We did it guys! Happy 1000 chapters of PGC!


Hey all, Ruyi here! 

I'm crying because my browser crashed and destroyed the first version of this thing so I have to type it all over again...anyways, happy chapterversary!

The first five chapters of PGC went live at Novelupdates on November 19, 2016. It's been 2 years, 11 months, and 27 days (or just plain 1091 days) since we've hit 1000 chapters, whew! During its run on its raws site, Xiang5, PGC was consistently ranked #1 in popularity amongst its novels. Even now, its sequel is clinging fast to the #2 spot. With a word count of around 4 million, it is really hecking long. However, if we add in the 25 bonus Christmas releases to the rest of the year, we should have only 300 chapters left by the time New Year's rolls around, meaning the series should be fully translated around late October 2020. That's cause for celebration too!

PGC can be considered my second translation project. The first one I picked up, the flowery-language and tragicomedy Falling Dreams of Fang ...

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hey guys, i'll be doing family things for lantern festival this week so let's catch up on the weekend with releases!

happy holidays! remember that the raffle prize for a free steam key of My Vow to My Liege is still undergoing until the end of the month! ;)

- ruyi

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HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR!

For some of you, it's already here. For others, it's coming up after midnight today. Whatever the case, it's time for a special event: Ruyi's Reader Review Raffle! From now until the end of February, readers who leave reviews on any of my qualifying translation projects will have the chance to enter a raffle! The prize? A free Steam key to an otome visual novel set in ancient China: My Vow to My Liege!

You can scroll to the end for raffle instructions, or read out to find out what you're getting yourself into first. ;)

THE PRIZE

My Vow to My Liege is set in the Spring and Autumn period of Chinese history (apprx 771~476BCE) and features historical characters such as Gou Jian, Fu Chai, and Xi Shi. What's the twist?

In this game you play as the younger sister to Fu Chai who's forced to disguise herself as her dead brother and rule over the kingdom while fighting against a terrible curse. Along the way, protect your people and find true love in a sea of potential allies, enemies, and traitors. If...

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Sup, readers! It's 2021 and we're on the cusp of entering the Year of the Ox (February 12th, 2021), so I thought I'd take this change to look back at the April Fools' pranks I've pulled on you guys in the last three years. ;) Sit back and relax--this is just a chill post from me before your usual PGC chapter release.

2017Series: Poison Genius Consort
Prank: 
Fake chapter teaser + joke series survey

This was my first prank after joining volare novels! 

Since April Fool's fell right on the day I released Chapter 110, I wrote up a fake teaser for Chapter 111 where HYX suffers a less than happy end. To mislead readers even further, I set up a Fake PGC survey where I offered readers to summarize story arcs instead of translating chapters so they could get to the "good parts" sooner. I later posted the results of that survey with reader responses, some of whom were very angry at me for suggesting the skips! 

You can read up on both in the two links above. ;)

2018Series: Falling Dreams of Fang Hua
Prank: Drama adaptation an...

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Happy 2021! Kinda, cause the world is crazy nowadays.

I heard you've all been sending messages to volare telling me to update! Actually, it's more effective to guilt trip me in the Discord server since I don't receive messages sent to the site. Will be working on PGC...slowly because I genuinely have less interest in the story and its characters now. It gets pretty predictable about what's going to happen to who and when in these after stories, although there are a few novel twists here and there.

Oof, here to say I'm alive and glacially chewing through words in the meantime. If you gotta ask for updates, ping me in the PGC channel on Discord! I'll lose face publicly and be spurred to update to silence the yells, serious!

- Ruyi

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Right guys, I haven't had time to say this since I've been MIA, but a warm welcome to all new readers of PGC (by that I mean those on Chapters 1000 or earlier)! 

You know, when you finish translating a series, you expect readers to taper off because the story's doggone finished, but I'm pleasantly surprised to see new comments popping up from the first few chapter arcs even today! I know a lot of readers wait to dive into a series after its main story is done, but I didn't think people would do that with the monolith that is PGC, hahaha.

Of course, my continuous gratitude goes out to the old readers who've been here with me for ages too. ^-^ You're lovely and strong, both for enduring plot cliffhangers and translator disappearances in real time. You are the senpais and seniors of the PGC readerbase, a vast and lively bunch of commenters with wit, talent, and grace. (Mannnnn, I wish we had access to the old Disqus comments 'cause things were wild there!) 


No matter how frustrated I get with the characters or myself,...

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I'm still alive! And I'm not very good at making posts, but I am working on things! (Please keep your expectations low ahem). September will not go by without PGC releases, that I'm sure of. I have temporarily put other things into higher priority and been distracting myself with side hobbies, so I've neglected all things Chinese for a while.

I'll be back!! Ahhhhhhh~


Ruyi

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Yeah, hang in there guys! I'm not dead or sick or whatever, just very very distracted. Half of it is work and the other half, cough, mobage.

Good rule of thumb is to poke your head in volare Discord to see if I'm around; failing that, you can always stalk me at my twitter. If I'm retweeting art, chances are I'm still alive and kicking. :)

Best,

Ruyi

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That's right folks, I am now fully booked with other matters for the rest of the week. Let's meet in the jianghu another time...

Or you can follow my random rants and RTs on twitter, I don't mind. I'll be there more often for a bit.

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So as I write this I'm sitting in the parking lot of a Dunkin' Donuts using their Wifi because the tropical storm that just swept up like killed my cell signal. Since I don't have internet at home that means my hotspot is effectively dead, urk.

I'll touch base with you guys tomorrow! Most likely it'll be night because we're saying hi to family during the day.

Best,

Ruyi

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Hi guys, 

Just came back from work but my internet at home is dead (read: nearly nonexistent) so I'm going to have some issues uploading chapters. I'll try again tomorrow!

Best,

Ruyi

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Hello hello! So here we are again, readers.

As of last night, this translator has officially finished releasing ALL the chapters in the main story of Poison Genius Consort! Now is the perfect time to rec PGC to your family and friends, since they can binge through the whole thing in one shot, hehe. Those of you who've been following me already know the news from reading C1206 last night; this is mostly a post so I can tell all the folks still catching up (and just starting!) the novel.

You may now kiss your translator, mwah~

Our next 164 chapters will be focusing on the extra stories and loose ends that the novel hasn't wrapped up yet before setting the stage for PGC's sequel, Emperor's Swallow. A lot of readers have been asking me this so I'll just say it now: I will not be translating PGC's sequel series! 

There are a few reasons for this, but the main one is because the sequel focuses on the next generation of our cast (aka their kids). I'd rather translate a spin-off story about one of our side characters instead,...

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Don't stay up waiting for me guys, something came up today so I had to take care of that instead of translating chapters! Tomorrow and the day after I'll release more chapters, so hang tight!

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Just a note that hubby and I moved into our new house two days ago! The floor is a mess of boxes and trash from unpacked goods and every single room in the house is crammed full of STUFF. But it's good to be home.

We'll be dealing with unpacking chaos and so on until sanity rolls back again, but so far things are going smoothly. Take care until next release~!

- Ruyi

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....among other things, so yes, real life and all its distractions is keeping me from translations. We're wrapping up inspections and contract signings and I'm also suddenly responsible for one more Thing at work since one of my co-workers is stuck in a different state due to quarantine restrictions. Suffice to say that I WILL get PGC chapters out before the end of May, if only because I don't want to drag on this series until 2022. (=.=)

Please feel free to direct all comments, concerns, questions, and tomatoes here and spare my poor boss Grace, she can't control the translation speed of PGC like, ahem, the translator can. Peace out and stay safe!

Ruyi

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Hey guys! With the new updates regarding COVID-19 in my state, I’ve been busy with work as my colleagues and I adjust to our new, online only schedules.

Once I get that sorted out (should take another week or so), I can go back to focusing on PGC. Take care and stay safe, everyone!

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Be back shortly and yes there is hope very close by in the PGC tunnel so don’t despair, my readers!

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BEHOLD! The time of the cannon fodder has come!

Coming April 1st, 2020 (EST time) is Ruyi's parody visual novel project, Cannon Fodder's Counterattack Record!

Also known as the Poison Genius Consort Heretical Sword Sect Alternate Universe Visual Novel (PHAV), this demo game will allow players to take on the role of an unimportant cannon fodder in "Ancient Cloud" Continent's Heretical Deviant Sword Sect! Find allies and make friends in your ultimate quest to hunt down Sect Leader Hua (see Chapter 1068 for details), show Ye Feilong and Xi Yunhan their places, and stake your claim on the continent.

How successful will you fare in this story of loss, love, and revenge? Only your choices will tell.

Read the twitter thread here for more plot and character details. Bookmark this announcement post to see the game link go live with tomorrow's PGC chapter release!

When next we meet, it'll be in the jianghu!

Cheers,
Ruyi


LINK TO DOWNLOAD GAME (now live for both PC and Mac versions!)

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Hey guys, with the new governor directive to take effect on Sunday I’ll be busy sorting some details out for life before settling down to translate. Take care and stay tuned until then!

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Hey guys! Just a note that I’m still busy with work and won’t be fully free until March 11th, though I’ll try to release some chapters before then. In the meantime, make sure you guys are around when April comes for a super special PGC surprise. Preview here (it's a downloadable video via Discord)!

Please take note that I only translate PGC as a hobby and have a full time job that requires my attention 6 days a week, 10 hours a day. When push comes to shove, I have to shelve PGC on the back burner if I don't want to get fired by my boss. :) This is also why PGC is not part of the volare sponsor package and only accepts flat PayPal donations for bonus chapters. Realistically, I can't keep up with the schedules of full-time translators and do well at work too, so sacrifices have to be made.

Thank you for your understanding!

~Ruyi

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I’m currently staying up finishing up a work project instead of PGC so you know what this means! Gonna do a little MIA until later this week.

Keep healthy and happy reading, everyone. Also, side development on this joke visual novel that seems realer everyday is going well; I got imagemap hotspots to work! Maybe keep an eye out this April Fools for yet another masterpiece, lol.

Link to latest development clip here (via Discord): https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/196270439125876737/681028132316250137/video0.mov

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