Gencon

Gen Con is one of the largest gaming conventions in North America and it happens annually right  in my new city. It focuses on board/tabletop gaming rather than my usual video-gaming focused cons, but I still attended.  I was only at  Gencon on Sunday. One day out of the 4 day convention. Sunday is the last day and a lot of vendors pack up their booths, but a bonus is that their games are discounted. The Sunday badge was also discounted.  It’s sold as a family badge- One badge for the attendee and up to 3 complimentary badges for $30. The bf and I aren’t big on boardgames (I play Magic the Gathering pretty regularly, but he doesn’t play anything), but we couldn’t say no to a day of nerdtivities for $30!

I wore my brand new Pikmin hat that Alleycadabra custom made for me. Seemed like the perfect place to debut it. It got a lot of compliments on it. Isn’t it cute?

Firefly the boardgame

We arrived at Gencon around 1pm and just walked around for a couple hours. We usually jam-pack our con schedules with panels, activities, and a day dedicated to floor walking. But this was our first time at Gencon and we just wanted to see what it was about. There was a lot to see. Vendors selling all kinds of stuff. My favorite clothing vendor was Welovefine which coincidentally, I just found out about via NerdBurger. I’ve eyeing these Lumpy Space Princess leggings on the site and seeing them in person just solidified my decision to buy them. I was worried about them being cheaply made because they’re only $25, but they are legit! I am definitely going to grab a pair. We walked through the artists alley and “ooh’d” and “ahh’d” over lots of art. My favorite artist was Carloline Lebar. We talked to her awhile about her art. Her prints and paintings are beautiful. Have a look on her website – Carolina Lebar. Besides games for sell on the floor, there were also game demos. They were pretty full so we didn’t get a chance to demo anything, but I did jot down the names of a  couple of games I’m interested in, so that I can try  them out at the Game Paradise library. Firefly the board game particularly piqued my interest! I got the general gist of the game from watching some peeps play.  I also talked to a Firefly RPG vendor for a while. I’ve always been curious and interested in participating in a tabletop RPG styled game.  And this one was a Firefly focused one?! SOLD! Speaking of Firefly, I saw the cutest Firefly cosplay of all time.

Look at that little Wash. Just look at him! So adorable! I  decided that the bf and I will have to do a Zoe/Wash costume. I’ve always wanted to do it and he finally agreed! So, hopefully I can figure that out before PaxEast 2014. *crosses fingers*

Gencon was fun. I don’t think I could spend 4 days there, but  will definitely get a one day pass again next year. And next time I’ll sign up for some events and play a game to get the full Gencon experience. The ladies at PureGeekery have a great post about their time at the con.  Check it out.

plants vs zombies 2

A couple of years ago I was obsessed with Plants vs Zombies. I played through the game  3 times. Once on my iPhone and twice on my computer. Ermm, and I may possibly have another game going on my phone again. I REALLLLY like it.  I’m happy to report that it’s time to obsess over the sequel. Plants vs. Zombies 2 is now out on iOS devices( iPhone, iPad and iPod touch).

And it’s free! Free is great. But free to play games usually mean microtransactions. And yes, PvZ 2 has a handful of them. Items being sold  are special plants, upgrades, coins, and even levels. Although, the guys at IGN say that the entire game can be completed without spending a cent, I’m sure I’ll still make a couple of purchases. The game is free after all.

I’ve only played a couple of levels because I have to be awake in 4.5 hours (eep)!  So far, so good! It has all the stuff I loved about the first installment and more. I’m sure I’ll have more to say about it after I play a bit more.

Did you play the original Plants vs Zombies? Are you going to play Plants vs. Zombies 2? Are you turned off by the microtransactions? Let me know!

paxiscoming

It’s almost time for PAXPrime! Pax, Penny Arcade Expo is a 3-4 day gaming convention brought to the public by the guys of Penny Arcade. Currently, there are 3 Pax events that happen worldwide. Pax Prime-in Seattle, in  the Fall, PaxEast-In Boston which occurs right before Spring, and PaxAus-in Melbourne, Australia which happens in the summer. I usually attend Prime or East or both! And I’m so happy that Prime is just around the corner. I can’t wait to see all of my Pax friends that I’ve met over the years, hopefully get a chance to play on next-gen consoles, tabletop game, and of course enjoy Seattle. Oh! And the parties! Pax parties are pretty great, y’all. I don’t have any parties set in stone yet, but I will be attending the Triwizard Drinking Tournament (TWDT) again this year. A Harry Potter themed pub crawl that happens the night before Pax begins. I’m happy to say I’ll be returning to house Hufflepuff!

I had such a blast last year and I’ve already started preparing my outfit for this years crawl. Theme- Hufflepuff preppy realness-Yellow dress, black ballet flats, black cardigan with Hufflepuff badge on the chest. Hair in a top bun secured with a Hufflepuff bow! I’m going to look darling. Which doesn’t matter at all because I’ll be completely smashed by the second bar. -_- The pub crawl isn’t just about drinking and making new friends. It’s also a fundraiser for Child’s play. Child’s Play, founded by the Penny Arcade guys,  improves the lives of sick children by donating toys and games to hospitals worldwide. The TWDT raises money by selling items house members have donated and flat out donations. I am donating some Hufflepuff themed bows. They cost me little to nothing to make and aren’t anything special, so l put a price tag of “Donate whatever!” on each of them.  All proceeds will go straight to Child’s Play! Hoping my house can donate enough money to Child’s Play to be number 1! We were #3 last year. Lets go Huffles!

Race Day

Last weekend I went to NASCAR’s Brickyard 400.

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NASCAR?! Yep. NASCAR. The bf bought tickets  a couple of months ago. I wasn’t exactly thrilled about going to a Nascar event. I had a few preconceptions about Nascar fans and honestly, watching cars race around a track doesn’t really excite me. However, I never turn down a new experience-so, off I went.  I actually enjoyed it! I really did! Watching the cars race around the track, vying to improve their position on the turns reminded me of skating laps in roller derby. I was fascinated…for the first 50 laps. Haha.  My favorite part of the race was the pit stops. I got so excited every time  a  car pulled into the pit for refueling, tire changes, repairs, etc. Those pit crews are super effective and fast. Can we just watch them compete? I’d totally watch that!

I don’t think I’ll ever go to a race again, but it was fun. If you ever get a chance to see a race at the Speedway, do it for the experience…and the pork tenderloin. Trust me. That pork tenderloin is delicious!

The Sophia quote of the day, around lap 100- “Ok. I’m getting bored. How in the hell am I going to get through 300 more laps?! I WANNA GO HOME! Oh?!  What’s that? You mean the ‘Brickyard 400’ is 400 miles not laps? Oh…ok” >.<

(I posted a couple of videos from the race on my Vine. Here’s one where you can see a pit crew in action and hear how loud the cars were as they zipped by.)