Alpaca World – Review & Walkthrough!

Alpaca World is an adorable mobile game that has taken over my life! Since everyone seems to love my mobile game reviews on my blog (http://ohcatrina.com) I decided to do this one as a vlog!

If you’re looking for more info on the game, check the wiki! http://alpaca-world.wikia.com/wiki/Al…

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Five Lady-Centric Podcasts for a Geeky Week

I wasn’t much of a podcast listener until last year, when, at the end of the fall TV season, I’d run out of things to watch on Hulu/Netflix during my daily commute. I was instantly hooked on bigger shows like Girl on Guy and Comedy Bang! Bang! — but it would take me another few months to catch on to smaller shows. There are a ton of great geeky podcasts out there that showcase some of the coolest voices in fandom, and outside of comedy podcasts, those are my favorite types of shows. Here are five of my favorites, led by some particularly awesome ladies:

 

Fangirls Going Rogue

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There are some amazing Star Wars podcasts out there (ForceCast, Idiot’s Array, Coffee With Kenobi, Now This Is Podcasting, and seriously about 50 more) but this podcast focuses on the ladies of the Star Wars fandom, and the hosts’ enthusiasm practically radiates through your headphones when you listen. With awesome exclusive interviews, con guides, character spotlights and their signature #fangirlflail, Fangirls Going Rogue is the quintessential podcast for the unapologetically enthusiastic Star Wars fanatic.

Fake Goth Girls

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Mia Moore and Liz Leslie discuss the latest in geek news with a sassy twist! The hosts have such incredible chemistry, and it’s great to listen to two best friends as they shoot the shit in a lighthearted, fun way. They somehow manage to go from talking about their latest netflix marathon to discussing world issues in easy, seamless swoops, so if you want a laid-back podcast with fun geeky discussion, check this one out!

plzRT Podcast

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Pop Culture meets savvy city girls with April Salud and Heather Mason. These ladies bring on some of the coolest guests to discuss what’s poppin’ in Hollywood and the internet wasteland, from indie film projects to breakout new bands and just generally awesome people. This podcast is awesome for anyone who’s looking for fresh new entertainment and the bragging rights of knowing bands, actors, and producers “before they were big”.

Women of Marvel

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Hosted by Adri Cowan, Judy Stephens, Sana Amanat, and Emily Shaw, the Women of Marvel podcast gives a platform to the many women behind the company’s success and their take on the constantly changing world of comics. While this is very distinctly focused on Marvel (obviously) there’s so much great information in every episode about how things work behind the scenes at one of the most popular comic publishers of all time. If you’re an aspiring comic creator, a Marvel fangirl, or just curious about the ins and outs of comics, tune in!

Electric Sistahood

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Pandalicious and NinjaSistah run one of the most hilarious video game podcasts I’ve ever had the pleasure of listening to. Along with their in-depth looks at new games, events in gaming, and popular nerd news, these ladies fearlessly take on issues within fandom in a unique way that’s sure to keep you tuning in on the weekly.

Bonus: Woman Up! Podcast

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I’d be remiss not to mention the podcast I co-host with SarahtheRebel, Woman Up! Podcast, where we talk geek news and get passionate about our nerdy fandoms. Check us out every other week, live on twitch!

What are your favorite lady-centric podcasts to listen to? I’m always looking for more! Let me know below in the comments.

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5 Fandom Friday: 2015 Fandom Resolutions

The new year is upon us, and I have a lot on my to-do list! This year will see a lot more productivity on my part (I hope) on various platforms. I want to accomplish things this year, and get back into my old hobbies. Along with the ladies at Female Geek Bloggers, I decided to hop in with those promises, since they’re a lot easier to keep.

 

blog1I’d really like to kick off my first novel this year, and I already have a basic outline done – so inspiration is important! It’ll be a space opera, and while the genre seems limited, I’m determined to find great books to take me off into the stars again. This is also just a really great reason to read more this year. If anyone has some great recommendations, I’d love to read them!

 

blog2It’s been a hot minute since I’ve watched Arrow. Actually, I’m way behind on virtually every show DC aired this past year, and that’s a crying shame. While Gotham never really captured my fancy, I love Arrow and The Flash. I really want to give Constantine a chance, too. Marathons shall be had before the new seasons air!

 

blog3It’s been a while since I’ve made a new costume, and while I’ve definitely fallen out of the hobby a bit, it’s always lots of fun to wear a costume at conventions. For most of the year, I’m working at cons and don’t really have the time or capacity to cosplay; I’m hoping that this year gives me a little more time to have fun on the side! As far as which dream costumes occur, I have a small list – Leia’s Cloud City outfit and Capcom’s Son Son are two of my more do-able dream costumes.

 

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I’ve been struggling to come up with vlog ideas, but since I got to much positive feedback on my latest vlog, I think focusing on a particular subject is going to help me produce more great content – so, of course, Star Wars was the immediate go-to. I’m very comfortable talking about the fandom and lore, so expect more videos from me soon!

 

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I have a good excuse for not gaming, and it’s because I’ve not had access to a console for months. I’m planning on changing that by grabbing a PS4 soon, and getting more games for my 3DS. I’m super excited about my incoming PS4, not only because of the PS4 games I’m excited to play, but the indie games offered in the PSN Store. I’ve played a lot thanks to Sarah, including Velocity (which I LOVE) and Chariot (which will destroy your relationships, and is great), so I’m really excited!

 

There are plenty of other things that I could list, but I think these promises are definitely the type I can hold up. What are you resolving to accomplish this year?

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5 Fandom Friday: Smartphone Apps I Can’t Live Without

As a writer, having a great smartphone with useful apps is extremely important to me – but let’s be real, I use my phone for a lot more than that! In tune with the Female Geek Bloggers group, here are my favorite apps for Android! I have a Galaxy s5, just for context.

Twitter

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Pretty obvious, this one. Twitter is extremely important to me: not only is it where my strongest and most supportive audience frequents, but it’s also somehow become a great way to get in touch with old friends. I’ve personally connected with more people over Twitter than any other social network, so I’m on a ton. I’m also a hashtag hound in a way – when I need ideas, or want to keep up with news, I follow hashtags alongside the news to make sure I’m reading first-hand reports. It’s hard to sift through sometimes, but I love it.

Sailor Dash

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I don’t really play a lot of mobile games – I really liked Tiny Death Star and Dumb Ways to Die, but as far as being an expert on the mobile platform goes, I’m far from one. But I’m trying! So when I ran across a mention of Sailor Dash on my twitter feed (see? Useful), I had to try it out. The app hasn’t updated with new scouts in a while, but I loved it so much that I reviewed it, and I still play it to this day – after almost two months of playing! Check it out here. It’s a super-fun side scroller, and the developer M-TAKE has also made run games for both Dragon Ball Z and Naruto.

Spotify

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While it doesn’t carry half of my favorite songs, Spotify is my top pick when it comes to discovering new music and organizing great playlists. It’s one of the more popular apps, and though I have a TON of gripes about region locking on it, I use it every day. You can check out my playlists here!

 Feedly / Bloglovin’

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I couldn’t really chose between these two, since I use them both just as frequently. Feedly, like Bloglovin’, is an app where you can add in the feeds of websites and blogs that you enjoy. I like both of them equally, though Feedly’s design is much more comprehensive. You can organize the sites/blogs you follow on lists – it’s strange, I guess, but I use them both because I prefer keeping my news on Feedly, and my blogs/favorite artists and crafters on Bloglovin’.

Play Books

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As a huge fan of the Star Wars Expanded Universe, I’ve been looking to re-read a lot of the titles. But it’s hard finding complete collections IRL, especially on a budget — cue Play Books! They have almost all of the EU and all of the new Star Wars books as well, including A New Dawn (which stars Kana and Hera from Star Wars Rebels). There’s a HUGE collection of stories – and an incredible selection of scifi, fantasy, and adventure titles to choose from!

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Playlist: New York City Heart

I’m about to travel again, which means it’s time for another playlist! This time around, it’s all about the city that stole my heart: New York, New York.

I’m headed east for New York Comic Con and a short stay next week. I’m ecstatic! It’s been over three years since I last set foot in NYC, and that’s far too long for anyone to be away from it in my opinion. This city took me in and helped me grow up in a very, very short amount of time, when I really needed it. I learned almost all of the lessons that have so far benefitted me as an adult while I was living in Brooklyn. I learned to be confident, headstrong, and goal-driven: qualities that are required for survival in the big city. That’s probably a little daunting, sure, but I always thought of it as a challenge.

NYC is like the parent that gives you almost all the tools you need to succeed in life and says, “do what you want with this.”

This playlist examines my favorite things about NYC: The commute, the freedom, the weather (seasons!) the individuality, the adventure and the immediate hometown feeling of the city I once called home. The playlist features several different artists that led music revivals and movements in NYC, along with songs about the city, and songs that I feel reflect the city very well.

In related news: I’m going to New York Comic-Con, everybody! I’ll be there on behalf of Moviepilot, hitting the con floor to cover all of the action over the weekend. I’m also part of a wonderful panel on Sunday called Women in Geek Media: Supergirls on a Mission, which is a panel comprised of successful young women from several areas of geek media (journalism, animation, production) who will share their stories, challenges, victories, and advice for up-and-coming creators. It’s on Sunday the 12th at 4:15PM in room 1A1B.

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Is there a city that holds your heart? I’d love to know about everyone’s experiences in NYC or their favorite city, so let’s get mushy about it in the comments!

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