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…The broadcast bit was a late addition, ...

And this leads to my reason for giving up on AARs. I want to play fun games, then think I should share my fun with others only for the fun to turn to work and then neither playing or AARing get done...  :(
Lots of on lookers asking for this and that but not actually stepping in to help , let alone play with us.

I love that fact that you have started a game "club" where we can play with our toys that normally sit on shelves and look pretty. When it starts to be work as well...
Not that I've been tasked with doing anything other than coming to play but I don't want you to burn out on this grand idea and we lose our driving force.

But that's just me....  :biggrin:

Agreed, and +1. My personal preference is for deeper games. If we're teaching the game, that means it'll be even slower. The streaming thing seemed like a means to maybe get past the AAR writing drudgery, but it now seems like there's danger of it turning into just that.

Jim is building all of the TTS stuff himself - granted, he's enjoying doing it, but it seems a bit much to ask more than that. I think his idea of multiplayer JTS games would be good; I would like to do some Vassal games. These have the advantage of being less work to set up, but there's no guarantee they're any faster. Jim and I just spent 60 out of 90 turns of the Battle of Friedland maneuvering before finally coming to grips.

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I could do some of the editing work -- it wouldn't be much different than what I already do when working on video AARs / LPs. Less post-production with titles and stuff.  :nerd:
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I would be thrilled to step in and play, but I'm watching from the concessions desk at an indoor soccer facility where I'm moonlighting on Saturday nights and not able to dedicate the time to playing.  I can watch b/c that doesn't require constant attention.  But I can't play, because that does.

Brant, my comment was not leveled at you..... buuuuuut maybe you could help by making a shorted edited version and thus off loading that from Jim... can't be much different than editing a pod cast can it? (He says knowing nothing about editing anything...  :whistle: )

The hard part there I think (due to my rookie experience with my few IL2 flicks) is that the file from a 3 and 1/2 hour Stream would be Humongous!!!..
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I would be thrilled to step in and play, but I'm watching from the concessions desk at an indoor soccer facility where I'm moonlighting on Saturday nights and not able to dedicate the time to playing.  I can watch b/c that doesn't require constant attention.  But I can't play, because that does.

Brant, my comment was not leveled at you..... buuuuuut maybe you could help by making a shorted edited version and thus off loading that from Jim... can't be much different than editing a pod cast can it? (He says knowing nothing about editing anything...  :whistle: )
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…The broadcast bit was a late addition, ...

And this leads to my reason for giving up on AARs. I want to play fun games, then think I should share my fun with others only for the fun to turn to work and then neither playing or AARing get done...  :(
Lots of on lookers asking for this and that but not actually stepping in to help , let alone play with us.

I love that fact that you have started a game "club" where we can play with our toys that normally sit on shelves and look pretty. When it starts to be work as well...
Not that I've been tasked with doing anything other than coming to play but I don't want you to burn out on this grand idea and we lose our driving force.

But that's just me....  :biggrin:

I agree with Barth.. These streams shouldn't turn into 'work' for you.  We appreciate the work you do just to 'host' the game. If people don't want to 'watch', then maybe they should join the game instead?
Maybe have a blurb in the beginning to join the web site in order to get into future matches if they want. Or can you have a 'link' on screen that would do that.

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I would be thrilled to step in and play, but I'm watching from the concessions desk at an indoor soccer facility where I'm moonlighting on Saturday nights and not able to dedicate the time to playing.  I can watch b/c that doesn't require constant attention.  But I can't play, because that does.
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…The broadcast bit was a late addition, ...

And this leads to my reason for giving up on AARs. I want to play fun games, then think I should share my fun with others only for the fun to turn to work and then neither playing or AARing get done...  :(
Lots of on lookers asking for this and that but not actually stepping in to help , let alone play with us.

I love that fact that you have started a game "club" where we can play with our toys that normally sit on shelves and look pretty. When it starts to be work as well...
Not that I've been tasked with doing anything other than coming to play but I don't want you to burn out on this grand idea and we lose our driving force.

But that's just me....  :biggrin:
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Animadversions:

*My goal, from the beginning, was to compensate for the envy I have had at those who have their own local wargaming club.  The broadcast bit was a late addition, although in part inspired by the guys at Little Wars TV who do very good work.

*Live streams are going to be long, there's no avoiding that.  Doug's point re: picking more slobber-knockery games and scenarios is well taken.  I very much liked the "Colonial Adventures" game and would love to play more.  I may be, in part, at fault for its length, though, as, because I scaled  the troops to 54mm, I doubled the size of the board.  That may have been a poor call on my part, but I wanted to make sure everything fit.

*I am, as i said, going to have a go at a possible video AAR.  I will start simple and work from there.  Of course it's best when, again as Little Wars TV, you can have everybody talking before, during, and after, but we'll make well with do at first.

*I would LOVE an SoW game, but doing it HiTS would not make good television at all.  On the other hand, having one player responsible for zooming around the battlefield and reporting on happenings as they go -- that might work.  Note that that person need not be on the feed and therefore audible to the players.

*Frankly, I'd really love to do a bunch of JTS games -- the first "SNF" with Doug playing North Africa was an hoot -- but I've not wanted to make people buy lots of different games.  This, of course, is the advantage of TTS.  One game really does fit many.

My current plan, scheduled to change:

1.  Finish CA
2.  A stand-up scenario using the new Osprey rules "The Men Who Would Be King".  It imagines itself a streamlined "Sword and the Flame" and I think it might solve the lag problem. I am also open to playing another CA adventure -- there are more direct scenarios -- perhaps in the Sudan?
3.  Battle of the Nile (?) using "Fighting Sail".  It's an excellent system for our purposes.
4.  God as my witness, I will have by the third week the Aspern-Essling "Blucher" setup done.

I have a LOT of game ideas -- mostly vengeance for not having miniatures games I could play locally for years -- but heaven knows I'd love to have, say, a multi-player JTS "Waterloo" or the like.

*Seriously, though, thanks to everyone who's joined the club so far.  It's been great to have you by.



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They want to see one of those Scourge of War games we had on with Asid's group?

Figuring out a way to simulcast a multiplayer SoW match would be pretty great!

We should do one, those were fun! Though I think Generals should be able to 'scout'!