This Newsletter is brought to you By: Diana: Editor October Knight: Editor & Groups Highlight Fluffy: Writing & Challenges Reports Seiji: General Report Kitti: Iwaku Horoscopes NOVEMBER HOW exciting! All during October, Iwaku broke many of it's personal records and goals. Every day we are welcoming in new faces, seeing roleplays develop, and watching Iwaku flourish. Despite a few growing pains, both in structure and in behavior, we are so happy to see how Members are opening up their arms and having fun with all of this activity. To help KEEP US on this great path, remember our golden rules. Respect your fellow members, and be as helpful as possible! Iwaku's Finalized URL and Server Debacles Iwaku is now 100% situated on it's own personalized URL of IwakuRoleplay.com. That means, no more space-kitten.org links will work. So make sure you have edited your bookmarks or links on other websites. What does this mean for Iwaku? It's life has now been secured for future generations! :D We HAVE been running in to a few server lagging issues. When ever we have to change domain settings or when the site hits a growth spurt, we always have a few kinks to work out. Thanks guys for helping report bugs and pinpoint these errors. As well as for your patience! Forum Structure Updates! Thanks to your Feedback, we've been working hard to get Iwaku as Member Friendly as possible for both new members and old ones. Over the past month you've seen a lot of little structure changes as we try new things. Keep on giving us your comments and questions, as it is helping us develop a better Iwaku! Iwaku Radio Show! Several members have been working on setting up a new Iwaku Radio Show, that will feature commentary and interview with YOU GUYS! Check out the pilot episode, give tips, or even volunteer your time. Staffing Applications - Developing a Good Team Our staff is always rotating, making sure that everyone on staff are people that have the extra time to dedicate to Iwaku. Iwaku is growing fast, and in the next few months we might need to increase the size of the staff. We are ALWAYS taking in applications from interested members. So if you think you can the time to make a commitment to Iwaku, send one in and your app will be considered next time we're hiring. FOCUS ON ROLEPLAY Our Most Valuable Player this month is Krolik; for being an enjoyable and effective roleplayer! Roleplay of the Month is Summoner: The Cataclysm GMed by kuroshimodo! This month's Roleplay Workshop is Recognizing when posts in a roleplay affect your character.. JUMP IN ROLEPLAYS MODERN The Glorious and the Infamous HORROR Phantom Tide STEAMPUNK Stihlgears Junction: It Begins MODERNFANTASY Ghetto Mystics SPACESAGA United Regency of Space Exploration and Travel: Junomedra's Quest APOCALYPTIC We are on the run from....zombies HORROR Taking down the undead HORROR Grandest ship has the worst best kept secret HORROR Group Zombie Roleplay HISTORICAL Secrets of West Grove Manor FANTASY The Isle of the Wayfolk FANTASY The Fight for Freedom STEAMPUNK High Upon the Aether MODERNFANTASY The Journey to Somewhere OTHERWORLD A Bridge that Spans the Universes MODERN I Don't Know Why These Things Happen... They Just Do ROMANCE Teen Island NEWEST IWAKU ROLEPLAYS FANTASY Swords of Blackest Destiny MODERN]FANTASY Kazeyama: Shiawase Twilight 7 FANTASY Pantheon: Divinity Denied FANTASY The War of Fate FANTASY Romance of the Beasts FANTASY Stardust FANTASY Down with the King WAR EPIC Predetor: Extermination of Prey APOCALYPTIC Grimsburg: Age of Ruin MODERN The Walking Dead MODERN Survival Games FANTASY House Wars of the Underdark FANTASY All Hell Breaks Loose FANTASY Scales for Hire MODERN Eclipse of the Light ANTHRO Among the Shadows of the Moon FANTASY The Fight for Asis FANTASY A repeat of history with new players SCIFI Guardians of Time MODERN Of Gang Wars and Dullahans FANTASY Full Metal Alchemist: War Torn Lands FANTASY Kalthazar: The Fall of the Dark Emperor FANTASY The Izumi Tournament - Half D&D, Half Normal RP FANTASY Demon Crusade: Chaotic Destiny HORROR SAW: The Role Play HISTORICAL Bullets&Booze- A prohibition RP FANTASY Return of the Void Chapter I: The Rise of the Heros HORROR PENUMBRA - An Afterlife Story Find many other kinds of roleplays in the OOC Forum. MUCH ADO ABOUT CHATTING Our Member of the Month is Ossochanter; despite being a member for only a short time, they have immediately become a valued part of the community! How about stopping by General to see what other Iwaku citizens are talking about? Great Topics This Month: Dearest Iwaku, you are Cordially Invited... - For the folks that missed it -- this is The Wedding of the Year! Fail Halloween Costumes - 'Tis the season! Share the worst costumes you've ever seen. Mudkip Cosplay - Not that good, but not that horrible? - Ever want to see a humanoid Mudkip? Check this out! How To Talk to a Girl - Got a few, er, issues talking to the fairer sex? Try some of these tips! What's your fighting style? - Practice martial arts? See yourself a street brawler? Then share! Sor's General Chit-Chat Thread - Almost random, but not! Have a conversation with large gaps of silence! Blizzard announces new WoW Expansion... - Mists of Pandaria! Are you excited for it?! RP Roots - This is an RP forum. What are your RP beginnings? How'd you find us? Quick! Who are you? - A nice thread about introspection. Care to share? Occupy Wall Street Protests! - The 99% are now standing up. What are your thoughts on this movement? ENHANCING YOUR MUSE Are you wanting to give your muse a little exercise? Check out some of the current and past prompts in the Challenges. Challenge Yourself: 5 Word Challenge #18 5 Word Challenge #19 5 Word Challenge #20 5 Word Challenge #21 Poetry Challenge: A Looming Gargoyle Poetry Challenge: The Mask Poetry Challenge: Night of Fright Plot Challenge: An Unwilling Apprentice There's also a Misc. challenge called Iwaku Musical III: Revenge of the Myth. For this, you write Iwaku themed song parodies. :D Our 100 Avatar Challenge is still going on as well. TALENT SHOWCASE Showcases: Doug's Drawings: There are some new fantastic pictures by Dougverse1! PC: DH: Chitchatkitkat is looking for critiques. If you can find the time, please do so. Desaecula's MS Paint Sketches: Have a look at some impressive drawings made on Paint. My First Real Review: Stillbirthmachine is writing reviews on music albums, if you're interested. I Ask a Little Favour...: If you voted for Paorou's contest entry, put a pic of yourself in this thread. He'll draw you because he won! Congrats, Pao! <3 Blades of Grass: Lovely new poems, Seiji. :3 Web Designs Project: Jovian would like some opinions and pointers for this project. It's coming along great. A Couple Poems: Angl has written some new poetry, yay! Iwaku-tan Art: I'll spare the details... If you want to learn more about our Iwaku-tan project, read this. Le Curiouse's Writing Works: Drop on by so you can read a LiveJournal. The Art of a Stacisaur: There's some neat new artwork by Staci, let's go see! Tenuous Conviction: Take the time to read some of Kitti's pretty poems if you can. Feedback Would Be Awesome: Porg has a survey we can take. If you haven't already, go participate. BLOG SPOTLIGHT There is always something interested posted up in the blogs, be it teasers for upcoming roleplays, people's game reviews, or challenges. While browsing the blogs, here are a few other entries from the past month that might catch your eye. Blog Focus: As always Dawn has shared with us some great music from Japan, like Girugamesh, SID, and DuelJewel. Spammy posted a few new game reviews, like Real Steel and some of his Pokemon blogs! Rory gives us an interesting piece for The Snake and the Moon. Jester posted many neat character bios for roleplays. Diana explains why she hates the term "Literate Roleplayer". RockAsian lets us know they've been really busy, but hasn't abandoned us! Sho has more super cool anime & manga reviews for us! Asmodeus continues his observations on the Iwaku World Mythos. Sor has discovered a week at Iwaku is cool and explains his namesake's character. Tribute posts a character bio with a really neat picture! Rush has a great rant about people keepin in contact with partners. Rinoa posts up many of her roleplay ideas. Cyanide shares a really cool plot story. 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 Groups: The Art Fanatics - A group for art lovers! From surrealism to comic art, discuss it here. Maybe you are an artist yourself and want to share your expertise on the subject? If so, then look no further than Iwaku's own Art Fanatics Group! Join today! The Chapter Project - A group dedicated to the Warhammer 40K universe. Their mission? To construct an entire chapter of Space marines from the ground up. Wanna show off your awesome display of 40k knowledge? Do it here! Furries United- For lovers of Furry in all it's forms, everything from Nekomimi to full on Animals. If it's furry it can be found here. Want to try some naughty furry RP? Well look no further, Furry United is the place to be! Blazing Blades INC - Are you a gun nut? Do you have multiple weapons stashed under your bed? Do you think 'crushing on someone' involves wielding a giant war hammer? I know I do! If any of those descriptions sound like you, then this is the place to be. Malcroft Boys Academy - This group is dedicated to role playing in the highly sought after school, known as Malcroft boys academy. This is a yaoi group with a great back ground story and many dedicated players. If you want some faced paced yaoi RP then look no further! This is a moderated group. What's HOT: Delicious Delicacies - Hungry? Why wait. In this group we talk about, drool over and fantasize about eating food. There are tons of awesome pics and new threads going up all the time. We all have to eat to live, right? RIGHT! Lord of the ring lovers - This group needs attention. If you are a fan of the books that pretty much established the genre of fantasy in the western world, then join today! Gathering Magic - I'd tap it. Ever played Magic: The gathering? Maybe you have some cards in your closet that are gathering dust, but would love to regale stories of 'back in the day' magic games. Or maybe you are a player who is currently playing regulation tournaments on a weekly basis? It doesn't matter, either way, if you are into MTG this is the group for you! Smut Club - Always hot. Always sexy as hell. Got a dirty mind? Join the smut club and share your naughty thoughts with us in a variety of steamy discussion topics. XXX 16+ only! The guys club - Where dudes go to talk about dude type things. If you got a wangle in your dangle then join today. No Girls Allowed! IWAKU HOROSCOPES November 2011 [size=+1]The Herald[/size] January 2 - February 14 Managing your stress is an important technique to learn and it will greatly help you this month to remember that a deep breath can be a good thing. Don’t let the onset of the holidays shake you too off kilter! [size=+1]The Soulmate[/size] February 15 - April 1 The past week has been a tense one for many people, but you will feel refreshed as the calendar pushes into November. These changes, however, have not disrupted you as much as it has most people. Watch that this does not create overconfidence in your abilities for November. [size=+1]The Guardian[/size] April 2 - May 15 Don’t become distracted and unable to see the forest amongst the trees. Focus on the details so that you do not lose sight of what is important. Keep your goals in mind and revisit them often. [size=+1]The Mentor[/size] May 16 - July 1 Embrace that which deviates from the normal, it may offer creative inspiration, especially those ideas which are drawn from the people around you. Share about yourself with family, as your charisma is more charming than you might think. [size=+1]The Trickster[/size] July 2 - August 15 Though you’re normally orderly, though often only in your own opinion, things may have gotten a little less organized. For your own peace of mind, regroup but don’t stress over it. [size=+1]The Ally[/size] August 16 - October 1 You are sorting through the experiences of the last several months, separating the worthwhile from the worthless. November will be a good chance for you to focus on building skills and recuperating your wellbeing and health. Give yourself a break to make sure you don't get exhausted and burnt out before the major holidays. [size=+1]The Shadow[/size] October 2 - November 15 This month you may find your talents at revealing and exploiting resources will earn you the admiration of others, but don’t miss opportunities to utilize this. Missed opportunity will likely lead to regret. [size=+1]The Rebirth[/size] November 16 - January 1 Your idiosyncratic brilliance is rising to a fever pitch. Any moment, you may boil into a virtuoso so let your whims take you as they will this month. November should be good for you, you ought to embrace this and use it to recharge. CURTAIN CALL That wraps up this month's newsletter. November is promising to be another amazing month for activity. So when you start getting stressed out with so many new faces, just remember that you too were new once. Have a little patience and you will be surprised at how fun people can be. Keep an eye on the Announcements and the Feedback forum as we continue to ask the community what it needs while we grow.