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CK is an outgoing g33k who loves to play video games and listen to crazy music, as she dances around her house. She also enjoys long walks at night, with Lindsey her half-boxer, half-bulldog mix, and trolling the net for random videos that make her do spittakes all over her keyboard. She works with kids ages 10-19 on a regular basis and is constantly amazed at the lack of 90s knowledge that they have. CK also occasionally wishes that the TARDIS and The Doctor(preferably as played by Mr. Tennant)would come whisk her away to places unknown...
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Last week our creator ShinySwoots came to me from on high [Editor’s Note: Not THAT on high ;-)] and offered me a journey. I accepted and was led down a path of righteousness and awesome….
Anyway, Swoots asked me to do a post about http://www.robotninjagayguy.com/RNGG/HOME.html otherwise known as Robot, Ninja, and Gay Guy. They have finished their first season and are currently raising money to fund a second season. I had never heard of this great webseries before and I am grateful to Swoots for introducing me to it. I sent the creator Travis Richey some questions, and I will be posting those and his answers in two parts.
(They even got Nicholas Brendon on! You know, the guy who played Xander on Buffy!)
1. How did the three of you meet originally?
Trav- Well, Gay Guy was living with his boyfriend Chad, who was a big superficial jerk who always did things like eat the last of the chicken marsala without saying anything. Out of the blue, Chad left, so Gay Guy had to find someone to replace him in the apartment, so he put an ad on Craigslist and the only ones who responded were a ninja and a rob—It occurs to me now that you may have meant the actors. Did you mean the actors? I met Brian Giovanni and Ryan Churchill at the ACME Comedy Theater in Hollywood, where we all perform. Brian does improv there, Ryan is on the sketch side, and I do both. I really love ACME and try to use ACME performers for almost all my videos.
2. Who’s idea was “Robot, Ninja, and A Gay Guy?” And how did they come up with the idea?
Trav- The original concept for the show was from another ACME friend Curtiss Frisle. A few years back Xbox was having a contest for new web series. I was doing “Musecast” at the time, and I got a few of my friends from ACME together to brainstorm some ideas. Curtiss came with the concept for “Ninja, Robot & Gay Guy” about three random, weird roommates. He didn’t have much more than that, and our initial concept for the show was much more wacky than it ended up being.
Unfortunately, I didn’t have the resources or equipment to produce anything, so we kind of just sat on the idea for a while. Then I moved into a new place with my boyfriend Rob Wood, and we knew we wanted to produce something together. Curtiss was busy working on some other projects, so I emailed my friend Eric Loya and asked if he wanted to be the head writer of this web series “Robot, Ninja & Gay Guy.” He said sure, and I said ok and went back to moving.
A month or so later I got 4 scripts in my inbox from Eric, who had just taken it upon himself to create the current tone of the show. He made it a point to say he wasn’t attached to anything (and in fact that’s the only reason he didn’t name the characters originally), but I loved them so much I decided to go into production the following month. It was a really frenetic period getting ready for that because I didn’t have anything I needed to make the show, like a camera for instance.
3. What do you plan to do with the money you raise from the current Season 2 fundraising effort?
Trav- First, we have a detailed budget that is available for any potential investors.
It’s important to note that everything we did for Season 1 came out of my pocket, to the tune of close to $10,000. That’s cameras, lights, sound equipment, hard drives, food, costumes, makeup supplies, etc. People don’t often realize that there’s a lot that goes into making any sort of scripted entertainment. I also want to say that I’m incredibly proud of what we were able to do for that little. Think about it this way: Season One had about an hour and a half of content in total (not including the Truth or Fail game show), which is the same as a full-length feature film. And you never hear about anything being made for that little. Even “Paranormal Activity,” which was famously inexpensive, cost $16,000 (But the sequel? $3 million).
For the second season of “Robot, Ninja & Gay Guy,” we really just want to take the show to the next step, as a professional-looking web series. For that we have a chunk of the budget set aside for equipment upgrades in video, audio, lighting and editing. Besides that, the per-episode budget is for some pay for cast and crew, which includes a few crew positions that we didn’t have in the first season (for example, I’d love for the director to not have to also operate the camera), food for those people on set, and a few other miscellaneous supplies.
Everyone worked for free in Season One, and that’s a hard thing for people to do when they’re also struggling to survive in Los Angeles. I want very much to be able to offer a little bit to people for helping to make this great show, and in some cases we need to in order to move forward at all.
4. How did you get Nicholas Brendon to appear in one of your episodes? (I am insanely jealous about that btw)
Trav- This goes back to the Musecast, as well. Helenna Santos was in Year 2, and for her final vlog, she interviewed Nicholas, whom she’d met at her work and become friends with. Then, a few months later, RNGG head writer Eric Loya was invited to go to a play that Nicky was in. Eric is a huge “Buffy” fan, so it was a particular treat for him. By this time, we were through Episode 8 of RNGG, and Eric just mentioned it to Nicky who was tickled by the concept. When it came time to find our Mr. Furper, we managed to get in touch with him, sent a script his way, and based on that, he said yes. It was tremendously exciting. It was also very flattering that he agreed to shoot with us for free, based completely on his love of the script.
Whether he’ll be back is completely up to him. Last I heard, he wants to, and we want him to, and Mr. Furper has potential storylines in Season 2, but with Nicholas being a relatively successful actor, it’s always hard to say how those things will turn out, especially when we still don’t have a proper budget.
5. What are your hopes for this webseries?
Trav- I think “Robot, Ninja & Gay Guy” is a wonderful show that could go on for at least a few years. I feel really proud that I can watch episodes over and over (even after seeig them dozens of times in the production process) and still laugh out loud at moments. I do think it’s important to have a budget, though. I’ve been demanding some great work from the people who’ve been involved in the first season, but I haven’t been able to give them a cent for their time and effort. Me included. But assuming we can achieve some sort of sustainability, I’ll do “Robot, Ninja & Gay Guy” until it’s not funny anymore.
On a grander scale, I could definitely see us on TV. I think cable channels like Comedy Central, TBS, Logo, or HBO would be perfect homes for “Robot, Ninja & Gay Guy.” We’re entering a few festivals this year with the goal of getting noticed by some industry folks.
We’ve also got a plan for sustainability. Ideally, we’d like to not have to ask for donations after this first run. RNGG is extremely quotable, and I would love for our revenue to come from merchandise like T-shirts and DVDs. If we can manage that, it would open the door for us to do so much more than we’ve already been able to accomplish.
More to come tomorrow!
When I was a kid, the best holiday was Christmas. It meant presents, seeing cousins that lived in D.C., getting together with my family, but most of all, it meant Christmas music. Specifically it meant the Disney Christmas album, on vinyl being played on our hi-fi. Back then the speakers were taller than me! On Christmas Eve, after we had done the family thing with my dad’s family, we would go home, turn off all the lights, turn on the tree and my mom’s Christmas village, then I would get to put the record on the record player and start it. I thought I was hot stuff. 🙂 Then mom, dad and I would sit on the couch, drinking hot chocolate and singing along to the record. My very favorite Christmas song has always been “Christmas Bells” which is the story of Snoopy and the Red Baron at Christmas. Snoopy’s WWII Flying Ace was always my favorite part of any Peanuts special so that song holds a special place in my heart. After we listened to music, we would watch “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and I would make my parents laugh by imitating the dances during the rehearsal scenes.
These days I’m not as crazy about Christmas as I used to be, I don’t know if it’s the fact that I’m an adult now, or what, but this year it had been especially hard for me to get into the Christmas spirit. But then, I heard “Christmas Bells” and now I’ve watched “White Christmas.” Christmas spirit, here I come.
Last night Mr. Doc and I attended the first ATL show of The Nerdist. In a word…it was AWESOME. We had FREE front row seats, and it was well worth driving in ATL for the first time. There were four comics before him. I really enjoyed this one named Patton Smith, he was pretty freaking funny. But he was nothing compared to the man himself, Mr. Chris Hardwick. About 30 minutes in he came over to our side of the stage and mentioned that he liked my Dr Who shirt, he then asked Mr. Doc what he was wearing, which was a Stephen King Dark Tower t-shirt. Chris told us we were adorable. He asked how we met, and was somewhat incredulous when we informed him we met while selling firearms at a local Bass Pro. Later he found out we had been truckers too, then he found out I had been to China. After he and I had about a 20 minute conversation in the middle of his show, he proceeded to say that Mr. Doc and I were the most interesting people he had ever met. I find this hard to believe but it sure was nice of him to say nonetheless. I got a hug and picture afterward and went home a very happy bunny indeed.
My name is videogamedoc87 and I live in the great state of Georgia about an hour south of Atlanta. I was wondering if there was anyway you could have a GA w00tstock. I know a lot of people that would love to go.
P.S. DragonCon is big, no doubt but GA(and the South in general)needs more nerd love. What can I do about this?
Fallout New Vegas Review Part the Second
I arrived in Primm and was immediately set upon by some very mean people. (I won’t say who so as not to really spoiler anything) Exploring Primm was fun, but ultimately what I was looking for was farther on. After another hour or so of gameplay I finally made it to the Strip of New Vegas.
I was lucky enough to approach the Strip at night, so all the casinos were lit up, and it was pretty impressive. To get into the Strip you have to either have 2,000 caps, a passport or a science skill high enough to hack the robot guard. I went the easy route and paid my way in. Walking through the gate I was bombarded by ridiculous amounts of neon and the sounds of The Chairman singing “Blue Moon.” I was in heaven.
In real life I’m not much of a gambler. When I finally find the best Boku casino (whenever that may be)I will likely spend about 10 bucks on slot machines and that’s it. But in New Vegas? I went high roller. And won most of my money back. I ended up only losing 100 caps to the blackjack table.
Wandering the Strip was kind of surreal, I’ve never been to the real Vegas so I can’t make any real comparisons but I felt kind of overwhelmed like I imagine I will when faced with the real thing. The lights, and the random hookers and drunk soldiers really added to the atmosphere as well.
Visuals wise I was very impressed with the work Obsidian did. They outdid Fallout 3 and that was beautiful game. The lights of the Strip were one of my favorite things visually about the whole game. I was also super impressed by the sheer amount of side quests in this game. The number of side quests outnumbers the main quests 10:1 almost.
Fallout New Vegas Review Part I
Starting up New Vegas felt a little bit like coming home. I had the lights off, the TV turned up, and nothing to distract me from the mayhem that was sure to ensue. I sat patiently through the opening narration squeeing quietly when I heard that iconic phrase, “War. War never changes.” As a late comer to video games(I didn’t start playing them seriously until I discovered Oblivion in early 2008), I have never played the original Fallout games so I may not have quite the appreciation as some of the more serious fans, but I love it nonetheless.
When Fallout 3 came out, my husband and I were over-the-road truckers and at the time we were staying in Indiana for a few days. So we found a local Game Stop doing a midnight release and waited in the freezing cold to get this game that Mr. Doc had talked about for months before hand. At the time I was still leery of video games, and I didn’t understand what all the hype was about. I understand it now. The feeling I got when I started the game for the first time was something close to euphoria.
The beginning of the game was very reminiscent of Fallout 3. You chose the basics for your character, such as name, gender, and appearance. You then use a machine that looks like an old fashioned “Test Your Strength” game to assign point values to your S.P.E.C.I.A.L. skills. Finally Doc Mitchell gives you a series of Rorschach tests to determine your tag skills, which you can tweak to your liking. The result of the Rorschach tests also determines the parting gift you receive from the good Doctor.
I was given a Laser Pistol(one of my favorite weapons in Fallout 3)some ammo for said pistol, a Vault suit, and some stimpaks. Plus I raided his house, because it’s not stealing.
After leaving his house I explored the town of Goodsprings for a bit. Met up with Sunny Smiles(what a name)and received a Varmint Rifle. She “showed me how to shoot” and then took me Gecko hunting. The giant Geckoes made me laugh. The way they run is hysterical. We shot the Geckoes that were patrolling the wells for Goodsprings. I did a few more quests in Goodsprings before heading to Primm, looking for the men that shot me and left me for dead.
This concludes Part I of my review look for more in the near future.
Mr Doc and I went out to a couple of really awesome haunted houses last night(I will post a review of those later). On the way home we stopped at the only Denny’s within 100 miles of where we live, and I discovered something amazing. A Fried Cheese Melt. Basically it’s a Grilled Cheese sandwich with Cheese Sticks in the middle. They give you marinara to dip it in. It was delicious but I swear I FELT my arteries clogging as I ate it.
But one night, when I was about 7, my mom rented the cartoon version of the Legend of Sleepy Hollow. All I remember is having weeks upon weeks of nightmares about the Headless Horseman.
I didn’t think about it again until I was 11. In 6th grade I was in an advanced Literature class and we traveled to a nearby town to see several short stories get the theater treatment. I really enjoyed The Monkey’s Paw, and The Tell-Tale Heart. But then, they started telling the story of that ghoul of a German Mercenary, the Headless Horseman. I was so scared I had to leave. The HH scared me so bad, I couldn’t even finish the Wishbone version of the story.
My freshman year of college, my parents and I took a trip to Walt Disney World and we attended Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween party. I was really excited about seeing the parade until my Mom informed me that it was led by the Headless Horseman…on a real horse…whose hooves sometimes sparked on the cobblestones. *shudders* So instead we rode Splash Mountain three times in a row. It was tons more fun than having a week or more worth of nightmares.
Even now, 5 years later, at 23, I still am uneasy about anything to do with Sleepy Hollow. I won’t even watch the Johnny Depp movie, and he is one of my favorite actors of all time.
Childish it may be, we all have fears, some we admit to, others we don’t. But we aren’t the only ones with those fears. And it’s so much better to share them than keep them bottled up inside.
So to start a sort-of Halloween discussion…what is something that has terrified you since you were a child? Or something that is a newly discovered fear?
Mr. Hardwick and Mr. Takei…they would make awesome companions.
That is all.
I bring you a music video. It’s for a Ben Folds song called “Saskia Hamilton” about the poet of the same name. Ben Folds commissioned a YouTuber named Charlie McDonnell to create a music video for this song. It is below…
And just for the record…Charlie is ADORABLE.