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Countdown to Y2 Round Six Closes ~

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After all that mess! Freedom at last!! Even the snow is a relief after those deathtraps! Let's get back to base to make sure our next move is a decisive one, and end this freezeover, once and for all!

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Round 6 Results and News

Journal Entry: Mon Dec 15, 2014, 1:19 AM
Tired, battered, and ready to curl up for a nap and something warm to drink, the trainers made their way back to their respective factions' headquarters. They knew, however, that they wouldn't have much time to rest. Though their leaders seemed certain now of what, or, apparently, who was behind the dreadful weather, there was still the matter of stopping it. What lay ahead may be yet worse, if Ohana's track record was anything to go by.




Round 6 Results:


Congratulations to the following competitors, who have passed on to the next round.

Yuriakashu
arkeis-pokemon
MAPle-meg
Amorphous-blob
LucarioGirl4Ever
kasu


Alas, not all could make the cut, as is the way on these things, but we are certainly glad you were along for the ride thus far, and hope you stay around to cheer on the final six in their next big push to make it through the even tougher cut to final two.

Overall Group Crit R6


You guys certainly had a ball with that artist's challenge. We wanted to give you something fun for your final challenge and it looks like it was pretty on the mark. It was great to see so many interpretations of the poses.

Due to the way judging worked out this round, we do not have scores available on request, but individual critiques are still up for those who would like them. If you would like feedback on this round's entry, by all means, please note the group ~

For the overall round crit, the pose challenge was received extremely enthusiastically, and you all seemed to love popping them into your work - We noticed that it also helped many of you try new angles, and perspectives you hadn't tried before, and that adventurousness in the work was wonderful to see.

As for the not-so-good part of the round, it was a rather unusual split. Initiative side, on the whole, had the more complete art, and a big focus on getting those group shots and poses in clearly, but was really quite lacking in story. Most of you took the three page minimum too literally, and the pacing, story and action was quite jumpy or abrupt as a result.
Conversely, Valkyrie side had the exact opposite problem. Wonderful, engaging stories and great pacing, but the art was lacking, especially on the tail ends of your entries as the deadline well and truly beat you here.
There's not really much advice we can give here though, as finding the balance between story, art and time, is difficult, no matter who you are. But we can say without a doubt that procrastination is the big killer for everyone in these situations. Trying to beat that is the one thing we can always strive for.

That said, we are certainly looking forward to the final two rounds and what you bring to the table, as the story reaches its climax. And should you feel like you ever want advice during the rounds, you are more than welcome to it. As admin, we really do want to see you succeed with your work, and put your best foot forward. We're more than happy to help wherever we can during that, so don't be afraid to talk to us ~




Group News & Status



Round Seven Launch

We'll be launching Round Seven in roughly the first week of the new year. It's a much larger gap between rounds than we normally do but due to the time of year and a lot of people being busy with exams, family stuff and holiday preparations, we thought it'd be best to wait until competitors aren't going to be losing round time due to outside circumstances.

App Edits

From now until December 31, app edits are open for all competitors. This includes updating art and any moveset changes on mons already present. It does not include team swapping. For all members (excluding Rangers), if you have a Generation 6 mon capable of evolution, it can be evolved one stage if you wish.

What's Next?

As 2015 looms in on us, we're looking ahead to what the BFOI will be doing next, and it's not a bad time to share this with you all, and let you know what we're planning.

:bulletblue: Admin Addition
Everyone please welcome krysune to the admin team ~ She had a great run this year, and as her challenge in Y2 has drawn to a close, we've snapped her up to help out on this side of the table and she'll be a staple of the team come Y3.

:bulletblue: Year Three Challenge
Yes, this is a go, and a Y3 story and Challenge is in the works for BFOI. It's going to be different again to both the Y1 and 2 Challenges, as we explore new options, ideas and methods for challenging everyone in the group. There's a few major changes happening between Y2 - 3 that repeat entrants will need to be aware of, such as:
-- Timeline Skip - To match the HyperionConference timeline, BFOI will be jumping ahead FOUR years once Y2 ends.
-- Open Entry - We will be employing a new points-based method in Y3 that will allow everyone to participate year round, with those earning the required points being able to apply for Finals.
-- Removal of NPCs - As we prefer to encourage people to take part in the group on a more regular basis, we are removing the NPC/Spectator position in Y3. We feel that the terms 'NPC' and 'Spectator' discourage people from taking part in events, citing that they 'don't belong' when not in the contest. That couldn't be further from the truth though, and so we'll be removing the Spectator placement to make room for a more inviting environment.
-- Trainers, Rangers, Students - These will be your three classes during Y3, with scaling levels of difficulty, story and art expectations. Apps will be released for all three classes and their roles explained once Y2 comes to a close.

:bulletblue: Hyperion Partnership
As many of you know, BFOI shares a close friendship with the HyperionConference, and we are always looking for ways to better ourselves and each other, as well as come to one another's aid when needed.
In 2015, we will be implementing a partnership system, where we aim to synch our storylines as much as possible, for increased clarity of the group timelines for those who are concerned about that kind of thing. This will also mean we can host more crossover events between one-another, and in general, have more fun and story options open to all members across both groups ~
On the administrative side of things, we have already begun to share our blacklists between one another, as we do tire of people who abuse the system in one group and then migrate to the next to start the process again. To help combat this, being flagged in one group will alert the other, and a ban in one group will result in a ban in the other as well. This will also extend to members we see misbehaving in other groups outside of the partnership, and chronic art thieves may find themselves beginning the year on a one-strike provisional entry, instead of being allowed to hop and hide between catches.
Please note, that this system is NOT intended to turn the groups into an OCT police-state, but rather, discourage art theft in full across as many groups as possible, and provide relief to admin on the effort it takes to chase down the repeat offenders we do unfortunately see.

:bulletblue: NYE Chatroom Party
In what has become something of a holiday tradition for tazsaints and Kuurokaze, the BFOI Chat will once again be host to their annual NYE party, commonly referred to as the 'Drunk Chat Night', as your leaders tend to consume their traditional New Years Vodka and Rum and giggle themselves silly as their typing degenerates every minute closer to the new year in their timezones.
If you'd like to join in on this affair, simply hop into the BFOI chat on NYE (your timezone will vary, and most North Americans will likely need to be around on the 30th or morning of the 31st) and well, enjoy the silliness that happens as the two future-nerds bring in the new year for the rest of us.
BtGS and Hype members are more than welcome to pop in as well, it's a party, after all!


And that's all the update from us, in the meantime, happy arting, Ohana ~



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Hyprus Featured By Owner Edited Dec 11, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Are you guys still active? All of the stuff posted seems to be from last month.
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icytemporalist Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy 1st Anniversary BFOI Rangers~
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LunarVerus Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014
Happy Halloween. Everybody ! XD A have frightful night!
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Amorphous-blob Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
***official scream-about-the-impending-deadline thread***

please let there be an extension please let there be an extension I have no idea how much an extension will actually help at the rate my work is piling up but having the option to get almost-reasonable hours of sleep is nice
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krysune Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014
I have a good portion done but I'm voting for another extension, if possible/ anyone else needs one ;w; I have another three exams (two of which I didn't know about until yesterday) to take this week ;;
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Digimast Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

Hey guys, Digimast here. I’m afraid I bear bad news...


To put it simply, I will have to withdraw from the BFOI, as I had a problem which made me unable to draw for more than a month, and now I don't have enough time to make my entry to this round.

I must say I'm very happy to see my development from when I entered the competition, and quite pleased to see how many people loved my story and kept asking me for more. I never expected to get this far in the contest. I'm pretty devastated, I really wanted to show everyone the rest of Keenan's story, and there were so many BIG things coming... but I got Sucker Punch'ed by destiny and have no means to finish my story now. Besides, I didn't want to submit a rushed and poor-quality work. It just wouldn't make justice to the character I've developed so far, that guy deserved more...

That being said, my most sincere thanks to all the people who supported me - your faves and your comments were the fuel which kept me moving, and you're all responsible for giving the world a (now) better artist. I had a great time, I met many awesome people, I drew alongside some of my idols from when I joined dA... I regret nothing XD

Good luck to all the other competitors, and I hope everyone will keep supporting me in all the projects I'm developing for the future! ^^
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Auffallend Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
maaannn.... i wish i was able to finish, R6 looks JUST like something up kaaryn's alley with her tank like pokemon :(
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lightmage43 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014
Sorry to have bothered you on your personal account TazSaints!
lightmage43
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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
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BlueEevee Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Student Digital Artist
It's the final countdown!
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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...
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Amorphous-blob Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
*screams quietly*
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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!!
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carrotpudding Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Damn I miss this thing ; - ;
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