The Countdown to Spooky Empire – March 2019 – Part 1

As you guys know, I’m a really big fan of conventions and head off to MegaCon every year. Last year, at the last minute, I decided to give Spooky Empire a chance and enjoyed it so much that I’ll be heading back to the first of two events that they put on and hopefully be able to attend the second one as well.

Let’s start by going over the ticket prices. The ticket prices are pretty standardly priced and that’s a good thing. One day passes range from $30 – $35 depending on what day you want to go while the weekend passes are $65. The VIP package is decently priced for a 3 day convention at $225 and it’s the package of my choice mostly because of the seating at the panels. VIP’s come first and getting the best seats means that I can get some really good footage of the panels to share with you guys.

Now onto my favorite part of any convention, the guests!

Christina Ricci

Christina Ricci

Conventions usually have one really big star to draw people in and Christina Ricci is it for Spooky Empire. Appearing only Saturday and Sunday, I have to say that this announcement kind of sold me on going to the March event instead of just the October event. Her prices are pretty decent as well with an autograph being $50 and a professional photo-op being $75

Henry Thomas

Henry Thomas

Mostly known for his role in Netflix’s new hit show, The Haunting of Hill House, Henry Thomas was also in E.T. This is a maybe for me because there are no prices just yet and the one thing that needs to be done before a convention is the planning of how you’re going to spend your money. It really sucks going to a convention only to find out that you didn’t budget right and now can’t afford an autograph or picture that you wanted.

Fairuza Balk

Fairuza Balk

Can I just say how excited I am about this guest? I loved her in The Craft and was unable to go the first time she was at Spooky Empire so being able to get a second chance to meet her is just amazing. She’s also another star that does not have a price.

The Cast of Cujo

Cujo

Dee Wallace, Danny Pintauro, Daniel Hugh Kelly, and director Lewis Teague will all be in attendance for the weekend and I have to say that I love how Spooky Empire can get full casts to join their lineup. This is a great way to get every signature you need for a movie / tv show and you don’t have to go convention hunting to do so.

The Cast of E.T.

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With Dee Wallace and Henry Thomas already attending, getting Robert McNaughten and Matthew DeMeritt was a smart choice to do another cast reunion even though this reunion is sorely missing Drew Barrymore

Terrifier Director and Star

David H. ThorntonDamien Leone

The director Damien Leone, of small indie film Terrifier, will be making an appearance as well as star Art the Clown, David H. Thornton, will be there all weekend and if I can get over my fear of clowns I might just watch this movie before the convention.

Kane Hodder

Kanbe Hodder

Portrayer of Jason in four Friday the 13th films, Kane also stars in Hatchet and this is one of his many appearances at Spooky Empire.

Ricou Browning

Ricou Browning

The Creature from the Black Lagoon returns and I have to say that Ricou comes with an awesome setup to the show as he has on displace a replica of The Creature from the Black Lagoon costume. I missed meeting him last time, but will hopefully be able to get around to him this time.

Christopher Lloyd

Christopher Lloyd

Just announced a few days ago, right when MegaCon made a huge announcement of their own, Christopher Lloyd will be joining the lineup for Spooky Empire. Appearing only Saturday and Sunday, Christopher Lloyd has his own pricing for autographs and photo-ops that you can buy in advance. I will say that I think the prices for him are a little ridiculous as his autograph is $80, which I don’t have a problem with, but if you want something personalized to you it’s an extra $20 making the autograph $100. This is just one of those things that makes me a little jaded about conventions at times. It costs an extra $20 for him to write your name on the autograph? All of the other stars happily do this for free, so this extra charge kind of hits a sour note for me and I’ll be skipping the autograph and photo-op, which is $90, for this event.

So far the lineup is looking pretty damn good for the March show and I’m pretty excited that I have the opportunity to go again. I’ll be updating this blog again at the end of next month with hopefully some more announcements and again in March before the show.

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Gaming Goals for the New Year – March 2018 – UPDATE

Another month is just gone and I am further away from reaching my goals then I would like to admit. March was a pretty bad month for gaming because I had to be an adult most of the time. While I do like making these goals up, I need to set them up as more adult type goals instead of putting insane amounts on trophy counts and platinum trophy counts. Anyway, here’s a breakdown of how my goals for the year are progressing.

Gaming Goals for 2018

Have a total of 125 platinum trophies.

– Starting # of Platinum Trophies: 87
– Ending # of Platinum Trophies: 88
Another month with just one platinum trophy and it was for Batman: The Enemy Within. This one came in close as I got it on the last day of the month. I wish I had gotten more platinum trophies, but it didn’t happen. The 125 goal is looking like it will barely reach 100. I’ll be lucky if I can hit 90 platinum trophies by the end of the year.

Have a total of 10,000 trophies.

– Starting # of Trophies: 8,196
– Ending # of Trophies: 8,264
Another month that I couldn’t even hit 100 trophies. This is just pissing me off now because I remember those months where I would go way past 100 and even break 200 trophies. I wasn’t even close this month and I’m hoping that April will be better since I’m still going to be playing Far Cry 5 and I’ll also be playing the new God of War. Other than that I just need to up my game when it comes to getting trophies.

Have 175 games completed at 100%

– Starting # of Games 100% Complete: 132
– Ending # of Games 100% Complete: 133
This number went up by one again this month and even though I’m not really OK with that, I just have to deal with it. Will I hit the 175 as planned? That’s basically laughable and I’ll be lucky to hit 145 by the years end. Anyway, as always I will power on though and try to complete as many games as possible until the end of the year.

Have an overall completion rating of 75%

– Starting Completion Rate: 54.55%
– Ending Completion Rate: 54.69 %
Finally something that went right this month. This number ticked up by a lot as I worked on trying to complete some games that were old and just sitting there as well as some new ones that were just sitting there. I was a little worried about this number since I did start Far Cry 5 basically at the end of the month, but as long as this number continues to go up, I’m a happy gamer.

Start and Complete 10 new games that are not in my backlog

– Starting Number of New Games Played and Completed: 1
– Starting Number of New Games Played and Completed: 1
I made one new purchase this month that I’m currently working on and it’s Far Cry 5. I’m looking forward to completing this game hopefully before God of War comes out, if not, I’m pretty sure I can finish it during the same time that I play God of War. I’m ok with this number still being at one because ten really isn’t that far away.

Play and complete 25 RANDOM games in my backlog

– Starting Number of completed games in my backlog: 4
– Ending Number of completed games in my backlog: 5
I’m counting Batman: The Enemy Within as part of my backlog since I did purchase it last year. It’s not my fault that Telltale has the release schedule that it does and forces me to wait and play games. Anyway, just to give me some confidence this game will be counted which means I only have 20 more games in my backlog to complete to finish this goal for the year.

Only pre-order 10 new games and save the rest for Black Friday and holiday sales

– Starting Number of Pre-Orders: 2
– Ending Number of Pre-Orders: 3
The only game that I pre-ordered this month was Detroit: Become Human because I just can’t miss that game. It looks amazing and I really can’t wait to play it. I have to say that I’m pretty proud of myself when it comes to the pre-orders because so far I’ve been doing really good. I think I can continue like this for the rest of the year and complete this goal.

And that was my month. The month of an adult who basically games on the side now. Did I really just say that? When did I get this old? Anyway, I am making some progress on my goals, I’m trying to be optimistic, and will hopefully continue to do so. As always, I’ll give you another update about how my April went next month.

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Most Anticipated Game for March 2018

March 2018

I kind of dropped the ball when it came to this blog because I totally forgot to write a blog about my most anticipated game for February. Is anything even coming out this month that’s remotely interesting? I really have no idea, I just know it stops me from spending money. Anyway, there’s a lot that’s been going on which is why I dropped the ball and didn’t do a blog for February, but I’m back on track now and here’s a breakdown of what’s coming out in March.

*Just as a side note, my list of March releases is not perfect. There might be some missing, or some dates may change. If you have anything you want to add feel free to let me know in the comments and I’ll include it in the list.*

03/06/2018
Life is Strange: Before the Storm – PS4
Velocity 2X – PS4 / PS Vita
Bravo Team – PS4
Scribblenauts Showdown – PS4

3/08/2018
Island Flight Simulator – PS4
3D Mini Golf – PS4
3D Billards: Billsards & Snooker – PS4

03/13/2018
Armello – PS4
Devil May Cry HD Collection – PS4
Beast Quest – PS4
Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms – PS Vita

03/18/2018
Pure Farming 2018 – PS4

03/20/2018
R.B.I Baseball 18 – PS4

03/23/2018
Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom – PS4
A Way Out – PS4
MLB The Show 18 – PS4

03/27/2018
Far Cry 5 – PS4
Aster Lydide & Suelle: The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings – PS4
MX vs ATV All Out – PS4
The Witch and the Hundred Knight 2 – PS4

03/30/2018
Code: Realize – Bouquet of Rainbows – PS4
Code: Realize – Future Blessings – PS Vita

03/31/2018
Extinction – PS4
Attack on Titan 2 – PS4

That is a huge list for March and a lot of games just look like a bunch of filler content. For me, the only game that I’ll be playing in March besides my huge backlog is Far Cry 5. I already have Life is Strange: Before the Storm on digital, so no need for the actual copy, but I am looking forward to the Farewell episode. Anyway, I’ve been looking forward to Far Cry 5 for a long time and already have my pre-order in so I can’t wait to actually play it. I’m hoping it returns to what makes the franchise great and gets away from all of the stuff that took place in Far Cry Primal.

Now it’s your turn. What are you looking forward to for the month of March? Will you be playing Far Cry 5 like me or something else? Let me know down in the comments section below and I’ll try not to forget about this blog again and see you next month when I let you know what I’ll be looking forward to in April. Spoiler alert though, if you read this blog you probably already know what it is.

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