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Apr 13th 2018 by thepoliticalrev • 45 Questions • 58 Points

Hi Reddit! My name's Trevor Ault, I work for KOIN-6 News in Portland, Oregon. Earlier this week for my 2-year work anniversary I posted a video of me saying silly things on tv, out of context: https://youtu.be/ntLmL_OUdXk

My friend shared it to Reddit and the response was overwhelming. So many comments were incredibly kind, and only one person told me to kill myself. I count that as a victory.

Some of you reached out to me to do an AMA, and I'm taking off on a road trip, so I've got plenty of time.

I've been a Reddit lurker for years but never comment (as evidenced by post history). Looking forward to answering your questions and providing context to the video. Yes, I really do eat Oreos like that.

Proof: https://imgur.com/gallery/T3VZ8

Update: Folks, this has been great. I'm now entering Canada and will be signing off for the time being. Thanks so much for your hospitality and your great questions. Doing something worthy of an AMA has secretly been a career goal of mine, and this was even better than I hoped or deserved. I'll definitely come back some time if you'll have me. Until then, back to lurking I go!

(Also if you tune in to KOIN Monday morning to try to watch, I won't be there, because of the Canada thing. See you Wednesday)

Q:

What keeps you going every day?

How do you decide when a game is "done"?

Will there be updates afterwards?

What will you do if the game isn't successful?

A:

What's a part of your job that people don't know about?


Q:

What keeps me going? Hm...

When I close my eyes I see the complete game. Anyone that picks it up has plenty of fun and has a plethora of content available to them. Have they seen everything yet? No.

I imagine the real grinder, the guy like me that punches 900 hours. I want that guy to be able to still find something he hasn't seen before. A monster form, an ability, a unique transformation.

Because I'm that guy too - I don't ever want to stop exploring. And in games like this exploration isn't just physical - it's deeply rooted in the breeding, the battling, the experimenting.

At the same time, everything is hand-crafted, we're not using procedural generation of Monsters or anything.

The game will be done when we have everything in our MONSTER CROWN PLAN BOOK implemented. We've defined everything that will be in the game already, we're past the point of adding new features/scope.

There will be monthly free DLC for years, absolutely :)

If it isn't successful I'll feel really sad for a bit, but I know when I release it I'll be proud of it - that's all that really matters.

A:

I put on my own makeup at 4 in the morning. I'm not good at it


Q:

one more question;

what do you envision the 'end game' for this to be like? Is it just revisiting old areas and making contracts to breed new creatures, or is there something else planned/in the game already?

A:

At the bottom of your post right after you said "yes I really do eat oreos like that" and then your next line under that was "proof" I was really hoping to see 8 double stuffed oreos in a glass of milk. Great pic of you, but I was kinda disappointed not gonna lie. Anyway we could see that pls?


Q:

MMMMM

How do I respond to this without a huge spoiler?

All I can say right now is that there's something else big in the post-game, not just treading the same paths :)

A:

I would but I'm stuck in a car for foreseeable future. I'll pitch a story on Oreo consumption at the next editorial meeting


Q:

How do skills/spells/etc work? More specifically, do monsters learn new skills when they level up, or how are they acquired? And can monsters pass on their skills to their offspring through breeding?

A:

My new fetish will then forever be the bad boy of local news eating a soggy slop of double stuff Oreos out of a glass


Q:

Great question (btw, thank you for stopping by, the famous SIRALIM dev!)

Monsters have a set of skills that are available to them as they level up. You'll be able to choose six skills from their learnset to "remember" at once. You can swap them at any time.

As you breed, this learnset just grows and grows :)

All skills are passed down in the form of movesets and in the form of learnsets. This compounds over the generations so a 5th-6th generation monster can have a truly formidable set of skills available.

A:

New?


Q:

Have you scrapped monster designs before and if so what was your least favourite?

A:

What is the context for that suspicious rock?


Q:

Oh absolutely we've had to scrap em!

Makes me sad every time, but if it means the sum of all Monsters in the game is a better crew for players then in the end I'm happy!

Shad is my co-creator and a much better Monster Designer - we've never had to scrap one of his designs (but maybe he scraps them before I see them).

Here are two scrapped designs, from way back when we began development in early 2016:

https://i.imgur.com/W4S4vHe.png

The top one wasn't too bad but didn't have a strong concept.

The bottom was one we "grew out of". As the game evolved and we refined our "Monster Bible" of the nature of these Monsters, we realized something robotic didn't fit in our world.

His name was Rotowl - sorry Rotowl, you are now in scrap

A:

We were transitioning to weather out of a story about an increase in shark sightings on the Oregon coast. I thought that rock was suspiciously fin-like


Q:

Who is Shad? You don't mean Shadman, do you?

A:

Do you have any funny stories from Vikings training camp?


Q:

Nope, just my team mate!

Shad_Noise is a common handle he uses.

A:

It was in lovely Mankato, Minnesota, and I got there before camp and had time to kill. One night I went to a townie bar and joined a trivia team, and we ended up winning the prize. Which was.... Adult-themed. And designed for men. I took it back to my hotel room and threw it in the trash. The next morning the person who cleaned my room must have assumed I made a mistake, and took the "prize" out of the trash and placed it on the table


Q:

Do you forsee some sort of competitive scene arising out of this game? Even if you don't, for multiplayer, how will you handle the "legendary" Crownies, that will presumably be more powerful than your garden-variety Laz? How will you avert the "No Contracts, Pursuit Only, Nio Kio" syndrome?

A:

What do your co-workers think of the video going viral?


Q:

haha! No Contracts, Pursuit Only, Nio Kio is wicked. I love that.

Well we actually have some network play ongoing as we speak. If you get a chance to try that out you'll see that everyone is ranked on "toughness".

The game calculates you and your team's toughness and displays it next to your avatar online. So if you're playing online, be sure to choose someone with a similar toughness level if you want a fair fight!

Originally we played with the idea of limiting a team you carry with you to a specific level of toughness, so you could have 2 very tough monsters, or instead 8 very weak ones. Ultimately we didn't want to limit people and we always try to offer choices, rather than restrictions, so we opted for a visible "toughness" indicator to help you choose your matches wisely :)

A:

Every time they see me they say "oh look who it is, the bad boy of local news". It's terrible


Q:

I see! I like that solution--very elegant. That way, people can choose the "tier" of combat they want to enter... it makes sense, and a high-toughness team can indicate progress through the game, rewarding singleplayer progression. I assume there's some way to prevent a person, then, from coming into a server with a high-toughness team and beating up on people still in the Monster Crowns version of Little Cup?

Could you further expand on other online multiplayer features you may have planned for the game?

Could you describe, generally speaking, what genre or era the game will take place in? From what I've seen, it seems to be a mix of our modern era, but with the primitiveness that living in a world of dangerous monsters would enforce.

A:

Come and hang out at /r/nba you hot little slut


Q:

Thank you!

Well we don't plan to split the server into sections, but we do plan to offer powerful sorting, so you're all on the same server but ideally you'd sort by "closest to my toughness", and work your way down the list (assuming you haven't pre-arranged with a friend).

The mutliplayer features will include:

  • Battling
  • Trading
  • Breeding

You'll be able to do all three online!

You nailed it about the era! The world is dangerous and full of monsters. There was also a huge civil war 20 years ago. The areas farthest from the three kingdoms were least affected by the war and have the most up-to-date technology.

There is one island, unharmed by monsters or the war that is quite advanced - Hewston!

But you're right, a large portion of the world is similar to turn of the century era, and very poor areas, like Mill Town can have very little to offer from a technology perspective.

A:

I already do. Did you mean to post this in the Steve Kerr AMA?


Q:

Have you ever seen a ghost?

A:

So how do you see this Blazers-Pels series shaking out?


Q:

No but my fiancee swears that she did.

Well not a ghost, but a white, whispy apparition that appeared only for a moment.

I believe her, but I also read a lot of creepypasta so I'm naturally inclined to believing all sorts of spooky stuff!

A:

Blazers in 7, Lillard and Anthony Davis both go for 45 in the deciding game


Q:

Is it going to be early access?

A:

Can your apartment building survive nuclear fallout?


Q:

Backers can get a demo/beta right now, but we won't be doing early access. We want the game to blow you away on release and releasing it early in some form could lessen that.

Personally I'm not terribly interested in Early Access (not to say anything ill toward the genres where it really shines).

A:

Management said they'd get back to me


Q:

What's your favourite food?

A:

They just want to give a thorough answer. Don't let them forget!


Q:

Hm... maybe party mix? No... Black forest cake!

A:

I can't believe my comments have their own in-jokes. This whole thing is surreal


Q:

Simple question: Crossplatform multiplayer or not?

A:

You seem like a fun person to work with! Do you guys need a meteorologist?


Q:

Absolutely! :)

A:

We actually are hiring for the morning meteorologist


Q:

Okay, that video was pretty funny. Serious question though: do you see yourself as an entertainer, a journalist, or both? Do you ever feel like you have a duty or responsibility to provide more enriching news content to viewers (rather than the tired local news tropes: sports, crime, and personal interest)?

A:

Good and important question: 99% journalist, 1% dude on tv. If your only experience with me is that video, it would be easy to assume I'm just goofing off all the time. But that montage was two minutes out of hundreds of hours of work, the vast majority of the time I'm being serious because I'm talking about serious things. If I did nothing but say dumb things I'd be insufferable to work with. However whenever we have a moment where I can be silly while it's still tactful, or say something that will throw off my coworkers, I try to take it.


Q:

How early do you have to get up in the morning?

A:

The alarm goes off at 3:15


Q:

What time do you go to sleep at night then?

A:

I try to get in bed by 8:30. I fail pretty frequently


Q:

Where are you going on your road trip?

A:

Vancouver! We have nothing planned, what should we do?


Q:

How do you feel about the role of local news in the wake of the Sinclair revelations of late? What do you think we (and you) can do to make sure that the populace receives factual reporting when megacorporations can come through, buy up the licenses and talent, and decree from on high what they think the people should know?

(Also if I had to wake up that early, I'd want some jocularity with my morning coffee, so keep being awesome)

A:

I'm going to answer this-- but I want to be thorough. I'm gonna answer some shorter ones and come back to it.

Nobody let me forget!

Edit: I've talked this over with my coworker Cole Miller, an outstanding reporter who is driving me right now, and we think our best answer is to keep pressing and hold your local journalists accountable. Accurate, thorough reporting should be demanded. And I hope people realize that with local news organizations, your voice really matters. We don't have millions of followers. We read what you say, and if you make good, rational points, it will affect decisions moving forward. Maybe don't write us a thesis, but definitely write us. And let people know when you think they've done a good job, too. Also definitely don't ever comment on what the women reporters are wearing.

Regarding corporatization, I think people would be surprised at how little corporate influence there is in our coverage. Of course I can't speak for Sinclair stations, but i personally have never had management at any level try to alter the tone or direction of my political reporting. Reporters at the Sinclair station in town have told me the same thing. Having said that, I personally think requiring stations to run commentary across the country with a definitive political slant has no place in journalism and I don't know a single journalist who disagrees with me.

Ultimately, everybody should double check where they're getting their information. Read things from all news levels, and read things from sources with stances you don't agree with. I think the beauty of the internet is that it allows you to learn from places and people you would have never previously experienced. I'm a much more empathetic person because of places like Reddit. But there's also so much media from so many different perspectives that if you aren't careful, you'll fall into a trap of simply seeking confirmation bias. Always be on guard against that. Just read a bunch. You'll be better for it.

When all of that fails I recommend you take 8 double stuf Oreos, put 'em in a glass, fill it up with milk and eat it with a spoon


Q:

A couple questions from a colleague of mine named M. Scott:

  1. Who do you think you are?

  2. What gives you the right?

A:

Brb moving to Costa Rica


Q:

Are you originally from Oregon? I feel like most people I know that ended up reporting the news had to move cities and often moved states.

A:

This is the weirdest answer-- my hometown is Oregon, Ohio. Spelled the same, pronounced the way people mispronounce the state. Or-ee-gahn. Then I moved to Or-again


Q:

Are you single? My boyfriend and I have a crush on you.

A:

I'm in a committed relationship with a person named The Viewer


Q:

All I can think when I watch your video is that you're secretly Jim from the Office. Are you secretly John Krasinski?

A:

I've gotten this a few times and it is incredibly flattering. But I'm not John Krasinski, I don't have that much nuance in my facial expressions


Q:

Have any of the higher ups given you shit for making jokes? Loved the video must be a very relaxed workplace! EDIT: Wow!!! Didn't expect this to get so many up votes lol thanks guys! P.s. fixed a typo on high(er)

A:

They've all been great, I've never been told to tone it down. It is a pretty relaxed place. I get along with all my coworkers, which I think is pretty rare


Q:

Is it true that reporter Cole Miller and yourself have a longstanding rivalry?

A:

Cole Miller is a scoundrel and I will not rest until he admits I have better hair.

He's also doing a great job driving us in the rain right now


Q:

Portland native here.

What’s your favorite food/drink spot that’s off the beaten path or not that popular?

A:

It's a legendary Portland spot but I love the fried chicken at Reel M Inn. It's the grungiest dive bar and they only ever have one person working, so even if you're the only customer your food is gonna take 45 minutes to make. When I'm there I feel like I have to drink bottled Budweiser just because it fits the vibe


Q:

Super excited because I grew up in Portland and this is the first AMA that wasn’t posted hours ago.

Question: what’s the oddest report you had to make and did you enjoy reporting it or not?

A:

Last year a barn in rural Oregon burned down. I was interviewing the neighbor who saw it, and it was fairly standard. We conclude every interview the same way: "Is there anything I haven't asked you about that's interesting?" The guy says a bunch of people had been at the barn lately because of some video game. As it turned out, this was the height of Pokemon Go, and that barn was a gym. So I then had to go up to the Fire Chief on scene and ask him, seriously, "Is this fire Pokemon Go related?" It was met with one of the more aggressive eye rolls I've seen.

I don't think it ended up being Pokemon Go related


Q:

Have you ever tried stand up? I used to work with a couple reporters who were constantly cracking me up. I thought they would be perfect on SNL.

A:

I havent, but I'm a huge comedy fan. If I had a regular person's schedule I would definitely try improv because a lot of my job is ad libbing. My friend who posted the video is an outstanding improvisor and I get green with jealous rage watching him perform


Q:

Who are your top 3 stand up comedians?

A:

John Mulaney, Rory Scovel, Norm MacDonald


Q:

"I have many many questions, but I also don't really want to talk to anyone." is my new favorite quote. Context?

A:

This was about flat earthers, I think because rapper B.O.B. said he was one. One of the anchors asked how anybody could think that. In context my sentence ended with "who believes the earth is flat"


Q:

When did you first try eating Oreos that way? Can we see a video of you eating Oreos?

A:

My favorite part of the comments was the analysis of the Oreo technique. My brother and I used to eat them with a spoon in a giant mug filled with milk, we came up with the clever title of "Oreo cookies chopped in milk". I would do that literally every day after school. One commenter said they called it Oreo Sludge, I really like that


Q:

Favorite kind of ketchup?

A:

Blended with hot sauce


Q:

What is the most awkward thing that's happened to you on air? Have you ever had to stammer through a newscast like that Boom Goes The Dynamite guy because you didn't know what was going on?

A:

I have stammered a bunch, I've called people I was interviewing the wrong name, and an Atlas Moth laid an egg on my face live on the air: https://youtu.be/s4S-05ad7VY


Q:

Does Ken ever get tired of your shit? Like the matching tattoos comment. I thought the video was awesome wish we had more news personality like you keep on keeping on

A:

Ken is great, he's one of the easiest laughs in the building. He's great to play off of because he's such a traditional news anchor, it balances me out


Q:

Are you a weather guy? A sports guy? Why are you mostly standing when doing your repartee?

A:

My regular job is as the "breaking news anchor", we have our two anchors Jenny and Ken and I'm running around the studio with whatever is new. On lighter stories the producer will put "3 shot ad lib" at the end of the script, which is the shot featured the most in the video, and I have the green light to say whatever I want. The rest of my day I head out to report, but I also fill in as anchor, or traffic, or sports, or weather. That's why there's so many different looks


Q:

If you’re running around with whatever is new, wouldn’t that mean you’ve got all of the news?

A:

I've made that argument to management and it fell on deaf ears


Q:

Hello from Portland! I love what's going on at Koin 6! But now the important question: What's your favorite flavor of oreos?

A:

Double Stuf are the only kind that matter imo


Q:

Why is the Sub Pop logo on your desk upside down? Also, what is your favourite band?

A:

I'll have to ask my producer Amanda, that's her desk. I think I'd give the favorite band title to The National, I'll be seeing them for the first time at their Homecoming festival in Cincinnati in a couple weeks, then again at Sasquatch

(Shout-out to /r/indieheads, that's one of my favorite subreddits)


Q:

How long did it take you to make the video?

A:

I had the idea about a year and would save anything where I said something weird, it's been a steady build


Q:

You seem really young, how did you get the job?

A:

I think news in general is skewing younger these days, for a number of reasons (more work, stagnant wages). It's easier to climb when you do mornings, just because very few people want to wake up at 3 am. Part of my hiring was for versatility, I can bounce between the on-air roles. Having said that, I've also been told I look a lot younger that I actually am


Q:

Hey Trevor! I’m interviewing to be a news producer after I graduate. From your perspective, what are some things producers do for you that help or hinder you while doing your job?

A:

My most important tip is to own your mistakes. You are going to make a bunch of them, everybody does, especially me. And it's hard for a producer, because when you mess up, the on-air people are the ones that look bad. And some on-air people will react poorly to that. So know that it will be infinitely better for you and your co-workers if you let them know you know you messed up, you're sorry, and it won't happen again. (It will happen again, but they won't be as mad for a while)


Q:

I’m a production assistant for a CBS/NBC affiliate down in Northern California, I’m curious: what does the talent really think of PA’s?

A:

As long as you're not sleeping, you're fine. Any "talent" (I hate that term) that's rude to the PAs doesn't deserve their job. We have automated cameras here at KOIN, I really miss having people in the studio behind the scenes. It's easier to have energy when they're there


Q:

Hey Trevor! I'm a digital news producer in a 130s DMA. What would your advice be for moving into a larger market?

A:

Apply everywhere all the time, even in jobs that you think you aren't qualified for, or for jobs that other people say you aren't qualified for. It only takes one person saying yes to move up


Q:

What do you think of your sister's boyfriend?

A:

I think he's a fool for revealing his Reddit username to his girlfriend's older brother


Q:

Hey Trevor, /r/Portland mod here. Do you lurk on your hometown subreddit? What do you think of our wonderful, snarky, sometimes-dysfunctional-but-always-entertaining sub?

A:

I believe everybody in Portland news lurks the subreddit, I definitely do. I even got an interview from a Reddit PM once. I like the sub, but as a Midwestern transplant who moved here two years ago they might partly blame me for destroying the culture


Q:

Some words about RAJNEESHPURAM ?

A:

I haven't watched Wild Wild Country yet but I'm planning on it. There are a bunch of clips of my anchor Ken Boddie reporting on it when it happened, he's rocking a great moustache. And my friend's Dad was a prosecutor in the case, he's in it too. What I'm saying is I'm a bad coworker and friend for not watching it yet


Q:

What ever happened with that car?

A:

Sources confirm it's still blowing through stop signs to this day


Q:

Do you go out to see live music in Portland often? What are the best places to see music there ?

A:

I try to catch live music whenever I can, but it's hard to do that during the week because I have to go to sleep at 8:30. My favorite venue is Doug Fir, I saw John K Samson from The Weakerthans there and he was terrific