Monday, November 20, 2017

Tis the season for some N. Sane Crash Bandicoot deals

A perfect holiday gift for the video game lover in your life, Activision is bringing back one of their most characters from the '90s!  Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy will let Playstation 4 owners play a fully-remastered high definition collection of Activision's original collection of  Crash Bandicoot™ video games.  In the updated version of the games, Crash's sister, Coco, also joins in the action coming to her brother's rescue.  In Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, Coco is included as a playable character who has hacked into the Time Twister to travel back in time to help Crash in his previous adventures.



This Black Friday don't miss out on some great Crash Bandicoot deals from retailers like Walmart and GameStop:

Walmart Black Friday Exclusive

Snag this Walmart-exclusive Black Friday Crash Bandicoot™ N. Sane Trilogy. You get all three Crash™ games that started it all AND the Stormy Ascent bonus level – an unbelievable offering! Only available on Black Friday for PlayStation 4!



GameStop Black Friday Sock Bundle
 
Looking for the perfect gift AND stocking stuffer for your favorite person? The GameStop Black Friday Bundle is all you need to bring joy this holiday season, featuring the Crash Bandicoot™ N. Sane Trilogy game and a never-before-released pair of collector’s edition Crash Bandicoot™ socks.  These premium socks feature an iconic in-game image of Crash’s face with his tongue sticking out, perfect for fans who want to spin, jump and wump just like Crash!  Only available on GameStop during Black Friday for the PlayStation 4!



Changes Crash Apparel

While you are out shopping on Black Friday pick up some t-shirts featuring characters from Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy. Who doesn't love t-shirts?! Always a great holiday gift.  Available at Hot Topic and Macy's.



Funko Crash Bandicoot

Funko collectible figurines are a hot commodity with both kids and adults right now.  Pick up some Funko Crash Bandicoot figures during your Black Friday shopping spree at Best Buy, GameStop, Hot Topic, Target, Toys R Us, and Walmart.



Official Crash Bandicoot Merchandise by Numskull

Online shopping Cyber Monday.  Check out the official Crash Bandicoot Merchandise by Numskull available on Amazon.com.  Numskull rounds out the Crash™ merchandise by offering something for every fan – from keychains, to mugs, to shirts and much more. Got a Crash™ fan on your holiday shopping list who’s got everything? I doubt he has Crash Bandicoot™ scented candles. Need a unique mug to make you stand apart in your boring board meetings? Numskull has a Crash Bandicoot TNT Crate mug to fit the bill. 



When it comes to the video game, Activision is honoring the heritage of Crash throughout the trilogy in a variety of ways, including a fully remastered game soundtrack packed with all the didgeridoos, xylophones and thumpin’ bass lines you can handle, as well as newly recorded dialogue from some of the familiar voice actors who appear in the original Crash Bandicoot games, including Jess Harnell, Lex Lang and Debi Derryberry, among others.  Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy is available now on PS4™ and PS4™ Pro. For more information about Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy please visit www.crashbandicoot.com or follow @CrashBandicoot on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram..

Sunday, November 19, 2017

BACKWOODS BASTARD


I'd been hearing good things about Grand Rapids, Michigan-based Founders Brewing Co. BACKWOODS BASTARD seasonally distributed beer so decided to give it a try when it arrived this fall.  Available for a limited time in autumn, BACKWOODS BASTARD whose annual batches are aged underground in oak barrels that had previously held bourbon, this dark Scotch ale has received a perfect 100 percent rating on RateBeer.com.  It made for a great drink to sip while kicking back my feet and taking in a Sunday afternoon of NFL football on television.

Traces of oak and bourbon absorbed into the beer while aging in wooden barrels combine with caramel and roasted malt ingredients providing for a rich flavor and its 11.2% alcohol by volume (ABV) provides a nice kick.  Hints of toffee, raisins, and vanilla add the mix of flavors providing an extra treat for the pallet.  This is a nice selection to warm up your belly on a cold day while spending some time relaxing.



BACKWOODS BASTARD pours a thick dark base with a nice two-finger deep foam froth to cap it off.  I drank mine from a frosted mug as my preference is for cold brews but ideally it is recommended by real beer enthusiasts to drink Scotch ales from a thistle glass instead at a little warmer temperature than an ice cold lager.  So while you don't want a warm Scotch ale serving it ice cold isn't preferable either.  Cellar temperature (55 degrees) is considered optimal for complex flavored and high alcohol beers which BACKWOODS BASTARD meets both criteria.  Check out this guide from vinepair.com on the optimal serving temperatures for various types of beers.  Even though I may have drunk my beer a bit colder than preferable it was still enjoyed the beer very much.



I'll be enjoying BACKWOODS BASTARD while watching games throughout the rest of the football season.  Plus I'm going to hold back a bottle or two storing them in my basement for awhile.  I've been told that allowing the beer to continue to age will further enhance and bring out the various flavorings in it.  I'll pull out a bottle this summer and see how it compares.

If you want a beer that is out of the ordinary pick yourself up some BACKWOODS BASTARD while supplies last.  You can find a bar/restaurant that has it on tap or a liquor store which has bottles for sale by visiting BeerMenus.com.  If you want to taste this beer don't hesitate as when supplies are gone it will be unavailable until next fall's seasonal release.

BACKWOODS BASTARD gets A Geek Daddy nod of approval for being a tasty combination of bourbon and beer with oaky caramel flavoring.  Its limited availability and unique barrel aging qualities make this a great selection for a holiday after dinner drink or a football tailgating treat.  For more information about BACKWOODS BASTARD and the other beers produced by Founders Brewing Co. head over to FoundersBrewing.com.


STARGATE ORIGINS SWEEPSTAKES

Stargate is one of my all-time favorite television shows!  I've seen every episode of all three TV series (SG-1 / Stargate Atlantis / Stargate Universe ) that were spun off from the 1994 film and the franchise played a major role in maintaining my passion for science fiction through my early adult years after being a Star Wars fan as a kid. So it has been really disappointing not to have any new television shows or movies to enjoy since the last series, Stargate Universe, was cancelled in 2012 after having spent more than a decade investing my time and interest in the franchise.  So it was exciting to hear that MGM, the studio behind the franchise, has created an online streaming subscription service called Stargate Command where fans can watch all those past episodes again.

That's not all though!  Stargate Command is creating some new content as well!  They are producing a new mini-series called STARGATE ORIGINS that will only be available to view through an all-access subscription to Stargate CommandSTARGATE ORIGINS goes back in time and uncovers an unexpected adventure revolving around the initial discovery of the Stargate by archeologists in Egypt.  They must unlock the mystery of what lies beyond the Stargate in order to save the Earth from a dark threat.  I have to tell you my interest is peeked!



To promote the launch of Stargate Command, COMET TV, which is also a subsidiary of MGM,  is hosting an incredible sweepstakes.  They are giving one lucky winner the chance to come to Los Angeles and attend a private screening of STARGATE ORIGINS before it premieres on Stargate Command! But wait… The winner will also get the opportunity to meet select cast members as well!  How cool is that?! I want to win this myself!!!


CLICK HERE to enter the COMET TV Stargate ORIGINS Sweepstakes.  One grand prize winner will win a trip for two to Los Angeles, a two-night stay in Beverly Hills, two subscriptions passes to the Stargate Command Website, two passes to a private screening of Stargate Origins with select cast members and two COMET TV gift bags! In addition, one hundred Second Place winners will win a subscription pass to the Stargate: Command streaming service.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Harry Potter Wizards Unite

The wonder of Harry Potter discovering Diagon Alley and other magical locations hidden amid the Muggle world can soon be shared by everyone through an interactive augmented reality (AR) game for mobile devices inspired by J.K. Rowling's wizarding world.  Following the approach of the popular Pokémon Go game, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment's Portkey Games, a new gaming label dedicated to creating video games and mobile experiences inspired by J.K. Rowling's works, has partnered with Niantic, Inc. to create Harry Potter: Wizards Unite which will provide an immersive experience for aspiring wizards and witches.

Niantic, Inc. and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today announced the development of Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, an augmented reality (AR) mobile game inspired by J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World. Published by Niantic and co-developed by Niantic and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, under the Portkey Games label,  Harry Potter: Wizards Unite  will use state-of-the-art augmented reality mobile technology to put magic in the hands of aspiring wizards and witches worldwide.

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will reveal that magic is all around us, and allow players to be a part of Harry Potter's rich world, through Niantic’s AR + real-world mobile game platform. By exploring real-world neighborhoods and cities across the globe, players will go on adventures, learn and cast spells, discover mysterious artifacts, and encounter legendary beasts and iconic characters.  Additional details for  Harry Potter: Wizards Unite  will be announced in 2018.

“At Niantic, our goal is to leverage technology to create real world experiences that help people to discover the wonderful, and often magical parts of the world around them,” announced John Hanke, founder and CEO of Niantic, Inc. “The beloved Harry Potter stories have captured imaginations worldwide for more than 20 years and soon we’ll turn the fantasy into augmented reality, allowing fans and their friends to become wizards and witches.”

“With this game, we are allowing the passionate, worldwide fan base to experience J.K. Rowling’s deeply powerful and imaginative universe in a new, truly immersive way,” commented David Haddad, President, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “It is wonderful to have Niantic’s remarkable augmented reality expertise as we develop this incredibly rich wizarding world for players to explore in their everyday lives.”

To get further updates about the release date and other details about Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, visit: www.harrypotterwizardsunite.com and sign-up to receive email alerts.  You can also follow the game on Facebook and Twitter.


Thursday, November 16, 2017

HARRY POTTER FAMILY GAME NIGHT

Everyone in our family is a big fan of the wizarding world created by author J.K. Rowling and enjoyed an evening at home together having fun with a Harry Potter themed game night.  The nice folks at Costume SuperCenter helped get us into character for our Harry Potter game night providing us with costumes for some of our favorite characters.  Dressed up for the occasion we had an entertaining evening playing a Top Trumps card game, USAopoly's CLUE board game, and the LEGO DIMENSIONS video game.

My son dressed as the famous boy wizard in his Quidditch team robe along with his Firebolt Broom while my daughter was outfitted in the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry uniform of Hermione Granger.  I sported a Newt Scamander costume from the movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.  The kids also brought out their magic wands we picked up during a vacation at Universal Orlando Resort's Wizarding World of Harry Potter to help set the mood.

TOP TRUMPS




We started our evening off playing a few rounds of the Top Trumps card game.  Top Trumps card decks have been popular overseas in the United Kingdom for decades. Teachers over there have been recommending students play this card game which incorporate a variety of themes ranging from animals to super heroes since the 1970's as a fun way to improve children's literacy and numeracy skills.  Over the last ten years, more than 80 million packs of Top Trumps cards have been sold in England making it one of the best-selling games in that country.  Top Trumps games are just becoming available in the United States and if you have children between the ages of 6 and 12 you should absolutely check them out.

Top Trumps has a variety of card decks themed around various Harry Potter movies including Prisoner of Azkaban, Half-Blood Prince, Goblet of Fire, Order of the Phoenix, and Deathly Hallows Part I + Part IIEach card in one of these Top Trumps' Harry Potter movie decks is based upon a character from the film.  It has an illustration of the character from a scene in the movie, a paragraph describing the scene, and game rankings for the character in the categories of magic, cunning, courage, wisdom and temper for use in playing the game. We had the Deathly Hallows Part I + Part II Top Trumps decks to play for our Harry Potter family game night.



To start the game, shuffle and deal all the cards in the deck face down to the number of people who want to play.  Each player picks up the card at the top of their pile so only he or she can see it.  The player to the left of the dealer starts out by naming the character on the card being held and reading a category from it (Magic 95).  The other players then identify the characters on their cards and read out the same category.  The one with the highest value wins the hand and takes all the cards.  If there is a tie than the cards are placed in the middle of all the players and whoever wins the next round wins them from both rounds. You flip over one card dealt to you each round so players don't know what entirely they have in their stack as you are playing through the game.

So for example in one round I had Mr. Ollivander and called out WISDOM 72, my daughter had Ron Weasley WISDOM 60 and my son had Severus Snape WISDOM 76.  He won the round and took everyone's cards.  From a strategic standpoint you never want to let people know the character in your hand before the person who starts a round says who he or she has.  In another round it was my turn to start, I had a Harry Potter card and was about to call out MAGIC 95.  My son blurted out he had Lord Voldemort before I said anything.  Considering Voldemort might be more powerful in magic than Harry Potter I instead called out COURAGE 80.  My son replied COURAGE 0.  Ha Ha Dad won that round!



Players can choose two different ways to determine a winner.  One is when you win cards they can be shuffled into your deck and used in future rounds.  The game goes on until only one person is left with cards who is the winner.

The other version is players place the cards they win off to the side.  Once one player has lost all of his or her cards the game ends and everyone else counts all the cards they have.  Whoever has the most cards wins the game.



My kids always have a great time playing the Top Trumps card games and because they have a huge variety of decks to choose from it is always a nice option to include in a themed family game night.  Despicable Me, DC Comics, Marvel, and Star Wars are some of the brands of Top Trumps card decks available that would make great themes for a game night.  Plus when you are done playing Top Trumps, the deck comes with a sturdy plastic case to keep your cards stored in when not being played with.

BUTTERBEER BREAK



Between playing Top Trumps and our next game, we took a Butterbeer break.  Actually we substituted a Detroit classic, Vernor's Ginger Ale, for Butterbeer.  It was still a delicious treat for our Harry Potter game night!

CLUE



Next we played a Harry Potter version of the mystery board game CLUE from USAopoly.  The plot of the game revolves around a student at famous Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry vanishing.  It is up to the players in the game to solve this mysterious disappearance.  Playing as Harry, Ron, Hermione, Ginny, Luna, or Neville you try to discover WHO did, WHAT spell or item they used on the student, and WHERE the attack took place.

Just like how the staircases move at Hogwarts in the Harry Potter books and movies, as players move around the game board trying to solve the mystery each turn wheels are shifted changing the setting by revealing blocked doorways, secret passages and even the Dark Mark!  You'll need to protect yourself from the Dark Mark with spells, allies, and items provided through Help Cards.  If you can make it around the USAopoly Harry Potter CLUE game board and protect yourself from the Dark Mark you should be able to gather enough evidence to solve the mystery.  Get to Dumbledore's office and make your accusation to win the game!



USAopoly Harry Potter CLUE is meant for 3 to 5 players and recommended for ages 9+.  To get a better description of how to play the game and more detailed look inside the game's box from USAopoly please CLICK HERE.  My daughter won our evening game of CLUE proclaiming it was Dolores Umbridge with the sleeping draught in the potions classroom who made the Hogwarts student go missing.

LEGO DIMENSIONS



We wrapped up the evening playing the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them story pack for the LEGO DIMENSIONS video game on our PlayStation 4.  This expansion to the video game is based upon the prequel movie to the Harry Potter series of films and provides six new levels of gameplay revolving around Newt Scamander's efforts to find his escaped magical creatures within New York City.



As Newt Scamander, players can utilize magical spells including Diffindo, Reparo and Lumos plus interact with fantastic beasts like the Niffler, Swooping Evil, Bowtruckle and more.  The story pack also unlocks two Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them themed open play areas, an Adventure World and Battle Arena.  Within the Battle Arena up to four people can play at once with split screen views as they compete against one another in different types of matches.

In addition to playing as Newt Scamander, you can also use any other character available in the LEGO DIMENSIONS collection within the story levels, Adventure World and Battle Arena.  So of course we added Harry Potter and Hermione Granger into our gameplay!  Our whole family always has a good time playing LEGO DIMENSIONS together and the video game was a great fit for our Harry Potter game night.



Kids grow up so fast!  Adding a bit of flair to a night of fun playing games together is a great way to get children engaged in participating while allowing adults to have a good time too. Plus nights like these make for some great family memories!  We really had a magical time during our Harry Potter Family Game Night that we are sure to remember.


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Harry Potter Potions and Elixirs at Universal Orlando Resort

A visit to Universal Orlando Resort is a fantastic opportunity to immerse yourself within J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World of Harry Potter.  Watch a dragon breath fire right in front of your eyes at Universal Studios' Diagon Alley or fly a broom across the grounds of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry and through the Forbidden Forest at Universal's Islands of Adventure Hogsmeade.  After selecting a wand, or maybe a wand selecting you, at Ollivanders and casting some magical spells with it amongst the theme parks interactive features take a moment to take in your surroundings while enjoying some of the variety of potions and elixirs available at Universal Orlando Resort's Harry Potter attractions.

Some of these delicious beverages are referenced directly within the Harry Potter books and movies such as Butterbeer and Pumpkin Juice while others such as Fishy Green Ale are simply inspired by the magical works of J.K. Rowling.  These non-alcoholic beverages are the perfect cure for handling a hot Florida day while exploring Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade.  The theme parks also offer some alcoholic potions for those over 21 years old who wish to indulge in them.  Drink a shot of Fire Whisky followed up with a pint of Wizard's Brew or Dragon Scale which are all alcoholic beverages exclusive to Universal Orlando Resort's Wizarding World of Harry Potter.



Butterbeer


Butterbeer appears to be one of the favorite beverages amongst the witches and wizards within the pages of the Harry Potter novels and in the corresponding movies.  While it is referenced getting house-elves drunk in the books, the Butterbeer at Universal Orlando Resort is non-alcoholic.  It is a tasty sugary concoction that blends together the flavors of cream soda, butterscotch, shortbread cookies and whipped cream.

We've tried themed sodas available at grocery stores and diy recipes at home, but have to say the Butterbeer my family has had at Universal Orlando Resort is by far the best.  It is available in three varieties at Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade -- cold, frozen and hot.  Cold Butterbeer is a creamy, buttery confection combining the taste of butterscotch and shortbread topped off with a foamy froth cap of deliciousness. Imagine mixing together a butterscotch sundae with a glass of cream soda and giving it the appearance of a pint of British ale and you have yourself a mug of Universal Orlando Resort's cold Butterbeer.

Butterbeer is also available heated up and the hot version is a nice way to warm up your belly on a mild weathered winter day or when there is a bit of an evening chill in the air during a night time visit to Diagon Alley or Hogsmeade.  My personal preference though is frozen Butterbeer.  This variation is like drinking a Butterbeer slush.  Oh it is good!  Plus frozen Butterbeer is the only one of the three you can drink with a straw because in the other two versions that utensil instigates a carbon dioxide overload that will turns your beverage into a bubbling cauldron which will quickly overflow from your cup like a school volcano science project.



Tongue Tying Lemon Squash


Made from real lemons this tart drink with a hint of vanilla has become the favorite lemonade among the Muggles who visit Universal Orlando Resort.  You may be enchanted to give someone a kiss after drinking a Tongue Tying Lemon Squash as its tangy flavor is sure to have your lips puckered.

Otter's Fizzy Orange Juice


Oranges and Florida go together like magical spells and wands so you'd have to expect something like Otter's Fizzy Orange Juice being available at Universal Orlando Resort's Wizarding World of Harry Potter.  It is a carbonated orange creamsicle flavored soda with a cinnamon and sugar coated rim to a cup that is garnished with a fresh orange slice.  It is not your typical orange juice but is a perfect beverage for a Florida vacation combining the State fruit with whimsical Harry Potter flair.

Fishy Green Ale


While the non-alcoholic specialty drinks at Wizarding World of Harry Potter are meant to be exclusive aspects of the Universal theme park experience, Fishy Green Ale stands out as being uniquely available at Diagon Alley.  It has a greenish coloring providing the appearance of a magical potion and a sip will provide you a creamy mint taste with a hint of cinnamon to it.  Take a look at the bottom of your cup and you'll notice it is filled with "fish eggs!"  Well not really fish eggs...they're plump blueberries.  Your Fishy Green Ale comes with an extra large straw so you can suck up these fish eggs through it.  Beware the blueberries absorb the cinnamon and mint from the drink combining with the fruitiness of the berries for a flavor explosion within your mouth.

Peachtree Fizzing Tea


Take a peach cobbler, mix it up in a blender, then drink it and you have yourself a Peachtree Fizzing Tea.  Featured in the Harry Potter movies, this drink has been brought to life at Universal Orlando Resort.  The resort boasts that this bubbly peach and ginger flavored concoction has a fizzing volume of a whopping 87%.



Pumpkin Juice


At first glance of a bottle of Pumpkin Juice at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, I thought to myself how disgusting is that? Ugh!  But I mustered the courage to try out the drink and have to admit it really was delicious.  Pumpkin Juice combines the taste of apple cider with pumpkin pie.  Hints of spices and brown sugar compliment the main two flavors so that it is like enjoying Thanksgiving Day desert within a bottle of juice.  Don't hesitate in picking up a bottle of Pumpkin Juice while you are at Diagon Alley or Hogsmeade.



Gillywater


Visitors will notice bottles of Gillywater being sold throughout Universal Orlando Resort's Wizarding World of Harry Potter.  At first glance it will appear this is just normal bottled water with a Harry Potter themed label.  And that is all it is ... unless you add a secret ingredient.



Stop by Eternelle's Elixir of Refreshment located in Diagon Alley to purchase a vial with a potion that will transform your normal Gillywater into a flavorful treat.  Pick from one of four elixirs, pour the potion into a bottle of Gillywater, and shake it up.  Voila! You have one of these concoctions:

Babling Beverage that is the flavor of fruit punch;

Draught of Peace is a mixture of blueberry, blackberry, cherry and raspberry;

Fire Protection Potion which tastes like watermelon mixed with peach and strawberry;

Elixir to Induce Euphoria is pineapple flavored with a touch of mint.



Looking for a stronger drink than a Butterbeer? Try a Dragon Scale, Hogs Head Brew or Wizard's Brew.  These actual craft beers are brewed exclusively for Universal Orlando Resort by Florida Beer Company which also produces the Duff beers for The Simpsons area of the Universal Studios theme park.

Hogs Head Brew can be found at Universal Orlando Resort's Islands of Adventure theme park.  Stop by the Hogs Head Pub in Hogsmeade to get yourself a pint.  Hogs Brew tastes quite a bit like George Killian's Irish Red with a Scottish ale twist to its flavoring.  If you want to be a bit more adventurous try yourself a Deathly Hallows, which for some sort of copyright or other legal reasons the resort can't refer to the drink as but the bartenders will know what you are talking about, when visiting the Hogs Head Pub.  It consists of golden Strongbow hard cider, topped with amber Hogs Brew and capped with the dark coloring of Guinness.  Each beverage has its own level creating an interesting look within the cup and create an interesting blend of flavors as you drink it.



Hogs Head Pub doesn't serve soda but rather provides apple and pear ciders as non-alcoholic beverages.  These also make for great mixers in alcoholic drinks.  Try a Hogs Tea which is essentially a Long Island Iced Tea that instead of soda uses raspberry iced tea mixed together with a combination of gin, rum, tequila, and vodka.  You may also want to try a Pear Dazzle which is vodka mixed with pear cider and lemonade.

Dragon Scale and Wizard's Brew, like Fishy Green Ale, are unique to the Diagon Alley area of Universal Studios theme park.  Wizard's Brew is a dark stout with coffee and chocolate flavoring.  This sweet stout is a strong drink but remarkable not bitter.  Those who like dark beers like Guinness or Bell's Kalamazoo Stout will definitely appreciate a Wizard's Brew.  Dragon Scale is an amber lager similar to the regular Duff's beer available in The Simpson's area of Universal Studios theme park.  This brew is more for people who enjoy pale ales.  A Deathly Hallows drink mix in Diagon Alley is a combination of Strongbow Cider, Dragon Scale and Wizard's Brew.



In the Harry Potter books, Fire Whisky is an alcohol partaken by witches and wizards described as causing a burning sensation when drunk that fills one's body with courage and that is too potent for Muggles to drink.  A shot of Fire Whisky can now be enjoyed though by Muggles who venture to Universal Orlando Resort's Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade attractions.  Created by TerrePure Spirits, Blishen's Fire Whisky is a Harry Potter branded cinnamon flavored alcohol that is a bit mellower than Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey but still has that great Red Hots candy style taste to it.  Have a shot by itself or toss it in a pint of Dragon Scale, Hogs Brew or Strongbow Cider for an extra jolt to your drink.



As you can see there are a lot of great Harry Potter themed beverages to help enhance your experience while visiting this fantasy world of wizards and witches at Universal Orlando Resort. These really are some great elixirs to help you have a good time. From family friendly non-alcoholic potions like Butterbeer and Pumpkin Juice to alcoholic elixirs for the Over 21 crowd like Dragon Scale, Hogs Tea and Fire Whisky there is something for everyone to help put them in a Wizarding World of Harry Potter mood.  Which of these beverages either is your favorite or one that you would like to try?

Monday, November 13, 2017

Freaky Feast Prize Pack Giveaway

This Thanksgiving Day you can feast upon freaky movies playing all day long on COMET TV.  On Thursday November 24th, COMET TV is airing The Freaky Feast Movie Marathon featuring Superbeast, The Incredible Melting Man, Howling II: Your Sister is a Werewolf, The Video Dead, The Beast Within and Creature. Tune in to see plenty of stories featuring moments that will look like a pass-the-cranberry-sauce scenery gone wrong.



COMET TV has also provided A Geek Daddy with a Freaky Feast prize pack to giveaway so that one lucky winner can have their own horror-fic celebration.  For a chance to win please follow @Geekdad248 on Twitter and retweet the embedded message below before 11:59 pm ET on Friday, November 24, 2017.  Must be a United States resident over 18 years old to be eligible for the giveaway.


The Comet TV November Freaky Feast Pack has:

1 -Limited Edition Teen Wolf T-shirt: Get ready to Howl! This shirt sports the classic Teen Wolf logo on the front and is perfect for letting your inner freak fly. Whether you’re playing basketball or just letting your beard grow in, we got you covered! Literally, I mean… It’s a shirt. Hello!

2 -Limited Edition COMET TV Condiment Bottles: How can you have a feast without the accoutrements? These condiment bottles are just the thing for adding that secret sauce at any Freaky Feast!

8 -COMET TV Table Place cards: Haven’t you always wanted to tell your friends, “You’re a beast!” Now you have a chance, in a nice subtle way. These place cards are perfect for that elegant classy touch at your next Freaky Feast. Featuring aliens, robots, and more!

1 -COMET TV Collectable Card: You’ll get one of four collectable COMET TV cards featuring Teen Wolf, Once Bitten and more.

BUT… You can’t have a feast without candy! You’ll also get an assortment of gummy brains, hearts, livers as well as some candy blood bags and even a wax fang or two!

COMET TV is an over-air broadcast network that can be tuned in with a digital antenna and viewed subscription free.  No need for cable, satellite or Wi-Fi, to watch COMET TV.  In the Metro Detroit area of Michigan just tune to Channel 19-7 with a television antenna.

Also during your Thanksgiving weekend don't miss out on watching TEEN WOLF + TEEN WOLF II playing back-to-back on Saturday, November 25 starting at 10 pm ET. That promises to be a howling good time!


Disclaimer & Rules:  A Geek Daddy has not been financially compensated for this endorsement or hosting the giveaway but was provided the same items being provided as a prize for personal use. The prize is provided by COMET TV and A Geek Daddy is hosting the promotion as a benefit to our readers. Must be a US resident over the age of 18 to participate.  One entry per mailing address and winner will be randomly selected from all eligible entries.  If you have already won this prize through another blog participating in this promotion, your entry will be disqualified.  By participating in this promotion you waive any liability of any kind against the publisher of this blog. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. No P.O. Boxes allowed for delivery of the prize. COMET TV will be responsible for shipping the prize to the selected winner.  A Geek Daddy is not responsible for delivery of the prize.