FAQ

Contents

  1. 1 General Questions About WotA
    1. 1.1 Why "WotA"?
    2. 1.2 Why do you spell "magick" with a "k"?
  2. 2 Orders
    1. 2.1 How can I order WotA books?
    2. 2.2 When will I get my copy of Book I?
    3. 2.3 I want an autographed copy, how can I get one?
    4. 2.4 Can I buy a print version of the online magazine?
    5. 2.5 I don't have a Kindle or Nook, how can I order your book?
    6. 2.6 Do you ever have any sales?
    7. 2.7 Is there a volume discount?
  3. 3 The Throne of Ao (and the main storyline)
    1. 3.1 When will Book I be published/released?
    2. 3.2 When will Book II be published/released?
    3. 3.3 When will [insert here] be published/released?
    4. 3.4 When can I find out more about the main storyline?
    5. 3.5 How many books are planned in the main storyline?
  4. 4 Parents
    1. 4.1 What is WotA "rated"?
    2. 4.2 What is [insert particular title] rated?
    3. 4.3 Is WotA suitable for my [insert age here] year old?
    4. 4.4 Are there children friendly versions?
  5. 5 The WotA Universe
    1. 5.1 How many Realms/worlds/universes make up the multiverse of WotA?
    2. 5.2 Why did you make [insert creature/place/etc] that way?
  6. 6 The Author
    1. 6.1 Why "Zero Angel"?
    2. 6.2 How can I contact you?
  7. 7 Website
    1. 7.1 Will you put my page in the links section?
    2. 7.2 Can I put a link to your page on mine?
    3. 7.3 Do I have to pay to download the online stories?
    4. 7.4 I have a website, can we put your stories up?
  8. 8 Fans
    1. 8.1 Do you accept fan-submissions (fan-art/fan-fiction/fan ideas)?
    2. 8.2 Is there a WotA tabletop RPG?
  9. 9 Other Media
    1. 9.1 Does WotA exist in any other forms?
  10. 10 Contributions/Donations
    1. 10.1 I would like to contribute, how can I?
    2. 10.2 Is there anything I can do besides a monetary donation?
    3. 10.3 Is my donation tax-deductible?
    4. 10.4 What will you do with my contribution?
  11. 11 Other
    1. 11.1 Why are there no questions in other?


Welcome to the Frequently Asked Questions part of the site. This page addresses common questions from visitors to the site. If you have a question and don't see it here, please direct it to zeroangel@apocalypsedesigns.com

General Questions About WotA

Why "WotA"?

As for the acronym, "Zero Angel's War of the Ages" is a mouthful and WotA is short and simple. The true story behind the name has its origins in the setting, and more of this war will be revealed throughout the main storyline books and supplemental books.

Why do you spell "magick" with a "k"?

The short answer is to distinguish the acts occurring in WotA from the idea of stage magic, or sleight of hand. This spelling was first popularized by Aleister Crowley to distinguish his own teachings from others as well, and although the author is not a proponent of Aleister Crowley's teachings or the occult, his definition of magick as "the art and science of causing change in accordance with will," summarizes what magick is in WotA. Although there are many different schools of magick, it all begins with the will of the caster.

Orders

How can I order WotA books?

You can visit the Orders page. There you can click on the link to order the book on either Kindle or Nook. If you would like to request a pre-print publication spiral bound galley, then please direct this to ZeroAngel@ApocalypseDesigns.com

When will I get my copy of Book I?

If you order an e-book, then you can get it by downloading it immediately. The first pre-print publication spiral bound galleys that will be made available to the public were printed Aug 31, 2012 and mailed the first week of September. If you participated in the publishing drive and did not receive one in September 2012, then this is probably because you did not finalize your order when the publishing drive ended.

I want an autographed copy, how can I get one?

All customers that participated in the publishing drive may elect to receive an autographed copy of the pre-print publication spiral bound galley signed by the author, Robert "Zero Angel" Richardson. If you missed out on this special opportunity, then you will have to wait until a book tour is announced and comes around to your community. For customers in the Columbiana/Boardman, OH region, special events may be announced independently of a book tour, but please don't hold your breath. The only sure-fire way to receive a signed copy is to have participated in the publishing drive.

Can I buy a print version of the online magazine?

Currently, no. Because of the online nature of the magazine, the contributors and editors do not take into consideration things like page size and orientation, and do not believe there is enough of a market to extend ourselves in this area. If you feel differently, please contact us and let us know. if enough people request one, things may change. For now, please subscribe to the magazine by e-mailing zeroangel@apocalypsedesigns.com.

Update: Since the online magazine has been indefinitely cancelled in favor of releasing more content, you cannot buy print versions of the back-issues.

I don't have a Kindle or Nook, how can I order your book?

           You can order the book through Amazon or BN websites and install the free apps for either service on your smartphones, tablets or computers.

Do you ever have any sales?

Our special promotions and events rarely take the form of reduced prices, we are selling the books as cheaply as we are able to as a start-up publishing company. However, we will frequently have other types of incentives, such as autographs and exclusive content. Please keep checking for more. Currently, Zero Angel has agreed to autograph all copies of the book for customers that have participated in the publishing drive.

Is there a volume discount?

We have yet to set up any discount schedule for large sales (as we have not had to), however, there will be a volume discount available. Please query us if you plan on purchasing a large number of books at one time.

The Throne of Ao (and the main storyline)

When will Book I be published/released?

Book I was published on Kindle and Nook July 13, 2012. You can order The Throne of Ao by clicking here!

When will Book II be published/released?

        The author anticipates releasing Book II in time for Christmas 2013.

When will [insert here] be published/released?

Short stories are released regularly on the website and are free of charge to download. Certain "premium" short stories are available through other websites (which may be pay-only). Please keep posted by following the News/Updates page and sign up for the newsletter by e-mailing zeroangel@apocalypsedesigns.com with your request to join.

When can I find out more about the main storyline?

WotA in general, and the main storyline in particular (including Book I: The Throne of Ao), is full of twists and turns, and to reveal spoilers before the first book is even published is not in line with the goals of the author. By reading articles of the website and newsletter, you'll know things about the multiverse of WotA that the characters of the books won't, but our hope is that you will still be surprised by what happens.

How many books are planned in the main storyline?

Not counting supplemental books directly related to the main storyline (side stories, prequels and so forth), the main storyline is planned to be broken up across several series consisting of three to five books each. Although we are reluctant to give an exact number as plans are only tentative, there are currently at least three series planned. 

Parents

What is WotA "rated"?

If Book I was translated exactly into a movie or video game, our guess is that it would be rated R as a movie and M as a video game. Although we believe there is nothing gratuitous, there are at times realistic AKA graphic violence. WotA does not pull any punches in general, and tries to portray a realistic world, and realism means "adult content". Yes, people die, fight, betray, lie, cheat, and steal. We urge all parents to read/watch/consume anything and everything before you let your children do so, and please explain that entertainment is not meant to be emulated.

As far as books go, WotA would probably receive a teen rating. I don't know why written forms are different, but that's how our society views it (the same is usually true for cartoons). WotA was developed as a serious fantasy/sci-fi meant for adults. The author would never recommend the books for anyone that wasn't at least in high school for both readability and adult content, but each individual is different. Please read the books and make up your own mind before allowing impressionable minds to do so.

What is [insert particular title] rated?

Different stories have different levels of adult content, and some stories are actually quite suitable for children of all ages. We again urge you to read the stories before letting your children do so, but if you would like to know a little bit more about what each particular story contains, then please e-mail the author: zeroangel@apocalypsedesigns.com.

Is WotA suitable for my [insert age here] year old?

This question assumes that all children develop at the same age. WotA is not kid-friendly, but we've talked about ratings in other questions. What about difficulty of reading? It will not be an easy read for young readers. WotA was developed for adults, and so uses adult words.

Are there children friendly versions?

There are no alternate versions of stories, but some stories contain more or less adult content...just like some days you do more or less adult things. Please e-mail zeroangel@apocalypsedesigns.com if you have any concerns.

The WotA Universe

How many Realms/worlds/universes make up the multiverse of WotA?

First, a note to those that have not explored the glossary, a Realm (note the capital "R") is synonymous with the word universe. In some Realms of the WotA multiverse, there are multiple worlds--typically, the primary world of a Realm shares its name. For instance, Ao is both the name of the universe that a majority of the action of WotA occurs on as well as the planet inhabited by humes, elves, dragons, and a variety of other creatures. The Realm of Ao itself has several planets with proximity close enough to be reached by those with access to powerful enough magicks, as well as permanent links to the Realm of Lysia and the Faerie Realms (the Faerie Realms are a single universe, but the various locales have differing physics and other characteristics so that it is akin to traveling between true Realms). Two other Realms are known of, although one, the Aether Realms, is believed to have been destroyed in the creation of the multiverse. The other, the Nether Realms, is the home of the creatures known as demons. Other Realms are known by draconic scholars and demonic travelers, and even more are believed to exist.

Why did you make [insert creature/place/etc] that way?

Everything in WotA is supposed to make sense. In some cases, this means drastically changing familiar staples of fantasy (such as with the laorcs or even the lizardfolk), and in other cases it has resulted in the creation of creatures and places unlike what one might at first expect. At the end of the day though, WotA is its own world, and does not attempt to fit in to any stereotypes.

For more behind the scenes information, please subscribe to the WotA Newsletter.

The Author

Why "Zero Angel"?

The name of the author, Robert Richardson, is no secret, and Zero Angel is clearly a pseudonym, so why a penname at all? Well, Robert is something like the third most common name in America (according to a quick search on Google), and Richardson is by no means unique; in fact, there are plenty of authors out there sharing this name. Thus, Zero Angel is an attempt for people to say to themselves, "Oh, that Richardson." In effect, Zero Angel is a brand as much as a penname.

How can I contact you?

To reach Zero Angel, e-mail is the quickest and most preferred method of contact. You can contact him at zeroangel@apocalypsedesigns.com. If correspondence is preferred, please feel free to utilize the P.O. Box address given:

P.O. Box 35
Columbiana, OH 44408

You can make your letters and packages out to Robert Richardson, Zero Angel or Apocalypse Designs. Approved letters and packages will be passed on to the author. Acceptance of a package implies no obligation to read or preserve its contents. Please do not send anything that you want back.

Website

Will you put my page in the links section?

Apocalypse Designs is dedicated to quality, and if you know of a website that may be related to the themes or goals of this site (i.e. fantasy, science-fiction, art, etc), and feel that it belongs here, please feel free to refer it to us. If you are the owner of the site, please include permission to post a link.

Can I put a link to your page on mine?

In general, the answer to this question is yes. However, if your site contains inappropriate content, please ask for permission, and respect any requests to take down a link to our page. Thank you!

Do I have to pay to download the online stories?

Online stories are provided free of charge, and require only a .pdf reader. Adobe Reader in particular is free and comes on many computers. Stories available through Kindle, Nook or online magazines unrelated to Apocalypse Designs usually require a fee depending on the source. Book I is available for $6.99 on Kindle and Nook.

I have a website, can we put your stories up?

Please ask before any posting, and respect our copyrights. It could be that we have no problem allowing your web page audience to read our stories on your site, but allow us to decide please. We will always ask that a link to our website be given along with the story.

Fans

Do you accept fan-submissions (fan-art/fan-fiction/fan ideas)?

We are not currently accepting fan-submissions, but this will change in the future (at least as it pertains to fan-art). Please be aware that until this changes, no e-mails with attachments will be opened, and by sending us any work via e-mail or mail you are forfeiting your rights to it; in general, fan-submissions will go straight into the trash. The ultimate goal of WotA is to be an open world for many artists and authors to work and play in, and to that end, if you are interested in being employed by Apocalypse Designs, please feel free to contact us, but be aware that we are currently not looking to fill any positions.

Is there a WotA tabletop RPG?

Not yet, although the author is a long-time fan of this genre and has made some progress in this direction. If there are any interested GMs or DMs that wish to feature a campaign or adventure in the WotA multiverse, but have some questions, please feel free to contact us. Not even a beta version of a WotA RPG exists, but there are many ways to adapt other systems to a WotA-style adventure, and Zero Angel has converted many WotA monsters into D&D 3.5 edition equivalents.

Other Media

Does WotA exist in any other forms?

Currently, WotA exists in a few forms: this website and its massive database of WotA Lore at wota.wikispaces.com, short stories available on this website and those that will be available on other sites/magazines, and finally in eBook form on Kindle and Nook.

Designs for a WotA tabletop RPG are progressing, but this is a long ways off. Apocalypse Designs and Zero Angel are dedicated to bringing WotA to its fans across multiple platforms without sacrificing quality, and as opportunities come up concerning other media, each is scrutinized and thought out. Someday, we hope that fans of WotA will be able to enjoy movies, television shows, web shorts, video games, comic books, and other forms.

Contributions/Donations

I would like to contribute, how can I?

Two ways currently: (1) buy Book I - The Throne of Ao on Kindle or Nook; or, (2) make a donation.

(1) Visit the orders page to order your copy today!

(2) Also on the orders page, there is a solune button at the bottom for donations that utilizes paypal. If you do not want to use paypal, you can write us a letter and mail us a check with your intention that the money be used as a donation clear (any that are not clear may be returned to sender, but probably will just end up shredded and in the trash). Mail to: Apocalypse Designs / PO Box 35 / Columbiana, OH 44408-0035.

Is there anything I can do besides a monetary donation?

Yes! Spread the word! Tell all of your friends about WotA and this site. Print out press releases and pass them out to people you think may be interested. In the future, we will also have fliers and other media that you can print out and distribute (please distribute responsibly, we do not want to annoy anyone).

Follow Zero Angel on Twitter, Facebook, Myspace and Google+ and tell your friends!

Is my donation tax-deductible?

We are NOT a non-profit organization, nor are we tax accountants, so we cannot answer that definitely, but our guess is no, your donation is not tax-deductible.

What will you do with my contribution?

Currently, nearly all of our available funds are going towards the printing and marketing of Book I - The Throne of Ao; the rest goes towards maintaining the website, producing more fiction (both short fiction and novels), author appearances & travel expenses, etc. Your contributions will always be applied towards the War of the Ages multiverse.

Other

Why are there no questions in other?

        No one has asked any questions that cannot be classified yet...until now!

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