SirTapTap’s Spooktober Streams 2023

It’s that most special time of the year; October! And that means a Spooktober Streamathon is here. Jumpscare Horror games aren’t everyone’s thing, so my Halloween streams focus on more dream-like, surreal, and chilling games. Don’t expect too many jump scares or survival horror games, but more silly or strange games in the vein of Yume Nikki with more pumpkins and bats injected in there.

At 6 PM Central every Thursday and Friday of the month, we’ll be streaming! I’ve already planned out the first half of the month below with links straight to where you can find the stream. Come chat with us and get spooked!

Join our Discord, watch for updates on Mastodon, or follow me on YouTube to stay up-to-date. Can’t wait to get spooked? Check out the existing VODs from my 2021 and 2018 Spooktober stream-a-thons or my Lo-Fi Horror Game Playlist!

10/5: Halloween Flash Games

My favorite zombie, Flash, was never as dead as anyone says. We’ll be playing a collection of games straight from that, indeed, you can play in your browser without Adobe Flash! Emulation, people, it’s a thing. A good one!

I haven’t spoiled myself on the games yet, but the Deep Sleep series is a fantastic set of unnerving point and click Flash games.

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Fan Art: Pixelart SirTapTaps By @RaysofRed

These Pixely Bois come from watcher and YTPer @RaysOfRed on Discord and YouTube! Neko and Goose TapTap are my favorites. Surprisingly you’re not the first to draw Leggy TapTap. Cum Hat was made at my request, as I felt the Piss Hat, while funny, was a bit out of character.

And a non-pixel art one in the finest of art mediums (MS Paint)

An MS paint drawing of sirtaptap with wide eyes and crows feet under his eyes, with the text "LOSING IT"

Edit 2: And another one!

A cat-eared sirtaptap winking, by rays of red. It is in a painterly style.

See more fan art in the Fan Art Gallery and don’t be shy to send your submissions to my email ([email protected]) or share them in our Discord! I try to post all fan art I receive here as long as the artist is okay with it.

Fan Art: Happy Birthday SirTapTap by Requesticat!

This Fan Art comes from long-time watcher @requiesticat#9230 on Discord! You’re always welcome in my streams and discord, thanks so much for the art! You can see their DeviantArt here.

See more fan art in the Fan Art Gallery and don’t be shy to send your submissions to my email ([email protected]) or share them in our Discord! I try to post all fan art I receive here as long as the artist is okay with it.

Fan Art: Beach SirTapTap by Sam

This Fan Art comes from @Strawbearry#5540 on Discord, AKA Sam on YouTube! If you’re in our Discord Server you might know them better as “2”.

Looking fresh out there on the beach, same it’s so cold here in boring “real life”!

See more fan art in the Fan Art Gallery and don’t be shy to send your submissions to my email ([email protected]) or share them in our Discord! I try to post all fan art I receive here as long as the artist is okay with it.

Mastodon to Twitter Migration Guide – Tips & Tools

After what feels like a year of “will they won’t they”, Twitter is finally in the hands of America’s Least Mature Man—quite a competitive category. I set up my Mastodon ages ago just to see how it was, but now that I’m finally using it I’m really enjoying it.

This started as a Quick Start guide but ended up much more in depth than I thought. I sorted the headings from most to least important. Mastodon is “complicated”, but mostly in ways you don’t honestly need to worry about. Take your time and learn by doing and asking!

Feel free to share your tips and experiences with Mastodon in the comments below! Or say hi to @[email protected].

What The Hell Is Mastodon?

Mastodon is a decentralized Twitter alternative with individual servers operated by individuals or communities rather than a single corporation. The code is open-source and anyone can create an instance. As a result there is a consistent code base but not a “corporate mission” and the functionality is largely based on “pre-algorithm” Twitter.

The tl;dr is Mastodon is Twitter without a corporation or a glass-skinned manchild CEO. It costs nothing to try, so pop on a server and see if it’s for you. I’m writing a whole-ass article about it, but the best way is to learn by doing.

Most features Twitter has are on Mastodon, some slightly renamed. Lists, Direct Messages, Retweets (Boosts), Likes (Favorites), Hashtags, Notifications. Poke around and you’ll likely find more things familiar than foreign.

Pick a General Use Instance

Mastodon isn’t one site, it has Instances, sort of like Discord Servers. I’ll get into what that truly means in the later, more technical parts of the article. If you’re getting started, just load up the server list and find either a nice general server, or something specific to your interests. “Instance” and “Server” are interchangeable in Mastodon’s context.

Which instance you pick really doesn’t matter almost at all. I really recommend just making an account and poking around before you worry much about which server, as you can move servers later anyway. I personally recommend Mastodon.Social.

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Best and Worst Jackbox Party Packs RANKED!

I don’t usually do Top X lists, but well, I’m something of a Jackbox player myself. With almost 50 streamed games of the series and counting, I thought I’d share some Opinions™. Deciding which game to pick up first can be a bit tricky, especially since they’re all priced about the same. Ready those Comment-Phasers below and let me know your hot takes!

I am rating these from a Streamer’s perspective so unstreamable games will not be treated gently. Note the (few) non-streamable games can be quite fun in local multiplayer. Each Pack has 5 different games, but I’m rating on the overall quality of the full set.

Now on to the rankings.

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Super Zangyura Trophy & Unlocks Guide

Super Zangyura is out on PS4/Vita/PS5 in English now! I couldn’t find a good trophy guide so…I made one! Here are all the trophy descriptions, unlocks, and tricks you should need to get that platinum trophy!

Super Zangyura Controls

Most of the controls work as simply as described, though I highly recommend changing the default Attack and Jump commands to be on Square and X instead of the default. I like X to jump and Square to attack.

Secret techniques:

Jump while charging an attack to fall slower. Essential to reach certain items, especially in Hard.

Jump after being hit to do a mid-air hop, is essential to escape some constant-hit traps or save yourself from a bad fall.

Sometimes the Charge Attack will be required to break walls for secrets or even to proceed. If stuck, hit everything. Sometimes a normal attack and charged attack have different results.

Attack while moving forward to attack just a bit farther.

Attacking while crouching can help hit certain objects, usually through small gaps.

Charging an attack also blocks projectiles from above, even the “laser” from Rooks, essential in some areas.

The Dash can seem useless to a casual player, but it’s essential at some points to cross gaps. In higher difficulties, you’ll need to be very familiar with exactly how far you will dash. Also, it’s faster than walking so good for speed runs.

Super Zangyura Trophies (Epics)

Each Trophy is listed in the Epics menu, giving a vauge hint before being unlocked and the actual description after unlocking. The PSN Trophy lists the hint, not the real solution. Most will be obtained simply by beating Super Zangyura once and completing the Mythics in Time Trials.

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🔞Commission: Reverse Bunny Suit Nath by @ari_kaggs!

It’s Easter, so have a bunny Nath for the bunny season! This one is from @ari_kaggs on Twitter. Posting it a bit late but it’s never too late for Bunny! Ari’s stuff is great, soft and round just like I like, enjoyed how this one came out. This might be the first reverse bunny meme outfit image of Nath there is too.

If you have a 100% Orange Juice addiction too, make sure to join our Discord Server to coordinate games with us!

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SirTapTap Art Reference & Fan Art Submission Info

So you want to draw a SirTapTap, or maybe I’m commissioning you and just sent you this page. I tend to like to see how people draw TapTap on their own, but here’s a good set of info for consistency’s sake on how I tend to like my spikeballs.

  • Anatomy
    • Pretty much just a spike ball/mace head with two eyes, two shoes/feet, wide smug grin, and a big red nose
    • They’re basically smug Kirby with spikes
  • Colors
    • Darker blue-grey for the ball/body, brightly shiny silver/white for the spikes
    • Bright white teeth
    • Big red nose, shoes
      • For mood purposes, pink can do
    • Solid black eyes with white glints almost like pupils
  • Spikes
    • Wide and slightly dull, shouldn’t be TOO scary
    • Not too many, I like to see about 5 to give the impression of them being all-around
    • My favorite orientation is a “crown” of 3 spikes on the top and two on the extreme left/right, sort of like “arms”
      • See the Woofycakes TapTap for an example
    • Unevenly set, giving a sense of personality, not uniformly spaced
  • Expression /Mood
    • The grin is very important, something between chill contentedness and glib smugness, erring towards the chill side
      • Teeth are shown as plus signs marking the intersections of teeth only. It’s one of my favorite aspects of the TapTap
    • Generally looking to the side to showcase the grin. Sort of like Sonic it’s a bit odd to see it face-on
  • Do what you want
    • This is how the TapTap usually looks, but any embellishments/deviations to fit your style or piece are always welcome

Official Examples

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These could be considered the most authoritative examples as they’re images I’ve commissioned myself, though generally I haven’t asked for too many edits to be “on-brand” either. I wanted art, not a factory-pressed widget.

Sir TapTap's banner logo, a TapTap animated spikeball resting in a peaceful meadow
Commissioned from @Klobstrosity. Though this is my most “official” art due to how often I use it, the palette isn’t quite standard; note the pinker nose/shoe tone used to blend in with the palette of the piece. But it’s my favorite piece overall due to the mood it gives.

A recent favorite, Commissioned from @Woofycakes of Blue Revolver! The palette is very Woofycakes. Love the shape of this grin.

My first commissioned piece! Made by Andrew Stewart. A few more spikes than usual, but I like the sense of action it gives. Though generally the TapTap is more laid back.

The Origin

Yep, it’s a Tap-Tap from Yoshi’s Island (I pull the hyphen for simplicity’s sake). Here’s the official art from Nintendo for TapTaps:

Note the eyes being perfectly straight and not being afraid to pop up over the silhouette of the body in a very cartoony fashion.

Tap-Taps were nearly invincible (and in a few cases, literally invincible) enemies in Yoshi’s Island. They’re usually found just roaming around or hopping up and down, completely ignoring Yoshi. It’s often best to maneuver around them or gently push them aside rather than try to beat them.

Fan Art Submissions

It’s preferred that you email me at [email protected], if you must reach out over social, my Discord Server is acceptable but notifications can be messy on the rest so I really encourage a direct email.

When sending art please include the image/work in the least compressed method possible (PNG is great), your name/how to credit you, any social/art site links to include, and any notes you’d like me to include in the fan art post! You can see how these posts look in the Fan Art Section.

🔞Commission: Pink Bunnysuit Nath by @9HF__!

It’s Valentines, so have a very pink Nath for today! This one is from @9HF__ on Twitter. Posting it quite late since I had to figure out an Age Gate plugin to use.

If you have a 100% Orange Juice addiction too, make sure to join our Discord Server to coordinate games with us!

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