adventures in geekdom

The blog of a twentysomething who is finally unleashing her inner geek after stifling it for the majority of her adolescence.

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It’s always good to reward yourself.

So there’s still a few more sessions to go, but I’m very happy that I’ve nearly finished my first-ever D&D campaign! Overall, the experience was extremely fun and I’m happy I decided to participate with this group of awesome guys. :) As a reward to myself for contributing so much to the group (okay, perhaps not me but my character’s ass-kicking powers), I bought myself some shinies!

^Yay, shinies!! (And my Wii Fit and workout gear in the background, LOL.)

^Yes, big dice for funsies! Thankfully my group doesn’t mind if I use these for my rolls during the actual game because they are SO FUN.

^A brand-new, sniny Deck Box for my Magic: The Gathering deck! Yeah, I have a red/blue deck but I really like green, so :P. My old box I stole from The Boyfriend was torn and broken in places, so it was definitely time for an upgrade. It’s also a bigger box! I was surprised, but it has more width so my cards aren’t squished and impossible to get out of the box anymore.

^My very own D&D dice sets! I’d been using The Boyfriend’s colored dice from the original D&D starter set so I could get better acquainted with each dice, but now I have dice of my very own! (I’ll miss those colored dice, though.) I got a green set because, as mentioned above, I like green, as well as a blue and bronze set. Hint, hint. ;)

YAY FOR SHINIES! I’m excited to cross something else off of my nerdy bucket list this summer. It’s been awesome!

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Enemies of the Heir, Beware!

The first four chapters of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets have been released to everyone on Pottermore today. Through, uh…*coughs* certain magical…ah, opportunities…I was able to preview Chamber of Secrets with the Slytherins yesterday, which was their reward for winning the first House Cup. This keeps up my record of being first for everything in Pottermore: I registered the first day of the quill challenge, I was let in during the first day of beta access, and now this. Totally not bragging or anything.

So here are my thoughts on the biggest Pottermore update since the site opened last year, and if it’s worth former Pottermore users digging out their old login info and giving it a go. This is SPOILER-RIDDEN TERRITORY, so you’ve been warned! Enemies of the Heir, Beware!

(The warning is for the Pottermore content, obviously, not for the book. It’s been out for ages, go read it already. AND NO, THE MOVIE DOESN’T COUNT.)

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Back to Platform 9 3/4

Ages ago I wrote about how Pottermore was a disappointment to myself and other Harry Potter fans. I hadn’t thought about it much, until I saw some recent twitter updates from the site. Recently, Pottermore tallied up all of the House Points earned by the four Houses and announced that Slytherin had won the very first House Cup, and would therefore be given 24 hours access to Chamber of Secrets before anyone else once the book is released.

Since it’d been a while since I logged on to my account, I did so and thought for a while about the House I’d been Sorted into. As a huge Harry Potter fan and growing up reading the books, a huge part of your identity as a fan is which House you belong to. I honestly have nothing against Hufflepuff and do see some of its qualities in myself, but I was never happy about how the Sorting Hat test went. Not just because I didn’t get my House preference (Ravenclaw), but because I didn’t feel like I answered honestly and was trying to get Ravenclaw on purpose. J.K. Rowling told us not to do that in a video that precedes the Sorting ceremony, but come on. We all have a preference and want to go where we feel like we belong. (Helloooo, high school!)

Still, I’d always thought about setting up a new account and trying the test again. Years ago I Google’d “Sorting Hat quiz” and took every single quiz that came up, from the intense to the mundane. Twenty pages of later, I’d yet to be Sorted anywhere other than Ravenclaw. I was stunned, because I’d always liked that House but didn’t realize I had such a strong connection to it. With this newly acquired knowledge, I started feeling more comfortable buying Ravenclaw shirts, I had my mom knit me a Ravenclaw scarf, I used Ravenclaw signatures on message boards, and so on. I was happy and set in my House and felt like I truly belonged.

So when I was Sorted into Hufflepuff on Pottermore, I was stunned and a little crushed. I know a lot of people felt the same, but it was still disheartening. And not because Hufflepuff is the “reject House” because honestly, I get really sick of all of the shit I hear about that House. Just because it’s the House we know the least about doesn’t mean it doesn’t have value.

Anyway, I signed up for a new Pottermore account and started exploring again. I got to the Sorting Hat quiz and started getting nervous, but I took a deep breath and took my time with each question. I went with the answers that I would’ve gone with, not what I thought would get me into Ravenclaw. I thought carefully about each answer, and as I did I kept thinking that I wouldn’t be put into Ravenclaw or Hufflepuff, but something totally unexpected like Gryffindor or Slytherin. (I’ve never identified with the two major Houses, so I’d definitely be shocked if I made it to either of them!) Which made me laugh a bit and relax. It would be my luck to be Sorted somewhere completely different this time!

I clicked submit and closed my eyes, because I wasn’t sure what was going to happen. I opened my eyes, peeked between my fingers, and saw this:

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More Minecraft with Kain!

Kaintheslayer, aka my fellow Nerd Herder, has started a single player Let’s Play for Minecraft with a Dr. Doom theme! If it sounds interesting to you, feel free to check it out and subscribe to his channel for more Minecraft videos!

What? I really like LEGO stuff.

And not that stupid girly line they have coming out, because I have…erm, feelings…about said product line. Rage-y, feminist-backed feelings because honestly, why would girls ever want to play with yucky boy toys, EVERYTHING MUST BE SEGREGATED FOR OUR POOR CHILDREN RAAAAWWWWRRRRR.

Ahem. Yes.

So The Boyfriend brought over LEGO’s new board game Heroica for us to play, and I LOVED IT. Yeah, it takes a little bit of time to rearrange the board when preparing for a new mission, but honestly I don’t see it being any different than setting up the original and best version of The Game of Life. Not to mention that since it’s LEGO, everything snaps into place quickly and nicely.

The rules were explained very clearly, and all of the settings are super-cute! The amount of detail put into each board set is amazing. (I love the chicken leg in one of the sets; The Boyfriend and his family made it a rule that if you roll a shield, you can stand there and eat the chicken leg to gain back 2 life. xD) The characters (a druid, knight, ranger, wizard, rogue, and barbarian) each have a specific power than can be enhanced through buying weapons with gold pieces found during the game. And not to brag or anything, but I totally whipped The Boyfriend’s ass won two of the three rounds The Boyfriend and I played together with my awesome druid/wand/helmet combo. ;)

I have to say, now having tried both Heroica and a legit roleplaying game like Pathfinder, I much prefer this style of play. I guess I’m more of a visual learner, since it was easier for me to enjoy the gameplay with an actual model in front of me. Of course, there are dungeon sets you can buy online to make traditional roleplaying games feel a little more real, but let’s face it. LEGOs are just cuter!

So on that note, I highly recommend Heroica for non-geeky friends, or surface geeks who aren’t totally into the roleplaying aspect of geekdom (like me). It was challenging yet fun and easy to understand, and now I have one more distraction from my current overload of schoolwork. :P

Have you played Heroica yet? If so, what did you think? Have you gotten any non-roleplayers into it?

Images from LEGO.com

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