Welcome everyone to The Founding Fields.
The Founding Fields is a website that is dedicated to the art of Fiction. Most notably, tie-in fiction related to the works produced by BL Publishing, a division of Games Workshop.
Your Fearless Leader:
A little bit about Herr Ploss:
Commissar Ploss started his humble beginnings like the rest of us. A sniveling fan-boy devoid of any modicum of rational thought. Having been playing 40k and Fantasy since being able to hold a blast template (THE BIG ONE!), Herr Ploss has mystified the world with his gaming prowess (or so he says). At the age of 14 he discovered a most sacred tome in the bowels of an antique store book corner (sad though it may be, Herr Ploss enjoys antiquing, *cough*). Within this beaten, tattered remnant of a paperback were words that would shake Herr Ploss to his core. Words that would make him question his purpose as a gamer, nay, as a human being! Those words were:“Men of Tanith! Do you want to live FOREVER!”At that moment, Herr Ploss had an epiphany. He decided that he would, against all reason and better judgment, pursue his new-found passion (quite new, as the words above were read mere seconds before said epiphany) for writing.Herr Ploss had always dabbled in the written arts. Labeled a Heretic and ridiculed for writing poetry in middle school, he soon found himself thrust into deepest depths of his conscious mind. Left there to probe the very lobes of creation and imagination, he emerged years later into High School a short story writer. However, the halls of Institution are not kind to the souls of the creative, and a rough 4 years followed.
Having broken the bonds of structure (just barely, he is quick to add), Herr Ploss emerged into a world that would just as soon kill you as look at you. It was no place for a struggling writer. But… Where to turn? Where, he thought, could he find more people like himself. Surely there must be more of his kind abroad? More of these “Fan Fiction” writers. Alas, whilst stumbling about on the interwebs one afternoon, Herr Ploss found a site called Heresy-Online. No, he thought. This could not be! A place for people like him!? Surely this was a mirage, shimmering amongst the never ending dunes of his despair. A mirage set to tear asunder what little hope he had left. But Lo! It was no mirage! In fact, it was a place that would eventually grow to be his home away from home. His passion, his duty, his job, and ultimately his family.
Herr Ploss found himself entering his first fan fiction competition in 2008. On the boards of Heresy-Online no less. Which he would win with the short story “At The End of All Things,” and be crowned Heresy’s first Fan Fiction King, a title which still fills him with pride to this day (the dunce cap is still framed in his office. quite a beautiful shadow box). Commissar Ploss has written a continuing series (on Heresy-Online) of educational discussions called “The Writer’s Circle,” now in its 15th Issue. An Index of the discussions can be found on Heresy here. (He also asks that everyone contribute whenever possible, the discussions are never closed.)
The Writer’s Circle posts saw Herr Ploss inducted into the Heresy-Online staff not a few months later. As such, he found a growing family and welcome atmosphere amongst his fellow staffers and mods. He was initially appointed the Fiction Moderator for his efforts with the Writer’s Circle posts, however, a month later he was dubbed the Fluff Moderator as well, splitting his duties between the Original Works section of Heresy-Online and the 40k and Fantasy fluff sections (much to his delight!)
In his 20′s now and finishing his first contracted sci-fi novel, Herr Ploss continues to be a fixture with Heresy-Online as well as quickly becoming one of its Elders (or so he would like to be remembered). And so he brings you The Founding Fields, a Black Library and Fiction News site. His latest venture to expand the wargaming community. Herr Ploss plans on being around for a long time, as neither his passion nor his prowess with the written word is waning.
Commissar Ploss resides in the small town of Antioch, Illinois. It’s a bit of a backwater, but he enjoys it all the same.
(Biography by xANONY-MOUSEx, dear friend and heavenly menace. Thanks mate! -CP)
Some info about The Founding Fields:
What can i say, I’ve always wanted to run my own website. Not to use Heresy-Online as a springboard, but it has helped me quite a bit. I wanted to take my knowledge of fiction and apply it to a website where i could post about the things i was most happy with, or hell, even the things i’m not to thrilled with.
I’ve got lots of information here already and i hope to have lots of info left to post. I’m planning some author interviews, as well as more and more BL book reviews with my staffer Lord of the Night.
I’m always willing to take on more people to the staff if you want to help out. I’ll set you up with a contributor account so you can help me stay updated with sci-fi fiction news from around the web.
I’ll have updated author appearances, critiques, book reviews, and other chicken scratch blog updates periodically as well. I try and post once a week, if not more often. This site is dedicated to fiction and all its inherent glory. I urge you to follow us and JOIN THE REGIMENT!
Help us reach 1000 followers strong! That would be an amazing goal. I’m also hoping to hold fiction contests as well periodically, with prizes and giveaways from our various sponsors!
Get in with our TFF Associates page by shooting me an email and letting me know you are interested. All you have to do is spread the word about TFF every chance you get! And i will do the same! You can also have your banner added to that page as well just for helping us out.
If you are looking to put your blog/website out there for everyone in the tabletop wargaming community to see, feel free to inquire about advertising rates on TFF. We’ve got rates starting as low as $5/month. And that price is permanent, it wont rise as we grow in popularity. As we grow, so will you, so it pays to advertise with us. Everybody wins.
Any funds that i make from advertising get funneled directly back into the site and its associated server fees and hosting fees, as well as other expenses, like paying my reviewers for their work. So don’t worry i’m not making money off of any of this, this is and always will be a venture to boost the community, not to get rich.
So thanks for stopping by! I’m glad to have you with us, make sure you follow our site, and come back often for Black Library and Fiction news all the time. I’m sure you’ll find something worth your while.