Since I don't have enough time at once to work on the final few episodes (sorry! I hate it too!), I took a few minutes today and made this:
Feel free to download it and use it for whatever if you want. I'm considering making a bigger version of it at some point, since this one is so small (32p X 32p). I might even make one for Lil' Rey too! It's been fun doing this, since I haven't made pixel art since about 1994 when all we had was an early version of MS Paint on the ole IBM 386. I'm not much for visual art, though. Anyway, enjoy!
So, I took a look at my "numbers" tonight and realized that I haven't had a single creation (video, song, etc) break 200 views/listens in an entire calendar year. Wow. That ought to indicate that I'm seriously losing popularity in this bitch we call life. Some people would call it quits at this point. But me? Pfft. Who cares? I'll keep making ridiculous shit anyway. This is how I started after all.
Let me take you back to February of 2008. I released the first 3 episodes of RTA in a single day, then started releasing new eps every Monday for the next few months. Early on? I got next to nothing. I frequently got comments saying "why doesn't this have more views?" and I didn't know then, and I don't know now. But, by the grace of a couple influential folks (Egger3rd, I'm gazing at you, mostly) my views began to grow. Before long, it wasn't unusual for a video to get a few hundred views the first day it released. This was a great and wondrous joy to me. People liked my shit, and I liked making my shit. We all won, in our own little ways.
However, things have changed, but I have not. I make machinima and metal, which is the nichest of the niche markets. Nothing about my product is mainstream (just ask Machinima, they know about my analytic data, heh). But, again I say to you, who cares? If even one person enjoys something I create, then I call that a rousing success! Appreciation cannot be enumerated on either end. It just is. So, I will make things for those of you who stick around. A few of you have stuck around long enough to merit a lifelong achievement award of some kind, and I thank you. I thank anyone who pays any attention to the various messes I create. You give me good feelings, even the haters. I intend to remain classy and stupid and savage. Stick around, if you like. This shit's free, after all.
I'm having some trouble with my Morrowind saves (NPCs not appearing and whatnot), so I'll be fixing these issues tonight which will prevent me from completing EP 31. After I get this issue resolved, I will try to find time next week to finish it up and upload it to my youtube channel. Sorry! Just thought you'd like to know what the holdup is.
If all goes well, I will be finishing RTA Episode 31 this weekend! I was unfortunately unable to finish it during my 2-week break from work (when I did 29 and 30), but hopefully I'll have the free time this upcoming weekend to get back to it. The first and last weeks of school are always the busiest (I'm a college professor, in case I forgot to mention that), and this week is the first week, so I've been crazy busy. But! I promise that I won't take another huge hiatus until I finish Season 3 once and for all! After that, I'll probably return my focus to music for awhile.
What? Yeah you read that title right, RTA Episode 30 is uploading right now! It's a whopping 7.5 minutes long and gets the plot moving again, which is nice, especially since EP 29 was essentially one giant info-dump. Some of the older fans should recognize some references in this episode with a few reaching all the way back to Season 1! I'm really excited about the voice acting this time around. I finally feel like I've gotten good at it after all these years. I'm also getting the hang of adding music appropriately instead of just dropping it in at random.
Anyway, I'm going to work hard this week to finish up Season 3, and barring any game-breaking problems with the Morrowind Construction Set (I've run into a few hiccups already) I think I should be able to pull it off. Then it's back to finishing up the new metal album! Man, it's good to feel productive again. Peace!
In fact, its uploading right now! Although EP 29 has been complete for a few weeks, I'd originally wanted to hold off on releasing anything until the other episodes were done. However, since filming and editing of the final few episodes was delayed yet again during that time, I decided to go ahead and release what I've got. I'll be filming and editing EP 30 today, and I may very well be able to move onto EP 31 tomorrow. It'll be interesting to see how these new episodes are received since it's been so long, but I'm really happy with how they're turning out. Here's a few things old fans can look forward to in the last few episodes of RTA Season 3:
Anyway, you all have no idea how much I appreciate your patience while I have been working on this series. Peace!
Unfortunately, my ambitious plan to finish the final 5 episodes of RTA were thwarted by some real-life stuff (moving, new job, etc). However! I have concocted a more reasonable plan/schedule to get these episodes finished, so progress should be steady from here on out. Although I can't imagine anyone is still actually waiting on these episodes to be released after all this time, I still feel it's important to finish what I've started. I'm still quite proud of this season, and I feel it reflects my writing and video editing skills as they've developed from all the way back to Episode 1. I am also completely satisfied with how this series has turned out (with a few notable exceptions), and I'm still blown away by it's relative popularity and all the kind words people have offered me over the years. So, thank you!
I have two weeks of free time coming my way after Sunday, so I'm hoping to get RTA Season 3 completely done in that time. Completing Episode 29 felt really damn good, I have to say, so I'm excited to see the rest of the story unfold and stand complete. I have 5 more episodes to shoot and edit, so it shouldn't be that tough to hammer it all out. Hopefully the voices will still sound familiar (although I'm sure I did them differently yet again), and double hopefully the story will make you roll your eyes and giggle at it's simultaneous stupidity and hilarity.
I'll keep you posted, peace.
I have in my possession the first completed episode of RTA in three and a half years! I finally got Morrowind working again, and shot and edited the video since my last post. I'm really excited with how it turned out and can't wait to release it! I'm still waiting to get the remaining 5 episodes done before releasing them, but if things keep going like this then I'll definitely be happy. Ep 29 was a great way to get back into making RTA because it only required one location and two mod edits. The rest of the episodes are a little more complicated than that, but I have my workflow going nicely again. I'll have a ton of free time this weekend to work on the rest of Season 3, so I'll be sure to keep posting updates as progress is made. Whoo!
I'll never understand why simply not playing a game for awhile will lead it to stop working. What changed since I last booted up the game? Anyway, distant land is no longer working in my Morrowind, so I'm reinstalling and using MGSO 3.0 instead. Hopefully that will work for more than a few weeks, especially if I don't play Morrowind EVERY SINGLE DAY to keep it working. Things would be so much easier if they just worked like it seems they're supposed to!
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