The continued adventures of the youngest Halfling Commando.

Pink’s little sister, aka The Reason Why We Drink, took another journey into the DDO world recently.  This means, that I get booted off my computer so that she can play as her computer cannot currently run DDO.  I end up knitting on the couch which is usually fine with me, unless I was planning to play myself.  As I was.  But I was out of luck.

She took her fighter into more of the Korthos quests.  She had originally only completed the tutorial on her first attempt.  New experiences and things are very scary for her and can chose a great deal of anxiety.  We have to modulate our tones when offering her help or advice as it can increase her stress.

This day, however, she was on a roll.  She approached the quests with a bit more confidence.   I helped her find the quest givers in the Korthos Village.  She went on to run all the quests on her own!  Pink was rolling a character to help, but TRWED( got to come up with another name for her) refused all help from her sister.

She ran all four village quests on her own, including the longer The Collaborator quest.  She did ask for some help on the puzzle in  The Storehouse’s Secret.  Daddy stepped in with that.

I was very impressed.  She wants to out into the Korthos adventure!!!  She ran up to the Mayor to start the the adventure area quests, but it was bedtime.  And time for us to log on to play.

She really wants to get high enough to play with Geoff Hanna and his Gamer Girl.  I think that the open area might require a little bit of help, especially those quests leading up to Misery’s Peak.  Hopefully, she continues her interest!

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Meet the newest Halfling Commando

Hi folks!!!  Not much going on in the Geek Family right now.  Quests are quests.

But recently, Pink’s little sister gave DDO a try.  She designed a character.  Halfling, of course.  I had her make a fighter since it is the easiest for new players.  She chose a great axe to be like Geoff Hanna.  What is it about Geoff that my daughters like so much????

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She ran the tutorial all by herself.  She had me help when she got turned around in the quest and when she needed to climb over for the lever.  Once I got her on track, she waved me off.

She did manage to complete the quest, but has not played since.  I think she mainly wants to dress the character…lol.  She is quite the fashion diva.

I also think that she was looking for Geoff Hanna and his Gamer Girl.  As a matter of fact, she is wearing her Ewok outfit for his Gamer Girl.   She got the shirt for Christmas from her uncle and was not impressed until I told her that Geoff’s Gamer Girl loved Ewoks.  Now, she will wear it all the time.

One of Pink’s guinea pigs was found to be dying one night while we were on Discord.  Craig had to deal with a hysterical Pink while I got to hold the dying guinea pig to give it comfort.  This left poor Amanda lost.  She was upset that Pink was crying, but unable to verbalize it because of her Autism.  Geoff, his Gamer Girl, and two other guildies were on Discord talking while we were dealing with the situation.  Amanda put on Craig’s headphones and listened to them.  She occasionally said Hello and told them what was happening.  They kept her busy and safe while we dealt with Pink and the guinea pig.  They are true friends, even through the distance.  They made sure that she never felt alone. So, she wears this outfit for them.

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Not sure if she will return to DDO, but it is a start.  Right now, she is playing MineCraft on Pink’s computer.

Still raising Geeks here……

 

Geekmom goes on a Facebook Rant

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Okay, so this is a ranting type of post.  It will most likely be my least read post. This has absolutely nothing to do with gaming, but more with being a mom.  And since I am Geekmom, it works.  At least for me.  The rest of you may want to back up a bit.  No, back up a little more…. little more….Okay, you may be safe.  No promises.

Some of you know that Pink’s younger sister is Autistic.   Geoff and his Gamer Girl, mostly of our guildies, and everyone who went out to dinner with us from DDO last year before Pax East know.

She is 11 years old.  Smart as a whip.  Cute as a button.  Devious as the Devil.  And Autistic.  Not the quirky kind either.  While she is verbal, her behaviors put her on the more severe side.

She now is just getting to understand that she is Autistic and will be for the rest of her life.  She has even wanted to not be Autistic.  And this kills me.

I have belonged to a group of women who are parents to children on the spectrum.  From all across the spectrum.  We started together on BabyCenter.  We moved to a private board when BabyCenter changed its format about 7 yrs old.  Now, we are in a private group on Facebook.  It was there that we had the following conversation:

Mom1:

Did any of you know that the breast cancer awareness “games”, the ones where you pick a random comment and post it to your wall, are now Autism Awareness “games”?

I honestly dont like them at all! Never have. I am all for awareness but why make stupid posts about it? I am sure I am the only one that feels this way. Which is fine. I was just caught off guard that they are now for Autism Awareness

As you can imagine, NOT ONE of us thought that this was a good idea, especially since this was one of the options:

Mom1: A friend posted that mayo on Reese’s peanut butter cups was good. I made the mistake and commented that is sounded gross to me. Next thing I got was a PM for participating in this game and how it was for autism awareness

PM: You shouldn’t have liked or commented on my last status hahaha. Now you have to pick from one of the below and post it as your status. This is the 2017 Autism Awareness game. Don’t be a spoil sport. Pick your poison from one of these and post it as your status.

1. Just found a squirrel in my car!

2. Just used my kids to get out of a speeding ticket.

3. How do you get rid of foot fungus?

4. All of my bras are missing!

5. I think I just accepted a marriage proposal online?!

6. I’ve decided to stop wearing underwear.

7. It’s confirmed I’m going to be a mommy/daddy.

8. Just won a chance audition on America’s got talent!

9. I’ve been accepted on master chef.

10. I’m getting a pet monkey!

11. I just peed myself!

12. Really thinking about getting butt implants!

13. Just won 700 on a scratcher!

14. We’re moving to Vermont at the end of the year!

15. Mayonnaise on Reese’s peanut butter cups is sooo good!

16. I’ve just been accepted on come dine with me whoop whoop.

Post with no explanations. Sorry, I fell for it too. Looking forward to your post. Ahhh don’t ruin it. (Don’t let the secret out). And remember it’s all for the 2017 Autism Awareness. Have fun!

Besides the inappropriateness of inviting a mother of a child with Autism to participate in such a game when this is her daily freaking life, the idea of relegating Autism Awareness to eating something gross is insulting.  Look at these options!  HOW DOES THIS RAISE AUTISM AWARENESS???

At this point, the only people who are not aware of Autism are those living under a rock or in a jungle.  Autistic people do not need awareness.  They need acceptance.  To be as they are.  Without forcing them into a round hole that they cannot fit into.

So, needless to say, I was rather fit to be tied and decided to head off anything thinking that I would be interested in this.

Prepare to get your knickers in a twist.

My Facebook post:

There is a “Autism Awareness game” going around on Facebook where you post a rather foolish statement and then send whoever posts on it a PM saying that they have to do the same. Many of you know that I have an autistic daughter. You may be tempted to include me in this. PLEASE DO NOT.
This is NOT Autism Awareness. Those on the spectrum are not a game to be played on Facebook. They are real people. With feelings. If you want to raise Autism Awareness, DO SOMETHING REAL.
Help me figure out how to not let the school system that she is in screw her over for her education. Help me educate society about her. Tell people to mind their own f’ing business when she has a meltdown in public. Help me keep her safe in society and from society. Help me know what is going to happen when she is no longer young and cute and has a meltdown that requires police. Help me when I have to call said police to have her taken to the hospital for evaluation. Help me figure out how to protect her from sexual predators. Help me figure out what she can do after high school ends.  Help me figure out what happens when I die and there is no one to take care of her, becuase this is my number one fear.
Stop playing stupid games and do something.

Feel free to share THIS!

Seriously folks, how do games like this raise any awareness of any of the conditions that it is used to “educate”?  I have seen this game for Breast Cancer, MS, and a host of other conditions.  How is this raising awareness?  Is the only way that you can think about a disease, a cancer, a neurological difference etc is to PLAY GAMES?

Read.  Ask questions. Educate yourself if you want answers.  Volunteer if you want to raise awareness.

If you want to play a Facebook game, go play Candy Crush.  As for me, I will be over on DDO and ESO with my friends and family, killing monsters while pretending them to be my daughter’s disability.

Rant over.  You can come out of hiding now.

Ahem…..it is me.

Dusting off the mic.  Wiping away the cobwebs.  Trying to find where I put everything.

I have not posted a blog post since May of 2016.  As soon as we got back from Disney, I started my Christmas crafting projects.  Christmas Crafting may not sound like much, but I had two double-knit scarves to knit.

Double knitting is a knitting technique that allows you to produce a double layer of Stockinette stitch fabric with mirror-image colorwork while knitting both layers at the same time.

Here is an example of Pink’s Star Wars Double-knit scarf. The hyperlink with bring you to my Ravelry project page which has more pictures.

As you can see, one side is Black for the Dark Side and the other is a self-striping rainbow yarn for the Light Side.  It is almost 6ft long.

My husband also got a double knit scarf.  The difficult with his is that I used lace weight yarn(really thin) on size 0 needles(really tiny).   There were 10 charts.  Each chart had 8 rows. Each row is 100 stitches.  That is 80,000 stitches.

Here is his The Name of the Doctor. The hyperlink with bring you to my Ravelry project page which has more pictures.

Then there were the 4 pairs of gloves/mittens, one lace shawl with beads, two baby sweaters, two Denver Broncos Halfling Commandos, one toddler quilt and one full-size quilt for Tessa.

Oh, then there is work.  My company decided to sell us to a vendor company like we were chattel.  After working for this unnamed insurance company since 1999.  Very uncool.  Plus I have had three different supervisors in the meantime.  Three different people to bring into dealing with me.

Our DDO gaming dropped a bit as well.  Listening to people complain in my ear for 8+ hours a day made putting on my headphones and trying to keep people alive seem like torture.  Clericing had gotten VERY stale.  I was getting to the point of wanting to let people die just for the fun of it.  Woah…..backaway!!!  So we aimed to play Gnome Gnight, Halfling Commando night, and Halfling Commando raid night.  Gnome Gnight is hard as I work a 9 hour day until 7:00pm.  Getting on for 8:00pm can be torture depending on my days.  So, some nights we do not play.

Someone, who may or may not have a blog and may or may not have a Gamer Girl, mentioned another game to relieve some of my stress playing cleric.  We met those folks, who shall remain nameless to protect their identities, over on Elder Scrolls Online.

ESO is a lot easier for me to play by myself.  I love DDO and have no intention of leaving, but I get lost very easily inside quests.  Plus, I do not solo well in DDO with the healing-based clerics that I build to help the guild and Pink.  I love being able to just run through destroying things in ESO.  It gives me a better outlook so that I can come back and play cleric on DDO.

I let it slip to Pink on New Year’s Eve that I had let my blogging fall behind this year.  She was most displeased.  I told her that I would start up again.  And my husband already reminded me twice.  It does not help that I am like a squirrel with ADD on coffee.

So here we go again…..starting off in the New Year.  Still Geekmom.  Still will blog about Geeky things, family, crafting, and gaming.  May add in some ESO for the fun of it.  I have two geeky knitting project planned that I hope to enter into competition.  So it shall be a fun year.

Hope all is well with you!

 

 

 

 

The Hobbit as a teaching tool

My husband and DDO partner-in-crime is away on business this week.  As a result, Pink and I have not felt like playing.  Mostly, because we want to wait until he comes home to experience Update 31 and the three new quests together.

Instead, Pink and I have been watching the extended version of The Hobbit-An unexpected journey.  We have been watching about 30-45 minutes a night before her bedtime.  Just the two of us, sitting on the couch with popcorn and a movie.

There are many quotes that I loved from the books and movies, but this is one of those teaching moments.

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Pink, my rainbow baby, be that ordinary folk that helps keep the darkness at bay.  Remember each day to perform some act of kindness and love.  Be the person who brings courage to others.  Love, Mommy.

Pink’s First Shroud

We completed Pink’s first Shroud Wednesday night.  It was a total blast.  It almost did not happen.  Pink came home from after-school care with a splitting headache. I gave her some Motrin and sent her up to her room.  She slept through dinner.  But she perked up at 8PM EST.

We had a total of 11 people with the help of Tholgrin, Evennote and BonnieBew.  They were awesome, even though raids are run differently server to server.

I kept updating Twitter as we went through each part of the Shroud.  Lag kept trying to be that missing 12th player, but was still doable.  Mostly as we finished each section.  Loot table loading 😀

Pink leveled as soon as we entered the Shroud.

The Portals seemed to be the hardest part of the quest.  Geoff Hanna was having sword insecurities as he tried to find a good portal beater.  It took so long that it seemed that we were healing the portals.

Part Two went swimmingly well. The named critters went down one try!

Part Three with puzzles went great too. Only one death when someone who shall not be named, Geoff Hanna, tried to outrun the blades.

Part 4, the blades insisted on chasing me before Harry dropped down. Seriously, watch the video. The game tried to take out the cleric. Harry went down in two rounds with no one taking a trip to the penalty box.

Everyone shrined and then we all died as intended. There was no tricking the Shroud virgins this time around .

Only one death in part 5. Otherwise, it was a blast. BonnieBew had a present for Pink. A mini Harry pit fiend companion!!!! Pink was over the moon.

BonnieBew was also awesome enough to record the event and post it to her YouTube channel. I was thinking of streaming live in Twitch, but with three people running a raid from the same house during lag would be too much.

Thanks to everyone who worked to make Pink’s first Shroud something memorable. We truly have a great community of players. That is something we should all be proud of and focus on it.
Pink’s First Shroud courtesy of BonnieBew