I’ve been working on this project for a while now and I think it deserves a thread distinct from the on where I post my other project. The homepage of this project is here .
What’s the Tile World Chronicles ?
The Tile World Chronicles are a set of stories in N4+ Japanese that intermediate learners can use as comprehensible input. Despite being written in simple language I intend to make the stories genuinely entertaining. Ideally even people who are fluent in Japanese would enoy reading them.
Why do I do that ?
Because I can.
What’s my inspiration ?
I am a Final Fantasy fan. Especially the old ones : FF6 & FF7. I am now too old to play these games and spend time fighting ennemies so I’ve decided to use them as inspiration to tell stories. However I do think encounters are a key element of the story telling in Final Fantasy so I have mad my best to have them present in my work.
In what type of world to the stories take place ?
The stories take place in a typical fantasy world quite close to FF6. The one thing that makes it unique is that this world features a technology that allows people to communicate remotely and form some sort of social networks.
What’s my timeline ?
At the time of writing I’ve been working on it on and off for 2/3 years or so and I expect the project to be achievable within a decade.
Am I a native speaker ?
I’m not. My Japanese is not even great. However I pay a freelancer to proofread my work and make the Japanese sound natural (she does wonders!). I actually believe being a learner helps as I know which words tend to be learnt first.
What technology do you use for the illustrations ?
My pages do use any image files. I use three different technologies that have the illustrations being stored as code & characters.
- CSS generated Pixel art using some software developped by @TheCodingFox (thank you so much again for this !)
- Ascii art using Rexpaint
- Emojis & HTML using Twitter free emoji font which allows me to have all the users see the same emoji (emoji are OS specific).
I hope you have a good time reading my stories !