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TFF 2018 Review!


“We’re all mad here…”

This year at Texas Furry Fiesta, 3866 fuzzbutts fell asleep and found themselves in Wonderland! This number bumped up the convention to being on the top 5 conventions list, falling just under Furry Weekend Atlanta (FWA).

This was my 2nd time going to TFF and it has always held a special place in my heart for being my first-ever con. This year was an adventure as the convention had grown so much that it was in a new venue for a brand-new experience! Because it was so fresh and so new, I decided that a type of review was in order. So, taking from my personal experiences and the comments from others, I compiled a list of things that set the convention apart, and maybe the not-so favorable things about the convention that can hopefully be fixed in the future.

So buckle up and take this trip down the rabbit-hole with me as we explore the brand-new Texas Furry Fiesta (Lonestar Wonderland)!


(Right-Left): Radar & Owen
  • Growing Numbers!
    —I have made a habit of reading through the con-books because they always offer the most interesting information. As someone that is still new to TFF, I could not believe how small they started in comparison to other conventions. In ten years their numbers have grown so drastically when their first con only had 542 people in attendance! Crazy, right? Now here we are in 2018 and we almost broke 4,000 people…it really just blows me away!
    But a growing number means a demand for a larger space…and this year the convention took place at the Hyatt Regency, right next to the Reunion Tower in Dallas Texas.Β  Already I noticed an improvement from last-year’s space (which I will go into detail about down below)- and it made for a much more comfortable con-experience than the previous year.Because of the larger space, I found that I had more time to actually notice what was around me. I saw a lot of familiar faces and the ‘Texas regulars’, but I also saw a lot of new faces as well. New suiters and a lot of people new to the con-scene. I saw even younger fursuiters than I witnessed last year and at ACFI and just the amount of people really shows how the fandom continues to grow, to evolve, and to include more-and-more people of varied ages, backgrounds, etc. It’s exciting. Every convention is like witnessing another moment in Furry history…and I always find myself getting excited and just feeling so humbled and honored at the thought that I get to be part of it all.


  • Hyatt Regency!
    —The Hyatt Regency is a gorgeous hotel placed right next to the Reunion Tower in downtown Dallas. It has 28 floors, multiple rooms to rent for panel spaces (spanning across 3 floors from ground-level)- a pool, a hot tub, a bar, and even a gift shop. It conveniently attaches to the DART Train for easy travel between points, and I heard it was close to some of the most interesting neighborhoods/communities in Dallas.The layout of the hotel had mixed reviews…but I must admit that I had no trouble finding my way around. The pocket-booklet that everyone was given at registration gave an incentive to travel around the convention and locate all the most popular spots. Think of it like an interactive-tour or some sort of scavenger hunt for stamps. Upon filling your pocket-booklet with stamps from the various locations, you were given a special TFF pin at the help desk. My only complaint was that more people did not know what this part of the booklet was for, let alone that there was a prize. I found myself telling many people about it when they were wandering around lost… but again, the layout was not that bad. I feel like after wandering around for one night, I had most of the locations memorized. I did not have to refer to the map very often and only got lost one time the entire 3 days that I was there. The hotel also had various maps scattered across their walls so that people could use it for reference if they did not have their paper map (again, located in the pocket booklet).

    Most panels seemed to take place on the 2nd floor and past the bar. There were multiple small rooms down a hallway located right next to a set of elevators. If anything, I could see where such a small hallway could be missed or overlooked- but at least people could go straight from the panels to their rooms. All the bigger events like the raves, concerts, and the dance competition all took place on the first floor where they could set up the stages. The Dealer’s Den was also located on the first floor.

    The lobby area contained the Artist Alley as well as the Art show…and while not as convenient as other locations, at least they had a sizable space. As a fursuiter though, I will say that having the Headless Lounge in the lobby could be kind of a chore. Going up-and-down escalators when tired and/or hot…then mixing that with low-visibility seemed more like a hazard…but at least on Sunday it was moved to the 1st floor where it was more accessible. The Hyatt also had a massive outdoor area for smokers and a place where people could just cool off if they really needed to. This space was located on the first floor and conveniently placed next to the front desk.

    Last year’s TFF seemed ‘cramped’ at best, with a lot of people shoving past each other and people being shoulder-to-shoulder. So, the relocation to the Hyatt really was a breath of fresh air. I found myself able to see more of the convention since I was not constantly bumping past other people, and it was a lot more comfortable walking from space-to-space. Even activities and panels were more roomy and there was barely anyone left with places not to sit. Compared to last year where people were listening to their panels out in the hallways for lack of room, this really was a treat.

    As for the location of the hotel, I was not a fan. That seemed to be one of the more major complaints. While the hotel did connect directly to the DART Train, for those that were driving, getting to the hotel could be confusing. Also, there was a lack of stores and other such places around the hotel which some people heavily rely on when they travel. UberEats and other delivery services were a near necessity because the Hyatt almost seemed isolated compared to other hotels. It was also a more ‘expensive’ space…but I found that the comfort of having enough room to walk and play in suit made it worth it.

    Parking for the convention was not fun and was another major complaint that I will go into detail about down below-but overall, it is something that I believe can be fixed for later cons. If I could change anything about the hotel rooms it would only be that they add in a microwave and maybe a bigger refrigerator. Overall I would say the move to the Hyatt was a smart one, and overall it was a raging success!

  • Elevator-con:
    —After the first night, the convention was being referred to as “Elevator Hell” and “Elevator Con” because with 3800 people all running around the convention, the elevators quickly became backed up. People were trying to pile in the elevators in dangerous numbers just to get up to their rooms. I was on the 11th floor, and though my wife was fit enough to take the stairs…I was not (especially while in fursuit). Unfortunately, the inability to get up the stairs applied to several furries, and hostilities quickly grew with people trying to determine who and what had priority when it came to traveling in the elevators.

Volunteers and con-staff did eventually step in and create a line system for the elevators, but this was only taking place on the floors with panel spaces (1st and 2nd floors respectively)- this grouping helped people get up to their rooms but it did nothing for the people trying to get down. I say the worst of it was on Saturday because my friends and I could not get down from our room for the longest time, and it nearly resulted in our missing the fursuit parade.

From what I heard, a lot of it boiled down to the hotel not understanding just how insane this convention was going to be. Their lack of knowledge on the fandom and how it operates made for a lot of confusion in more than just the elevators. We occupied most of the hotel for that weekend, and naturally they had other guests as well that did not know what to do when it came to furries. They did not have enough staff to have people monitoring every elevator segment on every floor, and this is understandable. Like parking and other things…I think this just means that next year there can be room for some major improvement. Also, considering this was our first year at the Hyatt, my thoughts are that it can only get better from here.

But people really should be more considerate when it comes to elevators. If they are already packed and your room is not too far away- if youΒ  are able to, please take the stairs! Also, have courtesy for those with luggage or for those wearing fursuits. Please let them in the elevator before you because chances are they are in the bigger hurry and have the most need to get somewhere.



(Left-Right): Escap’e, Unknown, Rune
  • Parking Problems:
    —Like the location of the hotel, the parking was really confusing. There were 3 parking lots where one could park for the convention, but there was not many indicators of which parking lot you were in when parking! The radish-lot was the main hotel parking which quickly filled up. It was the one located closest to the front of the hotel.
    There was also the Reunion Tower parking which was the larger of the parking lots. It was the 2nd closest parking lot being right behind the main entrance to the hotel. Lastly, there were parking lots located far down the street called lots B-through-E where there were a lot of parking spaces available…but the location was so far and so isolated from the hotel that most people did not know those spaces even existed. While a lot of people got the con-rate parking for $5…there were those of us (like myself) that parked in the Reunion Tower parking (thinking it was the hotel parking) only to leave the convention with a $57 parking bill to pay. I do agree with others that while the Hyatt’s website had a list of parking rates…it was very unclear which lots were what and what prices people would actually be paying. So, this convention was not so kind for those of us actually staying at the hotel even though staying at the Hyatt was meant to be more convenient.

So the costs were not nice for those that could not get the con-rate, and the locations were not the best with people bringing in a lot of luggage. I found that the location of the parking was not kind to fursuiters nor was it kind to those with disabilities as the back of the hotel lacked ramps of any kind even though most of the parking was in the back of the hotel, and the doors lead directly into the lobby space.

There were those that said that using the DART Train was the best way to get around if traveling around Dallas, and while we did have experience with Uber, getting them to find your location at the hotel was not very successful unless you were willing to meet the Uber at the front doors. There were those that rented bicycles to get around but for most of us it was just too cold.

At least for next year I have learned what I can do better to cut down on costs. Getting con-rates for parking is a MUST, and getting to the con 2 days before the con is probably the way to go. My first night in Dallas (Thursday)- the parking lots were already full. We spent so much time circling the hotel to find a lot that was open andΒ  that had space that we missed pre-registration by 14-minutes. So, even though we were at the convention, we could not take part in any of the early events. But, we don’t blame the hotel or the convention, and we can only do better and plan better for next year!


  • The overall cost increase:
    —I will say that expenses have increased since TFF last year. Even with con rates and such, a lot of people ended up spending a lot more money than they intended. The Hyatt did not provide any form of free breakfast but I found that their massive servings could work if people were splitting meals. I shared steak and eggs with my wife which cost us $18, but we easily split it and still felt full. The only downside was the coffee costing so much…the drinks were not cheap so it made up most of the bill.

Bars at a hotel are never on the cheap side, so it’s often recommended that you bring your own booze. I did like the bar’s selection but found that they added a lot more alcohol than most places, and I was not sure on the quality versus the cost. There was also a $50 holding fee for those that opened a tab…and that hurt a lot of people’s bank accounts (in which I hope they got everything sorted out).
Like mentioned before, the parking was rather costly for those that were not able to get the con-rate. For those needing to use Uber or take the Dart Train…by far the train was cheaper, with Ubers ranging anywhere from $25-$65 depending on the type of vehicle you might need. Lyft was a more expensive option, and cabs are even more expensive than that. Again, there were bikes to rent, and while cheap, the weather was really cold…so riding a bike on slick sidewalks was not at all advised.

Food ended up being the biggest cost for those going to the con. While there were microwaves downstairs, they were few in number. The shops in the hotel were overpriced with small drinks costing $3 or more. Even vending machines were $2 and did not take cards which meant a trip to an ATM and paying the ATM fee if you do not carry cash. Pizza delivery and other delivery services were available- as well as services like UberEats.

The Hyatt was not cheap. A room for 4-nights and multiple beds spiraled past $700 easily. Take that into account with registration costs of $50 and then parking, food, and spending money for souvenirs, and there were people easily going past 2k for the trip. So it was much more costly than last year and that was a problem for a lot of people. But, like with all Furry Conventions, these cons are a luxury and something you need to save and budget heavily for. My wife and I made sure we brought our own food to eat (for the most part) and next year we will bring a lot more variety as well as snacks to cut on spending.



(Left-Right): Rune & Elana
  • Scheduling & Panels:
    —I personally thought that panels this year were a lot more varied than cons-past. I found that there were more panels and more things that I was interested in personally. I also liked that they seemed to have more ‘adult’ panels than last year. But, there was a good blend of new things and familiar favorites like the McGuiver Fursuit Challenge and the Fursuit Games. I did not hear many complaints about scheduling, and everything that I attended always started on time.

There might have been some confusion for the panels that got swapped on Sunday (to new locations), but I was not affected by this personally. As far as I know, only some game rooms had issues with what times they needed the rooms versus what times the hotel let them stay in said-rooms. Also, there was a bit of a flub when it came to the closing ceremonies not reserving the room they wanted to be in…but all-in-all, everything was very organized and went very smoothly.

I found that there really was something for everyone, and my problem this year was trying to get to everything while balancing my shopping and my suiting! By far my favorite events was the Rocky Horror Picture show performance, the Dance Competition, and learning how to brew beer. I also really liked the video game room (even though I did not play anything)- I liked how much space they had this year and variety, and my friends spent a lot of time in the tabletop gaming room which they enjoyed very much!


  • Food Trucks!
    —A solid improvement to the convention were the food trucks. It was something that TFF had in the past but that was not available for last year’s con. They were in high demand and this year we got some down the road from the Hyatt. They had a limited window, but they offered a nice alternative to eating at the hotel restaurant or having to order another pizza. My wife bought a cuban sandwich for $10 that easily fed the both of us and it was delicious!
    Some people complained about the weather and the lines, but those were minor things. For the time they were there, I found them to be really convenient and very cost-effective for those on a budget!



[Fursuiters unknown- if you know them please tell me so I can credit them properly!]
  • The Fursuit Parade!
    —I loved the fursuit parade this year! Like the rest of the convention last year…the parade last year at TFF was stuffy and cramped. There was not much space between the suiters and the crowd and overall it was hot and mostly uncomfortable. But this year was such a breath of fresh air!

Not only was there enough space to where 2 suiters could easily walk side-by-side with each other, but there was space between the fursuiters and the crowd! They also placed a tape trail on the ground, marking the route for the parade, and it was super helpful! The route was short-and-sweet…but it was set up to where everyone got the chance to see all the suits in all their glory. I had no complaints about any of it, I really thought that the organization, the space, the lines, and the route were excellent. So my hat (or fursuit head) goes off to whoever set it all up because they did a fantastic job! Even the room where all the suits were waiting to leave was roomy and cool which was a real treat and made for a wonderful experience!


  • Compliments to Con-staff!
    —I did not hear a single complaint about the con staff this year. All the volunteers and the people involved were more than helpful, and with all the chaos that a new convention brings, I really feel like they went above and beyond to help people out. I utilized the help desk often and they always had an answer for my questions. Even when it came to “elevator hell” the staff stepped in and got everything under control as best as they could.

There were reports of people in suits having trouble with people touching them without permission, suits getting damaged, and other sorts of complaints in which they said the staff went above-and-beyond to help those suiters and make them feel safe in their suits again. I can not imagine the time and energy it takes in running the con, so again, I applaud the amazing staff and volunteers at TFF and everything they do so that we can have a fun and fuzzy weekend!


[Shewulf got photobombed! Please tell me who this awesome suiter is!]

A new venue space (much like a new convention) is bound to be chaotic. There are going to be flaws and be hiccups, but that’s all stuff that can be fixed. For some issues, that falls on con-staff and the hotel to fix…and for others, it’s a matter of learning from experiences and making better choices the next year around. But it’s fixable.

This year I followed my con-prepping tips and really tried something different. I tried to find that balance between time spent suiting, and time just walking around and taking everything in. I took less photos and videos because I wanted to remember the convention as something I lived first-hand rather than through a phone screen or camera lens.

Naturally, there were panels I missed, plans that fell through, and things I did not get to do…but those were small things that I took as they were. I did not feel as ‘obligated’ to do certain things and I did not push myself to rush to everything that looked interesting. So, by far, this was a much more relaxed and stress-free con than the previous year’s. This was my wife’s first TFF and she said it was not as overwhelming as she thought it might be. She too was able to relax and she said that she had a blast! She saw some amazing suits, and we ran around and played, and everything about it was a good time despite the massive bill that we placed on our credit cards.

So, I still say that this was a good year for Texas Furry Fiesta…and I can not wait to see how it gets better in the years to come! I’m already looking forward to next year’s theme which was revealed to be Dungeons&Dragons (tabletop RPG)!!!! So let the hype and countdown for 2019 begin!!!!!

But let me know what YOU think! Did you attend TFF? What was your favorite thing about the convention? What was your least favorite thing? What was your favorite suit that you saw? What about your favorite panel? Let me know your thoughts and opinions in the comment-section down below.

Thank you all so much for reading, and as always, I will see you all int he next blog! πŸ˜‰


Prepping for a FurCon


In a little under a week I will be attending Texas Furry Fiesta 2018-
This is my 3rd convention that I have been to, and while I wrote about going to the conventions, fursuiting, and things to do at a convention (etc), I never got around to talking about the ‘prepping’.

Going to a convention takes a lot of planning and preparation. It’s crazy the amount of time that gets dedicated to planning what panels you wanna go to, figuring out the stuff you need to bring, and how much money you will need to survive for 4-days. And because I have found myself in several situations that were not exactly ‘ideal’, I figured now would be the best time to reflect on the things I have learned so that others might better prepare for their Furry Conventions.


  • A Furry Convention is NOT a necessity!Β 
    —I hate that this is something that needs to be said, but it’s best to get it out of the way first. A Furry Convention is a fun break from our day-to-day lives where we can feel free to express ourselves. It’s full of hugs, fun, friends, and fur (literally everywhere), but it’s not a necessity. Things like food, a water bill, a car payment…all of those things come before a Furry Convention. So please be responsible! Do not let the ‘want’ of going to a Furry Convention hurt other areas of your life. We all need to be adults sometimes and that can mean missing out on something fun. But remember…there is another Furry Convention the next year (and maybe another local one later the same year). Save your money, budget, and go to one that you can comfortably afford later. You will have a lot more fun if you don’t have to worry about the consequences of bad spending the minute you get home!


  • Figure out where you are staying & reserve your rooms.
    —Hotel rooms where the convention is being held go FAST! They are usually sold out within the first week or sooner. So, once you find out about a convention, you need to start researching where you are going to stay. Start planning who you are going with, how many beds you would need…and if the con-hotel is too expensive, then browse hotels within the area. Remember to take into account the distance from the con hotel, the way in which you will get in-between the two, and possible parking costs. Reserve your rooms ASAP!
    Remember that some hotels make you pay a small ‘holding’ cost upfront, and also that some hotels do not take out payment until AFTER your stay! So make sure you are budgeting your money accordingly so that you do not get over-drafted. If a friend has reserved the room, make sure that your name gets put somewhere on that room. This way you can not be kicked from the room and/or you avoid any issues if your friend failed to mention more people staying in the room than what is allowed. Telling the person behind the counter that you only have 2 people in your room and then having 2 other people sleeping on an air mattress is ILLEGAL! So please do not do it. It’s a legal issue and an overall safety risk/hazard.


  • Pre-Register!
    —Even if you do not plan to attend the convention on all of the days, pre-registering is the way to go. Unless you are attending for only one day. Pre-registering has a bunch of perks including faster lines (thus faster access to the con), pre-con activities, and other things. It usually gets you some extra goodies from the con-bags as well! But pre-registration does have specific dates for when it closes! To remind yourself to pre-register, set an alarm or notification on your phone. Research the cost beforehand and budget to spend that money. Write a memo…do whatever it takes to remind yourself to get it done!

    Not pre-registering when traveling with a group can be a hindrance to other people. Non-registered lines operate at different times, and sometimes it means you can not attend early events which your friends might have planned to go to. Sometimes this means the group might have to go to the con a day later rather than a day early depending on how their schedules lined up because now you have to go through a different and longer line. So while it seems like a small thing, depending on the con, it can make a big difference!

    One of the cons I attended- a couple of our people did not pre-register like they were supposed to. We had the opportunity to experience the con a day early and had decided to do so (as a group), but then we found out that the longer lines closed early and that if we were to go to the convention, we would have to leave the other 2 people alone in the hotel. We made the decision to stay, but waiting for them to register did strike a nerve…especially when we realized the things we had missed because a couple people did not remember. Small things can make waves when it comes to plans…so try and do everything in your power to be proactive, to plan, and be responsible. Even nudge your friends if you have to…just try and be nice about it rather than bossy or pushy.


  • Just because it may be cheaper does NOT mean you should surround yourself with toxic people!
    —I learned this lesson my very first con. It is way cheaper to go to a convention with a bigger group. Most furries have at least 2-3 people they room with because splitting costs is usually a win-win for everyone. But just because you want to spend less money does not mean that you should put yourself in a bad/toxic situation. My first convention was still a good time. But, for all the good moments, there were just as many bad moments because of the people we were staying with.

    This all lead to a lot of unnecessary drama and my friend and I almost getting stranded at a hotel that was a ways from the con because people were not getting along. There were panels that were missed, a lot of time just spent sitting around, people arguing over simple things like food and when they wanted to go back to the hotel, fights about sleeping arrangements, and overall it was just BAD PLANNING because in the end, it was thought that “cheaper” would be better. No…just no.

    That’s not to say you shouldn’t room with friends. If you know a person and trust a person, and if you feel comfortable staying with a person, then by all means do so.

    Placing yourself in a bad situation also means allowing strangers to room with you in order to cut costs. I see so many people on con group pages asking for people to room with, and while some of them work out, scams are highly likely as well. If you are willing to take in a stranger, make sure you do your homework. Interview this person, get to know them. Talk with them in-person to make sure they are who they say they are (even if this means a skype call). Take your payment up-front and send verification that they are on the room’s list. Make good business decisions like you would if you were commissioning a fursuit or some other work! Make sure you set room rules, and even write up a contract if you have to. Protect yourself, your things, and your money! If this means spending more money to be safe…then save up more money and/or wait until the next convention!


  • Set aside emergency funds!
    —I don’t find this being pessimistic but more realistic when I say: “Not everything goes according to plan!” This just means life in general. In the time between registering for a convention and making it there, anything can happen! Even after the convention, life can happen and take you by surprise, so try and be prepared!
    By being prepared…I mean setting up a financial ‘cushion’ in case things go south. Maybe you miss your bus or plane, or maybe your car breaks down. Maybe an unexpected bill takes out or you miscalculated on your budget for food.
    Make sure you have extra money so that you can take care of whatever needs to get done so that you make it to the con safely and make it home safely as well.


  • Make a packing list!
    —I am the type of person that seems to always forget something when I am packing for a trip. Usually it’s just small things, but I know others that tend to forget major essentials and it can cause high tensions when trying to enjoy a con. What I do is I make a packing list. I make a list marking my essentials, things like props, and even emergency things. I leave a checkbox by the items and then check them off as I pack. This is just one of the ways you can avoid forgetting things…but I understand such a method does not work for everyone.
    So come up with a way that you can make some sort of list of what you need and then make sure those things make it into your luggage! Remember to take into account how you are getting to the convention when packing. When flying, you will have to follow those specific travel rules for what you can bring and what you can not bring. If riding a bus, the same thing applies.

    My first convention I took a bus, and I was not told that the bus only allowed one thing of luggage to be put under the bus (and it was my fault for not researching it). This lead to me having to have my other (heavy) luggage bag on my lap as well as my fursuit head while I sat uncomfortably for the next 4 hours.

    If you are driving with friends, try and account for how much room will be available for your things. And if traveling alone, still pack as little as you can since you never know if someone might need your help and have to make use of your vehicle. Though this has nothing to do with packing: CLEAN YOUR CAR! Especially if you are driving other people. It makes more room, it is way more comfortable, and it ensures that no one’s stuff gets dirty or damaged.


  • Commit!
    —Commit to the things you said you were going to do. This applies especially if you are traveling in a group. Owe someone a badge? Put a notification on your phone and make the badge! Have a fursuit to finish? Manage your time and set notifications to make the fursuit!!! Don’t put yourself in a position where you are doing things last-minute and you have to break promises because you were not responsible and organized…this is a bad way to start a convention!

    In saying that, don’t overload yourself when you know you have a bad habit of getting burnt out, overwhelmed, etc. Life happens, yes…but when you cause your own problems, it can make for serious issues when planning cons with people in the future…especially when you can not come through with things you promised to do. Don’t bite off more than you can chew, fulfill your obligations to friends and to customers alike. Make time to do things, even when you’re feeling lazy. Send money when you promised to send money, pay for the things you promised to pay for rather than backing out last minute.

    Don’t volunteer for something you might not be able to do because no one likes this type of person! Be responsible, be reliable, be honest…and commit!


  • Remember you are not OBLIGATED to take care of anyone for their mistakes!
    —While I say to “commit”, in the same likeness…you should not be held accountable to fix someone else’s mistake. If you have to take care of a cost because someone did not budget properly, make sure that person pays you back. If someone didn’t bring something, you are not obligated to get them the things they need. Even if this means they can’t spend money to buy that t-shirt or that plushie, that is not your fault. That falls on them, not on you. Do not sacrifice your fun and comfort because someone else did not plan as they were supposed to. You are not obligated to take care of anyone else other than yourself. Especially if you can not afford to take care of other people.


  • Remember that this convention is about YOU having a good time.
    —Don’t let anyone else ruin your fun. Don’t want drama? Don’t get involved in it. Someone trying to bring you down because they are down? Don’t let them drag you into their problems. Don’t let people guilt you into helping them with anything…and don’t let them tell you what you are going to do at a convention. This is YOUR time that you paid for. Do not let someone else run the show and ruin your fun. You’re free to break off from your friends if you wanna go to a panel they are not interested in. You are free to not go to that dance they want to go to because you don’t like dancing. You are free to drink (but if they say no alcohol in the room then respect that) or to not drink despite what others are doing. This time and this con is for all furries, but for all furries to have fun in their own way!


  • Read over con and hotel rules!
    —Convention rules are usually additional to hotel rules, so make sure you read over both. This can concern anything from alcoholic beverages to smoking and prop use. Make sure you read and understand what you can do and what you can not do. I know a common rule is that you are not allowed to sleep in the public hotel spaces or in the con space…this is for safety reasons and it can get you banned from the con for a day after multiple offenses. Also, some hotels allow alcohol, but only in designated areas (same goes for smoking), so make sure you read those rules.

    Since conventions tend to have themes to them, people like to dress up and bring props matching the theme…but there are rules as to what props are allowed and what are not allowed. If the rules do not specify something, proceed with caution but never assume it is allowed. I like to call hotel staff if I have a question and if the convention managers have not gotten back to my e-mails about such questions after a certain amount of time.

    Failure to follow rules can lead to being banned from a convention and even the hotel itself. Pleading ignorance does not get you off the hook either. So read up on the rules ahead of time.


  • If you’re in a group, go over the con schedule and plan out panels together!
    —One thing my buddy likes to do is to have everyone read over the con schedule and say what panels they are interested in. When you are traveling with a group, it’s okay to split up during the convention…but I will say that spending the convention with friends is a lot more fun. So, by planning out who wants to go to what panel, it usually ensures that you’re never alone and you have someone to go and see things with. Sometimes people might get interested in a panel they never thought about before because so many friends want to go to it. So it can never hurt. I find that planning these things before a con leads to a lot smoother of a con experience! This also can be good so that you can map out times when people are not busy and you can all meet up to go eat or check out the Dealer’s Den.


  • Create room rules and set other boundaries BEFORE the con!
    —It’s not very nice to get into a room, start settling in, and then suddenly get slapped in the face with rules. This is especially annoying when you might have already had plans for things you wanted to do. Now, if you’re rooming by yourself, this is not an issue…but, if you are rooming with other people, make sure you set rules and boundaries BEFORE you make it to the convention. This means laying out the rules on who gets room keys, where people are sleeping, what the rules about bringing over friends is, and anything else you feel needs to be covered.
    Often at Furry Conventions this can usually mean bringing over friends, dates, having alcohol in the room, and/or having a room party. Again, remember to follow hotel rules at all time!


  • Have a backup plan for EVERYTHING!
    —Like emergency funds, life happens…and it does not always concern money. I’m talking more in terms of transportation and things of that nature. People and machinery alike can prove to be unreliable at times, and life happens, so please have a backup plan for everything!

    If your friend can’t take you to the convention, then make sure you have a plan for that. Maybe there is a bus you can hop on or someone else you can call. You won’t have to panic if you have a plan A-B-C for if things go awry. Also if your car breaks down, the same thing applies. You and your group should have a bunch of emergency backup plans in case anything gets crazy.


  • Make sure you are making healthy changes BEFORE going to the con!
    —At a convention you will hear the 6-2-1 rule: At least 6 hours of sleep, at least 2 meals a day, and you have to bathe once per day at the minimum! But you should be making healthy changes before the convention, especially if you are a fursuiter. At a convention you are most likely going to eat like garbage. You will be having so much fun that you will go hours upon hours without food; then you will grab the first thing you see because you are starving!
    Dehydration is a real concern at conventions…but you don’t just wanna start being hydrated when you come to the convention. Start drinking more water the week prior. Try and eat as healthy as possible the week before a con so that when you are eating nothing but junk at the convention you might not feel terrible afterwards. Give your body a head-start into what is going to be the craziest, most fun weekend of your life!


  • Don’t be afraid to do something differently next year…
    —If your arrangements that you made this year do not work out, or if you learn some things that you can do better to ensure you have a better time at the next convention…then don’t be afraid to do it. Do not be afraid to not room with that friend you have because maybe you guys don’t agree on room rules…and don’t be afraid to say you’re not driving everyone next year. This all comes back to the convention being about you having fun.
    Conventions have their stressful points, but they shouldn’t be remembered as stressful. They shouldn’t be remembered for all the things that went wrong but for the amazing memories that you made while there. So learn from your experiences and use that knowledge to improve on how to tackle future conventions…even if other people might not agree with you.


Sometimes my advice may seem a little harsh…but I promised myself to only ever be realistic and honest, even if the truth might hurt. You may or may not like this advice, think it sounds a bit too depressing, or whatever…but the tools are there if you choose to use them.

Conventions are never perfect…but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad thing. Sometimes the funniest and best things stem from a mistake or mishap. So even if things are not 100%, it does not mean you are bound for a bad time. But, the smoother something can sail, the better.

So, I wish you all the best with your convention preparations! Captain, Escap’e, Rune, Pitch, and other awesome peeps will be wandering around Texas Furry Fiesta just waiting to say hello! I personally like hugs and photos so don’t be shy to come up and have a word (or chirp) with me!!!

Thank you all for reading, and I will see you all in the next blog πŸ˜‰

P.S= Furry Con season means Stolen fursuit season! You can see my tips and advice for protecting your fursuits HERE

Why Tide Pods ARE NOT Funny!

Tide Pods

The New Year is upon us…and 2018 marks a time for a fresh start, a new beginning…and yes, NEW MEMES. Memes are the ways in which most people communicate their feelings in this world controlled by social media. They bring people together and are a way to reach out and make new friends.

And while lewd and sometimes flat-out stupid (which is why it is funny), even memes can “go too far”. The Tide Pod obsession is one of these things where it has gone too far and should just die…right here, and right now.

  • The Tide Pod Challenge:
    —-People all over are popping tide pods into their mouth for ‘fun‘ and calling it the tide-pod challenge. It causes choking, vomiting, and could actually lead to death. Where it started, no one is sure…but now this ‘challenge’ has been popping up all over YouTube, and the constant “popularizing” of the tide-pods as a meme has only made this situation worse.
    The chemicals in these pods cause burns…burns the skin in the mouth, the tongue, the throat and every news station has covered its effects and the number of deaths it has caused just this year alone. Yet the fad continues…why?


(Still searching for original artist- currently unknown)
  • Furries encouraging bad behaviour:
    —It may not be our fandom alone (which is popularizing the pods) but we are a part of the problem at least within our own community. While I hate saying it this way, furries are often young and often highly impressionable. More and more furries are in that demographic of teenagers and young adults (like those participating in the tide pod challenge). There is often a need for attention or a want of being popular which is also very rampant within the fandom. So, for something as dangerous as the tide-pod-challenge to be presented as ‘funny’ and ‘cool’…well, it’s only encouraging bad behavior. Even popufurs have taken to making fun of the tide pod things and acting like they are delicious and it’s all for fun.
    Props are being made of giant tide pods…badges even, and YCH of a character eating the “forbidden fruit pod” have been circulating like mad. It’s all a dumb bandwagon that makes people want to take this challenge even more. It makes this behavior seem like it is ‘okay’. While I understand that hopping on popular memes makes for easy money (when it comes to art)…it doesn’t mean that it’s the ‘right’ thing to do. Especially when it means endorsing or encouraging something that can mean severe injury and/or death.


  • Mods are right for banning it:
    —People have been complaining that many Furry groups are banning anything relating to tide-pods. They say that it’s going too far and that mods are being too strict. But, I side with the mods. With the threat that is the tide-pod-challenge, and in acknowledging how impressionable a lot of the fandom is…letting the fad and meme die by not allowing it in groups is actually the smart thing to do. Lessening the exposure is not meant to hurt artists or even deter normal conversation…but it’s more about letting the meme die out so that people will stop hurting themselves and getting dangerously sick because someone started this thing as a gag. Unfortunately most groups still DO allow tide-pod props, art, etc to be sold…but I say good on the ones that realize that this meme is in no way funny, and it needs to disappear.



  • Darwanism:
    —You don’t need me to tell you that anyone that pops one of these into their mouth is an absolute idiot. Unless they are an infant, you know these things are toxic…and honestly, it really is just Darwanism at this point. These are poison! You will get sick, you could die! Yet you willingly bite into one for a few seconds of internet fame. I can only hope you never procreate if you thought that it was a good idea…
    Not only are you risking burns to the inside of your mouth…you are risking burns to your airways and everything else- if you don’t suffocate and die first.

Like the fire challenge…this stuff is not a joke. It does not make anyone look cool, or funny. It does not make you famous…it’s dangerous, and people might mimic YOUR specific behavior and die as a result. That rests with those that keep spreading this stupid meme…that people die because this sort of thing is continuously encouraged.

As if 2017 was not toxic enough…2018 is not restoring my faith in humanity at all (as of right now). So to those making the tide props, selling the tide-pod fursonas, to those making tide-pod suits…just stop. YOU are part of the problem…and I only hope you figure this out so you can stop fanning the flames of something that has overstayed its welcome.


This is NOT okay: (Begging & asking to buy characters that are not for sale!)


So, my buddy Flamesvoices got this message last night about her character Erie…and I would like to say that the post is actually ‘harmless’.

It is harmless because it is merely a question, and the person said that it was okay if my friend denied their request and said no. They were really polite about it all. But just because the post was harmless does not make this post okay.

In the Furry Fandom, there is a type of etiquette to be followed. There is a certain way things need to be handled. It’s actually pretty simple: “If it does not say it is for sale, do not ask to buy it.” / same thing goes if you see a character you like and want it: “If it does not have an offer-to-adopt posted on it, then you can not have it.”

Because while my buddy got that message last night, I woke up to a comment on my Protogen Blog Post asking me this:


As you can see…I came off as a bit hostile. But, that’s because this type of post really bothers me. Nothing ever said that Portal was for sale or that he was up for adoption. I still use Portal and he has other art that I have paid for. I have ‘invested’ in this character which was made for me by my friend…

…and yes, even though it was just a question, you don’t just ask someone to hand over something they have invested money into as a “gift”.

Something I don’t think people realize is that for a lot of us in the fandom…our characters actually mean something to us. They are not just a creature with crazy colors, patterns, or themes. They have something else behind them. Erie was Flamesvoices main bab and still is (in a sense)- Erie also gets stolen a lot by people that love the design, so my buddy is highly protective of her.

For me, Portal was made around the time I had just beaten Portal. Not to mention, my buddy wanted a Primagen forever, and when Protogen came out, I discovered them first, told her about them, and she made me Portal as a way of saying thanks. She even made a companion cube version for herself so that Portal would have a buddy.

—Fursonas and Characters are supposed to represent a piece of you. That is why I highly suggest making your own character because it makes it more special. That’s not to say you can’t buy a character or adopt one, or even get one as a gift…but please don’t ask someone for a character that they have not put up for sale or adoption just because you “like” them.

  1. Portal is not available
  2. Erie is not for sale
  3. Do not go begging for Fursonas – join facebook groups for free furry art, or enter raffles to get a character of your own.
  4. Do not copy a Fursona just because you like it.
  5. Do not steal a Fursona- you will get caught and there will be consequences.
  6. If it is not for sale, do not ask to buy it.
  7. If it is not up for adopt, do not ask for it (again, this is begging and no one likes a beggar)


That is all I have to say on the matter.
I understand that some people are younger and may not be up-to-speed on how the Furry Fandom runs. I had to learn a few things the hard-way as well, but take this as an educational post and learn from it.

Thank you all for tuning into this rant, I will see you all in the next blog post.


Original Species – an overview

“Volcanic Bonding” – Art & Leothaun species by thelostcause86
Masika belongs to MasikaRayne (FA) / Thyra belongs to shewulf7

Creativity has always been the highest focus of the Furry fandom outside of the love for anthropromorphic animals. That is to say that creativity is what keeps pushing the fandom forward whether it be art, music, crafting, or something else entirely. But, one of the amazing things that creativity has brought us within the fandom is the emergence of original species.

Why be a dog when you could be a RaptorDog? Why be a regular ‘ol rabbit when you could be a Bunninut?

Sounds crazy when you say it out loud, but these are actual species imagined by people within the community! Some create more of a stir than others…and in fact, most people know of a few original species that overwhelm the fandom today due to their popularity! For example: Primagen/Protogen and Dutch Angel Dragons. These species do not exist in the world that we know, therefore they were brainstormed and brought to life by individuals that wanted something different and something more. Sergals are another example of a popular, original species that was shown to the community and thus changed it forever.

“Leo Friends”- Art & Leothaun species by thelostcause86 (FA)
(left) Masika belongs to MasikaRayne (FA) / (center) Thyra belongs to shewulf7 (FA)/ (right) Natalia belongs to thelostcause86 (FA)
  • So, what makes an original species?

—Making an original species is a lot more complicated than it might sound. You can’t just slap two or more things together and call it β€œoriginal” as that is just a hybrid (and don’t worry, the community will correct you if you try). Original species are a lot deeper than just a mix of animal parts- they require some sort of history, a lore, sometimes even a whole world. There has to be something that sets them apart as something rare and something unique.

For instance: Take the Mecari.

The Mecari are a creation of Craig Aimes (Blackpawwolf on FA – and Founder of CCSMascots) and on the outside, they seem just like a bat/dog hybrid (but are bat, dog, and bovine to be precise). Still, these little guys are not just the average hybrid as they are a species rich in culture and their own way of living. While not all the info has been released yet (it is being developed and released in chunks), the Mecari do reside in a particular universe with other original creatures, and they live very social lives with one another. They take on more tribal characteristics from coming-of-age ceremonies, to other sorts of rituals they perform. Even their family structure has been lined out, and, just recently, it was announced that each Mecari gets a power over a single element. Even their diet is lined out – and in coming up, info will include other such things like family structures and etc.

Even the color of their eyes have a history which is why they stand out. But, I could go on forever…so I think you get the gist of it. I myself have owned a Mecari now for awhile (with a partial suit being finished this year -2017) and I act as an Admin of the Mecari Den. They are so much more than just a slap of some parts and a name. They hold a story, and therefor are an original species.

Another great example of this would be the species known as the Leothaun! As a proud owner of a Tempest Leothaun named Masika, and as Admin of the Leothaun page, I could ramble on forever as to why this species is absolutely amazing!

Leothaun were created by Natalia Hardy (thelostcause86 on FA) and they reside on a planet known as Qualdralis. This planet, has a lore deep in religious background, where there was a Goddess and the Light Bringers, and the first Leothaun stepped onto the planet. Then, as time went on, the Leothaun changed…they evolved. Each type mutating to fit their environment (the biome they were residing in at the time), leaving us with several different sub-types of Leothaun, all with different characteristics. I mean, these guys are DETAILED!!!

Natalia went all-out when developing the Leothaun. She has charts on differences between the sub-types, to how each gender develops per its sub-type. The height, the life-span, the special powers, even the specific and rare mutations each sub-type suffers from and/or can have is listed in very detailed charts.

As mentioned before, I own a Tempest Leothaun. Their specific trait is that they can either control the wind, control lightning, can control neither, or even both! I was given the opportunity to have a ‘rare’ Leothaun, meaning my gal Masika has two genetic defects that makes her stand out. Firstly, she has the glowing/blank eyes. Secondly, her spot pattern is actually rare and sets her apart from the common Tempest.

Here recently, I was informed that the Tempest Leothaun are getting a third mutation they may have which is wings! This has not been completely fleshed out yet, but it makes sense since the Tempest Leothaun reside in a city that is floating in the sky.

My wife was also given a rare Leothaun by the creator. My wife owns a Volcano Leothaun named Thyra. Thyra’s rare mutation is that the blood running through her glows blue rather than the normal magma-orange-yellow color that volcano Leothaun normally get. Because, she is a volcano Leothaun, the females of this sub-type are actually taller than the males. So, there are so many interesting facts about them! But, when asked what they are in terms of anatomy, Natalia said she took inspiration from a lot of different animals. They can sometimes have canid faces but most resemble big cats. A few of the aquatic ones look more like otters, and their retractable fangs are inspired by snakes. So the Leothaun example is one of an original species that is still mixed, but is a lot more spread out in making something unique…and it also has the rich story and history to boot.

Cheshire the Mecari
Art by flamesvoices (FA) / Species created by Blackpawwolf (FA)
Cheshire belongs to: MecariCheshire (FA)
  • What makes an original species popular/unpopular?

—So, there are a LOT of original species out there. So many that I could not possibly even begin to list them all. So that begs the question: What makes an original species take off? How does an original species get as popular as a Dutch Angel Dragon or Sergal? Why have I not heard of so many species?

The reason why so many of these species are unknown is because a lot of original species tend to flop…even those that get a lot of hype tend to fall off the radar rather quickly. And some species are mimics of other species with very few differences which makes them rather unpopular (and they get a lot of backlash from the community), and a lot of it is based in how hard a creator is willing to work in order to build up a decent community as well.

All of those are factors in whether an original species will fail or will succeed.

As for a few examples, I made 3 species of my own which I thought (at the time) were amazing. There were the Graul, the Nintius Lupus, and the Bunninuts. All of them had a history, had lore, and had guidelines for their looks and what would set them apart. I even made facebook groups for them! People came into the group, but no one posted, no one ever made their own creature, and soon the group died without ever taking off. Why? Because people need a starting point.

It was not enough to give them a creature with a lore and say: β€œHere it is. Now make one! Enjoy!”
No. People are looking for an active creator that really wants these species to take off. I am talking about making a facebook group, making an official banner, setting up Admins, giving out free bases for people to color, raffling off adopts, making adopts, letting other people make adopts. An original species eventually will become a sort of business where advertising is the key to success. You want people to have fun and you want them to spread the word around.

And while it may seem a bit rude to say: furries can be cheap. They will jump on a free base much faster than if they have to pay for a custom creature. Also, if you don’t let them make adopts for profit, it will dissuade a good few. But, no one blames you for having rules and wanting to keep your species controlled. Still, you have to be willing to be a little open with a species if you want it to succeed. I have also found that digital art will always do better than traditional art…and again, this kinda goes into making bases for people to use. Also, getting people that you know involved and having them rep your species to gain attention will help significantly. I know several species that started out with just a few friends having one, and now it is a whole community…and whether popular or not, these things still tend to thrive in one way or another.

But as for the people that mimic other species and/or make hybrids of species that don’t allow hybrids…well, those never go over well. Because the one thing about an original species is that with that comes a particular set of rules.

korr skullin skylar burge
“Korr – Skullin reference sheet” Art & species by Skylar Burge (facebook)
Edits by Element02/ owned by Element02
  • If you make a sona of a particular (original) species: FOLLOW THE RULES!

—Original species are more than just a lore and a look. They also have rules as to help keep them regulated. As with art, a creator wants to be credited for their work. They created the species, therefore they want to be recognized for what they have done. This is why most original species have rules! These rules MUST be followed!

Example: With the Mecari, they can only control a single element. While ‘spirit’ is considered an element, it is extremely rare, and only those given permission by the creator may use it. So far, only the creator himself has one that can use spirit. Also, there is a strict rule on how many Mecari a person can own. This is so that Mecari are not being circulated heavily outside of the group, and they are easier to keep track of on the master list.

The Leothaun also have rules…

While they are free to make, people making their own Leothaun may not have rare mutations. They may only do common mutations that occur naturally on the sub-type of their choosing. Also, they may only own up to 8 Leothaun at a time. Rare Leothaun are reserved for adopts that the creator makes herself for sale. This is to keep the rare mutations…well…rare and special!

Even the more popular and well-known species have such rules.

Dutch Angel Dragons do not allow their members to have a muzzle-ring. Only Telephone is allowed to have one. Same as Dutch Angel Dragons are not allowed to have any sort of digestive track, they do not engage in adult-content, and they must have certain traits like their feathered wings and more horse-like face. They are not allowed to be hybrids and may in no way have any sort of genitalia.

For some species, it is important to know the difference between them being open or closed. A closed species means that you can not make your own just because you want one. You either need special permission from the creator of the species to make one, or you must adopt one straight from the creator (which usually means buying one). This is so the species does not go unregulated. Closed species are often more strict with rules on how their species look and function as well. Open-species means you are free to make one whenever you like. Some open species are more regulated (like the Mecari and Leothaun) so that you can only make so many of the creature, but, most species let you go all out. But, even if a species is open, they will still have rules to follow.

Primagen are a closed species, therefore you must buy one from the creators or a former owner of a Primagen in order to get your very own. Protogen are open, but they too have rules that must be followed. Protogen may only have wings if they are the rare kind, and rare Protogen are closed and limited to auctions by the creators only. People making protogen adopts may only make 2 per week. Protogen are not allowed to be feral either, they must be anthro. Also, Protogen have certain parts of them that must be biological, and parts that must be robotic. This ratio may not be changed.

Breaking any rules of an original species can result in many things including one getting booted from the official group forever and a beware then posted. While these rules may exist, thieving still happens…species do get stolen all the time, and get altered so other people can claim them as their original creation. So, owning a species and regulating it can become something of a job. It takes a lot of time and a lot of dedication to make it work.

ArualFreeReference ZENSU
“Zensu – Arual Dragon Reference Sheet” / Art & species by ZhiibeColorai
Edits by Element02 / Zensu belongs to RUNEAngelDragon
  • Conclusion:

—Original species are everywhere, and, they really shine the light on all the creative minds within the fandom. They give people a place to feel they belong, to meet new friends, to really have something they see as special and unique. Now, original species may not be for everyone, and sometimes people see them as overwhelming…but, this fandom has always been about just being yourself, being an individual. So whether you are a cat, a leathersaur, a gecko, or a manokit, just be happy and stay true to what feels right for you and what makes you happy!

Thank you all so much for tuning in! For more info on some regulated-open species, check out the list below. Special thank you to Craig Aimes and Natalia Hardy for letting me use your species as examples! If there are other original species that I did not list that you know of (and maybe you created), feel free to lemme know in a comment down below!

As always, I will see you all in the next one!

Art by Aoijinn
Portal belongs to RuneAngelDragon
Protogen species created by MaliceXRisu
  • List of Original Species:

—So, while I may not know of all the original species out there (nor would I have time to go looking for them all), I have compiled a list of some of the few I know of, and I have placed them here. Some are newer, some are years older. A few of them I actually found this week while browsing the Furry groups on facebook because original species pop up just that often! So feel free to check these out. Yes, all of these species are open…just make sure that you read the rules:

  1. Arual Dragons – created by ZhiibeColorai – (fb group)

  2. Wisher Dragons – created by flamesvoices – (fb group)

  3. Shayu – created by Kristina Renee Haley – (fb group)

  4. Pokeball Dragons – created by RosexKnight – (fb group)

  5. Protogens – created by MalicexRisu – (fb group)

  6. Tea Tigers – created by Sophie Munro – (fb group)

  7. Mecari – created by Craig Aimes – (fb group)

  8. Leothauns – created by Natalia Hardy/thelostcause86 – (FA link)

Free Resources for Furries!

The Furry Fandom is a great place to be! Full of creativity and freedom of expression…not to mention the caring atmosphere and amazing people. But, for newcomers, there is a lot to take in.

There are certain “expectations” that one must meet in the fandom to avoid trouble…they are simple things, but, people still tend to get them wrong. Most newcomers break the most important rule of the fandom: Do NOT be an art thief!

It’s not like a lot of people mean to break this rule. They love furries, so, they go on Google, search up “furries”, they pick a character they like, and then parade around with that as their new icon hoping to “fit in”. Little do they (often) know that this character already belongs to someone else…and that they have just stolen artwork that someone else has paid for. Que the chat that happens once this person decides to post something:

Newbie: “Hi, I’m (blank). I am new, nice to meet you!” ^.^
Furry: “Um…is that your character?”
Newbie: “Yes! Isn’t she cute?”
Furry: “Well, I know for a FACT that is NOT your character. That character belongs to (blank) and you should not be using it!”
Newbie: “I just saw it on Google and thought it was cute…”
Furry: “Well, that is art theft! Stop using that picture and make your own Fursona!”
Newbie: “Well, I can’t draw…”
Furry: “Then pay someone to do it for you.”
Newbie: “But I have no money.”

This conversation could go on forever and, it usually ends up with nothing good as the result. Unfortunately, as kind and helpful as the fandom can be…no one really has patience for art theft, and very few actually realize that there are better ways to handle a situation than in calling someone a thief. We are quick to point the finger, but not as quick to sit there, take the time, and EDUCATE new furries on the DOs and DONTs of the fandom. Still, that is what this blog is here for!

I was in the fandom for well over 7 years before I realized that there are some FREE resources to help beginning furries. I’m talking free art groups / fursona making programs / free-to-use bases, and etc. So many things that I wish I would have taken advantage of!

Well, now I get to pass on this knowledge to anyone that can make use of it!!!!


—Having a fursona is not something you need in the fandom, but it def helps you stand out. Most people in the fandom have some sort of a fursona, and, luckily for you, you don’t have to sit and save up the money to get down an ‘idea’ of how you might want to look. Turns out that there are several programs that allow you to play around and create your own custom character.
Please keep in mind…these are just programs, so, options might be limited…but, think of this as merely the starting blueprint for what will one day be a finished product. For example: I had my winged-wolf Mia since I joined the fandom…but, I knew she was a bit too basic and in desperate need for a makeover. So, when I found Wyndbain’s wolf-maker, I played around with it and ended up creating the starting point to what would soon be her finished design. I took what I made in the wolf-maker, would later add new hair and a piercing…and of course, I made her anthro. But, this program helped me a lot, and it gave me a better idea of what I wanted in my personal fursona – so, even if it’s not 100% what you envisioned, use it as a building block and foundation! Then later you may find something free that can help you even more, or, you can use this building block so that when you hire an artist, they can really bring your sona to life!

So, check out the links below and get creative!

[[NOTE: These sona makers are free-to-use, but they are NOT for making adopts! You may not sell your creations from these makers for any kind of profit! This is stated in the ToS (Terms of Service) of each maker / you will get caught / and this will earn you a beware in the fandom!]]


Windbain’s Wolf Maker
Windbain’s Wolf Maker 2 (unleashed)
Kamirah’s Puppy Maker


Kamirah’s Kitten Maker
Kamirah’s Kitten Creator 1
Kamirah’s Cub Creator


Kamirah’s Fox Creator


Dragon Designer by: 10-sec-to-draw-a-gun
Wyndbain’s Dragon Maker
KennonInk’s Create-a-Dragon


Sidgi’s Sergal Ref Creator

These are just a few of the resources out there. Doll Divine and DeviantArt both have several such programs for making all sorts of creatures! I have even seen goat makers, other fox makers, and several versions of different pony makers. All you have to do is look!


Believe it or not, there is such a thing as “free art”. There are artists out there that are willing to help beginners…but you have to understand that there are rules to this as well. When posting for free art in a group, you must understand: You are not guaranteed anything!

It’s free art! It’s a favor! Even when someone agrees to draw art for you, they are not obligated to do it or even finish something once they start it! Is it rude for them to promise you something and not do it? Of course it is…but, the plain fact of the matter is that you did not pay them! They are not under any contract with you…therefore you can not file a complaint on them if you never get any art.

Also, in free art groups, you may not get drawn at all. Those groups are filled with people asking for art, but barely any artists willing to draw for other people. In fact, you might get asked to do an art trade and then find out that the piece you got for your half may or may not be lower quality than what you gave that other person. The art you get in those groups will not always be of fantastic quality…so please understand that. That’s not to say you can’t get amazing artwork from free art groups. It is very much possible! It’s just not always a huge chance of getting what you wanted…or even getting it in a timely manner.

Also, a lot of free art groups post raffles so that people can win free art. If you join those raffles, again, you are not guaranteed to get anything! You may not win, so do not complain if you are not picked…and even if you are picked…you may not get any art. It depends on the artist and if they are willing to do what they said they are going to do. These are just the dice you roll when you join a free art group.

But, it’s always worth a shot. So here are some free art groups on facebook that have really helped me out in the past:

Free Furry Art (NSFW & 18+ ALLOWED)
Free Furry Art [read all the rules please]


So maybe you have decided that you want to color/design your own fursona…but the art portion might be a problem. Or maybe you can draw, but you would rather own something of digital quality – maybe make a digital ref or an icon (something along that nature), well, that’s when free bases really come in handy.

A free-to-use base is just what it sounds like…it is someone else’s digital lines for you to color in and edit in any way that you wish! These can be ref sheets, regular drawings, icons, and etc – and they are free for you to use so long as you follow the artist’s rules!

[[NOTE: When using a free-to-use base pay attention to the specific rules for that base! Some may be used for adopts (so long as they do not go over a specific price), some are not allowed to be used for profit at all! NEVER remove the signature from a F2U base! Not all bases are free-to-use! Never take a ‘pay-to-use’ base without paying for it or without exclusive permission! Always credit the artist of the base even if their signature is on it!]]

There are bases for all different sorts of species out there. I myself have used them for Protogens, hyena’s, dragons, and canine-characters! One amazing place to get free bases is from the profile page of “Free_2_use” on Furaffinity! They have compiled a massive collection of free-to-use bases from all over the web and their collection is still growing! Some of these bases are even Paint-program friendly! So be sure to click the link below to check them out!

Free_2_use on Furaffinity

So there you have it!

There are 3 massive resources that any new furry (or even veterans) can use to their advantage! And the best part is that it is all free!!! Being a furry is all about creativity! It’s about the art, the creative process, in working hard to create something new and unique! So while some of these things might require a little work, that’s all part of being a furry!!! Especially when you are a furry on a budget!

If you use any of these resources please feel free to show me your creations in the comment-section down below / also, if you have any more free resources to add to the list, feel free to post those as well!!!

Thanks again for reading, for tuning in, and supporting this blog! I will see you all in the next one πŸ˜‰


Avoiding Bans and Bewares in the Furry Community


** Art by: Senka Bekic // found on their DA: **

This is a post that I have been wanting to make for awhile concerning bans and bewares in the Furry Community. I know that being a Furry has become more mainstream. Nowadays…people of younger and younger ages are joining the fandom, and the more that join, the more that the rules of the community become ever-more blurred…and people get banned and get stuck on beware posts for totally avoidable reasons.

So lets talks about what a beware and a ban is…

A beware post can be when someone has done something that could be considered a “scam” in the furry community OR they have shown to be extremely rude, violent, or a troll. For example…say that a customer pays to have a Fursuit head made. They pay the money for the head (or at least enough to get the project started) and then the artist/maker says that they will begin right away. A few months pass, and the customer has heard nothing from the maker about the progress of their head. At this point, they might have made more payments…so now they reach out to the maker asking for pictures of the progress of their head. That maker says they can’t take pictures…because their phone is broken, or because they messed up the head and had to start over. A few more months pass, and there is still no evidence to show that the head is being worked on. Now the customer is asking for a refund…but they can’t get one because the maker has already spent the money and/or claims they need it and will pay it back in payments (that then never come back), and/or they block the customer altogether and still say they are open for new commissions. At this point, that maker can be written up for an “Artist Beware Post”…meaning that a good chunk of the Furry Community will see what they have done, that they are not reliable, and it will mean they get little to no business from now on. These posts happen for non-suit makers as well, and regular artists can get a beware post on them as well for not completing pieces of art that were paid for and/or not giving refunds when they drop a project. These beware posts also get posted because of art-thieves. When someone traces someone else’s work and claims it as their own or they re-color something that was not made by them original and sell it for profit…this can be a reason for a beware post as well.

The other type of beware post is a “behavioral” post. This means that someone has gone out of their way to be a complete asshole in the community or has proven to be nothing more than a furry-hating troll. Usually the people that get behavioral-beware-posts are people that get mad when confronted about possible art-theft (usually for using a profile picture that is not their art, not their fursona, or just not crediting an image) OR they are mad because they added a stranger expecting to have some sort of sexual role-play, they get turned down, and then get angry about it. Also, as mentioned before, trolls just wanting to start drama will get the beware post so people can avoid adding these people in the future. Also, people that get angry in groups for not following rules and then they lash out…they may get a behavioral post as well.

Speaking of groups…lets discussing banning people…

People who get banned are people that join some sort of Furry-related group, and then fail to follow the rules. Every Furry group is different, and while mistakes happen, it’s important that a member often remind themselves what they can and can-not do within a specific group. For example…I am part of the group “Furry and Loving it” (FaLi). The group is a safe-haven for those in the furry community, and because there are younger members…there is a limit as to what can be posted in the group whether furry-related or not. Obviously, there cannot be anything NSFW (not safe for work) considering the fact that not everyone in the group is 18+, also, there is no gore or other fetishes allowed (no scat or watersports or anything of that nature…no dirty diapers or birthings…nothing of that nature)— also, anything that might deliberately start drama is not allowed…so no discussions on politics or religion. There are other topics that get added to the list of things that cannot be posted as well because it starts so much drama (dog breeding was recently added to this list), and, Neko characters and anything MLP/Brony related (my little pony) cannot be posted in the group because of how many people feel that being a Brony is not the same as being a Furry.

Another thing about FaLi is that they are strict on crediting art…and this is a great thing! They try to prevent art theft at ALL costs, but, there are some people that just fail to understand this logic. Instead of crediting an artist, they will just say “I found it on Google”, and that’s not good enough. Then their post is removed, they are given a warning, and, if they continue to make this mistake…they will get banned. FaLi is not the only group that does this…in fact, it’s pretty common and mandatory in ALL furry-related groups since art theft has become such a big problem. But, people just don’t feel like doing it and/or try and make an excuse saying they cannot credit an artist because they are posting from their phone. But, it’s simple…if you can NOT credit the artist, then just don’t post anything…and avoid getting in trouble πŸ˜€

Banning can also happen for other reasons as well…such as fighting with an Admin in a group or harassing another member. If at any point you fight with an Admin and disrespect them in any way, you can almost guarantee a ban. I can say that Admins are not always right, but they are in control…and their word is law. I know that there have been instances where a member has gotten an Admin removed for their behavior, but those instances are few and far in between.Β  Also, harassing another member can be anything. It can be constant messaging where the other person does not wish to be spoken to, or it could be attempts at a role-play where it gets sexual and the other person does not want to participate and yet, the person mailing them tries to keep it going anyways. These are several examples of what could get someone banned, and just like beware posts, they are completely avoidable.

…and while you might not think a ban or a beware is that bad, you are sorely mistaken…

For those looking to sell their artwork…a beware can literally ruin that dream in an instant. People that love their Fursona and that have become pretty established in the fandom often join beware groups and ask the group to watch out for anyone using their character without permission. If you steal someone’s artwork, or trace over a pose of a well-known character, you WILL get caught. And when you do…your name will be posted all over Facebook, all over FurAffinity, and All of DeviantArt, and other art sites where they will tell others to report you as well as to NEVER buy art from you. Sure, maybe you learned from your mistakes…that won’t matter. All it takes is that one beware posts and you are on people’s watch list for life.

Same with behavioral bewares and bans.
Your name will be known…every time you make a new account, they will list your new account. People will report you, will not friend you, and you will be shunned among the community for how you held yourself. You will not be allowed into groups if they find out you are on some sort of beware list, and you will basically be marked as a troll. While it may not seem like a big deal now…the furry community is pretty tight-knit, and you eventually figure it out that it is NEVER a good thing to be isolated and alone within aΒ  fandom that you joined because you finally felt like you belonged somewhere.


So, here are some tips on how to avoid getting bewares and bans:

  1. NEVER copy another artist. Do not trace the poses or the faces. Practice makes perfect and while tracing may help you…keep the works you have traced to yourself. Do not post them online to show off or give them to your friends so that they might post them and get you into trouble. Only post your own original works online. Coloring over something already drawn does not make you an artist.

  2. Editing bases is 50/50…some artists allow you to color/edit their bases for personal use, others will let you make adoptables for sale, but there are some artists that do NOT allow free use of their base, let alone allowing a person to make adoptables with it…so before you go and edit a base, make sure you read the rules of that artist and ALWAYS credit the person that made the base (same goes with lineart).

  3. ALWAYS credit art…
    If you just found it on Google and cannot find who really made it, do NOT post it. Also, if you can not credit because you are on a mobile device or something of that nature do NOT post it. You can wait until you can reach a computer or just not post at all since you are only going to get yourself in trouble.

  4. When joining a group…ALWAYS read the rules! If a group says you cannot post something particular…do not whine about it, just don’t post it. You’re arguing about it will not change the rules, it will only get you warnings and then a ban (most likely).

  5. Do NOT disrespect an Admin in any group…EVER! Maybe if you see them harassing another member you can take it up with a different Admin, but never attack them directly. You will get banned.

  6. NEVER make a promise you cannot keep. If you say you will make someone a tail, you make it, and then suddenly cannot ship it…this is bad business. People will understand that life happens…but eventually it just becomes annoying and looks more like a scam. ALWAYS have funds set aside for shipping that you will not touch for anything else. Always have that plan A,B,C,D and so-on to get your product to the customer. Life happens…but not everyone is patient, and a beware is not worth it.

  7. Do NOT offer to make something you are not comfortable making. If you are just trying out suit making for the first time…do not take commissions! See how much all the materials cost. See if you can make a few suits for yourself and close-friends before you make something for a complete stranger. Dropping a project due to lack of fund or because it’s stressful and etc will mean refunding money, lots of angry messages, and could lead to a beware…so practice on yourself first, build up a nice gallery of images to show potential customers later. Watch how long it takes to make something so that you can give a proper time-estimate, and gauge the supplies so you know what to charge and do not end up short on money and unable to buy supplies.

  8. This is just a tip…but, if you’re making art (or even making a suit), please make sure you give a WIP or Updates on a piece that is going to take longer than a week. Let someone know if there are customers in front of them and/or when you might be able to start their project. Set aside time to get commissions done…even the smallest little message saying: “Hey, I’m almost done with the person in front of you and then I will start on your piece”…even that little bit is helpful, keeps the customer from feeling angry about not having their piece yet or nervous, thinking they might be scammed. the calmer and happier you can keep a customer, the better your chances of not having to give a refund or facing a beware post.

  9. NEVER use a profile picture that is not yours (For any social site. Do not even use them for RP purposes…that is still art theft)…
    It does not have to be a real picture, but rather, make sure it is art that you made or that you paid for. Make sure it is ALWAYS credited properly and that it is YOUR character and not someone else’s. This will avoid a lot of conflict.

  10. Be considerate to people in the fandom. If someone asks you politely to not post something because they find it hurtful and an Admin agrees that the post should be removed…do not attack the Admin or the person for it. Just keep in mind that this is something not allowed in the group or forum and just be careful not to post something like that in the future. It is true that everyone is different, and being a furry is not a hive-mind of peoples…but even still, you can carry on conversations and remain involved in the fandom even if you cannot post a specific type of thing because it tends to start drama or triggers people.

  11. Do not join a group and beg…for ANYTHING.
    Do not beg for someone to help you make a Fursona, do not beg for artwork, do not beg for a mate or for a role-play. There are free furry art groups where you can post for artwork or help with a sona…and while some people might want to help you, the majority will tell you that you either need to draw it yourself, or find a way to make money so that you can afford artwork like everyone else.

  12. Do NOT make fanart of anyone without their permission. Might seem crazy…but, it’s actually very important. People love free art, but some people do not like to have their character drawn…and they especially do not want their characters presented in a certain way. Making a T-shirt of your favorite furry and then wanting to send it to them, or drawing someone in a NSFW way or something that is revealing may not sit well with the owner and can cause drama.

There are other examples as well…but most of it (as mentioned before) is just common sense. Do NOT blame it on being young…even younger people can read and can follow rules. If you merely get a warning for something, do NOT lash out…just fix the mistake and never make it again. Lesson learned, right? Do not go blaming behavior on mental illness…if you can not find a way to control yourself, then maybe you should not put yourself in situations where you are bound to break the rules in the first place. I know several people with varying illnesses at varying degrees and even they can keep themselves composed and can follow the rules. No one like someone that begs for attention and that deliberately causes drama.

So please take this into account when becoming part of the furry fandom.
We are not new…we are a fandom that has been around for quite some time, and we do have our rules and codes of conduct that we expect people to follow. But while this mostly speaking out for people just joining the fandom…let this be a reminder to those that have been in the fandom for awhile that we are coaches, we are teachers to the newer ones joining our ranks each and every day. Before reporting someone…try and talk to them, try to explain the rules to them so that maybe they can change their ways and do better next time.

But…that’s all I have for this one.
Stay tuned for more furry-highlights coming up and then a new “Fursuit Friday” within the next 2 days!!! See you all in the next blog πŸ˜‰

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