In the late 90's, a group of Pokemon geeks came together on Yahoo Groups. They decide that, while cool, Pokemon was far too limiting for their tastes. They wanted more. They wanted to change it up.
They created the URPG.
This is Our Game. Our Hobby. Our Community. We, like our founders, desire a place in which we can share in our love of Pokemon and engage in a level of play not seen in the gameboy games. Pokemon, to us, is so much more than 4-moves a mon and a single, built-in ruleset. What technology limits in Red, Blue, Black and White; we expand and adapt with human ingenuity.
We do it because it's more interesting. It's more exciting.
So if we're bored, let's change it up! If we're tired of the same old, let's create something new! If we are looking for the next challenge, let's innovate!
There are no developers here, because we are the developers. We do not need to code, do not need to market, do not need to wheel and deal to release a product. If we want something done, we just do it. That's how it is. That's one of our best features.
So what if one of our branches isn't doing so well (it's not like this hasn't happened before). So what if we have a bit of lull in activity. So what if the system is a little stale.
It doesn't matter.
We have the power to change it. We have the power to create our own fun and excitement. To create our own adventures and events. To create our own challenges and goals. Because we literally control the system.
So let's start innovating! Let's start figuring something fun to do! It can be a time-tested idea or something completely new. Heck, it can even be something crazy. And if there is anything we know how to do, it's be crazy. URPGers are some of the weirdest people I know!
Why not have one of those 100+ FFA's? Always a popular draw and anyone can participate!
Or maybe something a little more battle-oriented? How about getting Champion Pidge to fight 20 people? AT THE SAME TIME!
Want more say? Let's take a vote! Perhaps WTP and I could have an epic duel with our Pokemon. But instead of us choosing our strategies, you can vote on our moves/actions!
A festive approach could work. What about a Summer event in which members can go to each gym leader and collect a "coin" that can be exchanged for money/prizes at the end?
Or open up a truly bizarre (and temporary) gym league in which each gym's rules... are random or just don't make sense! Random Types each round! Or every Pokemon battling must have the letter Q in its name. Or both battlers pick three Pokemon, but one Pokemon on each side is swapped with the other! The possibilities are endless.
The ideas can go on and on. A murder mystery. Find the Park Warden's missing teeth. A tournament in which every participant has to be a Pokemon character (like Ash or Misty) and can only use Pokemon they've been shown to have.
We can create other ideas, better ideas. We can do all sorts of things and if members think they're fun, I think it's safe to say the staff will support such entertainment/insanity.
This is the URPG spirit. The Pokemon spirit. The idea that, if you drive forward with all your might and heart, you can achieve anything. Let's then find our passions and use it to create a memorable summer together.
We're a community created and run by us. Which means we can literally do anything we want. And in this case, if we can do anything, I think we should choose to have fun.
We should always choose to have fun.