June Newsletter

east of the sun
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east of the sun
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Joined: June 21st, 2013, 12:04 am

June 15th, 2017, 2:22 pm #1

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[color=936035]PROMOTIONS[/color][color=936035][/color]

GRAPHICS

.paynetrain


aciddaisies_


dajalie
fabblove
milominderbinder
kalopsical
Ulquiorra


Rach.
aragorn !!
wish_19

WRITING

TreacleTart


dajalie
sun bak


Alexis Black


Aphoride
.Watcherwoman

CODING

thunderstruck


&gin in a jigger-


.Watcherwoman


Lunaticpandora13

[color=546b41]MEMBER OTMS[/color][color=546b41][/color]
awards by east of the sun & descriptions by the heads team


aciddaisies_ is definitely someone to take notice of - between her creativity and amazing use of colour, we've got our eyes on Anoushka!


dajalie is someone we're certain you've seen around. Evvy has not only caught our attention with her personal development, but also with the cheer she spreads around the community.


Shadowplay wouldn't be what it is without the hard work of our staff elves, and alice in wonderland. is no exception. We'd like to thank Alice for her efforts both in and out of her sections <3


It's been a delight to see &gin in a jigger- grow as a coder - from her first skin to now, we're in awe of Ashleigh's improvement!


kalopsical may be fairly new, but boy howdy have we taken notice. Saf integrates stocks and models in a new way, and we can't wait to see more!


Between graphics, writing, and coding, alyssa ren. has been all over the place lately and we love it! Always branching outside of her comfort zone, Alyssa's enthusiasm can be seen for miles.


sun bak is a friendly face to all, and especially to our newer members! Hang around the introduction threads long enough and you're sure to see Kellie welcoming everyone with open arms.


Mari (bird set free) blew us away with a whopping 19 critiques!


Petra (bottleofdreams) slayed with an incredible 26 awards!

Between their regular duties and the recent completion of Shadow Beasts and Where to Find Them, the Awards Team really went above and beyond this month. For that, we'd like to honour a few more of our excellent elves <3


Syl (Sylvador) wowed us with 20 awards!


Mun (Mun2500) really stood out with 18 awards!

[color=936035]GRAPHIC OTMS[/color][color=936035][/color]
awards by east of the sun


These stunning icons by .raven


This breathtaking signature by bird set free


This alluring banner by saturn.


This intricate blend by dragonfly.


This entrancing chapter image by geronimo.


This realistic colourization by Jayy


This tragic villanelle by TreacleTart


This immersive story by oleander


This descriptive piece by briar-rose.

[color=546b41]BADGES[/color][color=546b41][/color]

thunderstruck

Edel

LunaticPandora13
Sylvador
saftbefehl

Dajalie
THE CHESHIRE CAT.

oleander

Jane M.
sun bak

Alexis Black
sun bak

starship2016
sun bak

[color=936035]FEATURED GALLERIES[/color][color=936035][/color]

GRAPHICS

Legend: teaspoons
Famous: saturn.
Talented: aciddaisies_
Inspiring: ImmortalDesires
Evolving: hulsuga
Promising: dajalie
Blooming: snazzy
Aspiring: Aspen

WRITING

Inspiring: oleander
Promising: alyssa ren.
Blooming: THE CHESHIRE CAT.
Aspiring: Alexis Black

[color=546b41]INTERVIEW WITH THUNDERSTRUCK[/color][color=546b41][/color]
This month, Bella (.sirens) interviewed the lovely Nicole (thunderstruck), an amazing coder on our site and new member of our staff!

Thanks so much for allowing me to interview you this month, Nicole! Let's maybe start out with some basics: tell us a bit about yourself and what brought you to Shadowplay?

Thank you for asking to interview me, Bella! To tell you a bit about myself, I'm 22 and Canadian, and am currently in school studying computer science and business. I was involved in moderating resource sites back in 2010-2012 and at some point made the leap onto Shadowplay, then under the alias Jae (bam it's jae?!). I eventually left all of the rp world behind me for a hiatus that lasted until around 2014. When I returned I reconnected with Tany, who I had known, and eventually met Vic, who I had heard of. My friendship with them had me returning to Shadowplay on a regular basis and I remembered quickly what I'd liked so much about it. Shadowplay has a really wonderful community that's active and supportive.

Well, Shadowplay is definitely a great place to make connections and friends! So you've been on Shadowplay over a lot of years to see a lot of changes, in how the site operates and such, as well as various creative trends. What would you say makes Shadowplay a great place for coders, and how may that have changed over the years that you've been on here?

I think that the really important things that Shadowplay has to offer stem from the wonderful community I mentioned. Shadowplay has many extremely talented artists and many very kind, very helpful members. The insight that people have to offer in terms of design structure and elements (fonts, colours, etc) is all extremely valuable and is something that for myself especially has been more helpful than I can really say. Those kinds of aesthetic choices don't come easily to me and contributions from people who have experience with them, either in the form of coding or graphics, have been so appreciated. I also feel like Shadowplay enables people to develop their own styles by offering critiques without pushing people towards what's popular and I enjoy that aspect of the site as well. I didn't code at all before 2014 (or at least not seriously or well!) And so I can't speak very much to how the coding section may have changed over the years, but I know that I have always been wowed by the friendliness and helpfulness of the Shadowplay community in general. C:

I agree, SP is definitely an amazing place to grow as an artist and meet plenty of amazing people. I'm sure you have seen some changes in how coding operates here on Shadowplay, like our new feature of dohtml being enabled in signatures, for example! What do you think of this feature being enabled after Shadowplay being open for nearly a decade??

I'm thrilled about it! Coding on jcink and invisionfree has developed a lot over the last several years and there's a lot of really creative and interesting things you can do with dohtml signatures. I'm excited to see people using them already -- I know I put mine up as soon as I found out they were enabled!

I'm no coding wiz by any means, but I definitely thought it was exciting as well to hear that news! I started roleplaying on invisionfree almost a decade ago, and it's really amusing almost thinking back to how coding trends have evolved over the years, for everything from signatures to skins to thread templates. What would you say is your favorite thing to code, and how have the trends for it changed since you started coding?

In terms of templates, my favourite thing to code (or at least what I code most often) is probably thread templates. I make a new one for nearly every new thread I'm in. Overall, though, my interest is largely in writing scripts in the last year or two- things like my cbox toggle generator and my code box. I love the challenge these kinds of projects pose.

It's actually great timing for this question because just last week I was looking at some of my old coding from 2011 and it's so terrible! Back at that time a lot of skinning and templates in general were very graphics-oriented, where graphics were the focus and were used to achieve designs. Our hovers were basic (if we had any at all) and we seemed to be into a very crowded look. I'm not sure anybody really fully understood padding or negative space -- I know I definitely didn't -- and we were worse off for it! By the time I had left and returned from my hiatus in 2014 coding was holding its own in design and no longer just propping up graphics elements. We were also moving towards a more minimalistic look slowly and in the last three years that has really taken off. I really appreciate the minimalistic style and just hope now we can maybe begin to use bigger font sizes or higher line height for body text. I don't like reading paragraphs with tiny squished letters!

I can totally picture what you're talking about. I primarily interacted with coding for roleplaying purposes, but I can remember how thread templates even just transformed over the years. Even with your hiatus from the coding world, I personally think you've got a lot to be proud of considering you're the only famous coder that I believe we have on SP, and I think that's quite an achievement. We'll finish this off with one last (admittedly cliche and possibly nostalgic) question: if you could give advice for new coders or even yourself when you started out on coding, what would you say?

Thank you!! I’m very proud of myself. I’ve learned a lot in the time since I decided to invest myself seriously in coding and I’ve come a long way. I know something that made it easier for myself in learning was having goals — for a long time when I approached coding, I’d do it with a specific skill that I wanted to learn such as opacity hovers, or sliding hovers, or tabs, obviously progressing as I became comfortable with the techniques I’d learned earlier. I think that would make my first piece of advice to always push yourself to learn new things and to not just make it work but to understand what every line of your code is actually doing for you. And my second piece of advice ties into this: the roleplaying community is not always the best place to learn new skills or details about coding, and so I’d encourage anyone who really wants to improve their coding to seek out information from the outside world. There’s lots of good websites (css-tricks, stackoverflow, and others) that can help you improve your skills in a way that, in my opinion, is more well-rounded than coding geared specifically towards roleplaying. Lastly, don’t be afraid to ask for help!! I can nearly guarantee that any issue you’ve had someone else has had before, and in the rare case where that’s not true, someone will be ready to take on the challenge. Happy coding! <3

Definitely great advice. Thanks so much for your time, Nicole; I really enjoyed interviewing you <3

[color=936035]ANNOUNCEMENTS[/color][color=936035][/color]

NEW HEADERS!

Woohoo, check us out! The votes are in, and we're so in love with our fantastic new headers. A big thanks to Roxy, Mona, Mora, Syl, Jersey, Tevje, Mari, and Anoushka for beautifying us! Another huge shoutout to Jersey, Mocki, and Katlynn for snazzing up our Facebook and Twitter <3 Be sure to congratulate all the winners here.

And speaking of our spruced up pages, be sure to check out our social media! We recently had a segment of "Guess the Graphic Maker" on Facebook and awarded prizes. More games coming soon, add us on DeviantArt, Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr! Links are above the header <3

NEW STAFF!

We love seeing new faces on our staff team! This month, we're delighted to welcome our newest Resources moderator, Nicole (thunderstruck), as well as our new Awards Team members, Roxy (.watcherwoman) & Jennifer (briar-rose.).

If you're interested in joining us, we've currently got a staff search up here~

That's not all! Jersey (brendon urie.) has been a dedicated staffer and all-in-all awesome human being for a long time now, and we're so happy to welcome her as our new Head of Critique <3

MORE CELEBRATING?
~Heckya there is; here on Shadowplay, the festivities never end~
We recently wrapped up the first ever Shadow Beasts and Where to Find Them event, and it's time to celebrate all the fantastic participants! Check out the Awards Ceremony here.

[color=546b41]FEATURED ROLEPLAYS[/color][color=546b41][/color]

LONG VIEW — TEDISON — A REVOLUTION I SUPPOSE — YOUNG HEARTS FADE

[color=936035]STATISTICS[/color][color=936035][/color]
13 episodes of The 100 binged
wowEE how about that ending tho
T minus 3(?) months until Miraculous Ladybug returns
who knew French kids' cartoons could be all-consuming
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.beatfreakz00
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Joined: May 30th, 2012, 11:58 pm

June 15th, 2017, 2:49 pm #2

What a beautiful newsletter! Congratulations to all the winners, and thank you to those who worked hard to put all of this together. Great job! ?
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Joined: April 30th, 2017, 7:52 pm

June 15th, 2017, 3:03 pm #3

Amazing newsletter, well done to all the members who put it together and thank-you for your incredible hard work! <3
Congratulations to all the award winners and those who got promoted, it's so lovely how we get to celebrate everybody's achievements here.
And of course thank-you for the warm welcome onto the staff team and for awarding me original fic of the month, so surprised! :o :D
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alyssa ren.
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Joined: February 22nd, 2014, 4:44 pm

June 15th, 2017, 3:26 pm #4

lovely newsletter everyone and thank you so much for the OTM award!
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June 15th, 2017, 3:53 pm #5

Amazing newsletter as always :)



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oleander
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Joined: September 3rd, 2016, 5:54 am

June 15th, 2017, 4:49 pm #6

Lovely newsletter ? thanks so much for the OTM.

Congrats (and welcome again) to the new staff and to the wonderful Jersey.

Everyone was super deserving of the awards this month. Awards team were just superstars! Congratulations all ?
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Joined: December 19th, 2012, 8:01 pm

June 15th, 2017, 4:51 pm #7

Congrats everyone! Great newsletter!
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WendyWindroft
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Joined: January 8th, 2016, 2:54 pm

June 15th, 2017, 5:07 pm #8

Congrats all!!! Amazing newsletter yet again :D <333
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a touch of love

^ by .raven and creamyy, ily! <3
couldn't put down these pretties by Ro, tevje, vanessa<33
(bcoz when you love these siggies so much c:)
#campk-drama by eleganceus and .beatfreakz00 <3
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thunderstruck
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Joined: February 15th, 2011, 10:10 pm

June 15th, 2017, 5:16 pm #9

Congratulations to everyone!!
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brendon urie.
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Joined: January 13th, 2011, 7:30 pm

June 15th, 2017, 5:57 pm #10

Congratulations everyone and thanks for the shout out :P Happy to be on board!
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<img src="https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/or ... "><h1>this is gospel</h1><p>jersey. 21. head of critique. brendon urie treasure. photoshop cc. i'm a theater major living in new york and shaking in her boots. i take requests ^^ </p> </div> </div><div class="shersilinks"><a href="http://z10.invisionfree.com/Shadowplay/ ... RAPHICS</a> <a href="http://z10.invisionfree.com/Shadowplay/ ... WRITING</a> <a href="http://z10.invisionfree.com/Shadowplay/ ... >CODING</a> <a href="http://z10.invisionfree.com/Shadowplay/ ... </div><div class="credvic"><a href="http://z10.invisionfree.com/Shadowplay/ ... 348">♥<img src="https://cdn.nickpic.host/images/I5CxNq.png"></a><IMG SRC="https://cdn.nickpic.host/images/IU6j08.gif"></div>
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