Category Archives: Gaming

The Holidays Have Consumed You

So let’s sum up the past few months, shall we?

Crafting. Lots of it.

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I’m going to go through and post everything once the craziness of the holidays calms down (hopefully). But, for now, I want to drop off a few patterns that I know a few of you have asked for.

First of all is this little Guardian armed with a Candy Cane, ready to take down any Grinches. I actually made this on stream. (Yes, people cross-stitch on Twitch which is an amazing reality.) It’s a take on Christopher Barrett’s design (which should sound familiar).

Use the colors that you want. I went for a more subtle maroon than Santa Red, but let those holiday colors free!

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Also, I made three ornaments to attach to the Christmas cards I am going to send out. (41 of them. Hold me.)

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So, you have your choice between a Triforce tree, Santa Chief, or Santa Traveler. Or make all three! Spread the geeky Christmas spirit!

The charts!

Candy Cane Guardian
Santa Traveler
Santa Chief
Triforce Tree

I hope you all enjoy the patterns! Happy crafting! ❤ ❤

Nintendo Entertainment (Cross)-Stitch

Another day, another thing to distract me from my self-imposed deadline for finishing the Dark World geeky pattern to give to the internet.

This time I’m going back to my gaming roots — the good ol’, blow the game cartridge when it won’t work, Mario-lovin’, Duck Huntin’ NES. Although I think that the N64 is my favorite Nintendo system of all time (I can hear some gamers crying and shouting in disbelief right now.) it was the NES that pulled me into the world of gaming.

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I dominated some games — SMB 2 and 3, Contra, Maniac Mansion, I wondered around aimlessly in others — Legend of Zelda was a little advanced for an 9 year old Jess, and I convinced myself others were there only for the purpose of *not* being beaten — TMNT, Paperboy, Gauntlet.

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But I didn’t care how difficult they were, I loved (and love) gaming. I watched the Super Mario Bros show *cough*OK, I still do*cough*, begged my mom to buy Nintendo cereal, and I carried that love to the present day.

So, I figured it was time to pay a little homage to my gaming roots.

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Awesome, no?

I haven’t had time to stitch it up myself, (A little thing called the Dark World map has consumed my life.) but it’s a small project — you should easily be able to get to done by a weekend. So enjoy the gaming nostalgia.

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Like always, if you decide to tackle the project, let me know! Tag me on Twitter or IG if you post there (I’m @craftinggeek at both.) or drop a comment.

Happy crafting!

Play it by Ear

I’m sorry, No Doubt, but every time I think of your music, I think of ugly, well-armed aliens.

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It’s really my 18 year old self’s fault. Back in ’98, when we were dating, Babe let me play his copy of Quake II (with the two expansion packs). I played the game for a while, destroying Strogg. I guess I got tired off the soundtrack (gasp!) and started playing No Doubt. I must have been on a ska kick or something because once I started listening to their first album, I always listened to it when I played Quake II.

The aftermath of that decision? All I have to do is play Trapped in a Box and I am looking for chain gun to pick up and Strogg to annihilate.

I guess my lesson is this. If you do decide to not listen to the game’s soundtrack, choose your songs wisely. Or else 15 years from now, you’ll be writing a blog post telling about how every time you listen to Mumford and Sons, you think of the Solarii Brotherhood.

Have yourself a geeky little Christmas

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So, you want to make your own Destiny-themed Christmas card? Of course you do.

The tutorial to make a card (i.e. listen to me talk for three minutes about the evilness of glue guns, how to convert the card into an ornament, and suggestions for your own Destiny themed messages) is in this vid. The chart itself is here.

Like I said at the end of the video, if anyone does decide to tackle this project, let me know. I’d love to see your take on this geeky, fun project. 😀 😀

It was my Destiny…

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So, on Monday, I had the privilege of being one of Bungie’s guest for the Song E3 press conference. (Kudos to DeeJ for answering ALL THE QUESTIONS that I threw his way. Patience, the dude has it.)

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Babe and I arrived at the pre-show event where there were a ton of food trucks waiting for us. (This is LA, after all.) All I have to say is that the gaming press loves their fried chicken because the line to get some tasty fried goodness was ridiculous.

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As it got closer to 6, the group started “lining up” to get inside the arena. It was a stampede of geeks, each eager to get the best seat. But, having a seat at the top of a section –and an aisle seat, no less– I can safely say I got one of them.

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The stage was pretty and so were the games. (I totally zoned out during the part about the movies…I know, bad me.)

Watch Dogs was certainly a crowd favorite. Babe is sold on the idea, but I’m like, “I wouldn’t attempt that game without a walkthrough because, um, SO MANY OPTIONS.”

My heart broke a little for the Assassins Creed team. Every time the game glitched, the audience held its collective breath while wincing.

KINGDOM HEARTS 3!!!1!1!! ‘Nuff said.

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Destiny was the reason why I had been invited to the conference, so I was eager to finally see some gameplay. The graphics were stunning, the crosstalk was endearingly awkward (does it ever sound relaxed? LOL), and those weapons ❤ ❤ ❤

I still have my concerns about the plot which is basically, “What’s the point?” The trailer sort of addressed that, but I am wondering if the game is going to run on all cylinders for single-player folk who don’t have a group of people to play with. I really, really, really, want to know about this world they created…who are the characters in this world? Is there something more pressing than the search for loot during public events to propel the story forward?

(That being said, they did create Halo — the video game that owns my heart– so my trust in them is extremely high.)

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Afterwards, Babe and I went to the Bungie after party. We sat in the background as I mostly gaped like an idiot at all the Bungie people I was seeing. (No, I didn’t go up to them –I was waaay to shy for that madness.)

DeeJ and Jay Weinland did come up to us and were both awesome and friendly, so yay! Bungie folk lived up to my expectation of being awesome ot their fans. :D :D

We had to bail out early because we had to pick up the little ones and Babe had work the next day, but overall, a totally epic experience.

And, DeeJ, just know if y’all roll into town again, my schedule is open the week of E3 next year.

ALL THE CHEEVOS!!

Well, for Lego: LOTR anyway…

I know some people had a problem with the voices coming from our little Lego friends, but it’s LORD OF THE RINGS. And they had ALL THE ORIGINAL ACTORS WITH THEIR LINES. Enjoy it, because we know we’re not getting that with Lego: Marvel Heroes.

Now I’m tempted to go back and tackle Lego: POTC. We’ll see if I can find a half-decent walkthrough on YT. (I’m bad, I know.)

I’ll leave y’all with this groovy beat.

You are standing in an open field west of a white house, with a boarded front door. There is a small mailbox here.

Whee! For Throwback Thursday (yeah, it’s still Thursday here), I give you Zork.

If you are asking what’s a Zork, I’m willing to bet that you were born after the NES came out. Xork was created in a day before computers could distract you with pictures of cats or kids doing stupid things and posting in on a website.

That’s right, it’s all about the text-based game, baby.

Zork is smart, fun, and addictive. (And, free on the Infocom website.) Every couple of years I play through the first three. (Yes, with the handy walkthrough nearby, I’ll admit.) I’ve played through the majority of the others over the years…it’s hard to believe that it’s been 16 years since the last one came out. (Though it was waaaay dark for my tastes.)

So, go. Stop cutting the rope or flinging birds in a galaxy far, far away and become a Master Adventurer.

The Cross Stitch of Doom (Week 1)

So, like a character in a book an author writes, my crafting projects tend to name themselves. Sometimes it takes a while for them to introduce themselves to me, but, after spending time with them, they all give me *something* to call them.

I’d like to introduce you to The Cross Stitch of Doom (or TCSOD). (Yeah, I know right now it doesn’t look like much. But, when it’s finished it will be quite a Legendary feel to it.)

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I can’t remember a time that a cross stitch has given me so much grief within such a short period of time. Messed up on the count. Used the wrong color. Head, meet desk.

Every person who cross stitches know undoing work is just par for the course, but considering that this sucker has 65k+ squares, hitting a snag at about square #300 is tear-inducing.

The (insane) plan is to have this finished by the time by sister’s wedding rolls around. The plan is also to maintain my sanity, so we’ll see how it goes.

Lego: Marvel Super Heroes: Building Up Excitement

Get it? Building up excitement? And it’s about Legos? Ha ha…ha?

The new trailer popped up last week and I’ll admit, I am still doing a happy dance of joy.

I’ve always been a fan of the Lego games. Lego: LOTR was a blast to play. (100% completion, baby! Only 2 more achievements to go to get ’em all — Curse the 15 minute Mines of Moria achievement.)

All I know is that my comic book lovin’ hubby is going to want to play AND I WON’T LET HIM. *insert evil laughter*

 

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