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 Post subject: Pick A God And Pray: Fire Emblem series
PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2017 2:28 pm 
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so, like, omg, guys, i made my "I'd like to make this, but it'll never actually happen, lol" shrine, it is made, it is done

This site is my mystery site - the one I've talked about a lot on twitter and agonised over revealing or no, but I decided to keep it a secret since it was something I wanted to get written and done :music: It might have been made in a week (thanks Heroes for the new images) but this wordvomit has been cooped up for a very, very long time, so it was easy to splurge out on so many (so many) words.

Fire Emblem is one of my longest series franchises (and my longest, still active videogame series period) and having this done feels pretty amazing! It's presented as a personal journey through Fire Emblem, given that it's so big and as much as I wanted to talk about everything, and this format allowed me to keep me sanity and also focus in on the most important people. (It's also pretty obvious I took a degree in media analysis Rems, this is actually an essay??) And it's multiversatile; I can always add more characters into my rants later on, or further them when I inevitably have more to say. Cautiously reaches towards Velentia.

I've read, re-read, had this spoken aloud to me, double checked all the images and links so hopefully everything is a-okay - if anything looks a little wonky, please let me know. :heart: I'd love to hear what you think! :blush:

I also added all the Fire Emblem shrines I could find to my link wall; if I've missed someone (or anyone has any sneaky sites like me), lmk and I'll be happy to add you up! Now I just need to add some more buttons...

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 Post subject: Re: Pick A God And Pray: Fire Emblem series
PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2017 4:20 pm 
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REMS THIS WAS A COMPLETE SURPRISE AND I LOVE IT??!?!

I am ALL FOR making your dream sites, and simultaneously I fully understand the feeling of "well I want to make a site to this but I love it too much/the subject is too huge/I just can't cover everything I want to." This site is SUCH a good way to capture all of those feelings in a way that works for you. I'm really glad to have inspired you with my Gyarados site (I seem to have inspired a lot of people with that silly fish, haha!) if it means a lovely site like this! :heart:

My Fire Emblem experience is very limited; I'm on chapter 14 or 15 (maybe??) of Blazing Sword, which I started last year, and that's literally the only game in the series I've ever touched. I genuinely have no idea how I missed out on Fire Emblem for all these years given I'm a tactical RPG fan (I feel like I had a deprived childhood). That said, at this point I've been pretty heavily spoiled by osmosis, so I read through the site anyway, and what a treat it was!

Honestly, I love everything about how you've set this up. I love that every page talks about your experience with each game -- what brought you to it, what you felt about it at the time (and in the period since), your favorite units to use, and so on. I LOVE THE BREAKOUT BOXES!!! What a fantastic way to highlight individual characters and stories, especially in a series like Fire Emblem with so many characters.

I also really love the feeling that comes from this site of a long-time fan -- it comes through really clearly in the Shadow Dragon page especially, regarding a series's roots (and flaws), but also very much in the Awakening page, regarding a series's comeback. It's really lovely to read about what you don't like in the series, just as much as it is to read about what you love -- the entire Tellius page is fantastic from start to finish.

I also found the Binding Blade page really interesting, especially with regard to prequels, and your commentary on emulation was fascinating (I had some of the same quandaries when I played, given the nature of Fire Emblem as a series). Also based on the Awakening page this game's story sounds totally up my alley and I have no idea why I haven't played it yet??? I'm the worst.

I think at this point I'm rambling but: the whole site is fantastic and I'm so glad you made it! SERIOUSLY, THIS IS SO LOVELY. :heart: :!: :star: :!: :heart: Isn't it such a lovely feeling to finish a site that you've wanted to make for so long.

ALSO THE LAYOUT IS GORGEOUS AND I LOVE IT

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 Post subject: Re: Pick A God And Pray: Fire Emblem series
PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2017 5:04 pm 
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This was such a pleasant surprise to find on my phone's Twitter app this morning. I read the whole thing, and Rems, it's amazing! I love how personal it is. I love how you chose select favorite characters to discuss; it's a very neat way to approach a fansite, choosing what you wanted to talk about as a fan, rather than feeling bogged down by the series in its entirety. I love that you were completely honest on each page, even admitting to disliking a couple of the games and covering their faults.

Everything read really smoothly. The voice of your writing is great. The layout, of course, is beautiful as well. I like how every page features a different character! I also liked the animated battle scenes on some of the pages.

This was so refreshing, and such a fun read. I'll get you linked on my Henry shrine today!

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 Post subject: Re: Pick A God And Pray: Fire Emblem series
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Congratulations on completing yet ANOTHER bucket list shrine, Rems! You are on a ROLL!!

I love how you've set up this shrine as a clickable journey through Fire Emblem releases. Even for a noob such as myself, each of the pages are inviting and informative. Plus, the text is easy to read, and the character sidebars are friggin' fantastic in their detail and formatting. WELL DONE!

Also this site has inspired me concerning my future Princess Peach shrine. I think this is a wonderful way to cover the highlights of a subject matter which spans many game releases and decades; I've been struggling with how to set up a "good enough" shrine for her, but now that I see this, I don't think I'll be struggling anymore!! <3<3<3<3

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