Hello Darling: A Darling in the Franxx podcast - Episode 01

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Flavor Friday: Mnemonic Betrayal

Do you know betrayal is considered one of the worst fates? So much worse than a simple lie. A lie is a dagger to the heart, yes. But a true betrayal is thrice the pain of a simple lie. Although there is no such thing as a ‘simple’ lie.

Picture the scene. Ravnica, autumn. The leaves are shades of brown, gold, orange, and yellow. Wet brick roads cast distorted reflections. It seems there isn’t a period longer than twelve hours without rain. The people wear warmer clothing, longer cloaks, taller boots--at least those who can afford such niceties. Beggars in rags still beg in rags.

A shy elvish merchant selling apples tries to attract buyers, but can’t summon the strength to her voice. “Apples...For sale...Apples here...Good apples...” But she’s not her father. He’s home sick. By this point in the day he would have sold two baskets worth, maybe even three. She’s sold less than half a basket. With head hung, she shuffles the fruit around the display, trying to stay busy, ashamed of her inability to sell.

“I thought members of Selesnya were better with people than that.” A low warm voice said.

“Oh,” she looked up. “I...Um...I’m not used to...Do you want an apple?”

The man smiled, his deep hood hiding most of his face. But what was visible was the image of a man sure of himself. “No thank you. I had a good breakfast.”

Before realizing the words had been formed, they’d already left her mouth, “Are you of House Dimir?” Why had she asked it? Where had the question come from?

The man grinned. “Perceptive of you. Yes.” He gave her a short nod.

Two days later her father was well enough to run the stall. The girl asked if she could join him. Not a thing she’d ever wanted to do before. When he asked her why--there had to be a reason--she told him.

Her father laughed. “An agent of Dimir? No, my girl, no. No agent of the House would ever be honest about it.”

She believed her father. When had the Dimir ever been honest? That was not what they were known for.

Later that day she saw the man again. As he passed by she called out to him, “Sir. Excuse me, sir.”  He turned, his brows lifted in question. “Why did you lie to me? Why did you tell me you were a member of Dimir?”

“Because it’s true. Why did you ask?”

She didn’t have a good answer. “I...I don’t know. Sorry to bother you.”

Day after day she would look for him. Each time they met asked him the same thing, “Are you really a Dimir agent?” Each time he would tell her that he was. No matter how many times she heard it, she didn’t believe him. After a month of this she began to think he was flirting with her. Soon she began guessing what guild he was truly a member of.

“I think you’re one of the Legion. You hold yourself so well. I don’t see the Boros mark on you anywhere, but I still think you’re one of them.”

“I assure you, I’m not.” He told her.

When she asked if he was a member the Orzhov Syndicate he only smiled. This went on for a couple of months. She asking him simple questions, he giving simple answers. When they met, few words passed between them. She too shy, and he too reserved. If he responded at all it was usually with a nod or shake of the head. Sometimes he would buy an apple, but most of the time he went his way without acknowledging her whatsoever.

His actions, what little there were, only fed her curiosity. She convinced herself he was not part of Dimir. Eventually she decided he was part of her own guild, Selesnya. It was all some kind of a test, it had to be.

Who’s to blame when no lie has been told and still a betrayal takes place? Should the girl have been wiser? Should the Dimir agent been more clear?

One night, on her way home from a candle shop, the girl saw a misshapen figure halfway down a dark alley. The figured moved as if suffering from convulsions. She watched, transfixed. Soon she saw that it was not one figure, but two. One fell to the ground in a lump, hitting the brick road with an awful sound. The other stood tall and headed towards her. She recognized the stride. She’d looked for it every day for the past three months. It was him.

“No,” she said under her breath. “But...No, you’re. What did you do?” she asked.

“Killed a man. I needed his information, not his life.”

Her mind snapped. He hadn’t been lying. He was a Dimir agent, but she’d refused to accept it. It went against everything she knew. The Dimir lied, they were cowardly thieves skulking about in the dead of night. They didn’t tell the truth, why had he? No, it didn’t make sense. He was still lying.

“You still refuse to believe me, hm?” Finger by finger he pulled the glove off his right hand. “Let me show you.” He touched her head.

Visions flooded her mind. She saw death, murder, kidnappings. Secrets, lies, and, yes, truth too. All mixed. Artful takedowns, unexplained disappearances, deadly visits. “I-I...” she swallowed. “It doesn’t...But why would you...You didn’t lie?”

“I’m a Dimir agent, love, not a sociopath.” He headed down the road, leaving her behind.

On her knees, she shook her head in confusion. She couldn’t understand it. For as long as she’d been alive she’d been told that the Dimir never spoke truth. It was as much a fact to her as stone is hard. Sitting there, she wondered what else she’d been wrong about. Her mind reeled. It was too much. The images he’d shown her wouldn’t leave, playing through her mind again and again.

Hours later, her father found her shivering and mumbling nonsense.


Story written by Delio Pera. You can read more of his writing here.

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My Hero Academia Meets Magic: The Gathering!

Hello! It’s nice to have you here!

In case you weren’t aware, I’m a game designer and for this I wanted to combine three things that I love.

1. My Hero Academia
2. Magic: The Gathering
3. Game Design

So, how would I design our favorite heroes if I designed them for Magic: The Gathering? Let’s take a look!

All Might, The Greatest Hero.png

I decided All Might should be very strong and be your “ace in the hole”.

He’s the strongest hero in the show and having an 8/8 for a human is REALLY strong.

Since he saves the day when things are looking bad, this is represented by his first ability by costing (2) less, the more enemies that show up.

He also is nearly indestructible and impossible to combat very well in battle. This is represented by his second ability. Of course, a dubious villain can find a loop hole during the main phase and attempt to try and rid this mighty hero!

Eraser Head, Prime Negator.png

Eraser Head to me would definitely be a control based character. He would play well in “flicker” decks which would show off his agile nature in the show. His high toughness represents his ability to hold his own with enemy or enemies for a long time.

Bakugou, Explosion King.png

I really like Bakugou’s design here. It’s aesthetically pleasing having 3/3 power and toughness, 3 colorless casting cost with 3 red mana, with his ability dealing with 3’s. Bakugou himself doesn’t have anything in particular to deal with 3’s, but I feel like it’s a nice thing for a game designer to do, when you don’t have to sacrifice the integrity of the card design to pull off.

As far as his ability goes, being able to move in and out of the battlefield, constantly attacking, and “zipping around” via haste and going back to your hand, fits Bakugou’s mobile explosive capabilities!

Tokiyama, Dark Reveler.png

This was the second design I came up with! I love the fact that Tokiyama plays into his dark nature (black mana) to get an incredible benefit. His six black mana monstrous activation represents when his dark shadow takes over and of course it makes him incredibly powerful!

Todoroki, Prodigy of Elements.png

And last but not least, we cannot forget fan favorite Todoroki! I loved designing to his fire and ice abilities. This obviously fits very well with the blue/red frame and set of abilities.

While “instants and sorceries” matter isn’t new territory for MTG, I do really like this hero having the ability to build high stats faster and switch to offense and defense, like he does in the show with his fire and ice! Also, like in the show, he can only keep one side active at a time, whether that’s fire or ice (power or toughness).

That’s All The Hero Work Today

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Flavor Friday: Enhanced Surveillance

War is coming. The head of every guild knows it, but they don’t tell their members. The fools. The Conclave thinks they’re protecting their people. The League is too focused on other things. The Swarm is busy, always busy with something. And the Legion do not trust their people. Not like the House does. What is said of Dimir is little, but the one thing everyone on Ravnica knows is that Lazav is everyone. It’s the one truth the House has spread.

Half whispered, half thought, the Dimir agent pushed conscious idea towards the locket. “Quiet night.” He huddled under a bridge, out of the rain, and pulled his cloak tighter.

“The best kind.” An agent, two buildings away, on a rooftop, sent in reply. The second agent watched the city’s flow. Moving bodies, swaying arms, jostling each other out of the way. Some stop and look at wares being sold by merchants too stubborn to stay home on the dreary day.

“Still nothing?”

“I would have told you.”

He grunted, rolled his shoulders, and tried to find a more comfortable position against the curved brick arch. To keep busy he scanned the thoughts of those passing--there’s anything left to eat, I should probably...Why didn’t she tell me if she wanted...Every cent I make, how am I supposed to live when they--Pointless. Mundane. Not one concerned about anything of value.  “Eyes up.” The words of the rooftop agent, sent via locket, bloomed in his mind. He scanned the ever-shifting pattern of people. Ah-hah--there--with the hood pulled low, a Conclave elf. She moved up to a merchant’s stall and pretended to browse the wares. Her eyes darted this way and that.

What a joke. Did she truly think she was hidden from them? Maybe if she were trying to avoid one of the other guilds, but this was Dimir. She might as well have been an injured mouse in a room with a dozen hungry cats.

The agent drew his blade. She would come this way, she had to. This was where she was meant to go. This was the place where death would visit. Just as Lazav had said. She seemed to be aware of this. Taking her time, moving in half steps. The agent could almost feel her fear.

Perfect, she was putting on a splendid act. As she passed he would pretend to kill her and slip her a note with the location of the Dimir guildgate--one of them. And he, in time, would be paid an obscene price. The agent on the roof would be too far too see and, once the deed was done, would leave. Everything was going just as it’d been planned.

But something was wrong. That fear, it seemed to shift. There was fear, yes, and it was growing as the elf moved closer, eyes still shifting. But the agent was no longer so certain of where the emotion originated. “Do you see anything else?” He asked, sending the question to the agent on the roof. There was no response. Now he understood that the fear was his own. How? How could this have happened?

A moment later a blade--his own, turned against him with adroit and subtle ease--slid into his chest. His lungs filled with blood. The elf’s face began to change. Now an elf, now a face everyone on Ravnica would swear to having seen once...But where, or when, they couldn’t be sure.

“Lazav.” The agent gasped. “How?”

“I am everyone. You should have listened.”

“I-I thought...” the agent choked, blood filling his mouth. “I thought that was a lie.”

“No, no. Mix a few truths in with the lies and they’re so much harder to find. Now sleep.” Lazav’s face changed as they walked on. Becoming one of the city’s people, becoming them all.

Written by: Delio Pera @ deliopera.com @deliopera

Otherworlds Origins: Vivan Audio Log

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Welcome To Barathum - An All New Tactical Card Game!

If you’re a vscriber, you’ve already been given some details about our new game Barathum! But, if you’ve missed it, here’s the rundown for you.

Barathum is a tactical card game where both players assume control of one of four powerful factions in the world.

Each player will take turns deploying units onto their battlefield as they begin advancing into enemy territory.

This game was designed by not only me (Vincent), but largely by my father, Shane Baker. We’re incredibly proud to present the following to you!

An army of Nathraal march towards the last standing Baktrog on the battlefield.

An army of Nathraal march towards the last standing Baktrog on the battlefield.

The four factions are…

Baktrog: Hardy stalwart warriors. These barbarians live atop the mountains regions and come crashing through with rage-charged raids! Baktrog specialize into beating their opponents into paste from the front and nothing can stop them!

Nathraal: Knights bound by honor and a sense of duty to keep expanding their territories in the country. The Nathraal own the largest portion of the war torn continent.

Similites: Outcasts and druids who do not wish to conform to the norms of society. Many Similites specialize in ranged attacks and nature magic.

Vagroth: Cunning and sneaky, the Vagroth are a faction of silver tongued merchants and assassins.

That’s all for today
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My Hero Academia Season 4 and New Game Confirmed!

It shouldn’t be a surprise that season 4 of My Hero Academia (or Boku No Hero if you’re in with the cool kids) is coming!

Honestly, we couldn’t be more excited!

Many of us over here at VE, are huge fans of the series! That’s also why we can’t be more excited for this…

What may be surprising to you, is we’re working on a fan-made My Hero Academia inspired game using the Legendaria game system.

This game has been started by our team member Trey Falco and like Legendaria, will be playable by anyone with access to the internet. Rules are simple and it’s great for immersing yourself in one of your favorite universes!

You will be able to play from many of the heroes of the series and fight one another, to see whose the number one hero! This game will be available for free. Be sure you’re a vscriber to get the latest updates, releases, and exclusives.

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A Peek At Our Character Sheet From Bunkers & Badasses!

Here’s a first look (to you non vscribers) at the Bunkers & Badasses Soldier character sheet!

We like to keep our character sheets, sweet, simple, and beautiful!

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Meet the Legend: King Midas

Meet the Legend: King Midas

During his journey to remove the curse, he impressed the gods and they agreed to lift his curse. However, during this time, his kingdom was being attacked by Cimmerians invaders. Needing to be there for his people, he made a deal with the gods to keep the curse only on his left arm and use this curse as a force for good. When he returned…

Legendaria is Coming To Kickstarter!

You heard that right! Legendaria is coming to Kickstarter!

How soon you ask? Tuesday, October 16th, 2018.

We’re super excited for this and hope you are as well!

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Meet the Legend: Alice from Wonderland

Meet the Legend: Alice from Wonderland

With aid from the Mad Hatter and Cheshire Cat, Alice is a formidable opponent. Able to summon the Jabberwock to attack her enemies as well as summoning Wonderland itself! This character is a crazy addition to the roster. Read more about our Legend; Alice - here!