“Long you live and high you fly
And smiles you’ll give and tears you’ll cry”
-Pink Floyd, Breathe
“The time has come,” the red mage said, “to talk of other things! Of games and tips and writing fast, of element analyses!” Today we’re announcing the return of a retro blast from the past. Those of you out there who are veteran NPCs will remember that last summer we put together a team project we titled the 31-Day Mage Challenge, wherein we answered daily questions in daily posts, encouraging our readers to engage with the queries and share their thoughts as well.
This year, we’re pleased to announce the 31-Day Elemental Challenge, beginning tomorrow on July 1st and ending on the 31st. Now you’ll have something to look forward to on every single hot day of July! You can put away the beach towels and the sunscreen. I know what you’re doing this summer.
Here’s how it’ll work: by “elemental” we’re referring to video game genres, so each day there will be a different genre and the challenge is to name your favorite exemplary title in that classification and give a little background on why that’s your choice. We’d be delighted if any of our readers opt to join in and share their daily favorites with us. We’re going to try to post as consistently as we can on this but 31 genres is a lot of flavors!
Can we do it? Is this arduous task worth it? Think it’s a colossal waste of time or are you happy to jump in on the festivities for our latest community-emphasizing project? Some of your favorite bloggers are going to participate here as magely co-authors! Also, I do need to take special note of someone dear to my heart who indirectly had a hand in all of this.
Father’s Day was already two Sunday’s ago and I promised my old man something unique as a gift but I didn’t end up finishing it on time. I had planned to dedicate my review of The Last of Us to my father. I just finished it two nights ago. In retrospect, it wasn’t the right subject to dedicate. I thought the character of Joel would turn out to be an actual father figure, albeit rough-edged, and not some kind of malicious, selfish, sadistic, twisted, psychopath.
Therefore, I’d like to dedicate this month of my writings to my father. I lovingly thought of him while putting together the image heading up this post, since he’s been a fan of Pink Floyd since I was a kid. He helped me to think about the world with wonder and inquisitiveness from a young age. I remember asking him about math problems and he told me about how the ancients built the pyramids. I certainly wouldn’t be the person I am today without him. I probably wouldn’t even love video games if he hadn’t been one to take me to rent cartridges for the weekend from that one gas station up past Panaewa.
So thank you, Papa Gray Mage, and happy belated Father’s Day. I’ll be thinking of you with every word I write through July. Wish you were here.
-The Well-Red Mage