Who is Gaming Byrd?
Gaming Byrd (Aka Matthew Byrd) is a former Local Game Store owner that sold Games Workshop, Wizards of the Coast, and other hobby products from 2010 till 2014 with the sole purpose of promoting social interaction through a store front providing a safe haven for all gamers. Now, he is looking at giving a unique perspective on tabletop wargaming such as Warhammer 40,000, Age of Sigmar, Warmachine, and Malifaux.
Will there be advertisements/brand deals on this website and in your videos?
At this time, no.
As of right now, this is just a hobby of mine. Eventually, it will become a full time profession. When that happens, you will notice advertisements and brand deals so I can do this full time. Right now, I have a regular 40+ hour a week job that pays a regular paycheck. I also will never promote a product or service I do not believe in personally. But if there is a paid brand deal on a video, you will see either #Ad somewhere in the description (because its the law) or it will be blindingly obvious that it is a paid promotion at the beginning of the video followed by a dancing zebra provided by John Oliver. Why? Because I can. God Bless you and your team John Oliver! #JustAddZebras
Why did you close your store, Gamer's Haven?
Gamer's Haven was originally opened with the intent of selling and housing Tabletop RPG games and eventually evolved into selling tabletop wargames like Warhammer 40,000 and Warmachine. Over time, our sales for Warhammer 40,000, our highest profit and best selling product, was dwindling with the release of 7th edition. As a result, Gamer's Haven had to shift towards Magic the Gathering to maintain itself. Selling Magic the Gathering singles was something I did not want to do in the long run. My passion was in tabletop wargaming and I did not see it returning anytime soon at that time. I was given the option of selling the building and jumped at the opportunity. Gamer's Haven was closed as a result of this sale. It is now a Pokestop for some strange reason...
That's a pretty big jump in career choices.
What inspired the change?
A few things:
- After closing Gamer's Haven, I had to do some soul searching and ask myself why did I open up a store in the first place. I came to the conclusion that I wanted to promote products and services that I felt made a difference in the community, whether it be at a Local Game Store or in the video games that helped me get through some dark times in my life. I feel that I can better do that without a store front and do that online via YouTube and this website. Personally, I am a ENTP (Campaigner) by nature.
- I am a one man show. I write the scripts, film the footage, edit the video, write the blogs, and upload it myself. YouTube and website curation are far easier to do on your own and has less upkeep required.
- As of right now, finding time to get involved in the tabletop games of my childhood has become increasingly difficult, if not impossible. I have got involved with a local store in Wilmington called Cape Fear Games that has miniatures nights on Tuesdays with a pretty good turnout. I am also in the process of having a table at my home as well so that I can get in games on off times as well.
- I was inspired by content creators like Angry Joe, Jim Sterling, Totalbiscuit, Jesse Cox, Doug Walker (Nostalgia Critic), and James Rolfe (Angry Video Game Nerd). All of these content creators started by themselves and eventually became drives of positive change in their respective fields of expertise. I wish to become one of those positive driving forces for change as well.
What sort of video games are you interested in most?
- Roleplaying Games such as Elder Scroll Series, Mass Effect 1/2/3/Andromeda, Chrono Trigger, Fallout Series, and Divinity: Original Sin 1/2
- Massive Multiplayer Online Games such as World of Warcraft and Star Wars: The Old Republic
- First Person Shooters such as Doom 2016, Overwatch, and Titanfall 2
- Indie Games like Duck Game, Shovel Knight, Stardew Valley, and Undertale
Will you take a look at "Insert Game Here"?
Ask me and I might.
If you are a video game developer/miniature game developer/publisher that wants me to take a look at your game for review purposes, feel free to e-mail me at "firstname.lastname@example.org" and we'll talk.
Aren't you that guy who impersonated Totalbiscuit and won a voice pack for Starcraft 2?
Yep. That was me.