Good evening, Sports Fans, and thanks for watching Zoofights V!
You've been awesome supporters over the last 20 weeks, and I'm really glad if ZF added a little to your summer. On a personal note, thanks for being patient and trusting us to get the job done - I hope it was worth the wait.
Thanks also to every single person, either on the email lists or not, who took the time to draw/paint/animate/sculpt/compose some of the action. We'll be acknowledging everyone properly when Gravitas puts the credits together, but I can't say thanks enough.
THE FUTURE OF ZOOFIGHTS
Contrary to what the sign in that image says, I can safely say we won't be starting another tournament this month! So technically that picture is dated next year, and is coming to you.. from the FUTURE!
Discussions are already happening however, and we've already got some cool ideas for what to do.
What with croctopus building the entire ZF3/4/5 timeline into a boat and sailing it off, we have quite a broad canvas to work with, but I'm staying silent on the theme etc - you'll just have to wait and see!
Next year will have some changes, because I think we've reached a point where trying to keep the pace of earlier tournaments is impossible given the quantity and quality of art each fight deserves.
I'd like to move to a format that doesn't burn the art team out so much (they're doing this for free after all), and which lets me really take the time to tell the story to the full, but I haven't got a concrete plan yet.
It would be good to get your feedback as an audience - would you prefer a smaller annual tournament and some goodies in between, or perhaps a longer tournament "season", with longer intervals (1 week, 2?) in between fights? Maybe you have another idea altogether.
ZOOFIGHTS ON THE INTERNET
One thing's for sure - I want to make much greater use of the website. What would you like to see on it?
I'd like to get a proper voting sytem up, plus a decent bestiary, an archive of great vote posts and a forum of some kind. Not sure how to do the latter, but I think gravitas was looking into it.
I'll keep doing the threads on the Something Awful forums, but I think I want to move voting exclusively to the website next time, to make the place more active.
A lot of people who aren't goons have told me that reading the site feels like they are missing a load of private jokes and stuff, and I want to make ZF a bit more accessible to newcomers. Again, opinions welcome on this one.
Aside from the tournaments, I've been slowly working out a plan for a zoofights card game. If anyone has any info on cheap ways I could produce something like this, I'm all ears.
I've been wary of trying to sell anything on the back of ZF because it would be a dick move to make money of stuff that other people are giving their free time to do. However, if I ever do decide to sell anything, the cash would just go to advertising and maintaining the site until there was enough to share round.
Well folks, that's about it from me. Do let me know what you'd like to see from ZF in future - in the end I'll only do what's fun to do, but I'm not even close to getting bored of ludicrous cyborg animal combat!
POST ANY QUESTIONS OR SUGGESTIONS IN THE COMMENTS AND WE'LL ANSWER THEM AS SOON AS WE CAN