I've a few big questions I haven't been talking about as often as I should. Frankly, I was waiting for the next issue of the Siontix Newsletter to get some things off my chest, but I feel that I best just speak now about a couple of matters.
No, there's no specific theme here; I just wish to answer some pending questions in general. I will, of course, tackle the biggest questions first:
1. What of the F-Zero: Seppuku RPG?
Ever since late 2013, there's been talk of an F-Zero: Seppuku spin-off RPG title. The plan was originally to create an RPG that captures the moments of the entire Seppuku Saga, then later developed into an idea where the player would take control of Lynn Flower in the Part 4/3 era. A year ago, one may recall that a lot was being produced in terms of the RPG, primarily portraits:
As one might imagine, a story as massive and qualitative as F-Zero: Seppuku, rightfully so, deserved a massive and qualitative RPG. This is where the issue arises. Since the completion of F-Zero: Seppuku, there seems to have been a surge in Nintendo take downs of fan-made titles. Just today, in fact, they pulled a fan-made Pokemon title for little to no reason. While I respect their desire to remove titles that potentially harm revenue, I can almost say with 100% certainty that these past examples have been nothing short of corporate belligerence--not due to revenue damage.
Be that as it may, I've seen enough to tell that by creating an RPG based around Nintendo's F-Zero universe (despite how original the Seppuku Universe is,) we'd be willingly walking into the same tunnel of hell that so many other Nintendo fan developers have. I fear that by making an F-Zero: Seppuku RPG, we'd simply gain support, fans, and then meet the same death that other titles have. With that being said, the story F-Zero: Seppuku itself could come under fire due to corporate belligerance. All in all, the risk does not seem worth the time it'd take to develop the game, henceforth the Seppuku RPG is almost effectively canceled
I have no confirmed with my team (aka Koopatrol) whether or not to make its cancellation official, nor do I plan to, but as of this current moment I would rather produce an RPG with him that is of an original idea--not F-Zero. This could mean a future EngelReise or Shrouded Piety title--if not literally a completely fresh idea.
Could an F-Zero: Seppuku RPG ever exist one day? Potentially, but the fact of the matter is that it would not be of such quality as originally planned; for I simply don't see the risk worth it.
The short answer: You should probably just forget about this.
But take heart, my friends. I have, in the RPG's place, decided to expand what kind of future Seppuku Tales we may see. Since there will be no RPG, we will likely see Seppuku Tales covering things (the Goroh-Guster Smuggler War, Clover-Sarah, etc.) in the form of literature, rather than a game.
2. Where is the 'Survivor' addition to Seppuku Tales?
Far more than a year ago I produced this illustration for a Seppuku Tale titled 'Survivor' which would take place a few months after the events of Part 3/3. It would be a Lt. Seppuku centered Tale on the jungle surface of uncolonized Green Plant.
I've been asked about this Tale a lot, evidently. The simple response I've been hesitating to give is that, for the most part, it is canceled
. This is a shame, too, as there was a lot of support going for this particular Tale in the beginning.
The fact of the matter is that I did try my hardest to write this Tale, but it's far easier said than written. The problem is that unlike any other literary pieces I've written, this Tale would have featured a single
character for 6-8k words. Even worse is that it takes place on the barren surface of Green Plant, with only the crashed Falcon Flyer
adding onto scenery. By all means, I could make this work, but the actual work and time I'd need to put into the Tale just didn't/doesn't seem worth it.
I feel the point of literature should be to answer questions people have, as in: "What would ____ be doing during ____?" This is why Tales such as 'Rose & Excalibur' exist; that Tale answers the question: "How would Rose and Excalibur interact on a date, per se; and what does the average day aboard Black Shadow's ship look like for Rose?" In Survivor's case, there are very few questions to ask that couldn't already be easily predicted. We all know that Seppuku ends up alright, and we all know it sucks wherever he is. With only his inner monologue to give us information and such, it'd just be a Tale of never ending exposition.
In short: This is also cancelled so that we can focus on EngelReise, Shrouded Piety, Seppuku editing, and Seppuku Tales.
3. When do I resume my readings of Ultimate F-ZERO
Anytime, generally. The problem has been what it always is, I'm trying to use my time as efficiently as possible. If I have the energy to write/draw, I will do that before anything else; this is assuming I'm not busy in the first place. I never read if I'm in a creative mood, and I never will.
If I am free from work and in a creative mood, such time will always go toward my own creations. There exists the 'problem.' I could and should read Ultimate F-ZERO whenever I can, but then that time really only comes when I'm free and not in the mood to create. Of course, this is fairly common, the issue is reminding myself that I could be reading Ultimate F-ZERO. Often enough, I fall into something like Youtube and that's what takes over my time. Other times, I may be reading another work; mind you, Ultimate F-ZERO is a much larger story than what I usually read, and I will treat said work with respect by giving the story its own time slots.
So what I can say on that note is: With college/internship mere days away, I still would like to get as much done on my
front as I can. Once my situation normalizes, I should find myself back on a routine schedule. As it is, we are more than 50% through Ultimate F-ZERO, and the other half will not take long to do once I get back to it.
Also, my recording software is still botched up in terms of file size (still records in the 8-20 GB range) which is a severely negative factor to it all.
4. Why was I so upset a month ago?
Some, or many, may recall that a month ago I was put into a really bad place. I removed almost all of my Steam friends, isolated from commenting/favoriting here on Deviantart, and essentially accused many of 'betraying' me, as it were, in that there still existed a 'he wrote F-Zero: Seppuku' mentality, rather than a 'he writes large stories' mentality. That being said, I'm still not absolutely certain what the fuss was all about. I can say that I've been happier with a less filled friends list on Steam, and even the literary front has been looking better for me.
The thing is though, I still really want people to look at F-Zero: Seppuku. It's a massive 'people's story' that we united created. I suppose I was a bit offended at the time that despite my efforts at trying original stories (EngelReise and Shrouded Piety) that people were still treating F-Zero: Seppuku like the 'now' story, when it had ended in the Summer of 2015. This is still true today, given that we are now more than a year away from F-Zero: Seppuku, I'd like there to be a little more respect for EngelReise and Shrouded Piety (at least from those who have already read Seppuku.)
As to why this bothered me so
bad last month to the point where I was almost in tears remains a mystery to me. The reception I've gotten for both EngelReise and Shrouded Piety alike have been better than I had hoped, but perhaps the fact that I no longer hold up to 15 readers was a bit too unfamiliar for me. Eventually, I will need to amass support for ER/SP like I did for Seppuku, but as it stands, I wouldn't mind if both stories could stay in the shadows just a little bit longer. I want people to get into ER/SP when there's enough chapters to hold interest; with only 9 chapters out each at the moment, I feel that both stories remain a bit too small/fresh to be taken seriously.
As I write this, Shrouded Piety is already almost 50% the size of Part 1/3 of F-Zero: Seppuku.
5. When does the 'turn' system for ER/SP end?
Very soon. The official date in which I stop taking turns writing ER/SP will be when Chapter 10 is released for both
stories. As of right now, Chapter 9 has been released for both. I therefore expect this change to be made late-August/early-September.
Still, I will probably continue to take turns with ER/SP regardless, as I feel this has been a healthy system--and one that gives EngelReise readers a break while Shrouded Piety is being written, or vice versa. But inevitably, there will and has been times where I may simply have momentum going for a specific story, and during those times, I may very well choose to do 2
chapters of a story before moving onto the next.
Chapter 10 of EngelReise is currently in the making.
6. Will I be giving Tomako Angel and Suri Yaktosh official anniversary deviations?
For those who are unaware, F-Zero: Seppuku has always had a system of 'birthdays' for its characters. Coming up is Three Years of Dark Rose
on August 24. As it stands, this has only been a system for characters of F-Zero: Seppuku. Now that EngelReise and Shrouded Piety are established stories, I will rightfully so be adding Suri Yaktosh, Tomako Angel, and Selina Osiris onto the calendar. As of right now, Suri Yaktosh is 2 years old, Selina Osiris 1 year old, and Tomako Angel will soon be 3 years old.
Tomako's anniversary will be every September 29th
Suri's anniversary will be every July 7th
Selina's anniversary will be every April 29th
7. Seppuku Tales Special
This wasn't a question, but something I'd still like to address.
There is, indeed, plans for F-Zero: Seppuku's first ever miniseries
. By this, I mean that there will be a group of Seppuku Tales released with
actual 'to be continued' continuity. And yes, it will take place in the Part 4/3 era. Don't excite yourself into thinking that this is a sign that F-Zero: Seppuku will be returning with an official Part 4/4; it is still law that F-Zero: Seppuku will go down as a three-part saga. However, a miniseries will surely fulfill any lust you may have for a return to F-Zero: Seppuku with
As of this present moment, I can say that the miniseries will center around Clover and Sarah. There will likely be no Lt. Seppuku and/or cameo.
8. Siontix has a new Youtube channel?
It would seem that just about everybody has discovered my 'readleader441' channel, and to be honest, I've never been all too happy about that. Said channel is more or less for inside jokes--often very inappropriate in humor. I was somewhat irritated to find during my ascension in recent years that people encounter my videos and leave confused/rude comments for not understanding the humor. Such is why I post 'inside jokes,' because they are for a very
specific audience of friends. It's gotten to the point where I no longer feel safe even uploading jokes out of fear that someone I respect may encounter it and pass me unfair judgement.
As a solution, I've now established the new channel simply called 'Siontix'
. While at the moment it is completely empty, it is here where you will eventually find videos that are relevant
to the common goer. Redleader441 will remain my videos for personal videos and occasional gaming tutorials. This is my warning to you: If you are ever offended by a Redleader441 production, you
messed up. I redirect all of you to 'Siontix' for my legitimate works.
With that being said, I have no idea what kind of videos to even upload to the channel. So go ahead and fetch me some ideas, if you have any.
9. Why do I dodge the word 'writer' so much?
Though not a popular thing to notice, some have picked up that I rarely ever address myself as a 'writer,' but rather a 'storyteller.' To easily clear this up: I really am just a 'storyteller.' Don't forget, I've tackled almost all mediums of storytelling: I started with roleplays, went to comics, went to animation (please don't ask about my animation,) went to video series, storybook presentation, and now
writing. Believe it or not, writing
is quite literally the last in the list of storytelling methods I've tried. The reason I don't try my hand at any of the past mediums is because, well... to put it simply...
I only found success when trying my hand at writing. By all means, I'd love to return to storytelling that doesn't involve putting word + word together to = 1.6 million word story. It's just that over the years, I've found writing to be an easier way of conveying my thoughts, plot, and characters. I honestly am still looking for other ways to show off my storytelling, such as with past examples:
If I ever find the perfect tool to do this on, I may very well try again at something other than writing. But I digress, despite writing being my greatest tool for storytelling, I do not consider myself solely a 'writer,' I prefer 'storyteller' as I wish to be a master of crafting stories. When titled a 'writer,' there are much higher expectations from you in terms of grammar, word choice, etc. and to be honest, I am
still the person who once/does have an English learning disability. I want people to review my stories,
not the words used to convey it. When going with the title 'writer,' the latter is bound to happen.
10. Do I plan on trying something other than writing?
I actually really do. Over the months I've still
been seeking out ways to make stories outside
of writing, to the point where I've even been in touch with animators. To be honest, I'd love to be an author and/director to a project, and leave the struggles of production to someone else. Someone may call that being lazy, but I really am simply saying that I'd rather be the one to do the storytelling and directing--still a lot of work.
As of right now, however, I am still seeking out ways to perform a video series
, something I've always wanted to do, but never quite got the hang of it. If you look far into my Redleader441 videos, you'll find tons of old Roblox/Star Wars series. If I could pick one thing to make a video series out of, it would probably be EngelReise, in all fairness.
Is it time I try my hand at a Blockland
EngelReise series? Might F-Zero simply not have been the Siontix story to go with for Blockland? Maybe. Such questions are to be answered in the road ahead.