Learning and Implementing

“The secret to doing anything is believing that you can do it. Anything that you believe you can do strong enough, you can do. Anything. As long as you believe.”

Bob Ross, The Joy of Painting

Mistakes and Accidents

I’ll be honest. I’m not perfect.

“Well… duh.”

Quiet, you.

I jest, but, seriously, I’m not perfect, and I shouldn’t strive to be perfect. To be perfect is to be without room for improvement. To be perfect at 21 is to be a product of God himself. Both of these are not ideal. I love learning, but I’m still way too harsh on myself when mistakes are made and accidents occur.

The Metroid Fiasco

Let’s take Let’s Play Metroid: Samus Returns, for example.

Thumbnail for Episode 1 of Metroid: Samus Returns

Despite being the first major project I’ve worked on in the history of my channel, I was still increadibly hard on myself when working on the last two episodes. What was wrong? Apparently, during the run of the series, some episodes had incorrect item trackers. That is, to say, that either I had the incorrect maximum amount of items that could be found in an area or the item tracker didn’t update correctly during an episode or, in some cases, both occured.

This absolutely devastated me, as I was striving to do the very best possible, but it just didn’t happen.

However, I did realize that part of my problems were, in part, caused by me using an under-powered laptop for what I was aiming to do. My computer would regularly slow down to an insane degree once I started really working on the item tracker portion of the video.

I have promised myself that I’ll completely re-edit this series after I get myself a better computer. Once I have this new computer, editing those video will be a breeze, especially since I won’t have to re-edit the last two episodes.

Below is an example of what I had to do for Metroid: Samus Returns.

The final timeline for Episode 16 of Metroid: Samus Returns

The image above is the final timeline for Episode 16 of that series. The process of editing that video involved a lot of going back-and-forth between my notes, previous episodes, and a handful of wikis. All in all, it took roughly 8 hours to edit this one video, and the video came out to be roughly an hour and a half.

This series definitely taught me a thing or two about patience, and even how to set up some presets to make certain edits a lot easier.


If there’s two main lessons I learned from working on my Let’s Play of Pokemon: Blue Version, they are that 1.) I should always, always, always use more than one source when doing research and 2.) I need to give myself more than just four weeks to prepare for a series as demanding as this.

Thumbnail for Episode 1 of Let’s Play Pokemon: Blue Version

Let’s start with that first point: using more than one source. I did, in fact, use more than one source when doing pre-production research for Metroid: Samus Returns, but I got cocky and used only Bulbapedia for all of my information regarding the Gen 1 Pokemon games. In reality, I should have cross-checked it with other sites like Serebii.net.

This became evident when I started having issues with keeping all the information regarding the Red & Blue rival fights correct for some of the later fights. While I was able to go in and make new sidebars to cover for these mistakes, it was not ideal. Additionally, there was infromation that I had gotten wrong regarding certain Pokemon and even wild encounters for certain routes.

The bio for Poliwrath. I put that it’s pure-Water despite it actually being Water-Fighting.

This, somehow, gets me to the second thing I learned: I should have given myself more than just three or four weeks to prep for this series.

Segues are hard.

Admittadly, three to four weeks is not enough time to do all of the necessary research, cross-check, graphic development, and note finalizing needed for something as complex as Pokemon. Even in the first generation, there’s a decent amount of complexity to type-matchups, encounter rates, and even the composition of your rival’s team, which changes a good deal depending on what his starter is.

The different possible teams your rival can have in Pokemon: Yellow version.

As you can see in the image above, things can get very complicated very quickly. Even if two teams have overlapping Pokemon, they aren’t the same level.

All of this has accumulated to the realization that if I ever do another Pokemon game, I need at least a few months to a year to really have everything in order, especially if I want to do Pokemon: Crystal. Gen 2 has so much to it, that it will probably take me a good six months to a year to prep.

The Sign-Off

That’s going to be it for this blog post. I felt like I should really talk about this instead of just saying that these series didn’t meet my expectations in the previous post.

I hope you all are enjoying these blog posts! I’ll try to keep these to a maximum of two posts per month. Additionally, if you want to know how you can support myself and my content, you can check out the Support the Content page.

Thank you so much for reading, and I’ll see you all next Monday for Mini-Pack!

A Needed Break

A Quick Word

Before we begin, I just wanted to throw this out there: As I was thinking about what to say in this post, I was playing a VR game on my phone, and it was a bit of fun. However, as I sit here writing this post, I feel like my shoulders are spinning. This probably is due to me using a terrible, cheap VR headset that houses my phone. Anyways, onto the post.

The Prologue

I’ve been making YouTube videos for a long time, and I’ve done Let’s Plays for a good chunk of that time. In fact, I had a goal of trying to never miss an episode release for 2018 and 2019, and even a goal to make even more content than I was originally making.

I may have flown a bit too close to the sun.


My first encounter with this sensation was during my time at SCAD. I mentioned my experience with burnout, and other aspects of the Fall 2018 quarter, in a blog post on The Road to Business.

As a quick recap, up to that point, I had attended college courses every Summer, Fall, and Spring semester from the time I was eligible to take dual-credit courses in high school to the time I arrived at SCAD. Despite both of my parents telling me to take a break after high school, I persisted and ultimately suffered the major consequences.

Burnout is not fun. Not in the slightest. I felt like shit. I hated myself, and the nearby bridge that served as a shortcut between my dorm and the dorm across the highway seemed friendly to my decaying mind. All this is to say that from this experience, I learned my limits and the signs that I might be burning out.

This brings us to now.

Thumbnail for Episode 1 of Let’s Play: Pokemon: Blue Version

As I was editing episodes 8 and 9 of Let’s Play Pokemon: Blue, I had this… feeling… This feeling is a bit hard to describe, but it was like I knew something was starting to fizzle out… The passion I had for my Pokemon: Blue series was starting to die as I became increasingly more and more frustrated at various errors I encountered as I produced some of the later episodes. Things like my notes on the boss fights being incorrect, editing glitches, and even an occasional missing file that I swore I made were all starting to get to me.

This all culminated to a point when I was working on editing Episode 9 and Episode 10. I became so frustrated with how seemingly terrible this series was turning out to be, as I kept comparing myself to the likes of Chuggaaconroy and what he was able to accomplish with his friends for his series on the Black & White Pokemon games.

If we’re going to be objective here, then Pokemon: Blue Version has got to be one of the most well-put-together series I’ve ever aired on my channel, even rivaling my series on Metroid: Samus Returns which is another series that is technically an editing marvel considering how much work went into that series, but I grew to despise it because of how many errors I encountered while working on the second-to-last episode.

How did it come to be that I grew to start to despise both of these technical marvels of editing and production (when compared to the rest of my channel)? It’s simple. I’ve got it in my mind that I need to be perfect when it comes to these videos otherwise nobody will watch them and I will be a total failure. This is an incredibly toxic mentality that I shouldn’t be having in the first place, but I do have it, and I haven’t the slightest fucking idea on how to get rid of it.

So, I’ve identified that I’m feeling something brought on by both Metroid: Samus Returns and Pokemon: Blue Version. What am I going to do about it?

The Break

To put it simply, I’m going to be taking a break from Let’s Playing.

Well, first I’m going to be finishing up Pokemon: Blue Version, and then there won’t be any new Main Let’s Plays for quite a while. This is actually convenient since the end of this series is roughly around when the Fall 2019 semester starts at my next college, so I’ll be able to focus a bit more on school and other creative ventures.

While this is going on, there is still an upcoming Side Let’s Play of Rabbids Go Home. Once that series is done, which will be roughly the last full week of September, I won’t have a new Side Let’s Play for a little bit. I’ll probably start a new Main Let’s Play in the following October, and start a new Side Let’s Play sometime after that.

What will I be doing in the meantime? Well, focusing on school for starters, and I’ll also be working towards bringing additional content to the website. We’ve already got Mini-Pack up and running, but I think it would be fun if we also started doing other shows in the future. I don’t want to confirm anything, but I’ve got a couple of fun ideas that may or may not require the assembling of a set and the acquiring of props.

Other than that, I might have a few other series that might pop either soon or in the near future. That all depends on what their final file size is like.

Send Off

That’s about it, really. I’ve just felt the creeping sensation of being burnt out from doing Let’s Plays all the time, and I think it’s time to start stretching the creative muscles. Who knows? I might even lift my rule against M-Rated games in the future…


Howdy there! My name is Andrew Dornan, also know as Da12thkind on YouTube (or some form of preface + 12thKind elsewhere on the internet), and I’d like to welcome you to my website!

Right now, you’re in the News & Updates portion of the website. This is effectively just the blog portion of the website. It is in this section that I will be posting any and all updates regarding the website and the YouTube channel. If you’re worried that you’ll miss some important update, don’t be. I’ll make sure that I tweet out each new blog post!

While you’re reading this, I’d like to take a moment to highlight all of the content that you can find on this website!

First up, we have the Let’s Play page! This page is the main directory for every Let’s Play that has aired on the channel so far. As of writing this post, all of the video pages have embedded YouTube videos on them instead of an uploaded video file because I currently do not have the space to house all of my videos, and I won’t be able to upgrade to a higher plan for some time.

Thumbnail for the first episode of my first Let’s Play of this channel: 007 Nightfire

Going on down the line, we have a new, exclusive series for the website: Mini-Pack! This series is all about me opening up those small/mini packs of trading cards that you can sometimes find at your local dollar store. I’m having a ton of fun making this series, and I hope y’all enjoy it, too!

Thumbnail for Episode 1 of Mini-Pack

After that, under the same banner of “Other Content,” we have the sign-up page for my newsletter Gaming and Creating. I enjoy writing issues for this newsletter, and I’ve got big plans for Volume 2! Oh! In case you were on the fence about signing up, it is my promise to you that Gaming and Creating will be, as it has been since the start, forever free.

The next bit of “content” that is up on the site is technically not for this website, but is rather a couple of other websites. The first of these is my old business blog The Road To Business, which I haven’t posted to since March due to various reasons, and the other is my photography website named simply Andrew Dornan’s Portfolio.

That’s all folks! For now, that’s all the content I have on the website, but I’m actively working on making more content for the future. Unfortunately, I am limited in how much I can upload due to my current plan with WordPress. I would like to upgrade to a Business plan so I can have unlimited storage, but I simply can’t part with the $25 a month. However, we can work together to help better the site and get more content up on the website! When you’re browsing the website and encounter a broken page or link, you can let me know over on the contact page. Additionally, if you’d like to support in other ways, the Show Support page has all the ways you can, well, show support!

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