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Video Games. My Profession, My Hobby

Journal Entry: Wed Aug 5, 2015, 2:48 PM



It's amazing how much my life revolves around this medium O.o
My profession, my hobbies, how I try to help people, it's something I wanted since I was 8, and I'm thankful this is something I get to do every single day.  So off of that, here's some updates!

:nescartridge: Working In Video Games:
I can't go into detail (you guys understand) but I've been hard at work on Tales From The Borderlands!  I just can't wait until you get to play the next episode!  I'll have more to talk about once that fateful day comes! OMG! I can't contain my excitement! 
Tales From The Borderlands Page

Youtube icon YouTube:
A side hobby that I'm trying to grow into a serious channel.  Food and video games, what's not to love?!  I'll admit, with my busy schedule, it's pretty hard.  Made all the harder as I don't have a computer at home to work from.  If I could find a talented video editor to be my partner, I think that would be the last piece of the puzzle to getting this channel up off the ground.  Either way, I'm dedicated to getting a schedule down to have consistent content!
Playing With Fire YouTube Channel

1up mushroom Charity:
Team Playing With Fire continues to grow and pull in funds for children's hospitals!  We are still working towards our big event on September 12th and appreciate any and all help spreading the word!  Melissa Hutchison will be joining us on the live show with other special guests.  Telltale Games has also promised to match us dollar-for-dollar during that day!
Team Playing With Fire Homepage

:irrela: Twitch Icon Twitch:
It's been amazing to see how this side channel has begun to grow.  More than that, all the amazing gamers I've met and the friends I've made because of it.  This is tied to both the charity I support and the Youtube channel I'm trying to grow.  So it'll be interesting to see where all of this goes!
TheOnlyRyann Twitch Channel


Thank You Hug Thank you to everyone who has continued to support me and my work! I know I don't get a chance to talk to everyone all the time due to my busy schedule, and for that I apologize.  Hopefully you can see from above, that I've been trying to put my time to good use.  but I do miss you guys and I hope all is wonderful in your life!  Drop me a line in the comments below!




:dutch-courage: Vi et animo,
"By strength and courage,"
~Ryann

  • Mood: Joy
  • Listening to: YouTube Playlist
  • Watching: Hawaii Five O
  • Playing: Massive Chalice
  • Eating: Chicken, Veg, Rice
  • Drinking: Black Tie Coffee

Life, Promotion, Games, Charity

Journal Entry: Sat Jul 11, 2015, 1:09 PM



How's everyone doing?! :wave: 


Doing good myself, been working a lot lately, but it's all good.  Great news, I got a promotion!  I'm now a Cinematic Lead on the next Tales From The Borderlands episode!!! :happybounce: So keep an eye out on that when episode 4 is released.

Other than that, whatever free time I have has been devoted to raising money for Extra Life charity through Twitch, and video editing for YouTube.  You can check out all that stuff below!

I hope everyone is doing great!  Busy busy busy, but it's a good kind of busy, you know?  Leave a comment below so we can chat!  Talk to you all laters.


:CommunityBurden: SOCIAL MEDIA

Facebook icon Facebook: www.facebook.com/PlayingWFireT…
Twitter icon Twitter:  twitter.com/PlayingWFireTV
Tumblr icon Tumblr:  playingwithfiretv.tumblr.com/
Youtube icon YouTube:  www.youtube.com/channel/UC5H0Z…
Vine icon Vine:  vine.co/PlayingWithFireTV



:dutch-courage: Vi et animo,
"By strength and courage,"
~Ryann


  • Mood: Joy
  • Listening to: YouTube Playlist
  • Reading: Minecraft Blockopedia
  • Watching: Fate/Zero
  • Playing: Batman Arkham Knight
  • Drinking: Black Tie Coffee

I'm Back From E3! WOW!!!

Journal Entry: Tue Jun 9, 2015, 9:17 AM



:w00t: I'M BACK FROM E3!


Check out the links below for all the pictures and videos I took!  I'm continuing to update YouTube on a daily basis.  But there's a ton of stuff on my Twitter, Tumblr, and Vine!  Saw Metal Gear, Just Cause 3, Batman, Gigantic, Final Fantasy 14, Fallout 4, and just so much more! :faint:  Fun, but absolutely bonkers how much good stuff is coming out!  ENJOY!

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So I'll be headed to E3 this year! Put your fingers in the air  On top of trying to see and play everything, I plan on doing a lot more with social media this year.  This way, you get to see more of what I see on the floor as I walk around!

Last Time At E3 2014:


:CommunityBurden: SOCIAL MEDIA

Facebook icon Facebook: www.facebook.com/PlayingWFireT…
Twitter icon Twitter:  twitter.com/PlayingWFireTV
Tumblr icon Tumblr:  playingwithfiretv.tumblr.com/


VIDEOS

Youtube icon YouTube:  www.youtube.com/channel/UC5H0Z…
Vine icon Vine:  vine.co/PlayingWithFireTV


I'm also going to see about doing some live streaming from my phone while I'm on the show room floor!  I'm using an app called "Periscope."  A link gets created once I go live, I'll try to share it with you the second I jump online. I'll update this journal as I get everything setup.  Thanks for all your support everyone!
This is going to be awesome! :dance:



:dutch-courage: Vi et animo,
"By strength and courage,"
~Ryann


  • Mood: Joy
  • Listening to: YouTube Playlist
  • Reading: Minecraft Blockopedia
  • Watching: Fate/Zero
  • Playing: Batman Arkham Knight
  • Drinking: Black Tie Coffee

Cooking Show Through Vine

Journal Entry: Tue Jun 2, 2015, 2:07 PM




making daedly pancaeks

So as I've been searching for a video editing partner for our YouTube show, it doesn't mean we've stopped cooking! To that end, we decided to try something a tad bit different. Doing a quick style cooking show through Vine.  We're still working out some kinks here and there, and sadly I can't post the videos directly into my Deviant Art journal.  But the links below will lead you through a new recipe!

The Pressed MANwich: Wanna fight about it? 


  • Mood: Zest
  • Listening to: YouTube Playlist
  • Reading: Minecraft Blockopedia
  • Watching: Fate/Zero
  • Playing: Tales From The Borderlands
  • Drinking: Blue Bottle Coffee

UPDATE:12 Hr Charity Gaming Today!

Journal Entry: Wed May 27, 2015, 1:09 PM





Playing With Fire Logo by IMAGINeye

New Avi cute piggy 12 Hour Charity Gaming Event
Friday, May 29th, 7pm PST


Blue Pixel Orb TheOnlyRyann Twitch Channel Blue Pixel Orb 
Bullet; Red  Charity Donation Page
Bullet; Red 


:w00t: That's right!  This Friday Kreenpananas and I are teaming up for a 12 hour gaming session!  All funds raised will go to support our local Children's Hospital here in San Francisco.
Spread the word, wear your coolest onesie, grab some popcorn, and lets have some fun!


UPDATE: We'll mainly be playing on the Xbox One just due to logistics.  Any suggestions for games you want to see us play?


:dutch-courage: Vi et animo,
"By strength and courage,"
~Ryann

Twitch Team Playing With Fire Button 02 by IMAGINeye


  • Mood: Excited
  • Listening to: YouTube Playlist
  • Reading: Minecraft Blockopedia
  • Watching: Fate/stay Night UBW
  • Playing: Tales From The Borderlands
  • Drinking: Blue Bottle Coffee

Charity Gaming Event - JOIN US!

Journal Entry: Wed May 6, 2015, 12:58 PM



AWESOME UPDATES! New Avi cute piggy 


Blue Pixel Orb  Just a heads up to all my watchers! The talented Hyzave is creating a flyer for the event.  Once done, we'll have something for our watchers/supporters to pass out to people!
 
Blue Pixel Orb  WE NEED GAMERS! - We're needing to expand our team for the event.  So if you're a gamer, know of a Youtuber or Twitch star that could be interested, reach out!  Tweet it, Facebook it, Reddit, etc!  The more gamers we have, the more content we can generate, and the more kids we can help!

Happy Clem Melissa Hutchison; voice of Clementine in The Walking Dead game (and many other voices) will be hanging out for a few hours during the event! (along with other special guests)

Blue Pixel Orb Twitch buttons created for Channel page:
Twitch Team Playing With Fire Button 02 by IMAGINeye  Twitch Team Playing With Fire Button 01 by IMAGINeye

Rabbit hole Deviant Art featured this journal! :wow:  Big huge thanks to eawood , Moonbeam13 , and techgnotic for posting this and their support.  This is what I'm talking about, Deviant Art is just so supportive and kind, it means a lot!  I'd give you all a big hug if I could!

Playing With Fire Logo by IMAGINeye

...Looking for people to join!


Bullet; Red CHARITY GAMING EVENT Bullet; Red 
Sept. 12th 10am - Sept. 13th 10am

Hosted by Ryann Weller & Tasi Alabastro

I'm helping to create a charity gaming group through Extra Life!  We're looking for gamers and non-gamers alike to join our group.  If you're a gamer, we need your help to create content, to stream during the charity event.  If you're a non-gamer, we need your help getting donations, pledges, drumming up support for the big day!



Extra Life Team Page:  Team Playing With Fire


WHAT IS EXTRA LIFE ABOUT?
Extra Life is about raising money for local hospitals through gaming!  How does it work?  Well, people can donate money as usual.  Just a flat sum, here ya go, etc.  But where Extra life really shines, is its gaming events.  There will be events where we all game for a full 24 hours (or we can break it up into a smaller 12 hours).  People will pledge an amount for every hour you play.  So if they pledged $1 dollar for every hour, and you game for the full 24 hours, then that's $24 dollars you just raised!

The Extra Life Story:


I love the DA community, its giving heart, it's something I've seen first hand.  Years ago together we brought smiles to kids at CHOC hospital through our art, now I want to take it a different route.  To help others, hospitals, kids, through our love of games!

CONTACT & INFORMATION:  Questions? Wanting to join? Ideas? Artwork? :confused: :idea:
      Bullet; Blue   Email Me:  PlayingWithFireTV@gmail.com
      Bullet; White   Twitter:  PlayingWFireTV
        Bullet; Blue   Extra Life Team Page:  www.extra-life.org/team/Playin…
        Bullet; White   Twitch Ryann:  www.twitch.tv/theonlyryann/pro…
      Bullet; Blue   Twitch Tasi:  www.twitch.tv/kreenpananas/pro…


NOT A GAMER/STREAMER? NOT A PROBLEM!


"Wait Ryann, I'm not interested in gaming," you say? :shakefist:
Even if you don't want to game, you can help in other ways!  Spreading the word both locally and digitally, donating to the event, even watching us game (as views help the event gain more recognition).
Another way is by creating artwork!  Any artwork created for our group, the gaming event, etc; I'll post to our Twitter account, showcase during game time, even send to the hospitals we're supporting!
       Bullet; White We're currently looking for a graphic designer to create a t-shirt.
       These will be worn by our streamers for that day.
       Bullet; Blue Needing UI overlays for our PC Twitch streamers
     Bullet; White Needing Twitch channel banners (for people to click on to donate)
       Bullet; Blue If interested in helping to create any of these, please e-mail me!


As always, thank you for all your help and passion.
Deviant Artists never cease to amaze me!
Thank you for all your love and support!
5 seconds hug

:dutch-courage: Vi et animo,
"By strength and courage,"
~Ryann


  • Mood: Stupefied
  • Listening to: YouTube Playlist
  • Reading: Minecraft Blockopedia
  • Watching: Once Upon A time
  • Playing: Tales From The Borderlands
  • Drinking: Coffee

!Birthday! - April 30th

Journal Entry: Thu Apr 30, 2015, 8:11 AM



fella's Gobbler (Party) So today I "level up" to 34!Kingtard wants Kingold Llama 



Quick birthday sketch

I won't make this a long journal or anything.  I will say it's interesting to be at an age where I'm old to some, and young to others.  One of my goals for my 35th birthday is to have lost the weight I have gained.  I have said "I'm going to lose the weight" for years now.  I have meant it every single time as I do now.  So lets see what this year shall bring? Hmmm. :randomlaugh: 
:tatatatatatatatatata: GOALS:
       blue square See the Avengers
       blue square Raise $10,000 for the Gaming Charity Event
       blue square Lose the rest of my weight
       blue square Kick-ass in everything I put my mind to KICK-ASS EMOTE 


Happy birthday tarkie  Vi et animo,
"By strength and courage,"
~Ryann


  • Mood: Stupefied
  • Listening to: YouTube Playlist
  • Reading: Minecraft Blockopedia
  • Watching: Magi
  • Playing: Tales From The Borderlands
  • Drinking: Coffee

Awesome Update - Charity Gaming Event!

Journal Entry: Mon Apr 20, 2015, 1:20 PM



AWESOME UPDATES! New Avi cute piggy 


Happy Clem Melissa Hutchison; voice of Clementine in The Walking Dead game (and many other voices) will be hanging out for a few hours during the event! (along with other special guests)

Blue Pixel Orb Twitch buttons created for Channel page:
Twitch Team Playing With Fire Button 02 by IMAGINeye  Twitch Team Playing With Fire Button 01 by IMAGINeye

Rabbit hole Deviant Art featured this journal! :wow:  Big huge thanks to eawood , Moonbeam13 , and techgnotic for posting this and their support.  This is what I'm talking about, Deviant Art is just so supportive and kind, it means a lot!  I'd give you all a big hug if I could!

Playing With Fire Logo by IMAGINeye

...Looking for people to join!



I'm helping to create a charity gaming group through Extra Life!  We're looking for gamers and non-gamers alike to join our group.  If you're a gamer, we need your help to create content, to stream during the charity event.  If you're a non-gamer, we need your help getting donations, pledges, drumming up support for the big day!



Extra Life Team Page:  Team Playing With Fire


WHAT IS EXTRA LIFE ABOUT?
Extra Life is about raising money for local hospitals through gaming!  How does it work?  Well, people can donate money as usual.  Just a flat sum, here ya go, etc.  But where Extra life really shines, is its gaming events.  There will be events where we all game for a full 24 hours (or we can break it up into a smaller 12 hours).  People will pledge an amount for every hour you play.  So if they pledged $1 dollar for every hour, and you game for the full 24 hours, then that's $24 dollars you just raised!

The Extra Life Story:


I love the DA community, its giving heart, it's something I've seen first hand.  Years ago together we brought smiles to kids at CHOC hospital through our art, now I want to take it a different route.  To help others, hospitals, kids, through our love of games!

CONTACT & INFORMATION:  Questions? Wanting to join? Ideas? Artwork? :confused: 
       Bullet; Blue   Email Me:  PlayingWithFireTV@gmail.com
       Bullet; White   Twitter:  PlayingWFireTV
       Bullet; Blue   Extra Life Team Page:  www.extra-life.org/team/Playin…
       Bullet; White   Twitch Ryann:  www.twitch.tv/theonlyryann/pro…
       Bullet; Blue   Twitch Tasi:  www.twitch.tv/kreenpananas/pro…


NOT A GAMER/STREAMER? NOT A PROBLEM!


"Wait Ryann, I'm not interested in gaming," you say?
Even if you don't want to game, you can help in other ways!  Spreading the word, donating to the event, even watching us game (as views help spread the word).
Another way is by creating artwork!  Any artwork created for our group, the gaming event, etc; I'll post to our Twitter account, showcase during game time, even send to the hospitals we're supporting!
       Bullet; White We're currently looking for a graphic designer to create a t-shirt.
       One that will be worn by our streamers for that day.
       Bullet; Blue Needing UI overlays for our PC Twitch streamers
       Bullet; White Needing Twitch channel banners (for people to click on to donate)
       Bullet; Blue If interested in helping to create any of these, please e-mail me!


As always, thank you for all your help and passion.
Deviant Artists never cease to amaze me!
Thank you for all your love and support!
5 seconds hug

:dutch-courage: Vi et animo,
"By strength and courage,"
~Ryann


  • Mood: Stunned
  • Listening to: YouTube Playlist
  • Reading: Minecraft Blockopedia
  • Watching: The Following
  • Playing: Tales From The Borderlands
  • Drinking: Coffee

I Wish More People Used: Watch Feed

Journal Entry: Fri Apr 17, 2015, 11:10 AM



Added to my devWatch! So I just recently started using "Watch Feed."
For those that don't know, it's kind of like Twitter for DeviantArt.

:O_o: Where is Watch Feed?  Until a few days ago, I didn't even know.  It was Shyree who mentioned it to me.  After all, other then editing it onto your page, the only way to find it is by clicking the Deviant Art homepage button (as it's listed under one of the tabs).



Yeah, I had no clue. :shrug:  But now that I'm using it, and see the usefulness in it, it's kinda sad not a lot of people are on it.  Maybe if it was a tab on your own homepage?  Like I said, I didn't know about it.  Primarily when I visit DA, I just come straight to my own homepage and navigate from there.

So I just wanted to give all my watchers a heads up.  I'm going to start posting more using Watch Feed.  It allow me to chat and update stuff with you guys on a more casual pipeline.  On top of that, it makes it a lot quicker/easier to see artwork you guys have made, comment on it/fav it, all on one page.

Anyways, check it out and let me know what you guys think.
Do you like Watch Feed?
If not, why?




Blader emote Vi et animo,
"By strength and courage,"
~Ryann


  • Mood: Amazed
  • Listening to: YouTube Playlist
  • Watching: Daredevil
  • Playing: Tales From The Borderlands
  • Drinking: Coffee

That Dragon, Cancer.

Journal Entry: Thu Apr 16, 2015, 9:36 AM



It's a hard thing to do, to make a video game...
...Harder still, to make it about something real.



Those that don't know, games take an incredible amount of work to make.  An 8 hour work day isn't the typical norm.  But when you add passion to your project, something you deeply care about, a driving force if you will, hours no longer matter.  It's almost as if you are compelled to put a piece of you into the very game you're wanting to share.  This is why I have the deepest respect for what Ryan Green is doing.

Read this well done article at Polygon for more info: www.polygon.com/features/2015/…

Trailer:


Not only does it look like a game with heart, but I love the style this is done in.
I do believe the game is slated for release this October.



Green Dragon Vi et animo,
"By strength and courage,"
~Ryann


For more info/if you want to support Ryan Green,
you can go to this website: thatdragoncancer.com/


  • Mood: Amazed
  • Listening to: YouTube Playlist
  • Watching: Daredevil
  • Playing: Tales From The Borderlands
  • Drinking: Coffee

Update: To All The Artists!

Journal Entry: Fri Apr 10, 2015, 10:30 AM



Keep on moving forward and make your dreams a reality.
Life is too short to do otherwise!





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UPDATE: Whoa. :O_o: I got featured in "Today's Headline" here on DA for this journal!
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Floored and humbled! Thank you for the support DA!
I'm the artist I am today thanks to this community.


:dutch-courage: Vi et animo,
"By strength and courage,"
~Ryann


  • Mood: Zeal
  • Listening to: YouTube Playlist
  • Watching: SHIELD
  • Playing: Dragon Age Inquisition
  • Drinking: Coffee

Gaming With an Audience

Journal Entry: Mon Apr 6, 2015, 1:49 PM



twitchKappa 
I've been a gamer since, well, since I can remember.  Most of my favorite gaming memories are gaming with my friends.  Playing 2 player Super Mario on Nintendo, four player GoldenEye 007 Vs. on my Nintendo 64, 8 player Xbox system link in Halo.  Not to mention all the PC MMO's I've played in my day!  It's an ever increasing number of people you can play with in games.  But another thing has also changed.  Just because I'm the one with the controller in hand, doesn't mean I'm the only one playing.



When I play games at home, I often find myself playing on Twitch.  I don't view it as a big production or a way to generate money per say (I do try and support charities).  No, I view it as another way to make friends, hang out with others, have a fun time, just like when I was a kid.  When I'm playing games like Dragon Age for example; I'll look towards the people watching for guidance, help, or just to joke around with.  In this way, even a "single player" game can become multiplayer.  It's a way for both the player and the watcher to affect the outcome of the game.

Now I'm just a baby in this compared to other streamers.  I only stream on my Xbox One (as I can't afford a PC rig to stream on right now), I pretty much only stream over the weekends, and streaming through my Xbox doesn't allow me to get fancy with all the UI bells and whistles PC gamers can.  I have an old Apple laptop that I place in front of me to read the chat lobby, and that's pretty much it.  Through the laptop I can talk/chat with my watchers.  But no green screen, no chat projected over my stream, no crazy sounds or news ticker for people who donated to a charity, etc.  I have to admit, I kind of prefer it that way.  Keeping it simple allows me to focus on the people hanging out with me, and the game I'm playing.  Not to speak out against others who do all of this, it's just my preference right now.

We're still in a day and age where certain generations find it odd that people like to watch others play video games. To be honest, I don't understand the disconnect.  What about sports?  Basketball, baseball, football, what are you doing when you watch those games?  Say your favorite sport is Football.  When's the last time you could talk to your favorite quarterback about what play he's about to execute?  Unless you ran onto the field, tackled him, and waved awkwardly, he probably doesn't know you even exist.
Now would I consider what I do as a "sport."  Hmm, probably not.  I know it's been debated, and that's not the point of this journal.  But what I am trying to show, is that it isn't that big of a leap when you think about it.  Being able to game through Twitch allows you to connect to others that goes past your favorite sport.  So whether it's connecting with friends, or watching a tournament, I think these two areas are very close to each other.

I have to say it's been very rewarding and a lot of fun.  I've been blessed with the friends I've made, and the people who have helped spread the word about me.  A guy named Tasi has even gone so far as to host my stream from time to time.  Which introduces me to his watchers as I play.  For a big extrovert such as myself, it's a good feeling to know people want to hang out and watch my silly Irish face.

High Fave It's exciting to see how gaming continues to grow and change over time!
Thank you for all your love and support everyone!


The Only Ryann Banner by IMAGINeye

:bulletred:  If interested you can follow me here: www.twitch.tv/theonlyryann/pro…
:bulletred:  For Tasi/Kreen, you can find him here:  www.twitch.tv/kreenpananas/pro…




:irishman: Vi et animo,
"By strength and courage,"
~Ryann


  • Mood: Zest
  • Listening to: YouTube Playlist
  • Watching: Breaking Bad
  • Playing: Dragon Age Inquisition
  • Eating: Sammich
  • Drinking: Coffee

The Internets on April Fools

Journal Entry: Wed Apr 1, 2015, 10:42 AM



There is so much you can't trust on this day.


My favorite place to go find these online fibs?
ThinkGeek.com

Trust me, the gems this places puts out is awesome!
What about you?
What places are awesome on April Fools?


:irishman: Vi et animo,
~Ryann





  • Mood: Distracted
  • Listening to: YouTube Playlist
  • Watching: TFTB Playthroughs
  • Playing: Game of Thrones Ep.3
  • Eating: Bagel
  • Drinking: Coffee

If you watch me, please read...

Journal Entry: Fri Mar 27, 2015, 10:48 AM



...This is a hard thing to share.


Typically I like to keep my posts on Deviant Art fairly light. "Airing ones closet" in such a public manner is something I typically don't do. I don't want to go burdening those around me with issues, as we all have problems that we face on a daily basis. But I also don't want things like pride to stand in the way of me asking for help (oddly enough, of all things, watching "Breaking Bad" kind of drove that home).  Don't worry, not looking to be the next drug lord.

So below you will find a link to a "GoFundMe" page.  It's focused on helping me with my student loan debt. All of the details will be on the website, so I won't repeat what you can read, if interested. Bottom line; this Christmas I got hit with my wages being garnished for 15%. This on top of the $775 already being paid on a monthly basis, basically comes down to $1,225 dollars we're paying in student loan debt a month. Those that know me, know I wouldn't be posting this if I didn't try other avenues.  Also know, I wouldn't post something like this lightly.

I openly admit, this does hurt my pride, and I do feel ashamed to have to come out like this. The reason I talk openly about this in such a public way? My wife and I would love nothing more than to start a family. This *sigh*, this makes it very hard to do that. But it's that ideal, to start a family of our own, that passion, I would do anything for my wife and our future kids. It's why I work as hard as I do.  It's why I find myself making this very public request for help.

I thank you all for taking the time to read, listen, understand. It means a lot.  Donations, sharing the GoFundMe page, advice, prayers, hugs, high fives, and just being friends...it all helps.  Every little to large thing helps!

Thank you everyone for your time and your kindness, it means everything to me.




Vi et animo,
Best regards,
~Ryann



  • Mood: Distracted
  • Listening to: YouTube Playlist
  • Watching: TFTB Playthroughs
  • Playing: Game of Thrones Ep.3
  • Eating: Bagel
  • Drinking: Coffee

Tales From The Borderlands Ep. 2!

Journal Entry: Tue Mar 17, 2015, 8:00 AM



clover Sláinte to you and yours on this awesome St. Patrick's day!
...Oh and...

get that hyperion face on Episode 2 "Atlas Mugged" is out today!!!:woo: 



After all our hard work I'm just so happy that it's out today and you get a chance to play it!  Working on the Borderlands franchise has been a total passion for me as I was already a huge fan of the Borderlands games beforehand.  I feel very blessed to get to work on something like this!  So far, this is what people are saying about it:


IGN


GAMESPOT - 8

HARDCORE GAMER - 4/5

KOTAKU
"...Tales from the Borderlands episode two is, on the whole, a solid entry in what's becoming a darkhorse contender for my favorite Telltale series..."

POLYGON - (8.5)

GAMING AGE - (A-)

DESTRUCTOID - (8)


More incoming as we see them!
And I can't wait to hear what you guys think of the episode!
 :PassBertie:

Have an amazing day my friends!



:irishman: Vi et animo,
~Ryann





  • Mood: Excited
  • Listening to: YouTube Playlist
  • Watching: TFTB Playthroughs
  • Playing: Ori And The Blind Forest
  • Eating: Sammich
  • Drinking: EsspressOoooh YEAH!

Telltale Games is still Hiring! Apply Now!

Journal Entry: Mon Feb 23, 2015, 1:49 PM



:hooray: We're still hiring here at Telltale Games!


...and I want to try to reach as many talented people here on Deviant Art as I can.  The Deviant Art community has helped me a lot in the past, I just want to try and return the favor.  Here's a more specific breakdown list:

1st Page of Jobs we're Hiring for!

Cinematic Artist
Cinematic Tech Engineer
QA Compliance Lead
Episodic Game Writer
Senior Character Modeler
Environment Artist
QA Compliance Specialist
HR Representative
HR Coordinator
VFX Artist
Voice Director
Game UI Programmer
Community and Video Manager
Lead Animator
Client Network Engineer
Senior Systems Engineer
Automation and Build Engineer
Platform Engineer - Audio
Tools Engineer


2nd Page of Jobs we're Hiring for!

Character Concept Artist
Senior Graphics Engineer
Designer
Build Producer
Customer Service Representative/QA
QA Tester
Video Editor
Creative Admin Assistant



:excited: We are hiring in 28 possible positions!  Going through Jobvite is primarily how we sort through our applications.  As you can see, we are hiring in all different kinds of departments.
       Side note; if you're interested in doing what I do as a Cinematic Artist (which is a very creative and awesome job), then I'd highly recommend reading a journal I wrote. It was a point of discussion around this GDC time focused on cinematics in games:
Working on Game of Thrones/BorderlandsBlue Square Bullet  This is an opinion piece by me as an artist  Blue Square Bullet 
Thoughts / open discussion on cinematography in video games:
Specifically when working on different video game titles. With GDC around the corner, it's inspired talks such as this. :highfive:
One is a continuous story of a lands and houses, a deep sense of history, a mental game of words, actions, perceived loyalties, death is a mistress to be avoided at all costs, and all eyes are on a throne made from battles past.
The other is a world of dark humor, where death rarely gives way to pause, guns are the next best thing to currency, companies make or break lives, and greed...well, greed is a driving force that defines the population as a whole.
As someone who focuses on story an



If you have ANY questions please don't hesitate to ask my friends! :highfive:




:irishman: Vi et animo,
~Ryann


  • Mood: Excited
  • Listening to: YouTube Playlist
  • Watching: Teen Titans
  • Playing: The Evil Within
  • Eating: Yogurt
  • Drinking: Surge

Working on Game of Thrones/Borderlands

Journal Entry: Wed Feb 18, 2015, 2:09 PM



Blue Square Bullet  This is an opinion piece by me as an artist  Blue Square Bullet 



Thoughts / open discussion on cinematography in video games:
Specifically when working on different video game titles. With GDC around the corner, it's inspired talks such as this. :highfive:

One is a continuous story of a lands and houses, a deep sense of history, a mental game of words, actions, perceived loyalties, death is a mistress to be avoided at all costs, and all eyes are on a throne made from battles past.
The other is a world of dark humor, where death rarely gives way to pause, guns are the next best thing to currency, companies make or break lives, and greed...well, greed is a driving force that defines the population as a whole.

As someone who focuses on story and cinematics, it's interesting to go back and forth on two projects who couldn't be more different.

Seeing we make games episodically here at Telltale, a lot of us can find ourselves working on one episode for one series, and then another episode for a different series, back-to-back.  When that happens, it's important to have those IP's down.

As an artist, there are a number of different ways you can research your medium.  For Game of Thrones, the footage from the TV show is something I constantly watch.  There are certain things the TV show has set by the Director and the DP (Director of Photography).
       Some examples; the camera appears to be locked into place a lot of the time, with some panning and tilting from that fixed point.  Dolly/Trucking can happen, but only to typically drive a point home, expand on an important moment, or when the characters are traveling (more often than not, it's going from side to side). Crane shots do happen, but are mainly used during an epic moment or wide shots of a new location.  Normally the only time it breaks these rules is when a fight scene happens.  That's when the camera goes handheld and follows the ebb and flow of action.

For Borderlands and a huge fan of the game series, there are a lot of different places I've found inspiration.  The game itself being one of them to be sure. But there are actually very few "cut scenes" in the game itself.  A lot of those moments happen right in front of you from your perspective (to make sure you feel a part of that moment).  Then there's YouTube for the game/DLC trailers and Claptrap webisodes.
One of my personal favorites:


In this Krieg video alone; we get to see the sense of humor, a bit of the serious side, how Gearbox uses their cameras in relation to their characters.  This was already a huge help to me when I worked on the Borderlands stuff for Poker Night 2.
       Aside from that, there are certain movies that can help inspire as well depending on the situation/scene.  I've looked at "The Good, The Bad, The Weird," "Hot Fuzz," "The Raid," "Mad Max," and even "Trigun."  All have moments that could be plucked and put into a Borderlands game.
       The camera moves a lot more freely in Borderlands.  A lot more hand held and a lot more dolly and trucking.  Extreme zooms (something you'd never see in Game of Thrones), can happen here depending on the action or what needs to be focused on.

All this I try to keep in mind when working on these games.  Aside from these things, I also keep all three volumes of "Master Shots" at my desk.  These books really help break down wonderfully made scenes in a wide array of movies.  From character placement, pacing, FOV (Field Of View)/DOF (Depth Of Field), camera movements, etc.
       Aside from the tools in how you shoot a scene/inspiration, you then go through a mental list, asking yourself; Do I have a fight scene?  A scene with a lot of dialog?  Where is this happening?  Inside?  Outside?  How many characters are there?  Who's in control in the scene itself?  Who has the power?  Does that power shift?  What's the pacing?  The tone?  Where does my scene fit into the overall story?
       You try to take all of this; the inspiration from the subject matter, the rules of cinematography, what the writer/designer intended for the scene, what the director's vision is, and you start to build your scene.
    The interesting thing is, it doesn't even stop there.  If you want to delve a touch deeper, you also have to keep in mind you're making a game.  Because creating a scene for a film is different than creating one for a game.  There's a different layer to character and camera work when you add the extra element of a person in control of someone.  Right down to what side are characters placed in the camera at the end of a cut-scene? This can matter for when we hand control of the character to the player.  Another instance that can come up; what do we show the player but not a certain character?  Or vice versa? Do you want to separate the two?
       I learned a lot when I went to film college, but it's that player element you don't learn until you start working at a game studio.  Because it does change things.

In the end though, you do start to develop a "wheel house" of sorts.  I find I love scenes that are one on one, two characters interacting, moments to let a scene breathe, where you can see the gears of someone's mind working.  Like the scene with Clementine and the dog in season 2 episode 1 of "The Walking Dead" (even though the end to that scene crushes me).  Or Episode 2 of Game of Thrones, where Talia is there with Rodrik when he wakes up from surgery.
       On the flip side I also love Borderlands action scenes.  The quick whip cams, zooming in/out, showing a moment of decision on a characters face, camera following the action of a weapon, large groups converging on each other, explosions, all screaming; "Bad ass!"
       So you start to find you have a knack for certain things, a certain style.  Stuff that can almost be like a finger print. That's where I start asking for different scenes sometimes, different scenarios.  It's nice to be comfortable in certain settings, and I do relish those moments, but I also want to keep on learning, to keep on growing.  As fellow artists, I think you can all understand that desire.
       So when I get those different scenes, I go back to the drawing board. More examples, more reading, learning what I can from different scenes, movies, other video games. That wonderful cycle continues. :D

If anything, there is one saying that I try to always remember as I go from game to game;

"For every one thing I get good at,
                              there are two more things to learn."



I'm coming up to 4 years here at Telltale and I feel like I'm still learning something new everyday.  Video games are a wonderfully made collaboration of people and ideas.  No place for ego or pride of a singular ownership.  It's amazing to work with so many people from so many different backgrounds, because it's helped me grow as an artist and as a person.

If you've read all of this, I appreciate it.
It's a subject I find myself very passionate about!
Heh, clearly ;P

I hope you enjoyed my keyboard clatterings.
Feel free to discuss more below, I'd love to hear more thoughts, ideas, questions on the subject!




:irishman: Vi et animo,
~Ryann




  • Mood: Excited
  • Listening to: MonsterCat
  • Watching: Skull Buster Challenge
  • Playing: Alien Isolation
  • Eating: Yogurt
  • Drinking: Coffee

UPDATE: Gaming For Charity

Journal Entry: Sat Feb 7, 2015, 2:04 PM



Just wanted to remind everyone that I'll be jumping back into Alien Isolation come friday night!
(02/13 around 10-11pm)
From what I've been told I'm starting to near the end of the game!
So come watch the #GirlyManScreams and lets have some fun! :scream 

:sniper Bullet; White Bullet; White Bullet; White Bullet; White Bullet; White Bullet; White Bullet; White Bullet; White Bullet; White Bullet; White Bullet; White Bullet; White Bullet; White Bullet; White Bullet; White Bullet; White Bullet; White Bullet; White Bullet; White Bullet; White Bullet; Black 

Thank you to everyone who joined me the other night!
It was so much fun and so far we've raised $215 dollars for charity!!! :w00t:
Alien Isolation had me screaming left and right.
For those that missed it, this is what a full grown man looks like
screaming like a wee' babe...


Thanks again everyone!




Who DOESN'T want to see a 6'5 grown man scream like a little girl? :ohnoes:
I'm going to safely assume, a lot of you do...you evil evil people you.

Well, thankfully, you can see me not only get scared out of my mind,
but help raise money for #charity !

The Only Ryann Banner by IMAGINeye
Link to Channel Arrow Bullet (Rainbow) - F2U!  The Only Ryann Twitch


Every weekend I've been streaming live on #twitch ,
currently I'm playing Alien Isolation I has Alien
4 ohnoes' project It of course freaked me out as a kid, and this game captures the first movie waaaay too well.


Dedicated Streaming Times:
Bullet; Red  Saturday Afternoons / Evenings 
Bullet; Red  Sunday Day Time


Exact times I'll be on can be found through my Twitter Feed.


I do this because those who know me, know I love games.  It's why I work in the industry and why I love to play them.  Seeing I'm going to play them during my free time regardless, I thought I could try to do some good and raise money for charity!  If you pop on by to watch, enjoy yourself, give me a shout, and if you have some change to spare, pass it on to those that are in need! :highfive:

Let's have some fun!!! :la:






:irishman: Vi et animo,
~Ryann


  • Mood: Excited
  • Listening to: MonsterCat
  • Watching: Skull Buster Challenge
  • Playing: Alien Isolation
  • Eating: Yogurt
  • Drinking: Coffee

Telltale Games Is Hiring! Apply Now!

Journal Entry: Tue Jan 27, 2015, 1:32 PM



We are currently hiring in all sorts of positions here at Telltale Games!  Ranging from Production, to Engineering, to Art.  Heck, if you feel like you have a strong cinematic eye, you can even apply to do what I do as a Cinematic Artist!



Telltale Games Apply Now!



If you have any questions, please feel free to ask! :highfive:



:irishman: Vi et animo,
~Ryann

  • Mood: Excited
  • Listening to: MonsterCat
  • Watching: Markiplier
  • Playing: Alien Isolation
  • Eating: Soup
  • Drinking: Coffee

Twitch And Raising Money For Charity

Journal Entry: Thu Jan 22, 2015, 1:37 PM



:CameraGlomp: So my Twitch channel is fully up and running! Yay! Eddsworld 


UPDATE: Already surpassed our goal and have raise $185!!! Thank You Hug


Currently my wife and I are in the works getting our new YouTube channel up off the ground.  We're about a month away from launching.  At this moment though I've been focused on getting my Twitch account moving forward.  Hence why I'm so happy to find the time to get my banner finished:

The Only Ryann Banner by IMAGINeye
My TWITCH Profile


The great thing about my channel is as it grows, one of its main focuses is charity.  I love games, I mean, it's the main reason I work in the industry.  So it's nice when I can mesh my love for games to also supporting others.

Can everyone do me a HUGE favor?


:bulletred:  If you're a gamer, you watch Twitch from time to time, pop on over and follow me
:bulletblue:  If you're not a gamer, could you share with others at least?


I want to try to reach out, meet others, try to make this a successful gaming channel that can help support donations and charities!


:linkplz:  TWITCH Channel - TheOnlyRyann




:irishman: Vi et animo,
Thanks everyone for the love and support,
~Ryann


  • Mood: Excited
  • Listening to: MonsterCat
  • Watching: Markiplier
  • Playing: Alien Isolation
  • Eating: Soup
  • Drinking: Coffee