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Student uses Lincolnshire fens as backdrop for magical world

17 June 2014

Lyndsey Boardman

Games designer Hannah creates fantasy card game

A local student has used the Lincolnshire fens as the inspiration for a unique card game set in a fantasy world.

Hannah Spikings, a 21-year-old student from Waddingham, has spent over 1,000 hours creating the game for a university project which includes 54 individual cards that she has designed and drawn herself.

Lore of the Land is set in a fantasy world where three different lands are at war. Players have to pit the characters against each other in order to join the cards together to create more powerful beings. Characters include elves, giant eagles and fire breathing dragons.

The final year games design student from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) in Preston commented: “I’ve worked really hard to not only draw each character but also to create a whole new world for them to exist in. I’ve taken a lot of inspiration from my hometown and one character in particular, the Fen Keeper, reminds me of my grandparents as they were farmers.

“It’s been a very personal project and I feel like I’ve turned the Lincolnshire fens into a magical world through this game.”

“It’s been a very personal project and I feel like I’ve turned the Lincolnshire fens into a magical world through this game.”

Hannah has worked hard to make her game as professional as possible. She’s also designed the packaging and even had 30 boxes of the game printed and wrapped in America.

The games designer, who went to school near Hull before moving to Waddingham, says her passion lies in concept art where the artist brings an idea to life using visuals.

Hannah added: “I played a lot of video games in my youth but designing a card game is a new genre for me. I’m always keen to push my creative boundaries and see where that takes me.”

Hannah’s work is on display in Preston as part of the UCLan Degree Show until the 21 June. For more information visit www.uclan.ac.uk/cf

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