The Daily Grind: Have you ever been a creative fan for an MMO?

It will never cease to amaze me how artists for MMOs can come up with costumes that require no actual adherence to physical laws whatsoever with ornate overlapping armor plates and such, and then determined fans will figure out a way to make those costumes a reality. Walk down the hall at any convention and you’ll see people in perfect World of Warcraft armor, spot-on Final Fantasy XIV artifact sets, and sometimes even some shockingly realistic Minecraft outfits.

But that’s just focusing on the amazing fan creations that you see walking beside you; there’s amazing fan art for characters from Star Trek Online to Star Wars: The Old Republic, fanfic that covers personal adventures or just filling in narrative gaps in settings like City of Heroes, and so forth. So our question today is whether or not you’ve ever taken part. Have you ever been a creative fan for an MMO? Have you made art, told stories, even just compiled lore dictionaries and research on the basis for bits of lore for those who want it? Or are you content to admire fan works without producing any yourself?

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!
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I’ve written several short stories for the RP communities I’ve been involved in. That motivation comes and goes though. While I haven’t written anything in 2-3 years I’m sensing the itch.

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Alex Willis

Loads of creative fiction for the EVE and ESO universes, for RP guilds I am part of.

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Alex Js.

Unfortunately I don’t create anything myself… I just subscribe to various FFXIV “fancy screenshot” takers on Twitter, the kind of people who use various adjustments in reshade, gpose and some additional image editing to create beautiful screenshots of their (mostly) Miqo’te characters ;-)

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Oleg Chebeneev

Ive made movies. Here is my last one from custom WoW server Project Ascension featuring my notorious caster:

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I’ve written a lot of stories set in various game universes as well as some lore guides/analyses.

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I’ve done Halloween costumes based on video game characters. I have also done potion necklaces based on different video game potions but that’s about all (specifically game related).

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Bryan Correll

My creativity is limited to one-liners and backstories for CoH characters. So now it’s just the one-liners.

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I’ve dabbled in fan fiction a bit. Most notably I was a runner up winner in the last global writing contest Blizzard did: https://superiorrealities.wordpress.com/2011/12/22/blizzard-2011-writing-contest-finalist-the-future-of-lordaeron/

I got myself a bunch of Blizzard books autographed by Chris Metzen and the rest of the CDev team.

I’ve also written some TSW fan fic in the style of the in-game lore (https://superior-realities.com/2017/01/21/fan-fiction-the-alfar/). And of course I blog on games all the time, but I’m not sure if that really qualifies as creative.

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Eboni

I always start projects. I’m not super creative myself, but I make fan art using tutorials that the actual talented and creative people make.

I also take screen shots. One day, I’d love to post them to a blog or something with a little blurb about my character. But, that’s something else that I’ve started but ever really gone through with.

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Zora

Actual crafts, no… I only wish I could spare the time and sewing and me never truly got along anyway.

Writing stuff, curating fansites, all the creative projects that may be pursued from behind a keyboard… yes, all the time. Not like I wouldn’t love to paint or carve or sculpt stuff, but with a cat and a housemate to juggle, I physically lack the room to store the finished goods and nobody I know cares about my weird obsession to accept them as a gift :P