HANG ON... WHA???
Our studio grew up just like any other - a group of people who, through the art of an improvised collaborative narrative, became best of mates... except we suspected that we had hit upon something worth sharing beyond the confines of our little suburban nook.
When one of our members had to dance his backstory as he was banned from speaking... or another's combat round took the shape of duelling banjos and flute... we could tell it was time to put a camera in front of this.
Now the Smudge Tank is a creative outlet for so much more and we can't wait to see where it goes next.
This aint our first rodeo. All of our team have been around long enough to have experienced depression, anxiety and other forms of mental health issues either ourselves or with our families and friends - and we know the importance of support in those times.
Part of the profits we make from our stream, merchandise etc goes direct to causes like Beyond Blue - an Australian independent non-profit organisation working to address issues associated with depression, suicide, anxiety disorders and other related mental disorders.
If you're struggling please know that: 1 - you have friends in the Smudge Tank who have been there also, 2 - there really is a way to get back up and 3 - Beyond Blue really can help you RIGHT NOW - chat online at their website here or call 1300 22 4636 (in Australia).
SHOOT FROM THE CUFF
We're Australian's which means we like to have a laugh (often at our own expense) but we understand that, at times, the chat at our table can get a little 'loose' or 'bawdy'.
Please understand that, while at times we make comments that seem politically incorrect to some, we are all of us dads, most of us are husbands (and one of us a son) and that, while comments may get a little blue, we have the utmost respect for all genders (including our own).
Please try to refrain from knee jerk judging (because we'll ignore it anyway). One of our favourite moments from the hit D&D stream Critical Role (we love those guys too) was when Laura Bailey frowned at Liam O'Brien for a lewd comment he made - at which point Liam pointed out that in most episodes Laura used language herself that would make a sailor blush. Chastising a bloke for a lewd remark made in jest is often a first reaction. Just pause for a moment and consider the last time you did the same with your friends. We're humans too.
And don't worry, Ryan (our own "moral police") has a radar that's very good at detecting when we've gone "too far" and he is never afraid to chastise us off screen (or on it).
We try to be as inclusive as possible and respect the code of conduct of Twitch. We know that the world doesn't move to the beat of just one drum.