Saturday, November 17, 2007
First of all, my first five clips (after the really old rock-paper-scissors clip that's licensed for free distribution) are now $2.00 off, or at the minimum allowed price, whichever is greater. Happy Thanksgiving.
Now, the bad news... or rather, the whiny gripe. As you know, I'm new at this, an amateur learning his way around, which means I'll make mistakes. One of the things I dislike most about my early clips is the audio... they were taken using the camera's built-in mic, which sucked. So for my latest shoot, I went out and bought a nice shotgun mic. It came with a fuzzy thing called a "wind sleeve" or something like that. Silly me, I figured that meant it was supposed to be used when filming in windy conditions, so for my indoor shoot, I left it off. Turns out that without it, even the slightest camera movement makes a big loud clicky sound. Sigh. I'm hoping I'll be able to clean up the audio a little, because with the exception of that one problem, this is some of the best material I've gotten.
But don't take my word for it. Here's a nice long 6-minute promo for a game from that shoot. Enjoy.
For the true fans, there's a high definition version of this promo on the Clips4Sale store. It probably won't stay there for long (I feel funny about charging for promos), but it's there if you want it. The version here is licensed for free distribution -- please post it far and wide -- but the one on Clips4Sale isn't.
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Saturday, November 3, 2007
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Friday, October 19, 2007
Next Sunday, October 28, I will be doing my first shoot of new footage since I opened the site. It'll involve three girls and maybe (just maybe) some boys. One is a returning favorite, Ashley, and the other two are promising newcomers. Not only will it be my first shoot in awhile, it'll be my first shoot with a) my new high-definition videocamera, and b) my new shotgun mic. I have very high hopes that this will be my best shoot yet. I have some great ideas I've thought of, and some great ideas I've gleaned from comments and emails. Speaking of ideas: last call to suggest games, forfeits, and/or scenarios. But please keep in mind the venue: essentially the same as in previous videos. Suggestions like "have the loser go skinny-dipping" are unlikely to happen.)
Speaking of returning old favorites, Ashton and Mia are likely to be back soon, with a whole passel of their friends. And there's some exciting news there. How would you guys like to see two girls playing a real high-stakes game, risking going farther than they ever have? You've seen an awful lot of Ashton and Mia, but you haven't seen everything, because neither one has ever opened her legs for a videocamera and given the audience a good look at her treasures. I'm currently in delicate negotiations to have at least one of them do just that, if she loses. Sound like a video worth making?
Finally, I know that I've been kind of a pricktease (literally) with the Wednesday, Ashley, Victor game. Sorry about that, really, it's just that it's taking me longer than I expected to come up with a better solution for billing and fulfillment. I'm working as fast as I can. I'll tell you what, though: if I don't have anything better than Clips4Sale by the end of the year, then I'll publish the clip, and a few others. But I neither want nor expect it to take so long.
As a show of good faith, and in thanks to those of you who are waiting patiently, a new video has been added to the Clips4Sale store. It's nice and short (therefore nice and cheap); not my best work but not my worst by far. Fans of games of pure chance will like it. Enjoy.
(Edit: To everybody who's emailed me or left a comment to praise my work, thank you. It means a lot to me.)
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Second, I last week suffered the mother of all data losses... seriously. I won't bore you with the details (other than to say that the LostBets data is okay), but that's yet another reason I haven't been as active as usual.
Third, there is a long-awaited update! Something a little different this time, something not like I've posted before. And for all you cheap bastards out there, it's only $3.99, which also happens to be Clips4Sale's minimum price.
Now, speaking of Clips4Sale.
I want to make this clear: without Clips4Sale, there is no way in hell that LostBets.com would ever have gotten off the ground. Zero chance. All the hassles that are involved in hosting, billing, fulfillment, and (most of all) customer service would definitely have deterred me from even getting started. But that being said, I've outgrown them. I just can't afford to keep paying their vig. I get an email notification every time one of my clips is sold. I used to get an excited thrill when I saw that notification pop up. Now, I cringe. All I can think is, "well, there goes another 40%."
So that's why it's been a long time between updates... and why the flow of new videos will continue to be a trickle for a little while yet. I have arrangements to make. Those include not only finding alternate sources for hosting, billing, and fulfillment, but also a stable, cross-platform solution for my videos and interactive games.
Patience, grasshopper. It will be rewarded.
By the way, I'm doing my first new shoots since I started selling clips in late October. Still working on recruiting girls, but with the ideas I've had (and the ideas you've given me, plenty of which will get used) and also with the new video equipment I just bought, I don't think you'll be disappointed in the results. And you can expect promos from those shoots as soon as I can make 'em. Stay tuned, strip game fans.
By the way, here's a little something-something for reading this far. The thumbnail clip for the new video has a censor bar. This version isn't... please click only if you are over 18 and want to see nudity.
Thursday, September 13, 2007
The video itself is just about done, but before I can publish it I'll need to do something about the 2257 problem. Haven't got that one figured out yet.
Monday, September 10, 2007
I have a new free promo for you... well, almost free. We'll get to that.
All of my games have been done with video. Other sites do their games with captioned photos. Personally, I think both styles have advantages and disadvantages. So what we have here is an experiment, a hybrid: a mixture of full-motion video and captioned still images.
I don't know whether this is a good idea or not. So I'm asking for your feedback. What works, what doesn't? Should I keep on editing this particular game together, or write it off as a loss and move on? Please leave your comments here, or email them to me. Thanks.
Almost free. The only price is: please give me your feedback.
Yes, I know the audio quality sucks. Sorry. Keep buying my clips, so I can afford a new camera with a better microphone.
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Folks, I'm really sorry about this, but I have to decline all technical support requests from now on, especially requests to redownload a lost clip. Such requests require a lot of not-very-fun work on my part, and believe you me, I certainly ain't doing this for the money. If running LostBets.com becomes un-fun, I'll stop doing it.
So, if you accidentally deleted a clip, I'm really sorry, but there's nothing I can do. You made a mistake and lost some property you bought, and now you have to replace it or do without. If you bought a DVD and then lost it, you wouldn't expect the movie studio to replace it for free, would you?
This was a painful decision, because some of those who've lost clips have been among my most faithful customers, including some who have lost hundreds of dollars of material, but I figure that such fans will understand and would rather be out the money than see the updates come to an end. (If, on the other hand, a problem occurs during the download process itself, contact Clips4Sale's support and they should be able to help you.)
Sorry again, folks, and I hope this doesn't scare too many of you away.
Saturday, September 1, 2007
I mentioned in an earlier comment that when I opened the Clips4Sale store, I made up my mind that I'd continue if sales reached a certain level, which they did in a matter of days. There was a second level I had in mind that, if I reached it, I'd schedule another shoot and create some new material. That level's been reached as well, so expect to see some new videos (featuring some new girls) in the near future. I'm grateful for all the suggestions I've received and will try to incorporate many of them into the new games. Last chance to make suggestions, if you've got any...
Also, I've reopened the poll at the right. If you haven't voted for your favorite girl yet, please do.
Monday, August 27, 2007
Friday, August 17, 2007
Honestly, though, I don't recommend that people buy the first new game. Why not? It's overpriced. I know, that sounds really wrong coming from me, but Clips4Sale has a minimum price based on a clip's length, and I wish I could charge less for this one. It's a great game, it's just long, and at one point, it's got some depressing video and audio glitches, thanks to a corrupted tape. I like it, a lot -- it's got a lot of tension and the girls really are very cute -- I just would rather be charging a few bucks less for it. But I'll put it up there anyway... if any of y'all are rich, don't mind spending the money, and want to have a complete collection, have at it :)
The other is a more straightforward game of Strip Four-in-a-Row. Since it's a two-player game, Ashley sits by and spectates, while eating pizza. (Longtime readers of this blog may have some idea of what she was wearing when the pizza guy showed up.) The loser ends up with a pretty pink glow on her cheeks. No, not the ones on her face.
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Also, check out the new poll in the sidebar on this blog. Make your opinion known!
The call for help is this: I need a banner ad. Or more than one banner ad. And I suck at art. I'm hoping that someone who's creative and good at art will answer my call...
IMPORTANT NOTE about the Tristen and Stephanie clip: Certain versions of Apple's QuickTime Player for Windows have a bug and won't play a clip with a filename longer than 63 characters. If you're having this problem, you can try using a different media player or renaming the clip. I apologize to those who've had problems.
Saturday, August 4, 2007
Monday, July 16, 2007
Sunday, July 15, 2007
was worth it, because Final Cut Express, Soundtrack, LiveType, and Lineform are now my bitches. One video completely done. Another at 95%. Two more to do, and then it's launch day.
Sunday, July 8, 2007
Adobe finally came through... well, sort of. The new version of Premiere is available for download. That's the good news. The bad news is that it behaves every bit as badly on my machine as Premiere Pro 2 did, crashing constantly. I've lost so much work to Premiere crashes, it's not even funny.
And so, Adobe, you win, okay? Your software for Windows crushed my soul, and so tomorrow I will do what I never thought I'd do: order a Macintosh. I hear Apple's got some sexy stuff. But most importantly, it has Final Cut, which everybody swears by, while Premiere seems more and more like a cruel joke on Windows users.
So any Mac people wanna email me advice, I'm up for it. In the meantime, the new version of Premiere at least came with a new 30-day trial, and I'm actually attempting to cut together some footage. And, by the way, looking at some of my footage through an editor for the first time made me realize: this stuff rocks. You'll consider it worth the wait, darn it.
And that wait will hopefully not be too long. I have one video cut together but I'm not entirely satisfied with it. I have two more that are almost in the can, even with Premiere happily crashing every ten minutes.
Forget the complicated credit system I'd envisioned for now. I'm opening a store at clips4sale.com. There'll be an appropriate announcement when it's ready. I'll try to price the content reasonably.
Thursday, July 5, 2007
But the site is far from defunct; in fact, I just had a shoot on Sunday. No promos from that shoot, at least not for the public... that particular episode was definitely too hot for TV. But it's in the can, and someday it'll be all digitally prettified and made available for public consumption.
In the meantime, have a couple of promos:
First, the lovely Ashley lost all her clothes at lostbets.com... again!
Next, here's a teaser clip from a little game of Strip Sim... uh, Strip Memory that was being played by our delectable trio.
Special note to donors! You might have noticed that in Ashley's second promo, she starts to move her hands away at the last minute. In the uncensored version, she does! That uncensored version is my gift to you. Or will be. I'll set up a Yahoo! group with restricted access and post details here later. Special note to everybody else: I'm sorry, but I am no longer accepting donations. Under PayPal's terms of service I cannot accept payments with the understanding that you'll be receiving adult digital content in return. Sorry.
Friday, June 22, 2007
You guys remember the lovely Ashton, right?
And who could forget darling Mia?
And we just met Ashley so I'm sure you remember her...
What could be better than these three lovely ladies? How about these three lovely ladies together?
Click for video. Also, click here for a bonus promo. I promise you gentlemen, the pizza delivery guy was very real, very genuine, and very, very surprised. Also very happy.
More promos coming up next week, plus some more special bonus content for donors only.
Wednesday, June 6, 2007
What's the status?
Goin' fine, thank you.
So will we see some content soon?
Why not? What's the delay?
Four things: Editing. Game software. Website design. Commerce.
Why haven't you gotten cracking on the editing?
The tool I used to edit the video (Adobe Premiere Pro) was a trial versions which has long since expired.
So, buy it!
Not that simple. Premiere worked like ass on my Windows Vista computer, repeatedly crashing. Adobe has a new version coming out soon, but it's not available yet.
And it's eight hundred dollars.
It looks like an improvement over Premier Pro 2, which isn't saying much. But it's still a capital investment I've been avoiding making.
Yes, I know.
You should use Final Cut Pro.
That would involve buying a Macintosh and reacquainting myself with Mac OS, an even larger investment of capital and time. Eventually I'll either do that or contract my editing work out, but for now, with revenue at zero, I'm going to be doing this on the cheap.
Okay, what about the game software?
The software for the one interactive game I produced during the donations period was done in the trial version of Macromedia Flash. That too has expired.
So, buy it!
Not a chance in hell. I wouldn't sentence Jeffrey Dahmer to a lifetime as a Flash programmer.
Okay, so what's the alternative?
Microsoft's Silverlight, which is insanely better. But it's only in alpha right now.
So to recap, you can't launch until the new version of Premiere premieres and the final release of Silverlight?
But that's terrible!
Yes, but good news for donors: there will be an alpha and beta phase, and you will be invited.
But I didn't donate!
And don't you regret it now?
Okay, what about website design and commerce?
Again, I pretty much have to pay out-of-pocket for these things... or write my own commerce engine, which will take awhile. These too have contributed to the delay.
What's this I hear about the site costing $1,000 per year?
I haven't announced any details regarding pricing yet, but it won't cost $1,000 per year. That was a misunderstanding of me saying that I, personally, would be willing to pay $1,000 a year for high-quality English stripping game content and I doubt that I'm the only one. That doesn't mean I'll charge $1,000 per year.
But it's going to be expensive?
That depends. There will certainly be a moderately-priced subscription... let's say, ten dollars per month. For this price, you will receive: ten dollars per month worth of content. That does not mean that after the site has been around for a year, you can pay ten dollars and receive access to the entire year's worth of content. That means you get ten dollars worth of content per month.
But what if I want access to the previous year's content?
That's fine. You can pay to "catch up" and add all the old content to your subscription.
But I don't want to pay!
Tough titties for you, fishface. When my site launches, with its reasonable pricing model, you will pay for what you'll get. But you'll get what you pay for.
Don't you have any good news?
Yes. I'll be announcing a surprise in just over two weeks. It'll be a good surprise; you'll like it.
Also, I have good news for donors: in addition to admission to the alpha and beta phases, I'm going to make an effort to produce more donor-only exclusive preview content. Keep your eyes open.
Monday, June 4, 2007
We start with the voluptuous and redheaded Wednesday:
Yes, her name is Wednesday, yes, like that girl from the Addams Family. Unlike Wednesday Addams, though, she's well-endowed and curvy, just the way I like 'em. Next up we have Ashley:
This is not to say anything bad about any of the other girls who've played at LostBets, but Ashley probably ranks higher on the Cuteness scale than anyone since Mia. Special bonus! If you donated during that particular experiment, send me an email to receive the unedited raw footage for this promo, including a giggly-cute reaction to a blown line. And if you think she's cute doing that, wait until you see when she loses a game and as a penalty has to... well, I wouldn't want to give away any spoilers. It'll be worth the wait, though.
And finally, we have Victor:
Go ahead and click the image, it's safe. You won't regret it, I promise.
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
I apologize for the ruse, but I figured I'd get fewer people reading if this post were titled "The Revenue Model I'm Considering." But in any case, here's the revenue model I'm considering.
First of all, to avoid the pain of microtransactions and the agony of having to enter your credit card information frequently, all cash transactions will be for the purchase of either renewing subscriptions, or "tokens". Content can be purchased with tokens, not with money. The price of a token will vary based on how many you're purchasing at one time.
The most basic monthly subscription will be on the order of $4.16/month. Don't get too excited though... this subscription will come with no content. Why even have it then? Well... parts of content are "locked". Even nonsubscribers can see the unlocked part (which will consist mainly of the first few minutes of a piece of content). Low-end subscribers have to pay a fee to unlock the content. Once it's unlocked, it stays unlocked as long as the subscription is active.
Or if you don't want to deal with unlocking content, you can subscribe at the $29.99/month level, which causes all new content to unlock automatically, and old content to unlock on a weekly basis. Or when subscribing you could unlock all the old content at a discounted rate. And when you've had enough content, you can drop down to the $4.99 level and keep all your licensed content for a mere $50/year. Or if you don't like the subscription model, you can pay a rate (higher than that paid by subscribers) to purchase content outright, which will never expire even if your subscription does.
Why this complicated model? Because I wanted to give my subscribers the greatest amount of flexibility. Nobody is forced to pay for content he doesn't want, and those who would prefer to spend a little for a little content may, as may those who'd rather spend a lot for a lot of content.
Questions, comments, or suggestions?
Monday, May 14, 2007
And this petite princess is Stephanie:
(click for video teaser)
Tristen and Stephanie are rushing ΡΕΔ, and the sisters thought it would be funny to make the new pledges play a stripping game. On video. With forfeits. Every day for a week. Coming soon...
Tuesday, May 1, 2007
Monday, April 23, 2007
This is Pettles. She's not.
(Click the images for brief video teasers.)
Pettles ended up going out with a guy that she knew Elora was interested in, and a thoroughly pissed-off Elora challenged her to a stripping game on camera, with the video of the naked loser posted to the Internet. Of course, the loser of that game wanted a rematch, and one thing led to another... see more (much more) of Elora and Pettles in the near future.
Thursday, April 12, 2007
I've learned what I set out to learn. LostBets.com will continue, but there will be no substantial updates for awhile while I build up my library of content and prepare to relaunch as a commercial venture. (As I hope I made clear, there was absolutely no quid pro quo, express or implied, for those who donated... this was necessary to comply with PayPal's policies regarding adult-oriented digital content. Nevertheless, those who were kind enough to donate may find themselves getting a few little extras along the way. If you'd rather I not send email related to LostBets.com to the address of your PayPal account, let me know at once.) Please continue to read this blog (or subscribe to the feed) to stay tuned to future updates.
Wednesday, April 4, 2007
Second, I was asked four questions in the comments section of my last post... which is pretty appropriate for this time of year (and if you don't know what I'm talking about, well, obviously you're goyische.) Answers:
1. Does this mean no more updates until the fall?
Maybe. See below, in the "future in your hands" section.
2. Is this the end of the free material?
Maybe. See answer to previous question.
3. Will we be seeing more of Ashton?
Yes. In addition to the Operation game (which I still may release as a video), Ashton and Mia played Strip Twister, Strip Battleship, and Strip Jenga. Plus, I got material for an interactive RPS with Ashton similar to Mia's. All of this will be produced at some point... probably.
4. Will SGU be free?
Definitely not, but it'll be cheap. At least part of it will be. The "branching storylines" part of the trailer is no joke; in just the footage I've already taken there are dozens of different outcomes along different paths. (For example, the "go outside" forfeit is offered by Anna if you are losing pretty badly. To make her venture outdoors in the buff, you'll need to stage a comeback.) You'll be able (for free) to play the games right up until they get interesting. For a very modest fee, you'll be able to unlock the game to full nudity. But all those branches (and forfeits) need to be unlocked as well. You unlock them with "tokens". You win tokens by winning games, but you can also purchase tokens.
So what of the remaining free content? Well, that brings me to the subject of donations.
Now, I absolutely hate begging for money, and I'm not going to do it for much longer. I think perhaps I haven't been very clear what I've been trying to accomplish by asking for donations. What I'm not trying to accomplish is to make a profit. The pace of donations has been a little disappointing, but even in my most optimistic wildest dreams, I'd never collect enough donations to even come close to covering costs, let alone compensate me for my time. I'm asking for donations as an experiment, so I can learn something about my target audience and its willingness to pay for this content.
The experiment is coming to a close. Wednesday, April 11 will be the last day I will solicit or accept donations. If you've wanted to donate but have been putting it off, this is your last chance. After next Wednesday, I'll look at the number and amount of donations I've received and decide the future course of LostBets.com. The more donations I get, the lower I will set my eventual price... and the more free content I'll produce. It's up to you guys.
Sunday, April 1, 2007
(Update: BTW, neither video nor audio quality is particularly good in the promo, and neither is production quality. I sort of whipped it up in a hurry to get people an idea of what was coming; the final product will be much better on all counts.)
Thursday, March 29, 2007
In other news, I wish to announce that I will be announcing some big news in the near future. I've just within the hour concluded another videography session, and I'm very, very excited about the content I'll be able to produce from it. That's the good news. The bad news is that it'll take awhile. Please stay tuned for more, and subscribe to the feed if you want to be automatically notified of updates.
Monday, March 26, 2007
Sunday, March 25, 2007
Friday, March 23, 2007
Mia's interactive Rock-Paper-Scissors game is back up.
Thursday, March 22, 2007
To make it up to you, have another promo:
(click for video, of course.)
In other news, I have at least one and probably two (or more!) shoots scheduled in the next week. I'll be using some of the excellent ideas people have sent me... if you have any excellent ideas you haven't sent me yet, send 'em!
Monday, March 19, 2007
A few things I know about: the sound seems to cut off sometimes for no explicable reason. Also, the load time is long... I can let the game start sooner and continue loading in the background. Also, the video quality isn't the greatest; it's free, what do you expect? Anything else, tell me about it.
[NOTE: it was rightly pointed out to me that the link that was here was not protected by any adult content warning. I've temporarily removed the link until I can remedy the situation. I'm making a few changes to the Flash, anyway.]
Thursday, March 15, 2007
If you've already seen it and are here to donate, thank you very much.
By the way, if you like the video (or even if you hate it), feel free to leave public feedback on this blog, or private feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Some of you may have noticed the appearance of a distinctive white-and-blue button in the upper right corner. More on that in the next blog post.
Monday, March 12, 2007
But we're not just going to have clips featuring girls playing stripping games against each other. We're going to have fully-interactive games which will put you in the action. Here's an example clip of Mia getting into a bit of trouble:
(This is an outtake, which is why it might seem a little glitchy.)
Our first free, full-length video is still coming soon. Check back often.
Sunday, March 11, 2007
And downright classic:
Tune in for another update tomorrow.
By the way, this is a blog. Feel free to leave comments. Or contact me at email@example.com.
Friday, March 9, 2007
...we ain't quite ready yet, as you can tell from the fact that our frontend is a Google Blog. But we're working on it. We'll be there soon.
What is LostBets.com? Well, maybe you can have just a taste.
This poor blushing lass is Mia; if you want to know why she's blushing, you can click on her to find out. But hey, you wouldn't embarrass her by staring at her when she was just in her undies, would you?
Of course you would.
Mia, what happened? If you want to know the answer, click here. (If your browser is giving you problems, right-click save-as.)
Stay tuned for frequent updates. Within the next week or so, I'll be debuting my first full-game full-motion fully-nude video. And it'll be fully free, too.