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Magefable - an illustrated fantasy adventureFollow

#1 Jul 09 2012 at 11:10 PM Rating: Decent
I've been playing WoW and EQ for the past decade and all the Final Fantasy's since the first one in the late eighties. I write a series of books titled Magefable which I'm raising funds to publish on Kickstarter.com. It follows the adventures of two mice, one of which is a geomancer visiting the temples of the elementals in order to gain the power to defeat the cruel lion Sinvicious. The series is fully illustrated and is highly influenced by RPGs as well as the Redwall series of books. If you can, please check it out. Backers of my series can get signed copies of the books with their name printed on the thank you page, as well as bookmarks, trading cards, art prints, and more.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/772782854/magefable

Durbin has always dreamed of becoming a swashbuckling adventurer like his legendary father. But unfortunately he's stuck in the secluded valley forest of Verdancia, far away from the sway and swagger of the sea. On one fateful evening a mouse named Clove and her spear hog companion Herod stumble into his village. They had escaped from the terrible lion Sinvicious who wants to stop Clove before she can gain the full power of a geomancer--a mage with the ability to control the elements. Fire, water, wind, lightning, all can be controlled by a geomancer. They can fly, turn themselves invisible, make their skin as solid as rock, shift the earth, and even control life... Although all Clove can do at this point is make weeds move.

The next morning when Durbin awakes he finds Clove and Herod gone. Unable to resist the call of adventure, he journeys out into the woods to find them, dragging along his reluctant friend Morro the hedge hog, who would rather be sitting at home eating scones and berries. On their way they meet other new friends such as Reverie, a wounded sparrow who can mesmerize animals with his singing, and Bailey, a courageous and boisterous young squirrel who is hunting for a dragon to tame. But as Durbin and Morro seek Clove and Herod, so does Krochek the Hunter--the most vile, savage rat ever to emerge from Sinvicious's kingdom. Along with his horde of bloodthirsty rodents he will tear the forest apart in his effort to find them.

--Heimdall Thunderhammer
#2 Jul 10 2012 at 11:07 AM Rating: Good
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That doesn't sound like Final Fantasy 10 at all.
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#3 Jul 10 2012 at 11:17 PM Rating: Good
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Sounds like a really, really weird acid trip, and/or loony toons the RPG. Especially the part about the geomancer, since the art of Geomancy is, historically, using dirt to tell the future.
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Am I the only one who clicked on this thread expecting actual baby photos [of Jinte]? o.O

Except if it were baby photos, it would be like looking at before and afters of Michael Jackson. Only instead of turning into a white guy, he changes into a chick!
#4 Jul 11 2012 at 5:40 AM Rating: Good
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Lady Jinte wrote:
Sounds like a really, really weird acid trip, and/or loony toons the RPG. Especially the part about the geomancer, since the art of Geomancy is, historically, using dirt to tell the future.

That makes me think of the Image/Valiant crossover... Deathmate, I think it was called.
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#5 Jul 11 2012 at 10:47 AM Rating: Decent
lolgaxe wrote:
That doesn't sound like Final Fantasy 10 at all.


Thank you for taking the time to read and reply to my thread. I'm not certain where you got the idea that Magefable would sound anything like Final Fantasy 10, as I posted in the general Zam forum and never mentioned FFX specifically. I did, however, mention how the FF series in general has influenced the writing of the series. My main character is a geomancer, which is one of my favorite jobs from FF Tactics and a job which I felt has been underutilized in writing and art. I hope to give readers a new, unique view on what a geomancer can be. The rest of my characters are also influenced by the jobs of FF games, such as warriors, bards, archers, dragoons, etc., all which have been adapted to fit into the world that I created. Plus a lot of the mythology that I learned growing up due to FF is in this series, such the elemental gods Ifrit, Leviathan, Bahamut, etc.
#6 Jul 11 2012 at 10:59 AM Rating: Decent
Lady Jinte wrote:
Sounds like a really, really weird acid trip, and/or loony toons the RPG. Especially the part about the geomancer, since the art of Geomancy is, historically, using dirt to tell the future.


Historically most of the jobs in role playing games have a far more boring counterpart, for example shaman, wizard, alchemist, monk, bard, priest, druid, etc. The games would be completely different if they remained accurate to history. One of the purposes of writing and art is to redefine concepts, which I am doing with the concept of geomancy, as has been partially redefined in games such as FF Tactics.

My story also isn't a wacky slapstick that you would find in Loony Toons, but is influenced by works such as Redwall, Mouse Guard, and Watership Down, and even to some extent Warriors and Legends of the Guardians.
#7 Jul 11 2012 at 11:10 AM Rating: Decent
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Lady Jinte wrote:
Sounds like a really, really weird acid trip, and/or loony toons the RPG. Especially the part about the geomancer, since the art of Geomancy is, historically, using dirt to tell the future.

That makes me think of the Image/Valiant crossover... Deathmate, I think it was called.


I never read Deathmate, I wasn't a fan of Image due to Liefeld destroying New Mutants, one of the greatest comics ever, and turning it into the terrible series X-Force, plus most of the artists were lazy by never getting stuff done on time and wasted their talent illustrating terrible scripts when they went to Image. But I'm still vaguely familiar with Deathmate, not sure I see any connection though. I know of it being about a character from both Image and Valiant falling in love and destroying the universes of both comics...
#8 Jul 11 2012 at 12:20 PM Rating: Good
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No, there's no connection to your story. He mentioned geomancers historically using dirt to tell the future, and it reminded me of the comics, because that is probably my only experience reading about a geomancer aside from the Final Fantasy job. There is a Valiant Comics character who is a geomancer in the sense that Jinte pointed out. That's all. Sorry for the confusion.
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#9 Jul 11 2012 at 4:12 PM Rating: Good
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HeimdallThunderhammer wrote:
Lady Jinte wrote:
Sounds like a really, really weird acid trip, and/or loony toons the RPG. Especially the part about the geomancer, since the art of Geomancy is, historically, using dirt to tell the future.


Historically most of the jobs in role playing games have a far more boring counterpart, for example shaman, wizard, alchemist, monk, bard, priest, druid, etc. The games would be completely different if they remained accurate to history. One of the purposes of writing and art is to redefine concepts, which I am doing with the concept of geomancy, as has been partially redefined in games such as FF Tactics.

My story also isn't a wacky slapstick that you would find in Loony Toons, but is influenced by works such as Redwall, Mouse Guard, and Watership Down, and even to some extent Warriors and Legends of the Guardians.


I'm well aware of that, I was just making a joke about the awesome power of telling the future with dirt, because the likelihood of absolutely anyone actually donating money to a random kickstarter belonging to someone who's post count is less than 5 and is obviously a brand new user who knows nothing of the community, nor it's general etiquette, is zero. Hell, the number of people who'll give a @#%^ is less than 10. I'm sure you're well aware of this, but if you're not, you really should think before you post.

Also, you can quote multiple posts and reply with one, single post. Replying to every single post with a new post is really, really, really annoying.

edit: Also, spoonless. I'm still not a "he".

Edited, Jul 11th 2012 5:12pm by Jinte
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Am I the only one who clicked on this thread expecting actual baby photos [of Jinte]? o.O

Except if it were baby photos, it would be like looking at before and afters of Michael Jackson. Only instead of turning into a white guy, he changes into a chick!
#10 Jul 11 2012 at 5:27 PM Rating: Good
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It's posted in the correct forum, and it's not a canned spam promotion. The author is also responding to posts in the thread, so I don't really see an issue with it. You could just not open the thread anymore it it bothers you so. That'd probably work.

Apologies for using the wrong pronoun.

Edited, Jul 11th 2012 7:28pm by Spoonless
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#11 Jul 11 2012 at 8:58 PM Rating: Good
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Spoonless wrote:
It's posted in the correct forum, and it's not a canned spam promotion. The author is also responding to posts in the thread, so I don't really see an issue with it. You could just not open the thread anymore it it bothers you so. That'd probably work.

Apologies for using the wrong pronoun.

Edited, Jul 11th 2012 7:28pm by Spoonless

I don't have any issue with it, personally. Good luck to the OP. However, just because I'm an ass, does not make anything I said less true Smiley: laugh
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Reiterpallasch wrote:
Glitterhands wrote:
Am I the only one who clicked on this thread expecting actual baby photos [of Jinte]? o.O

Except if it were baby photos, it would be like looking at before and afters of Michael Jackson. Only instead of turning into a white guy, he changes into a chick!
#12 Jul 11 2012 at 11:24 PM Rating: Decent
Spoonless, thanks for the clarification, I get your reference now that I've read your response and researched Deathmate some more (although referencing that comic is far more obscure than the average 3 second Robot Chicken sketch,I must say hehe)

Jinte, I meant no insult to you with my response, I just wanted to clarify the direction of my novel, as it is a project that I've spent thousands of hours on and more than half a decade writing, illustrating, and designing. I completely understand that 99% of the people who read my post won't give a #*%@, but a few did click on my link and read about my project and saw my sample pages and realized that I made something pretty **** cool. Since I posted this here I've received ten new likes on Facebook, which opened my book up to a thousand new possible fans. I've also received one new backer, which brought me $35 closer to getting published (and that new fan is getting one sweet book). So for a post that cost me nothing more than a few minutes of time, that is well worth it and I'd definitely think about posting it again.

Also, to claim that I know nothing of the community -- sure, I just made my first post a couple days ago, but I've been using ZAM as my primary MMO resource for nearly a decade, since FFXI first came out. It's been a tremendous asset for me and one that I have long supported, and when I have the money to I hope to support ZAM by purchasing advertisements for Magefable.

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