Coming Soon: The DigiDenizen Discord Game

When we launched the DigiDenizen NFT collection in January of this year, our goal was to create something that would bring the Noname Nerd community together in a fun, interactive way.  Our vision was for the DigiDenizens to serve as a place for people who love retro-RPG games to come together and play together.  We started this with an interactive story that already has several chapters that, not only are playing out in classic "Choose-Your-Own-Adventure" style, but also provide NFT owners with the opportunity to win cash prizes if they own one of the characters that appear in the story (if you want to know if your NFT is a winning one, just go to our Discord server via www.nerdsbelonghere.com and go to channel #digidenizen-most-wanted.

Here's what you can look forward to with the game:

  1. It will operate on our Discord server via an interactive bot that will allow you to battle monsters and other NFT owners, earn NerdCoin, level up your NFT and more!
  2. Your NerdCoin and experience points will stay with your NFT even if you buy and sell it.
  3. In the future, you will be able to exchange your NerdCoin for REAL items!
  4. In the future, you will be able to play the DigiDenizen game on other Discord servers as well!

We're super excited about this new opportunity for all you nerds to interact and play together.  The game is very much in beta (and probably always will be) as our goal is to roll it out rapidly and add features as quickly as possible as more people begin playing.  We want the game to evolve with the community!

All you need to play is a DigiDenizen NFT which is only $4.99 right now (you will need to keep it in a Metamask wallet and use a desktop computer to register, but after that you can play via the Discord app on your phone).  HOWEVER, I must warn you that we are going to raise the price of the DigiDenizen NFT when we launch the game next week so if you want to get your NFT for only $4.99 or stock up order yours today!

All Together Now, pt 4: 3 Great Ways to Help Grow The Community You’re In

In Football, we talk about the power of the “12th Man On The Team”, meaning the impact a favorable crowd can have on the game, even though they aren’t on the field. Lately, we’ve been talking about how to build a successful community, but what if you just want to help grow the communities you love being a member of? Believe it or not, there are 3 different ways you can help build these communities from out in the crowd! Let’s take a look at what we can do.

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All Together Part 3: 4 Keys to Effective Community Moderation

 What does a well-regulated community look like in practice? Last time, we discussed the 4 Pillars of a Successful Community, but we didn’t have enough time to explore effective community moderation techniques, so let’s take a look at that. Just like we had 4 pillars in the last round, let’s explore the 4 Keys to Effective Community Moderation.

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Small Streamer, Big Merch

Merch Madness, pt 2: How Merch-on-Demand Can Make Merch Possible For Your Growing Channel

So, you’re really getting into streaming, and you’re ready to start considering options for making your own merch. There’s a ton of information to consider when planning your merch offerings. In this new series, we’re going to take a look at the 3 major categories of streamer merch, offer best use cases and solutions for each category, and some recommendations. You may be thinking to yourself, “The Noname Nerd sells some of this stuff,” and you’d be right! With that said, we’re about community first here, so we’ll provide you with a fair analysis, and at the conclusion of this series, we’ll give you some details about how you can partner with The Noname Nerd for merch solutions if they fit your needs!

We’ve already taken a look at full-scale merchandising, but what if you really can’t pull down the volume to justify a full-scale operation? Never fear, we’ve got another option that is approachable for any level, from large scale streamers that don’t want to hassle with running their own merch operations, all the way down to a small, upstarting streamer, who always wanted to be able to have their own merch! Allow us to introduce you to the “merch-on-demand” model.

With merch-on-demand, all you have to do is upload your design, put it on some merchandise, and then the vendor will host your merch on their platform. They’ll make the merchandise as you sell it, they’ll ship it out, and handle any customer service issues that may arise. It’s a pretty simple solution that takes a lot of the work out of your hands. Additionally, there is virtually zero overhead, since you aren’t directly paying for staff, warehouse space, or backstocks of merch. 

There are a lot of positives to this model, but there is one big drawback, and that is profit margin. Most services like this will give you a percentage of sales, usually in the lower double digits, paid out as a commission on your sales. While this isn’t as nice as saying “I’m gonna buy this shirt for $10 and sell it for $25,” it’s not really as bad as it might sound on the surface, unless you can pull down massive volume discounts. When you compare cost of goods, labor, warehousing rental and other overhead, and factor them in with your gross profit, the net profit will often look a lot closer to those commission percentages we’re seeing from the merch-on-demand guys. So, unless you’re pulling the kind of volume to get significant volume discounts on product, it’s often even-keel, or even more cost-effective to just go through a merch-on-demand service! 

As you might have guessed, we know a few people who have used services like that. We spoke to Noname Nerd Community Manager Joe Dalton. More importantly to this article; however, he runs BIGBITE Media, which is a smaller, yet successful YouTube channel, weighing in at just over 3,000 subscribers. He told us that BIGBITE has been successfully using merch-on-demand for years now. Thanks to their use of that style platform, they’ve been able to offer a wide variety of merchandise without having to take on additional costs. It’s allowed them to make merch specifically for events, like Extra Life tee shirts or Pride collections. He’s been through a few different providers over the years, and currently uses The Noname Nerd for all of BIGBITE’s merch needs.

Merch-on-demand is a fantastic option to bring merch to your channel, without a ton of work or upfront costs. It’s also fully scalable to the size of your audience and business. And yes, you read that last paragraph right, merch-on-demand is one of the many services we provide to our streamers. At the end of this series, we’ll explore exactly what it is we do here, and what makes our merch-on-demand service special. All in due time. Next up? We’re talking convention swag and giveaways, so stay tuned! Want more resources for streamers? Check out our Discord and Facebook groups! Not already a member? Grab the links to our communities at NerdsBelongHere.com! And as always, stay tuned to this blog for more great tips and tricks!

Big Merch for the Big Dogs

So, you’re really getting into streaming, and you’re ready to start considering options for making your own merch. There’s a ton of information to consider when planning your merch offerings. In this new series, we’re going to take a look at the 3 major categories of streamer merch, offer best use cases and solutions for each category, and some recommendations. You may be thinking to yourself, “The Noname Nerd sells some of this stuff,” and you’d be right! With that said, we’re about community first here, so we’ll provide you with a fair analysis, and at the conclusion of this series, we’ll give you some details about how you can partner with The Noname Nerd for merch solutions if they fit your needs!

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Autism Acceptance Month

It’s April, which means it’s Autism Acceptance Month. We’re excited to announce that we are partnering with the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, or ASAN. ASAN is an organization, run by members of the Autistic community, who change the focus from “Autism Awareness” to “Autism Acceptance”. They realize that Autism can not, and should not be “cured”; however, they celebrate their neurodiversity, and seek to educate the world about what Autism really is. They focus on programs and philanthropic work, to help the lives of people living with Autism.

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All Together Now Part 2: The 4 Pillars of a Successful Community

What does a powerful community look like in practice? Last time, we discussed what online communities are, and why they are important. But what factors should I be looking for when it comes to building and maintaining a community? As with any project worth doing, it’s important to have a barometer for success. How do we define the community we want to build? Let us introduce you to the 4 Pillars of a Successful Community.

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All Together Now Part 1: Why Should I Build a Community?

You know, in searching for ideas for topics to cover, it’s honestly pretty surprising that it took us so long to get back to what it is that we do so well. Here at the Noname Nerd, we’ve built our entire business around growing and nurturing a community. But why? Why go through all that effort to build a community? Shouldn’t we focus more energy on other aspects of the business, like content creation, product development, customer service, or backend systems? In this article, we’ll define what an online community is, discuss why it is important, and give you some insight into our own community, and how it has helped grow us as a brand.

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The Gear Files Part 4: From Your Console to Their Screen

We hear a lot of talk about capture cards. Do you really need a capture card to start streaming? Well, a lot of that depends on what platform you are trying to stream from, but on PC and some modern consoles, you actually don’t need a capture card for basic streaming! If you’ve got a good PC, you can stream directly from your game PC through software like OBS or Streamlabs. XBOX One, PS4 and PS5 users can stream directly from their consoles, and can use Lightstream to add layouts, effects, integrations and more.

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The Gear Files part 3: How to Light Up Your Stream Like Hollywood!

One of the biggest barriers to new people getting into content production is not knowing where to start with gear. So, in this new series, we’re going to discuss the basics you need to start, and where to go with upgrades, specifically with regards to audio, video, lighting, and game capture. Today, we’re gonna take a look at lighting.

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