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The Division 2 Warlords of New York

I have finally got The Division 2 updated (took forever, literally: 38 days, 16 hours, and 55 minutes since my last login on The Division 2. And all of that time has been in waiting for a few other game updates ahead of it and for the Disivion 2 game update to finish. (I seriously need better internet.)

I am back in the game today though, and will be booting up The Division 2 after my stream and streaming it starting at 5pm Alaska time today.

I’ll be seeing if I can access the Warlords of New York, if I can’t then I will just play around some. From what I can tell, however, I should be able to just hop into the Warlords of New York without having to download anything else.

Tune in at 5pm Alaska time (-8 GMT) to watch me stream Tom Clancy’s The Division 2: Warlords of New York at twitch.tv/phantascene.

The Last of Us Part II delayed – no new date set

In posts today on their website and Twitter, Naughty Dog announced that the decision has been made to delay the release of The Last of Us Part II.

In a statement on their website, Naughty Dog said that logistical issues beyond their control prevent the launch being done how they had hoped to do it, so the decision to delay the launch of the game was made.

Twitch Short Story Challenge: Sci Fi

On my Twitch I have a points system that allows my viewers to redeem various things, including a request that I write a short story for them.

Today one of my Twitch viewers redeemed a short story request. Their challenge:

Two to five people, of an undesignated alien race, are crash landed on a tropical moon for 5 days until an extraction force can arrive. They will deal with Hostile Flora and Fauna.

I have started contemplating the story and the first task I assigned myself was to decide how many characters would be needed, so… what do you need on a spaceship? I made a list:

  1. Captain
  2. Pilot
  3. Navigator

I then decided that this ship needed a reason to not only go somewhere, it needed a reason for a rescue mission to be sent for it. Why not up the imporance and make the passenger someone who would prompt a quick rescue – or at least make the passenger someone who would assume that a rescue would be quick.

  1. An Aristocrat / Diplomat
  2. Diplomat’s Aide
  3. There I have it. Five characters who are the crew and passengers of the ship.

    Or are they the survivors? Was this a crash that left only a few people alive? I could switch out the character types now that I consider that option. Maybe the captain did not survive the crash, maybe it was someone else?

    I like the captain though, and the diplomat, since this gives me the option of a power struggle. Were only one of them in the story, then it would be clear who was in charge.

    Another option is to ditch both of them and have a power struggle between the crew of the ship, who are now trying to maintain authority over the situation, and the staff of the diplomat, who are of the opinion one of them should be in charge of things since the group is on the ground.

    I will play with these ideas and see which I prefer, what one offers the most scene ideas, and what possible endings I can work toward for the possible character lists.

    My next task is to come up with enough scenes to fill in a short story. I already have an idea for how to start the story, so now I just need two to three scenes to fill the middle out, then I can decide on an ending once I have a rough outline I like.

    I’ll post more on this tomorrow when I have got some more work done on it.

    Feel free to share your own thoughts and ideas about this challenge idea in the comments.

What’s Twitch?

I have been thinking for a few days to write an article that not only explained what Twitch is, but that explained what it can mean for people in this time of self-isolation. Then, as I woke up today thinking I needed to get the article wrote out, I found this question in my Twitter feed.

There were a couple of responses, but can Twitch really be defined in as few characters as Twitter allows?

It’s A Streaming Site

This is perhaps one of the simplist ways to define what Twitch is for someone who has never heard of it.

Yes, Twitch is a streaming site where content creators and gamers can stream videos that others can watch.

What does that mean, exactly?

Oh, Is It For Gamers Who Play Fortnite?????

Yes… and no.

While Fortnite is very huge on Twitch, it would be a huge disservice to Twitch to define is as “A streaming site where gamers play Fornite.” It is so much more than that.

Twitch Is For…

Just Chatting, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, League of Legends, Fortnite, FIFA 20, Grand Theft Auto V, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Dota 2, Hearthstone, World of Warcraft, Destiny 2, Minecraft, Escape from Tarkov, Rocket League…

Uh… Okay, let me make this easier with a screencapture of just a very FEW of the games that are streamed on Twitch:

I called up the game list and reduced my browser magnification to 25% to get that image. That is a small fraction of “what is Twitch?” and kind of a disservice still to what Twitch could mean right now, during this time when we are seeing hashtags like #StayAtHome and #StaySafeStayHome trending worldwide.

So wait… What’s Twitch?

Just Chatting

Twitch is a place for people to come together and chat about a wide range of topics. This is a great category for those who are in self isolation but want to find others that they can connect with.

If you don’t want to go live you can find people from all around the world ready to chat in the Just Chatting category, stop in and talk with the streamer and others in their chat.

Here is a screenshot I took a few moments ago of those in the Just Chatting category:
(I really want to stop writing and watch that NYC Bike Messenger at the top center.)

Tabletop RPGs

Tabletop RPGs are alive and well in today’s gaming environment and Twitch has become a way for gamers to get together and stream their game sessions to their friends and the world.

Critical Role is one of my personal favorites, but there are a lot of gaming live streams to chose from if you are looking to watch people play good old fashioned tabletop roleplaying games.

And what better way to keep your own campaign going through the COVID-19 pandemic than to set up an online session? Browse some videos in the Tabletop RPG category and interact with groups on social media such as Facebook, Discord, or gaming forums to find out how you can set things up to allow your own group to start meeting up in live streams and play your campaigns while adhering to self isolation.

Music & Performing Arts

Twitch is a great place for small performers to find an audience and share their passion for music and performing arts.

It’s not karaoke or singing along to the radio, although I am sure those are probably in here as well. No, this is big bands and small bands and people who want to learn to play instruments or want to help others learn. This is dancers and performance artists.

This is the small bands that you love to stop and watch on street corners, the people who are trying to share their new songs, dancers trying out new routines, and so much more.

Here is a peek at what I saw when I did a quick browse of the Music & Performing Arts category:


Travel & Outdoors

What do you get when you tell a bunch of travel and outdoor types to sit at home? Well, from what it looked like when I visited the Travel & Outdoors category at Twitch you seem to get a lot of people trying to help others find ways to stay active indoors and keep in shape until COVID-19 has been beat and everyone can get back to their lives out there exploring this wonderful world.

Some of my favorite streams in the Travel & Outdoors category are long distance truckers who stream from a camera aimed out the front of their rigs. You can see one of them (xmasia) in the center of the above screencap.

I am in Alaska, so for me outdoors makes me think of dog mushing. Can you imagine if the Iditarod and Yukon Quest mushers had cameras mounted on their sleds, helmets, or lead dogs? That would be kewl!

Art

Painting, drawing, polymer clay, 3D modeling… whatever art you are intersted in, there is a good chance that someone on Twitch is streaming it. (LOOK! Bob Ross videos!)

Twitch is a great place to watch artists work and learn new skills or tricks. Here are just a few of the art channels that were live a few moments ago on Twitch.

Politics

Wait… what?

That’s right, you heard me. Twitch has a category for politics. Not a lot of people seem to realize this one is there, but it is. It was not too active on the live streams when I visited it, so I hopped into the videos category and grabbed a screencap of recent streams that have been aired in the politics category:

Beauty & Body Art

This is another one that was not that active when I was at it, so I grabbed my sample screencap from the previously aired videos.

Not just about applying makeup, I have seen a lot of different things in the Beauty & Body Art category, including tattoo artists who stream their work as they tattoo people.

So… what is Twitch?

Yeah, not so easy to answer in just a few characters. I can’t even fully answer what it is in my article here.

Twitch is whatever creative minds want to share.

I have barely hit on the possibilities in this article, so I encourage you to check out Twitch and see for yourself what it is and how it might be of interest to you either as a creator or supporter of the creative community.

And the best part?

Twitch Can Be A Small Business

Yes, that is right, while most of the streamers on Twitch are only streaming for their own enjoyment or as a hobby, it is entirely possible to earn a small side income on Twitch.

Most of the people who are on Twitch make only a small amount, maybe enough to buy more art supplies or a new game to play. Most earn nothing at all. But… there are some who approach Twitch streaming as their job and build up a true second income on the streaming channel.

DO NOT quit your job and think you will make it big on Twitch (or any other streaming service), that’s not how it works. But it is possible to make money on Twitch; if the streamer is willing to put in a lot of hard work and years of dedication to making it happen.

Part of what I am doing with my website, Phantascene.com, is creating articles that can help people who want to buckle down and get serious about streaming on Twitch to help pay for art supplies, games, or maybe a single bill a month.

Is more possible? Yes, but start small. Start with just your interests and passions and do not think about the money. If you decide that you want to commit (and it is a commitment), then you can build it into a business.

I’ll do my best to help and share what I do to build a business as a streamer.

Share Your Channels And Thoughts

Share your favorite channels in the comments and let us know what you think about Twitch and how it can help with feeling less alone during social isolation of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As for me, I stream games like Days Gone, Dishonored, The Division, Thief, Uncharted, BioShock, and The Last of Us daily at Twitch.tv/phantascene.

7 things you can do when your Twitch chat is not active

It is nice to have an active chat while you are streaming, but it is far more common for Twitch streamers to go entire streams with no one speaking up in their chat. Many streamers find it disheartening to sit and stream for hours on end without anyone saying anything to them and some have asked for advice on what they can do to keep their stream engaging, even when no one is talking in the chat.

These seven tips will help you create a Twitch channel that is engaging and entertaining, even when no one is watching.

Why is this important? Because you can not control when someone might enter your channel, or if they watch you live or watch a highlight days, weeks, even years later. So you need to be prepared to keep things entertaining when there is no conversation going on in your channel’s chat.

Here are seven tips to do that:

1. Talk About The Game

Find things that you can say about the game you are playing.

Is this the first time you have played it?
Have you seen others play it before?
How did you learn about the game?
Have you played it before?

If you played the game before, then what is different this time? What happened in the area you are in on previous play-throughs that is different this time?

Example: When I was playing Dishonored recently I made note of a room where, on a previous run, there had been several bloodfly nests and a person had hung theirself.

2. Share Trivia About The Game

We all absorb trivia, sometimes without realizing it. While you are reading about a game and deciding if you want to play it, collect tidbits of trivia that you can use in your stream. Have you learned something interesting about the game? Did you discover something that not many people know about the game? Share it and talk about what you think of it.

This is not restricted to just trivia about the game; if you have a passion that the game taps at, then you can talk about trivia the game has in it as well.

Example: I had to end a stream one time because the game’s designers actually made me start crying on stream.

3. Do A Mini Review of The Game

A lot of people watch Twitch streams to help them decide if they want to buy a game, so review it while you are streaming. Talk about what you like, or don’t like, about the game.

Make a note of anything that might help your audience decide if they would like the game. Some examples of what you might consider commenting on include:

  • Is it like another game?
    • If so, how?
    • If not – what makes it unique?
  • How is the control for the character?
  • What is the AI of the enemies like?
  • Are there any hidden issues? (Such as lighting that hurts your eyes in a dark environment?)
  • How enjoyable is the story, if there is one, for you?

Try to balance your criticism; when you find something that you don’t like, try to note something that you like. No one wants to listen to a long list of complaints, but they do want to hear your insight on what you think is good and bad about the games you are playing.

4. Have Fun With Glitches

Did you find a game breaking glitch? One that is just amusing? One that baffled you? Share something about it that you find amusing, don’t just complain about the glitch.

Example: While playing Dishonored 2 I encountered a rather wierd glitch concerning Mindy Blanchard. I’ve never seen it, or anything like it, happen before and this is how I reacted to it.

5. Prepare Topics For Discussion Based On The Game

The best way to maintain a good flow for your stream is to spend some time preparing before you start it up. Ideally, prepare for this a few days or a week in advance.

Start with the assumption that no one will talk to you during your stream. What will you do?

When I know that I am probably going to have to fill the whole stream time on my own, I like to use topics based on the game to prepare things I can fall back on.

Example: When I started out I was playing Days Gone. I prepared narrated articles on topics inspired by the game.

Those included:

  • Bear Safety
  • The Healing Properties of Lavender
  • What People Need to Know About a Viral Outbreak
  • The Real Science Behind Zombies

6. Share Stories From Your Life That Connect In Some Way With The Game

Have you had something happen in your life that is relevent to a part of the game you are playing? Are there amusing stories your family shares that you can share on your stream?

Example: Two of my topic triggers are home decor and hotsprings. Those are things in various games that can inspire me to talk about things from my life or stories my parents told me.

Home Decor: When I was playing the start of Fallout 4 I talked about the decor and my recalling that kind of decor in TV shows and houses when I was a kid in the 70’s.

Hotsprings: A few times I have come across hotprings in a game and mentioned a story my dad told me about the weird looks people driving by gave him one time, many years back, because it looked like he was fishing in a hotspring.

7. Tell Your Viewers About You

Occassionally re-introduce yourself and what you are playing, and maybe let your viewers know where they can find out more about you and the things you stream.

This is especially useful after new viewers have arrived via a raid or after you have returned from a stream break.

Another time that this can be useful is at the start of a new mission or area in a game, that way if you later want to break the stream up for YouTube you have your introduction at the start of your videos when you upload them to YouTube.

Example: When I take a break I will come back and say something along the lines of:

For those of you who were not here when I started my stream, well met and welcome. I am ShadesDaughter, on the mic my handle is Shades, and I am playing…

Not as long as my intro, this quick re-intro not only tells people who they are watching and what game I am playing, it gets me back up to speed on talking after I have taken a break to make tea or use the restroom.

What have you done? I would love to hear how you, or your favrite streamers, keep up the flow on stream. Share your suggestions, ideas, and experience in the comments.

Review: The Last of Us: Remastered

The Last of Us: Remastered
Naughty Dog

Over 200 Game of the Year Awards

ESRB: M 17+
Platform: PS4

Play Time: 25:55:19
(Play Time is based on the combined lengths of my livestreams for this game.)

What I Knew Before Playing The Last of Us

I had purchased The Last of Us back in July 2013 when it had been released for the Playstation 3. I had no sooner loaded up the game, however, when my roommate snagged it to play.

I did my best to avoid getting spoiled about what was happening in the game, then when my PS3 died on me I did my best to continue to avoid spoilers.

In October 2019, The Last of Us: Remastered was the free game for the month for PS Plus members. Having been gifted a one year membership to PS Plus by a good friend of mine, I was in the perfect position to at long last get to play a game I had wanted to play for years.

Unfortunately, my internet is two aluminum cans connected by a bit of yarn the cat chewed up. Add to that my allowing my roommate to take priority on downloading games and… it took forever for me to finally get The Last of Us downloaded to play it.

It was worth the wait!

0220 02 02 2020

I finally got The Last of Us downloaded on February 2, 2020 and began playing it at 2:00 PM Alaska time. (Actually it was about 20 minutes after when I started to play, so technically I began playing The Last of Us at 02:20 PM on 02/02/2020.)

First Impression

The visuals of the game were outstanding. I had not expected to play as Sara, Joel’s daughter who appears to be around 13 or 14 at the time the game begins. The control seemed a bit sluggish to me, until I realized that was intentional – I was trying to move around a half asleep kid stumbling through her house in search of her dad. As I wandered the house I could see that it was lacking in the touches that a woman would have given it, it was all either young teen girl or grown man style of decor. Easy to notice that Joel was a single dad doing his best to give his daughter a good life.

All hell breaks loose not long after Sara finds her dad and there is a chance to watch from the back seat of a fast moving SUV as the world outside goes to hell in a burning handbasket.

Heartbreaking

SPOILER!!!!! Skip to the next heading if you do not want to be spoiled about the start of the game.

I had not been prepared for the game to just flat rip my heart out at the beginning. In writing there is a rule that the first character that the reader encounters is the one they will get attatched to, because this character becomes their introduction to the world and the story.

In The Last of Us this is used to what I consider to be outtanding levels of storytelling. By starting us out with the tired little girl in search of her father, they are giving us a connection to Sara that could not be achieved had we started out playing as Joel. Had we began the game as Joel then we would have seen his daughter as being “just another non player character” and had nowhere near the level of empathy attained by having walked in her shoes for the start of the story.

Instead, they start us out as Sara and let us see the world through her eyes as her father and uncle race to escape the city with her in the back seat moving around, watching people being left behind, seeing the homes of families she knew in flames… her world is being ripped apart and we, the player, are right there with her.

Then… the car is crashed and Sara’s leg is injured and we skip from her to her frantic father, carring his injured daughter (who we now have a strong emotional connection to) through the streets in a desperate search for a way out. A path to safety.

For a moment we think we have found it. We have found a soldier, who Joel pleads with for help, only to have things take a horrible turn when the soldier opens fire on Joel and Sara. We feel it deep down as we watch Joel hold his little girl, who had been shot and lays dying in his arms. It is a moment that shapes Joel’s character and our perpective for the rest of the game. The world is a harsh place and there is only pain and heartache in allowing anyone to get close.

When tasked with protecting another young girl 20 years later, Joel wants no part of it and I can fully sympathyze with him, I undertand how he dose not want to have another young girl, a girl that is the same age his daughter had been, die in his arms. It is masterful storytelling that left me feeling Joel’s loss as much as possible.

Add to all of that the discovery along the way of children that have died and the placement of the name Sara in a few locations along the journey (most heartbreakingly as the name of a child next to a handprint on the wall of a safe house that Joel passes through), and the pulls on the heartstrings are akin to a well played harp.

End of Spoiler

The Journey

The story of The Last of Us is a journey that starts out as a mision to escort a girl, 14-year-old Ellie, to the edge of the city. It becomes a journey across country and as the story progresses we watch Joel and Ellie go through a lot of changes.

Despite my constant commentary about how I planned to sell “The Kid” to the first group of Gypsies I found, it was rather heartwarming to see things like how Ellie would tuck herelf in between Joel and whatever cover he was crouched behind when enemies were near.

Later on she was more independent, even leaning against walls at some points as she pouted like the 14-year-old girl she was, but those only added to the feeling of “this is a great, well thought out, character.”

There were also plenty of awww moments with Joel and Ellie, such as her questioning a movie poster she had seen a lot during their journey and Joel telling her it was a teen movie, not a horror movie – then declining to talk about what had caused him to watch a teen movie.

Combat

I love sniping, stealth tactics, and close quarters combat (CQC) in games, and The Last of Us did not dissapoint me on any of it.

I played the game on Hard difficulty and found the combat to be very well balanced. I had some points where I died a lot, but I learned and adjusted what I was doing and found ways to beat my enemies. In the end, for every fight, I was left feeling highly satisfied and like I had achieved a victory.

The ability to craft shivs and take on my enemies with stealth kills or use a shiv to get a last moment kill before an enemy could finish me off was something that I just loved. It hit my love of thieves and stealth combat perfectly.

When sniping there was just enough gun sway to make it a bit of a challenge, but not so much that I was frustrated by it.

Overall I liked the combat in The Last of Us and would play the game again just to enjoy the combat aspects.

My Complaints

It really was hard for me to find any faults with The Last of Us, but it did have one thing that I did not care for. I would sneak into a room, staying low and using stealth to try and surprise any enemies that might be lurking in the area. Then Ellie would move ahead of me and go to the area’s exit point to wait for Joel, effectively ruining the tension and supense for that room.

I would have much preferred for Ellie to have stayed behind Joel whenever he was crouched. Allowing me to be unsure if an area was secure until I had cleared it myself.

What I Would Like to Have Seen Included

There is not much that I can say I would have included in The Last of Us, but one thing I would like to have had was more of The Last of Us.

There are transitions between areas in the game where Joel and Ellie just kind of skip long portions of their travel time and arrive at the next story area. I know why it was not an option, but I would have liked the option to travel more slowly between story areas.

It would have been kind of nice to be able to choose “Exploration or Fast Travel”, with the exploration option having me needing to scavenge for a mode of transportation, find gas if needed, seek out safe places for Joel and Ellie to rest, and have more time to play the game and fight through random encounters with clickers and various other dangers.

There would have had to be a reduction of items that could be found during the exploration travel, so as not to offset the game’s balance. But other items such as fuel and collectibles specific to the exploration areas could be added to provide things other than weapon parts and other main story resources to be found during the journey.

My Overall Impression

My overall impression of The Last of Us is that it was a solid and enjoyable game that I look forward to playing many times in the years to come. It hit the heartstrings in all the right places and I am thrilled to have been able to share the journey with others via a livestream.

A Clip From My Live Gameplay at Twitch

This clip shows my intro sequence, then a bit of my gameplay leading up to a surprise raid by some fellow Twitch members looking to make what had been a rather bad day for me a little brighter with a mass showing of support and love. I have included a bit more of the gameplay after the raid excitement to give people a bit more idea on my play style, wrapping things up with my outro sequence (which was thrown off a bit by my still being overwhelmed by the support shown by the awesome raiders that had come to surprise me).

Looking Forward

Overall I loved every moment of playing The Last of Us and can not wait to get to play The Last of Us II when it comes out in May.

I am sure that Joel will probably play only the most minor of roles in the second game, and for that I am very sad. I love Joel and personally prefer to play a male protagonist, but I am sure that I will have a wonderful experience playing Ellie and hope that I will be left feeling content and pleased with how things turn out for Joel in The Last of Us Part II.

Take care and have fun in whatever game you play.

Remembering Rexxy, my poor lost pet velociraptor

Rexxy has been a bit of a joke for a while now, the poor pet velociraptor that I fondly recall when people ask me how old I am. It started somewhere in my mid to late 30’s, when I would encounter people half my age online that reacted with astonishment at meeting someone so much older than them.

At first it was just a bot of tongue in cheek humor at my old age compared to others in whichever community I was a part of – usually gaming. Someone would react with surprise at encountering an older gamer and rather than joke about canes and walkers, I joked about what life was like when the dinosaurs ruled the Earth. This eventually lead to the introduction of a pet velociraptor who “ran away when the meteor hit.”

The story grew slowly as the years passed, with me searching for my poor lost pet but never finding it. Feigning tears as I asked people to please let me know if they saw my missing pet, to send it home… and then…

At the start of 2020, as I was writing out some information for my Twitch streaming, I had this sudden extrordinary addition to the story. My missing pet suddenly had a name!

Rexxy.

I had not even planned to give the velociraptor a name, the joke had gone on for years without any mention of names or even a gender, but now… the missing pet velociraptor had a name. And I was now warning people to be careful if they asked about the days when dinosaurs roamed the Earth, because it makes me sad thinking about poor Rexxy.

I have decided that Rexxy is to be immortilized in 3D, so once I finish my current projects I will be creating a 3D model of what Rexxy would have looked like, and I will also create an emoticon for Rexxy for my Twitch channel. It just seems like a very personalized sort of emoticon that needs to be a part of my presence.

So, it is official, Rexxy, the long lost pet velociraptor, shall join the ranks of Phantasy (the wyvern that has long been the puppet mascot for Phantascene) and the unnamed black unicorn on the cliff (that has been the symbol of my business for 40+ years).

I’ll be sharing more information on my efforts to create a 3D model of Rexxy when I can get started on that project. For now… if you see a lost looking velociraptor, please, let me know. I miss Rexxy so much and can not stand the thought of the poor scared fellow out there somewhere all alone.

A New Approach to Livestreaming on Twitch

No Resolutions, just Determination:

I did not make “resolutions” this year. They always seem to fail due to some innate “No one ever keeps them…” stigma they have. Instead, I have made determinations.

I am determined that, this year, I will pursue my dream of doing what I love for a living. I will find ways to combine writing, video creation, 3D modeling, and video games into something that can help me pay the bills.

Advanced Website Content:

As part of my new year determination to do things I enjoy for a living, I have began creating livestreams over at Twitch. This has lead me to take another look at my website and begin to adjust it so that it serves to better compliment my livestreams.

One example of these adjustments are new game guides. Begining with a Guide to Days Gone, I am creating guidebooks on my website that cover not only the content of the game, but also delve deeper into the world and science of the game. The goal is to create a guide that not only includes information that can help people who are either playing the game or wondering if they would enjoy playing it, but also includes factual information with links to trusted resources.

More than just playing games:

The same kind of informative content is being worked into my livestreams. Striving to create more than just gameplay videos or casual chats, I am working to weave information that relates to the content of the stream into each stream.

Topics covered vary from mundane conversations about travel in the real world to an area where a game is set, to the real world science behind things in game.

Is the game about zombies? Topics could include anything from the CDC’s real world Zombie Prepaedness Plan to what real world diseases might lead to a situation such as the one encountered in the game.

Is the game a science fiction game that has spaceships leaping from system to system? I love to talk about space and faster than light travel.

Whatever the game’s environment or science, there is a good chance my eclectic interests can find things to research and discuss.

Viewer Participation or Lurking:

Viewers are welcomed to participate in the discussions; either by requesting specific topics that they would like me to research for upcoming streams, or by sharing their own knowledge of topics with me and their fellow viewers in the chat.

Not everyone wants to chat, however, and I understand that. I am working to create a stream that allows viwers to settle back and listen to informative discourses on subjects that relate to their interests. (Or at least relate to a game that they are interested in.)

Lurkers, those people who enter a forum or chat room and remain anonymous, never speaking up, are the lifeblood of a community like Twitch or a website like this one. I support lurking, or using a stream to generate background noise while working.

It’s About Having Fun Playing Games:

Bottom line, it is all about having fun and playing the games that we love.

Do I want to be able to become a Twitch star that makes a lot of money? Well, it would be nice to be able to pay the bills, maybe get myself a good quality internet connection, maybe a new computer. I am a simple person, however, who lives a simple life, and as long as I can find some way for my combined efforts to pay the bills (or even a few of the bills), then I am going to be happy.

So, come along with me through worlds of fantasy and science fiction. There is much for us to discuss and action and adventure await us!

Revising Website: please stand by

I am going to be working on some revisions to the website over the next few days. My plan is to revise things to better fit the livestreams that I am creating at Twitch and provide information of interest to gamers and streamers.

Most of the website is being overhauled, starting with the Games & Gaming category to provide more information and help with some of the games that I have enjoyed playing over the years.

I will still be sharing information on my writing, but it will take more of a backseat to the gaming and 3D modeling.

As for the3D modeling; I will be focusing a bit more on that once again, sharing what tips I am able to share. I will also be showcasing not only my own work, but the work of others that catches my attention.

In addition to that I am going to be working on doing some more reviews, not only of games, but of items of interest to gamers, 3D modelers, and writers. I admit, some of my reviews might be sponsored or contain affiliate links, but they will all be honest reviews that reflect my sincere feelings about the items that I review. My number one goal is to make sure that my readers and viewers will always be able to trust that I have done my research and given my honest opinion – even for sponsored content.

Lastly I am going to be working on my social media presence in places such as Discord, Twitter, and Facebook – intigrating it all into the plan I have to provide entertaining and informative videos and articles.

I have a lot of plans for the year ahead and I hope that you will come back from time to time to share in the journey.

Days Gone | Part 3 …. It’s 35 degrees F in here, -23 F outside (1.7 C & -30.5 C), so I’m streaming

Some days it seems like all a man does is scramble from one bad situation to another out in the shit. I recorded this stream in the darkest before dawn hours of 4am to 8am when it was -23 F outside and a chilling 32 degrees F in my house. Long night made better by Days Gone and a new friend to chat with while playing.

Watch live, join the conversations, and follow my livestream at https://www.twitch.tv/phantascene

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