Well folks, this is it: the penultimate State of Tellest blog written by yours truly. It’s been a long 46 years, but it’s time for me to hang up my hat and let the new Tellest writers bring their own epic stories to this world.
I always said it, but it’s hard to think this time is finally here. I started saving for early retirement in 2018, and my hard work paid off, but it’s still bittersweet. It’s time to spend a little less time squinting at the screen while I’m typing, and spend a little more time with my family.
My last official State of Tellest will come in July, about a week before my 62nd birthday. That one is going to be mostly me saying my goodbyes as a writer, and moving on toward other things. With this one, I wanted to address some concerns you might have, as well as dispel any fears about the future of Tellest. Let’s get on with it, shall we?
The Tellest Cinematic Universe
Of course the show must go on. With thousands of written stories and only a few dozen tapped into, the TCU is going strong. I am stepping away from the consulting role a little bit more as I transition into retirement. Sure, I’ll still make cameos in all the movies in some fashion, but we’ll let Feige take the reins as far as continuing to develop the living, breathing world that is Tellest for the silver screen. After all, if Eliza’s father Kevin could do it, why not her?
Actually, I’ve got one big surprise for you. They’ve given me permission to announce right here on the ol’ blogarooski that a final movie to round out the Feather and Stone trilogy is coming in 2048. Lily Rappaport is reprising her role as Kyrie, of course, and we’ll have some promotional art coming later this week that shows off the title, with the teaser to come by the end of the month.
Legends of Tellest
Who would have thought that this would be the 10th year of Black Furnace Games’ sprawling virtual MMO. Sure, we’ve seen dips in subscribers here and there, but every time we announce a new expansion, those numbers shoot up. Well I’m excited to see if we can strike lightning again, because as of 7am this morning, Director Quentin Aguilar over at BFG let the world know that our fifth expansion is on the way. In Memories of the Forgotten Keep, you’ll experience all there is to understand of Cora. Is she more than she says she is, or is she a maligned gods as some of heroes have come to expect. While Aguilar didn’t mention a release date, I’d start saving your money for a good Black Friday deal!
A new line of augmenters is going to be on sale just in time for my birthday. Now you can pop one of those shiny silver buttons on your temple, and with a touch of a button, your friends won’t be able to tell the difference between you and Garon Bloodaxe. The augmenter will project out a new face for you, and change the sound of your voice so that you’ll really sell the idea! Or maybe you want to be the sweet and innocent Liliana? And of course, who doesn’t want to be the grizzled old veteran, Anson Fysis?
If we had these kinds of things when I was a boy, it would have made your head spin. I’m so excited that the Tellest line of augmenters has become so popular. I have a box full of them at home, and I can’t wait to add these new ones to the collection.
Well folks, that about wraps it up for me today. This little break has been a long time coming, but I promise, I won’t be completely removed from this company I put together all those years ago! With our third grandkid on the way, I’ve been thinking a lot of doing some light-hearted children’s book tie-ins to the grander Tellest tapestry. Any takers?
Ever upward, my friends!
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