The Dragon Cometh #NBI2016


Wow, time sure does fly. It was two years ago that I first got involved with the Newbie Blogger Initiative, and just a few months before that where I had even really paid attention to the idea. Since then I helped with some of the organizational stuff and ended up nearly running the whole thing by myself last year, for good or ill. I should mention now that there were talks earlier this year about the NBI and when it would be happening, but it didn’t seem like anyone had the time or inclination to lead it. Personally I didn’t mind helping out but I didn’t want to become solely responsible for the event again, so I bowed out of any leadership role, only offering support. Once May rolled around it seemed that the general consensus was that perhaps the event would take a year off and be resurrected in the future.

The man responsible for getting me more involved with the NBI, Mr. Doone himself, was prodding about on social media wondering if the event had been forgotten. When I told him that it was being postponed for a year, he wasn’t having it. Soon thereafter, there was an announcement from the man himself, proclaiming that June would be the month of the NBI this year. He has rallied the troops and it seems that the Dragon is coming back to town after all.

Unfortunately, the owner of the NBI domain Mr. Peril, formerly of the Contains Moderate Peril blog and podcast has gone into a retirement of sorts, and as such the domain was transferred to other ownership, and nothing was done with it otherwise. It seems that the forums are still online, but they were sort of janky and filled with redundancies. I though it would be a good idea to utilize a program like Slack or Discord to organize the event in lieu of forums, as many gamers and/or bloggers are already using these platforms to meet up and chat. It was decided that Discord was probably the better option due to its built in voice chat features, which could come in handy during gaming events that run during the month. As such, there is now a Discord channel devoted to the NBI, and that will likely continue to be the best place to get involved, outside of Twitter and of course on your own blogs. So, here’s a list of some handy information:

Newbie Blogger Forums

Newbie Blogger Twitter

Discord Invite Code:

Once you’ve followed the appropriate channels, stay tuned for more information. The event will kick off on June 1st and run the entire month. There will be writing prompts and gaming get-togethers. Feel free to follow me everywhere, my social media links are at the top of the page. I will try to repeat any pertinent information as I see it. I look forward to seeing new faces and reading new posts!

Couch Podtatoes Episode 87: HPH – Movies and More


We’re back with another episode of “Hot Podtatoe Headlines!” This week we’ve gathered up a bunch of news stories from around the web, and the overall theme seems to deal with video game movie adaptations. We spend a chunk of time on that, and then dive into some of the biggest recent releases, DLCs, and some other smaller nuanced stories that have come up as of late. It’s all over the place, and yet still distinctly podtatoe flavored. We’re also starting to look forward to our 100th episode which *should* be occurring in August provided we don’t miss any weeks between now and then. We think we’ve come up with a cool way to have some audience interaction, by recording live and allowing audience feedback/questions. If that sounds like something you’d be interested in, let us know! We’d love to have an AMA or something like that with live on the spot questions and comments from our audience.


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Couch Podtatoes Epsiode 87: HPH: Movies and More (runtime: 1:10:16)

What are we playing? (starts at 1:22)
Discussion: HPH (starts at 15:31)

Host Contact information:

Blog: Me vs. Myself and I
Twitter: @mevsmyselfandi

Blog: Healing The Masses
Twitter: @ausj3w3l

Music Credits:
“Bit Rush” by Riot Games
“Brains Out” by Error (from the album Error)
“Enchanted Rose” by Bury Your Dead (from the album Beauty and the Breakdown)

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