Prime Directive

The purpose of the bashfoal name is to document progress toward objective results.

The feelings expressed here are because I’m human and if you’re here, you’re probably at least a little bit interested in how another human being thinks and feels about how he’s interacting with the things he’s trying to better himself at.

The purpose of this blog is to document trends in personal performance.

Why a Blog?

It can bog down the flow of a stream to plop a dam of stats in the middle of it. YouTube videos take too long to prepare and produce, which is time taken away from streaming more. I can write a blog post on my phone nearly anywhere.

Time spent streaming should be time I’m spending practicing something.

What are the goals? What are some metrics I could track to ensure I’m making progress toward those goals? These are questions I will answer as I go.

Why Hearthstone Arena?

Since the formal introduction of the Hearthstone Arena Leaderboard, I’ve started to think about things in terms of finishing where I can be seen.

Top 100, Top 40, Top 16, 8, 4, 3, 1.

I’ve never won anything in my life through merit. It has always been luck.

The favoring of luck over skill in Hearthstone is what attracts me to wanting to be a high-level performer in the game.

I don’t feel dismayed by its “lack of skill.” It roughly has the level of skill I’m comfortable with learning.

What Else Is There?

But I also want to go outside of my comfort zone.

I want to stream other things. Retro emulation, speedruns, e-sports. Nostalgia and competition.

I want to have a diverse cast of scoundrels and rogues in my chat who feel they can live vicariously through me, because they’re too busy to be the loser I want to make a living being.


The other purpose of the stream is as a source of income, but putting that right at the top seemed like too much of dick thing to do.

People who can teach me or fund me are the most valuable to me. I’m capable of liking people who don’t do either. Usually they’re funny.

If you’re interested in funding, great!

I’ve got a whole post to write about that.