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There's only a little more than two weeks until the end of Cycle 3, so for most it is time to start thinking about the new cycle! The application form has been made and posted, so check it out if you're interested in joining Cycle 4!

EDIT: I've thought long and hard about this and I figured it would be nice to have a new character, so I have decided the boss character for Cycle 4 is Lumina from Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. (I hope no one wanted to apply as her! If you did, sorry!)

As stated before, some things will change this cycle and I'd love some feedback on whether you would like to see some things change!
The first (major) change is that we will no longer have a sub-tournament. In stead there will be side quests, which are free for all Cycle 4 participants to join! The focus really lies on honing your drawing skills, so there won't be a winner / loser in these side quests, but there will be feedback! Another plus of the side quests is that you don't have to join them all if you don't want to. If there's one you want to join, go ahead. If you don't, no problem! Just know that you do have to stick to the deadline!

The second change is that there will be no extensions to the cycles. There will have to be a very, very, very good reason to extend, or there will be no extension. I cannot stress this enough. Cycle 3 has taken so long partly because of extensions all the time. These extended deadlines are unfair to those who did finish on time. You will be given plenty of time to create your entries and if you think you won't have enough time, let me know straight away. Then maybe we can arrange something.
I have also thought about making a journal with reminders (like, when there are only two weeks left until the deadline or something - not too often), because I remember from the times that I joined I often forgot when the deadline was and started too late on my entries.

Thirdly, in the past there have been people who only drew one character on their application. I'll allow it to show in the group, but chances are you will not get that character. If you really just want to be that character and only that character, add that to your description (I always read them), but draw two other characters nonetheless. If there is another person who wants to be that character and has it as their first preference, but did draw two other characters while you did not, that other person will get that character (assuming no one else wants to be that character).

Other than that, everything is still pretty much the same. You can apply for Final Fantasy characters and Kingdom Hearts characters, as long as they are either playable or a prominent boss character created by Square Enix (aka, no Disney characters allowed, sorry!). As in previous cycles, you can also apply for summons / eidolons / guardian forces / aeons / whichever name they have, like Shiva or Ifrit. For all the rules in details, please go to the main page! Everything can be found there.

As always, if there are any questions, feel free to ask them!
Good luck, everyone!
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:iconcopperjellyroll:
copperjellyroll Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahhhh~ I really like Lumina as a boss! I look forwards to drawing her! (if I enter.. ehh still need to finish my final entry!! ;u; )

Um um. I really want more variety in the next cycle if possible ;u;'' I really want to draw a brawl with multiple characters!!
And maybe more winners? :'D lol idk;;
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KaigaraProjects Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014
Please do enter! I'll note you later about the possibilities for the finalists, so you have a bit more time to make an entry C:

I have a list of ideas for the next cycle, so I'll add that one~
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aurahunter Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014
I think the changes that are going to be implement into cycle 4 are gonna be for the better. Seeing how people were probably upset when they worked for hours straight on their entry before the deadline, just to see the deadline get extended. Also the side quests will be a nice change from the sub tournament.

Also, on a side note. For the character entry, would characters from Final Fantasy Unlimited be allowed? I only ask as I saw characters from FFU in cycle 2, but I'm not sure if there're still allowed.Thank you and have a nice day.
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KaigaraProjects Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014
Yes, exactly. I understand stuff can come up, but it happened every single time and it's pretty annoying, even for us.

I would prefer it if you chose characters from the games, but if the characters were allowed in previous cycles, they are allowed in this one as well, of course. 8D
I hope you have a lovely day as well!
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aurahunter Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014
Thank you for answering my question. I was just wondering.
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KaigaraProjects Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014
You're welcome! Good luck~
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PunctualTurtle Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014
Hi! I'm new to the group~ I really want to join, this looks like so much fun! I have a question, is Lumina the only character we cannot apply as?
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KaigaraProjects Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014
Welcome!
Yes! You're free to pick all other characters (as long as you stick to the rules on the front page). If you have any other questions, or are unsure of whether you can pick a character, just let me know C:
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PunctualTurtle Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014
Thanks XD Now comes the tough part...deciding... o.o
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KaigaraProjects Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014
Haha, yes. Good luck with that! If there is anything I can help with, just let me know!
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cyanoscarlet Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
First joined in cycle 3, but dropped out of the sub-tournament because of school. So I'll have to thank you for this "side quest" idea, since I think I can take some time for this without the pressure.

So... I think I'm joining this cycle. :)
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KaigaraProjects Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014
Yay~! I'm glad you're considering to join again C:
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AerisStrife2010 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Student General Artist
I'M JOINING~ I can't waittttttt~
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KaigaraProjects Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014
YAY~! I'm looking forward to seeing your entry =D
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AerisStrife2010 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Student General Artist
Okay so no more one characters...could we at most do two...I have two characters I wanna try out for but I think of a third! :faint: Not one I'd like to draw that is...
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KaigaraProjects Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014
Yes, I don't think it's fair for those who do their best to get three on their application. :'D Good luck with thinking of a third!
If you're really having trouble, just let me know and I'll brainstorm with you C: Who knows, we might find a character you would want to draw after all!
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AerisStrife2010 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Student General Artist
hmmm I'll take you up on the brainstorming! 

(also thank you for offering you are such a dear :tighthug: )
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KaigaraProjects Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014
Alright! Which characters are you planning on drawing? (We can also do this via notes if you want. I don't know how secretive you want to be about it ;) And you're very welcome :la:)
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AerisStrife2010 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Student General Artist
no no it's fine :D 

okay my my first choice is Lenne from FFX-2 and my second is Helle for FF Crystal Chronicals: The Crystal Bearers...

i preferr drawing women. I am so aweful at male anatomy that if I chose a man I'd lose any contest by default...so I would definently want a female character to draw but the thing is I just can't think of anyone! :faint:
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KaigaraProjects Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014
Haha, alright. Let's see..

If you'd like someone who looks a little similar to Lenne, you could go for Rinoa Heartilly (FFVIII), since she also has long, brown hair (similar cut as well) and blue clothes. Other characters with straight, long, brown hair that come to mind are Tifa Lockhart (FFVII) and Garnet (Til Alexandros XVII) / Dagger (FFIX). Of course there are plenty of other female characters with brown hair: Aerith Gainsborough (FFVII), Selphie Tilmitt (FFVIII) General Beatrix (FFIX), Yuna (FFX), Ashe(lia B'nargin of Dalmasca) (FFXII), Filo (FFXII: Revenant Wings) and it can also be argued that Oerba Yung Fang (FFXIII) has dark brown hair (though, personally, I think it's more black). (Just for the record, you don't actually have to put their full names in the application.)

I don't think there is actually someone with the same skills as Lenne, but Penelo is a dancer in FFXII: Revenant Wings and FF Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift, so that is kind of similar. I'm not sure whether there are any other dancers, but maybe that is worth looking into if you'd want to draw someone with a skillset that is very similar to a songstress'.

I hope this helps a little! If you want more help, just let me know~
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oOFlorianeOo Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice décision for the new rules ;p  I'll try to join this cycle as well as I was participated the 3 last ones. But I will not able to do it before I finished the submission for the finale for this round ;p So I hope you'll give us enough time for the submission for the 4th Cycle ;p
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KaigaraProjects Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014
Yay!!
And of course. There are 12 days between the deadline of the final round and the deadline for the application, but I know who this round's finalists are and I will contact you all about the next cycle when this cycle is over! It's pretty close together and I can imagine you'd want a bit of a break, so I can make an exception for the finalists. Don't worry! You will be able to join the next cycle if you want!
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oOFlorianeOo Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for all that you do for us :hug:  I'll do my best to finish my submission for the final before the deadline, so I'll have more time for the next cycle. But for sure, a small rest after the final will be good to take ^^;
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KaigaraProjects Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014
You're very welcome! I want everyone to have fun with this tournament, so I'll do all I can to make it that way.
And good luck~! I promise, the finalists will have time to rest after the deadline C:
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chevaliers17 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I wanted to ask if Bravely Default would count?
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KaigaraProjects Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014
I'm sorry, Bravely Default doesn't count this cycle, because I think there are plenty Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts characteres to choose from. I hope you'll still consider joining, though!
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chevaliers17 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh no, that's okay. I was just wondering. I'm still going to join, so no worries. :)
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KaigaraProjects Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014
Yay~! I'm glad :D
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chevaliers17 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
But I'm defiantly in either way.
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NycIX Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think the fact that you have added feedback for the submissions is really good, because that's the whole point of taking part! I think the slightly stricter rules are fine too, to keep things in order and make it fair I guess.
I really want to join this cycle, but I've started school and already don't have much time to draw.. T A T
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KaigaraProjects Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014
When I joined the tournament, I missed feedback, which is why I wanted to add that!

I figured some people might be too busy to join every round, which is why I decided to have side quests instead of a sub tournament. So if you would be able to at least get an application in before the deadline, you could still join some of the fun!
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NycIX Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oooh I see!! Yes, it is a good idea. Okay I might consider then! I'll try to squeeze in an application *v*
Thanks for working so hard to keep DAces going ovo9
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KaigaraProjects Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014
Good luck!! <3 I hope you'll make it :'D
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bogidream Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014
I'll join to the next cycle, too :)
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KaigaraProjects Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014
Yay~! C: I look forward to seeing your entries~
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