Update

JUNE 2019 - UPDATE #11

Hi everyone – it’s been a while since I posted an update so wanted to share some of the plans I have for ROP in the next coming weeks/months.

The last few months have really been great on YouTube, the channel is growing pretty fast now and the videos have been performing better. However on Twitch, it’s been really stable since... pretty much forever. In an effort to really create some great content there and to help me grow beyond my usual audience I created an ambitious Custom Narrative for Stellaris – with unique mods, lore, races and objectives to really enhance the game.

Long story short, while we had amazing feedback, and I really enjoyed the game – we ultimately had lower or the same than our average viewers, and in total for the amount of time I put into it, and expenses that went along with it, I roughly earned about $3 per hour from the project. Not only that but I sacrificed time I should’ve otherwise put into things like my Total War: THREE KINGDOMS review, and stunted my growth on YouTube. So essentially it didn’t cover costs, it didn’t grow the audience and it hurt other parts of ROP.

The reason I’m outlining this is because I’m now going to stop organising my own multiplayer events in games, and going to experiment with less streaming to see if I can bolster my YouTube content more. It’s a really tough decision, Twitch has a very active ROP community that really contribute quite a lot to keeping it going, but I’m hoping that if I grow YouTube more, I’ll be able to afford running interesting Twitch streams beyond just let’s plays in the future.

The Changes:

So as was discussed in our Senate Meeting recently here’s the changes coming soon;

A new “Legate” role: This will act as an Events Organiser on Discord. These Legates will be in charge of making sure at least 1 organised MP game happens each month, and make sure that Senators (Patrons and Twitch Subs) get Priority for these games.  

A bigger focus on YouTube: I’ve got some catch-up content to get through and then will try cover a few newer games as well to see how it goes. More content like the videos I made for Anno, Steel Division and stuff like that.

A stronger, more welcoming Discord: I’m hoping to attract more people to our Discord – it’s the foundation of ROP in my mind and our fairly lax rules leads to people feeling unwelcome. I’m hoping to get a new moderator and to give our moderators more freedom with tackling bad behaviour.

Promoting the Community more: I rarely mention we have a Discord, or what the social media channels are or the benefits of being a Patron or Subscriber on Twitch. Expect a bit more promotion in this regard during or at the end of videos.

Twitch: I’ll be streaming less, but I will be streaming - after I figure out some scheduling with regards to videos then I’ll post the months schedule.

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Patreon:

I’m also changing the goals on Patreon – Honestly I’m not sure what goals I can set – I’m not working towards earning X to do Y – Currently I’m very close to paying off a loan and then I’ll be using all funding to improve equipment. Almost everything I earn I put into ROP – I want to get more artwork done for emotes on Discord, for the channel in general and if I grow much bigger contract a graphic designer for a few projects I have in mind.

So that’s everything as of late! I’m hoping some MP games can be setup this month but I’m currently selecting the Legates and outlining what I need from them in order to get this up and running. Also, if you have any feedback or ideas about what you’d like to see then let me know!

-Darren

DECEMBER 2018 - UPDATE #10

Hi all, I thought it’d be good to do a final blog update before the Christmas Holidays kick into effect!

In the last update I was preparing for the release of Stellaris’ Megacorp Expansion. For that, I prepared a guide video for the free update and made an overview of the features for the DLC to help people know what they were getting into.

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On the Total War front, I just released a new video detailing the latest info on Three Kingdoms, though I am a bit late to the party on that one, it’s definitely a comprehensive look at everything so far, so you might find a few things you don’t know about even if you’re an avid follower of 3K information.

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The DEI streams with Jackie have come to an end for now, and will resume sometime in early January, we’re 10 streams into the campaign, and I’ve recapped streams 1-4 in videos. I get asked a lot when the next one is coming, unfortunately it’s just a bit lower priority for me, (based on views/channel growth mostly) but I will be continuing them in the new year. As the stream is pulling ahead compared to the recaps, I’ll make two more recaps on streams 5-7 and 8-10 to make it more manageable.

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The videos and streams have been going great across the board. All the numbers are up pretty much, and the support from individuals has been crazy as well. We hosted our monthly Stellaris game recently and I’ve already started preparations for the next one. I’ll keep it a bit of a surprise but I think it’s going to be really good, and will have a unique spin on it.

For those who don’t know I’m going away from the 19th to the 26th back to Ireland to see my family for Christmas, so there might be a gap in videos a bit, and then I’ll be coming back to the UK to continue work on ROP. I’m hoping to get another Imperator ROME video lined up as a bunch of info came out about it since they held an event for press/youtubers.

And that’s pretty much it, I just want to say thanks for watching in 2018. The last few months have been huge motivation, and things are really looking up. The community for ROP is growing around the games we love (or love to hate in some cases) and I’m really happy to see people organising their own MP events and playing different games together in our discord.

Thanks again for all the support, hope you have a nice Holiday break! As always if you have any feedback, or things you want to see, please leave me a message!

November 2018 - Update #9

Hi all, it’s been a while since I did an update, but better late than never! I had intended to do one every week, but I think from now on I’ll stick with one every two weeks and just call them updates as opposed to weekly updates. 

Anyways, the last month has been extremely busy for me, and we’ve hit a bunch of milestones across the board. On Twitch, we recently passed 8,000 followers and are still pushing a ridiculous amount of subs thanks to mass sub-gifting from a few of our biggest supporters. 

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As well as that, on YouTube since our last update we’ve passed 45,000 and are now sitting around 46,500 subscribers. The channel growth is extremely encouraging, and the focus on the three pillar games seems to really help give the channel an identity, allowing us to form a stronger community around the games we enjoy.

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And speaking of community, we’ve also passed 1,000 members on our Discord group which is really huge. There’s now sections for finding multiplayer games with others, joining regular Stellaris matches, sharing screenshots and the usual game topics and general chat.

On the YouTube side of things I recently released a review for the Vampire Coast DLC for Total War: WARHAMMER and gave some impressions and thoughts about Battlefield V – Myself and JackieFish also kicked off a brand new Head to Head campaign on Divide Et Impera on twitch, which we stream every Tuesday/Thursday at 2PM GMT and these are now also going to be recapped in videos on the channel ever week, putting that map I worked on to good use! 

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With the announcement of Stellaris MegaCorp and it’s release imminent in early December, I’ll be focusing a lot on Stellaris again hopefully doing Guides for the new systems and recaps from the development diaries. Might try squeeze in a quick DLC review there too if I can.

That’s really it for the update here, I want to keep them a bit shorter where I can- stay tuned for the first of December where I’ll be outlining the months Twitch schedule and I’ll hopefully be doing some game giveaways in the run up to Christmas. There’s also even a few new games to try out, like Mutant Year Zero which looks pretty cool!

Thanks as always for the support, it’s been hugely motivating and I’m hoping people are enjoying the content/community of Republic Of Play.