Here we spend half the show talking about Halloween, everyone’s favorite blend of stranger danger, cosplay, and diabetes! I know a lot of American culture leaks out into the rest of the world, but I don’t know if that includes Halloween. How widespread is the practice of dressing up in costume and begging around the neighborhood for candy?
Hosts: Paul, Shamus. Episode edited by Issac.
01:43 Halloween vs. Christmas
The observation we make here is that Halloween is growing in cultural significance while Christmas is shrinking. Like I said on the show, we’re deliberately avoiding the possible religious dimension to this. Having said that, maybe I’m off base here. Maybe it only seems like Christmas is diminishing. I only have my personal experience to go on. I’m curious if others have noticed a similar trend.
Like I said on the show, I can’t really eat candy because I can’t eat corn and ALL candy in the US is made with corn syrup. Except, a couple of weeks ago we found candy corn made with cane sugar instead of corn syrup. Yes, the one candy that contains no corn is candy corn.
Also, here are a couple of examples on my favorite gag costume:
30:06 Distance Level Editor is Groovy
If you’re curious, here are the levels I’ve uploaded. Just be warned that I’m not really in sync with the rest of the community and I’m not making what the bulk of players are into. I favor long tracks that more more about the lights and music and less about crazy car stunts.
32:42 Oxygen Not Included.
39:27 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
To be clear, I’m only a couple of hours in. Maybe it gets to be less boring at some point. We’ll see.
48:28 Patreon integrated Discord server
Paul set up a Discord server for his Patreon. I know I covered this on the show, but let me go over it again for you non-podcast folks:
I’m considering creating a Discord channel for Patreon backers.
On one hand, I want all my content available to everyone for free. Content that’s behind a paywall is content that, essentially, doesn’t exist. If Google can’t find it and if you can’t share it with your friends, then it’s like the content isn’t really on the internet.
On the OTHER hand, I’d like to give some sort of special content to thank people for supporting me. I’m grateful for my supporters and I’m always keen to show my appreciation beyond typing the word “Thanks!” once in a while.
These are two contradictory goals and I’ve never been able to figure out how to reconcile them. I want to reward supporters, but I don’t want that reward to feel like paywalled content. If someone isn’t supporting me financially, I don’t want them to feel like I’m trying to punish them.
From seeing what other creators are doing, it seems like previews are the way to go. Maybe streams, chat channels, and little updates for “here is how far I am into writing project X” or “here is the next game I plan to cover”. Discord seems like a good fit for this.
On the other hand… I dunno. Feel free to share your thoughts on any of this. If you support other creators or hang out in Discord groups, I’d love to hear your views on what works and what annoys you.
For the curious, during this segment I mention Screen Rant Pitch meeting, which is pretty fun and worth checking out.
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Best. Plot Twist. Ever.
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The Death of Half-Life
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