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Top Songs from KH2.5

Some time ago, I took a break from the long-awaited Kingdom Hearts 2 Final Mix, which wasn’t released in my part of the globe until about a decade after its release in Japan.  While I enjoyed the game immensely, I never could come up with a good topic in order to write about it, so I put off a post for the game.  You see, I beat the game, but I still had more extras to complete, and I was growing a bit tired of this good, but large, adventure.  I ended up quitting for a time to play Ni no Kuni, and then Portal 1 and 2, and then Final Fantasy XIII: Lightning Returns….  So, in the end, I didn’t end up returning to this game as soon as I planned.  And so I decided I may as well at least get the music post over and done with.  What a good attitude I have.  And so I share with you all my top five songs from Kingdom Hearts 2 (with only one exclusively from Final Mix). View full article »

All Species Enjoy Marshmallows

You may have heard that I have a fairly new pet, a grey tabby cat named Elsa Vanille.  Elsa, for short.  (And no, she’s not named after the Frozen character.  Just forget about that movie, people!  Every time I go to the store, I hear little kids asking their parents for Elsa merchandise, if it’s available.  And while it’s a perfectly good movie, this confuses me to no end because the first Elsa that comes to mind now is my cat.  Just…let it go, let it…  Okay, I’ll stop.)  Ahem.  Well, while Elsa was quite a feisty thing back in the day (and by “back in the day”, I mean several months ago), well, she is still quite feisty, but in a manner that is far less annoying.  In fact, I’ve grown quite attached to her, and I thought I’d share a couple of her goofy antics, which are cute enough to warm even the heart of the abdominal snowman himself.  Or herself.  But then again, that would be an abdominal snowlady….  Let’s return to the topic now. View full article »

Rosalina Cosplay: The Crown

At last, I have completed pretty much all the main accessories for my Rosalina cosplay.  The wand is done, and so are the earrings, plus the Luma plushie.  And not long ago, I just finished the crown.  Now that project was a bit of a mess.  The crown itself wasn’t so bad.  The first thing I did was cut out some foam.  I then noticed that Rosalina’s crown had a four-pointed star shape on each of the points of the crown.  I planned on painting this black, but first, I wanted some texture.  So I drew the shapes onto the foam with pencil, then I used the end of a pen to create a deep indent.  (I used a pen because I had nothing thin enough that wouldn’t simply slice right through the foam.  I thought an actual knife would be a bad idea, you know.) View full article »

I had a lot of fun the other day (as of writing this, and as I usually don’t get to publishing most things until a while after typing it, this probably happened longer ago than I’m letting on) because I went to this awesome butterfly place.  You know, those places where lots of butterflies fly around in this greenhouse-type room, and people get all thrilled when butterflies land on them.  It’s a rather funny concept when you think about it, because under normal circumstances, if an insect five inches in width landed on someone, they would normally squeal in terror and beg someone to kill it. View full article »

UWG Expands to Youtube

In the past, I believe I posted a few, well, posts about some videos I had uploaded to Youtube, namely some gameplay videos of me screaming as I got pursued by Slender Man.  Yeah.  It was scary stuff.  It’s also possible I posted about some readings I did of some of my fan fiction, but it’s possible I didn’t.  If not, forget I said anything.  Seriously, don’t watch those.  They’re rather…not that good. View full article »

100 Theme Blog Challenge No. 15: Silence

As I’ve said before, when I have to resort to my 100 theme challenge posts and the like, it usually means I’m low on ideas.  Usually.  Right now, I’m actually in the mood for a nice random prompt to get me writing, and today’s theme is #15…silence.  There is something to be said for silence.  The world is such a noisy place, with so many people and traffic and…leaf blowers.  Yes, even leaf blowers.  (What happened to a good, old-fashioned rake?  On second thought, why don’t we just leave leaves alone?  That was a weird sentence….)  There is too little silence in modern life, and sometimes, I feel like I’m one of the only people left on the planet that still enjoys it. View full article »

Top Songs from Ni no Kuni

I recently had the immense pleasure of playing through a truly spectacular RPG, Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch.  This game excelled in storytelling and characters you could really feel attached to.  The graphics were beautiful.  And the music, well, it all fit perfectly in this amazing world and served to enhance something that was already truly special.  Behold, my top five songs from Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch. View full article »

The (Tidy) Return of the Old RPGs

Lately, I have really begun to lose my affection for RPGs, a genre I used to love after discovering how amazing they could be thanks to my first playthroughs of Square’s Kingdom Hearts and Final Fantasy X.  Those games were truly special and introduced me to some complex and deep stories and characters I could really fall in love with (but not in that way, you silly people!).  For this reason, I came to look to Square Enix for good RPGs, I found myself, nevertheless, underwhelmed with the release of FFXII and FFXIII.  While I did have a lot of fun checking out some of the old RPGs, like FFVI and FFIX, I still had quite a bit of trouble finding any good new games of the genre, and as my schedule became busier, I also had less desire to spend such a huge quantity of time on a whole category of games that, in general, felt slow-paced and tedious.

That all changed when I was first introduced to Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch on the gaming blog, RPG Square.  Something about it caught my interest, and I ended up finding it at Wal-Mart when I was in possession of a gift card.  And yet, at the same time, I must admit that my initial impression of the game was a bit reluctant.  I didn’t know about the cartoony style of graphics (I know, I’m a snob sometimes), and when I saw the creature on the cover (who turned out to be Mr. Drippy), I thought, oh, no, not another cutesy sidekick. View full article »

Rosalina Cosplay: Luma Plushie

I have still been putting off making Rosalina’s actual dress for my third cosplay, as I prefer the smaller commitment and challenge offered by her accessories.  With the wand and earrings done, I turned next to her crown and the Luma plushie I wanted to carry around.  The crown will have to wait until a latter post, however, as I have run into some rather troubling trouble when it comes to making the round gems, as I apparently used the wrong materials for mold-making.  Which I’ll get to in more detail in a post covering said topic.  Nevertheless, as I experimented with various types of molds, I have not been idle.  No, I have, in fact, been working on my first ever plushie. View full article »

The Duck Has a Real Afternoon Tea

I have become a bit of a tea-drinker over the last few months.  It’s silly, really, but it’s become a little bit of an obsession, especially lately.  Why it suddenly occurred to me that I was in dire need of some fine china, I have no idea, but I did.  I ended up scouring my local stores-that-sell-stuff-like-that, and I managed to find one that sold several designs of bone china (it sounds creepy, but they are quite nice) teacups and saucers.  I feel rather silly about the whole thing, as I am not normally the type for frilly things.  I play Halo, darn it.  And own a Keyblade.  But, those teacups were too great to pass up and now occupy a special shelf in the kitchen, after I cleared away the ugly cups.  I have yet to locate any fancy plates, however, or those three-tiered thingies, but I suppose I have a head start in my bizarre road to poshness. View full article »


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