Author Archives: Ranneko

NB: This graph covers 8-14th of March.

Ranneko Plays Dumb Mistakes – Channel Update 2017-03-16

 

I made an embarrassing mistake this week, the original upload for my Heat Signature Hot Tip was just the 6 second animated title screen and nothing else. I have made that mistake a disappointingly high number of times, but I usually catch it before the video goes live. There are a fair number of warning signs along the way. The video exports much faster from my editor, the file uploads faster, the automatically generated thumbnails are all of the intro rather than being spread through the intended footage, but this time I missed all the signs.

Obviously that mistake was unfortunate, but one thing I find reassuring about it was the comments I received that were either teasing or confused about the unusual video. Had I made the same mistake a couple of years ago I would have heard nothing, heck had this happened with one of my Let’s Play series today I doubt I would have had anyone ask. It is a reassuring signal that people are watching and are interested.

The last week’s releases were:

Saturday, Thursday: Pillars of Ranternity
Sunday: Heat Signature Challenge Run
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: ShadowRan: Hong Kong
Tuesday: Heat Signature Hot Tips

After the break, more about the videos that released last week!

Slightly fewer views than the week before!

Ranneko Plays Channel Update – 2017-03-09

 

When I plan out my weekly schedule, I envisage it as a Monday to Sunday timetable. However, astute readers may have noticed that these posts are at least theoretically dated for Fridays. I do this because I don’t want to have both of Ninja-Blues regular posts take place on the same day. I assume that Monday/Friday is better than Monday/Monday, though I haven’t ever tried to back this assumption up with quantitative research.

This is why you often see smaller series split over two weeks. If something takes the Thursday/Saturday slot in my schedule, like Into the Breach, then while it fills only one week in my schedule it pops up twice in these posts.

I think of this week as a return to the pre-barcelona schedule, because from Monday we went back to the old schedule. Of course from the perspective of these posts the full return will not take place until next week.

The last week’s releases were:

Saturday: I Ran Into the Breach
Sunday: Heat Signature Challenge Run
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: ShadowRan: Hong Kong
Tuesday: Heat Signature Hot Tips
Thursday: Pillars of Ranternity

After the break, more about the videos that released last week!

Ranneko Plays – 2017 YouTube Analytics Review

2017 has been over for quite a while now, so how did Ranneko Plays do? YouTube provides analytics to creators to give them a sense of what is popular on their channel, what demographics they appeal to, how long people are watching, etc. In theory, this should allow me to get meaningful information about my channel and help me find ways to improve my videos and grow my channel.

What did I release in 2017?

YouTube makes this information surprisingly difficult to collect, which means no pretty graphs, just text for this one.

During 2017, I published 334 videos, 331 of them following a fixed schedule, and 3 extras near the end of the year.

At the start of the year I released videos every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. On April 10th I shifted to a daily release schedule and I am extremely pleased to have not missed a single update during that time even with an extensive travel schedule. It seemed that I was always building up and running down the buffer in response to an upcoming trip or time away during 2017.

During that time, I covered:

That is a total of 17 different games, 15 if you exclude DLC and game jams games

On April 10th 2017, Ranneko Plays started to release videos every single day. I am quite proud of the fact I have not missed a single day since, but was it worth it?

Not really, but let’s quantify, using graphs!

Ranneko Plays Stream First – Channel Update 2018-03-02

 

At least through April, I am trying to mix a combination of new and old approaches to my recording schedule. I used to record and stream very irregularly. Basically stealing time where I could, ideally when I knew my partner would not be home. I have now started streaming regularly on Tuesdays (starting at 6PM CET [GMT +1] at https://twitch.tv/ranneko) but this individual stream doesn’t quite let me cover my old streaming schedule meaning I need to combine both approaches and I have been a little less successful at rebuilding my buffer than I would like.

This is why we have such a strange bundle of episodes this week. Well, that and I was really excited to finally get to play Into the Breach and played that on my stream instead of Shadowrun: Hong Kong, a desire to finish uploading the rest of SteamWorld Dig 2 and my partner wanting to use the Switch during one of the opportunities I had to record.

The last week’s releases were:

Saturday: Pillars of Ranternity
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: RanWorld Dig 2
Sunday: Heat Signature Challenge Run
Tuesday: Heat Signature Hot Tips
Thursday: I Ran Into the Breach

After the break, more about the videos that released last week!

Ranneko Plays Returns to Heat Signature – Channel Update 2018-02-23

 

I’ve been back in Sweden long enough to start recording again, but I want to run through all of SteamWorld Dig 2 before I return to the old schedule. I both want to build up my buffer and change my recording schedule and model. These things unfortunately take time. In the meantime, if you are interested in being part of some of the recording, I am now streaming regularly. Every Tuesday evening from 6pm CET over on my twitch channel.

The first part of my schedule to return is Heat Signature, as you can see in the release summary below. There are 2 pretty simple reasons why:

  1. I still really enjoy playing the game. I am good at it and I enjoy trying new play styles in it for some reason.
  2. Heat Signature was updated last week, introducing 2 new items and going on sale. As a result way more people are looking up Heat Signature on Youtube right now.

Quite a jump

That sale has significantly boosted the number of eyeballs on my channel for now, both directly from YouTube searches and indirectly via my posts on the Heat Signature Subreddit. Things will inevitably return to normal, but in the meantime I am enjoying the boost to engagement. I am even getting comments right now!

The last week’s releases were:

Saturday, Monday, Wednesday – Friday: RanWorld Dig 2
Sunday: Heat Signature Challenge Run
Tuesday: Heat Signature Hot Tips After the break, more about the videos that released last week!

Ranneko Plays SteamWorld Dig 2 – Channel Update 2017-02-16

 

YouTube Link

Having run through all of my pre-trip footage previously, this week was almost entirely footage captured while I was in Barcelona. I simply didn’t have the time to hold another recording session and return to anything resembling the old schedule. It is amazing how much trips can distort things because you need to cover not just the trip itself, but also through to the next recording timeslot.

As things stand I only have 1-2 times a week where I can record, so those slots are pretty precious plus I want to give this newer model of a single game running every day a slightly longer chance to help answer those questions from last week.

 

Ranneko Plays Full Throttle Week – Channel Update 2018-02-09

This week was basically the last of any game footage I had recorded before this Barcelona trip. Heck I recorded Full Throttle Remastered with Syfro back in November, there have just been a few delays with editing.

As I commented during the series, I never actually finished Full Throttle as a child. I got very close, but I just couldn’t find the right rock to kick. It felt really good to finally finish the story after all this time, but I was surprised to find just how short the game is. Despite the compulsory combat section, it only took about 3 hours to finish. To be fair, we were both already somewhat familiar with the game and the puzzles, but neither of us had played it in years. I wonder how concerned the developers were about that when the game was released.

I would also love to hear what you think of these release model, a single game run from start to finish at one episode per day. It would work much better with a stream first setup, which I have been considering using, but it does make collaborations harder to organise. At least if I want the entire series to be done collaboratively.

I will be continuing with this significantly altered schedule for at least another week, because, though I do return home today, it will take some time before I have another opportunity to record more games and edit them.

Edit: Well, as of Friday morning, the feedback is pretty clearBut this does leave further questions:

  • Is it the game? Is Full Throttle just too old or are my watchers uninterested in Point and Clicks
  • Is it the delivery method? Too many days in a row?
  • Is it the team? Do they not like the combo of me and Syfro?

Given my recording circumstances, I guess we will see, because next week will be SteamWorld Dig 2 week.

The last week’s releases were:

Saturday: Ranneko and Syfro Take a Royal Tumble
Sunday: RanWorld Dig 2
Monday-Friday: Ranneko and Syfro Go Full Throttle

After the break, more about the videos that released last week!

Ranneko Plays in Barcelona – Channel Update 2018-02-02

More changes in series due to the business trip are creeping in. Next week will be a fairly radical departure from the normal schedule and I am not entirely sure how long this will last, because I don’t anticipate being able to record and edit as soon as I get home. A lot of it depends on just how much recording I can get done from my hotel room using my elgato capture device.

I had hoped to do a little streaming while I was here in Barcelona, but unfortunately the hotel wifi is awful. It randomly drops out frequently and even when it works it has a tendency to drop to incredibly slow speeds. The perils of travel as wifi is primarily a checkbox when it really needs a full scale.

The last week’s releases were:

Thursday: Ranneko and Syfro Enter the Gungeon
Sunday: Heat Signature Challenge Runs
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: ShadowRan: Hong Kong
Tuesday: Heat Signature Hot Tips / Ranneko’s Tuesday Tips
Thursday: Ranneko and Syfro Take a Royal Tumble

After the break, more about the videos that released last week!

Pity it was still too cold to swim

Ranneko Plays in Barcelona – Channel Update 2018-01-26

I am working from Barcelona at the moment, leaving me with an odd mix of free time but low equipment. I have spent the evenings slowly editing the most of the footage I recorded before I flew out, and conveniently, my friend Syfro finished up editing the games we recorded back in Sydney. Between these two things I almost have enough to cover the gap, but it will mean some surprise changes of games.

The last week’s releases were:

Saturday: Pillars of Ranternity
Sunday: Heat Signature Challenge Runs
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: ShadowRan: Hong Kong
Tuesday: Heat Signature Hot Tips / Ranneko’s Tuesday Tips
Thursday: Ranneko and Syfro Enter the Gungeon

After the break, more about the videos that released last week!

Ranneko Plays Changes – Channel Update 2018-01-19

 

This week, YouTube announced changes to its partner program. In particular, they have decided to signficiantly raise the bar required for video monetisation. In order to qualify for their program you now need at least 1,000 subs, and 4,000 watch hours in the past 12 months. My channel is nowhere near these numbers. At the time of writing, I have 174 subscribers and about 1,500 watch hours.

When I received my first adsense payment last year, it felt like a huge milestone, but with these changes the next similar milestone seems to have been pushed back incredibly far.

This also came at a particularly bad time for me, I am going on a work trip for the next 3 weeks, and this news just killed my motivation to try to build the buffer enough to cover the trip. I will edit and post what I have, but the channel will probably either take a break during some of the next 3 weeks or at the least change games to ones I can record while I am away.

Long term, the channel itself hasn’t been what I would describe as “healthy” for quite some time now. I will go into greater detail when I finish my analytics post, but basically when it comes to my let’s plays. The numbers pretty much say no one cares, and daily uploads aren’t helping.

Currently my plans are to split my attention between my Twitch and my YouTube

On Twitch:

  • Steam regularly, starting at one night a week
  • Slowly upload the best of my old Let’s Play series

On YouTube:

  • Continue Ranneko’s Tuesday Tips, probably continuing to focus on Heat Signature until I finish working that out of my system
  • Post VODs of the twitch streams
  • Post stream highlights

These plans are of course subject to change, but I would love to hear feedback from anyone on this approach, and any worries or advice they may have.

The last week’s releases were:

Saturday and Thursday: Pillars of Ranternity
Sunday: Heat Signature Challenge Runs
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: ShadowRan: Hong Kong
Tuesday: Heat Signature Hot Tips / Ranneko’s Tuesday Tips

After the break, more about the videos that released last week!