A Holiday Shopping Guide Pt 2

We took care of Part One, and now it’s time for Part Two!!  Not much time left to shop for Christmas, and if you’re ordering online, you’d best do it fast or you’re going to end up paying as much for shipping as the gift itself to get it on time!

Here’ a look at a few more things that will make that Geek on your holiday shopping list squee with joy.

Eureka: 501 Adventure Plots to Inspire Game Masters is truly a work of mastery. Pulled together by the wonderful fellows over at Gnome Stew, this 310 page book is one amazing book that will serve your tabletop gaming needs for years to come.  Each adventure plot is completely system neutral, meaning you can plug the themes and ideas in to just about anything.  Not only is this a great thing to read cover-to-cover, it’s great to have displayed proudly on the gaming shelf.  Purchase for $25 on Engine Publishing.

This little lovely is a white Xbox 360 Christmas ornament.  With Hallmark making a killing on Christmas ornaments, why not support a smaller seller and get something a little more personal for your resident video gamer.  After all, I know I’d be a proud Gamer to have this adorn my tree. Check out the Etsy Shop here.

“Keep Calm” is probably the classiest internet meme I’ve ever seen, and this little lovely will set you back between $11 and $17 (minus the frame) on Queen Spoof’s Etsy.  With loads of options to choose from, I think this is my favorite.  I’d like it in Brick or Clay to put in my entryway, thanks. ;)

This ice cube gives your drinks an extra nerdy flair!  Just be careful not to set up a full Tetris line, or you’ll lose all the ice!  A perfect stocking stuffer at only $7, you can find the Iceblox ice cube tray over at Think Geek.

The Mandalorians are pretty much the baddest of the bade dudes in the universe.  Yeah, they’re bad enough dudes to rescue the President.  But will they?  That’s another question entirely.  For the Wo-mando on your Christmas list, it doesn’t get much better than this adorable pj set from Her Universe.  In fact, just about anything from Her Universe would make a wonderful gift.  It’s like a treasure chest in an internet full of “unisex” and “manwear”.  But this pretty much takes the cake.  Purchase at Her Universe for $35.

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A Holiday Shopping Guide

This is part one. :)  With the holidays fast approaching, if you haven’t found that special gift for your special geek, then you really need to jump on the opportunity!  I know I’m one of them.  Between work and finals, Christmas shopping has been pretty low on the priority list.  I hadn’t even put up the Christmas tree until this weekend!

So what are some spectacular gifts for the nerds on your list this year?  Well let me be so kind as to take you on a little trip around the internets.

Star Wars Year by Year: A Visual Chronicle.  If your Star Wars nut doesn’t have a copy of this yet, she needs one!  This 320 page hard-cover includes stunning illustrations, concept arts, and photographic stills taking readers through the beginning stages of A New Hope all the way through the second season of the currently airing Clone Wars series on Cartoon Network.  Contained in each book are two random glossy images suitable for framing as well.  Purchase on Amazon for about $30.

Is your Star Wars fan already a proud owner of the above coffee-table book?  Fear not.  The Jedi Path: A Manual for Students of the Force is an amazing gift.  The 160 page book is sealed inside of a working “vault” that makes a wonderfully appropriate hissing noise as the book rises from it’s container.  Contained with the book is a Padawan’s braid, a Starfighter patch, a letter tracing the book’s history, and more.  Many reputable Jedi have added commentary directly into these pages, including esteemed Jedi Masters Yoda, Qui-Gon Jin, and Obi-Wan Kenobi.  For $70, this isn’t a cheap gift, but one that you can be certain will be greatly appreciated.  Purchase here on Amazon .

Your geek isn’t a Star Wars fan?  Not to worry, not to worry.  I’ve got you covered.

The “House Brawl” T-shirt from Threadless has rapidly become the best selling T-shirt ever for the site.  Perfect for any Harry Potter fans on your list, this shirt comes in a hoodie as well as a men’s cut T-shirt and a women’s cut T-shirt!  And at $12, it’s a complete steal!  Pick up one for yourself as well, you smart shopper!  Purchase on Threadless.

Geek Soap is probably one of the most amazing websites I’ve ever seen.  There are TONS of sellers of geeky soaps on the internet, especially over on one of my favorite websites, Etsy.  But Geek Soap is an entity all to itself.  With high-quality, high-clarity soaps made with clean lines and a scent described as “invigorating lime-mint”.  With a soap to please every manner of geek, there’s no way she won’t be thinking about you in the shower when she’s scrubbing down with a bar of this!  Purchase at Geek Soap for prices that won’t clean out your wallet!

Sharkrobot has some great T-shirts, and perhaps my favorite amongst them is the Pokemon “Strollin” shirt.  While it does cost an extra $2 for the ladies’ T-shirts, having the option for that perfect fit is better than settling for the “Unisex” that never looks right anyway.  And for the Pokefan on your list, there’s nothing better than re-encouraging the use of that Pokewalker during the cold winter months.  Purchase at Sharkrobot for about $20.

Shiro Cosmetics is my first discovery in the world of geeky make-up.  With the option to purchase a number of sample sizes for extremely reasonable prices (as low as $5), these beautiful loose eyeshadows come in a wide variety of colors, each with an appropriately nerdy theme.  Pictured above is her “Super Effect” collection, though I highly suggest checking out her “Legends” collection with a ton of Zelda-inspired colors.  Everything is available for purchase on her Etsy Store!

Betrayal at House on the Hill is one of my favorite board games of all time.  Previously out-of-print, Wizards of the Coast has picked up the licence and revived this well-deserving game.  I’ve only played it once, but it was so much fun!  With a cooperative nature and an element of betrayal and a game that’s different every time you play, it’s great for the gamer who’s played a few board games before.  It’s NOT for gamers who have never played anything other than Life or Monopoly.  But for those who have already experienced some Settlers of Catan or Pandemic, it’s a great purchase!  But on Amazon for about $30.

Not seeing anything here yet that strikes your fancy or quite fits your resident nerd?  Don’t fret.  There’s at least one more Shopping Guide on the way just in time for the holidays!

Companion Cubes and Spock and Zelda – Oh My!

WELCOME!  Today is a brand new day and it happens to be a Fangirl Friday!  Now, usually, I’ll try to choose one fandom to squee over on these days, but today… I was poking around Etsy and decided to search for cell phone charms.

I did a post on cell phone charms a while back, but it was more… almost informational.  Since that post, I’ve absolutely fallen in love with the cute little buggers.  You can personalize almost anything with these charms — not just cell phones.  Handheld gaming systems (like the DS and PSP) have a place to hook them, you can attach them to zippers on bags or clothes, you can clip them on purse straps or keyrings.  I’m even using a bunch of them on my bouquets for the wedding!

So today, I bring you fourteen cell phone charms in thirteen images from twelve sellers on Etsy.  In fact, we’ll sort of view these as the twelve kingdoms of fandom, because I believe there are twelve fandoms represented here as well!


Cyathula’s Shop

Here we see Calcifer from the Miyazaki film – Howl’s Moving Castle.  I LOVE the detailing in this, and it captures Calcifer’s personality perfectly.  Look at the etching in the wood and the little bits of lighter orange along his “feet” and “hands”.  He is absolutely precious, and Cyathula did a fantastic job on him!


Until It Ends Studios

This little mushroom is similar to the Poison mushrooms in the Mario games.  Until It Ends studios did a crazy-good job on this little mushroom.  The spots are perfectly round and the paints settle perfectly on the mushroom’s head.  And the best part?  The shop offers these charms in EVERY COLOR OF THE RAINBOW!  The obvious of red and green are available, as well as blues, yellows, and even orange!  I think I’m in love.


Ikitzo’s Shop

Now, I could have put up ten or fifteen images of cell phone charms from Ikitzo.  However, I didn’t want to fill up the entire post with her amazing creations, so I whittled them down to these two.  (Which is cheating just a little, considering one of the images features two charms.)  On the top, we have Spock from the science fiction series Star Trek in all his Vulcan, blushing glory.  And on the bottom are my two favorite video game elves, Zelda and Link from the Legend of Zelda game series.  Just look at the detail on these!  Spoc has some serious eyebrows AND the proper insignia on his blue shirt.  Zelda is wearing earrings and a lovely gold headpiece while Link holds a tiny polymer sword and an adorable shield!  Check this shop out for more, including Avatar: The Last Airbender!


Akaii Designs

Portal was a video game to change the gaming experience.  It was a huge success and has garnered almost a cult-like following.  I still remember at my small, college Convention, we had signs of cake with arrows pointing nowhere, informing us that the cake was a lie.  However, this adorable Weighted Companion Cube charm is far from being a lie and can be purchased from Akaii’s shop!  Just make sure you don’t incinerate it.  It is your friend, after all…


Angry Owl

When you’re already the very best, why not show it off?  The Angry Owl shop has this perfect set of Pokemon Badges from the Kanto age of Pokemon.  (Also known to many as the Only age of Pokemon, or the Golden Age, but they’re just crabby old farts.)  The detail on these charms is really impressive for the Kanto badges, and I especially love the Soul Badge (the little pink heart).  Head on over to the shop and show off your mad training skills!


Mooglet P. Bear’s Fantasmogoric Shop O’ Wonders

Who remembers Animal Crossing?  Perhaps one of the best games from the Gamecube era (at least in my opinion), I spent hours playing my copy of Animal Crossing.  And this little charm is absolutely precious.  Fashioned after one of the fossils from the Animal Crossing game, it has already been cleaned off of the dirt from the dig.  The professional, perfect spiral and tiny star and dot are made from a glow-in-the-dark material.  The details are just stunning.  Notice the tiny speckles in the blue-purple background, and that TINY little bell added for a bit of extra oomph.  You’d best snap this one up before I do!


Angie’s Store

I squee over Harry Potter all the time.  In fact, there are really only a few things out there that I love as much as Harry Potter — Ben being one of them.  (Hello Kitty being another…)  Because of that, I was super excited to find this perfect little charm of a wizard’s hat with a “WWHD” plaque.  WWHD is a reminder to ask yourself “What Would Harry Do?”  The detailing and craftsmanship on this charm is absolutely wonderful, and when clipped to your DS or cell phone, you’ll always have that magical reminder of the world of Harry Potter.


Sonaxiom’s Shop

This adorable little kitten is a sort of obscure figure from the insanely popular and insanely adorable anime, Lucky Star.  This little charm has the most precious face I’ve ever seen, and the tail curves around so perfectly.  What is perhaps most impressive is that the ears and face are all so nice and even.  I’d be afraid to have this in my collection because I might huggle it to death!


Supernova Designs

I KNEW there was a good use for those tiny dice I’ve been collecting!  I actually have this set of blue dice floating around my giant dice bag, and I would have never thought to turn one into a precious cell phone charm.  This charm is absolutely amazing for any gamer, male or female.  Blue is such a gender neutral color now that this would make a perfect gift for any Dungeons and Dragons, Star Wars Saga, or World of Darkness player!  Clip it to your phone!  Or better yet, to your dice bag!!


Yeller Crakka’s Charm Kiosk

Yeller Crakka has SO many adorable charms including Triforce charms and potion bottles and fairies and Mario stars and Pacman… But when I saw this Metroid charm, I fell in love.  And if you’re a little nervous about having this pint-sized protector outside and close to your hands, it is also offered contained in a perfect little bottle!  No missing fingers there!


Panduhmonium

Panduhmonium’s shop is full of adorable things.  But this little charm is absolutely squee-worthy.  It’s simply called an “angel wing” on the shop, but when I saw it, I was reminded of the little wings that one of the female characters from Kanon wears on her backpack.  It’s cute and not so nerdy that you’d be instantly found out (unless the person telling on you has also watched Kanon)!


Pomegranate PANIC!

Last but not least, this itty bitty charm from Pomegranate Panic.  The detail on this tiny charm is absolutely astounding, from the analog stick to the directional pad to the perfectly colored spread of A-B-X-Y buttons!  The detail work is so unbelievable because of how small this charm really is.  Plus, it’s an Xbox controller.  How cool is that?!

Well, here’s hoping you found a new seller to Heart on Etsy, or perhaps even a new charm to snap up before I get some more paychecks to get them before you!  So this ends the first of the new Fangirl Fridays, and I promise, next time, I’ll focus in on ONE fandom!

A New Hope for Fashion

So, my 21st birthday is tomorrow. And for the last week, I’ve been considering doing a post like the one I did back at Christmas time about gifts that would make a gamer girl’s heart sing.  But with this week being consumed with finals and whatnot, I didn’t find a lot of time for blogging.  However, I did find time for this:

A New Hope 1

That is what you think it is.  It is a really feminine, really cute, really AWESOME dress made from vintage Star Wars fabric. The Vintage Doctor has a large host of similar dresses (including two other Star Wars dresses not included here) as well as a ton of corsets and even a couple of “tops”.

Designer Sarah P has been in business for about seven years now, and she runs a one-woman operation to create this absolute masterpieces.  It takes her at least sixteen hours to complete a single piece (I’m guessing dresses take longer), and the price is determined via the availability of the fabric.  All of the fabrics used are completely legal and sometimes hunted down from entirely different countries.  She also takes special request orders!

The dress I’m featuring here is $185.  Who wants to get me a Gift Certificate? :D

More pics below~

New Hope 2

New Hope 3

New Hope 4

Dice Bags Galore!

A few months ago, I did a blog post all about different types of dice. As I was sitting in bed tonight, realizing I wasn’t going to be sleeping any time soon, I decided to do a more substantial blog post than the three or so lines I put up about my purchase of A Game of Thrones.  There was a discussion going on in one of the forums I frequent about interesting ways to store dice, and I got to thinking.

I need to do a post about dice bags.

So, here we go!

Chainmail

This first bag is made of chainmail.  Chainmail dice bags are really popular in roleplaying circles for the “cool” factor they bring along.  This one is particularly interesting because of the little chainmail bits on the ends of the drawstring.  It’s also a little looser than other chainmail bags I’ve seen.

Scalemail

This is scalemail.  It’s literally a chainmail dice bag with neat little plates put into the chainmail working to create a look of dragonscales.  I absolutely love it.

Leather

Also fairly common, a leather dice bag.  These little leather pouches are usually used for things that are not dice, but being a gamer, we’ll use just about anything in our nerdy pursuits, yes?

Knitted Cthullu

This little beauty is a knitted dice bag with a Cthullu pattern worked in.  All glory to the squid-overlord.

Embroidered Lion

This dice bag is apparently leather or some sort of psuedo-leather that has a neat, embroidered lion.  It’s also red.  Want to be a Gryffindor?  I don’t. XP

D20

This is a GIANT, home-made D20 dicebag.

Embroidered Dragon

This dice bag is sporting an impressive contrasting two-tone coloration as well as suede drawstrings and an embroidered dragon.  This honestly would be a fantastic dice bag for Dungeons and Dragons especially.

Chainmail and Crown Royal

This image shows two equally epic and equally standard dice bags.  The Crown Royal bag is the favored dice bag of many a roleplayer (my fiancee, author of “Paging Through the Core Rulebook” included), and the large, standard weave chainmail bag is also a very popular (and sturdy) choice.

Geek

This bag comes to us from Etsy and has a very simple, but proud look to it.  Any time you can add something even more geeky (like a very obvious proclamation of your geekitude) to something already inherently nerdy (like a dice bag), you are exponentially increasing the awesomeness of this item.

Cowthullu

Cowthullu.  Need I say more?

Lovely Tutu

Welcome to another edition of Squee-Me Monday.  In some earlier posts, I have spoken of an anime called Princess Tutu.  Today, I found something on ebay that made me squee all over the place.

The following are images of a painted resin-figure (also sometimes known as a Garage Kit) done by a group of individuals known as The Yeti Store on ebay.

Tutu 1

Tutu 2

Tutu 3

Tutu 4

Tutu 5

This store has a host of other figures that are absolutely beautiful.  Expensive, though.  The Princess Tutu figure pictured above will run you $299.99 USD.  A pretty penny for a very pretty figure.  The other figures on the site are similar in price ranges, but are also just as wonderful in terms of craftsmanship.

Now if only I could afford it…

A Dangerous Pet

So I was browsing to find something to post up today.  I don’t have a whole lot of time today, so I headed to the ever-bountiful Etsy.

What did I come up with for today?

Metroid

These little larval metroid are contained in bottles for your pleasure and companionship. Want one for your own? Please head over to phenocrystminiatures’ Etsy Shop.

She describes these precious little things as follows:

Caring for your metroid larva:

Metroids will drain the life from any living creature and will feed on prey many times larger than themselves. Daily interaction with the metroid will help establish a bond and deter it from turning on you. It is advised that you only handle the metroid after it has been fed. Metroids grow rapidly and a larger jar will be needed to house it after long.

Note: I assume no responsibility should bodily injury, life draining, death, pet consumption, the apocolypse, visits from Samus Aran and/or Ridley occur. Nor will I reimburse you for ice beams or missiles.

Metroid 2

For the Padawan in Training

Welcome to the first edition of Hot Pink Joysticks’ Squee Me Monday!  Today, we look at some awesome products from a company known as Parks Sabers.

First, feel free to visit their website to do a full browse of all their products.

Parks Sabers manufactures some of the most detailed and beautiful lightsabers I have ever seen.  Yes, you heard me right.  Lightsabers.  Now, before you go off on the FX Sabers that have previously been done by other companies and what have you, I implore you to take a look at this video.

Remember, that footage contained no special effects.  That’s exactly what those sabers are meant to do.  Now, each saber they produce can be stored and displayed with or without the blade attached.  So if you want to wear your saber on your belt, you can.  The blade is removable. ^.^

There are a number of hilt styles to choose from.  Some are more typical of your Jedi Knight, while others invoke the sense of true Sith power.  My favorite hilt style is the Aria.  I would have loved to include pictures of the different hilts, but that is impossible with the way Parks Sabers has their site set up, so PLEASE go to the site and do some browsing.  That video was amazing enough to peak your interest anyway, right?

What makes these blades so awesome in the first place?  Well, let me quote from their FAQ section.

Dueling
Q. Can I fight with Parks Sabers blades?
A. Yes and No.

Yes. Parks™ sabers blades and equipment will endure “moderate to extreme” dueling.
No. You will break a finger or bone before you break our blade. Don’t do it!

Legal Disclaimer:
Dueling, fencing, or swordplay can lead to injury and loss of property. For this reason, Parks™ sabers does not encourage or recommend any forms of dueling, fencing, or swordplay. We do not accept any responsibility for the misuse of Parks™ Sabers ultra-strong equipment.


Dueling
Q. Can I fight with Parks Sabers blades?
A. Yes and No.

Yes. Parks™ sabers blades and equipment will endure “moderate to extreme” dueling.
No. You will break a finger or bone before you break our blade. Don’t do it!

Legal Disclaimer:
Dueling, fencing, or swordplay can lead to injury and loss of property. For this reason, Parks™ sabers does not encourage or recommend any forms of dueling, fencing, or swordplay. We do not accept any responsibility for the misuse of Parks™ Sabers ultra-strong equipment.

*SQUEE*

Cell Phone Straps

Popular Japanese culture is a fascinating world. Something that is extremely commonplace in Japanese culture, and not so ordinary in American culture is the use of what are called “straps” to decorate cell phones. Now, while America did go through a phase full of cell phone covers and sleeves and even bejeweled stickers, cell phone straps have remained an anomaly.

For this, I am honestly sort of sad.

Cell phone straps are inexpensive, adorable ways to express individuality. In Japan, they’re often used as such, as well as ways to keep a smaller cell phone from being lost or dropped by providing a place to grab that phone from your pocket or the bottom of the purse.

Here’s a couple of pictures of a typical Japanese phone. ^.^

Phone

Phone 2

It’s not entirely uncommon for cell phones to become completely overtaken by these adorable charms in Japan.  Cell phones can become quite bulky and heavy when someone overdoes the customizations.  But that isn’t to say that everyone goes that far.

Like the look?  Wish you had a cute cell phone strap of your own?  Well you’re in luck.  Most American phones have the place to attach a strap.  (Just look for what appears to be an unnecessary hole on your phone.  It’s usually where the hinge is on a flip-style phone.)  And there’s plenty of places to get cell phone straps.  However, the BEST place I’ve come across so far is a website called Strapya World.

Strapya has tons of different cell phone charms that are always changing as they sell out of certain styles and get new ones in.  They carry anime style charms, novelty styles, Hello Kitty, good-luck charms, and even some sort of practical cell phone straps.  Here’s some images from straps that I’m looking forward to someday attaching to my own cell phone.

TsubasaFortune TellerAkihabaraSakuraFlying SailorDragonballMew!JirachiPaper LanturnJingle BellCactusMoss BallBaby Plant

Don We Now Our Game Apparel!

I know I already did one Christmas shopping list on Game Apparel, but when you really start to dig into the internet, you come up with SO much of it! And honestly, as far as clothing is concerned, prices on this awesome T-shirts are extremely reasonable. (Especially when you get back from the mall after looking through American Eagle and Hollister and such and realize they want $30+ for a T-shirt sized big enough for your ten-year-old cousin.)

Here’s some apparel from J!NX, a really exciting website I came upon by chance. On the website right now, they also have a handy “Holiday Gift Guide.” Here are a few of the T-shirts they offer in the “For Her” section. (I’m starting to realize that I gravitate toward Space Invader themed items…)

Magic Missle

Invasion

Way of the Woman

Onna Otaku

Talk Nerdy to Me

Manga

Tetris God

Like a Girl

Next we’ll move onto Split Reason. This website is absolutely to DIE for. I just might. ^.^ Here’s a selection of the best T-shirts. Go show them some love and look for these wonderful designs.

AT ATAwesome
PacmanAnime
LinkSplit Reason
WooshHeadcrabs
SithLives
AhabBoo
CakeMegama

Tying back into the fact that I put up a couple items from the webcomic Megatokyo, I figured it was just fine that I’d put up a few items from my seriously all time favorite webcomic, Control-Alt-Delete. If you’re not familiar with the comic, you need to be. After all, every gamer should be celebrating Wintereenmas.

Wintereenmas

This is the 2010 Wintereenmas design. It’s a D-pad made into a snowflake. That is awesome. You should get it. But not before me. And I want this in both the baby tee and the hooded sweatshirt. ^.^

Here’s a couple more T-shirt designs.

BelmontLilah
Player 4LOLcat
Lasers4 Player

Other things I want involving Ctrl-Alt-Del? Glad you asked… They have posters, mugs, and books of the comics. <3.

And here concludes Wishlist, part 3.  One more part to go~