seventhe: (Edge/Rydia: no return)
This intro post hits up my Fannish Background and Preferences. If you've been here a while you probably know most of it, but if not, hey, I'm trying to be interesting.

In other news there's stuff I'm trying to get out of the way before I start this, but who knows. I was too drunk to play The World Ends With You for more than 15 minutes (FAIL) and I've still got Christmas stuff to take care of.
seventhe: (FFEX: Doink!)
I think I've been too scatterbrained to mention this lately, but I am getting really excited, so I want to make this announcement:

This Friday I'm flying out to spend the weekend with [personal profile] justira, [personal profile] renay, and [personal profile] owlmoose.

Ira I know quite well; Nay and KJ I have never actually met in person, and I'm not even sure I have words to describe how excited I am. Nay has been my (creepy/creeper -- I'm not sure we've ever confirmed who was creeping on whom first, back in the days of Selphie/Irvine on ff.net; I still insist it was me) friend and co-fan and co-mod for years, and we've never met in person; KJ and I have had fandom- and friend- and cute-cat-story-overlap for a long time and kind of just rolled into a really neat friendship that way, and actually almost met up once already (sad truth: I was vomiting).

They are some of my favorite online people, some of the most interesting and awesome people I've met online, and I am beyond thrilled to be finally meeting up all together.

So if this corner of the internet implodes on itself on Friday, you'll know what happened. I definitely don't have words. I really just want to pour !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and ASL;DK;LASDK;LASKD;LASKDSA and italics all over this entry.
seventhe: (Cid (FFIV): Hardkore!)
So! In the upcoming year of 2013, [personal profile] lassarina and I will be playing through each Final Fantasy game, in order! One game every month! Moving on at the end of every month! And we'll be blogging our thoughts, our meta, our deconstructions and fannish feels - and once a month I will, apparently, be drunk!live!blogging something horrible - and recording everything here: [community profile] moogle_university, as a public record of our gamer cred (for Rina) / shame (for me).

I've posted an intro here, if you want to know a little bit about my reasons for doing this project and how excited I am to have had this awesome idea. I invite anybody who wants to watch/join the comm -- part of what I love about Final Fantasy is the community built out of its fannish love, so everybody's welcome. It would be awesome if people helped to spur us on or even asked questions as we got the project rolling.

So, yeah. That's a thing.

HECK YEAH

Jun. 1st, 2012 10:03 pm
seventhe: (FFEX: In the shadows)
DOINK 2012 IS LIVE.

right now I'm just reading / looking through and basking in another wonderful year of fabulous, amazing, awesome content. I don't have the brains to do anything more than leave Kudos right now, because I'm coming right off the back of the least relaxing vacation of all time (not *bad*, just not relaxing), I've gotten 10 hours of sleep total in the last two nights, and I'm slowly but surely working through a 12-pack of beer in a Houston hotel room for recovery -- so if you get a Kudos from me, it's not an insult and I'll be back to comment as soon as I can string words into a sentence.

<3 <3 <3
seventhe: (chocobo: hey bb)
I WAS THERE.

IT WAS AMAZING.

I was also at a lot of bars, on a lot of (quality) trains, at a lot of delicious restaurants, and in the middle of a large amount of drunk. Zero Fucks Weekend Round Two: New York City Shame Edition was an epic success and I'll update everyone some more when I'm not being kicked out of work for actually being too sick to be here. (I promise I'll leave when my work is done, people, but it ain't done yet)

But I thought you should all know that Bjork's show and new album are just as amazing as she always is, and I am still worshipping at her sparkly, big-haired, amazing-voiced altar.
seventhe: (Quistis: smile)
I saw Distant Worlds last Friday, and it was amazing. I'd heard from a lot of people that it was going to be really good, but I had kind of been trying to keep reasonable expectations and all. It was just unbelievable, though, like on a lot of levels: this is the music from a series of games I have been playing for over 20 years now, well over half my life, and I listened to them in a gorgeous ballroom-type setting thing surrounded by people from the internet that I met through these games who are now some of my closest and best friends in the world. It's a little mind-blowing when I put it that way. No wonder I got a bit emotional.

The show opened with the Opening: Bombing Mission from FFVII, and that was definitely a "get chills" type thing: [personal profile] novel_machinist and [personal profile] crankyoldman were the first people I met in person through fandom, [mumble] years ago, and we all met through FFVII and cosplayed really shitty Turks at our first convention and there they were sitting right in front of me: LULZ, to put it in the vernacular. Can I use any more colons: WE'LL FIND OUT.

Other highlights of the show for me:
  • The fucking battle music from FFVIII. What the everloving fuck: why did this make me cry? But it did. I think it was the moment I realized they were using the footage from the scene in Dollet where they're running from that giant monster and Quistis fucks it up with the machine gun so that Squall can escape. I have unhealthy feelings about this game.

  • On that note: EYES ON ME. HOLY JESUS. Sobfest over basically a Squall/Rinoa songvid. I absolutely loved that singer.

  • and on that note: MAN WITH THE MACHINE GUN. Will I ever not love this song in its entirely? JFMC.

  • There were two pieces from FFIX, and even though that wasn't my favorite game, I'd forgotten (a) how poignant and pretty the music is and (b) that the game can still pack an emotional punch with some of those visuals.

  • FFIV's Theme Of Love. It's a beautiful song from my favorite game. I probably would have liked a little more music from FFIV - they did a medley from I-III that was amazing and made me tear up a little, and it would have been nice to see the same for FFIV; it has the kind of very repetitive music I think would be suited for a medley. Then again I'm a little prejudiced about this game.

  • Zanarkand. Fucking Zanarkand. I cried so hard at this one. The visuals were just really well done - people cry, and Yuna dances - and personally I think it's top five one of the most beautifully emotional songs in the entire FF series.

  • THE OPERA FROM FFVI. I wasn't sure how this was going to play out, but I was hopeful, and it was absolutely amazing. The singers were phenomenal, and they put little clips of the Opera House from the game up in-between the singing parts, and I got pretty emotional seeing Locke running around in the rafters and Edgar and Sabin sitting in the chairs ("Why is everyone singing?") and all of that. Again, nostalgia time: my brother Jim and I pooled all our money to buy FFVI (FFIII!) when it came out and we played the hell out of it and we still joke about it. My brother: came to the Distant Worlds concert. I'd already been crying, but I sobbed at the fricking opera.
    (Side note: am I the only old person one who still wants to say, "Oh my hero / so far away now / will I ever see your smile"? I know they re-wrote/re-translated the opera in other releases of the game and in FFVI Advance and all, but the original translation will always be the one in my head.

  • Terra's Theme is still like top three pieces of music forever, although they ruined it a little by playing credits through it. Maybe I'm just bitter because MY FAVORITE.

  • The entire crowd singing SEPH-I-ROTH was a really good note to end on: I've never really been able to adore Sephiroth like most of the fandom, but One Winged Angel is still awesome music, and having the crowd sing was an awesome way to end on a good note with a badass game and a badass villain without taking itself too seriously. It was pretty awesome.


The rest of the weekend was an exhausting blur of internet friends and alcohol. Just take a look at this: [livejournal.com profile] safety_caesars and [personal profile] ser_pounce_alot and I drove out on Thursday to pick up [personal profile] deadcellredux and [profile] notraffic, then met [personal profile] justira and [personal profile] novel_machinist on Friday and [personal profile] crankyoldman late Fri / early Sat. That's a lot of Final Fantasy. And a lot of booze.

It was a great weekend and an amazing show. Coming back to a day of meetings starting at 5AM (the day; 6:20 for the workday) was kind of like a punch in the face.
seventhe: (Ohayo: CREEPERSHARK)
As of tomorrow evening I will be drunk at Ohayocon. My itinerary includes:
  • Battleshots

  • FF Roller Derby Rydia, part of the Zeromus Haters roller derby team

  • being drunk

  • (drunk) (gay stylist) (spaghetti making) Trowa, from Gundam Wing

  • gluing sparkly shit on everyone who stands still long enough to let me

  • getting to curl Becky's hair :D

  • possibly seducing Quatre's voice actor with Katy

  • drinking an entire beer penis

  • a round of Snirvines (this year's shot)

  • Mongolian Fucking Barbecue

  • cuddling

  • lots of compromising photos posted to our live photo feed

  • creepersharking

  • HOPEFULLY partying with Hot Leia and Hot Tifa and Hot Cloud and Hard Gay



I'll have my phone for email and texts, but I will very likely be drunk or sleeping, so. Contact at your own risk, fools. Otherwise, I will get back to all of you on Monday when I am hung the fuck over sober and back at work.

CHEERS :D
seventhe: (Sorceresses)
HEY EVERYBODY

Every year we want to do a little something to keep Doink happy and active during its off-season. Usually we try to encourage people to create Chocobo Down -- look at that prompt list -- but this year we're trying a little something extra.

It's a team-based challenge: CHOCOBO RACING.

Basically you sign up to be on a team, and any Chocobo Down you create will give your team points. Every month we'll have a theme, and if you create Chocobo Down that fits the theme, you get even more points for your team!

SOOOOOOOOOOOOOooooooooo if you want to play, read up on how it works, and then you can sign up for your team here (DW) or here (LJ) - you only have to sign up once.

[personal profile] renay is the captain of TEAM TONBERRY, and I am the captain of TEAM CACTUAR. I'm just saying. You don't have to be on Team Cactuar. That's not why I'm posting this at all. Of course. Nope. You can be on whatever team you want. Really.

ALL I'M SAYING IS CACTUAR RULES
seventhe: (JECHT: humps life)
Day 14 – Favourite Final Fantasy male character.

It is really hard for me to pick a favorite male character, and honestly it's because I relate so much harder to the female characters - and that's interesting to me. Mainly because the fans I spend time with in fandom seem to have fallen - and fallen hard - for many male characters, and so many female characters get ignored or get a bad rap or just don't get written for whatever reason; and yet it's the ladies who speak to me. I am pretty firmly a cisgendered lady, but plenty of cisgendered ladies like writing the dudes and the slash, so I wonder what it is about myself that means the female characters have so much more of a draw on my interests.

It isn't that I'm not interested in the men (and, uh, I certainly like me some M/M too), but when I think about favorites in general - when I think about characters who interested me, spoke to me, meant something to me - it's almost always the ladies.

So to cut this ramble short I'm going to pick two favorite dude characters: Irvine Kinneas and Laguna Loire, from FFVIII.

Irvine was probably the first male character I felt for. Which is really funny, because he's portrayed as a playboy, a womanizer, a skirt-chaser - and wow, does fandom latch on to that one! - so why would someone who is so usually interested in the ladies herself like somebody like Irvine? I think it's because I almost instantly saw through the facade - because it is a facade; it's a game - and there's a lot of complicated feeling underneath, in regards to finding out who you are and where you come from and what you're gonna be. For some reason it meant a lot to me to see that, and I pretty instantly fell for Irvine. I love that he's funny and goofy and casual and supportive and serious and helpful and sincere all in one, that he really just seems to want to make other people happy, that there's so much going on in his memories and yet he's a competent SeeD - and yet he has these lines everyone else seems to have crossed, this line of basic humanity - all of it together makes an awesome character, and I'll claim him as a favorite because of it.

Laguna is, basically, just awesome. He's the kind of person I want to be my BFF. I want to go have beers with Laguna after work, basically forever, put everything else in the 'L' folder and let's play darts. I love him. No other characters are quite as great as Laguna.

Day 15 – Favourite Final Fantasy female character.

This one's hard for the opposite reason; I love so many of the FF ladies! For so many reasons! But there are two obvious choices here and I'm just gonna lay them out: Rydia from FFIV and Quistis Trepe from FFVIII.

Rydia's been a favorite since I was 8 years old, playing FFIV for the first time (as FFII, on SNES!). As a young girl with a serious fantasy bent and an imaginative magic obsession, I'm not sure you can imagine just how awesome it was to see an offensive lady mage: she does damage! She nukes! She is the nuker in that party. And I loved her character too: her entire story, the tragedy in Mist and her experience in the Land of Summons and the way she comes from two worlds and yet can see beyond them both to the bigger picture, overlooking the things that happened in the past to fight for the future. She's optimistic and spunky and driven, brave as hell and spirited, yet still sensitive and emotional and young. I loved everything about her as a kid and I still love her now, the complexity of a character in 16-bit sprites.

And I have never related to a character as much as I do to Quistis Trepe. She's not only a favorite in a gameplay aspect, she's a character of personal importance, in a way. A young girl told all her life that she's a prodigy, a genius, she's special, only to grow into her role almost too fast and continually be striving to make personal connections with the people around her; always feeling separate, too old for friends but too young for the work she's been thrown into; always feeling like she's missed something vital with her life and yet feeling the pressure to be responsible, to be mature, to continue to put her energies into things that are not her; never feeling like she gets the credit she deserves for making the responsible boring choices, and always feeling less-than: not good enough, not exciting enough, not important enough -- is it obvious how much I can relate, or am I just showing my ass here. Anyway. I find Quistis fascinating within the FF world too - her Blue Magic, where does it come from? who decided to make a 17-year-old girl an Instructor? her relationships with Xu, Squall, Rinoa, etc - and ever since FFVIII she has been a favorite of mine, and fandom just makes me love her more.

30 Days of FF Meme )
seventhe: (Default)
Look, guys, this week has already been a veritable shitbasket of awful presents from Mother Life, but there's one thing I am totes looking forward to more than sleep, yes that is a true statement (as this thing will stand in the way of my sleep for like a month or two) and that thing is:

DOINK 2010: a brand-new round of Final Fantasy Exchange ♥ ♥

Seriously! I am watching these prompts roll in and plotting as to which diabolical pairing I'm going to adopt as my own and write 20,000 words for this time. This year: there are really good prompts, guys! I DO NOT LIE.

Also: SWEET NEW FORM. I do not think I could praise this form more if it were giving me a neck massage at this very moment. This form is as sexy as Shemar Moore. This form is as awesome as espresso. You know you want to sign up just for the form.

We have [livejournal.com profile] ff_exchange and [community profile] ff_exchange for your pleasure this year; introductory post for signups is here.

If you want to help/participate but don't want to play, there are two really awesome ways you can sign up to be part of these shenanigans! The first is to sign up to be one of our non-participant pinch hitters - there's no commitment; you're just adding your name to an email list of people we will appeal to in cases of emergency: you decide what you do/don't do. The second is to sign up to be an on-call beta volunteer; there will be more about that coming soon, but let me know if you're interested so I can specifically point you that way. :)

GUYS. When we decided to do a 2010 round I was like "ohgod" and "what the shit were we thinking" but now that is it here I am bouncing around like the world's most hyperactive kitten. This only proves that I am not all there in the head (I IMMEDIATELY REGRET THIS DECISION) but I kind of don't care because yay! FFEX!

In celebration, I'm going to go back to last round and read a bunch of things I didn't get to read (seriously: I don't think I read anything except my own gift; sorry to everyone I love who wanted comments, lol) and post some recs to show just how awesome we are. YOU are; it's fandom that makes this thing so fantastic *single emo tear* I AM A GIGANTIC LOSER, AND DON'T CARE.


More on Awesome Weekend of WineCon and recs tomorrow, but I wanted to get this out tonight.
seventhe: (JECHT: humps life)
THE OTAKON PHOTOS ARE IN. I've been waiting to post all the pictures together in one big massive love-fest, because this year was just FANTASTIC. I'm including my favorites here (basically, the terrible and hilarious ones, as well as photoshoot ones that are just awesome) and I highly suggest you all look at them, especially if you like FFVI, but also if you need a GOOD LAUGH and some AWESOME COSPLAY in your life. And who doesn't?

I haven't yet uploaded [livejournal.com profile] yi_sen's shots of the Braska/Auron/Jecht PHOTOBOMBING, so, uh. Those will be later.




WARNING: METRIC SHIT-TONNE OF PHOTOS.


FFVI Photoshoot and Outtakes! )

And now, the out-takes:

FFVI Continues... )


The FFVI photoshoot is here, and the outtakes (and the rest of my photos) can be found here. There are some really good solo shots in the photog's album, and there are some more funny bar shots in my album, whichever you prefer. ;)

Seriously, I had the world's shittiest day today, and this made my life. I LOVE YOU GUYS.
seventhe: (Laguna: Who's Your Daddy?!)
[livejournal.com profile] safety_caesars and [livejournal.com profile] drakonlily are on their way here for the massive Otakon-preparing shenanigans of BWE. Becky is already surrounded by weirdos on the Greyhound! Kas is already in need of a trip to the bar!

At least they will not mind if I have a bit of stuff to do for FFEX. I can bribe Becky with a peek at CD prompts or something. *shoots self for poor planning*

GUESS WHAT

Jun. 6th, 2009 11:11 am
seventhe: (Cid (FFIV): Hardkore!)
[livejournal.com profile] ff_exchange, ROUND 2, OPEN FOR SIGNUPS.

Yes, that's right. I'm insane! But I love fandom.

Come on over, sign up, and pimp the hell out of it. People who advertise for it or bring friends in might get extra Chocobo Down for me, I am just saying. I will remember at the end of the round. Really.

♥ ♥

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