Last year I attend my first con; Berserkon, a local convention in Duluth. Having grown up in Alaska, the con scene wasn't too prolific (don't get me started on the costs of leaving the state to visit the lower 48 for a convention). Last year I was immediately hooked on the con atmosphere at Berserkon even despite the fact that the con was only in its second (and thus quite small yet). This year I hope to attend more cons in addition to Berserkon.
I guess 2014 was a year of firsts because I crafted my first cosplay last year too; Elspeth, Sun's Champion from Magic the Gathering. I even took first place at the cosplay contest at Berserkon with her. This year I hope to complete 2 additional costumes. One of them will be "Project Cortana;" dubbed that as a secret code name by my boyfriend and I until the outfits are complete. We have T-minus 5 months until con deadline to start and complete them! They will require new materials and processes for me and I look forward to expanding my cosplay knowledge arsenal.
Visiting the filming locations of the Lord of the Rings has been on my bucket list for many years now! Will this be the year I finally get to visit Rivendell and Hobbiton? Who knows if it'll work out, but this guy will remain actively on my list and I will continue to save up for the trip!
I have enjoyed board gaming my entire life. I've since graduated from games like Monopoly and Life (Clue is still a classic favorite though) to German-style games like Settlers of Catan, Stone Age, and Pandemic. When I was in middle school I actually designed a couple kids board games and even fully built/created one of them; 'School's Out.' I would like to create a board game for adults now. Bonus if I could get it funded!
Last year I finished my first quilt (look, another first). This year I would like to create my own pattern (something nerdy of course) and sew another one. Not sure If I want to make a wall, lap, or queen bed sized quilt, but I've got a few subject ideas in mind; namely Lord of the Rings or Legend of Zelda at this point. As a bonus, this project will help me improve my novice sewing skills which will in turn, help my cosplaying.
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