Friday, July 31, 2015

#Fandom5: Five Fictional Pets I Want to Adopt! July 31st, 2015

Happy Friday, and Happy Birthday to Harry Potter!

#Fandom5, or 5 Fandom Friday is a weekly blog link-up and the creation of Kristin at Super Space Chick and Megan at The Nerdy Girlie.  It's a lot of fun and a great way to find new blogs! Go here to learn more about it or follow #Fandom5 on Twitter!

Today's Fandom5 topic is: Five fictional pets I want to adopt!

I own a dog, Stormageddon, and we are thinking about getting him a puppy brother (or sister) very soon... maybe as soon as next weekend!

I love and adore Stormie, and we both have attachment issues. He's my first dog - my sister and I were only allowed to have a couple of hamsters and guinea pigs as kids, and even getting those was a huge struggle. Growing up, I always knew I would get a dog someday and I am so lucky that Stormie is that dog! He is my shmoopy baby.

But if I could have any pet from any story? Stormie would have so many amazing siblings!

1. Wind Rider Cub
The in-game pets available in World of Warcraft are one of my favorite things about the game, and my baby wyvern, Kingsley, is always following my character around. A real one would be amazing! Like a flying lion... that I could ride one day...

"OH HAI!"
image via wowtcgloot.com


2. Mogget and the Disreputable Dog
These are characters from Garth Nix's Old Kingdom/Abhorsen series and technically they're not pets... but I can't say too much because spoilers, and these books are too wonderful to spoil (if you haven't read them, check them out!)  Basically, they are a talking cat and dog who have magical powers and are very intelligent.

"Face Off" by Katrina Young, RohanElf on DeviantArt

Mogget the cat is lazy, sarcastic, and haughty, but surprisingly helpful when it suits him. The Disreputable Dog is loyal, clever, very protective of Lirael, but has her own secrets. Their animal forms definitely inform their personalities, but both are far more than what they seem.


3. Toothless
I love his personality - he reminds me of a friendly dog! Toothless is friendly and clever, and would be a much better friend than some other fantasy dragons.




4. Chopper
Do droids count? I have a droid companion pet in SWTOR, so why not! Saucy, funny, clever, useful, and just a little homicidal, Chopper has become one of my favorite characters on Star Wars Rebels.




5. A Dire Wolf
Ghost and Nymeria are my favorites of the Stark children's wolves. Dire wolves are like big doggies and I would have all the snuggles!

I'll take one of each! ;-)

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

#PotterWeek: Ravenclaw Pride

The internet is celebrating Harry Potter Week, and there are Tweets and blog posts galore, celebrating our favorite boy wizard and that amazing world he lives in. Check out the Common Room if you're interested in reading some thoughtful posts about Harry Potter, the books, and being a fan.

Reading Kristin's post on being a Ravenclaw reminded me of my first exposure to the Harry Potter books, and I thought I'd share that story here. Ravenclaw has always been my Hogwarts house, and every quiz/sorting exercise I've participated in has placed me there - including Pottermore (when I stayed up until 4am to get a beta invite!)

When I was in high school, my mom sent me to the local independent bookstore to pick up my sister's preorder copy of Goblet of Fire. They had some goodies left from a small release party, and had me draw a sticker out of a hat - I hadn't read the books yet and had no idea what was going on, but I ended up with a Ravenclaw sticker. It was shaped like a pennant flag, and I offered it to my sister, but she told me to keep it. This sparked my interest in the books, and she told me about the first three, their plots, and the world. I thought the series sounded interesting and added them to my mental TBR list.

The next day my family went on a road trip, and for lack of anything better to do I started reading the Harry Potter books. Then I understood why they had me pull the sticker out of a hat, and I was so pleased it was Ravenclaw! And, of course, I became addicted to the books - during that trip, I read books 1-3 and started book 4.

My sister never read much beyond Prisoner of Azkaban, but I devoured all of the books and attended that bookstore's midnight release parties from then on... wearing a Ravenclaw costume! I still have that sticker too! Harry Potter helped me make new friends when I started college, and the book and movie releases were something to look forward to - and attend with my new friends! I miss the excitement of waiting for a new book, but I keep my collection in a place of honor on my bookshelf. It's been a few years since I've read any of the books, but it's a comfort to know they are all right there, waiting for me to return to Hogwarts if I want to.

Happy Potter Week! And an early happy birthday to JK Rowling and the Boy Who Lived!



Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Tabletop Tuesday! Summer recap, summer plans...


Hello! I hope everyone's week is off to a good start!

Not much to report for this week's Tabletop Tuesday. I had planned to take last week off following SDCC, but that week has apparently turned into two! So today's post is just a brief update on what I've been doing and what I have planned for the rest of the summer.

Friday, July 24, 2015

#Fandom5: Five Fictional Vehicles I Want to Travel In! July 24th, 2015

I hope everyone had a great week! Happy Friday!

Sorry I've missed the last couple 5 Fandom Friday topics, I've been in SDCC recovery. I picked up a cold somewhere, but thankfully it's not full blown con crud and seems to be clearing up.

#Fandom5, or 5 Fandom Friday is a weekly blog link-up and the creation of Kristin at Super Space Chick and Megan at The Nerdy Girlie.  It's a lot of fun and a great way to find new blogs! Go here to learn more about it or follow #Fandom5 on Twitter!

Today's topic is: Five fictional vehicles I want to travel in!

I suppose I can't just post the Millennium Falcon five times...

1. The Millennium Falcon
I love Star Wars, I love Han Solo, and I LOVE this ship!



2. The Centennial Osprey
Technically this is just an XS stock light freighter, but mine is named the Centennial Osprey (get it?) - this is the ship of the smuggler class in the MMO Star Wars: The Old Republic. LEGO was making some ships from this game, and I am still disappointed that they didn't make this one.




3. Serenity
Malcolm Reynold's ship from the TV series Firefly. The embodiment of freedom and crewed by one of the best casts of characters in all of science fiction!



4. Viper Mark II
These old-model Vipers were used to protect the fleet of human survivors from Cylon attacks as they fled into space in the reimagined Battlestar Galactica television series. Starbuck is my favorite character on this series, and she is a phenomenal Viper pilot!



5. The TARDIS
The Doctor's time-traveling spaceship, TARDIS stands for Time And Relative Dimension In Space. It gives you the ability to travel anywhere and anywhen, translates all languages, and has a swimming pool! I predict we'll see the TARDIS on a few Fandom5 lists today!



What vehicles did you choose? What shows, movies, or books are they from? There are so many possibilities!

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

My SDCC Agent Carter Cosplay

Last week I wore my Agent Carter cosplay to SDCC!



I decided to cosplay on Saturday, because the Marvel booth was offering an autograph opportunity with the cast and creators of Agent Carter - this ended up being a great choice, because @AgentCarterNews (website) had organized a flash mob for that day, too!

I hurried to the Convention Center, but was too late to get an autograph - the line was capped by the time I got to the booth. But the flash mob experience more than made up for it! A group of us met in the lobby at 10:40 and people started taking photos. There were so many people participating, and not just in Peggy's iconic blue suit - we had an undercover Peggy (aka health inspector Ruth Barton), a couple of army uniform Peggies, and a Miss Union Jack! (Dum Dum Dugan would be proud.) There was even a tiny Peggy with a tiny Dottie!




After taking a few pictures in the lobby, we moved to the Marvel booth - where we were invited onstage to join Hayley Atwell for photos!!! It was amazing, and Hayley is so sweet and friendly! She was asked to choose two cosplayers to win posters, and after deliberating with her costar James D'Arcy (Jarvis) and saying how great we all looked, she chose one woman who made her costume in one day (NO WAY! It was so good!) and the woman dressed as Miss Union Jack!





My Costume
I bought the red Stetson Aviatrix online. This is the same hat used on the show, and is a gorgeous piece. I balked a little at the price, but thanks to a little encouragement from some of you and Giovanna Melton, the costume designer on Agent Carter, I decided to go ahead and get it!


Some cosplayers have found really nice blue suits for sale online (even on Amazon!) but I chose to make mine because I'm plus-size and a little hard to fit. It was easier for me to make the suit instead of hoping I ordered the right size online. I bought everything to make the suit for under $50, and it took me about a seven nights to make it, from the muslin pattern test to finished suit.

For my suit I bought royal blue gabardine from OnlineFabricStore.net for less than $5 a yard. I love the weight of it and the color is perfect, but the gabardine was a little hard to work with - it frays terribly and gabardine doesn't press very well. Plus the fabric was polyester and was very warm. I plan to remake this suit if I continue losing weight, and intend to source some different fabric if I do.

I made my suit using Simplicity pattern no. 3688. This pattern runs a touch small but there is plenty of ease, so if you use it make sure you check the measurements! I went up two sizes from my street size, but I probably would have been fine only going up one - I had to take in the sides to make it fit better, but I was worried about the arms being tight.




The collar on this pattern is not accurate to the Agent Carter costume - I originally bought it to make Peggy's green army suit, and the collar is more similar to that one. But the cut of the suit is appropriate to the era. That is something else I would correct if I remake this suit.

For the shirt I just bought a white button up, since I didn't own one that fits. I don't like how the collar lays - it looks more 1970s to me than 1940s - but it worked. I had thought to make a faux collar, but ran out of time because I was working on our Star Wars Rebels cosplays (that we didn't finish). This would have been a good idea, and was actually done by some of the other cosplayers in attendance! Clever! Maybe I'll whip one up now to have on-hand.

Because it was going to be a long day of walking around SDCC, I wore a pair of simple black flats. Though these shoes had no arch support, my feet were fine after a day in them and I had no blisters! I also used a simple black purse I had at home, since I needed something to hold my wallet and phone during the day.

My nails were painted with OPI Cinnamon Sweet, the same polish Peggy wears on the show. I used NYX Matte Lipstick in Alabama, which is a dupe for the Besame Lipstick in Red Velvet used on the show. I also curled my hair that morning and pinned it back at the sides.


Angie and Dottie!

I loved wearing this cosplay, even if it was a little warm at times, and the chance to meet other fans and take photos with Hayley Atwell was such a special experience!

Thank you to @AgentCarterNews, Marvel, and everyone who helped organize this opportunity! Thank you to Chuck, for telling me about the flash mob! And a huge thank you to the lovely Hayley Atwell, for being so awesome to your fans and playing one of my favorite characters!  <3

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Tabletop Tuesday! San Deigo Comic Con 2015


Hello! Welcome back to Tabletop Tuesday, my weekly blog post about all things tabletop. Last weekend we were at San Diego Comic Con, where we got to experience so many awesome things - including some new tabletop games!

Last week's post was about where Con-goers could find tabletop games at SDCC. I wrote about three locations that were almost guaranteed to have games, either to play, buy, or watch as demos; the SDCC Exhibit Hall, the SDCC Game Room, and Geek & Sundry. And in 2015 these locations did not disappoint.

Hit the jump to read more!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

SDCC 2015: See you there!!!

Right now I am flying to San Diego for SDCC!!!  

Are you guys ready? Who's going? Tonight, once we get our badges and check into the hotel, we'll probably just wander the Gaslamp. We like to get our bearings, figure out where off-site events are located, stuff like that. We might swing by the Game of Bloggers party, too!

What I'm most looking forward to:
  • STAR WARS!!!!!!!!!!!! We're going to try for Hall H on Friday! It'll be our 1st time trying to get into Hall H, so we're excited and nervous.
     
  • The History Vikings off-site event/booth - photo ops and a Seal Boat ride around the Gaslamp!
     
  • Geek & Sundry! Possibly my favorite offsite location last year.
     
  • The Sideshow Collectibles booth! They're debuting a new Loki figure!
     
  • The Her Universe booth!!! I hope they have the X-Wing cardigan in stock!
     
  • Wearing my Peggy Carter and Star Wars Rebels cosplays! (pics to come!)
     
  • Parties! Geeks Go Glam and Nerd HQ!

Hope to see some of you there! 
Keep in touch on Twitter (@ChikSolo) and have a great time!



Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Tabletop Tuesday! Tabletop Games at SDCC



Hello! Welcome back to Tabletop Tuesday, my weekly series on tabletop gaming. Today's post is about where to find tabletop gaming at San Diego Comic Con - because this time tomorrow we will be on a plane, flying across the country to attend SDCC!

SDCC is a great place for tabletop gaming. There are demos, exhibits, vendors, and freebies littered around the con, making it easy to find and learn about new games if that's what you're interested in. This post is about what we saw at SDCC last year and where tabletop games can be found, for any SDCC attendees who might be interested in checking out their tabletop gaming options at the con.

Friday, July 3, 2015

#Fandom5: Five Favorite Aliens, July 3rd, 2015

Hello again! Happy Friday!

#Fandom5, or 5 Fandom Friday is a weekly blog link-up and the creation of Kristin at Super Space Chick and Megan at The Nerdy Girlie.  It's a lot of fun and a great way to find new blogs! Go here to learn more about it or follow #Fandom5 on Twitter!

Today's topic is: five favorite aliens! 

I really thought this list would be easy, because I love Star Wars and could easily list characters from those stories. But whittling it down to five has been really hard! Technically every character from Star Wars is an alien, but I think when most people think alien they think non-human, so I'm leaving Han, Leia, and Lando off this list. I also left off ET because just thinking about that movie makes me bawl like a three-year-old hiding in the hallway because she doesn't want to see ET get sick. Oh no, here come the tears...


1. The Doctor
Some say he looks human. Others say we look Time Lord. Either way, he is a two-hearted humanoid from the planet Gallifrey who enjoys Jelly Babies, Jammy Dodgers, and running around London. I also enjoy Jelly Babies, Jammy Dodgers, and running around London.



2. Chewbacca
Chewbacca is a Wookiee from Kashyyyk. He is the co-pilot on the Millennium Falcon, and his BFF is Han Solo. He enjoys a game of holochess, but he does not like to lose.

He's also one smooth BAMF.

3. Hera Syndulla
The Twi'lek captain of the Ghost, and member of the rebel cell featured on the TV show Star Wars Rebels. Twi'leks come from the planet Rhyloth and their most notable feature are their lekku, or head tails. Hera is a great character, and I am excited to learn more about her backstory and role in the rebellion against the Empire.



4. Ahsoka Tano
Ahsoka is a main character in the Clone Wars animated series. She is a Togruta and comes from the planet Shili. She trained as a Jedi under her Master, Anakin Skywalker. Spoiler alert, she survived Order 66 and has returned in the Star Wars Rebels TV series.



5. Ewoks
Don't be a hater. These guys are adorable.


And bloodthirsy.


It's a great combination.


Runner Up:
The Kowakian Monkey Lizard people typically know as Jabba's jester. His species comes from the planet Kowak in the Outer Rim. I think he's hilarious, sitting there, laughing maniacally at everyone's misfortune, and I love him so much that I bought a stuffed replica of him from Tatooine Trader's at Disney World.