Tag Archives: D&D

+3 to Charisma Skirt

28 Sep

I present my Level 11 Skirt of Cunning, +3 to charisma!

If you are not a dork, you will probably not get that. And if you are not a dork, you will probably look at this skirt the way many people did earlier- with one eyebrow raised, head tilted, mouth contorted in a confused grimace.

“What is on your skirt?”

“Dice.”

The person will either say something like, “Oh yeah,” and continue on their way, or ask what kind of dice have that many sides. When I explain that the dice are from the game of Dungeons & Dragons, several responses might be heard: “Awesome!” “You’re funny.” “Oh.” Or the person might just look at me like I have two heads.

I suppose this was all inevitable when I decided that I should wear my new skirt to work at the library during the day, before heading off to battle a succubus, an ogre and bar thugs at night.

This skirt took a long time. Many movies featuring embroidering heroines were watched, to encourage me on my progress. Despite my slight contempt for the boring six-sided die, I think my dragon-embellished version is my favourite. I do actually have a few dice like this one in my D&D bag, and they have caused some arguments:

“12 damage!”

“No, the dragon represents a 1. So you do 2 damage.”

“What?! How can a dragon represent the lowest number on the dice? Dragons are awesome!”

You can probably tell by now that my friends and I have very serious, philosophical discussions.

(Mrs. A)

Pride & Prejudice and Dungeons & Dragons

26 Jul

WARNING: The following entry contains profane language.

I am currently two Jane Austen film adaptations into the embroidery on my Dungeons and Dragons skirt. It started with a need for more Alan Rickman (after Harry Potter two weeks ago), so I watched Sense and Sensibility while I beaded the giant d20. I enjoyed pretending to live in Regency England so much that I watched Pride and Prejudice next. The tinkling piano melodies and romantic entanglements of the landed gentry go exceedingly well with needlepoint crafts.

However, I do not think the living rooms of Barton Cottage or Longbourn Estate ever rang out with cries of “Fuck shit fuck me!” or “Fufufufu blerrrrr!” (when I was trying to control my use of profanities, for the cats’ sakes). The embroidery needle is fat and sharp, while the beading needle is impossibly thin and a million times sharper, giving me a wonderous variety of pokes and stabs throughout the day.

I have great respect for women who, in the past, had to complete all of their sewing by hand. It is tedious and time consuming, but I must admit, it is rewarding to look down and see a d20 emerge from what was once an ordinary dodecahedron.

(Mrs. Effin’ A)

Snitch Skirt

16 Jul

If Harry Potter took place in 1950s America, students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry would probably wear something like this on their Butterbeer dates in Hogsmead. At least, I like to think so.

I knew I needed to wear something good to commemorate the very last Harry Potter movie, but a black cloak and house tie just wasn’t going to cut it. So I made yet another circle skirt, this time embellished with a giant golden snitch! I honestly don’t think I’m going to get bored of these circle skirts. They are way too easy, and there are so many ways to embellish them. Just you wait until I finish my Dungeons and Dragons themed green-beaded dice skirt!

People loved this skirt, and even the people who have been living under a rock and don’t know what a snitch is still thought it was “retro cool” (in the words of one crazy old guy at the library). Oh, and if you can’t quite see it, I was sporting a Slytherin badge and a Dark Mark, to show my love for dear Severus Snape. Love him.

And here is my shoddy Microsoft Paint template. One of these days I’m going to remember to actually make a real template before I sew everything together. But you get the idea.

(Mrs. A)

Dragon Eggs (a late Easter post)

4 May

To celebrate International Chocolate-Eating Day, sometimes called “Easter,” we decided to make our own cream-filled chocolate eggs! Even though the amount of fat and sugar in these babies probably rivals that in the store-bought variety, making our own just seemed more wholesome.

We happened to be in the middle of an intense Dungeons and Dragons game over the Easter weekend, so we decorated these eggs accordingly (see the Mister’s lovely d20 in the centre?) and dubbed them “Dragon Eggs.” If only dragons really did lay chocolate eggs…but that’s just fantasy.

Now for the recipe!

1 c. butter, softened
1/2 tsp. salt
4 tsp. vanilla
1 can sweetened condensed milk (Eagle brand!)
10 c. icing sugar
1 tsp. liquid yellow food colouring
1 lb. semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
Your choice of decorations! We used coloured molding wafers.

Beat butter, salt and vanilla until fluffy. Add sweetened condensed milk, beat some more, and then start adding the icing sugar. It helps if you have a super-powerful, sexy KitchenAid stand mixer like I do! The icing will start to get stiff, and may burn out a less sexy hand mixer. Add the sugar gradually, beating well after every cup or two.

Set aside 2/3 of the icing. Add yellow food colouring to the remaining 1/3.

Shape the yellow icing into round “yolks” and mold the white around the ball, forming an egg. Let set for a few hours in the fridge, as this stops the cream from melting when you dip the eggs in the chocolate.

Melt the chocolate in a double boiler (or a stainless steel bowl over a boiling pot of water). Dip the eggs into the chocolate and place on lined baking sheets. Let cool at room temperature, then refrigerate.

Decorate!!!

WARNING: These eggs are extremely sugary! Consume slowly, or face the consequences.

(Mrs. A)