Fruits of Lunchtime Gaming Breaks

Bits in Spaaace!, Games, Geek out!

It’s been a turbulent week in the U.S. I’ve been struggling with the unbelievability of the political situation and how minor my everyday concerns feel in comparison. Then I saw this tweet by B.Zedan:

Life does indeed continue, as do projects and self-care, whatever form that may take. In that sprit, here’s a surprising and delightful detail from one of my current World of Warcraft projects – my main toon got a LEGENDARY piece of chest armor:

WoW Legion Random Drop Legendary Chest

It was a random world quest reward. Holy moly! I didn’t even know legendary items could drop in this expansion.

And here’s a discovery from Suramar City: they have trees with star-filled canopies!

WoW Legion Suramar City Trees w Star Canopy

Suramar is the first city in the game that actually feels like a city, and it’s gorgeous to boot. We saw a significant leap in terrain design from Cataclysm to Pandaria, and Legion looks even better. If it weren’t for those pesky guards we need to avoid in the City, I could spend a long time just wandering around, discovering amazing details like this.

Long Weekend Playing

Games, Geek out!

The latest WoW expansion was the main entertainment for us this past weekend.

WoW Legion DruidStart5

So far everything I’ve seen is visually gorgeous. The new animations are great even with lower graphics settings (I especially like the ore nodes collapsing when mining), and there are quite a few of them. No wonder the system requirements are so much higher than for previous expansions. I was also amused how certain areas match some of my transmogs. The screencap above is all warm browns, purple and a dash of green like my main druid’s current mog.

In my book, Blizzard’s decision to launch Legion before Labor Day was great – an extra day playing. I’m looking forward to exploring more, and there will definitely be more WoWing this week.

But right now I’m quite happy to get back to the IRL grind. You know you’re officially An Old when several days of a favorite activity wear you out. 🙂

WoW Style Easter Eggs

Arts & Crafts, Games

A thing I’ve just become aware of is painting your Easter eggs with WoW-themes. Twitter user TheFussypants painted these fabulous eggs:

Twitter TheFussypants WoW Eggs

TheFussypants on Twitter.

…and DeviantArt user Devilflower-chan made a set of five:

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Devilflower-chan on DeviantArt.

Nice! I really like both sets. I don’t know about you, but I’d have a hard time cracking them for eating.

Down the Rabbit Hole!

Games, Geek out!

The latest World of Warcraft expansion, Warlords of Draenor, dropped while we were asleep. Husband and I already took an hour this morning to play the intro on our druid pair before work.

Moonkin at Draenor Intro

On the basis of in-game chat it seems many people have called in sick or taken the day (and tomorrow!) off. We’re being responsible adults during the day, but come nightfall, oh, we’re so going to be glued to our screens! Whee!

Legendary Pinking Shears?

Colors, Geek out!

I bought a pair of pinking shears to work on my hanger covers. They’re Fiskars, naturally, since I grew up in Finland with the Fiskars brand and am therefore partial to it.

Legendary Pinking Shears

I’ve never looked at the packaging before, though, even when I’ve seen English-language exemplars. Until this hit my eye. “Legendary comfort,” you say? As World of Warcraft players know, legendary quality items are marked with orange in the game.

Is the world trying to tell me something? 😀

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a funny thing.

Geeky Color Combos: Channeling Thunder Bluff

Colors, Games, Geek out!, Inspiration

Welcome to the first Geeky Color Combos post! Yes, it’s yet another regular feature filling up the blogosphere. I hope you will like it nevertheless. 🙂

You know those design recommendations that urge you, especially when hesitant, to start with a picture and base your color selections on it? Here are some ideas on how to achieve it with a geeky starting point. I’ll select a photo, a painting, a still, a screencap or the like that is geeky in some way, and use mainstream photos to illustrate how a color combination pulled from that model image might work in real life.

For the inaugural image I chose a screenshot from a massively multiplayer online (MMO) game I play. Thunder Bluff is a city in World of Warcraft (WoW), a MMORPG (role-playing game) by Blizzard Entertainment Inc.

Thunder Bluff

Screencap from Thunder Bluff in World of Warcraft.

The culture of Thunder Bluff is loosely modeled on Native Americans. The city sits atop a high, three-tier mesa – how about those views! Red, aqua and white appear everywhere on building exteriors, tent-like roofs and other outdoor elements like totem poles.

Red, aqua and white is a versatile and eye-catching combination. If aqua isn’t a favorite – as it isn’t for me – tweak it towards teal blue or turquoise or even light blue. You can also adjust the shade of red to your liking from cranberry to soft coral red, or drop small amounts of another color into the mix. The combo also works in different situations. For example, when picking wall paint colors:

Mint-colored Kitchen

From the home of Alison and Jeff Allen.

…when considering the overall colors for your space:

Icelandic Cottage

From the cottage of Halla Bára Gestsdóttir and Gunnar Sverrisson.

…when picking furniture and/or accents:

Red Aqua White Decor Collage

Top row: Felt flower wreath by oKIDDo on Etsy. Bottom row: Hammary kilim rug bench and Ikat decorative boxes from Lamps Plus.

…when decorating for an event or holiday:

Owens Inspired Events New Years

Melanie Owens, Inspired Events.

Melanie Owens, Inspired Events.

…when branding your business:

Container Vessel

The Maersk Group.

The Maersk Group. What an incredible presence these ginormous ships have when painted in bright colors!

…and when picking outfits:

Red Aqua White Wearables Collage

Clockwise from top right: My Little Monster hoodie by dkoss2 on Etsy; men’s check shirt with aqua overcheck from Racing Green; colorblock romper dress from Love to be Chic; candied bright nails by Smashley Sparkles; shoes unknown, found via Be a Fun Mum; girl’s outfit by Bella Bliss.

…apparently even by yours truly:

Selfie on Stairs

Totally channeling Thunder Bluff without even realizing it! (Trying to take a self-portrait is really hard for me. This is an attempt on the stairs that got “artistically” blurred. Director’s intent all the way, heh.)

Any additional great uses of red, aqua and white? Do share!