Shur’tugal’s plans for the future!

Shur’tugal has officially moved to a new server, leaving the old issues behind, and that “down time” allowed us to explore all of the feedback left by visitors on our previous post, Twitter page, and Facebook page! We asked our visitors what they would like to see from Shur’tugal going forward and compiled the feedback into two categories: what we can commit to, and what we’re interested in exploring!

What we can confirm we’ll be doing in the future:

  •  Interviews! We’ve been sitting on a few for too long, and we’re going to be sharing them very soon.
    • Our first interview will come during Christopher Paolini’s upcoming “featured author” week on Lytherus! It’s a full length interview… and it will be accompanied by an exclusive guest post by Christopher himself!
    • Our second interview will come during Rachel Hartman’s (SERAPHINA) “featured author” week on Lytherus! Christopher and Rachel sat down for a joint interview with the Lytherus team.
  • More social media interaction! We have a fantastic community built on our official Facebook and Twitter accounts, and we want to better engage our followers. We’ll be hosting activities, media, and giveaways on both accounts going forward.
  • Inheritance (Book 4) podcast! Our fan-favorite book club podcast will return for a final run, this time featuring a special guest for every episode: Christopher Paolini!
  • Exploration of Book 5! Christopher has stated that he does intend to some day write a fifth book in the series (which will be a stand-alone book), but it may be a while before that arrives! We’ll explore all of the potential story lines, confirmed facts, and “rumors” surrounding this highly anticipated fifth book.
  • Giveaways! Who doesn’t like free things? We’ve got a bunch of signed copies of Inheritance and the Inheritance Deluxe Edition to give away!
  • Merchandise! We’ve already got a huge range of Inheritance clothing, which is the only Inheritance clothing you can buy on the internet! We’ll be adding more in the coming weeks.
  • Minecraft Alagaesia! A great team of individuals has pulled together to bring Alagaesia to life in the hugely-popular world-building game, Minecraft. With the support of Shur’tugal and Christopher, this team will continue to build away… and we’ll post lots of interesting photos, highlights, and more here on Shur’tugal!

What we are interested in doing, but can’t yet confirm:

  • Even more interviews! Christopher has always been a good sport about sitting down for interviews and we’d like to continue this by featuring an interview or Q&A with the author once every few months.
  • Fan art highlights! Many talented artists have illustrated the world we’ve come to love, and we’d love to share their work with you!
  • Content editorials! We’ll be opening editorials up to our visitors. If you’re interested in blogging or writing, we’d love to share a piece of your work exploring a theory or topic within the world of Alagaesia.

This is just the tip of the iceberg for what we hope to accomplish with Shur’tugal in the future. Inheritance as a series may be over, but Christopher’s career as a writer sure isn’t. We’ll follow the author as he expands into new projects in the future and hope that you’ll stick with us for the ride.

In the mean time, you can visit Lytherus.com — our sister site covering all things fantasy, scifi, and horror — for news and information on all of your favorite books, movies, video games, TV shows, and more!

  • Denmark111

    Woh! Woh, woh, woh, woh! Did you… Did you just say that CP will join you on ‘every’ episode of your podcast??? Seriously?!? 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀
    (Please just don’t break your promises again, that would be nice)

  • shoveleater

    wow, im so exited for the upcoming stuff!
    is there a confirmed date when the alagaesia minecraft will be finished? will it be an open playable server? really looking forward to this!!

  • jkhem

    when is the minecraft server going to be up

  • Robert

    I would love the opportunity to write a few articles for you.

  • Evarinya

    Looks awesome! I’m super excited about what’s coming up! ^_^

  • Tobiasjagebratt

    Mike i have read your comment on fanfiction. I am willing to have an weekly/monthly serie where the fans send in their art and I choose my top 5. If the problem was only Money/time. I can even do it for free. if intressted please respond here or on twitter @tobiasjagebratt

  • Ethan

    Woot! Sounds awesome! Can’t wait for the giveaways, especially 😉

  • Victor

    Looking forward to the changes. I would like to ask about the fanfiction part of the site though. Will it be returning or not? Despite what the answer, best of luck with the future.

  • It still says the forums are Malware… on Chrome anyway…

    Apart from that everything sounds great, can’t wait for the podcasts… and the Lytherus ones as well.

    Will you do the ‘hidden word’ competition from the earlier podcasts?

    • The forums’ problems are much more far reaching. Unfortunately, they grew too big for their own good (database-wise), and maintaining/hosting such a large database has become impossible within our means. Because of this, we’re actively researching ways to reduce the database size without starting over or losing our users. We’d like to, and aim to, bring the boards back online at some point, but unfortunately I have no specific timeframe for you.

  • Simon

    Awesome! But what about Shurtugal Fanfiction?
    I was just wondering if it will come back.

    • It’s something we’d like to get to at some point in the future, but is likely still far out, as it involves a lot of time, effort, and work that we cannot fund at this point in time.

  • Looks like some pretty exciting plans! I look forward to following Shurtugal and Lytherus as things move forward!

  • Ethiwen

    Oh look, it’s working! 😀

    • 🙂

      • Dragonasker

        Its great you got the site back up Mike 🙂 Just wondering if you did anything about the sweepstakes promised in the lead up to the release of inheritance?

  • jd the great

    good no virus
    that is good news

  • The Kandyman

    Wow, this plan sounds great 😀 Can’t wait for the book 4 podcast!

  • EragonSaphira

    Also, I was wondering, would there be a way to subscribe to Shur’tugal? So each time a new article is posted, those subscribed would be sent an email to let them know?

    • Follow us on Twitter or “Like” us on Facebook. We link all of our updates through Facebook and Twitter after we make them.

  • EragonSaphira

    So exciting! I can’t wait for the podcasts! You guys really do your homework. And I love listening to your banter. It’s so entertaining. Maybe you could do Lytherus podcasts too? Talking about sic-fi/fantasy things in general, stuff that’s happened during the week?

    • We’re planning to launch a Lytherus podcast in the future. Unfortunately I have no concrete plans to share as to when we’ll be launching it or what content it will feature.

  • Hey, if you’re (possibly) going to be highlighting Fan Art, how about highlighting some other examples of fan-created media such as Fanfiction? (Of the ‘clean’ variety, obviously)

  • imstillhungry95

    Hey Mike! On Lytherus, every time I try to open a link I get an Error 404-Page not found. Just thought you might want to know

    • Hey, this should be fixed now. Thanks for the heads up!

      • imstillhungry95

        Yep, it is! thanks!

  • imstillhungry95

    Sounds like a great plan, Mike! Can’t wait to see you and the rest of the guys put it into practice!

    • Just me for now, I’m afraid. But the goal is to bring some staff on board to help me out in the near future.

      • imstillhungry95

        Really? I thought for sure you would have at least someone helping out… Impressive