Commission: Bunny Nath by @mi3li!

It’s Nath time again, this time I got an adorable commission from @mi3li. It turned out great, I wanted to see her in something cute! (Yeah, I went bunny suit again, it’s a classic.) I also got a TapTap Avatar from them! If you have a 100% Orange Juice addition too, make sure to join our Discord Server to coordinate games with us!

Most Nath fan art seems to go without prosthetics for whatever reason, so I asked for a version of that too:

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The Minimalist Game PR Email: A GIF, A Link, & A Steam Key

Not everyone can hire a PR person, especially indie game devs often working as a one-person-team. That said, I often get a lot of…rough emails from devs.  As an example, here’s a barely edited sample directly from my inbox:

A game PR email containing nothing more than

The obvious issue here is…I know nothing about the game. Sure, I could click that link, but it’s just as easy to click the ‘archive message’ button, and with 50+ emails in my box, that’s probably my first reflex nine times out of ten if you don’t make an impression. I wish I could say this is rare, but I get a lot of these. A few very basic PR services even send out emails that are basically this with better formatting.

And I get it! Almost certainly you’re a gamedev first and a PR person second. Or third. Fifth. Sixteenth. That’s fine! But even solo or hobby game devs still need to do a little homemade PR too.  Let’s take a look at creating a Minimum Viable Product for game PR that gets people to actually look at your game even if we can’t pay someone to just do it for us.

Game PR as a Minimum Viable Product

You’ve probably heard of Minimum Viable Products before; it’s all about making the simplest, easiest, cheapest thing that (you think) will actually solve your/your client’s problem. And hey, there’s something to be said about minimalism in general for PR—I’m no big YouTuber, and even I get 10+ emails a day most days. I’m sure major review sites are getting many, many times more than that. You’re going to need to assume anyone looking at your email is getting dozens of similar pitches.

Here’s what helps me the most, as a gaming YouTuber with far, far more emails than time:

  • A GIF of the game
  • A link to the Steam/itch.io/etc page
  • A review key to actually play the game right now

That’s it. You can and probably should give me a little text snippet describing the game, but really, a good GIF can really sell that on it’s own. Show me just enough of the game to give me a sense of the gameplay, the setting, the mood. Something your target audience will see and think “yep, I want that!”.

You can use a YouTube video instead if you like, especially if music/sound is critical to your game; when I say “GIF” I mean something short, small, and punchy. Even if it’s a video, think Vine, not RedLetterMedia.

GIFs are Magic

What’s so great about a GIF? Let’s use an a (fake) copy example, pretending I’m pitching Assault Android Cactus.

Assault Android Cactus is a score-based Twin-Stick Shooter available on Steam featuring full controller support, multiple game modes, and 9 selectable characters with unique weapons.

If you got that in your email, would you be interested? Maybe you really like Twin Stick shooters, but there’s a lot of those. Let’s try a GIF that takes as about as long to watch as that took to read, this one from FutureBetaGamer:

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Commission: Bunny Suit Nath Chibi by Kinoglossia

Wasn’t expecting this one so fast! I commissioned Chen aka @kinoglossia a bunbun chibi Nath from 100% Orange Juice!

We’ve been playing 100% OJ a lot in our Discord Server and I ended up liking Nath a ton (I blame Coffgirl and Mythology). I ordered up two versions, one with more realistic prostheses (Nath lost her arms) and one with the Extension weapons Nath starts with ingame, and they came out great!

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Fan Art: MLG Kermit the Squire By IzzyItADream

Hooooooooo boy. Okay. So. I was streaming AI Dungeon 2 and roleplaying, as one does, as an MLG Gamer Kermit the Frog in a medieval Fantasy setting, raiding Gamestops and throwing Gamer Keyboards and drinking Gamer Girl Bathwater.

Then IzzyItADream pops into Discord with this amazing interpretation of our amphibian capital G Gamer hero. Enjoy. Yes, those are Ahegao pants. No, you shouldn’t Google that if you don’t know what it means.

Fan art of Kermit the Frog with a sword and chainmail helmet, wearing an MLG Gamer T-shirt, Ahegao sweatpants, and a Gamestop(TM) shield

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.

Tap Tap Fish AbyssRium Pole – Hidden Creatures & Gameplay Guide

Tap Tap Fish AbyssRium Pole just released, so here’s a guide to find Hidden Creature Unlocks and other gameplay information! Come chat about the game in our Discord and check out my Ko-Fi!

Updates

Support Sir TapTap on Patreon!

You can support me and my guides monthly on Patreon (and score some rewards like cute cat pictures)! The more I earn the more time I can spend on improving guides like this. My PayPal is a thing too if you can’t do monthly subscriptions.

2020-03-12: They randomly changed a ton of unlocks again. The table is up to date thanks to Farmerlesbian’s list on reddit, thanks as always!

2020-02-25: New video guide for the new fish.

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Tap Tap Fish – AbyssRium Pole releases on mobile platforms

I’ll have a guide on this site soon just like the highly popular AbyssRium guide, but first a simple announcement: Flero Games has released Tap Tap Fish AbyssRium Pole on iOS and Android!

Stay tuned for a guide, though the gameplay seems to be highly similar to the original AbyssRium where I have  a guide right here. The AbyssRium Subreddit is already talking about the game too.

You can see my first impressions of the game here:

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The Best Pokemon Discord Bots of 2020

Pokemon is a well-loved and super popular series, and players are always looking for more information and more to do in the franchise. With this short list of the best Pokemon bots for Discord, you and your server members can play Pokemon games right from your Discord app or tab, or quickly look up information without having to open Bulbapedia!

If you’re not the admin of your server, ask someone who is if you think a bot would be valuable to have.

Let me know about other great Pokemon Discord bots in the comments! There’s a whole bunch, so this isn’t meant to be exhaustive, just the easiest and most effective bots to toss on your server and immediately have a good time.

Best Informative Pokemon Discord Bots

Let’s be real here. There’s 890 Pokemon, and about as many Moves, Items and Abilities. These bots will help you keep things straight and figure out how the heck you evolve that Inkay.

Beheeyem

Easily the best quick-reference Pokedex I’ve come across, named after everyone’s least-favorite-to-spell Pokemon Beheeyem. Get quick mainline game info on Pokemon, Abilities, Items, or Moves. No extra set up or weird permissions required, great for any server with Pokemon discussions going on.

Beheeyem even has spelling suggestions, making it useful for Pokecord players trying to sneak in a sly one.

Note: Images for this article are taken from official listings for these bots on their own homepage or top.gg Discord bot listing. Descriptions in images may be out of date and were written by the bots’ creators, not me.

Upsides
  • Best bot I’ve seen to get a quick overview of a pokemon and a link to Bulbapedia (and Smogon and PokemonDB if you prefer)
  • Simple commands, all you need to remember is b.dex (pokemon) and b.help
  • Spelling suggestions help for for children who can’t read good
Downsides
  • Website seems abandoned, though Gen 8 info is being added to the bot so it’s not dead yet
  • Oddly narrow and specific set of commands

Professor Bellis

The least-common bot on this list, Professor Bellis is a pretty new bot that uniquely (as far as I’ve seen) has Pokemon Masters Sync Pair information. It also has a whole Pokemon Masters style game built into it too, though I actually added it to my server just to look up Sync Pairs since Beheeyem doesn’t do that.

Professor Bellis information

Upsides
  • Info most other Pokemon bots lack
  • Built in Pokemon Masters minigame you don’t have to whale for
Downsides
  • Pretty picky syntax
    • For example @Professor Bellis help works instead of !help like the documentation suggests
  • Everyone seems to have stopped playing Pokemon Masters already

Best Pokemon GO Bots

Pokemon GO is by far the most popular Pokemon side game, and due to it’s real world nature there’s a lot of complexities that bots can help out with. Due to my limited Pokemon GO experience I haven’t used them myself, but asked experienced Pokemon GO players what they use.

None of these bots violate Pokemon GO terms of service via disallowed automation, cheating, location emulation, etc.

Meowth

If you have a larger Pokemon GO server it can be a hassle to arrange meet ups, report raids/spawns in specific areas. Meowth can help you coordinate and plan raids and more:

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Makai Wars Discord Server

It’s been a while since I really managed to keep on top of the Makai Wars Guide, so I thought I’d make a separate post about the much more active Discord Channel we have, you can join here!

It’s really part of my discord server for my whole site/youtube, but it’s one of or maybe the most active Makai Wars Discord too, so all your event and build questions can easily be answered there, plus helpful links in the pins including the character skill translations. My personal Discord account is SirTapTap#3775!

Shoutouts to Disgaea RPG if it ever launches.