Doubles Week 1 Winners!

Hey, everyone! It’s Host Kai here!

Wow, time goes by so fast, it seems like yesterday I came up with this idea. Now, I am about to announce the winner of the week one battle shot!

Each team did an excellent job, but the Community and Judges have spoken!

This week the dynamic duo to take top honors is…

Blu Rose and Simple Pickle!

Congrats you two! Your amazing action shot has won the crowd over!

Now, can you stay on top?

We will find out next week!

Double’s Cycle: Week One – Battle!

And so it starts! We have seven wonderful partner’s who have decided to take part in this interesting spin of ENTM. For the next six weeks, they will be working together to create beautiful pictures based on different themes. This week they have been asked to do battle with a big bad!

Battle: People are usually stronger with their friends, so go into battle and show how you and your partner face off against the most dangerous of foes! This can be taken in open-world, dungeons, and trials. The enemy must be visible in the image.

So please enjoy the pictures below, and then rank them from 1 being your favorite, down to 7 in the poll linked at the bottom! The poll will be active until Tuesday at midnight (EST)!

Elynor Black and Azalea Sol
“Summer time chefs” Cowbot Ninetythree and Gangly Zilla
“Even the flames of Nidhogg would only serve to strengthen their steel, and their bond.” Malkovich Malkovich and Neisha Rayne
Rosalie Luvern and Astrum Luvern
Blue Rose and Simple Pickle
“Take the Dark Knight PLEASE.” Xev Bellwyn and Matoko Magamitsuki
” I thought you said this was supposed to be easy!” Yume Aawkot and Yuriel Sylvari

ENTM Doubles Cycle: Meet the Judges

Hello again, this is your host, Kai and I am introducing the judges today! The wonderful people who have agreed to Judge the first-ever Doubles competition is:

Ni’ko Shae, the Pink Kitty Extraordinaire!
Fresh from Tumblr Cycle 11, Yojimbo Kasai!
The Wonderful Host of Instagram Cycle, Misia Kitami!

and last, but never least:

The host’est with the most’est, Katarh Mest!

Thank you judges, and let’s all look forward to a great Cycle!

Double’s Edition Cycle 1: Model Announcement

They are amazing! They are fantastic!

They are the models of the first ENTM Double’s Edition!

These seven partners in crime will battle it out over the next six weeks to prove they are the perfect pairing! The most daring of duos! A killer combo that is deserving to be named best in show! So, who will be named the first S-Rank Duo and walk away with the crown? Stay tuned to find out, starting August 19th!

In no specific order, welcome to the cycle:

Blu Rose and Simple Pickle from Goblin
Xev Bellwyn and Matoko Magamitsuki from Sargatanas and Siren
Cowbot Ninetythree and Gangly Zilla from Cactuar
Malkovich Malkovich and Neisha Rayne from Faerie
Rosalie Luvern and Astrum Luvern from Cactuar
Yume Aawkot and Yuriel Sylvari from Ultros
Elynor Black and Azalea Sol from Faerie

Best of luck to everyone!

ENTM Double’s Cycle Tryouts

Good afternoon everyone! It’s time for ENTM: Double’s Edition Cycle One!

Before I get into the try out’s – I do need some judges! So, if you’re interested please join Ni’ko on the panel for the first Double’s Edition ever!

Now, that said –

This is a Classic Edition, meaning no mods of any kind. If it’s not naturally part of the game, then it’s not allowed.

No body mods, gear mods, reshade, cropping or using photoshop to alter the image!

For Doubles Edition you need to have a partner, obviously lol! You will both be in every image (must be 1 image, not a single image for both characters) and you need to balance one another without outshining each other! So grab a friend or significant other and get ready to show how truly in sync you can be! Remember, this is a six-week commitment.

Have your images turned in by August 4th, 2019 by Midnight (EST). If you have any questions, feel free to ask! You can join our Discord below:

To try out for the cycle send (DM Admin Kai on Discord) me three images along with the following information:

-Full Names of both characters
-Their respective servers
-Data Center

Along with the following themes:

1) Our favorite glamour. Show off your favorite glamours in a fashion showdown!
2) Day at the Beach. Show us how you both enjoy a day at the beach together!
3) Portrait of both characters, shoulders up, in black and white. Example:

Scenic Cycle Winner Announcement

Once again I would like to thank all our photographers for being part of our experiment. Taking screenshots for six weeks straight is tough. Fighting for weather, getting told by me to redo the shot because of some technical issue, or just feeling uninspired – it all adds up. I tend to prefer shorter cycles because by week 6 I’m feeling personally burned out in any given contest. So whew! We made it!

One thing we wanted to see is if anonymous judging would be a viable way of determining a photographer’s skill without any risk of bias. (I trust our judges in ENTM to not have any overt bias, but they’re only human after all.)

The other thing, and I’ve seen this happen in several rounds of Classic Cycle, is that doing constantly well every week – even the weeks that you don’t win – is the key to having a triumphant finish in a non-elimination cycle

With exact one three way tie win under her belt, and a whole lot of close second place finishes in the earlier rounds, the winner of Scenic Cycle 1 is Sudedki “Suds” Nankali with a final score of 57. Congratulations! In second place, with a final score of 76, is Malkovich Malkovich! In third place, with a final score of 80, is Darius Stormcrow!

As a final treat, here is Suds’ complete portfolio from this cycle. She will be immortalized as ENTM’s first ever S-Rank Photographer.

Scenic Cycle’s galleries and judge’s feedback will be transferred to the Archives section of the website, so you can easily browse them again in the future.

Thank you all for being with us during the very first Scenic Cycle!

Scenic Cycle Round 6 Results

Hi everyone! We had another first here in Scenic Cycle (because Scenic being…. you know… the first of its kind.) We had a tie early on in the rounds, but our photographers did such a great job with the Impressionism round that our judges…. couldn’t pick a winner. Or even two winners. That’s right, we had a three way tie this round. I don’t know if that’s an ENTM first, but it’s certainly a very rare occurrence.

So congratulations to Darius Stormcrow for Skybound Sanctuary, Sudedki Nankali for Champs de Citrouille en La Noscea, and Yume Aawkot for Wings and Prayer this week.

Skybound Sanctuary
Champs de Citrouille en La Noscea
Wings and a Prayer

Please continue reading for our final week of feedback from the judges!

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Scenic Cycle Round 6

This is it! The final week of ENTM’s first ever Scenic Cycle!

Before I talk about the final round, I first want to thank our judges for all their hard work during this cycle. They take hours of their time each week, seriously thinking about each shot and how it was done and possible ways to improve it. We had a good balance of technical advice from Forthyn, literary and artistic viewpoints from Ona, and puntastic commentary on colors and emotions from Ni’ko. Thank you again for volunteering to be part of my experiment!

For our final challenge of this first cycle, we took a sharp 180 from the laser focused black and whites of Amsel Adams and went back in time to the previous heydey of landscape artistry – Impressionism! I asked for dreamy vistas and pops of color, and our team of photographers did their best. This was an extremely technical round and I’m proud of what our challengers did with the in game engine to attempt to reproduce Impressionist techniques.

Nine photographers submitted shots for this final portfolio. Please enjoy them over the next few days while our judges review them.

Scenic Cycle Round 5 Results

Hi folks! For last week’s challenge I asked our photographers to go out and take a shot in the style of Amsel Adams, which meant grey scale and beautiful mountain majesties. The judges were impressed at all the tricks folks used to render good quality black and white in the in game engine, and also loved the variety of mountain peaks everyone brought to the table. The round was very close this week, but the winner was Zukira Phaera with Memories of Nym.

Memories of Nym

Congratulations! There’s so much to love about this shot, but I’ll leave it to the judges to gush over the technicalities and I’ll just add in that we have a mountain, a lake, a castle, trees, cool clouds – there is just a lot of great stuff in this shot, and taking it in black and white transforms the familiar ruins into something quite different.

Please continue reading on for our judge’s critiques! We have one more round before Scenic Cycle 1 ends (just in time for Shadowbringers) so stay tuned!

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Scenic Cycle Round 5: Amsel Adams

We’re in the home stretch of our first Scenic Cycle, with only two more weeks to go! Because of this, it’s time for a new round made just for this cycle – taking a shot in the style of Amsel Adams!

Adams is widely considered to be one the greatest landscape photographers of the 20th century. His large format silver prints of the US National Parks are world famous. He worked primarily in black and white, and many of his most famous shots were of beautiful peaks and valleys. In homage to the master, we have ten shots in black and white – with mountains!