5 Fandom Friday: Five Magical Potions to Always Have in the Cupboard

We already covered Fictional Foods That We Want To Try in an earlier post, but fantasy offers us even more interesting options when we look at potions. Let’s face it, if we had access to effects like these, we would keep them stocked at home for when we need them!

With that in mind, I’d like to share Five Magical Potions to Always Have in the Cupboard.

#1 – Lucy’s Cordial from Father Christmas

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

Lucy’s Cordial from the Chronicles of Narnia requires only a few drops to restore health to someone on a battlefield, so even though it probably falls into the category of a standard health potion, it certainly lands on the powerful end of the scale. For me, the most important potion to have on hand is a healing potion, and I have always wanted this one after having The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe read to me as a child.

#2 – Felix Felicis

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Sometimes, you just need a little luck! Felix Felicis (aka Liquid Luck) can be toxic if used in high doses as it can cause extreme recklessness, but if you use it sparingly and only when needed, you are likely to be successful in all of your endeavors while under its influence.

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#3 – Energizing Elixir

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Imagine being in the middle of an exhausting task and suddenly regaining stamina as though you had just begun. The Energizing Elixir from Breath of the Wild comes in handy when you’re climbing a cliff or swimming, and having easy access to this potion in the real world could give you just what you need to finish what you started when fatigue sets in.

#4 – Draught of Peace

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The draught of peace can soothe anxiety and calm agitation. You could use it yourself when you feel stressed about public speaking or a frightening situation, or you could share it with your loved ones when they just need a moment of peace from their worries and cares.

#5 – Morgause’s Tracking Potion

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Technically, the tracking potion was used by the bad guys (namely, Morgause and Morgana), but you could use it for good! I get uneasy when someone wants me to follow them instead of giving me directions to our intended destination, and this would make it as simple as following their trail. Assuming it worked on animals, you could give one to your pet to see just what they are getting their little paws into.

Honorable Mention: Egg Shen’s Potion

Big Trouble in Little China

“Drink this, you will see things no one else can see. Do things no one else can do!”

 

These are just six potions from a handful of properties, and we’re sure that there are plenty more excellent choices. In the comments below, please share what you would always keep in stock!

You can check out all of our past 5 Fandom Friday posts here, and we’d love to know if you have any suggestions for future topics!

Virginia is for Geeks: One Eyed Jacques

Our geeky adventures in Virginia keep us in Carytown a little longer because this little neighborhood is such a great area to be entertained and meet cool people. Last week, I showed off Chop Suey Books and this week I’m crossing Cary Street – basically the high street in Carytown – to One Eyed Jacques, a game store that’s a must stop shop for fans of tabletop gaming and newbies alike.

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One Eyed Jacques was always buzzing with activity when I went in (and that was pretty regularly because in addition to getting good conversation, I could get a cold drink from the cooler up front). The patrons ranged in ages and genders because there really was something for everyone. Up near the front of the store, they sell kid-friendly and more family-oriented games like Settlers of Catan and Ticket to Ride. They even sell Frisbees and little science projects in a box!

The middle of the store is where we get into the heart of it with Pathfinder, Ascension, Dominion, every Munchkin game that ever existed, Magic cards, Warhammer figures, and more! There was even a whole section of the wall devoted to regular playing cards, with themes ranging from steampunk to zombies.

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Don’t think it’s usually this empty; there were often lots of people back here playing. As it is, I still have some tables and chairs cropped out to avoid showing faces of people who I didn’t want to photograph without permission.

In the back, you’ll find loads of discounted and used games as well as puzzles, individual unpainted miniatures, and player handbooks for a whole host of tabletop RPGs. And most importantly, there is plenty of space to play!

I got a chance to speak to Rob who is the general manager at One Eyed Jacques, and he told me about their exciting plans to expand the space. This means more room for all of their inventory and a separate room for tabletop games.

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I also spoke to Daniel at the front counter and he is pretty much the coolest and friendliest person; I had a great time geeking out with him. He showed off their jam packed calendar of events and recommended some other neat hangouts in the area. Basically, it is only that fact that I don’t reside in Virginia that is keeping me from visiting this shop every week!

You can keep up with One Eyed Jacques using the links below, and don’t forget to stop in if you’re in Carytown!

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Stay tuned for the next post in my Virginia is for Geeks series, because there is still more to do in Carytown!

This Week’s Lotro Adventure: Gondor Calls for Aid

It is no secret that we love LOTRO, but it has been a while since we fangirled about our digital Middle-earth adventures. So I today, I felt like writing about my recent adventures and achievements.

My main character, a hobbit hunter named Lilloa, reached level 95 recently (level cap is 105 right now). Now, I know that there are countless people that are able to the reach level cap with their characters within a few days. I’m not one of them, I like to take my time. So for me, to reach such a high level for the very first time is exciting.

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Lilloa in Dol Amroth

A few days ago, I’ve purchased the West Gondor & East Gondor quest packs, because I’ve completed all quests (incl. most epic quests) in Rohan. Ever since I’ve started LOTRO, all I wanted was to see Edoras and Fangorn Forest and now I did. It feels so strange having to ‘move on’ to Gondor. For now, I’m still questing in Entwood in order to get enough Fangorn leaves to be able to purchase a huorn pet, but I’ve already started to explore West & East Gondor.

In the recent months I’ve came to the realization that I’m a landscape explorer. Some love to grind (levelling up as fast as possible), others have role-playing as their priority, and I love to explore the online world (in this case Middle-earth). So, of course, as soon as my character’s level was high enough to visit Gondor (safely), I left Rohan and explored this ‘unknown’ territory.

My first stop was Dol Amroth and I was blown away. I mean, can we just appreciate this beauty?

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Dol Amroth

Afterwards, I wanted to see Minas Tirith. So I purchased a ride and spend some ‘sight-seeing’ there. Once again, LOTRO didn’t disappoint with their design (in my opinion). Just in the case of other parts in LOTRO, I love the music and how LOTRO Middle-earth looks different to Peter Jackson’s Middle-earth.

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The White Tree in Minas Tirith

I’m very curious to start questing properly in Gondor and what the epic quest chain will bring.

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The Citadel in Minas Tirith

Anyone of you on LOTRO? If so, which is your favorite region so far? If you could visit any place in Middle-earth (LOTRO and other adaptations) which place would it be? Leave us a comment!

Second Day of Geekmas: 2 Jumping Plumbers

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Welcome back to day 2 of 12 Days of Geekmas. This awesome linkup was created by Anna of NerdyAlerty and you can read her original post over >here<.

♪ On the Second Day of Geekmas, my fandom gave to me… ♪

2 Jumping Plumbers

 

Up until a few years ago I’ve played any Mario games whatsoever. Shocking I know. Throughout my life, I’ve owned only three video game consoles: Sega, Playstation 2, and  lastly Wii. It was when I’ve purchased my Wii that I owned and played Mario Kart. The game and console were part of a special set.

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Before you ask, yes of course I’m loving the game. However, I’ll be honest, I’m not too fond of the console. Turns out it is far more challenging to game with a Wii console one-handed than I’ve anticipated. For the future, I’ll probably go back to a Playstation console (loving my PS2 so much!).

Now, will you excuse me, I need to play a video game or two…

How to Celebrate an Orcish Halloween on LOTRO

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Here on Travelling Geek Show, we enjoy exploring The Lord of the Rings Online, an MMORPG. A few days ago, Alice gave 5 reasons why everyone should RP in a MMORPG. I’m rather new to RP, but as time moves on, I’m delving more and more into the beautiful world of RP on LOTRO.

With Halloween approaching, one of my all-time favourite holidays, I wanted to dress up my LOTRO character and do some RP. Well, I ended up creating the costume “Isengard Goblin” for my Hobbit Hunter.

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Say ‘Hi’ to Lilloa, my Hobbit Hunter on the server Landroval

I like to imagine how Halloween is a special holiday for Orcs and Goblins alike and how they get the day off to celebrate with their fellow creatures of the dark. For my faux Isengard Goblin, I decided to have him (why yes, my Isengard Goblin is male and his name is Bob) to have a little sight-seeing tour throughout Middle-earth. Of course it wouldn’t be an Orkish sight-seeing if it weren’t with a twist!

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Bob says ‘Hi’

Just a small-town Goblin

Once upon a time, Isengard’s  newest intern Bob, a small-town Goblin from a tiny settlement in Angmar, decided to use his day off well by doing some sight-seeing.

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‘Goodbye Saruman, goodbye Ugluk, and also goodbye to you, Alfonso!’

Saying goodbye to his new friends wasn’t easy, but Bob was determined to proceed with his journey. His first destination was Moria, a place he wanted to visit for a long time. However, before exploring Moria’s top tourist attractions, Bob decided to visit is cousin Frank.

Taking the midnight train to Moria

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‘Good ol’ Frank, hasn’t changed at all!’

After a cuppa tea and exchanging some news, Bob went on to explore Moria. With the newest edition of Lonely Planet’s Guide to Moria at hand,  Bob stopped to take some snapshots with Moria’s No.1 attraction, according to his travel guide – the Chamber of Mazarbul.

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‘Alfonso will never believe me where I’ve been!’

The glorious battle for the Chamber of Mazarbul, one giant achievement for orcs among many giant leaps for orckind! Bob’s last stop in Moria was at the Bridge of Khazad-dum.

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‘Roar! I’m a Balrog!’

Bob could’ve spend weeks exploring Moria, but the day is short and still had two destinations on his list. For a long time, Bob heard stories of the great Barrow-downs, a place full of haunted fun!

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Bob laments: ‘So much to explore, yet so little time’

After a long day of travelling across Middle-earth, Bob has only one place left he wants to visit – his home in Angmar! After months of Isengard’s canteen food, there is nothing better than Mama Goblin’s home-cooked Man-flesh!

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‘Til we meet again, my friendo’

Bob, alongside Travelling Geek Show, wishes everyone a Happy Halloween!