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  Seeing Where We Stand
Posted by: Phoenixsong - 12-19-2016, 03:23 AM - Forum: Turquoise Articles - Replies (7)

First of all, I should hopefully be updating the forum to the new version soon—ideally within the week. Some things will change as a result of this upgrade. Briefly:

  • The shoutbox will be removed. The current one isn't guaranteed to work on the updated forums, and while there are replacements available, most conversation seems to have shifted to Discord anyway.
  • Some old moderator tools may stop functioning, although as far as I can tell most were not being used and people were already updating without them (the main web-based calculator will be fine).
  • The alert system and sideboxes will remain more or less as they are.
  • A tiny thing, but: the forum rules will be moved to a forum thread rather than the separate page they're currently on.
  • Most board functions should work the same way, but the post editor will have WYSIWYG available to those who want it (you can turn WYSIWYG-as-default on or off in your User CP options).
  • The current set of themes will go away. Again, compatibility isn't guaranteed, and at any rate it's easier to maintain a smaller number of themes. The board will just use the default theme for a while, but depending on what's discussed below it may be replaced by a single theme that has a lot of configurable options—you should be able to make it look similar to your current theme, or choose a new look entirely.

All that said, I want to get a better idea of the state of things around here.

Obviously there haven't been any new events or celebrations or additions to the game all year. There have only been a few posts per month in the RP of late, at least as far as I can tell. There's been very little discussion in the non-RP forums as well (though that may also be due to Discord rather than the community straight-up not talking). So, my question is this: are people still interested in continuing?

My personal level of interest hasn't changed, unfortunately: my heart's just not in it, and I have the usual personal blah blah this and busy with work blah blah that. But I don't want to stomp on everyone else's fun just because it's not fun for me anymore. So are people still interested and the only thing keeping them from participating is the lack of mod activity/new content, or are most of you also off to bigger and better things?

To the current moderators/staff: are you still up for keeping things running? It's fine if not; everyone's busy, most of us have school or work, interests change. But is this something you're still interested in/able to do?

A few months ago I had a chat with some other staff members about how best to handle moving the story forward. I think I may still owe you a bit of extra information from my notes (and you'll have to remind me what it was, sorry), but have you guys had any additional chances to brainstorm or put anything together?

Meanwhile, I think Dragonfire is still interested in doing something with the Serekayo region. DF, has that progressed to a point where something can be done with it? Is the current group of members interested in doing anything with it, or is that something that might be best if it started fresh someplace else?

If you're not interested in things as they stand, is there something that you think could be improved that might increase your enjoyment or activity? Is there a rule or mechanic that's not working? Would changing the style of RP (something more freeform, graded RPs more like the IRP system, something else) make things more engaging?

Obviously attracting new members and new moderators will be an issue if we decide to move forward, but no one's going to want to join in and participate/help if the current memberbase isn't active and satisfied. Making sure that the people who are here now are enjoying themselves is the important thing. If you are, we can see about dusting off and moving forward. If you're not happy, that's fine, we can either fix it or just call it a day.

The board will be updated soon no matter what, since it's important for security and maintenance. And even if we ultimately decide to let Turquoise ride off into the sunset I'll want to leave the board up for a while so people can grab their writing and anything else they're interested in.

These forums aren't going anywhere as long as enough other people are interested in sticking around. I just need to know whether that is in fact the case, so that I and the other staff members can decide what the best course of action is from there.

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  TA Lite 8/26/16: PCT Finale and BC Opening
Posted by: Chronicler - 08-26-2016, 11:41 PM - Forum: Turquoise Articles - Replies (5)

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The Long Overdue, Decisive Results!
by: Chronicler

Greetings Turquoise members!
For the past several, several months, we've all been locked in what has become a somewhat dreadful event, one that may or may not ever be done again (heh.. Arceus help us please). But at long last, the we can finally say the the 2015-16 Pokémon Catching Tournament has reached a conclusion! See the standings below, with the bolded names being the winners of each round:

Round 1:
Match 1: Thunderfox [Galorindle] vs. MrKyurem [Dasfix]
Match 2: LightKunai [Turistar] vs. Orchestra [Skrelp]
Match 3: Ratio [Turistar] vs. Kaelyn [Galorindle]
Match 4: Eonrider [Minijina] vs. Taav [Dasfix]
Match 5: KathiraNarae [Tinimer] vs. Inquisitor [Turistar]

Round 1:
Match 1: Orchestra [Skrelp] vs. MrKyurem [Dasfix]
Match 2: Eonrider [Minijina] vs. KathiraNarae [Tinimer]
Match 3: Kaelyn [Galorindle] vs. Pomfrey [Gravendou]

Semifinal Round:
Match 1: Kaelyn [Galorindle] vs. Eonrider [Minijina]
Bye: Orchestra [Skrelp]

Final Round:
Match 1: Kaelyn [Galorindle] vs. Orchestra [Skrelp]

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Top Three:
1. Orchestra
2. Kaelyn
3. Eonrider

So while most of you have already received your prizes, there's a catch! You aren't done yet! Due to the length of the tournament and any inconveniences that may have come as a result of the long months spent waiting for updates on it, the prizes have been updated below If you participated in the tournament, make sure to claim your prizes accordingly!

2015-16 PCT Prizes:
No Captures: If you did not capture a Pokémon during the Catching phase, please collect 1500P.
Participants: If you did not place in the Tournament, please choose one of the two temporary moves you chose for your captured Pokémon to keep.
1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place: Keep your Pokémon and both temporary moves.
1st and 2nd Place: You may switch out one of the temporary moves if you are unhappy with one of your original choices (within the choosing rules of the original tourney).
1st Place: [sp=dreamdna] (1)

And with that, the PCT is officially over! Thank you to all for your participation and thank you all even more for your tremendous patience and integrity! We will ensure that any similar events in the future will be conducted with more attentiveness and motivation so that a similar problem does not occur. You have our, the Turquoise Staff's, humbles apologies.

Get Your Bikes Ready!
by: Chronicler

That's right ladies and gentleman! As a sort of apology for the grueling PCT and just because this was set to come out sooner or later, the Staff Team at Turquoise would like to officially announce the opening of the Breeding Center in the region of New Logora!

If you click the link located here, you can explore all that the Breeding Center has to offer, and how to use it properly. Since the system is new, it is likely that there will be some quirks with it as first, so be sure to post here in the newly created RPG Service Center. Happy hatching fellow trainers!

Stay Tuned!
by: Chronicler

While this TA was rather sudden and short, there are more things in the works, updating happening consistently at long last, and a truck full of hilarious conversation on the Discord channel as usual! Thank you for your continued support in our loving community!

Until next time,
The Turquoise Staff

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  It's been 3,000 years...
Posted by: Phoenixsong - 06-10-2016, 11:17 PM - Forum: Turquoise Articles - Replies (1)

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Hello again, Turquoise. Been a while, hasn't it? Not quite three thousand years a year, but far too long by my estimation. When I realized the site was creeping up on its third anniversary, I figured enough was enough.

I wish I had some deep and relatable reason to give you guys as an explanation for why I've been gone, and the first version of this post was a lot longer than this, but the gist of it is a combination of burnout, some personal bumps in the road and just being more interested in other things. The thought of actually participating in the site just felt kind of... tiring? I dunno. It's a thing that happens to me sometimes, I guess, and it's nothing to do with any of you guys or Turquoise itself. And I'm always distracted by so many other ideas for creative endeavors—other stories, other worldbuilding projects, other regions, even a nagging desire to revamp the Phoenixdex version of New Logora and start it from scratch—that it's a little difficult to keep moving forward with something I've worked on for years and am no longer as satisfied with as I once was.

"Burnout" is probably the best single word I can come up with to describe it, then. It is what it is, but it also doesn't excuse my vanishing from the face of the forums without even a brief explanation. I can only apologize and hope that you guys can accept that apology. I'm sure quite a few of you are annoyed with me, and you have every right to be.

A huge thanks to Taav and the rest of the staff for keeping things running smoothly for all this time—the site does not appear to have burned to the ground, and if my memory of you guys is still accurate after 3000 years then that makes him a god damn hero :p—and another huge thanks to those of you who've stuck around even with the plotline and all the rest having ground to a halt. Even if things have slowed down a bit, you all seem to be enjoying yourselves, and that's fantastic. It's been three thousand years (okay, fine, I'll stop now) and it's still amazing to me that other people take time out of their day to explore and create a cozy community around my silly little trainwreck of a fan region.

I wish I could say that I was making a grand return and bearing gifts of huge storyline events and fun promos and a brand new car for every member of the studio audience. I'm not, unfortunately. I'd be lying if I said that all my enthusiasm for New Logora and Turquoise has returned yet, and I don't want to lie to you guys on top of having bailed on you. But I will say that I'm committed to keeping this place up and running as long as its members are having fun here. It's going to take a while for me to get back up to speed, but please don't hesitate to bring up any suggestions or concerns you might have, either to me or to the other members of the staff. You guys are a very creative bunch, and I can only imagine the sorts of interesting ideas you might have. I do actually have a few ideas for tapping into that creativity, assuming you're interested and I'm capable of getting it all together.

Turquoise has a wonderful community in spite of all the miscellaneous bumps in the road, and I'd like to keep it that way for as long as the rest of you are interested.

It's good to see you guys again.

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  TA Lite 4/23/16: Staff Changes
Posted by: Chronicler - 04-23-2016, 05:43 PM - Forum: Turquoise Articles - Replies (12)

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The End of an Era, the Start of a New One
by: Chronicler

Greetings Turquoise members! It's been a hot second, and I'm sure some of you are actually getting used to seeing me around here again so I hope to stick around for a while to come this time. Things have changed here dramatically in the last year, with several of our staff members needing to take leave to focus on their lives or other endeavors. If you haven't seen already, a few of them have already been moved to VIP positions of their own choice after reaching out to them outside the forums. As a result, I would like to extend our deepest appreciation to Dragonfire, Negrek, and Te-em for their powerful devotion and dedication to Turquoise throughout the years. We hope to see you guys around now and then, and wish you all the best in life! Thank you!

With the spaces left behind by these great individuals, we have been in the process of deciding who we believe to be capable of filling their large shoes. We have many plans for the future, and will need a strong Administration and Moderation Team to move things forward with great success. After many weeks of contemplation, I would like to give my warmest welcome and congratulations to our new Global Moderators in no particular order: Eonrider, Metallica Fanboy, and Yugen!! With these new leaders joining the higher ranks, we hope to return Turquoise to an active community of great roleplaying and excitement!

The Path to Forum Domination Modship
by: Taav

She's been with Turquoise for nearly two years, and during that time, she's been through a lot. Among her many ordeals include working to overthrow the terrible mod oppressors, fighting off hordes of aggressive Numel (an... Orchestrated ambush, I'm sure), and most recently, getting through the RPG Mod application. I won't go into the application details, but I will say that It didn't take us very long to unanimously vote in favor of this candidate.

With that out of the way, I want to congratulate KathiraNarae for a very successful application, and welcome her to the RPG Moderator team. We're super proud to have you on board, and expect great things from you!
Introducing The RPG Network!
by: Chronicler

If you haven't noticed yet, you can turn your attention to the sidebar to see a new button for the RPG Network, a new side-project endeavor that a few of the Turquoise staff will be heading up with some of the Orange Islands staff. The button will lead you too a Discord chat server where different RP sites can join and get their very own channels added! To put it simply, it's an easy-access chat-hub that allows RPGs of all varieties to communicate, get advice/support, grow, be explored, and build friendships with one another! We appreciate any help with spreading the word about this hub and inviting others to take part. :)

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Stay Tuned!
by: Chronicler

While this TA Lite might not have a whole lot of content, we assure you that there are indeed things on the way, big things even. Perhaps the biggest you may have ever seen! Stay tuned Turquoise, the gears are ever turning~

Until next time,
The Turquoise Staff

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  Turquoise Articles 12/28/15: The Ho Ho Holidays
Posted by: Taav - 12-28-2015, 07:58 AM - Forum: Turquoise Articles - Replies (32)

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The Ho Ho Holidays
by: Taav

Hello all!

With Christmas done and over with and the New Year quickly approaching, it's time for some holiday-themed events. We've been working on some refreshing new events to kick off the Holiday season here at Turquoise (albeit a little later than usual). Anyway, we're excited to share what we've been working on all month, and we hope you participate!

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How the Ostento Stole Christmas
by: Eonrider

Ah, Christmas. A time of goodwill and good cheer worldwide. Alas, all is not well in Szlazan City this holiday season. In a very Grinch-like manner, the Christmas presents of all the good boys, girls and other folk have vanished overnight! Get together with a group of friends to try apprehend the culprit, or attempt a solo investigation. Successfully get back the presents, and maybe you'll get a gift of your own.

Quote:
How the Ostento Stole Christmas

Rating: Medium
Number of Players: Any
Requirements: None
Rewards: 1 Red, Blue, or Green Mystery Box, [sp=snohberry]
Objective: Get back the stolen Christmas presents from the Ostento and its gang of Curlsa and Coiffaire.
Location: Szlazan City

On Christmas Eve in Szlazan City, all the children went to sleep with stacks of wrapped presents under their Christmas trees, eagerly awaiting the following morning when they could tear them open with zeal and enjoy the toys, games and sweets hidden inside. Imagine their horror when they awoke and discovered that each and every present in their homes had been spirited away overnight!

The police are having trouble finding the culprit, and are asking goodhearted Trainers to help with the investigation. They say that witnesses noticed an unusual amount of Curlsa and Coiffaire roaming the streets on Christmas Eve, and suspect that they may be under the command of a wily Ostento leader, a species of Pokemon known for its habit of stealing and hoarding trinkets. Please, kind Trainers! Help get those presents back where they belong!

Some of you may remember last year Gadari gave out presents to New Logora's Trainers. He planned to this year as well, but it looks like the Ostento got to them first. Get them back, and he'll be sure to provide you with a coloured box of your choice once more.

Mystery Boxes Wrote:Red Mystery Box: Battle Box

For the aspiring master trainer there's nothing better than grabbing some extra items to pump up your pokémon and give them the edge in battle. Pick up one of these if you're looking for power above all!

Blue Mystery Box: Capture Box

If catching's your game, the Capture Box is the one for you! It's packed with goodies to help you nab that rare pokémon you've been trying to track down.

Green Mystery Box: Berry Box

Berries have uses both in and out of battle, and they're great for pumping up your pokémon, grooming them for contests--or just selling if you want to score a bit of quick cash. If you're looking for an offbeat surprise, give this a box a try!

You may start the IRP at any time starting today, but don't dawdle! You must finish before January 31st at 11:59pm to claim your mystery box.

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New Year's Bingo
by: Taav

As set forth by tradition, we will be doing some more Turquoise Bingo! I will be running two games next week: Wednesday, 12/30 at 7pm EST and Saturday, 1/2 at 7pm EST. For more details and to sign up, please refer to the bingo thread.

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Super Secret Santa
by: Taav

Unfortunately, we could not get Santa to come back this year to battle your trainers. We believe that he was beaten so soundly last year by the rookie trainers, that even his jolly old soul couldn't take it kindly. But do not fret, because there's another Santa in town, and it's you!

'Tis the season to not only receive, but give as well! Introducing the Super Secret Santa, where you get to do both. By signing up, you will be given at random a recipient to send a gift to. The gifts, of course, will be items that your TRPG character owns. The following restrictions apply:

Restrictions Wrote:1. Gifts must range from 1000P to 1500P. You may choose to provide one expensive item or multiple cheap items that fall between this range. See shop details for item values.
2. Items that are not available in the open market, or are limited to one-per-trainer are not eligible for this exchange.
3. Money donations are acceptable, and can be combined with item gifts so long as the total net worth is within 1000-5000P
4. Players with a net worth of less than 3000P may opt to use the basic gift. This is especially for new players who may not have enough items or money to participate. The basic gift costs 300P to purchase, but gifts 1500P worth in items to your recipient. It's a holiday bargain.
5. Players may not receive items with gym badge requirements that they do not meet (e.g. Exp Share without 1 gym badge)

To participate, fill out the following form and post it in this thread by December 30th by 7pm. You will get your recipient shortly afterwords, so be prepared to have your gifts sorted out by January 2nd by midnight.

Code:
[b]Username:[/b]
[b]Gym Badges:[/b]
[b]Preferences:[/b] [i.e. "Battle Items", "Lots of Berries", "Money", "Surprise Me!", etc]

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Conclusion
by: Taav

We've been working hard to keep the forums afloat, and to bring you these events. And so, we hope you enjoy them. Merry (belated) Christmas for those of you who celebrate it, Happy Holidays, and we hope to see you in 2016~


Until next time,
The Turquoise Staff

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  TA Lite 11/26 - PCT Update
Posted by: Taav - 11-27-2015, 10:36 PM - Forum: Turquoise Articles - No Replies

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Finally, a PCT Update!
by: Taav

Yeah, I know. Not a lot has been happening for the past couple of months. There are some questions hanging in the back of everyone's minds, and this update will try to answer them.

1. What ever happened to the PCT?

It's still going on. Since the previous PCT Organizers are no longer available to update the rounds, this task has been passed down to other members of staff. Special thanks to Eonrider and Orchestra for volunteering to help out in this regard.

With this adjustment, you will have to PM your results to your new referee. The following matches will be assigned refs, effective immediately.

Round 1 - Match 3 (Referee: Taav)
Turistar vs. Galorindle

Round 2 - Match 1 (Referee: Eonrider)
Dasfix vs. Skrelp

Round 2 - Match 2 (Referee: Orchestra)
Minijina vs. Tinimer

As before, you have 72 hours to send in your commands. Good luck!


2. When can we use the PCT Pokemon we caught in our adventures?

Now! I have added them to your profiles, and you can begin using them right away. Feel free to request nicknames in this thread. Additional moves will be added after the conclusion of the tournament for the winners. As promised, all PCT Pokemon have had their levels lowered to that of the highest level in each player's party and PC.


Thank you for your patience! On behalf of the staff team, I apologize for the wait. Several months later, we're still seeing this through to the end, so we hope you enjoy the long awaited remainder of the competition!

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Help Wanted!
by: Taav

The staff team has been a little scattered up until recently, and we are working hard to regroup and plan for the future. If you have enjoyed the Pokemon Turquoise RPG and the community we provide here, please consider extending a hand! It will make the experience better for everyone.

1. Community Mod

Fun fact - we don't have any community mods. Community mods play the important role of up-keeping the forums outside of the RPG. They help host community events such as posting sprees, bingo nights, and other activities. Cool, right? You can apply here.

2. RPG Mod

The more RPG mods updating, the faster everyone gets updated! RPG mods learn the inside mechanics to the TRPG, and use their creative minds to guide people through New Logora. You can apply here.

3. Advertising

We have an advertising thread located here. Even if you can't take on a full-time staff position, you should consider advertising at other forums. Tell your friends about PT so they can get in on the fun.

Until next time,
The Turquoise Staff

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  Turquoise Articles 6/16/15: Second Anniversary Edition!
Posted by: Phoenixsong - 06-16-2015, 03:32 PM - Forum: Turquoise Articles - Replies (99)

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Two Years Ago Today
by: Chronicler

Do you remember where you were two years ago? I can tell you right now that I was overflowing with excitement, frantically trying to get new profiles created for new players from my phone while visiting my grandma. It was an overwhelming experience for many of us, and at the same time there was a distinct feeling of relief. Relief because we had finally done it. July 10th, 2011, one of our retired administrators, Skylar, posted a solemn topic in our staff forum titled "So...", basically questioning where on earth I had gone. I myself had at that point left Turquoise behind, or so I had thought. By some coincidence, Dragonfire introduced Skylar to Phoenixsong a day later, saying that they had something big planned regardless of my return or not. And then by some miracle, I found myself glossing over the topic only three days later after a quite lengthy absence. The very idea had immense potential, and the nostalgia rushed in all at once. The love of the community we had created, the love of the RPG as it brought us together for a common purpose, the love of Pokémon in general. Somehow, I got sucked back in.

Almost two years passed. Countless nights on skype, last minute additions, the decision to move to a new forum that we could host ourselves. Everything we worked on culminated at a single point in time. June 16th, 2013, when we opened the doors to this home and began a new journey with all of you. Relieved that we had finally made it, excited at what opportunities and fun times might lie before us, pride in the fact that our efforts wouldn't be in vain. My point in mentioning all of this is that we, the Turquoise staff, still see the immense potential this place has. We've already done so much, but there's still so much left to do. I want you all to take to heart what I say, because we literally wouldn't be here without your support. I'm guilty of not being able to be around always, but it practically brings a tear to my eye when I come back to see that this place is still standing and growing (and Kathira hasn't accidentally burnt it all to the ground yet). Truthfully, I think that Turquoise will be around for a long time to come. I believe that this place we call a home can get bigger than we ever imagined, and our family can grow tenfold if not more.

So... cheers my friends! Today we celebrate a milestone, but we also remember that our feet have just barely kicked off the ground, with the sky being the limit as to how high we can fly. Read on now, and prepare yourselves for everything we have in store!

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From Green Grasses to Blue Skies
by: Chronicler

To start the festivities, we'll be celebrating a new happening here at Turquoise. If you haven't noticed already, there's something strange going on with Taav's account, giving his name a blue tint to it. Well, have no worries, because this is no accident! With his continued support and service to the Pokémon Turquoise forums going all the way back to 2007 when we first started, Taav has proven his dedication to making this a wonderful place to be at. However, from now on he will also have RPG Moderator duties, on top of administrator duties. We are confident that Taav will be a fantastic leader going forth, and are expecting great things from him!

Congratulations Taav!

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Site Updates
by: Phoenixsong and Negrek

The TurquoiseDex website has had a little makeover just in time for the anniversary. Too much has changed for me to go over in this post, especially when we have so much more anniversary goodness to cover, but among many, many other things the new site should be more informative, more detailed and more accessible on mobile devices. Check out this news post to see everything that's gone down!

The update isn't just for looks and additional conveniences, of course. All of the data that was incorrect or missing, such as a few awkward movesets or new TM pages not listing any pokémon that learned them, has been fixed in this version, and it should be much easier to keep these accurate going forward. No more having to figure out whether you need to check the Phoenixdex or the TurquoiseDex for the information you need—it's all right here where it's supposed to be again!

There have also been a few adjustments to some Pokémon's stats and types, all detailed in the news post. This also marks Chantirrus and Khargonaut's official switch from Altaria/Sharpedo evolutions to Swablu/Carvanha evolutions, with new designs appropriate to their new evolutionary stages and the old designs shifted to Mega Evolutions. I don't think any players currently own any Altaria or Sharpedo, but if you do and you were looking to have Chantirrus or Khargonaut, you haven't lost your shot at them—just let us know and we'll be sure to accommodate you.

If you run into any problems while browsing the new website, please, let me know! I can't fix a problem if I don't even know it's there! In particular I know that some lists of Pokémon were wrapping incorrectly on smaller computer/laptop monitors; it was an issue I thought I'd fixed before, and hopefully it's really fixed now, but if something looks off it would be a huge help if you could grab a screenshot and send it my way.

Meanwhile, the brief period of forum maintenance that happened yesterday? Most of that consisted of simple software updates to keep things running smoothly behind the scenes, but a brand new feature has been added as well. That addition is the [random] MyCode tag, which lets you enter a list of items, one of which will be displayed at random when the code is viewed. You can use it to make rotating signatures that display random content with each post you make, to mess with the mods in your RP thread, or whatever else you can dream up. The code works anywhere you can usually use MyCode, including posts, signatures, and private messages.

To use it, all you need to do is open with [random], add as many items as you like separated by the pipe character (|), and then close with [/random]. The random items can be images or text and include whatever other MyCode tags you'd like.

For example, here's a piece of code that will produce one of the three New Logoran starters, plus a brief description below. Try refreshing the page a few times to see it in action!

Code:
[random][sp=acafia]
The Thorn Bud Pokemon|
[sp=crocoal]
The Burn Cub Pokemon|
[sp=spraylet]
The Seaspray Pokemon
[/random]


[sp=spraylet]
The Seaspray Pokemon


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Bingo for Days and Days
by: Chronicler

Are you ready for BINGO!? Well if not, then you better get ready! Starting tonight, we have three fun-filled, action-packed, rage-inducing games of Bingo happening this week. There are some shiny items to claim, and Bingo's to be screamed, so hurry up and sign up here before it's too late!

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Celebrate Good Times, Come On!
by: Phoenixsong

It wouldn't be a party without a promo, and we've got a few new items to help your Pokémon get their party on! Be sure to check out the promo thread here to grab your free stuff while it lasts! Wouldn't want your cake to go stale or your fizzy juice to go flat...

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Posting Spree, Number Three
by: Taav

Time to get the community wheels spinning once again... and what better way to do that than to hold a posting spree?! The objective is simple: try to make as many quality posts as you can within the time restrictions. Not only will you be helping generate activity for the forums, but you will also have the chance to win some fabulous prizes!


Guidelines
1. All forum rules apply
- Don't spam. Don't be a jerk. Don't double post. Frequent offenders to any rules will be subject to disciplinary action.
*Please be careful not to post in threads older than 3 months.

2. Quality over Quantity
- In spite of this being a quantitative competition, we expect that posts will be of reasonable quality as well. Brief posts can be acceptable, but only if they add something substantial to the topic. Posts that do not meet the minimum quality standard may be discounted towards the final tally.

3. Forum Games Restriction
- Posts in the Forum Games section will not count towards your final tally. However, posts in the Roleplaying forum are an exception to this rule.

4. In-Character Threads and Mod Updates
- Posts in RPG sections, including adventure threads, will count towards your final tally. However, there is a restriction: a maximum of 35 posts may count - anything beyond that will be ignored.


As usual, prizes will be revealed at the end of the competition. Make sure to swing by the forums from [Saturday 6/20] to [Tuesday 6/30] to participate. To sign up, just post in this thread.

Signups:
1. KathiraNarae
2. Orchestra
3. Negrek
4. Inquisitor
5. Chronicler
6. Ratio
7. Roxas
8. MrKyurem
9. Eonrider
10. Kaelyn

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Tell Your Friends!
by: Chronicler

Did you think it was over already? Fear not, for we still have a few things up our sleeves for this anniversary. What am I talking about? I'm talking about the referral blitz of course! From now until July 17th, all referrals you receive will be worth double the points! This sounds great and all, but how exactly do you go about getting referrals in the first place? Well, if you visit the advertising thread that has been available, there is now a section in the first post describing how to go about getting referrals. And how to get them ethically as well (we don't condone trolling on behalf of Pokémon Turquoise, unfortunately).

So get out there and spread the word about Turquoise! New friends await us at every turn.

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The Incredible Pokémon Catching Tournament!
by: Phoenixsong

We've saved the best for last: it's time for Turquoise's first-ever Pokémon Catching Tournament! PCTs are a different sort of event that was first created by our own Dragonfire for another forum, and we figured it's high time we brought one back home!

The premise of a PCT is simple: players sign up to participate with one of their Pokémon (doesn't have to be in the active party) or with a rental provided by the event organizers, and use that teammate/rental to try and catch wild Pokémon found in a special area. You'll have a set time to try and encounter as many wilds as you can and catch them, but you can only keep one of your catches! Once the catching phase is over, you and your new partner will battle it out in a tournament against all of the other entrants; the winner gets to keep not only their new Pokémon, but some additional special prizes as well! (It's Turquoise's first PVP event, too!)

Additional Note: New members can sign up for and participate in the catching tournament—we want you to join in on as much of the anniversary fun as you can!—but if you catch a Pokémon during the competition it may be put on hold briefly or have its level reduced before you can use it in your adventure.

Here are the specifics in more detail (be sure to read this before you sign up!):

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Signups

Interested players will sign up in this thread. For this PCT there are no special registration requirements—anyone can join in! On signing up you must choose a Pokémon, either in your possession (we'd recommend at least level 15) or from the list of rentals given below. This is the Pokémon you will use for the duration of the catching phase.

Catching Phase

Once the signup phase has ended, a new "Pokémon Catching Tournaments" subforum will be opened up and all registered players will create a thread in that forum. These threads will only be visible to the person who posted them and the administrators who are running the PCT; we want the Pokémon that players end up with to be a surprise! (You may RP in these threads if you wish, but remember that a) no one but you and the organizers will be able to see it for now, and b) there is a time limit—get your actions in first, even if it means posting without any story, and then edit in any roleplaying you want to do later!)

For the next two weeks, the PCT organizers will present players with wild Pokémon selected from a special event list that will not be revealed until after the event. Players will battle these Pokémon as they normally would in the RP: you give a command for your chosen Pokémon/rental to carry out, the organizer will control the wild and post the results. Your goal in this phase is to catch any wild Pokémon that interest you, weakening them as best you can and then throwing Poké Balls. All players have an unlimited supply of Poké Balls, 1 Great Ball and 1 Ultra Ball to use for this PCT. The wild Pokémon will be attacking you as you attempt to weaken them. Your Pokémon will be healed between battles, but if a wild knocks it out then your catching phase ends immediately, whether you've caught a Pokémon or not.

There are four areas that you can explore in this PCT. Each area has its own small wild list, and all of the Pokémon found in each area are different. You must choose an area to explore each time you catch or run from a wild (and should ideally do so in the first post of your thread as well); if you don't, an area will be chosen randomly for you. You can choose to explore the same location multiple times or a different location each time.

Once you've caught a Pokémon, it will be set aside and you can continue searching for more. You may attempt to catch other Pokémon after the first, but you may only have one stored Pokémon at any time; any new catches will replace the existing catch, and the existing catch will be gone for good. Choose carefully!

You may choose to throw multiple Poké Balls at once, but remember that each ball still uses up a turn and the wild will continue to attack each turn it is able. If you throw Poké Balls instead of putting it back to sleep, it may knock out your Pokémon before you can catch it!

You may also choose to run from a Pokémon if you know you have no interest in it, but be sure to try and catch something; players who do not catch a Pokémon during the catching phase will have nothing to keep later and will not be able to participate in the tournament phase.

To start off, players will be limited to 5 posts per day in the catching phase (that is, they can post up to five times, and the organizers will respond 5 times; posts beyond the fifth will be ignored until the next day), to ensure that the organizers have enough time to attend to other players and other things and to make sure that no player has significantly more chances at a catch than any others. This limit may be decreased if things become extremely busy, and it may be increased if the organizers feel they can handle more or if things need to be wrapped up quickly before the deadline. Any changes to the PCT update rate will be announced.

The catching phase will last for two weeks, possibly with a bit of extra time to allow players Pokémon to finish up their current catch attempt; any extra time will be announced. Players who have successfully captured a Pokémon get to keep that Pokémon and will move on to the next phase of the PCT. Players who have not captured a Pokémon are eliminated from the PCT, but will receive 1500P as a consolation prize.

Tournament Phase

The tournament phase consists of a single-elimination tournament between all players who caught a Pokémon during the catching phase. You will use only the Pokémon you just caught; your original Pokémon or rental will not participate. The number of brackets and rounds will be adjusted based on the number of players who made it to the tournament phase, with byes given if necessary.

As soon as the catching phase ends, you will be permitted to select up to two additional temporary moves for your caught Pokémon, allowing you to diversify its movepool and attempt to strategize. You may choose any two TM, tutor or egg moves that are legally available to your Pokémon, with the base power of damaging moves not exceeding 70 (no Earthquake, sorry). Additionally, Dragon Rage, Sonic Boom, Night Shade, Seismic Toss and Super Fang are not allowed in the tournament phase, even if your catch naturally knows this move. Other moves may be disallowed at the organizers' discretion.

Once all special moves have been chosen, the organizers will post threads for each match. The two players in each match will post their commands for each turn in their catching phase thread, where only the organizers will see them; do not post commands in the tournament match thread itself! Once both commands are received, an organizer will update that thread with the results of those attacks. This will continue until one player's Pokémon has been knocked out. The winner advances to the next round, and the rounds will continue until a winner is determined!

Prizes
  • All players who did not catch a Pokémon during the catching phase receive 1500P.
  • Players who caught a Pokémon but did not place first or second in the tournament are permitted to keep their Pokémon as it was when they caught it.
  • The second-place player gets to keep their caught Pokémon and both of its temporary moves.
  • The first-place player gets to keep their caught Pokémon, both of its temporary moves and 1 [sp=dreamdna].
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    The inaugural PCT will be taking place on Taluic Island, one of the smaller islands in the New Logoran archipelago. Taluic is a popular destination for expensive beach getaways, but it's also home to an interesting selection of wild Pokémon. Captain Thalassa Neptune has worked with some friends to set up a fun island adventure for any interested trainers, combining her expertise with the Submarine Safari, a new place to explore and a good, old-fashioned tournament to cap the whole thing off!

    The four areas you may choose to explore are the beach, the water's edge, the forest and the cave. That's all the information you're getting; you'll have to start finding wilds in a given area before you know exactly what's there! Remember to say which location you want to search next, or else we'll just have to randomize it for you!

    The list of rentals, provided by the captain's friends, is as follows:

    Multiple players may choose the same rental if they wish.

    Sound interesting? Tickets to the Taluic Island PCT are free, and this little excursion will not interrupt your normal adventure; just post in this thread stating that you're signing up, and either give the name of the Pokémon in your party/PC or the rental that you'd like to use. Signups for the PCT will close on June 20th, so be sure to grab a spot on the boat while you still can!

    Signups:
    1. Kaelyn
    2. KathiraNarae
    3. Orchestra
    4. Negrek
    5. LightKunai
    6. Ratio
    7. MrKyurem
    8. Taav
    9. Roxas
    10. Inquisitor
    11. Pomfrey
    12. Thunderfox
    13. Eonrider

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    Closing
    by: Chronicler

    At last, we've reached the end. We wish we could throw some more free goodies at you all, but we have to save some for next time, right? Thank you all for reading, and let's get this celebration and all of these events rolling! And most importantly, don't forget to have fun!

    Always remember to enjoy Fizzy Fun Juice responsibly,
    The Turquoise Staff

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  Turquoise Articles 1/14/15: Ringing in the New Year
Posted by: Negrek - 01-14-2015, 11:40 PM - Forum: Turquoise Articles - No Replies

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New Year, New Articles
by: Negrek

A lot went on at Turquoise during 2014: the RP's first festival and first storyline event, the reveal of New Logora's first legendary and mega evolution, the first bingo of what is sure to become a site tradition, and even our first visit from Santa. It's too soon to say what 2015 holds in store, but it's sure to be exciting. And to start things off on the right foot, we're happy to release something we've been working on behind the scenes for quite some time...

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The Sixth Generation Arrives
by: Negrek

As of now, Turquoise is officially up to date with the sixth generation! All movelists have been updated on the wiki, and curlsa, basculin, and all their friends are now out roaming the wilds of New Logora--be sure to check noticeboards throughout the regions to see where you can find the islands' new pokémon species.

Remember that if you have pokémon that had a moveset change with the sixth generation, you can choose to retain the old moves if you'd prefer. If you want them updated, though, be sure to visit this thread and let the mods know what movesets need to be changed.

This also means that the Gen VI Prerelease Promo will be closing soon, too! There's only one week left to nab one of New Logora's newest pokémon, so be sure to check it out if you haven't already.

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New Year, New Staff
by: Negrek

What better way to start off the new year than with some new staff? Our first RPG mod of 2015 is Metallica Fanboy! If you haven't taken the time to check out his journey, you definitely should, and even if not, you can look forward to seeing his work popping up in your journey thread soon.

On the other hand, you've probably already seen Dazel posting around the RP, but as of today he's adding Community Moderator to his list of responsibilities. He's got lots of great ideas for events to bring the community closer together, and hopefully you'll be able to enjoy some of them soon.

Congratulations to Metallica Fanboy and Dazel on their promotions! It's great to have the two of you on staff, and we look forward to working with you, both in the RPG and out.

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Promo Time!
by: Negrek

The holiday season is over, but Turquoise isn't done celebrating yet! We're wrapping things up with a festive new year's promo. Be sure to claim your goodies before the month is out!

What's more, we've made an extra little tweak to birthday promo distributions. Starting this year, all birthday promos will know the move Celebrate in addition to their normal level 5 moveset. On its own it's just a bit of extra birthday pizazz, but if you hang onto your gift from the new year's promo and keep an eye out for more like them, you might be able to give your opponents a big surprise...

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Fire Grace Wrap-Up
by: Negrek

On the other hand, we definitely are done celebrating the Fire Grace Festival. At this point, it's no longer possible to redeem your IRP threads for prizes, although you're certainly welcome to finish them if you wish. If you missed out on this year's festivities, don't worry--you'll have another shot at the fun when the Fire Grace Festival comes around again. In the meantime, there will be other festivals to enjoy, too; we're only getting started exploring New Logora's history and culture!

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RP Seasonal Returns
by: Negrek

The RP Seasonal's been quiet for a while, but nominations are open again! You have until the end of February to decide which adventures you think deserve the Winter Seasonal title, so keep an eye out for great writing over the next couple of months. Remember that you can nominate event threads and IRP's as well as normal journey threads--we want to recognize exciting stories no matter where they happen in the RP!

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Closing
by: Negrek

And with that, Turquoise's 2014 holiday celebrations come to an official close. I hope you enjoyed the festivities, and with any luck I'll see you back here next year for another celebration. Here's to a happy and prosperous new year for you all, both in-RP and out!

Until next time,
The Turquoise Staff

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  Turquoise Articles 12/25/14: PRESENTS PRESENTS PRESENTS
Posted by: Phoenixsong - 12-25-2014, 09:21 PM - Forum: Turquoise Articles - Replies (21)

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Happy Holidays!
by: Phoenixsong

The big day (for most of the West, anyway) has arrived, and as is traditional we come bearing gifts and good news! Be sure you all give the moderators in particular a big thank you for what's about to come—they handled a lot of the organization, entry collection, idea generation and more, and personally I think they did a spectacular job setting up a holiday to remember. Awesome work, mod team!

Read on, Turquoise members, and get ready to tear into some wrapping paper!

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Bingo Time Tie-Breaker
by: Phoenixsong

...actually, one little matter of business before we make with the gift-giving. The poll results for the next bingo game are currently tied. It looks like we're definitely holding it on Saturday, January 3rd, but we're evenly split on exactly which time! I've created one more poll at the top of this thread to decide between these two times, so please cast a vote for the time that works best for you! It's definitely going to be worth your while to try and make it to this one...

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Mystery Gifts Revealed!
by: Phoenixsong

The mysterious, brightly-colored gifts have finally arrived! Anxious to see what sorts of treats Gadari left for you inside? Post here to claim the gift you asked for and choose what you want from inside (and remember, we *do* know which one you asked for!), and enjoy!

(For randomized gifts, the moderator processing your claim will randomize the item when they add it to your profile.)

Red Mystery Box: Battle Box

If you claimed this box to scratch that opponent-bashing itch, you've received:

1 [sp=snowcrystal] (Snow Crystal: When held, this item replaces the holder's current ability with Refrigerate.)
2 random type gems
1 random plate
1 Rare Candy

Blue Mystery Box: Capture Box

The avid pokémon collectors among you have received:

1 [sp=yuleball] Yule Ball (4x capture rate vs Ice-types and red- or green-colored Pokémon; check a canon pokédex for canon colors, ask a mod about a fakemon if you are unsure)
2 Premiere Balls
1 random ball from the list below
1 Rare Candy
Ball list: Level, Lure, Moon, Friend, Love, Heavy, Fast, Repeat, Timer, Nest, Net, Dive, Luxury, Heal, Quick, Dusk, Faraday, Hover, Solar, Specter

Green Mystery: Berry Box

And finally, for those of you who wanted to receive a sweet, healthy treat:

1 [sp=jinglebell] (Jingle Bell: When held, the power of the holder's moves marked with the "Sound-based" flag have 1.5x power)
2 random happiness increasing berries (Pomeg, Qualot, Kelpsy, Hondew, Grepa, Tamato)
1 random berry from the Open-Air Market appropriate to your badge tier
1 Rare Candy

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The Wonderful World of Wonder Trading
by: Phoenixsong

The GTS has been buzzing and gifts have been flying across New Logora and the internet, and it looks like they've all finally arrived! Ready to open up the poké ball that's been dropped on your doorstep? Find your spoiler and see the surprise inside, then post here to claim it and have it added to your profile!

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Someone's Come to Town...
by: Phoenixsong

New Logora, close to the equator as it is, never gets particularly chilly even in the winter. Unusual, then, that people have been reporting occasional sudden bursts of unseasonable cold and even seconds-brief snow flurries throughout the region. Most of the time the spurts of phantom winter wind disappear as though they were never there, but every once in a while someone sees a strange little man through the blast of snow. Some people weren't surprised when they learned that the man is described as heavyset, clad in red and white with a voluminous white beard (whether because they were expecting some kind of joke or because they were actually willing to believe). What has surprised everyone who's met him, however, is that he doesn't open with a line about whether they've been naughty or nice—the man in red is looking for an opponent for a rousing holiday battle! The whole situation is definitely bizarre, but he claims to have some presents for anyone who can defeat him...

To participate, simply create a new thread in the new Holiday 2014 events subforum. You do not have to pause your adventure to participate in this battle—you can continue posting in your normal thread. (You may want to make a post in your main thread to announce that you're starting the battle and provide a link to your new event thread, however, just to be sure the mod updating you sees it!) You will then have a single trainer battle against the strange man. If you lose and there is still time, you may attempt the battle again until you are successful. If you win, you'll get some extra cash and a prize!

Be sure to act quickly and catch the strange man soon, however. Real or no, he's going to disappear for good at midnight EST on January 6th, 2015 (when it becomes January 7th), and unless you're actively finishing up a battle with him you'll miss your chance!

(Moderators: See this post for relevant information.)

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Conclusion
by: Phoenixsong

That's all... for the moment, anyway. Whatever you celebrate at this time of year—Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Diwali, or maybe just a little Festivus for the rest of us—we hope you have a very happy holiday season and are looking forward to the brand new year on the horizon! We know we sure are... ;)

Until next time,
The Turquoise Staff

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  Turquoise Articles 12/18/14: The Holidays Approach!
Posted by: Negrek - 12-18-2014, 11:35 PM - Forum: Turquoise Articles - Replies (11)

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The Articles Return
by: Negrek

Hi everyone! It's been a while since the last edition of the Turquoise Articles, but we're back with an extra jam-packed edition to start off the holiday season. The Articles aren't the only thing returning, either. Let's welcome Chronicler back after a busy semester! He may not be able to be around too much, but hopefully we'll at least see him hanging around the CBox now and then.

Now kick back, grab a seasonally-appropriate drink, and check out what Turquoise has in store for the holidays!

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The Inevitable, Discovered
by: Negrek

After months of arduous fighting, the battle against the edge specter has finally come to a close. Unfortunately, despite the combined efforts of New Logora's finest trainers, the apparition proved too powerful to overcome, though perhaps all hope is not lost...

Nevertheless, the Revivalists consider the mission a success, and they're happy to reward anyone who contributed to the recovery of their coveted artifact. Anyone who participated in the event (e.g. made an event thread) is welcome to claim 3000P and the equivalent of a tier-three prize from the Jarovesu Badlands Revivalist Job Board. That means you can take one tier-three prize, a tier-two prize and a tier-one prize, or three tier-one prizes. If you took part in the battle against the edge specter, feel free to add a mysterious coin ([sp=relicsilver]), and if you went all the way and knocked your instance of the bug out, you can also take a rare candy and an extra 1000P. Be sure to check out the final event storyline post to find out just what it is the Revivalists were after (and see the reveal of a mega-exciting new fakemon), then post in this thread to claim your prize.

As a side note, the Fire Grace Festival will soon be closing. You only have until January 1st, 2015 to claim any prizes from the event, so if you've got unresolved IRP's, get them wrapped up and submit them for grading by that date. As a reminder, the (spectacular) FestiShop is the place to go to redeem your tokens for prizes, including TM's you won't be able to find anywhere else in the RP.

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Choose Your Own Bingo
by: Negrek

Turquoise Bingo is back by popular demand! We're ringing in the new year with some particularly exciting prizes, so if you're interested in participating, be sure to answer the poll on this thread to let us know what date(s)/time(s) you'd be able to attend.

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New Logora Mystery Gift
by: Negrek

Gadari's interest in fostering trainers goes beyond handing them a starter and pokédex and hoping for the best. One of his favorite traditions is Leddin Town's annual holiday celebration, which culminates in a gift exchange between the town's residents. Gadari wouldn't want any travelling trainers to be left out, though, so he always prepares a few extra presents to give away to anyone passing through. In fact, he prepares three different kinds, just like the three different starters he lets newbies pick to start their New Logoran journeys:

Red Mystery Box: Battle Box

For the aspiring master trainer there's nothing better than grabbing some extra items to pump up your pokémon and give them the edge in battle. Pick up one of these if you're looking for power above all!

Blue Mystery Box: Capture Box

If catching's your game, the Capture Box is the one for you! It's packed with goodies to help you nab that rare pokémon you've been trying to track down.

Green Mystery: Berry Box

Berries have uses both in and out of battle, and they're great for pumping up your pokémon, grooming them for contests--or just selling if you want to score a bit of quick cash. If you're looking for an offbeat surprise, give this a box a try!

If you'd like to claim one of Gadari's gifts, simply PM Eonrider before December 24th to let him know what kind of box you'd like. Its contents will be revealed in the next edition of the Turquoise Articles.

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Holiday Wonder Trading
by: Negrek

Recent technological advancements make it possible for trainers to trade pokémon with people anywhere in the world. Some leagues don't even require them to agree to any particular transaction beforehand--they can put a pokémon up for trade and accept whatever comes their way. New Logora's been slow to adopt this newfangled "wonder trading" thing, but this holiday season the league's running a small beta test, offering each trainer the chance to send one pokémon over the wires in hopes of getting something good in return.

This event works similarly to wonder trading in the game, except that you don't need to give up one of your own pokémon to play: you can make one up instead! Choose any pokémon you could pick for a birthday promo that doesn't have a badge requirement, put it up for trade, and see what you get in return--a nice kelfee, perhaps, or yet another dustley?

You get to decide the name, sex, and ability of the pokémon to trade away (no hidden abilities, please), and you can choose an egg move with 50 base power or less for it to have as well. If your chosen pokémon doesn't have any egg moves, you can instead give it any one TM or tutor move with 50 base power or less. Once you've decided on your pokémon, PM it to Orchestra, then await the reveal to learn what you received for it.

You have from now until December 24th to submit a pokémon if you'd like to participate. You'll learn what pokémon you got in the next edition of the Turquoise Articles.

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Conclusion
by: Negrek

We're only getting started with our procession of holiday events! Keep an eye out for more Articles over the next couple of weeks detailing all the ways you can get into the holiday spirit here at Turquoise.

Until next time,
The Turquoise Staff

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