Hooray for Blyatman! xD
I did this in the early morning of today and it’s available in my spreadshirt shop you can find in the bar directly above this text or by clicking on the pic!
Hooray for Blyatman! xD
I did this in the early morning of today and it’s available in my spreadshirt shop you can find in the bar directly above this text or by clicking on the pic!
You guys will remember that Sven Schlammlederson thing I had going on, won’t you?
Well I made some animated GIFs for my friends over at Kaptorga because of their funny music video about what’s wrong with modern depictions of vikings in the media.
This GIF has been shared over 6000 times by you guys! I’m fucking blown away! 😀
And for shits and giggles, in all his glory, Sven Schlammlederson:
This will be my first video series! I’m going to tell you all about old stuff – as the title suggests! 😉
The people of BattleMerchant.com were so nice to provide me with this epic sax shown in the video and in return I’m going to use this beautiful piece for my first video of this series.
I plan to show you all sorts of historical stuff in pictures and videos, try them, wear them, probably drop them a few times and enlighten you with some historical context! That’s at least what I hope it’ll be like 😉 The overall theme will be viking, germanic, celtic, roman and the middle ages in general from different perspectives.
Filming will begin in september!
I’m super excited 😀
Another epic thing, an addition to my tool set so to say, is this A3 light box. It will help me big time tracing knotwork or ancient patterns and applying it on drinking horns for example. I wanna do some engraving!
Or maybe I’m going to sketch the occasional little comic… who knows 😉 Maybe I already got something planned… 😀
I’m really happy that I can finally announce it:
I’m going to be at the GamesCom in Cologne, Germany, from 21st – 25th of August.
There I’ll be dwelling at the booth of Ceres Games, who are currently working on a new turn-based strategy RPG named Realms Beyond.
Best thing about it is, that it’s made by people who love the oldschool-stuff, like Ultima, Pool of Radiance, Wizardry, combined with the warm feeling you had when you played Dungeons & Dragons with your friends with actual pens and papers. It’s even based on its ruleset!
Since I’m a nerdy girl, which you will already know at this point, I was physically unable to say no when my good friend Frank asked if I was interested to join him and the team around Peter Ohlmann, who had worked on The Settlers II, Cultures, Knights and Merchants and many more before.
So I started out as a booth girl with my armor and contributed a lot of my private stuff I have lying around here for decorative purposes but soon I started throwing my digital art at everyone and their mother and after some time I became responsible for managing all the social media stuff.
And I can play with Photoshop, Premiere and After Effects all day every day to come up with pretty stuff for you to look at 😀
You are definitely going to hear more about this on this blog of mine, of that you can be sure! I love doing the stuff I do: Helping to create an epic experience for every future player of this beautiful piece of code!
1 hour of this epic sound. Enjoy.
And in case you want to help, (because science always needs your support!) you can like, share and comment on this video to spread it all around the globe!
I’m quite in love with the Alaskan Malamute. Look at all their fluff!
I think they wouldn’t be too happy with the warm weather in Europe compared to where they originally came from. But I’m always happy when I can see these bouncing fluffballs on youtube.
If I had some fantasy viking world, these would definitely be a part of that! 😀
History, heritage, it all goes hand in hand somehow and with genealogy becoming more and more simple these days with all sorts of online databases it’s a reasonable interest people take in getting to know where they come from – or where the people they like come from.
So, how did I start? Well, first I took a closer look at my names. “Aleke Vilhelmsdottir” is some sort of a stage name for me, referring to my late dad being the one who actually introduced me to norse mythology. My actual first name is a greek male name my mother chose for me because she liked how exotic it sounded and I was born in a time where stuff like “Dynasty” was on TV. Go figure yourself 😀 My father’s last name can be traced back to a village in Switzerland of the same name, but as far as I know there’re no known ancestors of us coming from there, so this might be a coincidence. The trace ends (for now) in the southwestern parts of germany.
My mother’s maiden name was a typical german name but her mother’s (my late grandma’s) maiden name was a bit more interesting. My great grandparents came from Silesia over to Germany in the late 1800s. They had married in what is now Poland and lived in the region of Zabrze. Shortly after that they fled to Germany when the polish government started to expropriate people in Silesia and they basically lost their farm to these circumstances and went on their journey with nothing more than what could fit on their horse-drawn cart.
My grandma was born in the late 1920s and of course got hit by WWII. Because of our family history she hated the Polish people until she died because in her opinion she could have grown up on a huge farm instead of being born into relatively poor circumstances just because of governmental decisions, and you need somebody to blame, don’t ya? But no worries, I didn’t proceed to hate people who never harmed me personally and I actually think the Polish and Silesian culture are heavily intertwined, they were basically neighbours, like Germany and the Netherlands.
Fun Fact: My great grandpa spoke over seven languages. And he always claimed that our family had come from Italy to Silesia, because a more italian version of their name existed and their Silesian/Polish form of this name is quite rare. He said they went from the name “Pallotti” to “Pallotz”, which doesn’t sound that unlikely when you think about it.
How much the polish language and Silesia in general influenced my grandma becomes apparent when you think about that her first name was “Alice”. In German this name would be pronounced something like “Ah-leess”, just like in french, but my grandma called herself “Ah-lee-tzuh” all her life because the “tz” – sound is closer to the polish pronounciation of the name (“Alicja” – “Ah-lee-tzya”).
So do I get my viking card revoked now? Well … I don’t give a flying fuck if my ancestors were actually vikings or slavs when it comes to what I like to do, so I’m still going to get inspired by scandinavian culture and I’ll proceed loving their history and I’ll of course stay asatru because why the fuck wouldn’t I?
Have a great day, folks! 🙂
So sometimes people produce this really epic shit and when I happen to know them I’ll support the fuck out of them. Also with small details.
So mah guys over at Kaptorga happened to produce this music video, a parody of the modern day depiction of vikings on TV and in cinemas, using the melody of the song “Jozin z Bazin”. This came out really funny and I wholeheartedly laughed my ass off when viewing it the first time (and still do 😀 ). The character of Sven Schlammlederson (Mud-Leather-son) has a lot of meme potential and so I did what I love to do since the beginning of me being able to operate computers: I produced a major copyright infringement… 😀 nah I made some GIFs and uploaded them to Giphy and Tenor, which makes them available on Facebook, Whatsapp, Twitter and basically every messenger service that uses these databases as a source.
To see GIFs I created in an internationally used database for memes is a bit weird and overwhelming but in the end anyone can upload their stuff there. But still I really am a bit hyped about this 😀
These are the GIFs that I’ve done so far:
And this little off-topic one because I found it hilarious aswell:
And these are coming to Facebook etc soo, it just takes a while for the database to refresh and I just uploaded them today (7-30-18):
If you’re searching for these GIFs I recommend using tags like “Kaptorga” or “Sven Schlammlederson” but it has been reported they also appear when searching for good ol’ Ragnar 😀
Have a nice day and don’t forget to have some fun 😉
… I cannot believe they did this xD (unfortunately only available in german)
Lil’ bit of context:
There are people who either take being a viking in modern times too seriously or get their information about the viking age or medieval times in general only from TV series like Vikings and such. And while it’s perfectly fine to love your hobby a bit too much and to be a huge fan of a TV series there are downsides to this.
I for example love love love dressing up in fantasy or historical gear, take photos, decorate everything accordingly with my witchy stuff, I even made this my job. And I know which piece of clothing, decorative item or jewelry is a historical replica or plain fantasy, or a creative mixture of both.
Let me be clear: To enjoy history or fantasy you don’t have to be a professional of any sort. You don’t have to own a shipload of books and you don’t have to be able to distinguish the mammen style from celtic knotwork, you don’t need to own armor or weapons and you certainly don’t have to reach a level of historical knowledge to be accepted in the world in general. It’s all fun and games, ya know? Until…
Well until someone comes and spoils the fun for everyone. They are real and they’ll approach you, these specialists that are none.
Who am I talking about?
They don’t really have a name but all they do is collecting everything they see in the cinema and popular TV shows and claim these “facts” to be right, spreading them all over the place and getting really confident about it, up to a level where they start to argue aggressively with actual historians. And that’s annoying as fuck.
Bonuspoints for those, who stand in the middle of the forest, screaming “Odin” from the top of their lungs and expecting that to be the core of any pagan belief system they claim to be part of. Ask them about the roots of said belief, ask them for more names than Odin, Thor, Freya or Loki, and all they’ll come up with will be something that was part of a Marvel movie.
Again: Not being educated about certain parts of history is completely okay. My knowledge about the medieval Russia is not as good as it could be aswell. It’s their attitude that ticks people off. And it often reminds of egomaniacs. Using a religious label to sound exotic and to get all them chicks. A cockalorum.
Of course such people tried to approach me and sometimes it’s shocking what they try to plan while claiming they’re friends with you out of the blue. (Spoiler: It’s mostly trying to get shit for free or sex. Or both.) And they’re high maintenance, always need compliments and of course never take criticism without drama. They engage in lengthy Facebook conversations about who is right about some insignificant bullshit, like “Did the vikings wear a sheep skin around their shoulders?” or “Did the vikings wear khol (eyeliner) around their eyes?” which are questions that can be answered in one or two sentences, but they make dozens and dozens of postings, blowing the whole thing up.
Such people exist everywhere, be it in the field of history or gaming, fashion or physics. And it’s almost impossible to argue with them because they want their opinion (which is often integral part of their lifestyle) to be right so badly, that they get personally offended when you correct them.
I have no time for them to be honest. There is stuff I have to craft, things I have to sell, actual friends and family who need my attention. And I’m not a bot spitting out compliments whenever people approach me. But since I take a lot of stuff with humour I had a really good laugh with this song 😀
I just stumbled across this interesting video, so in case you’re interested in Swedish, Norwegian, Danish and such you might enjoy watching this one 🙂
As some of you might know I’m practicing Swedish every now and then which I greatly enjoy and which enables me to understand more languages like norwegian or danish!
Just leaving this here as a little sneak peek of what I’m up to at the moment…
It shall be glorious 😀
i can’t xD
…of what’s going on in my lair right now 😀
This shall be a mighty shaman staff… thingamajig… Promise, it’s gonna be cool once it’s done! 😀
Have a nice day, guys!
These beads are so rad, I can’t wait to put them in my hair 😀
In case you also feel this strange urge, I can help you out. The only thing you’d need to do is click either on the picture or this link right here to get this whole set of beads for 39,99 €
I’d definitely make some more money off of them by selling them as single pieces of 5 €/each but this sale is part of my little campaign to give my subscribers something back. We already had a giveaway for a beautiful celtic necklace and now you can get your hands on a whole set for an unbeatable price! PLUS: You also get a handy tool which helps you installing the beads in your hair and beard! But worry not, there’s still a giveaway to come on my Instagram in the near future! I’m just hella busy 😀
Hope to see some of you guys at GamesCom 2018 in Cologne, Germany, August 21st – 25th 🙂
This chubby raccoon harassing a cat 😀
Behold my beautiful home! A place, where the Bructeri once lived, by the way, which is the native tribe of the famous priestess Veleda 🙂
I have an axe! And the axe even got a backstory! Yay! 😀
Let’s start at the beginning… My dad worked as an artisan and heating engineer, repairing and making lots of stuff, using all sorts of tools. I got it all inherited from his side 😉 And so it happened that he liked to have all sorts of tools at home, drill machines, chisels, saws, you name it. I also inherited most of that stuff, too. And since we had real christmas trees back in the days, we would also have to get rid of them at some point after christmas. So my dad brought home this cool axe which was bigger than me at that time. Here’s a comparison photo with my hand:
So we happily lived there in our flat until one day a neighbour moved in, and this neighbour was not only the owner of a huge-ass dog, but also batshit crazy. So this axe was stored right behind our door in case he would knock on our door or enter our flat like the aggressive alcoholic that he was. Luckily this guy vanished as quickly as he had shown up and nobody had to get chopped into pieces 😉
It’s heavy as fuck and the handle is broken at the top but I don’t want to repair it to use it, I want to retire it on my wall, giving it a little viking makeover.
It shall be glorious! 😀
Here’s my progress ❤ As some of you may know I’m sculpting the Hand of the King-brooch from Game of Thrones at the moment and that’s how far I’ve got until today, the beginning of July. It’s completely handsculpted and I’m going to fire it in my kiln and afterwards polish it so it’ll hopefully look all silvery (white bronze) with black details!
I hope I’m gonna be able to fasten the needle at the back without being too destructive but also avoiding it falling off after some time. The blade on the left still needs some work so it’ll appear sharper and not so bended anymore and I plan to refine the swirly pattern, too 🙂
Have a nice day!
I mean, could the vikings swim in their chainmail or did they just drown when they fell overboard?
Find out in this video made by my friends over at Kaptorga what happened when they tried it themselves!
I love giving you guys a bit of an overview how my little business is growing and apart from new products I also love to write about what I plan and what has changed recently… so here we go 🙂
First of all: I want to get a bit more into fantasy again. As some might know I looted a shipload of books (which were all for free, thanks to the amazing donor!) and since all of these were part of my youth in some form I thought I could not only read them alone in my lair with purring cats on my lap – no! I could also review them! Sure these books are old and probably not even available anymore but there’s always the little possibility of grabbing them on Amazon or Ebay or we could just indulge in old memories of adventures long passed 😀 Either way, I’d love to blog and vlog about them. It’s mainly Pen & Paper – RPG stuff accompanying the roleplay systems like (A)D&D like Dragonlance or The Dark Eye, but also Forgotten Realms and others! Plus I already had loads of books before and maybe these are interesting aswell. They’re mainly in german but some are also dutch or english and I’ll of course give you the correct english information for them. We’ll see 🙂
My amazing best friend owns a drone with an action camera. And of course I’d like borrow it to make some beautiful videos soaring through the forest! But not only that, I also just looted a GoPro head strap to fasten the camera to myself so that you can come with me while I sneak through the trees 😀 This is hopefully gonna be fun and I’m also planning on using it while crafting stuff so you can see in detail what I do!
I also uploaded a little video of me singing. How awkward! 😀
But I’d like to be more musical in the future. Singing is a part of my life for as long as I remember and there are some amazing songs out there, fantasy and pagan alike, which I would love to work on. I never took lessons so please, please bear with me 😀
Speaking of more videos, I’m also sharing my youtube videos on IGTV, the new video platform Instagram just launched. I still have to figure out how all of that stuff really works but I hope I can bring my content to all of you guys, regardless of where you preferably watch videos.
Oh, and I bought me a pair of elf ears 😀 For shits and giggles and maybe for later this year. There’s a small chance I’m gonna need them 😉
So I started my youtube thing in may/june this year but I didn’t get to record the let’s play videos as originally intended. But they’re coming! I swear! 😀
Right now we are 5266 people over on my Instagram and we’re growing! I’m really happy about that! If you want to you can join me by clicking the link and following my profile: https://www.instagram.com/livingpaganism/
I also thought about merch. Wait a minute, I’m not that kind of self-centered person who wants to see their face on everyone’s t-shirts xD But I did think of some pagan stuff you could totally wear every day without getting into trouble with your employer or your nosy neighbours, if you know what I mean. Something you’ll occasionally get a friendly nod for without being too striking or aggressive. While I do have a spreadshirt shop (which you can find here: https://www.spreadshirt.de/user/DreamForge (German) and here: https://www.spreadshirt.com/user/DreamForgeCreations (USA)) I’d love to make things less complicated. There’s one shop for Europe and one for the US and I totally lost track of both at some point. Plus I only get to keep 1 or 2 € from a 25 € t-shirt sale. I’m sure I could make t-shirts for way less than that if I used the printing service right around the corner! Some of my designs are even kinda fun 😉
And this is why I’m going to need my own shop system in the long run. Etsy is great because you can just put everything into the form and that’s it. But there’s a restriction of what you can sell there. I’d love to sell stuff for other people aswell, people who make great art and there’s always a bit of an uncertainty of how to handle everything. Also there are great items out there which are factory made, like books or tarot cards I really love and I’m sure you would, too. But they’re unfortunately neither made by me nor by a fellow crafter, so they can’t be sold there. So I really gotta get into how to set up a shop system that has the ability to charge credit cards, bank accounts and paypal accounts, being connected to my business bank account then. Plus I could easier make discounts or put up some charity sales which I also want to do in the future!
Places I’d love to try out in the future are Amazon Handmade, ebay and Dawanda, mostly for the sake of reach, but a shop hosted by me is definitely the most attractive alternative 🙂
Crafty shit I still have lying around are some plastic drinking horns, moss, faux fur, some boots I want to give a make-over, tiny antlers, big antlers, pine cones, wooden disks and stones for more rune sets and a shipload of leather which I will probably turn into a costume, some artificial dreadlocks and other hair stuff for a shamanic raven-esque headpiece, feathers, huge amber-colored glass beads and some clay, the latter will hopefully be turned into some incense stick holder soon-ish 😀 Also I have this huge pile of wire cluttering my desk, which isn’t jewelry-grade but hopefully will work as interior decoration in its future life, since I still want to make some dreamcatchers.
So I guess that’s it for now!
Have a nice day 🙂
So I got myself a Discord server the other day, mainly for shits and giggles. I’ve no special idea what to do with it yet besides from chatting occasionally with whomever joins it and having it as a platform for people to have fun on.
Feel free to join ^^
Something for the upcoming midsummer nights 🙂
I’m a huge nerd. And by huge I really mean ginormous. And since I want pagan- and fantasy themed games to be a part of my Youtube Channel I decided to drop my list of games here. Have fun reading through it! I’m going to link the titles to their according playlists as soon as I get ready recording 😉
1914 – The Great War (PC)
A Boy and his Blob (NES)
Afrika Korps vs. Desert Rats (PC)
Age of Empires (PC)
Age of Mythology – Extended Edition (PC)
Age of Wonders III (PC)
Age of Wonders – Shadow Magic (PC)
Akalabeth: World of Doom (PC)
Alan Wake’s American Nightmare (PC)
Alex Kidd in Shinobi World (Sega Mastersystem)
Alfred Chicken (Amiga CD32)
Alien Breed 2 – Assault (PC)
Alone in the Dark – The New Nightmare (PS1)
Alpha Prime (PC)
Angst – Rahz’s Revenge (PC)
Anno 1404 (PC)
Anno 1404: Venice (PC)
Anno 1503 (PS)
Anno 1602 (PC)
Anno 1701 (PC)
Anstoss Action – Die Fußballsimulation (PC)
Anstoss 3 – Der Fußballmanager (PC)
Archon – Classic (PC)
Arma 2 (PC)
Arma Tactics (PC)
Arma – Cold War Assault (PC)
Arma – Gold Edition (PC)
Armored Warfare – Beta (PC)
Arsenal of Democracy (PC)
Ascension to the Throne (PC)
Assassin’s Creed (PC)
Assassin’s Creed – Revelations (PC)
Asteroid Belt (Atari)
Avenum – Escape from the Pit (PC)
Aveyond 3-1: Lord of Twilight (PC)
Bad Rats (PC)
Baldur’s Gate – Enhanced Edition (PC)
Baldur’s Gate II – Enhanced Edition (PC)
Baldur’s Gate II – Schatten von Amn (Collectors Edition) (PC)
Barnyard Blaster (Atari XE)
Batman – Arkham Asylum GOTY Edition (PC)
Batman Returns (Sega Mega-CD)
Battle Arena Toshinden (PS1)
Battle Isle 3 – Schatten des Imperators (PC)
Battle Isle Phase 4 – Incubation (PC)
Battletoads (Amiga CD32)
Battletoads – Battle Maniacs (SNES)
Black & White (PC)
Beneath a Steel Sky (PC)
Big Hurt Baseball (SNES)
Bio Menace (PC)
Birth of America (PC)
Blood Bowl – Legendary Edition (PC)
Breath of Death VII (PC)
Bridge Project (PC)
Bump ‘n’ Burn (Amiga CD32)
Burnout Paradise – The ultimate Box (PC)
Bushido Blade (PS1)
Buzz! – Das große Quiz (PS2)
Call of Duty (PC)
Call of Duty – United Offensive (Expansion Pack) (PC)
Call of Duty 2 (PC)
Call of Duty 4 – Modern Warfare (PC)
Call of Duty – World at War (PC)
Call of Juarez – Gunslinger (PC)
Cardinal Syn (PS1)
Carmageddon TDR 2000 (PC)
Carrier Strike Force (PC)
Catan – Die erste Insel (PC)
ChuChu Rockket! (DC)
Cities XL Platinum (PC)
CivCity: Rome (PC)
Civilization – Call to Power (PC)
Civilization II – Test of Time (PC)
Civil War 2 – Generals (PC)
Close Combat – Modern Tactics (PC)
Close Combat – Last Stand Arnhem (PC)
Command & Conquer (N64)
Command & Conquer – Der Tiberiumkonflikt (PC)
Command & Conquer Teil 1: Der Tiberiumkonflikt (PS1)
Command & Conquer – Alarmstufe Rot (PS1)
Command & Conquer Teil 2: Alarmstufe Rot (PC)
Command & Conquer Teil 3: Operation Tiberian Sun (PC)
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 – Uprising (PC)
Commander – Europe at War (PC)
Commander – The Great War (PC)
Commandos – Im Auftrag der Ehre (PC)
Company of Heroes (PC)
Company of Heroes – New Steam Version)
Company of Heroes – Opposing Fronts
Conflict of Heroes – Awakening the Bear / Operation Barbarossa 1941 (PC)
Conquest of Elysium 3 (PC)
Counter Strike – Global Offensive (PC)
Counter Strike – Source (PC)
Crossing Souls (Demo) (PC)
Crusader Kings Complete (PC)
Crusader Kings II (PC)
Crysis II (PC)
Crysis II – Maximum Edition (PC)
CSI – Hard Evidence (PC)
CSI: NY – The Game (PC)
Cthulhu saves the World (PC)
Cultures – Die Entdeckung Vinlands (PC)
Cultures 2 – Die Tore Asgards (PC)
Dark Reign (PC)
Darkest Hour: A Hearts of Iron Game (PC)
Day of Defeat (PC)
Dead Space (PC)
Deathmatch Classic (PC)
Defy Gravity (PC)
Der Clou (PC)
Der Herr der Ringe – Die Rükkehr des Königs (PC)
Deus Ex – Human Revolution (PC)
Diablo II (PC)
Die Gilde 2 (PC)
Die Sims – Das volle Leben (PC)
Die Sims – Mittelalter (PC)
Die Sims 3 (PC)
Die Völker (PC)
Dino Crisis (PS1)
Dino Crisis (DC)
Dino Crisis 2 (PS1)
Disciples II – Gallean’s Return (PC)
Disciples II – Rise of the Elves (PC)
Divinity – Original Sin (PC)
Divinity II – Developers Cut (PC)
Dominions 4 (PC)
Donkey Kong (Atari)
Donkey Kong 64 (N64)
Double Dragon (Sega Mastersystem)
Dragon Age – Origins (PC)
Drakensang – Am Fluss der Zeit (PC)
Dream Pinball 3D (PC)
Dune II (PC)
Dungeon Keeper (PC)
Dungeon Keeper Gold (PC)
Dungeon Keeper 2 (PC)
Dynamite Cop (DC)
Dynasty Warriors (PS1)
Eador – Genesis (PC)
Eador Masters of the Broken World (PC)
Earth 2160 (PC)
Eastern Front – Der Rußland-Feldzug (PC)
Ecco The Dolphin (Sega MegaDrive)
ECW – Anarchy Rulz (PS1)
ECW – Hardcore Revolution (PS1)
Elven Legacy (PC)
Elven Legacy – Magic (PC)
Elven Legacy – Ranger (PC)
Elven Legacy – Siege (PC)
Empire – Total War (PC)
Eschalon: Book I (PC)
Europa Universalis (PC)
Europa Universalis III (PC)
Evil Dead – Hail to the King (PC)
Evil Dead- Hail to the King (PS1)
F.E.A.R. 2 – Project Origin (PC)
F.E.A.R. 3 (PC)
Fallen Enchantress – Legendary Heroes (PC)
Fallout Tactics (PC)
Fallout II (PC)
Fallout III (PC)
Fantasy Commander – Eukarion Wars (PC)
Fantasy Wars (PC)
FIFA 98 (PC)
FIFA Football 2002 (PS1)
FIFA Soccer 96 (PS1)
Fighting Spirit (Amiga)
Final Fantasy VII (PS1)
Final Fantasy X (PS2)
Final Fantasy XII (PS2)
Final Fight (Sega Mega-CD)
Flight of the Amazon Queen (PC)
Forgotten Realms – Demon Stone
Forgotten Realms – Neverwinter Nights (PC)
Fox & Goat (Atari)
Frederic: Evil strikes back (PC)
Frederic: Resurrection of Music (PC)
Full Spectrum Warrior (PC)
Galactic Civilizations I – Ultimate Edition (PC)
Galactic Civilizations II – Ultimate Edition (PC)
Game of Thrones (PC)
Gloom (Amiga CD32)
Goats on a Bridge (PC)
Gorasul – Das Vermächtnis des Drachen (PC)
Grand Theft Auto 2 (PS1)
Grandia II (PS2)
Great Big War Game (PC)
Guacamelee! Gold Edition (PC)
Guild Wars 2 (PC)
Guitar Hero (PS2)
Guitar Hero II (PS2)
Guitar Hero Metallica (PS2)
Half-Life – Counter Strike (PC)
Half-Life 2 (PC)
Half-Life 2 – Episode One (PC)
Half-Life 2 – Episode Two (PC)
Half Life 2 – Lost Coast (PC)
Half Life 2 – Blue Shift (PC)
Half Life 2 – Opposing Force
Hearts of Iron II – Complete (PC)
Hearts of Iron III (PC)
Hello Neighbor! (Alpha) (PC)
Hell yeah! (PC)
Heroes of Might & Magic V (PC)
Hitman 2 – Silent Assassin (PC)
Hitman – Blood Money (PC)
Indiana Jones – Adventure Kit (PC)
… and the Last Crusade
… and the Fate of Atlantis
… und der Turm von Babel
Imperial Glory (PC)
Iron Sword – Wizards and Warriors II (NES)
Jade Empire – Special Edition (PC)
Jagged Alliance Flashback (PC)
Jagged Alliance Gold (PC)
Jagged Alliance – Kampf um Metavira (PC)
Jagged Alliance 2 – Gold Pack (PC)
Jagged Alliance 2 – Unfinished Business (PC)
Jagged Alliance 2 – Wildfire (PC)
Just Cause (PC)
Justice League – Task Forces (Sega MegaDrive)
King Arthur – The Role-playing Wargame (PC)
King’s Bounty – The Legend (PC)
King’s Quest 7 – The Princeless Bride
King’s Quest 8 – Maske der Ewigkeit (PC)
Knights of Pen and Paper +1 (PC)
Kung Fu Master (Atari)
Labyrinthine Dreams (PC)
Last Word (PC)
Left 4 Dead (PC)
Left 4 Dead 2 (PC)
Legacy of Kain – Soul Reaver (PS1)
Legend of Grimrock (PC)
Legends of Eisenwald (PC)
Lilly Adventure (Atari)
Lords of Xulima (PC)
Lure of the Temptress (PC)
Majesty 2 (PC)
Make My Video – INXS (Sega Mega-CD)
Making History – The Calm & The Storm (PC)
Marie’s Room (PC)
Masters of the Universe – He-Man: Defender of Grayskull (PS2)
Mass Effect (PC)
Mass Effect 2 (PC)
Mario Kart 64 (N64)
Mech Warrior 2 (PC)
Mech Warrior 3 (PC)
Medal of Honor (Multiplayer) (PC)
Medal of Honor (Singleplayer) (PC)
Medieval Total War – Viking Invasion (Expansion) (PC)
Medieval II – Total War (PC)
Men of War – Assault Squad (PC)
Mega Games I (Sega MegaDrive)
… Super Hang-On
… World Cup Italia 94
Metro 2033 (PC)
Mirror’s Edge (PC)
Mission 3,000 (Atari)
MoonBase Commander (PC)
Mortal Kombat Mythologies – Sub-Zero (N64)
Mortal Kombat – Special Forces (PS1)
Motocross Mania 2 (PS1)
Mount & Blade – Warband (PC)
Napoleon – Total War (PC)
Naval War – Arctic Circle (PC)
NBA Live 96 (SNES)
NBA JAM (SNES)
Need for Speed III – Hot Pursuit (PC)
Need for Speed – Underground (PC)
Need for Speed – Underground (PS2)
Neverwinter Nights 2 (PC)
Nightmare Creatures (PS1)
Nuclear Strike (PC)
Oddworld – Abe’s Exodus (PS1)
Operation Barbarossa – The Struggle for Russia (PC)
Operation Flashpoint – Cold War Crisis (PC)
Overblood 2 (PS1)
Overload (Playable Teaser) (PC)
Panzer Corps (PC)
Panzer Corps – Grand Campaign 1939 – 1945 (PC)
Panzer Corps – Wehrmacht (PC)
Panzer General – Unternehmen Barbarossa (PC)
Panzer General IV – Western Assault (PC)
Patrician III (PC)
Payday – The Heist (PC)
Pierre le Chef – Out to Lunch (Amiga CD32)
Pirates, Vikings & Knights II (PC)
Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds (PC)
Pokémon – Goldene Edition (GBC)
Poket Fighter (PS1)
Police Quest SWAT (PC)
Police Quest SWAT 2 (PC)
Pool of Radiance – Ruins of Myth Drannor (PC)
Populous – The Beginning (PC)
Portal 2 (PC)
Pride of Nations (PC)
Prince of Persia (Sega Mega-CD)
Privateer 2 – The Darkening (PC)
Racing Simulation 2 (DC)
Railroad Tycoon II (PS1)
RAW – Realms of Ancient War (PC)
RealSports Volleyball (Atari 2600)
Red Orchestra 2 – Heroes of Stalingrad (PC)
Resident Evil (PS1)
Resident Evil (Sega Saturn)
Resident Evil – Code Veronica (DC)
Resident Evil 2 (PS1)
Resident Evil 3 – Nemesis (PS1)
Resident Evil 3 – Nemesis (DC)
Rising Storm/Red Orchestra 2 Multiplayer (PC)
Rome – Total War (PC)
Rome – Total War – Alexander (PC)
Runaway – A road adventure (PC)
Sang-Froid: Tales of Werewolves (PC)
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. – Call of Pripyat (PC)
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. – Clear Sky (PC)
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. – Shadow of Chernobyl (PC)
Sea & Dogs – An epic adventure at sea (PC)
Secret of Mana (SNES)
Sega Rally Championship (DC)
Sensible Soccer (Amiga CD32)
Shadowgrounds – Survivor (PC)
Shadowrun Returns (PC)
Shadowrun – Dragon Fall (Director’s Cut) (PC)
Shadow Warrior Classic Complete (PC)
Shattered Union (PC)
Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack the Ripper (PC)
Sherlock Holmes – Nemesis (PC)
Sherlock Holmes – The Awakened (Remastered) (PC)
Sherlock Holmes – The Mystery of The Mummy (PC)
Sherlock Holmes – The Mystery of The Persian Carpet (PC)
Sherlock Holmes – The Secret of the Silver Earring (PC)
Sid Meier’s Ace Patrol (PC)
Sid Meier’s Civilization III
Sid Meier’s Civilization IV (PC)
Sid Meier’s Civilization IV – Beyond the Sword (Expansion) (PC)
Sid Meier’s Civilization IV – Colonization (PC)
Sid Meier’s Civilization IV – Warlords (Expansion) (PC)
Sid Meier’s Civilization V (PC)
Sid Meier’s Gettysburg! (PC)
Sid Meier’s Pirates! (PC)
Silent Storm (PC)
Silent Storm Sentinels (PC)
SimCity 4 Deluxe (PC)
SingStar 80s (PS2)
Skeleton Krew (Amiga CD32)
Skies of Arcadia (DC)
SkySaga – Infinite Isles – Alpha (PC)
Soldier of Fortune II – Double Helix (PC)
Sonic Adventure (DC)
Sonic – The Hedgehog (Sega Mastersystem)
Sonic – The Hedgehog (Sega MegaDrive)
Sonic 3 (Sega MegaDrive)
Soulcalibur II (PS2)
Soulcalibur IV (XBOX360)
Soviet Strike (PS1)
Sports Champions (PS3)
Sports Champions 2 (PS3)
Star Craft (PC)
Star Craft – ScumCraft (Expansion) (PC)
Star Craft II (PC)
Star Craft Brood War (Expansion) (PC)
Stardew Valley (PC)
Star Trek – 25th Anniversary (PC)
Star Trek – Armada (PC)
Star Trek – Beyond the Nexus (GB)
Star Trek – Judgment Rites (PC)
Star Trek – New Worlds (PC)
Star Trek – Starfleet Academy (PC)
Star Trek – Starfleet Command (PC)
Star Trek – Starfleet Command Volume II – Empires at War (PC)
Star Trek The Next Generation – A Final Unity (PC)
Star Trek The Next Generation – Birth of the Federation (PC)
Star Wars Episode 1 – Jedi Power Battles (PS1)
Star Wars – Force Commander (PC)
Star Wars – Jedi Knight (PC)
Star Wars – Jedi Knight – Mysteries of the Sith (Expansion) (PC)
Star Wars – Knights of the Old Republic (PC)
Star Wars – Knights of the Old Republic II (PC)
Star Wars – Shadows of the Empire (PC)
Star Wars – Shadow of the Empire (N64)
Star Wars – The Old Republic (PC)
Stealth Inc 2 (PC)
Steel Panthers III – Brigadekommando 1938 – 1999 (PC)
Storm of Arrows – Late Medieval Europe at War (PC)
Strategic War Command (PC)
Strategic War in Europe (PC)
Street Fighter IV (PC)
Street Figher X Tekken (PS3)
Sniper Elite V2 (PC)
Solar War (PC)
Space Hulk (PC)
Sudden Strike (+ Additional Missions) (PC)
Sunrider: Mask of Arcadius (PC)
Super Ice Hockey (SNES)
Super Mario Bros. (NES)
Super Mario Bros. 2 (NES)
Super Mario Kart (SNES)
Super Mario World (SNES)
Super Tennis (Sega Mastersystem)
Syndicate (Amiga CD32)
Syndicate Wars (PS1)
Taz-Mania (Sega MegaDrive)
Team Fortress 2 (PC)
Tekken 2 (PS1)
Tekken 3 (PS1)
Tekken 4 (PS2)
Tekken 5 (PS2)
Tenchu 2 (PS1)
The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit (PC)
The Bureau – XCOM Declassified(PC)
The Darkness (PC)
The Dukes of Hazzard (PS1)
The Elder Scrolls III – Morrowind (PC)
The Forest (PC)
The Guild – Gold Edition (PC)
The Lord of the Rings – War in the North (PC)
The Ninja (Sega Mastersystem)
The Political Machine 2012 (PC)
The War of the Worlds (PC)
The X-Files (PC)
Theme Hospital (PC)
Theme Park World (PC)
Time Commando (PC)
Time Crisis II (PS2)
Tiny Toon Adventures – Toonenstein Geisterstunde (PS1)
Tiny Toon Adventures – Buster’s Hidden Treasure (Sega MegaDrive)
Toca – World Touring Cars (PS1)
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six (PC)
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six – Lone Wolf (PS1)
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six – Rogue Spear (PS1)
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six – Rogue Spear – Black Thorn (PC)
Tomb Raider (PC)
Tomb Raider – Die Chronik (PS1)
Tomb Raider – Die Chronik (DC)
Tomb Raider II – Starring Lara Croft (PC)
Tomb Raider III – Adventures of Lara Croft (PC)
Tomb Raider III – Adventures of Lara Croft (PS1)
Tomb Raider IV – The last Revelation (DC)
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 (PS1)
Torchlight II (PC)
Treasure Adventure Game (PC)
Trove – Beta (PC)
Tropico 3 – Steam Special Edition (PC)
Turok – Dinosaur Hunter (N64)
Turok 2 – Seeds of Evil (N64)
Turtles – Tournament Fighters (SNES)
Tyrian 2000 (PC)
Ultima IV (PC)
Ultima VIII (PC)
Ultima Worlds of Adventure 2: Martian Dreams (PC)
Unreal Tournament (PC)
Vampire the Masquerade – Bloodlines (PC)
Vermeer – Die Kunst zu erben (PC)
Warcraft II – Tides of Darkness (PC)
Warcraft 3 – Reign of Chaos (PC)
Warlords – Battlecry (PC)
Wasteland 2 (PC)
WCW Nitro (PC)
WCW vs. nWo – World Tour (N64)
Wing Commander III – Heart of the Tiger (PC)
Wing Commander – Prophecy (PC)
Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (PC)
World of Illusion – Starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck (Sega MegaDrive)
World of Tanks (PC)
World of Warcraft (PC)
World of Warcraft – Cataclysm (PC)
World of Warcraft – Legion (PC)
World of Warcraft – Mists of Pandaria (PC)
World of Warcraft – The Burning Crusade (PC)
World of Warcraft – Wrath of the Lich King (PC)
Worlds of Ultima: The Savage Empire (PC)
Worms – Armageddon (PC)Worms Blast (PC)
Worms – Reloaded (PC)
WWF Attitude – Get it! (DC)
WWF Attitude – Get it! (N64)
WWF Rage Cage (Sega Mega-CD)
WWF Raw (SNES)
WWF Raw (Sega MegaDrive 32x)
WWF Royal Rumble (SNES)
WWF Royal Rumble (Sega MegaDrive)
WWF Smackdown! (PS1)
WWF Smackdown 2 – Know your Role (PS1)
WWF Super Wrestle Mania (SNES)
WWF Super Wrestle Mania (Sega MegaDrive)
WWF War Zone (N64)
WWF Wrestle Mania – The Arcade Game (PC)
WWF Wrestle Mania – The Arcade Game (SNES)
Being smart is a virtue for me, which is why I give scammers a hard time 😉
Have a great day guys!
So I will be doing podcasts in the future!
I know, ain’t nobody got time to read all the shit I write, so maybe it’s a good idea to make some of my texts into podcasts, or so I thought 😀
That’s the first one, I hope you’ll enjoy it 🙂
This goes out to my best friend.
And we’re fucking badass together because we have eachother. \m/
Yay, another little random vlog!
Life happens while you’re busy making other plans, so it happened that I sent an order out too late and since I sometimes cannot prevent stuff like this I think I came up with a little method to make up for the delay.
Plus: New shop arrivals!
Plus: The derpiest youtube thumbnail I ever uploaded 😀
That’s too good not to share xD
I’m a nerd.
And I’ll continue to post blog entries with this first sentences for quite a long time because I enjoy being a nerd so much. 😀
I play Pen & Paper and video games situated in the classic and not so classic fantasy settings, I collect all sorts of mythical, fantasy and historical stuff, there are dozens and dozens of fantasy books, artworks, statues, comics and what not sitting all around me and I even worked for a company who invented a great fantasy setting, namely Blizzard Entertainment. I breathe this stuff. Fantasy was what defined my childhood in the form of TV-Shows, toys and fairy tales and it just amazingly fits into my life and love of nature. The music I listen to is more often than not inspired by mythology and what people perceive to be elfish, celtic or viking.
While I grew up there were still some people left who were skeptical about letting your mind wander and the perception of indulging in fantasy literature or pen & paper games was a bit more negative, making assumptions about kids getting into demon summoning and being influenced to join cults. Words like “Dungeon Master” made grown-ups uncomfortable, especially when they located dungeons in the BDSM field which was way more of a taboo than nowadays in 2018. I was at the age of 14 when the first LARP (Live Action Role Playing) was held in close proximity to my home and I considered going there. My parents found this idea rather odd and I ended up not going until a few years later, but the idea of going to some sort of camping with (new) friends, being creative and playing a bit of a role was really appealing to me and never ceased to be.
For the lack of permission and enough money to go on a LARP I started getting into table top games – which was Warhammer 40k at that time. (And yeah, I know that’s more on the Sci-Fi side. Later me bought the Games Workshop LotR-Stuff, k? K.) Lucky me just sniped a Tyranid codex off of ebay which hadn’t been released in germany yet and I started to paint some figures and we played around with them a bit. People got really creative, making little landscapes and one guy’s dad was a glazier so some really awesome icebergs were created with scrap materials. At that point my parents had accepted that their daughter had a weird taste in leisure activities and that her choice of toys was a bit … off.
But they were quite content with the fact that I was more of a homebody and less of a typical girl hitting puberty and wanting to go to clubs or hang out with all the wrong boys. Don’t get me wrong. Almost all my friends were male. But the interaction never went the way parents would condemn and that was awesome 😀 Nobody was interested in any romantic ensnarements and we just could play games, hang around and talk about whatever unfunny and gory nonsense we wanted. Ah, the good old times 😀
Later, my interest in computer and video games grew bigger and epic stuff like Final Fantasy, Diablo, Warcraft, Dune and many many others found their ways into my life. There were Nightmare Creatures, there was Street Fighter and Tekken, an abundance of newly born franchises and one hit wonders. Some, like Parasite Eve and Silent Hill, were quite scary. Some, like Final Fantasy, were plain exciting.
And because all that wasn’t enough I started to take inspiration from all these games and began to work on a fantasy world of my own, writing like there was no tomorrow, drawing pictures, designing a language, landscapes, origin stories of characters and much more (which is probably lost in time by now. But I saved some small pieces, luckily).
There was no way for me to agree with these grown-ups who always claimed that playing too many video games and watching too much TV would simply destroy your own capability to be creative. Au contraire, it only kindled the fire!
It wasn’t so much about escaping a reality you don’t like. It was shaping your reality with things you enjoy. Although my childhood wasn’t that enjoyable at times I never felt the need to retreat into a fantasy world. But I did feel the need to fill this world with fantasy.
[… to be continued!]
Warning, this is completely german 😀
In another life I’m known as the Crazy Merch Lady – for a good reason. It’s a huge collection of 80s and 90s popculture items and toys I call my own and of course the Masters of the Universe-Toys are amongst them.
Long story short – I got the opportunity to voice two characters in a non-profit fan-made audio play, performing as Catra and Shadow Weaver from the Princess of Power series, the very girly pendant to the Masters of the Universe.
I’m a little bit proud because I love participating in such fan projects – it gives me plenty of experience and room for more creativity 🙂
So I hope you like what I did, it was the first bigger role for me so please bear with me 😀
Have a great day guys!
Adrian von Ziegler is another one of my favorite fantasy music composers and in the video above you can clearly hear why.
I’m constantly looking for beautiful background music for my dwelling and hope you enjoy my finds aswell as I do 🙂
Those Kaptorga guys are slayin it 😀
They made a video about fighting with knife and shield and explained how to block an opponent. Since I’m about to get my hands on a seax replica myself I really enjoyed watching this little instructional video.
Did I mention I’m getting a seax? … I’m so excited, it’s a replica of the Seax of Beagnoth found in the river Thames. 🙂 It’s only a decorative replica and not fit for actual re-enactment fights but it’s glorious 😀
Have an awesome day, folks!
By the way that costume’s a best of! The corsage is fantasy, the bag is decorated with a viking style ornament but I don’t think it’s anything historical. The little sac might be some sort of historical, the band I fastened it with is certainly not. The belt is viking inspired with its metal fittings but I guess it’s also on the fantasy side. The boots are from Jumex in 2013, definitely ancient 😉 . The skirt is some random gypsy stuff from ebay, the blouse is a medieval market find, as well as the bracers which are sold by Mytholon. The sword is a replica from a find from the scottish isle Eigg and some of my hair is made of Kanekalon which was made in China.
Things you can’t see in detail:
Earrings by Snorre Jewelry (epic but modern)
Badger foot – genuine, but also modern
Shoulder fur – old, but not old enough to count as genuinely ancient. Also fantasy.
Finger rings: Some are replicas, some are fantasy.
Bonus drinking horn, which is also fantasy but still epic 😀
Nobody actually ran around like this back in the days. But I still love these kinds of costumes. They remind me of epic fantasy movies like Lord of the Rings, and even more epic LARP adventures.
I love to create costumes and characters consisting of both, historical and fantasy components. But I’ll hopefully take the adventure and create a completely historic costume soon!
Pure 80s glory.
After all these years I’m still in love with the 80s. ❤
So I made this little test-vlog 🙂
I thought I could share this (german) Swastika documentary with you! I did the animation of said rotating symbol and I’m a little bit proud to show that off 🙂
These videos are only available in german language but I hope many of you can enjoy them 🙂
Of course the overall tone is critical against the third Reich, but also against people overreacting when confronted with the topic. It was the second time I worked together with the author and good friend of mine Voenix, whom you can visit here:
He’s also an amazing artist, I definitely recommend to check out his work 🙂
Anyone into ElfQuest? I still got one of my comics sealed in a plastic bag from back in the days, although I have to admit that I haven’t read them in ages. But nevertheless I enjoy listening to the album “A Wolfrider’s Reflections”. I highly suggest buying one from amazon as soon as it pops up on there because it’s a cool collectible item to have 🙂
But until then you can still listen to the songs on youtube! I heard by the way it’s great background music for your pen&paper group 😉
Do you guys have any (old) fantasy style music you’d like to share? Please do so! I’d love to add it to my collection 🙂
Work hard. Play hard. Eat well. Be strong. Stay persistent. Forgive yourself. It’ll all work out at the end. No matter what your goal is.
Jusr sharing some Dragonborn epic… 😀 *conducts imaginary orchestra*
We often perceive the people we meet through what they say, especially online, when there’s no direct interaction possible than talking either by typing or video chat. Because I live on the internet for over twenty years now I got a bit careful about with whom I interact and what I say. There are loads of people out there simply looking for a fight, trying to stress you out. Not only your classic troll, but also people wishing to feel domination about somebody else, for example by fighting over stupid stuff in facebook comments or under youtube videos. So this article is about the difference of what people say and how they act and if these things actually match up all the time. (Spoiler: They don’t 😉 )
I spent a lot of time on internet forums in the early 2000s. They were the number 1 resource for one of my favorite hobbies which was cartoons and pop culture items of the 80s and early 90s and most of the people there were a tad bit older than me but that was okay. I got to know some very amazing artists at that time who are today working (at least sometimes) in the industry and turning their talent into cash, which is really dope! But occasionally the common troll, the jealous bitch or the annoying fuckboy appeared, caused some uproar and then vanished never to be seen again. They said a lot of stuff, claimed this and that, sometimes writing epicly long posts for hours on end, depending on what they tried to achieve, and of course they tried to interact directly with members of the community to get the fuel for their written escapades. Sometimes some people met them in real life and were a bit taken aback that the person who just wrote huge or agressive texts was very different from what they saw right in front of them. Which once more taught them the lesson that it’s most likely not what it seems online.
I, too, had a few unpleasant encounters like this and decided I would keep my private life and my friends out of the internet. I don’t feel comfortable exposing people to an audience, who may be not as experienced or simply not interested in internet related things, no matter how small this audience might be. Hence I’m very careful of sharing photos or tagging them or mentioning them at all without their consent. Because once it’s out there, it’s out there.
So, I’m a girl and I post photos of myself, sometimes looking witchy, sometimes a bit sexy (without exposing all the gaping holes or protruding ornaments, you get the gist), often times painted with makeup, wearing cloakes, crazy amounts of jewelry, wigs and stuff. And since this is part of what I do for a living I’m oftentimes more polite on my social media than I’d be in direct interaction. My accounts are my business cards and if I cuss too much, it’ll be descriptive of me. Sometimes I do cuss indeed, but I use it as a stylistic device in articles I write but direct interaction with customers or acquaintances is strictly polite and professional. Just like your average internet troll the image I project of myself is not completely true because I won’t let people know when I’m annoyed because of private reasons, while the troll will make himself seem bigger than he is in real life. I do it because I strive to be professional, the troll does it because he strives to feel good.
I’m not spoiling it for you when I say that these artificial images can be problematic. This professional appearance is one of the reasons why actors, models and influencers seem to be flawless at the first glance. Nobody knows whether I’m wearing my beautiful elven gown or gray sweatpants with holes two unspecific male cats clawed into them while trying to chase eachother, and a rather out of place lavender colored PJ top saying “This moment should last forever” on the front. But this picture is definitely not going to appear on my instagram. And if it is, someone’s gonna die ;).
For me, social media is not a thing to show off my perfect life on but a source of inspiration. My photos show my work and my face, the occasional outfit of the day when I once more went a bit overboard with my clothing choice, but my everyday life is filled with working on projects, puttig things into envelopes, ordering things, cleaning my cats’ litterbox, washing clothes, repearing shit these two little buggers broke, caring for my family and friends and basically being a very normal person in general, with a few exceptions concerning my hobbies. Sometimes I witness perfect moments I don’t post anywhere. Sometimes I’m lit af but nobody online will notice 😀 Everyone’s life has loads of facets.
And of couse you get messages from people, complimenting you when you post photos of yourself or what you do online and I really appreciate all of them. So much. You have no idea! And I overlook most of the awkwardness when people write me because I’m out there all the time, I talked with people about 1000 times richer, more experienced and more talented than I am and I’m quite confident most of the time. So it’s okay if your joke doesn’t kick off right away. It happens to me, too. I’m the queen of awkward jokes that I need to explain 😉 And if I don’t answer you back I’m usually not pissed, just busy.
Sometimes I get annoyed and indeed pissed about what people try to do to get in contact with me or how they think they can act around me just because they talked to me a few times via Facebook. That’s also something natural, that people sometimes cannot contain themselves. Not because I’m that awesome but because they get really excited and overwhelmed with meeting someone new with an unsusual job whose photos are all edited and they’re simply not used to that. The younger generation is, but some people at the age of 35+ aren’t necessarily.
So what happens is that people try to hit on me very hard or they try to get my contact information very hard, message me each and every day about the stuff they do, ask me for an opinion, ask for collaborations, ask for help with digital art or even order stuff from me just to get the feeling of having to do with me.
I’m really not that special. And I often remind people that they are writing to a business account and some of them realize that they were somehow misled by the circumstances. Some get angry, some feel ashamed but some just ignore that. They start writing very flirty stuff, tell me things out of their private life, mostly that their marriage is going down in flames, that they are depressed because they lost their spouse, that they lost a shipload of money, and while I appreciate that they trust me with this information and they think I can at least give them some kind of advice, it’s a very thin line that’s sometimes being crossed with a bulldozer.
So, some of these fellows, especially the very flirty ones, I can’t take seriously. Not the laughing-kind, but I cannot be responsive to online flirting. Not only because I have a partner but because these people are flirting with a business profile that only shows the good side of the medal. It doesn’t mean I’m faking this whole entire pagan thing I’m doing, because I’m not. My living room is stuffed to the brim with devotional objects, but nobody is that positive every single day. And I highly doubt that all the beautiful viking girls on Instagram gear up every day to stroll through the woods. They do this stuff, but not every day 24/7/365.
The line I was talking about which was crossed with a bulldozer happened when somebody repeatedly tried to intertwine me and my business with his personal life, telling me he can’t tell his wife that he ordered stuff from me because she’d be jealous. He can’t tag me in an animation he took from a conversation with me because of his jealous wife.
People will try this. They will try to flatter you, they will try to compliment you. Not only influencers but also real-life people. Normal people without make up. Intending to take advantage of you, sometimes themselves meaning ill, sometimes not because they only act a bit instinctively without thinking too much. And they will of course tell you otherwise when you ask them to stop their behaviour.
-“Hey sexy! ❤ You lookin so hawt!”
– “Hey, could you please stop making these kinds of remarks? While I appreciate that you like my work it’s awkward that you’re acting so flirty and stuff. On a sidenote, I do have a partner.”
“Oh nononononooooo, I’m not flirting with you, I talk to everyone like this all. the. time.”
2 days later..
– “Ohmygosh I just realized you’re the perfect woman, I just love your face in your new pic, I wish my gurl/boy was more like you… :-*”
2 days later…
– “Just thought about your newest pics and the combination of your looks, your hobbies and your attitude is all I’d ever need to be the happiest person!”
– “Hey I just told you this flirting is awkward. This is a business profile and I actually have a partner, in case you forgot.”
– “Oh sorry, I really wasn’t flirting. Your partner’s so lucky! I wish I was him/her. If you and I were single I’d really have to pull myself together, you’d lead a risky life I tell ya… 😉 :-* ❤ ”
That’s flirting, although the person states otherwise. And some people insist on continueing this behaviour no matter how often you tell them to stop. And that’s another perfect example of the difference between what you say and what you do, and that these two don’t necessarily have to line up. As the wannabe-influencer I am I cannot cater to this stuff and also as a private person I’m careful af to not let people into my life who want to take advantage by saing the one thing and doing another.
Conclusion (aka tl;dr):
People out there will lie right into your face. They will act as if they were 10 feet big, they’ll try to seduce you, they’ll try to take advantage of you, try to snatch your stuff for cheap, try to make you susceptible to blackmailing, try to see you naked, try to come into your private life and create chaos just for the sake of it. They will be flirty, they will be menacing. Not only online. You have to be careful. But you shouldn’t forget that there’s a beauty in interacting with people, hearing their stories, getting genuine compliments, being regarded as trustworthy. The only things that can protect you are experience, advice and caution. Just like with everything in life. And in case something in my text ringed a bell to you … it’s probably because you experienced what I just said and simply didn’t connect the dots yet.
Anyway, that was a rather long article I had floating around on my mind for a few days. Hope you liked it and you maybe even found it to be useful 🙂
Have a nice weekend!
I came to think about these during the last few days, the nine noble virtues of the asatru belief. For me, these terms represent an ideal I try to achieve, although I do not belong to any organisation (like Odinic Rite, who came up with these virtues).
These are only short forms of explainations to give a quick overview. But I think you get the gist. I myself like to follow a codex and I measure myself accourding to these virtues, trying to better myself. And to be honest I have no clue how the Odinic Rite-guys interprete these terms themselves. I don’t belong to any group, I just found this concept to be an interesting one and adapted it for my everyday life 🙂 Maybe I’m gonna blog a bit more about this topic, probably to cover these nine terms in a more detailed manner. But until then…
Have a nice day 🙂
A few weeks ago some kiddo wrote me that he hates to break it to me, but I cannot be a viking because I don’t go raiding with my ship and I (usually) don’t kill people to snatch their belongings.
Well, no shit, Sherlock.
And the girls on instagram posting elf and mermaid pics? Are you saying these are fake? They’re using props? And… even photoshop? Omg. I gotta delete myself out of this world.
After making clear what my page is about he backed up a bit and said there are so many Lagerthas and Ragnars around, pretending to be something they’re not, ruining the Asatru/Pagan community.
Yeah I can see them too. There are tons of Ragnars and Lagerthas.
I started getting into paganism in my early teens, an interest which got kindled from my childhood on, and being what I am for about 20 years now (which makes me old af 😉 ) I find these accusations a bit funny (the haha-funny and the weird-funny aswell). I never even watched this Vikings-series for more than two episodes because the german voice acting was so bad, everyone sounded like they had a fully grown hedgehog in their mouths. (Probably to sound reaaaallyyyy nordic and archaic and cool. Which… failed.) But being on Instagram and being a nerdy girl I found this series must be really successful, considering how much merch and pics are around.
Can pretending to be a movie character be bad for “the” pagan community?
Let me answer with a question: Can pretending to be a movie character be bad for the city you live in?
Probably because the problem solves itself? Probably because people will sooner or later find out if you’re a nice person or an asshat. And they’ll treat you accordingly, no matter if you call yourself Ragnar, Bugs Bunny or Deadpool.
I’m not into drama. And I don’t care about accusations about being a fake and I couldn’t care less about competitions about who is the vikingiest viking in the history of viking vikinghood. Because I simply enjoy doing my shit. And if someone appears at the horizon, claiming to be a TV character I let them be. I like this cosplay stuff too and maybe they have something interesting to say. And if not – who cares? I gotta admit I wanted to be Agent Scully so badly at some point in my tiny young life that I coloured my hair and took a (cheap and broken) leather suitcase to school. 😉
I think it’s often a need of people to keep their supposed community clean from people they don’t like. Maybe because they fear that these others are cooler, prettier, funnier or more successful with something with less effort – and of course that feels unfair. Or maybe because they fear that these people bring changes. And nobody really likes changes to a system they like. (World of Wacraft / Overwatch Patchday, anyone?)
So am I fake? Do I only pretend?
My life’s not always like frolicking in the forest and I don’t do pompous rituals every single day. I gotta job to do, stuff to craft, things to buy, cook, clean my kitties’ litterbox, sometimes Bragi poops on the floor when there’s something he despises, Loki likes to sneeze on food just because he thinks he can steal some when you leave it alone. But here’s the thing: My thoughts, my actions and my moral standards are influenced by a pagan point of view. Pagan in comparison with christian, because it’s hard to determine what the modern term of paganism is defining exactly. I do ask oracles, I love old norse and celtic patterns, my work is heavily influenced by these things and I read the Havamal back and forth because it fits my life quite well. I like viking themed movies and music, I’m interested in all sorts of historic weapons and armor, I learned a bit swedish and love to compare it with norwegian, dutch, german and english language-wise. I have no clue if this makes me a real (c) viking 😉 but using the terms related to vikings is important to get found on the internet. And the more people find me, the more munney I can maek!!!1 well yeah, of course it’s good for my little business, but I had my Instagram years before I started selling viking and fantasy themed jewelry, and according to the messages I get from you guys you really like what I do and that’s an amazing thing – to make people happy and to hear about their little stories and why they’re into history and fantasy and medieval times and old weapons and stuff.
So if anyone doesn’t consider me viking enough it’s okay. I only strive to be my own person anyway.
Conclusion: Do your own shit that makes you happy, don’t be a pain in the ass, know your duties and be honest to yourself and the people around you.
And stay epic 😉
Just in case you need to listen to an epic version of Beethoven’s songs, here you go 😀
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