The Secret World: Celebrate Halloween

TSW is one of those games where murder, mystery, and the occult thrive. The devs have created 10 brand new item missions and 10 brand new storylines just for this year’s Halloween event! The event runs from now until November 8. Get in game and enjoy this amazing event.


Celebrate Halloween in The Secret World

Halloween is a very special occasion in The Secret World, and this year we have a unique treat for you! You can enjoy ten new Item Missions with ten exclusive scary stories written for this occasion alone.  You will find these spread throughout New England, as they are built on local urban legends and told by the Solomon Islanders themselves.

Complete all the new missions and gather up all the stories and you will get a special reward from Danny Dufresne and the complete set of stories bound into an in-game book, which you can read through at any time!

I despise the trope of the unreliable narrator, so you can imagine my self-loathing, tonight, as I bleed black upon the blank page. I was full of with self-loathing that night too. I was a writer, barely at the start of my career, and I’d run out of stories.

        Desperate. Very desperate.

Never mind whether I found him, or he found me. Never mind the ritualistic particulars — whether I waited at a cross roads under a harvest moon or drew a chalk circle or invoked his name nine times before a dark mirror — whether I sacrificed a cat, swallowed a leech ballooning on virgin blood, or answered an odd ad in the Personals. Pick your cliché and suckle on it…

But that is of course not all. The Cat God is making a return for this year’s Halloween, so get ready for a harrowing chain of Missions where you get to see Stonehenge in its ancient form.

We are also introducing plenty of new and exclusive Halloween items this year, some of which can be gotten as rewards and loot and others in the Item Shop. Does dressing up as a Plague Doctor for Halloween this year sound tempting?

The Halloween events start today and will last for two weeks, until the 8th of November.

Turn Your Quadcopter Into The Best Halloween Decoration Ever (Gizmodo.com)

This is pretty great. If I walked up to some house and this thing came at me from behind, I’d be rather startled. 🙂


Turn Your Quadcopter Into the Best Halloween Decoration Ever


Once you realize how boring your neighborhood is from the air, that expensive quadcopter you bought should find a good home in the rafters of your garage. But don’t bury it too deep, you’ll need access to it around Halloween every year because Alton Porter has come up with the perfect use for your forgotten drone: turn it into a flying banshee.

There’s no explanation of how this floating ghost came to be, but watching the video it’s not hard to deconstruct. All you’ll need is a hollow plastic skull, a pair of glowing red LEDs, some lightweight fabric to complete the costume, and the quadcopter you’ve already lost interest in.

Put them all together and you’ve got the perfect Halloween decoration that you can actually take with you trick-or-treating and terrorize the whole neighborhood. Just make sure you’re extra careful at the controls, because long strands of dangling fabric and spinning rotors definitely don’t mix. [Alton Porter via Motherboard via Laughing Squid]

How to Walk Like a Ninja: An Illustrated Guide (ArtOfManliness.com)

Just in time for Halloween. Now your walk can match your talk!


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With Halloween just around the corner, there’s no better time to learn how to walk silently through the night like a ninja. It’s an incredibly useful skill, allowing you not only to stealthily assassinate your archenemy, but also steal cookies from coworkers, check to see if toddlers are still sleeping without waking them, or sneak across your creaky wood floors to scare the bejeezus out of your roommate.

Inspired by Secrets of the Ninja by Ashida Kim. I stumbled upon this book back when I was in middle school. Definitely a fun read.

GW2: A Guide to Blood and Madness

GW2’s new Halloween themed content is delivered today! If you’re looking for the entire set of patch notes, go here. If you’re looking for more of a summary of the activities available and a guide from ArenaNet for how to engage in this new content, read on!


Halloween has returned to Tyria, along with the Mad King—but a new menace has emerged to threaten both the Mad Realm and our world! Magister Tassi needs your help to keep everyone alive long enough to enjoy Tyria’s annual spooky celebration!

Upon logging into Guild Wars 2, you’ll receive an email from Magister Tassi of the Durmand Priory. She’s in urgent need of assistance in containing a mysterious, sinister artifact she found in the ruins of the Nolani Academy. The Show Me button in your mail will point to the new Haunted Nolani Waypoint in the Black Citadel.

Once you arrive outside the ruins, head north to talk with Venna Castblade, who’ll update you on the current situation. If you ask her to let you in, you can pass through to the other side of the gate where you can enter the story instance “The Reliquary.”

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The Reliquary

  • Once inside the Nolani Academy Ruins, read the note on the ground from Tassi and proceed down into the crypt where Tassi has set up her research station. Wind your way through the crumbling passageways to find Tassi with the reliquary.
  • Speak with Tassi to learn about her discovery and prepare yourself for the opening of the reliquary. Tassi’s expecting to find the Mad King Thorn closed up in that box, but she’s in for a surprise—someone else is breaking through the barrier between realms! You’ll have to be quick on your toes to help Tassi frustrate this new attacker and send them to the Mad Realm.
  • After you leave the instance, Tassi will send you mail with her relay golem and some consumable Halloween finishers. You’ll need to complete the meta achievement, A Sweet Friend, to progress the story. Using the relay golem occasionally will update you on Tassi’s progress.
  • Halloween-themed daily achievements also count toward the completion of A Sweet Friend.

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Open World

  • In Queensdale, Kessex Hills, and Gendarran Fields, Haunted Doors will appear in two varieties: green Mad King doors and red Bloody Prince doors. Each can treat players with a Trick-or-Treat Bag or trick you with the Mad King’s army of Candy Corn Elementals, Plastic Spiders, and Gargoyles or the Bloody Prince’s army of undead.
  • Completing door events will progress the Shut the Doors achievement.
  • Lion’s Arch is decorated for Halloween once again! There are pumpkins to carve, trick-or-treating kids, and the Mystic Forge cauldron to jump into. Vendors sell Halloween-related recipes and Sonders the Merchant in Fort Marriner will sell you special goods for your Halloween candies and trophies.
  • The Mad King himself will visit Lion’s Arch on Halloween (9AM October 30 to 9AM November 1 PDT). Successfully playing his Mad King Says game will give you the A Royal Tradition achievement, which counts toward A Sweet Friend as well. You’ll find him either in the Grand Piazza or the Mystic Plaza.
  • Just outside the home cities, players will find a Halloween tent with a Mad King actor, more costumed kids, and Rasmus the ghost, who can transport you to the Lunatic Inquisition.
  • The Heart of the Mists and Borderlands citadels in World vs. World have been decorated for Halloween.

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Mad Realm

  • Entering the Mad Realm through the Haunted Doors will bring you floating isle above the Mad King’s Labyrinth. Talk to the nearby Lunatic Boatmaster to go to the Lunatic Inquisition or the Mad King’s Clock Tower. You can use the portal on the ground to enter the labyrinth below or exit back to Tyria through the Haunted Doors.
  • The Lunatic Inquisition is a PvP activity in which your goal is to survive the night. Lunatic Courtiers chase Villagers and convert them, while Villagers run, hide, and fend off starvation.
  • Those who seek a challenging jumping puzzle can attempt to ascend The Mad King’s Clock Tower. This is a timed jumping puzzle that challenges you to race your way to the top of the clock tower. There are progress reward chests along your way and a final reward chest inside the clock tower belfry.
  • The Mad King faces off with the Bloody Prince in the labyrinth where their forces clash. Players can fight their armies, mine Candy Corn, and carve pumpkins. The real challenges are the three legendary bosses that live in the maze: The Skeletal Lich, the Grand High Viscount of Candy Corn, and the Labyrinthine Horror.

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Second Story Instance

  • Once you have completed the A Sweet Friend meta achievement, you’ll be rewarded with a Mini Candy-Corn Elemental. This living candy corn is exactly what Tassi needs to complete her plan! Return to the Nolani Academy Ruins in the Black Citadel to finish out the story arc. This is a repeatable multiplayer instance which requires at least one player to have finished the meta achievement. Get ready to glaze!

New Items and Rewards

  • Finishing A Sweet Friend will earn you a Mini Candy-Corn Elemental.
  • Playing a game of Mad King Says doesn’t just give you a chance to laugh at the lunatic monarch’s jokes—if you successfully complete a match, you’ll win yourself a Mask of the Night!
  • The rewards for the Mad King’s Clock Tower jumping puzzle have changed. Upon finishing the jumping puzzle for the first time this year, you’ll receive a single-use, account-bound Mad King Chest which will allow you to choose between light, medium, or heavy hand armor. The Armwraps, Gloves, or Gauntlets of Madness that you receive on picking will be soulbound on use. When you first double-click on your new hand armor, you’ll be able to pick which stat combination to use. After that point, the hand armor will be soulbound to the character that used it and you will not be able to re-assign a stat combination. Subsequent completions of the jumping puzzle will award Trick-or-Treat Bags.
  • Sonder the Seller in Fort Marriner will exchange your stacks of Pieces of Candy Corn, Chattering Skulls, Nougat Centers and Plastic Fangs for refined versions of each. Candy Corn Cobs can be used to purchase the Mini Bloody Prince Thorn and 20-slot Halloween Pail bag. Gibbering Skulls, Tyria’s Best Nougat and High-Quality Plastic Fangs are used in Mystic Forge combinations to create recipes for exquisite Halloween weapons.

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New Achievements

  • A Sweet Friend is the meta achievement for the Blood and Madness release, and will be available through November 11 to complete. Many of contributing achievements can be earned by playing various Blood and Madness content including the story instance, activities, Haunted Door events, and using Halloween finishers.
  • Halloween-themed daily achievements will also be available until November 11 and contribute to the meta achievement.
  • Three additional achievements, which deal with the resolution of the Halloween storyline, are available after completing A Sweet Friend.

DIY Silver Samurai Halloween/Cosplay Costume (Instructables.com)

Thanks to this article over on Instructables.com, you, too can be the Silver Samurai this Halloween! This DIY project does require sewing, but isn’t terribly complicated to assemble otherwise.

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What samurai has two thumbs and uses a mutant power of a tachyon field to surround a sword and slice through virtually anything>? THIS GUY! I needed a costume for the 2012 Chicago Comic Entertainment Expo. I was looking through some old school comic cards for ideas and came across the Silver Samurai. Asian?… Armor?… Samurai?!.. Sounds like a plan!

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Materials:

1. High density Foam (thick foam that is typically used under weight benches, washing machines; can usually find at Home Depot)
2. cardboard
3. Bondo
4. Silver fabric
5. Silver and Red Metallic spray paint
6. silver string
7. small buckle clips
8. velcro
9. old shoes
10. craft foam
11. Ping pong balls
12. mascarade mask
13. fake sword

Step 1: Clothes

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Pants: (Pic 1)

1. Grab a a pair of pants and outline each leg in  the silver fabric.
2. Just follow the seams from your original pair of pants in order to get the shape correct.
3. I made two legs and then sewed everything together…(pic 1)
4. Fold the top of the pants (waistline) and sew that closed.
5. Find the middle front of your folded waistline and poke a little hole through.
6. From there, insert a shoe lace so you can make them draw string. (pic 2)

Shirt: (Pic 3)

1. Grab a long sleeve tshirt, and cut out the shape of the body, and then each arm in your silver fabric.
2. Remember to make the body and arms a little bigger, if your silver fabric is not stretchy.
* You can make the sleeves actually quite large if needed

Dickie

1. Grab some fabric and just make a bandana around your neck. you can either choose to sew it closed or tie it.

TERA: Cosplay Contest – Get Dressed!

Have they done this before and I just didn’t see it? TERA is a perfect MMORPG to cosplay. (Unfortunately, IRL, I’m the lovechild of a Baraka and a Popori.)

Be sure to create your best TERA-related cosplay outfit and snap a few pics (as well as following all of the rules below) to send to the devs. The top three submissions will win the Elin statue and an eight-piece Halloween themed accessory bundle. Best of luck!

(By the way, is anyone as excited as me to see someone cosplay a BAM? That’d be awesome!)

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TERA Cosplay Contest

TERA Cosplay Contest

Do you have an amazing castanic outfit that you showed off at San Diego Comic-Con? Maybe you’ve been working for months on your kumas outfit so you could debut it at PAX Prime!

Well then, this is the contest for you! Create or re-use your TERA cosplay, and send us a picture for your chance to win an Arcadia elin figurine! Make sure to submit your pictures by 11:59 p.m. PDT on October 27, 2013 for your chance to win!

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Prizes:

The top three submissions will receive one elin figurine (pictured above) and one Halloween accessory bundle. The Halloween accessory bundle contains one of each of the following:

  • Sunbright Mask
  • Nightsky Mask
  • Sunbright Domino Mask
  • Nightsky Domino Mask
  • Frankenhat
  • Ailuri Giantkiller Mask
  • Red Bat Hairband
  • Black Bat Hairband

Instructions:

  1.   Create or re-use a previously created TERA cosplay.
  2.   Take a minimum of two (2) pictures.
    • a.    At least one picture should be of you holding a sign or piece of paper that says “TERA Rocks 2013” on it. This picture will not be posted to our website, even if you win. You do not have to be wearing your outfit in this picture—but the photo needs to provide reasonable verification (as determined by our judges) that you are responsible for the cosplay in the other photo(s).
    • b.    At least one picture should be of you in your cosplay outfit. More pictures are always good as it allows us to see the detail! These pictures can be from a previous event or taken at different times.
  3.   Do not modify your pictures with any image-enhancing programs (such as Adobe Photoshop) except to resize.
  4.   Submit a .JPG version of the photos to community@enmasse.com by 11:59 p.m. PDT on Sunday, October 27, 2013.
    • a.    In your email, please include your main character and server name.
    • b.    Each photo should be no larger than 2MB in size.
    • c.    Limit of one entry per person.
  5.   This contest is for participants in North America only.
  6.   All standard En Masse Entertainment contest rules apply.
  7.   The winners will be announced on October 31, 2013.

En Masse staff will judge each submission on the creativity, technique, and overall look of your outfit. Extra points will be awarded to anyone who cosplays a BAM!

Happy crafting!

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