skimming the topic the feedback i have may have a fair bit of overlap with others but will put it down anyway.
Overall i think it was a huge success in terms of quality. In terms of stand out positives i think the table monitor took the presentation aspect to the next level. It looked sick as fuck, and showed off both rollplay and roll 20 in a very cool light. The slow pans etc looked really sweet, but it was also occasionally really fantastic when scoots got to dick around with the camera for some comedy shots. it is very much in the spirit of rollplay and the dicking around jp does . The overhead shots of the table were A++ money shots to me.
Cast was great, fantastic chemistry. Great watching such good friends playing at ease with one another. Not something everyone can do but it helps that you all have thousands of hours of screen time XD.
Loved the barrel mugs. XD purchase link please.
Set dressing was solid. liked the little touches with the lanterns etc.
Now onto the crushing miyazaki like crit.
The first hour was an an issue. There would be people who would be very easy going about it and it was alright in the end about it, but i am not one. For a future live show i would put 100 percent of effort into making sure it never happens again. I dont think having 2 of scoots or 1 of anyone else would have prevented it. Twice now you guys have been burned by this but this time it was very badly. Given the unpredictability of the software and set up from boot to boot the only way to make sure this never happens again is to have a 'start time' for the live and then a publicised start time for it. If that needs to be an hour difference, or 2 thats fine, but everything needs to be booted, trouble shooted and checked and rolling for start time. Once the check is done you can mute the mics and throw a cover over the camera lens until show time if you have to if it means the show can roll at a moments notice.
The fact of the matter is, i dont care that it happened as a rollplay fan. Nor do i think would any fan because we know at the end of it there will be 8 hours of pure gold. What concerns me is how it affects someone who has never heard of rollplay and that first hour or however long they lasted having that as their first point of contact. It kills me because i know if they stuck through it then the time that followed probably opened them up to a whole new world of awesome fiction. Huge appreciation to scoots for being able to pull the situation out of the fire and keep his cool the way he did for that hour. Tremendous under crushing pressure.
The table was great on the overhead shots. I also really love how the players were all able to get their hands in there and interact. This being said, reflection did turn out to be an issue. A marginal issue in that the front angle shots made the tv impossible to see, but an actual issue in that at one point i think gassy said he missed an enemy on the table due to glare. There are anti glare coatings available but would probably have to be applied to all reflective layers aka screen or screen and glass if a glass topper is used in the current set up .
The dice tray is actually really nice and i dont have any functional issue with it what so ever, i do think it might be cool to have a clear bottomed tray/bottomless tray to roll on so that the monitor is visible beneath. A cheap but 'colour matched to table' way to do this might be something like this.
The graphics and overlays were fantastic and unobtrusive. It helps that there didnt have to be a lot of graphics to help with the rules but again the end result was slick.
The music on breaks was Amazing. I had heard a lot before but it seemed like there were some new tracks or reworks of previous court of swords tracks, in either case they were amazing and helps set ambience.
Said this elsewhere but loved the animated short. Great great visual comedy. Great to be able to show to people to talk about rollplay.
Lastly. The question of chat. Chat actually plays a pretty vital role in the form of gm chat i think. Having gm chat there to fill in gaps in adams memory or correct issues is important to the game sense of fairness and cloaca. This being said the very last thing scoots or adam can or should be having to do is deal with it and under no circumstances should adam be distracted with a live feed of the chat.
Gm chat should be a resource, not a drain on gm. Someone, preferably a moderator ( or someone adam/jp trusts) should have the sole purpose of combing chat for GM chat comments, and if they cite a page number, flagging a tablet (solely for this purpose) next to adam with a message that a ruling is being contested. Play continues and the mod then checks the stated page reference, confirms or denies the issue and in case of confirms forwards a screengrab of relevant paragraph to the gm chat tablet. From there Adam can choose to retcon as necessary, adjust future rulings or let it slide per his discretion . The key takeaway is that there needs to be an intelligent filter system processing meme magic and all caps into usable, discreet information to be placed at adams disposal.