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Weekly Voltron Fic Recs #28

Rules: You can find past weekly rec lists here, and non-list recs in my general fic rec tag. This is stuff I like, and I have a huge bias toward Lance, hurt/comfort, and general fluff, in that order. Gen unless otherwise noted. Please comment on the fics if you read and enjoy them!

Secret of the Blood by exclamation
Words: 30,685 (WIP 13/?)
Author’s Summary: AU version of season 2. When Keith and Shiro were thrown from the wormhole, they crashed by the Blade of Marmora headquarters and were captured. When the Blade reveal the secret of Keith’s heritage, Keith must decide if he can trust these people… and if he can trust himself.
My Comments: Really well-written canon-divergence AU. I love all the things that change because Keith meets the Blade of Marmora before he and Shiro can warm up to the idea of there being good Galra out there through Ulaz. It makes a HUGE difference, for them and for everyone else as well, and I love the way the idea is being explored.

The Color Of Our Planet From Far Far Away by LonelyGirlInSpace
Words: 13,942 (WIP 3/?)
Author’s Summary: A story in which Lance and the team has a lot of difficulties, because they don’t sleep and sometimes make poor choices as a result and others are forced to suffer more than they deserve due to those poor choices. Or Lance gets hurt because the team didn’t listen and everyone desperately wants to fix it.
My Comments: Lance is a little too perfect and the rest of the team is a little too mean for my tastes, at least in the first chapter, but this is a well-written and poignant hurt/comfort fic, and it’s gen, and the third chapter almost made me cry, and I’m very, very hooked. Can’t wait for more.

with quiet words I’ll lead you in by strikinglight for goukyorin (sashimisusie)
Words: 5,216
Author’s Summary: “You were screaming,” Keith tells him. “I heard you through the wall. ”That wall, Lance wants to point out, is supposed to be soundproof. It shouldn’t let you hear anything, no matter how hard you listen. What he says instead is “I can’t breathe.” “Take it slow.” Keith’s voice is steady, but as Lance’s eyes struggle to focus his face is a blur. The image goes shaky and then comes clear, shaky then clear, like looking into water. “Pretend it’s low tide. Tell me about the ocean again.”
My Comments: Klance, but reads platonic to me. Really lovely hurt/comfort fic about kids caught in a war far, far away from home.

Disappear Completely by Bandity
Words: 7,053
Author’s Summary: Lance knew something was wrong with him. He thought it would pass on its own eventually, but as time went on, and the pain continued, he realized that something inside of him must be very broken.
My Comments: Possibly my favorite fic this week. So far I’ve read it three times. Lance’s trauma is so awful and visceral, and the aftermath is realistic and carefully handled. There are no easy solutions, but things do get better, and everyone is doing their best to help.

Space Mall Take 2 by CondensationOnGlass
Words: 3,618
Author’s Summary: Shiro won’t stand for the Paladins looking like no-good troublemakers. And with the Galra Empire so spread out and with such a gripping hold, they may need more than what they have. And for some reason the mall seems like the place to get it. And it seems like a great place to have more trouble pop up. Aka: Where Shiro has to play the big brother and apologize for the others making a great big damn mess, and nearly has another one on his hands for picking today of all days to do it.
My Comments: Equal parts comedy and hurt/comfort, and a joy to read throughout. Poor Lance.

Nomenclature by Awkwardly_social
Words: 7,885
Author’s Summary: It took almost five months to find Lance after the wormhole. And when they finally do, they’re stuck on the planet until the castle can come get them. Lance takes the opportunity to teach the team a little about the planet and a little bit about himself along the way.
My Comments: Lance has had a rough time, and the gradual way the others find out is really well-handled. Plus the worldbuilding is just really neat. Also read the sequel for some great aftermath and Lance with PTSD.

It Is Enough by nadagio 
Words: 1,020
Author’s Summary: Nowhere near close to finding Shiro and uncertain what he should do now, Lance spends some quiet time with the Blue Lion.
My Comments: Really sweet fic with Blue helping Lance deal with his grief and figure out what to do next.

mostly void, partially stars by dakhtar
Words: 9,403 (WIP 3/?)
Author’s Summary: Werewolves can’t be astronauts,” Derek’s annoying voice had grumped. “Werewolves can’t be pilots. Werewolves can’t be fighter jet pilots, Lance, for God’s sake, Werewolves can’t pilot giant space robot cats that join together to become a giant space robot man and fight an evil purple bat-cat empire!” Well, he hadn’t said that last part, but Derek totally would’ve. (Alt title: seawolf)
My Comments: Teen Wolf crossover, but I haven’t seen a single episode of that show and I’m enjoying this fic very much. The worldbuilding is really cool, and I love this take on Lance and the relationships he wants and needs and is trying to build.

Going Up! by Olive_theCat
Words: 2,373 (WIP 1/?)
Author’s Summary: When Sendak is chosen over Shiro to pilot the main engine test of the new Kerberos shuttle, he’s got to take up an offer that Matt gives him: To be a camp counselor at the Galaxy Garrison summer program!Of course, herding five super-smart teenagers through some simulated astronaut training can’t be all that bad, right? What could go wrong? Well, with the help of a malfunctioning little robot named Beezer towards the end of the summer…It turns out a lot can.SpaceCamp AU (movie and real life), constructive critisism is welcome!
My Comments: Space Camp was one of those movies I watched over and over as a kid, and I can’t wait to see what my favorite space kids do in that setting. The author is having a lot of fun with it, and I am too.

Trust Fall by Pidgeon_Online
Words: 2,869
Author’s Summary: Pidge usually dealt with her issues on her own. No one needed to be bothered with her problems when she could easily deal with them herself. Especially when it came to this. There was no way she would ask anyone for help with this. Because she was fine. She didn’t need help.or
Pidge definitely needs help before her body turns completely against her.
My Comments: Poor Pidge, but I wish I had a whole team of adorable boys trying to help when I felt like this, so also not poor Pidge at all, I am jealous.

Uninvited Guest by YukiSkyes
Words: 3,375
Author’s Summary: The most interesting stories about Glasycus Mountain, said to be the gateway between Earth and the Abyss, were the ones about the black dragon that guards it. There was no end to the people stupid enough to try to find Shiro and Keith would do anything to protect him and help hide his existence. One evening, Keith comes home to someone already inside.
My Comments: This is the first of a series of nine stories so far, with the paladins in a fantasy AU, some of them not human anymore. It’s really fun, a lot of great worldbuilding, and some great character interactions. I’m really enjoying it, and I subscribed to the series.

The Once and Future Snore by hufflepirate
Words: 980
Author’s Summary: Allura and Coran think about the past. Coran can’t figure out how to tell Shiro he’s as welcome to affection as all the younger paladins. Everybody ends up in the same nap pile anyway. (Note: Everybody (on the main team) is in this, but I only individually tagged the people who do something besides trap Coran in the middle of a nap pile while he’s too asleep to know how they got there.)
My Comments: Absolutely ADORABLE cuddle puddle fic focused around Coran. And can I note how wonderful it is that cuddle puddle fic is practically a genre in this fandom? Because it is.

The Home You Make by rednight16 for psyraah
Words: 1,304
Author’s Summary: Sometimes the ones that end up close to you are the people that you least expect.
My Comments: It’s so wonderful for Shiro to have friends who he is not responsible for, who can just talk to him as adults and have conversations that don’t have anything to do with saving the world. Yet another reason I would have been happy to have Thace and Ulaz stick around on the show.

shades of blue by behestha
Words: 1,104
Author’s Summary: Eventually, Shiro’s scales reach a tipping point. OR the one where Shiro has a panic attack and Lance gently helps him.
My Comments: I love these two supporting each other in any situation, and this is lovely. Hinted Shance at the end, but reads as gen to me.

Trap by macShitFuck
Words: 1,272
Author’s Summary: Alt title: Hell or High Water You don’t consider the amount of pain and panic an animal must go through when they’re caught in a leghold trap until you’re in one yourself.
My Comments: Oh man, Hunk whump. This is brutal, but I love how he tries to calm Lance down even while he’s in horrible pain.

Turnabout is Fair Play by CondensationOnGlass for taylor_tut
Words: 7,623 (WIP 2/?)
Author’s Summary: Iconic pranks, blistering fevers, and fair play.Or, where some of the Paladins pull a joke and then get slammed with guilt about 8 hours later, and for others it is much more immediate.Based off a tumblr post by @taylor-tut. Might change the title. Multichapter, and in progress. I’m slow to update.
My Comments: Probably my second favorite fic on this list, and yes, I read what’s available twice already. It’s a very indulgent kind of hurt/comfort that I adore, and I can’t wait for more. The prank the others pull on Lance really was harmless and cute more than anything, but he just happened to be in the middle of developing a terrifying and dangerous fever, so yeah. There’s some guilt there, poor babies.

Swallow the Sun by valkyriered
Words: 1,934
Author’s Summary: Shiro has a panic attack. Kolivan tells him a story. Very background Shiro/Ulaz.
My Comments: The worldbuilding here is freaking GORGEOUS, holy smokes. Just read it.

Defying the Odds by Mists
Words: 13,562 (4/?)
Author’s Summary: *Voltron Season 3 AU* Also known as: The Continuing Adventures of Space Dad Cat! Let’s just say, a certain cockpit is not quite as empty as the paladins believe… “Highly improbable. Especially for this reality,” he haughtily said with a self important air. “The odds of which being: one trillion, seven billion, eight hundred thousand, point three, two, eight, five-” SLAV! New chapter now up! The Voltron Paladins play “Dungeons and Dragons!” Poor Hunk tries to save his campaign from Lance and Pidge. While Keith and Shiro are helplessly along for the ride. Let the craziness begin! Deep character exploration. Friendship, Humor, Team as family!
My Comments: Crack alert! This story is super fun, and I’m not just saying that because the most recent chapter has the kids playing DnD with Lance as a bard and Pidge as a rogue, nope, not at all.

The Pizza One by taylor_tut
Words: 1,268
Author’s Summary: Like four people requested an AU where Lance is a pizza delivery man and delivers a pizza to the other paladins (modern, college AU) while running a very high fever. They make sure he gets taken care of.
My Comments: This author just uploaded a whole CATALOGUE of Lance sickfics, so yeah, definitely check the author profile if you’re in the mood for a whole bunch of short fics featuring Lance injured, sick, feverish, or otherwise in need of care. I certainly enjoyed reading through the whole bunch. Picking this one out as my favorite for the way the others take in lonely, sick Lance who is just working way too hard and needs someone to look out for him. I love it.

Senmō by TheOtakuWithHazelEyes
Words: 4,399
Author’s Summary: While under the effects of an alien fever, Shiro dreams of another time when he was sick. Confused and ill, he cries out for the only person he thinks can aid him- his mother. (A moment of Shiro bonding with the paladins stemming from him being sick, and a look into his thoughts.)
My Comments: Really sweet hurt/comfort for Shiro, and some backstory that is poignant and lovely.

Day at the Beach by JackieNeedsMoreSleep
Words: 1,804
Author’s Summary: The team takes the day off to go to the beach but Pidge has to deal with Lance and some other asshole’s shit.
My Comments: Really cute, fun teamfic.

Intrinsic by buttered_onions
Words: 1,219
Author’s Summary: The first time Shiro felt the Force.
My Comments: Miss Onions just writes the BEST AUs, gah. This is full of powerful moments. I’m so proud of wee Padawan Shiro.

Lost in the Fog by oldmythologies for melonbug
Words: 2,395
Author’s Summary: Each one of them gives him something on his way back to them.
My Comments: Great take on what happened to Shiro in the S2 finale and how the others get him back.

Allura’s Twelve by windscryer
Words: 2,217
Author’s Summary: The Paladins learn that while there are a great many differences between Earth and Altean culture, movie genres are not one of them. Some things are just universal.
My Comments: Cute, fluffy teamy goodness. Just a pleasure to read.

Part of the Team by wingedflower
Words: 3,785
Author’s Summary: After a training session gone terribly wrong, Lance finally reaches his breaking point. Luckily, Coran knows exactly what to say.
My Comments: I just really really really love downhearted Lance and supportive Coran, gah, just give me all of it, just pour it over me, it’s SO GOOD.

Sweets at 7am by JackieNeedsMoreSleep
Words: 1,223
Author’s Summary: Keith walks into the kitchen to find his friends baking.
My Comments: Really cute, fluffy teamfic.

Emergency Lessons by Kalira
Words: 3,210
Author’s Summary: Pidge, Lance, and Keith land in several ‘emergencies’ and pull each other through them.
My Comments: Really lovely teamfic with a trio you don’t usually see put together. The second chapter was my favorite, but it’s all absolutely delightful.

Five Times: Keith and the Dads of Marmora by EdgarAllenPoet
Words: 4,816
Author’s Summary: [Bonus, one time it literally saved his life and he really didn’t have a choice but to roll with it]. So actually, this is a 'seven times’ fic, but that doesn’t quite have the same ring to it.“ 'If you want to rest more, I will stay. You are safe.’ Keith wondered quietly how the person talking to him now was possibly the same leader he’d met at the Blade of Marmora.”
My Comments: I LOVE THIS SO MUCH. Parts are funny and parts are poignant, but it’s all good start to finish. Favorite line: “Antok, listen. Listen, Antok. They are toddlers.”

and yet by achieving elysium (Ogygia)
Words: 1,194
Author’s Summary: After the Castle of Lions is reclaimed from Sendak, Coran finds himself left alone to his thoughts— guilt and sorrow for children who do not belong in a war. written for voltron angst week on tumblr | day one: smile
My Comments: Oh man, Coran angst always gets me in the throat. Really good stuff.

7 Times They Noticed by the_unoriginal_fox
Words: 5,549 (WIP 5/7)
Author’s Summary: Lance was alright. He was happy. He was fine. Except when he wasn’t.“Listen. Are you alright?”
“Uh…are you alright?”
“Are you okay buddy?”
“Are…are you in good health, paladin?“
Are…are you okay, paladin?”
“Hey. You okay?"His team mates, his second family - they noticed.
My Comments: It’s a genfic with Lance being supported by his entire team. I love it.

The Great Escape by Eastofthemoon
Words: 2,619
Author’s Summary: Keith did not like being cold, but he hated being chased by the Galra even more.
My Comments: The latest installment in one of my favorite Voltron fanfic series. Read it all if you haven’t before.

Previously Recced Fics That Updated:

Love and Other Questions by squirenonny
familiar by achieving elysium (Ogygia)
When You Reach Me by writterings
Shifting Sands by Cardigan_Quincy
A Dream Away by BossToaster (ChaoticReactions)
Here Stands a Man by awkwardCerberus
A Song of Storm and Ice by BreakTheDawn
Gate Keeper by MoonlitPaladin (MoonlitStardust) for cupcakelevi
Masks by TiedyedTrickster
As Color Fades Away by IcyPanther
Must Surely Be Learning by BossToaster (ChaoticReactions)
Someplace Like Home by squirenonny
The Meadows of Asphodel by Genesister (papirini) (now complete)
Taking One For The Team by ShiningRegalia
Little Lions by MidnightCreator (now complete)
Truce by kyanve
This Is New by TheHomestuckWhovian
The Garden of Heaven by Genesister (papirini)
It’s Getting Darker But I’ll Carry On by CamsthiSky
A Million Stars Apart by SerenePhenix
Coming Undone by Emerald_Ashes

1ddenisels  asked:

Oi Sasha, i can't stop thinking about the leeches feeding off Zouis star power. That was the most significant part until now for me. I'm patiently waiting for your analysis. Btw, i love your brain. Ha. xxx

Anonymous said:

*sits in the corner and patiently screams while waiting for your AAOOD review*

Anonymous said:

hey sasha what do you think of aaood3 part 7?

Anonymous said:

Love, I’m eager for your review of aaood part 7 😄

Anonymous said:

Hey hey Sasha Aaood3 7 pleasseeee xxx

positivesay said:

Hopefully you don’t get annoyed but have you done the analysis for the new episode of 1d and if you have can I have a link. Thank you 💕

dingleberrylou said:

i had to come to you RIGHT AWAY to hear what you thought of the new AAOOD3 episode. harry “exploding ovaries” and finding how to “use his star power”, “leeches” who can smell star(power) from anywhere insinuating paparazzi etc (draining louis and making him ill), and zayn being able to remove the leech continuing with all his hair being gone… the shade and deeper meaning is so STRONG. i can’t wait for the next few episodes!!

Anonymous said:

Okey the new episode of aood3 is the shadiest of them all. The leaches suck star power aka beards, duh. I mean that can’t get more obvious. Oh and zayn ’s shaved hair was pure gold moment. Can’t wait for your analysis.

agentnavi said:

Yo Sasha, Mark is getting too real with these AAOOD parts 😂😂😂 I mean Leeches that feed off star power? I don’t think he could be any more obvious about this.

Hi everybody. Sorry for the delay. I had to go live offline for a hot minute. LOL Another intriguing episode. I’ll put my thoughts under a cut because this will be another long one.

Editor’s Note: I took out the cut because it was screwing up on mobile. So sorry for this long ass post clogging up your dash. Blame tumblr!

We pick up with a recap of the big talk.

Oh no you don’t. We’re past this. Right Louis?

There you go. Embrace it. We are who we are…

Henry, aka OT5, is well on his way to becoming a pop culture icon. More than they even realize yet. They’ve got a mission that is bigger than the music.

The guys stumble upon the Abominable Snowman (aka the fame monster) and he’s been subdued for the moment.

And Louis is relieved to find out that Harry has escaped the fame monster.

Still got Harry on the brain. Of course.

Yes it did, Lou. It’s too early to get emo again. Fate is gonna do it’s thing. Fate will bring Harry back to Louis.

Speaking of Harry, he’s still at the palace being schooled on using his star power by Lady Gaga. He’s still a bit of a reluctant celebrity.

That sounds a lot like the real Harry.

The entourage, in the form of Riff Laf, is still being lowkey shady.

While the beards, in the form of Periwinkle, are mute and in the background. *stares at the camera like I’m on The Office* Yes, exactly like real life.

Lady Gaga continues to drop knowledge on Harry, letting him know his situation is not at all unusual.

There’s plenty of celebrities in the exact same closet boat.

But that’s none of our business.

Sip that tea and imagine getting this deleted scene someday. What’s on the chalkboard????

Ok, Harry’s ready to know what exactly is the kind of power he has?

The power of celebrity of course!

They’ve all got “it”. And they need to not squander it.

Because many are called, but the chosen are few. And 1D is chosen. They’re the perfect storm–the right people, the right cause(s) and the right time.

Their star power should be used for more than cheap stunts. There’s actually a way to do good and make a difference. But first they’ve gotta learn how to work it. The need is most urgent for Harry, because he’s still 1DHQ’s bottom bitch. They have plans to pimp him out for profit in the cheapest most fame hungry ways. He’s gotta learn and quick.

And so he learns.

And channels the power.

Did you catch that thirsty entourage at the end? They’re just excited about the power.

Harry goes for it. He finally knows he has the power and can harness it.

His aim is a lil’ off tho…

His power still lies primarily in inciting lust.

That’s ok, bby. It’s a process and you’re getting there.

Even the shady entourage gotta give Harry his props. His star power is bona fide. Recognize.

At any point will Periwinkle be allowed to voice a thought?? Ahhh, it’s so hard to be just a beaver.

Gaga is not done breaking it down for Harry. Oh Harry, you have no idea how deep the rabbit hole is…yet.

Ummm hmmm…

I am intrigued. Please, continue.

Yaaaass Gaga, tell him! How long have so many of us been screaming this? Your shady ass, shifty ass, double agent ass, team!! Don’t trust ‘em!

You betta stay woke, Harry. There’s thieves in the temple!

This is serious. These mofos will use you, lose you and leave your dead career and trashed reputation right where they lay.

Speaking of shady, shifty, double agent team members, the Conductor returns. And this time he isn’t even gonna pretend he’s on 1D’s side.

He’s on a mission to get them back in line, by any means necessary. Looks like he’s got them where he wants them. But you can always count on Niall. That dude is rock solid. Take a moment to appreciate. You need more Niall in your life.

He’s got a plan.

And it’s freakin’ genius. It’s my headcanon that the cookies represent girls. We could probably also surmise that they’re fangirls. 1D’s fangirls are about to turn on 1D’s team and create a whole new set of problems they’ll need to work around. 

Go fangirls go! Give ‘em hell! The Conductor is disoriented and needs to regroup.

The Head Villain in Charge sees this and recognizes the need for a new plan. For now, I’m thinking the big villain is a group of people embodied in one character. It’s 1DHQ. People like the creepy Conductor are team members that work for 1DHQ and interact with 1D more regularly. So the HVIC plots and produces a new plan.

1D’s fight is far from over. If 1D’s team can’t keep them in line, then maybe these leeches can. I wanna say the leeches are the media. The ones who give 1DHQ’s stunts and slander an audience for profit.

So the public trashing commences. And no surprise, it’s the ringleaders they go after first.

They take Louis down. Louis whipped, loved up boyfriend with the girlfriend who is a girl. Louis, who lashes out at fans on twitter because of the girlfriend who is a girl. Louis the homophobe. Louis the hard partier. Louis the drug user. Louis the groupie impregnator. Louis the baby ignorer. See what they did there?

Next up is Zayn.

Zayn the sullen, silent, bad boy. Zayn the serial cheater. Zayn the drug user. Zayn the emotionally unstable. Zayn the disloyal. And worst of all, Zayn the quitter.

By the time they’re done with Zayn, they’ve scalped him like Delilah did Samson. They’ve taken the source of his power, which is represented by his always fabulous mane of hair. They’ve kicked him outta the band and the leeches are running with a “Zayn quit” narrative.

Now listen up because this is hella important. Look at the tears. Those tears mean this wasn’t Zayn’s choice. The scalping represents 1DHQ kicking him out of the band and the media frenzy that ensued. ACKNOWLEDGE ZAYN’S PAIN. RECOGNIZE ZAYN’S PAIN. Zayn is NOT a villain.

Now what comes next is also very important.

Henry, the embodiment of 1D, offers consolation and encouragement to Zayn. That means, imo, that there’s never been a rift or bad blood between OT4 and Zayn. That was simply another nasty 1DHQ narrative pushed by the leeches in the media.

Louis in particular tells Zayn to stay strong. This means there was never any Zouis rift. The twitter nonsense was fake.

Zouis remains solid–partners in crime and ringleaders of the rebellion.

There’s too much history for there not to be love.

And as a result, Zayn rallies once again.

But there’s more trouble on the horizon.


Did Louis see this coming? Did he get a sneak preview? Was this foreshadowing? Discuss.

Welp, 1DHQ isn’t giving up without the mother of all fights. So a drained Louis and Henry look on as Zayn and Niall are surrounded by a squad of bad guys.

Oh no, they ain’t done with Zayn yet. What? Did? I ? Tell? You? Zayn is not a free man…not yet. And Niall? Did you think they’d let him off scot free? Nope. Didn’t we get evidence of that with meth-gate? And didn’t we just get more evidence of that with Nelena? This cartoon is unreal.

anonymous asked:

HI, I'm sorry if this is a stupid question, but what's going on with Voltage lately? I took a year break from the fandom and now I see all this stuff about user agreements, having to repurchase stuff if not being logged on. What caused all this, and I think I heard they cracked down on blogs (not sure about this one), I'm so confused, what's going on with voltage?

It’s not a stupid question at all! This month has been a crazy one with regards to the Voltage fandom.  This is going to be a fairly long post, so sit tight! 

About a week and a half/two weeks ago, many blogs were getting strikes on their account for ‘copyright infringement’ and posts were being taken down - including fanart. Some got one strike like myself, others got two - and you probably know that if you get three, your blog is taken down. Blogs did get taken down, though I don’t know which - apparently the Japanese fandom got hit harder than us. The problem was - no one knew exactly what they were getting strikes for and initially, no one could figure out which posts were being taken down either. 

@Nazhuka was regularly updating the rest of us on what was going on. In the beginning, it was thought that Voltage itself was reporting and taking content down, but some members emailed Voltage who stated that they had nothing to do with the whole fiasco, so then opinion shifted to it being an unknown fandom member going around reporting content. A couple of days later, Voltage confirmed that it was an employee of theirs who had gone around reporting content and consequently, getting blogs taken down or having strikes against them. Apparently, they had found content that was in ‘violation’ of their policies - though that still doesn’t explain why fanart or edits were taken down. 

Obviously, no one was happy to hear that - especially since all of us were under the impression that we weren’t going against Voltage’s existing policies. And of course, for those who had their personal work taken down - they were especially annoyed. There was, understandably, an uproar and a few days later  -  Voltage announced a new set of policies, which quite frankly, did NOTHING to clear things up. We all assumed that perhaps sharing CG’s was going against their policy so for a few days - until their new policy was posted - people refrained from posting CG’s but what do you know - in the new policy - there is NOTHING stated on sharing CG’s. In fact, to be honest, their whole new policy is vague and hazy. They’re either deliberately not stating things clearly, or they need to hire a better writer who can state things point for point in clear English. Here’s their new policy post.

So, coming up to date, I’ll start with the one year issue - basically, if you are inactive on an app for a year, you will lose all your stories for good. If you want them back, you have to repurchase. Admittedly, it’s not difficult to log into an app once a month, but the issue is the principle of it. The fact that we’ve paid good money - and all those routes add up to big money - only to then find out that it’s redundant is, honestly, quite disrespectful. I understand they’re a business - and there’s a lot to consider from a financial point of view - but this was just not the way to go about it. As many have said, it’s like you’re renting their stories now. 

Now the User Agreement issue. Oh boy. This is something that I can’t let slide. The one year thing - okay, I’m not a businesswoman, so maybe financially it was a decision they had to make. Fine. I don’t fully understand it and I sure as hell don’t like it, but fine. But this second issue….

Voltage have often mentioned that they’re okay with fanart/fanfics and any other creative contributions - in fact, they encourage it. Well now, that’s totally spun on its head. With the new User Agreement, essentially what they’re saying is that your creative contributions are effectively theirs.

It hasn’t been said directly in plain English - but what they’ve said is that if your work (can be anything - fanfiction/ fanart etc) somehow is in ‘violation’ with their policies (and who knows what these ‘violations’ are - they could make them up) you hand over the rights to your work over to Voltage who can do whatever they like with it. So if they decide to use it - tough luck for you, you’re getting no credit since it’s not your work. 

Their policies in the first place are so unclear that trying to figure out what’s okay and what’s not is a task and half in itself. How would we know whether we’re breaking a rule with our creative work? What really, really irritates me is that Voltage is unable to set down CLEAR policies. I love how they just flew over the whole CG issue, totally disregarding it when so many of us clearly asked for their stance on that. 

It’s sad because I really do enjoy their games - but Voltage could do with a little humbleness I think.  I’m well aware that they put a lot of work into creating something we enjoy, and they do a great job, no doubt. But lately, it seems like they’re disrespecting their fanbase - who, at the end of the day, made them who they are. A business has a big personal relations aspect to it, and they’re doing quite badly in that department unfortunately. It’ll be interesting to see whether they revoke any of these new policies since they’re getting quite a backlash. 

I hope that answered your questions anon!