit the additional milestone of having streamed for 25 unique days in the month.

For several weeks, I’ve been doing an IRL cooking stream three times a week. It been fun to experiment with a “remote” streaming setup in my kitchen, using my cell phone and a tablet.

I had some technical issues with audio, and experimented with that for a while; ended up getting a new lavalier mic and discovering that being plugged into the wall socket caused some truly awful sound interference. But, as I did it, thing got better! I also had come great fresh food, and fun conversations with those who came to hang out with me whilst I cooked and ate dinner.

Rigaroga Twitch Cooking with Rigaroga

Later today will be the last Cooking with Rigaroga stream for a while, as I’m putting that series on hiatus until some time after mid-June, but it’s been super fun and I look forward to doing more of those again, in a few months.

I reached a total of 250 hours of streaming content, from my very first stream back in September 2014, through an hiatus whilst stuck without bandwidth, through this recent period of increased activity since August 2017 until now. Most of my content has been in the last few months, as I’ve been streaming more regularly and longer, especially with the three tabletop roleplaying series I’ve been participating in this year.

Rigaroga Twitch stream for 250 hours

Streaming regularly, on a regular schedule, and for longer periods, is something that I’ve struggled to do. But, being the SOTM has been a great chance to try harder. I had this audience of fellow streamers putting in the extra effort of supporting me and I didn’t want to waste that!

I passed the Twitch achievement of having 25 unique days of streaming in April because I was on every day.

Rigaroga Twitch stream for 25 unique days

Now that it’s a new month, I’m going to pull back a bit so I can also focus on some other things I need to do in the next couple of months. Primarily, that is getting ready for a big move across country, moving across country, and then settling once I get across country.

Amusingly, I’m essentially doing a reverse Oregon trail for this one. It’s a long trip, and I’m moving to a region I’ve never lived. It’s daunting, but I have hope it will work out for the best!

Also, I’m looking forward to getting everything set up so I can start streaming again, from a new timezone!

I hope the cats and I make it safely there and can hardly wait to get settled in the other side.

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Summary for the week ending Apr 22, 2018

Here’s a summary of activity for the week ending April 22nd, 2018.

Plan on joining us in chat whilst we play tabletop games for an International Tabletop Day mini-marathon on Saturday, April 28th, from 4am until 1pm! We’re doing a mini-marathon with players from across Europe and North America playing a tabletop Space Hulk game, followed by an intermission with a video on how to play NecronomiCards solo, and then a session of D&D Spelljammer actual play in our ongoing campaign.

Rigaroga Twitch International Tabletop Day 2018

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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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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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Summary for the week ending Apr 1, 2018

Here’s a summary of activity for the week ending April 1st, 2018.

This last week was my first as a Twitch Affiliate! Last summary, I posted about how I’d qualified but couldn’t apply yet. Later that day, I was able to complete the process and have been accepted. I now have the ability to offer subscriptions to my Twitch channel, and people can cheer in chat with bit. I’ve already had some great people subscribe and cheer in my channel. You should join this band of illustrious and handsome band of supporters of the stream!

One thing I’ve had to get used to again is exporting my streams from Twitch to YouTube. I used to do that, in order to keep an archive of all the old streams because otherwise they would disappear as they expire on Twitch. Then I was using Restream.io to simultaneously broadcast to Twitch, Mixer, and YouTube. But, as a Twitch Affiliate, I broadcast to Twitch and then have to delay adding that to my archive at YouTube. So each day, I have tried to remember to start the export process. One wrinkle is that means, if I stream on Sunday, that I have to wait for the export to complete and process before adding a link to it on these weekly summary posts! Also, I have to remember to click all the buttons and fill in all the fields across the next day.

Either way, it’s been a fun week as a new Twitch Affiliate with game streams and roleplaying, for sure. I had a lot of awesome response to checking out Puzzle Pirates for Casual Friday, and played a one shot game of the Space Hulk tabletop game and a session of Warhammer 40k Roleplay this weekend.

Also, this last week I posted an interview with Nomads Streamer of the Month for March 2018: Lokisaul!

In conversation with Twitch streamer Isaac Saul aka Lokisaul

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Summary for the week ending Mar 25, 2018

Here’s a summary of activity for the week ending March 25th, 2018.

After last week, I’ve been in a bit of a tizzy and funk over having suddenly learned I needed to move house in a month, so I didn’t get posts scheduled to the blog for every day as I would have done normally. However …

This weekend, on Saturday, in the middle of a live stream, I reached an average of 3 viewers over the last 30 days. Finally! Huzzah!

Rigaroga Twitch Who watches the watchers?

That was the last goal to complete in order to qualify for Twitch Affiliate. Being an Affiliate means people can subscribe and send cheers on Twitch to help support the stream, as well as a few other cool things. One trade off is that I won’t be able to simultaneously stream to all three of my Twitch, YouTube and Mixer accounts anymore. I feel like focusing my efforts at Twitch, and exploring some extra streams occasionally to the others, is the way to go.

Rigaroga Twitch Path to Affiliate

Currently, the “Get Started” button goes to a settings page with no useful options or information, so I suspect that something got hung up or there’s a manual flip required. But, I’ve completed Path to Affiliate!

Rigaroga Twitch You’ve completed Path to Affiliate

I’ve got a long way to go to reach Partner, but the only thing I need are viewers, like you!

Rigaroga Twitch Path to Partner

There’s two things that changed for me recently, that I have to credit for this rise in viewership for my streams. I’ve been streaming for several years, without much change in how many people watched my streams. The first thing that changed is that I started to stream live actual play sessions of tabletop roleplaying games: D&D Spelljammer and Warhammer 40k Deathwatch so far, and I’d love to do more! Then other thing that changed is that I’ve become a member of the Nomads, a group of streamers and esports players, who have been very supportive as a community, so you should check them out!

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