jl8e: (shadowfist)
This was the last piece of the story I wrote back in the day. It and chapter two each picked up a segment while I was working on the second half, but they're mostly old work.

It sort of links to the other main story of the Critical Shift set, which is how the Ascended are dealing with the changes. (Hint: Not well.) That story wasn't really planned to be written, and I am not listening to the little voice in my head that is telling me to write it.

Critical Shift: Bargains )
jl8e: (shadowfist)
The Critical Shift story is done in primary writing, and mostly done in revision. I'm not posting it all now to keep from overflowing people's friend lists, but expect a chapter every twoish days until it's done. (There may be delays due to internet problems at home.)

I didn't mean to wait so long between posting the first chapter and the second, but I was shorter on time than usual this past week.

Critical Shift: Rebirth )
jl8e: (shadowfist)
Now, on to the last of the fiction I had lying around in some form.

Starters just weren't financially feasible at the time, so Critical Shift was another booster set.

The story was to establish the Syndicate and their world. I had tentatively broken it up into six sections, but only wrote the first three before I either bogged down or got distracted by other stuff that needed doing.

This is the only one of those three sections that didn't have anything significant added when I was finishing up, and I feel confident enough that I won't need to add anything that I'm willing to start posting. (I haven't finished the final section, but all the plot's in place, with only some minor segments left to add.)

Critical Shift: Genesis )
jl8e: (shadowfist)
The set after TFT turned out not to be Critical Shift as we had planned. Critical Shift was going to be a new starter set, but that fell through. We reorganized the design team, and decided to do a Western-themed set first, with the hopes that we'd still be able to do CS as a starter set.

So, we took some of the cards left from CS playtest, mixed in new Western-themed cards, and made Shurikens and Six-Guns. (Yeah, yeah, Shurikens are Japanese, and Shadowfist is primarily Chinese-based.)

The set was still set post-Critical Shift. The main story, which was never written, was more of the usual: bad guys try to Take Over the World, Dragons stop them, etc. IIRC, Braz volunteered to write it, but that didn't happen. This story intersects it slightly (technically just after the main story's end), and should tell you everything you need to know. (I never released it because I was waiting for the main story to be finished. You'd think I eventually would've figured out that that trick never worked.)

This story was an idea of Gavin's that we thought was pretty cool, so we tossed a few references into the set, but nobody actually wanted to write it. Eventually, I decided I was capable of it, and had some ideas about how the plot could work, so I took a shot at it. It also ended up providing some background on one of the random "what's their story?" characters who occasionally pop up in Shadowfist sets, and some early setup for a future set's story, which will now never happen. I also wanted to work the set's Purists into it, just to provide some explanation for them, but they didn't have an actual purpose, so they didn't make it in.

This is the next-to-last piece I have, but the last one (the Critical Shift story) is a big one, and still unfinished, although I'm making good progress. (Especially now that I'm done with Portal 2.) It's broken up into six parts, but I don't want to post any until it's done, since I may need to make more changes to the early parts as the later parts develop.

The Ballad of Jia Baoyu )
jl8e: (shadowfist)
Another one of the stories I wrote to show the changes made by the Critical Shift; this time focusing on the Jammers and their fundamental dilemma in the wake of the events of TFT.

This is the last of those. There was another one focusing on the Reascended, but it didn't work. I considered reworking it and interleaving it with the rest of the main Critical Shift story, but nothing came of that, either.

Shock the Monkey )
jl8e: (shadowfist)
Another one of the post-critical shift stories.

This one was to answer the big questions about how the Dragons winning the pulp juncture could actually work, and it does, although I'm not convinced anybody but me can actually see it. :)

Since it directly mentions the events of the TFT finale, I was waiting to post it until the TFT story was finished.

Critical Shift: Zheng Yi Quan )
jl8e: (shadowfist)
This one just sort of happened.

I was heading home, probably from playing Shadowfist, when it popped into my head. I wrote a good portion of it right then and there. On my Palm Pilot. In Graffiti. (I don't think I had a keyboard for it yet. This was probably what induced me to get one.)

Or, as I've put it in the past: The main character crawled into my head, brutally murdered my muse, and told me to start writing.

This turned out to be the first of several stories introducing the post critical-shift world.

Critical Shift: The New World )
jl8e: (shadowfist)
And now, the first major piece of Shadowfist fiction I wrote: the finale to Two-Fisted Tales.

Fortunately, by the time I wrote it, we knew who had won. If I'd had to write it keeping all the factions viable, it would've sucked. (There's still at least four available.) I honestly don't know how I would've worked some of them in. The faction who were leading going into Gencon were doable, but I'm just as glad I didn't have to. The Jammers would've been really bloody hard.

This was easier for me to write than the other pulp stories would've been. The rest of them were in sub-generes I didn't have a good feel for (For the John Fenris/Golden Gunman story I was supposed to write, I had to download and read a bunch of Doc Savage novels), while this one was something I'd been reading for a couple of decades.

We were waiting for the rest of the story to be finished before releasing the lot, so it never actually got posted.

It's a long, cold road ahead of our heroes.... )
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Now, we get into the TFT story itself. As far as I know, this is the first time any of it has actually been put into public view.

This is because it was kind of ambitious. Structurally, it was going to be five main pulp stories, glued together with some framing, leading into one big finale. I was to write the frames, the finale, and one of the other stories. Dave farmed one of the stories out to a friend, and was tackling some or all of the others himself. (I think we discussed getting somebody else to write another, but never did.)

In retrospect, this was a mistake. With another person firmly signed on, we could've possibly pulled it off, but it still would've taken too long. With just me and Dave, not a chance, especially since I'd never before committed to writing major bits of story, and I think Dave was getting burned out on all things Shadowfist by then.

Dave's friend wrote most or all of his piece. Dave wrote most of one of the others. I wrote one of the two frames and the finale. I never started the other major story, and the second frame is the first thing I'm going to need to decide whether I want to actually finish it.

Here are the events of the Two-Fisted Tales story, as seen by the Ascended:
Read more... )

It was originally going to be interleaved with the big stories and the bits of the other frame, but that obviously can't happen.
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Since the Two-Fisted Tales storyline could allow any faction to win, I decided to write a story featuring some of the possible futures that could happen.

Critical Shift: Possibilities )
Some notes )
jl8e: (shadowfist)
TFT was in several ways, the most ambitious set we did.

We decided to shake the game world up, so not only did we open a new juncture into the pulp era, but we decided to make it matter. Over the course of the year(?) leading into the set's release, we were going to track the results of tournaments, including local Proving Ground leagues, and track the faction of the winners. (Everybody who joined the game's tournament organization would choose a faction and subfaction to be affiliated with. For instance, I'm a Lotus Demon.) Whichever faction backed the most tournament winners would control the pulp juncture, rewriting history in the modern and future junctures.

We actually worked out the general way that things would change for most of the possible wins, though Dave and I never did come to agreement about some of them.

The TFT story itself was also going to be huge, but more on that later.

An interesting thing about the pulp juncture was how it affected the Purists. They'd always been a bit of an awkward fit into the game's stated genre (really, so were the Architects and Jammers, though the latter were somehow helped by all the monkey puns), but sinister masked sorcerers who know mystical secrets that drive them mad? Yeah, that's pretty pulp.

TFT: The Beginning )
jl8e: (shadowfist)
This was the first thing I wrote for Fist, and I'd forgotten it existed, probably because I didn't have a stand-alone copy on this computer, just a dump of the N2 story from the old Shadowfist website, and I'd assumed it was just an HTML-ized version of Dave's story.

I don't remember if I wrote this because I felt like the character needed more introduction than he got in the N2 main story, or just because I felt like it.

Netherworld 2 Prelude )
jl8e: (shadowfist)
I suppose if I'm going to keep posting the fiction I wrote, I should provide a little background for those who may be reading.

The first story I posted covered the mechanics of the universe, bit that still leaves the high-level who's who and significant history. (Although the history's not as important as it could be; due to the needs of the CCG, we pretty much left the status quo intact except for Dark Future, where we introduced a new faction.)

Read more... )

One unexpected benefit of writing this summary: when looking at the Netherworld 2 story, I was reminded of the existence of the actual first bit of Shadowfist fiction I wrote, and managed to dig up a copy, so will be posting it next. After that, I'll get to Two-Fisted Tales of the Secret War.
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And now, back to the beginning of my Fist fic.

This one is the second one I worked on, and I think also the second piece of fiction I'd written since high school. The first one was a side-story for Shaolin Showdown, where I bogged down near the end and never finished. I don't seem to have it anywhere convenient.

This one was a companion to Dave's story for Dark Future (which can no longer be directly linked to, for Bad Web Design Reasons), giving the players more background on the new faction, who'd been kicking around since Flashpoint in 96, but were only now coming into their own. (In a lot of ways, Dark Future was kind of a sequel to Flashpoint. There were a bunch of things introduced into the world in passing in there and the Player's Guide. We had no idea what, if anything, was planned for them, so we took the little seeds and made shit up from there. Homo Omega's plan and the Purists had got a little attention during previous Z-Man sets, but the Reascended hadn't been seen since a sentence or two in the Player's Guide.)

And no, in case you're wondering, not all of the Fist fiction I wrote involves somebody infodumping throughout the story. I think there's only the two.

The Purists: A Debriefing )
jl8e: (shadowfist)
I have a bunch of fiction I wrote back when I was doing Shadowfist. For advanced technical reasons, it's no longer up on the official web site, nor do I want it to be. (And some of it never was, including a couple of pieces I think are decent.)

So, I'm going to post it here on LJ. I haven't decided what to do with the incomplete stuff yet.

If you don't know the Shadowfist/Feng Shui world background, I make no promises of comprehensability, but I'm posting this one out of order.

Welcome to the Secret War... )

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