Cosplay Curious: Pattern Reading

Cosplay Curious: Pattern Reading

This week, Hilary walked us through the basics of reading a pattern and a bit about combining patterns. I can tell you from experience that Hilary has made some mind-blowing costumes, including my wedding dress, so I trust her expertise in this wholeheartedly. Onto the details… this is sort of a broad overview- we didn’t get into a lot of the more advanced stuff- gathering, stitch types, pleats… another time 😉   Some products that…

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Cosplay Curious

Cosplay Curious

Last night was Heroes’ Beacon’s first Cosplay Night where a group of people – both new and veteran cosplayers, got together to chat about, you guessed it, cosplay. We had a very broad conversation last night including what projects we have done in the past, what we want to do in the future, what skills we want to learn, what topics we might like to talk about in the future. The atmosphere was very encouraging…

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A Kidney, for Pete’s Sake Fundraising.

A Kidney, for Pete’s Sake Fundraising.

Since Heroes’ Beacon opened we have been involved with fundraising for good causes like the IWK with their Extra Life program.  We firmly believe in giving back to the community that gave to us and made our shop possible. With Extra Life done for another year we are going to focus on fundraising for something a lot closer to home.  Our dear friend and customer Pete Darling has been diagnosed with Polycystic Kidney Disease and…

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Lord of the Rings Living Card Game

Lord of the Rings Living Card Game

Lord of the Rings (Living Card Game) Fantasy Flight Games 1 – 2 players (3 – 4 players with 2 core boxes) Ages 13+ 60 Minutes   Lord of the Rings Living Card Game (LCG) is a cooperative game in which players work together to complete scenarios using 3 Heroes and a deck of 50 cards comprised of Allies, Events, and Attachments.   Deck building is an important part of the game as different scenarios…

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Telestrations – The Telephone Game Meets Pictionary

Telestrations – The Telephone Game Meets Pictionary

Telestrations USAOpoly 4-8 Players (Original) // 4-12 (Party Pack) Ages 12+ 15-30 Minutes Highly Recommended Telestrations has become the new go-to party game at our gatherings.  A hilarious game for 2-8 players that plays better the less skilled you are. Most of us remember playing The Telephone Game as kids.  You’d whisper a message in your friend’s ear who would then pass it along.  By the time the message made it all the way around…

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Happy Anniversary! Year One in Pictures

Happy Anniversary!  Year One in Pictures

Happy Anniversary Heroes’ Beacon! The comic and games store that love built turns one year old this week and we will be celebrating Saturday, October 4th with cake and goodies! The idea for Heroes’ Beacon originally came about over two years ago with some discussions between Steve and Chris.  Both had a dream of running their own comic book shop, but neither could do it alone and raising the funds to get started proved to…

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Beginner’s Guide to Fan Expo

Beginner’s Guide to Fan Expo

Steve and I (Tara) attended our first Fan Expo this year! It was their 20th anniversary and they had a fantastic lineup! It was also our first convention not in our home province. I have to admit, the size of Fan Expo was a bit of a shock. The convention space took up multiple floors in two buildings and approximately 120,000 people came through over the course of 4 days with the largest attendance being…

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Why Multiplayer Commander is My Favorite Magic Format

Why Multiplayer Commander is My Favorite Magic Format

I stopped playing Magic the Gathering about a decade ago but returned with the recent release of Theros.  It’s been amazing seeing how the game has grown and changed over the last decade.  There are new rules, mechanics and game formats.  There’s something for everyone. In the last year though, my own favorite format has rapidly become multiplayer Commander. Commander involves players building singleton decks containing 99 cards plus a Legendary Creature to act as…

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News from Gen Con

News from Gen Con

News from Gen Con Gen Con is the largest table top gaming convention in North America featuring pen & paper Role Playing Games, Board Games, Miniature Games, Collective Card Games, and Strategy Games. It is held in Indianapolis, Indiana each year and has grown to have close to 50,000 attendees each year. Companies use the convention to launch and announce new games each year, here are some highlights of what you can look forward to…

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Women Who Inspire Us (Update – Day 6)

Women Who Inspire Us (Update – Day 6)

Day 6 – Nichelle Nichols Sixth on our list of inspiring ladies is Nichelle Nichols – American actress, signer and voice artist best known for her role as Uhura on the original Star Trek television series.  In addition to acting Nichelle has recorded albums, written two science-fiction novels (Saturn’s Child and Saturna’s Quest), a memoir (Beyond Uhura: Star Trek and Other Memories) and worked with NASA to help recruit women and minorities. Nichelle Nichols’ Star…

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