EelKat Wendy C Allen - zdark Fantasy Author


2018 April/May/June Update:

As you know, most of the year I publish 2 to 3 articles a day.

However, every year during convention season, I take a break from that to go full swing CosPlay.

From early April 2018 to late June 2018, article posting schedule will be sporadic, while CosPlay Season and Convention events are going full swing.

During this time period, you can expect most, possible all new articles to be focused on costume making, CosPlay, and the characters I'm CosPlaying.

UPDATE: It's now divided into 7 pages. The primary page "Meet Avallach" is now over 20,000 words long. At this rate, it'll cross 60,000 long before the costume is finished, and that's not including the other 5 pages. The primary page has now crossed 60,000 89,000 words and counting, the whole set of Avallac'h pages are now more than 200,000 words long, and more then 500 pictures of Avallac'h and his friends have now been uploaded on these pages, plus there are now 400+ hour-long videos f the costume making process as we record live, every second of this insanely elaborate, over the top CosPlay project.

As of May 19, just 29 days to PortCon we are embroidering his blue coat in a countdown against the clock to finish in time for the event, while we pray that The Dazzling Razzberry will be re-weilded back together and drivable in time for PortCon, after it's recent vandalism by Old Orchard Beach's ever growing Ku Klux Klan problem.

There will still be daily updates, but the BULK of the daily updates will be limited to the pages linked here:

  1. The Avallac'h CosPlay: Who is Avallac'h?
  2. Obsession: Meet Avallac'h
  3. [NSFW] Avallac'h & His Nude Women | Witcher 3 Game Screenshots
  4. Historical Accuracy vs Avallac'h (to go live later this summer)
  5. The Avallac'h CosPlay Costume Making Vlogs (will go live AFTER finishing the costume)
  6. How To Make The Avallac'h CosPlay (will go live AFTER PortCon)
  7. How Much Did It Cost? ($800+ will run to around $3,000) Budgeting The Avallac'h CosPlay (eing written as the costume is being made, will go live after completion of the costume)
  8. Why do children CosPlay rapists & rape victims? & WHY Avallac'h is a M18+ character. 
  9. PortConMaine 2018
  10. On Being a Handicapped CosPlayer: A Look At Events of PortConMaine 2017 That Resulted In 3 Disabled CosPlayers Getting hurt at The Convention and How These Things Could Have Been Avoided


After PortCon Update:

PortCon 2018 is over... but the making of the Avallac'h CosPlay is not. It is not possible to make a costume as detailed as I'm making in fewer then 400 hours, and only 129 hours went into the simplified first run version you saw at PortCon'18. The complete version will not be seen until PortCon'19

If you want to see this costume in person and watch it's progression onward as I continue to expand it... I'll be wearing it at the monthly Maine Association of CosPlay Enthusiasts (M.A.C.E.) events, throughout 2018 and 2019, you are welcome to join us. The list of current events can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/293470827423558/events/ This list is updated monthly, so be sure to check back often to find all the dates, locations, and details of events.


What do you look for in a YouTube Let's Play? 




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What do you look for in a YouTube Let's Play? 

What do you look for in a YouTube Let's Play? 

It depends.

Sometimes I am just interested in a particular game, usually because I want to buy iit but not sure if I'll like it, so I look for that game and in that case, I'll watch 4 or 5 different videos, each a different random gamer, to see how each played it.

Then I have a few games that I just watch ALL the videos I find, no matter who the gamers is, simply because I love the game and find it fun to watch how different people play it (Don't Starve, Witcher 3, Papers Please, West of Loathing, Reigns, and 60Seconds, are games I do this with most often.)

Then I have certain gamers who I watch all of their videos regardless of the game, simply because I like that gamer's personality (Markiplier for example, falls into this category)

Other times I just go to my recommended videos page and watch whatever videos YouuTube decided to stick there.

So I'm all over the place. I don't really have one specific method I use.

The only thing I don't like, is, I don't like "best of my playthrough" type videos, where they played for 2 hours then edited it down to 10 minutes. I never watch those. I like the see the whole playthrough uncut. Even the grinding and inventory management and everything. I don't care if the video is 2 hours long, I'll watch the whole thing.

Time is the thing I look at.

So, say a new game is just out. I've found 4 gamers who each played it. I don't know any of these gamers yet, so no preference for one over the other yet. Because I don't know these gamers, and each have played the same game, I have to decide somehow which gamer to watch. I look at the time. If one video is 3 minutes, one is 10 minutes, one is 20 minutes, and one is 45 minutes, I'll pick the 45 minute one as I know the longer video has a better chance of being uncut.

Also, I tend to prefer first time players/first time playthroughs, over someone who is an expert at the game. First time players tend to be more relaxed and natural in their commentary style, whereas someone who's already played the game and sees themselves as an expert, tends to come off as arrogant, know it all, and their commentary os often condescending, like they think the viewer is a stupid idiot who never saw the game and has to be talked down to. Not all expert players do this, but so many of them do it that I tend to look for videos that say "first time playthrough" in the title instead.

Also, I don't like the copycaters - you know, all those guys with green hair and screaming, because they are trying to copy Jack. All those guys with blue hair and faking a squeaky voice, because they are trying to copy Ethan. Jack and Ethan I like because they just be themselves. They are who they are. The copycaters annoy me because they are not being themselves, they are trying to be someone else. Be yourself.

Also I prefer long game playthroughs. If you have a game that you made 10 or 20 or 50 or 100+ episodes of and put them all in a playlist, and I like the first episode you made... I'll go get myself a pizza, sit down and binge watch the entire playlist. I once found a guy who did a 60+ episode series of DanganRampa.... each episode 2 hours long... that's 120 hours of video! It took me 3 weeks to do it, but I binged watched the whole thing, going back every night to pick up where I left off. I'd never heard of the game before, didn't know the gamers... but I saw that 60 episode playlist of 2 hour long episodes and I thought: "Damn, this must be a good game if someone can sit and play 120 hours of it!" There was no other incentive for me to watch it, other then it was a huge playlist.

Also, while I do watch a few of the screamers, MOST of the gamers I like are the quiet laid back gamers: CinnamonToastKen, CaptainSauce, Jay from the KubScouts, iHasCupQuake, Keralis, Squirrel, being my top faves. They don't scream and yell and jump around. They often get quiet and focused in thee game and stop commentary at some points, 2 of them don't even use facecams, but, I like that because, that's just who they are. They are not trying to fake anything, they are not trying to scream for the sake of screaming. They just do their own thing.

I'm constantly exploring and finding new gamers to watch. Basically, if your videos are 20mins + and you are not coming off as fake or bossy, I'll watch your videos if they show up in the search results of whatever I'm searching for that day.




So, I was over on Reddit, you like I often am, and found this question. And answered it, like I do. However, the answer I initially gave was a simple generic answer. If you want to read my original answer unaltered, simply click on Reddit's embed feature links which Reddit provides for webmasters to be able to post their answers on their websites, while linking back to the original thread on Reddit (if you didn't know Reddit offered and encouraged the use of this feature, look for it in the "share" features underneath every post, comment, and reply on Reddit).

I am answering random questions today about world building, over on Reddit and decided to take my answers from there and expand upon them even further over here. So that's what this page is. Me rambling on about various aspects of world building techniques I use when writing the Quaraun series. The questions I am answering are embedded here. Clicking the link in the embedded question will take you to the original Reddit page where you can see the original answer along with other people's answers. If you wish to comment, you can do so on the Reddit page where a place to do so is provided.

In any case, as with all of my Reddit answers found on my site here, my original post on Reddit is much shorter then the article here.


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