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Golden Sun Fandom History Survey

Hello, adepts_gs! How are all you lovely people? I come bearing a survey which I would love to have you all fill out. Your input would be much appreciated, as I'm hoping to put together a fandom history of sorts for Golden Sun Universe, our fandom's wiki. We want to expand the fandom articles there, and this is the starting point for that. It's nothing hard, just some simple questions, and you get to talk about yourself, which everyone loves to do (I know because I do too). Please just answer the questions as best you can, and if you have any extra information you want to share, well, there's a space for that too! Thanks in advance for your help!

When did you first get into the Golden Sun series?
Which GS game did you play first?
When did you first start seeking out the fan community in any form?
If you contributed any fanworks, when did you start doing so?
Every fandom has its memorable figures; whom do you remember, and in what time periods(s) were they active?
How much did/does shipping matter and what did/do you ship?
List any and all GS fansites you went to and where you go now.
Which fansite was/is your main one?
What are your thoughts on Dark Dawn?
Which GS game is your favorite?
Which is your favorite out of the first two?
Which element is your favorite?
Which Adept is your favorite?
Is there anything else fandom-related you'd like to share?
Would you be willing to participate in further surveys on this subject?
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When did you first get into the Golden Sun series? I would guess at the summer of '04, but I'm not certain; all I'm sure of is that I had read a fair bit of GS fanfic by early '05.
Which GS game did you play first? The Lost Age, up to (I think) just before Air's Rock. Then my friend wanted it back.
When did you first start seeking out the fan community in any form? Shortly afterward, sort of. GS was my first experience with so much as the idea of fandom. What I was looking for was GS3, which search led me to a fan-forum - Mercury Lighthouse, I think - and then to ff.n.
If you contributed any fanworks, when did you start doing so? I'm not certain. I know I did some scratching of fic way back toward the beginning, but I don't know that I'd count those as contributory. What I'd describe as contributions would be my pictures, which began in April or May of '08.
Every fandom has its memorable figures; whom do you remember, and in what time periods(s) were they active? mmm... There are three names that come quickly to mind, all of them active at the Pit when I frequented it back then: Joker's Specter, Master of Reality, and Empress Dots.
How much did/does shipping matter and what did/do you ship? Not very much. I go for Lighthouse, Vale, and Aqua, as well as a little... whatever the name of Amiti/Karis is these days, and also a rather odd crossover ship. (Felix with Mary/Maria from the Harvest Moon games, specifically.)
List any and all GS fansites you went to and where you go now. In chronological order, as far as I can remember... Mercury Lighthouse, Golden Sun Realm, Golden Sun Syndicate, adepts_gs. All but the first are currently on my watchlists.
Which fansite was/is your main one? Well, Golden Sun Realm's the only one where I've actually participated in events and discussions.
What are your thoughts on Dark Dawn? It was good to finally see more. But it could and should have been more than it was. Not necessarily more story or events, but more... engaging, perhaps more challenging. I mean, once I get Rief I almost never get any party member fainted until the final boss. Which is certainly less frustrating than the reverse, but it doesn't make for excitement.
Which GS game is your favorite? Lost Age
Which is your favorite out of the first two? Lost Age
Which element is your favorite? Venus
Which Adept is your favorite? Felix
Is there anything else fandom-related you'd like to share? Not that I can think of at the moment.
Would you be willing to participate in further surveys on this subject? Sure.
  1. When did you first get into the Golden Sun series?
  2. Christmas 2004
  3. Which GS game did you play first?
  4. Actually, The Lost Age. I bought it at Best Buy.
  5. When did you first start seeking out the fan community in any form?
  6. Oh, God... probably around 2005 or 6?
  7. If you contributed any fanworks, when did you start doing so?
  8. Around the same time.
  9. Every fandom has its memorable figures; whom do you remember, and in what time periods(s) were they active?
  10. I only dabbled in the fandom; I don't remember anyone of note.
  11. How much did/does shipping matter and what did/do you ship?
  12. It doesn't, but shipping is fun. I ship the canon pairings, as well as several noncanon ones that are contradictory. Alex/Jenna is especially fun.
  13. List any and all GS fansites you went to and where you go now.
  14. Uh. The Temple of Kraden?
  15. Which fansite was/is your main one?
  16. I really can't answer that; I only really went to one or two.
  17. What are your thoughts on Dark Dawn?
  18. MOAR. Also, who the hell did Garett marry? AND WHERE IS FELIX!?
  19. Which GS game is your favorite?
  20. The Lost Age
  21. Which is your favorite out of the first two?
  22. See above.
  23. Which element is your favorite?
  24. Fire.
  25. Which Adept is your favorite?
  26. Alex.
  27. Is there anything else fandom-related you'd like to share?
  28. Someday, I will actually restart that fanfic.
  29. Would you be willing to participate in further surveys on this subject?
  30. Yes.
When did you first get into the Golden Sun series? 200...4, I think. I was a sophomore in high school.

Which GS game did you play first? The first ("The Broken Seal"?).

My bus driver was way cool was buying a new GameBoy SP and sold me his old GBA and two of the games on it for $30. I never got the hang of the Dungeons & Dragons one, but Golden Sun promptly consumed my life.

When did you first start seeking out the fan community in any form? Probably a little after I beat the first. I don't remember it very well, but I'm sure I spent some lunch breaks in the school library browsing the internet.

I spent some time away from GS fandom when it faded and I was in college. In fact, I was in a chatroom being sarcastic to my friends during E3 2009 when I said, "Let me know when they show the trailers for Golden Sun 3", and not half an hour later the first previews for Dark Dawn happened. So, yeah, hilarious coincidence.

If you contributed any fanworks, when did you start doing so? Contribution only started happening in college, I think; a couple of drabble fics, some icons, then I faded from fandom until Dark Dawn. Since DD, I've written some stuff for the belowmentioned kink meme, posted some fanart on my own DeviantArt account, and begun sporadic work on a longer fic.

Every fandom has its memorable figures; whom do you remember, and in what time periods(s) were they active? I was more of a lurker, and spent some time away from fandom, so I can't really name anybody.

How much did/does shipping matter and what did/do you ship? Love the shipping, hate the ship wars. I've recently been toying with crack ships, and occassionally drop in on the kink meme, but there's not one pairing I favor above all others.

List any and all GS fansites you went to and where you go now.
Then: GS Realm, GS Adepts' Refuge, Mercury Lighthouse, GS Syndicate, and Isaac Must Die, but I was more a lurker than a participant.
Now: This community, Golden Sun Wiki, TV Tropes, DeviantArt GS communities, and the Gaia Online Golden Sun fanthread, and I do more participating nowadays. I periodically browse Fanfiction Dot Net as well, but... it's FF.Net. I glanced at the Temple of Kraden, but it didn't really interest me for some reason.

Which fansite was/is your main one? Tropes is probably where I'm most active these days. I'd be happy to change that if someone would recc a place for me that's active!
What are your thoughts on Dark Dawn? In two words: "wasted potential". They could have done some great things with it, and instead there was a bunch of annoying filler that they could have used for character and plot development instead of idle chatter about pigeons.

So, yeah, in conclusion I'd like a sequel that clears up some of the fail.

Which GS game is your favorite? They all have places in my heart. The Lost Age is far and away the best overall, but the original has nostalgia value, and Dark Dawn (I just wrote it as Dark Darn by accident)... it had potential. I like the characters they introduced, and if they hadn't dicked around on the storyline so much, it could have been good, too...

Which is your favorite out of the first two? Again, it's hard to choose, but probably The Lost Age.

Which element is your favorite? Very difficult to answer. Jupiter and Mars get all the awesome characters, but Mercury and Venus... again, potential. There are some interesting things they could have done with those two elements. They didn't happen.

I'm going to go with either Mercury or Mars as my favorite. Mars has the Mars Clan, which are awesome, and the Champa Adepts are Mars Adepts, too. But Mercury has Mia and her underappreciated kids, and Piers.

Which Adept is your favorite? Again, hard to say. Karst is my usual go-to for everything, though, so for convenience I'll say she's my favorite.

However, I also have a soft spot for minor characters like Himi Feizhi, and also characters who weren't given the recognition they could have had for their achievements: Mia was a medical professional with her own students AS A TEENAGER in the first game, so she's clearly quite brilliant in her own right, and TV Tropes has recently pointed out that Agatio is a genre-savvy BAMF for what little screentime he has in TLA.

Is there anything else fandom-related you'd like to share? No, but I've got some questions of my own:

Does anybody know where I can find a real, current Golden Sun ship-name listing? 'cause GS Wiki's page on shipping doesn't have any Dark Dawn ships except Dawn-shipping listed, but I know there are other ships with goofy names.

I would also love to find some more active Golden Sun communities so I can talk headcanon, speculation, shipping, etc. with people.

Would you be willing to participate in further surveys on this subject? Yes! I love excuses to babble about GS.
The only active GS fansite I can really recommend is the Temple of Kraden, if you ever feel like giving it another shot. Also, you've got the wrong address for the GS wiki; we've moved off of Wikia to this location.
Thaaaat explains the fail shiplist on the Wikia site. Is there no way to remove the Wikia site or link to the new location on the homepage?

I'll have to look up Temple of Kraden again, one of these days.
1. When did you first get into the Golden Sun series?
Oh jeez. 2003? Damn, that was a long time ago.
2. Which GS game did you play first?
The first one.
3. When did you first start seeking out the fan community in any form?
I honestly don't remember. But I do remember Golden Sun was the reason I found out about fanfiction and slash.
4. If you contributed any fanworks, when did you start doing so?
I wrote some reeeeaaally shitty fanfics back around 2004-05. They were awful. And then recently I've written some slightly less awful ones for the kinkmeme.
5.Every fandom has its memorable figures; whom do you remember, and in what time periods(s) were they active?
I remember I read a lot of stuff by someone named Kyarorain of FF.net.
6. How much did/does shipping matter and what did/do you ship?
I love my ships. I still love my ships. I everyone paired up somehow, but my favoritest OTP was Felix/Piers. I was also a staunch supporter of Alex/Jenna.
7. List any and all GS fansites you went to and where you go now.
Golden Sun Realm, Golden Sun Syndicate, and many others that have escaped my memory. Now I mostly go to Golden Sun Realm and the lj comm.
8. Which fansite was/is your main one?
Golden Sun Realm.
9. What are your thoughts on Dark Dawn?
It's pretty good. I was expecting more, and it was waaaay to easy, but I'm glad it exists.
10. Which GS game is your favorite?
The Lost Age.
11. Which is your favorite out of the first two?
The Lost Age.
12. Which element is your favorite?
I don't know, actually. Earth maybe?
13. Which Adept is your favorite?
Piers.
14. Is there anything else fandom-related you'd like to share?
Until I'm proven otherwise, Matthew and Tyrell are the m-preg lovechildren of Isaac and Garet.
15. Would you be willing to participate in further surveys on this subject?
Perhaps.
Well, here's mine:

When did you first get into the Golden Sun series?
~ Around, er, 2006 maybe...?

Which GS game did you play first?
~ The Lost Age - it was the first game I EVER bought :)

When did you first start seeking out the fan community in any form?
~ Shortly after starting playing the game, I think.

If you contributed any fanworks, when did you start doing so?
~ I did submit one or two pictures to DeviantArt and FanFiction a long while ago now.

Every fandom has its memorable figures; whom do you remember, and in what time periods(s) were they active?
~ Um...I remember hearing about the Obsession of a Blue Haired Lemurian group whose chatchphrase was "POW POW PICARD!"

How much did/does shipping matter and what did/do you ship?
~ Valeshipping, Lighthouseshipping...<3 Hm, I guess the only one I really don't like would be FelixXPiers, haha.

List any and all GS fansites you went to and where you go now.
~ Here, and sometimes Golden Sun Realm are the ones I visit now. I can't remember all the ones I used to look around.

Which fansite was/is your main one?
~ I used to check Golden Sun Realm like every day, haha. I only really hang around here nowadays :)

What are your thoughts on Dark Dawn?
~ Um, secretly disappointed! The graphics were brilliant and I liked the characters well enough, but it was a little easy and also I was really disappointed that there wasn't much info on any of the characters from the previous games, who they ended up with, and no mention of Felix whatsoever. I thought there were a few details that they should have expanded on, and also I didn't like the fact that even at the end of the game, the eclipse hadn't disappeared and cities were still in ruin. Also Himi had like, no personality at all she was introduced so late, lol. I was hoping for Takeru... :I It had so much potential and I enjoyed it, but not as much as the other two.

Which GS game is your favorite?
~ Gotta be TLA.

Which is your favorite out of the first two?
~ See above ^

Which element is your favorite?
~I like them all but saying that I think water is my...least favourite?

Which Adept is your favorite?
~ Piers. Felix. Jenna and Sveta?

Is there anything else fandom-related you'd like to share?
~ There probably is (a lot) but I can't think of it right now >~<'

Would you be willing to participate in further surveys on this subject?
~ Yes! c: