On August the 2nd 2012 while watching the SolForge live-stream for the final count down I decided that the game and the community were interesting enough to increase my investment from one of the low tiers to one of the high ones. I wanted the prize on offer (At Club1980 drafts are free...) and couldn't make use of the GenCon tickets on the layer above so it seemed perfect.
I resolved to forget about the game for a year and when the new Magic core set came out that summer I'd begin to wind down my activity and spending on that and reap the savings. I'd looked at the lower tiers when signing up but come the e-mail asking for pictures on March 13 I'd pretty much forgotten about the 'Your likeness on a card' tier. At the time I'd joked i'd give the honour to someone else, or that I'd try to get one of my cats on the card. When it came up though I thought it would actually be cool to see this through.
My first contact was Eric - the concept writer for SolForge - and he laid out what we'd need to provide. Over the next few messages I stated that i didn't really care which faction, but gave two real ideas. The first was job based, I work in infection control so how about a Nekrium guy whose job it is to do the reverse. The second was based on my partner and I going on long walks in the British countryside. It was from one of these walks in Wales that we got our source pictures. I created a Tempys shamenesque character called Nesh (a northern dialect word I picked up at uni) who is more at home on remote ridges than the battlefield.
Before I finish up here I'd like to thank StoneBlade in general but specifically Eric and Anton for taking the time to make something that I am very happy with. If this much effort went into all the players vanity cards then that's a lot of extra work. I look forwards to discovering who all the people behind the faces are over the next few weeks and continuing to aggressively draft 'me' and then getting sad when the creature dies.
But hey - there are plenty more copies to draft and play, and we'll always have those scale birds, right?