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  1. You may also want to cross-examine with the Japanese calendar for this one. There's some shenanigans on the English one that implies some events that actually begin or end on November 6 according to UTC are simultaneous to those that begin or end on the 5th according to UTC...
  2. Another CYL, another year of upvoting the bottom of the previous year's CYL4 barrel... My strategy, for the record: Phase 1: Bottom two males from CYL4 Phase 2: Bottom two females from CYL4 Phase 3: Next three lowest vote-getters from CYL4. Officially this phase is regardless of gender, but given the larger base of male characters and the majority of the player base being female (witness how Edelgard was overall winner last year since the biggest bulk of the male vote had to split between Dimitri and Claude), all-male bottom fives are CYL norms...
  3. Having been inspired by advent calendars serebii.net have offered in Decembers past, even though I've got no aptitude to create Twitter icons and wallpaper images (as you'd find on serebii.net's advent calendars), I figured I might take a crack at creating some Fire Emblem-themed puzzles and activities for the fandom to try during this holiday season. Well, here we are, the twenty-fourth and final day of the advent calendar. Christmas is just a day away. I'm sure many of you will be relieved that I won't be subjecting you to my lame activities daily...but those that were actually excited about them, even if they began now, might still be working on them come this time on the 26th having worked on them constantly through Christmas Eve and Christmas day itself... For our first activity today, it's the last of the crosswords! It draws from all over the franchise--even if it did go through two particular Cipher booster series (and I even forgot to factor in the starter deck associated with one of them like I'd intended!). This also means that Cipher's mascots, all eight of them, are finally getting their due here! Now if only the Heroes brass would let them within a hundred miles of their compound... As for our second activity today, and the final activity of this unofficial advent calendar...it's an absolutely huge jigsaw puzzle! Estimates say there's 1100 or so pieces in this one! And if there's one particular very wide scene depicted in Cipher recently you're thinking of...the one that took thirteen cards to recreate in print...yes, it's that one! Maybe that estimate of this time on the 26th was too generous--more like this time on January 2...
  4. Having been inspired by advent calendars serebii.net have offered in Decembers past, even though I've got no aptitude to create Twitter icons and wallpaper images (as you'd find on serebii.net's advent calendars), I figured I might take a crack at creating some Fire Emblem-themed puzzles and activities for the fandom to try during this holiday season. Just two more days until Christmas, today we bring a few activities with a broader theme than the narrower focuses of past three-day blocks. Expect more diverse character origins for these last two days! Our first activity for today is a crossword puzzle primarily drawing from those titles off the Fire Emblem mainline. Tokyo Mirage Sessions, Heroes, Warriors, you'll find characters original to those titles unlocked via the clues! Our second activity for today is our final calendar game! Your birthdate and gender determine the scenario! The situation is a bit on the mature side, so I'll leave that to the tweet; for the most part, I tended to avoid characters with ironclad-canon and heavily-implied/without-conflict romantic ties (with one exception--the pair comprising the trap on each card!); sorry, this means no Marth and Caeda, and no Micaiah or Sothe. I also tended to avoid depicting ironclad-canon or heavily-implied parent-child relationships; this is the reason Eliwood and Hector got left off, as their ironclad-canon offspring are playing, and also why I didn't depict any Genealogy, Awakening, or Fates second generations. As the situation requires you having transformed into another character, avatar characters were also avoided (sorry, Chrobinites!). I can't guarantee you'll find yourself in a favorable outcome, but I hope you enjoy trying to figure it out all the same...
  5. Having been inspired by advent calendars serebii.net have offered in Decembers past, even though I've got no aptitude to create Twitter icons and wallpaper images (as you'd find on serebii.net's advent calendars), I figured I might take a crack at creating some Fire Emblem-themed puzzles and activities for the fandom to try during this holiday season. Today, it's an ode to the many brave and talented illustrators of Fire Emblem Cipher and Fire Emblem Heroes! Many of these talented artists appear in today's activities in some form! If you need some help with today's activities, feel free to cross-examine the lists of Cipher and Heroes illustrators over at Fire Emblem Wiki! ...I've managed to make the Cipher illustrator listing quite well-maintained after working on trying to make the translations of their illustrators' names consistent wiki-wide, but I am not the maintainer of the Heroes illustrator list--if you have any bones to pick about the Heroes illustrator list, hit up Luke (that listing's maintainer), not me... Our first activity for today is a pair of crossword puzzles! These were actually intended to be all one puzzle, but the program wasn't playing nice with the sheer number of clues I was putting in, hence I had to split it into two puzzles; the Cipher specialists got their own puzzle as the biggest group amongst the three specialty groups I used, while the Heroes specialists and non-specialists got the other puzzle. A key to determine what kind of illustrator's specialty as far as Fire Emblem is concerned: a (C) in the clue denotes a Cipher specialist, an (H) denotes a Heroes specialist, an (NS) denotes a non-specialist. Specialist information accurate to date topic was initially posted, and may have changed in the meanwhile; the puzzles use information from Fire Emblem Wiki's illustrator list articles that stood at the date the topic was initially posted (permanent links to those revisions used above), information on both pages have changed in the meanwhile. All names in both puzzles are in western order. Our second activity for today is a video quiz challenge! For each question, you'll be shown a card (or, in one instance, two cards) and the name of an illustrator. That illustrator did not illustrate the card(s) in question. Three choices will then appear; try to pick the correct answer from among them. Can you tell who actually illustrated which card? This took quite awhile to make, and I've cultivated enough material to potentially make several episodes of this (any further episodes will be made outside the auspices of this unofficial advent calendar). The video's too long for Twitter, so you'll be watching it via Youtube.
  6. Having been inspired by advent calendars serebii.net have offered in Decembers past, even though I've got no aptitude to create Twitter icons and wallpaper images (as you'd find on serebii.net's advent calendars), I figured I might take a crack at creating some Fire Emblem-themed puzzles and activities for the fandom to try during this holiday season. Today, we conclude our focus on Echoes: Shadows of Valentia and Three Houses. We've focused on every mainline game thus far, what will the final three days bring? Our first offering for today is in two parts--it's a music challenge! I'd used the two-video setup before by accident, but this time I chose to do so purposely. The first part focuses on Echoes--can you tell whether a tune plays on Alm's path, on Celica's path, or irregardless of path? Or did I pull off a controversial move and throw in a Super Smash Bros. rendition? Or an even more controversial move and put a trap into the fray? The second part focuses on Three Houses--can you tell whether a tune plays on the map or in battle, or in a cutscene or a support conversation? But did I throw a trap into this one as well? For our second offering today, we've got a calendar game for you. The only offering during this triad of days that actually intermingles Echoes and Three Houses content, the scenario here involves using your birth date and gender to build a Link Arena-style team nominally consisting of each of the following: one character each from Alm's and Celica's paths in Echoes, and one character from each of Three Houses's three houses. Read the instruction sheet before playing. For example, someone born on December 21 would have Ignatz, Hapi, and their choice of Caspar or Dimitri (Hapi serving as a wild card that, in this case, could play as either a Blue Lion or a Black Eagle), plus Delthea and Saber if they're male or Kamui and Mathilda if they're female. ...Also, I've received word that what appear to be three transfer students have puzzlingly snuck into the Three Houses portion of the game, one for each house, so keep an eye out... Finally, for a simpler yet tougher pleasure, our third offering for today is a jigsaw puzzle depicting a Three Houses trio. Can you wade through the scenario and put the trio back together again?
  7. Having been inspired by advent calendars serebii.net have offered in Decembers past, even though I've got no aptitude to create Twitter icons and wallpaper images (as you'd find on serebii.net's advent calendars), I figured I might take a crack at creating some Fire Emblem-themed puzzles and activities for the fandom to try during this holiday season. We continue bringing goodies from Echoes: Shadows of Valentia and Three Houses into play today. Although today's setup is a bit similar to yesterday's, the games lending into the activity types have switched around--an activity that was Echoes yesterday is Three Houses today and vice versa, for example... The first offering for today is an Echoes crossword puzzle. See if you can find your favorite Valentians through these clues, just don't get thrown for a loop as you do so... The second offering for today is a Three Houses word search. 300 letters per house have been allocated for use, let's see how many they actually use...and how many letters actually clash between houses! As for the third offering, well, again I've been lacking time to get what I had intended to offer ready for tonight. Instead, I'm advancing the swapper puzzle--and this time, it actually is a swapper puzzle (not the slider one I thought was a swapper yesterday!)--up a day to fill in that slot. The puzzle is Three Houses-themed. I'm starting to work on the activities I was forced to defer, what was intended for slot 3 yesterday and today will likely headline tomorrow...
  8. Having been inspired by advent calendars serebii.net have offered in Decembers past, even though I've got no aptitude to create Twitter icons and wallpaper images (as you'd find on serebii.net's advent calendars), I figured I might take a crack at creating some Fire Emblem-themed puzzles and activities for the fandom to try during this holiday season. Today, we begin activities for the two most recent mainline games, Echoes: Shadows of Valentia and Three Houses. In many ways, the former, a remake of the second game in the series, may have served as a prototype for the latter, given the number of mechanics the latter draws from the former...Note that there will not be too much cross-pollination within the activities themselves, many of them will focus on one game or the other... The first offering for today...it's a Three Houses crossword! The names of Garegg Mach have hidden themselves behind clues, and its up to you to flush them out! The second offering for today...an Echoes word search! The epic characters of Valentia in a sea of letters, just waiting to be found... The third offering for today...Well, this probably shouldn't have been seen until day 21, but the offering I wanted to offer for today couldn't be made on time due to a lot of Heroes work over at Fire Emblem Wiki (expect the article for the new paralogue chapter to emerge a little later tonight), and will have to be deferred to another day. Enjoy this Echoes-themed slider puzzle in the meanwhile: (EDIT: The link shown in the tweet states that it's a swapper puzzle; it was intended to be a swapper puzzle, but the wrong option got selected during creation and it ended up as a slider puzzle instead. Apologies for the error.)
  9. Having been inspired by advent calendars serebii.net have offered in Decembers past, even though I've got no aptitude to create Twitter icons and wallpaper images (as you'd find on serebii.net's advent calendars), I figured I might take a crack at creating some Fire Emblem-themed puzzles and activities for the fandom to try during this holiday season. Today, we bring our last specifically Fates-themed offerings. We bid farewell to Hoshido, Nohr, and Valla, setting off for other waters after tonight...But we've got four offerings tonight, each themed to Hoshidan and Nohrian royalty! Our first offering is a jigsaw puzzle featuring the elder princes! Xander of Nohr, Ryoma of Hoshido, can all of Garon's horses and all of Sumeragi's men put them back together again? The second offering is a slider puzzle, this one featuring the two elder princesses! I'm sure any Japanese readers would be heavily rooting for Camilla in this one, but odds are if you can understand this, you're probably rooting for Hinoka... Now for the third offering, it's the younger princes in a swapper puzzle! Swap the pieces around and put together Takumi before you put together Leo! ...Or the other way around, if you prefer... Finally, we've got a second, tougher swapper puzzle for the fourth offering, starring the younger princesses! I advise taking it as smooth as Sakura, since going about it with as much energy as Elise might just get you scrambled up...
  10. Having been inspired by advent calendars serebii.net have offered in Decembers past, even though I've got no aptitude to create Twitter icons and wallpaper images (as you'd find on serebii.net's advent calendars), I figured I might take a crack at creating some Fire Emblem-themed puzzles and activities for the fandom to try during this holiday season. Today, we continue our trek through the world of Fates. Though it comes in three flavors, these activities blend these flavors into one singular taste each! For the first offering tonight, we've got a word search! We've drawn from both Hoshido and Nohr, and even some Vallite natives, can you find them in this sea of letters? For the second offering tonight, we've got a calendar game! It's a bit complex tonight, but in this scenario, your birth month determines a non-Fire Emblem royal looking to hire Fire Emblem retainers. The date of the month in which you were born, your gender, and some math also determined by both your birth month and your gender determines which two retainers get hired! Read the white card for more details on how to play, and read the tweet's replies if you need help knowing which royal represents your birth month.
  11. Having been inspired by advent calendars serebii.net have offered in Decembers past, even though I've got no aptitude to create Twitter icons and wallpaper images (as you'd find on serebii.net's advent calendars), I figured I might take a crack at creating some Fire Emblem-themed puzzles and activities for the fandom to try during this holiday season. Today, we begin a trip through the realms of Fire Emblem Fates! The game that comes in three flavors. You up for a sweet Birthright? A sour Conquest? Maybe a spicy Revelation? We can fit your tastes just fine! Last I checked, Americans tended to prefer Birthright, while Japanese tended to prefer Conquest... The first offering for today is a crossword puzzle. It does not pull from a specific route, we've got both Hoshidans and Nohrians sharing this puzzle space. Can you bring them together and crack the solution? The second offering for today...well, I was originally planning a calendar game, but there were some technical difficulties getting resources for it yesterday. So instead, I moved up the music challenge I was planning for tomorrow! Can you tell if a Fates tune is primarily associated with Birthright, Conquest, Revelation, or no path specifically? The ones primarily associated with Birthright, Conquest, and Revelation all draw from specific discs on the soundtrack; the ones associated with no path specifically draw from other discs from the soundtrack (and one of them doesn't even actually appear in the game proper, but still qualifies as "no path specifically" for that reason). ...But did I lay a trap among these tunes?
  12. Having been inspired by advent calendars serebii.net have offered in Decembers past, even though I've got no aptitude to create Twitter icons and wallpaper images (as you'd find on serebii.net's advent calendars), I figured I might take a crack at creating some Fire Emblem-themed puzzles and activities for the fandom to try during this holiday season. Today is our third and final day of our Awakening theme. Sure, we've saved the franchise, but we've also got to keep the mythos moving... First offering today...a jigsaw puzzle of the titular Awakening! Second offering today...well, we do the Awakening again, but this time with a different generation of characters! Third offering today...We've got a touching scene between a mother and daughter get turned into a swapper puzzle! Of course, the mother regrets that she couldn't get the genes of a certain blue-haired prince for said daughter, but of course a sizable chunk of said blue-haired prince's female fans would want his genes for themselves...
  13. Having been inspired by advent calendars serebii.net have offered in Decembers past, even though I've got no aptitude to create Twitter icons and wallpaper images (as you'd find on serebii.net's advent calendars), I figured I might take a crack at creating some Fire Emblem-themed puzzles and activities for the fandom to try during this holiday season. Today, it's our second day dedicated to Awakening. As the first installment to really boom in sales, it's got among the most recognizable casts in the entire series--and the most recognizable sects of the fandom based on character favorites... First offering for today, we've got a word search. Can you find your favorites in this mess of letters? Today's second offering is a music challenge. It works a little differently from those from past days, since we're only drawing from a single game (or are we?), this time, the task is to see if you can identify whether we've got a theme played during a map or battle or a theme played during an event. Surely I can't have placed a trap anywhere among these, right?
  14. Having been inspired by advent calendars serebii.net have offered in Decembers past, even though I've got no aptitude to create Twitter icons and wallpaper images (as you'd find on serebii.net's advent calendars), I figured I might take a crack at creating some Fire Emblem-themed puzzles and activities for the fandom to try during this holiday season. Today, we begin a stretch dedicated to Awakening! The game that not only saved the franchise, but shot it into the mainstream! First offering...Well, I couldn't wrangle up some bear meat, so how about a crossword instead? Second offering...Apologies if you absolutely can't stand Owain, but he lent well to a calendar game. Your birthdate determines the situation: Owain has shouted the name of a non-Fire Emblem game, based on the character or scene depicted by your birth month. (Read the tweet replies in case you're having trouble figuring out which game Owain shouted in your scenario.) The day of the month in which you were born determines which Awakening character reacts to the situation--and yes, I can assure you it will be an Awakening character, I've placed no traps on that side of the field for once! How does the Awakening character you've landed on react? (For example, if your birthday is on the date this went up, December 13, the sitation would be Maribelle reacting to Owain shouting out "Cyberpunk 2077!".)
  15. Having been inspired by advent calendars serebii.net have offered in Decembers past, even though I've got no aptitude to create Twitter icons and wallpaper images (as you'd find on serebii.net's advent calendars), I figured I might take a crack at creating some Fire Emblem-themed puzzles and activities for the fandom to try during this holiday season. Today is the final day of the Tellius theme, the era that left the franchise on the brink. Considering we're not even close to Christmas yet, obviously the franchise survived... The first offering for today sees three brothers turned into a jigsaw: The second offering's a slider puzzle featuring Ike and Micaiah. I originally planned for an Ike/Black Knight fixture, for the slider puzzle but the Micaiah/Sothe fixture I sought for the third offering did not have a clean version available (oops, I just gave away what I'm using for these puzzles!--as if you couldn't have easily figured that out already), and since I still wanted Micaiah to feature in one of today's offerings... And today's third offering, falling back onto a reserve plan, features Ike's parents in a swapper puzzle! Yep, long before the Medallion turned around the family's fortunes forever...
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