5 Fandom Friday: Geeky Clothing Items I Need In My Closet Immediately

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5 Fandom Friday is a new community building project created The Nerdy Girlie and SuperSpaceChick. Read more about it and how to join here.

I don’t own any geeky clothing items but I there are hundreds of items out there that I would like to buy some day. It’s hard to pick five that I want more than the rest because there are so many awesome items I wish I had. But here are five I items I really want.

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Winter Is Coming Hoodie – I love hoodies, Game of Thrones and house Stark
Darth Vader Dress – Simple but still cool and I could wear it as a costume or everyday casual
Harry Potter Solemnly Swear Top – From the Marauder’s Map which I definitely would get my hands on if I went to Hogwarts, but I’m not so this top will have to do
The Legend Of Zelda Ocarina Of Time – Link and Sheik playing together in Ocarina of Time
Boba Fett Hoodie – This has been on my wish list for a very long time because it’s Boba Fett and it has a hoodie you can zip up and still look through!

Do you have any geeky clothing items?

5 Fandom Friday: Gateway Fandoms That Made Me Who I Am Today

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5 Fandom Friday is a new community building project created The Nerdy Girlie and SuperSpaceChick. Read more about it and how to join here.

I know we’re supposed to post this on a Friday and everyone else posted this first post last Friday, but I read about it a few days ago and it took me a while to finish this post, so my post is a bit late. I will try to post the next topics on the Fridays as supposed.

 

Harry Potter

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I might have been 10 or 11 years old the first time I heard about Harry Potter. It was at a sleepover at my cousin’s that his mom read a chapter of a book she had read for him every evening. I remember laying in bed and listening to her read about the three-headed dog, Fluffy, and how Harry, Ron and Hermione had to get past it to get to the philosopher’s stone. It got me so interested and I had to know the whole story, so I got my hands on the book and read it. After that I was so hooked on Harry Potter that I wanted to buy everything Harry Potter themed that I saw in the stores. I had a Harry Potter pencil-case with Harry Potter content like pencils, ruler and eraser and Harry Potter posters on my walls. They sold Harry Potter cookies, chocolate frogs with cards, Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans, candy wands and much more which I just had to buy. I went to watch the first movie in the cinema and bought it on VHS so I could watch it over again.

I read all the books as soon as they were released and watched all the movies in the cinema. I got the books as audio books a few years ago because I traveled a lot and wanted something to listen to besides music. I still got the audio books on my iPhone and I listen to them whenever I’m bored, when walking home, on the bus, train or if I have trouble falling asleep. Listening to the Harry Potter books always make me entertained and relaxed and I can’t imagine that I’ll ever stop listening to them. It’s also a tradition for me to watch the Harry Potter movies every Christmas.

World of Warcraft

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I started playing WoW in 2007 because some friends played it and they kept talking about it all the time so I wanted to see what it was all about. So I bought the first game and created my first character, a male tauren warrior called Syrcorax. I loved how I could run around in a big world and explore every corner of the map. There was so much to see and so much to do. Everything was new and I was a total noob, but I had so much fun. I joined a raiding guild at level 70 and started raiding Karazhan. Since then raiding was my passion and I didn’t stop until 2013.

I’m still playing but not as much as before, just very casual, and I will continue to play as long as I enjoy it. I want to learn more about the lore, follow the story and see how it progresses through future patches and expansions. Explore new worlds and see new content until it all ends. If it hadn’t been for WoW I would never have started this blog and I would never have met my boyfriend. So I can’t even imagine how my life would have been now if I never started playing.

Narnia

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I don’t even remember the first time I heard about Narnia, but I might have been between 5 and 8 years old when someone read the books for me. Around the same time the Norwegian TV channel NRK had a kids TV show called Julemorgen every morning during the Christmas holidays. They sent one episode of the BBC-produced TV series The Chronicles of Narnia every day during Christmas, and every Christmas for several years. I remember watching it every day and every year. It was such a magical story, the greatest adventure I knew of and I loved it so much.

I was ever so happy when I read that they were making new Narnia movies though I at first was afraid they would ruin the great legacy C.S. Lewis left us, but I was pleasantly surprised when I watched the movies in the cinema because they were so amazing and perfectly made! I still watch them every Christmas.

His Dark Materials

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His Dark Materials is a fantasy trilogy by Philip Pullman. The books are called Northern Lights (also known as The Golden Compass), The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass. I don’t remember how I first heard about these books but I think I borrowed them at the local library. The main characters in the books are Lyra Belacqua and Will Parry. Lyra is from a world where people have daemons which is a physical manifestation of a person’s soul, in an animal form that reflects the person’s character. Will is from a world like the one we live in, without daemons, but otherwise very similar to Lyra’s world. We follow Lyra and Will as they travel through a series of parallel universes where they meet witches, armored polar bears, ghosts and angels.

These books are some of my all time favorite books because the story is so deep and the characters are so real that I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about the story and the different topics in the books even after I finished reading. I love how the books lead you through some of the biggest questions in life, in science, philosophy, religion and history. It makes you look at the world around you and think that maybe things are different from what they seem. I think I’ve read the books three times and I might read them again soon.

The movie The Golden Compass is based on the first book. It’s a pretty good movie, but of course the book is so much better! Also the movie is more like a family or children’s movie, while the book is more suitable for young adults or older adults. I would love to see the two other books as movies but I doubt it will happen anytime soon. Maybe someone will pick it up again some day and make three amazing movies as they should be.

Nintendo 64, Zelda and Banjo-Kazooie

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I think I was 9 years old when I got my Nintendo 64. I had been looking at it in the local toy store and told my mom I wanted it for my birthday. Then one day when I was at a friend’s house across the street my mom came over and told me she was just going to the store to buy something and she would be back soon. A little while later she came over again and told me I had to come home because she had something for me. We went home and this big wrapped package lay on the coffee table. I had no idea what it could be but I unwrapped it and there it was: A Nintendo 64 with Banjo-Kazooie. It wasn’t even my birthday. I was so happy!

My mom and I played a lot together. First Banjo-Kazooie, later The Legend of Zelda, Mario Party and plenty of other games. She helped me understand the games because they were all in English, and she even helped me through the scary parts in Zelda, like the well, the Shadow Temple and the Forest Temple where there were enemies like the Redead, Wallmasters and the miniboss Dead Hand. These games mean a lot to me because they were my first games and they got me interested in adventure games. I’ve bought all the Nintendo consoles and all the Zelda games since, sadly I haven’t got the Wii U yet but I will buy it as soon as the Zelda game is released.

 

What are your fandoms that made you who you are today? 

Say hello to my new computer

My new computer arrived on Wednesday! I was so surprised when I woke up to the message that I could pick it up at the post office because I thought it would take longer to build and send it. I placed the order on September 26th, got a mail that they had sent it September 30th and it was at the post office October 1st.

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What’s in the box?

I’ve been in need of a new computer for quite some time now. You might have read in my I’m not prepared for WoD post that my old computer didn’t have much time left. My boyfriend and I have both been working a lot this summer and we’re still working as much as we can, so we decided we could afford to buy a new computer now so I don’t have to struggle with the problems of my old computer on Warlords of Draenor release. I think I would have bought a new computer even if my old one still worked because I’ve never had a really good computer before and my old computer was two years old and it didn’t perform as well as it used to.

It was good that we decided to buy it now because my old computer has been acting really weird this week. One day it worked fine, the next day it didn’t start, the day after it started but it was stuck on Windows log in and if it started properly it freezed and crashed when I tried to do something. I’ll send it to Asus, hopefully they’ll figure out what the problem is and maybe they can fix it. But it might take a while. Last time I sent in a computer, it took almost two months before I got it back.

I don’t know much about computers but I had already decided to buy one from Komplett which is the largest online computer store in Scandinavia. They have so much to choose from so you’ll always find something that fits your needs or price range. You can buy all the parts and build it yourself or get them to build it for you which includes a 3 year warranty. It took me a while to choose which computer to get. My boyfriend and I spent a lot of time reading up on different parts and Komplett’s customer service was of great help. I finally decided on Komplett Gamer Premium i45, which was on sale, but changed a few parts.

My Komplett Gamer Premium i45:

Fractal Design Define R4 Black Pearl
Cooler Master G750M, 750W PSU
Intel Core i7-5820K, Socket-LGA2011-3
Intel Air Cooling TS13A
ASUS X99-S, Socket 2011-3
Crucial DDR4 2133MHz 4GB
Crucial DDR4 2133MHz 4GB
MSI GeForce GTX 970 Gaming 4GB PhysX
Crucial MX100 SSD 256GB 2,5″ 7mm
Seagate Barracuda 1TB SATA3.0
Samsung DVD Writer, SH-224DB SATA

CM Storm Devastator – MS2K & MB24
BenQ 24″ LED GL2450HE

The keyboard and mouse bundle was really cheap and I don’t require much of a keyboard as I’m still using my old Belkin n52te keypad, which I might upgrade soon to a Razer Tartarus or Razer Orbweaver. I gave the mouse to my boyfriend who needed an upgrade from his old Logitech MX518. I’m still using my Razer Naga which I want to upgrade to a new one soon because I want mechanical keys and a tilt-click scroll wheel.

This computer is a major upgrade from my old one. I haven’t had much time to test it yet but hope it will be able to run games on high settings and without any FPS problems for a few years at least.

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Our gaming room at the moment

Our gaming room is almost finished now. The only things missing from it right now is a wider desk so both computers can fit on it and then we’ll have some free space to the left where we can fit two bookshelves. Of course I would like some decorations on the walls, but it’s not high on the priority list right now.

When did you buy a new computer? What does your gaming room or office look like?

Legendary

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I completed the legendary quest and got the cloak on my shaman a few days ago.

I was stuck on the Secrets of the First Empire quest for several months because I got bored with the game after Ash disbanded so I didn’t feel like playing a lot, and if I first decided to play I couldn’t be bothered to run Looking For Raid because the drop rate of the quest items seemed so low and the other players there were usually so bad, annoying and rude that it made me want to just press Alt F4.

But then, months later, I read about the Gaze of the Black Prince buff and I decided to complete the rest of the quest chain because I didn’t really have that much left. I don’t remember how much time I spent completing the Secrets quest, maybe a few weeks, it felt like that quest took the longest time because you had to collect 20 quest items. The Thunder Forge solo scenario with Wrathion was very fun to do again, this time as a healer. I thought it would be hard, but it was very easy. It took me a week to collect the Titan Runestones but after that the rest of the quests were very simple and quick to complete.

I’m glad that I completed the quests and got the cloak now because I read that they are removing it in Warlords in Draenor. So if you’re planning to complete the legendary quest chain on one of your characters, you better hurry up and get it done before they remove it. Wowhead has a great guide which I followed, Mists of Pandaria’s Legendary Questline Guide.

I am not prepared for WoD!

Yet.. But I will be! There is just so much to do before the release of Warlord of Draenor. I’ve been trying to get an overview of everything I have to do. From things I want to complete in game to things I need to do in real life.

I’m not in the beta, yet, which feels kind of strange because I’ve been in every beta since I started playing in The Burning Crusade. So I have chosen not to read so much about the expansion and not watch any streams or videos of the game. Of course I read some news about it like the new race models, which I can’t wait to see for myself in game, and I’ve read a bit about garrisons and the different zones. I might read up on the class changes of the classes I play the most, resto shaman and balance druid, but I don’t want to know the dungeons, quests, raids because I don’t want to spoil anything, I want to be able to explore the world for myself because I think it’s much more fun, either now in the beta or when it all goes live.

I was at work when they released the cinematic and announced the release date, so I had to stay off Twitter and Facebook till I got home because my boyfriend and I had decided to wait and watch the cinematic together. But he had accidentally seen the release date and he told me to guess. I guessed November and after BlizzCon but I had to guess many times untill I guessed the correct date. November 13! My birthday! Who would have thought. This is the second time they release an expansion on my birthday. It doesn’t really change anything, it’s just a bit fun. But I expect you all to remember to congratulate me on my birthday! Haha! Nah, don’t worry.

To-Do List

  • Buy a new computer
    • My two-year old Asus G74S laptop is still causing problems and it can be really annoying sometimes. It runs games like WoW and Diablo 3 on high settings without problems, it’s just that sometimes the screen freeze and I have to press the on/off button to reboot. This happens most often after exiting a game, when I tab out from a game or when I just surf the internet. I can’t live with this problem anymore, so I have to send it in for repair and because it might take a while to get it back and I’ve been wanting a new and better computer for a while, I might just as well upgrade for the new expansion. I’m not sure which computer to buy yet or how much I should spend on it. I don’t know much about computers either, what’s good and what’s not, what’s worth putting some extra money into etc. I might just choose one that looks good from Komplett.no because it’s easy and they build it for you.  Advise and tips are welcome.
  • Fix our gaming room
    • We have a gaming room for our desks and computers and we’re planning to buy a new large desk that fits both the computers instead of two small desks as we have now. Some storage space would be great so we might buy a few bookcases. Another thing we need in our gaming room are blackout curtains because the sun shines directly on the computer screens around midday. It would also be great with something on the walls, which are white. Maybe some framed posters from our favorite games, movies or TV shows.
  • Work, money, bills and a clean apartment
    • I want to work a lot before WoD release and save up money so I don’t have to worry about money and work on the release weekend. And I like everything to be done and finished so I can enjoy the expansion and play all weekend if I want to, so I’ll see that all the bills are paid, the fridge is full and the apartment is clean.
  • Pick a date to celebrate my birthday
    • I want to celebrate my birthday this year because I haven’t done it in a long time. It won’t be a big party or anything but of course I want my friends and family to able to come, so I have to choose a date that people actually got time. Maybe the Sunday that weekend would fit, because then we’ve had time to play, hopefully we’re level 100 by then.
  • Clean up in banks, bags and void storage
    • I can’t remember the last time I cleaned my bags and banks, so it’s about time. I’ve got so much stuff taking up space. A lot of transmog gear, pieces of old gear which I don’t even like the look of, things I should sell and things I should go through and store in my bank characters guild bank.
  • Find a guild that fits us and our goals inWoD
    • My boyfriend and I have discussed it and we would like to raid very casual and in a Scandinavian guild. Normal raids 1-2 times per week in flexible group. It can be an alt raid but we’ll be on our mains. They don’t have to be extremely good but we still want a group that gets through the bosses without too many problems, don’t want to be stuck on the same boss for many hours because some people can’t press the right buttons. It would also be fun if they wanted to progress to a higher difficulty if we beat the easiest one. But we don’t want a raider rank because we won’t always be able to raid because of work etc. We’re actually social in a Scandinavian guild on Kazzak, but I don’t know yet if that’s the guild for us.
  • Decide which race I want to be
    • I was really looking forward to the updated troll model but when I first saw it I was exactly impressed. I hoped to see something great, more changes to the faces and especially the feet which I find very gross. All the other new race models look amazing, but troll disappointed me. Maybe I had too high expectations. I will check it out on the PTR first and when the patch goes live and then decide, but right now I’m leaning towards race changing to a tauren. I was a tauren before troll, so it won’t be weird, I’ve always loved the tauren.
  • Transfer my druid
    • Syrco is still stuck on Tarren Mill after we transfered last year to join a guild which later disbanded. So I need to transfer back to Kazzak where I have most of my characters.
  • Complete challenge modes
    • I’ve never done a single challenge mode. Mostly because I at first didn’t have much time to spare for it and later because I never found a group and then I kind of gave up on it and forgot about it, until Blizzard announced that they’ll be removing the rewards you get from completing them. I would love to get the transmog gear set for my druid and maybe my shaman. But I don’t know anyone who still do challenge modes so I might have to buy a boost.
  • Level alts
    • I have a few alts I would like to get to level 90 before WoD.
  • Choose which character to boost to 90
    • I haven’t decided which character to boost yet. To be honest, I don’t really want a boost and I dislike that the expansion costs more because of the free boost, which I don’t need, still I have to pay for it to get the expansion, there is no way around. So I might as well use the boost, but don’t know on which character. I might save it and use it if I suddenly decide I want to play on a different realm, maybe as Alliance and I don’t want to move one of my current characters.
  • Pet battles: Celestial Tournament
    • I really want to win this tournament! I have tried it before but I didn’t have enough pets or the right pets to win it. But I’ve got plenty of new pets since then so I might have a better shot at it now.
  • Collect a full set of enhancement gear on my Horde shaman Tojo
    • I’ve really started to enjoy enhancement after leveling an Alliance enhancement shaman and I’ve never really liked elemental. My Horde shaman Tojo is restoration as main spec and I don’t have any dps gear at all. I’ve been using my restoration gear in elemental spec when needed but I would like to collect a full set of enhancement gear so I can dps as enhancement if needed or for soloing in Warlords of Draenor. So I’ve already started gathering a few pieces of gear in Looking For Raid but I still need a lot.
  • Complete the legendary cloak quest chain on my Horde shaman Tojo
    • I’m so thankful for the Gaze of the Black Prince buff! I was stuck on the Secrets of the Empire quest for a long time because I wasn’t sure if I bothered to finish the quests, but I decided I wanted to do it because there aren’t so many quests left until I actually get the cloak. I just finished collecting the Secrets, did the solo scenario and Nalak. Now I’m on the Echoes of the Titans quest where I have to collect 12 Titan Runestones. Hopefully I’ll finish it next reset.

Looks like I have a lot to do before the release, and I bet there is more I want to do, so I might add more to the list later.

My top 3 things in WoW

Mr & Mrs WoW started a project earlier this month and they want us to list the top 3 things in WoW that we love.

I’m really tired of all the negativity about the game I love most, World of Warcraft, that’s rocking our community at the moment. EVERYWHERE I turn there’s someone moaning. What I propose is that we all list the top 3 things in Warcraft that we LOVE. The more ideas we get the better – so many people haven’t heard or haven’t bothered with certain things because they don’t know (enough) about it. Let’s change that. Let’s give the community our joy of the game back.

You can read more about it here.

1. Exploring

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My favorite thing to do in World of Warcraft is to explore the world. I love to run or fly around and explore every area of the map, not just the ones you go through while questing, but also those areas of the map which you’ve never been to. I want to know every part of the world. So I dive into lakes and oceans to see what lies beneath the surface, I climb every mountain to see what’s on the top or to check out the view, I zoom in and out to see both small details and the whole picture. Exploring is most fun when I discover something new, like an easter egg with a reference to something outside the game like a book, TV series or a movie. Or even more fun when I find a hidden area none else know about or a place one rarely visits, like the Whispering Forest with the faerie dragons and the beautiful music or the Karazhan crypt. I’ve written posts about most of the hidden places I know about and about some easter eggs I’ve found. You can find them here.

2. Playing with friends

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This game wouldn’t be the same without friends. I usually play together with my boyfriend. We have played together for many years now. But we used to be in this great Scandinavian guild, actually that’s where we got to know each other. There were so many friendly and fun people in that guild, I had so many friends and we had so much fun together both in raids and outside raids. Sadly the guild stopped raiding in 2013 and most people stopped playing or left for another guild and we kind of lost contact with most of them. But this game is so much more fun when you’re playing with friends.

3. PvP and PVE

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PvE has always been my main thing to do in the game. Nothing’s like trying a new out a new boss, progressing on it for a while and then finally taking it down! I started raiding right after I leveled up my first character back in The Burning Crusade and didn’t stop until late summer last year when my guild stopped raiding. But I’ve also always had a great interest for PvP. PvP (battlegrounds) is actually what I wanted to focus on at first. I enjoyed the excitement in trying to beat another player and do my best for my team to win the battleground. I was so happy when they announced rated battlegrounds and I really wanted to find a good team and play a lot to get good rating and improve my skills, but I never had time for it because I raided three days per week and I didn’t have time to play every night. If rated battlegrounds were introduced earlier in the game when I started played I would most likely have chosen that over raiding.

What are your top 3 things in WoW that you love?