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What's Needed To Participate In The Tabletop RPG One Shot Group?

This question has come up a few times. I have answered it countless times. That is ok though I understand there is a lot of information out there to sift through so this is going to be my guide to what is necessary, recommended, and preferred.

Most people run games over Google + Hangouts. So you will need a G+ account. A YouTube, Roll20, and many others are recommended though. If you have a YouTube account you can broadcast your games. If you have Roll20 you can use grids and many other tools. There are many other resources out there but those are the most common.

Now it is mandatory you have some sort of microphone so the other players can hear you. I personally use a cheap Logitech Stereo Headset H110 (microphone headphones combo) that sells for about $10. Many people use Blue Snowball (do not get the ICE CONDENSOR SNOWBALL), and Blue Yeti (most recommended) because the sound quality is a lot better than built in microphones on laptops and the cheaper microphones out there. Headphones are important because without them you will pick up sound from your speakers and make the experience tough on the other people in the game. This is one of the more annoying things when playing a game. I have used my iPhone ear buds before and it does the trick just fine.

Next up is a camera and there are people out there who won't allow a player in their game without one. I am not one of them but I know of a few who require it. A built in laptop camera should be sufficient enough but if you really want to there are some quality webcams you can pick up. I recommend the Logitech HD Pro C920 because it offers up to 1080p but works just fine at 720. Anything above this I feel is certainly overkill for live plays.

So if I was just getting into everything I would focus on the microphone above all else. When playing in an online game that is the most important aspect. The Blue Yeti is going to give you the best sound quality but may not be necessary if you are just playing in a couple games a month though.

Approaching 1,000 Subscribers on YouTube!

With this blog post I am going to reflect on different things with my YouTube Channel. I will reflect on the very beginning, the point where I felt like things really started to take off, and where it feels like it is right now. I will also share videos from these different points with my YouTube Channel so you can see the difference. Hopefully some can learn from some of the things I have done. If not maybe you will just find it interesting to hear how things have gone for me.

When I began my YouTube channel I never had any lofty expectations. I just thought it would be fun to interact with people and share ideas. One of the big things I was looking to get from things was inspiration from others expanding on my own ideas for campaigns, world building, and other RPG related things. It was also assumed early on that this channel would be a mix of things from Pro Wrestling, Sports, Tabletop RPGs, and Video Games. Look at my original video on my channel to see how different I was then. It is funny to me watching this back because I think I have come a long way since then. What do you think of the way the channel was back then?

About a year into my channel I had felt like my channel had become pretty stagnant around 130-140 subscribers. I was not even a year into being a content creator on YouTube. I probably felt like at this time I needed to use video editing software to grow but I was wrong. The channel still wasn't as focused as it is these days. It was about too many topics even though I should have realized it was an RPG Channel then. I was still trying to talk about Sports, Pro Wrestling, and Movies at this point. When a channel isn't more focused you lose the viewers you get on the topics less discussed. Again this was a learning curve though. About a month and a half later I did a year in review video which you can see to the right side of this paragraph. When I set my goal for 500 subscribers in this video I never thought I would crush that goal like I did. While I was still looking for my voice in the community at this time I think it wasn't long after this that things began to click for me.

Around GenCon 2014 is when the start of the Juce Live Chats began! These Live Chats are what led to the Tabletop RPG One Shot Group and other great things. Friendships were born and since then so many games have been played. I've grown as a GM/DM/Player of games. Met some fantastic people and my life is richer because of these great people. I believe this is when my channel really took off. This is the type of community interaction I enjoy. The video responses so many of us have done don't seem to help me with a sense of community where as these live chats have served as great ways to learn about other players and games. I still try to do Live Chats on my channel every once in awhile. Did one last night even.

So now that the Tabletop RPG One Shot Group is approaching 1,500 members and I am almost to 1,000 subscribers I think the sky is the limit. Not sure I ever truly thought I would reach the point I am at now. It feels like quite an accomplishment to be where I am at today but now that I am here I want to reach higher. Its awesome hearing feedback from others about how you have helped them with their games or that you have enriched their lives with things like the One Shot Group. So many great people make the One Shot Group go though. I don't deserve all of the credit at all. I am just happy people are having fun and enjoying themselves.

In closing I want to thank you all for your support not only for my YouTube Channel, this Blog/Website, the Podcast, and of course the Tabletop RPG One Shot Group. You are the reason I do what I do. It has been a fun ride so far and I have no plans to get off of it anytime soon.


Best Part About Online Gaming

Back a few months ago I decided to try and do a live chat on YouTube which led to some fantastic times talking to other gamers I had never met before. There was one chat that will go down as a life changer though. It is the one that founded the Tabletop RPG One Shot group. In that chat the forefathers of the group were FaunTrodden (Chepe), AJ Pickett, Sr2joker, Robert Ogre, Tenjou Mitchell (Grubbs), and Frank Frey. Since that day I feel privileged to call these guys friends.

On that night I never would have thought we would have came up with a group concept which now 500 people are enjoying on a daily basis. Games like Splicers, D&D5e, Cthulhutech, Heroes Unlimited, Stalker, and so many more are being played there. We still need more people running games but that will come in time I think as people get more comfortable.

Onto the best part about online gaming. Since that night I have been able to play in numerous games with these guys (and more) and I think it has only brought us closer. Every time you play in a good game with people there is a bond or connection made it seems. You have stories of these great memories that you created as a group and nobody can take that away. Isn't that what makes gaming in person so great? Really there is very little difference in my opinion between the two.

If you are interested in making YouTube videos gaming with people online leads to a lot of good video ideas as well for your channel. If you have a blog you can come up with great content for that. The positive vibes around the RPG One Shot group are fantastic and it makes me so proud to be part of such a fantastic community.

So go out and jump into a game or run a game when you can. Personally I am running a D&D5e game next Thursday for the One Shot group. Decided to bring in mostly newer members that haven't played yet. Then invited my friend sr2joker to play in it and help the others along. Should be a really fun game. Then in January I am starting a Heroes Unlimited campaign which is all because of the One Shot group as well. That game is full but should be a fun watch on YouTube for the masses.

If you feel a little nervous or apprehensive about  running or playing in a game online it is ok. We have all been there at some point but once you do it you will begin to wonder why you ever had any doubts about it. Then you will wish you got into this much sooner. It is fun and you make great friends. What more could you ask for?