I was unable to go to Amtgard this weekend. A storm on Saturday knocked down powerlines at Silvermoon’s park, closing it. Then on Sunday there was Blackspires’s Weapon Master Tournament which I was unable to attend due to previous obligations. It was all very disappointing.
By all I’ve heard Sunday was a great day. Some people came down from Northern Lights and I was disappointed I missed them. Two of which placed in in the tournament. If my sources are correct Shayden won with Devry taking second. Third place was Critias.
It sounded like there was a good breadth of competition in the tournament and it was an overall fun experience. I would have liked to have seen Shayden and Devry, Given they live up in Washington I’m not able to see either of them that often.
I did do an Amtgard adjacent activity though. On Saturday (December 11th) I did Baelnorn and Friends for December. A chat show where I gather some of my LARP friends and we talk about LARP and other nerdy things. If you missed it I’ve started putting up the unedited video on my YouTUbe. You can find it HERE.
The first 4 minutes of the video is before we really get started. It’s making me think I’ll need to at least do a little bit of editing if I want to post them and not cringe a little when I do so. I have a lot going on so I’m not sure if I can add editing another things to the mix (the last third of the blog talks about my projects)
Las Vegas Update
I survived Leas Vegas, barely. I was there for 5 days and 4 nights. It was one long party full of full of several good memories. I even managed to record some of it.
There is enough video that I can coble together something for my first vblog, but I’m not sure how long it will be or how good. I learned a lot and will apply it to my next vblog project (whenever that might be).
One big thing I kind of already knew was that you should know what story you’d like to tell before you shoot. However I didn’t give the question the proper respect it deserved. I didn’t know how important it was. It helps guide your whole project.
If you don’t decide on and develop the story beforehand, you risk having to much or to little video. Plus it requires more work in post. Also f you want your video to be at least decent you’re still going to have to come up with some sort of narrative with the video you took.
With what I caught I think I figured out what I will focus on, the Tournament of Champions, which was excellent. It’s the thing I have the most video of, plus it was pretty awesome. It was also the day I managed to maintain a buzz for at least 15 hours.
My friend Dale organized most of the trip and had bought the tickets. We ended up in the front row and if I may barrow a sports term, we were near the 50 yard line. It was a great view. We were also in the Dragon section so we got to cheer for the bad guys. I finally got to put my huzzahing practice to good use outside of Amtgard. The show was decently interactive.
I can’t wait to be able to share the final product, but it will probably be a while before I finish it. I’m only at the point where I sort through video and organize it into something usable. It’s a very early stage. Sadly I have other projects I need to prioritize before I can really start to work on the vblog.
Content Creation Workload
I’m now now working on several projects which need to be released weekly or monthly. To help you understand how much work I put into my content creation here is a list of all my current projects.
1st Priority (Front Burner)
These are projects that I’m actively working on and take top priority. They are weekly and monthly content that has a deadline
- A Weekly Podcast (www.hightrekpodcast.com). Recording, editing and promotion.
- YouTube videos, at least weekly.
- A weekly produced story on Kindle Vella (Baelath Chronicles).
- Writing my novel and releasing sections monthly on my Patreon.
- Doing Baelnorn and Friends monthly on my Twitch Channel.
- Releasing LARP Chats (Releasing in January on an every other week schedule).
2nd Priority (Back Burner)
These are projects I’m working on but not at the expense of the 1st Priority projects. Some of them have seen more recent public releases than others, but they are all actively in the mix, even if not released on a schedule
- Shattered Kingdoms D&D Twitch show and Website
- Las Vegas Vblog
- Story Driven Fighting Video Project (still looking for more fighters if you’d like to apply)
- Building and maintaining a community on the Baelnorn Discord Server (Which is hard to get engagement),
- Website Blogs!
- Ducal Drinks reboot (yes, you heard it here first, I’m working up the energy to restart it)
- Weekly Writing Streams on Twitch.
3rd Priority (Refrigerator)
These are projects that are currently on hold but are always at the back of my mind and will eventually be cycled into the 2nd or 1st priority lists. I will occasionally work on them but not at the expense of the 1st or 2nd priority projects
- Beers with Baelnorn (I want to bring it back but it will be different than it’s previous form, not sure how yet)
- 2nd Shattered Kingdoms D&D Twitch Show
- Beer Tasting Twitch show and YouTube series
I’ve probably forgotten one or two projects for the 3rd Priority list, but I hope what I’ve listed gives you some idea of all the work I’m currently doing behind the scenes. If you’d like to help, financially, or otherwise, it’s always appreciated.
You can financially support me you can become a Patron on my Patreon. If monthly isn’t your thing you can buy me a coffee on Ko-Fi. I will literally use all money from the Ko-Fi site to buy coffee so I can work at our local coffee shop.
Just as important as financial support I’d apricate any social capital assistance you can give. Engaging in my content, or even just sharing it is pretty huge. Word of mouth is my own form of promotion I can afford.
For things like the website, YouTube and Twitch, just watching, spending time on the website, or liking and commenting on videos helps the algorithms. Plus I love hearing about you enjoying my content. It helps keep me motivated.
Thanks for reading!
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