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>  Pokémon PLEDGE: February Festivities!, FEBRUARY 24TH, 2017
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 Shafaer posted at Feb 25 2017, 04:45 AM
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user posted image FEBRUARY FESTIVITIES! user posted image
February is the time of year where it's really cold and everyone wants someone to snuggle up to and give chocolate to, but whether you have a valentine, are lonely, aren't interested or anything in between-- PLEDGE has something for everyone! Besides, the best February holiday is watching a Watchog come out of its hole and get scared of its own shadow.
Please read below for important changes to our rules on PLEDGE!

user posted image What's this? It seems that the monthly OTM winners have been announced! Click to reveal!
Two weeks ago we asked everyone to submit suggestions for who we should pick for the Of The Month awards... and now, it's time to reveal the winners of January's Of The Month spotlight!
    user posted image January's member of the month is..!
    A frequent fixture on both Discord and the cbox, Cinnamon is an absolute sweetheart. They joined with a slew of others from the Pern fandom but stands out as being a kind and devoted member who is always ready to have a conversation and make sure everyone has a bit of light in their days. Cinnamon prides themselves with short, sweet posts that have a whole lot of heart and character behind them.

    They don't have a plotter yet, but we'd love to bring to light their search for Rancher buddies for their character Rose and their adoptables, since their characters are absolutely sweethearts. Offer your support in any way you can in their endeavors! Otherwise, they have a plethora of characters, from a Rancher named Rose to Luke, a Water Specialist who absolutely loves fish. Their Researcher Eleonore is researching Pikachu and its evolutions, which we find absolutely adorable.

    If you're ever in the cbox just shout out to our future astrophysicist and perhaps they'll shout back! They've just returned from being without a laptop, and we're incredibly excited to have them back with us. We love having Cinnamon around, and we can't wait to see what other characters they have in store.

    user posted image January's duo of the month is..!
    How would you like to meet the love of your life at a rock show? What would you do if it was full of fate and past lives come true? These questions plague our boys Vicktor and Bernard as they travel through life revolving around one another absolutely head over heels in love. While its only just begun love is truly in the air for these two (along with a little bit of something else). Their first meeting is a little bit saucy and what follows probably isn't going to change.

    There is a softer side to them too; Vicktor in particular worked hard to wrap gifts for Bernard for this holiday season. When they aren't in the club they can be found looking for turtles together. Whether its in this life or the next, through bad memories they will make good ones - and we will enjoy watching them make them together!

    user posted image January's quote of the month is..!

    Feeling like a direct dig at a few other rangers here on PLEDGE, Lilith makes a good impression on the young ranger apprentice, Eric Shāpu. Being a ranger requires selflessness, and Lilith yet again shows she's a shining example to follow in her own ranger station. Lilith's got a good head on her shoulders, and this quote speaks worlds of truth in the world and people that are shaping PLEDGE at this very moment. Hopefully Eric takes the advice to heart!

    user posted image January's thread of the month is..!
    In Okeanos Town, people are bound to just bump into each other! Thankfully, when Alarice and Tyr crash, the delicate egg that Alarice is carrying isn't shattered into a million pieces. The same can't be said for Alarice herself, who clearly ends up the worst out of the bunch. Tyr, being the gentleman he is, is coerced by his Bulbasaur into helping the nice lady out... But there's just one problem. Tyr hates shopping, and well... Alarice is quick to spot a pretty shoe store on the way to the Pokemon Center where someone can take a look at her injured ankle! All in all, these two have a very interesting dynamic and reading their interactions has been a blast-- so check out this thread today!

    user posted image January's Pokémon of the month is..!
    Making her first debut in I have the key that fits, Meridian is the aquatic assistant to one Wren Sullivan. While he may not be the best in a social situation, Meridian flourishes around people, especially when it allows her to show off the confidence she has in herself or the mission to revive fossils that Wren has dreamed of. Her feisty personality is bound to get her in a bit of hot water eventually, but until then she is sure to win over the hearts of many with her equally as charming personality.

    user posted image January's character of the month is..!
    Nothing is more delightful than waking up and seeing another beautiful, fantastic character straight out of Agri Town. There's something just so rewarding about having the world you create come to life, and it's members like Chaos who take our setting and absolutely run with it!

    Layla, a tomboyish Rancher diagnosed with Leukemia seven years ago, is determined to prove her strength and will to the world. She's a survivor, and given a domestic Cottonee to help her on the way, she headed straight for Okeanos to get a starter pokemon. Along the way, she's had a little help (ignoring the part where her poor Lakan gets gusted by a much stronger Butterfree) from a new friend, who gave her instructions to the Lighthouse. From there, she finally got her Starter Pokemon, and now she's ready to take on the world!

    We're excited as ever to see where Layla goes from here! Will she become a breeder, a trainer, or something else entirely?

user posted image New and Updated Items are here! user posted image

user posted image Incubators have been added to our store! Click to reveal!
    Incubators work as substitutes for the abilities Magma Armor and Flame Body. We've also updated how these things work, which you can read about in the Guidebook! Here's the summary though:

    Incubators, sold in the shop for 500P, are some of the most common ways of hatching an egg. This item can only be used on one egg at a time but can be used as many times as the user wishes. With it each egg post counts as two egg posts, essentially halving the time required. Unfortunately due to being encased within the Incubator, an egg cannot benefit from Pokemon Abilities.

    There are two Pokemon Abilities that currently reduce the amount of posts needed to hatch an egg: Flame Body and Magma Armor. A Pokemon with these abilities that is outside of the pokeball and mentioned with the egg in your in-character posts will count as two egg posts required to hatch an egg. It should be noted that pokemon with these abilities, same or different do not get any kind of extra bonus, meaning 2 pokemon with Magma Armor or 2 pokemon with Magma Armor and Flame Body still only count as two egg posts per post.

user posted image Our Valentine Event has come and gone, but you can still buy sweets for your sweetheart! Click to reveal!
    Our Mini-Event for Valentine's Day was a smashing success, and everyone who participated received a Sweet Heart! You can still buy these sweet treats at the UCP, and they're quite useful.

    Completely heals a Pokemon under level 25 mid battle. Increases link by 1% if used to heal a Pokemon.

    Note that they only increase link if the Pokemon is injured-- so don't go wasting them! Otherwise, your Pokemon might get pudgy, rather than friendly... And while Pudgy Pokes are adorable, there are health concerns to consider!

user posted image We have a few important rule changes and clarifications this month! user posted image

user posted image Players may start with Rare Pokemon if randomly generated! Click to reveal!
    This has always been the case, but we thought it would be good to clarify that Rare Pokemon (such as Charmander!) that aren't legendaries or fossils can be given out in starting sets if you pick a set that gives you a random Egg or a choice of two Pokemon out of three.

    So while you can't pick a rare Pokemon to start with, you have three options towards getting a few of them. You can always get a rare Pokemon potentially from getting a Starter Pokemon, or by taking your chance with the randomly generated ones! Best of luck in your hunts, fellow trainers. (As always, you can find these Pokemon by searching for them in the wild.)

user posted image Gaining Levels and Links in Journey Threads have been tweaked! Click to reveal!
    Usually, our mods give out a level to participating pokemon after a successful encounter (defeating a wild Pokemon in battle, usually!), however, we've decided to expand the rewards to encourage more problem solving and plotting in journey threads!

    As a result, Wild Pokemon Encounters may give +1% Link to Pokemon involved if resolved outside of battle (befriending, helping the pokemon, other interactions) instead of the usual +1 Level for participating in battle. You don't always have to battle!

user posted image From this point onward, everyone may only have up to 3 Journey Threads. Click to reveal!
    PLEDGE's staff team wants to ensure that everyone on PLEDGE has a fair and equal chance to get threads modded. To give you an idea of what we currently are working on, early February we had over 50 Journey Threads to mod. While we believe that our Staff Team is hard working and quite capable, expanding the mod team simply wasn't the answer and we saw this over the past few months.

    Many of us on PLEDGE have ten or more characters, and while no where near that number also have Journey Threads, under the previous situation they could. Asking our mod team to keep up with the number of threads-- which greatly outnumber even our active member base-- simply seems too daunting to consider an option.

    So instead we have decided to limit the number of Journey Threads. Everyone can still have as many characters as they want, as many interaction threads as well, but now if you have 3 or more currently active (posted in the last 2 months) Journey Threads you will not be able to make another until you put a thread on hold or finish a current thread. This way, members who have a dozen characters can't flood the tag box so the member with only a couple characters has to wait for those dozen threads.

    Matt has set up a lovely Journey Thread Masterlist with every member's current Journey Threads. Please do your part to keep this up to date, and thank you so much for moving forward with us in this change. In the coming months, we're certain this will help alleviate the flood of moderation in our queue!

user posted image With all these new updates, we've also added a new FAQ thread to Questions and Answers! Click to reveal!
    If you have a question you think should be put on the FAQ, let us know and we'll be sure to add it.

user posted image Next up is a few reminders about events, contests and more! user posted image

user posted image Mount Aduro is still casting ash across Ho'ohiki! Participate in collecting soot and our many new jobs! Click to reveal!
    Mount Aduro has erupted, and it's spewing ash and soot all over the region! We have a huge number of new jobs that can be taken up by anyone at any time, all you need is a partner!

    You can also receive a free soot sack, which will let you collect soot to turn into handy flutes, so make sure to grab one while you can!

    This event will be affecting Journey Threads for the foreseeable future, so please do keep that in mind and check out the thread explaining this big site-wide event!

user posted image The Gift Giveaway Extravaganza will be ending on March 1st, so collect points while you can! Click to reveal!
    The Gift Giveaway Extravaganza is coming to a close very shortly. This site wide event allows you to write out a wishlist for all of your characters! At the end of the season (March 1st), all of your festive posts and celebrations are gathered up to earn points that you can use to spend on gifts for your fellow members!

    Be sure to get on this! Most items aren't very expensive, so we're hoping everyone can get every last thing they want! In order for that to happen, though, you'll have to be sure to post plenty this holiday season. Our staff team has grouped together determined to make sure everyone gets something, so make sure you participate! We've extended it so there will be plenty of time to earn prizes for everyone!

    Now's the time to make sure your wishlists are completely filled out and up to date so you get exactly what you want, as well. Make sure your point list is accurate too! <3

user posted image Lastly, please make sure your PCs are up to date and linked in your character's miniprofile! Click to reveal!
    Recently we've asked our moderating team to keep closer tabs on people's PCs to ensure that they are up to date. The team in your UCP should match your PC, and everything should be up to date! If it isn't, mods will be posting in your journey threads asking you to update them before they will mod your thread.

    If you would like an easy to use PC Code, check out the one our lovely Global Mod Sloth made! We'll likely be pinning a thread in the PC forum as an example of what a PC *must* have, as well as useful codes like these. If you have any questions in the meanwhile, don't hesitate to ask one of the staff!

    Thank you to everyone for being so great about getting your PCs and miniprofiles in tip top shape! With our growing memberbase, it makes things a lot easier on mods to have all of the information readily available.

user posted image And now for a bunch of new updates, events, and a whole lot more! user posted image

user posted image Boy it sure is festive up in Professor Coral's Lighthouse this month! Click to reveal!
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    Professor Coral has a new batch of beautiful starters to choose from! From now on, any thread made to get a Pokemon will see a new batch of adorable Pokemon to choose from!

user posted image Check out our newest FEB-MAR swarms! Click to reveal!
    New SWARMS are out! There's a huge chance of encountering these Pokemon if a Swarm is happening, and often in large groups. If you see a Pokemon you like, now's the chance to go hunting for them! These swarms will be changing by the end of the month, so get them while you can!

    user posted image
    CLEFAIRY are floating above Lake Lebes!
    On nights with a full moon, Clefairy gather from all over and dance. Bathing in moonlight makes them float.

    A coven of Clefairy have gathered at the edges of a lake to preform their rites to the full moon.

    user posted image
    CHATOT have flown into Campana!
    It mimics the cries of other Pokémon to trick them into thinking it's one of them. This way they won't attack it.

    Drawn to the boisterous and pleasant sound of Campana natives, this flock of Chatot doesn't look like its about to leave any time soon.

    user posted image
    (PINK) MINIOR are falling in the Paulo Abbas and Paulo Matris Mountains!
    Originally making its home in the ozone layer, it hurtles to the ground when the shell enclosing its body grows too heavy.

    A cluster of shooting starts has fallen in the mountains around Paulo Matris and Paulo Abbas. They all seem to be the same color which is an odd and spectacular phenomenon.

    user posted image
    LUVDISC are schooling around Okeanos!
    Its heart-shaped body makes it popular. In some places, you would give a Luvdisc to someone you love.

    Brought in from warmer seas, these Luvdisc are living it up in the waters around Okeanos, blessing many a couple with eternal love.

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    SNORLAXare loafing in Agri Town!
    It eats nearly 900 pounds of food every day. It starts nodding off while eating—and continues to eat even while it's asleep.

    Poor Agri Town can't catch a break. The volcanic action has stirred up a bunch of Snorlax up from the mountains and now they're sleeping all over the town!

    user posted image
    Larvitar are hatching in Pullus Maze!
    Born deep underground, it comes above ground and becomes a pupa once it has finished eating the surrounding soil.

    A battalion of Lavitar are being born right at the foot of the mountain in the dark of Pullus Maze.

    user posted image
    Turntonator have appeared in Aduro Pass!
    It gushes fire and poisonous gases from its nostrils. Its dung is an explosive substance and can be put to various uses.

    As the volcano continues to spew lava, the Turtonator stay resolutely in place along the pass.

    user posted image
    SLUGMA have fled to Una Way!
    Molten magma courses throughout Slugma's circulatory system. If this Pokémon is chilled, the magma cools and hardens. Its body turns brittle and chunks fall off, reducing its size.

    Still displaced from the volcano they are currently enjoying the ability to melt all the metal in Una Way.

user posted image Events will be getting a revamp soon, for now here's a few ongoing events! Click to reveal!
    user posted image These events are still ongoing. You can join them at any time, so have at it, friends!

    Eyes of the Forest Cry -- An air of serious uncertainly has fallen over Stripes and its forest. Bringing attention to how unusual the strange Noctowls seemed to be acting. A child's scream echo's from the forest, now is anyone brave enough to search them out?

    Turf Wars -- A gang of Machop and a gang of Nidoran are fighting each other! Will you pick a side, or try to stop them before someone gets hurt?

    Come Little Children -- A Shiny Phantump has escaped Keone Pekelo's clutches... But will it escape Piscari Town, or be captured by the fierce Feraligatr, Wahala, and the local poachers?

    user posted image If you happen to have a character nearby, consider throwing them into one of these threads! Event completion always comes with prizes, and what happens might influence the world more drastically than you might expect. Event threads are one of the rare modded threads that you can participate in alongside a journey thread, so don't wait! Join today!

user posted image Looking for some reading material? Why not check out today's thread spotlights? Click to reveal!
    Below are some threads that our Staff has picked out to showcase. If you have suggestions for future thread spotlights, message Shafaer with the links.

    Dreams fight with machines CW -- There's something absolutely poetic about this thread, and while it does have some very heavy topics (swearing, violence, gore among them) it is an intriguing thread that explanation doesn't quite do justice to. If you want to know more about the experiment that is King-- check it out!

    You gave me life Now show me how to live -- Yet another solo thread, this one features Ethan Porter, adjusting to his new life in Piscari. Mostly its just a soft, fun read of a guy and his Pokemon. Sometimes when life gets rough, you can only count on your team and each other.

    I have the key that fits -- Wren Sullivan is on the search for fossils, and while he's closer to them than nearly anyone before him (eyes Professor Coral's special event thread) the Volcano has other ideas. It seems the eruption miles away is disturbing even the far reaches of Ho'ohiki, and... oh no. Tentacruels, ahoy!

    homework six: familial ties CW -- It's a therapy thread with Adam Savalas, our dear pstd-ridden veteran, so there's a bit of swearing but it's such a good read. The professional relationship between Adam and Faolán is a real treat, and it's interesting to read Adam cope with his fatherhood. Just really interesting.

    merry fistmas -- Speaking of PLEDGE's Dad of the Year, Adam's got two kiddos hiding out at his house for Christmas. Ash and Leo are two playful little troublemakers if Santa's ever seen 'em, and so what do you think happens? They have a Pokemon battle. In the house. While Dadam is out. And you bet they do it to a bunch of greatest holiday hits, to boot.

    Can't stop me now -- Tegan is the most classic kid trainer to be, and his polite and caring nature just blows us out of the water! This is just him getting his starter, but it's probably the outright best Lighthouse journey thread we've had. If you want a dose of cuteness, check out this thread-- it's finished and worth the read!

user posted image Last, we have an exciting update on the way-- expect it mid-next month! user posted image

Hey everyone! I've been hard at work developing a new miniprofile for the site. This new miniprofile will have different palettes to match each skin, and in general be a lot more clean and easier to use. We have a new quote section that allows html, so you can put (very small) sprites in there if you like, or longer quotes!

There's a lot more hovers, including some snazzy tooltips that we think you guys will love. Right now, this is just a wip, so various things may change but roughly, this is what the end product will look like. It has some really awesome features, and is almost completely re-coded by hand!

This has been a huge overtaking, and we're working on tweaking each skin to match. It shouldn't be too much longer, but this is probably the main reason the news post took so long this month, aside from real life issues with various staff, myself included.

You guys have been so great and patient, and we want to thank all of you as we continue to improve Pledge and make it bigger and better over time! Hopefully you all love this change as much as we do.

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