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Rosalina Cosplay: The Wand

How do, everyone?  Not too long ago, I went down to my local fabric store and bought the main supplies I would need for my third cosplay, Rosalina from Super Mario Galaxy.  I wanted to make a fancier version of her dress, so I bought lace to go around the end of her sleeves and a fancier material for the white skirt beneath her dress, with sequins I hope will shine like the stars she watches over.  It really is quite lovely and should really add to the costume.  I also bought the material and stuffing needed to make a Luma plushie, silver paint, and some clay, which I heard works well as molds for resin.  This costume will require about five round jewels, and I decided clay would be easier to work with than making round molds from tag board. View full article »

Hello everyone, as you may remember, if you’ve been reading my posts regularly, I have been preparing for the better part of the year for my second cosplay, Lord Ghirahim, the villain of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.  Well, the big day has finally come and gone and, well, I actually wrote a very detailed post about my experience over on United We Game, so if you want to read in depth about my experience, that’s the place to go.

It was a fun day, despite many trials.  My makeup was constantly cracking and rubbing off.  My sash wouldn’t stay on.  And I was quite achy from hunger (I was dieting), a sore back, and sore feet.  It was a day of pain.  So much pain.  Nevertheless, I was able to somewhat forget my aches and pains thanks to the day being filled with a grand total of 27 people either complimenting my costume or asking for pictures of it (that’s right, I counted), including three people who wanted to actually be in pictures with me, which was pretty cool.  No one had ever asked to be in pictures with me at the comicon before.  And so, to supplement my detailed post on UWG, I want to use this post as a place to share photos and videos with you in a summarized tour of my day.  (I really wish I had taken more pictures of other people’s costumes, but my phone doesn’t work when I have gloves on, so taking photos was difficult.  Hopefully it’s not weird my pictures are all of me….) View full article »

This post is actually long past due, but yeah, my costume is done.  The end.  Seeing as I took so darn long to get around to this post, I kind of forgot where I left off, so I’ll try to summarize how I made the rest of the costume.

            The Pants: Made Me Furious, Outraged, Sick With Anger!

Okay, so the pants.  Making pants is, surprisingly, an easy process.  Making pants with socks on the end, with diamond-shaped holes down the front, and that are form-fitting…is not as easy.  After sewing together the two pants legs, which were made using some patterns I used for Kefka’s costume, I found they were horrendously big, and it took me many attempts of tightening the pants to make them fit me.  The socks were not as hard to add as I expected.  I looked at sock patterns on the Internet, and based on what I found, I really only needed to ensure that the legs were extra long to accommodate the feet, and then I added ovals on the bottom for the bottoms of my feet.  These made the feet fit quite nicely, and it was a lot comfier than I expected.  The holes in the front were made by wearing the pants and putting pins where each corner of the diamond should go.  I went with only a few, as I thought making as many diamonds as would be accurate would be really annoying and would ruin the integrity of the pants, seeing as they’d need to be so darn close together.  Since my pants were so tight, I really worried about them splitting, but they ended up holding together quite well.  Nevertheless, I made sure I put them on carefully. View full article »

What Motivates You to Play?

What many gamers often point out as being a problem is not having enough time to play as much as they want, and it made me wonder, when we have limited time, what motivates us to spend that time playing games when we could be doing something else? We have various reasons why we might buy a game, but once you’ve spent your hard-earned money on it, what causes you to spend hours playing them when time is often even more limited than our money is? For me, my favorite kinds of games involve good stories and characters, and I can spend countless hours playing them because I want to experience the entire story and see what happens to the characters. But, that doesn’t cover all the genres out there. What about games that have no plot, or at the very least, where the plot is not the focus?

Well, in addition to games with good stories, I do enjoy platformers and other such genres, because I like the satisfaction it brings me to get 100%, story or not. And yet, I recently bought two games on the Wii U that largely don’t really fit either category and which I think act as a good illustration in what might motivate someone to play and what might not. View full article »

Top Songs from Quest 64

“Quest 64” is not one of the better games out there.  Heck, among games that start with Q, it probably doesn’t even rank very high.  The gameplay was tedious, the story was nearly nonexistent.  And yet, one thing they did right was the music, and this game does have some good songs that are worth sharing.  Behold, my top songs from Quest 64!  (Before I begin, however, does anyone else think the battle theme for this game is awfully similar to the one from Final Fantasy VII?…) View full article »

The Duck Tries Butter Beer

I like trying new recipes, and just this past year, I have made a whole bunch of things I have never had before, such as my delicious pumpkin soup, squash soup, and the delicious meat pie called a tourtiere.  I also love trying recipes from books and video games, and today’s recipe might be one you’re more familiar with.

Some time ago, I tried sea salt ice cream, a rather strange concoction I first heard about in Kingdom Hearts 2.  It was all right, but very salty, and I can’t say I’ll ever want to try it again.  And then, just a few weeks ago, I decided to create another treat I learned about from fiction, the butter beer from the Harry Potter series.  I really wanted to try it at the park in Orlando, but seeing as I am not able to visit the place anytime soon, I thought the next best thing would be to make the stuff myself.  I looked up recipes for butter beer, the non-alcoholic, young witch and wizard-friendly, variety, and I found a site listing the five most accurate recipes.  Of course, #1 seems like the obvious pick, but instead, I ended up going with #2 because I found the many spices in this recipe to be rather appealing, and it involved less butter, for fewer diabolical calories. View full article »

The Top Songs from DKC2

One of my favorite series from the olden days was Donkey Kong Country on the SNES, a trilogy that spanned from 1994-1996 (remember back when games from a series were released yearly?).  My favorite game of the series, and of the SNES in general, was Donkey Kong Country 2.  It was super fun.  You got to play as Diddy and Dixie on the island home of the naughty Kremlings.  And there were pirates.  What could possibly be better than that?  Nothing.  And now I present you with my top ten songs from one of my favorite games of all time. View full article »

The Top Songs from DKC

Just recently, I noticed that I had a bunch of posts for top songs that had been sitting around on my computer, feeling quite neglected indeed, so I thought I’d better dust them off and get them posted.  One series that needed some musical love is the Donkey Kong Country series on the Super Nintendo.  This series sported some awesome gameplay, the best graphics the old SNES had to offer, and some pretty nifty, neato music.  That’s right, it was nifty and neato.  So behold, my favorite songs from the original Donkey Kong Country! View full article »

I was recently nominated by the most kind Dinodimare for the Blogger Recognition Award!  Thanks so much!  As is the case with all delightful blogging awards, there are a few little things I need to do: give two pieces of advice, tell how my blog got started, and nominate a few more deserving individuals.  Here I go. View full article »

I finally got around to playing The Last Story, a game I had heard good things about from Cary of Recollections of Play and fellow admin over at UWG, and it is thanks to her that I decided to pick it up and check it out for myself. I ended up really enjoying the game, but I have often written reviews for games, only for them to turn out boring. (Frankly, reviews for bad games are far more interesting.) There’s only so many ways you can say the plot is good and the characters were interesting, so I’ll try to keep all of that out of this post and focus on the details unique to this game.

Ahem, this game took me 25 hours to beat, which is quite good, though it’s certainly not the longest RPG out there. Nevertheless, I really liked the fact that this game gets straight to the point, and 44 chapters was more than enough, even if some were pretty short. Those 25 hours were packed with plot and character development rather than mindless exploring and grinding, so you don’t really feel like any of that time is wasted, except for the half a dozen times they make you revisit the Reptid Cave. View full article »

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