Celebratory Post: 20k hits!


Happy October, NPC’s!

Thank you for your continued perusal of these pages. With your frequent visits, The Well-Red Mage has been able to reach 20k hits since our inception in February. Our output hasn’t been as high recently, on my part due to a failing internet connection (thanks for that, Time Warner Cable), but rest assured we haven’t lost sight of our goals. That irresistible encroacher called Life with its duties and responsibilities must needs take precedence, as well, though I’ll hope it might be a bit of clarification for my fellow bloggers to realize with me that blogging is a part of Life and not something Life distracts from.

Here’s a breakdown of what we’ve reached thus far and I’d also like to share some of the graphs of our recent traffic, to emphasize and encourage others about consistent posting. You can clearly see when our posting became less consistent.


Strange that our popular days seem to fluctuate between Tuesdays and Fridays, morning and afternoon respectively. Maybe the transparency will help others.

We’ve typically celebrated our milestones with posts about gaming artwork, but since we are of course nearing Halloween, I figured why not change it up. Unsure about what costume you want to wear this year to that office party? Check out some of the amazing cosplay and costumes below, based off of the games that we’ve reviewed in the past, but of course all of the credit goes to the dedicated and talented people who crafted these unique looks in the first place, and the photographers who captured these images.

Some are spot-on, some hilariously not so spot-on. Thanks, anonymous!

Final Fantasy XIIIlightning_cosplay_2___final_fantasy_xiii_by_mmmhomoshiroi-d6tr36b.jpg



Thomas Was Alone


Final Fantasy Xcultura-japao-final-fantasy-cosplay-auron

Katamari Damacyoriginal.jpg

Mega Man IIairman

“Rocksteady’s Superman Game”Cosplayer-Michael-Byrnes-Photographer-Colin-Douglas.jpg


Metal Gear Solidamazing-big-boss-metal-gear-solid-cosplay-rfb-productions-solid-snake-469x349

DC Universe OnlineDCUniverseLARGEFANOUT.jpg

Another Worldn_aw2

X-Men: the Arcade Gamejonathan-carroll-05

Okami HD101354.jpg

“Donald Trump is Lex Luthor”lex-luthor

Zombies Ate My Neighborscosplay__julie_zombiesatemynei_by_meowzzie-d3bsr4t.png

Earthworm JimMalmey-Studios-Earthworm-Jim-Full-Costume-10.jpg

The Legend of Zelda (1986)untitled_by_toraby-d6dcqyt.jpg

Final Fantasy Tacticsramza_and_ovelia_by_hyperrrmouse-d31d425.jpg

Batman: Arkham Asylum
(Not actually the Arkham Joker but… the best Joker cosplay ever)db86f742a2ccdd8ca053abdccc6f6ab5

Super Mario Worldwondercon-2013-mario-and-yoshi-cosplay

E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrialet-cosplay

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HDlink_x_zelda_cosplay_twilight_princess_by_eressea_sama-d5dkx4w

Breath of Fire IIbreath_of_fire_ii_by_shushunya-d87xreh

River City Ransomfbe93e63db3e305f3c9273582cb2f33e

Super Metroidsamus-outfit

Captain Commandonormal_2008fanime-208

Bubble Bobblebubble_bobble_cosplay_2_by_angstabi-d6cfmg4

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakeninge9190ca7ffa555b55b333085451b0626

Sunset Riders5db4063c4aef1e51be31a2acf5d2e21e

Felix the Cat1f63619d981b7aaf8be04655795075bd

Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors862a5873c0fe83d27cbfea1e23692288

Spider-Man: Return of the Sinister Six82d0048b1bd77eafda1b68dd90a0edfd

Darkwing Ducktumblr_mh7548AalT1rztdgoo1_1280.jpg

Threads of Fateb41de7f1b53432710467d3fc89b0d8e1

Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witcholiver_and_mite__ni_no_kuni_by_iridescent_fall-d6ki390.jpg

Fat Princessfat_princess_1_by_insane_pencil-d5mzahi

Alien: Isolation11356648_865302006879985_838449664_n

Duck Hunt882d6fe9715043a54eb53d57e295468a

Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden CoinsWario-Cosplay.jpg

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s Endhho4qxsq0pkcb2k9iw1b

Marvel vs Capcom 2: New Age of Heroeskh8cb

Final Fantasy IVfinal-fantasy-iv-cecil-cosplay-by-neilbombad


Coming Next Turn: “Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age”tumblr_lezj7q51fH1qduoyvo1_500.jpg

Taiko: Drum MasterExif_JPEG_PICTURE

Kirby’s Adventurekirby

Shadow of the Colossusin_a_giant__s_shadow_by_elemental_sight

Super Mario 64tumblr_n33xa4CP2M1saxnfeo1_500.jpg

Batman: Arkham Knight1307811421446284359.jpg


Luigi’s Mansiontumblr_n04l71rjlw1saxnfeo1_500

Pokémon GOpokemon_go_cosplay.jpg

Mega Man Xvile_2___mega_man_x_by_thekaijin-d77bjzz

Hyper Light Drifter12f0eff5c2d5fe9813824d1e28c404538cfc0aec_hq


Mega Man Legacy Collectionfbd435kfmmcv42d-medium

Metal Slug Xmetal-slug-cosplay-gamers-heroes-1-932x618

M.C. Kids18pot3k8bdf7zjpg.jpg

Little Nemo: the Dream Masterlittle_nemo_6_by_linksliltri4ce-d3ezdfl

Final Fantasy IXf234736d2016c3f64d2109017eea3c77

Dark Souls: Prepare to Diemaxresdefault.jpg


Super Smash Bros.master_hand_and_crazy_hand_cosplay_by_onicoursemusha-d60v4ul

Breath of Fire IIInina_bof3_narcon_2015_002_by_gehenna_angel-d93p94a.jpg

Grim Fandango Remastered


The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towersaa6c84eeed9314d77554f916c20717fd

and… The Well-Red Mage332540_128150850614530_100002588479006_164553_1653799_o.jpg

Which one was your favorite? You know mine!
-The Well-Red Mage


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  1. Congratulations on your 20k! Omg too many awesome cosplays to comment on. I love that Auron, Samus, baby Megaman and Baltheir. That Cecil as a dark knight is beyond amazing, and I follow Harley’s Joker on Facebook. He’s not only an amazing cosplayer, he also stands up for more amateurish cosplayers, a very awesome guy! I can’t pick my favorite out of these (maybe the one I mentioned), but I certainly do have a favorite cosplay and cosplayer who does him :p

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      • That’s probably one of the best cosplays I’ve ever seen of all time. There was one of Gabranth from FFXII that was spectacular, too. I definitely recognize many of the ones you posted from my meanderings on the interwebs and I used quite few myself when I used to do a daily cosplay post. Most cosplay folks are so nice.

        Sephiroth! My favorite cosplayer of him is a lovely lady from Serbia named Ferasha. She does all characters across genres and mediums, male or female. We had a nice discussion about contact lenses vs photoshop since he’s one of my major cosplay plans, and any tips (for any of them tbh) are always welcome.

        I loved how your last was a fantastic “well” Red Mage, too 🙂

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  2. Cosplay ain’t my thang but brilliant progress there with that milestone. We’re way off that. Don’t really know how you’ve done it so fast! It’s a nicely designed website with great content, but how so fast!?

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    • Hey thanks for commenting, SpeedySailor! I’m not a cosplayer myself, but it seemed an appropriate gallery for approaching Halloween. I’m not qualified to give advice so much as the very successful bloggers floating out there, but if I had a gun to my head I’d say that you can ramp up your progress by commenting a lot (which I know you do) and posting consistent content, like when we first started I really wanted to post every single day. There’s no way I could always keep that up, but it’s a goal nonetheless. Any advice I could leech off of you?

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