Representing: Things From Another World

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My Nana-da kept a pile of *comic books* in the toy box next to the fire place.  There was an arm chair in front of the toy box, facing the room, so it made a nice little spot for me to curl up out of the way during visits and family gatherings.  I would sit there and read *Archie* and *Disney* comics and ignore everyone.  There weren’t any other kids my age in my family to play with, and even as a child I was introverted and didn’t care much for crowds.  But I was a voracious reader and I loved those comic books.

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I was three years old when my parents took me to see *Star Wars*, and I loved it.  My favorite part was (and still is) “when the Wookiee scared the bucket” (as I told my parents, who had to see it two or three more times before they figured out what part that was).  The “bucket” is actually a MSE-6 Droid, also known as a Mouse Droid, and the scene happens as Han, Luke, and Chewie are on their way to rescue Princess Leia.

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Needless to say, I was a geek from a very young age.  So when I moved to the Portland, Oregon area as an adult, I definitely had to go check out the *Things From Another World* store.  I would wander around, drooling over the *toys* and *games*, leafing through the *graphic novels*, and wishing I could buy everything that struck my fancy.

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Of course, now I live on the other side of the country.  These days, I peruse their website, adding things to my wish list and cursing the lack of funds to check out all the new comics and graphic novels available.  I would especially love to catch up on some of the ones I’ve really only recently heard about, thanks to all the new superhero movies coming out, particularly *Guardians of the Galaxy* and *Deadpool*.

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Then there’s my favorite characters, like *Wonder Woman* (big surprise there, huh?) and *Harley Quinn* (probably not shocking either).

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I’d also love to get more into *Doctor Who* and the continuation of *Buffy the Vampire Slayer*.  I was a huge Buffy fan and watched the show religiously.  I once got a phone call from a friend during “Buffy time” and it went something like this: “Hi! I know Buffy is on but it’s a commercial right now and I just had to tell you and oh, it’s back on, bye!”

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My husband and I watched the “first” season of Doctor Who with the Ninth Doctor, and started watching the “second” one with the Tenth Doctor, but it went off our on demand and we haven’t gotten around to picking up the DVDs yet.  I’ve seen a few random episodes with the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors, and I thought they were great, so I’d really like to get back to the series someday.  You know, in that copious amount of spare time that I have.  I really just need a T.A.R.D.I.S. of my own.

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*Things From Another World* has some really awesome *collectibles*, too.  I want these two figures:

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Actually, everything in this post is on my wish list, so if you need some VERY last minute gift ideas, here you go.  The last day to order and choose UPS Next Day for Christmas delivery is December 21.  Some of these items are on backorder or pre-order, but that’s okay, because my birthday is in February!  😛

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You could get me some awesome books, like the ones above, and this bag to carry them in:

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Or add to my sippy cup collection:

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Or get me something to wear because you know I don’t have enough t-shirts and hoodies (no really! Why are you laughing?):

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Of course, there’s always a *gift certificate*!  Seriously, go check out *Things From Another World* if you haven’t already.  And if you happen to live in the Portland, Oregon area, you can order online and have everything shipped to one of the stores (in Milwaukie, Beaverton, or on NE Broadway) free.

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Reminiscing: It Wasn’t Just a Game

On Friday, November 30th, I did my final show for The Cape Radio in Paragon City.  It was tough, but I managed not to blubber my way through it.  I was amazed to peak at 93 listeners and even more amazed when I heard that our high listener count for the day was 341, blowing away our old record of 312.  I hope everyone will continue to listen to The Cape Radio as we play other games.  If you missed my show, you can get it here.

I’ve written before about the ending of City of Heroes, when I first heard about the plan to shut it down.  My grief back then is nothing compared to what I’m feeling now.  I knew it was going to hurt, but I feel like someone close to me has died.  I can’t stop crying, I can’t stop going through the various Facebook Groups dedicated to players of the game.  I’m adding friends as I put the character and global names together with their real life names, and others I might not have really known in game, but we’re sharing the same grief right now and that gives us a common bond.

I went to bed early on Friday night just so I could grab a few hours of sleep before getting up at 1:30am to log back into the game to be there for the final moments.  My global friends list was lit up like a Christmas tree, and the chat scroll was moving way too fast for me to keep up with.  So many names I hadn’t seen in years flew by.  My supergroup was gathering in the base for one last group photo, so I headed there and took my place for the picture.  Then I lost connection to the mapserver.  Frantically, I tried to get back in, but I just kept getting kicked back to the login screen.  Finally, I chose another server, and was able to get back in game.  But I wanted to be HOME.  It didn’t feel right to be on any other server but Virtue.  That’s where I’ve always played, where all my friends were.  But at least I was able to talk to them through the global channels.  It was something.

Then I heard one say they’d gotten back on Virtue!  I logged out and tried again.  Nothing.  Tried again.  Still nothing.  It took me about five tries before I, too, got back on Virtue.  I was in the Echo of Galaxy City, in Gemini Park, at the rock where I did my first Cape Radio show from.  I moved over to where the big group of people were, and sent out a “hugs everyone” emote.  So many people I remember from 8 years ago, when I first started playing this game, and the role-players would gather in Gemini Park.  I was always on the periphery of this group, not exactly a member, but they were always nice to me and included me when I tried.  I received hugs back and tells welcoming me.

I heard that many of my friends from The Cape Radio were gathering in the Pocket D, and I wanted to go there, but I was afraid if I tried to move to a new zone, I would mapserve again, like I did when I went to my supergroup’s base.  So I stayed put, and sent out tells and chatted in global.  I decided to send everyone in my global friends list a hug, and got many hugs back.  I was holding up pretty well until I sent Mercedes Lackey a hug, and thanked her for her efforts to try and save CoH.  She sent back “But it wasn’t enough” and sobbed on my virtual shoulder.  Her heartbreak was so clear to me, and mine just split in two at that moment and I completely lost it.

And then the worst happened.  At seven minutes until the scheduled shutdown, I mapserved again.  NO!  I frantically tried to log back in, but was getting kicked back to the login screen again and again.  Finally, I made it back in to the queue and looked at the time.  3:01am eastern.  What?  I was in the queue, and actually moving up it, but wasn’t the game supposed to close at midnight pacific time?  Amazed, I watched my character come back into Gemini Park, just for a second, and then I got the pop up “You have been forcibly disconnected. The servers are shutting down.”  We had been given an extra five minutes or so, but that was it.  It was over.

I went over on Facebook and posted “And that’s that. RIP City of Heroes, and thanks for all the memories.”  I cried as I saw similar posts, as so many on my friends list have played this game.  I was told Twitter was exploding as well, so I went over there.  My phone rang, and it was Detra.  I said hello, and immediately started crying again.  Detra and I share the experience that City of Heroes helped us find our true selves, so we both understand the devastation the other is feeling.  So much of who we are is tied up in this game, it feels like we’ve lost a body part.  Our hearts and souls have been ripped out, all because some company decided we no longer fit with their vision.

So what do we do now?  We do what I’ve always advocated: hold on tight to your dreams.

We fight to try to get NCSoft to sell the IP and another company to buy it and give us an awaken.  Check out Task Force Hail Mary on the Titan Network, headed by Mercedes Lackey.  They’re attempting to convince Disney to purchase City of Heroes, and if that doesn’t work, they’ll try the next company on their list.

We show NCSoft what real heroes are all about by donating to Real World Hero and blowing all their previous records out of the water.

We share our memories of the game and each other on Facebook, The Cape Radio Forums, The Titan Network Forums, our blogs, and anywhere else we find to post them.  Feel free to add your memories or links to them in the comments here.

As for me, I have a new mission.  I have always wanted to try to recreate some of the costume pieces available in City of Heroes.  I have cosplayed my own character, One Hit Wonder, a couple of times, but had just modified some existing pieces to be similar to her costume.  I was never 100% happy with the results and planned to eventually make the entire costume from scratch.  I’ve decided to not only put this plan into action, but to start making as many of the City of Heroes costume pieces “in real life” as I can.  My idea is to make the individual pieces, which can then be mixed and matched much like you would in the costume creator program.  But in order to to this, I will need some help.  First of all, I need screenshots of costumes from City of Heroes.  Please send them to rewondered@gmail.com and don’t worry about flooding my mailbox.  I have plenty of room there. 🙂

Secondly, I will need supplies.  So I am redirecting the focus of my IndieGoGo campaign toward this project and getting ready for Birka.  In the end, I hope to have a wide variety of costume pieces suitable for cosplay, SCA events, and even everyday wear.

So if you can toss even $5 in toward this project, it would be greatly appreciated.  For those wanting a memento of your character, this would be a great way to get a piece or two or even a whole costume, since you’ll get a free item and a gift certificate to spend in my Etsy shop, where I’ll have these pieces available.  Check out the campaign and my post on redeeming your rewards for more information.

I will be continuing to work on my Five X Fifty posts, and you will likely see some CoH and SCA stuff sneak in to those.  I have several items I need to get photographed and listed, but I need to unload my car from yesterday’s craft fair, and of course it’s started to rain.  Sigh.  I guess this just means I can get started on researching those City of Heroes costumes, huh?  🙂

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