All for the Game
|Name:||All for the Game, The Foxhole Court|
|Date(s):||January 2013 – December 2014|
|Country of Origin:||USA|
|External Links:||The Foxhole Court Wiki|
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All for the Game is a series of Young Adult contemporary sports fiction novels written by Nora Sakavic featuring LGBT characters and dark themes. It's composed of three novels:
- The Foxhole Court, published 2013
- The Raven King, published 2013
- The King's Men, published 2014
The series focuses on Neil Josten, son of a murderous crimelord who has spent the last eight years on the run. As a part of his latest fake identity, he signs with a College Exy team: the Palmetto State Foxes. Exy is a fictional sport, somewhere between lacrosse and hockey, played on a soccer sized court surrounded by plexiglass. Not only does Neil love the sport that he used to play as a child, but he's also incredibly talented. While he's determined to only stay with the Foxes for as long as his real identity remains a secret, he finds himself with more and more reasons to stay. One of which being the history he shares with the Son of Exy himself, Kevin Day, and another being the mysterious goalkeeper, Andrew Minyard.
- Neil Josten, PSU Foxes striker.
- Andrew Minyard, PSU Foxes goalkeeper.
- Kevin Day, PSU Foxes striker, son of Exy.
- Aaron Minyard, PSU Foxes backliner.
- Nicky Hemmick, PSU Foxes backliner.
- Matt Boyd, PSU Foxes backliner.
- Renne Walker, PSU Foxes goalkeeper.
- Danielle "Dan" Wilds, PSU Foxes captain and offensive dealer.
- Allison Reynolds, PSU Foxes defensive dealer.
- Seth Gordon, PSU Foxes striker.
- David Wymack, PSU Foxes coach.
- Abby Winfield, PSU Foxes nurse.
- Betsy "Bee" Dobson, PSU Foxes therapist.
- Riko Moriyama, Edgar Allan Ravens striker, son of Exy.
- Jean Moreau, Edgar Allan Ravens backliner.
- Jeremy Knox, USC Trojans captain.
In addition to the triology, Nora Sakavic has also published further information about the characters and their stories. This is widely referred to as the Extra Content, and is considered canon by large parts of the fandom. This has mainly been done through her Tumblr, answering messages asking her to expand on certain aspects, but also through her blog. In the Extra Content she discusses previous drafts, what happens outside of the limitation of Neil's POV, as well as post-canon event. The majority of it concerns Neil and Andrew, and primarily their relationship with each other.
The most commonly written pairings are:
- Neil Josten/Andrew Minyard, or andreil, which accounts for about 75% of the AFTG works on AO3.
- Jeremy Knox/Jean Moreau, or jerejean, which is notable for being the second most popular ship in fandom, despite both characters being very minor and having nearly no shared scenes in the books.
- Allison Reynolds/Renee Walker, or renison.
- Kevin Day/Neil Josten/Andrew Minyard, or kandreil.
Other common ships include Kevin Day/Aaron Minyard, Kevin Day/Neil Josten, Kevin Day/Andrew Minyard, Nicky Hemmick/Erik Klose, Katelyn/Aaron Minyard, Matt Boyd/Danielle "Dan" Wilds, Seth Gordon/Allison Reynolds, and Kevin Day/Riko Moriyama. Many fics also explore the familial relationship between the Minyard twins.
Popular tropes in the fandom include:
- Hurt/Comfort: usually exploring the trauma of either of the Foxes.
- Perfect Court: focusing on the dynamic between Riko Moriyama, Kevin Day, Jean Moreau, and occasionally Neil Josten and Andrew Minyard, being on the same team.
- Raven!Neil: exploring what Neil's life might have been like if he had stayed with the Moriyamas and played for the Ravens, rather than the Foxes.
- Trojan!Jean: fics taking place post canon, where Jean Moreau has left the Edgar Allan Ravens and joined the USC Trojans. Usually Jean/Jeremy.
- Nest!Fics: taking place in the Edgar Allan University Nest, home of the Ravens. Usually fics with a darker theme, dealing with themes of abuse.
- Olympics: fics about the characters being on the olympic team.
- All for the Game Big Bang - A Big Bang first organized in 2017.
- All for the Game Reverse Bang - A Reverse Bang first organized in 2018.
- AFTG Exchange - A Gift Exchange first organized in 2016.
- Aftg Summer - A prompt challenge organized in 2020.
- All for the Game Fandom Celebrations - Recurring Fanweek event in 2018 with a different focus each iteration. Topics ranged between characters, ships, genres etc.
- Andreil Week - A Fanweek dedicated to Andrew/Neil organized in 2018 and 2019.
- Twinyards Appreciation Week - A Fanweek for Aaron & Andrew works first organized in 2017.
As of 5 January 2021, there are 8121 works in the All for the Game fandom tag on AO3, 5934 of which use the relationship tag Neil Josten/Andrew Minyard.
There have been a number of All for the Game Fanzines. Most of which have been published digitally, with any profits going to charity.
- Call It Home: An AFTG Family Zine : A zine focusing on the topic of found family. Published in 2020.
- Time For Exy
- AFTG Tarot Card Zine: A zine with the 22 arcanas as its theme.
- Survivors - an aftg apocalypse zine : A zine with a post-apocalyptic theme.
- Give Your Back To Me - A Foxhole Court Canon Art Zine: Published in 2017.
- Heatens Greetings - An Aftg holiday zine. Published in 2016 and 2018.
- Pipe Dream : A zine by llstarcasterll
- AFTG Fic Library, a tumblr fic rec/search blog