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Winners of the Mr. Sparkles Mini contest!

Ok so the contest is now closed and it’s time to announce the winners!

I can’t stress enough that this was an incredibly difficult decision. There are not enough words to convey that because it was. If I had more codes, you would all be walking away with your own mini Mr. Sparkles.

I was not prepared for how creative everyone is and then some of you threw puns in there, and it was all over! Sneaky, sneaky, knowing puns are one of my weaknesses!

Ok here we go!

First winner: Kym In A Can with her lovely mooseface mashup and use of real moose antlers (or what look like real antlers anyway)! 

Second winner: Morten Jakobsen! Lovely composition of horse mask, gnome, GW1 Factions, aviators, and mooseface. Love it!

Third winner is: Andrew.4506 for his charming little video 😀 I really loved that.

I couldn’t choose the last one so I assigned the remaining contestants numbers and threw them into a random number generator and the result is:

Our final winner is: IronFrogMan!

Again, this was a ridiculously close contest and I do have some runners up so if I can’t get a hold of the winners right away, you might still get a code.

Thank you all SO MUCH!! I had an absolute blast and I wish I could give you all codes for this because I loved all of the submissions a lot.

Codes have been emailed to winners so check your email!!!!!

Also, I enjoyed this so much that I have created a mooseface Tumblr and would LOVE if you would all submit your submissions there so I could show others (or at least give me permission to submit them)!

Thank you all again!


Posted by on September 17, 2013 in Uncategorized


Mr. Sparkles Mini Contests

So there are quite a few contests going around and no real “master list” for them all in one place. This post is to change that! The following are contests that are running from now until whenever the contests say they end.

Mooseface contest Runs from now until September 14th Winners have been chosen! New post up!

Dragon Season is having a competition but they don’t have a write up on their website, so here is the write up taken from their tweets (actually this one was taken from the Nerdy Bookah’s site run by Nadine and Bookahnerk):

The rules are simple. It’s Autumn, right? That means that we need a new banner for our front page over at Design a background image (853 x 157 px) that is related to Autumn. The best design wins. Get creative people! You can email your entries at The contest ends in one week from now (Friday 13/9 – 3pm UK). You just need to design the background. Pro tip for the contest: Our Dragon logo is an autumn leaf. 😉 Dragon Season has found their winner! 😀

GW2HUB is having  Mr. Sparkles Giveaway Competition. Details can be found here! This contest will end whenever they get the right answers to the entry. Good luck, all!  Contest has concluded and winners have been announced! Congratz to Sioul; @YTMagicalMike and @LiamJGallagher!

This is all for now, but I will add more when they pop up!

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Posted by on September 8, 2013 in Uncategorized


A song for Peter, part 2.

So way back in April of…uh…last year? I wrote a song for Peter Fries, which you can find here.

Today, I finally got around to recording it and, with a little help from one of my friends on Twitter, it has music! Thanks Celeste!

Here it is, in all it’s glory!

Peter the Lost’s theme song

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Posted by on August 29, 2013 in Uncategorized


Gamescom and my adventures in Germany


So this blog has now gone international! *Kermit flail* YAAAAY! I am studying abroad for 5 months in the Netherlands which means my neighbor is Germany. Hi Germans! *waves* On Thursday, the 22nd, I had the opportunity to go down to Germany and see some of my EU friends. Of course, I took this chance and quite the adventure ensued. What follows is the good, the bad, the ugly, and the absolutely fantastic! Read on, dear reader!

So on my way down to Germany, I sat next to a woman who reminded me of my grandmother. Made me sad I cannot speak German and she did not speak English well but we communicated well enough. She was very sweet and gave me candy. She also thought it was very funny I was a communications student and I could barely communicate with her. I actually find that very funny too. German is the language of my mother’s side of the family but my grandmother did not teach it to my mother for various reasons. This never made me more sad than on this trip. Although the one phrase I know in German, how to ask someone if they speak English, got a lot of use this trip haha.

I unfortunately did not make the meet up since my train ended up getting rerouted. I had to backtrack from Eindhoven where I took my train, then I had to wait an hour for a direct train and by then it was much too late. I could have still gone to the meetup, but it was between that and not having a place to sleep that night. I tend to like having a place to sleep haha. I ended up spending the night at Andreas’ flat. He was such a gentleman and very funny. I found him through my friend Angerina which was an amazing connection. It was either that or spend 89-100€ on a hotel room. It turned out quite well.

The next morning, I woke up at 5am when his alarms went off. He took longer to wake up haha. We talked while he got ready and then we said our goodbyes and went our separate ways.

I went to Burger King to try to mooçh free WiFi but that plan failed. Finally found some and got in touch with Sam aka Tasha_darke and her husband. We went and did some touristy things like go to the cathedral near the train station and this really cool underground Roman excavation site. We ended up meeting their friend Andy for lunch and then we hung out until about 4pm when they had to catch a train to go home back to the UK. It was sad we didn’t get to spend a lot of time together, but they are all fantastic people and I hope to see them again sometime.

That’s when my trip got interesting. I was supposed to leave shortly after they did but Sam gave me her Gamescom pass and I had been in touch with Tilion about getting together with Aidan, the CM in England for GW2. I decided to miss the train to go meet him because I’m clearly crazy. So I snuck into GC with a pass that wasn’t mine. Luckily, they didn’t check my ID hehehe.


GC is HUGE! My only other experience with a gaming convention was PAX East earlier this year so this was quite a bit different from that. Also, everything is in German which I don’t speak. One thing that struck me is the energy of the convention. It was exactly the same as PAX East. It really proved that gaming is an international language. We might not all speak the same language, but we all understand and love gaming.  I could definitely see the passion that transcends spoken language. I could feel the energy and got excited with the crowds even though I didn’t understand what they were saying. I understood the love of the games and that was the best thing I took away from my Gamescom experience.

For @cynixy, who is a writer on this game.

For @cynixy, who is a writer on this game.

While going toward my goal, I got lost a few times and finally found the NCSoft booth. I asked around and finally found someone to contact Aidan. So we met and hung out for a bit, talked a bit about the game and just general stuff. It was quite fun and he’s quite charming. Little did I know how wonderful a person he really is. More on that later.

Wildstar, anyone?

Wildstar, anyone?

I then got this crazy idea to stay later to go to the Wildstar party and meet Elizabeth Cardy aka Elixabethclaire and Martin Kerstein. We met and I hung out with Liz the entire night. Holy crap, she’s awesome! We are very alike and got along great. If you ever get a chance to hang out with her, DO IT! You will not regret it. She’s just as amazing in person as she is online. Martin as well. Martin is one of the CM’s at ArenaNet that actually inspired me to get into Community Management. I had my little fangirl moment meeting him, but I feel like I handled myself well. He was quite flattered and happy to hear that I appreciated his style of community management. We all had a bit of a conversation about community management and one thing Martin said really stuck out. He said that there are just some things that cannot be taught with community management and one of them is empathy for people. I found that this was so true with what happened to me next.

I am a little too excited about this, can you tell?

I am a little too excited about this, can you tell?

By that time, I had missed all the trains and the next one didn’t come til 3am. I hung out with Aidan after Liz and Martin went to bed. Then about 2am, I started to fade. I didn’t think I could make it to 3am let alone navigate my way back to den Haag through two foreign countries on 3 hours of sleep. It was not going to happen.

This is where Aidan came to my rescue. He truly lived up to the title Community Manager and he truly exemplified what Martin was saying about empathy. He tried to find me a place to stay, going as far to look for hotels. He finally found a guy, Kevin, who had a spare bed in his room that I could sleep in. I couldn’t believe it. It was amazing. I had never have someone bend over backwards like that in such an extreme manner, especially not someone who worked for a super popular gaming company. I often say that Guild Wars 2 has the best community, I can now say they have the best Community Managers as well. Not enough words to describe how wonderful it was and how grateful I am.

I got a really good night’s sleep and woke up at 11:30am. Best sleep I’ve gotten since I’ve been here.

I went downstairs intending to leave and saw Kevin who introduced me to a bunch of gamers. I hung out with them for quite a while and finally got a hold of Aidan to say goodbye. I got into a discussion of politics which I actually enjoyed for once. It was very enlightening and I came out feeling better than I ever have discussing politics in my own country.

Then it started raining and we all parted ways. It was an amazing time and an awesome experience. It had it’s ups and downs, but overall, I feel like the experience came out on a high note.

I am so grateful for the gaming community and all of the people I met who helped this bumbling Californian find her way through two foreign countries, even though she put herself in those situations to begin with. Sometimes we do stupid things, but there are always people out there who won’t judge us for our stupidity and help us regardless of it. Those people are wonderful and some of them even work at one of my favorite gaming companies ever.

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Posted by on August 28, 2013 in Uncategorized


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Guild Wars 2, One Year Later

Ok, so I had always planned to do an initial post of GW2 when it first launched but my life got in the way and I got lazy and a million other excuses. I have let this blog lapse horribly. I hope to not do that again, though. We shall see. Anyway, on to the real blog stuff.

I remember around this time last year, I was incredibly excited for the release of GW2. I was early access so I was playing the 25th. I remember the excitement well. I had been in the betas, but this was it, this was the real deal! I’m sure I made many high-pitched squeaking noises as I waited to be allowed to log in. I’d never admit it in person though. 🙂

I quickly made all the characters I wanted to grab the names I wanted. I got all names but one, but I did get my backup name which was really awesome. Naming aside, my boyfriend and I jumped into the game and I don’t remember how long we played for, but it was quite a while. We were both incredibly excited.

The first few months flew by with all the events and in game goodies. At first, the freebies were really spectacular. As the game progressed, they didn’t give as much away and made you work for a lot of the good things.

There’s been a bit of controversy over some things and there have been things and changes I didn’t like.

All of that aside, I am still really enjoying the game. At this time, I have 5 level 80’s and I’m working on my 6th. I have finished the personal story and I have just over 7k Achievement points. I have mastered all crafting disciplines and gained 100% world exploration on one character. I have not gotten as far as others, but I tend to be a little more casual than them. I am happy where I am overall.

The game could always use improvements, but I still have a hard time liking any other MMO out there enough to leave GW2 for good. The game isn’t perfect, but they must be doing something right to keep me coming back.

One thing that I have also found is that this community is probably the best gaming community I have ever been a part of. I have met friends from all over the world (thanks, in large part, to Twitter), been offered places to stay, been helped out of tight situations, and just made some really good connections. Regardless of gameplay quality, etc, you cannot deny that the good parts of this community are really good. There are bad parts, too, but I feel like the good parts outweigh the bad exponentially. I have had an overall positive experience with this community and I can’t wait to see what happens with it in the future.

I am eager to see where the next year takes us. Bring it on, ArenaNet! 🙂

Zephyr Sanctum

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Posted by on August 28, 2013 in Uncategorized


PAX East!

Yes, I will be at PAX East this March. Not sure what I’ll be wearing yet so you can’t stalk me. I’m probably going to be hanging out with people from the Twitter guild mostly. It’s not all set in stone, though.

I’m really looking forward to this since I’ve never been to any kind of convention before (unless you count Stitches West haha). I can’t wait to be with my people 😀 I don’t get to hang out with a lot of truly geeky people very often so this is going to be quite an awesome experience for me.

Also, cosplay. Holy crap, the cosplay. I will have to remember to empty the pics on my phone because I’m going to get A LOT of pictures of  the cosplay. It’s such an(a) obsession addiction love of mine. I can’t wait to see some in person and get to talk to cosplayers. I’ve always wanted to do my own cosplay, but I have no money to do it or to go to the conventions usually.

Anyway, that’s where I’ll be for a weekend in March. I’m super excited about getting to meet some of my internet buddies! It’s going to be a blast! Hope to see some of you other guys there too!

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Posted by on February 26, 2013 in Uncategorized



I’m still here. I’ve just been busy…playing. Heh. 

I had to planned to write a ton but school tends to suck the life out of me (and all my writing motivation). 

Also, I’m completely addicted to Guild Wars 2. The game is phenomenal. It does have bugs and there are things I don’t agree with or things that could be improved, but overall, I feel like this game is absolutely fantastic. Bugs and all. It’s the best MMO I have ever played. 

A small recap of what I’ve accomplished in the past 6 months:

  • Three level 80 characters: Ranger, Warrior, Necromancer
  • One level 47 elementalist (SO much fun!!!)
  • 6/8 crafting professions maxed (working on a 7th, I’m at 300 something, need more mithril ore!)
  • 99% world completion (I just need a little more in Eternal Battlegrounds)


Yeah…I have no life. Also, totally addicted. I’m having a blast! 

I’m going to rethink what I’m going to do with this blog. I was planning on doing some guides but I’ve actually found better guides out there that I could ever write, especially for crafting. 

I’m not quite sure what I’m going to do yet, but I’ll figure it out eventually. I’ll try to keep up on this blog a little more, but I can’t make any promises. I’ve actually started another blog since I am trying to lose weight. I’m starting to think I’m slightly insane hahaha. 

So that’s an update with me. I hope you all are fine and enjoying the game. I do have a couple of exciting announcements so stay tuned for those when they come up. 



Posted by on February 3, 2013 in Uncategorized