Sure is the end of November
November 28th, 2017

Posted by james

November is a strange month around these parts. The first week feels relatively normal. We shoot some videos, record some podcasts and stream some video games. Then Desert Bus is 1 week out and then there’s nothing. Well I mean there’s Desert Bus, but that is just a blur when you’re in the thick of it. Then all of a sudden it’s less than a month till Christmas and OH GOD WHAT AM I GETTING MY MOM FOR CHRISTMAS?!

But of course that’s not your problem. 

Let’s talk about Desert Bus. I can sum up the experience in one pretty straight forward image.

You did that. Every single one of you made that number a reality. You could take away $600,000 from that total and still we’d have made more than double what we did way back in 2007. It’s pure madness, and we love you all so much for it. Thank you.

Now let’s have a chat about what’s coming up for us over the next couple months.

December 8th @ 11:00AM Pacific at twitch.tv/loadingreadyrun is the Unstable Pre-PreRelease featuring our regular LRR players along side Mark Rosewater, Wedge from TheManaSource and both Meghan and Maria from Magic: The Amateuring. It’s going to be an absolute blast.

January 4th-7th, 2018 Ben, Beej and Ian are heading out east for MAGFest. You can purchase your badges here! And while they’re off living it up in Maryland, the rest of us will be back in Victoria hosting the Rivals of Ixalan PPR. More info on that coming soon. 

And finally January 12th-14th in San Antonio Texas some number of us (like 4, just not sure on who yet) will be down for PAX South. Badges for that are still available and can be purchased here.

Now let’s talk Videos. Between now and the last time I was with you we have released a TON of content. For the first time in many years we managed to keep our YouTube channel up and running during Desert Bus. So instead of sharing ALL the videos, I will share my personal favorites and anything I miss can be found by heading over to our YouTube Channel. While you’re there make sure you’re subscribed.

First up we have the Monthly Mail Time from October.

The episode of Feed Dump that was filmed mere days before Desert Bus.

Loading Time Digest for October.

And finally a Crapshot about Magic. 

That’ll do it for this week. Join me next week for a totally “normal” blog entry. 

Sure is November
November 7th, 2017

Posted by james

Hello one and all! Welcome to this weeks blog update. We’ve got videos, and Desert Bus news and… well that’s about it.

First up let’s talk Desert Bus. It’s coming up fast and everyone here is calmly freaking out on the inside and smiling like things will be peachy keen come next Friday. Don’t know what the heck I’m talking about? Watch this video and enlighten yourself.

Desert Bus 2017 starts Friday, November 17th at 10:00AM Pacific. Head over to the Desert Bus website to stay informed and be sure to follow us on Twitter as well.

Now let’s get to some videos.

Sidewalk Slam makes it return this week with Adam and Graham chatting about SummerSlam 2017.

This week on Feed Dump, we go deep into local news, a black market fajita ring and fish swallowing.

And let’s finish off with some Crapshots.

 

Happy Halloween!
October 31st, 2017

Posted by james

Greetings one and all and welcome to the Halloween themed LoadingReadyRun blog post! Now you might be asking yourself, “What makes this Halloween themed other than being posted on October 31st”? And of course the answer is a link to a very old Halloween sketch we did about keeping safe during this most wondrous day of the year.

That was fun wasn’t it? Let’s keep this Halloween theme rolling with this past Saturdays LoadingReadyLIVE!

Now onto the non Halloween videos. Graham is back opening up your packages on this months Mail Time.

This week on Feed Dump, we fail to jump a canal and succeed at not boning our own parents.

And let’s wrap things up with a 3 shot of Crap.

HEY! That last one was Halloween themed! BONUS. 

That’s going to do it for this week. Hope everyone has a great Halloween and we’ll see you again on November 7th… my god. It’s almost November.

 

DESERT BUS

How is it October 17th!?!
October 17th, 2017

Posted by james

Greetings one and all and welcome back to the regularly scheduled blog post. Got a good assortment of videos for you to feast on, but first let’s talk Twitch Con!

This is going to be a bit different con experience than our normal outing. No booth and very few actual commitments mean we’ll be wandering around the show all weekend. We do have a meet and greet planned. Meet and Greet – Session 12 to be exact. Which is Sunday at 2:00PM in Expo Hall A. As best I can tell Twitch Con is yet to sell out, so if you’re in the Long Beach area this weekend and wanted to come by and say hi you can get tickets here. And for any and all updates surrounding this weekends festivities be sure to follow LoadingReadyRun on Twitter.

Now, let’s get on with the video portion of today’s post.

The most recent LoadingReadyLIVE is available for your viewing pleasure!

We also tried something a little different with this upload. We cut up the episode into their individual segments and made them all available in one playlist. Let us know what you think in the comments.

I’ve taken to using the video description for both Checkpoint and Feed Dump. This week is no different and leaves you wondering why it is what it is. Perhaps enough to make you wanna watch the video?
This week on Feed Dump, we can’t stay positive because Cameron is here.

AnoAni makes it return this week with the Fall 2017 Roundup. If you’re unfamiliar AnoAni is a Anime podcast featuring Ian, Cori, Beej and Heather.

You want Crap? We’ve got Crap. Here’s the last three Crapshots!

And let’s close off the week with a couple Magic Podcasts shall we? First up we’ve got James, Cameron and Graham doing their best to put a dent in our Crack-A-Pack collection and the guys at North 100 share their thoughts on building on a budget!

That’s it. Have a great week!

Happy Birthday to US!
October 13th, 2017

Posted by james

Greetings and salutations dear blog readers. Today marks the 14th anniversary of LoadingReadyRun. Now we don’t normally do much in the way of celebration when it comes to the sites birthday but figured to hell with “normal”. NOT THIS YEAR! This year, we will go a few notches above the bare minimum. I thought it would be fun to get the crew to share some of their favourite memories and thoughts on 14 years of LoadingReadyRun. So let’s get started.

Beej

My favourite memory is entirely self-serving: I was manning our booth at PAX West and someone walked up to thank me for playing Shadowrun: Dragonfall on-stream. He then introduced himself: he was the game’s head writer. Then he told me that the rest of Harebrained Schemes had watched most of my run and really enjoyed it. I was floored by the fact that our streaming not only meant something to the fans, but was also loved by the people making the games we play.

Paul

Now that we are mostly settled into to Moonbase Mk5, it’s fun to look back at the previous Moonbases to see the physical manifestation of how far we have have come, both as a company and as a community. I always imagine that each new office will be big enough for our needs, but as our space increases, so does our ambition and I’m sure that before long we will trying to figure out how to do 10 player games of Commander or something equally silly. The fact that this can all exist built on the support of LRR Community is a source of constant amazement for me and, whether through streaming, scripted videos, Desert Bus, podcasts, vlogs or whatever else we can come up with, I hope we can continue to entertain you for a long time to come.

Ian

I’ve heard LoadingReadyRun described before as “the people who invented being funny on the internet“. While LRR didn’t invent the idea, 14 years of continuously being funny on the internet is an amazing accomplishment. Three years ago, Cori and I stepped into a stream directly after driving from Edmonton, and we’ve never looked back. I am honoured to be able to continue to educate, entertain, and otherwise interact with the stellar members of LoadingReadyRun, and our equally amazing fans, who I firmly believe are the best community on the Internet.

Cori

Cori just sent me this Dropbox link. Enjoy 😀

Graham

One fun moment that comes to mind is when Kathleen and I visited England some years back, we “arranged” an ad hoc LRR meetup for an afternoon when we’d be in London. Us and a dozen or so Runners hung out at an outdoor pub, but nobody wanted to leave, so we ended up sneaking into a school and just sitting around in a multi-purpose room, shooting the shit until late into the evening. We actively try to foster a positive community, and it shows because they’re great.

Sometimes I have to just stop and internalize that this is my job. I feel so lucky that our community has allowed us to entertain them for as long as they have, and stuck with us through so many changes in who LRR is and what we make. To the community: You trust us, and it means the world to me. Thank you for letting us be creative.

Serge

Only a couple years ago we were filming Feed Dump in the basement of Moonbase 3. Sitting on old couches, passing a single camera back and forth, and trying to remember to point the mic at the person speaking. Sitting in the new Moonbase, recording Feed Dump on the new set, I was shocked at how much things have changed and improved. It’s amazing how much the support from the community has allowed LRR to grow.  A couple years ago I would have never guessed LRR would be where it is now. I look forward to seeing how much we continue to grow.

Adam

Fourteen years ago, my friends force fed me French fries. I’m still mad about that.

Kathleen

One of my favourite LRR memories is shooting Hell’s Kitchen, a video from 2006. I’m not sure the video is even online right now, but this was an “us playing us video” before Commodore Hustle had been invented.
The gist of the video was Morgan and Bill’s kitchen was gross, and so we kidnapped someone to clean it for us. The victim was my friend Brad Kirkland, who I think may have been visiting Victoria especially for the “privilege” of being in a LRR video and hanging out shooting with us.
In the plot, we basically grab Brad off the street and stuff him into a large sack and carry him off, exactly the same way someone gets kidnapped in a cartoon. Unfortunately we overestimated our upper body strength, and we absolutely dropped Brad right on his head onto the concrete and almost concussed him. Then we went back to filming, and we were all pleased with how the video turned out. Early LRR was always this whirlwind of action and lightly controlled chaos, and our friends would always end up get sucked into it, either by holding equipment, writing jokes or being forced to make their acting debuts because our visions were just a little too big for our actual capabilities. We’re a more organized now, but we’re still pulling our friends into videos and projects with us, because after 14 years of doing this, there is still a joyous energy that fills what we do. We don’t just make comedy because it’s our jobs, we do it because we love working together, and we want to make ourselves and our audience laugh. It’s still fun to do what we do, and as a bonus, it’s been years since we dropped someone on their head during filming.

PS – Brad turned out fine. He moved to England and got a PHD, so we clearly did Dr. Kirkland no lasting damage.

Heather

There’s so many good things that have come from hanging out and working with LRR. But my favourite moments are going to be the times that my friends have told me to come back. From the first time Kathleen told me to come hang around more on film days years ago, to yesterday when we all wave goodbye and yell out “see you tomorrow”.

James

Fourteen years ago I force fed my best friend French fries. It was an enjoyable experience. 

But for real. 14 years is a long time and I don’t have many concrete, vivid memories of those early years. But the night Graham, Ben, Morgan and myself went to some awful house party only to leave early, walk back to my place and buy some french fries on the way home continues to be one of the most fun shoots we’ve ever done. I get to hang out with my closest friends and play video games and make silly videos. That’s 100% because of you. Thank you.