Kkat Talks About Fallout Equestria, Season 5, and the Brony Fandom in General, dislikes Spike episodes by

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     With BronyCon right around the corner, it's time to talk about one of the fandom's most popular subfandoms, Fallout Equestria. Set in an alternate post apocalyptic universe where a great war between ponies and zebras  led to the dropping of nuclear-esque bombs, the fandom is a crossover between the video game series Fallout, and the TV series My Little Pony. The runaway success of the fandom can be attributed to its dedicated fans, who provide a steady stream of music, videos, stories, and art, as well as the excellent writing of KKat, the mysterious writer who started it all. First published in 2011, FoE quickly gained popularity on various Fallout forums before moving over to Equestria Daily where it remains one of the most viewed pieces of work on EQD today. I had the pleasure of interviewing KKat and have included the full interview below.


FoE mixes ideas and locations
 from Fallout and MLP
1) What is Fallout Equestria about, at its core?
Fallout: Equestria is an epic story (both in length and in scale) that infuses the world of Equestria with concepts and elements from the Fallout series of post-apocalyptic games.  This concept becomes a vehicle for a telling a tale about standing up against evil no matter the cost, and about lighting candles in the darkness.  Ultimately, Fallout: Equestria is a story about the both the value and vulnerability of virtue and the power and necessity of friendship -- themes which I believe are closely tied to the heart of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.
2) What was your favorite moment in FoE, what scene was the most fun to write?
I couldn’t pick just one.  My favorite scenes to write were often the flashbacks to wartime Equestria.  These scenes usually involved the characters from the show, and challenged me to put the ponies we know and love into situations well outside the scope of the show while still keeping them true to themselves.  
Particular favorites amongst these include a battlefield scene involving Big Mac, Fluttershy and Rainbow Dash from “Dances of Light and Shadow”, a memory concerning Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie and Zecora in “Distress Signals”, and a particularly enjoyable flashback involving Rarity and Prince Blueblood from “Racing Apotheosis”.  And, of course, all the memory orbs in “The Shadow of the Ministries”.
I also particularly loved writing scenes that involved subtle Chekhov’s Guns that I knew would come back in a big way later.  I planted numerous of glimpses and hints about upcoming events and revelations, and I had a tremendous fun watching fans’ reactions to these elements of the story.  At first, they treated these little details as throw-away things (“Oh, the medical box is painted like Fluttershy -- that’s cute.”), but they soon caught on to how the story was going to bring back or build on those things.  The fans began to hunt for clues, guess at their meanings, and try to piece things together before the protagonist could.
3) What part of FoE was the hardest to write emotionally and technically?
I find the hardest part about writing anything is actually sitting down and starting to write.  So many other things always call for attention or attempt to distract, and overcoming laziness and procrastination can be a challenge.  Even worse is the occasional struggle with writer’s block.  I find that once I’ve actually started writing, it becomes easier.  But that first sentence is the hardest part of each writing day.
I was the most nervous during my earliest attempts at writing the canon characters.  There was a huge pressure to make them feel right.  Each major character from the show had to be recognizable and in-character, but also give a sense that they had grown older and their actions were grounded partially in experiences from the decades between the show and the war's end.  It wasn’t until the thirteenth chapter of Fallout: Equestria that I felt confident enough in writing the Mane 6 to write the first memory orb.
There were several points where I found myself crying while writing, or had to take a pause.  The Apple Orb is a particularly strong example.
4) If you could go back and add one thing from the new seasons into the story, what would it be?
There are so many new things that the episodes from mid-season two through season five have given authors to play with.  But the one that I think, would have been the biggest boon, lore-wise, to the universe would have been the Super Speedy Cider Squeezie 6000.  After that episode came out, I wrote a small fragment called The Motorwagon Orb postulating that wartime Equestria could have seen the proliferation of motorized carriages based on that design, with "Flam and Sons" being the Equestrian equivalent of Fallout's Chryslus Motors.
5) Have you ever told anyone outside of the fandom about your writing? If you have, what was their reaction?
I absolutely have.  In fact, the story was originally being written for a Fallout modding group; I was advised to submit it to Equestria Daily so that I could get additional feedback while writing.  Reactions have varied but been largely positive, with those willing to give it a try almost universally enjoying it.  The story has drawn a number of readers into the My Little Pony fandom, and persuaded even more to give the Fallout games a try.
6) How do you feel about the success of FoE, and the subsequent creation of a new sub-fandom?
Two FoE fans cosplay as Velvet Remedy and Calamity 
I must admit, the runaway success of the story has left me in awe and a little bit terrified.  The success of the story has largely been a very positive thing in my life.  The community has been amazing.  And I wouldn’t trade all the friendship I’ve found in the fandom for anything.  Every day, I am blessed with the opportunity to spend time in a positive environment with a large and exceptional group of people full of kindness, generosity and creativity.
I certainly didn’t expect the story to blossom like it did under the overwhelmingly wonderful amount of support and response that I got from the Brony community.  The outpouring so vastly exceeded my expectations that I still feel stunned, humbled and unimaginably grateful.
7) With two of the “Big Five” of FoE already over and Heroes, Murky, and Horizons all wrapping up, what do you think is the future of the FoE fandom? Do you believe that there will be any more stories of the same scale by a new generation of writers?
I have no doubt that there are many more Fallout: Equestria side stories on the horizon, especially with the recent release of Fallout Shelter and the upcoming November release of Fallout 4.  I expect the future of Fallout: Equestria side stories will be largely shaped by Fallout 4.
8) Will you be attending any conventions this summer?
I will be attending Worldcon, a major science fiction convention, in a few weeks.  Unfortunately, I am unable to attend any My Little Pony conventions this year as my days off from work are already pre-arranged.
9) How do you feel about the Brony fandom, did you ever think that a large dedicated audience could form from a children’s TV show marketed to girls?  With the Brony fandom hitting five years of age, what direction do you think the fandom as a whole is moving towards? As the fandom becomes more and more mainstream, do you think that this will put the fandom in a positive light?
Like any fandom that has grown as massive as this one, it is impossible to accurately lump everyone together or paint them all with a single description.  We have our good and our bad, but it is my impression that we are still predominately a positive fandom.  I wouldn't trade the friendships and community that I have found thanks to this fandom for anything, so I'm completely biased.  
As for outside perception, I think that what really matters is that we hold to the virtues of the show: honesty, loyalty, kindness, generosity, inclusive joy and friendship.  I would like to think the outside world will see us in a positive light... but the truth is, if we do that, it makes no difference how anyone sees us.
10) Have you seen season 5 yet? What was your favorite episode.  
Absolutely.  (Although I must admit that I haven't watched "Princess Spike" yet.  I find the Spike episodes to often leave a bad taste, so I've been avoiding it.)  There have been numerous amazing episodes this season, but I have to say that my favorite was this latest one, "Do Princesses Dream of Magic Sheep".  It is great character development for Luna, and a brilliant way to get a look inside the minds of our favorite characters.  I love that they expanded that look to encompass the entire town, giving us a glimpse into the dreams of many beloved background ponies.  And having the town pull together in a communal effort, rather than make this another save by the Mane Six, was great storytelling.

Comments (33)

  1. Should've asked him how big his dick was.

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    1. Kkat is a girl

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    2. Should've asked her how far down her inner folds hang

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    3. The evidence that Kkat is not, in fact, a girl is openly available and easy to find for anyone who has even the slightest inclination to not take someone on the internet's word at face value.

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    4. Kkat has never specified his or her gender, and has intentionally left that check box blank. Everyone has simply assumed all this time, and s/he never corrected them. It doesn't matter anyway.

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  2. Fallout: Equestria was first published in 2011, not 2012.

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    1. Thanks for pointing that out, I've corrected the date

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    2. Thanks for pointing that out, I've corrected the date

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  3. Fallout: Equestria is one of the most overrated fanfics in the fandom. It's long winded and in dire need of editing.

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    1. I don't think it was long winded as much as it needed more than a microscopic attention span to enjoy. And maybe some tolerance for the fact that no humans are perfect.

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    2. Sure, we'll just boil all criticism of anything poorly written down to "no one is perfect." You sir, and or madame, are a tool. The series is a bloated mess.

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    3. Have you finished it yet? Yeah, its long as fuck, but by the end, most of the seemingly random crap mentioned here and there is actually used.

      Random fangasm storytime over the mane six with Spike? Critical to the end. All the random Pinkie Pie shenanigans? Also key to the end. The Mintals addiction is both key to character development and a huge part of how the final showdown with Red Eye goes. A lot of seemingly throwaway lines become vital when the Killing Joke comes into play, its existence itself vital to deciding whom is on which side in later conflicts.

      Basically everything that the story stops and focuses on genuinely gets used in the story. I reserve the use of terms like "bloated" and in dire need of editing" for when big content fails to come full-circle. Otherwise, you're just getting mad at big things designed to be big being big.

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    4. And not a single thing is an original idea, is predictable and hardly written at a college reading level.

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    5. Have you even read it? Anyone who has knows that the writing drastically improves after the first few chapters. It's like reading Harry Potter or The Lord of the Rings. The story uses familiar tools from both Fallout and MLP, but fashions a completely new tale with them. Saying "not a single thing is an original idea" is like saying Andy Worhol's paintings weren't original because somebody else invented Campbell's Soup.

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    6. Fo:E-Anon, from one fan to another, I'd save your breath here. The other anon here has obviously already made up their mind, and no amount of arguing is going to convince them. Just let it go and accept that some people have shit taste. You'll be a lot happier for it.

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  4. If there is one thing this fandom has consistently over-hyped, it is fucking Fallout of Equestria. Way to ride on the coat tails of two popular intellectual properties, you fucking hack of a writer.

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    1. Why are you focused on this story as opposed to every single other crossover in the fandom? Perhaps there is a good reason people hype it. Perhaps it was simply done that well. If riding coat tails was the only thing that happened here, then why aren't there a hundred sub fandoms? FoE earned its praise.

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    2. You are talking about a fandom that eats up whatever content it can get, especially content that is constantly advertised. FoE owes it's fame to Equestria Daily and nothing else. The writing for the series is mediocre at best.

      I would be talking about this specific cross-over and not others because that is the topic of this article. Are you brain damaged or something?

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    3. I think OP just likes FoE more than other stuff, which is perfectly normal.

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    4. >"Fucking hack of a writer"
      >"Fallout of Equestria"

      FALLOUT OF EQUESTRIA

      Man, I can't wait until Fallout of Four comes out.

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  5. I will agree that Fo:E is overhyped in the fandom, but I don't think its detractors give it nearly enough credit. It's deeply flawed in several ways, but there IS a reason it's popular - because it's still leagues above most of the fandom's attempts at writing. Anyone here been on FimFiction lately? You can't go thirty seconds without finding something horrible and cringeworthy. I'm not saying that lower standards excuse its problems, or that it's wrong for people to critique or complain about it, but try to keep some perspective. Compare Fo:E to any similar story you pull out of the bowels of this fandom, and you'll see that there's a lot of things it does right that are being taken for granted. Even most of Fo:E's own side-stories are utter shit in comparison.

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    1. A polished turd is still a turd.

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    2. That doesn't really have anything to do with what I said, but okay.

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    3. Of course it is. Compared to the rest of the shit out there, Foe does not smell as bad.

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    4. Well, "polished turd" is an expression about deceptive quality, and I was talking about relative quality. If you think all fanfiction (or even just Fo:E as a concept) is fundamentally shit and that the better elements of Fo:E are just polish, you're welcome to that opinion, but it still doesn't affect what I was saying about Fo:E's merits relative to its competitors. Unless you're saying that the comparison itself is the polish? In which case, I don't really understand the analogy and I think it kind of breaks down there.

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    5. Comparing something of low quality to things even worse does not make it relatively good by said comparison. It is perhaps better, or more accurately not as bad in comparison, but that's about it. A pile of shit is still a pile of shit.

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    6. Whuh? What are you even talking about anymore? You aren't even arguing semantics now. You're just rewording a definition to make it sound worse. If the point you were trying to make is that you think Fo:E is bad, I got that after your first post.

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  6. 'Kkat' aka 'Kkatman' started life as a furfag who specialised in torture contraptions and snuff porn. Vocal about being a vagina-on-the-internet, in real life is a skinny-ass honky with women issues.

    Figures that damaged furries flock to pastel-colored horses.

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    1. Wow. Anti-brony, anti-furry, homophobic and racist. All in a single post. Congratulations.

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  7. An objectively horrible anonymous person calls another person horrible because they once drew porn. Must be Wednesday on the internet.

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  8. Meh. Not a fan of srs bsns edgy violence and ponies anymore. Definitely did when I was a shitty little edgelord though.

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  9. While it is a crock of garbage that's over-hyped (sorry fanboys), it still has one merit: It's not /Fall of Equestia/.

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    1. What's wrong with either of those two things? I have a sneaking suspicion that you have no idea what you're talking about here, or that you're trying to judge an orange based on how well it imitates an apple.

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