I guess I should tell you a little about myself. My name is Rich, and yes, I am a recovering gaming streamer. I’ve been playing video and board games for as long as I can remember.
The earliest board games I remember playing a lot of were Monopoly and Stratego. As I got a little older, I found Risk and just loved the strategy involved with it. The day one of my friends got a game called Axis & Allies changed my outlook on board games forever.
Before that, I just never realized how rich and complex a board game could possibly be. Sure, Risk had some elements of strategy to it, but nothing like Axis & Allies with its different unit types. You had to not only work them into your plans of attack and defense, but you also had an economy to manage which would determine which units you could add to your growing (or shrinking) army. It was amazing.
For video games, it started with Nintendo (still disappointed that I could not get my hands on one of those Nintendo Classics last holiday season) for me. Super Mario Brothers, The Legend of Zelda, and Tecmo Bowl (Bo Jackson is probably still running).
I progressed onto other consoles and PC gaming. Spent a lot more time than I would care to admit playing Starcraft. I also started getting heavily into military strategy and simulation games on the PC. Panzer General was a lot of fun. Even today I still play some war games that most of you visiting this site have probably never heard of. Mainly John Tiller’s Napoleonic and American Civil War campaign games. I enjoy them for their slow methodical pace. I may feature some of them on this site eventually. They are not the norm in the mostly fast-paced gaming environment of today.
Most of my gaming on PC’s and consoles today revolves around first person shooters and MMORPG’s… and if a first person shooter morphs with a MMO, even better.
As for the name of the site, I was a game streamer. I recently gave it up. I was active on Twitch and YouTube. No, I’m not going to share that channel. I’m moving in a new direction.
When I first found game streaming it seemed too good to be true. People are going to watch me play games, and I could possibly get paid for it? Sign me up.
At first, it was great. I made a lot of new friends. I had a lot of regulars that stopped by the channel. Good times were had by all.
Now, to understand why I gave it up, I have to explain something about myself. I have a bit of an addictive personality. I can easily get obsessed with things, especially of a competitive nature. As an example, I spent some time playing poker online. I used to go through some binges where I barely left my room for 3-4 days. I would play for 15+ hours a day.
To some degree, that is what happened with my game streaming. I started watching the numbers of subscriptions and video views like crazy. Always wanted to push them up higher and higher.
The past few months streaming, I spent countless hours streaming PlayerUnknown’s Battleground, Overwatch, and League of Legends. Want to know a little secret? I hate PUBG, Overwatch, and League of Legends. Hate them.
Nothing against the games or people who do enjoy them. They are just not the sort of games I typically play or like to play.
Why were you streaming them then? Because they were 3 of the most popular games on Twitch. They got the most views on YouTube. They were the games that people would sub for or come to watch. At just about any given time over the past 9-12 months, if you looked at who is watching games on Twitch, those three will be in the top 10. Many times in the top 5, and for awhile were consistently 1,2, and 3.
My streaming was driving my gaming habits. Gaming was losing its fun for me and becoming too much of a chore or a job. I still love gaming though and have no intention of giving it up. I just want to move into something different so I can back to gaming being fun.
I know what you are thinking.
Why don’t you just stop streaming those games that aren’t fun to you and go back to streaming games you enjoy?
Well, that goes back to my addictive personality I was talking about. I know what will happen. Eventually, I’ll find myself obsessing over sub and view numbers again.
It’s not about the money for me. I was making enough to pay my rent, my car payment, and have some left over each month. It just was starting to suck up too much of my life and wasn’t fun anymore.
I may or may not try to monetize this site in some way in the future.
It is kind of funny. I had actually bought this domain initially to use as an extension of what I was doing on Twitch and YouTube. Not sure exactly what I was going to do. Maybe host some of my videos here. Perhaps gather some of my most interesting clips. I was also thinking of adding a section on tips for anyone that wanted to get into streaming themselves.
Obviously, I’m not doing any of that now, but thought the domain name was still good for my new direction… A Recovering Gaming Streamer.
So what will you find here?
It will probably evolve over time, but right now I am thinking tips, tricks, and cheats for games. I will also be posting some reviews and impressions for different games. I might also incorporate some information about board games that I enjoy. I love that board gaming is seeing a real resurgence over the past 10 years or so, and there are some awesome games out there right now.
Although I have seen people stream board games, most of them are not real conducive to that sort of medium, at least not without a LOT of editing. Wil Wheaton’s Tabletop show is a great example of doing it well. If you have never watched it, I highly encourage you to check it out. I do not have the video editing or graphic design teams behind me that he does, and just don’t feel I can do that well. Perhaps some reviews and gaming suggestions will be more my alley.
Mostly though, you can expect news, tips, and other content about video games I love (or hate).