State of the Hat: Updates and 2023 Streaming Schedule

So of course the question on everyone’s mind this past few months… where has Vrykerion gone? Right? I know that’s been the pressing issue this winter season and I’ve kept you all in suspense. Well, I am still alive. There’s that. So where have I been?

Well, it kind of all started with Halloween. I ended up getting covid-19 and that kept me down until about halfway through November. It seriously would not relent. My wife who is typically the one who gets sick more often got over her case in about half the time, but I was down on my butt until nearly Thanksgiving (That’s the end of November for our kind non-US readers.)

On top of all that, November is probably the worst time of the year for my mental health. Since it is now both the month of my birthday (which has always bummed me out) and my father’s birthday (who passed away a year and a half ago and is still a sore spot). Then pile on a healthy bit of normal holiday stress and yeah, it’s been a rough few months for the Hat.

Ultimately, I ended up deciding to just take a break from things to focus on myself. Due to a rampant nutjob, I stopped logging on to Twitter for anything other than posting updates and notifications. I stepped away from most online gaming and sat down on my sofa to explore some single player fun. I finished and platinum’ed Sonic Frontiers and the next-gen update of Cyberpunk 2077, and then finally dove back into the Witcher 3 with hopes to finally finish it after the PS5 update for that was released (I’ve made it further than any time I’ve tried playing it before now. Hopefully, I shall finish it.)

In the end, the past two months have been… survivable. I know I kind of disappeared from the internet for a time, and wanted you all to know that was at least partially intentional. That said, as we move into the new year, I’ve decided to try to create a somewhat fixed online presence in the form of a streaming schedule which should help continue my current project of The Final Fantasy Retrospective. We’ve just cracked into Final Fantasy V and while I’m pretty sure finishing before the release of Final Fantasy XVI is out of the question at this point, I plan to stick with it.

So with that, I am formally announcing that for 2023, my plan is to stream every TUESDAY at 9PM EASTERN/6PM PACIFIC over on and yes, that includes tonight. Then the plan continues to post new videos on my main YouTube channel – – every FRIDAY at 5PM EASTERN/2PM PACIFIC.

Any alterations or interruptions from this schedule will be noted either here on the blog, or on the severely minimized twitter account.

Beyond that, I am happy to announce that work has begun on the Endwalker story summary as my alt character levels through the story. The first ‘chapter’ covering the start of the expansion to the Tower of Zot is now finished and I’m hoping to begin the next chapter which covers the Imperial Invasion and the excursion to the Moon soon.

I’ve been having fun coming up with weird ways to play with random short silly clips from my gaming time using YouTube Shorts.

I do still have plans to update the Kingdom Hearts Story Summary (In Chronological Order) for the rest of Chi/Unchained Chi/Union Cross and Dark Roads. Mostly, I just need to finish going through all that story.

I look forward to a fun and exciting new year with all of you.


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