It’s strange. I went online tonight looking to find a quote for the night. Instead, I ended up watching a whole bunch of Doctor Who mini episodes on Youtube.com. That and a rather confusing Umbrella Academy motion comic.
Since I’ve started playing board and card games, I have looked around the internet to try and find out information about the games that I had grown interested in, or that looked interesting on the shelves. Sometimes I was just looking for a review. Other times I was looking for something that would explain the rules better. Naturally, I found a lot on YouTube.
The web series that started me down the road of board and card games. Hosted by Wil Wheaton, TableTop brings together a group of Wil’s friends to play various games. Think of it as Boardgaming with the Stars. This web series is getting ready to move into its third season.
The catch all channel for board gaming. The Dice Tower features reviews by Tom Vasel, and other contributors, Top 10 lists, and Board Game Breakfast, a weekly round up of board gaming. If a game looks interesting, but you are just not too sure about it, it is more than likely that Tom, or one of his contributors, has reviewed it.
Want to see how a game plays and have a couple of hours to kill? Check out Rodney Smith’s Watch It Played. Smith will actually play a game in a series of short videos, usually focusing on one or two turns a video. He will often leave the segments open ended, asking viewers to leave suggestions for the next move in the comments. He will also go over any possible errors that may have been made in the previous round.
Similar to Watch It Played, Rahdo Runs Through focuses on showing how a game is played. Unlike Watch It Played, though, Rahdo will play longer segments, usually splitting videos into set up, game play (with extended game play options) and final thoughts.
It is the ultimate in time wasters. Youtube.com has drained tons of minutes from a lot of people’s lives, my own includes. But, let’s face it, it is not all in vain. Youtube is actually serving a purpose.
It is Thursday night, and the big project is due the next day. You are scrambling to finish it up well enough that you don’t fail and/or get fired. All the while, you wonder how it could have gotten so bad. How did a project that had three weeks to be completed fall on the late outs of the day before.
I know how. You wasted way too much time elsewhere. I know because I have been in that spot.
Here are my Top 5 Productivity Killers.
This is a bit late for the holiday, but I just recently stumbled across this again on YouTube and felt it was necessary to share it.
This video comes from a British comedy show called Dead Ringers, which did a number of parodies. This particular one is a Doctor Who parody perfect for Christmas (or just after).
This week, we go for something a little off the the standard.
Lindsey Stirling is a violinist who has made a mark on Youtube with her unique style. here, she joins with vocalist Peter Hollens to perform music from the video game Skyrim. What you hear is Peter Hollens on vocals along with Lindsey Stirling’s violin… and that’s it.