I’ve been helping with TSG for 4 years now. Crazy, I know. We’ve come so far from the days of our little blogspot site. It’s nice to reflect and realize you’ve had a ton of fun while also getting to helping people. It hasn’t always been easy; there have definitely been some rough times. I can safely say that 99% of it has been great, though. Here’s to four more fun and charitable years! Here’s a funny video to commemorate. Now onto business…
This week I had planned on testing out hosting a background stream for TSG Present! This turned out to be a bit more difficult than previously thought. For the commercials, We run an auto-typer program on an old Dell XPS laptop that is on 24/7. My idea was to also host the stream off of it too. The gigantic single core, 1gb RAM laptop was choking while running Chrome and XSplit. I guess that’s a no go for now. If anyone has a computer available to be used as a host, contact me.
Q: What information would you like to see in this background stream? e.g. stream schedule, time, upcoming marathon…
With a little help from some Georgia friends, namely Kmmgreen, we plan to start testing out screen printing our own shirts in the near future. This should lead to dramatic quality improvement and maybe even lower costs. Should be an exciting time for TSG. Hell, who knows maybe we’ll be another Fangamer.
Q: Would you rather see a reprint (if so, of which design) or a new design altogether?
All the volunteers!
I’m thinking about adding more specified positions to help out the workload more. For example a podcast editor for the TSG and Community podcasts. That’s not the only position. Maybe a secretary to keep track of these different department meetings and reminding us about them. Man, not too long ago I had 3 meetings with different TSG departments in one day. It was intense and at one point I forgot which group I was talking to and almost blurted out another group’s talking point.
Q: What TSG segments or features of yore have you noticed fall under the radar that you would like to see return?
We want to bring back more dedicated shows like Minecraft Monday, but I’m unclear on the community turnout. Right now only about a max of 30 of you turn out for any given show. Will that number also correlate to the same number for participation? Generally speaking it doesn’t. People are watching because they want to watch and/or communicate with the host. If they wanted to be playing, they would be playing. That’s my rationale anyway, as pessimistic as it is.
Q: What do you think it would take for more of the community to watch the streams?
The marathon is coming up on us fast and I have a couple ideas to try out this time, if I can get around to making them. The only one I’m going to mention is to have a automatically updated checklist viewable on the streaming site. We tried this before while Gwellin was around, but at that time we were on a shared server and it was using up my allotted resources. Britt and the team inhouse will be able to click to easily mark a pokémon as caught, and that change will then be reflected to the audience. We’ll have to test this out beforehand, because it might help to just stream the checklist instead to save on resources. The rest I’m going to save until I can talk to Britt and pound them out. The format will look the same as the previous marathon, sponsors at the bottom and the streaming provider switcher. Those seemed to go over really well. I may work on a mix and match system so you can have the twitch video and the ustream chat.
Q: What kind of ideas would you like to see implemented for the Pokémon Marathon?