Before I start I'd like to warn people that this isn't going to be a particularly happy post. If you're in a bad mood and can't handle it, or if you're in a good mood and don't want it ruined, I'd advise you turn away. Also, I'm going ot try and keep this as short as possible but it's going to be long.
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With that out of the way I'll get right to the point. I'm sick, and going in for testing on September 19th. Depending on how it goes there's a real possibility I won't get the chance to post this afterwords so I'm doing it now. I want to tell the LRR crew how much they've meant to me over the years, but don't really know how best to tell them. So I'm making this post.
I started watching in season 3 or 4, watched all your available content at the time, and everything you've posted since (except some of the streams, you really do stream a lot). You've brought a lot of joy to my life, lots of laughs and lots of fun. My health has prevented me from earning much money, and I couldn't really afford to financially support you. That said, I think I made sure everyone who has ever talked to me had heard of you, and if not corrected this fact. From here I would like to comment on a variety of things individually, divided into spoilers bellow.
LRRMtG - Click to Expand
The first magic content I ever consumed, and a big part of what got me to start playing again. You helped me learn not only how to play again, but how to enjoy it. You showed me that sometimes it's better to draft a fun deck that won't win over a boring one that will. I haven't watched many of your most recent streams, as you've moved away from wacky and flashback drafts that I most enjoyed. That said, if you don't enjoy them I have no desire to see them return, as watching you enjoy the weird situations was the fun of it.
I've absolutely loved Friday Nights, and always find myself excitedly talking about each new episode with my friends. Pretty much the same situation with the Pre pre-releases. We've gotten together either in person or online to watch them together, having a bit of a party and getting hyped for our own events. You've done great work showing all the things there are to love about Magic and I hope you keep up the great work.
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I've had so much fun watching these, often re-watching my favorites. It was great watching everyone get together to play minecraft, each doing doing your own thing but working together towards a goal in a way that fits with your own personality. I'd really enjoy seeing you return to minecraft at some point, maybe with some mods to give some unified goal. A science/space pack could be fun, watching you build a minecraft moonbase on a minecraft moon. I eagerly tune in to each new stream though, and have really enjoyed the variety.
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Paul, you might be my favorite crew member. I watch your tech streams just to hear you talk about something you're interested in. What you've said about your personal problems has been a great help for me. But hearing you talk about anything you're enjoying has also been fantastic. Both things you're enjoying making fun of, and things you're enjoying playing. Your Dark Souls 3 stream had me smiling the entire way through. I so regretted not being there for it live, as I constantly wanted to assure you that you were actually doing great and to keep trying. Watching you explore and learn, seeing you experience things for the first time, it was like getting to re-live playing it for the first time myself. I would love to watch you continue playing, learning, growing, and discovering all the game has to offer. Though hopefully the chat can keep from spoiling you any more then some simple warnings, answering questions, and helping you find neat little secrets.
You're the only person I really enjoy watching even without a co-host, and I hope you continue to share your joy with yours fans.
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The Let's Nope and Watch and Play are some of my favorite streams, and likely some of my most re-watched. When I want to introduce someone to your streams these are often what I start with. There have been times when my friends and I just hung out and watched some of them on youtube, often late into the night. I especially appreciate Let's Nope for letting me enjoy so many horror games I never would have played.
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Much like crossing the streams I'm always eager to watch these, though with the bonus of even more games I never would have known about. The Hero Quest and D&D streams being my absolute favorites. Paul makes a fantastic Mentor and Zargon. Cam, your campaign was fantastic and I hope you continue it one day. Your story and world were great to experience. So great in fact, it made me start GMing a D&D 5e game.
I had been running a 4e game for about 2 years when my health started to deteriorate, and schedules started to become an issue. As a result we stopped playing together. But thanks to you I came up with the idea of running a campaign on a forum, and it's been working great. So thank you Cam, from me and my players.
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Likely my favorite Duo. I wasn't especially interested in your individual shows, but I would scan each of your streams in the hopes of seeing you two together. When I heard about Talking Simulator I was thrilled, and you've lived up to my expectations. I hope you'll consider playing Undertale, as I think it deserves to be talked about. I know Alex isn't to inclined, but think watching Cam experience it would just be amazing. If necessary, perhaps it could even be a solo stream.
Tinker Tailor Solder Fry - Click to Expand
I've enjoyed watching each individual project, and am always interested to see what you plan to work on next. Despite my expectation that I wouldn't enjoy them, my favorite episodes were when Cam was painting miniatures and talking with chat. I hope he'll do it again sometime.
And that's it I think. I've loved watching you create content over the years, everything from Phailhause to sketches to streams and everything in between. Hopefully I'll get to keep enjoying the content, but if not my life has been much better for what I've gotten.