Wednesday, April 26, 2017

My Blog as a Mix Tape vol 2

I chose 7 tracks for Side A, and another seven for Side B. Side A is about getting to a realization point, and Side B is about embracing my weird!

While my original "My Blog as a Mix Tape" post wasn't an ode to GotG, I kept meaning to revisit it. But it never felt right. Now it's 2017, and a lot of stuff happened last year (admittedly, most of it was not good). And whether or not this earth is going to hell in a hand basket, I'm determined to make the best of it (hell, so far so good).  And with Guardians of the Galaxy volume 2 out next week it seemed like as good a time as any and a salute to one of the best nerdy movies to date with a bangin' soundtrack, by bringing back the post I'm most proud of in its own sequel!

If you'd like to join me again in a sweet melodic link up, send me your list, either here in the comments, or on twitter, or any social media!

Send me a copy of your #BlogMixTape

Friday, April 14, 2017

D&D: For N00bs by a N00b! Part one: Finding Your Guild & My Campaigns

Lately, my geekiest endeavor has been in playing Dungeons and Dragons with The Tenor and some of his coworkers.
D&D is one of those games that has been around for decades, that I was always interested in, but growing up wasn't allowed to play, reasons (thanks a lot Dobson...). But in 2009 when I first met my adopted big bros the VERY first night I met them, Jay had a game going. I didn't hear a lot of the narrative but the flint and metal in my brain struck. It took a while, and about three different games (one of those being an attempt at 3.5v) before this fourth campaign to kick off.

Our first game didn't even get to a campaign. Mind you, this was a 3.5 game and we spent SO MUCH time creating our characters. Which is not a bad thing. But if you're like me when it comes to avatars like even in Rock Band, you know you want to get your details out and on paper. This group was made up of some friends I went to church with back in CA (not all churchgoers are sour lemons). It was fun and we'd have beer and coffee while working on our stories together.
My 3.5v and 5.0v Player's Handbooks
via me
But then we moved, and my next group was through one of my managers. He did the voices of the NPCs and had LotR scores playing as EPIC AF background music. Our first mission was based on the 5.0 kick off story which in my second game we later repeated. What was interesting about those two games was how different they were approached by the Dungeon Master (DM-person telling the story to those participating; aka The Game's God as what they say: goes!) and those of us who played. The Tenor and I had a different ways of handling the situation per game. Its also a behavioral scientists dream to watch and play this game I think as so many people will approach the same situation a different way! While one is the "preferred method" there isn't a right or wrong way...kind of like in life on many of it's situations.

Last/lately is our current campaign which had a slightly rocky start as all our characters were somewhat lone wolf archetypes in various forms. I'm going to go ahead and say: DON'T MAKE A LONE WOLF! Don't be that person. If your character is scared of people because they've been hurt (like my character) it can work as long as your stay mission oriented. Lone Wolfs/Lone Wolves (I think the former is technically most correct) are boring and make the missions hard to accomplish. But since then, we've fixed it. Each of us are Loners, brought together by "the cause" (see the mission). As I said this group was brought together via my husbands coworkers...though I'm hoping to get another lady in the game!

Finding your group can be easy. Some great places to start:

  • work
  • church
  • Starbucks flyers (post them, or you might some!)
  • (where you can set up an online game with your blogging buddies)
  • Geek Girl Brunch
  • friends from game stores
  • anywhere honestly! Just get a group going. 

As for places to play most/many comic and hobby shops have tables and rooms that you can check out to set up a game. Additionally reserving a room at a library or coffee shop works as well (as long as you mind your P's and Q's for those around you). Just be sure that if you're not playing in a home to be a good customer too.
Have you been looking to play Dungeons and Dragons? Have you played before? What was your favorite campaign like? If you haven't played, are you interested, and what help do you need in getting started?

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Asgardians of the Galaxy (aka Thor Ragnarok) Trailer

Holy crap! Long time no post! But we moved again, and with he holidays (and holiday shopping season) over I'm choosing to be back!

Which brings me to the amazing trailer for Thor Ragnarok (or as I'm actively going to call it thanks to my friend Ryan: "Asgardians of the Galaxy")

I've not been excited for a Thor movie in a long time. I did enjoy the first one enough, but let's be honest, they've been pretty weak. This one looks like it will be more fun, and actually be a bit more about Thor than his (insanely handsome) brother Loki.

ALSO: I am here for Valkyrie and Hela! Hel is one of my favorite Norse mythology characters (mostly because I was introduced to her in K.A. Applegate's post Animorphs series Everworld). And Valkyrie is SERIOUS cosplay goals right now! I love her armor and the shot of her dragging Thor around with the smirk?

GURRRRL! I'm here for it!

And the Hulk bit? Frakking PRICELESS!!! "He's a friend from work!" is a great line!!!

What are your thoughts on the trailer? Are you stoked for it?

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Day 3 Your Anime Crush (30 Days of Anime)

30 Days of Anime with Joie Fatale

While Howl of Howl's Moving Castle is on the "list" (if this is ever a fandom friday post I have this at the ready) as well as Spike Spiegel of Cowboy Bebop.

I gotta say Vash the Stampede is my anime crush.

For a character who is known in his universe for being a walking disaster, he's got a heart of gold, and a good sense of humor! Also the dude's a dork hahaha! Also Johnny Yong Bosch does his voice!!! <3 p="">
This dork, hamming it up. via

Also, the dude kicks all sorts of ass! I also recommend this anime as the story is more than meets the eyes!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Day 2 Favorite Anime...So Far (30 Days of Anime)

30 Days of Anime with Joie Fatale

This is easily the toughest question...and I have two answers because:

Answer number one is of course: Sailor Moon.

The magical girl of all magical girls. While not the first magical girl in existence from anime or manga, it was the one where many of us learned of this type of anime. For western audiences this anime was one of the first girl-oriented anime's available in the US (well, that I recall).

I'm not going to go over the premise but, one the things I loved about the show was the outfits. They were so cute! You can judge me, but my dream cosplay is STILL to be a Sailor Scout! Also, since there are 10 different scouts, there's nearly a character for anyone to relate to! The 90's animation is not as polished and shiny as the new Crystal season, but, back then it was golden...and adorable af!

The second show is Cowboy Bebop

In addition to being one of my all time favorite anime, its also one of the best shows ever! Not only is the animation beautiful, but it boasts one of the greatest (if not THE greatest) soundtracks in Television history. Yoko Kanno the composer helped carry the series into the phenomena it became. From jazz, to blues, to rock to country and of course: bebop! She covered the whole gambit! Additionally she's composed other beautiful piece for anime's like Escaflowne!
From ep. 1. (via
From ep. 20 (via)
From Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (via)
Also: the animation is top notch! The fight scenes are some of my favorite (along side that hallway fight from Daredevil). And while each episode is practically a self contained story, it all flows into the finale of the series. The downside of this show? it's one season. But not like a "Firefly-one-season-that-NEEDED-more" it actually was supposed to end. In fact, one of the best parts of this is that you can recycle from episode 26 and go back to episode 1, and see more in the series.
art by Omocat

Those are my favorite anime's so far.

See you later space cowboy...