It has finally happened!

After my January article about De Vries Cluster Field Theory sadly did not quite make it, my February entry for the World Anvil Monthly Masters Challenge made first place! I couldn't be more exited about this.

The article is my Age of Heroes Card Deck, the standard deck of cards used in most lands of Aqualon to play a variety of cool games. There is a long and rich history to it, and two sets of 52 fully designed playing cards that can correspond to a real deck of cards!

Click here to read the article:

age of heroes

Writing this article was so much fun! Though designing the cards was kinda hell, because other than making 104 cards, I also had to find fitting designs for the ukiyo-e style cards that were thematically fitting and in the public domain, a challenging task to say the least.

I will always remember how I delved into the deepest layers of CSS styling to make the card tables in the article happen. I wanted fancy animated effects to preview cards on mouseover and actually found a way to do so within the constraints of the World Anvil CSS engine using keyframes, and the result was amazing. In fact it was so amazing that Dimitris, the creator of the World Anvil project, commented on the Article, all in a huff, asking me to please tell him I didn't somehow inject JavaScript into his site, implying that I'd have to go if that was the case.

As a web designer hearing someone tell you they can't believe your CSS isn't JS is a bit like hearing someone say "I can't believe it's not butter" and actually meaning it xD

Anyways, here is another point I want to get to:

As I am trying to rework and optimize the patron reward structure of the Aqualon project, I have looked into many ways to make supporting the novel more rewarding. One of them has been to create a monthly magazine with the chapters published in the previous months, including lots of cool exclusive extra material.

As a trial run, I have created the first two issues and made them freely available on World Anvil! Check it out and tell me what you think on Aqualon's discord!

Here are the magazine issues, just click on the images:

enjoy reading ^-^


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