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The Jank Cast: Episode 197: What’s Wrong With Bein’ Sexy?

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Hosts: EVERYONE! Aka Jenn, Joe, Megan, Scott, Timo, Todd Recently, Gaming as Women published an article on asking “is he hot” about an NPC. People read it. People discussed it. It got us thinking: how do you know in game? … Continue reading


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Ideology of Madness: Beer. Run. Geek. Lots of Star Wars goodies, and all about the medals!

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This week, Paul continues his journey to not say “so” so much…and fails. Should we make a drinking game out of it? Also, we visit the new Cogan’s Pizza North; buy some awesome Star Wars shoes, cups, and comics; talk about medals; and, on top of all that…run NINE miles! E-mail us at BeerRunGeek@outlook.com!

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Ideology of Madness: Savage Worlds of Science Fiction

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I’ve recently finished reading two very different systems dealing with the science fiction genre. The first was Harp SF, a very dense, very simulationist game. I’ll be reviewing that one, soon. The other was the Savage Worlds Science Fiction Companion and, as you might guess if you know Savage Worlds, it was far less dense […]

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Zero Fortitude: Cosplayer Interview : Kay Jay Cosplay

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(This interview was originally posted on June 2014 ) Last week I saw a photo of this awesome Batgirl cosplay which you can see on the right.  Today it is my pleasure to introduce you to that awesome Batgirl  in my new cosplayer interview.
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Photo by SuperHero Photos

 

Who are you and where are you from?

I am Kay Jay Cosplay and I am from San Antonio, TX.

 

How long have you been cosplaying?

A little over a year.

 

How did you get started and what was your first cosplay?

The first time I cosplayed was for a local comic book store’s Free Comic Book Day event, and I was Artemis from Young Justice

 

What did your friends and family think when you started?

Everyone was very supportive, but I don’t think anyone knew it was going to stick!

 

Where do you get your inspiration for choosing what to cosplay?

I mostly stick to characters I am familiar with. I pick a costume when a character’s story or personality resonates with me.

 

When you cosplay how much do you try to be in character?

It isn’t my biggest priority. I try to remain true to the character while remaining approachable.

 

What has been your easiest and most complicated cosplay?

My easiest was X-23 by far, the only construction for that was the claws. The most difficult would have to be Hawkgirl. The wings alone took 7 days!

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If you could cosplay anybody from anything who would it be?

Grand Duchess Anastasia. Who wouldn’t want to be a sarcastic princess?

 

Do you know a lot about the characters that you cosplay?

Usually. Most of the characters I portray I know a lot about, and if I don’t, I put in time to do research before the costume is made.

 

What was one of your most memorable experiences you have had while cosplaying?

I was cosplaying as Wonder Woman this past Free Comic Book Day and had taken a photo with a little girl. About 10 minutes later she ran back over to me, said “I love you, Wonder Woman!” and hugged me really hard! It was the sweetest thing!

 

Do you prefer your cosplays to be exact or do you add your own changes?

I try for accuracy. I find pride in making the most exact representation of a character that I can.

 

How would you describe the state of the cosplay hobby right now?

BLOWING UP! Cosplay has been getting a ton of publicity lately, both good and bad. I’m glad that people are becoming more comfortable cosplaying, regardless of their race, age, size, or gender!

Photo by Frank Dimas Aguero

Photo by Frank Dimas Aguero

What advice would you give to somebody just starting out cosplaying?

Start with a character you love! Your passion for the character always comes through in your representation of them.

 

Besides cosplaying what other hobbies do you have?

Singing, playing video games, and having netflix marathons for longer than what is considered healthy…

Photo by Frank Dimas Aguero

Photo by Frank Dimas Aguero

 

I want to say thank you again to Kay Jay Cosplay.

To see more awesome cosplays of Kay Jay Cosplay check out her Facebook and Instagram.

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Zero Fortitude: Anime Review of Danganronpa

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I will admit that I do love the murder mystery genre. I was searching for some anime in this category and I came across Danganronpa. After watching I found out that this anime is based off a video game, but since I haven’t played it this review is just the anime only. This review will contain no spoilers so don’t worry. What fun would it be to ruin the ending for a mystery?

The plot revolves around a group of fifteen high school students that are selected for a special high school called Hope’s Peak Academy. It’s so special that the principal is a bear named Monobear. Monobear tells them that they are trapped in the school until they graduate and if you do you are guarenteed to succeed in life. The only way to graduate is to commit the perfect murder. You have to kill one of your classmates and get away with it. The rest of the students have to decide which one is the killer. If they can discover the killer he or she is executed. If they choose wrong the killer goes free and graduates while the rest of the students get executed. Of course there is always the choice of nobody killing anybody and just living your life at Hope’s Peak Academy but do you think Monobear will just sit back and let that happen?

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Once a murder happens and the victim is found the show begins to change direction. Monobear gives them some time to examine the crime scene and look for clues. When a clue is found the anime will let you know and zoom in on it. After the students have had a chance to gather some clues that will bring them closer to identifying the killer they go to a class trial. The class trial has all the students around in a circle and is led by none other than Monobear. In the trial the students declare a suspect and give all clues they have proving their guilt. This goes back and forth with reasons why and why not a person could be the killer. Once they decide on a single person Monobear reveals if they chose correctly or poorly.

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I really liked the idea for this anime and that’s what got me to watch it in the first place. It seemed liked it would be a cross between Hunger Games and Big Brother. It has that kill or be killed feel and they are all stuck in one place with Monobear ( Big Brother ) watching. If you’re wondering about how graphic the death scenes are you shouldn’t. You see the aftermath of the murder and not the action itself. They even change the color of blood from red to pink. I’m not sure why and it did throw me off a little at first but I eventually got used to it.

The pacing was a problem with me. It felt a little slow in the beginning and toward the end of the series it felt like it rushed events quickly. There were characters that I started to like and would have loved to have seen fleshed out more. Each character was different and unique but you don’t see much of the uniqueness and no development at all. Since there weren’t that many episodes I guess I should have expected that not all characters were going to be giving the spotlight.

Danganronpa had the potential to be a little more creepier and better than what it was. I didn’t hate this anime but was a little disappointed. If you like the mystery horror anime genre and need something new I would say check this anime out. Danganronpa isn’t the next greatest anime but it did provide some entertainment for me in a genre that I like and that is always a good thing.

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Zero Fortitude: Cosplayer Interview : Sparky Cosplay

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( This interview was originally posted on March 2014 ) Last week I discovered a new cosplayer from a suggestion on Twitter. I always like discovering new cosplayers and the Supergirl cosplay profile pic looked really good. I found a new cosplayer and got a chance to interview her to learn more.

Photo by Emerald Coast Cosplay

Photo by Emerald Coast Cosplay

Who are you and where are you from?

My actual name is Brittany. However, you all can call me Sparky Cosplay or just Sparky! I hail from the great state of Alabama! I originally dropped from the mother ship in Tennessee.

 

How long have you been cosplaying?

I have been cosplaying for a little over three years now!

 

How did you get started and what was your first cosplay?

I got into cosplay when a person I was friends with said, “Hey, you sort of look like Lightning from Final Fantasy XIII. There’s a convention coming up soon and you should dress up as her and go!” So, my story began at Kami Con Season 3 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama! I wore my very first costume, Lightning Farron from FF XIII a three days.

 

What did your friends and family think when you started?

Well, I grew up in a very small town in Tennessee, so cosplay was unheard of. I was a big “closet nerd”. At first my friends and family were very skeptical of the whole cosplay community. They were honestly slightly worried about me. At the time I was living two hours away from home. So, I could understand their concerns. But luckily I had a loving and supportive convention family. Now, my family and friends think it’s exciting and support me full on. They’ve even helped me with a few costumes! It means the world to me that they accept me for who I am and the community that I cherish.

 

What is your most recognized cosplay?

I’m not really sure. Hahaha, I honestly never really pay too much attention. At first, it seemed to be Lightning. She was a costume I stuck with for a while. But now, it seems my Neliel from the anime Bleach has taken her place. Which I am okay with. That costume is SUPER comfortable!

 

Where do you get your inspiration for choosing what to cosplay?

My inspiration for my cosplays mostly come from my love of the series or characters. I always have some kind of connection whether it’s the attitude, trials the character goes through, or the feels I get when I see the character, I want to love and appreciate what I cosplay.

Photo by Whitney's Wonders

Photo by Whitney’s Wonders

Do you make all of your cosplays?

My first costume was straight up bought. Back then, I had never touched a sewing machine. My friend at the time tried showing me, but it was hopeless….those things still scare me today! Haha. I have come a long way since then. But sometimes, I do not make ALL of a costume. There are somethings that are beyond my skill levels right now, like full spandex body suits, that I can’t do. However, I always try to make as much as I can. In some costumes though, like my Female Red Robin, I just borrowed stuff for a fun shoot with friends. I will be making an official version soon though! My skills are growing though! I haven’t been in cosplay for long, but luckily I am a fast learner!

 

 

What has been your easiest and most complicated cosplay?

My easiest cosplay has to be Neliel. I mean, come on guys have you seen her costume?! Haha, while she’s difficult to pose in, I can flail and derp around without too much of a care. One of my most challenging costumes would be my version of Poison Ivy. I hand glued ALL of those flowers, not to mention had the bright idea to make the train of flowers and greenery off of the back. It was so much fun to wear though. My Pyramid Head is a close second. And to think I am remaking both of them. HA!

 

If you could cosplay anybody from anything who would it be?

I was a big fan of the Gundam series growing up. I would absolutely love to cosplay as an actual Winged Zero Custom. I mean, those wings just call to me.

 

Who have people said that you should cosplay as?

I get a lot of people wanting me to cosplay from comics. Which I am okay with, I grew up with them. Recently it’s been Wonder Woman (my hero) and Black Canary. I also get requests to cosplay from League of Legends. Which I am currently working on a Midnight Skin Ahri for Anime Weekend Atlanta.

 

What was one of your most memorable experiences you have had while cosplaying?

One of the most memorable things to happen to me at a convention happened at this past Anime Weekend Atlanta. I had been in Poison Ivy all day and was starting to feel the aches and pains of cosplay. I was sitting at a table when a family passed. They had a young boy with them who flipped out over my cosplay. Even though I wasn’t a cannon version of Ivy, he knew who I was. He hugged me and said he loved my new outfit and that it was nice to see me in person. He had been reading about me in the comics. He also apologized for Bruce Wayne shutting down my program. Hahahaha, I thought that was so precious. He thought I was the actual character. It brightened up my night of fatigue and gave me a new energy. THAT is one reason why I cosplay. You can’t get those memories anywhere else.

Photo by MV Photography

Photo by MV Photography

What do you think makes a good cosplay?

I think love for the genre and character you cosplay as makes a good cosplay. It doesn’t matter who makes what or who bought this or that. Who looks more like that character or who has more sex appeal. At the end of the day you are surrounded by friends and people who share your passions. Sharing that love is a beautiful and wholesome thing.

 

How would you describe the state of the cosplay hobby right now?

As of right now, I am glad that cosplay is getting more attention and being recognized as a community. Though I feel some things are more negative than positive, it is nice to see the community growing. My only hope is that we do not forget where we came from and how to love one another.

 

What advice would you give to somebody just starting out cosplaying?

My advice would be to have fun! Cosplay who you want to and don’t be afraid to ask for help! I still do all of the time. You would be surprised at who would help you out and give you some excellent tips! If you see me at a convention say hi! I love new friends. Also…fear the hot glue.

 

Besides cosplaying what other hobbies do you have?

I love gaming, cuddling up to watch Dr. Who and all those nerdy things. I also love to hang out and meet new people. When I go to Tennessee to see my family, I will ride my horses or ATVs. (I grew up a redneck!) I also love photography. So when I can get my paws on a camera, I’m almost as bad as the paparazzi.

Photo by Chris Auditore Photography

Photo by Chris Auditore Photography

Thank you again to Sparky Cosplay for the interview. You can visit her other sites here.

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Zero Fortitude: Unboxing of Cthulhu Wars

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Jacob did an unboxing video for the game Cthulhu Wars.  Check out Green Eye Games for more.

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Ideology of Madness: Beer. Run. Geek. The Search for Heavy Seas Concludes!

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We FINALLY make it to Heavy Seas Brewing! While there, we try their new Cross Bones Session IPA, and their new Uncharted Waters release, Siren Noire! We also visit The Yards in DC for their Ice Yards event, featuring ice bars, vodka snow cones, and , and hot tubs outside in the 30 degree weather! […]

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Back Seat Producers: Back Seat Box Office #218

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Please enjoy the latest episode of Back Seat Box Office.

New Movies:
Mortdecai
Strange Magic
The Boy Next Door

Other movies/tv discussed:

Jeff:  Star Wars : Rebels, Agent Carter, Helix, 12 Monkeys, and seeing The Grand Budapest Hotel in a theater.
Art: Ultimate Spiderman – Web Warriors, rewatching the Avengers, his undying love and fealty of Guardians of the Galaxy, Bones and Cowboys and Aliens.

Art did an episode of Kicked in the Dicebags. You should check it out.


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Zero Fortitude: Working for Upper Deck at BGGCon2014

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This past November I had the opportunity to attend BGG.Con 2014.  This convention’s focus is all about  board and card games.  This was my first time to attend this convention in two ways.  I’ve been to conventions as an attendee and as press before but not as an exhibitor.  That’s right.  I said exhibitor.  I was going to be demoing games for Upper Deck such as Legendary Villains and Legendary Encounters.  If you’ve never played any of these games I encourage you to check them out.

 

The first day Jacob and I met up with Jason and Travis from Upper Deck and got our badges.  We got to the booth and I started setting up for the scenario I would be running all day for Legendary Encounters.  I was mentally telling myself to not mess up anything.  I didn’t want to make a bad impression on the guys from Upper Deck.  The doors opened and the gamers kept coming in.  It didn’t take long for my first group to sit down that wanted to play.  My first game went very well and after that I wasn’t really nervous anymore.  I spent all day running Legendary Encounters and it seemed like it was a popular game.  Our booth was busy from people just checking out our games to the ones that sat down and played.

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The next day I switched to running Legendary Villains.  Jacob and I decided to take a break from what we were running.  This day went a lot like the first.  One thing that was different were the groups I was getting.  I got more families and kids with Villains than Encounters.  I had a father and son that wanted to check out Encounters but after I showed him some of the art he decided it was too much for his son.  I thought I would like running Encounters more than Legendary but some of the people I played with changed that.  I enjoy both games but I decided to run Legendary Villains the rest of the convention.

I do have one story that happened that I would like to share.  There were these two guys who stopped by everyday to play Legendary.  They didn’t have the game and were thinking about picking it up.  BGG does this huge giveaway.  Everybody that attends gets a ticket which could be drawn for a prize.  It isn’t a few prizes they offer.  They give away a lot of games and it is something to see.  Upper Deck donated a copy of Marvel Legendary for the drawings.  The guys that stopped by everyday won the copy of Legendary.  They were so excited and so were we.  It made me feel good to see it go to people that really wanted the game.

One thing that you might not think about that dealers have to do is clean up.  After the convention is over what do you think happens to the booth?  We had to tear down both setups and pack them in a case to ship out wherever it needs to get to next.  It wasn’t real difficult but it wasn’t easy either.  I am glad that we didn’t have a lot of games to ship back also.  Normally I would just leave a convention and not think about the dealers and staff.  This made me appreciate the dealers and staff that come out to all the conventions even more.

I had a great time running games all weekend for Upper Deck and want to thank them for the opportunity.  Sure, after the convention I didn’t want to play any Legendary for awhile.  Playing the same game most of the day for a few days can take it’s toll.  It didn’t make me hate Legendary but I wanted to play something else.  I may not have gotten to see and do a lot of what the convention has to offer but I did enough there to make me happy.  I got to play a game that I enjoy with a lot of new people.  I hope that I’m lucky enough to do it again next year.

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Ideology of Madness: Beer. Run. Geek. The Search for Heavy Seas, Part 2!

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Our trek to Heavy Seas Brewing in Halethorpe, MD continues! Along the way, we stop at Heritage Brewing, Wild Run Brewing Company, and take a jaunt to 2nd and Charles, a used book store in Woodbridge,VA! Learn more about the places we visited in this episode: Heritage Brewing: http://www.heritagebrewing.com/ Wild Run Brewing Company: http://www.wildrunbrewing.com/ 2nd […]

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Ideology of Madness: Funnybooks With Aron and Paulie: Wayne, You Have Failed This Podcast!

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This week may be light on comic releases, but it’s heavy on disappointment! Wayne abandons Aron and fails the podcast….or does he? Also, we chat about the new Star Wars book from Marvel and an early contender for “Holy Sh*t Moment of 2015,” with this week’s issue of Avengers! Diamajin Batman-themed casino in Macau (http://www.newsarama.com/23213-always-bet-on-the-bat-batman-themed-super-casino-to-open-in-macau.html) […]


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Back Seat Producers: Back Seat Box Office #217

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Here we go again.

Opening this weekend:

Blackhat
Paddington
The Wedding Singer

(Wow, no sequels or movie titles with a colon.)

Other movies/tv discussed: Star Wars : Rebels, The Giver, Planes : Fire and Rescue, Avengers : Age of Ultron, Last Vegas, The Guilt Trip.

Art did an episode of Kicked in the Dicebags. You should check it out.

 


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The Jank Cast: Actual Play: Lady Blackbird Part I

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Players: Dr. Boyfriend, Joe, Megan, Timo, Tom Two ways to get your fix of the awesome game Lady Blackbird from the Jank Cast! First, you can go here to read the play by post game Todd is playing in right … Continue reading


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Accidental Survivors: The Modern Gaming Podcast: Episode 102: Nefertiti Still Overdriving

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WARNING: Instances of very strong language may offend some listeners.

Episode 102: Nefertiti Still Overdriving

    * Rob is drinking Appleton Estate Rum and cola.
    * Todd is drinking very healthy milk.
    * Fraser is drinking a Nickel Brook Kentucky Bastard Imperial Stoutd
    * Let's not forget that Innis & Gunn Rum Cask is the unofficial official beer of the Accidental Survivors, and it's beauty and legacy remain unsurpassed.

    Things of Which We Speak
    Nefertiti Overdrive Kickstarter.     ScreenPlay.     GTA IV     Elite Dangerous

    Feedback
    * If you want to contact us, you can email us individually at chris@accidentalsurvivors.com, fraser@accidentalsurvivors.com, and rob@accidentalsurvivors.com.
    * You can find us on Twitter as AccidentalFrase, Accidental_Rob, and AccSurvPodcast.
    * If you're part of Google +, you can check out our page.


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