Mar 262015
Photo by  CrayZPhotography

Photo by CrayZPhotography

It has been awhile since we have had a new cosplayer interview.  Well the wait is over because we have a new cosplayer interview!  Let’s not waste any time and meet this cosplayer.


Who are you and where are you from?

Hi! I’m Erin, and I am from California (USA)


How long have you been cosplaying?

It will be my 2-year anniversary at WonderCon Anaheim next month :)


How did you get started and what was your first cosplay?

I got started by being in different groups that did events, photo shoots and stuff related to pop culture. WonderCon 2013 was my first convention and first Cosplay experience. I attempted a female version of an assassin from the Assassins Creed series.


Which cons or events do you usually attend?

I try to attend the cons that happen in Southern California, as well as a couple in Nevada and Arizona. This year I hope to travel more for conventions.


Photography by David Strain

Photography by David Strain

Which con or event would you like to attend and why?

I’d love to attend New York Comic Con, or Fan Expo in Canada. Both are places that I’ve never been to and would love the opportunity to travel there, even just for a few days.


Where do you get your inspiration for choosing what to cosplay?

I always choose characters that I know. I haven’t, and won’t, Cosplay a character I know nothing about. To me, Cosplay is about bringing characters you love to life, and you can’t really do that if you know nothing about them. :)


Do you know a lot about the characters that you cosplay?

Coupled with the answer from the previous question, yes, I try to know as much as possible! I won’t Cosplay a character I don’t know.


Do you make all of your cosplays?

Yes and no. I buy my corsets through a local retailer, because I have not yet mastered how to make them. I am very budget-friendly with my cosplays so I find alternative ways to make my cosplays awesome. I shop at thrift stores, fabric stores and even yard sales. Sometimes I find things that I can turn into Cosplay items, and sometimes I order my props and little things from retailers. I’ve never bought a full costume though, and I hope my skills continue to improve so that I never will. However, even if someone does but a full costume it doesn’t make them any less of a cosplayer.

Photography by David Strain

Photography by David Strain

What has been your easiest and most complicated cosplay?

Easiest – Doctor Pamela Isley
I am in the medical field and I already had a lab coat. The skirt and top were items I already had as well because I am in an internship that requires business casual/professional attire.

Hardest – Greaser Harley Quinn
Aside from the project of making my first big prop (my hammer), we custom made my jacket, the makeup was the hardest I’ve done, etc. it was a blast though!


If you could cosplay anybody from anything who would it be?

I’d like to Cosplay a demon hunter from Diablo III. The clothing and armor is intense.


What was one of your most memorable experiences you have had while cosplaying?

Everything. Cosplay has opened me up to meet so many fantastic people, go so many places, and have so much fun. I’m so happy I Cosplay.

Photography by David Strain

Photography by David Strain

What advice would you give to somebody just starting out cosplaying?

Just have fun! It doesn’t matter how good you are, what body type you have or what skin color you are. If you love the craft, just do it :) Cosplay and conventions are for celebrating love of characters and art – and no one can take that from you.


Besides cosplaying what other hobbies do you have?

Some other hobbies of mine include: video gaming, reading, studying, playing pool, photography, crafting and more. :)

I want to say thank you to Erin DeBorba.  Be sure to check out her social media pages here.

Instagram: erindeborbacosplay
Twitter: @legionladyerin


Mar 262015

Michael and Miri are back in another episode of the Casual Standard.  We talk about many topics in this episode.

  • Gen Con threatening to leave
  • Doctor Who : The Ninth Doctor #1 from Titan Comics
  • Death of a Ninja Turtle
  • X-Files coming back


More info on Doctor Who : The Ninth Doctor #1 visit here.


Mar 222015

In this episode we review Cthulhu Wars from Peterson Games.  We also talk about starting your own game collection.  Which games do we recommend you look at first?  Listen and enjoy the show.

Link to Cthulhu Wars

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Mar 212015

Do you have what it takes to loot and recruit well enough to claim the title of Goblin King for yourself?


Over at Swarm of Dice LLC we’re proud to present our first game, Loot & Recruit; a quirky, combative, deck building game.



Become a contestant in a crazy Goblin festival as you compete for the title of Goblin King. During the festival, you will add new cards to your deck, recruit Goblins for victory points, attack other players, and hire minions to perform special actions.


Loot & Recruit is a deck building game that brings a twist to the genre through it’s stacking mechanic, dual shop line-up, and PvP elements.  The game has been in development for over a year, with countless hours of playtesting, tweaking, more playtesting, and a few complete overhauls of the entire game, all aimed at making it the best experience possible for players.



220 cards, 1 rulebook, 1 game box


Number of Players:

2 – 5 players



45 – 60 minutes






We’re turning to Kickstarter to seek funding for the game. The campaign will feature a copy of the game, as well as options for a fully developed print and play copy, and a limited number of prototype copies with exclusive development notes. Shipping will be FREE to all backers (regardless of their location). However, all backers will still be responsible for any duties, taxes, import fees, etc.


The Kickstarter is set to launch on March 10, 2015, with an estimated delivery date of January 2016. Can’t wait that long to play the game? You can check out our prototype Print N’ Play (which includes a full color and low ink version) HERE and we also have the game on Tabletop Simulator HERE.



Kickstarter Link:

Loot & Recruit Press Kit:


Loot & Recruit BGG Page:

Mar 212015

We had two ties from the last round so it’s two matches with three people.  Vote on one person from each to decide the final two to compete for victory!


West Bracket - Who is better?

  • Wonder Woman ( DC Comics ) (14%, 3 Votes)
  • Darth Vader ( Star Wars ) (33%, 7 Votes)
  • Batman ( DC Comics ) (52%, 11 Votes)

Total Voters: 21

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East Bracket - Who is better?

  • The Doctor ( Doctor Who ) (55%, 11 Votes)
  • Captain Jack ( Doctor Who ) (15%, 3 Votes)
  • Sherlock Holmes (30%, 6 Votes)

Total Voters: 20

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Mar 192015

Michael and Miri bring you the first episode of The Casual Standard. This podcast series will focus on our more geek topics and whatever else we want to talk about.  In this episode we talk about a few different topics.

  • What we are watching
  • Batgirl Cover Variant
  • Pixel trailer
  • Final Fantasy Type-0
  • Jason Mamoa

To check out more shirts visit Crazydog T-shirts.

Here is the Pixel Trailer

Mar 162015
​On this Episode of Direct Damage a pair of under the weather hosts talk about the SCG Open that just happened this weekend. Join Layfield and Kaesi as they talk about staying up way too late, playing the one deck we own, and Being hungry. we go around the table and talk about our feelings on the spoilers for Dragons of Tarkir.

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Kaesi is @GirlOnNerds

Layfield is @Zero_Layfield

The show is @DirectDamCast

Mar 152015

It’s the Elite Eight!  Vote to get your favorites in the Final Four.


West Bracket - Who is better?

  • Batman ( DC Comics ) (75%, 6 Votes)
  • Perry the Platypus ( Phineas and Ferb ) (25%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 8

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West Bracket - Who is better?

  • Darth Vader ( Star Wars ) (50%, 4 Votes)
  • Wonder Woman ( DC Comics ) (50%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 8

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East Bracket - Who is better?

  • Sherlock Holmes (50%, 4 Votes)
  • Captain Jack ( Doctor Who ) (50%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 8

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East Bracket - Who is better?

  • Darth Maul ( Star Wars ) (38%, 3 Votes)
  • The Doctor ( Doctor Who ) (63%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 8

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