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WAYWARD MANOR Scare Guide: Chapter 1

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I've finally started playing Wayward Manor, and I'm having a lot of fun with it. I want you to have fun with it too, so I'm writing this guide with tips for getting all of the scares. Or at least, as many of them as I can decipher. Everyone gets stuck playing games with puzzles, and there's no shame in looking up a few solutions.

Chapter 1:  A Long-Awaited Reunion

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In this attic room, you need to scare a burgling ruffian called Benny. You only need six scares to clear, but which ones will you employ, and will you go for all of the Secret Scares? Here are all the scares I achieved, mostly in no particular order, but numbered nonetheless:

Important note: Once you get the six scares and one big skull is floating at the top of your screen, it's still possible to continue scaring and messing around before you chase out whoever is in the room. Clicking on that skull will end this stage and let you move on to the next.

1. There are two bottles up on the rafters. Click the one to the right once to get Benny to move into place, and again to smash him over the head with it.

2. Manipulate the windows and the plates on the wall until you get Benny in position to knock the left-side bottle from up on the rafters down onto his head.

3. Manipulate the plate and window on the right side until Benny is in place to whiz another now-clickable bottle at him for a scare. This bottle will go from where it is at the boom of your screen, straight up and to the wall.

4. Repeat task 3, but move him to the left side of the room until you can throw the 4th bottle at him.

After a few scares, the coat rack should also become clickable. What it does is entice Benny to charge it like a bull. You can move it across the room using drafts from the windows. The coat rack requires a little planning - you can click on it at any point while it travels across the room to stop it and start the bull-charging action.

5. Get the coat rack in position straight up from the cart on the bottom-right of your screen stacked with china. You can get the oaf to charge straight into the cart for a scare.

6. Getting the coat rack in position for the left-side china cart is slightly trickier, because it wants to stop in front of a random low table. You have to stop it yourself at just the right time.

7. While Benny is stunned from running into a china cart, move the coat rack to the center of the room and click it again - he'll charge straight into the china cabinet behind the chest.

8. and 9. To get the plates hanging on the wall, you'll have to maneuver Benny around as before - getting him to charge to the bottom of your screen, then positioning the coat rack just so. It needs to line up directly to the plate, else he won't knock it down.

Secret Scares:

  • Bottled Up: Achieved by destroying all bottles (first four tasks on my list).
  • Grand China Crash: Achieved by Breaking the China Cabinet (task 7).
  • Bull in a China Shop: Achieved by breaking the China carts and plates on the wall. As far as I know, this is only achievable in a minimum of 7 scares (tasks 5, 6, 8, and 9). It's tricky and potentially frustrating if you don't notice you can keep scaring after you "clear" the stage.

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1 and 2. Click on the hidey holes near the mannequins at the top of the screen to scare Dagmara with some rat tails as she walks by. She'll board up the holes after the scares.

3 and 4. You can scare Dagmara with the mouse two times. The first time, she'll board up one of the mouse holes, but it works the same way both times: have the mouse scurry along just as she's walking across its path. It might take a few tries to get the timing just right.

5. Open up the mouse trap and get her to walk right into it for another scare.

6 and 7. Send her diagonally across the room both ways (manipulate the mannequins to get her to cross the room) to nail her with the bottles up on the rafters.

8. Get her to walk past the suit of armor at the top-left of the room, and click it to send her flying across the room. Before she crashes into the cart on the right side, click on the other suit of armor to send her crashing to the bottom of your screen.

9. Repeat task 8, but this time let her crash into the cart at the top-right for another scare.

10. This task might require you to play this stage twice (skip tasks 3, 4, and 5 to avoid that), but it's required if you want to get all Secret Scares. Open up the mouse trap when it becomes clickable, and trap the rat with it by having it scurry across the room (and straight into your trap).

11. Get another scare on Dagmara by having her walk right into the trap while the mouse is in it.

Secret Scares:

  • Rat Trap: Achieved by completing task 10.
  • Ping Pong: Achieved by completing task 8.
  • Double Bottle: Achieved by completing tasks 6 and 7.

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Dagmara and Benny are in the same room now, which makes things look a little more daunting and complicated, but I promise they aren't.

1. When Dagmara is at the bottom-left mannequin, drop that bottle on her head.

2. As she patrols somewhere at the top of the screen, drop the bottle up there to get her attention and line her up for another head-drop.

3. Toss the bottle at the top-left as she walks by.

4. Get Dagmara to the top-right mannequin, then touch a plate to get Benny turned around. Click on the flag across from him to get him to charge. He'll knock the plate from the wall and right over Dagmara's head. At this point, she should have a splitting headache.

5 and 6. You can get a mouse in the trap and scare Dagmara with it for a double-scare. Skip if you're going for Secret Scares.

7. You can also activate the mouse trap and have Dagmara walk into it herself.

8. Important: you should skip this task if you're going for the Secret Scares. Get the coat rack to the center of the room (in between the lines) and after getting Benny to turn around, have him run it through, straight into the barrel of explosives. You can score a scare in this way.

9. You can scare Dagmara without touching the mouse holes by having Benny charge the red flag at the right moment. When he hits the wall, the mouse will scurry across to another hole. If you get the timing just right and manage to give Dagmara two mouse-related scares without touching any mouse holes, you'll get a Secret Scare.

10. If you don't care about the Secret Scare, you can have the mouse scurry across her path by clicking on the mouse holes as she walks around her side of the room.

11. Position the coat rack just over the markings on the floor so it's lined up with the plate on the right-side wall. Get him across the room by charging the flag, then click on the coat rack to get him to run into the wall with the plate for another scare.

12. Click on the suit of armor at the top-right to bump the explosives barrel down, and the right side suit of armor to bump it all the way to the center of the room, by the boxes. Then, move the coat rack to inside the lines, and get Benny's attention. Click on the coat rack to get him to charge to the right, then again right away so he charges left, straight into the barrel. Dagmara will notice him when the boxes in between their sides of the room explode.

Secret Scares:

  • Plate on a Maid: Achieved by completing task 4.
  • Surprise Mice Twice: Achieved by completing task 9 (don't touch mouse holes).
  • Intruder Alert: Achieved by completing task 12.

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Now we're introduced to another character, Hubert, who seems awful. His role in this stage is to shove explosives into things. Click on any statue/mannequin, and he'll scurry over to it and shove an explosive in its mouth, then go hide. It won't explode right away, though - you have to click on it again to get the fuse going, and it explodes a few seconds later from there.

1. Your first scare should be to click on the rat tail hidey hole as Dagmara patrols by to the bottom-right mannequin.

2. Important: this can go two ways depending on whether you want the Secret Scare or not. Activate the mouse trap and have the mouse run into it for one scare.

2a. From here, you can click on the mouse again to get Hubert to shove explosives in the mouse, and then click again to make it explode for a Secret Scare.

2b. Or you could just let Dagmara discover the trapped mouse for a regular scare.

3. You could also just activate the trap and let Dagmara walk into it.

4. Get scares on Dagmara by having a mouse scurry by her as she patrols. Reminder: a mouse hole is destroyed each time you scare her in this way.

5. Drop some bottles on Dagmara's head. Start with the one on the right-hand side in the usual way: click it once to get her in position, and a second time to let her have it.

6. Use the suit of armor to bump the cart with a mannequin/statue on top to the right, and drop the bottle to the left to get Dagmara moving. Before she makes it to the bottle drop zone, click on the top-center hidey hole for another rat tail scare.

7. Continue with the bottle scare, letting it drop on her head once you get her in position.

8. As mentioned before, Hubert has a penchant for sticking things with explosives. You can get a scare on Dagmara by exploding a mannequin/statue while she's tidying it up.

9. You can get a scare on Hubert by blowing up a statue that's sitting over his hiding place, too.

10. After completing task 9: With the cart wheeled over to the top-right of the screen, load it up with explosives, and when Dagmara's standing in front of it, blow it up for a double scare.

Secret Scares:

  • Double Tail: Achieved by completing tasks 1 and 6.
  • Double Bang: Achieved by completing task 10.
  • Exploding Rat: Achieved by completing task 2a.

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For the final stage of chapter 1, it's just you and Benny again.

1. Drop the right-side bottle to get Benny to walk right to the drop zone for the bottle on the left.

2 and 3. Open and close the windows until you can drop the remaining two bottles over Benny's head as he walks by.

4. When Benny resets to the chest, open up the window at the bottom-left to make it slide away from him for a scare. Make sure he's engaged in tinkering with the box to spook him.

5. Get another easy scare by knocking the barrel of explosives away with the suit of armor, then manipulating the window and bumping the chest away from Benny again, towards the back of the room (the barrel won't scare him, but you can nail him twice with the sliding chest trick). Skip this task if you want the Secret Scares.

6 and 7. Get Benny to smash into the barrels by charging them with the help of the coat rack. Manipulate the windows to get it positioned just right.

8. Have Benny charge the red flag - straight into the wall. A bottle will fall on his head.

9. If you haven't yet, bump the barrel at the bottom-right with the suit of armor to explode the boxes at the top-right, clearing the way for Benny to charge the china cabinet. Bonus set-up: manipulate the window at the bottom-left to slide the chest into position to get bumped later in task 11.

10. After task 9: bump the barrel at the top-left with the suit of armor, straight into Benny. (This task assumes you charged the china cabinet and Benny's stunned)

11. After task 10: Quickly open a window to move the coat rack away, and use the suit of armor at the bottom-right to bump the chest towards Benny.  It's fine if Benny starts walking across the room, the chest will meet him somewhere mid-way.

12. Line up the coat rack with the china cabinet on the left side. Manipulate the lower-left window to get Benny across the room, and tag the coat rack to get him to charge that cabinet for another scare.

Secret Scares:

  • Haunted Chest: Achieved by completing task 4.
  • Triple Explosion Madness: Achieved by completing tasks 6, 7, and 10.
  • Chest to his Chest: Achieved by completing task 11

And with that, you're done with chapter 1! I hope this guide has been helpful. If I'm missing any scares or if any of my information is inaccurate, let me know! What I've listed here are simply my observations.

Link Bits: FARSCAPE is the greatest ever

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[Welcome to a new recurring feature on GeekeryDo: Link Bits. Sometimes, I find way too many things I'd love to share, and I don't really want to wait until Friday Things comes along. So now and again, you'll see these little round-ups.]

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman is being adapted to graphic novel format and is being released by HarperCollins. Oh, joy!

DreamWorks are launching their own children's books imprint, so they can publish titles from their own franchises (like Shrek).

"Farscape’s John Crichton and Aeryn Sun should be on the cover of a book called 'How to Do Romance Right in Storytelling For All the Times Ever.'" I love everything about this article.

Listen to a bestseller for $7.49 at audible.com!

Friday Things: 02/16 - quickie edition

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[In a continuation of "Kristina is behind on everything," here's a catch-up edition of Friday Things - now with bonus links and shorter descriptions.]

On Tattoos:

Best tattoo: world map, fill in as you explore.

Awesome, subtle Disney tattoos.

 

 

On Books and Comics:

Neil Gaiman: Green Eggs and Ham reading.

Remember Disney Kingdoms: Seekers of the Weird? Listen to Rolly Crump talk a bit about it. And other stuff.

Jennifer Lawrence comic book?

Best baby pictures: babies as literary characters.

Young teen earned a book deal through sheer determination.

Ms Marvel #1 is getting a reprint! I really need to read this.

 

 

On Movies and TV:

American Gods for TV is still happening. Rejoice!

Fun facts about Disney's Sleeping Beauty.

Curious about who owns what Marvel characters? Here's a handy visual guide.

 

 

Other:

Nerd food: Rubiks Cube brownies.

The alphabet for nerds.

Awesome Nightmare Before Christmas-inspired DIY home decor!

Awesome Legend of Zelda rock covers. Not that kind of rock.

[Have a great week!]

 

 

Friday Things: 11/02 - Penguins in Belgium, Tyrion quotations, and Hawkeye goes hardback

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[Halloween is over! It's a new month, and the weather is getting colder... brrrr. Warm up with some coffee and enjoy some yummy internet.]

On Travel:

One of my chums as Tomopop went to Belgium recently and took some plastic penguin companions with him to lead a tour for our readers. Previously, he took them through Venice. I can't wait for more.

Lame - some new planes are going to have even narrower seats for long haul flights.

On Books and Comics:

Game of Thrones fans might be interested in the newly-released book based on our favorite imp: The Wit & Wisdom of Tyrion Lannister. Read an interview with its illustrator, Jonty Clark.

Check out all the titles that'll be handed out on World Book Night next year. April 23rd - mark your calendars!

If you've not read any of the Sandman comics, but want to dip your feet in without getting to heavily into spoiler/story territory, The Mary Sue offers a nifty guide regarding which comics to pick and choose.

Michael Crichton fans may or may not know that back when he was in med school, he wrote books under a pen name. They're being re-printed.

This is old news in internet time, but just in case: Larry Kasdan has stepped up to screenwrite Star Wars Episode VII, replacing Michael Arndt.

I reviewed a super awesome planner called the Hobonichi Techo, and even made a companion video for the article I posted up on Japanator.

More Weird Things...! Yay!

Wednesday, Nov. 6th - Hawkeye, Vol. 1 is out in hardcover! It collects issues 1 through 11. (via David Aja)

NaNoWriMo folks: beware when considering plugging song lyrics into your book!

On YouTube:

(via Cheezburger) Watch this video about how a few more veggies and fruits a day can improve your life drastically.

How to make Spider-Man candy apples. Yum.

Delightful book trailer for Chris Hadfield's An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth.

John Green explains the origins of various superstitions.

My latest snack video! Double Berry Pocky and Winter ed. Milk Cream Koala cookies.

Other:

I'm jealous of the folks who'll have the pleasure of having Neil Gaiman as their professor.

A look at con harassment and what we need to do to minimize it.

Cute story about how a man who needed a life-saving kidney transplant eventually married the lady who gave it to him.

iPad-exclusive Marvel Creativity Studio is out! It looks like a neat app for folks who want to learn to draw some of their favorite comics characters. You can buy a special stylus for it which also fully unlocks all its features. The app itself is free to download.

[Okay, so that was a bit longer than usual, too. Still making up for missing the week before last, hah.]

Friday Things: 07/26 - Spooky manors and Princes in Oz

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[Oh hey, summer break! Yay! I actually am not leaving anywhere yet, so I'm still going to be able to deliver here for a bit. Enjoy the links!]

 

 

On Books and Writing:

In case you need some inspiration for summer reading, I've found two nice reading lists this week. The first one is from Bill Gates. The second one is from the team at Pixar behind the short The Blue Umbrella, which was placed before Monsters University in theaters.

Some great advice for writers, though you could probably change "writing" here with any other skill/craft and it'd mostly carry over into relevance.

JK Rowling goes a bit more in-depth about how she came up with various aspects of her latest crime novel, including her pen name. Interesting stuff.

Shameless Self-Promotion:

I made a video about Chanko - the soup that Sumo wrestlers eat in order to get big and strong. I'm still learning the ropes with this video-editing thing, but having fun with it so far! I'll hopefully be taking some more video soon now that it's summer festival season. On the subject of videos, if you look at my sidebar, I've added a little widget there showing the latest videos from the GeekeryDo YouTube Channel! So, you could just click there any time to see what I've uploaded recently. Alternatively, you could just subscribe and stuff. That'd be awesome. 

I reviewed Ozma of Oz (the third book in the Oz series by L Frank Baum) for Bookalicious recently! It's good stuff. 

On Games:

Neil Gaiman is making a video game along with The Odd Gentlemen titled Wayward Manor. It looks like it's going to be awesome, and you could support the game now while its release is still a bit off if you wish.

A Prince of Persia game on my iPad? Yes, I'm interested.

Other:

Awesome story I tuned into via Commander Hadfield on Twitter - a man fled his country and ended up in Australia, became successful, and then tried to pay the government back for all the assistance they gave him when he had nothing.

A 97-year old man uses MS Paint 95 to create awesome art. What?!

If you're not sensitive to Game of Thrones spoilers, there's a neat essay on Book Riot about GoT and feminism. I admittedly had a kind of knee-jerk reaction regarding this subject throughout the first season of the show, but I've warmed up to some of the female characters in much the same way.

Who are the people with the longest life expectancy on the planet?

[That's all for today. Enjoy! I'll be back with more links next week for sure, with hopefully more comics, games, and book reviews in-between now that I've got some more free time. Yay!]

 

 

Friday Things: 07/19 - Frommer's, food, and fanart

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[Yay, summer time! I'll strive to keep on updating my blog regularly until I'm back from vacation at the end of August, but if things are a little slow, it's because I'm on break and plan on traveling around Japan a bit. You understand, I'm sure!]

On Books:

Lev Grossman over at Time's Entertainment section talks about branding, particularly in relation to the recent news about J.K. Rowling being the real identity of the crime author Robert Galbraith.

You could have Neil Gaiman read you The Graveyard Book. Free.

Frommer's no longer belongs to Google, which is pretty awesome. Even more awesome is that they know in order to move forward, they can't just rely on having travelers jump from place to place and write guides. They've decided to look for freelance writers who actually live in the places that new guides would be written for. I like where this is going.

 

 

 

"Listen, adults: you are welcome and encouraged to enjoy YA all you want to. There are great stories here! But the minute you try to take away the books from the teens who they’re intended to reach, then you’re overstepping your boundaries."

 

 

On Photography:

Some great tips on photographing kisses and making them look fun and natural instead of awkward and/or forced.

Food Photography 101!

On Comics:

(via Thomas ScottAnother cool feature about Hawkguy, though this time it's got some input from creators Matt Fraction and David Aja.

Whoa, there might be a female green lantern from Earth!

Lovely Batman stainless steel ring I'd just wear forever and ever.

 

 

On Art:

Some cute Disney x super heroes fan art. I like the art style.

(via TheMarySue) Fantastic Studio Ghibli fanart. I'm particularly fond of her Howl.

 

 

Other:

People got their panties in a twist over a recent Cheerios commercial, but young kids can't figure out what all the hubbub is about. Hint: it's because kids aren't inherently racist, and that sort of bad behavior is taught/learned.

At the time this post is published, there are six days left to pay what you like for some awesome stuff via Humble Weekly. This time around, it's Jim Guthrie albums.

I went to a capsule hotel in Tokyo last weekend and took some video while I was there. See the tour!

 

 

[Okay, so this was a smidge longer than usual in terms of # of links. I just need to slowly make up for possibly missing these in August. Enjoy!]
 

Book Review: 'The Ocean at the End of the Lane' by Neil Gaiman

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The Ocean at the End of the Lane is a fairy tale for adults which explores children's perceptions of adults, traumatic events, and just life in general.

The protagonist of this story went through some rough patches when he was seven years old, and decades later he revisits a key place of his childhood. Sometimes, things happen, and the memories get pushed aside. You might not think about something for ages and ages, and then all it'll take is that one song, or that one photograph, and it all comes flooding back. But the memories that come back to you are altered. As we grow older, our perceptions change, as do our interpretations of various events. As we grow older, our idea of what makes sense or not changes, so do our memories. And sometimes, as we grow older, traumatic events could come back more vividly than we could ever imagine.

The best comparison I could make offhand to illustrate how I feel about Ocean is to bring up Guillermo Del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth. In that film, also a fairy tale for adults, the main girl is going through the traumatic experience of war, and being forced to live with an enemy general. Though the film doesn't lie about what's really going on, we spend most of the time viewing the events from the girl's perspective. And hers is full of fairies and other magical creatures from all her favorite stories, vividly brought to life by her imagination.

It's the same with Ocean, I think. The boy spends a big chunk of his time reading books to escape, especially at night. His imagination is vibrant and bursting, and it wouldn't be a stretch to surmise that his escape from an awful reality was to bring fairies and magic into it. And later on, as he's sitting on a bench and narrating the story for us, it's evident that his adult thoughts are seeping through. He finds it strange that as a child, none of these fantastical events struck him as out of the ordinary, that he simply accepted it all. In the end, it becomes a question of whether one wants to remember certain things, and then how they want to remember them.

One of the finer points of this short book, and my favorite thing about it, is how it highlights that children are much more perceptive, intelligent, resourceful (and yet vulnerable) than we give them credit for. The only person in the household in the narrator's memory who ever knew something was amiss was the seven-year old boy himself. And he goes through great lengths in the narrative to emphasize the huge divide between the way adults think and act, and the way children think and act. And how helpless it feels to be a child when you know the truth, when you have conviction, only to be shot down or disbelieved. These things are explained in circles, much in the way that a typical young mind works. Returning to truths often while analyzing deviations.

I recommend The Ocean at the End of the Lane for adults (and even Young Adults) who enjoy fiction, magic, and adventure. I wouldn't call it haunting, or scary in the way that keeps you up at night, but being a short and easy read, it's hard to put down. So, maybe in that sense, you might be kept up for one night while you keep telling yourself you'll only read one more chapter.

This isn't to say that the book is humorous or objectively not-scary, though. The themes are serious and the protagonist spends most of the narrative describing various states of danger he's put through because of a situation that was out of his control to begin with, and that he is unable to remedy by telling an adult because the adults didn't believe him. And thankfully, I can also report that this isn't necessarily a book that rags on careless adults while the one child protagonist (and the sidekick) knows what's up and saves the day. This isn't one of those stories.

Available from Amazon:

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Book Thoughts: 'Odd and the Frost Giants' by Neil Gaiman

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Odd and the Frost Giants just appeared on my Kindle one day as a gift, and I didn't know it existed until that point. It's a short but sweet tale about a kid called Odd who lives in Midgard during the times that Norse myth are all about. He's 12 and has about had it with life as he knows it, and decides to leave town during an unusually long winter to live in his dad's old shack in the woods. Then he meets a few gods and things get interesting. He goes on an adventure.

This book was written by Neil Gaiman for World Book Day in 2008 and is illustrated by Brett Helquist, who worked on all of the Series of Unfortunate Events books by Lemony Snicket. It could be read in one or two sittings, and is a breath of fresh air if you like Norse myth and fantasy. Even if you're not so much into myths and legends, it's easy to cheer for Odd as he sets out to outsmart a Frost Giant who tries to take hold of Asgard  - all by himself.

Amazon:

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Friday Things: 06/21 - Neil Gaiman, bomb pendants, and bad trailers

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[Another week gone by...! 

The rainy season has kicked up in my area, which is both a good and bad thing. It's good because we need the rain. It's bad because now I'm actively battling mold that threatens to invade my apartment. I've already lost a small towel to it - very upsetting.]

On Books:

New terms have been added to the Oxford English Dictionary, and some of them are about the internet.

Do all your friends talk about Neil Gaiman and say you should read his books, except you have no idea where to start? Jeff at Book Riot is here to help.

I know, I already linked something from Book Riot, but here's one from Eric Smith titled 7 Books You Should Never Give Out On A First Date. It's funny. Read it.

Neil Gaiman tweeted a link to this review of his latest book (The Ocean at the End of the Lane) by William Alexander on the Star Tribune, and named it his favorite review thus far for revealing nothing of the plot but explaining what the book was about.

 

 

On Japan:

I follow Andrew Evans on Twitter and keep up with where he is in the world, but I hadn't really watched much of his video content until he tweeted a link to an old one he made about the daily life of a Japanese student. Since it's relevant to my current daily life, I clicked - lo and behold, his video is on point. If you're curious about how Japanese school children do their thing, here's a peek.

I've written about the prize figures that are in the UFO Catchers in Japanese arcades. I hope to make this a regular feature, but let's not get too much ahead of ourselves.

 

 

On Disney:

Discovered this gem via Nick Pitera on Twitter - beautiful Disney Piano Medley I by AJ Rafael.

The trailer for Frozen is awful, as well as late. It looks like an Ice Age short, and tells us nothing about the plot or the female lead character. What gives, Disney? The movie is slated to hit theaters soon, and nobody knows much of anything about it. Marketing fail, much?

 

 

Other:

(via Fashionably Geek) lovely Legend of Zelda jewelry - I can't ever pass up sharing these. Check out the Hylian Crafts storefront.

Interested in news about the upcoming Star Wars Episode VII? Here's some information about the characters we can expect. I'm still rooting for the rumored female lead character, though there doesn't seem to be a matching male twin for her, which slightly dashes my hopes for Jaina and her brother. Though, who knows, maybe he just isn't going to be a lead, and thus wasn't a part of this casting call.

[That's it for this week! Enjoy! Have a great weekend!]

 

 

Printed Books Giveaway Hop!

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Greetings! I've elected to participate in the Printed Books Giveaway Hop, hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer. Basically, the idea is to showcase printed books, and only printed books. No eBooks allowed, no matter how popular they are now-a-days.

As such, I'm going to be giving away a print copy of one of my all-time favorite books, your choice between Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones or Coraline by Neil Gaiman. Both of those books are special, are all-ages, are full of magic, and have film adaptations. They're charming reads for both children and adults, and in the case of Coraline, not going too far into the realm of creepy for the average kiddo.

How do you win? Easy. Just fill in some information in my handy-dandy Google Form below! You've got until the very last minute of February 7th to enter, so don't wait! Since this is a giveaway hop, you've also got many chances to win myriad other books from other awesome bloggers, so check out this linky list to see where you can visit for more. We were all given freedom of choice for books to give away, so you should definitely poke around.

Edit: the giveaway signup has been removed - contest is over! I will be contacting the winner sometime on Friday. Thanks to everyone who entered my contest! 

About Coraline:

Coraline wishes for something exciting to happen with her boring life (and her too-busy parents). One day, she finds a hidden door which led her to a different, yet familiar world altogether, inhabited by her Other Mother, a creature who wants to give her buttons for eyes and whisk her away. She also meets the other children who had been trapped by the creature in the past, and it's up to her to set them free.

About Howl's Moving Castle:

Sophie has a gift for enchanting things by merely speaking to them. She can berate a hat into making its wearer seem more attractive, even. One day though, an angry witch curses Sophie into looking like an old hag -- and worse, she is unable to speak of it. Sophie seeks out the wizard Howl and barges into his life in hopes he can help her get back to normal. Needless to say, Sophie gets way more than she bargained for.

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