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  1. This is the best thing I have ever seen. Thank you for making it.
  2. Just to chime in, the pyrovars will be staying as-is.
  3. The pyrovars are recent, actually. I was definitely experimenting with different shading and poses and trying to make something that felt more organic and volatile than much of my other stuff. I am sorry that some of you don’t like them but I stand by those choices and the only thing I’d really change would be the spikes. Also they use a variety of hunting styles......... That’s all I’m going to comment, I just had to let my childhood dog go and I don’t have it in me to deal with this right now.
  4. I don’t know that being new vs someone who has been around makes that much of a difference. There have been a handful of very talented people who were released pretty quickly. A lot of others take longer because they are still improving or their style isn’t quite right for the site initially. It’s also a numbers game, where the more cave-quality concepts you have the more likely you are to be released, and it takes time to rack up concepts. There have been a lot of people complaining about in-cave spriter releases and the fact of the matter is there aren’t that many people in DR producing consistently quality artwork. (And the ones that are will probably be released eventually [or at least I hope so], perpetuating the cycle). If if you can make all your own art, it is way better and easier to come up with your own concept that you like, dictate all the features, and not have to worry about meeting deadlines for other people. I’m not going to lie, DR has been a consistently negative place for me to work and it does discourage me from doing art there (not that it matters now when I have little time for art). I don’t really know what can be done to fix this, but I will echo Infinis in that the best thing you can do is learn to draw and sprite yourself. You will make at first (good lord did I make at first) but that’s kind of the only way to get good at anything. The number of artists is always going to be the limiting factor at completing concepts.
  5. Wooo way to go Process for organizing this awesome event, and thanks to all our invitees for making it possible! Glad you all enjoyed it!
  6. The sheer volume of dragon requests is overwhelming. Going through and giving crit on every active thread is a lot of work, especially if the art or concept has a lot of problems. Only doing the ones marked for completion is much less intimidating, doesn't require multiple iterations, etc. This is something I do in my spare time and there aren't a lot of incentives to do it, for the reasons Cort and Fi have mentioned and others (like you spend 20 minutes writing something up and the thread then goes inactive). I'm sorry we tend to wait until the last minute but we don't have hours a day to spend in DR. :(
  7. Loving the new dragons! Thanks to everyone who made them! And as someone who has been here for a while, there doesn't seem to be anything wrong with the rarity of the dragons. Sometimes this is how it is.
  8. Addendum to the event credits! The village painting was done by Wookie and Process!
  9. Hi all, hope you enjoyed/are enjoying the event despite the bush entrapment and existential loop crises. Those are some sweet badges. CREDITS: Area art (all): Wookieinmashoo Event link: Fiona BlueFire Badge: PieMaster Writing: Fire-Ice JOTB Pokemonfan13 TJ09 Organizer: JOTB
  10. No one is suggesting that the mods stop moderating and let the forum become Lord of the Flies. The suggestion is more to be less strict about quashing one- or two-off "off topic" comments.
  11. Except DC is its own world, with it's own original species and breeds and canon and since none of these things actually exist we can make up whatever the heck we want. I would boring and kinda plagiarism to pick some other universe and copy their system verbatim. I do think we need more drakes though! Plus, in the real science world very very minor differences can contribute to species being unable to breed with one another. If you want realism there should really be more separate breeding groups!
  12. No. We tend to shoot for realistic anatomy but there's so much wrong with most DC dragons' flying abilities that I feel it's a moot point. I don't wanna. I'm not claiming that they're 100% anatomically correct (my knowledge is far from complete), but here are some of my intentions regarding the anatomy that may (or may not) address your conerns. The hind legs are supporting the dragon's weight and providing balance. They switch between bipedal and quadrupedal gaits, hence why the hind legs are so long. Was that your concern? Think of his pose as having previously been up on his hind legs eating leaves, but then he heard something interesting and came back down on all fours without readjusting his limbs. Wings look much larger fully extended (the membrane pulls back and folds). I don't really remember but I'm pretty sure I made this after seeing some pictures of birds with very short, thick wings and wanted to mess around with that anyway? I'm not really sure what's wrong with having muscular wing arms though? Far foreleg should be darker, good point. And yes, they do primarily eat plants but when they eat meat they ambush it. Most of the meat eating occurs in the winter, or in areas where there is already heavy browsing from other species. Also, the blacktip dragons have mean, aggressive females and submissive males as well. They were influenced by the breeding system of the jacana and then I ran with it. I chose this because I like aggressive, grisly dragons and because I wanted it to be at the extreme, polar opposite end of the spectrum of what is expected (or at least what I think is expected), not what I think is desirable. Nature is ugly and brutal at times, and sometimes horrifying. Wise, noble, peaceful dragons are boring to me. On the flip side though, the bluebanded dragons do have an elephant-like matriarchal system. It does exist.
  13. Happy Easter, everyone! Egg with two stripes is based on the two-band anemonefish, in case anyone wanted to know. The other egg is just shiny.
  14. All the eggs are so beautiful and cool, but I think I agree with this sentiment. I like seeing egg eggs, they're pretty and simple. Not to say I don't like all of the references, I guess it's just when everyone's is flashing and spinning and making beeping noises the novelty gets lost. The embryo egg was kind of a reaction to this - it's as literal an Easter egg as you can get. But again, love all the eggs from this year, they're awesome.
  15. This would be cool. Support from me.
  16. All my socks look exactly the same, so they match. Yippee.
  17. We get few enough regular releases as it is and this would just limit those even more, so please no.
  18. Yay, my lobster roaches should be coming soon. And also several hundred frozen mice.
  19. Just letting you know that I've been trying weekly to breed that royal blue/gold pair, they just aren't giving me anything even with fertility. >:
  20. Happy (super belated) Halloween - I hope you guys like them, and am glad if you do (or if you just think they're creepy). Thank you! And thanks TJ! They're based off the idea of the boogeyman, things that go bump in the night, monsters in your closest, etc. Adults get to be about the size of a small horse, so unfortunately they're a bit too big to fit under your bed. They're usually foul-tempered and often have bad breath.
  21. Got some pretty cool stuff in here. http://dragcave.net/lineage/qSTsD
  22. Got one brine and two each of the other. Thanks for the release TJ!