Local-Game-Store

I briefly worked for one of my local game stores.  In that time, I was sexually harassed by a 40-year-old customer who made multiple inappropriate comments about me and then took a photo of me without my permission as he said to his buddy, “yeah, I guess I’m just an old pervert.”  I busted my ass to help my customers and yet my male counterparts always got all the credit.  I was constantly talked over and mansplained and received advances I did not want with a smile on my face the entire time because otherwise I would be seen as a bitch.  Half of the boys I played against would become tilted and refuse to play with me if I won, even though I always made sure I came across as polite and friendly so as to not bruise any egos.  I never played in any tournaments or at the competitive level because I always got more shit for how I played than my male counterparts at lower skill levels.  And that’s not even the brunt of it.  There are certain incidents involving my gender that happened in the Magic community that were so bad I do not even feel comfortable disclosing it on a public forum.

But yes, men are the people who are pushed out of playing Magic.  You’re absolutely right.  Misandry has struck again, and now only women are allowed to play at FNM.

Mystic Messenger RFA Rings and Proposals  (LONG POST)

*Edited to include V and Saeran as per request! 

Yoosung:


 Classic white gold band, Round cut white diamond  

  • Very traditional ring
  • Wanted to buy you something fancier, but poor baby couldn’t afford what he really thought you deserved
  • Starts working part-time at the local video game store to save up
  • Which is super tough because he’s trying to get his PhD at the same time
  • Still had to borrow some money from his parents for the down payment
  • Hopes you’ll love it anyway

The Proposal:

  • Since you both love video games so much, had to have something game related.
  • He designed an entire video game just for you
  • Asked (begged) to have 707 help program a simple 8-bit game
  • He may or may not have agreed to be 707’s snack slave for the rest of his life, but it would be worth it!
  • He’s clearly blushing and fidgety when he asks you if you want to play it
  • Such a sweet, shy baby
  • Sits so close to you and watches you plays with SUCH INTENSITY
  • The game takes you through various milestones in your relationship
  • The RFA party where you first met in person
  • The amusement park where you had your first real date
  • The bench by the river where you shared your first kiss
  • Interactions with the NPC’s reveal reasons why Yoosung loves you so much
  • You’re smiling so wide it hurts
  • Collect enough hearts and you get the super-secret treasure
  • The chest opens and the screen blinks “Will you Marry Me?”
  • Your head spins around and you see Yoosung has gotten down on to one knee
  • You wanted to cry before, but now you really want to cry
  • He tries really hard not blubber through his speech, but does a little bit anyway
  • HE SO NERVOUS AND EMOTIONAL
  • Throw your arms around him
  • So many tears
  • So much laughing
  • Baby was so nervous, but so happy you said yes
  • Whole thing was recorded on the webcam so you can watch it again and again

Jaehee:


Lotus yellow gold band, cushion cut white diamond

  • Simple and elegant
  • Not one for anything overly flashy
  • Plus with all your money going into your new cafe business she had to shop smartly
  • Only one who decides on yellow gold
  • Chooses the lotus band because of the ideology behind the flower (growing up through the mud and blossoming pure and beautiful)

The proposal:

  • Wanted something sweet and intimate
  • She doesn’t like drawing attention to herself, but still wants to make it unforgettable
  • Takes you to a fancy café at the heart of the city where you can sample coffee and pastries from around the world
  • Makes you think that it’s all a reconnaissance mission for your own little shop
  • You have absolutely no idea she’s going to propose for you
  • She had Jumin use his influence to arrange a private room for you two so you could enjoy your afternoon with no prying eyes or other distractions
  • She takes a little flower from the vase in the center of the table and tucks it behind your ear and calls you beautiful
  • ///BLUSH///
  • You sip on exotic coffees from Arabia, Columbia, and Hawaii and have wonderful, easy conversation
  • Behind with Jaehee feels so natural
  • Like breathing air
  • You’ve nearly eaten yourself sick on German strudel and French Macarons, but Jaehee asks if you have room for one more dessert
  • Who turns down more dessert?
  • Waiter places a slice of tiramisu in front of you and gingerly placed on the top is the ring
  • Your heart stops
  • Jaehee reaches across the table and gently takes your hands and asks you to marry her
  • You’re so shocked your heart is pounding, but you’re so happy
  • You eagerly agree
  • The two of you then feed each other forkfuls of tiramisu while gazing lovingly into each other’s eyes

Zen:


Infinity twist rose gold band, marquise cut pink diamond

  • Has an affinity for the dramatic and wanted your ring to be a testament to that
  • Chose pink diamond because it seemed more romantic
  • Chooses rose gold for the same reason
  • Infinity band because he hopes you’ll be together forever and ever

The proposal:

  • Did I mention this boy has a FLAIR FOR THE DRAMATIC??
  • Wants to make this the most unforgettable proposal the world has ever seen
  • You never miss opening night of any of his shows and he takes advantage of that
  • Has a seat front and center reserved for you
  • The sign on it says ‘The single most beautiful girlfriend in the whole world’ surrounded by hand drawn hearts and X’s and O’s.
  • There are roses on your seat, too since the sign clearly wasn’t enough already
  • You smile to yourself and take your seat
  • The show goes off without a hitch and earns a standing ovation at the end
  • Afterwards he settles the crowd down and says that there is a very special person in the audience that he wants to dedicate an encore to
  • It’s a song he wrote himself and had been working on for a long time
  • The lights go down, a single spotlight on Zen then he starts to sing
  • It’s slow and sweet at first and you’re tearing up a little, but then…
  • BAM
  • Backup dancers, flashing lights, hip-beats!
  • The whole thing is a bit overstimulating, but you can’t tear your eyes away and you can’t stop smiling
  • He looks and points at you the whole time
  • As the song is about to end he jumps off the stage and gets down on one knee in front of you and asks you to marry him
  • There is only a moment of silence before you scream ‘yes’
  • Then the music picks back up and
  • CONFETTI
  • CONFETTI EVERYWHERE
  • Every audience member was given a bag when they came in and they’re throwing it at you
  • You two will be picking it off of each other until your wedding day

Jumin:

Alvador platinum band, princess cut white diamond

  • NO EXPENSE SPARED
  • The diamond itself was over $20,000
  • Chose princess cut because you’re his princess
  • Couldn’t settle for anything less than platinum for the band
  • Only the best for MC
  • The bigger the better, let’s people know she’s taken from a distance
  • Setting is a bit much for your tastes, but you know he worked hard picking everything

The Proposal:

  • Did I say NO EXPENSE SPARED???
  • This boy never approved of his father and his slew of female companions
  • If he is every going to get married he is going to get married once so he has to make this proposal absolutely perfect
  • Approaches from a business standpoint
  • He makes a goddamn timetable to ensure that every little thing goes off without a hitch
  • CHECKLISTS, checklists everywhere
  • Wants to make a weekend out of it
  • Insists on taking you to Paris, you have both been absurdly busy and need some time away for rest and relaxation
  • Of course you take his private plane and get drunk in champagne on the way
  • Treats you to all the extravagances the City of Lights has to offer
  • Shopping in designer stores
  • Mid-morning spa treatments
  • Extravagant dinners
  • WINE
  • SO MUCH WINE
  • Finally on your last night, he takes you to the top of the Eiffel Tower
  • Paid to have it reserved just for you two
  • As you step out of the elevator there are flower arrangements, chiffon ribbon, there’s a guy playing a violin
  • You have to take a minute to catch your breath
  • He whispers something and suddenly there is Elizabeth 3rd (because of course she came with you guys)
  • He kneels down and removes something from her collar and…
  • JFC, IS THAT A DIAMOND
  • IT’S ABSOLUTELY MASSIVE!
  • Asks you to marry him and of course you cry ‘yes’!  

Saeyoung/707:

White gold studded band, pear cut yellow diamond

  • Pear cuts usually aren’t very popular, but he wanted to give you something as unique as you are
  • Dragged Vanderwood to the jewelry store with him to help him pick out the ring
  • They were of absolutely no help
  • Next time he takes Jaehee and she proves to be much more useful
  • Chose yellow diamond as well because it signifies you being the sunshine of his life

The Proposal:

  • This boy got things PLANNED OUT
  • Which is strange because he’s definitely more fly-by-the-seat-of-you-pants
  • He has been working on this for months
  • You pulled him out of a very dark place and he wants you to know how much he appreciates it
  • You wake up in the morning to a breakfast of honey buddha chips and PhD pepper on a tray on the bedside table
  • How… romantic
  • Still you smile to yourself and pick up the card that’s been left with it.
  • It takes you a good ten minutes to decipher Seven’s messy handwriting, but eventually you see it’s a clue
  • He set you up a scavenger hunt!
  • The clues take you all over the city and I mean ALL OVER
  • Mercifully, he has recruited Driver Kim to be your personal transport assistant for your adventure
  • All of his clues are very well thought out, he really makes you think
  • USE THAT BIG SEXY BRAIN
  • Almost all of them rhyme and feature some form of meme, joke, or pun
  • Some are in weird places like under benches or at the top of lamp posts or behind the soup cans at the supermarket
  • WORK FOR IT
  • At the end of it all you end up at the planetarium
  • It looks like it’s closed, but the clue couldn’t possibly mean anything else
  • You sneak in as discreetly as possible
  • You have worked too hard to give up now; possible breaking and entering aside 
  • You are heading down the hallway when the lights suddenly give out
  • You yelp a little, but look up and see your way has been illuminated by glow-in-the-dark stars  
  • You follow them to another to set of doors and push your way through
  • The room is pitch black and you swallow thickly, feeling the darkness starting to suffocate you slightly
  • Suddenly the ceiling lights and written in the stars are ‘Will you marry me?’ 
  • You look around wildly and find Seven emerging from the tech booth
  • OH MY GOD DID HE COMB HIS HAIR???
  • He gets down on one knee
  • “So, how about it? Will you be the rick to my roll?”
  • You manage to say yes through your hysterical laughing
  • “Never Gonna Give you Up” starts blasting through the speakers as you kiss
  • Oh, and he recorded the whole thing through various street cams

V:


White gold studded halo band, oval cut blue diamond

  • Being an artist, ensures that your ring is a beautifully crafted work of art
  • NO EXPENSE SPARED
  • However, opts for a more brilliant diamond rather than a fancy setting
  • He understand that sometimes less is more
  • Plus he is a pretty low-key guy himself
  • Simple and refined, but made unique by the blue diamond

The Proposal:

  • Being an extremely private person, wants your proposal to be sweet and intimate
  • This is meant to be special moment meant to only be shared between the two of you
  • He decides on one of his favorite travel destinations
  • Geneva, Switzerland
  • He wants it to be a surprise
  • Masquerades the whole thing as an opening to one of his new shows
  • It’s winter and everything is so frosty and shimmering
  • It’s like magic!
  • You spend the day exploring the nearby alps
  • You even cuddle and have hot cocoa at a mountain top cafe
  • When you return to the hotel you both dress for the gallery opening
  • You’re running a bit late and you feel bad because it had been you who wanted to stop in the square and see the mechanical clock play out
  • V assure you there is no rush, gently trailing his hand through your hair
  • As you proceed downstairs to the gallery space, you fully expect a roaring crowd to be waiting on the other side of the door
  • The door starts to open
  • Deep breath for composure, and…!
  • Nothing
  • The gallery is empty
  • You look over at V
  • BOY IS CHILL AS FUCK
  • BUT LOW-KEY PANICING INSIDE
  • “Would you like to see my work?” He offers his arm
  • You don’t really know what’s happening but you let him lead you
  • All the pictures are of you
  • Some of them are normal like you walking ahead of him or sitting in the park
  • Some are of you cooking or sleeping or brushing your teeth
  • MAKES YOU LOOK LIKE A FUCKING GODDESS IN EVERY ONE
  • All the titles are a series of numbers you don’t understand
  • As you finish a round about the gallery V stops you
  • He explains that every title represents a moment in time where he fell more deeply in love with you
  • You’re on the verge of tears
  • When he pulls out the ring you actually start crying
  • What else could you say except ‘yes’?

Saeran:

 

Yellow gold classic band accented with rubies, emerald cut white diamond

  • BOY HAD THE HARDEST TIME PICKING THIS OUT
  • Went to at least ten different jewelry stores
  • He would get easily frustrated by overly pushy salespeople and end up leaving in a huff
  • Wants to get you something different, but worried you might not like it
  • Settles on something mildly traditional with a little flare
  • He liked the rubies because it reminded him of how fiery and passionate you are

The Proposal:

  • BOY WOULD BE SO UNSURE OF WHAT TO DO
  • He has very little self-confidence and his almost constantly paranoid
  • Very afraid that he wouldn’t come up with the right thing and you would reject him
  • Actually seeks advice from Saeyoung
  • NEVER FEAR
  • 707 DEFENDER OF JUSTICE IS HERE TO HELP
  • Decides on dedicating the day to all your favorite things
  • Can’t go wrong there, right?
  • First, you go the amusement park
  • Is determined to win you that giant stuffed whale you’ve been eyeing
  • Takes him about twenty tries and a threat to the employee running the game, but he does it
  • Then it’s lunch at the cat café
  • You just love the adorable themed desserts and of course all the cute kitties
  • Next up his karaoke!
  • Usually just likes to watch you have fun, but sings at least one song with you
  • You’re so surprised
  • Saeran doesn’t really like doing any of these things, but now it seems like he’s really making an effort to have fun with you?
  • As the end of the day approaches, you start to notice him getting frustrated
  • WELL MORE THAN USUAL
  • He just about stopped talking
  • He keeps putting his hands in his pockets so you can’t hold them
  • What’s wrong with him?
  • You come to your last destination, the park where you had your first date
  • You take a seat near the fountains and admire the lights from the surrounding city
  • Saeran is fidgeting
  • A LOT
  • He has something in his hands
  • “Saeran, what’s wrong?”
  • FACE TURNS BEAT RED
  • “Well, I uh… I just I…”
  • STAMMERING LIKE FOOL
  • Suddenly stands and screams, hands fisted in his hair
  • “Why am I so stupid?! I can’t believe I actually thought I could ask you to marry me!”
  • Wait…
  • Marry?
  • Shouts that this whole day was supposed to lead up to him proposing to you
  • AND HE’S A STUPID ASSHOLE FOR THINKING HE COULD DO IT
  • You wouldn’t want to marry him
  • He has too much baggage…
  • You pause a moment
  • You bolt up from you seat and march over to him
  • And snatch what you now realize is the ring box from his hands
  • IT’S SO PRETTY
  • You slip it on your finger and admire it in the light
  • “I hope you realize this means ‘yes’.” you say
  • BOY IS SHOCKED
  • After a few moments breaks out into the biggest most genuine grin you’ve ever seen
  • He worried for nothing

Although I am smiling in this photo, it was both a happy and sad occasion.

Today was the final day for Ancient Wonders, my local game store. I have been shopping here for about 20 years.

I knew that today was their last day, and I planned to drive over right after dinner. I called at 5:45pm to ask what time they would be closing. 6pm I was told.

Oh crap.

I knew I was 45 minutes away, but I didn’t care. I started driving anyway. I had to say goodbye. I had to give George (the owner) that signed copy of Zombie Loyalists I’d been hanging onto for a couple years now. Why do I always have to be late?!

I arrived at 6:30pm and thankfully George was still there, along with several of his staff. I got to give him the book (he smiled at that) and I got to say goodbye.

I saw they still had several boxes of Magic cards and asked if it was too late to buy one if I paid with cash. They told me they were just commons and uncommons used to make their “grab bags,” but as long as I understood that, I could buy a box of 7,000 cards for $40.

So I ran to an ATM. By the time I got back there was only one guy left, and he said I could go ahead and choose two boxes instead. Then he threw in a box of basic lands.

So this is a photo of me making the VERY LAST sale of the incredible LGS, Ancient Wonders. Buying approximately 20,000 cards for $40.

So long, Ancient Wonders!! And thanks for all the great times.

Papyrus' Laugh (SNES)
  • Papyrus' Laugh (SNES)
  • Undertale (SNES)
Play

One of my favorite sound bites from the classic third-party SNES RPG, “Undertale”. I searched through the ROM’s files until I could find this specific sound file.

As a kid, the laugh was the most enchanting thing in the world that brought the character that extra bit of realness. I absolutely adore this title, and I definitely suggest you look for it’s cartridge on E-bay or your local retro-game store.

  • Ranpo: First of all, language
  • Ranpo: Second of all, Fuck I'm screwed.
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Watch out, Kotobukiya is bringing a new Neon Genesis Evangelion: Eva Unit-01 Godzilla colored version kit! This December kit release has 300 pre-colored parts, so no painting needed! This Unit stands 7.5 inches tall and has multiple points of articulation! Be sure to talk to your friendly local game store to find out if they have this kit on pre-order today!

I was buying Brotherhood the other day at a local gaming store and when I was checking out the lady said “Ezio is a dweeb” and I was like “I know right!” And waiting for her to finish cleaning the disk I said “my favorite assassin is Connor” and her eyes instantly lit up and she said “it’s so rare to find another fan of Conner” and if I could have I would have stayed there for hours talking to her about assassins creed.

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I recently picked up Metal Gear Solid from my local game shop. The presentation of the jewel case and instruction manual is pretty neat!

I went 2 tabletop night at the local games store and hooooo boy I have found literally The best party in the entire world. I’m so in my element. Nearly everyone is chaotic something. I’m playing an elf rogue who I created in 2 minutes and then immediately rolled a 27 initiative against some pirates we fought. Then we all went to BK afterwards and I’m 100% going back next week and every week for the rest of my life

Women in RPGs

I’m going to be honest. I have had a much easier time being a woman in the RPG culture than in any other genre of nerd fandom.  For obvious reasons, too.  First, I play with a primary group, which is deliberately constructed for the comfort of its members.  We are very selective, and there’s no room for misogyny at our table. I have had a much harder time with video games and online discussion boards, but I don’t blog about those so I’ll talk about Tabletop RPGs and let you find any of the countless blogs that discuss sexism online and in video game culture.

The issues I have seen have mostly been in public settings.  I’ve played at local game stores a few times, and that’s where most sexism pops up.  There’s the accidental background sexism, where most fighters are assumed to be men and what women exist in game tend to be in need of help, motherly, or manipulative spy women.  Those are easy enough to fix and when I’ve brought them up, the DM has worked to change it.  There’s also the more insidious sexism, though, where the issue tends not to be in character and game, but in the physical world outside the game.

I’ve had people talk to me like I have no clue what I am doing.  (I’m, uh, pretty damn mechanics fluent).  I’ve had people assume my character is female because I am female, and then go on to sexualize “her”.  (This once resulted in the line “Okay you successfully “accidentally” brush your hand against my chest.  Your pinky probably brushes against some chest hair.  I get an awkward erection”.)  And possibly even worse, I’ve had people assume my criticisms of a game were based on my gender.  (No, sir, it is not my ovaries that think a DM should not go “your character has a heart attack and dies”, it’s just, idunno, that I’m a better DM than you.)

And the result is not pretty.  I have run a handful of campaigns, now, each successful.  I’ve played regularly for the last three years, and sporadically for a couple of years before that.  I find myself researching various mechanics probably at least once a day.  There is no reason that I should ever feel like I’m not being taken seriously, and yet, games with strangers make me nervous.  I tend to avoid playing female characters with a new group.  I tend to avoid playing an emotional character with a new group.  

Sexism just makes a game… less fun.  For me AND for you, because if I’m not roleplaying up to par, you’re not getting the fully immersive experience you could be getting while participating in this roleplaying game.

Naturally, it’s hard to bring this up in a group because complaints are so often dismissed.  But it is something that’s been heavily on my mind now that I’m building a campaign for a local game store.  How will I DM people who do not inherently trust me because of my gender when so much of what makes a successful DM is that they are trustworthy?  Well, I’ll figure it out because it’s my job to figure it out.

I will end this little pondering on a positive note, though.  Paizo is an excellent company when it comes to gender in their games. I don’t really play many of their campaigns, but the handful I have played had an even distribution of male and female characters.  I play much more heavily with their mechanics, and it hasn’t escaped my attention that many class descriptions use the pronoun “she”.  I have an addiction to Pathfinder Pawns, and I love that some women are dressed sexy and some aren’t.  Some are old, some are young, some have boob windows, some are in full suits of armor, and there is even racial diversity amongst them.  I get that choice, as a player, and I love having that choice.

Because being comfortable in an RPG is incredibly important.  That’s why so many groups, mine included, are super exclusive. Pathfinder, Dungeons and Dragons, and all the others are group games.  The enjoyment of the game relies on the teamwork and friendship of the group.  Making one player uncomfortable (not in game, where of course there has to be tension, but around the table, where everything should run smooth) is a great way to destroy a campaign for every player.  But when everyone is comfortable and trusting and excited, Pathfinder (and other such games) is one of the most enjoyable, accessible experiences available in nerd culture.

chiaki73  asked:

Sorry to bother you! But I saw your tags on the V3 release date post and just wanted to let you know that if you want the limited edition of V3 with the backpack and hat and everything else you have to preorder from the nisa website. It's exclusive to there and you can't get it anywhere else, other places might have just the art book though.

Oh not at all! You’re not a bother, in fact, I’m grateful that you even read my tags and wanted to let me know about this ;u; Thank you! I was hoping that maybe our local game stores will avail of the NISA preorder version of the game, like they’d be the ones to order a few copies of it, and then sell them here. I’m not sure if they even sold the limited edition of DRAE before or even Reload, because I.. wasn’t into DR when they came out;; (Anyone in the Philippines know if they did that before?) I bought a LE of DRAE before, but that was during a con and not in any game store… Plus, the game stores I’ve asked to says that they’ll inform me if they do decide to have the LE of V3, but there’s no guarantee they will.

Tbh I’m only aiming for the art book (which is also why I bought the DRAE LE, even though I already 100% finished my own copy of DRAE), but the backpack, hat, and the rest are really good too. So… HMMMM I’m still really contemplating if I should preorder it on NISA’s website. I’m worried about the shipping; barely no one would be at home to receive it, and they can’t just leave the package outside because some people would probably take it… But I can still gamble and hope that it DOES arrive when I’m at home… Decisions, decisions… :’)

Ahhh I might take weeks before I can decide properly asdfjkhfk;;; Thank you so much though! I appreciate your help :’D I guess if I can find out if my schedule won’t be too packed on September or October, I’ll go for it! ^^

anonymous asked:

How does one begin playing DnD?

Honestly, there’s no wrong way! I’d recommend maybe checking out a d&d podcast or show to get an idea of how things vaguely work.

Force Grey is a really good short series that’ll give you an idea of how things go! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PayUbNeSHbU&index=7&list=PLl4T6p7km9daNfMrrEpm9mFzuP-TSmDMe

I’d honestly say just find some friends that are willing/want to play. The Player’s Handbook is definitely needed to start also. I’m sure you can find a pdf online, or find it used somewhere if you don’t want to buy it outright. 

If you can’t recruit a couple people to play, or scrounge up a dm there’s always Adventurer’s League. Most local game stores run Adventure League games and they’re typically super excited to get new players. If that fails, find people on tumblr who will play with you (as long as you know them at least a little) and play online! There are tons of programs that allow people to play over the internet, like Roll20 for one, or discord. 

I hope I was a little bit helpful. Good luck in your d&d endeavors, dungeons and dragons is always a good time <3 !!!