Well. It has been a while. Last one of these I did was in March 2017, wasn’t it? My how the time flies. Anyway, I hope to get back to doing these with regularity . I’m going to try to do them on the 1st of every month for as long as I can. I’ve heard from people that they like the idea of it, and it really does give a chance to show off who has been active lately and get their stories out there.
While I’m at it I want to take the change to plug Losenis and his commissions here, take a look if such a thing interests you so this mans can finally afford some new video games: https://pastebin.com/VPD1jDNq
I leave you now with a Kikimora, because I like them.
The time has come, and so have I. And with me I bring a list of crap noone cares about, but which is nifty nonetheless.
The good bad and the ugly
2018 was an odd year, and it was certainly fun. Let’s take a look at TFTs traffic:
We are definitely getting more traffic still, although I think we may normalize from here on out. Tumblr shat the bed, other drama happened, Patreon is now wonky, mgewiki shut down. One thing that is certain is that we are losing overall hits but the unique visitors are very much the same and slightly growing, at about 1200 every single day. Each unique IP visits on average 11 times per day, so thats a good amount of retention, which is nice. TFT lost traffic especially from 2 incidents, the loss of mgewiki which brought us more traffic and also the addition of the tianmen massacre comments in the shoutbox, which lead to an immediate drop in chinese bots trying to flood and hack the site. To put it in milder terms, it was super effective.
Still, the biggest demographic is the US by a factor of 65%. The rest of you guys is spread all over with a slight emphasis on english speaking countries. This should not be much of a surprise. I have yet to see any monstergirl smut in hebrew or afrikaans.
The first ones had news articles written, Duke became a legend and meme unto itself, but the chinese actually took the cake. Have another sheet of numbers:Some interesting tidbits here, you will note a large drop in hits and bandwidth after october, that is by adding those mentions about the tianmen square massacre in chinese letters to the shoutbox. I would have never dreamt it would have that much of an impact, but there we go. The Unique Visitors in relation did not nearly take as massive of a hit. Some of you may recall the site behaving a little bit unstable, sometimes throwing a “Service Unavailable”. That was actually caused by floods of chinese bots hitting TFT all at once, partially trying to brute force hack into the site. The visitor stats from january and february are still affected by the servermove.
Also TFT served technically a whopping 2,8 Terabyte of porn.
Where do we go from here?
Still the same heading, TFT will remain a free stable hosting platform for stories and artwork. Things I would love to do in 2019 include maybe reaching enough patreons to afford another server upgrade and also maybe a redesign of the page. The current layout is pretty simple and it is getting cluttered. Maybe it will be possible to select a theme in the future, I don’t know, because I will actually have to consult an expert on this due to the sheer size of the site. One request I have heard multiple times for example is some kind of dark theme that would be easier on the eyes at night. At least that is something we should be able to do.
A big thing I would like to announce officially for the first time outside of the Discord is that I am working on a Monstergirl related game. I don’t have too much eyecandy yet because most of the work is being done on the backend, coding the groundwork, things like Save/Load functions, Inventory handling, smooth 3d movement in grids, making sure we can load our dungeons properly, etc…
But we are looking at a 4 man development team working for the past 3 months and there is steady progress each month. We are pretty sure we can have a working Alpha out quite early next year since 80% of the most important crap is already done. We are using Unity as engine (not some gamemaker stuff) and the game itself is an RPG style dungeoncrawler with a focus on capturing Monstergirls and using them as fighters in your own party or having them work in your city. And yes, you can be a pimp.
Overall I would like to also have a gaming section on TFT, maybe with proper reviews or even downloads for some of the smaller games out there, god knows there is enough interest for it.
For now, if you want to explicitly support development, I have added a tier on the TFT Patreon. Later on once the game can be released I will have the game run on it’s own Patreon so we can hand out rewards in a proper fashion. As of now, if you want to have some info on the game development, please register and join our Discord.
And now it’s time to buy some beer and get ready to blow shit up around midnight.
Please login to TFT and vote for your favourites below. Each user has up to 3 votes. 1st place will get a 20$ Steam gift, 2nd and 3rd will net a 10$ Steam gift. Winners will be contacted next week. Big shoutout to Coyo for sponsoring this event and enabling us to hand out larger prizes.
Select up to 3 of your favourite christmas entries
We secured an artist this year to provide us with some nice artwork for the holidays. It will be wholesome, it will be cute, it will be everything you ever wanted. At least for this month. Patreon makes it happen. So if you want to throw a few shekels our way to make these things happen more often, please do so.
So what to do to get involved? Sign up or login to your account – upper left side – and you will have a free vote for one option below. The poll ends on christmas and the winning option will be drawn by the artist in the following days.
I know from experience, some people have issues when registering new accounts, make sure to use the “forgot password” option, even if you get no confirmation mail… you should get one after that.
As for the topic, we are going with Christmas Presents. Naughty or Nice. Do note that naughty in this context doesn’t necessarily mean lewd.
the next speed writing is coming up. The past have been well received.
So I am happy to announce the next one.
Thanks to Coyo, who donated a bit to this event, the prizes for this speed writing are a bit higher than usual.
Time and Date Saturday the 22nd of December
Midnight GMT+1 (saturday to sunday)
Prizes Due to the donation made, the prizes are doubled.
Meaning, 20 bucks for 1st and 10 for 2nd and 3rd place.
Remember, if you have won previously and did not choose a prize, it is automatically saved in your own “winners piggybank”. You can then, any time, choose something on steam, donate it to an event or gift it to another person.
as promised, after the last speed writing contest, here the announcement for our November speed writing.
Saturday, 24th of November
midnight GMT +1
As usual the topic will be announced in Discord with the go of 2 hours to write. Stories will then be put up to a poll the day after, with a weeks duration.
Prizes are again 10 bucks for first place and 5 bucks for second and third.
People who entered anything into the Halloween event, still have 1 additional vote during the poll. (This benefit will last till after the Christmas event)
As an additional note; if you should be one of the winners and can’t find anything to your liking for your cash amount, you can save it up. (Your own personal winners piggybank). Or if you should wish, you can transfer it to anyone or donate it for future events.
One big fat thank you to all who participated, we hope you had fun doing something nonstandard. We had 6 entries in the end and everyone who joined will have a lot more voting power for the 2018 christmas artwork that will get commissioned.
The length between the last two competitions was slightly longer than I had originally intended due to going on holidays, but I’m interested to know what people would like. The next competition will be held in late January/ early February sometime, but moving forward from there I can change the length between them based on the results of the poll.
As always, feel free to send me any suggestions you might have for the competitions in general either in the comments on this post or in the Discord.