See that image above? Yeah, that's one of the main reasons I haven't been writing blog posts. I've been making a lot of videos lately; not only producing and editing videos like the one I made for my friend and his bride for their wedding (where they're spies, you can find that here), but also a lot of content on Twitch. I've been streaming quite a bit this summer and fall, and that's where I've been pouring a lot of my free time energy, so sorry about that, those who read my blog.
It's been a lot of fun, though. Not only have I met some cool people through streaming some video games and writing sessions, but I've gotten to play role-playing games the most consistently I've ever played them in my life. At least once every week since the end of August. And that is so much fun. But it's gotten to the point where I've realized how much time I really do put into role-playing games, without much return. Sure, I really enjoy it; I really enjoy telling stories with my friends, but though I feel like I have gotten better at storytelling through the process, a lot of other things have fallen by the wayside. Not only have I not done NaNoWriMo (breaking the yearly streak of twice in a row I had going), but I haven't done a whole lot of creative writing in general. And a few other areas of my life that I used to pour creative energy (or just energy in general) into have been neglected.
And so I'm gonna start cutting back. The once a week game isn't going anywhere, if you've been one of the people that has been watching on Twitch or YouTube, but I've definitely going to be cutting out a lot of the excess time I spent pondering the game or involving myself in other RPG things that I've been obsessing over.
We're actually taking a hiatus from our normal Monday game to do some rescheduling. Though in the meantime, we've taken up another game of Burning Wheel, that means I can start taking stock of some things and figure out how to manage my time better.
That's not the exact reason I wrote this blog post. I mainly wrote this to let you all know about the game if you haven't heard of it already, and encourage you to check it out if that kind of thing at all interests you. We have a large archive of videos now that you can check out, and now, since we're taking a break for the main game, is as good a time as any to start watching.
It really has been a very enjoyable way to fill out the world of The Proanadi, the world in which, if you've known me for a while, I set the first novel that I ever tried to seriously sit down and write. And the second. Of course, I didn't finish either of them, and the world has since become something very different from what those first novels were, playing role-playing games in a fantasy world that I want to write books in always helps me get good ideas for worldbuilding and characterization, and stretches my creative muscles while gearing my mind toward writing epic fantasy.
So, feel free to check out the series of videos we've created; the actual play of our game, if you will. If you don't want to be daunted by the amount of videos we have so far, you can watch just the first video below.