Mystery Tapes #5 on Saturday

The belated Christmas Special episode of Mystery Tapes is complete and will be posted this Saturday! It’s a nice longie at about 38 minutes, and covers 2 VHS tapes!

Polar Express stream is to follow some time early this month. Still not sure what I’m going to do in between gameplay segments. I looked high and low for a gingerbread house kit around Christmas but everywhere was sold out at the time. Maybe I’ll be able to find something now? Do they make gingerbread house kits in January?

Also, if you’re supporting me on Patreon you might notice that you weren’t charged for this month (January). I’m sure I’ll make a longer post or a video about this but I’ve decided to close my Patreon, at least for the time being. Right now it’s still technically open, however it’s ‘paused’ so new charges won’t happen, but the plan is to close it entirely this month. My upload rate last year was really slow compared to previous years, and even though I re-phrased my Patreon to cover not only my YouTube and Twitch but also my other artistic endeavors, it still just doesn’t feel right since I don’t post art or music frequently either. It’s the same reason I sometimes hide the donation button when I stream, sometimes it just doesn’t feel like I’ve put in the work to deserve it. On top of that I don’t offer any Patreon benefits, and I provide way more direct interaction through my website and Discord… it just feels like it’s time. I’ve been thinking about this for quite some time, and the turn of the new year just feels like a great opportunity to pull the trigger. Obviously I’ll still be making videos and streams and whatever blah blah blah. This isn’t a reflection of my desire to stop making things – if anything I’m hoping that this will rid me of some Patreon Pressure and allow me to create more freely in 2021.

Anyway, I rambled too much about that. Like I said I’m sure I’ll do a longer post or video about it this month to post directly to Patreon before I close it out. The headline news here is New Mystery Tapes tomorrow and a Polar Express stream soon where we all pretend it’s still Christmas.

Happy New Year! I’m actually looking forward to 2021, I’m hoping it will be a great year for me creatively.

Did you guys get anything rad for Christmas?

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Happy New Year Ian! Congrats on finishing the new vid! Everyone will be excited to see it. And if Patreon is stressing you out, then begone Patreon! I’m doubtful you’ll be able to find a gingerbread house, but all the Christmas stuff is on discount now, so maybe you’ll find something interesting for cheap. A giant pack of candy canes that you build a peppermint log cabin out of?? I happened to have a gingerbread house kit leftover from last year, so I pulled that out and worked on it with your 2018 video. It was a pleasure building and… Read more »


lol. The demented Christmas crafts are really something special.

Julia B

E x c i t e d for your new video! Yeah i got neat shoes, converse modelled after weather maps, they’re really rad.

just in case you wanted to see lol

Julia B

I got the orange yellow and red version πŸ™‚ i just think it looks cool and dynamic


Those look really sweet!


Happy New Year Ian! May 2021 be a better year for all of us.

I didn’t really ask for too many things for Christmas this year, so I asked my parents to donate money to a charity that would help people having a hard time, especially during the pandemic.

I have a lot of creative goals for 2021, but I’m not going to hype it up like I did last year. I’m doing it one small step at a time. Can’t wait for both the video and the stream! πŸ™‚


Thanks Ian! That’s a really good point. I’ll keep that in mind. I wish you luck too!


Happy new year! Glad to hear the news! My Christmas gift was my Z Fold 2 unexpectedly dying and having Samsung take 2 weeks to repair it. The detox was welcome i suppose but not the best present. Good luck with everything!


It’s pretty great, having a portable tablet is nice thing to have, maps and Donald Duck comics especially. I suppose the durability just needs to get better cause I babied this thing like crazy and only had it for 2.5 months. Here’s hoping this one sticks it out better. Also they keep it under glass but my local AT&T store had one, might be able to get a glimpse there if you’re interested. It’s crazy how this is a reality when I grew up watching a 1.5 inch black and white VideoNow screen and was completely content.


Happy New Year Ian!
The coolest thing I got this year were a matching set of Sam & Max figurines who are now chilling on my desk.
I honestly don’t mind continuing to support you on Patreon as a bonus tip jar, but if its causing more stress than support then go ahead and do whatever works best for you.
I make sure to keep an eye out for that Polar Exress stream: the return of Heraldo.


Happy New Year Moose. I’m fine giving you support even if you don’t feel you are doing enough for it. My thought is I’m getting entertainment from your archive of past videos and felt you deserved a tip on patreon for all the entertainment you give me and my wife. But you gotta do what feels right to you and if patreon puts too much pressure on you then I’m all for you closing it so you can feel more free to create when you want to. I did want to add that I found a rad thing for my… Read more »

Dani The Demon

Loved the new video glad it came out just the way you like and I can’t wait for that stream sometime soon.


Hey happy new year!! Really jazzed about the upcoming stream! Literally everyone got me candle making supplies for Xmas and I now have the ability to make about 20 candles of my entire design. I’m ELATED.
Did you get anything really cool this year?

Ben C

New video was great. Loved the holly and the jollies.

Did you grab the Shenmue 3 complete edition? It only has a day or two left foe preorder:

Jason Truxal

I’ll always be your patreon in my heart!!


I got a lotta clothes (nice clothes though!) but more importantly a blue yeti mic so I can finally kick off my own streaming like I’ve always wanted to do

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Merry Christmas πŸ™‚ I got a pretty rad new teflon frying pan. Sounds lame I know but I’ve been using the same old, warped pan for ages and you don’t realise how bad something like that is until you get a new one. I’ve been making an obscene amount of cheese omlettes because at last I can actually flip them without them clinging and tearing. Oh and I got a video game and some nice jewelry which was very thoughtful, but that’s just not as rad as putting cheese in a pan and having it slide right on out again… Read more »

Paul Allen

I linked my discord to twitch subscribed and am still confused on getting into your discord ?

Ian B

Just realized that I probably should’ve specified my name a bit more lol


Happy New Year, Ian! And thanks for the new video, it’s my favorite one of the mystery tapes one, I think. So many surprising jokes (hemorrhoids!), great editing. I noticed in some posts that you sometimes don’t appreciate your work as much as I do, so I just wanted to give a late Christmas gift of saying: “You are awesome and one of the few YouTubers I regularly watch, even though I’m buried in work. You are a regular part of my life and I love it!” πŸ™‚ As for Christmas, I got a “Employee of the Month” sign for… Read more »


Happy new year! I have been watching your stuff since the first restaurant tycoon but have always been to timid to engage past continuously watching your content and liking videos. But its a new year and it feels to be the time to reach out and be engaged with a creator and community that’s helped through some rough *plop*. The Video was fantastic! Sad to hear you are closing your Patreon, as I was considering contributing this year, but I think you have thought it out well. I got some in box vintage Lego sets to add to the collection,… Read more »

Ben C.

Just watched the stream today and resub bed, but can’t figure out how to join the discord. Could you please help?

Ben C.

Got it. Thanks!

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