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by Prof. Amy Lupin
Thu Dec 13, 2018 3:09 pm
Forum: Games Talk
Topic: More than Just a Game
Replies: 0
Views: 8

More than Just a Game

Though I enjoy boardgames and video games in and of themselves, lately they've been more than simply just that for me. I've had several rough patches in the last year or so where I couldn't concentrate on much due to illness, and boardgames helped provide some much-needed mental stimulation. Graspin...
by Prof. Amy Lupin
Wed Dec 12, 2018 1:03 pm
Forum: Admin Office
Topic: HOL Hogsmeade
Replies: 0
Views: 30

HOL Hogsmeade

Hi everyone, Dario and I are still hard at work bringing a number of core features to HOL, so we'll only be able to start working on other areas like Hogsmeade early next year. In the meantime though, we'd love to hear from you how you envision Hogsmeade working at HOL. It's important to us that we ...
by Prof. Amy Lupin
Wed Dec 12, 2018 12:02 pm
Forum: Games Talk
Topic: Downloadable Content (DLCs)
Replies: 1
Views: 20

Downloadable Content (DLCs)

Although the concept of video games having optional downloadable content at extra cost over and above the cost of the base game isn't new, there's still a lot of debate around them. I used to be firmly against this as I had previously felt that the contents (such as extra quests, classes, regions an...
by Prof. Amy Lupin
Sun Dec 02, 2018 5:20 pm
Forum: Music Talk
Topic: Holiday Music in December
Replies: 2
Views: 48

Re: Holiday Music in December

Though my family doesn't always observe Chanukah, I love listening to (and even singing, though only as part of a group) two of the Hebrew songs associated with lighting the candles: Haneirot Halalu (roughly translated as "Those Candles") and Maoz Tzur ("Stronghold of Rock"). In fact, these are some...
by Prof. Amy Lupin
Sat Dec 01, 2018 5:42 pm
Forum: Ink Splatters
Topic: December Prompt: Invitations
Replies: 0
Views: 17

December Prompt: Invitations

Throughout literature, we’ve been exposed to many different gatherings, some lavish like the Netherfield ball in Pride and Prejudice, some celebratory like Bilbo Baggins's 111th birthday party or festive like the Yule Ball held at Hogwarts. This month we’d like you to design an invitation for a gath...
by Prof. Amy Lupin
Mon Nov 26, 2018 10:28 am
Forum: Book Club
Topic: Flash Fiction
Replies: 38
Views: 1267

Re: Flash Fiction

This week's items are: treasure, sea, abacus For example: The diver marveled at the treasure chest he had rescued from the surrounding icy depths. He propped open the lid, discovering an antique abacus. He moved several beads to one side. His boat rocked. He moved additional beads. A wave crashed ne...
by Prof. Amy Lupin
Mon Nov 19, 2018 2:17 pm
Forum: The Bookshelf
Topic: Book Review - The President is Missing
Replies: 1
Views: 154

Re: Book Review - The President is Missing

I finished reading The President is Missing this morning and rather enjoyed it. I tend to watch a lot of thrillers, some political, but haven't read one in quite some time. The collaboration between Bill Clinton and James Patterson intrigued me when I first heard about it. I had some issues with the...
by Prof. Amy Lupin
Mon Nov 19, 2018 7:10 am
Forum: Book Club
Topic: Flash Fiction
Replies: 38
Views: 1267

Re: Flash Fiction

This week's items are: badge, postcard, map The detective rested his badge on the desk next to some discarded post. Rifling through, he discovered a vaguely familiar postcard. He took out a stack of scuffed postcards and spread them out. The backs together formed a map of where a decade-old case, st...
by Prof. Amy Lupin
Sat Nov 17, 2018 8:35 am
Forum: Games Talk
Topic: Mass Effect
Replies: 3
Views: 255

Re: Mass Effect

I finished playing Mass Effect 2 this morning, and I have to admit, while there were some parts I liked about it, overall I was a bit disappointed. It was refreshing that things weren't as black and white as they first seemed in the original game as regards Cerberus. Some of the gameplay changes too...
by Prof. Amy Lupin
Thu Nov 15, 2018 10:49 am
Forum: Games Talk
Topic: Naming Characters
Replies: 0
Views: 49

Naming Characters

When playing video games, do any of you have names that you typically use for your character(s)? I generally draw on some of my favourite books or series for inspiration. The last game I played where I got to name my character was Skyrim, and I borrowed Celaena from Sarah J. Maas's Throne of Glass b...
by Prof. Amy Lupin
Wed Nov 14, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: Games Talk
Topic: Harry Potter Go
Replies: 4
Views: 880

Re: Harry Potter Go

It's official! Portkey Games released a trailer earlier today for Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. While the trailer is purely promotional and doesn't give an indication of gameplay, I'm looking forward to seeing how it all pans out. I really like the premise behind it: the wizarding world is at risk of...
by Prof. Amy Lupin
Mon Nov 12, 2018 8:39 pm
Forum: Movie Talk
Topic: What movie coming in out in 2018 are you most excited for?
Replies: 15
Views: 904

Re: What movie coming in out in 2018 are you most excited for?

Although it's only coming out in 2019, I'm really excited for Detective Pikachu . It's a live action film with Ryan Reynolds voicing the titular character. As a Pokemon fan, it'll be interesting to explore the Pokemon universe outside of what we've typically been exposed to in the anime series or th...
by Prof. Amy Lupin
Mon Nov 12, 2018 7:42 am
Forum: Book Club
Topic: Flash Fiction
Replies: 38
Views: 1267

Re: Flash Fiction

This week's items are: telescope, dinosaur, castle For example: The newly off-duty sentry heard a yelp. He rushed up the castle battlements to where his comrade was standing with his mouth agape, pointing in the distance. The sentry grabbed the telescope and saw a hulking figure. Sure enough, the Ag...
by Prof. Amy Lupin
Wed Nov 07, 2018 6:27 pm
Forum: Games Talk
Topic: Eternal: The Card Game
Replies: 0
Views: 42

Eternal: The Card Game

A friend of mine introduced me to Eternal, an online collectible card game, while I was recovering from surgery. Even a month down the line, I still try get a few games in each day, mostly to try earn prizes from the daily quests (more on that in a bit). There are five factions: Fire (Red), Justice ...
by Prof. Amy Lupin
Wed Nov 07, 2018 4:38 pm
Forum: Ink Splatters
Topic: November Prompt: Fictional Feasts
Replies: 0
Views: 51

November Prompt: Fictional Feasts

Whether you've tucked in to the Welcoming Feast at Hogwarts's Great Hall or partaken in the Great Redwall Feast, you're bound to have come across some enticing foods. This month we're calling all fictional foodies (that sounded better in my head) and tasking you with illustrating a particularly inte...
by Prof. Amy Lupin
Mon Nov 05, 2018 4:56 am
Forum: Book Club
Topic: Flash Fiction
Replies: 38
Views: 1267

Re: Flash Fiction

We'll be starting November off with these items: flower, letter, fear For example: The young woman's hands trembled as she opened the letter, fearing its contents. A pressed flower fell to the ground. A violet. She gave a small smile in spite of herself. He remembered. As she drank in each word, her...
by Prof. Amy Lupin
Tue Oct 30, 2018 4:24 pm
Forum: Games Talk
Topic: Mass Effect
Replies: 3
Views: 255

Re: Mass Effect

After I finally managed to reach the coveted level 30, I was able to breeze through the remaining side quests. I then was able to focus on the remaining main quests, and doing so was bittersweet. I found those to be among my favourite, but I knew it signalled that the end of the game was coming. Vi...
by Prof. Amy Lupin
Tue Oct 30, 2018 4:11 pm
Forum: Bulletin Board
Topic: Happy Birthday Maxim Trevelyan
Replies: 8
Views: 158

Re: Happy Birthday Maxim Trevelyan

Happy Birthday, Maxim!
by Prof. Amy Lupin
Tue Oct 30, 2018 4:11 pm
Forum: Bulletin Board
Topic: Happy Birthday Sirius Fudge
Replies: 9
Views: 207

Re: Happy Birthday Sirius Fudge

Happy Birthday, Sirius!
by Prof. Amy Lupin
Sun Oct 14, 2018 2:13 pm
Forum: Quill and Ink
Topic: NaNoWriMo
Replies: 20
Views: 2208

Re: NaNoWriMo

Unfortunately I won't be participating this year, but I really enjoyed last year's one. I managed about 12k words in the end and absolutely loved the camaraderie at the write-ins. For anyone thinking of participating, I'd definitely recommend giving it a go. You might end up surprising yourself.

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