Disneyland 2018: Day 2 – Big Trouble on Big Thunder…Kind Of

Ah, you’re back.  Well, you’re just in time to read about part 2 of our Disneyland trip, with a little bit of bonus stuff thrown in at the end.  (If you missed part 1, you can find it here.)  The following day, we arrived before the park opened.  Our first goal was to head straight for Peter Pan before it got crowded, but what happened next was…fate, perhaps?  The problem with trying to ride Peter Pan first thing in the morning is the fact that everyone tries to do this, so as soon as the way forward was opened, people started running for Fantasyland as fast as they could.  We followed at a slower pace, discovering soon enough that our doubts were well-founded when we saw that the Peter Pan queue was already packed.  Disappointed, we decided to head for our favorite rides (hint: they’re both in New Orleans Square) while the lines were still short. Continue reading Disneyland 2018: Day 2 – Big Trouble on Big Thunder…Kind Of


Disneyland 2018: Day 1 – From Splash Mountain to Fantasmic

I don’t think I can overestimate my love for Disneyland.  You may recall that last year marked my first trip to the park in a decade (minus a few months), and this year, Mother Duck and I were fortunate enough to visit again.  While we have decided that Disneyland will likely not become a yearly tradition due to the fact that visiting a single place too often has the negative consequence of taking some of the fun out of it, we did have an amazing time nonetheless and look forward to a return someday in the future, whenever we decide enough time has passed.  Let us begin by discussing the first day of our trip, shall we? Continue reading Disneyland 2018: Day 1 – From Splash Mountain to Fantasmic

Piano Time: Song of Healing and Clock Town

I’ve got two more piano videos for you guys today, both of which come from The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, one of my dearest and most favorite games of all time.  The songs in question are the Song of Healing and Clock Town.  I’m particularly proud of the video I put together for the Song of Healing.  I wanted it to tell a story, and I think it did?  Hope you guys enjoy!
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100 Theme Blog Challenge No. 22: Mother

Mother’s Day is this weekend, meaning this 100 theme challenge couldn’t have come at a better time.  (It’s almost like I planned it this way.)  Today, I shall be writing a little bit about Mother Duck, with whom the Duck gets along spiffingly.  And I think one reason for that is our willingness to share in the interests of the other.

Mother Duck played video games before I ever did.  She doesn’t play them very often now (and only with coaxing), but back when I was a duckling, she and dad would often play our Super Nintendo.  One of her particular favorites was The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (I recall dad playing Donkey Kong Country more), though she was also a pro at Super Mario World.  While we didn’t share quite as many interests when I was younger, as I didn’t really get into gaming until the time she gave it up, semi-recent years have seen a drastic shift from us spending our time separately to spending it together. Continue reading 100 Theme Blog Challenge No. 22: Mother

Hopefully Conquering Final Fantasy 8: Part 3

I’m still working diligently on Final Fantasy VIII, using guides as I go so as not to miss anything.  (I was using a guide on a website called Jegged, but then I kept getting lots of weird popups, so I switched to IGN.)  I have recently reached disc 3 and am currently all caught up on side quests and Triple Triad and the like.  And I have noticed one very surprising difference between this playthrough and my last.  When junctioning correctly, this game is…incredibly easy. Continue reading Hopefully Conquering Final Fantasy 8: Part 3

Painting Happy Trees with Bob Ross

In a recent post, the Duck discussed a few new art tips I had learned that had helped to improve my drawing.  One other area in which I wanted to improve was landscapes.  I have never been particularly adept at drawing backgrounds, so I decided some practice was in order.  The answer to my woes turned out to be…Bob Ross’ The Joy of Painting series. Continue reading Painting Happy Trees with Bob Ross

Did the Residence Answer My Questions?

Since playing Little Nightmares back in October, I have been anxiously awaiting the third and final Secrets of the Maw DLC so that we could finally learn all there is to know (more or less) about the Maw and its bizarre inhabitants.  If you’re curious to read a review about the game, I have already written one that I believe is still relevant, which can be found here.  This post will not be focusing on reviewing the game, but rather, the DLC and what, if anything, was answered with the release of the Residence on February 23. Continue reading Did the Residence Answer My Questions?

Drawing Tips the Duck Has Learned: Shading and Hands

A few months ago, the Duck returned to a largely abandoned hobby, drawing.  At this time, I also joined Deviant Art in order to share my attempts at artistry with the world.  Quite some time ago, I gave up on drawing after years spent trying in vain to progress my skills.  This time, I am far more serious, and it seems to be greatly to my benefit. Continue reading Drawing Tips the Duck Has Learned: Shading and Hands

Hopefully Conquering Final Fantasy 8: Part 2

I’ve been slowly and steadily making progress in Final Fantasy 8, and I must say, I feel like I’m finally starting to get the hang of things.  As of writing this, I have just reached disc 2, and I have grown far fonder of the game and its characters than I did on my first playthrough.  Without further ado, an update on my progress… Continue reading Hopefully Conquering Final Fantasy 8: Part 2

Day 18: Favorite Protagonist

The slow-paced madness that is the 30 days of video game topics…thingy continues with yet another head-scratcher.  My favorite protagonist.  Again, being asked what my favorite is of anything is always quite troublesome.  My favorites change constantly, and as difficult as it was to decide upon my favorite villain, as was the topic of day 17, it gets even more difficult when I’m asked about my favorite protagonist, as I really don’t think I’ve ever had a clear favorite when it came to the good guys.  Until recently.  (Just gonna warn you right now…Undertale spoilers ahead). Continue reading Day 18: Favorite Protagonist