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I can't actually read the post since it's blocked by my work filters (and Kotaku isn't... go figure).
But, here you go.  Be informed several hours before me.

Other articles:
The Escapist

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Voting is closed!
Stay tuned for the results!

Voting is now closed, and authors are free to reveal themselves.  Well... not literally.  At least, not in public.  There are laws about that sort of thing.

Stay tuned for the results!

The master list can be found here and below:

Since [personal profile] lenna_nightrunner and I were running the show this time around our entries aren't eligible for the contest portion. Just for fun. (which is why they're credited already)

Vote-ineligible entries first, and then alphabetical by title.


If You’re Going Downtown, I Might As Well Be On Your Way. I Won’t Tell One Soul. by [personal profile] lenna_nightrunner (mod entry, not eligible for voting)
Snow by [personal profile] amhran_comhrac (mod entry, not eligible for voting)
Find a Way to Fix it
He Said, She Said

The Trackless Path

Anders and Maggie
Antivan Nights
For the Day
The Promises We Make

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The viewing window

All but one story is now posted- we're waiting on a late entry, that should be up on Friday.  Feel free to comment all you want on the stories (please do comment, in fact!  everyone loves comments!)- but don't give away the authors identities yet.  Start thinking about your favorite sugar and spice since voting will open by the weekend.

We're still waiting on a few entries, mine isn't even beta'd, and my coffee isn't done yet... but due to popular demand, [personal profile] thedas_ficarchive  is now open for your reading pleasure.

Voting will likely begin this Friday and stretch through the following weekend, more details to follow when I am fully awake.

Master list here
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Last Chance!
Entries due TODAY

Submissions are due by Sunday, February 12. . That is... today.  Once we get it we'll post to[personal profile] thedas_ficarchive  and unlock them all for viewing on Tuesday, February 14! At that point we’ll announce the timeline for voting.

How do I submit my totally amazing fanwork when it’s done?
E-mail your completed fic or art to lennanightrunner[at]gmail[dot]com. Please submit it as a .doc, .docx, .odt, or .txt file if it’s a fic or a .jpg or .gif if it’s an image (Talk to us if that’s a problem for some reason).

As always, if you have any questions or concerns please contact myself,[personal profile] lenna_nightrunner, or any of the other mods.

The deadline is Midnight Pacific time.  If you can't make it, please please let us know.  We might be able to work something out.

Feel free to include a brief (like, one or two sentence) summary with your entry that we can put outside the cut tag.  If you have already submitted and did not include one, send it along and I can add it.
If you are submitting art and have a title, please let us know what it is.

Edit to add.... you're free to send your entries to your partner, or send them the title, so they know which was made for them!

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It's almost time!

Submissions due February 12!

Reminder: Submissions for the 2012 Sugar & Spice fan swap are due this Sunday, February 12!

Please e-mail your completed fic or art to lennanightrunner[at]gmail[dot]com by 11:59pm Pacific Standard Time on the due date. Formats should be doc, .docx, .odt, or .txt file if it’s a fic or .jpg or .gif if it’s an image (Talk to us if that’s a problem for some reason).

Once we’ve got the submissions we'll get everything formatted properly and post it on [personal profile] thedas_ficarchive on Tuesday, February 14! At that point we’ll announce the timeline for voting.

Psyched yet? :D

As always, if you have any questions or concerns please contact myself, [personal profile] amhran_comhrac, or any of the other mods.
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Well then, prepare to be wildly disappointed since I'm actually being completely innocent for once.
I just thought, you know, I use Steam. I adore Steam. I bet a lot of other PC gamers use Steam. SO... let's swap account names.

Then we can all be Steam buddies and stay up late gossiping and braid each other's hair and... yeah, sorry. It is one of those days. I have a DJ gig in like three hours and am wildly unprepared. So... there we have it: I take my nerves out on you.

I would have added Origin as well but their account login has been not working and hi, EA, that totally does not make me want to use your service that you are forcing on me, jerkfaces.

But I digress.

PC gamers, let's share!
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You have been paired!

Check your Inbox!

By now everyone should have received a message from me via Dreamwidth with your partner's info and a link to their original response. We ended up with an even number of people (yay!) and everyone seemed to match pretty nicely (double yay!).

Feel free to chat with your partner about your plans for your work. Don't tell everyone else who you are paired with, though. Since everything is posted anonymously to[personal profile] thedas_ficarchive it's best to keep it hush-hush until then.

Submissions are due by Sunday, February 12. . Then we’ll get everything formatted properly and post it on[personal profile] thedas_ficarchive on Tuesday, February 14! At that point we’ll announce the timeline for voting.

How do I submit my totally amazing fanwork when it’s done?
E-mail your completed fic or art to lennanightrunner[at]gmail[dot]com. Please submit it as a .doc, .docx, .odt, or .txt file if it’s a fic or a .jpg or .gif if it’s an image (Talk to us if that’s a problem for some reason).

As always, if you have any questions or concerns please contact myself,[personal profile] lenna_nightrunner, or any of the other mods.

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Signups Closed
Sugar and Spice Swap


We're now in the process of matching everyone up.  In a couple days you should know who you will be writing for.  Since we have an odd number of participants it may not end up being exact pairs.

For more info on the timeline see the original post.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns please contact myself,[personal profile] lenna_nightrunner , or any of the other mods.

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You may have noticed something unusual across the web today. If you haven't been following the news, sites everywhere are going "black" to promote awareness of, and encourage opposition to, SOPA.

While this impacts the US members of POT very directly, if it passes it will impact us all in the long run. That fanfic we write? The fan art we draw? All could be considered illegal under SOPA, or the House version, PIPA.

AO3 is based in the US, ffnet is based in the US, dreamwidth is based in the US, deviantart is based in the US. Each and every one of these sites could be shut down completely, or restricted dramatically, by this bill. Because it directly impacts, and all but eliminates, the "fair use" clause, fandom sites would lose the one major legal protection they have under the first amendment.  In all likelihood, should this bill pass, many of these sites would receive takedown notices within days- or worse.

The English version of Wikipedia has a handy form up right now on their main page. Punch in your zip code and it'll give you the contact info for your representatives and senators. I strongly encourage our US members to take a moment today and shoot them a quick email. They also have a lot more info up on the bills, what they would do exactly, and how it would impact people both within and outside the US.
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Greetings, Thedans!

Valentine’s Day is coming up, which means it’s time for our second annual Sugar & Spice fanwork swap event! We’d all like to thank everyone who participated last year—It was a huge success and a blast to be a part of. We’d love for you to join in again, and invite everyone who wasn’t around last year to participate. The more of us are involved, the better the event will be!

Here’s the deal, Q&A style:

What’s this whole thing all about anyway?
Sugar & Spice is a fanwork swap. That means that everyone who participates will either write a one-shot piece of fanfiction or create a piece of artwork for another community member, and will receive one in return.

But that sounds like a Secret Santa, and we just did one of those! How is this different?
Unlike a Secret Santa event, participants are paired up based on compatible interests (determined using the form below). This helps make sure that everyone gets to create something they want to create and receive something they want to receive. And there’s a voting component! Once everyone’s submissions have been posted and we all get a chance to read them, we’ll vote for our favorites in different categories and declare winners at the end of the event. Also, the fanworks are split into two categories: Sugar and Spice.

Wait, “Sugar” and “Spice”?
The two categories, Sugar and Spice, refer to fanwork ratings. Sugar is anything rated PG-13 or lower. There should be no nudity or sexual images (or copious amounts of gore) in a sugar piece. Spice is R and above. It can include explicit sex and/or violence. This system helps us accommodate everyone’s tastes.

So what’s up with this whole voting thing? How does it work? What do you win?
Everyone, including those who weren’t able to participate, will be able to vote for their favorite fanworks. Categories include the following: Best Sugar (first, second, and third place), Best Spice (first, second, and third place), and a few unannounced categories the mods may come up with later. As an example, last year’s mod categories were Most Unexpected Pairing and Best Last Line, but they may be different this year! Our Fearless Leader [personal profile] twist_shimmy has volunteered to create icons or banners of the winners’ choosing as prizes, and there may be others. Plus winning is GLORIOUS :D

What’s the timeline, huh?
Signups open right now, and close on Wednesday, January 18. You will receive the name of your fanwork recipient and the info they gave us by Sunday, January 22 at the latest. Submissions are due by Sunday, February 12. That means you’ll have a minimum of three weeks to complete and submit your fanwork. Then we’ll get everything formatted properly and post it on [personal profile] thedas_ficarchive on Tuesday, February 14! At that point we’ll announce the timeline for voting. Psyched yet?

How do I submit my totally amazing fanwork when it’s done?
E-mail your completed fic or art to lennanightrunner[at]gmail[dot]com. Please submit it as a .doc, .docx, .odt, or .txt file if it’s a fic or a .jpg or .gif if it’s an image (Talk to us if that’s a problem for some reason).

That sounds awesome, Lenna! How do I sign up?
To participate, please fill out the following form and post it as a comment here. I’ll post a comment with my information as an example.

I want to [write/draw].
I like [DAO/DA2/both games].
I want to create [sugar/spice/either].
I want to receive [sugar/spice/either].
I want to create [het/slash/femmeslash/any].
I want to receive [het/slash/femmeslash/any].
Three characters I like to write/draw are ____, ____, and _____.
Three characters I don’t like to write/draw are ____, ____, and _____.
Three characters I’d like in a fic/pic are ____, ____, and _____.
Three characters I wouldn’t like in a fic/pic are ____, ____, and _____.
Comments/Other info? ____.

**PLEASE NOTE** When listing your characters, keep in mind that: 
1) PCs count as characters, so you can specify, e.g. m!Mahariel, f!Surana, m!Hawke, etc. OR you can just put Mahariel, Surana, or Hawke if it's not a gender issue. This information will give you an opportunity to a) include or exclude certain origins, b) indicate whether you'd like PCs to be involved or not. However, please do not list a specific PC (e.g. Caerwyn) as a character.
2) Avoid obscure characters. You might be a huge Alfstanna fan or think a fic about Mouse would be awesome, but keep in mind that the lesser known a character is, the harder it will be for us to find someone to write that character.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me or [personal profile] amhran_comhrac. We’re very excited to be holding this swap again, and we hope you’ll join us!

Much love!

P.S. If you want to know more or get a head start, check out last year’s submissions at [personal profile] thedas_ficarchive
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Aithne's Old Roads Omnibus and my Christmas Kindle has inspired me to channel my inner librarian (hopefully to become an outer librarian in the next few years!) and start up our own library of e-books.

So. This is how this will work.

Email us ( with your e-book cover and an e-reader copy of your completed fic (.mobi or epub or both if you have them) and I will compile them and put them up on a new mediafire account for general download. Then I'll make a master post here with pretty pictures of all your covers and a link to the books for people to download!

I'd like for this to be completed fics only, if that's ok, simply because I'd have to take down each file and put it back up again each time a fic is updated. On the library master post I will put:

A Book Cover: that you make, which should include Title, Author etc. If you have (like me) made book covers out of commissioned or gifted fanart, make sure you credit the artist as well. ON THAT NOTE, make sure you have PERMISSION from the artist to use ANY artwork as a cover, if it isn't your own. 
A Blurb: Short abstract or extract from the story so people have some idea of what it is about.
Your contact details: (should you want them, tumblr,, dreamwidth journal or your email, or all of them) so that people can contact you and leave reviews)
A link: to the mediafire download.

ALTERNATIVELY: You can just provide me with a cover and a link to your Archive of Our Own version of the completed fic, and people can simply download their own version from that site! However, some people don't use/haven't been invited to/don't want their stuff up on Archive of Our Own, which is why I'm offering the other option.

Depending on how many fics we get I'll organise them by author/genre etc (obviously I won't have to do that until we have more than one or two!)

If you're having trouble converting to e-reader format, you can ask me to do it (best way to do that is to have it posted on AO3, since I can just click the download button and work from there with my version of calibre).

A few things:

NATURALLY all work that you submit belongs to you and you alone. I will not alter any files I have been given before I put them onsite, unless you have given me express permission to convert files you give me to e-book format.

If at any stage you wish your work to be taken down, simply inform me and I will do so immediately.

If you prefer, you can host the book on your own file share site and simply give me the link. It'll be up to you to make sure you have all the versions necessary and maintain the website that is hosting it.

OH EDITED TO ADD: If you email us your fic, please put a comment here telling me. I'll check the email once a day any way, but just in case my brain fails it would be good to have another reminder :D.

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Yup you read right. Bioware is running one. Details are at the BSN HERE  Now we have a slew of talented types here, I'm fully expecting y'all to blitz it and then share the booty (or at least, post pictures of your winnings!)

For those of you who aren't members of BSN (you will have to join in order to enter) the details are as follows, from Chris Priestly on the BSN site:

We’re pleased to announce a Dragon Age Creative Writing Challenge to celebrate the launch of lead writer David Gaider’s book Dragon Age: Asunder. The rules are simple—write a short story from the perspective of a Mage or Templar. Email finished work to and include your BSN username. Also, please post an abstract of your story (50-100 words) in this thread for everyone to see! 

 Entries must be an original, unpublished work of fiction in the English language and no longer than 2,500 words. Multiple submissions WILL NOT be accepted. Please do not include explicit sexual descriptions or excessive violence. Writing will be judged on originality, understanding of & respect for the Intellectual Property, writing quality, grammar & spelling, and keeping within the parameters established in the Dragon Age Universe. The last day we are accepting entries is January 10th, 2012! 

 The Community Team will choose our top five favorites who will receive a complimentary copy of Dragon Age Asunder signed by David Gaider and have their entries read by the man himself! David will choose the overall winner. This winner will receive a full suite of products from the Razer Dragon Age II line: keyboard, mouse, mouse mat, and messenger bag to assist in his or her future writing endeavors. He or she will also be invited to a private Skype Q&A with David Gaider. 

Looking forward to seeing the creativity that drives our community! Be sure to read Dragon Age Asunder to inspire and inform your writing!  

I don't know about you guys, but the private Skype Q&A with David Gaider... would kind of blow my mind a little bit. 

ALSO SECRET SANTA REMINDER. If you're having difficulty filling your request please message me! I'm assuming everyone is fine, considering I haven't had any calls for help. Check out the gifts that have already been made! They are awesome!


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Check your DW inboxes for who you got, and what they requested. Remember this is supposed to be secret, so don't go blabbing your people to anyone, and if there's a major problem with what they've asked for, let ME know and I'll try to fix it for you, just so we don't let the cats out of the bags.

If you're not sure who your person is, go HERE to the sign up post and have a look at their journal. Get to know them! Find out what makes them glow with happiness!

Fics and Art are due as close to Christmas as you can manage. Post them here, and tag them community: secret santa (shiny new tag) so we can all have fun reading and viewing what you've made for your partner.

ABOVE ALL, HAVE FUN! This should be awesome!
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Ooookay. So Christmas/New Year is rapidly approaching, and we could do with presents, right? So, I'm going to arrange a secret santa for the community. If you want to contribute fic or art to a secret santa pool, register your name below, together with a character/pairing you would like to receive fic or art of. 

This will be a proper secret santa. In that, I'll put EVERYONE's name in a hat, then pull them out one by one. It won't be a fic or art swap, the person who gets you will not be the person who you get, unless there is a coincidence, which does, admittedly, sometimes happen. It will be as random as I can make it :D. I will make one condition - if for whatever reason you don't want to write or draw the pairing or character your secret santa has asked for, I will act as a mediator and negotiate something different between the two of you. I will do this without informing you or your partner who the other party is so we can maintain the surprise.

Naturally if there is a problem I'll need to know as soon as possible in order to get as much time in there for people to do their thing before New Year.

If you need to pull out at any time also, please let me know and I'll attempt to arrange a substitution. If you're just going to be a little bit late you can tell me also, most of us are pretty easy going and won't mind if we get our presents POST Christmas :D.

Sample comment from me below, if anyone would like to know exactly how I would like you to set them out! I'm not going to screen comments - I will inform you by message who your secret santa receiver is, and this is just the sign up!

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This month it is brought to you by the lovely [personal profile] scarylady

Let's Have a Mash Up!

We see plenty of lovely DA fics, but very few fun cross-overs - time to fix that, I say!

To start you off, here's a few prompts that might tickle your fancy. Feel free to use them, change them, spindle and mutilate them as you wish.

~ oo ~

The sound that broke the quiet of the night-time camp was like nothing they had ever heard before; as though a thousand golems ground a nick from a thousand swords with a thousand whetstones in perfect synchronized time. The alarm was given by those on watch, but it was hardly needed; bodies were already scrambling through tent flaps, buckling on armour and reaching for weapons.

Before their fearful and astonished gaze, a regular shape coalesced out of the pre-dawn mist; taller than a man, smooth sides dimpled with square panels, strange runes glowing with unnatural light across the top edge of one side.

A blue box.

~ oo ~

The sign blinked on and off, on and off, on and off. It was pink, overly bright and hurt Alistair's bleary eyes as he opened them. There had been a fight, he recalled, an abomination throwing spells. He had tried to reach it, to use templar force to knock the power from it, but the spell had hit him first, pulling him down into blackness and quiet.

And now… he was in a chair. The visor of his helmet must be up, he could feel it clamped around his head, but the light… the light was so bright.

The helmet released him, the chair tipping forward slightly, encouraging him to stand. His legs felt strange, as though they belong to someone else. He could hear faint Antivan curses from the adjacent chair.

The voice came from everywhere and nowhere, overly loud and harsh on his ears despite the mellow, well-modulated tones:

"As with all role-playing adventures you will experience a certain amount of disorientation on leaving the game. It will be several minutes before your real-life memories return. So, in the meantime, please disengage the game-playing machinery and relax until an attendant is free to answer any of your questions.

On behalf of Leisure World International, may we be the first to say, welcome back to reality!"

~ oo ~

The demon was a long way from his usual hunting grounds; the Fade here was paler, the air thinner, the pink tinge of home almost entirely missing.

He sniffed the air, looking for weakness, the delicious whiff of Pride that would take him to the thicker, tastier world of men. A prideful man, a good fit for his being; two pieces of the puzzle to slot together and give him solid flesh to wear.

When the aroma hit him, his scaly knees almost buckled at the intensity, but the scent came not from the physical world. It was here, right here in the Fade. Never had he felt such Pride, never experienced such force and power in a mortal. It pulled at the very heart of his being, drawing him to where a tiny, mewling baby lay on the ground.

A baby? This tiny being held such Pride? The demon shrugged. A being of half-flesh, here in the Fade, not a mortal at all, no foothold to the world. But the Pride he felt would strengthen his own, make him more powerful. He must eat this Fade child, absorb its vibrant being. Clawed hands reached down for fragile flesh, twisted jaws opened to reveal pointed teeth. The taste… so delicious, pride and ego and power coursing through his veins…

Lord Voldemort opened his eyes on a new world and a new powerful form. Ugly, but functional. It would suffice.

~ oo ~

Nothing striking your fancy? No fresh ideas coming to mind? Ask me for a specific prompt for you and I'll have a stab at it.

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This is a post to chat about it. Obviously, SPOILERS. BE WARNED. Also...

Read more... )
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 Apologies for the big delay this time, rather than the small one I normally have, but I've been on holidays! YAY.

In any case this month it is from the lovely [personal profile] visser :

Pick a character, before they were a templar, or a mage, a Warden, or royalty, and write a story about their childhood.

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This month it's our lovely [personal profile] twist_shimmy 's turn and I think you'll all agree it's a dooooozy :D.

This month's prompt:

Sensible justifications for game mechanics. Why only four party members? Why are Daveth and Jory naked at the Joining? What happens if someone else tries to equip Morrigan's amulet? 

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We're just all going to ignore that I have no idea what the first day of the month is. Right. RIGHT?

This month's prompt is from the gorgeous [personal profile] mnemehoshiko who gives us this little gem (which I fully intend to use! THIS TIME I WILL BLOODY WRITE A PROMPT RESPONSE DAMMIT)

Weeell, Mneme is starting grad school this month so LESSONS! Examples: Sebastian learning archery from his grandfather. Anders setting random Templars on fire BY ACCIDENT in the circle. Zervan in Crow training. ISABELA TEACHING PIRATE LESSONS! ETC. God, I'm a nerd.
If someone includes math/maths somehow I WILL LOVE YOU FOR EVER.

tl;dr: Prompt -
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OMG I AM SO BAD I FORGOT again. *kicks her iphone*

From the gorgeous Sleepyowlet, this months prompt!

Inspired by recent events in my life the monthly prompt is "Absent Family".
I'd like to read about the characters missing their loved ones. Perhaps Nathaniel in the Free Marches, perhaps Anders thinking about his family in the mage tower, Celia missing her husband and Anora missing her father, baby Cousland thinking about Bryce and Elanor... the possibilities are endless.


As per usual, simply mark your prompt responses with a "prompt response" tag, as well as any other tags that are relevant. There will be another seasonal prompt coming up soon also! Midwinter/Midsummer in nature, so pop your thinking caps on for it.



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March 26th

Dragonmod here!

I'm not dead! Expect a bit of maintenance happening behind the scenes, as well as a post I've been meaning to get live for a while coming soon.


For the record, we're no longer considering DLC spoilerrific, especially now that we're in the dry spell between DLCs and the new DA game.

Thanks darlings!


To all our new friends, if you want to join and don't have a Dreamwidth account, go to this thread right now. Request a code, we've got plenty to go around!


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