So this weekend I volunteered for part of the gaming track for a convention, Fandom Fest. I will not comment on the convention as a whole because I didn’t see 99% of it but I will say where I volunteered I had a great time. It was so cool seeing so many new and seasoned players working together and having fun. I was helping with the running of a Dungeons and Dragon’s Living Forgotten Realms battle interactive. Basically my job was to check in and out pregens, dice, miniatures and DM supplies. The number of female players was gratifying and so many of them were playing for the first time and came back to later sessions. It was nice when guys would bring their girlfriends in to play. We also had more than a few young players as well. It was what I like to see in gaming.
Also this weekend I costumed for the first time (for a convention). This was a big deal for me and I barely slept the night before because I was very nervous. I’ve heard nightmare stories of people being ridiculed for not being the perfect embodiment of a character. I’m many things but I’m not even in the same town as perfect. So I put on my costume and soldiered on. I didn’t get any comments and to me that’s a victory. I rather have no one notice than point and laugh. I was nervous all day because as you see I’m a big girl. I never really notice how fat I am until I take pictures but I’ve always known about my arms. If there is a least favorite body part my bicep/tricep area is a close second to my stomach. I hate how my arms look and try to choose shirt sleeves that come down to my elbow if at all possible. But every cosplay I’ve seen of this updated version of Velma (yes that’s who I’m supposed to be) has shown her in a tank top. Now don’t get me wrong, I love tank tops, usually tighter than the one I ended up using, they are great when it’s warm and they are comfortable but I don’t wear them outside of the house without a cover up. So believe me I wasn’t thinking much of the costume as I was thinking “Oh my god, I hope they don’t notice my hideous arms.”
All in all I don’t think I did too bad for my first effort. I definitely need to spend more time on making a better Scooby Doo dog tag as well as add more weapons to my belt. I also found halfway through the day the scarfs (representing the fallen Fred and Daphne) felt more comfortable bandaged around my wrists. I also need to dirty them up a bit, they looked too new. Also still need to find plain orange hiking socks. And the wig could be darker.
When I got home I found my Watson and Holmes kickstarter swag had arrived in the mail. Squeeeeee! I can’t wait to wear my shirt and of course the poster and postcards are going on my wall. Need to pick up issue three and add it to my ever-growing to read list (it’s only about 1/4 the size of my movie list). If you haven’t read this comic, go find it NOW. If you like Sherlock Holmes, you’ll like this. Very nice modernizing of the Arthur Conan Doyle character we all know and love.