WordPress fucked the search menu

Seems like the new update kind of performed a critical hit on the basic search functionality. This affects the Library and the upper Main Menubar search button.

In order to give you folks a quick and dirty workaround until the developers unfuck their crap, in the upper right corner on the right sidebar, there is now a search field on top of the Patreon link.

It is not ideal, but it will work for now. I will try to figure out if I can do something from my side.

addendum – Shoutbox is also wonky but still working. Fucks sake. If this does not improve, I might overhaul the whole site this week.

~SnowDrakE

Competition 5 – Automatons and Soldier Beetles are cute

Hot damn we’re back for another competition lads and this is one I’ve been thinking about running for a while now. If you’ve been keeping up with the competition channel in the discord you might already know but here’s the official announcement for my 5th writing competition: Soldier Beetles and Automatons. Cute and underappreciated monster girls.

pretty sure my exact words were “a quick black and white sketch” but go off, .less

This competition will be a writing only competition again. Looking back at past competitions, the art side really didn’t get that much engagement in the end and by moving to writing only I can afford to run more competitions more often. Sorry to those who were looking forward to the art side.

As always the competition will run for 30 days and will end at around 1300 UTC because that time is good for me and not really any other reason. My competition, my rules. Sorry that’s just how it is.


Rules for Writing:

Must have a Soldier Beetle and/or Automaton as a major characters (main character, or main love interest etc.).
Whichever is not a major character must be involved somehow (side character etc.)
The story must involve someone eating some sort of fruit.
Story must end in a “good end” (can involve suffering, but at least end with them in a good place).
No NTR.
No re-use of already written/published stories.
Maximum 25,000 words length.

How to enter:

Submit your story to me via the TFT Discord preferably via PMing it to me directly. If you don’t have or want to use Discord, you can use the Contact Page on the site and in that case please make sure to mark that it’s for this competition and use a valid email address so I can get back to you.

When will the competition end:

1300 UTC October 2nd 2020. Judging will go for two weeks following, with the results announced on the 16th of October.

Prizes to be won:

The prizes have changed somewhat this time
1st Place – $50 USD of gifted games on your choice of Steam or GoG
2nd Place – $30 USD of gifted games on your choice of Steam or GoG
3rd Place – $10 USD of gifted games on your choice of Steam or GoG

How the judging will work:

Entries will be judged by a group of 3 judges who will not be participating in the competition.


Here we go lads! I wasn’t able to coerce persuade any artists I know to do an art commission as a prize for this competition, but I’ll endeavour to find someone for next time. It’s fun to give out alternate prizes, but I just couldn’t swing it this time. I am however happy that I managed to get this competition going, this is the sort of pace I’m planning on. 4 weeks comp, 2 weeks judging, 2 weeks break and then repeat. I’ve got at least 4 more competitions lined up so I hope I can see it through.

Now some of you might have guessed, but this competition was in no small part inspired by the art of Latenight who draws some super duper cute as girls. Go check the guy out, but I assume most of you are already familiar with his art, it is never not good.

i want to pet a soldier beetle so bad they’re so damn cute
automatons also get the pat even if it is silly to pat a golem

Angels Competition Results!

It is results time people, and once again I’d like to thank everyone who entered this time. With fourteen entrants into the competition, not only is this the single most amount of entrants we’ve had in one competition by far, but it’s also more than the last two competitions put together.

First, the lineup of entrants:

STUGLife – Angelic Pizza: https://pastebin.com/pnWbsiuD
Choruss – Love baked Muffin: https://pastebin.com/WAqagqhw
Deecomputer- Untitled: Download the .rtf file of this entry here!
Eins – To be a Rock and not Roll: https://touchfluffytail.org/?story=to-be-a-rock-and-not-to-roll
TheGuyWithTHeFace – The Great Biblical Bake Off: Download the .pdf file of this entry here!
Laaren – Heavensent: https://pastebin.com/GeDujD5q
Aftyn – Untitled: https://pastebin.com/t1wHKjXw
Sparkbomber – Outside of New Heaven: Download the .docx file of this entry here!
Astrumratio – A Blessed Curse: https://pastebin.com/qqrV5dDA
Discreet – Duty: Download the .docx file of this entry here!
LightningFlare – Opportunity Awaits: http://touchfluffytail.org/?story=opportunity-awaits
PortBaron – Untitled: Download the .docx file of this story here!
.less – Vantage: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1bYn8ysWaAavthsjeDZ5pa6L53wXpXBHtI20nMw_G0Js/edit?usp=sharing
Breakaway Republic & Noizyboy – Flechas Dulche: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1jmiQc-99lsskiGL1Xr9J7sJm4p_5oNzfvsfuSWOlM-I/edit?usp=drivesdk&ouid=117130665000997863110


Judging was done by four judges this time; EyePop, Sukiru, RSerenity and myself. Like the previous two competitions, entries were scored one a point system which this time was 1-14, with a lower score being better.

Writing

1st Place – PortBaron (16 points)
2nd Place – TheGuyWithTheFace (19 points)
3rd Place – Laaren (19 points)

4th Place – Eins
5th Place – BreakawayRepublic & NoizyBoy
6th Place – LightningFlare
7th Place – .less
8th Place – Aftyn
9th Place – Discreet
10th Place – Deecomputer
11th Place – Choruss
12th Place – Astrumratio
13th Place – Sparkbomber
14th Place – STUGLife

This time again we ended up with a tie in the top 3, which was broken by which entry had more higher ranks and got us the results we see here.

All judges will provide feedback to the entrants on request and I know that EyePop and RSerenity have both written quite an amount of feedback for all.


Winners will be contacted shortly for prize distribution.

Huge thank you to everyone that entered, judged, read the stories and everyone that was patient with the minor delays we had towards the end here. This was a massive turn out for one of these competitions with some quite hefty entrants but I had a blast reading everyone’s stories, so really thank you all.

Also as I was asked to do more contests at one point consider this the two week warning for the next competition. I’m going to try and shoot for a comp every 2nd or 3rd month until I’m too broke to keep this up. 

And as always, if you have any questions, or suggestions for the competitions do not hesitate to hit me up on the site or on discord!

next comp will be something do do with bugs
perhaps both figurative and literal?

Angel Writing Competition!

It has only been well over a year but I’m finally once again in a financial position to be able to run competitions again which means it’s time for the fourth competition: Angels! Originally I was going to run another competition between the last one and Angels, but in the year since I’ve absolutely forgotten what the subject was going to be for it and never wrote it down so here we are.

                        .less i asked you for a quick sketch you didn’t need to go in this hard

This competition will be writing only, but from the next I’ll be returning to the Writing and Art format.

Just like the last times, the competition will run for 30 days ending at around 0100

UTC (for the record, I choose these times because they’re the most convenient for me living in Australia).

Rules for Writing:

Must involve some type of Angel as a major character (main character, or main love interest etc.).
The story must involve someone baking some sort of baked goods.
Story must end in a “good end” (can involve suffering, but at least end with them in a good place).
No NTR.
No re-use of already written/published stories.
Maximum 25,000 words length.

How to enter:

Submit your story to me via the TFT Discord preferably via PMing it to me directly. If you don’t have or want to use Discord, you can use the Contact Page on the site and in that case please make sure to mark that it’s for this competition and use a valid email address so I can get back to you.

When will the competition end:

On the 31st of July at around 0100 UTC (I’ll give a more specific time closer to the end date). Judging will go for two weeks following, with the results announced on the 14th of August.

Prizes to be won:

The prizes have changed somewhat this time
1st Place – A full body sketch from resident TFT artist Sucaciic
2nd Place – $30 USD of gifted games on your choice of Steam or GoG
3rd Place – $10 USD of gifted games on your choice of Steam or GoG

Sucaciic’s (some of you might know them as Acciid in the discord) works can be found here. Making the move to gifted games because I can no longer reliably purchase USD gift cards for steam.

How the judging will work:

Entries will be judged by a group of 3 judges who will not be participating in the competition. No, .less, you can’t be one of the judges.

And we’re off! As always, if you have any questions at all about the competition don’t hesitate to hit me up on the discord.

It has been far too long since the last one so I’m super keen to get this one on. Angels has been a heavily requested subject so it’s about time I got to it. I’d been in discussions for a while on how best to update the prizes of the competition so I’m glad that I could work something better out (also find an artist willing to participate).

i swear to god less you better enter after
begging me to do an angel competition for so long

Adventures Across Time – Returning to the Present (Results!)

I feel obligated to apologize profusely for the delay in finalizing this contest. Part of this delay was due to me suddenly coming down with sickness the previous week. Now I must say that there was a lot of enthusiasm in the community for this competition’s writing prompt, however, other obligations in life obstructed many of our potential contestants. Thus, the turnout ended up being dismally below my expectations. But despite this, I am remaining a man of my word, so instead of cancelling the competition the contestants that did participate will be rewarded.

  • First Place goes to long time writer of this site Coyo with the Time Squad-esque romp Chrono-Crisis.
  • Second Place goes to a newcomer to our community that (currently) goes by SuperDan56 on Discord with the western Love Birds.
  • Third Place goes to a writer with a bright future in this community, Laaren, with the story Perspective
  • Fourth Place unfortunately goes to no one.

The Judges for this competition were myself and the writers Monte Carlo (a certified Historian) and Sukiru Ikeda. The two entries were rated on two 5 point scales, one for overall plot and the other for the overall utilization of history.

Winners will be contacted shortly for prize distribution. Despite the poor turnout for this competition I look forward to hosting another writing event in the future and hope that historical fiction will continue to find an audience on TFT.

First major maintenance 2020

I will implement a whole lot of updates and a new WordPress release today. Shit may break. Currently running large scale backups for the site and I will have a go at it. In case something is wonky, just wait for 15 minutes and refresh.

large site is large

Maintenance should be over within the next 3 hours, heads up will be given on Discord.

~SnowDrakE