i have like ten different versions of this saved in my drafts

The Final Fantasy Mainline in a Nutshell

Or, “How I tried to explain Final Fantasy to my non-gaming friends and family, based from personal experience/knowledge of the top of my head/please don’t message me to correct me, internet.”

Final Fantasy : You are a time-traveling knight and with your four friends you save the world in the past/present and then fight Chaos in the future

Final Fantasy 2: You and your friends are attacked by a Dark Paladin and you form a rebel base against the Empire

Final Fantasy 3: You and your friends change your jobs often and become the Warriors of Light to save the world

Final Fantasy 4: Wars between different races, one of the planets may be earth. Bards are spoony

Final Fantasy 5: Voids, amnesia, Bartz sees a meteor

Final Fantasy 6: You play as Terra, who is an amnesiatic bad-ass super soldier initially, but the game switches you between a robust cast of characters.There is an Opera. Final Fantasy’s resident Joker actually destroys the world. Finally, a villain who keeps their promises. Also, if this was your first final fantasy, you feel obligated to hate on anyone whose fave FF is 7.

Final Fantasy 7: You are a bad-ass super soldier, Cloud Strife, who joins a band of Eco-Terrorists against an evil corporation that you used to work for. Your former superior officer and childhood hero has mommy issues. It’s all fun and games until about mid-way through the game and then shit gets real. Really real. It’s been 20 years and no one who loves this game has recovered. Square Enix continues to milk this franchise because they know they can. Also, you suffer from amnesia.

Final Fantasy 8: You are a bad-ass super soldier who is an orphan with a fated rivalry with a weirdo obsessed with chivalry. It seems that everyone’s dad is involved in some soap-opera level drama. You may have actually died mid-way through the game, and it took the fans ten years after this game’s release to realize this. Also everyone as amnesia. - (thanks @ mezzaleonhart for reminding me!!)

Final Fantasy 9: After two games with Cyberpunk/Dystopia aesthetics, someone at Squeenix thought that what the lineup really needed was fug SD medieval aesthetics. Despite this design choice and sometimes getting lost in the shuffle between 7,8 and 10, 9 is a solid game with an amazing soundtrack. It’s the game that has Vivi. Even if you didn’t play FF9 when it came out, this will be the only fact you know about 9, because your first and probably only interaction with Vivi was in Kingdom Hearts 2.

Final Fantasy 10: You are a dumb goodhearted jock with daddy-issues who gets drafted into escorting a cute priestess and her lovable band of weirdos on what is literally a death march. You teach the priestess how to laugh…it’s a cringe-worthy scene that has become an initiation ritual for all the plebs who’ve pick up this game. There is a cyclical world-destroying terror that forms every decade so it’s a race against time to stop it, but for some reason you have time to compete in the underwater soccer equivalent of the World Cup. You eventually destroy a world’s religion and faith structure. Everything you thought you knew turns out to be a lie, because this is Final Fantasy and therefore, as the main character you can’t have a happy ending, ever…until Squeenix granted your entry the first ever sequel to a main-line game and reunited you with your love interest and gave you a happy ending. Meanwhile the FF7 fans continue to cry and look expectantly at Squeenix, who- like Lucille Bluth, gets off on withholding- only gives the 7 fans breadcrumbs in the form of AU games, movies, and spin-off games which feature near misses between Cloud and Aerith, or if we’re lucky Aerith appearing kinda on screen for 2 seconds. *breathes* Also, everyone in X, is able to breath underwater…why was this never addressed?

Final Fantasy 11: It’s an MMORPG. Bad empire destroys your village…you become a knight…join a guild or something? IDK, it’s an MMROPG, whatevs floats your boat

Final Fantasy 12: There is a war between kingdoms, the princess faked her death, a war hero is branded a traitor, your brother went to war and is now comatose. You are a lovable street urchin who wants to be an air pirate…I think? IDK, I convinced myself this game would be good and played it longer than I should have. Fell asleep after two hours of running around a market place shouting lies at people. Game required me to get licenses for every dumb mechanic…what was the point? The game ended up playing itself. I spent $80 on launch night for what is essentially a movie about airships and blondes…but it actually had a happy-ish ending? Kinda? IDK, it’s been ten years since this game came out and I still have buyer’s remorse. Also it has FF’s version of Han Solo and a sexy playboy bunny Chewbacca. By the time this game came out on PS2, everyone had forgotten about it because Squeenix announced FF 13 and FF13vs for the upcoming PS3. Also, congrats FF12, you killed off my favorite character within the first 5 seconds of the game. You bastards.

Final Fantasy 13: You are a badass super soldier female protag, there are summons, an adorable pretty-much official lesbian couple, awesome parent/child and sibling relationship subplots. Religious Empire is a lie, but after you destroy it, you actually get punished because let’s face it- y’all had selfish and self-serving interests…and run into other selfish assholes who like to fuck around with the time-continuity for their own needs, over the course of three games. Also, you hate your sister’s fiance at first…and I don’t blame you- he dresses like a hobo and is a grown ass man who likes to street fight children. Thank god, he eventually grows up after 5000 years. And there is amazing character development. Amazing game, amazing battle systems, with an intricate story line that was worth it becoming a trilogy. However no one played 13 initially, because haters gonna hate that the story was too “linear” >_> (whatever the fuck that criticism means). Whatever y'all missed out. Seriously go back and play these games, they don’t pull their punches.

Final Fantasy 14: It’s an another MMORPG. You can be whatever class, race, or other customization option the game lets you be. Go nuts.

Final Fantasy 13-vs Final Fantasy 15: I am sure there will be Crystals, Evil Empires, Gods and Goddesses at play, time traveling, shit getting real and possibly amnesia, but after four hours of playing, it’s shaping up to be the love-child between Zoolander (pretty boys and product placement) and the Hangover, minus the booze and drugs and losing the groom, but the car gets fucked up and you, a Prince, are broke af. It’s okay you, and your emo-boyband Wolfpack will push your car to the finish line…because it’s taken you damn long enough to get here.

....a very late edition of...you know what.....SUNDAY RECS 😉😉

….in my defense, I had work today and yesterday I was in the worst funkiest funk :| not fun, crying at the drop of a hat kind of day, so nah, I’d rather do this today!

Like always y’all get ALL the Thank Yous in the world for your works! You are awesome and make days a little bit brighter with each fic :)

  • Sleep - @mossandmushroom
    Domestic CS. Set post-s5. This is such a sweet thing, short and sweet, aka perfection!  It’s such a sweet little glimpse at their future, it’s hopeful without it being overly mushy or, corny, or anything, it just is what is, and the aftertaste after reading it is one of my favorite things. At the end, you just get this feeling that no matter what, they are going to be okay, and that’s just fantastic.
  • Unexpected Romance  - @firstbeanstalk
    This is a bit of a S6 six spec little one shot, but truly is just the most adorable little CS quiet moment. Just them, enjoying one another. If love was a fic, then this one shot would be it. We have a bit of a blackout situation, and Killian, Gosh, he’s the most adoring, reassuring nugget in this fic (which in my book is one of his most canon qualities regarding Emma, so yes, it was SO GOOD) —there is mention of sexy times without it getting too explicit at all, which is just lovely. The emotions though, the author didn’t hold back! Again, this felt like a very hopeful thing, I loved that.
  • Mahstatins’s 31 Days of Positivity@mahstatins
    Honestly, I’m just going to rec HER and each and every one of the dabbles she’s written for this meme! THEY ARE LOVELY, I drafted to rec’ Beauty + Trust + Save, but truly, all of them are incredibly little bits packed with all of the feels! READ THE DRABBLES! 
  • Cutieodonoghue’s everybitoffluffyheaven (?) – @cutieodonoghue
    Another bundle rec, but truly, I read one of her newer works this week, but was aching for more, so I ended up in her Daddy!Killian tag, I think, and yeah, well, the rest is history….here it goes,

  • i get to love youIt’s Easter time in the Swan-Jones household, and their itty baby mini me is about 6months, and there are onesies with baby chicks on them (I KNOW!) and little cute bunny rabbits, and baby snuggles, and yeah, I’m trash, THIS is SO lovely! You should read it if you haven’t already! SO CUTE!!
  • in my heart reconcile all the darkness and lightanother fluffy baby bit paired with baby snuggles and midnight quiet conversations in the dark! It’s hopeful, and about healing and moving on. Super short, but so cute!
  •  singingWe all know Colin can carry a tune, so picturing Killian doing so isn’t that hard, is it? It’s ADORABLE let me tell ya! We have Emma catching Killian in the midst of a ‘performance’ to their daughter, and there’s so much happiness, and cuteness, and family singing and dancing! SO CUTE!
  • Every Letter @bleebug
    *I SIGH* *DEEPLY* —I admit, for days (weeks?) I’ve seen this fic pop in my dash, in the tags, and I’ve resisted it —mostly because of my allergy to committing to MCs, but…I have to say, I was wrong and I should have been reading this from the get go. So yeah, we have a multichapter, Killian and Emma get paired up for a school assignment when they are ten, and become pen pals from then on. This story has EVERYTHING! EVERYTHING! it’s angsty, everything isn’t rainbows and puppies, at all, but it’s isn’t completely hopeless which I appreciate TONS! Plus, you have their relationship here, and that is EVERYTHING! They mean so much to one another, but there are ups and downs (BOY, are they!) but everything is so worth it! So far we are on Chapter 7, out of probably 10. I caught up with the whole thing Saturday and I’m truly in love and can’t wait to read more!
  • kiss me on the sidewalk@mermaidswans
    This is a sweet tiny little one shot! ADORABLE! SOOOO FLUFFY and sweet! (aka my absolute jam!) Killian is an adorable dork, who adores his Swan, and tries to be sneaky, but everybody is onto him about certain question he has to ask Em, and of course there is just so much he can keep from Emma before she grows suspicious! again, the cutest little bit! I loved it!

  • Backpedal  - @ive-always-been-a-pirate
    DADDY!KILLIAN! I repeat, it’s not a drill, DADDY!KILLIAN FIC! In which tiny adorable Liam is ready to get rid of his training wheels and the whole family shows up to support him! Of course there’s a bike for Killian to try as well, AND CHARMING! And there’s Captain Charming precious adorable bickering while Emma and Mary Margaret get to witness with amusement, and then, to top everything that is cute and adorable in this world, LIAM! This Liam is one of the sweetest little versions of a CS child I’ve ever read! Killian is this kid’s hero and I DIE! I so do! It melts my heart, because this feels so real and grounded, yet SO SO fluffy my heart can barely take it………….Whew, I really needed to let that out! There’s one particular moment, when all playful bickering is set aside and all eyes are on little Liam, It’s SOOOO GOOD! Please read this if you are even semi-down. It’ll turn your day around, I swear!!

  • transatlanticism@weezlywrites
    CS long distance AU —I cried my eyes out at this one okay? It hit close to home, and I’m the worst person in the world at goodbyes, I just can not take them! I hold the record of the most tears cried at Hartsfield’s airport (if you are ever in Atlanta, there’s a little fact about me lol) —Goodbyes are truly a weakness of mine, so when you put Killian and Emma, falling for each other SO deeply, yet separated by miles and miles, my heart was truly broken! THIS IS INCREDIBLE tho! The writing and characterization is spot on! I love it, I love it, I love it! It’s a complete AU in the sense that they hold complete different professions and lifestyles than in the show, but Goodness precious, it WORKS! it works so so so well! I will tell you this ends on a happy note (in case you are put off by my comment about how much I bawled while reading lol)

  •  Slow Me Down@seriouslyhooked
    Future CS family feels?? Check and check!! J This is my jam you all, them happy and the domesticity, the partnership, the freaking love, the chaos of family life! Just give it to me! I ADORED this little bit! They are clueless and adorable, and I just really love them, kay? ;) this is sooo cute and fluffy, and perfect! read it! 

  • Faith, Trust, and Pixie Dust@captainswanluver​ 
    CS AU —I think it has a bit of that enemies to lovers trope feel, without them being complete enemies? Suffice to say, it’s not love at first sight okay? The way it unfolds from a less than idea first meeting, it’s the best thing ever tho! These two are single parents in this universe, Emma has Henry, Killian has a little girl, their kids are in the same class, and when they meet, they both (I think) judged the book by its cover a beat too soon. They end up working in bringing a production of…PETER PAN to the kids’ school and of course that leads to time spent together, glances here, glances there, but there are trust issues and everything isn’t easy, but again, the reward at the end is certainly worth it! LOVELY read! 

  •  AND…lastly, Home for Christmas@startswithhope​  
    CS modern au, friends to lovers—ish, kinda, unrequired love that isn’t really unrequired? Do I need say more? this thing is like crack, the really really good kind (not that I know anything about its quality, but you get my deal, right?) Honestly, I’ve had this fic opened in a tab for weeks (months maybe?) I have no idea who rec’d it to me, how or why I decided I wanted to read it, but it’s been there for me to read forever and last night I just said what the hell and read the thing in one go. I cried, I laughed, I felt for Emma and Killian so freaking much! This is the kind of angst that I handle well-ish. They are going through stuff (Killian, Killian is going through something big) but then at least he has Emma and that makes everything so much better! This is a Christmassy fic, but who cares, it’s the best thing ever! I kept trying to put it down last night, every couple of chapters or so, I couldn’t sleep just thinking and overthinking, ended up going to bed at 2 after finishing all six glorious chapters! It’s just so great! There’s a bit at an airport, after they have both landed, and Killian has a bit of a moment when he struggles not to break down (it’s brutal!) but, while incredibly sad, that moment and that love between them is so real and palpable in that scene that it has stuck with me all through today. GO READ! do yourselves a favor!  

AND…this is it for today! I hope your weeks started well, and the rest of your week is lovely!! Read the fics, love on the fics, like them, reblog them! Go wild! They are SO GOOD!