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Are you going to use one of these skins?

I am using or intend to use a no-spiders custom skin for Elise. 41 16.94%
I don't plan to, but I know someone who does. 15 6.2%
I don't plan to, but I'm glad it exists. 122 50.41%
I don't think this should exist. 64 26.45%
Voters 242 .

(Guide and Links!) SPIDER-FREE ELISE CUSTOM SKINS

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CupcakeTrap

Recruiter

10-30-2012

Reddit thread: http://www.reddit.com/r/leagueoflegends/comments/12d0op/how_to_install_a_basic_nospiders_elise_custom/

Skins are listed below, under the red header.
NOTE: Older versions of the Waldgeist Cho'gath+Voidlings mod were crashing when someone used Death Blossom Elise. A new version is available that fixes this! Check below. You'll want to uninstall the old skin first; just click on the bolded skins and click "uninstall" in SIU. The video installation guide here ( https://www.youtube.com/v/BLTmOqlVL5I ) shows you how to do this.


The purpose of this thread is to maintain a list of "no-spiders" custom skins for Elise, and explain how to install them. These skins are intended for arachnophobic players who can't or don't want to play with spiders skittering around over the screen.


What's a custom skin?
A custom skin is a file you install on your PC that changes how LoL displays certain champions.

LoL's graphics are stored locally on each user's computer. Custom skins only affect what appears on your own monitor, but they work no matter who is using the champ -- you, an ally, or an enemy. If you play with Cupcake Elise installed, you'll see Elise (whoever is playing her) as Cupcake Elise, and everyone else will see her normally. Riot does not have a problem with this kind of model swap:

Quote:
davin:
For players who are affected so negatively by Elise, we recommend a model swap, which other players have some handy guides for.

TL;DR: We definitely understand the gravity of phobia, and don't want to marginalize those with phobias. We recommend players who are swap Elise's model, so they can play without any worry!


Normally, this is a drawback to custom skins: we use skins largely to have a different appearance vis-à-vis other players. But for arachnophobic types who really do not like having a spider on screen, this is perfect: we don't want to ruin things for anyone else, and this lets us make a simple change that only we will ever notice.


How do I install a custom skin?
Here is a handy video guide: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tY9kaUJ3ioo (Ironically, the example skin used is Spiderman Amumu.) I've also created my own video guide that uses the Waldgeist mod as an example: https://www.youtube.com/v/BLTmOqlVL5I -- this one also walks you through uninstalling older versions.

First, download and install Skin Installer Ultimate: https://sites.google.com/site/siuupdates/

Click the big red link to get the latest version.

Open the "Readme" file and follow the directions. Basically, you unzip the file and run the "Skin Installer Ultimate.exe" program.

Download the custom skin files and unzip them. For Waldgeist's spider-free Elise mod, for example: http://leaguecraft.com/skins/15301-waldgeist-s-spider-free-elise-mod.xhtml

Load the custom skin into the SIU database, then install the skin.

I recommend you test it out or have a friend test it out first, perhaps by spectating a game. I found it worked right the first time.

I really know next to nothing about custom skins myself; this is the first one I've ever installed. Please feel free to contribute better instruction guides or whatever else; I'll be sure to credit you.

What else should I know about custom skins?
Don't click "delete" in SIU without first uninstalling the skin.

I had heard that you had to uninstall/reinstall custom skins with each patch. I haven't had to yet; I installed this one many patches ago, and it continues to work just fine when an Elise ends up in my game.

LIST OF CUSTOM SKINS AND DOWNLOAD LINKS

Waldgeist Model Swap: Cho + Voidlings
DOWNLOAD HERE: http://leaguecraft.com/skins/15301-waldgeist-s-spider-free-elise-mod.xhtml
Image preview: http://imgur.com/WHhkc
Vid preview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkwX9pQbgCY (does not show the ability icon changes)
Installation guide video here: https://www.youtube.com/v/BLTmOqlVL5I

I've done a quick recolor of Waldgeist's mod, making Cho's highlights electric blue instead of red, to distinguish Elise-Cho from Regular Cho.

11/2 UPDATE: Now compatible with Death Blossom Elise! Thanks Waldgeist. Elise now appears as Kha'zix when using the Death Blossom skin. There's an oddity that makes her look like sort of a gliding moth, but I think it actually looks kind of cool.

11/3 UPDATE: Waldgeist has made another edit to this skin, which is now truly "spider-free": there are absolutely no spider images anywhere here. Her ability icons and the rappel texture have been changed. Waldgeist, you're awesome! INSTALLATION NOTE: There are three folders (Elise, EliseSpider, and EliseSpiderling). EliseSpider and Elise Spiderling install normally. The "Elise" folder contains the new ability icons and such. When you install it, it will prompt you with a pull-down menu. There are two options. Choose the option that goes .../hud/... rather than the option that goes ... /hud/icons2d ... and it will work.)


bilcosby's Bear Queen Elise mod
bilcosby has reported being close to ready to release a hilarious-sounding mod that turns Elise into a recolored Volibear surrounded by minibears.


SoupSoupMahGoo's Nidalee mod
SoupSoupMahGoo is a bit busy with RL atm, but is working on a Nidalee + minilizard mod.


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CupcakeTrap

Recruiter

10-30-2012

To avoid cluttering the instructions thread, I'll put the "don't downvote-close this thread" plea here. It also doubles as an explanation for the genuinely curious.


Arachnophobia is fear of spiders, but why would you be scared of a video game spider? It can't hurt you! MODS, CLOSE THIS THREAD THESE PEOPLE ARE JUST WIMPS I BET ZOMBIE BRAND WOULD MAKE THEM CRY.
Arachnophobia isn't so much a rational "fear" as it is (at least in my experience) a "shock" or "panic" sensation akin to what a lot of people feel when someone scrapes their nails down a chalkboard. I'm not really afraid of being poisoned by a spider, and I'm not really "afraid" of spiders; I just freak the hell out for no good reason when I see a spider. (Claustrophobic people will freak the hell out if stuffed inside a locker even if they know it won't physically hurt them. It isn't rational, but it's quite real.) It's really unpleasant and no, I haven't been able to cure myself of it by just looking at spiders. I like to think I'm gradually whittling away at it with time, but I don't expect it to disappear for a very long time.

Different arachnophobic people seem to react differently to different stimuli. I've heard from some people who will have a fit if there's a tiny spider in the room, but love video game spiders. Others, like me, are kind of the opposite: I don't mind a tiny, predictably-moving spider on my wall, but a "big", erratically moving image of a spider (or even just a detailed image of a spider) can give me an embarrassingly intense panic attack that leaves me shaking and dizzy. It's utterly stupid. I don't hate spiders. I certainly don't hate Elise. I just have this reaction.

(I've since found that my reaction to Elise herself is more mild than I'd expected: I don't like it at all, but I don't get a full-on panic attack. Still, I want to make sure this works for people who react more intensely, just like some arachnophobic people who don't mind video game spiders at all have been kind enough to offer encouragement.)


So you want Elise removed, right?
No!

Elise is a great champion. I salute Riot for making an awesome new female monster champ. I don't want her to be changed, let alone removed. I genuinely hope that non-arachnophobic types enjoy her. It would be dumb to sacrifice the happiness of the majority for the sake of a minority, at least where the minority can work around the problem without too much trouble.



Riot Davin's full response below:

Quote:
davin:
Hello,

Other psychologist here! Just wanted to jump in here and provide some context. We actually were extremely sensitive about this--the champion team requested some work be done to investigate the potential impact this would have on arachnophobic individuals.

I was responsible for the literature review on incidence rates. We turned to the primary literature to see how many players might be impacted by this, and found that the overall incidence rate to expect was slightly lower than for ophidophobia (snake fear, which has partial precedent in impact via Cassiopeia--though likely lesser severity due to her being half-humanoid).

Nonetheless, the potential impact was treated very seriously--after all, phobias are a big deal (and not at all a sign of being "crazy&quot. For players who are affected so negatively by Elise, we recommend a model swap, which other players have some handy guides for.

TL;DR: We definitely understand the gravity of phobia, and don't want to marginalize those with phobias. We recommend players who are swap Elise's model, so they can play without any worry!


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DemiViral

Senior Member

10-30-2012

I probably won't use these, but I can see why some others would want to use them ((my sister is terrified of Spiders))

I approve +1


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Landiun

Junior Member

10-30-2012

Can you please post pictures of the skin?


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CupcakeTrap

Recruiter

10-31-2012

Quote:
Landiun:
Can you please post pictures of the skin?

Here's some quick screenshots and a short video clip. I'll try to get something better.

Images: http://imgur.com/a/W6I7i

Vid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsRQSrHwXZ8


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CupcakeTrap

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10-31-2012

I've added a recolored version. It's the same as Waldgeist's mod, except that in this one Elise-Cho has bright green highlights to distinguish her from Regular Cho.

Preview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkwX9pQbgCY

Download: http://www.filedropper.com/waldgeistelisecupcaketraprecolor

Installation Guide Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLTmOqlVL5I

The installation guide video is a walkthrough of the installation process.


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Lopretni

Senior Member

11-01-2012

Bear skin when?


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CupcakeTrap

Recruiter

11-01-2012

Quote:
Lopretni:
Bear skin when?

BEAR QUEEN ELISE wHERE


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SavageMinnow

Senior Member

11-01-2012

Over 100 votes in the poll, only 3 other people have posted.

I'm glad people care enough to support others with a problem they, themselves, might not have to deal with. Here's a bump (which you didn't need right then but whatever.)


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Pryotra

Senior Member

11-01-2012

This needs sticky status till the end of time. Bump.