This Week’s Schedule

Hey everyone, this week’s schedule is going to be a little different from usual thanks to me getting sick over the weekend and a few other things which got in the way. First of all, the streaming part of the schedule will remain unchanged; I’ll be streaming a bunch of stuff over at at 9:00 PM EST on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. There won’t be a new main article this week though and instead the Salt and Sanctuary article which was planned for Friday of last week will be releasing this Wednesday and there will be a new mini article on Friday. I think this works out as the best way to ensure that the schedule gets back on track for next week and I also plan to use Sunday to catch up on one or two things which have fallen by the wayside.

Thanks for stopping by!

Revamping First Impression Articles!

First Impression articles were meant to go hand-in-hand with Grab Bag streams. The idea was to play a bunch of games for a few minutes each and then write about them.

This felt like a good way to share my thoughts on games which I might not get around to finishing and/or which weren’t up to the standard I expect of games which I write full articles about. While this technically worked, these First Impression articles often ended up being just as long as the standard, featured articles and it quickly became very difficult to write about every game from every Grab Bag stream.

So, the streams are remaining the same, but the articles are getting revamped! Here are the three main ways these articles are changing for the better:

1) Every game in a Grab Bag stream will be written about within the same article. This ties the games more closely to the stream itself and ensures that they all get written about in a timely manner.

2) There will be a lot less writing for each game. I’m not setting a word limit, but there will be a limit of two three paragraphs per game. The idea is to give a quick, general impression of the game which complements the video while also serving as an alternative for those who can’t or don’t want to watch the stream recording itself. While I love to analyze games, lengthy First Impression articles ended up taking more time to read than just watching the video and much of the content would have been painfully redundant for any games I went on to write featured articles about.

3) Scores are gone and replaced with rankings. Giving scores to games in First Impression articles always felt a bit strange, but I thought they were necessary due to the wildly varying qualities while writing about games individually. Rankings solve this problem by killing two birds with one stone. They serve as a way of further tying the games to each other and to the video and they also make for a nice alternative to a more absolute scoring system.

In short, these changes primarily serve as a way of trying all the games from a Grab Bag more closely together. Ditching scores and tightening up the writing to give snappier, more general impressions of each game are added bonuses.

Considering all these changes, names for future articles will also be changing from First Impression articles to Indie Game Grab Bag articles to glue them to the video content as firmly as possible. Gaming Grab Bag is a catchier title, but I’ve opted for Indie Game Grab Bag in favor of a little more clarity.

Last of all, the most recent Indie Game Grab Bag stream was last night, so the very first of these revamped articles will be ready within the next few hours!

Odd Schedule This Week!

This week’s schedule is going to be rather different, in part due to Thanksgiving preparations and in part due to my headset having issues where it will disconnect if I move a certain part of the cord in the wrong way. I’m planning to find a replacement headset if I can’t fix the current one since this is definitely something that could become a big issue during streams. There won’t be a main article this week, but I will be releasing mini-articles on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday (and possibly Thursday).

On the streaming side of things, my headset’s current condition means my streaming schedule is up in the air. If I can at least temporarily fix this issue, then I still plan to stick to a Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday schedule for streaming between 8:30 and 9:00 EST (Thursday is definitely more tentative due to Thanksgiving).

As always, I’ll post announcements on Twitter if/when I stream, so make sure to check that out over here:

Halloween Streams Start Tomorrow!

Halloween is only a little over a week away, so it’s time to start celebrating! Last year Indie Overlook had the Haunted House Week event, but this time around we’ll be doing something different. Starting tomorrow, there will be a stream every day at around 8:30 EST. Each stream will be horror-themed, but it’s going to be a mix of focusing on a single game, blind horror grab bags, and more. Some days will also be dedicated specifically to games which fall under the horror genre while on other days we will be taking a look at less outright scary games which are still horror-themed.

Happy Halloween!

Schedule Change

I’m going to start experimenting with a modified schedule which distributes content more evenly and gives me more time to work on larger articles as well as on other things like catching up on uploading the current backlog of videos and improving the site. This week is going to be a little odd because I want to finish the In Extremis article today and the Three Ghostly Roses article from before the hiatus on Friday. However, here is my current plan for the new schedule:

Monday: Main article preview for Friday’s article
Tuesday: Stream
Wednesday: Short Article (player-created content, short games, demos, first impressions, etc)
Thursday: Stream
Friday: Main article
Saturday: Stream
Sunday: Miscellaneous Stuff

I might switch back to the current schedule in the future, but for now I’m happy with this one. The biggest change here is that instead of either two main articles or one main and two short articles each week, there is now one main and one short article each week. It’s a little less content, but it’s also a lot more consistent. Streams will still generally be at 8:30 P.M. EST, but they’ve changed from a Monday/Wednesday/Saturday schedule to a Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday schedule, which feels more evenly spread out.

As for Sunday, this is sort of an ‘anything goes’ day. I might focus on getting videos uploaded or on updating Indie Overlook in some ways, I might decide to do a stream or write a short article, or I might simply take the day off to do things not related to Indie Overlook.