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  1. Just FYI everyone you're wonderful and I am in love with all of this. One week left, artists! Get your submissions in!
  2. Autumn 2019 Loading Screen Contest! Hello, my beary best friends! I just woke up from hibernation and BOY has the time flown by. It's now my favorite time of the year-- time for me to go back to sleep! While I'm still awake, though, I realize it's been a while since I've been involved in a cool and spooky event. Why don't we go ahead and fix that? Artists, rev up your pens, because we're having a good ol'-fashioned loading screen contest. Your entries must be both TalonRO-themed and Autumn -OR- Halloween-themed. The minimum size for entries is 1280 x 960 pixels. You're welcome to make it higher, as long as you maintain that 4:3 aspect ratio. All artwork must be 100% original and made for this contest. Artwork from other websites and sources is not allowed and will result in disqualification. Artwork may be digital or traditional, but traditional art must be scanned in at a quality appropriate for a loading screen. You may use screenshots and sprites from TalonRO to support your main image. You may also use the TalonRO logo (v1 and v2) if you like! Post your entries in this thread, and be sure to include your in-game name within your post. If you choose to complete any of the GM challenges below, you must note which GM challenges you have completed in your post. You may submit as many entries as you wish, but you may only win once. Please have ALL of your entries in one post. There will be five (5) winners. Each winner will receive: - 20x Talon Coins Abandoned Teddy Bear Egg October Costume Box - GM Challenges For the following challenges, you can complete as many as you wish, but you may only earn up to 5 bonus Talon Coins total. Per the rules above, don't forget to include which challenges you have completed as part of your post! GM Kuma Challenge () Include a pot of honey GM Lance Challenge () Include an MVP GM Mikzie Challenge () Include TamTam wearing a costume GM Creed Challenge () Include Jakk (the monster) GM Blackstar Challenge () Feature witches and pumpkin carriages GM Radius Challenge () Include at least 7 pumpkins GM Haru Challenge () Include any of the in-game scarves GM Seiren Challenge () Feature The Walking Dead-style zombie hunters GM Spica Challenge () Include Loli Ruri (the monster) GM Luna Challenge () Include a scary Deviruchi-faced full moon GM Gowther Challenge () Include a white cat sleeping on a pumpkin GM Haziel Challenge () Include only five colors (tints/tones/shades of each color are OK). You must name all colors you used in your post. GM Phoenix Challenge () Include the Curse status effect somewhere on a person or monster in your art GM Xing Challenge () Include four different Niflheim monsters GM Azul Challenge () Include four skeleton heads, and indicate their locations in your post - Deadline October 29th, 2019
  3. Wow! Really fast and really close for everyone...in the end, Tir~ got there first! I really didn't think someone would get this so fast. That's what I get for being bearrogant. Tir~, please forum or Discord PM me the GM box you want, and I'll get your prizes your way! As always, everyone, thanks for participating!
  4. Hello my beary best friends! The dreadful winter is almost lifting and we will be able to go out and smell the flowers (and try not to die of hay fever) once again! And with spring comes some exciting things, nice weather, birds chirping, heaps of sunshine and eating yourself into oblivion on Easter. So I would like everybody here to join me on an spectacular Easter Egg Hunt! The Hunt will last two weeks, and we will have one winner per day, so there's plenty of prizes and chances to win for everybody. Never been on an Easter Egg Hunt? Well it's simple! The Easter Bunny hides some eggs around and all you have to do... well, find them. Easy right?! I'll help you guys out. I'll follow the Easter Bunny around and see where he hides his eggs and, take a screenshot for you and post it here. Then, all you have to do, is go to the same exact location, type in /where, take a screenshot of yourself where the egg was hidden and post it as a reply to this post! The first one to do so wins the prize! ✧ Rounds will be held daily, from today all the way up to Easter; ✧ You may only submit ONE entry to this post; ✧ Participants for the last round may not participate on the immediate next one, however they can participate on the next one after that; ✧There will be one winner per round; ✧You may enter simply by posting a screenshot showing your coordinates to this topic (use /where to show coordinates on your chat box); ✧The first person to post a screenshot on the exact or nearest coordinates of the egg location will be considered the winner; ✧Add your IGN to your post; ✧You can't edit your post, so make sure you have your coordinates on your screenshot and the TalonRO logo visible. Edited posts will not be considered for potential winners. ✧ Snow Bunny Egg ✧ GM box of your choosing ✧ 100 Eden Merit Badges The wild horned egg emerges from the ground, content with its hibernation and ready to live its life to the fullest. An angry stick watches on.
  5. Whoof... always surprised at how fast you folks respond to this! We have a winner from the very first post! Congratulations to Single Slap Guy for finding that spot! Was it still warm from the egg? I hope that egg found his way to a tree eventually. Please PM me on the forum or Discord to tell me which GM box you would like! Prizes will be flying your way before long! And thanks to everyone who has made this event so fun! Ten days so far... and a few more left!
  6. Hello my beary best friends! The dreadful winter is almost lifting and we will be able to go out and smell the flowers (and try not to die of hay fever) once again! And with spring comes some exciting things, nice weather, birds chirping, heaps of sunshine and eating yourself into oblivion on Easter. So I would like everybody here to join me on an spectacular Easter Egg Hunt! The Hunt will last two weeks, and we will have one winner per day, so there's plenty of prizes and chances to win for everybody. Never been on an Easter Egg Hunt? Well it's simple! The Easter Bunny hides some eggs around and all you have to do... well, find them. Easy right?! I'll help you guys out. I'll follow the Easter Bunny around and see where he hides his eggs and, take a screenshot for you and post it here. Then, all you have to do, is go to the same exact location, type in /where, take a screenshot of yourself where the egg was hidden and post it as a reply to this post! The first one to do so wins the prize! ✧ Rounds will be held daily, from today all the way up to Easter; ✧ You may only submit ONE entry to this post; ✧ Participants for the last round may not participate on the immediate next one, however they can participate on the next one after that; ✧There will be one winner per round; ✧You may enter simply by posting a screenshot showing your coordinates to this topic (use /where to show coordinates on your chat box); ✧The first person to post a screenshot on the exact or nearest coordinates of the egg location will be considered the winner; ✧Add your IGN to your post; ✧You can't edit your post, so make sure you have your coordinates on your screenshot and the TalonRO logo visible. Edited posts will not be considered for potential winners. ✧Orange in Mouth ✧ GM box of your choosing ✧ 100 Eden Merit Badges The wild horned egg stares determinedly into the distance, considering the best tree in which they may nest.
  7. Absolutely, pawsitively incredible.
  8. Every time I look at this I get hungry, too.
  9. Winter has just passed, which means I stocked up on as much hearty food as possible to get me through hibernation. One of my absolute FAVORITE things to hunt is Savage (or Gullinbursti, even! Yum!); I mean, you get all that wonderful meat and also the hide can be made into really scratchy clothing to gift to people you don’t like during the holidays! There’s no downsides, as long as you can take them down. You non-bears might want to enlist the help of a large hunting party for this. Once you’ve got the Savage down, take it over to a butcher to get it all chopped up into delicious bits… or butcher it yourself, if you’ve got the stomach for it. I am totally capable of butchering it all by myself! I just… want to give the butchers of Midgard something to do. For this winter, I went for the tastiest bit of the Savage I can think of-- the Savage tummy! Who can resist all that wonderful fatty goodness? It’s definitely got the Calories I need to keep myself full during the long hibernation I’ve got waiting for me. I chose braising as my cooking method because I’m very lazy, and I need to cook it in a method that will let me nap as it cooks. Now, I’ll go step-by-step through this, so it should be pretty easy to follow along, even for the timider cooks among you. The measurements are are in both US and metric units, because I am pawsitively the most generous bear around (also I was forced). For those of you nervous about the alcohol in the sake and mirin, I assure you that it cooks out. Go obtain some Savage belly. I recommend heading to Prontera Field (or Dewata Dungeon, if you’re craving the high-end Gullinbursti stuff) and taking one down. Don’t be too rough with it, and DO NOT use fire spells! You don’t want to destroy the good cuts of meat or, Heaven forbid, char it before it’s time to cook! Have it butchered however you like, freeze or sell the cuts you don’t need, and keep that belly out to be cooked! … or store-bought is fine, too. Here is a full list of the ingredients you’ll need for this: Around 2 lb (~0.9 kg) of pork belly or a bit more, with the skin left on 1 cup (~240 mL) of sake 1 cup (~240 mL) of mirin 1 cup (~240 mL)of water ½ cup (~120 mL) of soy sauce ½ cup of white sugar (~115 g)(golden brown sugar is fine, too, for a different flavor!) ~6 scallions ~10 garlic cloves A ~2-inch (~5cm) knob of ginger 1 shallot Place the pork belly on a cutting board, and roll it up lengthwise so that it is a fat, short roll. Use some butcher’s twine to secure it every ½ - ¾ inches. Make sure it won’t unroll! Preheat your oven to 275 °F. In a medium-size pot (big enough to hold the pork belly), add the water, sake, mirin, soy sauce, sugar, and garlic cloves (whole is fine). Roughly chop the scallions and slice the ginger and add to the pot. Split the shallot in half and toss it in the pot, too. Heat the mixture over high heat until it boils. Add the pork belly and cover with a lid left a little bit open. Put the whole pot in the preheated oven and cook, turning the pork belly every 20-30 minutes, until the pork is totally tender. Put a thin knife through the roll, and if it meets little resistance, it should be done. This will take 2.5 – 4 hours, depending on the size of your roll. It is VERY easy to overcook, so keep an eye on this and keep testing! Here’s a picture after it’s done braising: Put the lid completely on the pot, or transfer the whole belly and liquid to a sealed container. Place it in the refrigerator and allow it to cool completely. I leave it overnight. If you try to cut it while it is hot, it will just melt—which is yummy, but uncontrollable! Remove the container from the refrigerator, and place the pork belly on a cutting board. Strain the liquid left behind, throwing away the solid portions and retaining the liquid as a sauce for the meat. Remove the butcher’s twine, and cut the belly into thin pieces. You’ll notice the spiral in the center of the pieces from the rolling (and that I overcooked it a bit… I told you it was easy to do that). Store the cut belly and sauce in the refrigerator until ready to cook. You’re done! Ish! There are many ways to prepare this now. This makes a good topping for homemade ramen, if you want to put in the work for that! Even adding it to some cup ramen will really make the dish look… well, appetizing I guess? I like to make rice bowls out of this, so head over to get some rice (conveniently, a Straw Rice Bag is dropped by Event Gullinbursti, so go hassle those GMs to spawn one in an invasion or something). Steam it, and get ready to prepare your rice bowl: Reheat the pork belly slices in a skillet until they are tender, flipping them with a spatula to cook both sides. You’ll know they’re tender enough if you can cut them with your spatula. You can also drizzle some of the sauce on them to give it some extra yummy flavor. Prepare your toppings for your rice bowl. I like some scallions (which I have left over from the sauce) and jalapeños on mine. Also reheat a small amount of the sauce (around ¼ to ½ cup). Scoop rice into a bowl. Chop the meat into small pieces and place it on top of the rice. Add your toppings, and drizzle some of the sauce over the whole thing. You’re done! Ish! Again! You can go even further, if you want… I like to add some Japanese mayonnaise, as well! You can go EVEN further if you want, too… I also like to use a torch to give the whole thing a good char, and it gives the pork and peppers a great flavor. Also it makes all the toppings really hot! Now you’re ACTUALLY done! I usually add green onion AFTER I torch it, by the way. I don’t like the green onions to be charred. Here’s a picture! I hope that sounds good to everyone! There are so many other ways to prep your braised Savage belly that this recipe will keep you entertained for a while, I hope! With all my love, GM Kuma
  10. Welcome back to our Interview Spotlight series, where we get to learn a little bit more about our favorite GMs! Today's guest is GM Spica! Kuma: Hello, Midgard! Welcome to our second Interview Spotlight! This time, we are sitting down with the lovely and talented GM Spica. Say hello to the fans, Spica Ser! Spica: Hi all! I hope you’re having the most wonderful day! *-*/ Kuma: Let’s get right into it with the hard-hitting questions: how do you pronounce your name? Spica: The “i” and “c” in “Spica” are supposed to sound like an “ee” and “k,” like in Pikachu. Pika… Spica! My name has sadly nothing to do with Pokemon! Kuma: Why choose “Spica” as your GM name? Spica: I love stars and shiny things, so I started looking at different constellations when name-hunting. Spica is the brightest star in the constellation Virgo, so I went with that! Besides, I get along with Virgo people well. Kuma: That’s as good of a reason as any. Probably better than some of the other GMs, and almost definitely better than my reasons (se~cret!). On to more common things: when did you pick up Ragnarok Online? Spica: I picked up RO back in 2004 and got hooked right away! Kuma: Golly, that’s a long time ago now. Did you pick it up on an official server? Spica: Nope! I had no idea about official servers at that time, since my friend’s brother installed some random private server on my computer. Kuma: So you got into it by accident? That’s really interesting! What class did you start off with back then, and what class do you usually play now? Spica: Yep! I started as a Swordie since I used to think that the skills Bash and Magnum Break looked cool! Nowadays, I play a bit of everything, and my main classes are High Wizard and High Priest. Kuma: Out of curiosity, what were the rates like on that server? High? Low? Medium? Spica: My very first one? Really low… I spent almost a year leveling to 50. I was probably doing something wrong. Kuma: Don’t feel bad—I can’t even remember how long it took me to get my second job when I first played. So how did you end up coming around to TalonRO. I have a feeling you got here before me. Spica: Oh I doubt so! I started in 2014 and have been glued to the server ever since! Kuma: What, that recently? That surprises me. How quickly did you get your first 99 on TalonRO, then, and what was it? Spica: That was actually my Priest! And it took about a month—I lazy-leveled in Sphinx. Kuma: A MONTH? You call that lazy? Incredible. Spica: Not really! Also note that the leveling wasn’t on a transcendent class. Kuma: Oh, that’s a good point! Then when did you get your first 99 transcendent? Spica: Whoa, that took me months! I remember I had already saved up enough for a Kaho and IC gear, and I joined a couple of Endless Tower runs with my guildmates until I hit 99. x) Kuma: Sounds like we’re in the same boat there, then. Did you ever have issues like I did with constantly switching characters, or did you mostly stick with one class at that time? Spica: I usually just switched between my High Priest and Sniper, especially when I went on guild runs. It wasn’t an issue to transfer gears or anything like that, but I did (and still do) like to make new characters. There’s and issue there that still persists, since I often spend way too much time thinking of a good character name. ._. Kuma: Character names are IMPOSSIBLE. I sympathize. Now we come around to the question everyone’s waiting for: why did you decide to apply to become a TalonRO GM? Spica: I was mesmerized by how fun this server is to play, how well maintained it is, and how friendly the GMs are. I wanted to be a part of upholding that, so I applied. Kuma: And that succeeded, so I gather. Good for all of us, for sure! I also gather that it’s your first GM experience. Do you have any early memories of it that really stand out or any great accidents that you had along the way that you’d like to share? Spica: Thank you, Kuma! I’m really glad working with you and the other GMs. As for early memories, hmm… Ah, yes! I used to be really scared of hosting events on my own. I mean, what if I accidentally broke someone’s pixel leg/neck/Cap [1] and the server went boom? Thankfully, that never happened. x) Kuma: Always good to hear. The first few times hosting events solo can always be scary, but I’m glad we have a great team with great people like you who can handle it. Looking at the time, I think we’ve gone on a while, so I’ll finish this off: what is your favorite GM-led event and why? Spica: That would be Disguise Room! It’s so much fun to disguise players and see them walk off as monsters! Kuma: I feel you! Very low-stress, high-fun! Well, as we’re wrapping up, is there anything else you’d like to say to the world? The spotlight is on you! Spica: It’s such a pleasure to work on TalonRO. We have the *most* wonderful community here! Keep rocking, everyone! *_* Kuma: And thank you for doing what you do and doing it spectacularly. I think that’s the end of this Interview Spotlight! I hope everyone enjoyed it and learned a little bit about the people behind the events. See you next time!
  11. @Yhonona A+ bears everywhere would eat.
  12. After much deliberation and a very close race, I am pleased to announce the winners of the Spring Comic Contest! First Place: Bottle Master, who will receive 15 Talon Coins! Second Place: -Clary-, who will receive 10 Talon Coins! Third Place: Tokyo Banana Roar, who will receive 5 Talon Coins! First Runner-up: Hinna Ozawa, who will receive 3 Talon Coins! Congratulations to everyone, and thank you for participating! I look forward to seeing you next time! Prizes will be mailed out in the next day or two. Check your in-game mail!
  13. Thanks everyone for the entries! They're truly wonderful. The winners will be announced soon-- keep an eye on this space!
  14. Great work so far everyone! Keep 'em coming.
  15. Oh yes! Post things here so everyone can enjoy!
  16. Thank you to my dearest friend, Autumn, for the awesome art! Welcome again to the TalonRO Comic Event! I, the Fantastic Mr. Bear, will be your guide into this wild world. In this event, we are challenging you to create a short comic following a given theme. The THREE (3) most creative, original and engaging comics will be awarded Talon Coins! You can keep your comic simple-- no need to create an elaborate graphic novel. Rules for this event: Entries must be original, not taken from the work of others. Comic size restriction: all entries must not exceed 6 scenes/cells in length. Entries must not be offensive or written with the intent of insulting another person. Please keep all entries age-appropriate. Entries follow the month's theme. Include your in-game name with your entry. Entries must be set in TalonRO, not another server or game. Please use image hosting websites to post your entry. Prizes will be as follows: 1st place: 15TC. 2nd place: 10TC. 3rd place: 5TC. GMs reserve the right to pick fewer than three winners if no/not enough entries are suitable. You are free to use a variety of mediums to create your comic. Note that it must be original, and if you wish to use images from other artist(s) you must acknowledge them and/or be free to use. Yes, you can use your tRO screenshots, but the screenshots must be resized to be read as a comic for it to count as an entry. If you don't know how to post images on the forum here are some image hosting websites: imgur, photobucket, imageshack and tinypic. Good luck everyone! This month's theme is: Spring Break Vacation! Entries must somehow reference vacationing for spring break. Think exotic locales, sandy beaches, palm trees... the works! This could be your character's vacation, or perhaps something more outlandish-- how might the monsters of Midgard spend their spring break, for example? Good luck, all! Entries close: Saturday, April 9, at 17:00 server time Each forum account may only submit one entry each round! WARNING: Any form of cheating, such as using multiple forum accounts, is against the rules and can not only get you disqualified from this event but also banned from the server.
  17. Very "cool" pet. Heueuheuheuheuhuehueheheueheuehuehuehueue
  18. Prizes will be sent out in the next few days. Don't worry if you haven't received a prize yet and are expecting one-- you will get it!
  19. Halloween Login Screen Contest Winners! Hello all! After some discussion, the GM team has come to a decision regarding the Login Screen Contest! Here are your winners! FIRST PRIZE: By Ischali! SECOND PRIZE: By -Himitsu-! These two artists will each receive 30 Talon Coins and a Deviling Pet for their work! In addition, the following three entries have been chosen to be loading screens: By -Nagara-: By Alizarin Blue: By Elza Rishlink These three artists will receive a prize of 5 Talon Coins each. Finally, all valid entries will receive a Bathory Pet in the mail as a thanks for your dedication and effort. If you did not give me an IGN when you submitted your entry, you will have to send it to me via Forum PM. If I don't receive that in a timely manner, I will send you a PM requesting it. These were all already implemented in-game with the Halloween Event update, so go enjoy them! Just a little... lag getting the results posted. Prizes will be sent via in-game mail as soon as I have the information I need. Be on the lookout for it. Thanks to everyone for participating and making this contest a success! Look forward to more contests in the beary near future!
  20. Looks like everyone was in just before the bell! The GMs will review the entries and announce a winner as soon as we finish arguing. Stay tuned!
  21. Uploading to a site such as imgur.com and posting a link as many others have done in this thread is a good way to go about it. Also, WOW. So many incredible entries in the last couple of days! I can tell already the debate among the GMs about these is going to be fierce!
  22. To directly post the image, you use image tags (bracket IMG bracket) to enclose the direct link to the image. For your image, for example, it would be: [img=http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/150x100q90/746/U5u2SG.jpg]
  23. For this contest, just art/drawing-- although it can be done using traditional methods and then scanned in, rather than generated digitally. In the future, a cosplay contest sounds like it might be fun, though!
  24. About three weeks left until the deadline! Tell your friends, tell your relatives, and tell yourself to pump out some art! We're excited to see what you all can do! EDITS: Added banner, courtesy of He Who Rags My Emu, GM Howl!
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