Iwaku Newsletter: May 2011

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    This Newsletter is brought to you By:
    Pirogeth: Editor
    Diana: Editor
    Fluffy: Writing & General Reports
    King Weavel: Insanity & Blog Spotlight

    MAY: SPRING FORTH!
    Hello and welcome everyone to the April Edition of the Newsletter. As some of you may notice and some not, the classic version is back and a bit of a change in reporters. We were held up before by everyone getting lives at once but now we’re back to being Iwaku Zombies. Now to show you all what’s been happening in our easy to read and fun to listen format.

    IWAKUMON UPDATES
    That’s right, the biggest thing to happen since Iwaku was transferred over to it’s current version. Iwakumon is a game in which you pick a starting monster and train it all the while catching new monsters to strengthen your team. It uses a simple format easy to understand but to those who don’t here is a summary.

    Basically you start off with choosing your Iwakumon, this allows you to style color and attachments to your torso. After doing that you can finally access the world map located near the bottom of the screen in your new “stable” window. Once there the Map has several locations to travel to. You enter a battle by traveling to a location and then selecting hunt from the options to the left. If that option is not there it is because you cannot hunt in the area you selected.

    Next the battle starts and you are pitted against a random Iwakumon. You’ll notice you have four status bars (HP, Stamina, Focus, and AP) and that you are in a five square arena. Your abilities will be on your left side and hovering over them describes what you can do and how much damage is done. Certain distances can have different effects on the power of your move. When your Iwakumon’s HP reaches zero you will have to take it to the monster healer at the bottom of the page to get it fixed up. Stamina is the cost of more-or-less physical attacks while Focus is magical. Some moves cost both Stamina and Focus but the real stat is AP. Action Points are the points you use when performing any kind of move. You do not have to use up Action Points by the end of the turn, as they regenerate to full each turn, but using them up is a good idea to do the most per turn.

    After going through all that and win the battle you are awarded EXP which will level up your Iwakumon to make it stronger. The entire game is still in beta stages so be kind and speak up when you encounter bugs, power issues, or in general just suggestions. You can center all of those concerns in the Iwakumon group located here.


    Iwaku Triad: Member Deck #2
    Along the lines of Iwaku games, Iwaku Triad is looking for you to help Isabella out. Yep it is time for Member Deck #2 and the creators are looking for your input. If you want a specific picture and element please check out the group itself here or just go straight onto the thread if you are already a member here.

    The Iwaku Show!
    It’s coming back and the hosts have already been decided. We may lack a bit on ideas so if you have any don’t hesitate and PM Pirogeth with your ideas. If you’d like to be a guest on our show or future shows, please also contact Pirogeth. Things are going to be a lot more fun when we get our talented and not so talented voices together.

    100,000 Posts Strong!
    Congrats Iwaku! We've lived through multiple forum exchanges and a server blow. Our 100k Posts is a trophy of our continuing determination to keep Iwaku alive. Great job!

    Impersonating Others is a Big No-No
    Pretending to be another member of Iwaku is against the policies. It seems all in good fun until someone freaks out and gets hurt. If you haven't read Iwaku policies lately, check out the GUIDE!

    So you think you can be a Staff Member?
    During the Spring and Summer season we may be saying goodbye to some staff members as they get busy with real life. If YOU are interested in being a staff member, see if you meet the requirements and turn in an application!

    Newsletter Submissions Form & Discussion Group
    Several members have been trying to help provide extra content to the newsletters. If you visit the NEWS GROUP you can help brainstorm topics. Or submit your articles directly with the new Submission Form!


    WELCOMING WEATHER
    We love new members and that is not even the tip of the ice burg. We absolutely adore them so much that mentioning them in the letter is just polite. So here we are the new members in that past month or so.

    =Kitten=
    Registered: 2-27-2011
    Animaid
    Registered: 2-27-2011

    Homac (Yes that’s Homac the Creator)
    Re-registered: 2-27-2011
    DocKelly
    Registered: 2-27-2011
    PhoenixArrande
    Registered: 3-06-2011
    Releaser
    Registered: 2-24-2011
    DelanieHeart
    Registered: 3-03-2011
    Dusk Kitsune
    Registered: 3-02-2011
    Talramis Faelstion
    Registered: 3-01-2011
    JustGonnaHangAround
    Registered: 3-12-2011
    Elanora
    Registered: 3-07-2011
    Idylle
    Registered: 3-12-2011
    Fawna
    Registered: 3-16-2011
    Jerejack
    Registered: 3-18-2011
    Legacy
    Registered: 3-19-2011 (We get it)
    ThatOneWendu (And she’s all grown up)
    Re-registered: 3-18-2011
    HotVamp
    Registered: 3-22-2011
    AngelicDreamer (Yep that’s who you think it is)
    Re-registered: 3-25-2011
    NinjaKitty (From Moonwings/AFTA)
    Re-registered: 3-23-2011
    Shinobi_Panda? (The Admin of what?)
    Registered: &-*/-@!##
    I’m sorry it seems our computer for welcoming the newbies has failed. If you want to check out Shinobi Panda’s post you’ll have to head on down to Member Central and catch a glimpse at all of our wonderful new victims of Diana’s crazeh roleplay members who we love so much.



    FOCUS ON ROLEPLAY
    Our Most Valuable Player this month is Effort for putting *koff* effort in to getting involved on the roleplay scene! Roleplay of the Month is Rebirth of the Magi, for it's unique combination of magic, technology and a disastrous event!


    JUMP IN TO SOME JUMP IN ROLEPLAYS!

    Find many other kinds of roleplays in the OOC Forum.


    MUCH ADO ABOUT CHATTING
    Our Member of the Month is Lady Harpy, for her grace and determination to handle roleplay situations with style! How about stopping by General to see what other Iwaku citizens are talking about?

    Great Topics This Month:
    • The Road to 100,000: Iwaku is nearing its 100,000 post. Visit this thread to discuss memorable topics we’ve had and, of course, make more posts!
    • Who is this God Person?: Do you or do you not believe in God? What’s your philosophy on the subject? Share your views with us.
    • Advertising Slogans: A fun thread where you can post videos or pictures of slogans you love.
    • Fictional Crushes: We’ve all had little crushes on anime characters, cartoons or characters played by actors we love. Who was yours?
    • If I Could Be…: If just for a day you could be somebody else, who would it be?
    • What Do You Like in the Opposite Gender?: Nah, I don’t need to explain what this is. We’re all very interested to know what it is you like, though!
    • RP Character Soundtracks: Post the songs you’ve tribute to roleplay characters.
    • Who’s Bigger, Badder and Can Kick Ass?: This nearly-a-month-old topic is still active! Let us continue to discuss who’s the best: Zombies, Pirates or Ninjas!?
    • Favourite Pokemon: These threads are always tons of fun. Tell us your fave Pokemon and tell us why!
    • The Sickness: What do you do when you’re sick? I’m sure there are lots of stories to share.
    • ”Diana Probably Has a Plot for This Too”: Rory found a ridiculous contest on PETA’s website. Visit his thread to check it out and comment. I guarantee it will amuse you.
    • New Loony Toons Show: Many of us remember good ol’ Bugs Bunny and his pals. There’s an all new cartoon of them coming up. What do you think about this?
    • College Advice: If you have any words to share with students about to get into college or are struggling through it, don’t hesitate to share.
    • Sock it to Me: A discussion on what kind of socks we wear!
    • I Can Resist Anything but…: What do you have a hard time resisting?
    • Are You a Scaredy Cat?: If you’re not chicken to admit it, tell us if you’re frightened by the silliest of things.
    • Makeup: Mostly for the women. ;) Tell us what brand of makeup you like to use and anything else about it.
    • Dreams: Do you remember your dreams? Do you find them meaningful?
    • What is a Name?: Everyone’s name has a meaning, both real life and internet. We’re all curious to know the stories behind both of those.
    • My Bad, writing: Does your own writing annoy you sometimes? How so?
    • Planetary Love: What’s your favorite planet? It can be a real one or a fictional one!
    • $10 billion to Change the World: If you had all this money, how would you spend it to make the world a better place?
    • Dream Homes: Show us or explain to us your dream house.
    • Is Love or Hate the Strong Emotion?: A very deep subject. Vote in the poll and explain why you answered the way you did.
    • You’ve Just Entered a Time Loop: So, if this happened to you, what would you do during this infinite loop?
    • Battle of the Sexys: Marvel and DC Babes: Enter at your own risk. There’s a large picture collection of heroic, as well as villainous, women from comic books. So far, Wonder Woman is deemed the sexiest of all!
    • Good Anime: If you’re looking for a new animu to watch or have some to recommend, this is the place to do it.


    ENHANCING YOUR MUSE
    Are you wanting to give your muse a little exercise? Check out some of the current and past challenges in the Corner.

    Challenge Yourself:
    • Feeling Green: Write poetry about St. Patrick’s Day.
    • Eww: Write a post about someone who’s way overdue for a bath!
    • Moving Time: Write a post with 5 good reasons to move away from where you are now.
    • Springtime!: Write a poem about the season of spring.
    • Curiosity: Write a post about any kind of experiment.
    • Tears, Frowns, Sorrows: Write a poem reflecting a sadness you’re having or have had.
    • April Monthly Challenge: A New Light: A challenge recommending 3-4 paragraphs about some positive light on anything you’re looking to change.


    Showcase:
    • Iwaku World: Jumi’s Thousand Faces: Follow the tragic, yet exciting tale of Jumi’s Iwaku World character.
    • Assault on Iwaku: Pirogeth is creating some really cool lookin’ trading cards of Iwaku members and some interesting creatures. He’s using Magic the Gathering cards as a base, so you know the art of these are fantastic.
    • Idylle’s Art: Take a look at Idy’s beautiful sketch arts! <3
    • Buried & Bruised: Another thread of Idylle’s, but this time, it’s a drama story. I anticipate more chapters to this piece of work, wondering what will happen to the characters next.
    • Wendu’s Pictures: Have a peek at Wendu’s fabulous digital art! Let’s up she’ll share some more with us, especially when she’s practicing her digital art in college. :D
    • Champions of Iwaku: Paorou is trying to create a Iwaku card game that’s playable in the forum and/or in real life! If you have any input, visit his thread and share.
    • Elanora’s Art: Ela has graced us with a pretty picture. Hopefully, she’ll share some more with us. :)
    • Fel’s Stories: Felzilla has some awesome writing to share with Iwaku. There’s a wonderful fantasy tale, so check it out.



    THE ASYLUM OF INSANITY
    It's been a longggg time coming but now it's finally time to take a long detailed look at the Asylum itself, looking at only the most worthy of topics of course!

    First let's start off with Iwaku's Spring Outrageous Break Party!

    Iwaku Spring Break Party

    Beads and various things are thrown all over to celebrate Mardi Gras, as the topic was originally Iwaku Mardi Gras. It all starts off with Miru asking and receiving things he did not expect..


    The thread then becomes..St.Patrick's day? But not everyone's celebrating as things turn violent and unpredictable at the party as it changes into a spring break one as well!

    The party died down soon after Hokuto-No Ken shenanigans were through. Paorou was not aroused by Tegan's music video and when Orion tried to crush Paorou's card, he pulled an M.Night Shayamalan and revealed it was Orion's card that had been crushed! Orion falls into despair and that definitely contributed to the end of the party, really killed the mood...Oh well, maybe next year.

    Let's look at something completely different...
    Delicious Euro Trash


    Fel hits the nail on the head for this thread...The videos Tegan posted are related to the title but...But Paorou's? They're just more random Japanese stuff that'll make you say WTF!!!

    What would any trip to the Asylum be without someone ego-tripping? Here we have one such wonderful thread!
    Tegan is Awesome


    Asmo utters(spells like it's said) the name of he who should not be named...But confuses many of us, Pink and is nothing like that person, right????

    Amp on the other hand is seduced by Tegan's man fingers.

    The thread becomes more about Pink than Tegan.


    Thus that's the best way to sum up the topic. Is Tegan awesome? Well I don't know, we're talking about Pink's adventures in lesbianism aren't we? Moving on..

    Master of Asylum, or Master Troll???

    Paorou is accused of being a sad man desperate for attention in an ever changing Iwaku. Or is it all apart of his plan and a deliberate ploy to fool the masses that he is lonely for some reason. Is he the master of his domain or a prisoner in his own castle? Let the evidence speak for itself!

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    Yeah no thrills or plot twists here, gotta vote for lonely on this one. That's exactly nineteen posts made by Paorou! Yeah, even trolls probably would draw the line at posting that much for lulz... But he's definitely the master of the asylum none the less, no one else takes the time to hang out that much over there!

    This sentiment is shared by many other members:


    Orion and Fel agree with the notion as Paorou makes his intentions clear.

    Indeed, for who else can say they made that many posts and filled the Asylum with their name? Not even when I was the spam king on old Iwaku did I do that, I had limits.

    Asmo unleashes something truly mind-bending in the thread and shakes it's very foundations.


    Is that so? Why didn't anyone screen cap that when it happened? Such a wasted opportunity, maybe it never happened we may never know now. It's the Asylum, you dare not fact check any statements made in there!

    Not everyone is aganist Paorou however...


    He finds an unexpected ally in Rory, well probably unless he's trolling and joking about calling Pao human? We may never know...

    Orion then posts a wall of random foreign text, disgusting many and confounding the rest. Who can pierce the wall that now has obscured the topic?


    Only one person can overcome it and it is...

    DARKNESS! With this nugget of gold in a topic that has descended into madness and bizarre videos and imagery even by asylum standards. Seriously, there was an anime where a bad guy used his head a missile? And that's not even the weirdest thing in there! Check it out for the full impact as we can't bring you the infamous wall of text as it'd wreck the format, probably.

    The end for this month, at least. Yet the battles, the trolling and the madness in the Asylum continue, tune in next month for your next dosage of insanity..Hell, I may even chime in next month personally..Or maybe it's best to be the observer of all that is happening?


    DISCLAIMER: The views expressed in the Asylum are totally random and spontaneous. Taking them too seriously may result in several individuals ending up incredibly butthurt. Do not visit The Asylum if you are: Easily butthurt, bruise easily, laugh too much, are a woman, or throw up too much. Also, beware random flying Sakura's and Darkness. He will rape you but that's just his way of saying hi.​



    BLOG SPOTLIGHT
    Welcome to a new section here on Iwaku, the blog spotlight. This one here showcases an exceptional blog each month. Character bios, reviews, venting about life problems, etc are NOT eligible. Thus I lean more towards the creative, interesting, informative or otherwise awesome blogs out there.

    I talk about the blog, give a bit of sample and perhaps a response to it of some sort.

    For this month, my choice is....

    T3: RP Pet Peeves

    Why this? Well because I find it the most interesting. Often times people just focus on what they want in an RP, but knowing what you want to avoid and not put up with is also important. There's nothing worse than when you're stuck in an RP you're not enjoying due to issues like these.

    Now let's look at a sample of this blog.


    You see here, Count Crane is pointing out one of the things that bothers him in RPs and how/why it causes problems. A very good read indeed. It definitely brings up things you NEVER want to experience in RPs. But it also gets you thinking, what are the type of Pet Peeves you have when it comes to RPs that Count Crane hasn't covered in his list?
    To name two I'd have...


    Sluggish Posting
    On the opposite end of the spectrum of speed playing, the RP moves too slowly, taking weeks for any sort of progress to take place. This is usually not due to RP negligence, but due to posters being busy with things they can't really control(school, work,etc).

    The lack of posting leaves one feeling a sense of being disconnected from the RP, as if you came back from a long vacation...Except you didn't actually leave and you're just sitting there waiting for it to move still.

    This can effect your muse as well, you might have good ideas for the RP but then it's not progressing so you may end up forgetting them or they end up distorted from what you originally had thought of.

    The worse part about this is you can't do much about it. Perhaps you can ask to hijack character but if it's continuous, you're almost RPing by yourself in some situations and that's not the point of RPing. This problem is a straight up Roleplay killer, or at least makes it super slow. At least this problem is not usually caused by bad role-playing habits or people being lazy to post, it's caused by factors the other players cannot control, thus once the players in question do find spare time, you may have brief periods of progress. Yet sadly, there's no real solution to get rid of this.


    Critical Hijack Failure
    When someone hijacks your character and totally messes them up and misses the point of their character. For instance, making a heroic character whom has all these bonds with his or her allies just turn evil without any reasonable motivation and go on a random killing spree,etc. Or there's more minor ways of doing it, such as dumbing down a character, making them unnaturally cold-hearted, juts giving them traits they don't actually have and have no background reason to acquire.

    Why does this happen? Usually the answer is simple, because the person didn't even ask or do any research about the character. The simple way to avoid doing this is talking with the person of the character you intend to hijack via MSN or something. It's easier than you might think. If this is totally out of the question, at least look at that person's posts and their character's bio to get an idea of what they're like before just potentially bastardizing the character/s when it could easily be avoided.

    It also happens in situations where players drop out....Too often GMs will perhaps take out aggression on that other player's characters and ruin them on purpose before killing them off when they have to drop out.This just ends up looking petty and dragging the RP down. Instead if you must kill them off, give them a more meaningful death, perhaps a heroic sacrifice that serves as a rallying cry. Or if you're gutsy, try adopting the character and making it your own. It's more fun and challenging. Just don't overdo it.


    Blog Focus:
    While browsing the blogs, here are a few other entries from the past month that might catch your eye.


    That covers it for this month. Next month we'll look at another blog. Until then keep on blogging, Iwaku!


    GROUP GATHERING
    Iwaku's Groups area is a fabulous place to join a clan, guild, club, or quiet area for discussion. See what's going on lately in the groups!

    New and Interesting Groups!:


    FEEDBACK FROM IWAKU
    The Iwaku has always been one of making itself better over time. The site itself has bettered the community over and over again. Thus you hear the rumors of 1.0 and 2.0 Iwaku. But even though our latest version is pretty cool, it can always be cooler and the ideas are not always the Staff’s. Instead most ideas come from members just like you and me.

    AngelicDreamer Asks:
    No worries Ms. Dreamer, as we are always open to both your positive and other people’s negative criticisms, so long as they are constructive.

    Diana Replies:
    But what imperfections? Well you see Iwaku, there are several things she has to deal with when we add more and more themes. These things are not obvious to any normal member or even one of the Global mods. Not only does she need to tweak colors so they are all visible on that new theme but when updates run they have to be run on every single theme made. Thus updates will be slower with more themes.

    But that did not stop her. To appeal to the lighter lovelies she made a presentable light theme. However she begs to keep I mind:


    Some things remain rock solid and this reporter believes that Iwaku has always been and always will be the fantastic, dark style it is.



    CURTAIN CALL
    And after such a great letter I, Pirogeth, on behalf of the entire Newsletter team would like to thank you for providing such excellent content. The Iwaku thrives on members and members that know what’s going on makes it all the better. We’ll be coming back from month to month trying to get this letter done. Occasionally, if time does not permit, our friendly Diana will hoist the sails and make the smaller more condensed letter of the bare basics for us. Yet, before we all say our good byes for this month there are a few things that must be brought to everyone’s attention.

    Affiliations of the Iwaku

    This Site has always been looking for new members and some of the best people can visit more than one site at a time. So to those who proudly stand with Iwaku in affiliation we thank you. Links to Them.

    Verses Combined, BleachForbiddenGates, Hogwarts Magic Realm, The Lost Souls, The Queen’s Games, Star Trek: Infinity, Ouran Rhapsody, New Vampire RP at Voltaire, Bleach: Everlasting Aeons, Coalescence, A.R.A.M.I.I, Sordid Secrets, Full Metal Alchemist: Rebellion, Your Life’s an Open Magazine, Roleplayer’s Anonymous, The Revolution has Begun, Losing Grip, Digital Revolution, Flowerbed Village, Wilderlands, Grimm, Born This Way, Fragmented Towers: Air Gear RP, What A Shame Advanced Pokemon, Zoanthrope Investigations, Nightshift, All the King’s Horses, Charming Twilight, Visionary Tales, To Be Free, Souls RPG, Dare, In the Midnight Hour Canine, The World of Karyle, Knocking on Heaven’s Door, Not the Norm City, Imagination has no Limits, Pulse, True Blood: One Bite, By Moonlight, Galactic Wars, X-Universe, Halfmoon, Breath & Shadow, Save the Words, Dark Horizon, Unseen Redemption, Chronicles of Indur, OZ

     
  2. My very first contribution to the newsletter! *shuffles about nervously*

    Awesome newsletter is awesome, by the way. And congrats to the OTMs.
     
  3. Bien Intéressant :)
     
  4. Ah turned out very nice. Next time I should be more adjusted and keep the insanity section more up to date. I shouldn't be as busy come next newsletter. Maybe I'll think up some things to make the blog section more interesting as well hmm.

    Great job everyone!
     
  5. Bravo! :D
     
  6. Very nice indeed.
     
  7. *Does the I'm Mentioned Dance*

    Yussssssssssss
     
  8. Hey Di! Diiiiiiiii! Di!

    You forgot my Red Hot Cock Thread. :(
     
  9. The first newsletter I've ever read...
     
  10. ._. No Iwaku suru anywhere.
     
  11. ...what a heartless bot for not including it. Damn you Iwakuuuuuuu! I'll get you...somehow!

    <_< >_>
     
  12. So I heard I'm deemed most valuable player, I know it's some where on this page but I don't feel like looking for it.
     
  13. Edit: Find On This Page: Effort
     
  14. Once again, Effort lives up to his name... XD
     
  15. I lived up to my name too! The closet thing to a mention for me was my Here Come the Mummies group. (Here Come the Mummies are an innuendo laden funk band)
     
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