Archive for November, 2009

The return of Fuko Nissa

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

Magic the Gathering player and translator of Toho doujins, DesuDesu (NSFW), has requested “moar moe moe Fuko Nissa”. Really, I don’t see why not. Nissa is the most popular character in Lotus Cobra is Evil.

When I was planning the overarching story for LCIE, I intended to have Nissa lose to Sorin, and then Sorin would lose to Garruk. But after it was determined that Nissa was not as much of a scrub as her small starting loyalty indicates, I changed it so Sorin would lose to Nissa, and Nissa would lose to Extended Faeries. Of all the tribes in Lorwyn block, the fairies were undisputably the strongest.

Anyway, the time that Sorin and Nissa spend in the peaceful farming life should allow them to settle their differences in time for their eventual team-up in Rise of the Eldrazi.



Saturday, November 21st, 2009


After failing the last time, I managed to get into the evening degree program of my choice. Normally this would call for a Toho bender, but I’m a puddle of goo after two overtime weeks at work. It’s 11 AM on a Saturday and I would rather sleep than throw knives at shrine maidens. Now I know why they call it “Thanksgiving”.

When school starts in January, what will become of my schedule?

150 hours complete!

Sunday, November 15th, 2009

So my contract with lolikit is up and I have provided the 150 hours we agreed on way back when. Here’s a breakdown:

  • 16 hours – First background
  • 29 hours – Male character designs (excluding CCY)
  • 30 hours – Faces of CCY (10 expressions in all)

(Halftime Break)

  • 30 hours – Rest of the characters (Fake Jason, Mike, Os, DarkMirage, IKnight, Erin, Patchouli)
  • 15 hours – Second background
  • 30 hours – Third background

I could’ve done two normal backgrounds in the time I spent on the third, but I figured it would be best to go all out and end this contract in dramatic fashion.

Larger image here
High resolution image here
High resolution image (without SuwaCirno) here

Yeah, the original bench wasn’t… eastern enough.

Update: After looking at this some more, I see that there are significant errors of scale in this picture. It probably started from Suwako and Cirno, and me treating the rest of the picture as though they were the size of grownup humans, which they obviously are not. The relative size of the red arch (torii) and the stairs is also off. I hate to say it, but my work isn’t done here. Photoshop will help with scaling. Simply shrinking the characters will go a long way. But I also need to make perspective corrections and increase the number of stairs.

Update 2: Fixed the scale. See the original here and see the perspective calculation here.

To lolikit: I sent you a Paypal request for the $300 we agreed upon. As for me, I have to get ready to go back to school in January. I may work more on your project in the future, but with school and all that, don’t expect much. I’ve learned that working on something “whenever I have the time” or “whenever I feel like it” eventually becomes “pretty much never”. I certainly wouldn’t think of charging you any more. Samukun and I suspended our project for a reason.

Anyway, while this hasn’t been fun all the time, it’s been a learning experience and I admit there were some good times. I only wish your game were more to my taste. Thank you for your business.

Trying to take Nissa seriously

Sunday, November 1st, 2009

So I went and built the following Standard-legal deck:

Serious Mode Nissa

Creature (30)
4 Llanowar Elves
4 Nissa’s Chosen
4 Elvish Visionary
4 Elvish Archdruid
4 Great Sable Stag
4 Master of the Wild Hunt
2 Oracle of Mul Daya
4 Turntimber Ranger

Other Spell (6)
2 Nissa Revane
4 Eldrazi Monument

Land (24)
20 Forest
4 Oran-Rief, the Vastwood

Sideboard (15)
4 Windstorm
4 Naturalize
4 Vines of Vastwood
3 Nature’s Spiral

The deck is a mono-green deck (except for the Monuments, which are arguably green cards in disguise) filled with elves and “noble” forest creatures such as deer (a magical animal of myth) and wolves (long-time allies of elves in the Magic the Gathering universe). Besides being aesthetically sound, it also has pleasant synergy. The cards working together are much stronger than they are separately. Elvish Visionary + Oracle of Mul Daya, Eldrazi Monument + Master of the Wild Hunt, Nissa Revane + Elvish Archdruid, Oran-Rief + Turntimber Ranger, all have highly positive interactions.