Monday, September 13, 2010

Fan Expo and New Podcasts

Oh boy.... this might be a long one! Alright, so I got back from FanExpo a little over a week ago, wouldn't you know it my computer's heat sink started telling me how much it didn't like being under the table of a hot convention center. Replaced that bugger only to find out Vista thinks I don't need a desktop to use my computer, wiped my drives clean, upgraded to Windows Seven and then spent a long time installing software. MAN I have a lot of software I use to do all this stuff! So besides that slowing me down from talking about Fan Expo, I also was holding off for interviews.

Three different small little companies did video interviews with me at fan expo and none of them used my footage! Awesome! But oh well the expo as a hole was awesome. Lots of super fans who have never, ever spoken to me were super excited to meet me. I had this cool little thing going where if you signed my Eluamous Nailo or Sir Schmoopy of Awesometon posters, I would draw you a picture. Somehow I didn't realize that when you say you will draw people pictures for free, A LOT of people end up wanting pictures. Just how many did I draw then? I dunno you count for me!

If you follow that link to our new facebook group, you can also see some pictures of our booth and some fans who upgraded pictures taken with me. I will for sure be going next year back to Fan Expo in Toronto and hopefully even more dudes will sign my posters next year.

Back to the Unforgotten Realms universe, you guys want some episodes don't you? I know. I know. I have a ton of things on my plate right now, but I'm looking to get this show really going. This week I am hoping to have an episode of E-Devs up for those who enjoyed the first one as it is nearly finished and next week I'm working on a super secret video for a contest, because winning money would be awesome right now. I will try really hard to fit in getting this episode up though guys, I know you are being patient, but I need you to keep that patience for just a little longer. The biggest problem with going from working with the Escapist to myself is Time. I find myself doing more of the business aspect, then the creative aspect of the show so I'm also looking to do some expanding here too and get some other dudes on board.

Speaking of expanding and making a living off this show. BOOM T-Shirts. Now I know what your thinking "Rob, T-shirts are lame, sell something else", but you are wrong my friend. You see on the Escapist, they never really asked for my input on there shirts. The Canadian Lumber one was awesome, but the other two.. ehh. But MAN this shirt were working on is gonna be HELLA sweet. Roamin from the podcast is even going to model it for me. I'm gonna do preorders (OH GOD THE P WORD) for it later this month once everything is final but MAN. I can't wait for you dudes to see this shirt. Hey you fans that came to expo. YOU BETTER come in one of these shirts next year, you'll need a red helmet, a hammer, and a belt with a penis on it to go with this awesome shirt.

Oh and DVDs! All the preorders have be finished for awhile now (Except for that one gal who knows who she is and ordered a bajillion of them, there coming this week dollface), if you didn't get your DVD, or something was wrong with it. Please throw me an email. Sometimes I don't get back to you, but I just reminding people that they SHOULD have them by now. If you don't EMAIL ME. For those looking to by a sweet DVD and help out the show (God I have debts to pay off, I'm an internet business dude!), they will be up later this week, there will be a small little ad for you. Go get one!

MAN Podcasts. You guys can thank Roamin for these. He worked his butt off to get me and Gaary to finally sit down and do some. So will have a new one every Wednesday here. We did six of them so theres a lot coming out. I believe the topics we did were
  • Worst People to be Stuck on an Island With
  • Best "characters" to Protect you from everything and anything
  • Worst Ways to Die
  • Top Three people you want to Fight
  • Top three Worst Jobs
  • A Debate on who amongst us is the most Racist (For some reason Roamin tries to win?)
Yeah they were all pretty good. One is even up ALREADY. Like I tell some people, Urealms, the Podcast and even E-Devs are not exactly made for the same types of people. A lot of people get all angry when I do one and not the other. In the future, hopefully I can get some help and just end up doing all three all the time!

I *Think* that is it though! Oh we have Facebook and Twitter stuff too. People keep telling me they always forget about the site to come check out our stuff so hopefully those social media outlets will help fix that! Anyway, high fives.

Friday, July 23, 2010

The first episode of our new E-Devs show is out! Make sure to check it out and LIKE/COMMENT with the new facebook thing I am trying out! Also Unforgotten Realms 49? Before the end of the month!

Things are getting better and better around here. We finished the first episode of E-Devs this week and I been working hard on some Unforgotten Realms stuff. It's been a long time since I had to draw so many things for UR. Typically you might see a reskined character or some sets "changed" a little, but never really made from scratch. I typically limit myself to only a days worth of drawing a week, but episode 49 here requires more art then almost all of Unforgotten Realms put together. You are going to see a LOT of new characters and Moon Well pass is gonna be pretty bitchin. I'm also trying out something "Different" for this next episode that some of you will love and some of you will tell me what a waste of an episode it was!

Back onto E-Devs though, a LOT of people have asked me if this show will effect Unforgotten Realms. Of course it will, but Unforgotten Realms just isn't enough anymore and I can do an episode of each or even two E-Devs episodes and a UR in the same time I can do a UR. That being said, you should still expect two or three episodes of UR a month here on out. No promises, Unforgotten Realms is still my baby, but I do want to get this Season all finished up here.

DVDs. Yeah remember those puppies? If you haven't received your DVD yet or even an email about it. Expect it by the end of the month. If you haven't received an Email about your DVD, email me at the end of the month here. The last couple hundred are going out over this week, early and late next week so every DVD will have been sent out. I talk about DVDs again, because I have had huge interest via email for people wanting to support the show and purchase a DVD! Totally awesome and late next month or early August, i'll be ready to sell them (and ship them without a 6 month wait!) when you buy them! Oh man, it will be like a REAL business then! Super sweet right?

Anyway, the last thing I want to mention is FAN EXPO in Toronto, Ontario. I am planning on heading to it (It's at the end of August), but nothing is final yet! The dudes still have to expect my application, but if any of you were thinking of heading there this year I thought I'd just give that quick shout out. If I am going, be sure to watch out for Roamin the Paladin to let you dudes know I'm going! Thats all for now, enjoy the new show!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

E-Devs Trailer and New episode this Friday

I haven't been dead, just busy. Real life, E-Life, Fake Life and No Life have been eatting all my time, but fear not as July is shaping up to be a better month! A new episode of Unforgotten Realms this Friday and a new Trailer for a show coming "Soon".

June sucked. It sucked hard. July will be better though. I have a couple cool things coming out including the Wiki (which 90% of you won't care about, but the other 10% can nerdgasim over the reading content I been working on), the first episode of E-Devs (which 50% of you will like so much you'll want me to make that instead of Unforgotten Realms, and at least two, maybe even a third episode sometime this month (Which all of you care about even the ones who recently didn't want!)

Did I mention June sucked? Seriously, fans are great company until they think you have abandoned them. I don't make updates, if there is nothing to say. I'm nearing the end of DVD hell, so if your waiting, keep waiting! Unforgotten Realms has not been something I have had time for and while you dudes are sweet fans, this site is currently not balancing my check book, so my time will be split for now. My current wife Krysta, yes that is a joke, is helping me out with this new show. The art style and a lot of the animation will be done by her, which means it won't eat too much into my Unforgotten Realms time.

Also GROUNDBOLDS. If you been lurking around the forums or even the Steam Group I don't really advertise anymore, I have been working on a small side project so my programming brain doesn't rot with all this non-game design business. It's a fancy little side project that I do server tests for every now and then. I have a thread going to make a level, which might be somewhat confusing if you haven't played the game, but if your interested in goofing off with MS paint I suggest you check it out.

Lastly, E-Devs trailer. Like I said it's a new show that essentially I am planing to release with an expansion the game is MAYBE not too obviously based around. WINK. However, we may release an episode or two before then so keep your eyes peeled gumshoes! Thats all for now, I'm sure I'm missing a lot of stuff, but oh well!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Time is Money Friend

Hey Rob wheres Episode 48? Look dudes I know, over the last month everything that could take me away from the show has taken me away from the show. Episode 48 has been finished outside of editing and uploading for the last two weeks here, but I have been just unable to find a couple hours to finish it off!

I'm currently applying to a couple jobs, non Unforgotten Realms based. These jobs are jobs I will not get hired for and are long shots, but while I wanna put myself out there just in case I am indeed super Awesome instead of just plain awesome. Also you know that DVD I been shipping? Yeah a couple weeks ago I sent out a good 30 or so where the first DVD was blank. Man, that really sucks because and eats up more of my time. Like I said before if you haven't got your DVD and are fed up waiting, throw me an email else keep waiting! It's really hard to tell how "Far" I am in, because I keep sending DVDs to people out of order.

Oh man and the forums! Godaddy you guys are terrible! Seriously, the forums have been hacked with malware over a dozen times in the last month. Like. I mean a DOZEN. Like every other day for a week there, boom redirects the website to malware and when I blame Godaddy, I really, really, really blame godaddy. It wasn't just my little site. Thousands of sites hosted on there service were attacked. I'm in the midst of moving to another host, but alas that requires more time I don't have.

I have been answering questions via this new social networking thing. It has to be the first Social Network thing I have found that is really "useful" as it lets me answer a ton of questions publicly really, really fast! If you have a question outside of WHENS THE NEXT EPISODE! Don't be afraid to ask!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

New "Episode" This Friday!

May have noticed the small little promo! There has been a bit of confusion around the new "episodes" so I thought I'd make it CRYSTAL clear for people that new episodes would be coming out this weekend!

I'm going ahead an uploading the "Escapist" versions of episodes to the site. The ones that were made for the Escapist website and not for the urealms video player. I'll most likely go through and update them to the higher quality/new credits over the next month or so but I want to have all the episodes on the website so people can catch up before the show starts up again. I'll be working on that most of the day, so look for all the episodes to be up and ready soon enough here!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

A lot of people (and by a lot I mean like three cry babies) were a bit disapointed that the Episode they got last week (and this week by the way) wasn't a continuation on the story of Unforgotten Realms. I'm not really sure why because all I ever hear is "More Carl! More Roamin! More Timmy!" and when I finnally do an an entire cartoon about them people complain! Sigh.

So this week I upload a small video to Youtube of a Starcraft 2 map me and my buddy Ziros are working on and it gets mixed reviews. I say mixed because some of the people who "didn't" like it, didn't like it not because of what they watched but because it wasn't an episode of Unforgotten Realms or a new World of Warcraft cartoon. Really guys? I even had a couple morons say things like "Wow you upload this piece of crap but not the episode you promised us". Like seriously? I don't recall saying I would EVER upload new episodes to Youtube. Youtube is an embarrassment to humanity. Like lots of people joke about how stupid people on Youtube are, but it isn't a joke. They are seriously retarded. There are people, who do not know there are other websites on the Internet. They have Youtube as their homepage and do not understand there are other places to go visit. It's sad.

My week has been pretty crappy besides that whole ordeal. Over the weekend, all the godaddy servers got hacked and even urealms was infected. I had to go through and spend my entire day fixing their terrible secruity error because a dangerous popup was going crazy on the forums. Not cool and just when I thought that wasn't enough my machine that labels the DVDs is angry at me. Shoot that reminds me I forgot to ask about the price cost of labeling DVDs at staples. Oh well, I'll call them tomorrow. Thanks for reminding me internet blog.

Speaking of DVDs. A lot and I mean a lot have not been mailed out. I'm not sure what else to say at this point but, sorry and really sorry. If you are super pissed at me, email me. Honestly, the order in which I have been mailing them has been "Who is the most angry at me and needs a DVD to stop being so angry". I know. It sucks. To everyone of you who has never even sent me a peep about the DVD and has just waited patiently. You are awesome. I won't be selling any more DVDs until all these are done, so don't worry I haven't forgotten about you.

So besides all that stuff going on. I'm doing "OK". Unforgotten Realms, hasn't sold nearly as many DVDs as I needed it too, but at this point thats a good thing as the DVDs were killing my life force to do anything creative. I will never, ever, ever do preorders again. Mind you the only reason I did so was because I was in a bad money situation, but if that sort of thing happens again (and it just very well might!). I think next time, i'll juggle around a part time job instead since thats what the DVD ended up feeling like. I'm excited about finished up this season, I'm excited to fully work for myself and I'm excited to have some new stuff on the horizon for this year but thats all for now. Do me a favor and watch the show and pass it along to friends and family and such!

PS: To you Bloggers and more directly to Blogger Matt, you guys really, really, really need to either stop being fans or cut me slack. If your intentions are to take my work, shit all over it and make me quit, the please continue to insult me. I said Unforgotten Realms is back April 30th. I released an episode of Unforgotten Realms on the 30th. You then, disappointed by your ability to find the episode on the front page and the fact it wasn't a numbered episode of the show, then insult me. If you are a fan, act like one. If you are a customer, cancel your order and take your money back. The dvd was meant for fans and I obviously didn't make that clear. You guys seriously, seriously, seriously kill my desire to do all this work.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Unforgotten Realms Returns April 30th

Long time right? Now that it's finally over and all thats left is mailing the DVDs (which trust me isn't as instantnous as people think). Let me know tell you the story about how much I hate the acronym DVD.

First off, if your DVD has not shipped. Don't panic. It simply means I'm mailing it sometime this month based on when you order it. If you are a furious person who is super angry at me, send me a threatening email and I'm sure that will speed up the process (Just kidding it really, really won't). At this stage I am literally just driving to the post officer a couple times a week mailing these things. Mind you when your talking about hundreds of DVDs that have to be packed, labeled, mailed one by one. It DOES take some time so please, just wait before sending me an angry email.

But how about a story time. A story of a DVD that was suppose to be released back late November is just now shipping in April.

It all started when I left the Escapist. People ask me why I left the Escapist or like to claim I was somehow fired or terminated or something silly. Trust me thats not the case. I don't want to rag on the Escapist because they are really good guys but they were simply not able to support the show anymore and I didn't have any options that were "Keep making Episodes" I had, build a DVD and keep working on the show or quit Unforgotten all together and pursue another career. So the emails, the PMs, the troll threads that I somehow just abandoned the show kinda sting guys because the sacrifices I have made and I have forced my wife to make should really not be taken lightly. Did you know Unforgotten Realms could have been on TV here in Canada? I chose back mid last year however to stay with the Escapist because I believe the Internet is a much better platform. People crying scam, scam, and the time I have had to waste dealing with people who think I'm stealing forty bucks from them really kicks me when I'm down here.

But enough about the DVD. Unforgotten Realms, the comic, the podcast. Will all be coming back up starting on the 26th. I might even have a preview for a new show I have been working on, but I don't like making promises. However, I will promise you that Unforgotten Realms shall continue on the 30th. So high five for that! These weeks moving up to it will give me some more time to get another episode or two ahead and some site/forum maintenance that I have been seriously putting off. Although I can tell already that I am going to be sick of driving to the post office by the end of the month, thats for sure.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Very Slow Month with no change in sight!

I am on the BRINK of finishing up this DVD and moving on with everything else with the site. This puppy is just eating up my time. Right now the entire site is at a standstill as I try to get these puppies ready to ship.

The good news is while I may have had lots of delays with the DVD, other projects have been brewing quiet nicey. I have a dozen podcasts recorded with Roamin and Gaary, the game as some may have seen a couple weeks back has some cool prospects to it and hopefully I can get some more UQ Dev nights in here in the future. I have a brand new fancy show in the works I plan on filming at the end of this month (Hopefully). Yup, although the site is slow now, hopefully will be kicking up soon enough here.

Man I feel like the last dozen updates on the site have just been "HEY IM WORKING ON THE DVD" but really thats pretty much all I can say at the moment. I'm on the final stretch and then i'll be back to getting season three done which by the way has an excellent ending. Lots of hate for Season Three as a whole from some of the LESSER FANS but man when those last couple episodes come out and everything clicks together both was all that build up worth it. Next season I'm going to relax on the storytelling in favor of just slapstick humor for a bit but I will say that Unforgotten Realms without a story just seriously doesn't make any sense. Roleplaying without.. Roleplaying? Geeze.

Oh? When am I planning to have this DVD out the door? End of the month. I'm in the final preparations here and while I have the DVDs now and they are ready to ship there is a SMALL PRESENT I'm waiting on I want give all my pre-orderies. I can say that as long as something doesn't go terribly wrong, the DVDs will start shipping before March. I will keep preorders going until the first day I ship and will put up a big one week warning as well. Once I start shipping however, The DVDs will go "Out of Stock' for awhile until every preorder is shipped and I have time to get setup for proper shipping.

If everything goes according to plan, you might not see "episodes" right away but you will see the build up and small trailers to episodes starting the first week of March with episodes coming out weekly again mid/end of March. I know I said February but alas DVD production deemed it no so.

Stay tuned and check back soon for the continuation of Unforgotten Realms!

PS: I know the episodes are borked. 1 through 14 work with the exception of 7 that for whatever reason doesn't have an intro! I'll be fixing all FOURTY SOMETHING episodes over the month.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Back from the Break. Getting down to Business!

I'm back and busy working on Unforgotten Realms here! Next week will have the comics, podcast and UQ Dev show up and we are getting ever closer to the episodes starting back up again!

This DVD is turning out to be a nightmare on eating my time by the way. We are still in pre-order mode and will be until the first shipment is out, but some people are killing me with the emails. I sent out a big email right before Christmas about the delays and such, but I must have gotten 200 or so emails asking where there DVD is. If you didn't know, I'm waiting for a shipment of DVDs from the guys I ordered them to print them all off. I was suppose to get them at the start of December and now it's looking I'll get them sometime this month. You will know when I start sending out DVD, so don't worry!

The Escapist is just creating more and more work for me as well. It took a couple days to go through and copy/past/embed code from page to page for the 46 episodes using their player and then earlier this month it just stopped working. Great. I don't even have my own episodes on my site. I'm going through and uploading season one over the course of this week and I'm working on getting Season Two up as well.

I don't like giving exact dates because they setup for disappointment but from where I stand right now, we might be seeing Season three continue in February as long as there are no more delays. So sit back and relax while I finish up this DVD so we can move forward. Don't worry too much about future DVD, they won't take nearly as much time as the first one had me learning how to do a lot of stuff.