Domo for Halloween!!!

Target's Halloween department has been coming together in bits and pieces since Friday. Didn't take long to figure out what this year's theme was...

Pirate DOMO!

As if it the 3-4 foot tall stuffed animal hanging from the ceiling wasn't enough of a clue, there are little pictures of him EVERYWHERE - on the walls, on the shelves beside the prices, and as actual merchandise itself (purses, candy, etc). Me being the geek that I am, I am stoked about the theme, and I am already trying to save up the needed funds to buy all of the actual merchandise stuff when it goes on clearance after the holiday proper.

I can't remember if I have mentioned this before, but one of the great things about my mom working at Target is the fact that after Holidays and other various promotions are over, she normally has the ability to claim various decorations as her own (since they would be thrown away anyway, Target doesn't care if employees have them). For instance, after last Valentine's Day, I got quite a few of the giant candy heart shaped cutouts that many of you may recall were hanging from the ceiling (since most Targets follow the same theme) - ones that said "Hot Stuff" and "Hello Romeo," etc.

Witch (warlock?) DOMO! He will be mine!

Of course, the second I found out about this year's theme, I went absolutely nuts. Unfortunately, the electronics guy claimed the above stuffed animal the second he saw it in the back, before my mom even had a chance to look at it. Like I said, however, that's not the only piece of memorabilia around, so I hope to get this guy instead...(look left)(<---) As you can see, this guy is also quite large (around 3 feet tall, if I had to guess), but is actually a flat bit of cardboard, even though he appears to be 3D. There are also a few other pictures of him, skiing down a mountain of candy corn or playing with some candy spiders.All in all, a great theme, wouldn't you agree? BTW, I have more pictures from my outing to Target if you care enough to look at those yourself...

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Full Gen Con Coverage

Haven't really been in a Giant Bomb mood lately - hate the fact that I'm not torn between two sites (this and GS) in order to keep up with all of my friends...But anyway, here's what I've been up to:

For all intents and purposes, my Gen Con coverage is complete, so make sure to check out those articles - new articles (other than the ones I posted about before, I mean) include coverage about the new World of Warcraft board game, a couple of trading card games (Blue Dragon and Universal Fighting System) and more!

As if I wasn't busy enough this week with finishing coverage and house-sitting once again for my uncle (meaning that I'm taking care of a bunch of dogs), I also found time to do a review for the new game in the Bangai-O franchise - Bangai-O Spirits for the DS. A huge bowl of mixed reactions with this one - while I found the game fun, I can easily see how many others wouldn't, but if you want to know why, you'll just have to read the review (See how I did that? Shameless self-promotion ftw!)

Until next time all!

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Gen Con Schedule

As promised, here is my schedule for Gen Con Indy 2008 (August 13th - 17th), for all those that are interested enough in gaming to want to know what I'm doing, or what coverage you can eventually expect (btw, any time not covered in the schedule between 10 AM and 6 PM every day is to be assumed that I am in the dealer's hall working on meetings, demos, etc):

Thursday -

  • 9-10 AM - Special hour in the dealer's hall, reserved for members of the press and VIG's (very important gamers - a bit complicated to explain here) - Quick stops by the Beyond Protocol MMORTS booth for a free t-shirt, the Winning Moves booth for a free board game, Fat Dragon Games booth for (hopefully) free dice and t-shirt, the Chainmaille Wench / Gamers for Humanity booth to meet some friends and donate to the cause, earning more free stuff
  • 10-11AM - More dealer's hall goodness - continuing on booths listed in first hour
  • 11-12PM - Pokemon Diamond / Pearl Meet-up in eGame arena (mainly to do a bunch of trading of the game specific Pokemon, and the ones that need to be traded to evolve)
  • 12:30-1:30 PM - Meeting with Fantasy Flight Games over World of Warcraft, Starcraft, UFS, and perhaps Battlestar Gallactica board games (if there's time)
  • 2-2:30 PM - Meeting with Seven Lights over the Continuum, an online collectible wargame
  • 3-4 PM - Meeting with Sony Online Entertainment over Legends of Norrath and the new Star Wars Galaxies TCG
  • 6-? PM - Dinner, Cardhalla, Consignment Store, etc.

Friday -

  • 10-11:15 AM - Dealer's hall goodness
  • 11:30-1 PM - Gamer Wenches lunch (a gaming group of which I am a member)
  • 1(ish)-2:30 PM - Gaia Online Meet-up for free goodies
  • 3-5 PM - Women in Gaming Seminar (run by the Gamer Wenches)
  • 6-? PM - Dinner, Cardhalla, Consignment Store, etc.

Saturday -

  • 10-12 PM - Dealer's hall goodness
  • 12-1 PM - Animal Crossing meet-up in eGame arena (mainly to track down the fruit that my town lacks)
  • 1-2:30 PM - Gaia Online Panel discussing new MMO entitled "zOMG!" Plus, more free goodies
  • 4-6 PM - Costume Contest (audience member only - no cosplay for this girl)
  • 6-10 PM - Dinner, Cardhalla, Consignment Store, etc.
  • 10:30 PM - Cardhalla deconstruction

Sunday -

  • 10-11 AM - Freaky Creatures meeting - PC game involved in the Dell / Intel Extreme Gaming Tour
  • 11-12 PM - Pirates of the Burning Sea meeting - One of the highest rated MMO's to come out in recent time
  • 12-4 PM - Lots of time spent in the dealer's hall, meeting up with friends for one last lunch, game, etc. and seeing the end of the con proper
  • 4-5(ish) PM - Packing and beginning the drive home from Indianapolis
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Oh why not...

So, after seeing that everyone and their mother's brother's uncle are creating accounts over here, I figured I might as well try it out as well. You all might know me as "Brandyinindiana" on another site, and while I am not leaving that site, I did want to hurry up and claim my name before another Brandy decided she wanted it for herself.

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