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1. What is the story behind your Twitch channel name?

My channel name is the result of my last deployment with the Army. Between missions, my team and I would try to find some down-time playing board games, watching movies, and hooking up laptops via LAN. Since we were in an austere environment, there was no source of internet for online gaming, but we were able to play various RTS games and a few others, such as Dying Light, the Total War Series, Age of Empires, etc.

Naturally, our friends who were not into gaming so much enjoyed calling us nerds, so I adopted the "tactical nerd" title in a humorous fashion, since we transitioned between gaming and running missions.

2. What is your video game history/background and all time favourite game?

I grew up playing Goldeneye, and I fondly remember the all-night Halo sessions in middle/high school. I'd say I first got wrapped up in the Halo universe, and became an avid Battlefield 1942 player, my first true online gaming addiction. Since then, I've been a consistent Battlefield fan.

If I was forced to play two games for the rest of my life, I'd choose The Last of Us and Red Dead Redemption. Amazing stories, amazing music, and voice over acting in general.

3. What/who inspired you to start streaming?

It seemed an enjoyable way to meet new people, experience new games, and network with likeminded individuals.

4. When did you start streaming?

I started streaming November 2017, shortly after returning from my last deployment overseas.

5. How did you find the first few weeks/months of streaming? (any funny stories/mistakes/highlights?)

The first few weeks were rough when it came to overlays, streaming software, and those bits and pieces. My graphics and overlay looked rough, and overall audio quality was equally rough.

I made it my goal to improve at least one part of the stream each day, and I believe I've made alot of progress in that department. But I've already made some great friends, and had some hilarious moments captured in clips!

6. How did you grow your stream? How did you network?

"Genuine" networking and networking for the sake of follows are two very different things, in my opinion. I think there is some value in the "F4F!" approach, but ultimately I don't think that's the best way.

I earnestly sought to meet new people, hear what they like to play, and enjoyed playing games with them!

7. What has been your proudest moment while streaming?

My first sub and donation! They both came with a very friendly and supportive message for the stream, and it was a nice surprise.

8. How did you find the technical side of streaming? Setting up your stream, etc?

Similar to what I mentioned above in question #5, as a brand-new streamer with zero prior experience, I had to read through a lot of manuals on how best to tweak the software. I switched from OBS to XSplit Broadcaster in December, finding it easier to use and generally more agreeable to my settings.

I invested in good hardware and watched a lot of tutorials. I had great input from fellow streamers as well, which was a huge help.

9. What do you enjoy most about your streaming career?

Interacting with people from all over the world, and hearing what they like to play and why.

10. What don't you enjoy so much about streaming?

Talking to myself! I am not a good self-talker.

11. What are you short term and long term goals for your stream?

Short term: I’d like to reach 1000 followers and have at least 20-30 average viewers per stream.

Long term, I’d love to reach partner status, and be able to host true charity streams that can bring attention to some of my favorite groups (Wounded Warrior Project, Puppy Rescue Mission, etc)

12. What advice would you give anyone looking to start streaming?

This is not a career! Or, it shouldn’t be begun with that mentality in mind. Full-time streamers have been doing this for quite a while, so you shouldn’t expect to immediately be similarly successful. Be patient and be understanding of this! Additionally, as mentioned above, you need concurrent viewers, not just follows, to reach partner. Keep that in mind if you join any “F4F” groups.

Groups like BNN, however, are an excellent place to network with a lot of likeminded and friendly streamers. Seek to make friendships first, and the networking will flow naturally.

13. Finally, what other streamers do you enjoy watching?

I watch Kotton, monkeyism, and DETHRIDGE.

The Tactical Nerd is a variety Twitch streamer who plays a mixture of first/third person shooters, adventure/survival, and RTS/strategy games. He is a member of the British Nerd Network.

Find his stream at www.twitch.tv/the_tactical_nerd and on twitter @TacticalNerd


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