Proof that Blizzard sometimes really do listen, if you word your complaints to them reasonably enough!
There’s a new and growing social media platform on the web called Locals.com, and FoxFireFiction can now officially be found there!
Here’s the link: https://foxfirefiction.locals.com/
More About Locals.com
Locals.com is a Patreon-like platform where you can subscribe to help support me and my work as well as connect with other community members! Some of you may recall my ditching Patreon back in the early days of creating this website, due to concerns with censorship and payment processes. I’ve since been on the lookout for a similar service, and a couple of months ago I landed on Locals.com as one of the best alternatives out there. So here we are!
As of writing this post, I’m still in the process of getting my account over there shined up and looking pretty, but the basic functionality is already up. Like, subscribe, share, and all that jazz!
This is mostly a news post, and somewhat of a reflection post.
News on the Art Front
The first thing I wanted to announce is the official opening of my DriveThruRPG publishing account, with some new stock art shinies up for sale! You can find these here: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse/pub/17317/FoxfireFiction
These images are licensed for commercial usage so long as you credit me properly (more on that is in the user license agreement). If you want a somewhat cheaper option for these, you can also buy them from me through my DeviantArt handle, kevaar-foxfire, but NOTE, this cheaper option is only licensed for personal usage, such as your own forum avatars or coloring pages. If you want to use these images in something you plan to sell on, such as in a tabletop resource book, you must buy it through DriveThruRPG.
I’ve also started to do some commissions, though business is slow-going. As you might have noticed in the story A Meeting in the Legerdemain, I’ve been trying my hand in particular at making character line-art avatars. So far these have been solicited for free by me to try out some different blog formats, but I also do these on commission, for (roughly) $10 an avatar, over at DeviantArt: https://www.deviantart.com/kevaar-foxfire/commission/Character-Avatar-1356765
As above, DeviantArt transactions are only licensed for personal usage. If you want to use these commercially, please get in contact with me, and I’m sure we can come to some kind of a deal!
News on the Writing Front
Work on a sourcebook for a new tabletop universe continues. Though before our main hang-up was on art, now we are mostly trying to catch up after the crazy that was the COVID lockdowns and the strain that put on our individual contractors. I’m happy to announce we at least have plans and contracts now for all the art that we want to put into the book, and simply getting those finished up and the final layout completed is all that remains before we can finally get this book on the market! I once again won’t give a deadline, because goodness knows that probably means I will be having to eat crow for it later on, but I can promise Soon(TM).
General fan-fiction posts on this website have slowed, partially due with my time being taken up with classes and pursuits. Due to the snarl of lore that is currently the Sunwalker family, going back and revisiting some old posts like What Darkness Lies are on my list of things to do, to edit out some of the “unintentionally reocurring” problems these characters face as well as some quirks of theirs that I felt were unfitting or cringey. Keelath and Mirium’s scenes in particular tend to end up with them always talking late into the night and reassuring each other, which, I don’t know, I suppose that is interesting to some, but the self-critical writer in me wants to explore these characters in some more action-oriented scenes as well.
We’ll see! As always, comments, thoughts, critiques, or general fangirl-ing is welcome here on this blog or in private. Stay safe and healthy!
Is it just me, or is each news update incorporating longer and longer time frames?
Summary of 2019
Another good title for this article might be “2019 In Review”. In January of 2019, this blog was opened to start holding my pieces of novels and homeless write-ups for roleplay sessions, in the hopes for a little more exposure and audience to my writing.
Whether or not this worked is up for debate, but February saw a contract signed with a publisher for my first book, which, after negotiations, became the sourcebook for Talmenor, a new and up-and-coming high fantasy universe built for Dungeons & Dragons and Pathfinder campaigns. Some teasers of this world have already made it onto my blog, as you can see from the link above. Though promised to be finished and put up for sale by the end of the year, we have run into issues getting together professional-quality art for the book, and I instead must liberally set the release date for sometime in 2020 instead. Sadness.
February also saw the bulk of my writing for the Elder Scrolls III:Morrowind mod, Tamriel Rebuilt, being cross-posted to this blog site. Later in the year, I was part of two streaming sessions with Zharic Zhakaron regarding Tamriel Rebuilt, and have begun trying my hand at some concept art for the mod as well…though none of these I am quite pleased with enough yet to link to directly in this news article, ha ha.
In March, I received a drawing tablet for my birthday, and began to brush up on my art skills again, including with some of the aforementioned concept art.
Then, not even a week later, my raid members began doing some really silly things, and I have immortalized them in the comic series “Gentlemen Assassins”. After that guild’s raid leader retired, and after I picked up raid leading myself for a few months, I have now settled into a new guild called Resurgence. As I’m considering restructuring my blog site (more on that later), I am pondering retiring the name “Gentlemen Assassins” to mean comics done in 2019, while new 2020 comics will henceforth be known under the name “Resurgence”. Seeing as how this may require me to find new raid guilds every year to keep up the pattern, I’m not certain this is the best route forward. (And “Gentlemen Assassins” is such a lovely name! …and still a guild I love and am a part of, even if we’re no longer raiding!)
Finally, in December, I have opened up this blog to other writers and their shorts. The first of these was written by someone we will call Alelsa while he writes for FoxFireFiction (but may be known around the internet as someone else of note…), and is a fun little scene set in the dictatorial city of First Bastion.
And the Future Holds…?
There are more snippets of fanfiction and novels coming, I’m certain. There are also more comics coming. (Though I’m not sure my guildies believe me, I have quite the backlog of ideas, numbering in the tens and twenties by now.)
Work on Tamriel Rebuilt also continues, and some of my escapades in that modding team will continue to find their way here.
The sourcebook of Talmenor is coming, hopefully before summer, but as I have learned in 2019, it’s not too uncommon for release dates to stretch and stretch, so I will just leave this one at “2020” and hope I will not have to eat my words again next year at this time!
More shorts from other writers, including up and coming writers, are hopefully on their way, but as this is still a very new venture, I am keeping quiet about it until I can structure the back-end to my liking.
Speaking of structuring, as mentioned before, the structuring of this website my change. It is to incorporate some of the above writers coming in, but also to incorporate some new web games that I am developing for practice as I continue schooling for the creative field.
Finally, Hottest Day of the Year is coming, I swear! As my most recent submission was made over a year ago and still is without news, I’ve marked that publisher off the list. On the bright side, I’m now currently in negotiations with the same publisher as above for them to pick up this novel, shine it up a bit, and put it on the market. Aside from the sourcebook, it would be my very first book for sale, which is a very exciting prospect for me.
I originally meant to write this back in May. It is now almost the end of July. Oops. Suffice to say, it’s been a bit busy over here! Continue reading “Spring-Summer Update”
(And really, partially a February Update, as I didn’t write a news post for most of February….)
March In Summary
In summary, March was a busy month! March saw:
- The preliminary findings of my study on the Auction House of World of Warcraft, as described in the February Update.
- The beginning and finishing of a new fanfiction short story, The Trials.
- Preparation and writing of my first published work, which is due to come out sometime in late May or early June.
- And perhaps most excitingly, the addition of a drawing tablet to my tools of trade, which gave me inspiration to start a web comic as well as sketch some other characters from my stories. I’ve even received a commission to do more!
February In Summary
As I didn’t post an update covering the rest of February, I figure it’s worth mentioning some of the work done here, as well. The end of February saw:
- The re-posting of most of my short stories and lore articles for the Elder Scrolls universe.
- The introduction of the character Keelath in the fanfiction series The Rise of Keelath, who has since popped up in a few other shorts.
- The beginning of the fanfiction series Son of Silvermoon, which has also been continued into March.
I have my irons in many fires now, but in April, I hope to focus on these goals:
- Continuing my Auction House research, including posting the latest findings from the data I took throughout March and the end of February.
- A restructuring of the site that will be more conducive to organizing series, whether those series belong to the web comic or my fiction.
- And of course, more web comics! The posting of these will continue on my DeviantArt account as well as here.
- I may also start doing more Special Editions that show the processes that go into my artwork, as well deleted scenes from my fiction. This will probably always be on a case-to-case basis rather than a scheduled thing, but if there’s ever a question burning in your mind about my work, please leave a comment!
Sad news today. I just received word that Neverwinter will be closing down its Foundry for good.
Neverwinter is an MMORPG set in Dungeons & Dragons’ Forgotten Realms setting, using a version of the 4th Edition D&D ruleset. It had an editor named the Foundry that gave players the ability to create their own quests and dungeons, complete with branching dialogue, monsters, simple puzzles, and (pre-generated) quest rewards, for other players to play through and critique.
Though it had its flaws, for me and many others, it was the main draw of the game. I won’t forget adventures like faithful renditions of Drizzt’s battle with the Many Arrows orcs, doing my in-character introduction for my roleplay guild <Order of the Broken Path>, knocking over mountains of crates just for the heck of it, evenings spent in specially created taverns chatting with other roleplayers, and even a quirky quest about saving a village from hallucinatory cheese.
I myself created a small campaign following the story of a drow who had fled the Underdark after his daughter had been turned into an evil priestess of Lloth. He surfaced somewhere in the Anarouch Desert, met a sharp-tongued wood elf who reluctantly befriended him, and eventually found faith in Amaunator (Lathander), the god of the sun and truth. The campaign is still available until April 11th on Neverwinter. If you care to give it a look-up, it is called the Fox’s Den; author is @kevaar. Please note, given the current status of the Foundry, some bugs may exist that I can no longer control.
I’m just a little choked up it’ll all be gone soon, really. Over the next few weeks I’ll be salvaging what I can, perhaps to retool for a pen and paper module. Or perhaps greater things lie in store? The community of Foundry authors, while small, has been wonderful, and we’re considering refocusing our creative efforts into making a community based on creating quests and perhaps even our own indie RPG. It’s too early to tell yet.
In the meantime, it was good while it lasted. We’ll miss you, Foundry. Should you resurface in some form, whether in this game or another, don’t be a stranger, hey?
Though I am still waiting back on the verdict from the latest publisher I am trying Hottest Day on, I have another squee to share in the meantime. I have been extended a contract to start work on some RPG supplements to be posted later this year on DriveThruRPG!
If you haven’t heard of them, DriveThruRPG is a website specializing in posting supplements for RPG systems like Dungeons & Dragons, Pathfinder, and Vampire: The Masquerade. Both official rulebooks and supplements as well as those written by third party professionals can be found here. Though there is some self-interest in my suggesting you go poke at the site, it’s also a nifty place to find inspiration for your next RPG adventure.
We are also looking at getting it posted onto Open Gaming Store. Open Gaming Store is similar to DriveThruRPG, though its audience is slightly smaller and does not carry some of the bigger-name brands. That said, many of their indie rule sets are still compatible with Pathfinder, 5th Edition Dungeons & Dragons, and other popular game systems.
Finally, if we can figure out Amazon’s archaic rules, a hardcopy (as in literal book!) will be released there, as well.
I am treating this as my first big break into the industry and am really quite excited! The world of my novels-in-the-making will soon be available to play with your favorite RPG system! To give you a teaser (and there is self-interest in this preview as well), I’ll be posting the descriptions of the akor’mari race (as the race featured in Hottest Day...whenever that sees the light of day) as well as some locations from the island of Avaliet. Enjoy!
Whew! Today I worked long and hard transferring all of my past lore posts for Tamriel Rebuilt onto this blog. There are still a few missing that I will get back to in due time, but in the meantime, enjoy!
If you would like to discuss the lore, please, leave a comment! You can also follow me on Reddit, where I post my favorite Elder Scrolls shorts as I make them. And, of course, if you wish to know why I write so many of these, please check out the longstanding province mod Tamriel Rebuilt, which is available on Nexus for download and play.