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Thursday, May 2, 2019

Coming Soon: 2019 Content Roadmap

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As promised this will be a "game plan" or "road map" to content and community events that I plan to introduce or revamp over the next few months into later summer/early fall. There is no guarantee that these idea's will for sure come to life but it's things I'm either planning or looking into.

  • Returning to Marvel: This has already started actually. The last few streams I've done have been for the Android game Marvel: Future Fight. In the future I'm looking to add in other Marvel android titles, Ultimate Alliance 1 & 2 (for PC) and eventually the Avengers project from square if it ever releases.
  • City of Heroes: There are now live City of Heroes servers again (private servers). I am looking into doing some content in this game as well if there is interest.
  • WMMA5: I'm looking to get my hands on World of Mixed Martial Arts 5 so that I can do Twitch/YouTube content with both a weekly episode of me taking over a promotion as well as use it as a fun tool for a "fight companion/Pre-Event" style stream.
  • Graphic overhaul: I'd love to work on new custom graphics for the stream. Money is the issue here so we will play this one by ear.
  • Website overhaul: Currently looking for a friend knowledgeable in coding these blog sites and designing layouts and such. 
  • Fresh Faces: Currently looking for streamers I trust and enjoy the content to agree to doing a full or part-time schedule on the Ragetrip twitch channel.
  • YouTube content: I have been wanting to branch out into doing some YouTube content for a few years now. I'm very green when it comes to video editing which has held me back. I'm currently working on figuring out the ins and outs of YouTube to bring some exclusive content to the platform.
  • Horror: Just because I'm returning to Marvel doesn't mean that I'm turning my back on horror gaming. I will still be heavy into Dead by Daylight and other horror titles for the weekend streams.
  • Podcast: This is the biggest "maybe" idea on the list. I'd LOVE to do a montly or even bi-weekly podcast focused on all the things I love. Think the Joe Rogan Experience meets comic con/horror conventions. A strange mix of nerd culture, horror, mma, etc. I know nothing about podcasting though so this is a very "on paper" idea at the moment. No promises.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Surviving Dead by Daylight: Advice for new survivors

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Awhile back I wrote a "will I rage" review about the 4v1 survivor horror game Dead by Daylight. While this game is FAR from perfect and admittedly not for everyone I've grown very fond of the game. I especially enjoy playing as the survivor. I enjoy the thrill of being hunted by a madman while trying to work with a group of other survivors to desperately escape. 
With that said, there are many flaws with this game. Due to the design of the game and there only really being one "escape" method can get old for a lot of people fast. This aspect is where I feel Friday the 13th did it better (One of the few things they did right with that game). Other flaws include no real penalty for a player to leave mid game which is a huge problem in the community, killers camping the hooks and toxic players on both sides. 
However, even with all of the flaws Dead by Daylight is the best game of it's kind to come out thus far. With the addition of Michael Myers, Leatherface, The Pig (from Saw), and Freddy Kruger as well as home grown killers such as Plague, Clown, Hillybilly and spirit to name a few with more being introduced regularly and the recent addition of Ash (From Evil Dead Fame) as a survivor this game has become a huge hit for horror fans. If your thinking about hopping into this deliciously dark gaming experience now is a great time. With a new chapter coming soon and dedicated servers do to roll out this summer things are looking bright. Here are some tips for would be survivors in the world of dead by daylight to get you started.

1. All survivors are equal in the end

Don't look at a survivors perks as an indication of who you want to main. Unlike a killer, all survivors are equal in the end. What I mean by this is, once you level a survivor to 35, there is a chance for a red colored perk to appear on the blood web. By getting this perk, it unlocks that perk to show up on ALL survivors blood webs. So in the end, all survivors can have any perk.

2. Don't fall in love right away

With a wide array of survivors in both the core game, as well as the many that come in DLC such as Ash from Evil Dead, and Laurie Strode from Halloween it's easy to fall in love with a "favorite" survivor. That is all well and good but you will need to level up multiple survivors to unlock the ability for their perks to show up on the other's tree. So if you really want to main Ash, you may want to save him until you level up the characters with the perks you want for your build.

3. Survive with Friends

Sadly in the current state of the game solo queue can quickly become much worse of a nightmare than being chased by a chain wielding Leatherface. With the trend of many survivors just DCing after getting downed one time and totally screwing their team, asshole teammates who constantly lead the killer to other survivors to save their own ass and players who will unhook you with the killer feet away your experience in DBD will be MUCH better if you queue up with friends. If you don't have friends who play you may want to consider either killer queues, or going to twitch and finding streamers who are allowing viewers to join in with them.

4. Hanging out

You have 2-3 times to be hooked before you die depending on how fast the others come to your aid. With that said, NEVER try to escape yourself. All this does is drastically deplete your bar with an extremely low chance to succeed. Patience is the key here. If it's your first time on the hook hang out. Most of the time a survivor is going to come help you, they may just be finishing a generator or waiting for the killer to go away. Generally you'll have your first hook, and your struggle hook before you die. Sometimes you'll have a second regular hook before the struggle hook if saved fast enough. There is no reason to try and escape on your own (unless you have deliverance activated or something). All this does is screw over your teammates and drastically lower your own chances of survival.

5. Don't be that guy

Being chased by a psychopath who wants nothing more than to hang you from a meat hook can be a terrifying experience. That doesn't mean that you throw all etiquette out the window. Be mindful of where the other survivors are. If you see or know that another survivor is working on a generator or moving quietly through another area DO NOT lead the killer on a chance right to them either out of panic or to try and get the killer on them instead of yourself. It's a POS move that will likely cause that survivor not to rescue if you get hooked or ever intentionally play with you again.

6. Plan things out

Do some research. Find out what kind of build your going for. Figure out which perks you want, from which survivors. Once you do map out a strategy. If you want Urban Evasion your going to have to level Nia to 35, and then continue until the red version pops up on the web for you to snatch for example. This can save you time and energy so you can get to leveling the character you want to main.

7. He's just misunderstood

Occasionally you will enter a game where the killer is either doing dailies, farming blood points or just being nice. You'll know because he'll knock you down, pick you up and let you wiggle free. He'll lead you around to key points, allow you to hit him with pallets and do whatever to help you farm points. When you get in one of these games be a good sport. Allow the killer to farm his points too. Stay in the game until he's ready for you to run out and you both will walk away better off.

8. Discord is your friend

If you have friends who play, get into a group with a twitch streamer or whatever. Discord IS your friend. Hop in, and communicate in voice chat with the other survivors. Coordinate rescue attempts by how many times you've all been hooked, communicate how close you are on a generator, who should head to the door, etc.Not only does this make things easier, but a lot more fun.

9. Stay awhile and listen...

DO NOT play Dead by Daylight with the volume down. Have it at a good volume. You'll want to listen for the killers heartbeat, the huntresses creepy humming, or Freddy's music to know when the killer is close. But more importantly volume ticks from perks as well as the volume tick when a generators skill check is about to happen. This makes nailing skill checks easier, and other survivors not wanting to brain you.

10. The luck factor

Finally there is the luck factor. Yes, Dead by Daylight has a lot of skill involved. You'll learn tactics to escape the killers chase, you'll master skill checks and saving the other survivors. However sometimes luck just will not be on your side. You'll get spotted by the killer within the first minute of a match and become a victim of tunnel vision. Don't let this discourage you.

I'm back!

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What's up family? It has been a long time since I posted on the official blog here. Since I last posted I've become single again, my mother was diagnosed with cancer in her uriter between her kidney and bladder. She had both the uriter and kidney removed, went through 3 months of chemo and a month of radiation and I'm happy to say is now cancer free. Between all this, my own medical issue with the auto-immune deal, mental health issues and financial woes real life took the wheel for awhile.

I'm happy to say that I'm back focused on the community, stream and content once again. Yesterday I did a 14 hour stream of Marvel Future Fight for android and was amazed to see many faces (so to speak) drop into the stream that I hadn't seen since Marvel Heroes tragically shut down. I am currently working on changes to the streaming schedule/format as well as the content I'm putting out. I'm excited for the future of Ragetrip Republic. My next post on the blog will detail more about these changes.Thanks for reading and I hope everyone has a great day!

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