Thursday, October 31, 2013

Extra Life Schedule & Game Menu

Looking for the Livestream?

Schedule: (This is apt to change according to whim)

Note, there will be 5 minute interrupts of the broadcast at approx. every two hours to make it easier to break up the footage for upload later.

8am: Day of the Tentacle
10am: Sam and Max Hit The Road
12:00pm: 15 minute break (We will be briefly offline during this time)
12:15pm: Arkham Origins (Probably some singing during this)
2:15pm: Foul Play Demo (If there is a game you want me to try on XBL, suggest it during livestream!)
2:30pm: Alice: Madness Returns
4:30pm: Dynasty Warriors 8
5:30pm: Bioshock: Infinite

PC Games:
7th Guest *
Arkham City
Day of the Tentacle *
Dead Space
Dead Space 2
Dear Esther
Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Dragon Age: Origins
Dragon Age 2
Dreamfall
Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis *
Longest Journey
Maniac Mansion
Resident Evil 5
Sam & Max Hit The Road *


Xbox Games:
Alice: Madness Returns *
Arkham Asylum
Arkham Origins *
Bioshock Infinite
Borderlands
Borderlands 2
Brutal Legend
Halo 3
Halo: Reach
Halo 4 (Spartan Ops)
Dynasty Warriors 8 *
Silent Hill: Downpour
Fable 2
Fable 3
Foul Play *
Catherine
Tomb Raider
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
Dead Rising 2
Dead Space 3
L.A. Noir
Left 4 Dead
Left 4 Dead 2
Metal gear Solid
Nier
Soul Caliber 4

PS3:
Dante's Inferno
God of War
Heavenly word
Katamari Forever
Little Big Planet
The Last of Us
Uncharted
Uncharted 2

Monday, October 21, 2013

Post-GeekGirlCon Thoughts

Darth Makenna besting me after a duel!
Holy crap, I am tired but I had an insane amount of fun this weekend. I think Saturday was my first night of getting more than 4 hours of sleep in the past week and Sunday was my first full 8. It was glorious. I didn't want to get out of bed.

Apparently on Sunday my eyes were so bloodshot that I looked a little high by end of day. A friend brought me eye-drops. Holy crap I have never needed those so badly when I wasn't wearing costume contacts. The red wig I wore on Saturday probably didn't help.

Speaking of wigs, my panel went very very well. I was a bit nervous at first since it had been a while since I spoke by myself about a subject to a room of people (it's easier when you have a partner to play off of). I did record most of it? Unfortunately I realized that some of it may be out of frame. I'll see if there's anything I can do for that for those who are curious about what was talked about.

My other panel also went really well and I got to talk with some amazing women in the industry about why we love rocking Youtube as well as hang out with some of them at Taphouse. Alas. All of them live out of state.

I also sold out of books again, which I was definitely not expecting this time around because I'd brought 25 copies with me. So... that was really awesome and exciting.

I wanted to remind folks about this going on: http://www.witandwhimsy.com/2013/10/art-and-alys.html

This also got me thinking as I was talking to people this weekend and pitching this book to people who had never heard of me--is there interest in an audiobook for this?

I recorded one for the amazing Blake Northcott's Arena Mode and so it's been on my mind of if this would be something people would even be interested in. I have a short story that I owe you guys from during the voting period so I will be recording that and putting it up on Sound Cloud for you guys and I suppose we'll see from there if there's interest in doing the same for Alys.

Chilling with Yorick after a long weekend
Most of my writing focus is currently on getting some annotaitons and notes for the Collector's edition out--and reaching out and talking to artists etc etc. But I have started writing down little notes on coffee cups and napkins about book 2.

Have I ever mentioned there's a second book coming? I know I've mentioned it to individuals who asked but I'm not sure if I ever made a public statement about it. And I suppose it's somewhat a given because I have cited it as "The Terra Mirum Chronicles" and one book can hardly pass for more than one chronicle, unless it's a series of short stories, I suppose.

So. Yes. There will be a book 2. And I'm working on it now. And I'm hoping to have more information in the months to come. Teaser images and all.

And that's really all I have to say on the matter. For today anyway.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Livestream Tonight! No, really.

We make plans and life laughs at us--that's been the theme of this week.

However, on the bright side, the issues we had with Tuesday's livestream should be all fixed for tonight's make up. I'm running on 4 hours of sleep and an illegal amount of caffeine in my system. So... this could be hilarious.

I'm at a point where I need to start evaluating what I can manage on my schedule and where I need to take time for me. Honestly, I really need to get ahead of schedule when it comes to filming vlogs. And I've been saying that for months now.

Ah well. I'm hoping you stick with me as I ride this out until I find a schedule that works out. I really am enjoying the livestream thing, I admit. I may pick that up again on occasion after Extra Life is over. Do one for Dragon Age sometime down the line or something.

Poor M. She has no idea the crazy she invited into her house by letting me play on her baby-eater of a computer.

...it's so pretty. *sigh*

Guys, I need a new computer. Jane is seriously not cutting the mustard when it comes to editing after being on this computer. It never once overheated, it never once froze--it restarted for updates in the middle of editing but not only did it automatically save my project before closing the program--that auto-save actually was THERE when I booted up the computer.

I can't tell you how many times Jane has told me she auto-saved only to find that the most recent save file was from two hours previous.

So... saving up, I suppose.

Anyway. Yes. Livestream tonight at 8pm PT, twitch.tv/kiriosity. If you miss it, it will be up on Youtube. Thinking I may go 2 hours tonight (if I can last) just because of Tuesday's mishap.

ALSO. If you're going to be at GeekGirlCon this weekend, please come say hi! I will be selling copies of Alys at booth 104, along with my amazing friend Jules who is the creator behind Knitted Steel. I'm holding a special this weekend only where if you buy a copy of the book from my booth at this convention, it will only be 10 dollars instead of the regular 15. And all of the book money will be going towards my "Kiri needs a new computer" fund. I will also have Alys posters (free with book purchase OR by donation of $1 or more).

And buttons. I will have Geek and Sundry Kiriosity buttons with me. How do you obtain said awesome buttons? Find me at the convention and tell me some fantastically geeky fun fact (you may have to say it on camera).

You will also be able to find me on Saturday at the Wigs 101 panel where I will be talking about the very basics about wigs so if you don't know where to start, this may be the panel for you. And on Sunday I will be joining some amazing ladies to talk about the opportunities for women in Youtube.

I think that's everything I wanted to talk about today... This is what happens when I skip blogging days... also when I don't sleep.

Ramble, ramble, mutter, mutter...

Hope to see you tonight!

XOXO
Kiri

Friday, October 11, 2013

TGIF

No, really. I think I've been working late all week. So ready for the weekend. So much to do, so much to prep for.

This weekend, if you didn't read yesterday's post, we'll be celebrating breaking 1,000 subscribers, (details in Thursday's post). If you can't make it, please leave a question if you have one, the full video will be posted on Youtube later that day. Note: This may include live song requests... but we'll see how brave I'm feeling.

Also, if you're heading to GeekGirlCon NEXT weekend I will be participating in two panels and running a booth where I will be selling and signing hard copies of Alys.

There is also rumor that I will have Geek & Sundry Kiriosity buttons... but to earn them you'll have to display the results of some of your own curioisities about geekdom. Do you know some awesome trivia about Buffy or Star Wars? Do you have knowledge of the martial arts that inspired the different kinds of bending in Avatar: The Last Airbender? Share some of YOUR geeky knowledge. I may have my camera. =D Assuming my mic is behaving anyway.

The Lara Project posts will be starting up again next week. The plague kinda put me out of commission for a while--couldn't go five minutes without a wretched cough so thank goodness that is over. Going to take some extra pre-cautions at GGC.

Not much else to say, got a lot to do this weekend--got a lot of filming.

Oh! If you are a fan of Blake Northcott and were on the tier of her Arena Mode Kickstarter that got the audiobook, you may recognize the voice actor... *eyebrow wiggle*

I'll let folks know when that's all set up on audible or wherever it will be for purchase.

Cheers! Have an awesome weekend!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Happy Thought Thursday!: 1,000 Subs and a Live Stream Q&A!

We hit finally 1,000 subscribers on my personal channel! Yay! That is DEFINITELY a happy thought. Almost a Sally Field, "You like me, you really like me!" level of happy thought.

...is that still a reference I can make and have people get it?

So I was thinking how to celebrate--more closet tunes were suggested but I decided this wasn't quite right--I was planning on doing those anyway.

Another live stream was also suggested--but again, I will be doing those at least every Tuesday until Nov. 2nd (Where we will have 25hrs of gaming madness footage. OMG will be so tired.)

Then @Dresden_Nova on twitter suggested both a live-stream and a Q&A and I thought... what if I combined those?

When Geek & Sundry hit 50,000 we did a live stream hangout of Truth or Dare... so I figured a live-stream Q&A session would work rather nicely for 1,000. Since there does appear to be a demand for it, I may take a song request or two.

12:00pm Pacific time to 1:00pm  (though I worry an hour is way too long, so we will see how it goes) this Saturday to celebrate! If you can't attend but want to, leave your questions in the comments below and I will try to answer them online and post the Live Stream later.

Thank you so much for staying with me and watching my videos. You guys are awesome and I just want you to know how much I appreciate your support. You guys are my happy thought today.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Post Live-Stream Thoughts

First and foremost....

Guess who successfully recorded it?

Thoughts for next Tuesday:


  • I had a lot of fun, though I admit I felt myself getting worried that I was fare more interested in all the story tidbits than the people in chat so I skipped some of the pure background story stuff... I'm going to totally say 'screw it, I love this story' next time and delve as much as I please.
  • Music on the game needs to be turned all the way down--it's not really level and interferes with any commentary/is a wee bit cacophonous.
  • When responding verbally to the chatroom, I need to repeat what I'm being asked as I remembered like halfway through that people watching later on Youtube won't know what I'm answering.
  • Attempt to get a better recorded resolution to upload to the Youtubes. (I think I know how to do this, I have to check but I believe I just had Twitch upload the broadcast when I think I can have my locally archived recording uploaded. In theory, this should be slightly better quality.
  • The sleepiness after a hard day of work is somewhat detrimental to puzzle-solving. Though this may be hilarious to watch, I'm not sure yet.
What are your thoughts? Were you at the livestream? If not and you think you want to watch over an hour of me playing a game on Youtube (Link above), let me know where we can find some improvement in this process--or let me know what you liked about it.

This whole let's play and livestream business is totally new to me. =)

Also, don't forget, new Kiriosity today at 3pm--but first at 9, tune in for the amazing Jeff Lewis, only on the Geek and Sundry Vlogs channel.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The Longest Journey

Gotta ease back into this whole one and five vlogs a week thing.

...seriously, how did I get all of that done?

Oh. Right. Not sleeping. Gotcha.

So keeping it fairly simple today since I have an abundance of things to catch up on at work.

But hey, see you tonight for the Longest Journey Livestream?

If you miss it--as I said before, I will be trying to record it.

But I have to admit the key word here is try. Because... I'm still new to this. So if I totally fail in that, I hope you forgive me.

Just remember, tonight, 8pm Pacific Standard Time. I will be keeping an eye on the livestream chat as best I can so I should be able to answer some questions--but I have to admit I get pretty into this game.

It's kind of my favorite of all time.

I first played it back in 2001 and then the sequel when it came out in 2006, and then donated way more money than I probably should have to the kickstarter for number 3 which will be out in 2014 in November.

This year they're holding Journey Con in Oslo, Norway for the first time this year. http://redthreadgames.com/journeycon/

I definitely do not have the funds to hop a plane to Norway, especially not for a con that's on the 23rd, no matter how much my poor little dreamer heart wishes. Next year though. Saving up. Totally going.

I hold 3 people responsible for why I'm so passionate about storytelling. William Shakespeare, Joss Whedon and Ragnar Tournquist.

Now if you're not familiar with the series, that last one possibly threw you a bit. Ragnar Tournquist, apart from having the coolest name ever, is also the writer behind the Longest Journey series. A series that sparked my imagination and a story that moved me in a way that I knew it was what I wanted to do with my life.

He followed me for like a day on twitter forever ago. It was awesome. Especially since he didn't know me other than some chick on twitter who was gushing over her love for the games.

I may have done the fangirl dance in the privacy of my home... then I tweeted calmly as if I was totally a professional.

To this day, April Ryan remains one of my favorite characters. She's multidimensional. She's sarcastic, she has vulnerabilities, you watch her overcome fear, act on impulse, use her wits and charm... I just love her. I wanted to make someone as believable as her.

Honestly there is a lot of April in Alys--or at least there is a lot of what April meant to me in Alys.

It's funny because I know what this game means to me will probably never be what it means to you... but I still want to share it.

Mind you it's been over a year since I last played this game, so we'll be kind of walking down memory lane as I try to remember how to get through all the puzzles. And of course, you get to help me out this play through. =)

Look forward to seeing you,

Kiri.

http://www.twitch.tv/kiriosity

Monday, October 7, 2013

Extra Life



It's getting to that time of year again when charity and video games meet in an awesome of goodwill and sleep deprivation. Geek & Sundry Vloggers will be acting as a team to raise money for 2013's Extra Life.

What is Extra Life?

Extra Life is a charity organization where gamers play 24hrs straight of games of their choice with the help of sponsors whose full contribution is donated to the Children's Hospital of the gamer's choice. I'll be representing Seattle Children's hospital. 

I will also be donating myself to other campaigns (because supporting myself seems a little odd for this), such as my friend +Joe Louie who I believe will be marathoning D&D. Yep, you can do table-top/analog games too. Check out the full FAQ.

What will I be doing? Well, you may recall I polled Twitter and Facebook what your favorite point-and-click adventure games were.

Yup. 25 hours of point-and-click goodness. And I'll be live-streaming it. 

At least, that's the plan. I believe I've figured out my whole set up for that and I'm pretty excited to test it out. I will  be running an hour-long test stream tomorrow (Tuesday) with my favorite point-and-click games, The Longest Journey, around 8pm PST. If all goes well I'll also be uploading it later to my Youtube channel. We did an offline test run on Sunday and we think we worked out all the technical kinks... at least the ones we encountered thus far.

Join me for Twitch TV Tuesdays as we go through The Longest Journey to ramp up for Nov. 2nd: http://www.twitch.tv/kiriosity

You can check out my donation page as well as the rest of my team's here: http://www.extra-life.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.team&teamID=12556

Our team goal is currently set at 1,000 and our personal goals are set at 100. I'm pretty sure we can rock that for those kids by Nov. 3rd.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Art and Alys

So! Yesterday I talked about getting back in the groove of things. Normally today would be Happy Though Thursday--well, I suppose it is... But that whole concept has sort of shifted in how I present it on this blog.

Not that it's a permanent shift. If you want to submit a Happy Thought, I encourage you to!

Okay! So...

My happy thought this past month has been seeing how well Alys has been received thus far. Yes, there have been bumps and headaches in the release process but seeing you guys enjoy it has really just made all of it worth it. Plus, great learning experience, right?

People have been joking about some of those mistakes now being "Collector's Items" and I thought... "Huh, you know, that's an interesting idea."

So what I would like to do is compile just that. I'm still figuring out the details of what would go into it exactly but thus far it would include author notes, annotations about Easter eggs/references back to the original story etc etc.  One of my favorite books (that I have to this day and is full of notes for Alys, actually) is "The Annotated Alice". This would, in a way, be very similar to that.

Admittedly, I'm not sure if anyone would be terribly interested in the weird research that went into this book... but putting this together sounded like a lot of fun so I figured I'd try and see where it takes us from there.

Oh and there will be art.

Art by Caitlin Wheeler
Which brings me to my main point. I'm opening up this book for art submissions.

What this means is between now to 11:59 on December 31st, I will be taking art submissions to intersperse throughout the book. Some of my own character sketches will also be provided in this book.

While obviously I will not keep it strict down to the minute, I have to stick to this deadline, I would like to have it released and available on Amazon before the end of January in honor of my brother.

Keep in mind not all artwork may make it into the book, but I will feature it here.

All artists will be given full credit, including information on where to find their work and a bio about them.

This book is obviously not meant for first-time reads as it will be full of annotations and artwork that may spoil later events.

This book will ONLY be available in print format.

All artists will be featured/interviewed here.

I'm looking into what it will take to print this properly--including seeing if my current printer/distributor can accommodate.

If you're interested in submitting artwork (painting, digital work, photography, costume design, you name it!), here is what you need to know:

All images MUST be at least 300dpi (The bigger the better, we can always downsize to fit if need be)

The subject of your art can be anything Terra Mirum related. If you want to draw a particular character, a scene, a place (Arden, The Office of Oblivion), or even just objects (Cooleridge Clock, Vorpal blade)--totally open to you!

No Pronz guys. Nudity is fine, but keep it tasteful. Not sure how you'd use nudity... unless you wanna like... I dunno... draw Rosalind in The Birth of Venus or something.

You may submit as many items as you want.

Submit your basic internet contact info along with any websites/portfolios you'd want to promote along with a short bio. I'll be contacting you with interview questions at a later date.

And of course, submit to here: Kiri[at]kiricallaghan.com.

If your medium of art does not accommodate image format and you still want to be a part of this in some way, feel free to email me with a pitch of your idea.

Have an awesome Thursday!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

A quick update AND Some Dos and Don'ts of the Exhibitor Hall

Holy crap it's been forever and a day since I sat down to write a blog post!

...oy.

Well as you know I let my workload get the best of me but with one GIANT project finished, I will finally be able to scramble my way back onto a semi-normal schedule. Talking with Bravado about scheduling the rest of filming for Funeral Potatoes, making myself a filming schedule so I can get ahead on Kiriosity AND Wit & Whimsy* so I can pick back up with that of course as well as a few other projects (not on such a time crunch) involving Terra Mirum and other story telling awesomeness.

Oh, and having downtime somewhere between this all so I don't make myself sick again. Because ew.

*Yes, Wit & Whimsy will be returning to my personal channel after too long of a hiatus. Where Kiriosity focuses on learning and exploring geek culture, Wit & Whimsy will continue in its original form which was a bit more free form and could range a variety of topics depending on my whim that week. Hence the name. I will be posting a far belated "thoughts from places" video which will give a bit of insight into what the past couple of weeks have been like (sorry it's so late) and of course will still be doing Closet Tunes! So yay.

Of course being sick has a lot to do with my convention-going ways. Toronto Fan Expo, PAX, Rose City Comic Con--and I'll be setting up shop at GeekGirlCon in just a couple weeks!

Oh con-plague...

Anyway, what I really wanted to touch on today was a few things I'd observed at various conventions' Exhibitor Hall, both as a patron and as a professional.


  • DON'T be afraid to talk to the exhibitor! They'd love to tell you about everything you're looking at--especially if it's more than meets the eye at first glance! (IE a book/comic/etc)
  • DO remember that the person behind the table is there to work, so if you are carrying on a longer-than normal conversation, allow them to pause it so they can interact with new customers who may have questions or need assistance.
  • DO patiently line up in the designated area for the artist/celebrity/writer/etc. Preferably as neatly as you can manage.
  • DON'T block off another exhibitor's table because you're waiting for their neighbor to finish.
  • Additionally DON'T set anything you're carrying on top of an exhibitor's wares. Ask a friend to help you, set it on a bag, the floor or an empty space on the table. 
  • DO ask questions!
  • DON'T grill an author about their publisher.
    • This one in particular I saw a lot of and was a wee surprised with how some people handled it. I get that you're eager to find a publisher--it's a crazy world out there--but it's imperative you remain professional and considerate. You never know who you're talking to. My friend Ren, who was gracious enough to share his table with me at Rose City ComicCon, partly owns a small publishing company called Talaria Press. And I'd say about five people were interested in the company that weekend who kept asking him questions in an abrupt and honestly fairly rude manner. Most of whom didn't realize they were talking to one of the founders/owners they would later hope to impress... 
  • And on the note of knowing who you're talking to... DO be kind and considerate. Don't immediately assume someone is just there to help sell things. While we may judge books on their covers, strive to not judge people the same way.
    • I've run into "booth babe" syndrome a few times (which is silly because I'm in plain clothes--FULLY clothed for that matter). No, no, I wrote this, really. If I were here to just stand and look pretty--I might have bothered to sleep and not have bags under my eyes.
  • DON'T compare work in front of the artist/writer/celebrity etc. This may seem pretty simple but it happens a lot more than you'd think. People like to make associations to things that are familiar to them--helps them trust it more and that's totally okay!--BUT if you aren't careful saying, "Oh this is just like..." can imply that you think that artist is counterfeiting their work. Which is... not good.
Of course I'm sure there are many other Exhibitor Hall Etiquette tips out there, and you may not agree with mine, but having been on either side of the table, these would definitely be on my "Best Practices" list. 

What are some of yours? Other than keeping hand-sanitizer close at all times!