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Fan Apps Closed Christmas in July - a Fanwork Secret Santa

Thread Description
the classic out of time fanwork exchange returns

original nickname

What's your poison?
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"What is Christmas in July?" I hear you ask. "How did you get in here, what are you doing in my house?" These are all questions I have answers for.

Christmas in July is a fanwork exchange that was run in previous years when the forums were on Tapa...uh...that other site and even before that on Zetaboards. It's a fanwork secret Santa, except instead of being in the month of snow and eggnog it's in the month of sun and rum! Plus I asked around, and it didn't look like anyone had this going on the backburner, so I decided to get the ball rolling 'cause I did it last year and I had a blast. You find out about new runs, you get to make someone happy, what's not to love?

The best part is, it's not limited to what your work is! You got a comic? You write a storylocke? You do some SSWL runs? You got a creative project? Congratulations you're already P R E - A P P R O V E D !

The world sucks right now, so instead let's spread some holiday cheer and good vibes.

How it works:

Okay, bear with me, I've never run one of these things before, I just serve drinks.

So by following this link you'll arrive at the handy dandy sign up page. Signups will be open until 00:01 GMT+1 on June 30th

Throw down your username, the name of your run, and a link to it to proceed. That's it for now! You can also provide your discord handle to make it easier for me to contact you all at once because I'm hella lazy. If you're a super rad cool person, you can also volunteer to be a backup creator; in case somebody isn't able to finish their gift, the backup folks are there to make sure everyone gets a gift!

Once the signups are closed I will use an advanced scientific method (read: hastily written java program) to pair everyone up with a secret Santa. From then on you'll have the whole month of July to make your gift! Specifically 23:59 GMT+1 July 31st. And then the gifts shall be exchanged! The stockings shall be emptied, the turkey shall be roasted, the crackers pulled and I'll nap in the armchair waiting for the Wallace and Gromit marathon to come on BBC 2. If you've got any questions please don't hesitate to ask!

And that's it, let's spread some of that summery yuletide joy!

By the way a huuuge thank you to @Bug for helping me out with questions and the like. As I said before I've never done this before, but this forum's always been so good and it's nice to give back!
 

Bug

👉😎👉
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oh fuck oh shit my dots...............................................................................................................................
There is no exclusive option for backup creator, but that’s what I’m here for! Nothing currently up-and-running to get art for! Just how I like it. I’m invincible.:D Super excited for this exchange!
 

original nickname

What's your poison?
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110
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under a pile of debt and regret
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Yeah that's the spirit! I have also now added an option for those that want to sign up just to be backup creators, so anyone can get in on the holiday cheer that way

Signups will continue to be open for one week from now! So there is still plenty of time to join in the festivity
 

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What's your poison?
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Woo! We've got a plethora of signups so far, this event is gonna be great! Just a reminder that signups will close roughly 2 days from now, so if you're still on the fence now's your chance! (also I'm paying everyone bribes shhh dont tell the mods)
 

original nickname

What's your poison?
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110
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Alright folks! Signups are now closed, and recipient assignments have been sent out (hopefully) to all of you by now! (if you haven't had a message from me with your assignment, please contact me cause it means I screwed up something big time and I gotta cover my tracks) So, the clock is running, I'm thankful to all of you for signing up, but I'm also thrilled to see what kind of sick fanworks you are all gonna make each over the next month! Happy holidays y'all!
 

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What's your poison?
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110
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Hey folks! The month is almost up, and I'm excited to see what you all have been up to (I mean I've seen a few already and I'm liking what I see, plenty of good tidings and appreciation for the brilliant runs on the line up so far!)

If you've still yet to finish your work, you've got about 4 more days till the deadline. If you don't think you can finish in time, not to worry! It's a hectic time and lives can be busy (trust me I've been there). Just drop me a message, I (along with the wonderful people who volunteered) are standing by to make sure everyone gets a gift!

After the deadline, feel free to post your gift in this thread (making sure to tag your giftee of course). If you don't want to post it publically, no pressure, you can just DM it to your giftee instead.
 

original nickname

What's your poison?
Artist
Writer
Pokédex No.
366
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Messages
110
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under a pile of debt and regret
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Woo! Today's the day! There is still 12 hours left before you fine people can get posting. If you can't finish today, then over the weekend is absolutely fine, life can be busy I totally get it.

I'm excited to see all your gifts for each other!
 

JavierE64

Masks are so 2016!!! But don´t forget to wear one
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The Master of both Light and Darkness; who loves the Violent and Dramatic, and the Fun and Adorable.
@TheTRUEgge, I´m your Secret San Nicolás for this event!!!

Also, beware of spoilers.

We were about to challenge the League of Pokémon and become the very best; but then I wondered, when was the last time me and my team had some fun. After we beat the blue hair guy and the scary shadow, we quickly went to the final badge, and then right to the road of victory. ​

We all needed a rest; Flapper agrees, and I always agree with Flapper.​

Hoshi flew me to Hearthome City, right in front of Amity Square to be exact. We had so much fun last time we went there, a second visit sounds like a great idea. Normally they only allow one Pokémon to go at the time; but the nice personnel allowed me to bring my entire team for a day. Everyone was grateful for me defeating that scary organization; but it was weird, how did they know about that? ​

Anyways, is time to enjoy ourselves: Hoshi was relaxing under the tree like the cool bird he is, Ralph and Tabitha were playing tag against each other, Callum was doing his EV training thing with other Pokémon, Margaret spooked a lot of people, and I get to play in the water with Flapper.​

I love Flapper, Flapper is my friend. I don't know what I would do without her.​

But this feels empty, I gathered so many Pokémon friends, yet I only have six with me right now. Everyone should have fun; we are all part of the same happy family. I arrived at the closest Pokémon Center, to withdraw all the remaining 31 teammates from the PC. Sadly, someone told me I can only have 6 of them at a time. It was sad, we won't be having that huge party. Flapper then suggested taking them on small groups, since we had enough time in the day. Everyone will have their fun, and we will all be happy.​

Me and Flapper had to organize things first, but we got this party ready.​

The first group were all Water types, ready to enjoy the small lake of Amity Square: Susan hops around trying to reach for the stars, like the beautiful Magikarp she is. Donald hangs around the shore, the poor Psyduck can't even swim, I couldn´t swim either so I understood him; Gooey wasn't fond of water either, and only played around with Donald. Bouee challenged Rapids to a race, and the Buizel won by a longshot. And finally, Didi flew around the air looking for food near the water.​

Next round was all the Bug Types. The party of six settled in to have fun on the gardens, where the pretty flowers are located. Jessica and Drake flew around the area, not sure if they are racing, or just playing tag, how about both. Meanwhile, the dynamic duo of Swampina and Haden are dancing to the sound of Dede´s music. And finally, Nora just flew on her own to appreciate the flowers, before getting crowded by people wanting to look at her; Female Combees are rare to find, and oddly colored Combees are even more rare, so witnessing Nora is like looking at a falling star, and she enjoyed the attention.​

The incoming six mostly consists of Ground Types, alongside a few Normal Types: Jeff and Drill are competing in a friendly spar to see who's the strongest, even though one is the evolved form of the other; Mr. Snuffles was just hanging around, the poor swinub acted like fish out of water on the sunny amity square; Mirror was a similar case, but the Bronzor had something to do by reflecting the sunlight into unsuspecting Pokémon. As for Felix and Sarah, they are just running around and having fun; I wish I could´ve use them more often on my adventure, but at least they made a lot of friends inside the box.​

Up next, is Light and Darkness team, a funny name I came up with: Nick and Betty were sleeping under the shadows of a tree, I guess neither of them are very active in the morning; Wayne had a small picnic near the river with Mr. Hill and Envy, I had no idea what they were talking, as their conversation was only by telepathy, I wish I had telepathy too; and then there is David, the Sneasel liked to jump and run, run and jump, run jumpingly. He likes to chill.​

At last, we had the final batch of Pokémon: I had fun riding on Ruby like we used to do, doing laps around the park like there's no tomorrow; Glacier and Tony are playing together in the sandbox; wish I could join them, but they say I'm too old for that; Tiger and Blaze had a not-so- friendly spar with each other, Their battle was so legendary, I was asked to put them back into their Pokéballs to prevent further damages; and Brush, he just hide into one of the houses to avoid any sunlight remaining.​

But not everything was fun today, I still remember who we lost: When the sun starts to fall, I sit next to Flapper and Zircon, where we thought about Bud and Taylor: These two left us not-so-long ago, and we still miss them dearly. I don't know where they are, but they'll always be remembered in my heart, in all of our hearts.​

It was getting late, so I asked for Hoshi to take me back to the League; because next morning, we will all become the new Champions of this region.​

I loved this run ever since I first read the first chapter, I was super impressed by the sheer luck with some of the catches, and I fell in love with every single character present and their adorable drawings. So when I was assigned to make a gift for this run, I knew I had to write a story feauturing EVERY SINGLE POKÉMON present in the story.

If anyone´s interested in a simple and highly adorable story, you can check Benji´s Lucky Platinum here.

I hope you enjoy the gift, and I wish you all a Merry Christmas in July.
 

TheTRUEgge

Ethos is okay, actually
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Holy crap @JavierE64 I absolutely love your gift! Getting to see the rest of Benji’s team out and about was a real treat, and it must’ve been difficult to get them all to fit in one piece! Your anecdotes about their personalities were sweet and wonderful, and I love how you mimicked Benji’s style. Thank you for the kind words and for the Flapper content, it was delightful!

I was assigned @JavierE64 and his run Run Away, Survivors. I really enjoyed it and so I spent a lot of time on this piece playing with shading and lighting to get the atmosphere just right!

And, just for fun, I also cleaned up one of my warm up sketches of the pair:
 

Krisantyne

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This Pokémon clings to Sharpedo and shares in its prosperity. When its Sharpedo is attacked, Krisantyne will fight alongside it!

Tookie

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This user does not exist. All impressions to the contrary are propaganda pieces and not to be trusted.
I was left in charge of gifts for @A-K-TheLittleFairy and the wonderful Dawn of the Absol, which has some fantastic character designs, one of which in particular I was itching to do a portrait of.

Unfortunately, I forgot one crucial detail.

I am not an artist, no matter how much fun I might have had dusting off the pencils and going completely out of my ballpark.


please read Dawn of the Absol guys
 

llyarden

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81
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Here's my gift for @Krisantyne and her wonderful First Summer - Happy Christmas in...well it's August for me now, so Happy Christmas in July/August!

(Contains spoilers for one thing that happens on page 23 and another thing that happens on page 41, for anyone who hasn't read it.)

 

Bowser's Family Vacation

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"Am I Mario's babysitter? Are you going to call me every time that guy blows his nose, or what?"
My Secret Santa is PMD: Rangers of Sky! I am pinging both of the lovely creators: @GreyCorsola and @solaris127h !

I will note that this piece takes place during page 5.

The Tyranitar stares down at me, and all I can think is, “The more things change, the more things stay the same.”

Zayne saw something in me then. Something more than the rest of them in the Ranger Union. Something more than an angry, grubby girl making grabs at anything that could make her feel like she has a purpose.

Now, Zayne is slumped against the wall, ribs cracked and gashes across his chest. He is next to the corpse of a Woobat.

Poppy saw something in me then. Something more than the rest of the kids on the route. Something more than a wailing, hurting girl making grabs at anything that could make her feel like she has a purpose.

Now, Poppy is still against me, back burned and wings spread across my chest. She is next to the corpse of a career.

A career, I’m starting to think, that never should have happened in the first place.

After all, what purpose does have a friend have but to be there to see something more? And to make that something more? Not me. These two have made me, and here I am, making nothing.

The Tyranitar stares down at me, and all I can think is, “The more things change, the more things stay the same.”
 

Krisantyne

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This Pokémon clings to Sharpedo and shares in its prosperity. When its Sharpedo is attacked, Krisantyne will fight alongside it!
Here's my gift for @Krisantyne and her wonderful First Summer - Happy Christmas in...well it's August for me now, so Happy Christmas in July/August!

(Contains spoilers for one thing that happens on page 23 and another thing that happens on page 41, for anyone who hasn't read it.)

Aaaaah that's so adorable! Schiller is like "Sooo, any chance we could do that too?" :3c
I love all the little paws, and how Schiller looks more like an aquatic creature and Terry like a fennec! And the kiss looks so sweet. ;v;
Thank you so much, I love it!! 💕
 

A-K-TheLittleFairy

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Tired or inspired. Loves Cappuccino.
Phew I finally finished my entry as well!

I got assigned to do a gift for @d'angelo russell and his very unique and amazing Storylocke of Blazeblack called "Sturm und Drang"!

I usually are more into comic runs but as I started to read into Sturm und Drang, I immediately was hooked and blown away by it! When you start reading it without any context behind it, you hardly believe that it actually is a Pokémon Nuzlocke run for the characters and the setting being completely unique on its own and the characters' identity/Pokémon Gijinka Species never being mentioned at all!

Speaking of that (When reading through the writer's notes, I finally caught which Pokémon everyone resembles), I tried to portrait the characters as accurate as possible from the hints in-story but where I couldn't get enough info, I tried to stick to the Pokémon Species designs instead - you can tell me how much % I'm off of your imagined designs of the characters, haha!

So here's my gift in form of a kind of Cover illustration for the amazing and most unique Story Nuzlocke I ever read so far:

I hope you like it, I really had a blast figuring out how to draw the cast without having any visual references at all and it really helped me in my current battle against my terrible art block I am facing at the moment!

If you want to read this amazing urban fantasy story as well - here's the way to Sturm und Drang !



@Tookie Wow thank you for the gift, I can understand when the art skills aren't as good as wished to be. I really didn't expect that the center of the gift being not one of the main characters, you did a good job drawing the Azure Fairy Queen!
 
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solaris127h

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@Bowser's Family Vacation GOD I LOVE THIS, oh man you really got Eliza down I'm so ???????!!!!!!??! Thank you so much!!

I dm'd Tookie already but posting here for all the world to see, it's the Crimson Foxes gang from @Tookie 's Astra Crystallum! They're quite a cast, I love them.
 

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