It's been a wonderful experience livestreaming Foldit for almost 2 years on Twitch now, and it's led to opportunities I couldn't have dreamed of. I owe a lot to this community and especially those who have tuned in when I'm live and said hi and supported me. So thank you. I don't plan on stopping any time soon, so please, feel free to keep recommending my stream if you see it appropriate.
With that said: I've started a side-project.
In the little pockets of free time and inspiration I've had, I've been working on producing my own video series on the intro puzzles with guided commentary, since I wanted to make a good, future-proof, video resource for future players that I didn't have going into the game. I say "future-proof" in the sense that even if the intro puzzles get re-worked or redesigned, the commentary and reasoning behind the old examples used will still prove useful as the core gameplay should hopefully not change.
Most of you know that I don't often spend a lot of time in Global/Veteran, since Discord has effectively spoiled me from using IRC clients, and I don't always keep the game open in my idle time on the computer with an eye on chat. To this end, I wanted to pick the brains of those who do have a hand on the pulse of Foldit's chatrooms for a little insight:
- Which puzzles do new players get stuck on?
- What do you usually tell players who are struggling? Do you link to the wiki often, or do you try to explain in your own words?
- Do players ask for any specific hints?
- Are there any other big bugbears that seem to pop up that's worth taking a look into?
Thanks for your input in advance. I don't have a release date for this side-project of mine yet, but I will definitely take good feedback into consideration as I produce this series.