The New Year

This is an interesting way to kick off 2018…

To a lot of you it may look like the foundry didn’t ring in the new year at all. Our channel and most of our social media has been radio silent for probably weeks at this point. We haven’t alluded to any additional content, and we haven’t provided any explanation for our absence.

The truth is that we’ve been swamped with Tale Foundry work. Between the production of the second H.P. Lovecraft video and a metric gigaton of updates, we’ve scarcely had time to breathe.

 

What’s Been Going on at the Foundry?

For starters, we’ve been working hard to overhaul our Patreon. We always felt the rewards system we had in place was a little anemic, so we’ve instituted this monster to make up the difference:

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And this is really the thing that’s been eating up most of our time for the last several weeks. It’s a lot to introduce in one fell swoop, so there was a lot of preparation to do. Now that the bomb’s been dropped, we can slowly start to shift back into work as usual (with the caveat of sending out tons of rewards all the time).

But there are also some other changes you should probably know about, because they’re also really exciting, and have also cost us a significant amount of time:

 

The Other Stuff

  • Goals: we’ve updated our goals on Patreon to include the creation of an official Tale Foundry book, an graphically updated and organized (but still fan-run) reddit page, an official Tale Foundry forum, hardware upgrades, better graphics for stories, a second behind-the-scenes channel, live appearances at conventions (and book signings, etc.), better merchandise, fan-written stories on the main channel, and finally the exploration of the foundry.
  • Upload Schedule: we’ve officially changed our upload schedule (although we have yet to pick through all of our websites and change the information on them to reflect this; expect that change soon as well). We’re no longer attempting to upload our three-part series by-the-month. The content we produce requires a lot of work. Trying to squeeze it all into such an ambitiously short timeframe was both piling unnecessary stress onto us and hurting the quality of our work. So expect 1-2 videos a month going forward and our series to be a little more sporadically-spaced from this point on. This should also allow us the freedom to consider one-shot episodes and more experimental pieces now and then, although that’s only a possibility right now, not a probability. Not yet.
  • New Design: we’ve added a new design to our store! It was created for us by the lovely Molecula and will be available as an alternative on most of the items we offer.

So… that’s a lot in a very short timeframe. Needless to say, our attention’s been a little divided. Thanks for being so patient with us while we perpetually try to improve the show and reward the community.

We love all of you. Here’s to everything we made in 2017, and everything we’ll make in the year to come.
—The Tale Foundry Team

50,000 Subscribers Giveaway!

50,000SubsGiveAwayAlright! We promised there were felicitations on the way, and here they are: https://goo.gl/forms/45VHqpItaxizVEL63

Recently we broke 50,000 subscribers on Youtube. That’s half-way to a silver play button. This is… really big for us. So to celebrate all the love and support we’ve been getting from our community, here! Free things!

Or… free thing.

We’re giving away a Tale Foundry hoodie to a lucky fan! Just follow the link and fill in the form! We’ll draw and announce a winner at random two weeks from now (6/20)! More info in the link.

—The Tale Foundry Team

[legal note: WordPress has no legal obligation to this giveaway or its participants. All information involved in this giveaway will be released to Tale Foundry, not to WordPress. Participants must be 18 years or older, and must live in the United States]

6 Mythological Invaders of Ireland

Wherein we thoroughly abridge Irish pseudohistory. If you want to find more information (and more ideas) yourself, check the Credit/Attribution section below.

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***View the video description on Youtube for sources/attributions/additional information***

We are One Year Old!

17270358_10212187992871950_2079505387_n.pngAs of today, Tale Foundry is one year old!
 
On behalf of everyone at the Foundry, we thank you for a year worth of wonderful creative thinking and writing. We are privileged to have such supportive fans and enjoyed seeing the many minds we inspired this year.
We invite you to share your stories with us by posting them on Tumblr with the “keep making stuff up” tag, or by submitting them here: https://goo.gl/ynaE9V. The same goes for any alternative art for stories you may have been inspired to create or any general fan art. We want to see what we have inspired you to do!
Thank you.

We’re One Year Old Tomorrow!

Tomorrow marks one full year since we posted our first episode! We believe that this is a major cause for celebration and we want you to join in.

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We invite you to share your stories with us by posting them on Tumblr with the “keep making stuff up” tag, or by submitting them here: https://goo.gl/ynaE9V. The same goes for any alternative art for stories you may have been inspired to create or any general fan art. We want to see what we have inspired you to do!

At the bottom are the links to all of our series. We’ve had a great time letting our creative juices flow with you this past year and we can’t wait to see how well the upcoming year goes!

Thank you, everyone.

Chloe, Happy Human Helper

Celtic Folklore

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLegyBq4Mvn-YplUq8htcQh9-RZJn4CJ4X

Game of Thrones

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLegyBq4Mvn-YagUCJ6fIFQUOZT_46vqLC

Weird Fiction

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLegyBq4Mvn-aBqWzHwiUiKvaczsW6riLt

American Mythology

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLegyBq4Mvn-Y4LDaObCud7smW86aKy1lX

Pokémon

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLegyBq4Mvn-YHtheCuzlwNinJ4_G-jiod

Creepy Pasta

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLegyBq4Mvn-YjkHXRlo5HhZSEuJytO2vC

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLegyBq4Mvn-apySLXczOQxjuqM3nwfe92

Westworld

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLegyBq4Mvn-ao21hH5cn63Jy8FgK-dayr

Time for an Upgrade

Nothing big, mind you, but an upgrade all the same.

Lately we’ve been struggling with our Something Interesting posts. They’re a joy to do research for and to share, but focus is somewhat… divided at the foundry right now. We’re caught somewhere between information dispenser and writing prompt generator.

We want to fix that.

Unfortunately, fixing that also means doing away with our Something Interesting blurbs. Which is a shame. We really enjoyed them, and we know you really enjoyed them as well. Fortunately this also means we’ll have more time to spend with our community. Rather than just spoon-feeding you interesting factoids, we’re planning to do more in the way of getting you lot involved.

First and foremost, we want to involve you in the creation of our stories, so starting with our next video series (yet to be announced) we’ll be sharing “think-tank” posts, if you will, where we explain some of themes we’re looking for and some of the info we’re working with, and then look to the community for ideas.

Secondly, we want to put more emphasis on your personal work. This means more short fiction prompts, more fan stories, more calls for submissions, etc., etc..

Finally, we want to spend more time talking to you, mostly in the form of more frequent Q&A calls and discussion posts.

So not a tremendous change, but hopefully an important one nonetheless.

How does this sound to you? Are you looking forward to the new posts, or do think you’ll feel a little bereft without the Something Interesting blurbs in your feed?