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Countdown to Y2 Round Five (and the NRE) Closes ~

Countdown ended
Saturday, June 28th @ 4:59pm

As the rangers slowly regain a bit of control over their jobs, the round is over! See you in a bit with the results ~

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R5/NRE Results and News

Journal Entry: Sat Jul 19, 2014, 11:51 PM
After a hard day's work of rescue and evacuation, darkness eventually took hold, and the white out became black out. Retreating to shelter, the competitors and Rangers finally had their chance to relax and warm up. But how relaxed could they be, when a single look outside revealed thick snow blanketing everything in sight and their breath fogged before their eyes? Many wondered if Ohana was home to another legendary Pokémon gone out of control, or if it could be something more sinister. Were these islands cursed to have disaster after disaster befall them?

As we move into the final part of the challenge, we hope you're all ready to see what disastrous fate has befallen the islands during the Y2 challenge, and that the slight unplanned hiatus we just had gave your drawing hands ample time to rest up and get ready for what comes next ~

In this update, we leap directly into the R5 & NRE results (directly below this section), followed by group news and updates, to keep you all in the loop as to what is going on behind the scenes here. So, without further ado ~

Round 5 & NRE Results:

Overall Group Critique for R5

- Many of you had your scores brought down by one or more of your sets missing a Ranger.
- Some of you also neglected the basic story for your chosen area and went off on a tangent, particularly those who chose Mt Mauna. We do love seeing your characters fleshed out but remember that each round does have a goal or something your trainers are trying to achieve at the same time.
- Overall, you tackled the limited palettes amazingly. There were a few instances where blending shifted the colours slightly too much but for the most part you took your colours and you made them work. Even the eye-searing ones! Well done~

Passing trainers:


Overall Group Critique for NRE

- The title of the judging/crit document we used for this ended up being 'Come on guys, it's snowing'. The story timeframe we gave for the NRE had it starting when the skies were overcast and continuing as the weather got worse until the snowstorm that marked R5 was in full blast, while some of your entries had sunny skies and a serious lack of snow. While we didn't mark down anyone for this, not following instructions can really hurt your scores in the main challenge. Please take note of this!
- Some of you forgot the second aim of Phase 2: Why did your character choose the Faction they did? Artwise though, the 'Master Class' challenge was handled wonderfully. And it appears that Monet was a chief favourite among a lot of you, which was neat to see, since his style is not the easiest to tackle!
- Story excerpts in Phase 3 were handled incredibly well. It was a treat to see how many different ways the same dialogue could be handled between people.

Passing trainers:


As with the previous rounds, you're welcome to note the group for your individual scores and a brief critique. This goes for both main R5 and NRE competitors.

Group News & Status

Round Six Launch

As much as we'd love to roll this one out right this very moment, life has gone and done the thing where it's kicked all the admin in the gut, and roughly all at the same time. Over the course of this week, we'll begin to roll out the intro comic for the Round, followed by round launch after that. We won't promise any specific date, because I think we all know how well that works out for artists in general. :'D

What can you expect from the upcoming round?

-- Round Six will cut from the 14 active competitors to a mere SIX Trainers for Round Seven. It's time to go hard or go home, in other words!
-- Story timeline-wise, Rounds Six, Seven and Eight will be immediately consecutive after each another - This gap before R6 starts is your last chance to show any misc story with your characters and/or prepare.
-- Round Six will feature the final Art Challenge - We have loved the creative approaches you have brought forth in every round to tackle these new (and often difficult) round additions. Many of you have taken the concepts and run with them, and many have improved and grown so much as a result. But alas, all good things must come to an end, and in the finals, we'll be expecting you to throw everything you've learnt over the course of the challenge back at us.

Project Hiatus

As you're more than likely aware, we've not been able to keep up on the GwtF mag, as much as we'd really like to keep that going, so it's on hiatus until we have either a regular set of article authors/artists or more admin on hand.
For those who did respond to the GwtF author ad in the last issue of the mag itself, I would like to let you know they have been read - We simply weren't sure if we could keep the mag going and didn't want to give you an unsure answer.

If you would like to attempt a page or two for GwtF, you're more than welcome to note the group - We can give you the templates for the mag, and you can go crazy making a demo page ~ Basically, the idea with GwtF is that it's a Pokémon Trainers mag, including info and articles about the mons, their homes, various species, notable Trainer interviews, tech reviews, etc etc -- Anything you'd find interesting as a Trainer, that's the kinda thing that's supposed to be in there.

Application Migration & Clean Out

In terms of the new Stripe App that is replacing the old Shield version, there's a few notices to be had on that.

All those who are now NPCs need to migrate from the FI/VI/NPC Shield to NPC Stripe before the end of AUGUST if they intend to keep up with NPC tasks/memes/group submissions. This includes NRE Participants who did not complete their Phase Submissions or pass into R6.

Rangers please note that you only have until the end of JULY to migrate from old to new Ranger App!

At the end of their corresponding times, all old apps will be removed from the galleries as we tidy the group up. Please make sure you've migrated your trainers/rangers over before then to make sure you aren't removed!

Quick App FAQ:
Q: I have a pet on my Shield app - What happens to them?
A: One of your team, or the pet needs to be removed - BFOI only hosts a Team Max of 6, no exceptions.

Q: I am still competing, do I /have/ to migrate to the faction version Stripe app too?
A: No, those still competing are legal under 'Legacy Format' rules. Your apps were legal before we changed the rules, and will continue to be so until you either update the art or migrate over. If you have a pet you can't get rid of, we suggest staying on the Shield.

Q: Do I have to resubmit the migrated app to the group?
A: If you have an app already existing within the group, simply use the 'Edit' function on the Deviation to change the art over. You'll spare everyone's inboxes a bit of hassle that way.

And that's all from us at the moment, we'll be gracing your inboxes soon with more art and story, followed by a Round Six!

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silverrose99 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
oh wow, I misjudged the clock and thought I had another day /whoops
BlueEevee Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Student Digital Artist
It's the final countdown!
Auffallend Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I wish I could have finished for this round, but with everything that has been going on, and my comic and stuff.... I barely have a sketch of 1 panel done :(
I really wanted to see how far i could go this time too...
Amorphous-blob Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
*screams quietly*
Yuriakashu Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Four days to go!  Go forth, R5-ers!  Carry on, NRE peeps!  TO YOUR DESTINY!
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zearyu Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Found myself prioritizing other things more during this con summer so deciding to not participate in the next roundd ;U; really wanted to see how far I'd get in this tourney but welp it was super fun while i had the bare minimum time at it 8'DD will just be an npc now and participate in events with zeph if it looks fun /;7;/ Goodluck to everyone still fighting on!!
carrotpudding Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Damn I miss this thing ; - ;
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Dibe Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Student General Artist
What do you have to do in order to join this group?
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MonoSpectator Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm interested in joining this group, but I'm a little confused as to what it actually is and what I need to do to join or if I can even join at this point ^^" Could someone help?
FantasyRebirth96 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014
can i join?
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IncanSun Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Curious, when does the Nexus re-entry bonus round begin for those who wanna re-enter the competition?
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lightmage43 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014
Umm I was wondering if I could have some help making my NPC Oc please? XD
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spiralingdragon Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014
Man...I don't think I'm gonna make it. :(
Good luck to everyone, though!
Auffallend Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG barely finished.... Can I do that thing called SLEEP now plz?
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