Kikimora and Satyros Competition Results

It’s been two weeks to the day so it sounds like it’s time to get these results out. There was 8 stories and 3 art submissions in the end and here they are, starting with the art:

That's just the title he gave me
gfgfgghgrtrtyty by A.D.I.D.A.S
Satyr by Axem
The Gloom Lifts by Ehrrr

And the story submissions:

AceTheWritefag – http://touchfluffytail.org/?story=kiki-and-brianna
C Nile Skeleton – https://pastebin.com/AGbbDdYN
JadedWidower – https://pastebin.com/tFKdaXXe
Losenis – http://touchfluffytail.org/?story=i-see-something
Moongrim – https://pastebin.com/SAM11EjC
Pundalin – https://pastebin.com/0qSNUmd6
Tachaerus – http://touchfluffytail.org/?story=uncertain-hearts
YearoftheAwoo – http://touchfluffytail.org/?story=service-interruption


Judging for both categories was done by 4 judges (Myself, Bob, TwoHeavens and AnonMD)  and the results are as follows:

Art

Placing was done by a round table discussion from all four judges until a unanimous decision was reached.

1st place – Ehrr
2nd place – Axem
3rd place – A.D.I.D.A.S

Writing

Scoring for written submissions was done through four categories: Technical, Tone, Plot and Characters each given a score out of 5, which were then added for a total score out of 20 for each judge. Final scores were the average of all judges scores for the piece.

1st place – Lose (15 points)
2nd  place– YearoftheAwoo (13.33 points)
3rd  place– Tachaerus – 13 points)

AcetheWriteFag (12.67 points)
Pundalin (12.33 points)
JadedWidower (11.67 points)
Moongrim (5.33 points)
C Nile Skeleton (3.33 points)

Please don’t hesitate to contact the judges for further feedback and a breakdown of the scores from any of the judges.


I will be contacting the winners shortly to get their prizes out to them.

Most of all, I would like to thank everyone who has participated in the competition, writers, artists and judges alike. It started as a drunken plan one evening but I’ve really enjoyed this competition. It was my first time running anything like this so sorry if things were not as organised as they possibly could be. I’ll try to do better in the next one I intend to run in a few months from now!

Russian MG group celebrates 5 year Anniversary

I was contacted by the Admin of the russian MG community on VKontakte (russian facebook basically) and they are celebrating their 5th anniversary today!

What does this mean for you? Mainly, they are launching their own Discord server today. Some of their members also speak english and there are some english channels to accommodate visitors, so if you are curious, check them out.

You will find their link permanently added to the Links page.

https://vk.com/mge_group

https://discord.gg/Mx45m4K

от души́ поздравля́ю!

~SnowDrakE

Bigger galleries and a new way to browse

So this was one busy week for me and I am proud to finally announce some upgrades to TFT!

First off, I have retired the Search Stories page from the menu, since it wasn’t widely used. However I have a solid replacement that I scouted a month earlier and now grabbed… I present to y’all the Library

click me like one of your french girls

This is a fairly big upgrade to the way you can browse stories and it is necessary due to the sheer amount of content we have now. 1091 stories and growing. The Latest Stories listing is a bit nicer on the eyes and also shows banner artwork, but it worked better when we didn’t have several hundreds of entries. Furthermore, the content filters are nestled in a nice dropdown menu in the left corner, which is why the Search Stories page is now obsolete.

Downsides there that I am not terribly happy about is that the Tags and Author column isn’t searchable, which is a performance limitation. I can enable it but I have seen page load times increase to over 20 seconds and for the amount of traffic we get it is simply not doable. I don’t want to set fire to the server just yet.

Another sideeffect of the implementation is that I can now offer a wider Gallery view without the right sidebar to all hosted artists. If you want to have a look, .Less has already requested the new layout. Poke me on Discord if you want to transition, takes less than 2 minutes but it may make some design changes on your side necessary.

wider than your waifus hips

Last but not least, the servers were paid for another 3 months. This upgrade plus the hosting was funded almost completely by Patreon, so this is again a big fat thank you for all our supporters!

~SnowDrakE

Kikimora and Satyros Writing/Art Competition!

Howdy people, MiFi0 here to finally announce the competition I’ve been talking about for at least a month now.

The competition will run for 30 days, ending on the 2nd of May and Art and Writing will be judged separately for obvious reasons. Now let’s get into the rules.

Rules for Writing:

Must involve Kikimora and/or Satyros as major characters (main character or main love interest etc.).
Whichever is not a major character must be involved somehow (side character etc.)
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.

Rules for Art:

Must involve Kikimora and/or Satyros as the main focus of the art.
No gore/NTR.
No re-use of already drawn/published art.

One submission per category, per person. This means you can enter in both Art and Writing, if you so wish. Outside of this, go for broke. I wanted to leave it as open as possible for people.

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:

Sometime during the 2nd of May. Judging will go for two weeks following, with the results announced on the 16th of May.

Prizes to be won:

In an inebriated state I declared that the prizes would be as follows
1st Place – $50 Steam Voucher and one free Humble Bundle Key from my long list of unclaimed keys
2nd Place – $20 Steam Voucher and a free Humble Bundle Key
3rd Place – A free Humble Bundle Key

Click here if you wanna see all the keys I have up for grabs, I seriously have so many unclaimed keys. The prize pools are separate for Art and Writing, but the prizes for each place are the same for both.

How will the judging work:

Entries will be judged by a group of four judges who will not be participating in the competition. Art and Writing will be judged separately.

Have fun guys and if you have any questions at all about the competition, please don’t hesitate to contact me on Discord. 

This competition brought to you by my tradition of getting drunk and making poor financial decisions that I still follow through with when sober.

Adrift Character Spotlight – Cole

”We won’t know until we try.”

Curious yet cautious, childish yet responsible, smart yet dorky, genre-savvy yet not self-aware.

He’s easily the protagonist I’ve had most fun writing in my life, even though ”fun” doesn’t mean ”easy”. When writing a protagonist, I usually live by two golden rules: ”Do Not Create A Mary Sue” and ”Do not create a Hero Archetype”, as I strongly dislike both, but they tend to seep into my works easily.

Because of that, I was quite nervous when creating Cole; breaking my usual pace of making one big character sheet for myself before I even lay down the first line of the story, I thought that he would come out as a huge mess. And even after all these chapters, I still do wonder if I am doing it right. So I’ll say I am quite glad of where he ended in the poll; not the most popular character, yet not the most unpopular either.

From the very beginning, the base idea that gave birth to Cole was, to put it like this, ”My own concept of the Everydude”, which may not match the Trope Conventions or even its conventional archetypes. But that idea was hard to balance on story, as if I steered too much towards my own concept, I could had ended up with an Self-Insert Protagonist (something I utterly despise), but if I went too far into the Everydude side, I would’ve ended up with a Kind of Indistinct and Rarely Interesting Type of Oxymoron (or K.I.R.I.T.O. for short, tee hee), who is so tailored to appeal to all audiences that he’s got no personality of its own beyond ”The Hero of this Story™”, so the big struggle was keeping him on a middle point between the two, and have him show his traits rather than tell the reader about them.

That aside, as the only member of the cast (besides Mizelle) without any real knowledge of the societies and common knowledge that the others have. But at the same time, he has his own knowledge; his own set of skills. And while these don’t turn him into an ass-kicking badass, they prevent him from becoming a useless bag of tag-along, constantly in need of others’ protection.

Similarly to Zalura, if I had to use one word to describe Cole that would be ”Ingenious” (Not Ingenuous, that’s something else). He’s no genius or gifted all-knower, all he has is the simple skill of understanding that which surrounds him through analysis, trial and error, and in doing such, learns how to make use of it, or even what wholly different use said medium on a way mayhaps not yet thought of. And this applies to everything; from the functioning of an Unit, to Haudrica’s behavior, to the purpose of the Phylactery. All of these are questions he has, and that he does not expect to get an all-encompassing answer, but a tiny fragment of plausible truth which in time gives place to other questions.

All of that WOULD make him a rather intellectual and philosophical type of character…. emphasis on WOULD. He simply does not take himself, or even his entire situation, with the degree of seriousness most people in such situation would show, and while he knows when to get serious, if the situation doesn’t call for it, he will usually regard what surrounds him with the same kind of eagerness and childish curiosity as your average gamer exploring a new open world map. And this leads us to another of his traits; his genre-savviness. 

Games, movies, manga, anime, and to some extent, books and novels (and I admit this is the part of his character that strongest resembles my own self; write what you know, after all). He has enough grasp of fiction to draw parallels with his own ordeal, which in time serve to give him some psychological grounding that spares him the more basic fear of the unknown a non-savvy person would show in such situation. However, he is not so savvy as to being self-aware, or consider his situation as silly, or maybe even unreal. And yes, such savviness creates ”an expectation of the unknown”, which he yearns to explore for the sake of answering the very simple questions of ”What lies over there? What is that? Why is this here? How did this happen? What does this do? Who were this people?” whose answers will only serve to fuel his curiosity even more.

But, like with all the other members of the cast, this is but the base; the basic concept from which he will develop as a character.

So, once again I ask the questions (albeit some slightly different ones): What is that you find engaging in Cole? Is he a proper protagonist? Do you feel he is a relatable character? Is there something specific of him that’s the main point of interest? Any details in particular you might want to know about him? I’d like to hear your thoughts on this at the comments.

Cloud Server Upgrade!

Soooooo, I did mention last month that we’re a pretty big site. I recieved a nice mail yesterday from the hoster telling me that we were basically over 170% database capacity, things like that don’t happen overnight, so I am happy they didn’t start throwing a tantrum last year. Thumbs up.

However this is forcing me to upgrade the server sooner than expected. There is no bigger hosting package on the level I purchased, so we’re now going to get hosted in the cloud. Things that are awesome about this:

  • Unlimited database size (eff yes!)
  • Webspace upgraded from 30GB to 40GB (thats not an issue… yet but nice to have)
  • Dedicated server memory (more)
  • Dedicated server CPU cores (MORE!)

I already flipped the switch on the upgrade, which will be performed by support obviously, not me. I checked and there should be no downtime, so the impact for you guys should be minimal. Worst case the namespace won’t properly switch over for a while (different IP) but that should also be nearly instant since it’s served by the same hosting company.

Important warning for all authors and artists – Please don’t do anything on the site until this upgrade is complete (I was told about 2 days) because anything added during the transition period may get lost in the transfer! Do not upload stuff.

This would have all been virtually impossible without the Patreon support I have recieved and I want to give a big fat thank you to everyone. Now you can actually go and say that you did this.

Cross your fingers, we’re going in dry.

~SnowDrakE