My excellent opponent Jeremy and I faced off this afternoon for a quick paced 50-minute game! It helps to have consistent Internet. You don’t want to miss Jeremy singing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game!”
What fun– although I find the multi-tasking of videoing the game a distraction, and remain a “think about one thing at a time” guy, I feel so much appreciation for the tools that support it. StreamYard works great, and of course YouTube makes it possible.
I was able to improve my camera angle over StayHome game #1 against Drew. Now you can see most of my head most of the time. You don’t want to miss that! I’m looking forward to more games against Jeremy and Drew–and I’m asking others as well. Some are shy, but it’s only going to be recorded for everyone forever and ever. So we’ll see!
So far all my live video opponents are fanatical Cubs fans. This is not a requirement. If you own a copy and want to play against me this way, please reach out to me.
Our first attempt was a success. Drew was a terrific opponent, bringing spirit, baseball acumen and engaging patter the whole time. Thank you Drew! Imagine, a head-to-head 2,000-mile distant split screen game of RallyBird Baseball! Starting at the top of the 7th, we completed the contest and enjoyed it. I hope you can too!
There were technical problems–mostly from the Internet stalling (you know why… things going on…). This dragged out the game maybe a 1/2-3/4 hour longer than it would have otherwise. It took a little extra effort to communicate where we were putting the glove tiles, but it wasn’t a problem. It was terrific for me to play the game with Drew this way.
I had set up my camera phone on a tripod with a careful angle, then found out that the software wouldn’t allow me to host via camera. So I had to scramble and set it up on my laptop’s. That’s why my camera angle isn’t quite right–I had to hunch down. Anyway I learned a lot and think the software is amazingly easy and capable. I hope to do this again with Drew and other volunteers (perhaps “volunteers”).
Here is the link to the game session (or just click the picture above):https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8CQHwSkr1Q
I don’t know if I’ll look into editing the video or not; I’m not sure what is possible via the YouTube interface.
Afterward the amazing Drew worked up scorecards for the 3-inning game, below (contains spoiler alert)! I believe I can say I taught Drew how to score a game this way during a Twins game we watched together at that incredible downtown stadium. Drew learned it immediately and now excels at it. As you can see, the game was eventful. There were multiple occasions of bases loaded, and two-out offenses! The bats were hot with a lot of hits. His comments correspond to our observations during the game.
Something happens tomorrow as I write this, Sunday April 5, 2020 noon Pacific Coast Time USA! We invited you to watch a #livestream lockdown video #RallyBird #Baseball #BoardGame battle !
Little unworldly novice and ingenue, eyes always red from crying with fear, me, vs that glowering curmudgeon, that photographic memory brain baseball expert and luck manufacturing titan, who never quailed from any challenge, yes the Honorable Heartland Master, D. He’s too tough for vowels!
A baseball drama across 2,000 miles !
And your eyes can be there! No bat splinter shall touch you!