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Edit: I got second place for August! Yippee! Thanks very much to everyone who voted for me. :)

This is my grand project of the summer, my gift for #Artcrossing! I took a little longer than I was supposed to (about 5 weeks) but as you can see, it was a big project! This is for Makay, otherwise known as =souffle-etc!

Makay's profile said that he liked "nerdy things" and listed Legend of Zelda as the first example. What stumped me for a day or two was that Makay said he would prefer artisan crafts or 3D art, seeing as he did not have any room for paintings and drawings! I was in a bit of a bind because drawings were what I had planned on doing. However, I realized that I could make a board game! I love thinking up rules for different games, and while it doesn't fit exactly what Makay asked for, I REALLY hope he likes it!

This game is called "Legend of Zelda: Hero of Time" because on the board I chronicled the development of the Legend of Zelda series by showing a chronological progression of character designs. In order, we have... Princess Zelda, from the original Legend of Zelda; Link, from The Adventures of Link; Sheik, Navi and Link from Ocarina of Time; the Four Giants and Moon from Majora's Mask; Zelda from Super Smash Bros Melee; Ganondorf and Tingle from Wind Waker; Midna and Wolf Link from Twilight Princess; and Zelda from Skyward Sword. "Hero of Time" is also one of Link's monikers.

This game was built from scratch. The basic object of the game is to collect the most Rupees by the end. Rupees are collected by landing on a spot associated with a certain color of Rupee; green gives you 1 Rupee, blue 5, yellow 10, red 20, and purple 50. Every third spot is a Treasure Chest (marked with a keyhole), and a player who lands on that draws from the pile of Triforce-shaped cards. As you can see in the example picture ("A Gerudo pickpocketed you! Lose 5 Rupees") these cards have effects that can affect your Rupee count as well as your position on the board. The events on these cards are usually based on events from the games or part of the common fan experience (eg, one card makes you skip a turn for getting stuck in Ocarina of Time's water temple and needing to consult the guidebook). There was also a card that appealed directly to Makay-- he said he didn't like Mario, so I threw in a reference to that in one of the cards. ;) I like Mushroom Kingdom myself, but it's what the recipient wants that matters here!

Everyone has to go around the board at least twice before anyone can win. Makay has a rulebook that outlines all of that and more, but I'm not going to recount every single rule here! My friends and I test played the game a few times, though, so we hope the gameplay is good-- we found it to be so!

The START and FINISH spots are decorated with Hylian scripts. You start over by Sheik. In the center it says START in Twilight Princess Hylian. Then winding around are the following phrases... Legend of Zelda; Link; Ganondorf; Triforce. These are written in the Hylian depicted in Wind Waker. Same set up for where you end by Skyward Sword's Zelda. In the middle it says FINISH and along the edge we have... Ocarina of Time; Twilight Princess; Epona; Navi. Wind Waker Hylian is based on Japanese, so I had to use the Japanese renderings of the names (eg Toki no Okarina, Zeruda).

All this and I've never played a Zelda game! However, I've been a long-time fan thanks to Super Smash Bros Melee. Zelda has been my go-to character for years, although I've recently switched to Sheik...! Even though I've yet to play an actual Zelda game, I am a big fan of the universe. (And come on... SSBM and Brawl feature characters who aren't usually playable, and Sheik is in more Smash games than Zelda games!) I have learned so much about the series through researching this project. The Zelda Wiki [link] was instrumental in this project. I also have to thank my friends ~ponyprincess13 and *norree for their knowledge of the Zelda universe and for helping me test the game.

Materials: Whenever I could, I preferred to use markers, but sometimes the color just didn't fit so I had to go to colored pencils. In a few rare events I even turned to my 96-crayon pack! Even though the mostly-markers strategy gave me a limited color palette, I favored markers for their boldness. I inked with Micron pens and sometimes had to color with those for tricky bits like Midna's arms. Most of these images were adapted from official art. SSBM's Zelda, however, comes from a pose I got from pausing the game and drawing directly from the TV screen. Sheik is a combination of the Ocarina of Time design from the official art and SSBM Sheik's taunt pose. That one was tricky! Had a very low-res version of the pose to work with, but I did my best. :) The game pieces and blank board were purchased at Hobby Lobby. There's a knapsack, lantern, caravan, fish, key, bucket, and fishing pole. Each of the 55 Triforce-shaped cards was made by hand out of index cards. Those were the most tedious to make, but it was always worth it to be able to write a clever phrase on the back!

The photographs were taken in direct sunlight, but they still didn't turn out as good as I thought they would! I did my best to bring back their original vitality through Photoshop and Preview's photo editing software. In order to be shipped, the board had to be cut in half. (Straight through the Moon's teeth and the tip of OoT Link's hat.)
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Vivacia18 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wiki notwithstanding, I can't believe you made this without ever having played a Zelda game before:-o That only adds to the amazingness of this creation; great job, and what a wonderful gift!!:)
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Eldr-Fire Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! And thanks for reading the description enough to find that out, haha! ;) I was surprised when I realized I had never played a Zelda game, because I've always loved the universe thanks to Super Smash Bros Melee and watching my friends play Zelda games.

Thanks so much for your comment! It makes me very happy. :)
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Vivacia18 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
No worries love, you're very welcome:) And I know where your coming from; SSBM was actually my first real encounter with Zelda too. Then my dad eventually got me Twilight Princess as a surprise, and I've fallen pretty hard for the series ever since=P So it was nice to find someone else who loved the universe but wasn't necessarily a lifelong fan^^
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pinkkiapila Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
WoW this is great! very original! I ove the details in the shape of the cards and the miniature pieces :D I would put contact paper to protect it so it lasts many years :D Great work and congrats!!
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Eldr-Fire Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! I'm glad you like it so much. :) Since I don't have the board anymore, you could suggest contact paper to =souffle-etc. I am not familiar with the material myself!

Thanks again. :D
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ApostacyArt Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
Awesome! It must have taken you forever!
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Eldr-Fire Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot! It did take a long time, but it was totally worth it. :)
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CatCowProduce Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Student General Artist
Oh dats neat '.'
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Eldr-Fire Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! I'm glad you like it. :D
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Heroine-ofWinds Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I would play this
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Eldr-Fire Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sweet! I'm glad. It was fun!
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Thiefy-Lives Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is amazing! Very clever and well done! :)
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Eldr-Fire Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! I'm really excited that everyone can see it now, since I started in in July!
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Thiefy-Lives Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well it is truly awesome, you out-did yourself. :)
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Eldr-Fire Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! :w00t!:
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Searaph Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
That's amazing! Way to think outside the box and come up with something awesome!
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Eldr-Fire Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! It was a lot of fun.
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Clarobell Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is absolutely wonderful!! You must have put SO much effort in - really, really, really well done!
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Eldr-Fire Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! That means a lot coming from you; you've got such great gifts!
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Clarobell Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You've truly outdone yourself here, I'l definitely be giving you a couple votes in next comp!
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Eldr-Fire Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awwwwww, thanks! :blush:
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Lucky101212 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am in sheer awe at the amount of work that must have gone into this!
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Eldr-Fire Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! There was definitely a lot of work involved (which is why it took me 5 weeks to get it all ready to go even though you're encouraged to finish gifts earlier). But it was so fun!
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Lucky101212 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm sure the person who received it didn't mind the wait after getting such an epic gift!
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Eldr-Fire Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, thank you! He said he liked it, so I'm happy. :)
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Pepper-Dragon Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow. WOW. This is some major crafting and and and WOW!! Amazing! Well done! I wish I got this as a gift! Magnificent!
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Eldr-Fire Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
THANKS! :D
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art-of-amie Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is pure awesomeness :D
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Eldr-Fire Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!! I'm glad you like it.
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art-of-amie Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I really do :D
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skysoul25 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Student General Artist
HERE'S MY MONEY. TAKE IT. like the presentation.
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Eldr-Fire Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, I'm glad you like it! :D Hahahaha.
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skysoul25 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Student General Artist
zelda anime [link] ^^
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Aunabug123 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
HERE'S MY MONEY. TAKE IT. xD
jk But AWESOME!! 8D
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Eldr-Fire Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hahaha, thanks a lot! Yaaaay, I'm glad people like it! It was so fun to make.
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Aunabug123 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
it looks fun to play x3 Great Job! ^ - ^
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Eldr-Fire Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! :D I thought it was pretty fun to play. :)
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kampfly Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
this is so cool! :D
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Eldr-Fire Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! I worked hard on it. :D
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RedFieldsOfNone Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Student General Artist
WOW! This is absolutely amazing! I don't know what to say. So much thought and effort is put into the gift. It's just fantastic! Fantastic!
It sucks you had to cut it!
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Eldr-Fire Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
THANKS! :D Feeling happy that the gift was well received makes ME happy. It was a lot of fun to do! It's too bad it had to be cut, but it was in the least obtrusive place possible.
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ShivKit Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Student General Artist
cute
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Eldr-Fire Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! :D
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Our-Pretentious-Fall Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012
This is absolutely wonderful.
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Eldr-Fire Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! I'm so glad you like it. :)
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Itti Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Omg I have been waiting to see the final version so excitedly since you told me what you were making! This is epic! Must have taken AGES. I love the level of thought and detail you put into the whole thing. And also as a board gamer myself I respect that you got some people together to playtest rather than just making it and shipping it. Definitely all these little touches that count!!! :love:
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Eldr-Fire Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
YAY! I'm glad you like it so much. :D Now I guess you can see why it took me a little while to make my gift! hahaha. It was so fun though. I had a great time.

Thanks Itti! Your comments means a lot to me. :)
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byrch Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is AWESOME!!!!!!!! I really like how you brought it all together in a big (I can't think of the word, I think it starts with a C?) It looks so nice and professional! My favorite part is the green ruppees :iconpervyghirahimplz:

And Midna looks awesome! It's just so cool and really fun to play!
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Eldr-Fire Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
THANKS PONY PRINCESS THE THIRTEENTH!

I'm glad you like the presentation. It took me a little while to figure out how best to present it on dA, but I'm definitely happy with the result.

OF COURSE you like the green Rupees, you silly minion!
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byrch Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
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