A video long overdue…

This video is long overdue.

In January of this year we opened a GoFundMe campaign for my mother who was (and to some extent still is) going through some terrible times. Because of the cascade of events and how much she was giving in terms of time and money to help the people around her stay afloat, her life was falling apart.

We didn’t expect much when we opened the campaign. I remember telling my team mate, Chloe, that I’d be shocked and elated if we even broke $5,000. Imagine our surprise when together, you contributed $10,000 within the first 24hrs, and then when you all went on to contribute $21,000 in the month following.

A veil has been lifted from our eyes. We see you, and feel your love, and appreciate you. We might not know each of you, we might not be able to interact with you on an individual basis, but the feeling of love and gratitude is very real.

To everyone who donated or helped to spread the word, thank you. You’ve saved my mother from ruin, and saved my family.

 

—Benji and the Tale Foundry Team

“Song of the Blood-Bare Son”

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“From a Seedling of Cast-Off Self”

How does a species attain its perfection? What must mankind do to hurdle all barriers and begin its ascension? Under the guidance of their long-dead exemplar, a master and pupil embark on a journey to find out.

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5 Gods of H.P. Lovecraft’s Mythos

Lovecraft’s work is full of vast, incomprehensible cosmic entities. We won’t pretend to understand them per se, but this video provides a good primer on some of the most important of them.

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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

Are H.P. Lovecraft’s Mythos Actual Myth?

There’s something strange going on in Lovecraft’s mythos, behind the tentacles and cosmic dread. Something of mythological significance that few other writer have ever achieved… 

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“Solving” Science Fiction

For such an important and well-loved genre, sci-fi is rather difficult to define. Is it space opera? High-brow philosophical parables? Serious speculation about the future of technology? Is it all of those things? And then, what *isn’t* it?

In this episode, we attempt to “solve” this puzzling genre by answering one simple question: “what is science fiction?”

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3 Satire Styles of Don Quixote

We’ve already discussed the genius behind Don Quixote’s satire. Now it’s time for us to talk about how it *works*. Let’s dig into the three styles of satire that give Don Quixote its unique dynamic.

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How Don Quixote Breaks Satire

Long ago, before The Onion or Terry Pratchett, a Spanish author was playing with satire in ways the world had never seen before, and has hardly seen since. Miguel De Cervantes took the world by storm with his two-part novel: Don Quixote. In this video, we want to discuss how he did it.

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