- "Are you building the world around you?"
It's difficult for me to pin down the exact order in which I came up with ideas for this storyline, but I believe the land growing around them as they play the cards is what really got me enthusiastic about the card game aspect. It might have been the first idea I had for the card game part in the first place, but I'm not sure about that. The order of ideas can be difficult to keep track of when brainstorming.
The land growing around them concept is also why this is one comic instead of two in spite of the fact that it could have worked as two separate updates. I wanted to give decent panel space to showing the representation of playing a land and drawing energy from that land to do something, which meant a page that I personally like, but where very little happens.
I mean, yeah, Justin made a tree grow from the ground with a gesture and a bird appear from nothingness, but I really didn't want to end the week on the note of the Energy Birds stats and abilities.