Apologies from Overlord

I’ve been pretty bad about keeping y’all updated.

Two weeks ago, I had shoulder surgery to correct adhesive capsulitis. To be honest, Rugjen and I have been overwhelmed with preparing for the surgery, and now, working through recovery.

That means that we’ve hit a point where we had to step back and put streaming, content creating, and our hobbies on the back burner.

I have been kind of bummed at the timing. I feel like we try to have an earnest start only for something else to get in the way. But, that’s life, right?

My recovery is going to take weeks. Rugjen will continue to stream, and I am going to try to focus on working on building some website content and YouTube content.

Thanks for being patient while we work through the cobwebs!

My Desk is a Hot Mess

My desk is a hot freakin’ mess.

Our stream room is constantly changing. Unfortunately, we do not have a large, open space to stream from. Currently, Rugjen is on one side of the room facing the wall, and I am at the other side of the room facing the wall. In between the two of us is our green screen. It is actually the best setup we’ve come up with for the space that we have. We can both use one green screen as opposed to each setting up our own. This means I have limited space to work with.

If you have watched any of our YouTube footage, you will notice that my mic picks up Rugjen and causes an echo. We have attempted several countermeasures and have failed to correct the issue. Our last hope is changing out my microphone. Currently, I am using a Blue Yeti USB microphone. I love the sound it produces. My main use is for recording audio auditions. It’s also very easy to use. Just plug into a USB port and call it day.

However, the Yeti IS a condenser microphone. Without getting lost in the weeds and digressing from the original topic, a condenser microphone is very sensitive. Condenser microphones are best suited for a studio environment. In other words, in order to capture the best sound, your room should be prepped with sound dampening of some sort. As mentioned, that is not our currently situation. Therefore, a condenser mic is really not the optimum microphone for our situation.

I hate change. Especially moving away from a microphone that I think produces the right kind of sound for my voice. Unfortunately, this is the situation I am in. Continue to use an ill-suited microphone or change my microphone.

Rugjen is already using a Rode Podmic through a GO XLR. When he switched from his Yeti, I didn’t initially notice until I started processing some of his video. I noticed he had a more treble-heavy sound and I had to clean up his audio in a different way. I went to his desk and noticed he had switched his mic. The Rode Podmic is a dynamic microphone. Dynamic microphones are what most people imagine when asked to visualize a microphone. Dynamic microphones are better suited for live music, or situations where there may be a lot of external noise…just like our office/stream room.

So, it is with a sad heart that I pack up my Blue Yeti and prepare my desk for a GO XLR MINI and Rode Podmic, and a new soundbar in my quest to achieve cable-management zen.

You can never have too much RGB, right? RIGHT? I love RGB lighting. I just do. My speakers were ancient. They were at least 15 years old. Maybe older. They came with one of my first computers and were a source of irritation. I decided to update my speaker situation with a TaoTronics soundbar. It was $49.99 with a $10.00 coupon. Thanks, Nanny and Pop! (I used Christmas money). I wasn’t really looking for quality sound. To be honest, I like wearing my headphones and only wanted a new speaker to reduce the wiring footprint. I have to say for $50, you can’t really go wrong with this soundbar. If you’re looking for a way to quickly amplify what you’re listening to and don’t really care about the quality of the sound, it’s a steal. I was able to retire my old speakers, add more RGB lighting, and also reduce my wiring. It is also Bluetooth speaker, so you can connect your Bluetooth devices, or use the audio cable to hard wire to your computer. Another plus? It fit perfectly under my monitor riser to streamline the look of my set up.

I also decided to pick up a GO XLR MINI by TC Helicon for the new microphone. I figured if I was investing in ANOTHER microphone, I might as well invest in an online broadcast mixer with USB/Audio interface and midas preamp. Right? RIGHT? The GO XLR MINI is a must for online broadcasters and content creators. It allows one app to rule them all to manage all of your audio needs. It even has a manual censor button and cough (mute) button. It’s great stuff, but I’ve been putting off the purchase for awhile now. If you want to know more about the GO XLR MINI, you can go HERE to check out their website. 

GoXLR MINI
Here are a few of my favorite things.

After set up, everything has come together. Rugjen and I tested out the mic for a bit and I think we have solved the issue. The cable management is still not where I would like it to be, but I am not willing to drill holes and create wire drops or do any other extra stuff to hide the wires. There is just going to be some exposed wires. That being said, it looks a lot better and feels a lot more organized than it has been in the past. I’m not QUITE done, so final pictures I do not have.

One day, I will have a setup that I am satisfied with. Until then, thanks for joining me on this leg of the journey!

 

 

We’re Moving to Mixer

After much consideration, Rugjen and I decided to move our stream over to Mixer. Unfortunately, our stream was not gaining any traction on Twitch. It isn’t that we were displeased with Twitch. Twitch is such a huge streaming platform that it was difficult to compete against well-established streamers and get discovered. Part of trying to find success is trying out new things, so we’re moving the stream hoping that maybe our content can get discovered easier by viewers.

Rugjen will continue to stream Tuesday/Thursday evenings from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Central Time.
Spouse Saturdays will continue to stream every Saturday afternoon from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. Central Time.

We’re going to continue with YouTube content and you’ll continue to get anime content from this website.

We hope you’ll continue the journey with us as we try to hash things out and get a groove going! See you on stream!

Filthy Casual for Life Gaming on Mixer: https://mixer.com/rugjen
Filthy Casual for Life Gaming on YouTube: FC4L Gaming on YouTube

Growing Pains!

Hey, everyone! Overlord here with a quick update.

We haven’t been uploading content lately because I am awaiting the arrival of my new PC. My current PC has been good to me, but she’s up there in age and video editing was becoming difficult. I thought upgrading my monitor would fix it, and it helped, but not enough. It was a decision I have been putting off for about a year. She’s upgraded as far as she can go.

The new PC should be arriving Thursday. If it arrives early enough on Thursday, we should be able to download everything we need to and have her running by the weekend.

Looking forward to introducing you to the new PC and hopefully I will get back on track with regular updates. Thanks!

First Impressions: Slay the Spire


Genre: Turn-Based Strategy; Deck-Building
Platforms Tested: Switch and PC
Cost: $24.99 on Steam for PC
Other Details: Single-player


It is no secret that one of my favorite genres of games is turn-based strategy. Honestly, gaming is my “alone” time. I prefer to game solo most of the time. That is why turn-based strategy games hold a special place in my heart.

That being said, I am NOT a fan of deck-builders. I have never been into Magic: The Gathering, or Yu-Gi-Oh, or even Pokemon. My attention span and the amount of brain storage I am willing to sacrifice to play deck-builders is lacking. Often, deck-builders require you to have intimate knowledge of what cards exist and there is this never-ending quest to build the best deck. That is just not my cup of tea.

Rugjen originally picked up Slay the Spire on the Switch. When I decided to give it a try, I originally began my quest on the Switch. Once I decided it was something I wanted to record for my YouTube series, Overlord After Dark, I purchased my own copy from Steam on PC.

What kind of game is Slay the Spire?

Slay the Spire is a game in which you climb The Spire, traversing three acts with many unique enemies, bosses, and encounters. While climbing your way up to the Heart of the Spire, you will encounter many challenges, which you will have to overcome to reach the boss, the final enemy of the act. The levels are procedurally-generated, so each game will be a different experience.

Slay the Spire is a game primarily about survival, collecting cards, and building a powerful deck to wipe out your foes. Good luck and happy deckbuilding!

https://slay-the-spire.fandom.com/wiki/Slay_the_Spire_Wiki

PC or Console?
I recommend PC over console. Game play is much smoother on PC. Using a controller on the Switch versus a mouse slowed the game play quite a bit.

Game Play
This game has me completely hooked. It is not a difficult game to learn at all. The tutorial is very well written and gets you up and running pretty fast. As the Slay the Spire Wiki described, each game is unique. I have invested many hours into this game, and not once was the game similar to a previous game.

Without going too much into detail, you have to begin with the Ironclad class. The more you play, you unlock better cards and two other classes.

There are three “spires” with a boss at the top of each tower. You build your deck as you move up the spire. There are multiple routes up the spire with places to rest, regular and elite monsters to battle, vendors, and random encounters that can either help you, or curse you. There are also “relics” which grant special skills or bonuses that you can purchase from a vendor, receive from a chest or random encounter, or from elite and boss mobs. Need an extra boost? There are also potions you can throw or drink with various effects. You basically pick a path and battle your way up to the top of the spire.

What I love about this game is once you die, you start completely over. That means all those OP cards you received in your trek up the spire disappear. In games like Hearthstone, there is quite a bit of inequality. Even among evenly matched players. Slay the Spire is the exact opposite of that. Granted, a large part of that is due to the fact that you are playing against the game.

The combination of relics, cards, potions, and encounters give you unique game play each time. Most of all, it is really, really fun.

Do I Recommend Slay the Spire?

ABSOLUTELY. For $24.99 on Steam, you can’t beat the value. You will get endless hours of game play.

You can watch Overlord play Slay the Spire for the first time on our YouTube channel.

 

Overlord After Dark

Rugjen is an old man trapped in a middle-aged man’s body. He goes to bed before 10:00 p.m. every night. I, on the other hand, don’t sleep very well.

I do not have the gaming skills, or the stamina, that Rugjen has, so putting me on stream for extended periods of time will not be good viewing material. Instead, we will be debuting a new YouTube series on our channel called Overlord After Dark.

Overlord After Dark will feature me, Overlord, playing games that aren’t really stream worthy. Currently, I am considering playing a bit of Starcraft 2, possibly some Subnautica, and other games that are not really popular streaming material.

In addition to Overlord After Dark, we do plan on condensing Rugjen’s VODs and publishing those as well.

Expect to see YouTube content published on Mondays and Fridays of each week. As always, thank you for your support!

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Stream Schedule Finalized!

Hey there fellow casuals!

Rugjen and I finalized our initial stream schedule. Our first stream will be this Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. central.

For the time being, our stream schedule will be the following:

Tuesday and Thursdays: 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. central
Saturdays: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. central

We’ve decided that it is best to get our feet wet before diving into a full stream schedule. Beginning a stream takes a lot of time and we’re both full-time employed. If our stream actually grows, we’ll probably change the stream schedule to fit the demand…if there is any.

We hope to see you drop into our stream!

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Welcome to Filthy Casual For Life Gaming!

We are happy to announce the relaunch of our Rugjen’s Twitch channel!

Previously, Rugjen was navigating the world of Twitch alone. The more we thought about it, we came to the conclusion that a united front may be what we need to take our hobby to the next level.

Hello, I am SupremeOverlord426, but you can call me Overlord. I am a casual PC gamer that is taking the plunge back into console gaming. I will be producing all social media content, moderating our stream, and producing our YouTube content. I will also join Rugjen on stream for co-op/multi-player games, but mostly, I’ll be the voice of the stream.

My husband, Rugjen, will be the main streamer. Rugjen has decades of gaming experience, PC and console, and is the much stronger gamer. He also tends to stay informed regarding games and the technology associated with them. He is the more technical savvy, and I am the more creative element.

I originally started this website to dabble in blogging. After taking a long hiatus due to my health, we begin discussing what steps we wanted to take. Rugjen’s stream needed a face lift, and I needed something more demanding. We realized that the Filthy Casual branding fit with the style of game play and content we wanted to create. We are both casual gamers. In the past, we BOTH invested years of our lives playing EverQuest and World of Warcraft. As we got older, the appeal of MMORPGs started to disappear.

We’re not super-expert gamers or speedrunners. What we both have is a love for gaming, but don’t have the fortitude to play a game every day, multiple times a day, for months on end.

Our stream will be a variety gaming broadcast. In other words, we are not a game-specific and/or game-dedicated stream. We’ll change things up often. Currently, we’re looking at streaming three times a week since we are both working full-time.

Our first stream is set tentatively for this Saturday, August 24, 2019. Make sure to follow us on all of our social media to get those notifications! We both truly hope you’ll find some time to drop in, follow our stream, and help us get affiliated on Twitch.

Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/rugjen
Twitter: @FilthyCasual6
YouTube: Filthy Casual for Life YouTube

 

 

Planet Fitness

Let’s talk health.

I have type 2 diabetes. For those of you who don’t know much about diabetes, the over simplified explanation of my condition is my body is highly resistant to insulin and/or produces faulty insulin and/or doesn’t produce enough insulin. Insulin is the hormone, produced by the pancreas, that aids cells in using the sugar in your bloodstream as energy. Because I produce faulty insulin along with insulin resistance, my body is unable to effectively use the sugars in my body correctly. This results in high glucose levels in the blood stream that slowly damages your entire body. The best analogy ever given to me was by a former nutritionist that I saw. She told me, “Imagine the sugar in your bloodstream as really tiny razors. Under normal conditions, those razors very rarely touch anything as it passes through your body. When you are diabetic, that sugar increases in concentration and now those once harmless razor blades are now constantly scraping everything as it passes through your body. It damages your eyes, your vascular system, all your organs.”

Diabetes is a very devastating condition with a lot of misconception and misinformation out there. While I could write a novel on how the perception of diabetics need to change, I will say this. Living every day as a diabetic can be soul crushing. Many of you take eating for granting. Feel like a piece of fruit? You eat it without any consequence. For many diabetics, a piece of fruit can lead to high blood sugar. To many diabetics, every day is like being trapped in some kind of purgatory. You need to eat to live, but the very food you are eating is literally killing you from the inside out. So, if you know a diabetic, show them some compassion.

I have been diagnosed for close to two decades, but we feel that I may have had untreated juvenile diabetes. Back in the 80s, no one really tested children for diabetes unless they ended up in the hospital with an episode. Even my father went decades undiagnosed. The point where I am at now is on par with someone who has had diabetes since childhood. I currently take a fast-acting insulin, a long-acting insulin, and oral medications to control my diabetes.

I recently gained 25 lbs. in the last two months. This was due to a change in insurance providers. I was taking Victoza, which is a non-insulin injection, that has been proven to help diabetics lose weight in conjunction with better blood sugar control. I had lost 40 lbs. while taking the medication. I was well-controlled with an A1c of 5.7. My work had previously reimbursed me for insurance so I could choose the best provider for my diabetic treatment. Then, our new office manager discovered that they could no longer reimburse me to purchase a non-group policy. I had to join the firm’s group policy, and that resulted in my $25 prescription going to $335/month. I had several of my providers fight for me and argue with the insurance company, but we were basically told, “We cover the medication. It is not our problem if you can’t afford it.”

Thank you, Obamacare.

I got depressed. I don’t use that word lightly. I have recurring depression, and this whole ordeal triggered some serious depression. I had finally started losing weight, and FINALLY got my diabetes controlled. I was doing really well, and in a span of two months, I wasn’t. My A1c is now 7.3, which isn’t terrible, but it is no longer ‘controlled’.

I am a do’er. I don’t sit in self-pity for long. I joined the Planet Fitness down the street from my work. Unfortunately, I don’t have a Planet Fitness anywhere near my home. Due to that, I am only using the gym Monday through Friday. Currently, I get to the gym about 6:45 a.m. and put in a solid 45 minutes.

Each location is a little different, so if you’re considering a local Planet Fitness, check them out your local club on their website.

After I work out, I do shower at the gym. At first, I was pretty intimidated by the whole idea of the gym locker room. Here are my tips:

Invest in a wet/dry bag. I pack my dry clothes in the wet/dry bag before I leave the house. When it is time to take a shower, I can grab the wet/dry bag and not worry about my work clothes getting wet. It also minimizes my “exposure” once I get out of the shower by not having to go back to my locker to grab my clean clothes. At my Planet Fitness, there is a changing stall directly across from the shower area, so by planning ahead, I can exit the shower with everything I need change. Once I finish changing, I just put my wet/damp work out clothes in the bag and it zips up any unwanted smells. This will be a little harder if you have clothing that you don’t want to wrinkle. I dress pretty casually for work, so nothing I shove into the wet/dry bag requires ironing. I have been using this bag and highly recommend it:

365 Saxx Dry Gym and Travel Bag (AFFILIATE LINK)

Invest in a hanging toiletry bag. The showers at my club have a hook outside the curtain where you can hang your towel to signify that: a) it is occupied; and b) to keep it dry. You can also hang your toiletry bag so it stays dry, but in reach. This particular bag fits my dry shampoo, a full stick of deodorant, a bar of soap, and face wash in the main compartment with room for more. I keep Q-tips, round cotton pads, toothbrush, toothpaste, and feminine products with no problem.

Hanging Toiletry Bag (AFFILIATE LINK)

Invest in microfiber towels. Microfiber towels absorb water quickly and don’t take up a lot of space. I bought this towel in XL because I am a bit chubby and needed more length to ensure that no one gets a peep show when I exit the shower.

XL Microfiber Towels (AFFILIATE LINK)

I also purchased these smaller towels to wipe my face. They’re a perfect size for wearing around your neck while on the treadmill.

 

Gym Towels (AFFILIATE LINK)

Invest in a good pair of shower shoes. Public showers can be an attractive place for bacteria and fungus. Don’t take a chance. Always wear shower shoes. Luckily, my club keeps the locker rooms pretty clean. I don’t ever feel like the showers are dirty, but don’t take that chance.

Runner’s Belt. If you don’t have a smartwatch or other fitness device and are using your phone, consider picking up a runner’s belt. I bought this one and it works really well. I will be reviewing the new Samsung Galaxy Watch Active next week, but until it releases, I’ve been using my phone. This belt gets the job done.

UShake Running Belt (AFFILIATE LINK)

If you do want to get healthy, do it for you. If you’re looking for a gym to call home, do some research and consider Planet Fitness. It was an easy sign up process. The staff at my home gym was really nice and they didn’t hover. I really, really dislike hovering. My goal is to do what I can to get healthier. If you feel like doing the same, consider Planet Fitness and consider using my referral link to let them know who sent you!

THE FILTHY CASUAL’S REFERRAL LINK (REFERRAL LINK)

**I WILL GET PERK POINTS IF YOU DECIDE TO USE THE REFERRAL LINK TO PURCHASE A MEMBERSHIP. I DID NOT, AND WILL NOT, RECEIVE ADDITIONAL COMPENSATION FROM PLANET FITNESS OTHER THAN PERK POINTS.**