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  1. Time for a new batch.


    Finished version of the ray drake from above.



    New version of that gnome from above.


    And the greatest monster of them all, a human.


    Some more unrelated Pokémon I found kicking around in my old files.


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  2. 7 hours ago, TBD said:

    Congratulations @Hardway Bet! I know how bad you want to remove yourself from the artist winner title, but you're stuck with it again for the rest of your life now

    Yeah, I really thought I'd be able to escape, this time! Well, thanks for that, and nice work to everyone else - I legit didn't think I was gonna win this one.

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  3. It's been a very, very long time since I saw this movie, but as a general rule, everything related to Batman TAS is excellent.

    And I must say I don't see why you'd compare TAS to the Dark Knight or Joker, even if you do think the last two are cinematic masterpieces - I don't really get the hype, myself - they're very different beasts.

  4. I've been thinking of a place to put sketches and stuff. This place'll do. Here are some monsters I'm working on for my fantasy setting:


    The Ray Wyrm, an aquatic species of winged serpent.


    Hags. Powerful, sorcerous fey creatures that resemble twisted old crones.


    A variety of mortal races. Not to scale.


    Angels. Celestial servants of one of the setting's gods. Said to be the returning souls of dead mortals, still hungry for righteous glory.


    And on a completely unrelated note, this custom pokémon that I made (but never finished) for a competition.

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  5. My parents explained the internet to me back in '95, when they took me to the library to use the computer there. We got a dial-up connection at home soon after, but I wasn't allowed on until shortly before we switched to DSL, in like 2004. Between '00 and '02, my wealthier friends started getting DSL lines, pirating games and talking about all the things they used the internet for - I got involved in some online games that we'd play in school, early social media started to become a thing, and things sort of snowballed from there. I was already a regular visitor at the library in those days, as I used to read a lot as a kid (high school workloads and increased access to video games destroyed that interest for me in my teens), and I started going there every day after school, to keep up with games and browse internet forums, mostly for text role playing games, and trying out some MUDs. Those were some of the happiest days of my life, my first time getting time to myself that I didn't have to spend either at school or with my parents. Just thinking back to it kinda makes me feel a little bit happier.

    The internet grew explosively in those days, of course, and when I moved away from home in '06, high speed internet was more important to me than food. Oh, and like others have said, I was able to use the internet with no parental supervision. My mother's opinion was always that nothing important had ever happened on a computer - until she got a smartphone herself, of course, and nowadays she has tablets, smart tvs, and gets a new phone every year. Must be amazing - back when she was young, you'd be lucky if you got to watch a movie once a year at the market.

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  6. Ah, yes, this is it. A lifetime of singing in the shower has prepared me for this exact thread. Unfortunately, it's the middle of the night, so I can't record anything right now, but I do have this clip of when I was testing my mic the other week. God knows I've never backed down from making a fool of myself online. The volume is pretty low - I was still adjusting my mic at the time.


    You're all fantastic, by the way. This thread is amazing.

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  7. Well, technology aside, ponies seem to have all the advantages of horses - strength, stamina, etc - as well as human intelligence, and the ability to metabolize anything that either humans or horses can eat, such as hay, chocolate, etc. In addition, they're able to eat things that are poisonous to both horses and humans, such as daisies (granted, a human could probably eat one sandwich's worth of daisies and live), and then they have magic on top of that.

    Yes, I'm afraid ponies are the superior species, and we're going to have to bow to our technicolour overlords.

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  8. Well, I come from a little town called Järvsö, which sounds like modern Swedish for Wolverine's Island, but is actually a bastardization of the original name from the 1300's, which just meant 'Iärp's Island', Iärp being the name of some dude. 

    The locals call it 'Jarse', which you'd pronounce something like Yash'eh, The nickname has no special meaning, it's just the local dialect.

  9. I couldn't stand to look at some of those busts, so I made new ones of characters the players are liable to encounter soon. Because of time constraints, they're only coloured sketches, but they'll look alright once they've been shrunken down to icon size.


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  10. I'd love to help you with that, but I couldn't find an approximate of the font used in the comic, so I wrote it out by hand. From the looks of it, LordValtasar (now Trix or Treat) did the same thing (only better), and the font used for the Liveliness entry is definitely not the same as the one used in the comic.

  11. Well, I had always been an avid fan of cartoons in general, so when I heard about a My Little Pony cartoon that was actually good, I knew I had to check it out. I was never particularly overwhelmed by the show's quality, but at the time (2010 or whatever it was), it was one of the better shows in production. The 00's had very few good cartoons in my opinion, so when I saw Friendship is Magic, that seemed like a long-awaited glint of hope on the horizon. Flash Animation had always looked like garbage, aside from the works of a few indie animators (Bitey of Brackenwood, anyone?), and My Little Pony blew my mind with how good it looked for a flash cartoon. All the hype surrounding the show just made it even more fun to get involved with the fandom, and a lot of the memes were legitimately hilarious - at that point, the juxtaposition of dark and edgy stuff with the pastel colours and sugary sweetness of MLP still hadn't worn out its welcome.

    I had a lot of spare time back then, so I got in pretty deep pretty quickly (you'll notice I joined this very forum back in 2011, even though I was much more active in other places), and the first episode I caught on a stream was Over a Barrel. I followed the episodes weekly for a couple of years, lost most of my interest around season 4-5, then came back for season 8 to watch the end. Now at the end, I really regret not making more art, writing fanfics and all that stuff while the show was still at the height of its popularity. I had so many ideas, but you know how it is.

    This show has spawned an incredible wealth of fantastic fanworks, and there are still a few fans that produce mind-blowing content. I expect the whole thing will peter out soon, now that the show is over, and I doubt generation five will generate anywhere near the same interest. Back in the day, the idea of grown men liking a show for little girls was so revolutionary that the phenomenon made the news, and I'm sure that a lot of fans felt that they were somehow rebelling against society by being fans of MLP - an element of the fandom that is surely dead and gone by now. I also have this creeping suspicion that generation five will be all about lazy gags and meme faces.

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