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Holidays and Adventures!

Hi everyone!

I apologize for the gap in posts, 2 Saturdays without a peep!  But worry not, I’m back, after several new adventures to talk about!  It’s not often that I write a blog about what’s going on in my personal life, but there’s been so much, I just can’t not share!

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Image Source – http://hotelbellwether.com/

It began with the U.S. holiday of Thanksgiving, when just the day before, my girlfriend and I left town to go see my parents.  It was a big day for us, since it was her first time meeting my parents!  And I’m very happy to say that the first meeting went very well :)

Thanksgiving itself was quite a busy day!  With food prep, some play time with frisbee golf (Beck did amazing for her first time! :D ), lots of food, and lots more family.  I think at one point we had 14 people in my parents’ house, including family and friends!  So much delicious food, and such fun times!

And then… :D Cards Against Humanity!  If you ever want to have a delightfully awkward time, play CAH with one or both of your parents ;)  But it was seriously a blast, and Beck and I had such a fun time!

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Image Source – nerdist.com

We also go to watch Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, and that was such an incredible movie!  I had high expectations going in and it still blew me away by how good it was!  My favorite character is of course Newt, he’s so delightfully awkward :D  Beck’s favorite character is Queenie, she’s such an adorable character!  If you’ve seen the movie, who is your favorite?

We also went to a river walk park and saw soooo many deer, more than I’ve ever seen at that park.  It was quite magical :)

wolf-creek-passBut then the real adventure began when we tried to make it back home on the Sunday after Thanksgiving.  A storm that wasn’t supposed to hit until that Monday came early, and I wasn’t able to get us over one of the mountain passes. We ended up having to turn around and stay in a hot springs town in a rather…interesting motel.

Picture something straight from the ’70’s….or perhaps even older.  We walk in, and the first thing we see is a floor to ceiling heater, and then on the other side of the bed…a plug-in radiator.  Thinking the in-unit heater was broken, I turned up the thermostat to see.  It worked…and made a series of ticking noises before a frightening BANG after it finished every cycle!  So naturally we used the radiator that night…

Then there was the mislabeled shower (cold is hot, hot is cold), light switches you had to reach up high to turn on (on the opposite side of the room from where you enter), bad electrical (threw the breaker…), and the hardest bed I’ve ever slept on…

And yet…I was glad to have that extra night with Beck.  We got to talk a lot and learn so much about each other, and for all of the troubles that came with that extra night, I wouldn’t trade it in for anything :)

I’ve been on the go non-stop ever since we got back, so much so that I only just today finally went grocery shopping (for the first time since before Thanksgiving,) and am just now getting to writing this very article!

Modeled by Beck Stewart, photo by Inoli Images
Modeled by Beck Stewart, photo by Inoli Images

Among the many things we’ve done recently was a crazy fun cosplay photoshoot that a friend of ours organized!  (Check out our friend’s cosplay page!)  I wasn’t in the shoot itself, but Beck dressed up as Jack Frost, and she looked amazing!  (For the photo, please go check out Inoli Images, the photographer who took that photo! And while you’re at it, please go check out and follow Beck’s cosplay page!)

It was a little cold outside, especially at the end of the day when the wind kicked up around sunset (seriously, this sunset at 4:30 is ridiculous…) but it was a blast!

For those who are not familiar with the term, cosplay is an amalgamation of Costume/Play.  In a nut shell, it’s where someone dresses up like a character and acts as if they are that character.  It’s loads of fun, and the cosplay community is huge!

Wayne Adams of Show X was the one who really started to get me into it, and Beck is really into it, and makes some of the most amazing costumes!  (Check out her cosplay facebook page!)

Doctor Who?
Doctor Who?

If you’ve ever gone to a convention like a Comic Con, then you’ve seen cosplayers :)

Anywho, I apologize for the semi-disjointed blog article, but I hope you enjoyed reading about my adventures these past couple weeks!  I had meant to do another vlog, but perhaps I’ll try for that on Saturday, when we resume our normal blogging schedule!

Tell me about your recent or upcoming holiday adventures!  And if you’re a cosplay, please post links to your pages/blogs in the comments section below!  :D

Thanks for reading
-Jon Wasik

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VtW Gamefest – Geeks Know How to Party!

Hey everyone!

Geeks do it best.  There’s just no way around it :)  And this weekend, I was lucky enough to get to go to VtW Production’s Gamefest, a weekend-long LAN (Local Area Network) party hosted by Wayne!

The setup for Gamefest
The setup for Gamefest

A few weeks back, I had written an article about rediscovering my creative roots, including gaming.  Well, I finally was able to dive in head-first!  :D  Granted none of them were story-driven games, but it was a blast!

Plus, it was soooooo needed.  A weekend away from everything else, just hanging out with fellow geeks, gaming, drinking, and all around having fun!  While yes, it was a LAN party, it was so much more than that.  Half of the time, I was upstairs getting to know all of these amazing people, folks I wish I’d met a long time ago.

Fellow Geeks of the World – Unite!

I am not exaggerating – every single one of the persons I met this weekend are truly amazing – full-on geeks who are not afraid to show it, confident and fun-loving.  No joke, I found out that there is an actual training academy in the Denver area for learning how to fight with a lightsaber!

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Alcohol and twister – not necessarily a good idea, but definitely amusing!

From computer engineers to nurses, people from every facet of life came together for the common cause of gaming and enjoying one another’s company.  Not to mention twister!

I also discovered the amazingly fun, but oh-so inappropriate game known as Cards Against Humanity.  So much fun that we stayed up until about 4AM playing!!  (Warning – not a game for kids, or for the easily-offended!)

Plus we had some amazing cooks at the party!  Sure there was plenty of junk food – pizza, candy, chips, salsa.  Oh but the salsa wasn’t just store-bought, Wayne made some home-made in a crock pot.  And then there were home-made cupcakes.  And chicken dumplings.  Sooooo much good food everywhere!

The Games of Gamefest

Then there was the gaming.  Upstairs was an awesome rig setup for Rock Band, so I got to rediscover drumming (and learned I am embarrassingly out of practice!)  Downstairs, well, lots and lots of incredible machines chugging away at some fantastic games, almost all of which I had never played before.

Including the new Star Wars Battlefront beta!!

The graphics really are this good!
The graphics really are this good!

While full of glitches, it IS the beta.  The graphics were amazing, and the gameplay was intense!  It was also the first time I’d ever played a game that actually required you to download the latest drivers for your video card, they wanted to ensure as few problems as they could.

The downside, though, was that the ability to get into the same game as your group of friends was glitchy, at best.  I hope they fix that in the final release!

Call_of_Duty_Black_Ops_II_box_artworkWe also played a fair bit of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, a game I had never played before.  I learned very quickly that whatever skills I thought I had in FPS games, they were nothing compared to these veterans!

In fact, if I had to come up with a kill ratio, I’d say it was probably 10 of my deaths to one kill.  :-/  But the most important part was that it was a blast, and playing the game with these awesome folks meant that no one was childish about it, and we all had fun, no matter our skill level!

And finally, there was Tribes: Ascend.  I had never played Tribes before, but THIS was a fun game.  Seriously, check it out, and make sure you look into learning the ski function in it – that’s what sets it apart!

We also played a bit of Left 4 Dead 2, that was so much fun to have a full 4v4 team going!  I love playing the monsters in the game, heheh.  I also saw others playing Wareframe, which has sparked my curiosity into it.

Then I was introduced to Chris Roberts’s newest upcoming, totally crowd-funded game Star Citizen.  This is an incredibly ambitious video game in the works, and the results are already amazing!

https://robertsspaceindustries.com/
https://robertsspaceindustries.com/

Imagine hopping into your ship, heading into battle with some friends.  There’s a large enemy ship.  Want to capture it?  Board it, hop out of your ship, grab your gun, and begin the invasion.  I really want to look into it some more, I only saw glimpses, but the details and the mechanics seemed really awesome.

An Exaustingly Relaxing Weekend

Little sleep, lots of fun, and a fair bit of alcohol – this was a totally exhausting weekend.  And yet, I’ve come out of it feeling more relaxed than I have in a long, long time.  For a couple of days, the past several months of trials and hardships were forgotten, and my nearly-depleted energy levels were refilled.

So kudos out to VtW Productions, to Wayne, and to everyone I met at Gamefest (You owe me a rematch, Lt4ork!! ;) )  Thank you all for an awesome weekend, and I look forward to seeing you all again!

Thanks for reading,
-Jon Wasik

PS: Gamer Geeks ;) (Thanks Tara for posting this image!)gamefest-joke