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Mr. Holmes with Ian McKellen and Larua Linney

Journal Entry: Mon Jul 20, 2015, 4:36 PM
I had a real treat on Friday, when IreneAdler76 and I went to see the movie Mr. Holmes, which was followed by a Q&A session with Sir Ian Mckellen and Laura Linney! Mr. Holmes was a great movie, with wonderful storytelling, heartwarming characters and, of course, Sherlock Holmes!

The Q&A was very entertaining, McKellen is incredibly clever and gracious, and Laura Linney is charming and very funny. And they were clearly so fond of each other!



Some of the highlights, for me, included Ian McKellen saying that he likes Gandalf the Grey more than Gandalf the White, that he carried a copy of Lord of the Rings with him while playing Gandalf and that, in a certain scene, you can very clearly see the outline of the book through Gandalf's robe. He also said that while he loves "Mags" (Magneto), he does not necessarily want to be associated with him, and told us an amazing story about his one encounter with stage fright, and how Judi Dench saved the day. For all the stories, pics from the Q&A and video (lots of videos!) you'll have to read my blog entry about the event.

Have you guys seen any good movies lately? Any movies or events you're looking forward to?


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Clash of the Retail Giants

Journal Entry: Wed Jul 15, 2015, 10:49 AM
It's a great day for online shoppers! Amazon.com is celebrating its 20th anniversary by launching a one-day-only sale for its Prime members... but Walmart is not about to let it steal the spotlight. The corporate smack talk has been amazing, and Walmart.com has launched its own competing sale, advertising prices at or below Amazon's. Some have found the Amazon sales something of a let down after all the hype, but there are still plenty of bargains to be found. Check out my article for a few tips on how to take advantage of these sales--and how you may be able to skip shipping all together!

How about you, have you found a deal too good to pass up? I've not found anything so far, but I have a list. ;)


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That Birthday Love!

Journal Entry: Thu Jun 18, 2015, 12:44 PM
Thank you all for the amazing birthday wishes! :love: My message center is just overflowing and I can't thank you all enough. :love:

Another year older, another year wiser, and I'm very much looking forward to what this next trip around the sun will bring. I'm taking it easy today, doing some writing and gaming and plan to head out with IreneAdler76 to see my favorite musical, Phantom of the Opera. :la: So excited! I'm also in the process of downloading League of Legends because I'm apparently eager for some n00b hate over my long weekend.

I'll also be posting a bonus posting up at damphyr.com today too, of various things I geek over. A recommendation to celebrate the things that help make my life more fun!

Basically... I'm having a very geeky birthday. :B Thank you for all the birthday wishes, it really makes a girl feel loved. :love: You guys really are amazing and I'm so grateful I get to serve this amazing community.

Do you guys have any birthday traditions? Any big plans for this upcoming weekend, or the 4th of July? Do tell!

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Pokemon Boutique and Tumblr

Journal Entry: Tue Jun 9, 2015, 11:21 AM
Hi guys!

This weekend was a busy one for me, I got to attend the opening of the Pokemon Pop Up Boutique at Japan LA! There were literally hundreds of Pokefans who showed up for the opening, and we all got to geek out, streetpass each other, get our nails painted with Pikachus or Pokeballs, and I even met Pikachu!

Pokemon-2 by damphyr  Pokemon-1 by damphyr

I have a complete writeup, more pictures and even video of a dancing Pikachu at my blog, damphyr.com! I wish they'd had an event/download Pokemon I could have grabbed to share with you guys, but hopefully I'll get something soon!

I've also taken the plunge and joined Tumblr! You can find me there under the name Kaydamphyr. I don't have a whole lot up there yet, so please excuse its newness. I need to build up a decent watchlist, drop me a comment here or there so I can follow you.

I don't have a whole lot more to say just now, but I hope to have an exciting announcement soon. :la: Fingers crossed!

How about you guys, do anything fun over the weekend? Any exciting plans coming up soon? Let me know!
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Have you ever met a racist fish?

Journal Entry: Sat May 23, 2015, 6:10 PM
I've spent several years neglecting my website, but I'm finally doing something with it! My first update went up today, a story of my racist coworker: A fish. Check it out at damphyr.com

It's a three day weekend here in the States, I'm planning on doing some chores, but mostly I will be binging on documentaries and hanging out with my cat. Does anyone have anything exciting they're up to this weekend? Do share! :D


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Dragons and Kittens and Down Time, Oh My!

Journal Entry: Wed Apr 8, 2015, 4:39 PM
Something of a more substantial update than the last one, huzza!

First off--how are all of you doing?? I've had two sinus infections in as many months, so I've been more tired and less productive than I'd like... but I'm on the up and up, and keeping myself busy!

Did you guys read my Cat Café April fool's article? DeevElliott approached me with the idea for the article, it was super fun to write! spotted came back with some revisions, wanting more focus on art foods as well as demanding that dogs be allowed during the weekend. Reading the comments was super fun, even if I was home, sick, in bed that day.

Also, FlightRising is open for registration today! It will close up again tonight, so if you want to set up an account, you'd best hurry! Flightrising.com If you join up, drop me a line! I'm damphyr in the Light Flight. :D

I also have to say that I've really been digging Story of Seasons. The opening tutorial was pretty painful and had me concerned that I wouldn't enjoy the game. Fortunately, first impressions were incorrect, I'm finding it to be one of the more enjoyable and addicting Harvest Moons yet. I'm just about to enter Winter of Year 1, so excited for my romantic prospect to (finally) show up. :la: The music is absolutely beautiful this game, and while I'm still a little 'meh' on the graphics, I'm getting lost in how much there is to do in the game. At the same time, they've made a lot of the farming less of an actual chore, so it's easy to enjoy the game itself more. I'm also really, really digging the Conquest system, watching  my territory slowly expand. :evillaugh:

...Is anyone else sneaking peeks at the on-set photos of the Deadpool movie and getting as excited as I am? It's looking great so far, and they're even giving him all the facial scars that Deadpool is supposed to have! :excited: I expected that to be the first thing to go, because everyone wants pretty, right? I so hope this movie turns out as amazing as it should be.

Aaand finally today, just another reminder that DA will be in read-only mode for roughly half an hour tonight. Check out this journal for more info and a count down clock. If you see people panicking, please to be spreading the information! :la: Edit: Downtime is over! We all survived! Huzza! :excited:

That's all I have to ramble about just now, I believe. I'm looking forward to Game of Thrones starting again, anything you guys are looking forward to or dreading this season?


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Down Time

Journal Entry: Tue Apr 7, 2015, 1:32 PM
DeviantArt will temporary be down for some maintenance. This will happen April 8th at 11PM, PST. The site and the DA App will not be working properly during this time. If this happens, please don't panic! It'll be back in a half an hour. :D

Check out this awesome journal for more info, and a countdown timer to help you figure out when this will happen, if you're in a different timezone. (Darn those tricksy timezones!)

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This scheduled maintenance will allow us to test changes to our backend systems to make DeviantArt faster and more reliable. Rest assured that none of your data will be affected or lost during this time.
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Story of Seasons/Harvest Mooooooooon!

Journal Entry: Wed Mar 25, 2015, 6:01 PM
Is anyone else as excited about this game as I am? :la: :excited: :faint:

Harvest Moon: A Return To The Simple Life

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HARVEST MOON: A Return to the Simple Life
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“Harvest Moon” is known in Japan as Bokujō Monogatari.
In a day and age when critics are openly decrying violence in video games, one game in particular is finding great success without the element of fighting or any kind of violence. Harvest Moon first premiered in Japan in 1996, and has grown into a thriving franchise with more than 20 games in the Harvest Moon seri


 While it's a little sad to see the game come out without the so well known name of Harvest Moon, I am beyond eagerly awaiting the release of Story of Seasons next week. Is anyone else going to be playing? Does anyone their eye on a particular bachelor or bachelorette? I think that Nadi is the most striking, but from what I'm reading, Klaus and Reager may try to win me over, too. We need to plan to link up and help out with farming! The new multi player looks like it will be a great help, especially in those early days when stamina vanishes in the blink of an eye. And a ton more animals this time--and you can grow Super Mario Mushrooms, Fire Flowers and stars???

Yeah, I need to get my hands on this game. :giggle:

That's what I'm currently obsessing over... how about you guys? What are you playing? What adventures have you had?

Lemme know!

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Entertainment!

Journal Entry: Wed Jan 28, 2015, 6:29 PM
Whee, my second article just went live! My comic nerdiness does often spill over into comic shows, and spotted and I collaborated on an article on Agent Carter! Check it out, for the pretty art, if nothing else.

Agent Carter: The Hero We've Been Waiting For

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Agent Carter: The Female Comic Book Hero We’ve All Been Waiting For
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“Agent Carter” is the latest Marvel Comics based show to hit the airwaves.
Picking up where the Captain America: The First Avenger movie left off, we find ourselves back in the 1940’s following the life of Peggy Carter after losing Steve Rogers (a.k.a. “Captain


It's been a busy few weeks for me in terms of gaming, too. In Flight Rising, I finally made a decision and moved from Arcane to Light, and I also picked up Fantasy Life for the 3DS. I am totally addicted to crafting. Omg. Crafting. Yesssss. Does anyone else play? Wanna give a newbie tips?

Despite these things all taking up my free time, I actually still managed to be crafty. While there aren't enough good pictures to post them to my gallery yet, I can say that I have been sewing. A lot. :B

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Hope to have another plush or two finished this week. Time permitting. .... Why isn't there enough time for me to do all the things at once? :XD:

Hope all is well with you all! Anyone picking up any new hobbies? New comics? New games? Other exciting things?


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Any Lightning Clan members around?

Journal Entry: Tue Jan 13, 2015, 4:57 PM
As you guys have probably guessed, I've really been enjoying my time playing Flight Rising. I find coli grinding is oddly relaxing, and I'm setting up a hatchery to make pretty dragon babies. I love Arcane... but my flight just can't seem to get dominance anymore. :(

I'm considering moving to Lightning, I love their blue color and am eager to be involved in dominance pushes. I'm not a huge forum whore, but I pop in there now and again. Just wondering if anyone in the Lightning Flight would be willing to share their experiences with the general feel of the flight? I'd much appreciate. :love:

#flightrising


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It's coming.

Journal Entry: Sat Nov 29, 2014, 10:18 AM


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:la:

Also! Thank you to all the people who stopped by because of or commented on my Pokemon article. I can't tell you how amazing the outpouring of memories, opinion and ideas were. I adore fandom in all its aspects, and seeing so many people from so many stages of life, fans who have been in this fandom for nearly 20 years and those who just joined with X and Y, all in the same place, sharing and being excited together. It's amazing and warms my heart. You guys... you guys are my people. :love:

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PS: That first thing in this entry? That's a link. You should click it. ;)


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Pokemon is Forever

Journal Entry: Fri Nov 21, 2014, 7:01 PM
An incongruous collection of people lined the sidewalk outside the local video game retailer just before opening on March 6th, 2011. The first in line were a pair of teenage boys in baggy jeans and band shirts, skateboards tucked under their arms. Next was a 9-year-old boy and his mother, followed by a 20-something female with spiky purple hair, a skull and crossbones on her belt. Then there was a young teenage girl, dressed all in yellow, red circles painted on her cheeks and a stuffed Pikachu tied to the handlebars of her scooter. Then a pair of young twins, a boy and a girl, with their mother, and three preorder tickets between them.  Two college boys waited impatiently while talking too loudly about their strategy for the upcoming game.  There was the 20-something couple, arms tangled about each other, their female friend eyeing the mid-thirties man behind her, who typed a business email on his cellphone. The line continued to grow…

After examining this strange collection of humanity, a middle age passerby stopped in his tracks unable to make sense of the diverse demographic gathered before him. "What are you all waiting for?" he questioned, staring in disbelief when the answer came back: Pokémon. He eyed the line and could not help but ask again: "All of you?"

That is the magic of Pokémon, there is no one demographic, there is no one type of Pokémon player. The 12-year-old who started playing “Red and Blue” is now the nostalgic 30-year-old who still has his original Red and refuses to let his collection fall behind. At the same time, the magic of the world of Pokémon has not been lost on the new generation, as wireless gameplay, charming mini games and tantalizing secrets draw in new players.

ash by Bisparulz Starting Journey by purplekecleon Sparkle Cheeks II by falvie

Fans around the globe are once again eagerly awaiting the release of the newest Pokémon games, “Alpha Sapphire” and “Omega Ruby.”  Nintendo has been gearing up fans for the new releases and encouraging preorders for months, offering players who make the trek to a local gaming store the codes that can be redeemed for rare Pokémon and game items, including the new “Megastones” and the previously unreleased legendary Pokémon, Diancie.  The promotions appear to have been effective, with over one million copies preordered in Japan alone.  Pokémaniacs are clearly eager to return to the Hoenn Region once again.

Hoenn revisited by zerudez Hoenn Starters by LadyKuki  Diancie by PinkGermy

The settings of Pokémon games have gone more global in the recent games. The Unova Region, where Pokémon “Black and White” takes place is based on America and features huge cities and the megamart, while the most recent “X and Y” games were set in the Kalos Region, which was based on France, boasting beatiful flowers and an Eiffel Tower-inspired attraction at the central of the city. However, this time Pokémon is returning home with Hoenn, which was inspired by Kyushu, the main island of Japan. Hoenn is also the home of the Pokémon that was made famous by the infamous Internet meme: I Herd U Liek Mudkips.

Mudkip by blix-it Pokemon:: Pokemart by kissai Pokemon : Lost in Lumiose by Sa-Dui

“Alpha Sapphire” and “Omega Ruby” will be the second games to feature Mega Evolution, a special kind of evolution which allows certain Pokémon to temporarily "mega evolve" with the aid of the megastone, an item which the Pokémon must hold in order reach mega evolve status. While “Alpha Sapphire” and “Omega Ruby” do not offer any new Pokémon for trainers to collect, they will considerably increase the catalog of Pokémon which can mega evolve.

[Day 29] Mega Gengar and Espurr by PinkGermy Pokemon : Triple Charizards by Sa-Dui Mega Swampert -Mega Evolve Art by Tomycase

Much to the delight of the global population, these games will also have a worldwide release, allowing players world-wide an equal start on their collection. Pokémon “X and Y” were localized to different languages and regions as they were developed, allowing these titles to be the the first Nintendo published games to be released to all regions at once. It is exciting to see this new tradition emerge.

STILL CATCHING 'EM ALL
Eighteen years after the release of Pokemon “Red” and “Green” in Japan, the franchise is still going strong, thanks largely to easy yet addictive gameplay, storytelling and adaptability. While “Alpha Sapphire” and “Omega Ruby” are not, strictly speaking, new games (the original games were titled “Pokemon Ruby” and “Pokemon Sapphire” and were released in 2002 and 2003) these remakes offer players a much more immersive world, with radically different graphics, more monsters to catch, more items to collect, easier social interaction with other Pokemon players, as well as minigames and activities to lose themselves in. Pokémon, like its monsters, continues to evolve, and in so doing, has deftly managed to keep the interest of veteran players and attracted a whole new generation of gamers.

Pokemon -Togepi and Misty by GENZOMAN For the game which ruined my whole life, by Luce-in-the-sky Team Rocket by Ryoko-demon

EVOLVING
Pokémon “X and Y” versions, released on October 12, 2013, introduced a new game engine, transporting the world of Pokémon out of stubby pixel characters to smoothly animated 3D renderings of characters. These newly rendered characters are capable of doing so much more than their predecessors including tricks on roller blades, unique rock climbing and Pokémon riding animations, to name a few. The new graphics allowed players the ability to customize their avatars and feature those avatars in Trainer PR videos. These videos allowed players to star in their very own mini-movies utilizing various expressions, poses, backdrops, music, effects, and text. Meanwhile, Photo Spots encourage players to take the time to truly admire the new graphics by way of  a virtual camera. Lacking an auto focus but offering a variety of lenses, filters, and different focusing options, the camera speaks to would-be photographers and allows players of all skill levels to share online photos they’ve taken of their avatar and the beautifully rendered scenery.

Ever embracing of pop culture, Pokémon is combining the cosplay trend with their most famous monster.  “Alpha Sapphire” and “Omega Ruby” will be the first games to offer the Cosplay Pikachu! This adorable Pikachu is sure to be the star of the returning Talent Show, and will have a variety of outfits. Cosplay Pikachu will acquire special moves based upon which costumes they wear, and, like any truly dedicated cosplayer, will appear in costume even in battle.

Pikachu Libre by IamSare pika pikachu by aj00 Pikachu Rock Star - Flash Animation by Chibixi

GAMEPLAY
While the old tried-and-true formula of Pokémon has remained constant, the recent games have brought so much more to the world of Pokémon. Players still start out selecting one of three starter Pokémon, battling their way across the map, collecting gym badges, and capturing wayward monsters as they go. For many players, however, it is not until after the main storyline of the game has come to a close that the real game begins.

Sophisticated algorithms allow players to carefully, but deliberately breed an elite class of battle-ready monsters. These mechanics have been tweaked over the years by the game developers themselves in order to encourage players to legitimately breed the best Pokémon rather than resorting to cheating or 'hacking' the game to achieve these near-perfect Pokémon. While the odds are long and the process is time consuming, those dedicated are able to predictably hatch monsters with unique moves, specific "natures" which will boots a desired stat, and even control what kind of Pokéball the new Pokémon will live in.

Wild Pokemon living in the City by Ninja-Jamal Pokemon : Breeder routine by Sa-Dui Pokemon : Fishing by Sa-Dui

There is also the hunt for the elusive shiny Pokémon. Shiny Pokémon have colors which are different from their common Pokémon brethren, their bodies sparkle when they enter battle, and they are very rare. As of the Pokémon “X and Y” games, players have only a 1 in 4096 chance of naturally encountering a shiny Pokémon. Some gamers report having completed two whole Pokémon games before finding their first shiny. The Poké Radar, an item unlocked only after the main game has been completed, allows players to 'chain' specific Pokémon battles in order to drastically increase their chances of finding a shiny Pokémon. Meanwhile, breeders use the Masuda method, which consists of breeding two Pokémon who originate from different real-world countries, to drastically increase their odds of hatching a shiny from 1 in 4096 to 1 in 1365.

GOTTA CATCH 'EM ALL
Pokémon could not have chosen a better slogan to promote their game, as there is no question that the obsessive desire to catch them all is a major drive for many players. Pokémon games are released in paired versions, and some Pokémon are version exclusives, found in one version of the game, but not the other. Some Pokémon have forms which cannot be found naturally in game and can only be unlocked if they are traded from one player to another. Some Pokémon have unique appearances which change depending on the season, sometimes the same Pokémon will have a different appearance depending on its gender, while still other Pokémon have a different appearance depending on the region your game originates from.  Some Pokémon will only evolve if the player has raised the friendship of their monster, by traveling with it in their team, or spending time in the Amie mini-game, where players pet their Pokémon and hand-feed them Poké Puff pastries.

PKMN: Joltik Chu by Zilleniose Welcome to Kalos by Oniwanbashu Mega Lord of the Sky by RenePolumorfous

Then there are the legendary Pokemon, which are rare and difficult to find, often version exclusive with only one monster found per game. Some Pokémon are event exclusives, where gamers must bring their 3DS and Pokémon game to a certain real-world location within the correct time frame order to download a special Pokémon. Some Pokémon are distributed via the Wireless feature on the Nintendo 3DS and are offered in celebration of a holiday or special event.  For the hardcore collectors, the game does not end when the credits roll, not even when the Pokédex is complete, and all 719 Pokémon have been recorded. For the truly dedicated, the game is not over until every Pokémon, every color variation, every gender variation, every shiny variation and every special event Pokémon has been acquired.

Pokémon also rewards long time players, allowing them to pass their Pokémon forward to new games, so trainers do not have to start all over with each new game, while in-game mechanics prevent trainers from using previously trained Pokémon to power through the story. In the past this was a rather cumbersome process, but sending your favorite and most rare Pokémon to your new game is now easier than ever thanks to Pokémon Bank. Pokémon Bank is a subscription service players can purchase for $5 a year, and acts as a virtual safety box. Players are able to store up to 3,000 Pokémon online for safe keeping and transfer those Pokémon to any Pokémon game inserted into the 3DS system that Bank has been installed on. Trainers no longer need to worry about losing that super rare legendary due to a lost game cartridge.

SOCIAL
While Pokémon may be a one-player game, the game play is anything but isolating. Through the wireless connection of the 3DS, players can, at any time, see the icons of their friends and random online passersby, battle or trade with just a few clicks, or even offer a player a stat boost to help them in their game. Voice chat enables friends to connect over long distances, groups of players can trade unhatched eggs, and even those who are offline can still impact those actively playing by offering to trade a Pokémon via the Global Trade Station.

Friend Link by RacieB Trade for Mizu by forgottenpantaloons Pkmn- SERIOUS TRAINERS by meru-chan

Across the Internet, Pokémon communities have become common, from groups here on DeviantArt, to Reddit and Tumblr and dedicated Pokémon fan sites. Players swap friend codes in order to explore Friend Safaris, where rare Pokémon with boosted stats wait to be found. Trades for Pokémon, both legendary and common are negotiated and breeding extras are given away to help out future breeders. The days of needing a link cable, a wish and a prayer in order to trade are long gone.  It has never been easier to interact and trade with other Pokémon players.

Players are also rewarded for finding other Pokémon players offline. Nintendo 3DS systems are able to swap information with any other nearby 3DS unit. Pokémon is able to recognize other Pokémon games and will reward players who pass by other Pokémon players with Poké Miles, points can later be redeemed online for in-game items.

Even battle is a social event in Pokémon. Wireless competitions are held regularly, with different rules dictating which Pokemon and which Pokémon teams can be entered. Gaming stores and individual groups often organize in-person Pokémon tournaments so gamers can see how their Pokémon teams stand up against other local trainers. The annual Pokémon World Championship is a televised, narrated global competition where Pokemon awards over $100,000 in scholarships to video gamers and card players. The 2014 tournament featured over 500 players from 30 countries, and the tournament winner, Se Jun Park, won a surprising victory with his Pachirisu, spawning a flurry of art featuring the adorable electric rodent.

2014wcs Pachirisu by Dpik Commission: Pokemon Battle by mattandrews Welcome to the secret base! by hinakanin


Pokémon “Alpha Sapphire” and “Omega Ruby” will make social activity and sharing even easier thanks to the inclusion of Super Secret Bases. Each trainer will have their own clubhouse-like room which they will be able to customize with items such as Pokémon plushies. They will also be able to play a ‘capture the flag’ style game with other Pokémon trainers and will be able to easily share their clubhouse and invite others to play simply by publishing a QR code. Visiting clubhouses will allow players to either battle or to offer a stat boost to assist the others in their game.

VARIETY
If the idea of walking across the world and throwing balls at monsters simply does not appeal to you, don't worry! You may yet find yourself a Pokémon fan. In the “Pokémon Mystery Dungeon” series, you can play as a Pokémon, teaming up with other monsters as you navigate quests and help other Pokémon in an ever-changing dungeon crawler game. Or maybe you prefer strategy games? “Pokémon Conquest” may pique your interest. Here you can conquer a feudal-era world, find the perfect Pokémon to pair with your warriors, and navigate various terrain in a grid-based tactical game. Or claim ownership of no one Pokémon and travel as a ranger, working with and quickly releasing Pokémon as you help better the world in “Pokémon Ranger”.

Pinball fans may find a fondness of “Pokémon Pinball”, “Pokémon Rumble” may appeal to those those who like action games. Lose yourself in the puzzle game “Pokémon Battle Trozei”, or brush up on your strategy as you play the long-lived “Pokémon Trading Card” game which can also be played online and on iOS. “Pokémon Art Academy” is available to entertain and teach the artistically inclined. If you're just not into games, you could always just kick back and watch the long-running Pokémon anime, one of the 16 movies, or pick up any of the Pokémon mangas. Several Pokémon and their iconic Pokémon Trainer are also featured in “Super Smash Bros.”, for those who feel the need to watch Lucario beat the snot out of Bowser or Wario.

Smash by Crabhearst Pokemon!!! by kevinwada Mega Lucario by Dragibuz

Even if you are not inclined to catch them all, Pokémon has worked hard to offer something of interest to every kind of player. Pokemon has a whole host of games, features, minigames, strategies and events beyond those featured in this article.  Whether you are picking out your very first starter or if you are a master with a completed Pokedex, join us in a return to the world of Pokémon!  A new adventure and new evolutions await us all in Hoenn, and it looks like Team Magma and Team Aqua are up to no good once more, so let's go defend the world once again!

 
Pikachu by blix-it Pokemon Special:: FireRed by kissai
Team Aqua and Team Magma by LadyKuki Hoenn Collab: Kyogre by NachtBeirmann Pokemon Trainer: Carter by SNEEDHAM507



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Dragonssssssssss

Journal Entry: Sun Oct 12, 2014, 7:14 PM
I've been playing around on FlightRising since their June registration window, and lo and behold, they're opening up for registration again... tomorrow TODAY! They're open right now, so hurry, go go go! The registration window will only be open for 24 hours, so you'll have to be quick. :D

I'm damphyr there, feel free to put me as a reference, or just poke me once you've joined. I'm in the Arcane Fight, and I may have hoarded some familiars to give to new dragon-breeding friends!

Familiars by damphyr

See you all at flightrising tomorrow, I can't wait to play with you all!

In the mean time, check out some of the awesome art this site/game has inspired!
Flight Rising - Roksana bust by SabarielLocien  COMM: Vythternok Cheeb by uladat Ice Imperial by miirshroom [CM] Dart [Flight Rising] by AntleredRabbit Flight Rising: Regalia by HigginstheAwesome ++ Sky Ocean ++ by SinisterEternity HELLA by FriedSnipe Eleanor the Imperial by Gingy1380 The LoneFAEnger by RottingRoot [COMMISSION] Tezcalo by askylum

Be good to each other!
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All the love

Journal Entry: Wed Oct 1, 2014, 9:39 PM
These past few weeks have been crazy, exciting, inspiring and reminded me just how amazing people in my life are. I'm often humbled and inspired by how giving, supportive and amazing people can be. Thank you to everyone who puts up with me, you are all amazing. :love:

Had a bit of a health scare with the kitty, but he's ship-shape again, and I'm able to breathe easy. He's still an asshole, but he's my asshole. :giggle:

I've decided to start on a personal project that probably won't see the light of day for at least a year, but new challenges and projects are always exciting! Even if they're far, far off on the horizon.

There are some cool things launching on the site, and much more to come! :la:

Aaand also, if you've ever wanted to get involved in :devmcadotpables:, now's the time! There's a super special, custom Deviron up for auction, it ends tomorrow, so hurry!


Witchcraft-IV : Brietta by MCAdopts

Also, you should go wish aunjuli a happy birthday! ...aaand now she's gonna kill me. :XD: Worth it! I should hide anyway.
:sprint::couch:

That's all for now, be good to each other!
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It's my birthDAy!

Journal Entry: Thu Aug 21, 2014, 3:42 PM
As of today, my account is 12 years old. My account is almost old enough to have an account here. :slow:

It's been an incredible twelve years, and I wanted to thank everyone who has made this journey so amazing. From my friends from Neopets (OMFG, Neopets? That was so long ago! :faint:) who introduced me to this site, to my forum buddies to the volunteers and staffers who made the plethora of amazing things, leading up to this moment:

Thank you all. I cannot put into words just how much DeviantArt means to me and how much it has changed my life.

I can't wait to see what's next. :D

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My DeviantArt Story

Journal Entry: Thu Aug 7, 2014, 3:46 PM
Wow, 14 years is such a long time! And as of the 21st, I will have been part of the community for 12 of those years! :faint: DeviantArt has seen me through so much, and it's time for me to tell you all a story about it. :D

I first found DA when I was in college, writing fantasy short stories and looking for feedback for my (terrible) drawings to go with my words.

 Daria - College Life by eve-bolt Postapocalyptic Fantasy by MartaNael

To say life was different back then is an understatement, I was in a school I hated, in a relationship I wasn't very happy in, and fighting my boyfriend in said relationship because he did not like my fascination with fantasy or my Internet addiction. It was in no small part because of DeviantArt that I found the courage to end a relationship with the person I thought would be "the one" and face post-college life on my own and made the trek from the frozen, dark lands known as Michigan during fall/winter, and headed back to Texas!

2GAG - The Breakup by Drunken-Novice  Texas by incogburo

Eventually, DeviantArt sent out a request for moderators to their brand new, shiny chat system, dAmn. Eager to get involved, I applied and was accepted. That started two years as a volunteer, during that time I did all kinds of things. Chat Mod, DD selector, Gallery Director, PV... all of which now fall under the umbrella of Community Volunteer. Eventually, my department was shifted from volunteer to a paid position, and so I became an employee of DeviantArt! :dance: It was a happy day!

Volunteer by smokedsalmon55 Celebrate !!! by Niking

Since that time, I have moved to California in order to work out of HQ, I have attended and spoke at several cons, made amazing, lifelong friends and been able to do the thing I have always wanted to do: Help artists. Every day brings something new and different to my screen, I am surrounded by amazing, creative and hilarious people. Long story short: I found where I belong. As of the 21st of this month, I will have been a part of the DeviantArt community for 12 years, needles to say, it has been a huge part of my life, and of my growth as a person. Thank you to everyone who has been a part of this journey with me, I wouldn't trade it for the world. :love:

hug lions by KeepCalmAndHugLion Knite: Llama Love by yuumei

And that's my DeviantArt story... what's yours?

<da:thumb id="201129040"/> Kay and Kay by LaurenKitsune Happy Halloween (2012) by Shyree Kay and Julie Shipping by makepictures


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Those darn Vivillon.

Journal Entry: Sat Aug 2, 2014, 2:15 PM
So... I blinked, and somehow, suddenly, I'm playing Pokemon again. :XD: Don't ask me how it happened, but it did. And I have, apparently, decided that I need to complete my Vivillon collection. Those darn Vivillon. :shakefist:

Anyone wanna trade? :D I'm currently seeking the following patterns:

Icy Snow Pattern
Archipelago Pattern
Sandstorm Pattern
Monsoon Pattern
Sun Pattern
Ocean Pattern
Jungle Pattern
Poké Ball Pattern

DONE, thank you to everyone who helped! :love:

Ready? Set? Catch 'em all! :la:


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OMG Comic-Con! (Video Update)

Journal Entry: Mon Jul 28, 2014, 9:20 PM
San Diego Comic-Con was so amazing this year, I am exhausted but elated. I hardly even know where to start! Be ready, guys, this journal will be full of pictures and feels!

I got to see amazing old friends once again, which is one of my favorite parts of Comic-Con. So many artists who are not only stupid talented, but also terribly friendly and just too kind for words, who I only get to see once a year. Thanks to everyone in the Alley and at their own booths who take the time to chat! It totally makes my fangirl heart happy. :love:

akreon and vesner flew all the way out for the convention, these girls are so amazingly fun, guys, I can't even explain it. They signed a Milk for the Ugly poster! The poster is so gorgeous, a lot of people who came by the DeviantArt booth thought it was a movie poster! We had a great time at the DevMeet.... don't worry, ladies. I won't post that picture we took together. ;) Despite my hopes, I didn't get to run into dauntingfire or reapersun, but  got I did get to meet both Thiefoworld and alicexz. Alice's hair is so pink! :love:

Deadpool and Fella by damphyr

Working the Alley was just great, and we even had Fella come by this year! It was so great to watch con attendees take time out of their floor time to sit and draw, share their DeviantArt experiences with us, and (often) just be nerdy with us! This year, we handed out ribbons, buttons and two different posters. We also sponsored Artists' Alley and hosted five different panels.

...Speaking of panels. :omfg:

aunjuli and I hosted a panel together! It was so very much fun, and all the work that went into it was totally worth it. Juli was amazing and so collected. And those who attended. OMG everyone who came was so great!! I can't even put into words how great it was to be sharing stories, and talking about fandom, and being in a room full of people who understood... who got it. If you came, please give me a shout! I want to brag on how awesome all of you were :D

aunjuli did a gorgeous little write up about our panel here, and IreneAdler76 took amazing photos of it for us. We talked shipping, we worked on our fandom vocabulary, we looked in awe at so much amazing art by DeviantArt people, and then...

Then we built a ship. It was a ship that involved Capt America, a Dalek and Bucky Barns all having a romantic encounter in the ball pit. It was amazing, thank you to everyone who joined in the madlibs-style fun! Extra thanks to DeevElliott for all the advice, makepictures for all the encouragement and photos, :devdevIreneAdler76: for all the pictures and dealing with my insanity, spyed for the intro, techgnotic for the intro, advice and making it all happen... and of course, to aunjuli for doing the thing with me! It really was a childhood dream coming true. :heart:



And then... then there was the cosplay!
So many DeviantArt staffers went in costume this year, including LaurenKitsune and TharBeVikings, but I don't have any good pictures of their costumes! :noes: What I do have is madizzlee as Link, IreneAdler76 as Remy LeBeau, pinguino as Harley Quinn and then myself as Blink from Days of Future Past!

Maddy Link by damphyr Gambit, Harley, Blink by damphyr Gambit Blink 3 by damphyr

I worked so hard on this costume! It was my most ambitious cosplay yet, and considering I went into this project not knowing how to sew, never having worked with foam and never having styled a wig before, I think it came out pretty well. I ended up hand stitching over 4,000 beads! Thanks to everyone who posed for photos with me! You all had amazing costumes. :love:

Gambit, Rogue, Blink by damphyr Blink, Mystique by damphyr  Blink and Domino by damphyr  Lady Deadpool 2 by damphyr Blink and Kitty Pryde by damphyr Storm and Blink by damphyr Image(13) by damphyr  Blink and Deadpool by damphyr



It was such a great time in costume, even if the boots kind of killed my feet. I even got up the nerve to get up on stage at the Marvel booth's cosplay contest!

Blink5 by damphyr Blink2 by damphyr Cerebro by damphyr Blink4 by damphyr  Blink3 by damphyr 

All in all, it was an amazing time. Thanks to everyone who said hi or even just followed along on my twitter! (Which is kaydamphyr, btw) It was a year I will never forget, thank you all for sharing it with me. I have so many feels about this year! It's difficult to top your first Comic-Con, because.... it's your first Comic-Con, but outside of that, I think this may have been my favorite. Time to head back to work and normal life, which just seems so dull after all this!

If you're in any of these photos, please give me a shout! I want to send people to your page so they can see the awesome things you've made.

That's all for now, I need hot tea and vegetables. The road to comic-con recovery is a slow one.

UPDATE: I made it into a cosplay music video! Thanks to Franchesco for pointing it out. You rock, man. :love:
I'm at 2:40 doing a kick. Woohoo, didn't fall on my ass! :dance: It's a real risk in those boots.



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Comic-Con 2014, here we come!

Journal Entry: Mon Jul 14, 2014, 11:42 PM
In case you didn't get the message: Don't Panic! Prep the TARDIS! Call the Banners! Comic-Con is (almost) here! :la:

I'll be heading down to San Diego with a brand new, shiny costume to man the DeviantArt booth, meet and greet deviants, hang out with fellow fans and, this year... co-hosting a panel! :faint: aunjuli and I will be hosting a panel Sunday at 12:30, discussing fandom and all things ship! We hope you'll join us, if you're heading to Comic-Con.

If not, not to fear! We'll have lots of stories and updates. I'll also be updating live this year... I've joined Twitter! :omfg: This is a new and horrifying thing for me, DeviantArt is the only social network I've ever been a part of. Please excuse me if I fail a little at Twitter etiquette. Give me a shout at @Kaydamphyr. While I'm stumbling through Twitter, I'm so excited to be able to share pictures, events and the whole Comic-Con experience in real time.

And now, I must scramble back to my soldering iron... this cosplay isn't going to light itself!

Be good to each other, hope to see you at Comic-Con very soon!
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Thank you All!

Journal Entry: Wed Jun 25, 2014, 11:28 AM
Thanks everyone for all the birthday wishes! :heart: I had a lovely day and made some real progress on my little project. I wanted to give a shout-out and a thank you to kozispoon, who drew an adorable toon version of me, which is now the header on my main page. It is so friggin' cute and I adore it. :love: It's nice to have a new graphic there, since my old one said $damphyr... and the $ is no longer in use on the site. :XD: Oops.

Not much more to update with just now. Labyrinth Ball is fast approaching, and I'm so excited to get my owl on again. I've added more feathers and more lights this year, hoping it'll be the most glamorous year so far! :la:

I hope to have some exciting things to update you all with in the very near future, but for now, this is all I have. Be good to each other and have a great day!

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