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No CYOA Wednesday today, Delayed One Week

Hey Folks, Spending the day today getting ready for Thanksgiving tomorrow, plus not feeling well so I haven’t gotten around to doing the CYOA today. I apologize for the delay but if I am feeling up to writing tonight while I am at work I will figure out something for all your entertainment.

Anime Talk: Digimon Adventure tri.

Hi guys, JR here. Yes, I know this is usually Kaldath’s post. But bear with me. I have temporarily taken over the Anime Talk this week, because it fits better than doing a JReviews.

And with that out of the way, let me just lay a few things out for you. Hello, my name is JR, you guys should all know me, and I am a MASSIVE (read MASSIVE) Digimon fan. Seriously, you think I’m bad with Doctor Who, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

With that out of the way, let’s begin.

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Character Design Contest ♯149- Gratulation

I was kinda stuck on what to do for this weeks CDC. But then I came across this word as’s word of the day:

Gratulation: a feeling or the expression of joy.

And let’s be honest, that’s a fantastic thing to base a CDC around. So, your entries this week must express joy in some form. How is up to you.

As per usual, no limits on the number of entries and the contest will close at midnight Saturday (blog time). Please read the contest rules before entering, have fun and good luck.

Rules for posts, contests, and challenges that I am hosting: Original characters only, no copyrighted characters, no characters based on copyrighted characters, no characters based on RPG’s or other games. The characters must be your own design and not based on any character that might be copyrighted in any way. I have the right to delete any post that I believe crosses this line without warnings. Only post characters that you have either created for this contest specifically or you know for certain have never been entered to a contest before. If you aren’t certain, don’t enter it, because I’m not going to go back through all of the contests and check.

If you don’t know how to enter, there’s a handy little diagram below the jump.

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Pop Quiz Winner

Only four entries this week.

Surrealist-balloon-of-doom keric Keric’s amazing retro “thought” balloon.

Pirate%20Balloon_zpsq5stqftiDreadyacht’s pirate balloon: awesome logo/basket.

HerrD-Four_zpstpjuort7HerrD’s flask balloon: your description was hilarious!

Brons-Colonial-BalloonBron’s Colonial balloon: colours and details all great.

This week the one that made me go “whoa!!! wtf?” was Keric’s entry. They were all great, but there was something enticingly bizarre about the direction this took. Well done.

Please join me in congratulating Keric on this great piece of work.

See you Saturday for another journey!


Character Design Contest ♯148 (Public Domain: Animal Themed) Winner

Honourable Mentions: Melmo44 & Yin

Winner: Vectorman316- El Lobo

JReviews: Doctor Who Series 9 Episode 10- Face The Raven


Warning: Whilst this review does not contain major spoilers for this episode, it’s comments will. Watch the episode before commenting please.

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Pop Quiz – Up, Up and Away


On November 21st, 1783 the first successful flight was made in a hot air balloon.

 Your challenge this week is to create a hot air balloon design with a twist; the twist is that the design must evoke a specific historical period or design style of your choice. ie: Egyptian, Baroque, Steampunk, Art Deco etc.

There is no prize. There is no poll. The winner is chosen by me.

You only get one entry so be creative, and above all else, have fun!

All entries must be in JPG or PNG form (BMPs are too big), posted to a publicly accessible website (like the HeroMachine forums,ImageShackPhotoBucket, or whatever);

  • Entries must be made as a comment or comments to this post, containing a link directly to the image and the character name;
  • The image must be new and designed specifically for the Pop Quiz;
  • No copyrighted characters please – they will be deleted.
  • Please name your filesas [your name]-[character name].[file extension] before you upload it. So DiCicatriz, for instance, would save his “Bayou Belle” character image as DiCicatriz-BayouBelle.png.
  • Please make the link go directly to the image(like this) and not to a hosting jump page (like this). See this post on how to get the direct link for most sites.

This contest will close at 6pm Eastern on Sunday, November 22nd.

Character Of The Week: ExtremelyEPIC- Heavy Unit Turtle Shell

There were quite a few amazing pictures posted this week, but I have to give this weeks nod to ExtremelyEPIC for this masterclass on how to do atmosphere, lighting and taking constructive criticism. Originally this picture was much darker, which is a staple of EE’s work, but after a number of comments point out this fact, he went back and lightened the picture and, I think we can all agree, the final version is stunning. You could imagine this being a bit of concept art from some sort of epic video game like Gears Of War. The character just exudes menace, thanks in most part to his hunched pose a glowing red eyes, which is emphasised by the stormy background and superb use of lighting. So not bad for someone who’s been AWOL since March.

Gallery- Mechs Over Here

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Power User Profiles: Melmo44

You know a couple months back when I did Suleman’s profile I said I’d contacted a few other people to do Power User Profiles? Well guess what, someone finally got back to me about it. Today’s Power User is an almost constant feature in the CDC’s and twice winner as well (though, to be honest, she probably should have won a few more than just the two). So it gives me great pleasure to welcome to the PUP group Melmo44.

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CYOA Wednesday: Channel U – Part 4

Channel U

Well Folks it is time once again to return to the pages of our story, channel  U! Last week we were facing an enemy that was able to knock our shields out in a single blast and that could knock our own torpedoes down before they could do any damage. We were left with the Option to go in guns blazing and try and take the enemy out or to separate our ship into tow halves one half trying to distract the enemy and the other half go on a rescue mission to save a shuttle-craft that was the our beginning of this encounter. We choose to separate the ship!

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