Amy Ratcliffe

Oregon Trail Live

If you used PCs in the ’80s and ’90s, chances are high that you played The Oregon Trail. I loved the depressingly realistic educational game, and I’m not alone. Fans of the adventure get together to reenact the game without all the dysentery at Oregon Trail Live. The single day event takes place at the Willamette Heritage Center in Salem, Oregon and is in its third year. Oregon Trail Live isn’t exactly LARPing, but you can wear costumes.

Activities at Oregon Trail Live include hunting with Nerf guns and going after college students dressed as buffalo and making a wagon. It’s meant to be fun and educational, and winning teams get fantastic prizes like Lincoln Log sets. The event takes place this Saturday, September 20th.

See photos from past events after the break.

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Jeremy Renner black widow

Are you ready for the latest scoop from The Avengers: Age of Ultron? It involves Hawkeye and Black Widow – specifically, it’s Hawkeye wearing a Black Widow mask. Jeremy Renner shared the above photo of him on set wearing what is apparently Scarlett Johansson’s stunt double’s mask—and man, that is not the Hawkeye Black Widow pairing I wanted to see.

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Though I’ve seen hundreds of pieces of Star Wars art over the years, every one is slightly different. Artists constantly show me different ways to see the saga, and Eric Tan’s posters for the original trilogy definitely have that effect. While I wouldn’t necessarily call his posters minimalist, they have that simple but effective vibe. I love how Darth Vader figures prominently in the layout of the first two but takes a backseat in the Return of the Jedi art.

Tan, a designer for Disney, said he’s never had more fun on a project. It shows.

See more pictures of the art after the break.

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Don’t tell anyone, but I’m pretty sure Funko is trying to make enough POP! figures to replace all the humans on the planet. I’m not complaining because have you seen how adorable they are? The latest franchise to transform into bobbleheads is E.T.

Characters from the 1982 film look right at home as the chibi-style vinyl figures. E.T., Elliot, and Gertie are available for pre-order and will ship later this month.

See Elliot and Gertie after the break.

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Remember when artist Dirk Loechel put together a poster featuring dozens and dozens of spaceships from science fiction in order to compare them by size? That chart was already impressive, but Loechel can’t quit making updates, and he’s added many more vessels in the last year. You can find vehicles from Dune, Mass Effect, Star Trek, and so many more. The ships are mostly grouped by franchise which means it’s easy to jump around or focus in on one section. It’s weirdly mesmerizing and easy to get sucked into looking at the chart.

Click over to DeviantArt to see the glorious chart at full resolution. Yes, it’s massive.

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When they’re not wishing on stars or chasing after silly princes, Disney princesses can actually be frightening little monsters. This series by Jennifer, a.k.a. NoFlutter on DeviantArt, turns the characters into vampires, zombies, and more. The art definitely has a Tim Burton vibe, and I hope cosplayers tackle real life versions of these designs.

See more adorable-scary drawings after the break.

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Super Nerdy ABC Blocks

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It’s never too early to start teaching kids about science, and this set of alphabet blocks is a fantastic start. Designed by Tiffany Ard, the Super Nerdy ABC Blocks feature a letter from the alphabet on one side and illustrated terms from science that go with that letter on the other five sides. For example, “A” is for absolute zero, atom, and more, and “B” is for binary, background radiation, and more. You can view a PDF key that shows all the sides for each letter here.

Product Page ($50)

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Xena the Warrior Princess and Gabrielle managed to kick the butts of anyone who crossed them, and they look tough as nails in this Disney style art by NIA. She told The Escapist that Xena was one of her role models growing up, and she’d like to see more characters like Xena and Gabrielle on television and in films now. I agree entirely, and I’d love to start with an animated series documenting their adventures.

See Gabrielle and a couple other Xena illustrations after the break.

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Once you get past the sad beginning, Guardians of the Galaxy moves into a happy and fun intro. Peter Quill dancing around to “Come and Get Your Love” is one of the most memorable scenes of the film, and YouTuber Somewhat Awesome Games decided to pair it up with the newly released video game Destiny. The edit features a hero from Destiny dancing a la Star-Lord, and it’s on the nose.

Watch the cool mash-up after the break.

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Rian Johnson is helming Star Wars: Episode VIII, and that makes him a rather popular guy – to say the least. Mark Ruffalo has worked with Johnson in the past, and Ruffalo told Collider he recently sent Johnson the following email:

“Rian, congratulations on everything you’ve been doing. And by the way, if there’s a part in Star Wars, please, anything, please consider considering me to join you.”

Hey, asking doesn’t hurt, and Ruffalo certainly would be a popular choice. Who knows if anything will come of it, but the conversation didn’t stop there. The editor-in-chief of Collider tweeted about it and Johnson replied and brought Star Wars spinoff writer Gary Whitta in on it.

See the tweets after the break…

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