EGLX 2018 Merch Haul

For our trip to Canada, we went to one of our banks to do a little currency exchange, thinking that we may need some Canadian cash for tips and food for the hotel, perhaps taxis. Considering that everything was just charged to our credit cards, we used all that cash at the artist alley at EGLX.

There were so many skilled artists in their own booths at the expo, and we were delighted to help support them. One of our first stops was Pixel Parasite by Daryl Santos.

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He recreates iconic video game characters and items from perler beads. As soon as I spotted Geno from Super Mario RPG, I had to nab it. Rachel chose the Charmander to bring home and, the next day, we returned for a couple of key chains. Rachel grabbed Boo while I opted for the ocarina from the Legend of Zelda. We had also gotten key chains of Yoshi and Pikachu for our younger cousins, but we gave the gifts to them before we had gotten a picture

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We had also gotten a couple of Batman lanyards (along with a Fenniken plush for Rachel) from a booth, and the lanyards became the home to pins and key chains that we collected throughout the weekend.

Other key chains came from gyoGUTS and Geek @ ❤. Rachel got a double-sided key chain of Breath of the Wild’s Link and Zelda, while my key chain had Urbosa from the same game and Sans from Undertale from gyoGUTS. From Geek @ ❤ came the hand-crafted Wonder Woman symbol and Gameboy icon.

Geek @ ❤ also made these gorgeous prints from all sorts of fandoms, looking like they were painted sketches over book pages or music sheets. I have to say, I believe these prints are some of my favorite treasures from the expo:

We also got plenty of other posters from Game Room Posters (at the time of this posting, the website is pending):

All in all, we got a pretty good haul from our first expo. The only question now is…. where do we put all this?

What do you think of our haul? What kind of merchandise would or have you picked up at a convention? Let us know in the comments below!

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Canada’s EGLX 2018

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Alright, where to begin?

This past weekend we had jetted off to Canada for their Enthusiastic Gaming Live Expo, or EGLX. It set our nerves on fire, as neither one of us have ever gotten the chance to go to a video game expo before, let alone fly out of the country!

Our main reason for going, aside from video games (duh), was due to the majority of our favorite YouTubers being guests at the expo. We figured that this kind of opportunity wouldn’t present itself very often, so we braved through whatever anxiety we had when it came to airplanes, hotels, passports, and whatever general adulting we needed to do to travel to a different country and went.

It was one of the best things we’ve ever done.

We had gotten a weekend pass to fully enjoy the experience. The place was packed, especially on Saturday. In the middle of the hall was a giant stage with four sides, each with a jumbo television to broadcast the tournaments and shows, such as Super Smash Bros, Halo, and Hearthstone. A screen for speedruns of games was set up in the back, rows of computers took up a side of the room for Rocket League and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, and the other side of the room was filled with booths for artists and indie game developers. Right down the middle were old arcade cabinets and televisions set up with games from Nintendo 64, the GameCube, and the NES.

We spent a lot of our time in the retro gaming area, having tons of fun with the old games like Mario Kart 64 and Double Dash. The artist alley was also a great time, and we’ll be showing off all the cool merchandise that we got from there.

Hidden Block and Normal Boots are the YouTubers who headlined the main shows on Saturday, with the two groups of friends going against each other then pro player Allister Singh in Pokken Tournament DX. The two groups then played a hilarious Family Feud-style game using answers from a survey that had been put out to fans a couple of weeks before the expo.

Hidden Block and Normal Boots each had a Q & A panel throughout the weekend, and we went to both of them, enjoying the banter between the guys as they listened to and answered questions from fans. They were all delights, and very nice whenever we got the chance to speak or see them. We didn’t talk to many of them for long, not with how many other fans they had, but we did get a couple of pictures with a few of them.

Then, of course, there was the hotel and the room service that we got used to over the weekend, haha! It was an utterly fantastic weekend, a trip that we certainly wouldn’t mind taking again.

Have you ever been to a gaming expo? Which ones would you like to go to?

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Of Gaming Conventions

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So. Play Nintendo Tour is coming around our part of the world this weekend. Less than an hour’s drive, it would have been a great day out. But we have a wedding to go to (with me being in the bridal party itself) this weekend… Don’t get me wrong, weddings are beautiful things, but Rachel and I have actually never been to a video game convention or tour.

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Every time a convention comes around, we’re unable to go because we have something else planned. This time it’s Kris’s friend’s wedding. Last time it was our sister’s bridal shower. Or, if we can make it, the convention is on the other side of the country or world or where ever. We have jobs, we can’t just pack up leave for a week and… well, you know. Money.

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So, we’re a little bummed, and I know this post sounds a bit whiny, haha! We’ll make it to something someday, but we’re also total newbies when it comes to conventions. We hear all about them through our favorite YouTubers and fellow bloggers, and we enjoy living through them whenever they post up videos and pictures of the conventions and tours.

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We enjoy living through them, but not really. We’d rather be there. We’re actually quite sad.

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It’s called “looking on the bright side,” Rachel. Let’s be honest, we wouldn’t know what the hell we were doing if we were at a convention or tour. We would have to do tons of research about conventions before going to one.

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Nah, we’re fine. We’d figure it out. Someday we’ll make it to one. It’d be fun to meet new people and see what they’re all about. Until then, we’ll just have to be patient and hope out luck is better next year.

Those of you who have been, what was your first convention or tour like? Was it as amazing as you thought it would be?