Monthly Archives: September 2013

#21 Gamesäge episode 002

Well met, my friends!

Getting the video up on time was a bit of a problem this time around. The video itself was plagued by numerous false starts – at least I should have enough material for a bloopers / outtakes video.

After I cut it with Windows Life Movie Maker, I noticed that on my desktop computer I could only save it as a .wmv file. I uploaded that on youtube, which took about an hour, but then I noticed that there was a black border around the video. So I had to delete it, go to my laptop and save the video as .mp4

Unfortunately something went wrong and the last few seconds of the video were missing. I then updated the Windows Life Movie Maker on my desktop and reuploaded. The whole process took till 1 in the morning, but since I started the upload on Sunday, I maintain that I wasn’t late :P

So, as mentioned last time, I am taking a look at the game Citadels in this episode of Gamesäge (pronounced “game sage”).

The next video will probably be about Race for the Galaxy.

Pursue your dreams and see you next time.

#20 Structure

Well met, my friends!

I’ve been a bit of a slacker when it comes to frequent blog updates. Since I’ve recently started my youtube channel and have committed to updating once a week on Sunday, I figured this would be a good opportunity to do the same for the blog.

From now on I want to update Mondays and Fridays. However, the Monday post will be a bit of a cheat, as I will merely mention Sunday’s youtube video. If the inspiration strikes, I might add some additional content to those posts. I have to say, making videos is harder than I thought – I’m glad that I don’t do a live show! Before writing this entry, I’ve recorded the opening for the second episode of Gamesäge. Suffice it to say that I have some heavy editing ahead of me. Oh and as you can see, I have decided to use the signature greeting and sign off from the youtube channel on the blog as well.

Other than that, I plan to write miscellaneous blog posts that may deal with writing, gaming, game design or any other topic every Friday.

There you have it, time to crank up the output :)

Pursue your dreams and see you next time!

#19 Gamesäge episode one!

Hi all,

I’ve finally joined the ranks of youtubers – I used to have a channel under a different name since 2006, but I did not upload any videos. For recognition purposes I’ve decided to use as my main channel.

However, the show is called “Gamesäge”, which is pronounced “game sage”. Every week I will review one of my favourite games. In addition to merely reviewing it, I’ll have a closer look at the underlying mechanics. Thus, the name gamesäge has a sort of double meaning – it’s an odd spelling of the words game sage and also the word “Säge” is German for “saw”. With my metaphorical saw, I shall cut open the games and look inside to find out what makes them work.

Let me know what you think of the first video and tune in next week on Sunday when I will have a closer look at the game citadels.

Pursue your dreams and see you next time!

#18 London

Dear all,

as some of you know, I’ve lived in London from 2006 to 2011. I have the fondest memories of my time in the UK, especially since a lot of my good friends are living in London. Thus, I always like to go back as often as I can.

During summer, the student halls in London usually rent out their rooms to tourists. The new semester is about to start, so I seized the last opportunity for this year and rented a room at international hall from Friday the 6th of September till Wednesday the 11th of September. I had to endure a lot of criticism for the breakfast when I showed people this picture, but it tastes better than it looks:


The only problem of coming back to London is organizing the meet ups: it seems that either nobody has time or everyone has time on the exact same day! Fortunately this wasn’t the case on this trip. Things worked out surprisingly well, even though a week before going, I had only heard back from one person. In the end I had nine possible time slots – Friday evening and then noon and evening on Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, as I had to leave early on Wednesday – and managed to fill seven of those. As I told some of the people, I did feel loved. Thank you all for making the time to hang out!

In particular, I enjoyed meeting up with Donna Marie Howard, who was very encouraging about pursuing one’s hobby projects. To quote my favourite 1980s cartoon: “Hang on to your dreams, the future is built on dreams.”

On Monday, after meeting another good friend of mine for lunch, I visited my old university Imperial College London. On one of the bulletin boards I saw this flyer. Good to know that e-sports is alive and well.


In London I found out that my old video camera is no good, so last Friday I bought a new one. I have yet to record a good video, but it’s only a matter of time. I hope to have an announcement by the end of the week :)

All the best,


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