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Signups are opening soon, and you know what that means: time for a FAQ! Got questions that aren't answered below? Drop a comment here or let the mods know. Watch this space for the sign-up form...

1. What is Mega Flare?
Mega Flare is a Big Bang for the Final Fantasy community. It's an opportunity for writers and artists to work together to create long stories illustrated with awesome art! Authors will write a story of at least 20,000 words, and artists will chose at least one story to illustrate with a high-quality artwork. For more details, see the rules.

2. Sounds great! When can I sign up?

  • Sun Jun 6: Sign-ups Open

  • Fri Jul 2: Author Sign-ups Close

  • Fri Sep 3: Artist Sign-ups Close

  • Sun Sep 5: Story Summaries Due

  • Mon Sep 6: Story Selection Begins

  • Sun Sep 12: Story Selection Closes

  • Fri Oct 1: Rough Drafts Due

  • Fri Oct 29: Posting Begins!

  • Sun Nov 14: Posting Ends - All stories due

All closing times and due dates are midnight Pacific Time (UTC -7).

You can find a complete list of our rules on this page, including expectations for writers and artists as well as details on signing up as a team.

3. What counts as "Final Fantasy"?
Any media property with the words "Final Fantasy" in the name, including all the main game titles, spinoff titles, and movies.

The complete list:

  • Final Fantasy I

  • Final Fantasy II

  • Final Fantasy III

  • Final Fantasy IV

    • Final Fantasy IV: The After Years

  • Final Fantasy V

    • Legend of the Crystals: Final Fantasy

  • Final Fantasy VI

  • Compilation of Final Fantasy VII

    • Final Fantasy VII: Before Crisis

    • Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core

    • Final Fantasy VII: Last Order

    • Final Fantasy VII

    • Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children

    • Final Fantasy VII: Dirge of Cerberus

  • Final Fantasy VIII

  • Final Fantasy IX

  • Final Fantasy X & Final Fantasy X-2

  • Final Fantasy XI

  • Ivalice Alliance

    • Final Fantasy XII

      • Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings

    • Final Fantasy Tactics (The War of the Lions)
    • Final Fantasy Tactics Advance
    • Final Fantasy Tactics Advance 2: Grimoire of the Rift

      • Final Fantasy Crystal Defenders

  • Final Fantasy XIII

  • Final Fantasy Mystic Quest

  • Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within

  • Final Fantasy: Unlimited

  • Dissidia: Final Fantasy

  • Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles

    • Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King

    • Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a Dark Lord

    • Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Ring of Fates

    • Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time

    • Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers

If you do not see the Final Fantasy title you wish to write about, please ask!

Also, please note that this does not include Kingdom Hearts or Vagrant Story. You are, however, welcome to write a crossover with either (see below). Also check out [community profile] hardmode, a Big Bang for all game fandoms. Signups are currently closed, but keep an eye out for next time!

4. So, what about crossovers? Or Alternate Universes?
Allowed and encouraged! Just make sure that at least one Final Fantasy canon is an important element of the story in terms of setting and/or characters.

5. Do I have to write one long story, or can I write a bunch of short stories that add up to 20,000 words?
Like most Big Bangs, the intent of Mega Flare is to encourage and support writers who are interested in writing longer Final Fantasy stories. Therefore, we require that writers write a single story rather than a series of shorter stories. Not 20 ficlets or 200 drabbles; one 20,000 word story. Of course, stories can be broken into shorter sections such as chapters, but they still need to be posted all at once.

6. How do I post to AO3?
Everyone will need an AO3 account to participate. If you don't have one yet, please contact the mods as soon as possible and we will get you one. Alternately, you can sign up for the invite queue.

When posting opens and you are ready to upload, browse to the Mega Flare 2010 subcollection. Select Post to Collection:

This will automatically fill the Collection field with megaflare2010. You can also use Post New:

However, under the "Associations" section on Post New, the Collection field will be empty and you will have to type the collection name in (or copy paste). The subcollection for this round is megaflare2010. If your browser supports it, it may offer you some autocomplete suggestions.

All artwork should be embedded within the story. This works the same as it does on Livejournal, Dreamwidth, or any webpage: <img src="" alt="" /> and you should be in business. If you need long-term hosting for your artwork, we are happy to provide it for you. Just e-mail us for the upload page URL. :)

If you have any questions or concerns about the posting process, or need assistance, don't hesitate to e-mail us.

7. When will I be able to post?
We will allow posting starting in early October, so you can post as soon as you're done! Note that the stories will be hidden until we officially open on October 29th, so you will still be able to edit up until that date.

8. Can I post my story elsewhere?
After the collection officially opens on October 29th, you may cross-post your story and artwork wherever you like. But please don't post your story or artwork publicly before that date.

9. Oh no, I'm not going to finish by the deadline! What do I do?
First, don't panic. We understand that life happens, and that things don't always go according to plan. If you run into trouble at any point during the process, up to and including half an hour before the reveal, please contact the mods, and we will do our best to help you. The sooner you contact us, the better, but even at the last minute it's better to contact us than to disappear.

10. How do I contact the mods?
Email is the best way -- owlmoose@gmail.com and bottle.of.shine@gmail.com. Please make sure to copy both of us for the fastest response.


Date: 2010-06-04 04:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] heaven-monument.livejournal.com
Okay, so reading this FAQ has made me rethink what I'm going to do. I understand the Big Bang is not really compatible with my original idea. (Which I may do at another time.) But I still want to get involved.

While I'm here, what's your rules regarding author collaborations? *thinks devious thoughts about collabing with someone*


Date: 2010-06-05 01:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] heaven-monument.livejournal.com
Okay. Thanks!

(no subject)

Date: 2010-06-04 11:33 am (UTC)
pendency: dog (Default)
From: [personal profile] pendency
4. So, what about crossovers? Or Alternate Universes?
Allowed and encouraged! Just make sure that at least one Final Fantasy canon is an important element of the story in terms of setting and/or characters.

Breathes a huuuuuuuuuuuuge sigh of relief.

I have a question about the rule: "WIPs are allowed, with a maximum of 3,000 draft words already written."

Imagining that I have, say, a posted 10K story from 3 years ago that I now really dislike. I've decided to re-structure the entire thing from scratch, including the ending, and re-write every single word. The framework is the same (eg: x & y get married, don't live happily ever after) but the order, the ending, fundamentally the story itself is completely different. Inching around technicalities, there's zero words from the 10K story going into the 20K new story, but an awful lot of plot notes being re-used. Is that allowable?

(Please feel comfortable saying no. I have many ideas for submission, in some ways I'm looking for definite reasons to cross some off the list. *g*)

(no subject)

Date: 2010-06-06 04:41 am (UTC)
pendency: dog (Default)
From: [personal profile] pendency
...the temptation. 0_0

Thanks for the quick reply, too, much appreciated.


Date: 2010-06-06 09:59 am (UTC)
ext_279035: (Default)
From: [identity profile] dentedsky.livejournal.com
What are your rules in regards to pimping to other communities? Are you planning to have some banners made?

(no subject)

Date: 2010-06-08 03:06 am (UTC)
nagia: (ffvii; yuffie; best beloved)
From: [personal profile] nagia
Sorry to ask yet another "Is this story appropriate for this challenge?" question, but the work I'm currently planning is a sequel to Burnt Offerings, and will cross over Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy X with Kingdom Hearts, through judicious use of apocalypses, reincarnation, and certain immortal characters getting trapped in the Underworld level.

The primary focus of the story will be Yuffie Kisaragi's Kingdom Hearts incarnation attempting to reconcile her Final Fantasy VII identity, and as such, will alternate events from the original game and Compilation with events in the Kingdom Hearts universe.

Does this count, or do I need to go back to the drawing board?

(no subject)

Date: 2010-06-08 11:54 am (UTC)
nagia: (Default)
From: [personal profile] nagia
Fantastic! I thought a story that tried to answer the Question of Vincent would count, but I wanted to make sure.

(no subject)

Date: 2010-06-08 03:05 pm (UTC)
shaded_mazoku: (Generic - Imagination)
From: [personal profile] shaded_mazoku
So, I have this AU idea I've been playing with since last year, but I intended it as a quick Halloween fic and it wanted to be an epic. The basic gist of it is a modern AU ghost story/crime story with canon characters (though some a bit, well, deader than in canon, to allow for ghosts), though with some different backstories to fit the new setting. Would that be allowed?

(no subject)

Date: 2010-06-08 03:28 pm (UTC)
shaded_mazoku: (Generic - Imagination)
From: [personal profile] shaded_mazoku
I'm going to go for it, then. The characters are, hopefully, what will carry the story. Even the ones who are a little dead. Won't stop them much.

(no subject)

Date: 2010-06-20 09:42 pm (UTC)
imadra_blue: (ff13 hope stare)
From: [personal profile] imadra_blue
A question! Will you guys be doing any round-ups or posts so authors may look for beta readers? Because my fandom is FF13 and my pairing is not the most common, and it's still a baby fandom. I hate to keep bothering my f-list, most of whom have me friended from other fandoms. And ye gods, we're talking a 20k monster from hell!

(no subject)

Date: 2010-06-22 06:20 am (UTC)
imadra_blue: (Default)
From: [personal profile] imadra_blue
I completely missed that post! Sorry about that. Thank you for pointing it out. I'll put up my info on that post, and more actively seek out a beta when I start working on [community profile] megaflare_ff (just gotta clean up the last bits of [community profile] hardmode first).

Thanks again! :D

(no subject)

Date: 2010-06-23 06:59 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
You're missing FF13 Agito and Versus. I know they're not released yet, but they should probably still be on the list, dontcha think?

-Starcrossed_sky from Livejournal

(no subject)

Date: 2010-06-23 07:18 pm (UTC)
renay: Pink pony with brown hair and wings on a yellow background bucking hind legs in the air. (Default)
From: [personal profile] renay

Our list of fandoms contains the Mega Flare eligible fandoms, and only eligible fandoms. Because Versus XIII and Agito XIII are not released yet, we're not accepting projects related to those fandoms because 20,000 words about an unreleased canon isn't relevant to our purpose.

However, if they come out before the next round of Mega Flare, we'll add them to the list at that point. :)

(no subject)

Date: 2010-07-09 01:07 pm (UTC)
imadra_blue: (ff13 hope funny face)
From: [personal profile] imadra_blue
Me again. Okay, so I had some free time today because I got my studying done early (go me!). Unfortunately, while trying to cobble together bits of story, my entire plot outline just kinda exploded all over my face, and wasn't even kind enough to bring a towel. I don't think this plot is gonna work. So, I'm trying to mop myself up and decide what to do. Are we bound to a particular fandom, like in [community profile] hardmode. I mean, I don't mind sticking to FF13, but I'm kinda back at the drawing board and trying to piece together a new idea. If I get a sudden inspiration from another FF fandom and suddenly switch, is that okay?

Also, is it okay if I take an idea from another long fic (my [community profile] hardmode fic) and kinda hammer it out in a different way? Like, some of the premises are shared, such as the resurrection of a certain character and the same pairing, but the plot differs?

I'm just full of questions. Sorry about that. I'm about ready to shoot myself and my faily mcfailerson outline that I can no longer use. Wait, I better reverse that, or I won't be able to shoot the outline...

(no subject)

Date: 2010-07-14 03:46 am (UTC)
imadra_blue: (Default)
From: [personal profile] imadra_blue
Ah, it's okay! I'm so sorry to bother you--I'm sure you have better things to do. Thank you so much for taking the time out!

I just wanted to double-check, because [community profile] hardmode was very specific that you shouldn't switch fandoms, and I couldn't find anything on the FAQ. I thought it would be okay, but wanted to double-check, as sometimes I can be spacey and miss things.

And this is an example of me being spacey and missing things! I totally didn't see anyone else asking about reworking existing stories, so I wanted to check on that, too. Especially since the same conceit is being used for another Big Bang challenge.

I'm good now, and when time allows, I'll try to build a plot and start writing something that doesn't make me trigger-happy. Thanks again for putting up with my stupid questions. XDDD
Edited (typos) Date: 2010-07-14 03:47 am (UTC)

(no subject)

Date: 2010-09-26 08:56 pm (UTC)
imadra_blue: (Default)
From: [personal profile] imadra_blue
Question! On October 1st, do we turn in something to you guys? Or just to our artists?

(no subject)

Date: 2010-09-27 12:13 am (UTC)
imadra_blue: (Default)
From: [personal profile] imadra_blue
Thank you! When we turn thing into you, that's just uploading to AO3, right?

(no subject)

Date: 2010-10-25 02:57 pm (UTC)
icedark_elf: (Default)
From: [personal profile] icedark_elf
Well, I missed this round by about a month or so, but I have a question for next round.

Can you do two stories? *has two major ideas and both are going to be...long.* So I was curious if you could only sign up for one(when the next round comes about) or if I could do two.

Figured I might want to get prepared if I can do two....


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