Category Archives: The Gazebo Videos

Join The RPG Pig Pen!

Let’s get this party started. I finally did that Intro Video that everyone tells you to do. So just head on over and check it out. I know. Things will get better in the future.

Remember it’s free to join up. A place to kick back and have fun. Behind the scenes rants. Early announcements. Super secret house rules. Maybe a Live Stream. A may dust off a version of the podcast again. The more folks that join up, the more bandwidth for all that stuff. So I can post more stuff over there. And that means more fun.

And it’s an easy way to support the blog. I’m not to get rich. This ain’t the next Critical Role. It’s the Pig Pen. Things are down and dirty. And fun.

Roll dice. Kill Monsters. Take Their Shit. And Have Fun.

It’s that time of year for Shameless Self Promotion

I know I’m horrible at this so I try to go crazy once a year. And what time is that? When I get that reminder that the bill is coming up for web hosting.

I know I could get by without it. But it gets rid of ads. It gives more storage space to post stuff and a few extra cool options. If you’ve like what you’ve seen over the years then drop a tip if you want to. For something simple, you could hit up Buy Me A Coffee. If you want to be even more generous and set up something reoccurring then head on over to the Patreon.

If you want the real skinny plus the crazier rants from the depths of my brain. A few behind the scenes things and maybe a free handy PDF now and then just head on over to the Locals page. Heck, just head over there any way. It’s free to sign up. How much bandwidth the community gets depends on how people are in the community. As it grows, more stuff will be added and I’ll do even more over there. Yes, I spent a couple of hours trying to get a video done. Sigh, it looked good but there’s something screwed up with my audio. So, I need to track that down.

If all of those things aren’t you’re style then you can check the stuff on DrivethruRPG, Itchio, and for your POD wishes there’s Lulu.

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Let’s have fun out there.

Xmas in July & Locals Update

Time for a little self promotion, folks.

DrivethruRPG’s Xmas in July Sale is ending soon and yes, we’ve a few things up over there. Zip over there and see if there’s anything you like.

Things are coming together over at the Locals community. I’ve finally got Stripe up and running so you can leave a tip over there if you wish. And stuff will be happening over there. I’m planning on weekly behind the scenes posts or those things that are so crazy that I just don’t want to put it on the blog. Plus I may post a video there now and again. And no it doesn’t cost you anything to join up. And I haven’t put anything behind a paywall yet. Let’s see how things go over there.

And with that may you all have a wonderful weekend of gaming fun.

Patreon VS Locals, Odysee Vs Youtube etc

What do do? I have had some craziness in life recently and I really started thinking. I know you’re expecting gaming content here. Well, this is about delivering more content and keeping the good old blog afloat.

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My goal is not create a second income. Sure it would be nice but I want to be realistic. I’m very niche in what I post and what I like. I’d just like to set the reasonable goal of covering the costs of web hosting and occasionally buying some RPG product that I might not otherwise for a review. Nothing super spectacular there. So what to do?

I already have Patreon and Locals pages. There are pro’s and cons for each. Patreon is more popular and many folks are more comfortable with it. Locals does have a few more features available like native live streaming. It’s my personal feeling that Locals is much better than Patreon when it comes to building a community. Patreon feels much like building a virtual storefront or subscription service.

Of course, going a long with this thought process is video. Yes, I started a Youtube channel a long time ago and the pandemic blew things a part and I haven’t uploaded anything in a couple of years. But a lot of things have changed. It does take a bit of extra effort to do a decent video and I was just thinking is Youtube really worth my time as a primary video hosting solution? There’s a huge sound to noise ratio on Youtube. There’s just so many folks on there. It’s good but let’s face it, half of your task as a Youtube creator is working the algorithm and the other half is trying to keep up with what Google decides is the community standards of the day. I have plans of going of the deep end but heck if I want I should have some choice in the matter. Plus Youtube has made it even more difficult to reach that golden point of being noticed and maybe making a few cents off your work.

I’ve looked around at various alternatives and there really aren’t that many. I’m leaning towards Odysee. Sure there are a bunch of crack pots on there. But so are there on Youtube. And I suppose I could just use Youtube as back up for the Odysee videos and see what happens. As mentioned earlier, yes there are more people who use Youtube but there are so many and with Google’s algorithm the chance of someone finding it are about the same.

I did do a little experiment last year. I stopped sharing blog posts to Facebook. Yes, the blog does have a Facebook page that still gets auto posts. But I was also cross posting to a few fo the more popular Facebook group. I stopped doing that and just started posting on MeWe. Guess what? It didn’t affect the blog’s traffic. I had fewer pissy comments. And what’s even more interesting, blog traffic has actually gone up this year.

So with all those thoughts, what’s your opinion? What’s your experience? Or any other thoughts?

The Future of Patreon, YARC, and more

II admit that I haven’t pushed or done much with my Patreon the last few months. And I know I’ve complained about the sales tax thing. But it’s time to get over myself and dive back in.

I’ve been looking at all sorts of alternatives to Patreon and just didn’t quite anything that I liked or felt 100% comfortable with. So let’s relaunch this bad boy.

So what the hell does that have to do with YARC? Well, I have been asked if I’m going to publish it and I thought about it. And the answer is Yes and No. Right now, we’re kicking the tires and play testing and tweaking ideas. But so much of it really isn’t hard, crunchy rules. Here’s what I’ve come up with. The big plan is to do a “Basic” version that’s very much the kissing cousin of the good Basic Editions of D&D and put that up on Drivethru. The more “advanced” and crazy bits will end up on Patreon.

This doesn’t mean that YARC will be the only thing on the Patreon. I’ve got crazy stuff that didn’t make the blog. Stuff that I’ve redone from the blog. That stuff will go there to.

I’m still going to play around on Locals too. While there differences, I might have to adjust a few things. We shall see.

And while I’m not sold on restarting the Playing It Wrong Podcast. I’ve thinking about doing the occasional video as well. For that, you really need to thank Joe the Lawyer.

Just like with Patreon. I looked for a good alternative. Nothing seemed to fit the bill. Now, I may use Odysee or Rumble as a back up, I don’t know. But I know I do need to reshoot an intro video. So we’ll see what happens on that.

So what do think guys? Start up doing videos again? Keep pounding the pavement with Patreon?


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