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A Comprehensive Guide To Elder Scrolls Online

Hi, I’m Timlah – and I’m an Elder Scrolls Online-aholic. I’ve been addicted to the game ever since I picked it up on a whim for £15 or so. I’ve played the same character for quite some time, against a lot of the public opinion – and I’m still nowhere near maxed out. Having gotten past Champion Point 300 in a bit under 3 months, I feel like I’ve come along quickly… And since then, I’ve been able to share advice with other players. With the announcement from today about the next expansion, Elsweyr, now’s a great time to get into the MMORPG.

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Beginner’s Cosplay Guide #8: Striking A Pose

Cosplay is a crazy craft; cosplayers all begin somewhere and the question is where? How does someone start cosplaying comfortably? Who can cosplay? What are the etiquettes behind cosplay and what does a cosplayer need to know? Can someone with an unsteady hand become a cosplayer? Can someone who has never sewn-up a hole create stunning works of art? What do you need to get started? In a series of mini-guides, I hope to quell some of these questions and more.

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Beginner’s Cosplay Guide #7 – Primed & Painted

Cosplay is a crazy craft; cosplayers all begin somewhere and the question is where? How does someone start cosplaying comfortably? Who can cosplay? What are the etiquettes behind cosplay and what does a cosplayer need to know? Can someone with an unsteady hand become a cosplayer? Can someone who has never sewn-up a hole create stunning works of art? What do you need to get started? In a series of mini-guides, I hope to quell some of these questions and more.

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Beginner’s Cosplay Guide #5: Bringing It Together (Craft Time)

Cosplay is a crazy craft; cosplayers all begin somewhere and the question is where? How does someone start cosplaying comfortably? Who can cosplay? What are the etiquettes behind cosplay and what does a cosplayer need to know? Can someone with an unsteady hand become a cosplayer? Can someone who has never sewn-up a hole create stunning works of art? What do you need to get started? In a series of mini-guides, I hope to quell some of these questions and more.

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Beginner’s Cosplay Guide #4: Bringing It Together (Planning)

Cosplay is a crazy craft; cosplayers all begin somewhere and the question is where? How does someone start cosplaying comfortably? Who can cosplay? What are the etiquettes behind cosplay and what does a cosplayer need to know? Can someone with an unsteady hand become a cosplayer? Can someone who has never sewn-up a hole create stunning works of art? What do you need to get started? In a series of mini-guides, I hope to quell some of these questions and more.

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Beginner’s Cosplay Guide #3: Basic Cosplay Materials

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Cosplay is a crazy craft; cosplayers all begin somewhere and the question is where? How does someone start cosplaying comfortably? Who can cosplay? What are the etiquettes behind cosplay and what does a cosplayer need to know? Can someone with an unsteady hand become a cosplayer? Can someone who has never sewn-up a hole create stunning works of art? What do you need to get started? In a series of mini-guides, I hope to quell some of these questions and more.

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Beginner’s Cosplay Guide #2: Tools of the Trade

Cosplay is a crazy craft; cosplayers all begin somewhere and the question is where? How does someone start cosplaying comfortably? Who can cosplay? What are the etiquettes behind cosplay and what does a cosplayer need to know? Can someone with an unsteady hand become a cosplayer? Can someone who has never sewn-up a hole create stunning works of art? What do you need to get started? In a series of mini-guides, I hope to quell some of these questions and more.

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How To Play Magic: the Gathering Draft

Drafting is a great format for entry level play and veterans alike, it gives all players a functioning deck without the advantages of having spent a fortune on their collection. It’s also a great way to try out a new set, grab some great new cards and get more from your average pack of random boosters.

Furthering our long, drawn out series on how to play, here’s how to play one of the more enjoyable Magic styles of play.

The Format

The “buy-in” for a draft is usually three booster packs of fifteen random cards, average price of about £10. Everyone sits around a table, everyone opens one of the boosters they brought, picks a card from it and passes the rest to the left. This continues until the pack is depleted, then everyone moves onto their second pack, passing in the opposite direction, and again with the third, at which point everyone should have a collection of forty-five cards, from which you build a deck of forty or more cards which includes the basic land cards you’ll need to add. (more…)


DMing 101 – Pure Roleplay

The simple fact of the matter is that anyone can play a game. It doesn’t take much skill picking up a set of rules and start playing by the numbers, even in a game as big as Pathfinder, D&D, Rogue Trader, games that deal with minutia on a fine level, you can learn very quickly how to play and incorporate every little rule into a well structured narrative.

The actual talent is in the acting, occupying, and even becoming the roles you play, and creating living entities from the page of numbers. As a DM it’s a great thing to practice yourself and encourage amongst your players, as it’s this skill that leads to the most memorable moments, and also has some fantastic benefits for real-world application. (more…)


DSLR vs Compact Digital Camera

Okay, so if you’re going out of your way to go and buy yourself a brand new camera in time for the convention season, what do you buy? With all of these funky terms going around, such as DSLR, or CDCs, what do you pick and why?

DLSR

Canon e70

The term DSLR, or SLR, stands for (Digital) Single Lens Reflex. In terms of what it means for the photographer is that the lenses are interchangeable. Typically these cameras have a way to autofocus on anything they’re facing, but of course a lot of it is down to the settings on the camera. With an extensive collection of features and hundreds of lenses you can choose from, the DSLR is a great way to get into photography.

Pros:

  • Interchangeable lenses
  • Lens mount is generally standardised
  • Autofocus

Cons:

  • Usually quite big
  • Lenses can get expensive

CDC

SONY Cyber-ShotA CDC, or a Compact Digital Camera, works in a much different way. They don’t have interchangeable lenses, so you cannot get better (or wider/more narrow) shots… But they usually feature a hefty array of zoom functions to compensate this. CDCs are much more lightweight, so for a complete beginner, a CDC could be the way to go. These focus less on the technical aspect, with great auto modes built into them. If you’re looking for a fuss free camera, you might want to look into CDCs.

Pros:

  • Simplicity
  • Generally cheaper than DSLRs
  • Smaller overall body size

Cons:

  • Not as versatile as a DSLR
  • No interchangeable lenses

Which to pick?

It’s hard to say what is truly better but in terms of quality, the DSLRs were the way to go. In this day and age however, I’d say a good CDC shouldn’t be overlooked, as they’ve truly caught up with the times. In fact, it’s probably best to say that a CDC will be the way to go in the future… But when you take images of such high quality as the ones in the Alcon 2014 gallery, you know you’ve bought the right camera for you.

Ultimately, a photographer does get better with the equipment they buy. This is a fact, but let’s be realistic here: The best photographers must learn to be a photographer first, including learning all the terms and the lingo. Only once they’ve mastered their technology should they focus on buying more expensive cameras. It’s arguable that the best cameras in this day and age are still DSLRs. After all, the mighty Canon e70 still sits up at the top of the charts of many photography enthusiast magazines. As for me, I’m happy with my Panasonic Lumix DMC G5 still. It’s got a lot of oomph for a cheap little camera, which is neither a CDC nor a DSLR, this wasn’t me choosing one over the other: Just finding the first camera that was right for me.

What do you think makes a good camera? Would you pick a DSLR or a CDC and why? Let us know in the comments below, over on Facebook or Twitter!