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Fortunus Games (game dev, writer and webtoon developer) interviews a wide variety of writers who dabble in many genres, including but not limited to historical fiction, modernism, and fantasy. We talk about what we aim to achieve in our novels/comics/games and share our experiences regarding our writing journeys!

The Nuts and Bolts of Writing Fortunus Games

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Fortunus Games (game dev, writer and webtoon developer) interviews a wide variety of writers who dabble in many genres, including but not limited to historical fiction, modernism, and fantasy. We talk about what we aim to achieve in our novels/comics/games and share our experiences regarding our writing journeys!

    EP 30: Writing Flawed Characters (2) - Ardalion Mayakov

    EP 30: Writing Flawed Characters (2) - Ardalion Mayakov

    PODCAST TWITTER: https://twitter.com/nuts_writing

    PODCAST INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/nutsboltswriting.podcast/



    Today, Fortunus and Tete talk about Fortunus' character, Ardalion Mayakov, an arrogant provocateur of a military officer who describes himself as "belligerently antagonistic, too nihilistic, too exceedingly libidinous and vulgar."



    The Sims picture of Ardalion is created by Fortunus and you can see more of Fortunus' Sims on her Sims account: https://www.instagram.com/saminsims4/



    Ardalion is from "What Comes First Will Follow," an upcoming crossover between Tete and Fortunus play/dialogue that will be released on Tapas and Webtoon.



    We compare Ardalion to Tete's characters from her novel, "70 Fierce Years", Evseii and Lukyan, who are arguably even more flawed (in different ways) than Ardalion is. 

    • 1 hr 22 min
    EP 29: Writing Extroverted Characters (1) with Helevorn

    EP 29: Writing Extroverted Characters (1) with Helevorn

    PODCAST TWITTER: https://twitter.com/nuts_writing

    PODCAST INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/nutsboltswriting.podcast/



    Listen to our podcast on Anchor (links to Spotify, Apple Podcasts, etc.): https://anchor.fm/fortunus-games



    Today, Fortunus and Helevorn discuss their extroverted characters from Helevorn's "Lucky Wolf" and Fortunus' "Sam in New York." Helevorn discusses Rannveig, Hakon, Halvard, and Eyolf, while Fortunus discusses Sam, Lina, Ardalion, Tom, the Dean and Harvey.



    Helevorn's characters are from "Lucky Wolf," which you can read on Tapas - https://tapas.io/series/Lucky-Wolf/info

    Aidan and Merwyn don't appear in "Lucky Wolf," but will appear in its sequel, "Sons of Disobedience." 



    Fortunus' characters are from her project, "Sam in New York," which is a graphic novel on Tapas and Webtoon.

    Tapas: https://tapas.io/series/Sam-in-New-York/info

    Webtoon: https://www.webtoons.com/en/challenge/sam-in-new-york/list?title_no=501948

    • 1 hr 32 min
    EP 28: Writing Flawed Characters (1) - Ardalion Mayakov

    EP 28: Writing Flawed Characters (1) - Ardalion Mayakov

    PODCAST TWITTER: https://twitter.com/nuts_writing

    PODCAST INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/nutsboltswriting.podcast/ 

    Today, Fortunus and Tete talk about Fortunus' character, Ardalion Mayakov, an arrogant provocateur of a military officer who describes himself as "belligerently antagonistic, too nihilistic, too exceedingly libidinous and vulgar."  

    The Sims picture of Ardalion is created by Fortunus and you can see more of Fortunus' Sims on her Sims account: https://www.instagram.com/saminsims4/ 

    Ardalion is from "What Comes First Will Follow," an upcoming crossover between Tete and Fortunus play/dialogue that will be released on Tapas and Webtoon.  We compare Ardalion to Tete's character, Andrei, who is also flawed, but in a different way.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    EP 27: Disability Representation in "Chaotic Idiots" (1)

    EP 27: Disability Representation in "Chaotic Idiots" (1)

    Today, we talk to Coffee and Comics about the importance of disability representation in their Webtoon, "Chaotic Idiots," which you can read here:

    https://www.webtoons.com/en/challenge/chaotic-idiots-the-series/list?title_no=448795

    Artwork on the thumbnail is by CoffeeandComics! Follow them on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chaoticidiotsoffical/

    Here are some of the topics we covered (though we branch out to others as well):


    Can you tell us about the role disability plays in “Chaotic Idiots”?
    What kind of disabilities do you cover in your work?
    How do you feel your webtoon adds to how disabilities are usually portrayed in the media? What types of ableist tropes are you challenging in your work?
    What were some of the challenges you faced in creating your series?
    What was the easiest about creating your series?
    What role do different species like Fae, Vampires, humans, etc. play in your world?
    Your work arguably counts as low fantasy - meaning it takes place in a world very similar to our own but with some differences such as Dragons, Vampires, etc. What is the hardest part about writing low fantasy? The easiest? What type of advice would you have for people who want to write their own fantasy series - some of my friends, for example, have had difficulties with world building?
    Can you tell us more about the relationship between the Fae and humans in your work?
    I love the dynamic between Jacob and Leroy, especially how Jacob is so attuned to Leroy’s moods and always wants to make him happy. Can you tell us more about their friendship?
    What advice do you have for people who want to create their own Webtoon?

    • 49 min
    EP 26: Writing Fantasy (1) - Helevorn and Wanda Walker

    EP 26: Writing Fantasy (1) - Helevorn and Wanda Walker

    Today, Helevorn interviews Wanda Walker!  

    Her Twitter: https://twitter.com/Rainbw_mansion 

    Her Tapas: https://tapas.io/pseudocide335  

    Wanda Walker is the author of several novels belonging to genres ranging from contemporary fiction  to low fantasy, focused on realistic portrayals of characters and social attitudes. She is also an illustrator, currently publishing a webcomic on Tapas called “Rainbow Mansion”, which you can read here: https://tapas.io/series/Rainbow-Mansion/info  

    Today, we’re discussing her approach to fantasy applied to her 3-volume novel “The Duke’s Prisoner”, written in 2012, which you can read here: https://www.fictionpress.com/s/2995032/1/The-Duke-s-Prisoner  

    Artwork of Duke Kasha (in thumbnail) is by Wanda Walker herself!  

    Questions: 

    1. What is your approach to fantasy? Does it have any supernatural elements involved? 

    2. Why have you chosen this approach? What are the advantages? What about disadvantages? 

    3. Could you tell us more about “The Duke’s Prisoner”, in terms of premise and plot? 

    4. What are the main themes? 

    5. Duke Kasha of Jentirrya makes for a protagonist that is full of surprises and with an interesting character arc. Can you tell us more about him? What’s his backstory? What drives him? 

    6. I found Kasha’s relationship with his wife Opheali very interesting - can you tell us more about it? 

    7. How about the antagonist, Colonel Rodan, the prisoner that Kasha acquires in the beginning of the story? 

    8. What can you tell us about worldbuilding in your story? How did you elaborate it?  

    9. What elements of our real world did you want it to have and is anything fundamentally different from our world? 

    10. The book was finished in 2012. Would you change anything about it now?

    • 56 min
    EP 25: Writing Introverted Characters (2) with Helevorn and Tete

    EP 25: Writing Introverted Characters (2) with Helevorn and Tete

    PODCAST TWITTER: https://twitter.com/nuts_writing

    PODCAST INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/nutsboltswriting.podcast/



    Today, Helevorn, Tete and Fortunus build upon what was covered last week in EP 24 (watch here: https://youtu.be/M6GrLgO5-QI), where Helevorn and Fortunus discussed their introverted characters. Now, Tete joins us for an in-depth discussion about her introverted character, Gleb (from "The White Horse Rides a Black Horse") and how he compares to the other kinds of introverted characters we've talked about before. In particular, he is the most like Helevorn's Yngvar . He has less anxiety about romantic interactions, although he is just as cynical and misanthropic as Yngvar...listen to learn more!



    The image of Gleb in the thumbnail is Fortunus Games' interpretation of him (Tete approved!) in the Sims 4. See more of Fortunus Games' Sims portraits and videos on https://www.instagram.com/saminsims4! 



    Helevorn's characters are from "Lucky Wolf," which you can read on Tapas - https://tapas.io/series/Lucky-Wolf/info

    Aidan and Merwyn don't appear in "Lucky Wolf," but will appear in its sequel, "Sons of Disobedience." 



    Tete's character is from her as of yet unreleased novel, "The White Crow Rides a Black Horse." You can buy her book about Gleb's descendent, Andrei, "70 Fierce Years," here on Kindle: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B08GZWJR89/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=70+fierce+years&qid=1598831307&sr=8-1



    Fortunus' characters are from her project, "Sam in New York," which is a graphic novel on Tapas and Webtoon.

    Tapas: https://tapas.io/series/Sam-in-New-York/info

    Webtoon: https://www.webtoons.com/en/challenge/sam-in-new-york/list?title_no=501948

    • 1 hr 28 min

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