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Diablo III – Beta test

Posted by on 18 Jun, 2012 in Behind the scenes, Diablo III, Game, Projects | 0 comments

Diablo III – Beta test

Blizzard were kind enough to finally decide to release Diablo III in May this year, May 15 to be exact, which also happens to be my birthday. That meant I would be getting myself a sweet birthday present, but also that we needed to get going with our costumes if we intended to have them ready for the midnight release. The release event ended up more of a beta test for the costumes than actually debuting finished costumes. It was actually rather nice to see what worked and what didn’t, and until the real photoshoot later this summer I’ll have both minor and major details to work on. But here’s a sneak peek on what’s to come, photos from the evening at Webhallen. [Show as...

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February – month of the Semla

Posted by on 13 Mar, 2012 in Other | 0 comments

February – month of the Semla

I had this idea when I added a blog to the Incognito site that I would try and write something every Monday. Get into the habit of writing, and keeping up with it. It worked fine the first weeks, but then, as usual, life and my laziness got in the way. My February should have been spent sewing and finishing the Wizard costume, instead I dedicated the month to feasting upon semlor. Semla is a cream bun that used to be eaten during lent, but now kind of has become the pastry of Febraury here in the north. I usually only eat around 3-4 every February, this year I ate around 15 or more. I love semlor, but I only eat them during February, anything else would feel wrong. Since last year I’ve started a mini tradition, to eat a different semla every week. The best regular semla was the one from a café called Vete-katten. The bun was newly baked, really soft and tender with a light taste of cardamom. The cream was perfectly whipped and the almond paste was sweet, but not too sweet, and had a homemade feel over it. If you are looking for a nice regular semla, this is the place to go. Other, less conventional, semlor that I tasted was Karlsbadersemla (the almond paste is mixed with the cream), vanilla-semla, wienersemla (you replace the bun with danish pastry), chocolate-semla and a cinnamonbun-semla. My least favorite of them was the wienersemla, it was dry and boring, like eating a danish with cream on top, but without the gooey filling. The chocolate-semla was actually also a disappointment. You’d think you couldn’t go wrong with chocolate, and well to be honest, it wasn’t the chocolate part that was bad, it was the bun. It felt like they put all their effort in doing a nice chocolate amaretto cream filling, but forgot to make the bun edible. It was so dry and boring that not even the cream could save it. Vanilla-semlor is a personal favorite of mine, they’ve replaced the almond paste with vanilla cream, and well, you can never go wrong with that, yum! The cinnamonbun-semlor are also a long time favorite. Think of the perfect bun, soft, almost a bit doughy, with that sweet and creamy cinnamon filling. Then add whipped cream and some chunky almond paste, its pure bliss I tell you! [Show as...

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Rebel alliance takes the stage

Posted by on 30 Jan, 2012 in Other | 0 comments

Rebel alliance takes the stage

Opi Take the stage Nfu Oh #44 (flakes) Funko Rebel Alliance fold-up...

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The year of the dragon

Posted by on 23 Jan, 2012 in Other | 0 comments

The year of the dragon

A question showed up on my FB feed today. Who’s your favorite dragon? The answers ranged from Smaug to Falkor the luck dragon. Two Swedish favorites were of course Katla from The brothers Lionheart and Blatifagus from Svavelvinter (Sulfur winter). I’ve had a soft spot for dragons (and wolves!) for as long as I can remember, but I’ve never really thought about who my favorite dragon is. I haven’t read the book Svavelvinter yet, but from what I’ve heard about Blatifagus I have a feeling that I’ll love him, he sounds just like my type of dragon. What is my type of dragons then? Morkeleb the Black from Dragonsbane has stayed close to my heart for many years. He pretty much embodies everything I envision dragons to be; majestic, wise, powerful, slightly cynical and vain. I mean, with so much power and wisdom how can you not become full of yourself? Another dragon that fits that description and is on my list of favorite dragons is Arokh from Drakan. I loved the chemistry between him and Rynn, his dry sense of humor and quip remarks. Drakan was a fantastic game all in all, but it was Arokh that really made me love the game. Still on the topic of game related dragons there is one that actually doesn’t really fit my description of dragons. The dragon known only as “Dragon” from the game Loom. Now it wasn’t until today that I realized that Dragon actually was a she. You see, I’ve only played the two oldest versions of Loom, never the CD-version with audio. I don’t know why, but I guess I’ve always just assumed that Dragon was male and I was quite surprised when I found a clip on YouTube with a scene from the audio-version of the game, and Dragon sounded like an old English lady. This on the other hand just made me love her...

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Not a curved sword in sight

Posted by on 2 Jan, 2012 in Game, Other | 0 comments

Not a curved sword in sight

A new year, and my month long vacation is at its end.  My plan was to work with my wizard costume and be finished with it by January.  Let’s just say that didn’t happen, at all. I think I might have spent maybe two or three days working with it, and then I started visiting the land of the Nords, Skyrim.  What was supposed to be a month of crafting and sewing turned in to a month of feasting and slaying dragons. And lots of swearing. You might think that I’m head over heels in love with the game after spending almost 100 hours with it, I’m not. The thing is I love the first two installments of The Elder Scrolls, Arena and Daggerfall. Few games are as precious to me as those two are,  I’ve replayed them countless times and I still can’t get enough of them. When the first trailer for Morrowind finally came out I was exalted. I had it on endless loop, driving the people around me mad. Then I tried the game, and realized that I couldn’t play it. Now I’m not proud of this, it’s a really silly reason, but I couldn’t play the game because it’s brown. I hate brown games, it’s suffocating.  And it didn’t help that the design was horrible, I’ve never seen such ugly characters. I really tried to play the game, but I just couldn’t stand it, it’s a shame because I really think I might like it. But a friend of mine have been giving me a lot of tips on different mods to use, to make the game less brown and get nicer looking characters, so some day I might actually give it another go. Oblivion then, that’s nice and green right? Too bad the game was so amazingly bad that it makes me furious just to think about it. It’s so horrid, everything from the really bland and uninspired writing and design to the equally bad (and rather hilarious) AI. That game really sucked and made me lose all hope for Skyrim (Fallout 3 didn’t make it better, seriously do they even have writers working for them?), so when Skyrim finally arrived I was less than enthusiastic. But lo and behold, the game was far better than Oblivion in all aspects, except for the interface. You have to give it to them, it really is a feat to manage to make an even worse interface than that of Oblivion, but they managed. The writing is still far from inspiring, or even that good, but it’s better. The AI is also better, but you still get the feeling that you are in a world of body snatchers. The more I play the game, the less I think of it. But it’s a step in the right direction.  And maybe, just maybe, someday Bethesda will learn how to write good storylines and dialog, make memorable characters and use more that 5-10 voice actors. Oh and re-implement all the flavor text that they stopped using because reading was...

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