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Fri, 2016-08-19 20:36
Udelude's picture

Hello everyone!
Remember me?
I've been away for quite some time, so I think I owe it to all my friends here to announce I'm still alive and well Stick out your tongue
I've been busy with many non-Magic related projects. I haven't created cards recently and I've been trying to stay away from all Magic news (so I can open a pack from a recent set and just amaze myself at all the cards I had no idea existed... because why not?)

I've been:

- Writing the second book in my fantasy saga.
- Publishing the first one (my biggest accomplishment in life and I'm so exhilarated!) All is set for it to be released this year in Portugal and Brazil! It's called Nelkaria - Genesis. Here's the synopsis:

Two islands. Two different realities.
In Menalfos, war is the common currency, and intrigue spreads like the wind. In Majalfos, peace and equality are constants, but at what price? The fall of an unexplainable object unearths a panoply of mysteries that threaten to break the balance of the world.t
A gallery of inhabitants of the world of Nelkaria brings an epic, atypical and surprising fantasy narrative: the ambassador Akinem, determined to accomplish a mission; the Velenür youth, of an isolated race, faced with a mystery bigger than themselves; the Defenders of Majalfos, in an incessant fight for freedom - and survival.
When good and evil are two faces of the same coin, who is a hero, and who is a madman?

But even in the shadows, there is light. There is still hope in Nelkaria.
This is the genesis of a new era.

What do you think?

- Brewing tabletop game ideas with my brother:
- a half-CCG half-RPG battle game;
- Call to Arms, a battle system for quick playthroughs with a minimalist design and (hopefully) easy-to-play-difficult-to-master mechanics;
- Occult, thought it's still postponed indefinitely. I plan to get back on it, *eventually*. I can't find the printed platytest cards, so that's a problem... Stick out your tongue

- Making logos and graphic design stuff. I just LOVE graphic design, and PowerPoint, as weird as it sounds, is my favorite platform for logo-making.
- Reading George R. R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" and thinking how an amazing masterpiece it is. Currently on A Clash of Kings. Daenerys for the win!
- Watching Game of Thrones and cringing at the bad-adapted moments, which are like 50% of it. My opinion on it is this: great show, awful adaptation.
- Playing Banner Saga. Finished Banner Saga 2 a few months ago, it's really an amazing game, a mix of turn-based strategy, great characters, rich and beautiful art and a surprisingly well-made story with a gloomy yet hopeful feel and its fair shair of awe-inspiring moments.
- Creating a design portfolio. Take a look: https://pedrocaseiro.carbonmade.com/


So, what do you think of all of this? I'd love to hear your opinions.

Fri, 2016-08-19 21:03
digiman619's picture

About recent sets, all I'll say is that the story would have been better if the last two blocks were transposed.

Fri, 2016-08-19 22:45
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Guitarweeps's picture

Hey Udelude! I'll catch you up on a few things...

MSE Awards went and you had two nominations!

The community worked together to make Ashura (a prehistoric magic setting) which turned out pretty awesome.

I am interested in your book. I hope to write a fantasy series someday. Currently just using custom magic storylines as practice (I wrote the stories for the community sets Preasti and Ashura)

I was thinking I might read the Game of Thrones books after the series is over. I am sure the books are better as always. GoT is a pretty cool show though.

Nice map!

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Sat, 2016-08-20 00:14
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WindyDelcarlo's picture

So Udelude is doing what I want to do Great work on writing your novels!

Sat, 2016-08-20 03:19
ZephyrPhantom's picture

Congrats, Udel! I'd love to write novels on the side someday. ^^

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Sat, 2016-08-20 03:42
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voltaic-qui's picture

So are you still pushing the evils of technology or is that era of your life over

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Sat, 2016-08-20 07:21
Neottolemo's picture

Whaddup you successful person. Welcome back! I remember you talking about that novel before, it's neat that you managed to get published!

Udelude wrote:
- Brewing tabletop game ideas with my brother:
- a half-CCG half-RPG battle game;
- Call to Arms, a battle system for quick playthroughs with a minimalist design and (hopefully) easy-to-play-difficult-to-master mechanics;
- Occult, thought it's still postponed indefinitely. I plan to get back on it, *eventually*. I can't find the printed platytest cards, so that's a problem...

^These ideas all sound quite interesting!

Sat, 2016-08-20 11:01
Udelude's picture

@digiman: I know about Emrakul in Innistrad. I'm not sure what I think about it, other than "it's crazy", but not in a bad way.

@Guitarweeps: Wow, thanks! I knew Ashura as going to turn out to be really cool, glad I was right Stick out your tongue
The ASOIAF books are awesome. The show rushes many important storylines (at least on season 1, that's what I've seen so far) and ruins a few ones, but the music is just downright epic and the actors are pretty great. Tyrion is actually a good warrior in the books, Dany and a whole lot of characters have so much more depth, Sansa is more brave, Bran's story is one of the best (the show treats it very poorly, I've heard Meera and Jojen are only introduced in season 3, which doesn't really do them justice), and so many other things. They're really good books, and the show is great too, but it had the potential to be something more if the writers didn't change things in purpose. I've come to realize that when they create original lines for the show, they come off as serously off-character, for many: Tywin, who NEVER laughs; Jon; Tyrion; Sansa, whose conversations with Septa are mostly weird; Cersei... well, almost all of them.

@fluffy: Thanks!

@jacqui: It was never "a part of my life", just something I decided to do to raise awareness... and I never said technology was evil, only that it could be bad if parents just didn't care.

@Wind: Thanks a lot, and you can do it! Stick out your tongue It was actually quite easy. I reached out to a publisher and not long after, they told me that they wanted to publish the book, and so it all began.

@Zephyr: Thanks! Writing is just a part of my life I couldn't survive without, it really makes me feel complete, and I'm so glad I discovered it. Stick out your tongue

@Neo: Hey! Yeah, I've been busy A happy smile
Call to Arms is of those projects the one I'm mostly commited to recently. I have yet to playtest it thoroughly, but I plan to do it in a very near future.

Sat, 2016-08-20 11:18
shiftyhomunculus's picture

Welcome back aboard - you've been missed! Wishing you the very best of luck with the publication.

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Sun, 2016-08-21 11:52
Pixi-Rex's picture

Congratulations to you Udelude with your book Publishing. My brother have a Brazilian wife. I will recommend your book to her. Then she also can tell me what its about. Will it will be translated into English?
Good to have you back, looking forward to your future projects, they sounds cool. A happy smile

Sun, 2016-08-21 13:54
Udelude's picture

@thehuw: Thank you!
@Pixi-Rex: Thanks! The publisher says that if it sells a certain number of copies, it will be translated to English and Spanish and other languages, so I look forward to it. I'll post more as the process continues.

Also, here's my idea for the cover. The book won't have this exact size, it will be taller and will need the publisher logo, but as it stands, what do you think? The symbols are representative of the kingdoms and factions in Nelkaria. The central figure is the Karilith, an important part of the story.

Sun, 2016-08-21 20:23
Udelude's picture

@fluffy: Thanks. As an amateur designer, flat/minimalist design is what I like to do most. "More is less" really applies, to me, when it comes to design.

An image for an about page of my upcoming portfolio blog (I found out Carbonmade's free plan isn't exactly free...).
Under it is a photo I took near my home, and the last two images are low-poly posters of my favorite Houses in Westeros.

Sun, 2016-08-21 20:48
Korakhos's picture

Wow, welcome back man! And congratulations on publishing a novel, that sounds like an amazing feat!

Sun, 2016-08-21 20:59
Udelude's picture

Thanks a lot!

Sun, 2016-08-21 21:30
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Daij_Djan's picture

Wait, did I forget to post after reading your initial comment? Sorry about that A happy smile

Well, to make it short: Welcome back! And seriously: Congratz on publishing a novel, that sure is an awesome feat.

Sun, 2016-08-21 23:49
ZephyrPhantom's picture

@ Udel - You're welcome! Just curious, how long did it take you to complete the novel?

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Mon, 2016-08-22 16:31
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Guitarweeps's picture

Cover seems fine. Obviously, nobody will really know what it means before reading. My only complaint would be that the colors are kind of bland and look unappealing. Maybe something more vibrant. I am not very good with visuals so I don't know exactly what would work better.

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Mon, 2016-08-22 17:12
Udelude's picture

@Daij: Thanks! A happy smile
@Zephyr: Let's see... I began writing in July of the previous year, but I was a beginner at the time and I had to rewrite the whole thing, so I only really started at around September. I finished it this year in May, I believe.
@Guitarweeps: They are as vibrant as possible without being too excessively saturated. The brown is supposed to be of that shade and not more saturated, as it's the soil of a desertic area in Nelkaria. The blue-ish green is also how I describe the Karilith (the central object) and I've settled on those two specific shades as the "official" ones. I appreciate your feedback. The goal is that, in a world full of books, mine stands out as something different. No typical fantasy fonts or motifs, just a minimalist cover with minimal colors to draw attention, to stand out among others who look too much like each other.
Readers will know its meaning after reading the prologue. Also, I have an index of characters and factions much like George R. R. Martin has in his books, so when people see that, I think they will look at the cover and realize that the symbols are actually the same ones pictured there. At least I hope Stick out your tongue

Also again on the design front, but this time related to Occult the CCG, I'll leave you with this image. (Newer version on the left and older on the right)

Wed, 2016-08-31 20:08
Udelude's picture

Hey! This image is from a design contest where I had to make an elephant-like creature with fantasy and sci-fi themes to then be included in a t-shirt. I drew it all by hand (except the text) and then modified it and retouched it digitally. Sadly, the client gave it two stars A sad 'frowny' and commented about the horns being too devilish (I somehow knew he would say that...). I'll have to work on a new version, but it's not that easy to play around with a physical drawing and change a few elements as it is digitally.
I loved working on it, though. A happy smile

Wed, 2016-08-31 20:26
ZephyrPhantom's picture

No offense, Udel,but can you please spoiler extremely large images like the one in your post before the apparent repost? It breaks the formatting and looks awkward.

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Wed, 2016-08-31 20:48
Udelude's picture

Wait, it was an accidental double-post. I just deleted the first one. Sorry.