December 31

Armello Bestiary – Some more

While not a story I wanted to share some more of my creative deliberations on some critters that might or might not be suited for Armello. It is nothing too fancy, but in a world filled with magic I think we can go the extra mile and spice it up a bit.

This includes the Plagueling, but also a few other beings that I thought up (or based off of other mythological/fantasy creatures).

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December 30

Armello Bestiary – Plagueling

Due to the holiday period I could not focus on my novel all too much, so I decided to write something a tad different. The Plagueling. Now, Armello does not have an extensive Bestiary (it’s a board game after all) so I thought I would throw in a new creature into the mix, if people ever wish to use it for their own ideas.

Plaguelings are small humanoid “Imps”. Affiliated with the Corruption and Rot, they tend to take the form of goats or rats. They are spirits that either come to be when a plague is especially deadly, or when summoned by a warlock. Their bodies lack any internal organs, instead they are goo-like in being, held together only by their own magic. Plaguelings sole purpose is to spread disease and plagues. There are stories of the creatures running through the countryside, traveling from village to village with that aim in mind. When one village falls they head to another. The victims of their countless plagues usually die, but the few unlucky ones who remain alive become Shamblers. Shamblers are plague-ridden, much like the Plaguelings, but greatly weakened and frailer than they were once, when healthy. It even seems the Plaguelings can control the Shamblers, capable of giving them the simplest possible commands.

While the Plaguelings themselves are not tough or strong it is folly to try and fight one up close, since their own bodies are the weapon they so gladly use.

And now, time for a little tale. Enjoy!

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December 15

Fight or Die

While writing Mega Burg I needed to take a short break from writing about rats, so I decided to write about With Tooth and Tail. It’s a rather grim setting, that one. Most animals have agreed to eat meat, and only the Swine are seen as not meat-eaters. It’s a bit Animal Farm-esque. I wanted to blur this story with a bit of history, you might be familiar with some of the ideas present here. It is rather grim.

In any case, enjoy!

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December 14

What is going on?

I know some people dropping by here might take a look at the date of my last posting and wonder whether I am dead, or otherwise unable to work at all. Nothing further from the truth! I am hard at work on another novel that I think I shall call (since a book’s title could be the very last thing an author will write) Mega Burg: Exodus.

Yes, I have finally decided to begin work on Mega Burg, my own original idea. Not only that, but unlike my previous works I intend to sell this one through Amazon. Why? I always wanted to be a professional writer, and you cannot call yourself a true professional unless your work actually earned a buck. The line between “Hobby” and “Professiona” might seem thin, but I do not wish to stop on just one novel. The world of Mega Burg has to be expanded.

At the same time more funds means more possibilities, including more free comics, stories and whatnot. I have ideas, but not the money to see them through.

Now, let’s talk a bit about Mega Burg: Exodus. The Novel will be focusing on the “birth” of the Mega Burg rats. How they ended up where they were, and the challenges they faced as their colony took its baby steps. Depending on how the writing goes, and how much I end up including in the novel itself, the final length (that I aim at) is aroudn 50,000 words. Furthermore I want to sell the novel as an E-Book on Amazon. The simple reason being low costs. As much as I would want to make prints of it for sale or find a publisher that might not be an option just yet.

And, in the end, if the book will be in its E-Book format it’s a short step from turning it into a physical novel, no?

The planned ETA for finishing the Novel is January, and if all goes well it will be published in February. As the situation develops I will post up updates (and maybe some cover art too!)

For now, enjoy your stay and be free to look through my already available stories and projects!

December 7

The Battle of Oakenfall is here!

After a month of mind numbing work I have decided that work on the Novel had to end… What? Oh! It’s finished. I just did not want to push it any further, and instead leave room, and time, to work on the second part, when I could eventually get to it. You see, the Battle of Oakenfall was meant to speak about a particular event in the Armello Civil War, and I successfully did that. What I wanted to leave all of you dear readers with is a sense of “Oh, what will happen next?”. I have ideas, lots of ideas, but aside from hobby writing I need to do some work that actually brings in a buck, so that I can then continue my “writing for pleasure”.

In any case, here is the full, free PDF of the Battle of Oakenfall. It might not be the longest (or best formatted or edited) book out there but it’s my own. The final word count is 21,700 words, so not at all shabby for a first timer, eh?

The Full Novel (in PDF)

Enjoy!

November 26

The Helmet

Meenoo Draft

Sometimes when I cannot motivate myself to work on one of my projects I decide to write something a bit shorter. Usually I look for an image to inspire me, or a “phrase” or word. Anything to get the gears of imagination going. In this case I used an drawing that an artist at Comic-Con drew for me of a character called Meenoo. This young cub though small has the energy and bravery of the greatest heroes known to man. No shrubbery, tree or frog will stop her in her quests and adventures! So, here is a bit of Meenoo for you. Hope you will enjoy!

Forgive the poor image quality, but the scanner was doing a poor job so I tried to photograph it.

This art piece is by Karolina Jedrzejak. You can find her on facebook: facebook.com/rinrindaishi

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November 25

Another day, another two chapters

Progress is slow but I am getting somewhere. Work and my studies have been sapping my strength but I am sure that by the end of the year I will either finish the novel (time permit) or at least I will be close to finishing it.

In any case! You did not come to listen to me moping, so here’s Chapters 4 and 5. Enjoy!

And just in case you do not know what this is all about, check on the right under “Ongoing Projects” the Battle of Oakenfall Novel. There you can read all the previous chapters!

Chapters 4 and 5

Enjoy!

November 10

Progress Report – Battle of Oakenfall Novel (And a small preview)

Armello

While NaNoWriMo continues and I slowly progress through the novel (it will be tough as nails to get it all done by the end of the month) I wanted to share what I have prepared, to a greater or lesser extent, and that is the first two chapters of the novel.

While it’s just a small chunk of the whole novel, and we still have a way to go I think it’s a nice stopping point to introduce any and all those curious what this is all about.

So, if you wish to read the Novel in its current state (the first two chapters of it) follow the link below to the PDF and be free to download and print it as you see fit. Apologies for any mistakes in the text but I am not a great editor or even a spellchecker. I can at least hope it is readable.

Disclaimer(s): This novel will not be sold for any sum of money, it will be available for free download from this site. At the same time pleasure assume that the characters in the novel, how they are presented and how they act is not part of Armello canon/lore. It’s a work of fan-fiction, and as such I take some liberties in presenting the world in my own way (though hopefully close to the original).

http://smokingcatstories.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Novel-The-Battle-of-Oakenfall-Chapter-1-and-2.pdf

Enjoy and expect more!

P.S. You can also see the tapestry of the Battle of Oakenfall here.

November 1

Taking part in NaNoWriMo 2017. Wish me luck!

In case you are wondering what is this NaNoWriMo gibberish, it’s a “Write a Novel in a Month” kind of event, similar to Inktober. The idea is that you will write a novel, 50,000 words in 30 days. Seems plausible, but will I actually succeed? We shall see!

More information about NaNoWriMo can be found here: https://nanowrimo.org/

Wish me luck!