The GANG Minute: Farewell To ObioneX2 And Twitch Stream Team?

Naruto - Good Bye

We want to thank everyone who has applied to be part of our stream team or contribute in some other way.  This installment of TGM will address what we’re doing on that side so please read on.

Obi Moves On From GeekyAntics… Officially

If you’ve been keeping up with our HorsePLAY! podcast or just the general decline in community events, video uploads, and live events as a whole, it’s been clear that certain folks have been distant.  One of those folks is our pal, Obi.  With TSE (Top Star E-Sports) gaining traction and Obi having terrible time management to boot, we’ve decided it is best to part ways.

Obi will always be part of the GeekyAntics family but it’s clear that he can’t handle even the responsibility of showing up.  To be fair, it’s been difficult for all of us.  Life is full of adversity and shifting priorities so it’s only natural that folks will come and go.  As one of the originals, this is a “good bye for now” rather than “farewell forever” scenario.

At this point, all this is a formality since Obi has been less and less involved with the show for over a year.  Now y’all can stop asking if Obi left the show or not – there’s the answer!  Don’t worry: we’ll send off Obi officially in the next couple of weeks, so you’ll have time to say bye (we reckon he’ll really disappear now LOL).  Stay tuned to our podcast.  Our podcast feed is sexy – check it out!

ObioneX2 Clone

This is not ObioneX2 but it sure does look like him!

 

No More GeekyAntics Stream Team.. For Now

This departure alongside other disappointments has had me thinking a lot more about how we will do things in 2017 going forward.  For several months, things have been brewing in the GeekyAntics Network.  Rather than get into all the behind the scenes stuff, suffice to say that we are restructuring things, streamlining, and shifting our focus.  The reality is that there is a lot of work involved with running this network and, while everyone involved has benefited in big ways, only a handful of people contribute consistently.  This leaves us carrying a lot of dead weight and, to be frank, it’s burnt me out financially, spiritually, and even physically.

As such, I have made the personal decision to no longer invest in actively supporting or building a stream team, not on Twitch, YouTube, or Beam.  Instead, we will focus on podcasts and written content.  Anyone who wants to contribute will have to show that they’re not just trying to ride our coat tails and get free advertising, which seems to be the case with most.

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The GANG Minute: Robin Williams Death And The Hope It Brings Us

Mork & Mindy - A Robin Williams Throwback

This is usually the part where I share the latest TGM video and discuss the key points further but Twitch decided to randomly mute my video due to non-existent copyrighted material.  YAY!

Anyway…

The claims of Robin Williams’ death are not a hoax.  This is a tragic day indeed.  It’s not merely because we lost another brilliant mind and a joy to the world, but because depression SUCKS.

I must admit that I woke up this morning feeling that something was off.  In my gut, I felt something bad was going to happen.  It has been an emotional roller coaster and the news of Robin Williams did not make it any better.

Jimmy Kimmel said it best…

If you’re sad, tell someone.

We tend to be so guarded and caustic as human beings these days.  It’s easier to be bitter, troll a bit, and just mask our emotions with constant sarcasm, partying, sillyness, stunts, or whatever.  We all hurt but few of us have strong support networks and healthy sharing practices in place.

Here is Robin Williams, a wealthy actor who we would think would be free from the usual stress and challenges we peasants have to deal with..  And he commits suicide (allegedly).  No one is safe.  Identify your true friends and get some open dialogue going, guys.  If you are lacking friends, make some.  None of us can make it alone.

Gosh…

I can’t believe Mork & Mindy, one of my favorite shows in my youth, came out around 35 years ago.  This hits home for me because I always felt I identified with Robin.  He was zany, misunderstood, and a little too chipper for some.  Robin Williams embraced his little spark of insanity.  I think we all should.

Let your feelings flow, let go a bit, and let people in.

It’s time to do some healing, gang.

Remember: we are building the GANG to make it easier for people to have that support and trust in place.  We are here for you (some of us more than others, of course).  I hope that we can show the same sort of compasssion we are seeing tonight on social media..  But EVERY DAY.  I know we can do it.  #GeeksUnite

The GANG Minute: Choice Chamber, Early HorsePLAY!, Kickstarter Projects Ending Soon… And Stuff

Choice Chamber - Indie Game With Twitch Integration

We have some time-sensitive and last-minute updates in this installment of TGM. For more deets, be sure to watch the video and visit us on the official GeekyAntics channel on YouTube and Twitch.

 

Choice Chamber & Twitch Interaction

We did our first Choice Chamber stream and it was AWESOME.  This got us thinking that we need to identify more games that involved the Twitch chat fully.  Choice Chamber engages the Twitch chat by allowing everyone to vote on what happens in the game.  The current prototype is nowhere near complete but it provides tons of replay and interaction..  We can’t wait for the full product!

http://ChoiceChamber.com

If you missed the Kickstarter project, you can gain early access to the beta by using the above link.  I believe the $15 and $30 both feature beta access but the latter deal is much sweeter.  I’ve been talking to Michael and we’ll likely have him join us on a few of our podcasts to talk shop.  He’s a really awesome dude!

Other ways we have been involving the Twitch community more include the Cards Against Humanity clone, Pretend You’re Xyzzy, and Dawngate.  The issue with MOBAs is that, while they are free, you can only involve so many people at once.  Games like Choice Chamber and CAH are far more fully-involved, so that’s the sort of thing we’ll be exploring further.

http://twitch.tv/Yogizilla

Join me for future Choice Chamber streams.   The upcoming beta will likely have multi-channel support, which will be EPIC!  Word on the street is that there are other games featuring Twitch integration on the horizon.  Even the consoles are starting to jump onto this trend.  If you know of any of these, let us know in the comments!

 

Early HorsePLAY! LIVE & Possible Rescheduling

We’ll be starting early tonight, Thursday July 31st 2014.  Expect us to start around 10:45pm Eastern (3:45am GMT) and running a little shorter than usual.  As such, we’re skipping the obligatory news and featured discussion of the evening.  HorsePLAY! LIVE is evolving to be more of an interactive show and THE official radio show for the Geeky Antics network so we’ll be experimenting a lot more with the format.  Tonight, expect more Twitch interaction and call-ins, too!

Join Us LIVEhttp://twitch.tv/GeekyAntics

We’ll be announcing the winner of Magic 2014 and Gun Monkeys on Steam tonight on the show.  We were hoping to break 400-500 entries but no worries – more giveaways will be coming.  For future giveaways, we really need some hype.  The whole reason we give stuff away is to help draw in a greater audience.  We love giving you guys free stuff but we need to get something in return..  After all, we’re starving artists!  LOL

With the earlier start tonight, there’s a good chance we might play with the schedule.  I think we’ll stay on Thursdays but we may shoot for an earlier time.  Heck, maybe we will start at 5:00pm LIVE on AllGames.com – that’d be neat, eh?  Hmmm..  That may be TOO early though. *wink*

 

fire-with-fire-online-tower-attack-and-defense-game

Kickstarter Projects Ending VERY Soon!

First up we have Fire With Fire, which is being developed and produced by some of our friends in the All Games Network community.  This is a TD (Tower Defense) that should make Warcraft III mod fans and mobile gamers super happy in the pants.  The funding period ends Sunday, August 10th 2014 so please share this with everyone you know and tag friends that like this sort of game.  Even if you are not a TD fan, everyone knows people that love em!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/660810230/fire-with-fire-online-tower-attack-and-defense-0?ref=nav_search

Fire With Fire - Tower Defense & Attack Game

Note how this game takes a very streamlined approach to TD PvP action. I am hopeful that this will be the game that Tower Wars should have been.  Keep in mind this screenshot reflects and alpha/prototype version so there will likely be much more polish in the final release version.

factions-box-kickstarter-factions-customizable-strategy-war-game

For tabletop gamers, Factions looks REALLY good.  It is a tile-based, fully-customizable strategy war game.  The game designer reached out to me personally and must have known I am totally into this sort of thing.  Chip Cella a.k.a. CaptinChaos would love this too.  Let’s spread the word because this Kickstarter project also ends on August 10th!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/699966849/factions-a-customizable-strategy-wargame?ref=nav_search

 

 

Goodies Coming To Geeky Antics.. FINALLY!

We’re still working on getting Doctor Who content out to you guys.  Most recently, it was announced that Peter Capaldi will be playing a non-flirty Doctor.  How do you feel about the sexual tension on the series?  Is it a trademark or just pointless pandering/fanfare?

http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/07/30/doctor-who-peter-capaldi-2/

Doctor Who returns on August 23rd but for us in the states, we may have to wait a little longer.  We will keep you posetd!

There are tons of topics we’d love to discuss.  Here are a few of the proposed topics and rough drafts we have in the pipelines:

  • 10 MOBA Myths Debunked
  • Booth Babes Banned – Hypocrisy Or Justice?
  • The PC Police – Are People Too Uptight These Days?
  • SEO Basics For Geeky Journalists & Podcasters
  • Does Doctor Who Need A Strong Female Lead?
  • A Non-Flirty, Serious Doctor: Good Or Bad?
  • And MORE!

The first topic is the funniest to me because, sadly, for a web site to thrive you have to write lists and sometimes paginate..  People have ADD these days soooo..  Yeah.  Please forgive us if we cheat a little bit.  LOL

As always, please share your feedback in the comments…  And remember: WE LOVE YOU!!

The GANG Minute: Launch Party, Game Dev Tycoon Giveaway, And Steam Gift Exchange

Steam Summer Sale 2014 - June 19th Through June 30th - Gabe Newell Is Jesus?

*** GIVEAWAY ALERT:  Read the full article for a Game Dev Tycoon giveaway at the end.  Remember: some entries can be earned daily..  Such as tweeting out.  Be sure to copy the tweet URL to validate the entry.  Good luck!  GANG contributors are welcome to participate.  I am not allowed to win, of course, because I am the one giving the prize away.  LOL ***

 

Hey GANG!

I’ve been running around like a chicken without a head – in a GOOD way!  We’re working on launching new shows, do some giveaways and contests, and keep the momentum going.  Pardon the marketing talk but, really, momentum rocks..  We are making big moves!

What momentum am I talking about?  Peep the video version of The GANG Minute.

 

…And now for some highlights and latest haps!

Geeky Antics Network Launch Party

What is this business about a launch party?  Well, it’s more like a marketing campaign but that’s boring.  This is a big celebration.

  • We are celebrating hitting some big milestones during our soft launch/beta phase – 3K+ fans on Facebook – w00t!
  • We are celebrating our awesome shows, collaborators, contributors, and supporters.
  • We are celebrating the influx of donations in the form of love, monetary support, games, services, etc.
  • We are celebrating YOU!

There’s no end date for the campaign.  Basically, the better the results, the more we will keep it going.  We need your help.

Tell your friends about what we are doing here.  The Geeky Antics network is here to help geeks liberate their content and level the playing field.  The 1% dominates so many spaces, podcasting and streaming inclusive, and we want to empower others to get A-Lister results without losing their souls.  We hope this excites our community as much as our contributors.

I am passionate about our mission to bring quality, authentic geeky content to a more global audience.  Our vision is simple: we want to be a Geek & Sundry that will focus more on engagement and niche content with a simple approach, rather than featuring huge personalities or focusing on high production value.  We’re hoping by celebrating and creating the good kind of hype, we can rally more people behind these core values and ideals.

As part of this campaign, we will launch several events and new content series.  This includes, but is not limited to, giveaways, contests, podcasts, streams, marathons, and fundraisers.  Nothing is set in stone because we like to stay nimble so we will play off each other.  Please help us out by sharing our excitement with your friends and family.

 

New Features, Content, And Goodies

We have a CRAP-TON of awesome new features and goodies on the new Geeky Antics site.  Here’s a quick run-through:

  • Site registration
  • Custom profiles & avatars
  • LIVE TV
  • Achievements
  • Friending
  • Forums
  • YouTube sharing
  • Twitter sharing
  • Open commenting

That’s just for starters.  We’ll go more in-depth during HorsePLAY! LIVE so be sure to join us on the GeekyAntics Twitch channel Thursday at 9pm EDT.

One of the most exciting things we are adding are two new areas.  The first will allow us to do fundraising for individual contributors and the network as a whole.  The biggest one is our Storytelling section.  Here, we will feature community submissions in the form of short stories, fan fiction, haikus, or whatever other creative writing you guys share with us.  We will also share stuff from aspiring authors and other awesome geeks you might have heard of (Nika Harper, we’re looking at you).

Please keep checking back.  We’re doing constant updates to the site and they’re all kind of a big deal. *grin*

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