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Building a D&D Player Character – 101

Building a D&D Player Character – 101

I’ve done a lot of in depth posts on the different backgrounds and classes from the core book, and I’ve done some posts on building out characters before, but I wanted to come up with the simplest way of how to create a character. By […]

RPGs: How Not to Play Batman

RPGs: How Not to Play Batman

This came up on an episode of the Faculty Meetings (either 107 or 108) from The RPG Academy recently and I wanted to talk about it in somewhat different terms than they did. The idea they were tossing about was how you can play vulnerable […]

Super Hero Line-up Part 3: Teen Titans

Super Hero Line-up Part 3: Teen Titans

I’m finally getting back to some super heroes. Tackling a fun team of heroes this time, the Teen Titans.

Image Source: Watch Play Read
Image Source: Watch Play Read

Robin: Yes, this is Batman’s Robin, Dick Grayson. He is the leader of the team, and generally quite serious about that what they do as a team. He is probably better known as Batman’s sidekick, but through Teen Titans and other iterations, he has started to make a name of himself.

Cyborg: Cyborg is a genius, being made that way by his parents. However, when things break down in a laboratory experiment that his parents are doing, and his mother dies and he is injured, he becomes the man/teen that is part human and part machine. He joined up with the Teen Titans because like him, they weren’t normal, and they didn’t have a normal existence.

Starfire: An alien that has come to earth, Starfire, was a princess on her home planet and set to take over as a ruler, passing up her older sister. Her powers are based around the fact that she can absorb energy and then use that to fly. She is extremely friendly, too a fault, which makes for interesting situations for the Teen Titans since she does not fully understand human interactions.

Raven: Raven is the daughter of the demon Trigon, her mother was not a demon, however. This gives Raven an unique set of abilities.  Her father wanted to convince her to join him, and as she understood that was happening, she fled to Earth and joined the Teen Titans. Her abilities are magical in nature, and she can open doors between dimensions, realities, and perform many other forms of magic.

Beast Boy: Beast Boy can turn into many different creatures. He is, I would say, similar to Spiderman, in that he falls into the category of characters who are often relied upon for comic relief. Like Cyborg his parents kind of screwed him over, he was traveling with his parents while they were studying a type of green monkey, he was bitten, and gained the ability to transform.

This seems very short to touch on each of the characters, and while they do have arcs and stories of their own that you can check out, I wanted to focus on the aspect of the Teen Titans and the different iterations that come. Currently the television version of the show is very chibi and cute, that teaches you lessons that you should never learn. However, they had an animated series earlier in the 2000’s that was quite serious.

Also, there is a difference in the comics now and what I listed above for members of the Teen Titans. The ones that I have listed are the classic members of the Titans, but now Nightwing, Donna Troy, Flash, Tempest, and Omen are members of the Titans. Like any super hero group, they change who is in them fairly often, however, there are always some who are considered to be the classic members. They have a number of different bad guys whom the fight out of their tower in Jump City.

Image Source: Convergence/Us
Image Source: Convergence/Us

PS. Here’s us as Beast Boy and Raven.
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Superhero Line-up DC Part 1

Superhero Line-up DC Part 1

Continuing on the previous series of articles, we now hop over into the DCU, to meet their greatest heroes. Superman: The Son of Krypton, and for much of his time, he thought that the last of his race. Sent to earth as a young child, Superman […]

Comics: The Heroes that We Love

Comics: The Heroes that We Love

Comics are an iconic nerdy activity. Reading the stories of Superman and Spider-Man and waiting for the next issue to come out is quite the image that we can place in our mind. But now that superheroes are becoming more mainstream, we have movies coming […]

Cosplay on a Budget

Cosplay on a Budget

As I mentioned in my last post, the prospect of starting a cosplaying hobby can be intimidating — and often, the biggest reason is cost. Though you can invest as little or as much as you want to into a costume, there’s no denying that, as hobbies go, cosplaying can be a pretty pricey one.

But that doesn’t have to stop you from tackling it! Today, we’ll look at some ways to keep costs down while still enjoying your cosplay experience to the fullest. And since cosplaying on a budget is basically the only type I do, as I have not become rich and famous yet (ha!), hopefully some of the things I’ve picked up on the way will help you in your own costume-making ventures.

1. Start by setting a budget.

This step is crucial, as it helps you figure out what’s feasible. For example, you may be able to set a budget that gives you some wiggle room, but which precludes you from doing something like sewing yourself a Princess Peach ballgown from scratch. Though setting a firm budget does limit you, this can actually be a good thing — with the zillions of characters you could choose to cosplay, this is a great way to make the decision process easier.

2. Decide whether to make or buy each piece

It seems like it should almost always be cheaper to make something yourself than to buy it, right? Well, more often than not these days, that’s not the case.

To get the most bang for your buck in this respect, I suggest taking some time to plan out all of the different pieces you’ll need for your costume. Once you know what you’re looking for, you can decide whether it makes more sense to buy or make each piece. For example, you might be great at sewing and know where to get inexpensive fabric; if so, sewing the garments needed for your costume might be the way to go for you. If not, you’ll likely want to seek out a place you can buy them online.

And let’s face it; some stuff is just easier and less expensive to buy than to fabricate. For example, when I cosplayed as Rocket the Raccoon, I wanted to have a giant fake gun to carry around. I could have built one, but that would’ve required a lot more time and money than I was willing to sacrifice to the cause, so I decided buying a reasonably priced Super Soaker and spray-painting it black was a better bet in that case.


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3. Use cheaper materials when you can

On that note — buying items for your costume may work well for some things, but many costumes will include components that just can’t be purchased. Captain America shields may be relatively easy to come by, but Harley Quinn hammers, on the other hand, are not.

When you’re faced with the need to fabricate a costume piece yourself, my advice is to do an internet search for others who have cosplayed as your character of choice — someone almost definitely has, and has likely even written about it — and take a look at how they went about crafting that particular piece. Even if you don’t follow their method exactly, this is usually a good way to get ideas for how you’ll do it yourself.

Fabrication is one aspect of cosplay that will test your creativity (which, obviously, is what makes it so great). But never underestimate what can be done with craft foam, hot glue, and thrifted clothes. If you’re willing to spend some time searching and strategizing, you can find all sorts of ways to create something using materials that won’t break the bank.

4. Know where to get what you need

So you’ve decided on what you’ll need to put this costume together — but where will you find all of it?

This is another place where the internet will come in handy. Places like Etsy are a fantastic resource for special costume items that aren’t readily available. Look for vintage items that could be repurposed as costume pieces, or see if you can find smaller hard-to-find pieces that are reasonably priced — it may take a little extra digging, but with some patience and the right search terms, you can find them.

Other great places include craft stores like Michaels, JoAnn’s and the like. And thrift stores like Savers or Goodwill can often be a gold mine for things that can be bought on the cheap and remade into the perfect costume piece.

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5. Simple is best

Finally, one of the main things to keep in mind is that a costume doesn’t have to be complicated or super detailed to be awesome. A stylized or simplified version can cost way less than trying to incorporate every detail of the original, and it can look just as great and be just as much fun to wear. This is another great area to get creative — dream up a modernized version of an Assassin’s Creed character, go as a hipster Disney princess, or imagine what Robin’s street clothes would look like. With a little ingenuity, you’ll find that cosplaying on a budget can be as nuanced, innovative, and enjoyable as the more expensive variety — and often, even more so.

These are just some of the ways to enjoy cosplaying without going broke. What are your favorite tips and tricks for cosplaying on a budget? Share your ideas in the comments!

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TableTopics: Love Letter

TableTopics: Love Letter

What do you do when you want to get a love letter to the Princess of the land? You give it to someone in the royal court, of course. But who are you giving it to, and will they make it all the way to […]