I’m a Twitch Affiliate!


After one month of streaming my Dead Space misadventures, experience of Paladins, return to Kirkwall and dating of Dads, I’m now a Twitch Affiliate!

If you’re not familiar with Twitch, this basically means I can make money from playing video games. Yep, I can make money from doing one of my hobbies! It’s going to be very small amounts, but still – why not? The revenue comes from subscribers and adverts, and it’s a really exciting development and one I’m really proud of.

Over the next few weeks I’ll work on building up my Twitch ‘brand’. I am, of course, going for the whole spaceship theme, with myself as the captain and my followers and subscribers as the crew.

If you’re interested in following, or even subscribing, please go and take a look at my Twitch channel. Even if I’m not live, you can view my previous broadcasts under ‘Videos’.

Is there a particular game you’d like to see me play? Let me know! 🙂


Dead Space | Why Am I Even Here?


If you know me, you probably know I am not a fan of horror.

So naturally, my first solo Twitch stream choice was a horror game I’ve had for a long time, but never played: Dead Space. The plot is pretty familiar if you’re a fan of the Alien franchise: trapped on a spaceship, being hunted down by things that travel through the vents – although in this case, it’s the mutated crew of the ship, not an alien species, which somehow makes it a lot worse.

Horror games are always a fun choice to stream, because both the streamer and the viewer can feel pretty involved. And honestly, I’m not sure I’d be playing this game without my followers chatting alongside and giving me the moral support I need to even move just one step!

So, here we are, my first two live streams of Dead Space. Twitch keeps recordings for up to 14 days, so I’m archiving my videos on Youtube as well. If you’d like to follow me on Twitch, or watch the videos on there instead, my profile can be found here.

Please note these videos contain plenty of shrieking and swearing – it’s a scary game! 😉 You may want to skip the first minute or two, as it’s just an interval screen whilst I was getting ready for the stream.

Have you ever played Dead Space? Are you a horror game wimp just like me?

Starbound | Space Adventures


Last year, I found myself addicted to Stardew Valley, the Harvest Moon-esque farm life simulator released by Chucklefish Games. I farmed, raised animals, filled up the museum, made friends, got married (Elliott, in case you’re wondering…) and explored to the deepest, darkest parts of the mines.

Whilst I loved the game, it didn’t quite feel infinite. There were town boundaries, a limited number of mine levels, and once I’d completed the Community Centre I didn’t feel like there was much of a goal anymore.

So imagine my delight when I discovered that the developer had released not only another game, but a science fiction game. love sci-fi. For several years on my previous blog I ran an event dedicated to the genre in all its forms every November (and it’s quite honestly something I’m hoping to continue over here). And just to top it all off, this game was an open world sandbox, which is a description that will ALWAYS encourage me to give a game a shot. The freedom of roaming a huge world on my own terms, and being able to create stuff? Count me in.

Starbound opens with the player fleeing their home on a damaged ship, and requires you to use the resources of the nearest planet to get things up and running again. Whilst there are plenty of side-quests and a main story, the possibilities are pretty much endless. You can choose to be an explorer and lay your claim to planets, found colonies and see sprawling cities pop up, or even just kill everything in sight if that works for you…


My super cosy home library

I’ve played around 40 hours of the game so far, maybe 5 or so of those with a friend (yes, it has online co-op!), and I’m already proud of my progress. I have a castle with a LIBRARY, a cellar that has my own little laboratory, and around 25 colonists in various types of houses.


My spaceship crew, in our crew uniform

You can also recruit crew members for your spaceship and BUILD YOUR OWN SPACESTATION (I haven’t gotten that far, sadly). All of the planets and galaxies are randomly generated, and have different types of atmosphere, climate, threats etc. For example, there is a toxic jungle planet nearby to me at the moment, but I don’t think I’m quite ready to face that one just yet. And not only can you fly above the planet, but you can dig, dig, dig right down to the core – but be prepared to face whatever might be waiting for you down there!

Whilst exploring on my own, I managed to find a little village of llamas, who were apparently all Scottish (??!), a tiny frog town and some mushroom houses that were occupied by mushroom people… all on one planet. Whilst playing with my friend, we found a ‘Glitch’ town (medieval themed, but occupied by robots), and may have accidentally stolen a few items to furnish our own homes, which led to a long (and fatal) showdown with the guards.

This is the first in what I hope will be a fairly long series of posts, sharing my Starbound adventures.

Have you played Starbound? What sorts of things did you find whilst exploring?

My First Gaming Video… | Paladins

When Claire and I had the idea to start up this blog, one thing I considered was filming some of my gaming, with narration, as some of my favourite Youtubers do (Markiplier and Jacksepticeye). Whilst I’m not expecting my videos to be ANYTHING like theirs (they are some of the funniest guys ever), I decided to bite the bullet and just test it out. Maybe this is something that I’ll do more often, maybe not, we’ll see… But here’s my first ever gaming video!

If the embed doesn’t work, you can also view it on Twitch here.

I chose the game Paladins, which is a free-to-play FPS (First Person Shooter) available on Steam. It’s similar to Overwatch or Team Fortress 2, in that you group up with other players to play capture-the-flag type scenarios. The game sound is a little quiet in this video, but that’s something I’ll be sure to check before the next (in my first attempt, I could barely be heard).

I’ve also been experimenting with Twitch today, and that’s something I’m hoping to do a bit more often too – especially now I’ve roped a friend in to join me for some regular gaming 😉 We streamed earlier but made the rookie error of not choosing to save broadcasts…

Have you played Paladins? Do you share your gameplay videos, and if so, do you have any advice for me?