First (new) post to be published

Why Ghost? Well, I say why not. It feels like an innovative and (relatively) new blog platform. And I happen to like Markdown. So now what? Now I finish setting up the blog, then cancel my Squarespace and Tumblr accounts. Or rather, I think I’ll leave my Tumblr but move the MrKonc.com domain from there.

Any questions? Yeah, I’ve got one. Does Ghost support “pages”, instead of just blog entries?

Operation Supply Drop

For a long time I’ve wanted to be able to do some good with my gaming and streaming, to take it to a whole new level. Watching zh1nt0 do his charity stream has been truly inspiring, but I’ve not yet figured out what cause(s) I wish to support. And to be honest, I’m not sure I could pick one on my own to save my life. Thankfully, I don’t have to.

I recently got word that Sacriel is planning to do a 24 hour charity stream in support of Operation Supply Drop. So I figured, why not join his fundraising team? That way I can start doing good and not have to feel like an indecisive asshole for never actually choosing a charity. When I get back from PAX East I’m going to start raising money for Operation Supply Drop.

Ah, but what is Operation Supply Drop?

Well, I could try to write something about it. Or I could just embed the “what is” video they’ve made.

This all being said, I’m kinda scared witless thinking about raising money for something that is important to a lot of people. I don’t want to be the guy who doesn’t manage to raise anything, y’know. I don’t have any experience with raising money for a cause or charity and I’d appreciate any advice, especially from people who have done charity streams and stuff like that before.

If you have any advice you’d like to share with me, please do so by leaving a comment below.

Overwhelming

I fully intended on writing updates from PAX East every day, but I’ve been unable to. The experience of visiting the US for the first time, and visiting PAX for the first time (or at all) is simply overwhelming. I’m just taking it all in but it’s going to take quite some time to process it all before I can put words to what I’m feeling.

Let me just say that so far, the trip has been nothing but wonderful. The people are wonderful, the country is awesome and the food… don’t even get me started on the food. Nom!

Pre-PAX East networking, and being truly humbled

My trip to the US was long but quite uneventful, about 14 hours after I left my apartment I landed in Boston and was met by Andrew (GeekStanton) and Greg (LOLmodule) at the airport. Shortly after me two of Andrew’s friends came on a flight from Canada so we met up with them, and headed to the hotel to check in.

Shortly after check-in, both Greg and I passed out for a few hours, at this point I had been up for well over 40 hours with only about 1.5 hours of dozing off on the trip. It was well needed rest for both of us. Woke up by Andrew knocking on the door, I believe. I was kinda out of it so don’t quote me on that, but we were a bit late to the airport to meet up with Shannon and Sacriel. Or wouldn’ve been, if we didn’t have to wait an hour for them to get from past customs and whatnot.

While waiting at the airport we briefly got to talk to Dean “Rocket” Hall. Dean, the DayZ creator. If I hadn’t already have a great impression of him, I sure wouldn’ve had one after the quick chat. He seems to be a genuinely nice, open and happy person and I feel privileged to have gotten to shake his hand.

Yes yes, I know I sound like a total fanboy and it’s hard to not be one having played hundreds upon hundred of hours of the DayZ mod. The DayZ phenomenon has literally touched so many people’s lives, bringing us together into gaming communities. Communities like The 42nd, or The Pink. It’s hard not to be humbled by the impact the survival game/mod has had on us.

Wow, this post totally went from networking to my fanboyism about DayZ. Back on topic! <insert fitting whip sound>

After having finally met up with Shannon, Sacriel and Kirgan we went to a restaurant, Lucky’s Lounge, where we met up with a bunch of other people. I met ET_Talon, the first streamer to make me a moderator on Twitch. I got the shake the hand of Ellohime, and although I haven’t watched his streams much I hold much respect for him. I met Devoldo whom I’ve talked to and played Minecraft with before.

But most of all, and I can’t get over how surreal this still feels to me, I got to talk to BikeMan. Not only that, he knew who I am. BikeMan, who is like, streamer royalty to me, and one of the funniest people I’ve seen on Twitch… I can’t get over it. I can only describe it by quoting the Na’vi from the movie Avatar: “I see you.”

PAX East hasn’t yet started, and I’m already having the time of my life. Literally. I never imagined that I, as an introvert, would feel so comfortable meeting so many new people (both new new, and new as in first time meetings) as I have been today.

I feel privileged to be part of this great community of entertainers and overall wonderful people. I feel humbled by having been noticed by great streamers I respect and love. It’s surreal. It truly is. And this is only the beginning.

Now some of you might have noticed that I’ve only briefly mentioned having met Sacriel and Shannon. That’s intentional. I’m saving that for a whole new post soon.

Do you have any suggestions on things I need to see or experience in Boston or at PAX East, or some typically classical American food I need to try while I’m in the US? Tell me below in the comments!

The King of Derp

Most of today I’ll be travelling, but I figured I’d at least share last night’s highlight with you guys.

I was playing some Arma 3 Wasteland yesterday, for quite some hours actually. I think I streamed about 8 hours. A good chunk of that time was spent playing with Trottel, also called King of Derp by our friend Omxz. Now I know why. 😛

Here’s a highlight from yesterday where we’re in a Hunter (I believe that’s what that car type is called) heading towards a downed heli mission and… well… Let’s just say that Trottel has an unique way to look at how one should clear a mission.

It took me a few seconds to realize what on earth he had done, for the fact to fully sink in and the shock over it to subside. And on the other hand, I suddenly had something to giggle about for about an hour after that.

Was this a really, well, unique (to say the least) way to clear a mission or what?! Do you know of any other crazy ways to clear a mission that won’t get you instantly killed (not for a lack of trying on Trottel’s part)? Let me know in the comments!

Going To PAX East

So I wrote in my last update that fun things are gonna happen shortly. Well, one of those are that I’m going to PAX East! PAX mother-effin East. In Boston.

I need a change of scenery and I’m glad to have the opportunity to meet some awesome people along the way. I’m really looking forward to meeting a bunch of people from The 42nd for the first time, Sacriel and Shannon, GeekStanton and others. Also hoping I get to shake hands with ET_Talon and Hunter_NH.

This is going to be a great adventure, and my first (and hopefully not my last) trip across “the pond”, but how on earth do I pass the time on the long flights there and back?

Got any tips on stuff I absolutely can’t miss on PAX East, or in Boston in general? Hit me up in the comments below.

How about a reboot?

So yeah, my updating of this site has been… well, lacking. And so has my streaming on Twitch. Let’s just chalk it down to way too much stuff at work and leave it at that.

So, I’ve started streaming again. I recently passed 1k followers on Twitch (how did that happen?!) and fun things are gonna happen shortly!

Almost daily I play a bit of Arma 2 Wasteland with my friend TheBumbiHunter, and I’ve also started playing some Arma 3 Wasteland with my Finnish friends Leshrack, Omxz and Trottel. And on occasion, I get to play with the awesome Ophy. I will try to stream as much of my adventures in these games as possible.

I’ve recently also started playing DayZ standalone, but I’m kinda torn when it comes to streaming that game. I still feel it’s way too empty content wise, so most of the time I’m just trying to figure out where to get my next fix… err… next can of Tactical Bacon. On one hand, I’m re-learning DayZ. On the other hand, it’s still very much a running simulator.

What do you think? Should I keep streaming DayZ SA when I play it, hopefully showing progress in how I loot up and the way I interact with people I might meet? Let me know in the comments below.

Getting cocky gets you killed

We can learn valuable life lessons in most things we come across in our daily lives. Yesterday while playing ArmA 2 Wasteland I re-learned a little something about getting too cocky.

Stay humble, stay in the moment, stay attentive and never let your guard down. Lesson learned!

So it begins

"Moose Sunset" by Henrik Bengtsson a.k.a. The HuBBa
Art by my friend Henrik Bengtsson, a.k.a. The HuBBa

So it begins, MrKonc.com is now registered and set up as a Tumblr page. Let the adventure begin!

Follow me on my Twitch page! You can also find me on Twitter and YouTube.

The image above is painted by my old friend HuBBa, a.k.a. The Bumbi Hunter.