The following interview occurred on the official KH-Vids.net Twitch channel on 1/6/2022, but has been transcribed for your reading pleasure below. --- kh-vids.net: With the one month anniversary of KH-Vids Royale III's release on our minds, a week ago we reached out to the story's elusive creator and author, Roxas, to see if he would speak with us. We were so happy when he messaged us back saying he would fly out for an exclusive interview, so we invited him here on our Twitch stream tonight. Welcome, Roxas. Come on out. (Roxas walks on set, sets water bottle down, waves at audience) Roxas: Thanks for having me. kh-vids.net: It's us that should be thanking you. After the release of KH-Vids Royale III the forum has gained enough traffic for us to launch this Twitch channel. It's the biggest thread in the Spam Zone in about three years, and members who last logged in a decade ago are back and posting. Roxas: It's just a fanfiction... kh-vids.net: Now there are dozens of questions from the 5-6 fans of the story that we're clamoring to ask you tonight - but before we get into all that, here's a word from our sponsors. Cowboy voice: weeeyll getcher ding dong dang diddly behahn down over to Bojangles, the best rootin tootin sandwich this sahd of the mississippi, hoowee! Bojangles, the best chicken y'all ever did seen. kh-vids.net: Welcome back to the studio! So, Roxas, we must know - what inspired you to write KH-Vids Royale III? Roxas: Well, after coming back to the site after thirteen years or so, I saw it wasn't quite as busy as before. (laughs) And I knew other old members like me would eventually come wandering back for nostalgia's sake. I had this really rad idea to write a third story so there would be an amazing treasure for them to find when they returned. And I hope people get that "oh wow!" experience when they come back and find it, even find themselves in the story. So yeah, after that thought, I knew I had to write it. kh-vids.net: There are quite a few players in KH-Vids Royale III that weren't even around during your time at the forum. If you wanted this to be some big reunion, why did they make the cut? Roxas: Things change. When I came back to the site and saw all these new staff members I didn't know, I realized just how much time had passed since I'd been around. So I wanted to give them their due. It's been awesome, too. I've been getting to know these people thanks to this story. That's all I want really, for the story to bring the community together like the first one did. kh-vids.net: And this is your plan to do it, then? Kill off all of your friends? Roxas: (laughs) Yeah, good point... You know, my first Battle Royale fan-fiction included people I knew in real life. Then I suddenly had this thought, like - wow, you know, that's really weird to be killing off your school friends. You're gonna get put on a list if the wrong people find this stuff, you know. (laughs) But I still had a need to write that story and I went with the members of my favorite forum instead. I guess not actually knowing them made it seem alright to kill them off, even though they are real people. kh-vids.net: It's all in good fun. So what's your process? The chapters are coming at a steady stream. How do you stay so focused? Roxas: My process has definitely evolved since I started the story. These days I try to write during my entire lunch break and if I can get the chapter out then, great. If not, I finish it when I'm free later that day. I know what's coming next generally, though I like to keep myself open and try to surprise myself with twists, too. But that's what helps me pump the chapters out - is having some kind of roadmap. I also write it initially in another editor, then paste it into KH-Vids and do my revising there so I get another take at it. kh-vids.net: Wow, it's great to get inside the author's head like this. And what about staying invested? How do you keep the inspiration coming? Roxas: Sometimes I listen to The KH-Vids Song while writing it. (laughs) But that's just a way of reminding myself why it's important that I write this story. The original KH-Vids Royale, the song, all of that stuff - it built this community back in the day, and gave us an identity. It linked us together and gave us something to gather for that wasn't just Kingdom Hearts. So many people contributed to our community this way and look at how much this place means to us now. By listening to that song I remind myself not just what KH-Vids means to me, but of what it means to the greater community, and that's why I want to write and finish this story, so those of us who are still around have something to look forward to and enjoy and love about this site again. kh-vids.net: (wipes tear) T-t-that was beautiful. And now another word from our sponsors. Serious voice: If you or any of your loved ones have vaped in the last 6-7 minutes, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Call 1-800-FUC-KOFF today. kh-vids.net: Well that's it for us tonight, folks. Thanks for tuning in, and again, Roxas, thank you so much for flying out here to spend the evening with us. Roxas: It was a true pleasure. kh-vids.net: Next up, we have KH2 randomizer speedruns with Tamale, and then we'll be playing the entirety of KH2's cutscenes from midnight to eleven in the morning tomorrow. Good night.