Streaming Other Games

An stream interface I made for streaming Faster Than Light. Still in progress!
An stream interface I made for streaming Faster Than Light. Still in progress!

A few of my friends suggested trying to stream other games besides Hearthstone.

I am interested in doing that at some point, so I’ve been working on stream interfaces for the other games I play.

Right now I play League of Legends, Hearthstone, Faster Than Light (FTL), Skyrim, and Diablo 3.

The stream client I use, XSplit, only lets me have four different stream interfaces set up at a time. More interfaces are possible if I buy a subscription for their software instead of using it for free like I am now.

I haven’t played much Diablo 3 at all lately so that’s the one of the five I’ll be leaving out. A few weeks ago I began to see it more as hamster wheel than a fun way to spend my time and have quit playing since.

There are other hurdles for creating interfaces for other games as well though.

I’ve always found a stream to be way more entertaining if I can see the streamer’s face, but where does the face go?

I struggled a lot with that issue while making the FTL interface pictured above.

Initially I had the game filling the entire stream. I tried putting my face in the top right, but that blocked enemy ships.

I tried putting my face in the bottom right, but that also blocked enemy ships.

Bottom left blocks my ship’s power use. Top left blocks my ship’s health and crew.

Middle left worked okay, but I ran into a size issue there.

My face was either too small to matter, or it was blocking the back part of my ship.

I ended up scrapping the idea of having the game fill the entire frame of the stream video.

I wouldn’t call the picture above a final product, but it was the best way to include the game as well as my face.

There’s other stuff to add as well.

In my Hearthstone interface I added the URL address of my blog at WordPress to try and get crosstraffic. I’d like to do that for FTL as well.

I’d like a logo of some kind for FTL too, like the Hearthsteed pack logo I made for Hearthstone.

Eventually I want to add in a donation, subscriber, and follower trackers, but I’d like to establish myself more before going on to that part of the interface design.

I’m committed to keeping the interface art grounded in the game I’m streaming though.

Using edited screen captures from the game has worked for me on that, so I’ll keep doing that in the future whenever possible.

That’s all for now!

-Mister Ed

Diablo 3 Instead of D&D

Me playing around a little on my monk to show off for the blog.
Me playing around a little on my monk to show off for the blog.

Sundays are typically D&D night for my friends and me, but we didn’t play for a couple of reasons.

One of my friends couldn’t make it and two others had to be in and out for a few reasons.

So instead of D&D we played video games!

League of Legends is a popular one. We also did a little bit of Warlight.

We also showed Diablo 3 off to one of our friends who hadn’t played it yet.

The original Diablo game came out in the 90’s and gained amazing success.

Diablo play focuses around killing monsters and collecting the magic items that fall from their bodies.

The magic items are stuff like shields, hats, rings, swords, shirts, etc. All stuff that your character wears in the game.

The game has a interesting story to play through, but after that’s been done the goal moves from the story to collecting more magic stuff.

There are certain extremely powerful magic items called legendary items.

The later goal of the game is collecting the perfect set of legendary items to make your character the most powerful that it can be.

At least that’s the goal for me. Other people can, of course, have separate goals for their own character if they wish.

The original Diablo game was so successful within its genre that subsequent games that use a similar interface and magical item system have been called Diablo clones.

Diablo 2 quickly outsold the first Diablo and the third game has done even better than that.

I started playing with Diablo 2 around when its expansion pack came out.

I’ve recently got back into playing Diablo 3 because its expansion pack was just released last month.

Diablo 3’s biggest improvement for me is the ease of playing with your friends.

Diablo 2 had a few minor barriers to playing with your friends.

Diablo 3 has no such barriers. You literally just click one button to join your friends in a game.

Playing with my friends makes the game a lot more fun. I probably wouldn’t have picked it up again if playing with them wasn’t an option.

If you’re interested in Diablo 3 you can learn more about it or buy it at the website:¬†http://us.battle.net/d3/en/

That’s all for tonight!

-Mister Ed

My Easter Weekend

I found this at the mall in Chico. Pretty cool!
I found this at the mall in Chico. Pretty cool!

I didn’t play D&D this weekend again due to the Easter holiday.

Instead I went to Chico to visit¬†one of my wife’s friends who was a bridesmaid in our wedding.

She recently got engaged to her boyfriend, now her fiance.

I’ve been hanging out with her boyfriend a lot via the internet.

We’ve been playing Diablo 3 a lot together. Fun game to play with other people!

We went to the mall while in Chico.

The girls went clothes-shopping while the boys went looking for track pants for me.

There’s a new regulation at my job that requires pants to be worn at all times in the lab (no shorts).

The pants are so if you spill a dangerous chemical it gets on your pants instead of your legs.

Heavy pants are awful in the summer, so I wanted the lightness of track pants.

We found two at Dick’s Sporting Goods and then bummed around the mall for awhile.

The picture above was taken in Spencer’s.

Spencer’s is a strange shop. It sells a lot of cool stuff like Pikachu hats, Adventure Time belts, and Zelda shirts.

Spencer’s also has a sex section. It’s dominated by freaky bondage stuff and lots of “pecker” candy themed for bachelorette parties.

We laughed at a lot of the stuff there. We were looking for the Newlyweds party game for the four of us to play, but they didn’t have it.

The only Easter themed thing I did this weekend was eat a chocolate bunny.

I feel like Easter for nonreligious people like me is something you celebrate with children.

I’m in the midpoint of my life where I’m too old to be a child with my parents anymore and too young to have kids of myself.

Maybe in a few years I’ll have children, but for now Easter will remain a smaller holiday.

That’s all for tonight!

-Mister Ed