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Happy Campers

23898015_792132417635663_2041754428_nAnimal Crossing: Pocket Camp has only been available for a few days and I am already addicted.

Based on the popular Nintendo franchise, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp puts you in charge of a campground filled with familiar friendly faces. You run errands for your fellow campers to level up and grow your campsite.

I guess you can rename it to fetch quest: the app. Normally I hate fetch quests more than the next guy, but this is a colourful exception to the rule.

Not only can you customise your character and your campsite, but also the interior and exterior of your camper van. Instead of taking out loans from Nook to expand your house, you can expand your van. You can even get two floors!

Oh, and while you can unlock Nook as a guest, he is not the man you owe cash too. Instead its Giovanni, Beppe and Carlo of OK Motors. The Nooklings are the ones who run the shop.

I don’t know how I feel about that.

As you level up, you unlock more furniture and more campers. I am currently level 11, and I don’t know if that is something to be proud of or not.

23845264_792132410968997_1263537274_nMy favourite element of Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is how chill it is. It’s a cute distraction with a lot of charm and heart.

I adore the Animal Crossing series to bits. I used to spend hours running around cleaning my town, chatting with locals and redecorating my house twice a week. So having an Animal Crossing game on my phone is a dream come true.

Oh, feel free to add me! My code is 2512 2657 612.

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Deadpool 2 trailer released

DONhxmfU8AExopwIs it June 1st yet?

When it comes to Deadpool, you need to expect the unexpected. Yet I somehow didn’t see the latest trailer coming.

Nor did I expect the first official trailer to be a tribute to Bob Ross. Not that I’m complaining.

So, what have we learned from this newest trailer?

Well, it looks like Cable is a cult leader. Well, at least it appears so. Bear in mind we only have a few seconds worth of footage to go off on.

Those who have read the comics might be quick to point out that Cable was raised by a cult-like organisation, the Clan Askani. However, since this is a new story in a different continuity, let’s wait a wee while longer before crafting any theories.

Dopinder is back! Not only that, but it looks like he is getting a lot more screen time in the upcoming film. Speaking of returning characters, Negasonic Teenage Warhead and her former mentor, Colossus are as well. I am glad to see that all three of these guys are returning.

DP2No sign of Domino yet, which is a shame. I really want to see her in action. Looks like we have to keep waiting.

I know everyone has talked about the amazing promotion the Deadpool team have been pumping out, but I feel the need to mention it again. Seriously, if there was an award for best film advertisements, we all know who would win.

Since I adored the first Deadpool movie, I have been hyped about the upcoming sequel since it was announced. This trailer has added more fuel to the fire.

Considering that this film won’t be released until next year, I’m going to find another way to fill the Deadpool shaped hole in my soul.

Remeber, hugs not drugs!

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The magic is on its way

giphy (2)Last night Niantic announced that they are indeed making a Harry Potter AR app, following the success of Pokémon GO.

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will allow Potter-heads worldwide to explore the magical world, cast spells and fight legendary creatures.

John Hanke, founder and CEO of Niantic, Inc stated that”At Niantic, our goal is to leverage technology to create real-world experiences that help people to discover the wonderful, and often magical parts of the world around them,”

“The beloved Harry Potter stories have captured imaginations worldwide for more than 20 years and soon we’ll turn the fantasy into augmented reality, allowing fans and their friends to become wizards and witches.”

giphy“With this game, we are allowing the passionate, worldwide fan base to experience J.K. Rowling’s deeply powerful and imaginative universe in a new, truly immersive way,” said David Haddad, President, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “It is wonderful to have Niantic’s remarkable augmented reality expertise as we develop this incredibly rich wizarding world for players to explore in their everyday lives.”

I have to admit, I’m pretty excited about Wizards Unite. I still play Pokémon GO from time to time and I am interested to see what they do with this app.

That being said, Niantic said that more information about the upcoming app will be released in 2018. So it looks like we are in for a wait and a half. Let’s just hope Wizards Unite will live up to expectations.

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Lord Of The Rings for the small screen

tenor (2).gifI don’t know how I feel about this.

Apparently,  the J.R.R. Tolkien estate is looking to sell the rights to make a Lord Of The Rings tv series, at the time of writing Amazon Prime and Netflix are in the running.

According to Deadline Hollywood, the price is said to be around $200 – $250 million. Keep in mind that this is just the cost of the rights, this doesn’t even begin to factor in other expenses this potential project would need.

Even then, apparently if someone did buy the rights, it doesn’t include the use of all the characters we have come to know and love.

No official deals have been made, at the time of writing.

Now, it is still early days. For all we know this might not even come to pass. I have seen some pretty extreme reactions to this story and I can’t help but think, this might not even happen, chill.

The-One-Ring-Gif-lord-of-the-rings-24662838-500-500As for my opinion, well, I hope this doesn’t happen.

I love Lord Of The Rings and as far as I am concerned the Jackson films are the bests adaptations of the books and they are a tough act to follow. After all, look at how The Hobbit films turned out.

That being said, I would not object to a show with a new story Middle Earth. Perhaps one that explores the lore or the aftermath of the original.

Like I said, its too early to start making predictions, I don’t know about you, but I am just going to wait and hope for the best.

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The bookshop that stole my heart

barterbooks7-300x300I think I found the best bookshop in the UK.

Earlier this week I went on a family holiday to Northumberland and had a blast. We went to Alnwick Castle, survived the haunted Chillingham Castle and made a dent in the local fish population.

However, one place, in particular, stole my heart, Barter Books.

Built in a Victorian Railway station, it is one of the biggest secondhand bookshops in the UK.

Not only is it filled with books from every genre it also has a cafe and several woodburning fireplaces. As a side note, the cafe is reasonably priced with yummy cakes.

There is even a cute miniature railway that circles around readers heads with a little train making his way around the books. I like to call it the train of thought.

There are also awe-inspiring murals painted on the wall. One depicting forty of the worlds most beloved and influential writers, another with the names of everyone who worked at the station in its former life from 1850 to 1968.

UntitledgBarter Books has loads of soft seats sprinkled around you just sink into as you enjoy a good book in a calming and comfortable environment. The only sounds being murmurs of other bookworms and the fire crackling.

I have not even mentioned the size of the store. I have never been in a bookshop so large they needed to hand out maps before. I’m glad they did though, it makes for a nice memento as well as a handy tool.

You can spend hours wandering around searching for your new favourite book, which is exactly what I did. I would have gladly stayed longer but my mum dragged me out when we hit the third hour.

I am proud of myself, I only bought two books, but I did buy a mug to commemorate my visit.

If you are a fellow bookworm, I cannot recommend this haven enough. Barter Books is hands down the best bookshop I have ever been to. It now holds a special place in my heart.

If I ever come back to Northumberland I will return, this time with a bigger bag.

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Three times the charm

MCM_ScotlandArtwork_v2_510x457-a2d9097d01It is nearly here. In two days time, MCM Scotland Comic Con will commence!

This is my third year going and I can’t wait! I have my cosplay ready, I’ve saved up and I have my supplies together.

However, I thought it might be interesting to talk about my last two cons while we wait for the doors to open.

Since this is my third time attending the event, I feel confident about going, but I was absolutely terrified back in 2015.

I don’t go to conventions often. Mostly because I can’t afford to travel around the UK like other con-goers. I used to go to Collectormainia Glasgow every year but that was it. Even then I struggled with the crowds.

I had never gone to a con as big as MCM before and I was thrilled to finally go but at the same time, I wasn’t sure I could handle it.

When I went for the first time I was shaking in my genderbend Kaneki Ken cosplay, partly from fear but the freezing cold Scottish winds didn’t help. Once I got inside I was overwhelmed by all the amazing cosplays and stalls.

I had a blast, I got to meet up with some friends and meet awesome people. Not to mention all the geeky goodies I got my hands on.

Meeting TomSka

The next year I went by myself but planned to meet up with friends when they arrived since I had a priority entry which meant I got in a few hours before they could.

So I was wandering the convention by myself in a somewhat decent human Suicune cosplay. Well, decent for my low standards at least.

However, the staff I made was still wet and didn’t completely dry until the day after, so by the time I was heading home my hand looked like I had squeezed a smurf to death.

Overall, I had way more fun that year as I knew more or less what I was getting myself into. I was more relaxed and had my guard down which in turn meant I could enjoy myself a lot more.

I have mentioned in a previous ramble that this year I am cosplaying as Kobayashi from Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid. along with my best friend who is going to be Tohru. This year, I think it’s safe to say, will be the best yet. Bring on MCM Scotland Comic Con 2017!

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The best worse film ever now has a Docudrama

imagesIf you have never watched the beautiful mess of a film that is The Room you are seriously missing out!

Here is a quick spoiler free summary of the film. Johnny is engaged to Lisa, who has grown bored of their relationship and starts cheating on him with his best friend Mark.

This might sound like some cheesy rom-com but trust me, this film is comedic gold. However, that was not its intention.

In fact, everything about this movie from the production, the writing and the acting is so terrible that it is hysterical.

It’s clear that the film was supposed to be a dramatic and intense story about love, betrayal and scandal but boy did that fail.

The Room wasn’t a big hit when it first came out back in 2003 but has since grown a cult following. Greg Sestero, the actor who played Mark and friend to the director, writer and executive producer Tommy Wiseau wrote a book titled The Disaster Artist about his friendship with Wiseau and the madness that was the filming of The Room.

Said book is now a movie.

The Disaster Artist stars Dave and James Franco as Greg and Tommy respectively. Just like the book of the same name, the film follows the chaos that is The Room and its creation.

At the time of writing I am currently reading the book myself, and if this film is half as entertaining as the book or even a fourth of The Room then we are in for a treat.

Here is the real question, what does Tommy think about the movie?

I 99.9% approve. No, football, the way he throw the football, I did not like that… I think you [James Franco] did a good job and I think I did a good job too. I have to be self-centered right now… No, you guys did [a] good job. They have the very good makeup artist, right? They did excellent job. So, I don’t have to complain about anything, actually.

I think he likes it.

At the time of writing The Disaster Artist is due to be released in US cinemas on the first of December but there is no confirmed UK release date.