So here we are nearly done with the month of May. Which at my house means two things are quickly coming up, first is my daughter’s Birthday and hot on its heels will be Father’s day. While my daughter is blessedly easy to shop for, just get it in pink and she will love it – more so if it also has sparkles.
The harder shopping feet in our house is what the kids are going to get their dad and step-dad. Both are not into the typical gifts so often advertised on sale this time of year. No ties or bbq aprons will be purchased around here. When you are shopping for a “gamer guy” it is best to find an appropriately geekish gift that they will actually like. So I would highly suggest Think Geek, if you have been to their site you know what I mean. If you haven’t been then you should go check it out. I know that I am ordering my husband’s present from them. I would tell you what it is but I don’t want it getting back to him.
If you are a gamer girl looking to make a geek gift for the dad in your life, then I recommend the Star Wars Craft Book. If I could knit I would say make my son the R2-D2 knit cap. Speaking of Star Wars, I was happy to get to watch most of the opening ceremonies for the redone Star Tours at Walt Disney World. I am sad to see a ride that I have always enjoyed change, but I understand that change is a part of life and so will manage. Though with our next vacation to Disney World coming up end of next year, I am excited to see the new version of Star Tours. It has been converted to 3D, of course, and now features a variety of different Star Tours to go on, which will give the ride some exciting variety. Can’t wait to report on what I think of it.
So to kill some time today I was on Cafepress again cruising for new shirts to wear to this year’s Gamestorm Convention. I have already found my shirt for this year (see earlier post), but now I need a new on for my husband and our friend that comes too. It is one of my little traditions around the gaming con each year is to pick up a new shirt. Being that the ratio of men to women is so high, especially when you don’t count LARP land, I get plenty of attention. But having a new cool shirt each year just helps it along. Generally I don’t like that sort of attention, but when it comes to a gaming convention I enjoy it, after all these are my sort of people.
So while there are always plenty of good finds on Cafepress, today’s shirt goes to the old school dungeon mapping shirt. I haven’t seen this one on there before and found it with a very generic “rpg” search. And I think the wording on this shirt describes it well, for if you are not hard core, old school gamer enough to recognize this for what it is, you will be lost, confused and probably bored with the translation. Especially as any of us that do know the answers to this shirt are quite likely to trail off into no less then three different gaming stories as we attempt to explain the various symbols and what they mean.
On another note my tabletop rpg session has been officially approved for this year’s Gamestorm. I will be running my Horror Rules session at 10am on Saturday. Hopefully I get enough players that early, on the upside the players I do get will be more hard core about their roleplaying and desire to play the game or they won’t be functioning that early. Good thing the game doesn’t require being fully awake either, as the rules are simple and character creation is quick. Now I just need to figure out some neat counters to use for tracking points in the game. Guess you know what I will be cruising the web for tomorrow.
So as I am sure you are well aware I will be attending Gamestorm again this year in March. So I am looking to find a new shirt to wear at con, to go with my collection of gamer girl shirts. This year we are adding to our collection of friends that are going, one of our additions is a couple that we game with. So since this time there will be a female friend for me to hang with I am most excited about the awesome shirt I just found on Cafepress, I am going to show it to my friend this week and see if she will go in with me and get us a matched set to wear around Gamestorm. It is sure to attract attention, draw comments, and may even help us win a couple games.
So after a discussion during dinner tonight we determined that the game room needs a clock. This is something that had not occurred to me as I could look through to the microwave in the kitchen and read the time just fine. However my near-sighted husband can not perform this seemingly simple feat, then again I can’t read a character sheet without my glasses on so we both have our issues. So off to the wonders of the internet to find a clock that works well for dinner, homework, and doesn’t stand out among the Robo Rally and Killer Bunny games style games that adorn the shelving units in our game room (which also happens to be where we eat dinner too).
While cruising the web I have yet to find a clock I have fallen in love with (suggestions welcome), but did find a shirt worthy of posting on the blog. I have seen electronic shirts before, mainly those that play music or change with volume of the surroundings, but nothing like this one.
This shirt claims to detect the Wi-Fi signals around you!! Nothing in the long write up explains if it tells you if said Wi-Fi’s are secure or not, but I guess if you wear it to your local coffee shop to check if it is a hot spot you aren’t worried about that. If you pick it up, take care around the washing instructions as the shirt is powered by a couple AAA batteries neatly tucked into a holder in the hem. Also I would have to agree with the comment that countered the write-ups suggestion to wear this tot he airport, unless of course you enjoy the full body pat down.
What Sci-fi Convention trip is complete without appropriate t-shirt, hoodies and other clothing to wear during the day before costume time his in the evening? Even more so for gaming cons like Gamestorm. My personal shopping favorite for my con day wear comes from Cafepress, sure the prices can be steep, but the slogans can be priceless.
Take this story for example. My husband, who loves to play a thief, was playing in a cleverly run game by one of my favorite DM’s in which he was playing a paladin. And not just any paladin, a teenage, male paladin. The group started out as orphans and ended up saving the world and being a key force in the war. Now as if a standard paladin isn’t bad enough to deal with, try one that is 16, trusted by the army, and is wielding an artifact sword of his deity. So while this was going on (and back when we were still dating), I found the perfect shirt at Cafepress on the front it had hearts and a unicorn and said “Crazed Paladin Groupie” and on the back it said “So worth the atonement spell…”. So I bought the shirt and dressed in it and plenty of glitter (even glittered my kids too) and we made a special, surprise trip to his game and brought his favorite peanut butter cookies. He was quite surprised and rather enjoyed the “groupie” attention he got that day.
Nothing I can wear to my day job, but it has caught many peoples attentions at conventions, which is the point. The number of shirts, hats, hoodies, bumper stickers, coffee mugs, mouse pads, and even underwear you can get at Cafepress is nothing short of shocking and they cover a vast array of topics. I have also found great shirts there for the gamer guys in my life. Happy hunting and I would love to hear what great gamer clothes you have found out there on the web.
Another day, another cruise through some of my newly bookmarked websites. And what did I find you might ask? Why I found a barter offer from GM Dice (I wrote about them the other day). They are bringing barter back to gaming, and on the web even! According to the barter section of their website they will gladly take your old rpg books, board games, and even old gaming pieces all in exchange for gift certificates to spend on cool new dice.
But you don’t have anything in your collection you could bear to part with, me either to be honest. Well all is well as they will take anything in exchange for a gift certificate. You will send them information on what you are offering, as well as specifics like condition and quantity and they will let you know what amount you will get on your gift card. If you all are chummy and agree then you ship them the stuff and they will ship you a gift card upon receipt. Perhaps next time I will do this rather then donating my things.
I am not sure what I would ever need a d5, d14, or a d24 for in my games, but they would be great conversation pieces at Gamestorm. Though what I really want is The Amazing Everything Dice, but they are sold out. Perhaps it is time to see if I have any old games to send off.
So while cruising the internet for other great rpg blogs out there I ran across RPG Blog II. While perusing The Zack List I found a website for dice and thought I would take a look. My collection of dice is sadly small and I would like to add some more specialty dice to it, like the body parts die that my hubby got me at Gamestorm a couple years ago. In cruising through the dice set I found the ultimate gamer die that I think may find it’s way to a few of my friends for this coming Christmas. The Amazing D-Total Dice looks most interesting and if nothing else would give us something to talk about at the gaming table before game gets going.
The amazing thing about this die is that it is really 17 dice in one. In fact other then percentile dice and any custom stuff you have this die would replace most of them. Here is a video showing how it came to be and how it works.
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