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First off, thanks to Robert S. Conley for joining us last week on Inspired Unreality. We got a quick tour of his very creative career and then launched right into some rollicking roll playing reminiscing. I hope to chat with him again.

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If you want to learn more about what he does and what he's done here's a link to his Gamer+ page.

https://gamerplus.org/user/robertsconley

Tonight on Inspired Unreality we'll host open game chat. Bring your own topic. All gaming is on topic. Inspired Unreality is held every Monday night at 9:00 Central in the gamerplus chat rooms at Tenkar's Tavern on Discord. Everyone is welcome. If you've never been we have info and an invite here.

https://gamerplus.org/index

At the same link you can see the new Gamer+ search feature. It's Enhanced by Google and it works pretty good.

Gamer+ Gamers from the NEA Gamers Guild are hard at work preparing for the NEA Game Fest on October 15-17, 2021.

https://www.neagamefest.com/

And I've added another chapter to my book, "Setting Up A Twitch Studio, Using Tech Creatively", Livestreaming Buskers Off The Grid. This one's way out there. In the future. Eventually.

https://gamerplus.org/blogs/post/829

Please forward this email to your gaming friends. And here's a link to this newsletter online that you can share on social networks.

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Thanks,
Hairy Larry
https://gamerplus.org/user/hairylarry
hairylarry@deltaboogie.com


When you get the creative flow going you want to keep it going. I find a new project focuses attention and keeps me involved. So sometimes you have to look to the future to try to envision new possibilities.

And that's where I'm at with livesteaming buskers off the grid. I've done a couple of failed experiments with my phone but I don't have good reception on the twitch porch so that probably doesn't mean much. I'm a lot further along with the busking equipment than I am with the livestream stuff.

There are many battery powered amps available. I chose the JBL Eon One Pro for about $500. I am very happy with the sound and the battery life. It also has Bluetooth which I use for playing my iReal Pro backing tracks from my tablet. I have a Samsung Galaxy Tab A and it has good battery life.

I have a Roland Go Piano that runs off batteries and it has nice keyboard action and good piano sound. But since I've been livestreaming I notice the difference between it and my Roland FP-4. Both in playability and in sound. I could use the midi out on the Go Piano and play from a midi library on the laptop. This might not take up too much cpu.

I would rather busk with a good hammer action keyboard. There are some good keyboards that use batteries. Just not the ones I'm looking at. So I'm looking into a couple of Deep Cycle 12V batteries and an inverter. This rig would also run my pellet stove in the winter if we lose power so I am justifying the expense that way. Otherwise this probably wouldn't be an affordable solution for me. There are smaller batteries that might run just a piano and one battery and an inverter would be a little over $100.

There are also consumer battery charger/jump starters with 110 outlets. Again the multifunctionality may justify the expense.

I bought an Acer Aspire E5-576 laptop that has enough cpu and ram to livestream video. I have used it for livestreaming 720p from the twitch porch. This laptop has an exceptionally long battery life, 9 hours or more of regular computing. Unfortunately livestreaming is not regular computing and the fully charged batteries only last a little under 2 hours. Which is actually pretty good for livestreaming buskers. An inverter might extend that life to do a three hour show with breaks but I would have to see how much battery it would take to power the piano for three hours. It could be that two hour shows are more realistic.

They are certainly more realistic for my endurance. I do a two hour stream from the HairyLarryLand Twitch Studio every Sunday and I don't really want it to be any longer.

I also have a USB foot switch that I cover in the DIY chapter so I can even have two webcams and switch between them when I'm busking.

So if I happen to find a busking spot with good wifi I'm home free.

And if not? My phone has a hotspot that will hook to my computer with a USB cable. It's a 4G phone so if I had good reception it might work. More modern phones would probably work better. There are many livestreamers that stream direct from their iPhones.

There are also dedicated hotspot devices with monthly fees for bandwidth. It's kind of hard to justify this expense based on a busking income but that actually depends on what you are doing and what kind of budget you have. You may also have other uses for a high end hotspot. If you're travelling while busking and stopping where you wish a hot spot like this might be just the ticket.

And then there's always plan B. If you don't have wifi and you don't have good reception for your hotspot you can turn on record and post the video later.

Right now I have three dreams for the future of my livestream. We've streamed from the twitch porch a couple of times and I feel like that's all set up and ready to go. You can read about that in another chapter. I am looking forward to more livestreams with Bebop Beatniks from the twitch porch.

My current dream is finding soloists to collaborate with me and turn my jazz trio livestreams into a quartet. Whether they do that on their livestream or in their video or audio studios it's all good with me. My songs are licensed Creative Commons Attribution so there are no copyright issues stopping anyone from collaborating with me.

Livestreaming buskers off the grid is my future dream. So this chapter is out there. In the future. Eventually. Maybe I'll be able to do this and maybe not.

"A man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s heaven for?"

 - Robert Browning


Inspired Unreality
September 20, 2021 at 9:00 PM Central

Special Guest - Robert S. Conley, Creator of Blackmarsh and The Majestic Fantasy RPG

Our topic will be the difference between writing classic D&D vs. 5e?
How to write for both?
How to convert from OSR to 5e?

I know that sounds like three topics but they are very closely intertwined.

Robert S. Conley links.

Blackmarsh
https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/89944/Blackmarsh

The Majestic Fantasy RPG
https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/337515/The-Majestic-Fantasy-RPG-Basic-Rules

Bat in the Attic
https://batintheattic.blogspot.com/

Robert S. Conley on Gamer+
https://gamerplus.org/user/robertsconley

This will be really interesting. Everyone is welcome.

Inspired Unreality is held in the gamerplus chat rooms at Tenkar's Tavern on Discord every Monday night at 9:00 Central. More info and an invite here.

https://gamerplus.org/index

Last week on Inspired Unreality.

We had a good open game chat at Inspired Unreality. Alan and SearchingForGryphons joined Vivian and myself and we ended up talking about music and Science Fiction.

https://gamerplus.org/newsfeed/4260

We didn't write any new verses for "Wee Will" but SearchingForGryphons contributed this limerick.

There once was a young boy Wee Will
Who found a bag of gold on a hill
He went back to the hold
And he spent all the gold
Until all that he had equalled nil

Draklorx uploaded 9 new photos to the NEA Game Fest Terrain album.

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NEA Game Fest is next month.

https://www.neagamefest.com/

My kids are hard at work. Preparations are being made. Show your appreciation, ask questions, make comments.

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The festival is for charity so even if you can't attend you can buy a shirt or make a donation.

Are you planning to attend any live events this fall? Are you planning on doing any virtual gaming? Contact info below or share on Gamer+.

Speaking of sharing. Please share this email and this link.

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Thanks,
Hairy Larry
https://gamerplus.org/user/hairylarry
hairylarry@deltaboogie.com

"Wee Will" is Caper's song of reckless spending, a favorite of proprietors of gambling establishments and sure to earn him a spot on their stage. "Wee Will" has many verses in which Will alternately gets rich and poor and in which he remains happy throughout. Here's the first two verses.

Wee Will was born
with nary a coin
and his parents had naught neither
His Ma said
Will is gonna be rich
but no one would believe her.

But then one day
Around mid may
Will tripped and skint his knee.
And what did he see
buried under the tree?
'twas the shiny glint of gold.

(everybody sing along)
Gold, gold, gold, gold, gold, gold, gold, gold,
Gold, gold, gold, gold, gold, gold, gold, gold.

He's rich beyond his wildest dreams. But of course it doesn't last.

Tonight on Inspired Unreality Vivian and I will be writing more verses to "Wee Will". Join us to write verses or just to chat about whatever you want, as long as it's gaming. Bring your own topic. All gaming is on topic.

Inspired Unreality is held in the gamerplus chat rooms at Tenkar's Tavern on Discord every Monday night at 9:00 Central. More info and an invite here.

https://gamerplus.org/index

Next week.

Inspired Unreality
September 20, 2021 at 9:00 PM Central

Special Guest - Robert S. Conley, Creator of Blackmarsh and The Majestic Fantasy RPG

Our topic will be the difference between writing classic D&D vs. 5e?
How to write for both?
How to convert from OSR to 5e?

I know that sounds like three topics but they are very closely intertwined.

Robert S. Conley links.

Blackmarsh
https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/89944/Blackmarsh

The Majestic Fantasy RPG
https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/337515/The-Majestic-Fantasy-RPG-Basic-Rules

Bat in the Attic
https://batintheattic.blogspot.com/

Robert S. Conley on Gamer+
https://gamerplus.org/user/robertsconley

Looking forward to this.

I have written another chapter for my book, "Setting Up A Twitch Studio, Using Tech Creatively". It's called "Get Back On That Treadmill" and it may be the last chapter. The last chapter in the book, not the last chapter to be written.

https://gamerplus.org/blogs/post/822

Last night we watched "Eye of the Beholder: The Art of Dungeons and Dragons" on Amazon Prime. They definitely got into the idea of creative flow, a key concept in my book.

I also want to mention that Will Hose, long time family friend and gamerplus gamer, Spark, is moving back to Jonesboro. It will be great to have him close at hand again. Will has been a regular guest at our events and our podcasts. I hope to get him to run a game on Inspired Unreality later this year.

https://gamerplus.org/user/Spark

Spread the word. Forward this email to your gamer friends. Share the link on your favorite websites. Especially if they're your own.

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Thanks,
Hairy Larry
https://gamerplus.org/user/hairylarry
hairylarry@deltaboogie.com
Ok, this just happened to me and it will happen to you if you undertake a creative project with a schedule.

Things go wrong. Life happens. Stuff breaks. It's inevitable.

My router went out. And before it went out it went intermittent. So I missed a stream.

I checked everything out. I reset the router. I was at the piano. And before I even started to play the internet went out. I knew it just wasn't going to happen.

Fortunately I called my ISP and he helped me detect the problem and I had another router in place for my next stream. But it can be worse.

Way worse. Sometimes stuff comes up and you miss a week or more.

My advice. As soon as you can, get back on that treadmill. Yeah it was kind of nice not having to do all that production work and promotion. It's always nice to have a little extra time in your day.

Still periods of creative flow don't happen all the time. They are to be treasured. Get back on the treadmill and make it happen. Again. Churn it out.

This is a different issue than making a decision to take your efforts elsewhere. To write a game instead of playing some games. To write a book instead of writing more music. These decisions are for you to make. It's your life to live.

But don't let temporary technical problems or real life issues interrupt your flow. Get back on the treadmill.

There are some related issues. Sometimes you have downtime that doesn't affect the stream but hinders some other aspect of your work flow.

After my ISP and I determined that my router was bad I went and pulled another router off the back wall of my house where it sprays wifi out to the icosahedron. I replaced my router with this router (thanks Megan) and we had internet back. Except for one thing.

For my network setup I use the DD-WRT firmware because it supports virtual LANs. I have one LAN on 192.168.1.1 and another LAN on 192.168.2.1. The first is for our daily internet use, wired and wifi computers and other devices that need to connect to the internet. The second is for my web servers, the ones that host hairylarryland.com and hairylarry.rocks. There's a firewall. It's a security thing.

Unfortunately the router I pulled of the back wall doesn't support DD-WRT. So I ordered another, even more up to date router, that does support DD-WRT. Which means a weeks downtime on my servers.

So I can't post to hairylarryland.com and even worse my peertube instance runs on hairylarry.rocks. So it's part of my workflow to post to these sites and I can't so I have to devise workarounds to post my videos and promote them on time. I can still upload to the Live Music Archive and Youtube. I can still promote the Youtube videos but I can't promote the playlists which live on peertube.

And then when I get my new router in, burn DD-WRT to the firmware, and configure it I will have to play catch up.

Sometimes playing catch up will hit you in the back of the head. I played my Sunday stream just before everything went haywire. I missed my Tuesday stream. Then after I patched things together I played my Thursday stream and I logged my songs.

When I went to edit the videos I checked my Sunday stream for the notes.txt file and guess what? I never made these 10 videos. I logged them. Things went haywire. And I got off my procedure.

So instead of having 5 videos to edit I had 15. That's when you really have to buckle down. It's possible to catch up. I did it. It really helped that I was familiar with my work flow. I have to admit I spent less time on some of the videos than I would have if I wasn't playing catch up.

So here's your executive summary.

Technical problems or life issues. Get back on the treadmill.

Missed part of the workflow for a short period. Catch up.

The most important thing, however, is right now going forward. The essence of maintaining your creative flow is to absorb yourself in your project and to just do it. The most important stuff is the stuff you are working on right now.


Memorial Day Inspired Unreality and we're gonna talk about Science Fiction and Fantasy. It's the first Monday of September so we've got a topic.

Inspired Unreality is held every Monday night at 9:00 Central in the gamerplus chat rooms at Tenkar's Tavern on Discord. If you haven't been there's more info here.

https://gamerplus.org/index

In two weeks on September 20 we will be chatting with Robert S. Conley. The topic will be differences between writing for classic D&D vs 5e. Please join us then to chat with Robert S. Conley. And tonight Science Fiction and Fantasy.

Gamer+ now has a tumblr.

https://gamerplusdotorg.tumblr.com/

Robert S. Conley wrote about Chainmail Reprints and the Harn Kingdom Hardbacks on his Bat In The Attic blog.

https://gamerplus.org/newsfeed/4233

I found this.

"Flash Lingo: A Thieves Cant Dictionary" is the most comprehensive Thieves Cant glossary ever assembled. With over 2,200 entries, this volume has been compiled from historical resources and edited to specifically support fantasy role-playing games. More importantly, it is designed to bring the lexicon of Thieves Cant to life in your campaign world, as an aid for both players and DMs alike. It’s also just a damn enjoyable read!

Free download at DriveThruRPG.

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So, how's gaming in your neck of the woods? It's been going great here.

Thanks,
Hairy Larry
https://gamerplus.org/user/hairylarry
hairylarry@deltaboogie.com


 

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