brightknightie: Misty picks up and hugs eevee (Pokemon Go)
Fellow pokémon trainers! Just in case you haven't heard or figured this out yet: in the recently renovated gym system, the motivation of 3000 CP and higher pokémon degrades 10 times faster than that of 2999 CP and lower pokémon as gym defenders. (As widely reported, the APK mines show ~10% CP loss per hour for 3K and up, versus ~1.1% for under 3K CP.)

It's not that your teammates are feeding berries only to the weaker pokémon, as I initially wondered, myself. It's that the stronger pokémon are 10 times hungrier.

While at first this felt like nothing but a vile nerfing of our best defenders, I now see two ways it can be useful. First, in the new gym defender prize system, a trainer receives 1 coin for every 10 minutes defended, up to 50 pokécoins per day, received when the pokémon returns home. So if your goal is to maximize your pokécoins to spend (rather than your time-in-gym for your gym badge bonuses), you may want your pokémons' motivation to degrade faster, so that they will return to you promptly with those coins! Second, if your goal is precious, precious stardust, then a hungry 3K+ CP pokémon in a handy gym could give you more total opportunities to redeem berries at 20 stardust per berry.
brightknightie: Nick picking up Joan's cross (Faith)

For the month of June, in my corners of social journaling, here are the Forever Knight items that I happened to see:

Ficathons, fests and communities that welcome FK

  • [community profile] fkficfest finished releasing in June!
  • [community profile] fksquee had 6 posts.
  • [community profile] serendipityclaims is a new panfandom, "prompt table" community.
  • [community profile] genex, a panfandom gen, relationships exchange, has signups to 7/16.
  • [community profile] porn_tree, a panfandom, "prompt tree" community, has a new round to 7/31.
  • [community profile] iddyiddybangbang, a panfandom, 5K+ words challenge, has signups and prompting to 7/17.
  • [community profile] fandomgiftbox is a gifting fest a la Fandom Stocking (for summer).
  • [community profile] auexchange, a panfandom, alternate-universe exchange, has signups to 7/19.
  • [community profile] unconventionalcourtship, a panfandom, romance challenge, releases from 8/18 to 9/17 (signups seem open yet).
  • [personal profile] scribblemyname, a traditional (100 words) drabble exchange, opens its collection on 7/16.

FK fanfiction & other fanworks
Archive of our Own (AO3) Summary: 11 of the 781 FK stories on the AO3 show posting dates in June.

News & conversation:

brightknightie: Nick in a diner squirting ketchup on fries (Food)

For the month of May, in my corners of social journaling, here are the Forever Knight items that I happened to see:

Ficathons, fests and communities that welcome FK

  • [community profile] fkficfest started releasing in May (and finished in June)!
  • [community profile] fksquee had 1 post.
  • [community profile] slowburnbigbang, a panfandom big-bang challenge, has sign-ups through 6/30.
  • [community profile] smallfandomfest, a panfandom prompt-claiming game, is posting through 7/31.
  • [community profile] treatyoselfcomm matches "cheerleaders" with writers to complete a backlogged WIP. Sign-ups for cheerleaders are through 6/10.
  • [community profile] rarepairfest, a panfandom rare relationships exchange, has nominations through 6/14.

FK fanfiction & other fanworks
Archive of our Own (AO3) Summary: 7 of the 776 FK stories on the AO3 show posting dates in May.

FK news & conversation:

brightknightie: Stonetree and Norma looking at a CRT monitor (Computer)
All 10 new 2017 [community profile] fkficfest stories are now revealed! Read them on the AO3.

Tomorrow, I'll post the "closing ceremonies" master list of all the stories, and we'll wrap for the year.

If you haven't already, this would be a great time to point your friends and followers to the game! Share the FK love! And of course it's never too late to share a comment or kudos to make an author's day.

brightknightie: Stonetree and Norma looking at a CRT monitor (Computer)
This is our halfway point! We've released 5 stories in this year's [community profile] fkficfest, and we have 5 to go. You can follow the game live on our AO3 collection or from our DW community.

If you read a story, please consider letting the author know! You can leave a comment or click the "Kudos" button. You don't have to have an account or be signed in!

If you haven't had time to read during the workweek, I hope that the weekend brings you time!

brightknightie: Stonetree and Norma looking at a CRT monitor (Computer)
The first story of 2017's [community profile] fkficfest is released!

This particular story went first because it's one of the longest this year, and it seemed good to space out the tales that could take more time to read. It's also one of two sharing another characteristic (shh! spoilers!), which also seemed good to stagger for variety.

It did not go first because it was the first loaded, although it was one of the earlier loads. You can see its original loading date of "2017-05-16" right now. Authors can change those dates when their stories release! I'd encourage authors to consider doing so. I'd suggest that when your story releases, you open it to edit and change the date from when it loaded to when it released. I believe that this boosts your story up to the top of the AO3 lists at that time. It gives your story a better chance to be seen by readers who are casually browsing "recently posted" content on your release day. I will do this for the story I wrote.

Yay, FK writers! Yay, FK beta-readers! Yay, FK readers!

Fully loaded!

Sunday, May 28th, 2017 02:47 pm
brightknightie: Stonetree and Norma looking at a CRT monitor (Computer)
All ten 2017 [community profile] fkficfest stories are in our AO3 queue! No pinch-hitters needed!

I'm checking that each looks ship-shape (with a recipient and rating and so on). And I'm drawing up our schedule. The first story will release tomorrow; the last will release June 7.

Story loading watch

Sunday, May 28th, 2017 12:35 pm
brightknightie: Stonetree and Norma looking at a CRT monitor (Computer)
9 of 10 stories are in our AO3 [community profile] fkficfest queue. I heard from the tenth writer on Friday; I expect to hear again soon.
brightknightie: Stonetree and Norma looking at a CRT monitor (Computer)
Just thought I'd note that, with an hour to go, 8 of 10 stories are in our [community profile] fkficfest queue on the AO3. Great work, everyone!

I won't be staying up to watch the others roll in. I'll look again on Sunday morning, Pacific Time (after mass, brunch, and my 7-day streak bonuses in PokemonGo ~grin~).

The first story will release on Monday.

LK anniversary

Thursday, May 18th, 2017 08:32 am
brightknightie: Nick leaning over Natalie's body (May I refer you to the Goldenplaid Script?) (Character Death)
Today, May 18, is the 21st anniversary of the first airing of "Last Knight," give or take local syndication.

For several years after, I tried to post a new story, poem, or essay on the anniversary each year, a little show of memory, respect, defiance, and the persistence of our dear FK community. I haven't managed that in quite some time. But this year, at least, we will have [community profile] fkficfest stories start releasing in May, which is the month not only of the "Last Knight" finale in 1996, but of the "Dark Knight" premiere in 1992.

Life, death, hope, despair. History, mystery, philosophy, adventure. Identity, freedom, choice, desire. ♥ FK is so many stories! Still.

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