Frequently Asked Questions - The Guild of Let's Players

  1. Where are you from?
    I'm from the Netherlands, and I lived in Japan for 6 years. I currently live in Seattle, Washington, USA.
  2. Why don't you upload more?
    Let's Plays take a lot of time to make, especially with the level of preparation I put into them. Since I now have a full-time job and have gotten married, I don't have nearly as much time to make Let's Plays as I used to.
  3. Do you take requests?
    No. I don't get paid for this, so I only do games that I like and I feel like doing. Making requests or suggestions doesn't influence me at all, so it's entirely pointless.
  4. Is there an actual Guild of Let's Players?
    No, that's just the name of my channel. It's a play on the various D'ni guilds from Myst, and my avatar is the symbol of the Guild of Maintainers.
  5. I want to play game X myself, where can I get it?
    Many of the older games I play are available legally on GOG.com for a very low price. Some of the Myst games are also available on Steam. For other games, I recommend you check places like Amazon.com or eBay.
  6. What recording software do you use?
    For sound, I use Audacity. For video, it depends on the game.
    • 3D games: modern games that use 3D acceleration can be recorded with Fraps, which is what I use. This includes games such as Uru, Dreamfall, Myst 4 and Mass Effect.
    • DOS games in DOSBox: DOSBox has built-in video capture capability which I use when possible. However, since it only records sounds made by DOSBox itself (and not those made by my external Roland MT-32 and SC-88 modules), I use Hypercam for recording games that use either of those. However, I have used DOSBox’s video capturing ability for Star Trek TNG: A Final Unity and Gabriel Knight 2.
    • Other games: for all other games, whether they are DOS games under DOSBox that use the Roland MT-32 or Roland SC-88, DOS games played under ScummVM, or non-3D Windows games such as Myst, Riven or Blade Runner, I use SolveigMM Hypercam. A free alternative to Hypercam is CamStudio. With these programs, the codec used to encode the video while capturing greatly affects capturing performance and quality. I prefer to use a fast lossless codec such as HuffYUV or Lagarith. HuffYUV is supported by ffdshow which is provided in all major codec packs (such as K-Lite or CCCP).
  7. What editing software do you use?
    Primarily, I use a combination of AVISynth, VirtualDub and Audacity. It’s not the easiest way of editing, but all the tools used are entirely free. I edit by writing an AVISynth script for the video, and check it using VirtualDub (VirtualDub is also vital in order to get the frame numbers to use in your AVISynth scripts). I then export the video’s audio using VirtualDub, and edit in my narration with Audacity. If further edits are necessary, those are done by modifying the AVISynth script accordingly.
    • HD videos (720p/1080p): For 720p and 1080p videos I encode the video using x264, encode the audio using LAME, and combine the two using MP4Box.
    • 480p videos: Because YouTube still has issues with 480p videos encoded in h.264, I encode the video using Xvid instead (using the encoding functionality of VirtualDub). The rest of the process is the same as for 720p videos.
  8. Who's on first?
    Yes!