Geeking Out In Portland

For Thanksgiving, my husband an I have decided to spend several days in Portland, Oregon. I know that my husband would like to spend at least one day exploring the beautiful Columbia River Gorge, but I’m excited because Portland is know for being a destination that has a strong geek culture. So, I’ve been trying to find some of the “must see” places for a geek like me to hit up while I’m in the city. One thing that I’m hoping I’ll be able to get to is the Free Play party at Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade.

Ground Kontrol is an arcade with over 60 classic video games and 27 pinball machines as well as a full-service bar. On the 2nd Thursday and the last Wednesday of every month, the arcade makes all the machines free-to-play and instead charges an admission fee of $5.

But that’s not all…because Thursday, November 26 is Thanksgiving, the arcade’s Indie Game night (usually on the last Thursday of the month) is a day early. Perfect!

I’m really looking forward to exploring the geekier side of Portland. Do you have any suggestions of other places I should look into?

 

Getting Back into Warcraft

I’m struggling to get back into World of Warcraft. I’m having trouble figuring out what to do in game and it’s a little frustrating for me. I thought the new Legion announcements would get me excited to play, but the result was actually, “Why should I do that now when it’ll be better in Legion.” I love WoW and I miss playing it, but Warlord of Draenor just wasn’t compelling to me. The leveling experience was great, but not particularly repeatable. Now I’m stuck with a lot of things I think I’d like to do, but enough road blocks in the way to prevent me from actually doing them.

So, here’s my plan of attack:

Step 1: Pick an alt to roll and focus on.
I’m planning on rolling my last alt of the expansion. I think I’m going to roll a Human Rogue because I think the feel of the new outlaw rogue spec will create a fresh and exciting character to play.

Step 2: Get involved in my guild.
Ever since my main guild split up in Cataclysm, I’ve been bouncing around from guild to guild with no real feeling of connection. It’s time that changed. Ask most people who have been playing WoW for a long time why they stay in the game, and they will explain it’s the relationships that keep bringing them back. I have a few characters taking up space in the Convert to Raid mega-guild, and I think that needs to be where I start my search.

Step 3: Finish end game content on my main.
Once I get my new rogue to 90, I need to grind through all the Patch 6.2 content that I stepped away from and get flying on my main so that it unlocks for my alts. I have no interest in ship missions, but it’s content that I need to get through to be able to finish up this expansion.

Step 4: Make my characters look cool.
If I can get my new rogue to 100, it’s off to transmog. With the announcement that we will be getting all quest reward in our transmog closets, I can finally start running dungeons to find transmog items without worrying about fill up my bags with quest rewards.

Step 5: Get the “Insane” achievement.
I’ve wanted this achievement ever since it came out, but I’ve never dedicated myself to actually achieving it. This will be the patch that gets me to that goal. With the reputation buff from my human’s “Diplomacy” trait and my rogue’s ability to pick-pocket, it becomes a matter of grinding the rep out.

Will I get to step 5? Maybe not, but at least by setting some goals and trying to stick to them, I can try and find the motivation I need to get back into a game that I love.

The Great Twitter Purge

Today I decided to clear out my twitter feed. I stopped following most of the people who don’t follow me, mostly because my feed felt like nothing but advertisements. If I was following you and now I’m not and you would like me to, just let me know and I’ll add you back. I’m really excited to see if following fewer people makes much of a difference in my twitter experience. But now I’m on a quest to follow people who are excited about all sorts of geeky things. If you know someone who you think I should follow, let me know! I’m still relatively new to the twitter thing, and while I’ve figured out a good bit of it, I know I’m not using it to its full advantage. And for me, it’s not all about numbers. I would rather follow a small group of people who follow back and are interested in chiming in on each other’s comments than amassing a huge list of nameless faces that scroll down the screen before you can get a chance to figure out what they’re up to. What are your tips and tricks to living a fulfilled life on the twitter?

Episode 5 – Going Hearthcore

geektitude Show Notes for 11.15.2015

 

Guest Interview: Juice Jones

 

#KeepItGeek this Week

News (Covering 11/8/2015-11/15/2015)

Feature – BlizzCon / Hearthstone: League of Explorers

Coming UpNext week Geisha Vi

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Holiday Geekiness

Griswold-house-Christmas-Vacation-movie-in-lightsIt’s a very blustery evening in Palm Springs tonight, which makes if feel like the holidays are finally upon us. We often relate our geektitude to movies and comic books…video games and tv shows. But anything that someone has a passion about, in my mind, is eligible for some level of geektitude. So this is the time of year that the holiday geeks come out. So, what’s your holiday geektitude? Are you all about decking out your front yard like Clark Griswold? Are you going to watch every Rankin/Bass Christmas Special when they air (not TiVoed…that’s cheating). Are you going to spend hours in the kitchen baking the cookies your grandmother taught you how to make? Everyone has something they are geeky about, and the holiday season introduces an all new group of people into the mix with their own brand of geeky holiday cheer. So… how do you geek out during the holiday season?

Making Connections

One of the things that motivated me to start geektitude was a desire to connect with people who liked the same stuff I liked. It was a way for me to meet people who are passionate about something and want to share it with the world. It’s exciting to be able to reach out to other people in the geek culture community and make that connection. Up until now, I’ve had friends and family on my podcast as guest, but that’s going to slowly start to change. Starting this week, I’m going to be geeking out with people that I’ve just met. For an introvert like me, that’s kind of scary. But it’s exciting, too! I talk a lot about conventions on my show and in my blogs, and that’s because making connections is what conventions are all about. When I went to the BlizzCon “Con Before the Storm” event, it was amazingly easy to just start talking to people because we are all there to celebrate something we love. But conventions aren’t the only way to make those connections. Start looking at the world around you. Is someone wearing a geeky t-shirt? Tell them you think it’s cool! Did you notice that the person in front of you at the grocery store has an anime wallet? Let them know you like that character, too! Take time to make connections no matter how small. It’s the difference between being a community and just being a bunch of people that like the same stuff.

The Stress of Comic-Con Pre-Registration Morning

comiccon_logoSo, tomorrow morning, my friends and I will sit in front of our computers for several hours, waiting patiently for one of us to get the chance to order passes for San Diego Comic-Con next summer. This is one of the most stressful things I have to do each year. Yes, I realize this is a complete “First World Problem,” but, I have been going to San Diego Comic-Con for 2 decades, and for the last several years, my friends and I worry that this will be the year that some or all of us won’t get a chance to go.

I wanted to get this post out before tickets went on sale because if we can’t get tickets tomorrow, I don’t want this post to seem like sour grapes. I understand that many people want to go to San Diego Comic-Con and many won’t get to go because the tickets are so limited. I think that the San Diego Convention Center and Comic-Con International need to do everything in their power to expand the con to allow for more people to attend each year, and although they are planning expansions, it’s not going to be nearly enough to meet demand.

For some of us, Comic-Con is more than just the hype in Hall H. It’s a pilgrimage of culture. It’s an annual celebration of friendship and fandom. It’s an event that has brought thousands of people together to celebrate their interests and to meet people like them. In many ways, Comic-Con was the first place I felt like I had permission to be a geek. And I don’t want to take that feeling away from anyone, whether they are a new attendee or have been attending for years.

Having just celebrated BlizzCon last week, I saw some of the things that a convention that focuses on its fans can accomplish. An entirely independent convention has sprung up the night before BlizzCon. It’s fan produced and it was phenomenal. It gave me a chance to participate even without the tickets to get in to the convention proper. I could still participate from home with a virtual ticket that let me see a lot of the panels from the comfort of my home. I know it’s not a popular opinion, but maybe San Diego isn’t the appropriate venue for the convention. The fact is, there’s a lot of things that can be done to improve the accessibility to Comic-Con, but there doesn’t seem to be much movement in that direction.

Tomorrow I will sit and wait patiently with everyone else in the hopes of getting my pass. Even if my friends and I are fortunate enough to get passes again this year, there will be plenty of people that will have a tradition that they have participated in for years get taken away from them, and that’s unfortunate and frustrating. I truly home that once the convention renovations are done, more people will have access to this amazing event, but until then, good luck to everyone!