Saturday, February 18, 2012

The SteamWorks: Planning For NYCC

Hey Gang,

So I, once again, don't have much to talk about. In recent news, my PC should arrive any day now. I was thinking of making a list of games I have to play, but then I realized I don't really have many games I have to play. The only games I really haven't played/finished that I own are Skyrim and Halo Combat Evolved. However I decided I'm going to get both American Nightmare (so excited!) and Gotham City Impostors (I wasn't originally going to get it, but Chazz said it was cool and worth giving a look at, so I'll give it a go). I've also been debating on whether I should get an authentic lightsaber or an authentic Portal gun. I'll probably wind up getting both in the next 2 years, but I simply don't know which should come first. Maybe I'll ask in a poll?

Anyway, my main topic today has to do with NYCC, or New York Comic Con. Last October NYCC 2011 was my first ever gamingish convention, and I had an absolute blast with Gabby, Chazz, and JD. In fact, *random trivia*, this blog came about because of our expedition to Comic Con. If you ever get the opportunity to go, you really should. We got to play a bunch of games before they came out including SWTOR, Halo CE, and LoZ: Skyward Sword. I even got to meet a friend of mine for the first time who lives in NYC that I met through gaming.

I even have some pictures to share with you:


Chazz and I with the Lego Chief...


Gabby with the Lego Chief...


The best costume I've ever seen...


Awesome G-Gundam statue...


One of the best moments of my life...


One of the best moments of Chazz's life...


Gabby faces off with Mr. Fabulousssss...


JD looking strange on the train back to the hotel...

So as you can see, I didn't really get into too much cosplay; all I really did was put on a cheap Ravenclaw robe I ordered online for $30. I obviously didn't put much effort into what I was wearing. We had planned for the group of us that was going to dress up as L4D characters, but it feel apart halfway through the summer. This year we decided that we wanted to dress up as Star Wars characters.

Whether the rest of the group will carry it through or not is unknown obviously, and if they don't want to follow through it doesn't bother me at all. However, I really want to go through with this plan for myself. I'm not trying to be any character in particular; just a random Sith ... maybe I'll just say my name is Darth Phobos? Anyway, I've been looking online for a Sith robe, and I came across this one:


For $65 (shipping not included), this looks like a good deal. However, as online shoppers often know, a product that looks good and a product actually being good are two different things. I saw this one cheap Sith robe on Amazon that looked even cooler than this for $30, and people bought it. When a lot of the customers received it, it was garbage. Here was the main selling picture:


Pretty cool right? Looks amazing for $30. But here's what it actually looks like in real life:


Eww... It looks like someone put a bed sheet on this dude that was washed in a pile of crap. Gross...

So yeah, I've been trying to find a good deal on Sith Robes, which hasn't met with much success, with the exception of the first one I shared on the post. The only reason why I'm wary to buy it is because there's really no customer reviews, so it could very well be a trap. If you by chance know of any good deals, sound off in the comments below. The costume also has me leaning toward a lightsaber first instead of the portal gun, and using the hilt (you can unscrew the actual bulb part) as a prop.

Anyway, sorry for taking up all your precious time. I really just wanted to talk about something, so there! I'll see you guys soon!

Peter, The SteamWorks

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