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Mana Management

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It has come to my attention that I do a lot on an average week. I usually have a lot of things going on at once, many projects in the air, and have been asked a few times how I manage to do it all. I’ve jokingly responded “By systematically sacrificing my social life”, and while that’s true, it’s not entirely the whole story. So I’m going to attempt to talk about that and hope what I’ve learned may be of some use to you.

First, it’s important to realize I don’t get done everything I want to. I’m still learning. For instance, this week my Wordy Wednesday will be late. My Curiosity Cabinet was unable to go up on Sunday like I planned due to a tragedy that struck last week when many of us in the Geek community lost a dear friend unexpectedly. But this happens. Because there are many things we can’t control. And one of those things is time.

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Rogue Training – Week 3

Welcome to the Training Board!

What is this?

Everyone has their favorite character class. Being a bard, of course I have a special place for rogues in my heart. So with the help of one of my best friends, we’ve devised a training regime that will be taking inspiration from the multiple iterations of rogues as depicted in the Dragon Age series, including specializations. These workouts will be focusing on core strength, dexterity and cardio and are intended to be done in a circuit.

Things to Note:

These workouts are created with a gym in mind. Gyms are awesome because people are there to answer questions, the equipment is maintained, and if somehow you hurt yourself, you have immediate assistance. I would like to eventually add at home alternatives but right now that’s not something I have time for. I’m sharing my exact routine.

I’m basically a 5ft tall Dalish, so you may need to adjust weights or reps to your comfort level. However, do keep in mind these exercises are with a rogue class in mind, not a warrior. It’s really not about uber heavy lifting. =)

Rogue Training

Rogues are crafty combatants who succeed in battle by combining speed, subterfuge, and a wide range of abilities to bring their opponents down in unexpected ways, sometimes before the enemy even perceives danger.

Day 1


AMT Machine (level 3): 10 minutes


Kettlebell Swings: 40 reps (10-20 lbs kettlebell)
Hollow Holds: 20-30 seconds
TRX Push-Ups : 15 reps (hands holding on to grip in straps)
TRX Pistol Squats into Balancing Stick Pose: 10 reps (per leg)
Statue of Liberty: 10 reps each side (10-20 lbs kettlebell)

REST 1 minute


Day 2


Rowing Machine: 800 meters (at your pace)


Kettlebell Swings: 40 reps (with 10-20 lbs kettlebell)
Leg lifts: 15 reps (fists under buttocks for support of lower back)
One-legged Romanian Dead Lift: 10 per leg (use 10-20 lbs kettlebell)
Push-ups: 7 reps

REST 1 minute



Specializations are sub-class choices that further define and customize characters in the Dragon Age series. They open access to new talents based upon the character’s base class (Warrior, Mage or Rogue).

Keep an eye out for extra info for specializations. These will be related to other aspects of health (diet, mental health etc) to help you continue your rogue training. These ARE optional, and you are encouraged to design your own specializations. These are meant for a platform to jump off from.


These unpredictable experts specialize in using alchemical mixtures that wreathe them in frost or flame. Fast, chaotic, and possibly mad, they wade into the fight and dare enemies to face the storm.

Since Tempests specialize in alchemy, these sections will be focusing on dietary needs and recipes. Remember if you’re upping your exercise routine, food is SUPER important. Your body is increasing activity and you’re sweating which means you’re depleting nutrients much faster. It’s imperative you eat enough calories and as equally important that you’re eating calories that HELP you keep going. Protein, sodium, iron etc–you don’t want to get dizzy because you’re consuming only one food group.


Having taken the minstrel’s art to new levels, bards are skilled performers and master manipulators; bards can inspire their allies or dishearten their foes through song and tale.

Bards are all about art and charisma, so for these sections, you can expect artistic and even social challenges. We’ll use this specialization to focus on some good mental health practices. Maybe we’ll collaborate on something together, or you’ll be challenged to watch a movie or read a book–or interacting with the Curiosity Community.

Live Stream, Q&A, Music, Raffle & More!

Hello you beautiful Curiosities, we’ve got some crazy live content coming your way! Why? Well one, because I haven’t been able to do much livestreaming lately. And two, we’re still trying to negotiate with the mortgage company to bring down our monthly payment (the monthly escrow is so unreasonably high so we’re still looking at a nearly $3k payment) and, we had a renter who would have been taking two of the rooms (thus giving us no worries about July’s payment) back out at the last minute.

So more or less, I’m a little worried because things aren’t going quite so smoothly as we’d hoped and prayed. Trying to keep my chin up though because we have NOT come this far to fall now.

So I’m going to be doing some videos and livestreams to help raise a little extra to help us get through July, and I have some donation tiers that I hope you’ll find interesting. If you can help, awesome, if you can’t, I hope you enjoy the show anyway. =)

Livestream Dates:
Friday June 24th, 7pm – 3am PST
Saturday June 25th TBD (May include Harry Potter Night Live Footage)
Sunday June 26th, 10am – 10pm PST

Where will the Livestreams be?

On my Twitch channel.

What will the Livestreams include?

Q&As, Gaming, Raffles and music!

What’s up for raffle?

A variety of donated prizes that we’ll be raffling off individually!

PayDay2 (with all DLC) on Steam
1 ECCC Exclusive Funko Pop Snoopy
1 Xbox One OR PS4 Console
(This list is still incomplete, so please continue to check back)

The Raffle, How To Enter:

1 Raffle Entry: (Free) Simply post one question you’d like me to answer on livestream in the comments below.

Additional Entries by Donation:

$5 – 1 additional general raffle entry and question.

$10 – Live Karaoke (on stream, acapella or with music as we’re able to find it), +2 additional questions & general raffle entries

$15 – 1 hour of gameplay of the game of your choice (Listed below), + 3 additional questions & general raffle entries

$25 – 1 Recorded karaoke song* of your choice (We’ll work together to find one in range), + 5 additional questions & general raffle entries, and an mp3 of all my current songs (including Saving April songs).

$100 – 1 hour 1 on 1. Need a voice lesson or just sing karaoke together? Want to talk writing or need some advice? Maybe you just wanna play a game together on a livestream. +20 additional questions & general raffle entries, and an mp3 of all my current songs (including Saving April songs AND other requested karaoke songs)

$200 – 1 video** (Kiriosity, Nailed It, Tutorial, Let’s Play, Review etc) on the subject of your choice (nothing explicit) + special raffle entry for a Xbox One or PS4 console and an mp3 of all my current songs (including Saving April songs AND other requested karaoke songs)

In regards to tiers, we’re going to stick to Kickstarter rules, so if you donated $25, but want to pick a tier below it instead, just indicate it in the paypal comments. (Ex. I’d like this to go towards 1.75 hours of Dragon Age: Inquisition gameplay instead of picking a song.)

Additionally, if you have a suggested tier, let me know!

Click Here To Make a Donation!

Note: Please remember to fill in what you’d like in the comments, along with the best email to contact you. 

*Songs will be delivered as received and as we decide on what to sing. They will be uploaded to YouTube prior to the live stream (time permitting) and I’ll send you a copy of the MP3. Obviously anything requested DURING the livstream will be uploaded afterwards. Unlike live karaoke, these will be available on YouTube and be more polished. Songs sung on the livestream (Live Karaoke) tend to be muted by Twitch after the live show, so if you don’t catch it live, you likely won’t hear it at all.

**Videos, due to their time consuming nature of research, scripting and filming (especially in regards to Kiriosities) will be uploaded as I finish them after the livestream.

Livestream will also include a donation counter that I will update as we go so we can track our progress!

Available Games For Livestream:

The 7th Guest

Alice: Madness Returns

Baulder’s Gate: Enhanced Edition

Baulder’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition

Breath of Death VII

Broken Age

Child of Light

Costume Quest 2

CSI: Hard Evidence

Cthulhu Saves The World


Dragon Age: Origins

Dragon Age: Awakenings

Dragon Age 2

Dragon Age: Inquisition

Drawn: Dark Flight

Dreamfall Chapters

Dreamfall: The Longest Journey

DuckTales Remastered

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Fallout 3: Game of the Year Edition

Fallout: New Vegas

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn

Foul Play

Game of Thrones – A Telltale Game Series

Guns of Icarus Online

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning

King’s Quest Collection

Life is Strange

Little Big Planet 3 (PS4)

Mass Effect

Mass Effect 2

Murdered: Soul Suspect

Never Alone


Ori and the Blind Forest

Overwatch (Ps4)


Papers, Please

Payday 2 (1 Hour)


Portal 2

Post Mortem

Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments


Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

The Secret World

Still Life

Still Life 2

Table Top Simulator (Cards, checkers, etc) – Not great for streaming

Tales from the Borderlands


Until Dawn (PS4)

Violett: Remastered Edition

The Witcher: Enhanced Edition

The Witcher 2: Assassin’s of Kings Enhanced Edition

The Wolf Among Us