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Animal Crossing House Tours

I’ve been thinking, after all these years of blogging, that maybe it was time to share something a bit more personal about myself.  Let me tell you a bit about where I live…in Animal Crossing.  From time to time, my mom and I enjoy playing Animal Crossing: City Folk, where we have, over the course of several years, amassed and spent millions of Bells.  If you’re not familiar with Animal Crossing, this is a game where you, a human, live in a village of talking animals, earn money (usually by fishing, catching bugs, or receiving various strange gifts from the villagers as rewards for doing errands for them).  You basically spend the game earning money and eventually upgrading your house to three levels, which you can decorate to your heart’s content.

Recently, we accumulated so much stuff, however, that we each had to make use of the third and fourth houses respectively to store all of these possessions.  I know, that’s all quite silly, isn’t it?  But we got two new houses to decorate out of the deal, and two new characters, as well.  In the end, our Crossing houses turned out so delightful (and were filled with so many rare or expensive items from our years of playing) that it seemed like it was time to share them with you all.  Now, this console is not connected to my capture card, so I was not able to take any screenshots, but I did take some decent quality photos, so here we go. View full article »

Six Years of Being a Quack

Has it already been six years already?  Actually, it feels longer…  Okay, well, today is the Duck’s sixth anniversary of blogging, and it’s been a pretty busy year.  First off, let’s start with some stats.  I currently have 295 followers, a grand total of 24723 views, with my best day being 208 views on…December 9, 2012?  Huh, good to know my best day ever came about three and a half years ago.  You’re really moving up in the world, Duck….

Now, for the major events, and there’s been some big ones.  Well, one anyway.  This past year, United We Game, the other blog I write for, finally started a Youtube channel!  As a result, I finally got to begin a long-time dream of mine, learning how to record gameplay.  In that time, I have learned how to record gameplay with video game consoles and the PC, how to edit videos, and how to live stream using XSplit Broadcaster, with my first live stream thus far being my Five Nights at Freddy’s Halloween live stream.  Exciting stuff!  And educational, too.  If you like gaming and haven’t already visited our channel, please do.  We have lots of great gaming-related videos on there.  You’ll love it. View full article »

For next year’s cosplay, my parents have agreed to cosplay with me, which is quite exciting.  Accompanying myself as Foxy the pirate, my dad will be the security guard from the first game, Mike Schmidt, and my mom will be a human version of Toy Chica.  Most of the parts of their costumes are store bought, but there are a few pieces of mom’s costume that must be created.  One of those is the cupcake Chica is often seen carrying. View full article »

Foxy Cosplay: The Feet Part 2

Welcome back, everyone, time to continue my explanation for the creation of the feet for my Foxy the Pirate cosplay from Five Nights at Freddy’s.  Now we’ll finally get to start discussing the details.  The main “body” of the foot, so to speak, is complete, but how do I make it look like old, beaten up metal?  Well, I didn’t think painting my upholstery foam was a very good idea, so I decided to go with a tried and true favorite of mine, craft foam.

When I originally bought this stuff for Ghirahim, I got a bunch of sheets of multiple colors.  I’m nearly out of white foam, which is the best for painting, so I had to use colorful foam for the sides of my Foxy feet (it may take more coats of paint to cover this, but I didn’t have much choice at this point).  So I first cut out pieces of foam to cover every single side of the feet, and with a shape like this, there are a lot of sides.  With the narrow places, like between the toes and the notches around the toes, I cut out some little strips of tag board (it’s basically thicker paper) which I had left over from my Ghirahim costume, as well (I originally used this for the mold of his resin jewelry).  It’s not the best option out there, but since it’s thin, I thought it would be best for these narrow parts of the foot, as the craft foam was too thick and would have ended up closing up the narrow bits. View full article »

Foxy Cosplay: The Feet Part 1

Okay, I admit, at this point, you guys are probably starting to think I’m nuts, because I recently started yet another costume.  I’ve been cosplay-crazy lately!  After playing Five Nights at Freddy’s 2 (shameless advertising alert: I recorded gameplay for FNAF 2 on our United We Game Youtube channel, if you’re interested in checking it out…), I got super excited to try a cosplay of my favorite rickety animatronic, Foxy the Pirate!  I really wanted to do something different and learn new skills, plus I find the thought of dressing up as something scary to be quite appealing.  Fear me, I’m terrifying!

The concept behind Foxy is similar to the making of a “fursuit” (those costumes where people dress as fuzzy animals), so I did a lot of research both into making a Foxy cosplay specifically and into creating fursuits, as well.  I’ve always been interested in how those things were made anyway, and it looks as if the majority of these are made with upholstery foam covered in fleece (preferably stretchy fleece, if you can find it).  There are several methods for making the head, but the version I chose has a frame made out of plastic canvas covered in foam and fleece.  But, more on that later.  I’m putting off making his head, as it seems very scary. View full article »

Vanille Cosplay: The Shirt

This was a particularly busy year for cosplay, but I have finally done it.  Two costumes in one year.  And I never plan to do that ever, ever again.  Rosalina is done, and now Vanille has been completed, as well.  The last thing to cover is her shirt, and cover it we shall! View full article »

Vanille Cosplay: The Fur

The title of this post may, at first, appear misleading.  Vanille has fur in two parts of her costume, so which, pray tell, am I talking about?  To which I respond, the back stuff, silly.  The shoes have already been covered.  I was pretty excited to work with fur, as I never had before, and it was quite a treat when I received a bag of fluffy, fake brown fur in the mail one day.  It was less of a treat, however, when I cut it.

The problem with long fur is the mess.  Once I cut the fur to the correct size, a lot of fur came loose.  The fur was attached quite securely to the backing, but cutting the fabric means lots of fur will be liberated from their bond, free to fly about the floor at any hint of a breeze.  To avoid dealing with stray pieces of fur every time I moved my fabric, I just put it on the kitchen floor and started pulling fur off the edges.  Eventually, I had a big, ol’ pile of the stuff.  Shaking the fabric quite vigorously, more fur came flying off, and I collected that, too.  After a little while, no more fur came free.  I delivered this fur to the nearest trash receptacle and got ready for phase…whichever came next. View full article »

At long last, I have finally decided to tackle the next topic in the 100 theme challenge, #16…questioning.  Great…this is why I don’t do these very often.  But this list of 100 topics would surely not be called a “challenge” if it wasn’t, well, challenging, so I suppose that only comes with the territory.  So…questioning.  What does this mean to me?  Aside from the fact that I am currently questioning what I should write about.  Yeah.  Not funny.  When I think of questioning, I think of a question we probably all encounter at least once in our lives.  Who am I?

No, I don’t have amnesia, but thank you for your concern.

Yes, I know who I am, but really, I’m sure I’m not the only one who has asked this.  How do we define ourselves?  This is especially difficult when we’re young because our interests and attitudes to the world change with reckless abandon.  Our views on what we want out of life changes.  We are not the same person now that we were when we were young.  And sometimes I would wonder, who am I, really?  What really defines me when I change from year to year and when the person I look back on seems so foreign compared to who I am now? View full article »

Elsa Says “Ah”

Maybe I’m rather biased, but sometimes it seems as if my cat exceeds the average level of cuteness displayed by most felines.  I also know people seem to enjoy pictures of cute and cuddly kitties, so sharing such things with you all is surely one of the kindness things I can do.  No need to thank me; I’m happy to do it.

My kitty Elsa sleeps in all manner of silly ways.  You may have seen posts describing how she enjoys sleeping on her back or wrapped up in blankets.  She also sometimes uses my computer’s power…thingy as a pillow.  You know, that big, block of a thing that’s part of a laptop’s power cord?  Well, it gets warm when the computer’s on, so she naps next to it, or on it, a lot.  No pictures to share of that at this time, but maybe someday. View full article »

Part of what makes video games fun is that they allow us to experience things not possible in real life.  We can visit fantasy worlds, wield immense power, and ultimately save the world, or even the universe, from evil.  In most cases anyway.  Part of the thrill that comes from video games is the unfamiliar.  It’s why I’d much rather watch a fantasy or sci-fi movie than one that takes place in the real world with regular people.  That all kind of changed with a game I recently completed.  EarthBound.

EarthBound had been on my to-do list for a long time, like Final Fantasy VII and Super Metroid, but it took me a long time to play it because I didn’t have access to it until recently.  I originally heard of the game thanks to Super Smash Bros and its inclusion of Ness, a seemingly normal boy with psychic powers.  I admit I was unimpressed by Ness (unintentional rhyme) at the time, considering I had no idea who he was, but as the years went by, I heard people talking more and more often about how amazing the game he hailed from was.  It wasn’t until March of 2016, however, that I finally got my hands on it, thanks to my dear Wii U’s Virtual Console. View full article »

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