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Wednesday, July 11th, 2012 05:40 pm
Had to switch servers in SWTOR, so I decided to take a few screenshots of my old server before I left for good. But first, let me introduce you to my ladies of ToR...

Empire: Pirotess, Carlyle, Saffir, Dimand
Republic: Jadaar, Jehanna, Asric, Ismaire

My SWTOR characters )

SWTOR screenshots - Warning: Large images ahead )
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Monday, June 18th, 2012 05:32 pm
This is what happens when you play too much Arkham City and have a thing for nerdy characters in general... (It's inspired by the idea that the only thing worse than dealing with an Insufferable Genius, is dealing with a bored one.)

This is pretty short and silly, like most of the stuff I write. (It also has a pair of OCs in it, but I do have an explanation for that...)

Working for the Riddler might be less dangerous than working for some of Gotham's other villains, but it has its disadvantages, as well. )

And here's the badly coloured sketch that inspired the piece:

The Riddler, Mystery & Misnomer )
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Sunday, May 20th, 2012 10:10 am
I've always had a thing for super-intelligent characters, but that's been hammered home to me with stuff I've been watching and playing lately. (Although, my penchant for the manipulative/magnificent bastard sometimes associated with this character type seems to be new...)

Cases in point...

Malavai Quinn, "Star Wars: The Old Republic" (video game) - I've gone on enough about how much I like this character, so I'll try to sum it up... Cold and calculating, tactically brilliant, and devious in a way that an Imperial military officer has to be in order to survive and rise up in the ranks... Despite all his flaws, I still adore him. (Doesn't hurt that I find him attractive in other ways, as well.)

And I can't resist linking to a video of the Sith Warrior's first meeting of him in-game. (Sadly, it only took this one meeting for me to want him on my ship...)

Sherlock Holmes, "Sherlock" (TV series) - I just watched the new BBC version of Sherlock Holmes (all six episodes of them), and was instantly hooked. Having read the original stories recently (thanks to the Detective Conan anime), I was impressed how close to the source material the new show is, despite being set in the modern day.

The very first episode in particular had me fangirling in delight. (Substituting a cell phone for Watson's pocket watch? Brilliant!) I never realized I was such a fangirl until I found myself comparing all the parallels between the first episode and the original "A Study in Scarlet".

Onto the title character... I am in love with Benedict Cumberbatch's portrayal of Holmes. He even gets the mannerisms right; the thoughtful posture with his hands held up in front of his face, or sitting in the armchair with his legs drawn up, are straight from his books. And he has similar flaws and vices to his book counterpart: he's trying give up smoking (badly), is implied to keep recreational drugs around (oops), and gets extremely ansty if he's not trying to solve some complex crime.

He's brilliant, but an utter bastard, and I love it. (It also doesn't hurt that his actor looks the part, and is hot to boot: tall, thin, pale, dark wavy hair, and pale blue eyes. Rawr.)

BTW, the quote from above is from this show, and is spoken by Irene Adler, of Sherlock. (In the books, she's Holmes' female rival; she's a bit... different in this version, but has a similar role.)

The Riddler, "Arkham City" (video game) - Only started to play this game recently (okay, I watch others play it, but I do try to help solve the puzzles). The rogues gallery of Batman villains featured in this game is impressive, but there's one in particular that steals the show; so much so that you find you find yourself trying to find Riddler secrets rather than actually trying to save Gotham itself...

Riddle me this, Batman... )

Now, unlike my two other examples above, it's not the Riddler's looks that get me (although I really like the outfit he wears in this game); it's just his mind... That brilliant, psychotic mind. (Gah, I do find that worrying...)
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Thursday, March 15th, 2012 05:18 pm
Yep, still obsessing over SWTOR. I need to find a blog on it or something...

Anyways, started playing Republic side for a change of pace, and the first character I decided to try is a Smuggler Cyborg named Jehanna. (Yes, she's named after the country in FE8. Her character is very much like Joshua's however, since that's who my smuggler was originally going to be named after.)

Anyways, I love everything about my smuggler. I love that I could obsess over my ship at the beginning of her storyline... I love that she tosses a coin and shoots it to regen health, that she twirls her guns when buffing people, that she gets to be snarky as hell... The only thing I don't like, ironically, is the gameplay itself. ;P The cover mechanic can be buggy at times, and I'm horrible at kiting stuff when things go bad. She's gotten better as I've gone up in level, but yeah... Not my favourite class in terms of gameplay.

Smuggler companions, romance )

As for my next Republic character... I liked playing my Sith Warrior so much, I decided to make a Jedi Knight my next one to level; my Knight is a blue Twi'lek named Jadaar. (Named after the draenei from WoW, but female instead of male.)

I had heard the that Jedi Knight storyline was one of the best in-game, though I haven't been overly impressed so far... (Mind you, the Sith Warrior one took a while to get going too, and the end of the Jedi Knight one promises to be epic.) I did like all the parts involving my padawan though, that was interesting. So far, I find that I'm having the reverse reaction that I did with the Smuggler; love playing the class, blah on everything else.

Jedi Knight companions, romance )

That's another thing, too... I haven't really been impressed with the female Jedi Knight's voice acting so far. Maybe I'm just biased by the female Sith Warrior's imperious British accent, but the Knight's acting is kind of blah in places... Oh, well. (At least I really like playing her?)

In other news, our router is borked, so we can only plug in one computer into the modem until we can replace it... Lovely.
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Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012 05:02 pm
Writing down some story ideas before I forget.. Yeah, still obsessing over Quinn. ;P

Divided Loyalties - From the PoV of Darth Baras, when he first takes Quinn under his wing and onwards.

For the Empire (working title) - Basically Quinn's life story, from his point of view.

And I'm trying to resist wanting to write a yaoi fic about Quinn and a Dark Side male Sith Warrior... Damn my fangirlish tendencies...

My personal head canon for Quinn )

I'm still trying to pin down what's so alluring about Quinn. The fandom seems to be divided between adoring him (fangirls in general) and despising him (for the BIG SPOILER). I certainly wanted to get my hands on him when I first met him in Balmorra ;P (despite the fact that he was actually being pretty ruthless at the time). Granted, he is pretty, but I actually find Corso Riggs (Smuggler companion) more physically attractive, IMO.

It probably really is the whole package - Looks, voice, personality - that's so appealing about him. (He's kind of got the sexy butler thing going for him, what with the accent, uniform and generally good-at-everything-he-does vibe.)

Some minor notes on Quinn )

Oh, and I do have to link to this post, which has a transcription and an MP3 of a pretty priceless in-game convo with Quinn. (When I did this convo, I think I got about 2 or 3 flirts in before I let the poor guy off the hook. XD) Quinn's definitely my pick for #1 favourite Bioware male romantic interest off all time, despite his faults (yes, even over Zevran ;).

(Weird aside: I usually take an interest in voice actors for characters I like, and when I checked Quinn's, I noticed he was in an Agatha Christie movie I had seen recently, "Five Little Pigs". So naturally, I had to break out said movie again to see if I could figure out who he was by the voice. :P Ironically enough, he had no speaking role, but was only mentioned in passing... As a butler who "bats for the other team". *snerk*)
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Tuesday, January 31st, 2012 02:52 pm
Ugh, that was painful... But in a good way. I haven't been that emotionally involved in a game in a long time...

So yeah, got to the part of my class quest that I had been both dreading and looking forward to. (Ran into a spoiler so I was expecting it; didn't make it suck any less though.) Was half expecting myself to yell out a Vader-esque NOOOOOOOO after it happened, but it just left me emotionally drained.

Big Spoiler for the Sith Warrior questline )

Of course, right after this happened, I did one of Vette's companion quests, which was another emotional kicker. Gah. (I love you Bioware, but you do like to toy with my heart...)
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Tuesday, January 24th, 2012 03:50 pm
Really enjoying playing SWTOR at the moment. :D The SO convinced a bunch of WoW guildies and RL friends to join us, and we managed to get our guild imported to the Mind Trick server. (The funny part is, most of the servers seem to be named after names and places in Star Wars, yet we end up on the one named after the Jedi mind trick...)

Anyways, most of us ended up playing the Empire side, and my first character was a Cyborg Bounty Hunter, Carlyle. (Yes, named after FE8's Carlyle, except she's female. All my characters are girls this time around, because I was much more interested in the female love interests and wasn't going to bet on same sex replationships eventually showing up in Bioware's first MMO. :/)

I'm also playing all my characters Light side; even if you play the Empire side, it doesn't detract from your gameplay. (It just means that my Bounty Hunter freezes a lot of people in carbonite. XD Although sometimes, you run into people you really want to kill and can't unless you want to accrue Dark side points...) Oh, and my favorite Bounty Hunter ability by far is Death from Above; so appropriately named. <3

Bounty Hunter companions )

Onto my second character, a Zabrak Sith Warrior, Pirotess. (Zabrak is the same race that Darth Maul is.) I really wasn't very excited about about playing this character at first - I almost never play melee characters in WoW, and I'd much prefer playing casters or ranged, but since my SO was playing a Sith Inquistor (as does everybody else, LOL), I thought levelling with him as a Warrior would make things much easier.

Sith Warrior companion(s?) )
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Tuesday, December 13th, 2011 06:28 pm
So I was looking up info on Star Wars: The Old Republic... Specifically, potential romances. (Yes, I know I'm a dork, but the characters I create will be dependent on the virtual ass I get to tap which companions I'll be interested in romancing.) Looks like I'll be playing a lot of female characters for a change, heh.

Anyways... I was looking through the list of romance-able companions (which incidently, also have a list of their voice actors), when a particular name caught my eye... Specifically, the VA for Torian Cadera, a potential romance for a female Bounty Hunter.

Torian's VA? Johnny Yong Bosch. (AKA the voice of numerous English dubbed anime heroes, but most notably, Ichigo Kurosaki from Bleach.)

...So basically, I get a chance to romance Ichigo. Excuse me for a moment...


I'm sorry, I just find that hysterical for some reason. XD (His SWTOR character even has orange hair, LOL!)
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Thursday, December 1st, 2011 12:45 pm
So... In the span of about an hour, my hunter managed to capture Karoma the ghost wolf, Sambas (a beautiful golden lion model), and Ghostcrawler, the spectral crab (yeah, named after the GM, LOL). The WoW gods must be smiling upon me today. O_o

The funny part is, I was just doing archeology on my DK in Twilight Highlands, when I came across Karoma; so I immediately hustled my hunter over there to tame it. Then I decided, what the heck, I'll check for Sambas... And he was there too. Then I thought, "I'll push my luck; I'll go look for Ghostcrawler in the Abyssal Depths!" And lo and behold... (Macro spamming FTW! ;P)

I have way too many spirit beasts now, heh. Also, Sambas is no longer neutral, and affectionately tried to claw my eyes out when I got too close to tame it. Aw... Ghostcrawler also kicked my newly lvl 85 to half health before he got tamed (Nerfbat indeed!)
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Saturday, November 19th, 2011 02:00 pm
Been playing my hunter in WoW lately... Specifically, I've been Rare Hunting (i.e. tracking down some of the more exotic-looking animals, and taming them as pets).

Avi's adventures in Rare Hunting )

In other news... Dear whoever owns the farm field directly behind my house,

Please do something about the corn husks still in your field. Every few days or so, the wind picks them up and blows them all over our front yard, half-burying part of my rose garden in corn husks. Trying to pick up and untangle corn husks from thorny bushes = NOT FUN.

Normally I don't mind living behind a farm field, but this is getting irritating. (I wonder if we're getting karma for being the only house on our block without trees on our front yard...) Thank goodness for crop rotation, is all I can say; at least I know corn won't be planted there next year. :P
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Sunday, October 10th, 2010 09:40 pm
I'm not sure why, but all of a sudden, I feel like waxing nostalgic about one of my favourite SNES games while growing up...

When I was younger, I usually just rented games; so for the longest time, I only owned 3 games for the SNES: Super Mario World (came with the system), Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, and Uncharted Waters: New Horizons, by Koei. Though the last game might not've been as well known as the others, I played it just as much (if not more!) than the others.

I'm not quite sure what made me buy Uncharted Waters: NH in the first place... The graphics weren't very good even back then, and I recall at least one bad review in a gamer magazine...

But it had PIRATES! And ship-to-ship combat! And sword duels! And hidden treasure! And it was set in the Age of Exploration, when you could still discover new lands, and be rewarded for it! And it was AWESOME.

Much rambling on characters and gameplay, tl;dr )

On a related topic, I was pleased to find that Uncharted waters: New Horizons has been released as Wii ware. :) I guess it was more popular than I realized...

I do have to mention that I'm also disappointed that the sequels to Uncharted Waters were never released overseas (damn you, Koei!) There's even a Japanese MMO, for goodness sakes... >.<

...I take that back. I just found out that there's an English version of Uncharted Waters Online, now. O_O *stares at the pretty trailer*

To cap this (way too long) post off, here's some of the beautiful music from the Uncharted Waters: New Horizons soundtrack, linked to YouTube. (Composer, Yoko Kanno)

Music links behind the cut )

Now if you will excuse me, I'm going to try and remember what the hell happened to my manual for this game (such lovely concept art in it, too). -_-;
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Monday, September 20th, 2010 12:20 pm
Having posted my FE Contest entry, I'm now stuck in one of stages I'm usually in after writing something...

Avi's 3 stages of post-writing )

So I'm currently at Stage 2, self-loathing. XP Oddly enough, I still feel like writing at the moment, but nothing Fire Emblem-related (except maybe the Mary Sue challenge, and that isn't due for a while).

Story ideas: Dragon Age, Pokemon, Total Drama )

On the subject of Canadian fandoms, I saw Scott Pilgrim vs. The World a couple of weeks ago. A movie filmed in Toronto that's also set in Toronto? Yeah baby! (I didn't even realize that the movie was based on a Canadian comic, until later... So out of touch with my home country since I moved to the US, sigh.)

Very mild spoilers for Scott Pilgrim )

So yeah, I would recommend Scott Pilgrim to any video gamer, but you would have to keep in mind that the movie is indeed an odd mix of half indy-teen-romantic-comedy, and half video game hijinx. Still enjoyable, for what it's worth. ;)
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Thursday, September 16th, 2010 02:28 pm
I didn't even realize the third game was coming out until a few days ago, but as soon as I knew, I had to have it. :P

I have to admit, the first two puzzles had me stumped this time. >.> But once I noticed the underlying theme behind them (which was the same theme behind most of the puzzles in the game; very fitting), it became easier.

This game was probably easier than the previous Layton games (or perhaps I'm just used to the series); at any rate, it didn't have the same-annoying-puzzle-just-increased-in-difficulty problem that the second game did.

Spoilers for Prof. Layton & the Unwound Future )

So yeah, my love for logic puzzles will be sated for a while, thanks to Prof. Layton. ^_^ (And even though I've finished the game, I still have the bonus puzzles to work through...)

EDIT: In other news, new Edgeworth game coming out, yay... Hey, at least it's another Ace Attorney game. (Also, I want a full shot of that brief glimpse of Edgeworth removing his jacket from the trailer, plz thx... ;P)
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Thursday, September 9th, 2010 12:18 am
I've just realized that Zevran from Dragon Age reminds me of Sain... Times ten. And with absolutely no shame. (Or discrimination, for that matter, since he'll bonk anyone, if given any sort of encouragement. XD)

I just spent part of the evening unlocking some of the support conversations between Zevran and the other characters... Namely, between him and Wynne, who is the elder healer, and mother-figure of the party.

In case you haven't guessed, yes, he does hit on her, in his own inimitable fashion. (As odd as it sounds, I was still howling with laughter, listening to this. And it also makes fun of how characters in video games usually have the same body type, regardless of age. ;P) It would also explain why Wynne was warning my character away from romancing Zevran...

Hmm, if Zevran is Sain, does that mean Alistair would be Kent, then? (Though Kent would never crack as much wise as Alistair does, Alistair does have the same sense of honour...)

But now that I think about it, Zevran reminds me more of Legault, overall... They're both formerly of a criminal organization, both have similar professions (thief/assassin), have similar... tastes, and regret killing a colleague (both female). Hmmm...
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Monday, September 6th, 2010 10:25 pm
September already? And it got so cold right away, too... (Not that I'm complaining; it's been a hot summer, and I hate heat.)

Anyways... Sorry I haven't been around; been playing a lot of video games lately: Lego Harry Potter (have a weakness for Lego games), Rock Band 2 (again)... But mostly I've been playing Dragon Age for the past month. (I haven't played a Bioware game in years, and since I've stopped playing WoW, I've needed a fantasy RPG fix of some sort. ;P)

tl;dr on Dragon Age - Romances & names )

In other news, I've decided to write something serious for the [livejournal.com profile] fe_contest challenge this month. ;P (Me, serious? With that prompt? Yep.) I was hoping to write something other than FE7, but I've already typed up the outline, so we'll see how well that goes...
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Wednesday, July 21st, 2010 12:35 am
I probably won't be participating in the [livejournal.com profile] fe_contest "Vision" challenge, but I did type out my outline for the Mary Sue one today; I plan on writing the typical Mary Sue FE7 tactician 'fic, but a bit of a twist... I hope. (I won't go into details, since I don't want to spoil it.) Hopefully my story idea still counts as a Mary Sue...

(I'm still disappointed that I missed some of the earlier FE Contest challenges due to my computer needing repair; namely, the "Temper" and "Yield" challenges. Those might've given me the incentive to finish a couple of old story ideas, like the second chapter of my Carlyle 'fic for the former, and the Kent/Sain 'fic I'd been considering for forever, for the latter. Ah, well.)

On a related note, I've decided to play through FE6 finally. (I had started playing FE11 originally, since the new game is coming out, but killing off characters for the Gaiden chapters seems counterintuitive for an FE game. XP)

Anyways, I finished Chapter 8 of FE6 last night, and wow... Am I reminded how bad I am at Fire Emblem games. XP On the bright side, I'm getting more supports than I ever did on FE7 (which was like, practically none).

My FE6 team, supports and musings )

Now, off to play that FE6 Gaiden chapter. :P (Probably.)
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Thursday, July 1st, 2010 10:50 am
The beta for the latest WoW expansion, Cataclysm, has just come out, along with a lot of new information... Including the emotes for the new races, the Goblins and the Worgen. :D

With their Brooklyn accents, I find that the goblin males remind me of Danny Devito, while the females sound like Janine from the Ghostbusters cartoon (which I've actually torrented recently, so I'm pretty sure about the comparison ;P).

As for the Worgen (aka the new werewolf race)... Is it wrong that I find both voices sexy? They both have English accents, which I am a sucker for (and even though the Brit players have been complaining that the female's accent sounds fake, I'm still loving her voice >.>).

As for the emotes themselves (some of which are NSFW, BTW)... While the goblins' jokes and flirts mostly revolve around profits and explosions, I can't help but love the worgen's jokes more... Particularly the female's bacon emote, as well as the digs at Twilight and furries. XD
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Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010 03:15 pm
Sorry I haven't been around; haven't had too many opportunities to be online lately... I also haven't felt like writing as of late, so I've been finishing various games in hopes of inspiring myself. :P

Anyways, I finished playing Pokemon Soul Silver a while back, and was reminded how much I enjoyed the original game. :) It almost makes me want to finish Platinum (although the reason I liked SS so much is because it's so much simpler than the newer Pokemon games >.>).

Also finished up the Ace Attorney series recently; finally played the last case of the first Phoenix Wright game, played through Trials and Tribulations, then Apollo Justice (not to mention finished the Edgeworth game a while back).

Mild Ace Attorney series spoilers )

In other gaming news, I hear there's a remake of FE3 coming out; ironic, since I was thinking of trying out FE11 again (as you might of noticed, I've been on a game finishing streak lately ;P).

Unfortunately, all this gaming still hasn't inspired me to write... Bah. XP (There's a few short stories that I want to finish off, but in my uninspired state, I'm afraid I'll rush and half-ass it >.>). I've written down the outline for one original story idea recently (although original story ideas for me usually mean a rewrite of an existing fairy tale or the like :/).

Anyways, I'm off to a relative's wedding this weekend; maybe I'll feel like writing more after that... Also, I need to remind myself about the pile of cat photos I've been meaning to post; the two visitor kitties have been back with their owner for a while now, but their pictures (and shed fur) still remain. ;)
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Thursday, April 8th, 2010 08:04 pm
...when this is what comes to mind when the cat jumps up on the counter when it's not supposed to:

A wild TYLOR appeared!

AVI used Water Gun.

It's super effective!

TYLOR fled the battle.

(For the record, I didn't actually squirt the cat; the noise from pulling out the water sprayer out of the sink is usually enough to scare him off. :P)

On a related topic, am I crazy in thinking that Lyra's design was sort of inspired by Strawberry Shortcake? >.> (Seriously, that hat... And now I kind of want to find a Skitty and name it Custard. ;P)
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Sunday, March 28th, 2010 06:18 pm
Spent the past few weekends watching a couple of animated movies, and playing video games with a friend. The other weekend we saw the new Alice in Wonderland, and this week, we saw How to Train Your Dragon, then watched Nine on DVD.

Mild spoilers for Alice, How to Train Your Dragon, and Nine )

So in short, I highly recommend seeing How to Train Your Dragon, especially if you're a fan of dragons kitties fantasy action/adventure like I am. ;)

Also played Arkham Asylum (finally!) and Uncharted 2 on PS3 recently. Arkham Asylum was every bit as enjoyable as I thought it would be (yay, Batman: the Animated Series voices!), although we didn't get to play it for very long... As for Uncharted 2...

Comments on Uncharted 2 )