URPG Times July 2013
1. A word from your Editor(s).
2. Announcements and News.
3. Trading Section.
4. Meme of the Moment
5. Interview (with WTP).
6. Story of the Month.
7. Roleplayer of the Month
8. Featured Art
9. Flavour of the Month
10. Closing comment(s).
1. Opening Word
Well Hello there!
A lot of you will remember that every now and again there was an issue of URPG times that would come out and it was a tad like our very own Ezine. Sadly, it’s fallen by the wayside and I am endeavouring to bring it back. Hopefully this proves popular and we see some interest. Feedback is greatly appreciated, so long as it’s presented in a constructive fashion.
2. URPG News
SWC - the Summer Writing Competition is in full swing, this time hosted by Smiles! There isn’t long left to get involved, so hurry up and submit your entries!
Risk - Pokémon Risk is in full swing with many battles happening and the battlefield is shaping up, so good luck to all those involved! This tournament is shaping up to be an interesting one
Pokémafia - Another event in full swing, the format looks very interesting and seems very fun. This event is a regular one we have here in the URPG so again, good luck to those participating!
Summer Auction and Raffle - Summer Auction is here so hopefully everyone’s been saving up for it. The auction will take place on Friday, July 19th (in the Western Hemisphere). It begins at 6:00 PM UTC-7 (Mountain Time), which translates to 5:00 PM UTC-8 (PST), 8:00 PM UTC-5 (EST), and 1:00 AM UTC-0
Petalburg Woods Network Birthday Extravaganza - If you didn’t know about it, PWN used to be known as The Pokémon World and a year ago they had a face-lift and name change, and became Petalburg Woods Network. Our very own Felly and Smiles pretty much run the place, so please go support them and URPG’s second home!
3. Trading Section
Airik is looking for the Following
Axion is looking for
Blue Towel is looking for
4. Meme of the Moment
Here I bring you my favourite meme, straight from Pokememes.com
It’s sad but this happens every Gen.
5. Interview with - WTP
WTP has been a long standing member of the URPG community even being head ref for a while before stepping aside to focus on real life, so please join us as we catch up with one of the most well respected members of our community.
So WTP, you've been a very long standing member of the URPG do you remember how you first found the URPG and your initial involvement?
Well, I first found it due to my older brother, who had joined about a week prior to myself. As for my initial invovlement, I was 11 and kind of an *******. Thats the internet for you. I was the youngest ref in URPG by age 12 though and I succeeded in making the staff ban OHKO's and garnering about 100k of my ref wages. Good times...
So was you immediately drawn to Reffing as a URPG career? and what do you feel was the biggest advantage in taking up this particular URPG job?
Money, no question. Being a ref = money. Always has and always will. Granted, you can learn a lot about battling from reffing a lot, but it was all about the money for me.
As I mentioned earlier you used to be Head Ref before stepping down how did you work up to that position?
I don't know really, I'd been a ref for several years. I gained a reputation. I was made Senior ref no more than a year to a year and a half before I was promoted. Personally, I just think I was at the right place at the right time. Not that I would say I didn't deserve it or that there were more qualified people for the job, I just never thought it'd happen to me.
More recently you've stepped down from that position, what was the reasoning behind that decision and what are you doing within the community now?
Well, when I stepped down, I was descending into, what I assumed, would be my last days with URPG for good. At the time, I was both Head Ref and URPG's Second in Command. I was leaving to go to college soon and I figured I would be too busy for URPG. I stepped down from both positions and was finally de-modded a few months later. Of course, I was correct about being too busy during the school semesters, but I eventually crawled back to URPG this summer. I couldn't help it. For now, I'm just a Moderator again. I'm still a Senior Ref too. I'm not really doing anything in particular in the community though.
Do you have a fondest memory of your time here in the URPG?
Eh, its really hard to say. I guess winning my first E4 battle against Marth. As, most of my early URPG days most people, if any, couldn't stand up to Marth in a battle.
As one of the most well respected battlers, refs and a member of the URPG's Elite 4 do you have any advice for our newer members?
Well, personally, what battling all boils down to is the moves both your pokemon and your opponents pokemon are capable of using. If you're fully aware of what both pokemon are capable of, you certainly won't be taken by surprise and its a lot easier to make educated decisions in battle.
Thank you for your time WTP, good luck for your future endeavours and for you and your team in URPG Risk (not that i am biassed or anything).
6.Story of the Month
Unknowing Escape by ATLiam
This story is a nice easy read and the ability of the author to set the scene is demonstrated perfectly in the opening paragraph. I really enjoyed reading this, and I strongly encourage all of you to read it too.
Well done, ATLiam! You can post to claim $2,000. Keep up the writing!
7. Roleplay of the Month
Beldum’s Great Lakes Individual RP
Individual RP Beldum
New to URPG and following in my own footsteps by taking an early dive into the pool of Pokémon that is the National Park, he seems to have taken to it like a duck to water!
Congratulations Beldum, and good luck with your endeavours in the National Park!
Post to claim $2,000! Keep it up!
8. Featured Art
This first image is one I really love. The use of colour! It’s so bright and amusing, the sort of thing you might see in a cartoon. The scene is certainly reminiscent of cartoons too.
This second image is trying something new, and I admire this artists bravery and creativity to enter something a little unconventional in our art gallery. I encourage this artist to continue innovating!
Protobabe and Sky Lark, post to claim your $2,000! Well done on being selected!
9. Flavour of the Month
In this section we discuss a pokemon and its merits and potential within URPG.
With the announcement of Fairy type I decided we would take a look at some low hanging fruit in the form of Azumarill. This pokemon is available in the URPG Pokémart. Obviously with its typing change coming with Pokémon XY, everything here is subject to change
Overview of Azumarill
In conclusion, Azumarill has a lot of potential if used correctly, and its change to a Water/Fairy type should open up interesting new strategies, so hopefully this underused Pokémon can see a resurgence in URPG.
Check out the Ultra Dex for more info
If you own an Azumarill or any of its earlier stages give yourself a well earned pat on the back and post to claim $2,000 just for having this amazing Pokémon!
10. Final Thoughts
So there we have the first of the new URPG Times.
With any luck this is met with everybody's approval and we can see a welcome and long return for this once awesome part of URPG that has since been forgotten.
So fingers crossed from me and you can read this again sometime towards the end of August.
Feel free to PM me on BMG or PWN if you have a pokemon you either want to trade or are looking for to be included in next months edition of the URPG Times