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Steve C
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I just setup a Twitch account.
https://www.twitch.tv/genchaos33

Any other wargamers using twitch for streams, videos, etc.?
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Geoffrey Burrell
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I don't use Twitch but I do watch E-League Counter Strike: Global Offensive playoffs on TBS every Friday.
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I was asking who DOES, not who DOESN'T.

So no thanks for your no answer? hehe(I watch E:L on TBS too)
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Live videos of wargames? Excellent. I insist that, were it not for a lack of an audience, playing proper simulation-based wargames could be considered a form of performance art.
 
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No, I watch wargame re-plays (specifically ASL) on You Tube. It does the job.
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jakobcreutzfeldt wrote:
I insist that, were it not for a lack of an audience, playing proper simulation-based wargames could be considered a form of performance art.
Uh, have you ever been to performance art? I'd say 'no audience' is a hallmark!
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Most wargames are too slow in playing to be of interest for Twitch.

Hearthstone is the perfect game for Twitch: easy overview, fast animated turns and games are over in 5-7 minutes.

Even the easiest wargames take hours to finish and mostly have very long turns.

Everyone would fall asleep if playing/ watching one of the best competitive old wargames like The Russian Campaign.

Even the card board version of Magic the Gathering is not really suited for Twitch.

Fast/easy platforms are not suited for 99.5% of board wargames.
 
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adm1 wrote:
jakobcreutzfeldt wrote:
I insist that, were it not for a lack of an audience, playing proper simulation-based wargames could be considered a form of performance art.
Uh, have you ever been to performance art? I'd say 'no audience' is a hallmark!


It's that ancient conundrum: if an artist performs in an empty room, is it still art? ninja
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What if the twitch wargaming is for a charity?

I'm thinking maybe a wargame day marathon and looking for donations.

Most likely it would be solo wargaming unless I find a willing player.
Using Vassal or Matrix-like PC wargames. Maybe a few live table games.
 
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My friend Steven from Virginia regularly streams Star Wars Armada and other board games, including a few euor-wargames, using a very impressive setup.

https://www.twitch.tv/wwpdsteven

For example, here's is a game of Rebellion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_iaW_kpc1G4
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The charity part is an interesting addition but aside from that I'm not sure what it would have to offer that watching a playthrough doesn't already provide.
 
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Ben_Bos wrote:
Most wargames are too slow in playing to be of interest for Twitch.

Hearthstone is the perfect game for Twitch: easy overview, fast animated turns and games are over in 5-7 minutes.

Even the easiest wargames take hours to finish and mostly have very long turns.

Everyone would fall asleep if playing/ watching one of the best competitive old wargames like The Russian Campaign.

Even the card board version of Magic the Gathering is not really suited for Twitch.

Fast/easy platforms are not suited for 99.5% of board wargames.


Yet here in the UK they have televised fishing! It would probably need a good narration filled with historical detail and the choices and decisions of each player.
 
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John Middleton
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I can watch live plays of any game in my collection in real time.


 
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There are almost always some spectators when people play ASL on Vassal (VASL). Even though it's slow and spectators cannot see concealed units on either side. Still, I wouldn't expect much from Twitch, but you never know.
 
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I do wargaming videos on YouTube. I get a surprising number of views even on the long meandering ones, and some wargaming YouTubers have subscriber counts in the thousands. I watched an RPG stream the other day that had like 10K people watching. So I think that while you're obviously not going to get League of Legends numbers, there's an audience for thinkier stuff.

I have had a Twitch account for years but only got it set up to stream a couple of days ago. I may do some VASSAL stuff there.
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Ardwulf wrote:
I do wargaming videos on YouTube. I get a surprising number of views even on the long meandering ones, and some wargaming YouTubers have subscriber counts in the thousands. I watched an RPG stream the other day that had like 10K people watching. So I think that while you're obviously not going to get League of Legends numbers, there's an audience for thinkier stuff.

I have had a Twitch account for years but only got it set up to stream a couple of days ago. I may do some VASSAL stuff there.

I love your videos, especially your How to Wargame series (even though it's still incomplete). Thanks for doing it!

I like to pull up wargame videos while I'm at work and listen to them. I prefer ones that talk through what they're doing and it isn't just breathing into the mic as they quietly take their turn. I'd love it if more people started doing videos. I've added everyone mentioned here that I didn't already know about and will check them out.

Great thread, thanks!
 
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