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  1. Okay so I'm going to be TRYING out a new game this Tuesday that is a survival game. I'm not sure WHICH game it'll be and I'm trying to get some people to try, whatever game it is, with maybe Mike Sully or a few other people that just want to give the game a shot while we sit back and just check the game out. Atm my picks are possibly. 1. The forest 2. Miscreated 3. Frozen state 4. Subsistance (single player only) 5. Dead State (single player) Let me know what YOU want to see, tell me your game and why, I'd love to do something YOU guys want to see.
  2. 1st Blog post

    The first step along another path Banlish Headquarters, Pennsylvania, USA March 31st, 2017 22:29 hours I wanted to write something up as the mood hit me hard today, I've been writing, talking, emailing, and messaging all over the place since I ended the stream almost 7 hours ago and it seemed like a good idea. I just finished recording my first ever video that's going straight to YouTube and in a small pile of firsts I figured this blog needed to get off the ground sooner rather than later. I've been doing this 'streaming' thing for 16 months as of today. I started Nov 1st 2015 and in a few hours my 16th month begins. I never thought I'd be here by the way, in my youth I never thought I'd be making media for the world to see. I can look back and see the signs were there, in spades in fact, but I was too clueless to pick up on them. Much like today, I took too much of a 'wait and see' attitude on what I was going to do. It's been a problem and a benefit in equal measure in my life, sometimes others jump in and I get to say “See how I didn't get hurt because I waited?” Other times I miss a great opportunity because I was too cautious. I believe I've approached YouTube the same way and the thought angers me a little bit. My wife and I sometimes joke that we've been 'late bloomers' all our life; it's just the way we are in many respects. And after making the video, and how easily it happened I think I've waited almost a full 8 YEARS too much. Why 8 years? That's when I started really looking at YouTube videos as a source of entertainment. That's when I found my first 'let’s plays' and said after watching a few people “Man, I think I can make something as good, if not easier to understand, then THIS person.” I didn't, and still don't, think I'm better than others. It's not how I approach things. But I do think I have a different approach, more of a 'layman’s' approach to how I describe and explain things. And it made me want to get involved. But, me being me, I put excuse after excuse in my own way until in the start of 2017 I said “HOLY CRAP, STOP WAITING DAMMIT”. My streaming obviously affects how I'll cast as a YouTuber. And my message as a streamer hasn't changed; I think anyone should give a chance to being a streamer and see if they like it. If a 34 year old contractor can stream and make people laugh or find entertainment in his playing games, ANYONE can. I've repeated this message, over and over, to hundreds of people over the last year plus. But then as 2017 dawned, I found myself saying “Man that YouTube stuff must be pretty complicated.” I realized what I was doing. I was giving myself the excuses I had heard from hundreds of people that came through my twitch channel. I, not anyone else, was stopping myself from getting started. And I was taking, yet another, wait and see. I shook my head, got a little angry at myself and set myself down the path. But, being 'wait and see' I over thought it as per usual. I got over 6 different people willing to answer questions for me, all of which had made videos on their own. Some of them doing it for their full time job. And I began asking dozens of questions. There wasn't some massive pile of hidden, secret and even ARCHAIC knowledge that was hiding below the surface that I'd have to sift through and find. There was one phrase that made me madder than anything. It was a phrase that was on my lips weekly, on my lips in front of hundreds of people in the channel, in front of my friends 1 on 1 when they asked me about becoming a streamer, and even 1 on 1 when potential streamers took me aside on voice coms and asked their piles of questions to 'someone who was already doing it.' Don't wait, just start.... But my 'wait and see' attitude had hidden that message; it had changed it into “Research ALL you can, prepare for this like it's a 1st date or a massive project that will have MASSIVE repercussions on your life going forwards.” I want to smack my old self upside the head and say “HOLY CRAP JUST START ALREADY!” But I can't. What I CAN do, however, is try to explain that feeling, that regret, that annoyance to you, and convince you or maybe someone you know. "Don't wait, just start...” I know it's almost impossible for many (like 90% of people) to listen to someone else that's 'been there' and 'done that.' So many of us need to figure it out for ourselves and it maddens me like no other. I've done that too many times, even with being someone that's taken too many wait and sees. I've done it. I bought items I shouldn't, I hung out with people that weren't good for me, I took risks I shouldn't, and I held back in other instances when I should have charged ahead. And yet, it still drives me insane because I know, so many people will read this, and do it another way. Because it leads me to my next saying that I had to learn the meaning of. You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink... This one has driven me to the brink of insanity the last years. I used to work in the financial field. I specialized in helping people pick the right debts, insurances, investments and mortgages. And through it all, I kept thinking to myself, "This is great, I can't wait to help all of my friends and family, and they’ll all pay off TONS of debt and be so much better off. Then we can all do crazy things like take amazing trips, go to comedy shows, retire with millions and have it EASY!” Yeah, no. I have a metric ton of information up in my head about debt, insurance, investments, and how to make the most out of whatever it is you earn. Yet, you know how many out of the (I would guess) 2 dozen friends even talk to me about this? Two. Yep, two. That's it. The rest all 'know better', do their own thing, or 'I don't LIKE talking about money.' This, by the way, counts all family members I talk to, friends I've known for 25+ years, people I care DEEPLY about, and people I knew that if I had to call at 3am and say “We gotta get rid of a body.” They'd reply “Okay, where do you need me to show up at?” instead of turning me in. Yep, that's all. Two whole people out of 24. It drives me absolutely nuts, I see them buy the wrong insurances, the wrong investments, the wrong mortgages, the wrong debt, and they'll sit there and complain over and over, “Man, I'm getting SCREWED on XYZ interest rate on my credit card, why is it so unfair?” Yet if I say “Hey, I'll come help you, hell I'll do it for free, just give me an afternoon and we can get it all fixed up.” Oh no, that's not what they want. I know it’s part of being a person to want to complain at times, but come ON. I have 5+ years WORKING in that industry and 27+ of financial knowledge drilled into me by my Dad's side of the family doing everything from watching the stock market channel with me, reading the Wall Street Journal, to giving me financial books to read and prepare me for my future. Yet through it all, it doesn't mean what I thought it does. The desire to do it myself in my own way is so strong in some people, it's almost maddening. I've seen a friend of mine struggle through a divorce. He even sits there and will tell me dollar for dollar what debts he has, how much he makes, and says “Man I can't get approved for a house!” I've offered over 50+ times to just sit down with him and show him how to fix it, without having to get extra jobs or earning extra income and it comes down to him always saying this phrase. "Well Banlish, you know me, I'm stubborn. I gotta figure it out on my own; it's just the way I am." It makes me want to punch him in the head. It's literally tens of thousands of dollars going out the window per year because he wants to ‘figure it out himself.’ And yet I can't say anything. I can, however, put this message out there and hope someone reads it and decides, “I SHOULD do this for myself” and gets started. I hope when you hit 6 months straight of putting videos out there you'll come back here and tell me your story. I hope you'll tell me how you’re making enough to change your life a little and maybe how you've set yourself down a path that you never saw yourself going down. Nothing would make me happier. I don't want anything for it except to see others succeed and win. Too many of us are stuck in jobs we hate that are slowly grinding our souls into dust. I hope this post will get even a handful of people to just start. And I hope around Thanksgiving of this year you'll show up and show me your channel with all of your work and tell me how it's changed your life. That'd show me I took the right choice for a change when I wrote this first post, choosing, ‘Don’t wait, just start....' Editing by AddictedWife Subject mater by Banlish
  3. If there are any questions or suggestions, this would be a good place to put any questions. Answers coming to anything that comes.
  4. I just wanted to throw this mod in here. It turns your settlements into more of a 'Sim City' type thing, you desiginate an area as 'housing' or 'comerical' or whatever and your settlers start building there for you. Houses, stores, etc. All without you having to place every wall, door or window. http://www.pcgamer.com/sim-settlements-mod-makes-your-settlers-build-their-own-damn-houses-stores-and-farms/?utm_content=buffer73bff&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=buffer-pcgamertw Enjoy!
  5. So many of you have probably heard me say here and there that we have community servers that ANYONE is allowed to come onto if they meet the following conditions: 1. Follower of the channel 2. 12 hours+ viewing the channel if they type 'bucks' into the chat. 3. Treat others how you want to be treated So now that's out of the way, many of us in the community wanted to make sure you ALL knew what servers and games we're running so you can join us if you want to. 1. 7 days to die (Starvation mod) - we are running a server atm that is on only during the stream, we are looking for people that want to join us. Please contact Lazy8244 if you'd like to join us! 2. ARK - (Modded for quality of life improvements) - this is a great game that has a solid core in our Community, if you are interested in joining it please message: Richiebob2 or Lady Tora. They can teach you the basics up to the most advanced, from gathering resources, training, taming and breeding dinos. 3. Minecraft (Feed the Beast Infinity Evolved) - This is something we're looking to get going fully, so we're looking for people that want to join this server and start a community from scratch, if we get 6+ ppl we'll do a 'Minecraft' day where a ton of us come on and play together. It won't be on the stream but we can all have fun together doing so. If you'd like to help be part of that, or be someone who wants to help us recruit others for it, let Lazy8244 know. 4. Mechwarrior Online - This is our attempt to get a MWOmercs.com unit going, all we do atm are currently grinding matches in prep to start doing work together as a unit. I will be doing 'MWO' streams at certain points during the week and ANYONE from the unit will have an invite to help out if you want. We also play this OFF stream and we'd love more people to do things with, please consider talking to WrathfulMonk or Shattersparkz on discord for invites. The whole point is to get more and more people to be on our servers so we can have people playing together, having fun and eventually play OTHER games together. We're a gaming community and this is another step down the road of bringing that to a higher level. Any questions please ask in THIS thread: Thanks and I hope we can see some response on this, if we do, I can open MORE servers and gaming communities up for everyone. Have a great day and talk to you soon. -Banlish
  6. New Mods/Staff members sought!

    Update again! We're up to 9 people on the list atm, still giving this a few more days till I 'close it' and begin reviewing all the people on it.
  7. Hello again all, I'm looking for new Mods and Staff members, here's the basics: We are currently looking for new Mods/Staff members - yep, it's that time of the year again, if you want to help wrangle the channel but NOT go on a power trip send ME a personal message on discord saying so. 1. Channel Mods: We are ideally looking for non-streamers (streamers may apply) that are in the AUS/NZ, morning EU and early morning US TZs. (Though ANY TZ person may apply.) We are trying to stream more often 4am EST till noon EST over the course of the week. 2. Server Admins: People with server building experience (game servers on cloud/remote solutions) are also sought after, 3. Community Managers/Helpers: Finally we are looking for people with community manager skills (dealing with people OFF stream that use our server, discord, forum and website). These are people that are just willing to field questions in the forums/discord/channel that people ask all the time. Those are the things we are actively seeking. However, we know there might be better things or people we could use as simple Volunteers, if you can think of something we're lacking and wish to help, let me know either here OR in a DM on discord. DMs here aren't the best, but I'll do my best to check them! -Ban
  8. New Mods/Staff members sought!

    Updating this, I've already received 6 new people that want to 'throw their application into the ring' along with a few others past that before I made this thread. I'm still looking for more, thank you so far. Any questions, ask below
  9. Gamewisp Suggestion Box

    Seriously tho, I need more suggestions if you guys and gals have seen something AWESOME from another streamer we can use, let me know, NOW is the time
  10. HI

    Welcome aboard Ialwaysdie my grandfather was a school bus driver and his friend in his company was also a school bus driver so I smile when I see more guys helping kids get to and from school. I never went to far into the Command and Conquer franchise past Red Alert, but the sniper stuff really was painful from what I heard and I wasn't that good so I stayed away from it. Glad to have you aboard
  11. Community Servers! 2.0

    Hello everyone! I wanted to update everyone on how we're doing our servers in the next months, we are putting up 3 community servers. They are the following as of now: 1. 7 days to die Community server. 2. Ark Community server. 3. Minecraft (with modded Feed the beast) There will be a possible dedicated community server where we can put up OTHER games like minecraft, starbound, Conan and the like, we're not sure what, if any game servers we'll be putting up over the next weeks/months. If YOU want to let us know a suggestion of something you'd like to see and if more then 6 to 12 people want it, we WILL check it out and start the debate of putting it up. Our ARK server is looking for NEW people at the moment, we are directing people to speak to @Richiebob2 Richiebob2 or @Lady Tora on Discord. Our Diablo 3 guild is looking for people to JOIN it, OR if you can't leave your guild (or don't want to) you can join our community CHANNEL in Battle.net, if either sounds like something you'd like to partake of, please message @Manbywon here OR Manby on Discord. If you want to join our 7 days community server and have NEVER been on it yet, once it goes live, you can message any staff member and ask for the information, I would ask in general chat if any staff members are available first however. As you can tell we're trying to bring more and more things for you to do, servers for you to join and reasons for you to bring your friends along for the ride. It's been a dream in my eye for almost 20 years to be able to have a giant gaming community where, at any time of the day, I can say 'hey who wants to play THIS brand new game' and have a dozen or more people say 'Oh I own that, lets do it!' So, if you'd like to join us in any of those servers, suggest a game for us to look at or give a suggestion about anything in this regard, Thank you and any questions, please ask below.
  12. Graphical Bug

    Happens often, BUT you can change it by hitting around the area and 'breaking' the back end. It's annoying but it isn't 'there' it just looks like that, 90% of the time. Nothing too major, it's just an annoying glitch is all.
  13. Starting Over

    Hrm, that's a very tough question, you might want to try to take re-education classes that I believe offered to vets as a retraining package. If not was there anything you used to do as a craft that you enjoyed that you might be able to make a living at? Whether wood working, electronics, putting together PC's, etc etc? This is one of those times where I'd fully suggest checking out this forum: https://www.reddit.com/r/personalfinance/ I'm trying to help where I can, but honestly this is out of my realm of expertise. They'll have much better advice, the pool of advice is larger so I'm 100% glad I can suggest it. Do what you can via it and let me know if and when you post there and I'd love to at least see if GOOD advice comes from it. Many are worried or adverse to using reddit. Don't be, the majority of people, especially on that sub reddit, are VERY good people it seems and keep the trolls out.
  14. New here.

    @hixenator is that where you'll be living for the next years or can you just go where you want and setup or is the RV part out of your life?
  15. G'day All!

    Ah finally he's here, sorry this took a while to see, this month has been insane. How's life going for you anyway @Rightoff115 hopefully well, and I think you moved out of your latest house recently to a new place? Either way, hope all is well buddy, I'll be checking the forums more these days so let me know and o7m8
  16. I'm looking into this, I'm JUST waiting for the netcode to be fixed so I can make sure we can get on. If there's a decent amount of people that want to see it and/or play it, I'm not against going back TO it. It's just that it would need to be at least 15+ or there's no reason to rent a server if it's going to be empty in 2 weeks. See what I mean? Much appreciated man as always
  17. We're not done with 7 days entirely, but we are getting back to our roots as a variety stream. As such, I wanted to see if you guys wanted me to put up a community server for Dark and Light that we can all play on together and try some things out for Sunday the 3rd of Sept. This doesn't mean we'll never go back to 7 days, just that this next weekend we'll give some time to Dark and light and do the 'event' (their version of horde night). So vote it up and we'll look at this often, any questions can be asked down below. Thank you!
  18. Clear and free.....

    Now this, makes me SMILE large man, like really large. I guess the next part is, do you have 6 months of expensses saved up, utilites, mortage, gasoline, groceries, etc? If that's there then you put 15% away for retirement between you and the wife's retirement accounts, and plow the rest into the house being paid off early. Also you said Childrens savings plans with high interest, have you investigated doing 529b plans for your kids? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/529_plan OR maybe a educational IRA for each child? Which if they don't go to college, they could then 'take' at say 25 or whatever and just have a massive down payment for their houses? http://www.investopedia.com/terms/e/educationira.asp I LOVE seeing your post, it makes me smile ear to EAR that you've gotten yourself in that position and if you want to talk further, just let me know. I'm truly happy for you man, the 'next' thing to work on, is how fast we can build your wealth so you can be a millionaire. And not 'just to have money' but to 'retire without worry'. That's awesome news man, Seriously FREAKING Awesome!
  19. Hey ALL!!

    Comcastic day eh? ....... that's low man
  20. So straight to it, I'm going to have a server up and running on Monday the 12th when Alpha 16 drops, I want as MANY people (that are trusted regulars at the very least) to be there on that day and we can make mistakes, learn together and try our best to have some fun! So what do I need from you is this, if we know you well, basically you've been around enough that I know you just by the sight of your name that's a GOOD thing. If you lurk like crazy and I've never seen you talk that ISN'T a good thing, but you can be vouched by other members of the community AND other streamers I know. So there you go: If you want to join us on that day, sign up by putting you name here AND what jobs most interest you in doing. Like for me it would be. Name: Banlish Job: Scavenger/Temp-builder/Hunter Availability: All day Monday! Feel free to use this template and let me know! Name: Job(s): Availability: TL:DR (too long didn't read) If you want to join us this coming Monday on the 7 days to die server and we know you, THROW YOUR NAME INTO THE RING!!!
  21. 7 days ALPHA 16 launch day server!

    BTW, we need to know who's coming so we can purchase the server for it!
  22. New sound donations!

    Updated AGAIN! New sound donations added! NOT the mama! $3.50 Hello Nurse! $6.90 Ghostbusters GHOST! $9.00 Trex rawr! $10.00 New ones are added as promised for tonights, chill out drinking stream, there ARE some coming for the BITS as more then a few dozen have requested something besides paypal (see I listen to these things!) Enjoy and see you there! If you'd like to see NEW ones, or specific ones for bits, reply here and let us know! -Ban
  23. Banlish's Chili

    Btw if I streamed this one day, would anyone like to see that?
  24. Emote Ideas!

    This is a serious thing btw, I NEED emote ideas. This isn't a joke, I have no idea what to do half the time for Emote's so we're looking for ideas from Everyone and Anyone. I'll be linking this a bit the next few days to drum up ideas from anywhere I can find.