Pre-Andromeda Preparations

As some of you may know, Mass Effect: Andromeda is coming out this week!!!  I may have mentioned it a few times on this blog… 😉  My wonderful friend Lacy just gave me the best gift ever: a whole week’s worth of frozen meals!  She even wrote up a beautiful menu for us:

It all looks delicious!

Other than having more time to just relax and enjoy my new game, it is so nice to know that I don’t have to do any planning for meals.  Hurray for a wonderful break coming this week!!  😀

The kids are especially excited about the Batman cookies! 🙂

My husband is actually tied with Lacy for the best gift ever: he is taking one of his weeks of vacation this week to give me extra time to enjoy Andromeda.  So wonderful!  We will also be heading to the Tulsa Planetarium and Air & Space Museum this week on a field trip.  I think it fits in well with the Andromeda theme for the week.  😉

Now just have to wait until Tuesday morning!

Currently Reading:

Shadows by Robin McKinley

February 2017 Screenshots

I have been slowly working my way through Mass Effect 3 still, due to sickness and good books to read.  😉  I am really close to finishing it though, we’ll see if I make it before Mass Effect: Andromeda comes out on the 21st!

First up is a screenshot of Shepard and Tali on Rannoch:

Next is a view of the Normandy cockpit with EDI, Joker and Shepard (from left to right) :

Finally, Shepard inside the Geth Server:

Currently Reading:

Firebrand by Kristen Britain – We have been waiting a looong time for the latest book in the Green Rider series and it was really good!!  Only I can’t talk to Doug about all the cool stuff in it because he hasn’t read it yet…

January 2017 Screenshots

My gaming in January: all Mass Effect, all the time.  😉  I am nearing the end of my play-through of the Mass Effect series now.  When January began Commander Jyn Shepard was in the middle of the first Mass Effect:

Then I started and completed Mass Effect 2:

And finished up the month about a third of the way through Mass Effect 3:

And I am really excited that Mass Effect: Andromeda is coming out next month!! 😀  I may have mentioned that before…

Currently Reading: 

Prisoner’s Base by Rex Stout

2017 Calendar

It was recently brought to my attention that I never did a post showing off my 2017 screenshot calendar so, of course, I had to get some pictures of it for the blog.  🙂  Since I can get better screenshots now I was able to order a the larger format calendar and I really like it!  Here is the front cover featuring a picture of Kaer Morhen:

It was really hard to pick only 12 pictures out of all my screenshots from last year but I’m really happy with how it turned out.  And I had some help from my husband when I got stuck. 🙂 So here is a little glimpse at some of the months, starting with a screenshot from my latest play-through of Dragon Age: Inquisition:

All the greenery in the picture below seemed perfect for April.

And, as my husband pointed out, it was very fitting to use a Star Wars: The Old Republic for the month of May since May 4th is an unofficial Star Wars holiday.  “May the 4th be with you!” 😉

More Star Wars for July, the sparks reminded me of fireworks.

Can’t have a calendar without Commander Shepard and crew from Mass Effect!

And to close off the year one of my favorite screenshots from Dragon Age.

I am enjoying it!

Currently Reading: 

Death Times Three by Rex Stout

Computer Desk Decorations

Our computer desks got much more cool over Christmas!  My desk is starting to get a little crowded… (Also, my third Hobbit poster is hanging above my desk alongside all the Star Wars goodness.) 😉

The new Funko figures are (from left to right but not necessarily next to each other): Boba Fett, Dr. Strange, Jyn Erso, and Belle.  The new Barbie is Wonder Woman from the Batman vs. Superman movie.  Note my new white Xbox One controller, I call it “The Stormtrooper”.

Over the past year I have added the Schleich Batman and Superman figures and I received the tan horse figure in my stocking.  The Star Wars shuttle was also in my stocking, a present from my Dad.

And this is how my desk looks during a gaming session, book on the left side to read during loading screens along with paper to write notes.  On the right is my trusty water bottle.

Doug also received a lot of cool Schleich figures as well as a Lego Clone Trooper and a Funko POP figure.  His desk is starting to look pretty cool now!

Schleich figures of the Justice League:

Funko POP of Vegeta from Dragon Ball Z and a Lego figure of Commander Cody.

In other decor news, you do not want to steal our movies, my dragon will hunt you down!

And I found these beautiful prints by MyCKS on Etsy!  From left to right, they are of Princess Leia from Star Wars, Kaidan Alenko from Mass Effect and Commander Shepard from Mass Effect.

So much geeky!  😀

December 2016 Screenshots

This post is very late due to a nasty post-Christmas cold that went the rounds of our family.  Thankfully we were healthy for all the family celebrations and had a wonderful holiday!  So, without further ado, here are a few highlight from my December gaming.

First, I really enjoyed Star Wars: The Old Republic’s last expansion but will probably not be playing it for a while due to a certain game coming out in the near future…yes, I am talking about you, Mass Effect: Andromeda! 😉  Goodbye to Jedi for now!

I also finished playing through Rise of the Tomb Raider in December and really enjoyed it!  It was a great game, lots of fun and really beautiful.

Lastly, in honor of Mass Effect: Andromeda releasing on March 21st, 2017, I started a new play-through of the Mass Effect series.  Back to where it all began. 🙂

I may be just a little excited about the new Mass Effect game… 😉

Currently Reading: 

Cousin Kate by Georgette Heyer

November 2016 Screenshots

It’s time for the screenshots of the month!  This time I picked one from each game I played in November.  First, Commander Shepard in Mass Effect 3:

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Next, Lara Croft from Rise of the Tomb Raider:

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Lastly, I just got into the new expansion in Star Wars: The Old Republic and am really enjoying it!!  Here the Commander of the Alliance meets with the Empress of the Sith Empire to discuss working together:

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Currently Reading:

Three at Wolfe’s Door by Rex Stout

Boots!!

My boots were delivered last week!  They are exactly what I wanted for my Commander Shepard costume.

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And I am already enjoying wearing them!

Currently Reading: 

Mass Effect Comics still (I have a lot) 🙂

Happy N7 Day 2016!!

I’m celebrating N7 Day by wearing my Tali hooded shirt!

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For those who don’t know, N7 Day is an unofficial holiday every November 7th that is an excuse to spend the day thinking and talking about Mass Effect.  This year was extra special since the new Mass Effect game is coming out in the Spring and they released the game trailer today!!

I put together all the different pieces I have been gathering for my Commander Shepard fatigues cosplay, I’ve got quite a bit of what I need to start working on it!  I have all the fabric for the pants and chaps now as well as several patterns I can use as a basis for making up my own patterns for them.  I also have a pattern that will work if I want to make Shepard’s uniform shirt.  But I can always wear my N7 T-shirt and hoodie if I don’t want to mess with making the shirt.

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Also, the Mass Effect: Paragon Lost DVD was on a really good sale on Amazon recently so I have added it to my collection.

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And it came with a “Forever Normandy” sticker for my computer case!  I may be more excited about the sticker than the DVD…  😉

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Currently Reading:

The Protector by Dee Henderson

 

October 2016 Screenshots

We have a special guest contributor to October’s screenshot post: Vesper!  I was messing around with creating a new character in Mass Effect 3 and she wanted to help.  The hair, eye and makeup color is all Vesper’s idea.  So I had to start a game just to get a picture to remember it by.  😉

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As you can probably tell, I have started playing through Mass Effect 3 again and I’m enjoying it a lot.  Especially since I have a good way to get the screenshots I want now!  First up is Major Kaidan Alenko, guarding the ship:

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Next, Shepard taking a moment from the war to catch up with an old friend:

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Lastly, Shepard returning to the shuttle after a hard mission.  I just loved the colors on this planet!

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Currently Reading: 

The Protector by Dee Henderson