Creator Spotlight - Octagon Ron
In our newest Creator Spotlight, we have the honour of sitting down with the queen of the kegs herself, Octagon Ron! Join us to find out more about the origins of this Pirate Legend, known across the Sea of Thieves for her pyrotechnic passion, and hope that we can do so without the worry of any imminent keg explosions.
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[Q]: What was your introduction to the world of games?
[A]: My parents. One of my earliest gaming memories is my Mom and Dad fighting over the controller, playing Zelda on Nintendo. Growing up in a military family, consistency is hard. No matter what country I was in, or what new school I was attending, I could always count on my games. My parents always made sure I had the latest and greatest in gaming, and I will always appreciate it.
[Q]: How did you become part of the Sea of Thieves community?
[A]: I avoided Twitch until after I got Pirate Legend, I am a stickler for spoilers. The seas became a lonely place and I reached out to Twitch. It wasn’t long after that I decided to stream, and the rest is history. I’m surrounded by the most compassionate, charitable and caring community, and I will never leave.
[Q]: How did creating content become your ‘thing’?
[A]: I was not happy at the golf course I was working at and was becoming more drawn to my gaming. My partner and I discussed it and decided to give me a year trying out streaming full-time and we would go from there! Four years later, here I am talking to you.
[Q]: How do you decide what kind of content to create?
[A]: In this aspect, I would NOT consider myself a ‘Content Creator’, just for the simple fact that I don’t plan to create. Every day I log on, set sail and let the wind guide me. I have tried so many times to make plans, announce and attempt to follow through, but Sea of Thieves being Sea of Thieves makes planning almost comedic.
Every time I set sail with a ‘goal’, the tide turns, and 13 hours later I have a boat with 11 people on it and nowhere to go! Once I set out to become Pirate Legend in a day, ended up sinking 22 ships, and 11 hours later I was only up to level 10 in Merchant’s Alliance. So basically, I just vibe and record.
[Q]: What are some of the challenges you’ve faced while creating content?
[A]: I am in no way creative; I always feel like the ideas I have are silly or dumb. The one thing that sticks out was my very first community event. Only one person showed up, Kharites, and I was almost put off from doing any future events. No-one came, and I’m still stuck with Kharites. All in all, I have to quote the best thing that was said to me: “You have to get over yourself, not everything is personal and sometimes things just don’t work out. Keep doing the things you are doing, and one day you will see results.”
Four ‘Armakeggons’ later, we have to have double capacity just to fit everyone into the events! Getting over yourself is the hardest challenge.
[Q]: What different channels do you have?
[Q]: What’s been your most memorable Sea of Thieves moment so far?
[A]: Even though it was the most recent, ‘Arm4keggon’ this year. We brought in 87 people for a keg competition, in which we raised enough money to provide 20,000 meals to No Kid Hungry. We not only had a successful charity event, but BOTH events were successful in the end. My grandfather died an hour into the event, and I honestly don’t know how I made it through the next 30+ hours. With me being across the country and the pandemic, travel was out of the question, but I promise I couldn’t have made it through without the support of everyone around me. This is truly the best example of how powerful the Sea of Thieves community can be.
[Q]: What do you enjoy most about the game now, and what are you looking forward to in the future?
[A]: New pirates. HANDS DOWN. The laughs, the screams, the wonder, the surprises. The sound of joy when you show them how to shoot themselves out of a cannon, and the fear they experience when the Megalodon or Kraken show up unexpectedly. When I run into new players, they always take me back to my first days. They were tougher days, mind you, there were no tutorials.
The first time I sunk was at the dock of Dagger Tooth Outpost. I spawned in the storm and ran straight to my ship and raised the anchor, spun for about three minutes before I sunk and then ran away from the mermaid, thinking they would kill me. So in most cases I can relate, and enjoy sharing these same kinds of experiences with new people.
As for the future, anything is possible with this game. I look forward to seeing where the stories lead us and am even more excited for the new people it may bring!
[Q]: What’s something you’re particularly proud of accomplishing in gaming?
[A]: To date, Sea of Thieves Partner. Being a SoT Partner was something I thought I would NEVER accomplish. Since then, I have had partnership after partnership fall into place and I haven’t been able to slow down! Being in the original airing of The Gauntlet also gave me a future opportunity to be in a Twitch front page event with a turnout of 130,000 viewers! I'm extremely grateful for the support from my friends, my Twitch community, and the opportunities Sea of Thieves has given me to reach the point I am at today!
[Q]: How did you come up with your channel name?
[A]: I have some Xbox friends I would hang out with daily, in the early years of my journey. My friend ‘Triangle Bill’ was having a bad day, and I, being me, offered to marry her in Overwatch, just to get her to laugh. Another friend of mine, Lonewolf11110 said “If you do that, you would have to change your name to Octagon Ron!” And that’s it, I laughed, logged off and here we are!
[Q]: What do you like to get up to when you’re not streaming?
[A]: I have a dog named Jeb, who bosses me around, mostly. I like to crochet and play golf sometimes as well. My days are filled with Star Trek reruns, cooking and hanging out with my community in Discord. I recently travelled to Disneyland to meet a group of Sea of Thieves community members! We rode the Pirates of the Caribbean ride together and ate so much good food.
[Q]: What advice would you give to a new content creator?
[A]: Get over yourself. Your numbers don’t own you, so don’t let them. Twitch is a tough environment, be tougher, stay positive. Above all, stay healthy.
[Q]: What’s one thing you would advise a content creator not to do?
[A]: Don’t fall into the hype of social media, make your own decisions! Always remember YOU are the one responsible for your journey, don’t blame others for your lack of success, don’t credit them for your growth. Never forget, you were that small streamer once too. Take it as a chance to teach, not taunt.
[Q]: Could you give us one more random fact about yourself?
[A]: I can move each of my eyes individually.
And with that, we’d like to thank our latest guest Octagon Ron for taking the time out of her busy schedule blowing up Outposts to answer all our burning questions. Be sure to check out her social channels if you haven’t already!
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