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Sims 4: I HAS IT!

Sims 4 premium edition

OMGOMGOMG! My husband surprised me with this today and made me cry (’cause, he’s awesome and I’ve been wanting this game HARD!). I’ve taken the plastic off but haven’t opened it yet. About to do that now. WOOT!

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Update on the Dragon Age: Origins, Ultimate Edition giveaway

Dragon Age Origins, dog giving my warden a pair of dirty pantaloons


Congratulations, steinerdavion! Now you, too, can get a pair of dirty pantaloons!

I’m still working my way through the DLC (playing Awakening currently) and as eager as I am to start Dragon Age II, I don’t want Origins to end. So I’m not rushing it! I have a couple of my kids interesting in playing now as well. Would make awesome Christmas gifts, no? Football (NFL) is back so my play time this weekend will be cut short so I can watch the Broncos beat the Colts tonight. Will get back to DA soon!

Dragon Age Map

Dragon Age world map

I told Mike, my husband, that I’d been looking for a map of the Dragon Age world for my office. I love maps, love Dragon Age and I wanted it so badly I told him that’s what I wanted him to get me for Christmas. I’d been looking myself, unsuccessfully, for a couple of days and hoped he could work his special magic and find one. I kid you not, not even twenty minutes later he was asking if ‘this’ was what I wanted. I don’t know how he does that, finding all sorts of everything imaginable, but he does! This is a silk screen map that’s 24″ by (I don’t remember). It’s the same size as my Hobbit movie poster and it’s gorgeous! I hadn’t realized the world was as big as it is! SO happy with this map!

Extra Life Steam Game Raffles via Braxwolf

Extra Life logo

Braxwolf over at Gaming Conversations with Braxwolf Stormchaser is participating in this year’s Extra Life Gaming Marathon and, to encourage us to donate, is hosting raffles for Steam games! How awesome is that? When I heard he was doing this I wanted to help since there’s no way I could participate myself. I want to, every year, but I don’t have the stamina or the household it would require for a days worth of gaming. I can’t even talk on the phone for five minutes without being interrupted and pulled away. I looked through my Steam inventory and saw a copy of Skyrim and donated it to his raffle. Here’s the link to his raffle page listing all the awesome games and the donations needed to unlock them:

Braxwolf’s Steam Game Raffle List

He wrote about his own experience with a children’s hospital and why he feels this charity drive is so important. Link to that wonderfully written post is here. I’ve never been in or had a kid in a children’s hospital but my 22-year-old was hospitalized for two weeks when he was three weeks old. He had meningitis and they, at first, didn’t expect him to live through it. There were no children’s hospitals in our area and I remember the little kid in the room next to us, there just as long as we were, crying, not understanding why he was cooped up in a hospital room when he just wanted to go play. It’s so heart-breaking to see little kids sick!

Extra Life is a 24 hour gaming marathon to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The receiving hospital is up to the gamer and Braxwolf has chosen to support St. Louis Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. I think this is a wonderful charity and seeing the gaming community come together to raise money for these hospitals is nothing short of amazeballs!

*CLOSED* Giveaway: Dragon Age: Origins, Ultimate Edition!

Dragon Age Origins Ultimate Edition logo

Happy September Giveaway! I’ve spent the last month playing this game and have fallen so hard for Dragon Age I’m PUMPED that I bought a second one to giveaway here! If you’ve been reading me the last few weeks then you may have noticed I enjoy blogging about this fantasy based RPG. Heh. The story is amazing! It’s crafted into a life of its own, reaching far and wide across the map leaving no stone unturned. The graphics *are* dated as this game released five years or so ago but they’re rich and stunning in their own right. Lots of detail and care went into them!

You play as a single-player in a group of computer characters that you can switch to (back and forth in battle even) and control. You and your “group” level up and it’s up to you as to where you spend their points (attributes, specializations and new skills). Your group, or party, is more than just extra swings and shing-shings. Upping their approval of you by giving them gifts opens up new skills. This game has the feel of an MMO only it has a pause button. The sound track is amazeballs! Bioware did an outstanding job on this game and gave it a TON of replay value. Your choices matter and not only change what happens in game here and there but dictate the ending you play!

I’m giving away Dragon Age: Origins Ultimate Edition which comes with the base game as well as the expansion, Awakening, and the DLC packs. Here’s the list:

  1. Dragon Age: Origins
  2. Dragon Age: Origins- Awakening
  3. The Stone Prisoner
  4. Warden’s Keep
  5. Return to Ostagar
  6. Feastday Gifts
  7. The Darkspawn Chronicles
  8. Feastday Pranks
  9. Leliana’s Song
  10. The Golems of Amgarrak
  11. Witch Hunt


Here are the system specs, taken from the Steam Store page:


OS: Windows XP (SP3) or Windows Vista (SP1) or Windows 7
Processor: Intel Core 2 Single 1.6 Ghz Processor (or equivalent) or AMD 64 2.0 GHz Processor (or equivalent)
Memory: 1GB (1.5 GB Vista and Windows 7)
Graphics: ATI Radeon X850 256MB or NVIDIA GeForce 6600 GT 128MB or greater (Windows Vista: Radeon X1550 256 MB or NVidia GeForce 7600GT 256MB)
DirectX®: DirectX (November 2007)
Hard Drive: 20 GB HD space
Sound: Direct X Compatible Sound Card



OS: Windows XP (SP3) or Windows Vista (SP1) or Windows 7
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 Ghz or AMD Phenom II X2 Dual-Core 2.7 Ghz Processor or equivalent
Memory: 2 GB (3GB Vista and Windows 7)
Graphics: ATI 3850 512 MB or NVidia 8800GTS 512MB or greater
DirectX®: DirectX (November 2007)
Hard Drive: 20 GB HD space
Sound: Direct X Compatible Sound Card


So how does this giveaway work?

  • You have to have Steam to play the game as I’ll be gifting the winner the game through Steam. There will be instructions in the email explaining how to download Steam in case you don’t have it already. Steam is a free download.
  • The winner will have to use a valid email address when commenting (not IN the comment itself, just in the input box you have to fill out TO comment so it’s kept private) so I can send the download link for the game. I won’t sell or give your email address to anyone, promise. If you’re signed in to WordPress when you comment make sure the email associated with your WordPress profile is a valid one that you can check.
  • You have to leave a comment on this post in order for me to enter you into a random draw to win the game.
  • Oh, and you need an internet connection to download the game.

- You don’t have to be my Steam friend in order for me to gift the game to you because Steam allows for people to send gifts to email addresses, not just through the client. If you want to add me as a Steam friend, that’s cool. Not required though.

- I will assign each person who comments a number and then enter the numbers in a Random Number Generator to determine the winner. Multiple comments from the same person won’t increase your chances of winning. In other words, if you comment 187 times you’re still only getting one entry number assigned to you.


This giveaway starts as soon as I publish this post (8AM CST on 09/01/14) and runs through (Midnight CST 09/05/14  ). I will then use the RNG linked above to draw a winner. I’ll email the winner on Saturday and if I haven’t heard from them by Sunday night I’ll draw for a new winner on Monday. Sound fair?

Comment below for a chance to win. May the Maker shine favor on you! (<—- of *course* I’d forget how that line goes, no?)

EDITING TO ADD: Giveaway is over and a winner has been drawn! Thanks for entering!


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