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Emerald Specter 48: We Are Still Here

A new graphic for a new era. Welcome back to the Emerald Specter column on Emerald Specter.com!

With the release of the BuJoRPG to the world through bulletjournal.com, I received an uptick in traffic. One would expect such things, especially through a charged creative community like bullet journaling. That said, I had gotten a ping on Patreon, which I’d all but given up on, and I have decided to update the Patreon page and keep that going, now, meaning we’ll be re-adding the link to the Patreon page again to the side bar.

There is a lot I wanted to mention in a lot of different places. Primarily, I was looking to get some writing done and one of the things I hadn’t initially considered was writing a column. Sometimes I forget to write a column, which is funny, since I had a plan on writing this column up to edition 50 and then resurrecting the SpecterFit column anew. That has not fallen by the wayside, as I am going to renew my dedication to getting this site back to where I had it going in the first place… forward.

I will be talking more about my own personal fandoms. YouTube will become a more important part of Emerald Specter.com, as well. I have both the “old” Emerald Specter Channel (hereafter referred to as Channel 2), as well as the new Emerald Specter Channel (hereafter referred to as Channel 1). Those who are observant will note that Channel 1 is completely empty as of this post… that’s because we’re getting ready to content the hell out of it… be patient, Channel 2 is still there.

SpecterFit will return as promised. If you’re just joining us, the column is about getting fit, doing more fitness, learning about nutrition, and all that to include weightlifting or bodybuilding. I’m jumping back on my fitness bandwagon and that will result in all kinds of wonderful content.

Maybe this website will turn into a “digital bullet journal” for the site? I doubt there is a plugin for WordPress that would accommodate that, so let’s not speculate down that road too far.

I’ve mentioned on the Specter Show about my intent to create a story around No Man’s Sky (the game). There is a nice little story in there, but I wanted to expand on the options I had by creating a bigger narrative that I thought would be interesting to follow. Some of the content would be live streamed, with my wife and I being “pseudo-in character” for the broadcast, but another tale can be told in a far more edited fashion as well. I can either tell the same story or tell two different stories, but I think the same story would be easier to go with for my inaugural venture into this type of storytelling. There is a big update coming (in the form of Waking Titan), so I’ll be holding off on developing this until that comes out… knowing what new options I’ll have may take the story in a special direction. Time will tell, of course.

Where is the content that was promised from the other hosts of the Greatest Show? Great question, because I am also wondering about that. Kevin is apparently still waiting on others to join his group, Metal Jesus hasn’t gotten to where he wants to be for a show, Bob is working most of the time (I’ve got an idea for Bob that I’ll be sharing with him in the next couple of days), Rachel said she’d be podcasting on her own channel (and that hasn’t happened at all), and that’s where I am at the moment. Who knows when any of that will start, since I’m the only one creating content actively at the moment, I guess I’ll worry about myself.

The Greatest Show will be returning on September 9 and I’m pretty certain we have our first guest locked and loaded for that broadcast. After that, I’m still working on other guests to come on board… my initial idea was to get other podcasts, YouTube shows hosts, and bloggers to come on to “cross pollinate” our audiences a bit. That has resulted in zero responses, even to people who initially said “we’ll get back to you.”

Really, when?

So, I’ve decided to spread the options out a bit (of which I discuss on the 25th Specter Show)… with luck, we’ll get some hits and see where we can go with the show.

Lastly, I’m going to start scheduling things. I want to start working out again, I want to set up a regular writing schedule, I want to make sure this/these columns come out on a regular basis again, and I want the podcasts to continue being a regular thing at a regular time on a regular basis. Since I have a bullet journal, I think that I need to get my act together a lot more than I already have to get things moving forward on this site…

Welcome to the new age of Emerald Specter.com… we are still here.

Emerald Specter 47: No Man’s Sky

Specter’s Log, Earth Date 20170709.14

As some of you that have been perusing the Emerald Specter Official YouTube Channel may have noticed, I’ve been playing a lot of No Man’s Sky lately. I’m just randomly posting the live stream whenever I have a chance, it isn’t seamless or nonstop, but I have been documenting about 30-90 minutes of my adventures in a ship which I’ve named the Fat Rat Express (because it’s a piece of garbage). I have been playing around with some concepts in the background, which you can’t hear because the inability to post my audio because of the limitations of the PS4 controller… but something is there.

Let me drop some ideas on you and see where that goes. Feedback is necessary.

I am currently playing one of two games that I have started for NMS: 1 Normal Mode and 1 Creative Mode. I haven’t played Creative Mode but a couple of times and I don’t know that I’m necessarily going to go back to that anytime in the near future. My Normal Mode game is from the initial launch of the game, or rather about six months after the initial launch.

The reason I am specifically mentioning the launch part is that several updates have come out for No Man’s Sky since that have expanded the capabilities of the game considerably. My game is from when you simply needed to find “a ship” with more slots that basically looked different (or similar) to what you already had, and that would then leave you looking for suit slots from drop pods, no freighters, and all that fun stuff… this is way back before space combat, even.

What I am thinking of doing is restarting my Normal Mode game, creating a narrative around the experience, and live streaming the entirety of the adventure on YouTube on a new Emerald Specter YouTube Channel (the reason for a new channel is to have a fresh start for the website, as the current channel still have deep ties to the old website and with the Greatest Show being on hiatus, this is the time to launch a new channel). I would like to know if there is interest in something like this out there in Emerald Specterville…

The narrative that I am speaking of is not necessarily going to be the in-game narrative. I would either use that narrative, or elements of that narrative, or just completely use the elements to create my own narrative that I believe would be more interesting in the long run as a story.

Imagine if you will my new home planet being in Korvax space, where I come to be greatly connected with the Korvax peoples, eventually leading me to be an ally of the Korvax over other species that I encounter (limited to, of course, the Gek and Vy’keen). Maybe my narrative has me deep in Vy’keen space, battling them in the name of the Korvax (because maybe that narrative has those two species at war). Perhaps this causes me to be a hauler of freight for the Korvax, or a combat pilot against raids on their freighters, or maybe even a deep space explorer on their behalf, reporting back to them…

Or maybe I’m on the run from all the species, using the anonymity of just popping up in a system, mining and trading until the narrative has me discovered, then popping away to a new system before my presence is discovered by “the authorities.” That actually sounds like a little fun, and I’d have to figure out a trigger or two in order to keep me from determining when I am discovered… things to consider.

Running with the theme that I normally do, I created this graphic as the potential “cover” of this adventure:

The title certainly lends itself to the “fugitive” angle, and I could keep the exact reason I’m a fugitive a running “secret” as the narrative unfolds. This could even go into the Doctor Who style of running narrative, lasting for a long, long time without ever really getting a deep insight as to the reason why he’s running (though I’d have a reason, I may only drop little tidbits out along the way to follow, keeping that as the “grand arc” of the story while the other, smaller arcs unfold much faster).

In any case, there will be a new YouTube Channel coming… I’ve had some discussions and I think that the time is right to get that underway, which will hopefully allow me to be more of a G+ Page rather than an entire profile, because I would honestly like to have fewer G+ profiles (each gmail account creates a G+ profile and I want to stop using so many gmail accounts).

I’m not changing my focus on the website, I’m not shuffling anything into the background as far as projects go… this would be running along side everything else that is currently being developed (the serial fiction, the BuJoRPG, the Specter Show, and the Greatest Show), and I would absolutely try to maintain some sort of semi-regular schedule with all of that.

Life does get in the way sometimes, though.

The BuJoRPG is under constant development, so no worrying about anything but releases for you out there. The serial fiction, which I am attempting to write 500 words a day minimum, is looking more like a couple of thousand words on a day off in one shot. The Greatest Show is really about just being somewhere at a specific time to broadcast to the world with the guests I am actively booking (I have 3 who are in the “pick the date” phase). The Specter Show will just keep on moving forward, because I want to hit episode 52 before I start taking time off from that.

All in all, I would love to hear from you, the reader/viewer/listener. I like telling stories, that is the point of what this website was initially launched for, and you would be the ones consuming those stories. This would just be the first time I launch one with a full on video component.

Let me know at emeraldspecter.com@gmail.com, on Twitter @EmeraldSpecter, or on Instagram @EmeraldSpecter.

I’m always listening.

The Greatest Show 116: GSFS 6 – February Fallout

The Greatest Show Fight Series returns for the 8th installment! Join the fight fans in watching the following card:

Greatest Show World Championship
“Emerald Specter” DJ Allen (C) v. “Mystery” Kevin Couick 3

Greatest Show Women’s World Championship
“Silky” Tricia Allen (C) v. “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey

“Shotgun” Bob Miotto v. “Notorious” Conor McGregor
Bruce “The Dragon” Lee v. “Cowboy” Donald Cerrone
“Heavy Metal Jesus” Kevin Lama v. CM Punk
“El Presidente” Abraham Lincoln v. “The Apex” Red Baron

The Undercard:
“Iron” Mike Tyson v. Rampage Jackson
Amanda Nunes v. Lady Gaga
Confucius v. Rocky Balboa
“Cupcake” Meisha Tate v. Queen Elizabeth II
Mr. T v. Buffalo Saws

Watch the whole event here! Enjoy.

The Greatest Show 108: GSFS 3 – Christmas Clash

We won’t be bringing you a show this week with our beautiful faces, but what says Merry Christmas like watching virtual versions of us beat the living crap out of each other? Yep, it’s the Greatest Show Fight Series 3 – Christmas Clash (Allen v T), featuring the following battles:

(C) “Emerald Specter” DJ Allen v. “Bad Intentions” Mr. T
(C) “Silky” Tricia Allen v. Queen Elizabeth II
“Heavy Metal Jesus” Kevin Lama v. “Iron” Mike Tyson
“Angry Salesman / Shotgun” Bob Miotto v. Wil Wheaton
“Soft Rock Messiah” Kevin Couick v. Kim Jong Un
“The Professional” Saurabh Agashe v. Hulk Hogan
and
“El Presidente” Abraham Lincoln v. “The Chosen One” Confucius

Don’t miss the action as we got a lot of really good fights out of this one… I can’t wait for the next one!