Frank Succardi
programmer * web developer * digital artist * game designer * audio/video producer

DriveThruRPG Black Friday Sale

black friday sale

Black Friday comes early this year!

If you are looking for some great deals on RPG games, expansions, and supplies now is a good time to check out the Black Friday Sale at DriveThruRPG.

They have a 33% Off sale on digital downloads of selected products (including mine).

For more savings this weekend check out DriveThruCards, DriveThruComics, DriveThruFiction, and Dungeon Masters Guild. Then come back on Black Friday for some special deep discounts!

Thanksgiving Weekend Sale

Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving, but this year DriveThruRPG has started their Black Friday Sale earlyIt's called Black Friday because it is the biggest shopping day of the year, often the first day that puts a business "in the black" (making a profit).

How Can I Get A Great Deal On Games?

Get 33% off digital downloads of selected titles during the DriveThruRPG Black Friday Sale.

Find my line of products here:  CyborgPrime Publishing at DriveThruRPG.com.

Check out other great Black Friday Deals on Amazon:  Amazon Black Friday

 

Amazon Black Friday Deals

Do You Have Difficulty Choosing Gifts?

As you know by now, I'm always at a loss for holiday gifts.  I can always think of the perfect gift for somebody but when I go to the store to buy it, I suffer from brain-freeze and end up buying something dumb.  This happens especially if the item I had in mind is not available at the store.  I wander around in a numb panic trying to think of what to buy.  Thankfully, Amazon has already gone through and picked out popular gift ideas - it's just a matter of going over the deals and matching them to my loved ones.  And the best part is I can avoid the anxiety caused by crowded stores filled with desperate sales-seekers.  Get great deals at Amazon Black Friday.

When Is Amazon Black Friday?

This year, the Amazon Black Friday date falls on Friday, November 29th, 2019.  You can skip all the lines and shop from the comfort of your home on Amazon.  If you have Amazon Prime, you can take advantage of the savings you get on shipping.  You can try Amazon Prime before you buy it - there is a 30-day trial that I think is worth checking out.  Recently, my wife and I were interested in watching some shows that were only available on Amazon Prime.  We got the trial membership and binge-watched all these shows.  I think the first one was The Boys; a show about dysfunctional superheroes and the normal humans who try to defeat them.

Amazon Black Friday Deals 2019

So what kinds of great deals can you get on Amazon this Black Friday?  Well, all kinds of things.  Amazon is the largest shipper of online sales in the world.

Here are some ideas:

Nintendo Switch - Get the gaming system that lets you play the games you want, wherever you are, however you like. Includes the Nintendo Switch console and Nintendo Switch dock in black, with contrasting left and right Joy‑Con controllers-one red, one blue. It also includes all the extras you need to get started. Model number: HAC-001(-01) (product serial number begins with “XKW”) This model includes a battery life of approximately 4.5 - 9 hours. The battery life will depend on the games you play. For instance, the battery will last approximately 5.5 hours for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (games sold separately).

TCL 50S425 50 inch 4K Smart LED Roku TV (2019) - TCL, one of the world's largest TV manufacturers in the world and America’s fastest-growing TV brand, bring the latest in 4K technology and design. We've simplified the 4K Ultra HD TV so you can instantly enjoy endless entertainment. With compatibility, choose from more than 5, 000 streaming channels that feature 450, 000 movies and TV episodes plus live sports, news, music, kids and family, food, science and tech, fitness, foreign language and so much more. The standby power consumption is less than 0.5 watts

All-New Fire HD 10 Tablet (10.1" 1080p full HD display, 32 GB) - Fire HD 10 is our largest display in 1080p full HD—now 30% faster thanks to the powerful new 2.0 GHz octa-core processor and 2 GB of RAM. Stream movies, watch videos or play games with enhanced Wi-Fi. Enjoy downloaded content on the go with up to 12 hours of mixed-use battery life.

AmazonBasics Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker - Stream music, podcasts, and more from your smartphone or other compatible devices with the AmazonBasics Portable Bluetooth Speaker. Offering a wireless range up to 33 feet, the rectangular-shaped cordless speaker makes an ideal choice for streaming audio when working in the yard, camping, hosting outdoor parties and indoor soirees, or simply relaxing at home.

There are TONS of great deals at the Amazon Black Friday Sale.

What makes the Perfect Gift?

Here are some suggestions for picking the perfect gift:

Something that the person can enjoy for a long time.

Buy the same gift for more than one person - you don't have to find a unique gift for each person.

Regifting maybe you got a gift that isn't exactly "your thing", consider re-gifting.

Listen and take notes.  People might tell you throughout the year about gifts they might like.  Compile a list and make small purchases over the year so you aren't under a time crunch at the last minute.

Gift cards that are general are more flexible than specific gift cards.  That means if you can't come up with eh perfect gift card idea, choose one that can be used at more places.  For instance, instead of a Home Depot card for $30 try giving a pre-loaded Visa card with $30.  Another great choice would be an Amazon Gift Card since they can be redeemed for a huge variety of products in the Amazon catalog.

Don't stress!  Spend as little time as possible choosing gifts.  Spending a lot of time choosing a gift is more meaningful to the giver than the receiver.

I Hope My Tips For Amazon Black Friday Have Helped!

The holidays are here, and Amazon Black Friday is a great way to get deals while avoiding the crowds.

Follow this link, then bookmark it, share it, and make all your Amazon purchases from it (I've pre-loaded the link with Black Friday gift ideas to help) Thanks for your support!:

Click here for Amazon Black Friday Deals

Click here for Amazon Gift Cards

 

 

 

What Is A Ring Light Used For?

neewer 18 inch led ring light kit A ring light is a lighting device that is commonly used for a variety of purposes.  Ring lights are popular for portrait shots, makeup videos, and macro photography.  Ring lights typically allow a camera to be mounted in the center of the ring and provide a uniform light source that helps reduce shadows.  The ring light is normally made up of many small, bright LEDs or from a singular circular fluorescent bulb similar to a desktop magnifier light with the center lens removed and a camera mount put in its place.

The ring light is popular among YouTubers, Twitch creators, and other applications where the subject should be lit from the camera’s point of view.

What Is The Best Ring Light To Get?

There are many different ring lights on the market and many are suitable for general use.  You’ll want to select a ring light that uses a ring of LEDs rather than fluorescent.  Fluorescent ring light bulbs can give a visual flicker and can get hot and don’t last as long, so LED’s are best. 

You’ll want to use a ring light with an 18” diameter so you can fit a camera, tablet, or smartphone in the center.  Another important aspect of the light is the stand.  I’d suggest getting the whole kit, which includes the ring light, a stand with a gooseneck, white and orange diffuse filter lenses, a hot shoe adapter, a smartphone holder, a remote dimmer, and a carry case.

The best ring light to get, in my opinion, is the Neewer 18" Ring Light Kit.  This ring light is incredibly popular among both YouTubers and Twitch streamers.

What Is A Neewer Ring Light?

The Neewer ring light is one of the most popular ring lights available on the market.  It is listed as an Amazon Recommended Product due to its best-selling status and excellent user reviews.  The ring light provides dimmable illumination without dark shadows.  This type of light gives a more three-dimensional look to your YouTube videos or Twitch stream.  Ring lights also add an appealing light ring in the subject’s eyes and are great for lighting up faces.

Which Ring Light Is Better: LED or Fluorescent?

When choosing ring lights, it’s best to choose an LED light source.  Fluorescent bulbs are being discontinued in favor of LED lights.  Fluorescent bulbs are also very fragile compared to LEDs and can break easily, scattering shards of glass everywhere.  LED lights are much more energy-efficient and better for the environment.  In addition, LED lights are fully dimmable.

What Ring Lights Do YouTubers Use?

Many YouTubers prefer Neewer Ring Lights in the 18” size.  The 18” size Neewer Ring Light Kit provides everything a new YouTuber needs to get professional-looking, shadow-free video lighting with that sparkly eyes look. 

How Long Do Ring Light Bulbs Last?

LED lights are noted for having extremely long lives, lasting 8-10 times longer than a fluorescent bulb.  Many LEDs have a rated life span of up to 50,000 hours.  Used 8 hours a day these types of LED lights could last up to 17 years.

What Is The Best Ring Light For Video?

There are many different opinions on this topic.  Amazon lists the Neewer 18" Ring Light Kit as a Top Seller.  It has many positive reviews on Amazon. 

How To Set Up A Neewer Ring Light?

Setting up a Neewer Ring Light is very simple.  It sets up like a regular light stand and has a flexible gooseneck to put the light at any angle.  Place your camera on the center mount and adjust the brightness of the LEDs using the remote control dimmer.  Is the light is too harsh, consider adding on one of the diffuse filter lenses.

Conclusion

If you are a YouTuber or Twitch streamer that is looking for professional, portable lighting you should consider using a ring light.  A Neewer Ring Light 18 with a stand is a lighting setup that will improve the quality of your videos.  Ring lights provide even lighting while reducing shadows and making eyes seem to sparkle.  The proper ring light setup will improve your photography and videography.

If you are looking for a ring light with stand, consider adding the best ring light on Amazon; the Neewer 18” Ring Light Kit.

Burrito Blanket for Adults and Kids

burrito blanket review

Brrrr! It's getting cold at night! 

Time to roll up like a burrito in this hilarious tortilla blanket and create your own burrito blanket meme!

What Is a Burrito Blanket?

A burrito blanket is a large novelty flannel blanket printed with a tortilla pattern on one side.  There are a variety of tortilla colors and patterns to choose from (including pepperoni pizza).

This burrito blanket for adults or kids will keep you toasty warm this winter.

Seriously, though, this is a great gift.  Everybody I've shown it to thought it was hilarious and wanted one. 

I'm usually bad at picking gifts under pressure so I thought this year I would find some throughout the year and purchase them along the way so I'm not so freaked out when the holiday comes along.  This burrito blanket will be a perfect gift for my friends who live in the southwest.

How Big Is The Burrito Blanket?

The burrito blanket comes in 4 sizes ranging from child to adult size burritos. 

The smallest burrito blanket size is 47" and the large burrito blanket stretching to 80" - that's over 6 feet long!

Can I Buy A Burrito Blanket from Amazon?

YES! Click Here to Get your Burrito Blanket on Amazon now!

 

RC Emotes
Games of Chance For Realm Crafter

Free Plugin for Realm Crafter

Just finished a small emotes plugin for Realm Crafter.  I'm providing it to the Community for free.  Please Enjoy!

RC Emotes – Games of Chance gives your game 3 new ways to connect with and interact with other players and the world around you in a more meaningful way.

 

Features:

- Provides a set of 3 Game-of-Chance Emotes for your MMORPG

- When you indicate another nearby player (such as /coin joe), you perform the emote on that player. He sees a notification, you see a notification, and nearby players see a notification. If no other player is indicated, the Emote happens to yourself.

- Emotes are "seeable" only by nearby Players

- Emote triggers animation of the same name

- Simple installation

- Adds a social aspect to your MMORPG

The Emotes contained in this pack:
*(targetName) is optional:

/coin (targetName)
Flips a coin and reports the results.

/rock (targetName)
Shoots Rock, Paper, or Scissors and reports the results.

/roll (targetName)
Rolls a 100-sided die and reports the results

Find it here: www.cyborgprime.com

Get your free copy of RealmCrafter Community Edition Here: Download Realm Crafter Community Edition

Check out the RealmCrafter Forums for more info: READ THIS to fix the water plane bug.

For full documentation on the RealmCrafter MMORPG creator, check out my book, Realm Crafter User's Guide

You can also purchase it directly from lulu.com here: Purchase Realm Crafter User's Guide by Frank Succardi.

Amazon members can get it here: Purchase Realm Crafter User's Guide from Amazon.com


 

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