Chug a beer?

Youtube and Twitch are vast internet empires of hopefuls trying to make their mark on the world. Many try but few succeed, but as they try to develop their followers, viewers and subscribers in an attempt to make that extra ‘buck’ or achieve partnership, they ‘creators’ tempt people to their stream using various methods…it was while watching a stream that I first heard the phrase – “I’ll chug a beer for a £20 donation”! You will what?

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Every year I set myself targets for the year and, at the end /beginning of the year I reflect on these and decide if I have achieved any or none of them – if you like it is a bit like a public blogging of new year’s resolutions! One target I often set on my more ‘educational’ site relates to social media and I thought instead of keeping it on that site I would expand it and include some of the relevant targets on this blog. I have a full time job, so I’m not trying to create an internet empire to pay for my rent, but I do consider myself a person who is more socially interactive on the internet rather than in person – probably a side effect of being geeky and often socially inept. As many people do, being ‘famous’ in some way or having a following is something which I aspire to and the platforms such as Twitch and Youtube provide this possible opportunity. But, having set myself the target of increasing followers, subscribers and viewers – how do I actually achieve this!

“I feel that asking for a £20 donation to drink a whole glass of water or a mug of tea doesn’t quite have the same impact!”

One thing I’ve noticed on Twitch and Youtube that creators attract followers and subscribers with offers of rewards. These might be give-a-ways (a topic for another blog post) or donations for ‘challenges’. It was the latter that I encountered on BANXY4321’s Channel. Being a ‘small time’ streamer myself, I often click on the channels with small number of viewers to help support their streams. For donations, the streamer would ‘chug a beer’. Although I shown my ignorance, I had to ask what this actually meant. Apparently, and you probably knew this, for twenty pounds the streamer would drink on whole can of beer in one ‘go’! I have seen this type of challenge (?) being mirrored on other streams including the high end streamers! Indeed Sco was drinking ‘shots’ for donations over the new year period. The donations were certainly flowing, as well as the drinks, and I am sure the streamers get more followers/viewers when people see this type of challenge in the channel’s title! but is this a strategy I could use to boost my channels?

I have to say at this point no problem at all with this type of challenge, so please don’t think this blog is going to turn into an ‘evil of drink’ rant. I’m actually t-total due to medical reasons so I don’t actually drink alcohol in any form – not even in cakes and puddings! – yes I know I must be difficult to cook for!. I’ve thought about embracing this challenge idea for my viewers etc, but I feel that asking for a £20 donation to drink a whole glass of water or a mug of tea doesn’t quite have the same impact! I also have to have a very strict diet as well, so the chance of me eating chillis or hot sauce from a spoon (a challenge I saw Hybridpanda do) is also not going to happen…maybe if I offer to eat a whole biscuit – would that bring in the viewers do you think? 🙂

The more I venture into the world of streaming and video making, the more I realise how ‘different’ I am. I often thought I was very geeky and would almost ‘fit into’ the streaming sphere, although even now it would appear that I am different from the ‘usual’ streamers that inhabit the platform. Yes, this uniqueness might attract a certain group of followers although it could also make my stream and channel a minority within a minority, something which is never helpful for marketing and advertising. My target still exists and I spend many hours thinking about how I could actually ‘encourage’ people to my channels. Maybe I should actually try my version of the alcohol challenge – chug a mug (of water) and see what happens…

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2 comments for “Let Me In! – Simon’s Cat – YouTube

  1. February 19, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    Would be cool to play an one off, one of the dungeon crawls you made! Maybe the 8 level one!!!

  2. March 21, 2017 at 12:05 am

    I miss those early days so much. The current state of rpg’s , the rpg xubculture if you like, doesn’t feel like it did back then. I can’t quite put my finger on it.

    I was introduced to Advanced D&D 1st Edition, by my sisters boyfriend (the BEST boyfriend of the many she had IMHO..), who showed me S3 Expedition to the Barrier Peaks module after discovering I enjoyed computer based adventure games, I was hooked immediately and it wasn’t too long before I was hanging around the local game shop, Games Gallery, from which I was invited to join in a game run by the assistant manager, who was to become my long and good friend Steve, who was coincidentally, the reason I got to work at the local branch of Games Workshop for a time. Working there, in those days, before it became a Warhammer only shop, was amazing. It was the proverbial kid in the sweet shop!. Staff discount made it even sweeter – 50% off GW’s own products, and 25% off everything else. We also ran a great rpg club, with about 60-80 members at its peak.
    I was always the GM for my main group as no one else had the time it took to prepare a game properly, though after a few changes to the group, and people from the club popping up, I eventually got to play. Games by a company called Fantasy Games Unlimited (FGU) were very popular in all of my groups. FGU sold games such as Bushido, Aftermath,Space Opera, Chivalry & Sorcery, Freedom Fighters, and Bunnies & Burrows, but there were many many more games, by many different companies, covering all sorts of genres – and I still have them all. Many were, as was the style back then, table and chart and rule HEAVY. We loved that. Comparing themto the current crop of “rules lite” systems, I would certainly go back to the old games instead. We played these games sometimes 5 days a week, as for a time we were all unemployed. It was all we did.
    I often spent days creating scenarios, making maps, creating player characters as well as npc’s. I found it quite therapeutic, as is miniature painting – thousands of the little buggers packed away testify to the time I spent doing it. My “toy soldiers” as my brother in law calls them…
    I used to get quite attached to my favourite characters, and whilst one or two died over the decades, most did not.
    For almost all of my characters I would go overboard by most people’s standards. I like to have an image for my characters, whether a photo or artwork. Sometimes I will see an image and that is the base for the whole character, built around the image.
    I always believed as a player, that giving the GM a detailed background, list of goals, motivations, friends, contacts and enemies, will help the GM bring my character into the game more, by using some of what I have given him in the game. As a GM I like to see what players come up with for their characters, and will often use it in the game. It involves the player more, makes the game more personal if part of the game is suddenly about them, and it can help the players become more invested in their characters.
    For myself, I would often map out the characters home, create a family tree, siblings, etc.
    For our Star Trek RPG (by FASA Corp), I created the whole crew of a 500+ personnel star ship… All as detailed player characters. Unnecessary and a bit OTT I know, but it helped bring every department on the ship alive, every member of the landing party was a person not simply a red shirt.

    I am often bemused whilst watching streams when I see the gm of a streamed game pull some “new” idea out of his box of tricks, and the players are like “wow!”, “that’s original”, “I would never have thought of doing it that way!”, knowing we did it 30-40 years ago.

    The games my most recent group and I played/ran, were very detailed games with a lot of depth. Quite dark games too, mature themed, and often very emotional and intense. Having played with the same people for nigh on 20 years, you create a bond, a closeness and familiarity that allows you to communicate in a way you couldn’t, with people you don’t know very well.
    I have been brought to tears several times in recent years during the last (decade long) game we played ,as some scenes were simply too emotional or powerful, overwhelming (GM was a bastard – but an EXCELLENT GM).

    Sadly the group folded, but the GM offered to keep the game going for just me, which he did for a few years, which to be honest I really needed, as it helped me through a bad depression at that time).
    Over the years I have experienced a lot of things because of rpg’s, and made some great friends, too. I have a lot to be grateful for, regarding rpg’s. I was discussing with my brother in law, my collection of rpg’s and miniatures. When he realised how much they are worth, (some regularly sell for £100’s!) he always tells me to sell sell sell. He doesn’t grasp what they mean to me .
    Yet I won’t. Part of me hopes and prays that I will get a local group together (even some of the old group!) and start using them again. But aside from that, as my memory fails, little by little each year, these boxes and books and miniatures on the shelves are my constant reminders of happy and sad and exciting moments, and great fun, and more importantly, great friends.

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