Saturday, February 23, 2013

Hyrule Historia

I have to admit that I've fallen behind on my Zelda -- I haven't played the newest, Skyward Sword, and I never did pick up Spirit Tracks. I also missed Minish Cap. My completion record also isn't great -- Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages are both sitting somewhere in the 70-90% complete range (though it's been so long that I'll need to start over for sure), and I never finished Four Swords Adventures because I was so bent on only ever playing it with three other people that I never considered the possibility of playing alone.

Still, when Sarah found this at Barnes & Noble tonight, it felt like destiny:

Not long after Ocarina of Time came out, I started scouring the internet for LoZ lore, particularly attempts to arrange the games in a cohesive timeline. I read everything I could find, and when I played Wind Waker, and later Twilight Princess, half the fun was trying to place them in the proper place in time. I loved trying to explain the vast history of the land of Hyrule to the unwashed masses who mistakenly referred to Link as "Zelda"; I imagine it was like Doc Brown's enthusiastic ravings on the subject of time travel.

Anyway, this book has a section that walks you through the three timelines of the series, and it's amazing. I want to study it as a worldbuilding guide. The way they tied the eras together was simply astounding, whether it something overt like, "Soldiers wear green in honor of the legendary Hero of Time", or something more subtle like the design of Link's shield, everything worked together to reinforce the idea that these events were all taking place in the same world.

I'm looking forward to re-reading it... and re-playing all my Zelda games.

Friday, February 22, 2013

A New Side Project

I've begun a little project with a coworker. Here's a taste:

Whoa, who is that guy!?