THE GREAT PLAGUE OF KORWIN
"Another twenty [of the unwell] were brought to us for treatment today. Six of them died before first watch, and I believe just as many may not survive the night. I do not understand what we have done to displease the Just Lord [Ro'Imgodid], but I fear many deaths are still to come."
- Master Healer Eidnár
Somewhat fittingly for something that would cause so much pain and suffering, one of the origins of the infamous "War of the Sekeolasian Succession" lay in the Great Plague of Korwin, a devastating outbreak of influenza which struck the heart of the Kingdom of Sekeolath at the beginning of 1655. Most historians now believe that the sickness was brought to the seat of the Abelburben monarchs by one of several visiting trader trains during the 1654 Majakir festivities, but at the time, the denizens of Korwin believed it to be nothing less than divine intervention by the God Ro’Imgodid himself, who would traditionally send plagues whenever dragons upset the
Although Majakir was a purely draconic holiday, Alexander had never actually experienced it for himself until Ddraig and her family had become a part of his life. It took place a few days before Christmas itself, but the main festivities were similar enough; family members gathered around, fancy foods were cooked, presents were exchanged, et cetera. What made it unique, however, was the ‘Majakir Fire’; a small brazier that was a sort of cross between a Christmas Tree and a bonfire. Family members would ignite it at the start of the holiday, and then decorate the exterior with small and colourful elemental crystals that the flames
THE STORY SO FAR...Just in case you've only played the more recent Fallout games made by Bethesda, here's a brief overview of what happened in the earlier games in order to get you up to date...
Fallout (1) took place 84 years after the 'Great War', and followed the adventures of a 'Vault Dweller' - canonically a male, and probably the preset character 'Albert Cole' - who was chosen by lot to leave Vault 13 and find a replacement water chip for the Vault's ancient purifier. During their quest across the southwestern coast of North America, the Vault Dweller learned of a looming threat to humanity; a figure known as 'the Master' was attemptin
CASTLE ISENIYR, TREFANWYNN, GWYNEDD, 173.2
Duke Dyfan Iseniyr found he was starting to get quite an oppressive headache as he made his way through the mess of paperwork on his desk. There’d been the usual papers detailing the collection of local taxes, along with a memo listing some petty concerns over a local guard outpost apparently charging illegal road tolls at the border between Cymru and Lloegyr, and yet another letter from the Guardian of the shrine at Crud Cerrig, this time complaining that the local mayor had sharply raised the price of salt and was trying to gouge them for a cut of the holy site’s donations. If that was
Who am I? I'm a random person who likes solving problems that pop up in various book/film/tv/game/etc series that I pay attention to. Hence, a lot of my work revolves around creating essays, maps, informative pictures, and the odd fan-fic to test out a scenario. I also like designing things, so there's the odd concept there too!
I'm only too happy to help out with things wherever I can...need a quick historical map drawn or want help coming up with a story concept? Send me a message and I'll see what I can do.
Favourite TV Shows
Friends, I suppose. And Lost, but only once I watched it on DVD.
Favourite Bands / Musical Artists
James Horner - Composer. Nostalgia FTW.
With five bookshelves bursting to the brim, I've too many to count!
At the moment, games by Bioware and Paradox Interactive.
Favourite Gaming Platform
A toss up between PC, Xbox 360 and PS2...although nothing beats PC for modability!
EDIT: Fucking hell, DA, you suck. The original version of this post included a SINGLE smiley at one point, but it was apparently too much for this stellar editor to handle, as it suddenly began deleting chunks of the text left, right and centre, and replacing them with other smileys while also refusing to let me edit the text to fix things. For god's sake...
So writing up that lengthy article about bad Monopoly designs got me thinking...I know, it had to happen sooner or later. Seriously, though, I figured it could be worth going over the designs again, but this time focusing on how each game could be salvaged with some tweaks to the setup.
The first (the Star Wars Monopoly) is the easiest to fix of all, because the older incarnation of the game I mentioned is very close to being perfect already, and just needs a bit of fine-tuning here and there that would be easy to accomplish with locations from more recent media (Clone Wars, Rogue One, Solo, the Sequel Trilogy)...for instance, I
Ahh, Monopoly. Love it or hate it, odds are you've played it, or at least seen it on sale in the stores, be it the default 'buying real life streets' version or one of the countless themed adaptations. In recent years there've been LOTS of the latter kind, with fanciful custom playing pieces, elaborate board designs covered in pictures from the series they're based on...and incredibly poor choices when it comes to the placement of the properties on the board, suggesting the designers either didn't think through the ramifications of their choices, or they weren't that familiar with the franchise in general and were just making something flashy to catch the eyes of fans. "Look, it's that location from the series you like! Buy our game!"
What am I talking about? Well, let's go over a few pictures of relatively recent sets, and I'll point out the most glaring issues...starting with "Monopoly Star Wars - The Complete Saga
GO SCREW YOURSELF, ECLIPSE.
You know, originally I wasn't planning on writing something like this; I didn't see much point, and I figured I might as well wait it out and see just how things played out over the next few weeks to come. But then I figured that if I did end up ditching DeviantArt at some point in the future for another website (artri.se looks quite promising), it'd be worth having something I could pin to this page and highlight above all else; a permanent record of just what went down at this point in time, and what made so many people talk about jumping ship.
So, where to start? Do I break out the old line about how this is just another case of a big company frantically chasing trends and rushing to worship at the altar of 'flat design', while also favouring cellphone and tablet users above all else? Do I compare it to other infamous disasters like Microsoft doing the same with Windows 8 and having to walk that back because it alienated their core fanbase, or Warner