So it turns out that kicking the can down the road on major tasks can only work for so long. Meesh and I had been thoroughly enjoying our time in post-engagement/pre-wedding limbo, but now that the time before our wedding is being measured in weeks rather than months, things are getting a bit hectic.
The good news is, most of these major tasks are officially behind us! Sure there are still things that need to be done seemingly every day, but after a few months of being more or less 100% allocated during and after work, we’ve finally found some breathing room.
Locked Stocks and Two Streaming Barrels
Last time I did one of these site updates I was looking for a way to move on from being primarily focused on D&D, to creating a broader spectrum of gaming content. My first attempt was a rather ham-fisted attempt to create E3 2018 coverage. While I did somewhat enjoy pretending to be a “games journalist”, I could help but shake the nagging feeling that I was being an imitator instead of an innovator.
It wasn’t until I decided to jump on the Robinhood stock trading band-wagon that inspiration finally struck.
I was reading up on various investment strategies when this article detailing Warren Buffett’s take on portfolio diversification caught my attention.
The long and short of the article is that diversification for diversification’s sake will simply net average returns. What truly successful investors do is focus their efforts in one area, and master it. The way I looked at it there are really only 2 types of stocks I have a chance of building this type in mastery, technology and games.
The Grow Up And Game Investment Portfolio
In my(probably hopeless) attempt to beat the market, I have been doing some fairly intense analysis of the stocks available on Robinhood related to the gaming industry.
The good news is so far I am actually off to a pretty good start! However, I understand that the market is currently in quite the bull run right now, so I’m not going to even think about gloating until I survive the first market downturn.
Video Killed The
As bold as me trying my hand in stocks is, I think the other content stream I am in the process of establishing might be even bolder. At time of writing I have officially record 5 youtube videos, published them, and wrote companion articles for each one of them.
- Satisfactory Alpha – Episode 01: Setting Up Home Base
- Satisfactory Alpha – Episode 02: Meeting The Neighbors
- Satisfactory Alpha – Episode 03: Basic Automation
- Satisfactory Alpha – Episode 04: The Space Elevator(Bonus Episode)
- Tavern Tycoon – Episode 01: In Wine Is Wisdom
The first batch of videos was a first-impression series covering the Satisfactory Alpha weekend. You can find my detailed thoughts on the game in the articles listed above, but the short version is I LOVED it and I am kind of going through withdrawal right now.
In an attempt to combat that withdrawal, I decided to jump into another fairly system focused game called Tavern Tycoon. All in all I’ve been having fun with the game, and it has proven to be an effective distraction while I wait for the Satisfactory early access to get here. I plan on recording at least a few more videos on it, but will likely be setting it aside once I can get my Satisfactory fix again.
D&D, Gateway Games, and Battlestations
I haven’t forgotten about the other content streams either! Before I branched off in these new directions, I was able to get a pair of D&D campaign journals done, along with a new gateway games article, and a how-to article on creating an excessive(ly awesome) multi-monitor setup.
- The Tanius Campaign Journal – Chapter 26: And Dragons
- The Tanius Campaign Journal – Chapter 27: Back To The Underground
- Gateway Games – Video Games for Beginners: Lovers In A Dangerous Spacetime
- The Next Level – How To Build A Battlestation On A Budget
Of the three content streams here, the one that will be getting the most attention is the campaign journal. While I like trying new things, I simply have too much of a content backlog in that area to let it sit for an extended period of time.
Rather than put these site updates on some type of regular cadence, I think I am going to switch to a format of only posting updates when I think there is something worth sharing. I’m guessing this will result in updates roughly every 2-3 months, but truthfully I won’t be able to reliably predict the cadence until after my wedding.
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Thank you for reading, and I hope everyone has a great rest of their day, week, month, year, and life!