Friday, November 23, 2012

What RPGs have taught me.

Role playing games have helped me deal with life on a lot of levels, but there is one that stands out.

The most important aspect they've helped me with is decision making. I used to play RPGs in a very cautious way, and if something happened in the story line that I didn't like, I'd go back to a previous save point and start over. I always wanted to experience the "perfect story" and do as many things right as possible.
This often made me feel very frustrated, because there wasn't really a way to make sure that it was, in fact, perfect. (And looking up walkthroughs is cheating.) So, at one point, I decided to just take whatever came at me. If something went wrong; for example, I killed an important NPC or failed a certain quest, I'd just see where that led me. There's more than one way to finish a game, so another path might be interesting to see as well.

There are no save points in real life. You can't start over when you mess up, you only get to deal with the consequences. And maybe your story will be different now, but who's to say it's not better this way? Who knows what other options you'll get now, or where you'll go? That's not a bad thing, that's just how it works. 
When I learned to let go of the "perfect" idea, in both RPGs and my general life, I got a lot more relaxed. It may have had some "bad" consequences, like my grades dropping. (They used to be really good, and now they're more average to good.) But is that a bad thing? Who knows? All I know is that I don't care that much, and I'll see where I wind up with this life of mine. Every choice brings new adventures!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Steampunk overdose.

Last Saturday, I went to a steampunk event in the Netherlands: Emporium Vernesque, together with some friends. It was amazing.

The best part was just walking around and admiring everyone's costumes all day. I have never seen so many steampunk enthusiasts in one place.
The event consisted of some small shops with steampunky goodies, both expensive and cheap ones. I've bought a leather kind of quiver, which I will use in my next real steampunk outfit. No details yet. And there was one stand where small cogwheels and other clock parts were being sold, so naturally I've stacked up on those as well.
After my buying needs were satisfied, we did a tribal bellydance workshop. It was fun to try, but bellydance really isn't my cup of tea. I'll stick to ballroom dancing!
We listened to some cool bands, and I was introduced to some amazing people. I could have just sat there and listen to their cute English and Scottish accents all day.
After playing a game set in Paris, 1800-something, we went home. It was a two hour drive, and we (mostly I) were very tired, but it was all very much worth it!

Here's a group picture taken outside the building where the event took place:

Credits to jarwinbenedar.de.
(I'm the one sitting at the front with the red skirt and white shawl.)

And now I have the flu, and a ton of schoolwork, so work on my next steampunk outfit will have to wait. But I'm really excited to make something special this time!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Tiny hats!

I made a tiny top hat today, to go with my outfit Saturday. I'm going to Emporium Vernesque, a big steampunk event in the Netherlands, together with some friends.

I didn't have much time to make something, so I just went and bought an existing tiny hat and altered it.

Here's what they looked like before. The red one had the same decorations as the white one, except with an ugly red and black flower. I've cut it off as neatly as I could.


And this is the red one finished:


It's not that fancy or anything, but my outfit is pretty simple as well, so they'll go together nicely.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Zombiewalk

This year for Halloween, I went on a zombiewalk!
A what, you say? Let me show you.



As you see, a lot of people dressed up as zombies (almost 200 in total, I believe) and had an afternoon filled with games, food, make up, and as the main event a zombiewalk through the city of Antwerp. Afterwards there were some more games to be played, and a party, but I was way too tired for all of that.
I joined the amazing Belgian Zombie Foundation's team as a volunteer and helped set up things since very early, which was very tiresome but all very much worth it!

I really loved being a zombie for a day, it was an absolutely thrilling experience. I definitely look forward to next year's zombiewalk.

And finally, here's a more detailed picture of me:


Credits for this picture go to Thierry Keuppens.

I hope everyone had a happy Halloween!