Amtgard Online Week 8

The last three weeks there has been very little Amtgard to speak of, at least in the Pacific Northwest. I don’t think that the dip in content will last forever but I understated why it has happened. There was a lot of content for the first several weeks and then people got burnt out. Hopefully we’ll see an upswing soon.

This last Saturday there was the second part of the Flame AMA ran by Guin. It’s in interesting series. She gets people working on their flame path to give their input rather than people who have already “mastered” it. She plans on doing this for each path. You can view the video HERE.

On Thursday I did the second episode of Beers with Baelnorn, which you can watch HERE. I think it was a success. I also had a lot of fun doing it. The subject was world building with a heavy focus on quests. I think it was an interesting take on game design and is worth watching. This time Gustav and Guin were the vocal watchers, asking questions. I also talked a decent amount about Shattered Kingdoms at the end, so if you’re interested in that event it might be all the more interesting to you.

I’m not sure what my next topic will be yet. It was suggested I do an interview with someone but I’m not sure who to interview. My first thought was Uriel but they might not be able to do it so I’m still thinking of people I could bring on. If you have any requests let me know. I might also do what I’ve done in the past and pick a topic, but at this time I don’t have any idea what. If you have ideas I’d love to hear them. The target date for my next Beers with Baelnorn is June 7th.

For my streaming ambitions I ordered a Blue Yeti Microphone. It arrived on Friday and I’m excited to use it for a stream. I’m still waiting for one of the webcams I want to purchase to become available. They have been out of stock everywhere I’ve looked the last two months.

Cartoon Baelnorn By Heldris

In addition with Beers with Baelnorn, I was thinking about streaming video games in garb and talking Amtgard three times a week. I’m not sure when I’ll start doing that but I’ve already set up a new Twitch Channel to host all my Baelnorn content. Even if the next stream is Beers with Baelnorn, it will be on this new channel. If you want to pre-follow the channel you can find it HERE. I even commissioned my friend Heldris to do a cartoon version of me for my avatars.

Speaking of commissions, Heldris is also working on an image for some Baelnorn merchandise. I think my plan is to use Designs By Humans as the store. It doesn’t give the best commissions split but it is the most popular print on demand store. If I get some sales off this first image I have a whole series planned and Heldris is on board for doing it. It will feature gnomes of course!

For next week there is only one stream that I’m aware of and that is from One Grind Nation. I believe they will be reviewing fighting videos. Watch their Facebook page for more information about when this video will take place. I think it might be on Friday evening.

I don’t have any Amtgard plans myself. I’m trying to come up with my next article topic but as usual it’s hard to think of one that I’m passionate about. It really helps to brain storm with people so if there is any topics you’d like me to cover I’d really like to hear from you. Who knows, if I find a topic early enough and it energizes me I might make it a companion piece to my next Beers with Baelnorn like I did with my last article.

Next week’s blog will probably cover some non-Amtgard topics. I’ve been working on some Urban Fantasy writing that I’d like to talk about; specifically my Philip Clowes story. I’ve been releasing sections of it on my Patreon. If you’d like to read it you can find it HERE. I currently have 5 parts released. I release one section a month. Take a look, I like getting feedback.

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Amtgard Online Week 6

There were a lot of video streams to choose from this last week, sadly all but one of them were on Saturday. The kingdom of Northern Lights put on an online ithra on Saturday. It featured seven, one hour streams throughout the day. I only managed to catch two of them.

I watched Playing Bard by Gen and Tournaments and Footwork by Guin. I intended on watching Armoring by Heron, but something came up and I had to walk away from the computer for a bit. Sadly, with how they organized the Ithra, it’s a bit hard to find the videos. They created an event and hosted the videos in the event and then shared it to the Northern Lights Facebook Page. That means they are in the posts section rather than grouped by a video tab.

The only other stream was put on by Guin in the Northern Lights Facebook Page on Tuesday (4/28/2020). The topic was the Flame Awards Path in Amtgard. It featured four guests, Devry, Christine, Galeria and Runesilver. Guin was the moderator and asked them questions. The goal was to have people who were journing along the path, rather than those who have finished their journey.

Next weekend isn’t looking very good for streams. As of the writing of this blog no group in the Pacific Northwest has announced any streams. I would keep an eye out for the three most active groups though incase they end up streaming Inland Ocean, Greenwood Keep and Dusk Hollow.

Outside of the weekend there are a few streams. If Dalos, of One Grind Nation, keeps to his usual schedule he’ll be doing a class this evening (4/29/2020) and then a conversation stream/Q&A on Friday. Watch for announcements of his streams on the One Grind Nation Facebook Page.

Also this evening (4/29/2020) Kalten plans on doing a stream on the Northern Lights Facebook Group page. He will be building a boffer sword while on stream and talking general Amtgard stuff. If you’re interested in joining him he said he’ll be starting at 6:30 PST.

As for my own streaming adventure I’ll be doing another Beers with Baelnorn on May 7th. This will be the second stream in the series. The main topic will be quest basics. It will be heavily influenced by the article, World Building: Quest Basics. I’d suggest reading the article to familiars yourself with the topic so you will more easily be able to ask questions. However you do not need to read the article to be able to follow along. I will also briefly be talking about different approaches to world building too, which ties into creating quests. It was the first article in my World Building series, World Building: Initial Approach. As always, I’m open to talking about other topics while on stream.

Hopefully the stream will get more engagement than my last stream. 7 watchers and 2 conversationalists are not bad for a first time but I hope it grows. Some people told me they had an issue seeing my posts about going live, which is possible given Facebook algorithms.

If you’re interested in watching the stream it will start at 7pm PST on May 7th on Twitch. You can find the channel HERE. I’ve also created a Facebook event if, you’d like to join that, you can do that HERE. I’ll be posting there when I go live, as well as in some Amtgard Facebook groups. I hope to see you there.

I also wanted to take a minute to talk about some of my writing this past week. I’ve been working on and off on a second novel for the past four years. While I started it in 2016, there is a large gap of time in which I set it aside. I really began to work on it in ernest in the last year or so.

The work is actually set in a world I started working on over a decade ago. This is by far the story that has the most work put into it. The working title is Philip Clowes, which is one of the main characters. It’s an Urban Fantasy story. If this work sounds familiar you might have seen it on my Patreon. About four months ago I started posting the story, one section at a time.

Since the quarantine I’ve found it really hard to be creative, thus hard to write fiction. I haven’t touched the story in at least two months, but that all changed this week, in part, due to Heldris. I was complaining about how bored I was in a private Slack channel and they responded with the word “write”. I wasn’t immediately inspired to write, but after a 3 hour nap, I did get up and start editing the Philip Clowes story. Mostly because of Heldris’ one word answer.

Through the process of editing I fell in love with the story all over again. I enjoyed reading it so much. I added some paragraphs as I went along and fixed some sentences but by the time I was at the end of what I’ve written, I found I wasn’t done. I just had to start writing. I ended up writing another 1.6k words and completing a new scene.

I probably would have written more but I had to stop due to previous obligations. I edited/wrote for 3-4 hours, it was exciting. I most certainly plan on using that energy and writing more over the next several months. If you’re interested in reading this story you can find part one on my Patreon HERE, there are four parts post in total so far. I’d enjoy hearing feedback and if you happen to like the content maybe you’ll consider becoming a Patron.

Based off of the amount of streams expected next week, which is few, I’m not sure how my blog will pan out. I will most certainly be writing it but I might be covering some of my other non-LARP centric projects, much like I did in this one. Time will just have to tell.

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Amtgard Online Week 5

This week was a bit light on content compared to previous weeks. It’s getting harder and harder to find people to do content but that doesn’t mean people haven’t been trying to scare up some people.

I for one added to the online content this last weekend. I did a short sword basics class on Sunday for Dusk Hollow. You can watch it on my YouTube Channel, HERE. It was certainly a learning experience.

I originally did it on Facebook Live, so the video quality isn’t the greatest, but I think the content is there. There is no actual fighting so the video quality doesn’t matter as much. I was very anxious going into the video. The preceding hours my stomach was tight and I was on the verge of throwing up a few times. I have no idea why my anxiety was so bad, but it was.

I fought through my anxiety and did the stream, although I didn’t feel that great about it at the time. My pacing was off, I finished the teaching content in about 15 minutes and thinking back I felt like the content was slightly disorganized. I also left out some of the explanations of why you should do some of the things.

I had some engagement with those watching, so I was able to answer questions, to fill in time. I also asked my brother, who was doing the camera work, if he had any questions and he did, which helped. All in all the video was about 24 minutes long. I was aiming for half an hour, so that worked out well enough.

Afterwards I talked to some people about my stream and they only had positive feedback, which was very uplifting. Oromis said that I provided good content and Miller Time even reached out to me, without being asked and said I good job. Gustav also said I did a good job, but he added some constructive criticism. He suggested explaining more, which I mentioned early I had already noticed I needed to do, but he reaffirmed that assessment.

The feedback I got really changed my opinion about my stream. I was dubious about its quality and worth but having quality fighters say I did a good job teaching the basics turned it around for me. I was going into the video with a lot of self doubt, which probably added to my anxiety.

I was questioning my right to be teaching fighting to a larger audience. I only have 4 orders of the warrior after all, why would people want to listen to me? I had proclaimed for the last few years that while I might not be a top fighter, I am a quality coach. Coaches should be able to teach, right? Of course! However this was my first “put up or shut up moment” when it came to that claim. I have taught a class in person once, and to individuals several times, but nothing this public. Looking back on my anxious thoughts I felt like I was putting my reputation on the line

In the end it was a good experience and having those good fighters say I did a good job really made the whole endeavor feel positive, at least in retrospect. I’d like to teach another fighting class, but I’m not sure what it would be. When it comes to narrowing it down, I get rather scatterbrained and can’t seem to come up with enough material for another class.

In addition to my stream on Sunday, Darb and Cid did a druid class. I was only able to watch about half of it before I had to start getting ready for my own class. You can watch it HERE if you’d like.

Also on Sunday Devry did a battle game and quest class for Greenwood Keep. I was unable to watch it live but I did watch it later in the day. It is a good resource for battle game and quest design. I’ve been thinking about that a lot lately, considering the last article I wrote, World Building: Quest Basics. That is also the next topic for Beers with Baelnorn.

On Saturday Gen did a general class chat for Inland Ocean. He started talking about the barbarian class but most of it was general questions. I was there for most of the stream. You can watch it HERE.

Dalos of One Grind Nation has also dedicated himself to putting out content. This week he has done two videos, On the Grind with Anatoe and Xion and On the Grind: Foam Fighting Fundamentals. Tonight (4/24/2020) at 6pm CST he plans doing another stream entitled “Boon Companions”, where he will be chatting with Sponge, Michael Hammer of God and Arthon.

Next Week

It looks like there will be a lot more content this weekend. Northern Lights is doing an online ithra and they have several classes lined up for Saturday (4/25/2020). They will be hosted on the Northern Lights Kingdom’s Facebook Group. As you can see from the schedule below they have a full day of classes planned!

Northern Lights’ Ithra Schedule

  • 12: Pasti-Dip Shields with Thorfin Hillbreaker
  • 1: Cooking with Murphy
  • 2: Playing Bard with Gen
  • 3: Tournaments and Fighting Footwork with Guin
  • 4: Armoring with Heron
  • 5: Molding and Casting with Soon
  • 6: Chainmail with Mithius

Dalos also plans on doing a weekly class video series for One Grind Nation. The target day is Wednesdays but that could change. Keep an eye out on the One Grind Nation’s Facebook Page for more information. I think the class series will be pretty great and worth while.

That’s it for streams this upcoming week. Saturday is looking pretty strong for content. I’m not sure which ones I’ll actually watch, I doubt I’ll watch each one. Sunday is looking very bare. I know that Ozzward of Dusk Hollow put a call out for people who would like to stream on Sunday but I don’t know if he has had any luck.

I think my next stream will be my second episode of Beers with Baelnorn, which I host on my Twitch Channel. As I mentioned early it will focus on quests but I will also spend some time talking about world building. The content is coming from my World Building article series. I’m really looking forward to the stream. I hope to get a more engagement than I did before. I’m thinking this will happen in two or so weeks. I plan on announcing it soon.

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