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SC 2023 | Reading Challenge

Confronting the mountain of articles that have been sitting in my reading list!

Let the Reading Begin!
We're pulling up a mug with our favorite sippy, because it's finally time for the reading challenge!   Let's get to it, because boy do I have a long reading list...
Still waiting for my promised "grab your sippy and go worldbuild" mug!

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Want Secrets?
Certain articles may have additional secrets for GMs — pick the role that suits you!
Seeker — Player Knowledge
Dawnbringer — GM Secrets
One of the prompts I chose, of course, was the one I sponsored! I really sat down and dug into those articles, so I thought it would make sense to feature them! The other two prompts, however, I chose based on two articles that really stood out to me during the event. I really liked those, so I went on a quest to find others that I'd enjoy!

A powerful organization in your world

Omnifaith Inc by Qurilion
This article by Qurilion was one of the first articles of SummerCamp this year that I got to sit down and read, and it was one that took me through all stages of grief, humor, dread, and amusement.   Excellent writing, and a strong capture of the dystopian nature of turning faith into a paid commodity.

A species known for its mischievous personality

Tinkits by Stormbril
When I think about mischievous creatures, I can only imagine scrungly little grabby hands, and Stormbril's tinkits embody all of the grabby-handed mischief one could ever want in a creature. The sketches have my heart.   I would forfeit all mortal possessions to a tinkit if it only asked for them. But I think we all know they're not going to ask.
Species | Jul 12, 2023
If you ever wanted a little fiery friend, these whimsical little creatures may follow you, if you capture their interest!
Goblins & Trolls
Species | Nov 24, 2023

A relationship built on trust, violence, and highway robbery.

With wonderful artwork and a delightful tone, this is an article I'm glad I stumbled upon in my search for reading challenge subjects!
Species | Oct 20, 2023

Mischievous magical pages that have come to life to cause chaos and spread knowledge. Literally.

Pages come to life — a concept I adore! I had to snap up these interesting creatures for my challenge after it was mentioned in my chapter.


A historical figure still venerated today, and why.

As the community sponsor for this particular prompt, I read 300 articles about venerated historical figures! If you'd like to see a list of twenty of these excellent articles, go check out my SC 2023 Sponsor's Picks!   Because my heart can't take the prospect of making any more cuts, I will allow the D10 of truth decide which three articles I will feature within this article for the purpose of the reading challenge! But you'll be missing out on some real gems if you don't browse the full list!

Goals & Thoughts

This SummerCamp has been an absolute delight, and it was such a vibrant event to share with the community this year!
Feral & Dewy
Thank you everyone who bought in to Camp Feral and really made it shine! Between spreading the feral cheer, partaking in Feral Fridays, and being excellent beans to one another, my feral campers really delivered a high-energy summer, filled with only the best vibes possible!   Same goes to my fellow Dewy Diamonds, who I heard were largely successful in meeting their diamond goals... amazing!  
Feral!Line was born this year, and as I write out my reading challenge article, preparations are being made for their hibernation... but, have no fear. The Feral will awaken again, when the time is right.   I'll be cooking up ways to make the Camp Feral experience even more fun next year! But until then, the feral must take a well-deserved nap... and so should you! A round of naps for the community, on the house!

My Goals for the Rest of 2023

  My first goal is to solidify the beginner's experience in Malkora.
My SummerCamp yielded some excellent lore for my Kingdom of Arsavela, and one of my goals will be tying those things together more throughout the rest of the year.   With my goal of making Arsavela Malkora's effective "starting zone," I'd like to set up a collection of articles that introduce the region, and the world at large, in a more comprehensive way.   Perhaps it's time to finally start planning that world primer.

My second goal is to identify the secrets of my world.
This goal is a carry-over from last year's SummerCamp, as it's one I never really took the time to properly address. I have lots and lots of secrets in Malkora, as well as information intended for different access levels and subscriber groups, but they're not tucked away in the appropriate ways throughout my articles.   I need to restructure my Patreon, and wonder if I might jump ship to Ko-fi. Once that's settled, I may be able to better identify how my information will be separated.

My third goal is to... take a dang break.
When it comes to time, I often find that it's a resource that simply does not keep itself regularly available to me. When I say "take a break," I really mean that I need to focus on organizing my priorities and stop adding heaping helpings of additional tasks to my plate on a whim.   I'm in the middle of a contract that will keep me very busy well into November — but only if I stay on top of my schedule. I want to be finished before WorldEmber takes off!   I have a lot of other projects I want to dive into. Let's see if we can find pockets of time for them, without preventing me from staying on top of my workload.
My SummerCamp Hub
You can find the collection of articles I've made throughout the event over here in my hub — this will feature all of the work I've made once the article is constructed.  
SummerCamp 2023 | Feral Awakening
Generic article | Sep 16, 2023
Favorite Entry
My favorite entry from my own lineup happens to be a powerful organization, so it's only fitting that the prompt was part of my reading challenge.  
Champions of the Dawn
Organization | Mar 20, 2024

The pantheon which once walked Malkora as mortal champions of the gods.

My Pledge
It's fun to look back and see what plans I made, what ideas I came up with, and how much actually showed during the actual event. Here's my pledge article!  
SummerCamp 2023 Pledge
Generic article | Aug 23, 2023

My pledge to bring my most feral energy for SummerCamp 2023!


Feral Fridays!

Looking for more articles to read? How's another 60+ excellent reads for your list?   Each week of SummerCamp, I requested submissions of articles from each theme to read and share on stream, then showcase in these articles!   Be sure to give these articles some likes and kind comments as you go!   Thank you for all of the submissions, friends! It's been lovely getting to read your work!

Cover image: by Strixxline


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Aug 25, 2023 19:55 by Chris L

Thank you for Feral Fridays during Summer Camp itself! It was always nice to listen in to you reading other folks' articles while I was working and nice to hear you read some of mine. You have some great picks here that I want to go through. Nice to see "Goblins & Trolls" in here after you showcased them on your stream!

For your consideration, my submissions for the WorldAnvil Worldbuilding Awards 2024. (I've also included some of my favorites other worldbuilders.)

Aug 25, 2023 19:59 by Polina "Line" Arteev

Feral Fridays were the highlight of the event for me <3 I feel like I never take the time to stop and read others' articles because time gets to be such a blur for me, but this gave me the perfect opportunity to not only read more articles, but share them with others!   Looking forward to what fun and exciting content I might stumble upon in future events :)

Seek a new dawn, in Malkora!
The Feral Sovereign sleeps peacefully, but will return...
Aug 26, 2023 22:19 by Rin Garnett

Thank you for the feature! And congrats on the awards :D very well deserved. Finding pockets of time can be incredibly hard, especially with competing priorities and creative works that pull your attention different ways. Best of luck juggling it all, and looking forward to seeing where you take Malkora going forward :)

Aug 26, 2023 23:33 by Polina "Line" Arteev

You are so welcome! I feel so honored to have chosen THE winner for my reading challenge >:) I loved getting to see so much of your work this event, and I can't wait to see what else you come up with!   Cheers to future worldbuilding :D

Seek a new dawn, in Malkora!
The Feral Sovereign sleeps peacefully, but will return...
Aug 28, 2023 02:08 by Stormbril

Thank you so much for all the work you did over Summer Camp this year -- you were an incredible source of community spirit, and I was always happy to interact on your stream when I had a chance :D Those article reads were incredibly lovely <3   And thank you so much for including my little mischievous tinkits here!! They'd happily take whatever you offered and then everything not-offered as well >:D Their inclusion and what you said makes my day, thank you <3 :D

Aug 29, 2023 14:49 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

Yes for naaaaps <3   Great picks for your reading challenge. I hope you get to have a good break and also smash that contract. <3

Emy x   Etrea | Vazdimet
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