Hey y'all, it's been a good 2 months-ish since I posted, and I actually have some updates for you! I've been up to a few things lately (and have a convention recap to follow up with too!).
I actually had an entire post I wanted to write about this, but I'm gonna toss it in here, because really I don't wanna put anything too weird on it. Long story short, I had a spot on my back I found looked troublesome (thank you old cosplay pics for proving to me that I didn't have it before!). So after my general doctor told me not to worry about it, I felt it got worse.
So at the start of the year I went to a dermatologist to have it looked at.
It's never good when the first they they say is "Ohhh my, yeah, we need to biopsy that" after immediately looking at it.
They did, much to my surprise, and it was around Washi-Con (the last post I made) when I was still waiting on the results. GUESS WHAT it was actually cancer. HOWEVER! It was the laziest form ever and is the kind that doesn't move so they were gonna just remove the whole thing.
That happened in feb, and now I have a cool 3-4" long scar in the center of my back that's still healing in a way, and while it doesn't hurt, it does bug me occasionally. Good news is that they checked out the removed stuff and I am 100% clear in that area! Hooray! Next up is my full all-over check just to make sure I don't have any other troublesome spots.
You don't realize how many moles you have until you start counting them. They're almost freckles at this point....
ANYWAY that was my medical adventures. Seems my new trend is "turn of the year, have some sort of medical procedure". (let's not forget the grand burning of 2014 - into 15 from the previous year! :P)
Y'all. I've joined the legion. After talking with a pal of mine, as well as the Under!Con aka Shuto Con, I finally broke down and got the game. Honestly, it's been on my mind to do, so NO TIME LIKE THE PRESENT.
Dave and I are very much of the mind set of "if something is very popular, let's check it out to see why." It's never to "be" popular, it's more to analyze it and see what makes it so lovable. (this has led to many interesting theories on things). So I started up Undertale over a week ago, at this point. It's actually a very short game, RPG-wise - I ended up finishing my first (pacifist) run through in about 3 evenings.
You may be curious what I mean by Pacifist (if you don't know what the game is). In the game, you can "fight" enemies or you can "act" on them, and it's possible to get through the game without actually killing anything. This nets you the extra "true" ending, by the by, if you're curious.
Anyway, the game is a top down, old-school looking RPG game where you wander around, solve puzzles, and make friends. Short version is: long ago humans and monsters lived together. Something happened, and the monsters all got sealed into the underground. Sometimes humans fall in, and are never heard from again. You are a human who's fallen in.
It was cute, it was sweet, and it was .....mind-blowing.
Like, I have not had a game affect me emotionally and mentally in such a way in a very very very long time. I'm still thinking about it, and I have plans to do another pacifist run, as I've missed a lot of secrets the first time around, along with what's called a Genocide run (where you destroy EVERYTHING in your path and more). But I'll do that once I'm done with the game, because it actually changes your game file and prevents you from some things later on.
The music was also a very key factor in this. The soundtrack to the game is actually really phenomenal, for sounding often like an SNES game with some orchestrated parts tossed in. The melodies are memorable and definitive, and they pull some really neat tricks with the music.
And that's about all I can say on that without giving any of it away. All I can recommend is going in and playing the game yourself. Go without spoilers. (If you want true ending, don't kill anything - otherwise you'll have to play it again to get true ending, if y'all are lazy like me)
Go in looking for a silly, fun RPG experience.
Leave with a heart two sizes larger.
The past weekend Shuto Con happened!
For a good chunk of this year, I'm actually taking off from selling artwork at most shows, and honestly just visiting them - reassessing the market and redesigning the booth and all. Shuto Con was the first on our list, and we were also presenting panels - that way we'd have something to keep us busy just in case. :)
I'll have a full write up in the next post, but overall I had a nice relaxing time - but I still look forward to the art thing again sometime!
Alright! I think that's everything for now! I'm off to work on that recap, and find other new things to post!