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Reporter: "Hi! I'm revisiting a place that has recently gotten more activity - the AiB Pokémon League! We turn our lens on the challenger MetaBowser. There's something about this Trainer that piqued our interest. What was it? The fact that he was the first challenger to beat the league after it restructured! How do you feel to be the first to accomplish this?

MetaBowser: “I feel very grateful and extremely lucky. To be honest, I thought that I would be the third of fourth person to win, especially since Volke and Uber were both challenging the league at the same time and I remember how badly I was beaten by the old league.”

Reporter: "Oh yeah. Uber is very close to beating the champion too – I might have someone else to interview soon! Why did you decide to go for the elite trainer challenge instead of the easier ones first? Considering the league gave you trouble last time, you know."

MetaBowser: "I went straight for elite because you waved that name color in my face."

Reporter: "A straight answer! That name color is rather unique isn’t it? It’s great that people can find motivation for a difficult challenge from it. As a side note to everyone else, remember that all three badges give a different name color. Go challenge the league! Okay, I’m done. So, what made you choose rock and dark for your monotypes?"

MetaBowser: "At first, I actually wanted to go fire, but when I tested them out on Showdown, they went down like Pidgeys. I couldn't have that. It was either rock or ground because rock is my favorite type and ground seemed stronger. I asked Gardy about it and he thought ground, but then I read that Barbaracle is low tier. At the time, Barbaracle looked like the best pokémon I could possibly use (I played more Pokémon on 3ds than showdown and most of those battles were pre pokebank). Anyway, I chose dark to counter Foodies. My battles against her back when I was trying to win the prodigy badge were just sad, so I wanted to be sure that I could counter her."
 
Reporter:  "Planning ahead I see! The elite 4 members actually had a debate on what the best types were to challenge each division. I think the conclusion was Steel because of its defensive typing. Dark doesn’t seem like a bad choice either, given the ghost team’s general performance against most challengers. Why did you choose Greninja and Scizor as your wildcards?"

MetaBowser: "Rock and dark hardly gave me any good priority and my dark team is weak against fairies, so Scizor was a must. That, and Scizor seemed like the perfect Pokémon to counter iSpin with.  Greninja is ridiculously fast and almost always performs well in general, so I decided to have him because he's great for coverage."

Reporter: "Priority is great in battles. Quite a few of the elite 4 members have complained about Talonflame. I feel like I can predict the answer to this based on your previous response, but I’ll ask it anyway. Which one of your Pokémon was the most valuable in the challenge and why?"

MetaBowser:"In my opinion, my most valuable pokemon was definitely Scizor. Without it, I would have never even beaten iSpin. I remember how I switched to Archeops in my match with him for the sole purpose of preserving Scizor. Hydreigon is a close second because it was the only Pokemon I could trust to actually one-shot something."

Reporter:"Hm, it appears that iSpin looked to counter your team’s types (before he changed at least). Scizor was definitely a good choice for him. Speaking of that, which member gave you the most trouble and why? Was it iSpin?"

MetaBowser: "Yoshinendo was supposed to give me the most trouble. Me and Goofy both said so, but Foodies managed to prove me wrong with destiny bonds and focus sashes. Golurk was sashed. ( ಠ_ಠ) I never made that many changes to my team to beat a single member of the league up until then. Have you ever felt forced to put taunt on a Honchkrow just to get past a Gengar? It isn’t fun..."

Reporter: "Haha, she’s the fourth member of the league for a reason. But you managed to defeat her in the end, that’s what counts! Is there any advice you'd like to give to upcoming challengers?"

MetaBowser: "If you're going to go for it, you should ask other people for team building advice. Gardy and TheGoofyRapist helped me exponentially with that. I have minuscule originality when it comes to games and I'm an awful team builder, so I couldn't have done it without them. More advice is to always try to have more than one trump card, because the elite 4 members get to use wild cards too. One bad read on your part can ruin a battle, especially when you have a monotype team."

Reporter:"The power of friendship! Quite a fitting theme for Pokémon, isn’t it. Gardy would help a lot since he used to be a gym leader for the league, wasn’t he? Moving slightly off topic here: what’s your favorite Pokémon?"

MetaBowser: "My favorite Pokémon has been Latias since Pokémon Emerald because I had the most fun catching it. Emerald was my first Pokémon game and I already used my Masterball on Rayquaza. After chasing it for a few days, I just threw an Ultraball on the perfectly healthy dragon and it worked. I kept on liking it because I found out that it had competitive value. A few years ago on the Pokémon Online program, I gave it a salac berry to try and make it a fast tank and it worked, to an extent."

Reporter: "What luck! Now that you've beaten the league, what do you plan to do?"

Metabowser: "I’m going to stop asking Tyler and Nikorasu for battles. I’m going to take a nice break from Pokémon, unless someone invites me to a wifi tournament."

Reporter: "Hey, does anyone want to host a tournament to challenge the person who first beat the revamped Pokémon league? He’s waiting~ Joking aside - Are there any comments you want to make?"

MetaBowser: "I had to change my moves drastically to stand a chance. I tried to make safe plays, and things still went wrong, often. My first league battle against Lemonjack (Horsy) was supposed to be a piece of cake. I gave my team a few ice moves to make short work of him. Things went very wrong... To be honest, things mostly went wrong when i went in thinking that it would be an easy win. I can tell that most of you really don't want to lose."

Reporter:"Who wants to lose? I still cry whenever I challenge upcoming trainers to battles and they steamroll me. No, not really…*tear* Time to wrap this up. Can you give us a succinct, one word summary of your experience?"

Metabowser: "If I am to sum up my experience in one word, the world would be 'Satisfaction'."

Reporter:“Mmm! That’s deep! There’s deep significance behind that quote! I’m glad you enjoyed your time against the league. Everyone else remember, it could be you here getting interviewed next time! Just take on the Pokémon league challenge! Anyway, until next time, see you!”

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If you are interested in watching the final battle, it is here: http://replay.pokemonshowdown.com/ou-141383345

Welcome to the newest Question of the Week, hosted by yours truly, the stunning and magnificent Zano.  Today's article features a new addition to our judging panel, so please welcome Volke Aeno to the cast of judges that will decide your fate (yay).  This question didn't seem to inspire much creativity, as a majority of the responses were basically the same and outside of a few, didn't wow the judges.  I hope this next question will get the creative juices flowing so we have a much harder time deciding a clear cut winner, but regardless I'm glad you all take your time to give your responses, I <3 all of you.  Anyway, let's get started. 


Information: 
   
Each time an article is posted, it will contain a question to be answered. Just post your answer in the comments section of the article to participate. Easy right? The best answer and runner ups will be chosen by a panel of judges that includes: Foodies, Yoshinendo, Zano, OrangeFox, Toxic Spectrum, Volke Aeno, and Nether Specter.    

Despite the name, I will be hosting this biweekly (every other week) on either Thursday or Friday. The specific day depends on the number of other articles that need to be posted for the week.     

The articles will contain the response of the winner and up to 3 runner ups for the previous question. If participation is low, there will be fewer runner ups; the minimum number of entrants for a contest to be judged is 4. Submissions will close one week after the article is posted.    

Guidelines:     
- As stated above, just post a comment to this article to participate.     
None of the questions will have a direct, correct answer. If one does, the question chosen was bad and I give you permission to type angrily at me.       
- With that in mind, make sure your answer is creative! Being clever, witty, and/or funny will heavily influence your chances (in your favor, of course) of having the best answer!  If you want to be really thorough, maybe even consider the preferences of the judges.     
- It’s possible to answer some of the questions in one sentence, but writing slightly longer responses will most likely help you win. However, if your one-liner is amazing we won’t discount it just because it is short. Similarly, if you submit a wall of text with nothing of substance don’t expect to win just because your answer is long.     
- Your answer must pertain to the question.     
- You may only post one answer. If you post more than one, only the first will be looked at.     
- Keep your answers appropriate.     
- Proper grammar and punctuation helps.     

Prizes:     
QotW winner     
QotW runner up     

Note: There is no participation badge due to the nature of the contest (typing one sentence with no thought can take 10 seconds), so make sure to put effort into your answers!     

Want to suggest a question for future Question of the Weeks?     
Send Zano a PM (not Foodies, never Foodies) with a subject with something along the lines of: “QotW question suggestion”     

Your question should be Smash/AiB-related, appropriate, and thought provoking. Questions that have the potential to produce entertaining answers are also highly preferred. Do not send questions that could cause a flame war (Ex: Should the community ban MetaKnight?), questions that can be answered with just yes or no (Ex: Is playing against Ice Climbers annoying?), or questions with correct answers (Ex: How many mid-air jumps does Kirby have?).     

Here are some past examples to help your question designing:     
- Which SSBB character would be the best at playing SSBB?     
- You wake up as your main. What do you do?     
- If every character was as powerful as they are in their actual game, who would be the best/worst fighter, and why?     

The questions that are featured will give credit to people who asked them. You also get a badge! Note: You may not participate in the contest if the question featured for the contest is the one you suggested.     

Prize:     
QotW featured questioner     


Results:     
And now, here are the results from the previous competition! The question was: "How Do Sandbags Get Back To The Platform In Hrc?"    

★ ★ Winner ★ ★     
[ ]: 
    

"Lakitu, putting people back on track since 1992." 

Judge’s comments:    

"and he still does it without any thanks given ;-;" 
"At least we know who he is." 
"Lakitu is the biggest hero of them all." 
"This one was the only one I really liked." 
"To the rescue for the billionth time" 

= Runner ups =     

Luckytime:     

"After every contest, the character you were playing has to run all the way over to sandbag and do the same thing in reverse." 

Judge’s comments:     

"Some will have an easier time than others.." 
"I feel bad for any world-record holders." 
"Double the fun!" 

Hamek:     

"He doesn't. He is instead torn asunder and his innards are feasted upon by the masses. 
They instead replace sandbag after every toss. He's been on the ground and some fighters use their mouths to attack, it'd be unsanitary to use him more than once." 

Judge’s comments:  
    
"Graphic, but I'll go with it." 
"It was delicious." 
"Nasty, but I like the thought of it." 


Congrats to the winner and runnerups!   

Finally, here’s the question for this edition’s Question of the Week! "Which Smash character would make a good politician and why?" - NiteNinja

After taking in feedback from the public and discussing possible methods of reconstruction, we have finalized results. The league is now separated into two divisions: 3DS and Pokémon Showdown!

Each division consists of 5 people: The Elite 4 and the Champion. You must battle the members in a pre-determined order, similar to the Pokémon game. Once you beat the first person, you are allowed to move on and challenge the second person. To keep roughly the same difficulty as the previous league (since there is a reduced minimum number of battles), there is a penalty for losing matches. You will get 2 attempts against the same person. If you lose twice to the same person, you will be bumped down on the elite 4 "ladder" and will need to win against the previous member again to continue. Of course, you may challenge the first person as many times as you need to win.

In addition to the penalty, Elite 4 members now have the option to use Dual-type teams or the original monotype wildcard setup. Dual-typing means a leader's team will consist of all pokémon with at least one of the two selected types. Each member's preference will be noted in their thread title, so you will know what you are getting into.

And now, a summary of who is actually participating in the league, and the types they are representing. Note that they are also listed in the order they should be challenged.

3DS division:
Faketime - Mono-Bug Type
Volke Aeno - Dual Dragon/Fairy Type
Lightlanayru - Dual Psychic/Flying Type
Midnite - Dual Steel/Water Type
Zanryo - Mixed Types

Showdown division:
Horsy- Mono-Dragon Type
iSpin - Dual Grass/Steel Type
Yoshinendo - Dual Water/Electric Type
Foodies - Mono-Ghost Type
Hamek - Mixed Types

We are aware that in this format, there's the possibility of progress being clogged by an inactive member. In the case that a member does not respond in 3 days, another member of the league will be allowed to sub for them. Post in the substitution request thread for these cases.

Depending on how many players can beat the league and how lazy the content team is, we may be doing "Pokémon reporter" interviews for everyone who completes the challenge. These are for fun and you are free to decline, of course. Your achievement will also be recorded into the Hall of Fame so everyone will know of your amazing Pokémon trainer skills!!! Exclamation point.

And for those who don't know or don't remember, a refresher on the prizes!

Badge name - name color : requirements
Pokémon Master badge –  pink (existing) : For completing a normal league challenge
Pokémon Prodigy badge – purple (existing) : For completing a monotype or UU league challenge
Elite trainer – Yellow with Blue outline (exclusive!) : For completing a UU monotype league challenge

Sample:


Everyone who wants to challenge the league must join the official group. Remember to read all the rules and information first! 


I hope this newly restructured league gives the flexibility and motivation for more people to participate! If you have any questions or comments, feel free to post below or in the group shoutouts.

Hello and welcome to another edition of question of the week! I would have had this out sooner if my power wasn't out all day, but that didn't stop tyrant Foodies from cracking the whip on me to get it done by tonight :( Anyways, this edition had a lot of varied voting, judges all had very different opinions on the majority of their votes, but in the end 3 users stood out above the rest in their top spots.

Information: 
Each time an article is posted, it will contain a question to be answered. Just post your answer in the comments section of the article to participate. Easy right? The best answer and runner ups will be chosen by a panel of judges that includes: Foodies, Yoshinendo, Zano, OrangeFox, Toxic Spectrum, and Nether Specter. 

Despite the name, I will be hosting this biweekly (every other week) on either Thursday or Friday. The specific day depends on the number of other articles that need to be posted for the week.  

The articles will contain the response of the winner and up to 3 runner ups for the previous question. If participation is low, there will be fewer runner ups; the minimum number of entrants for a contest to be judged is 4. Submissions will close one week after the article is posted.  

Guidelines:  
- As stated above, just post a comment to this article to participate.  
None of the questions will have a direct, correct answer. If one does, the question chosen was bad and I give you permission to type angrily at me.    
- With that in mind, make sure your answer is creative! Being clever, witty, and/or funny will heavily influence your chances (in your favor, of course) of having the best answer!  If you want to be really thorough, maybe even consider the preferences of the judges.  
- It’s possible to answer some of the questions in one sentence, but writing slightly longer responses will most likely help you win. However, if your one-liner is amazing we won’t discount it just because it is short. Similarly, if you submit a wall of text with nothing of substance don’t expect to win just because your answer is long.  
- Your answer must pertain to the question.  
- You may only post one answer. If you post more than one, only the first will be looked at.  
- Keep your answers appropriate.  
- Proper grammar and punctuation helps.  

Prizes:  
QotW winner  
QotW runner up  

Note: There is no participation badge due to the nature of the contest (typing one sentence with no thought can take 10 seconds), so make sure to put effort into your answers!  

Want to suggest a question for future Question of the Weeks?  
Send Zano a PM (not Foodies, never Foodies) with a subject with something along the lines of: “QotW question suggestion”  

Your question should be Smash/AiB-related, appropriate, and thought provoking. Questions that have the potential to produce entertaining answers are also highly preferred. Do not send questions that could cause a flame war (Ex: Should the community ban MetaKnight?), questions that can be answered with just yes or no (Ex: Is playing against Ice Climbers annoying?), or questions with correct answers (Ex: How many mid-air jumps does Kirby have?).  

Here are some past examples to help your question designing:  
- Which SSBB character would be the best at playing SSBB?  
- You wake up as your main. What do you do?  
- If every character was as powerful as they are in their actual game, who would be the best/worst fighter, and why?  

The questions that are featured will give credit to people who asked them. You also get a badge! Note: You may not participate in the contest if the question featured for the contest is the one you suggested.  

Prize:  
QotW featured questioner  


Results:  
And now, here are the results from the previous competition! The question was: "Where did Master Hand come from?" 

★ ★ Winner ★ ★  
Volke Aeno: 
 

"Theologically speaking, asking about the origins of Master Hand would be like asking the origins of a deity with an eternal existence. A paradox of existence that drives faith, realistic debate, and petty internet arguments."

Judge’s comments: 
"Just exploded my brain."
"Way to avoid the question :v"
"Mind = Blown"
""


= Runner ups =  
LinkmasterX9:  

"Master Hand is you and your inner child imagination playing with old dolls and eventually replaced them with action figures/trophies. You create the world they're in and the adventures they go through."

Judge’s comments:  
"Either way, you never get too old to play with toys"
"Creative response, loved the visual."
"I like the thought of that. (:"


Meek:  

"When you select your character, you forcefully use a glove against its own will to direct where you want that token. Every time you drop the token on a character portrait, it squishes that gloves thumb. Unbeknownst to the users, that token actually weighs quite a significant amount of weight! After having his thumb squished countless times by the cruel user-base of Super Smash Bros, then was born what we know as "Master Hand", a manifestation born off of the character select screen gloves hatred towards all of humanity."

Judge’s comments:  
"Never would've thought of something like that, I like it. Squish."
"I never noticed the glove on the character screen until today "


Congrats to the winner and runnerups!

Finally, here’s the question for this edition’s Question of the Week!

 

"Pick a Smash character. If they went to high school, what subjects would they pass and fail and why?" - Rocket

Reporter: "Hi! Today I'm visiting the area where dreams are mostly crushed, the AiB Pokémon League! We turn our lens on the challenger Foodies. There's something about this Trainer that piqued our interest. What was it? The fact that she was the first challenger to defeat the champion, Hamek, in both the normal and underused monotype league challenges! How do you feel to be the first to accomplish this?”

Foodies: “It felt great to have my planning pay off, though I got lucky (somewhat necessary for a win when you are using a handicapped team). I had to challenge Hamek and some gyms multiple times, but there’s no penalty for losing after you defeated each gym leader once. As for being the first, it’s not anything special when there was only one other person, Progfox, who seemed to be serious about getting to challenge the champion…which is why you are here to get some coverage!”

Reporter: “That’s my job! It sounds like you had quite a journey trying to collect all the badges. Which one of your Pokémon was the most valuable in the challenge?”

Foodies: “For the most recent challenge, I’d say my Aerodactyl. Meteor. His speed and wide variety of offensive coverage was indispensible for this venture. Though it still bothers me how stone edge seems to miss the times I need it. Another honorable mention is my Emolga, Kimmy. I was debating putting her on the team at all at first – I finally did because I couldn’t think of any other Pokémon that would be better. She did what she was supposed to do (absorb electric attacks) well, so I’m very glad I included her.”

Reporter: “Meteor - a flying rock, I get it, haha. Kimmy sounds familiar… Anyway! If I remember correctly, you are also the ghost-type gym leader. Why did you choose to take the challenge with a monoflying instead of monoghost? It appears as though you have a pretty impressive win-loss record for challengers as well – I hear that some people consider the ghost gym to be the hardest. Care to share some secrets to beating your gym?”

Foodies: “Pfft, nah. But I will say there is a certain Pokémon that can completely sweep my team (aside from wildcard). Challengers can think about that one. Being the type with the least amount of species, there were only a few ghost Pokémon that meet the restrictions of underused, and I did not want to limit myself that much for the challenge. As for being the hardest gym, it really depends on the types of Pokémon that challengers bring.  Each gym brings its own obstacles – but if I had to pick, the Fairy, Electric, and Water gyms gave me some trouble (and not just because I was running an underused flying monotype!). Gardy’s double format forces people to get a bit more creative, while Yoshinendo and Zanryo have good typing and nice choices of wildcards to work with.

Reporter: “Fascinating! All challengers make a note to look out for those leaders. Do you happen to have any advice for any hopeful challengers to the league?”

Foodies: “Take some time planning out your team before challenging the league, since you can’t change the list without forfeiting prior wins. For Pokémon recommendations for the normal challenge (or wildcards for the harder challenges), I’d suggest Rotom-W and Excadrill. Rotom-W is an all-around reliable choice, while Excadrill’s makes fights with quite a few gym leaders much easier (Volke, why are you crying?). And really, just try! Even losses will allow you to gather information about the gym, which you can use to win the next time around. If it is any motivation at all, I just started competitive Pokémon a few months ago, and I was able to overcome this challenge.”

Reporter: “Well that’s about all the time we have right now. Can you give us a succinct, one word summary of your experience?”

Foodies: “No.”

Reporter: “Mmm! That’s deep! There’s deep significance behind that quote! Next time, we hope to interview some other gym leaders and possibly some challengers to the league. Go on, set up some times to face the gym leaders! There are badges to be earned and it could be you interviewed next time! -- oh wait, hold on. I’m getting a message from our manager. Before I conclude this segment, it looks like the league’s very own Psychic mistress will be hosting a Pokémon wi-fi tournament in less than a week from now, as a commemoration to the recent game announcement of the Gen III remakes, Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire! And yes, you heard me correctly, this isn’t a simulator tournament. Do check out the tournament page for more details! Anyway, until next time, see you!

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This is also a note to say that the Pokémon league badges now have name colors attached to them for added motivation!
Pokémon Master badge –  pink (existing)
Pokémon Prodigy badge – purple (existing)
Elite trainer – Yellow with Blue outline (new!)

Sample:


If you are interested in watching the UU Monotype battle, it is here: http://replay.pokemonshowdown.com/ou-117366229

I said this was going to be posted tomorrow but the other article never got posted in the end so here we are, updating as usual. Zano will be taking over the hosting for the QotW's after this edition. Feel free to be mean to him. Kidding.

Information:
Each time an article is posted, it will contain a question to be answered. Just post your answer in the comments section of the article to participate. Easy right? The best answer and runner ups will be chosen by a panel of judges that includes: Foodies, Yoshinendo, Zano, OrangeFox, Toxic Spectrum, and Nether Specter.

Despite the name, I will be hosting this biweekly (every other week) on either Thursday or Friday. The specific day depends on the number of other articles that need to be posted for the week.

The articles will contain the response of the winner and up to 3 runner ups for the previous question. If participation is low, there will be fewer runner ups; the minimum number of entrants for a contest to be judged is 4. Submissions will close one week after the article is posted.

Guidelines:
- As stated above, just post a comment to this article to participate.
- None of the questions will have a direct, correct answer. If one does, the question chosen was bad and I give you permission to type angrily at me.
- With that in mind, make sure your answer is creative! Being clever, witty, and/or funny will heavily influence your chances (in your favor, of course) of having the best answer! If you want to be really thorough, maybe even consider the preferences of the judges.
- It’s possible to answer some of the questions in one sentence, but writing slightly longer responses will most likely help you win. However, if your one-liner is amazing we won’t discount it just because it is short. Similarly, if you submit a wall of text with nothing of substance don’t expect to win just because your answer is long.
- Your answer must pertain to the question.
- You may only post one answer. If you post more than one, only the first will be looked at.
- Keep your answers appropriate.
- Proper grammar and punctuation helps.

Prizes:
QotW winner
QotW runner up

Note: There is no participation badge due to the nature of the contest (typing one sentence with no thought can take 10 seconds), so make sure to put effort into your answers!

Want to suggest a question for future Question of the Weeks?
Send Foodies a PM with a subject with something along the lines of: “QotW question suggestion”

Your question should be Smash/AiB-related, appropriate, and thought provoking. Questions that have the potential to produce entertaining answers are also highly preferred. Do not send questions that could cause a flame war (Ex: Should the community ban MetaKnight?), questions that can be answered with just yes or no (Ex: Is playing against Ice Climbers annoying?), or questions with correct answers (Ex: How many mid-air jumps does Kirby have?).

Here are some past examples to help your question designing:
- Which SSBB character would be the best at playing SSBB?
- You wake up as your main. What do you do?
- If every character was as powerful as they are in their actual game, who would be the best/worst fighter, and why?

The questions that are featured will give credit to people who asked them. You also get a badge! Note: You may not participate in the contest if the question featured for the contest is the one you suggested.

Prize:
QotW featured questioner


Results:
And now, here are the results from the previous competition! The question was: "What character, if included in the next Smash, would bring the most excitement to your main and why?”


★ ★ Winner ★ ★
Italian Falcon:

"R.O.B. would love to see Vaporeon confirmed for Smash 4. It might seem like an odd choice, but if Vaporeon used its Water Absorb ability on stages with water it would get rid of it, making it so R.O.B. can't short-circuit."

Judge’s comments:
"Creative answer."
"If fountain of dreams returned, he'd be top tier."
"Clever but remember Vaporeon also has many Water attacks"
"An odd couple relationship, but it can obviously work."

= Runner ups =
Volke Aeno:

"Yoshi would definitely want Shy Guy for SSB4. Because they're delicious."

Judge’s comments:
"it would also mean yoshi has a MU in his favor for once"
"Yoshi vs Shy Guy = 10/0"
"Shy guys are adorable! I would so main Shy guy ):"
"My favorite meal of the day."

xzx:
"Wario would love to have Waluigi, but he is an Assist Trophy. Wario: "Regardless of who summons you, don't attack me! Attack them!! Waaah-hahahahahah-HAAAH!!!" Waluigi: "Great idea! But what happens if there are four of you in a match?" Wario: "Omm... Attack the fattest one!!" Waluigi: "... Nah, I will attack all of you then. You all look like fat tennis balls! WAH HAHAH!!" Wario: "Oh shut up, branch man!""

Judge's comments:
"Walugi SERIOUSLY needs to be in Smash 4 although there is no hope. Comical response."
"Take Wario out, put Waluigi in, please. At least Waluigi isn't as disgusting as Wario. :l"
"Attack the fattest one but... they're all clones"
"Expecting Waluigi to be an assist trophy? TOO BAD! WALUIGI TIME!"

Ryuuko:
"Zelda wants to see Ganon back so she won't be very last on the tier list."

Judge’s comments:
"He won't necessarily suck in Smash 4 but I lol'd."
"inb4Ganonistoptier"


Congrats to the winner and runnerups!

Finally, here’s the question for this edition’s Question of the Week!

"It's the zombie apocalypse, and you can have one member of the SSBB cast on your survival team. Who do you choose and why?"  - LtSykes

What are you waiting for? Post your answers!
After a month or so of planning and annoying some people to get their teams and threads settled, I would like to announce the revival of AiB's Pokémon League! The league is open to anyone to participate in, even if you do not have a 3DS. In fact, a majority (but not all) of gym leaders would rather you challenge them on Pokémon Showdown.

The league consists of 10 gym leaders and the champion. Challengers need to defeat at least 5 of the gym leaders to earn the right to challenge the champion. If you manage to defeat the champion you will earn the Pokémon Master badge! If you complete the process with a restricted team, you can earn the Elite trainer and Pokémon Prodigy badges! This time around, we will also be implementing a rule where if you manage to beat 10 of the gym leaders, you will not need to re-challenge 5 gyms again to regain access to challenge the champion if you lost previously.

So who are these people anyway? Here's a list!

Gym Leaders
- Type
Foodies - Ghost
Gardy - Fairy
Horsy - Dragon
iSpiN - Grass
lightlanayru - Psychic
Midnite - Dark
TM Mango - Flying
Volke Aeno - Poison
Yoshinendo - Water
Zanryo - Electric

Champion
Hamek - Mixed

Everyone who wants to challenge the league must join the official group. Remember to read all the rules and information first! 


I hope everyone who is interested takes a look and tries it out! If you have any questions, feel free to post below or in the group shoutouts. Have fun~

I can finally update this! Unfortunately, most responses were deleted since the server was reset. But luckily the contest was already judged and I still have the list of winners (just not what they wrote exactly), so we will proceed from here. I would also like to announce that OutcasT Enshento has joined the judging committee.

Information:
Each time an article is posted, it will contain a question to be answered. Just post your answer in the comments section of the article to participate. Easy right? The best answer and runner ups will be chosen by a panel of judges that includes: Foodies, Toxic Spectrum, Yoshinendo, Zano, OrangeFox, and OutcasT Enshento.

Despite the name, I will be hosting this biweekly (every other week) on either Thursday or Friday. The specific day depends on the number of other articles that need to be posted for the week.

The articles will contain the response of the winner and up to 3 runner ups for the previous question. If participation is low, there will be fewer runner ups; the minimum number of entrants for a contest to be judged is 4. Submissions will close one week after the article is posted.

Guidelines:
- As stated above, just post a comment to this article to participate.
- None of the questions will have a direct, correct answer. If one does, the question chosen was bad and I give you permission to type angrily at me.  
- With that in mind, make sure your answer is creative! Being clever, witty, and/or funny will heavily influence your chances (in your favor, of course) of having the best answer!  If you want to be really thorough, maybe even consider the preferences of the judges.
- It’s possible to answer some of the questions in one sentence, but writing slightly longer responses will most likely help you win. However, if your one-liner is amazing we won’t discount it just because it is short. Similarly, if you submit a wall of text with nothing of substance don’t expect to win just because your answer is long.
- Your answer must pertain to the question.
- You may only post one answer. If you post more than one, only the first will be looked at.
- Keep your answers appropriate.
- Proper grammar and punctuation helps.

Prizes:
QotW winner
QotW runner up

Note: There is no participation badge due to the nature of the contest (typing one sentence with no thought can take 10 seconds), so make sure to put effort into your answers!

Want to suggest a question for future Question of the Weeks?
Send Foodies a PM with a subject with something along the lines of: “QotW question suggestion”

Your question should be Smash/AiB-related, appropriate, and thought provoking. Questions that have the potential to produce entertaining answers are also highly preferred. Do not send questions that could cause a flame war (Ex: Should the community ban MetaKnight?), questions that can be answered with just yes or no (Ex: Is playing against Ice Climbers annoying?), or questions with correct answers (Ex: How many mid-air jumps does Kirby have?).

Here are some past examples to help your question designing:
- Which SSBB character would be the best at playing SSBB?
- You wake up as your main. What do you do?
- If every character was as powerful as they are in their actual game, who would be the best/worst fighter, and why?

The questions that are featured will give credit to people who asked them. You also get a badge! Note: You may not participate in the contest if the question featured for the contest is the one you suggested.

Prize:
QotW featured questioner


Results:
And now, here are the results from the previous competition! The question was: “What is Captain Falcon's favorite dance move and why?”

1st: Meek, with something along the lines of SHFFs and moonwalking! Runner ups: Hamek, whose response you can actually read since he posted it early enough to avoid the reset; Volke Aeno, with something along the lines of he doesn't have a favorite dance move because he asks people to "Show me your moves!";  DLA, with something along the lines of Isai. I have a pretty good memory right? *cough* Unfortunately, I don't remember the judges' comments so we're out of luck there.

Congrats to the winner and runnerups!

Let's get things up and running again! Here’s the question for this edition’s Question of the Week!

What would you do if you could spend a day with your main? ~ccst

What are you waiting for? Post your answers!

The DDoS finally ended, and we are able to move onto the next edition of the QotW! Not. The site crashes for 10 days with no real explanation. The judges were destroyed by the downtime and only 2 got in their votes. I don't want to delay the contest any longer though so we're moving on.

These next few paragraphs with the contest information will be repeated in all issues, so you can skip over them it you’ve read them previously.

Information:
Each time an article is posted, it will contain a question to be answered. Just post your answer in the comments section of the article to participate. Easy right? The best answer and runner ups will be chosen by a panel of judges that includes: Foodies, Horsy, NiteNinja, Yoshinendo, Zano, and OrangeFox.

Despite the name, I will be hosting this biweekly (every other week) on either Thursday or Friday. The specific day depends on the number of other articles that need to be posted for the week.

The articles will contain the response of the winner and up to 3 runner ups for the previous question. If participation is low, there will be fewer runner ups; the minimum number of entrants for a contest to be judged is 4. Submissions will close one week after the article is posted.

Guidelines:
- As stated above, just post a comment to this article to participate.
- None of the questions will have a direct, correct answer. If one does, the question chosen was bad and I give you permission to type angrily at me.  
- With that in mind, make sure your answer is creative! Being clever, witty, and/or funny will heavily influence your chances (in your favor, of course) of having the best answer!  If you want to be really thorough, maybe even consider the preferences of the judges.
- It’s possible to answer some of the questions in one sentence, but writing slightly longer responses will most likely help you win. However, if your one-liner is amazing we won’t discount it just because it is short. Similarly, if you submit a wall of text with nothing of substance don’t expect to win just because your answer is long.
- Your answer must pertain to the question.
- You may only post one answer. If you post more than one, only the first will be looked at.
- Keep your answers appropriate.
- Proper grammar and punctuation helps.

Prizes:
QotW winner
QotW runner up

Note: There is no participation badge due to the nature of the contest (typing one sentence with no thought can take 10 seconds), so make sure to put effort into your answers!

Want to suggest a question for future Question of the Weeks?
Send Foodies a PM with a subject with something along the lines of: “QotW question suggestion”

Your question should be Smash/AiB-related, appropriate, and thought provoking. Questions that have the potential to produce entertaining answers are also highly preferred. Do not send questions that could cause a flame war (Ex: Should the community ban MetaKnight?), questions that can be answered with just yes or no (Ex: Is playing against Ice Climbers annoying?), or questions with correct answers (Ex: How many mid-air jumps does Kirby have?).

Here are some past examples to help your question designing:
- Which SSBB character would be the best at playing SSBB?
- You wake up as your main. What do you do?
- If every character was as powerful as they are in their actual game, who would be the best/worst fighter, and why?

The questions that are featured will give credit to people who asked them. You also get a badge! Note: You may not participate in the contest if the question featured for the contest is the one you suggested.

Prize:
QotW featured questioner


Results:
And now, here are the results from the previous competition! The question was: “Of all the moves in Brawl, which one terrifies you the most and why?”


★ ★ Winner ★ ★
DLA
:
"DDD's down throw. Not necessarily because of how good it is, but also because I'm horrified to imagine where DDD's opponent goes after he sits on them, prior to popping out. And THEN to think that most opponents have to suffer this fate three or four more times before they reach the edge of the stage and get smashed in the face by a hammer.

I've even heard rumors that some larger characters can never escape the torture, their life becoming an endless cycle of disappearing into DDD's body through some unknown orifice, and being forcefully expelled just far enough to be grabbed and sat upon once more. The implications are quite dark for a children's video game."

Judge’s comments:
"Some unknown orifice is making me laugh. DDD's chaingrab destroys many characters as well. "
"The description is pretty hilarious and the answer is really well written."

= Runner ups =
Meek:
"Out of all the moves in Brawl, I would have to say Sonics up-tilt would be the most absolute terrifying move in the game. From a competitive standpoint, it covers absolutely no options, and is completely impractical to use. Looking at the move is rather strange, because you can clearly see him kick in the air 2 (TWO) times, but it hits 3 (THREE) times! How is this even possible? Does he kick you the first time so fast, that your eyes can't even catch it?

I know that if Sonic walked up to me and kicked me like that, I'd be a bit curious as to where 3 kicks came from when I only saw 2."

Judge’s comments:
"I want to know why this happens too."
"2 kicks but 3 hits? "Gotta fast! Gotta go faster!"


Volke Aeno:
“You have tripped, and cannot get up (likely lagging it out on Wifi). You look around and you see a figure that, at your angle, you can hardly see. It approaches, and pulls out what looks like a hammer, and some sort of sign. Likely a list with your name on it. You hear a deafening "BEEP!" and you prepare for the worst. Without any real motion, you get hit. You're still there, and look up at the sign the figure is holding. It says "1," and you count your blessings. You have survived the Judgment of Mr. Game and Watch... for now. Surely, you will not be so lucky next time.”

Judge’s comments:
"I liked the writing but a 1 isn't scary so he loses some points there."
"The build up is pretty good, I guess he's trying to show how bad tripping into a Judgment can be. Guess that guy got lucky with a 1."


Radiant Angel Admiral Pit:
"There's mixed feelings about this one.
Part of my mind says Snake U-tilt not just for being a cheap overpowered move that can hit you WITHOUT his foot actually touching you, but it makes you wonder how a male could bend his leg that well and high in a split second without receiving pain himself. After all, it's rare for a guy to be very flexible compared to females.
Then part of my mind says Yoshi's grab/throws and neutral-B, just knowing that you're being pulled into his mouth by a sticky tongue, then your whole body is eaten alive instantly, then chewed up and spat out by what seems like a cute little dinosaur that has NO teeth! Or maybe worse, being pooped out and trapped inside an egg all of a sudden to where he or others can freely continue to hurt you while you're in it. The fact that he can do this in like a single second and that he can do this to others much bigger than him shows that this is indeed terrifying.

To make it short: A man hurting you badly with his seemingly unnaturally flexible foot even without the foot actually touching you, or being eaten whole by a small toothless dinosaur, then chewed up and spat out, or pooped out and trapped inside an egg to where you could receive additional pain from other attacks unless you break out of the egg... Both scary in their own rights."

Judge’s comments:
"Well he cheated by choosing 2 characters but they were written well enough."


Congrats to the winner and runnerups!

Finally, here’s the question for this edition’s Question of the Week!

"Why do Olimar's eyes bulge?"  - LuNa11712 

What are you waiting for? Post your answers!

Doesn't everyone like site crashes? Neal has stated that the recent downtime was caused by a DDoS attack. Who would even bothering doing such a thing is a question a lot of us are asking.

Moving onto QotW - the judges weren't as impressed with the responses from last week's edition, but that's bound to happen at times. Perhaps this edition's question will inspire more interesting answers. And let's also hope the site doesn't crash again and disrupt participation/judging. The contest will be postponed accordingly if that happens.

These next few paragraphs with the contest information will be repeated in all issues, so you can skip over them it you’ve read them previously.

Information:
Each time an article is posted, it will contain a question to be answered. Just post your answer in the comments section of the article to participate. Easy right? The best answer and runner ups will be chosen by a panel of judges that includes: Foodies, Horsy, NiteNinja, Yoshinendo, Zano, and OrangeFox.

Despite the name, I will be hosting this biweekly (every other week) on either Thursday or Friday. The specific day depends on the number of other articles that need to be posted for the week.

The articles will contain the response of the winner and up to 3 runner ups for the previous question. If participation is low, there will be fewer runner ups; the minimum number of entrants for a contest to be judged is 4. Submissions will close one week after the article is posted.

Guidelines:

- As stated above, just post a comment to this article to participate.
- None of the questions will have a direct, correct answer. If one does, the question chosen was bad and I give you permission to type angrily at me.  
- With that in mind, make sure your answer is creative! Being clever, witty, and/or funny will heavily influence your chances (in your favor, of course) of having the best answer!  If you want to be really thorough, maybe even consider the preferences of the judges.
- It’s possible to answer some of the questions in one sentence, but writing slightly longer responses will most likely help you win. However, if your one-liner is amazing we won’t discount it just because it is short. Similarly, if you submit a wall of text with nothing of substance don’t expect to win just because your answer is long.
- Your answer must pertain to the question.
- You may only post one answer. If you post more than one, only the first will be looked at.
- Keep your answers appropriate.
- Proper grammar and punctuation helps.

Prizes:
QotW winner
QotW runner up

Note: There is no participation badge due to the nature of the contest (typing one sentence with no thought can take 10 seconds), so make sure to put effort into your answers!

Want to suggest a question for future Question of the Weeks?
Send Foodies a PM with a subject with something along the lines of: “QotW question suggestion”

Your question should be Smash/AiB-related, appropriate, and thought provoking. Questions that have the potential to produce entertaining answers are also highly preferred. Do not send questions that could cause a flame war (Ex: Should the community ban MetaKnight?), questions that can be answered with just yes or no (Ex: Is playing against Ice Climbers annoying?), or questions with correct answers (Ex: How many mid-air jumps does Kirby have?).

Here are some past examples to help your question designing:
- Which SSBB character would be the best at playing SSBB?
- You wake up as your main. What do you do?
- If every character was as powerful as they are in their actual game, who would be the best/worst fighter, and why?

The questions that are featured will give credit to people who asked them. You also get a badge! Note: You may not participate in the contest if the question featured for the contest is the one you suggested.

Prize:
QotW featured questioner


Results:
And now, here are the results from the previous competition! The question was: “How do you think your main would act if they had an account on AiB?”

★ ★ Winner ★ ★
Volke Aeno:
"If Yoshi was an AiB member, he'd be one of MANY* POSTERS in the INCREDIBLY ACTIVE Food Court forum. I could see no other place he could gravitate to. Yoshi would post many deep topics, like "What's the tastiest Shy Guy color???"** He would get no responses, naturally. Perhaps he would even get so bored that he just replies to himself. This goes on for approximately 3 months before anyone notices that there's posts there. It would appear that the forum has been spammed by a sole user for that time. Yoshi is permabanned for this spamming, and the Food Court is deleted. The end.

*exactly 1.
**You're a liar if you answer this as anything but green."
Judge’s comments:
"Volke does it again* and I for one would be happy to unban Yoshi if he ever got banned**
*like last QoTW
**No, not at all"
"He has enlightened me about the Food Court forum. Such an amazing place that has gone unnoticed."


= Runner ups =
ccst:
"R.O.B. would fix all the site crashes, ban all the trolls, removing all adds and making so all users only get R.O.B. trading cards. But seeing how AiB would die, he would plant a visual bomb and on 13:37, the site would simply crash. Then he would be the ruler of all smash communities, and those who disobey him will get banned! In the near future all activity would perish, and R.O.B. once again wondered why he was so lonely. He then decided to do a self-destruct, making his switch set to "off". "Odd", thought R.O.B., wondering why nothing did happen to him. Then there, suddenly in front of him, was a red letter with a familiar sign on it. He curiously opened the envelope, and saw that he had an invitation, a second chance. He decided to travel back in time, fixing all the trouble he caused, and then become a super mod here. ([OO] "

Judge’s comments:
“ROB is too good with his database powers."
"I'm going to blame ROB for the site crash."


Frozn:
“Fox would be a very ****y user. But he would try his best to stop trolls and be a pretty helpful user to the site. He would be constantly fighting with Wolf. Fox would be a good lurker, stalking everyone's profiles also he would try his best to beat everyone in a tournament to try to grab his well deserved first place. He would take ladder matches serously trying to beat Meta Knight. He would be a good friend and talk to you most of the time and he would be good for brawling advice. He would boast to everyone that he can fly a ship and he can save the lylat system. Fox would may get infracted but only because he would be harassing Wolf. Fox would decorate his profile with lots of pictures of Krystal and he would block anyone who said he's dating Falco. ”

Judge’s comments:
“Pretty fair description of what was shown of his personalities in the games.”


Foodies:
"Marth would attempt to play some wifi but then quit because he was tired of the lag screwing up his dancing blades and ruining his spacing. He then would check out other areas of the site and accept all the random friend requests sent to him, even from people that seemed somewhat questionable. Marth would follow the rules and even volunteer to help the staff. He would discover that there was a certain user that seemed to be obsessed about him, which would be flattering but at the same time a bit awkward. He wouldn't know what to do about that. o_o;"

Judge’s comments:
“A pretty accurate description, just hope Shiida doesn't make an AiB accout too...”


Congrats to the winner and runnerups!

Finally, here’s the question for this edition’s Question of the Week!

"Of all the moves in Brawl, which one terrifies you the most and why?"  - luckylime

What are you waiting for? Post your answers!
It’s time for the next edition of QotW! (It's early because I got too little sleep yesterday and somehow thought it was a Thursday today!! Whoops. Not too big of a deal right?) We had a lot of creative answers for this round, which were fun for us to read. However, there were a few people that submitted past the deadline. Remember that entries close one week after the article is posted! There’s a chance that judges might still read your entry after the deadline, but I would still recommend you make your submission earlier.

*This week's deadline will be on next Thursday even though this was posted on a Wednesday.

These next few paragraphs with the contest information will be repeated in all issues, so you can skip over them it you’ve read them previously.

Information:
Each time an article is posted, it will contain a question to be answered. Just post your answer in the comments section of the article to participate. Easy right? The best answer and runner ups will be chosen by a panel of judges that includes: Foodies, Horsy, NiteNinja, Yoshinendo, Zano, and OrangeFox.

Despite the name, I will be hosting this biweekly (every other week) on either Thursday or Friday. The specific day depends on the number of other articles that need to be posted for the week.

The articles will contain the response of the winner and up to 3 runner ups for the previous question. If participation is low, there will be fewer runner ups; the minimum number of entrants for a contest to be judged is 4. Submissions will close one week after the article is posted.

Guidelines:

- As stated above, just post a comment to this article to participate.
- None of the questions will have a direct, correct answer. If one does, the question chosen was bad and I give you permission to type angrily at me.  
- With that in mind, make sure your answer is creative! Being clever, witty, and/or funny will heavily influence your chances (in your favor, of course) of having the best answer!  If you want to be really thorough, maybe even consider the preferences of the judges.
- It’s possible to answer some of the questions in one sentence, but writing slightly longer responses will most likely help you win. However, if your one-liner is amazing we won’t discount it just because it is short. Similarly, if you submit a wall of text with nothing of substance don’t expect to win just because your answer is long.
- Your answer must pertain to the question.
- You may only post one answer. If you post more than one, only the first will be looked at.
- Keep your answers appropriate.
- Proper grammar and punctuation helps.

Prizes:
QotW winner
QotW runner up

Note: There is no participation badge due to the nature of the contest (typing one sentence with no thought can take 10 seconds), so make sure to put effort into your answers!

Want to suggest a question for future Question of the Weeks?
Send Foodies a PM with a subject with something along the lines of: “QotW question suggestion”

Your question should be Smash/AiB-related, appropriate, and thought provoking. Questions that have the potential to produce entertaining answers are also highly preferred. Do not send questions that could cause a flame war (Ex: Should the community ban MetaKnight?), questions that can be answered with just yes or no (Ex: Is playing against Ice Climbers annoying?), or questions with correct answers (Ex: How many mid-air jumps does Kirby have?).

Here are some past examples to help your question designing:
- Which SSBB character would be the best at playing SSBB?
- You wake up as your main. What do you do?
- If every character was as powerful as they are in their actual game, who would be the best/worst fighter, and why?

The questions that are featured will give credit to people who asked them. You also get a badge! Note: You may not participate in the contest if the question featured for the contest is the one you suggested.

Prize:
QotW featured questioner


Results:
And now, here are the results from the previous competition! The question was: “If your main had 3 wishes what would they be and why?”


★ ★ Winner ★ ★
Luckylime: “Hey ROB! What would you do with 3 wishes?

1. Oh, he has no mouth, he was never designed to convey thoughts. We need to use his first wish to add on a speaker so he can communicate!

2. There we go! Now what does ROB want most in the world.......?
ROB has no needs or desires and so he cannot wish. We have a catch 22, for him to be able to want something, we have to use his second wish to upgrade him with an emotion-emulation program.

3. Now then... with this last wish... what does he desire the most?
'
**This had to be made into an image because it kept screwing up the post
Judge’s comments:
“ROB talking in code added a nice touch.”
“Definitely loved his and how they all tied together, and the lines of code made me laugh.”
“Nice idea, made it really seem like ROB.”
“I love how made ROB able to talk in a way that would probably seem realistic.”

= Runner ups =
Kawaii Desu Otter: “Toon Link would wish

1# he wouldn't be cut from Smash Bros 4 (for obvious reasons)

2# Tetra would drop her pantsu (for obvious reasons)

3# he wasn't voiced by a wailing infant (for obvious reasons)”

Judge’s comments:
“(for obvious reasons) lol”
“Lol no comment”
“For Obv- Damnit Foodies.”

Volke Aeno: “I've done a deep analysis on Yoshi's characters to derive his wishes.

1) As a character much like Mario (aka generic heroic stuff), there's a good chance that he would wish for peace in the Mushroom Kingdom. This would eliminate the constant problems of Bowser kidnapping Peach or generic otherworldly evil character possessing _______. Through this, I firmly believe he can thoroughly enjoy his other two wishes as much as possible.

2) "Oh god it's been years and I still hear it make the crying stop make it stop MAKE IT STOP PLEASE AHHHHHHHHHHHhh." OK, perhaps I'm projecting.

3) MELONS!!!1!!!1!”

Judge’s comments:
“I don't really get #2 but MELONS!!!1!!!1! got me.”
“Melons.”
“Oh god that 2nd wish....”

-Pretty Flacko-: “Samus' wishes

1. People would stop mistaking her as a guy. Her job seems kind of manly and all being a Bounty Hunter, but I am sure she wants credit as a female doing a man's job.

2. That she would have closure by killing Ridley for good and ridding the galaxy of Space Pirates. Ridley led Space Pirates to her planet destroying everything and everyone on it, including her parents.

3. That she would stop losing all of her weapons and suits in the beginning when she embarks on a new adventure in outer space. It'll save her all the trouble backtracking looking for them all. It is really inconvenient for her. (Although, it makes her games more challenging and fun.)”

Judge’s comments:
“Answers were accurate and the third is funny and true.”
“I can feel for Samus being mistaken for a guy always, and losing her power-ups as they fall down the drain.”
“That 3rd one, I...I just can't.”

Congrats to the winner and runnerups!

Finally, here’s the question for this edition’s Question of the Week!

"How do you think your main would act if they had an account on AiB?"  - Hamek

What are you waiting for? Post your answers!

Hey everyone! Have you ever wanted to design a card for the TCG? Well, here’s your chance now!

Because the MS Paint wildcard condition for the Duo Card Contest was so popular, we decided to adapt it and make it into a whole new contest! We will be asking you to draw the cards for the next Vending Machine series.

DOWNLOAD THIS IMAGE (right click this link, save as) AND GET TO WORK!!!


Rules:
-MS Paint only! Cards must be 100% hand drawn BY YOU in MS Paint.
-Your card should look similar to cards already available (same general shape and location of emblems, point values, etc;). Draw the template as well as the snapshot.
-The subject of your card can be anything Nintendo related! (Keep it appropriate though, of course)
-Your card doesn’t have to look derp (ex: the old VMs). But it can if you want.
-Include name, artist credit, quote, Series V2 and the game series of your subject somewhere on the card.
-Do NOT include point value, weight, rarity, or numbering your card. But DO leave space for it. After deciding winners, we will designate those values for the winners to add in (or we will do it).
-The size of the card has to be the same size as existing cards (Standard is 250 px x 360 px - pleAse use the frame image provided as your base)
-Save in PNG or BMP format only
-You can submit as many cards as you want, but keep in mind only the best will be chosen
-Judging will be done by the TCG design team
-The contest will end when we have enough submissions for the series (For reference, the past Vending series had 39 cards)

Rewards:

If chosen, your card(s) will be made into a new card
You will get a copy of your card(s) when the series is released
500 coins per card that wins
Artiste Badge
All participants will receive 500 coins for effort

Entering:
Post your submission in this thread.

If you aren’t sure what exactly you are supposed to be doing after reading all that, here are some examples for reference:

Version trying not to derp


Version derp


Note: Volke (Version derp) forgot to put Series V2 somewhere. Don’t follow that part of the example. Also for those that are easily confused, despite the examples both being FE: Awakening based, you can and are encouraged to make cards from other series.

Have fun! If you have any questions, feel free to post below or in the submission thread.

In an effort to bring back more activity to the TCG and help people complete their collections, I have written a guide for the TCG. Some of this information may be common knowledge to those who actively participate in the TCG, but I hope everyone can get at least something out of it. The guide is based on my experiences so there may be information that people might disagree with, heh.

Basic Information
First off, I’m going to assume most people know how to use the card system in general (ex: sending trades and replying to offers). If not, this thread covers most of it. Some other information that isn’t mentioned includes the fact that up to 8 cards at a time can be recycled at a time; in addition, only up to 3 cards can be offered in a single trade (per side), and more than one of the same card is not allowed in the same offer. As annoying as the restriction can be sometimes, it was implemented to prevent a glitch that would cause cards to duplicate.

A complete collection can be seen in the Card Display account, which was purposely created to display all the TCG cards. Don’t ask it for a trade – you will be ignored.

Triggers
As mentioned in the thread above, there are site actions that allow you to get more cards. Here is a list of some of them. 
Logging on AiB – Currently awards 4 cards: one from each series.  The simplest of the ways to get cards, it can be argued that it doesn’t even count as a trigger. Occasionally, there will be more cards awarded by just logging on to the site (sometimes even limited addition ones). This can either be a holiday drop or Enigma trying to fend off complaints about the difficulty of getting cards. It should be noted that the system awards the cards at 3 am EST, so logging on any time after that will count for that day.

Voting on front page polls – Awards  3 cards. Yet another easy way to get cards, but one that is not consistent as other methods because the polls only appear every so often. Don’t miss out when they do come around!
Voting on TCG group polls – Awards vary. Unlike the front page poll, the cards from the TCG group polls awards cards instantly. Furthermore, you can still go to the thread for the poll and get the cards if you missed out when the poll was featured in the group.

Getting mentioned in a news post – Awards 2 cards. This is a bit harder to accomplish for obvious reasons. I would not specifically try getting this trigger since it really is something that just happens. However, one surefire way accomplish this is to win in the “Who’s that User” competition (whenever they come around) as the winners will always be mentioned in the subsequent WTU post.

Wins on the ladder – Awards cards based on the number of wins earned on the previous day. Every two wins on singles ladder awards one card. Additional cards can also be earned after a set amount of wins or having a winning streak.
Participating in a tournament – Awards cards based on participation and if a medal was won or not. When tournament results are uploaded, the cards will be awarded the next day. It works for offline tournaments only.

Blog recommended – Awards cards based on how many recommendations received. Blogs that are recommended usually have good information in them. They can be related to tournaments or have wisdom or tips; basically, entries people would be interested in reading. They may also be something that requires community attention. But one really should be writing for the blog itself, not the cards.
Participation in Stadium – Awards cards if your scores are approved and/or a record is set.

TCG Contests – Sometimes the TCG group hosts contests that will reward cards. Currently it’s the series 5 snapshot contest (go participate! /shameless plug). I’m also planning to run a weekly one in the future so keep an eye out for that.
Even with these all the triggers, you probably don’t have a complete collection. So let’s continue to the next section, shall we?

Trading
Trading is the most effective method of getting specific cards you need (with some exceptions). Where do you find people to trade with?
TCG group – The most obvious place: this group was created to facilitate trades. Leave a shoutout and see other people’s shoutouts. It’s pretty self-explanatory and quite useful.
TCG chat – Activity here has been dead recently, but checking it every so often doesn’t hurt. If there are trading events going on, they would be in here.  Midnite will be planning a get-together soon to help make the TCG more active.

Friends list
– These people aren’t ones you added randomly to get a badge are they? Help fill each other’s collections, there are likely cards someone has that the other person doesn’t. The people on your friends list are also less likely to ignore you (I hope).

Whoever is online
– Go to the bottom of the forums page to see who is online. Chances are they participate in the card system. However, it is also somewhat likely that people will ignore a complete stranger asking for a trade.
Profile shoutouts  – One of the more effective ways, if a bit stalker-ish. The main idea is looking to see if anyone else has traded with someone that you might be able to trade with as well.
Okay, you found people willing to trade with you. Now what? Make an offer! There should be some things to keep in mind when doing this.
Rarity/Weight –The rarity of the card is indicated by the circle and the weight is indicated by the squares on the bar (the higher the weight the rarer it is). Note that the rarity on the card might not correspond to how easy a card is to get, though it is generally the case. For example, a Munchlax card (common Pokemon) is exceedingly less common than a Wifi Waiting Room (stage common) due to the fact that Pokemon cards can only be acquired through forging a Pokeball or Premier Ball.  This is what I’d like to call “true rarity”. The true rarity can be determined by seeing how the card is acquired, and it should be considered over what the card says by itself; it is probably the most important thing to consider when looking at offers. Short list of cards whose true rarity is usually different than what is (or isn’t) displayed – Pokemon, Vending Machine, Promos, Keepsakes, and forging materials for hard to get cards.
Points – The point value of a card is usually related to its rarity. Commons typically range between 5-100 points, Uncommons from 100-300, Rares 300-600, Ultra-Rares (URs) 600-865, Legendaries 865-1000. Again, there are some exceptions: Red Charizard is an uncommon worth 95 points and Pichu and Poppant are rare cards worth -350 and 50 respectively. Some people are very picky about points, while others are not at all. Be sure to know who you are trading with when making an offer.

Quantity – The number of cards being offered. Not as important as the above two, but still something to consider. In some cases, you may find someone willing to trade an UR for a large number of non-UR cards. You also may have trouble trading a Jirachi for 100 S1 Marths even though the trade is clearly in the favor for the person receiving Jirachi (or is it?).
Dupes – Does the person have more than one of the card you are trying to trade for? Many people dislike trading cards they only have one of. However, non-dupe trading is still completely viable and quite necessary to get the harder to find cards. People are also less likely to accept a trade if it has cards they already have/they don’t need. You may have to over offer to get someone to trade their non-dupe or if you are offering cards they already have, but that goes both ways.               
Category – What category the card is in used to be more important (in the past people focused on completely specific category) but nowadays it does not matter too much. Sometimes you will still find people that only collect a certain category though (most likely characters). Characters are the most popular category so you may want to consider keeping a few of those around.

Series – Wait really? Yes. The main reason to consider this is as a more accurate judgment of card’s true rarity. If a series is just released the new cards are harder to find the cards that have been out for a while. Also, if a series has high demand cards (say, series 1 for Pokeballs and Smashballs), the other cards in that series become more common as people buy more and more packs. This means that even UR’s in that series drop in value. This usually doesn’t have a huge effect, and it does change over time.
It should be said that there is no perfectly equal trade other than trading the exact same cards to each other due to all the above differences. That does not mean people can’t come to an agreement (yay for stating the obvious!); Matching or balancing most of the above criteria usually results in an acceptable trade. The key to getting a trade done is knowing what the other person is looking for.

Stop! Example time!

Starting simple:
Fire Flower vs Food
In this case, almost everything about the cards is the same other than a 15 point value difference. The user with Food is losing 15 points in the trade, but if they are getting a card they need for something they have a dupe of, chances are the trade will happen.
That was so simple it felt like a waste of time typing it…next!

Name Entry vs Sector Z

These are both uncommons, but Sector Z has a much higher weight, and is harder to find than a Name Entry is. However, Name Entry can be used in forging! …which a lot of people don’t do. The 5 point difference is negligible. In general, this trade is in favor for the person trading Name Entry, but the person trading Sector Z is still likely to trade it if they have a dupe of Sector Z and/or they need a Name Entry.

Challenger Approaching vs S4 Galleom
In-depth analysis time! Both of these are URs, with S4 Galleom having 1 square higher weight and 30 more points. The trade seems to be in favor of the person receiving S4 Galleom, but I would argue that it’s pretty equal. Points on an UR shouldn’t matter as much because they shouldn’t be recycled anyway (but again, it depends on who you are talking to). Even though Challenger Approaching has less weight, the likelihood of getting it is lower than getting a S4 Galleom in a pack due to the fact that there are only 3 URs that you can get in a Series 4 special pack. Also, because Series 4 is a newer series, you are going to find people opening more of those packs compared to a Series 2. It’s easier finding someone with a dupe S4 Galleom than a dupe Challenger Approaching. But at this point in time, there are a few people who collects SSE bosses, so S4 Galleom has another pro going for it; on the other hand, there is also someone who wants a Challenger Approaching because it features Ness’ silhouette.  But most people don’t look so in-depth, so in the above case the person trading S4 Galleom could mention the weight and point difference and probably get the other user to add more cards to their offer.

Recycling/Buying Booster Packs
Recycling every dupe and buying packs is not the fastest way to get a complete collection (in fact, it is impossible), albeit it is the method to get most of the cards that takes the least amount of effort. Trading is exceptionally more effective than recycling, but there are some cases where it can be necessary to recycle. These cases are getting Ultra-Rare/Legendary cards and to pay for forging. But this is only if you can’t find someone to trade that has those, since Trading is forever better than Recycling!! Unless you happen to be super lucky, of course.  Just looking at statistics/using math, you can easily spend more than 5000 points trying to get a CD through packs, but you would probably get no offers if you tried trading a CD for 5000 coins. But for something such as newly released UR (where no one actually has it to trade for) it’s time to buy some boosters. It can also be a fast way to get a lot of cards in a new series, when you don’t have to worry so much about getting too many cards you already have (but trading is still better!).

What should you recycle?

Cards people do not want – This is subjective, but mainly commons and uncommons.  It’s usually not worth recycling a rare since you should be able to find someone that needs it, but sometimes people don’t feel like taking the time to do so.
Eh. A better question is what shouldn’t you recycle?
Cards that are used for forging – Something such as an Alloy is more useful as an ingredient than the 50 points it would give you.
Certain character cards – Quite a few people collect certain characters, so you will be able to get at least more points for them than you would by recycling. Keep an eye on the TCG group for these individuals.
URs, Legendaries, Promos - You can find someone that will trade more points for them quite easily.
Which packs should you buy?
The booster that has the UR card or wrapper you can’t find anyone to trade for- Self-explanatory. Look at Card Display to determine which series the card belongs to.
Series 1 Special Booster- For Pokeballs and Smash Balls, the two cards that are currently in the most demand. Assist Trophies are a slight bonus, as they are rumored to be needed for series 5.
Item Booster – For the items listed above. I find these to be worse than the series 1 specials, especially since s1 specials can also award a wrapper now, but if you are beyond lucky you may get multiple URs in a single pack. (Don't count on it, really.)

Series 4 Special Booster – For Smash Balls. There are only 3 UR cards in series 4, so it is more likely that you are going to get a Smash Ball from here than from any other pack.
Series 2 Special Booster – For SSE Bosses. Winged Tabuu is the rarest card you can get through buying packs so the S2 special gets a mention. SSE bosses are also somewhat popular.
The normal series boosters may give you a net point gain if you are lucky, but they don’t give URs so they are fundamentally not worth it (other than getting the wrapper for those boosters, but that goes under the first point).  I would also advise against recycling until you actually need to use the coins, as you never know if someone wants the card you just recycled. It’s better to have the card than to have some coins that are not enough for anything.

Forging
Forging is a great way to get specific cards, and sometimes the only way to get them. Each recipe has a cooldown, meaning the amount of time needed to wait before using the same recipe again. You can find a list of known forges in this thread. But certain forges are not actually worth it the cost. Sandbag’s Revenge for Sandbag, Home Run Bat, Home Run Contest, and 400 points? Ouch.  Here are the better ones:               
Pokeballs – Currently the only way to get UR Pokemon (1/6 chance).  Cooldown: 24 hours.

Smashballs/Chaos Emeralds/Varia Suit Pieces – The only way to get Final Smashes.  Cooldown: 24 hour.
Cheap Gift/Expensive Gift – The only way to get console keepsakes. Cooldown: 1 hour.
Promos- Promos were released to everyone before, but they have not been re-released recently, so they fall under the category of “the only way to get these” for now.  Cooldown: 24 hours.
Jyks – A rare and 300 points for an UR sounds pretty good. (However, this is a reported glitch that will probably be fixed later). They can also be used to make Smashballs, but 3 URs and 300 points for 1 UR (even if it is a Smashball) isn’t as appealing. Cooldown:  1 hour.

Premier Balls – The lesser version of Pokeball. There is no reason to forge these if you can find Pokeballs, but that’s usually the problem. Unfortunately, these only give up to rare Pokemon. Cooldown: 24 hours.

Team Characters – The value of the cards used in forging these is only slightly more (sometimes it’s equal or even less in one case!) than what you get out of them. Cooldown: 1 hour.

Rare SSE enemies – Arguably worth the slight point hike if one is feeling particularly lazy in finding other people to trade with. Cooldown:  1 hour.
Strategies
There a few strategies that people use to try to complete the card collection, some of which are more deplorable than others. In any case, there are some listed below.

Red Paper Clip/Trading up –Start with a Wifi Waiting Room. Trade it to a person who needs it, and get another common; let’s say they had a dupe Red Marth they were willing to trade. Trade Red Marth to another person and get 2 Wifi Waiting Rooms. Ta-da, you have now doubled the amount of what you initially started with! (yes, even if it is just another Wifi Waiting Room) by doing reasonable trades. So just do this with better cards.
Stockpiler Delivery – Stockpilers are the people that collect multiples of the same card. Usually these people will collect multiples of the same character(s), but there exist stockpilers for non-character cards as well. They will usually give a fair (or better) trade for the card they’re stockpiling. Even better, you can usually go back to the same person for even more trades when you get more of the card they want.
Reputation – It’s not really a strategy as much as it is just something that can help (or hurt) you when trading. If you are well known, it will be easier for you to get trades. That would be with a good reputation, of course; if the general opinion of you is negative, it may be a bit harder. People are more likely to respond to you if you are not a nobody, but the user that logs on only every so often may not know famous (or infamous) people on the site, so this may not matter too much.  However, you should still be mindful of what you say and do on the site.

Misleading – It’s what it sounds like. Ex: trading a Mario Bros. card for a Munchlax and saying “They are both commons, but Mario Bros has a higher point value so it’s CLEARLY better and you should really do this trade!!11” This method preys on the other user’s ignorance about true rarity. Misleading other people makes you looks bad so use at your own risk.
A lot of users are turned off of completing the card collection because they feel they need to cheat others to get what they want. This is not the case. You can find people (who know values) willing to do “bad” trades. Here’s an example: Green Wario (95 point common) was recently released.  Several users were willing to use the S1 Wario, Green Alloy, and 500 points to forge the Green Wario. Just looking at values, why would anyone do that? People can be impatient or just want a card enough to over-trade for it. (Yes, this example was forging and not trading. But the idea is still the same: if Green Wario wasn’t able to be forged, you might find someone offering a rare for this common just to complete their character category). In addition, you always can be super-pro and get a lot of wins on the ladder or participate in offline tournaments to get more cards.

Other tips
~Even if the other person doesn’t accept your initial offer, negotiate!
~If you get banned, your rarest card will go poof. Follow the rules (but you shouldn’t need cards as motivation here right?)
~Having trouble sending an offer to someone with 3 or less characters in their name? Just type another character and delete it.
~If your proposed trade is straightforward, just send the offer right away to save time.
~If you want to offer more than 3 cards (let’s just say 4) for one card, send the first 3 cards in one offer and the last card along with a random card the other person has in a second offer. The other person should reply to the first trade with whatever card you wanted and the second trade with the random card you added. That way the trade is done without the other person trading more than they offered.
~On your birthday, you get an extra drop of 9 cards, one of which includes a UR/L. 

Closing
It will take quite a bit of time (and some luck) to complete the collection, but don’t give up! Also remember that the main purpose of the TCG is to have fun, so don’t get too stressed trying to complete it. There’s usually a lot of time between series after all.
I hope this has been a helpful or at least somewhat entertaining read for everyone. Feel free to leave any questions or comments. Happy card collecting!

Special thanks to: Volke Aeno for proof-reading and suggestions; TheEnigmaLiesBroken and nealdt for the card system. Also, thank you to everyone that has traded with me. I would mention everyone but it would probably take up a whole page (and the fact that I'd probably miss a few people).
Picture credit -お粥


Hello everyone! Today marks the one-year anniversary of the creation of the Official AIB Trading Card Support Group. I can't say which day testing on the TCG actually began, but the official release was marked on September 27, 2010.

I'm glad that the project was taken so well by the community. There was originally a lot of bad energy floating around the idea when I presented it. Many members and staff believed that the TCG wouldn't take root in the AIB community very well and that the idea was just one more unnecessary addition to the site to keep members from playing Brawl itself.

However, the TCG has flourished even better than I originally imagined that it could. It has been used as a means of entertainment for many of you, a means of rewarding participants in various parts of the site including the Ladder, Contests and various other events over the past year. It also unintentionally became somewhat of a deterrent for users who tended to break the rules more often than necessary.

Overall it's been a good year. I'm happy to have created something that provided a measure of novelty for everyone of AIB and I'm proud that I've provided the site with something that could potentially outlast me as a member and still bring the community together. It's been tough keeping everything up to date as much as possible and work with members in order to manage the system and I'm thankful for those of you who have put time and effort into it and have enjoyed it as much as I have.

I'd like to thank the following people:
  • Nealdt: Without him, none of this would be possible. He did an amazing job of applying it to the site so that everyone could have access to the system. He's done more than I ever expected, and then some, to keep this thing fresh and user friendly. I'm thankful that he even considered my idea and I'm glad to have been allowed to do the things that I've done with it.
  • Midnite: He's done a large number of tasks with helping me manage the system, create new cards and take snapshots. He's had some great ideas that lead to new card designs, and he's helped a ton with users and problems that arose early on in the initial creation of the support group.
  • Hazeo, ASF1ink and Dramakidd: These three did quite a bit of work creating icons, emblems and full card templates for me. Without them, none of the new card designs you see today would even be slightly possible. Sadly, Hazeo and ASF have pretty much left the designer group. I haven't heard much of them lately and I hope they're doing good.
  • Volke Aeno, Sumer and Foodies: These three have provided me with TONS of snapshots in the past and I really would like to say thank you to them. Their work has given us way more than I could have dreamed to work with as far as unique card images and themes. I really do appreciate all the time you must have put into taking so many shots.
There are many of you who have contributed to the TCG in one way or another. I've been sent hundreds of ideas, suggestions, and the occasional snapshot or ten. Xyless allowed me to use his derpy images for the vending machine cards. Chookie, Sakram3nt, Silly, and others have worked with templates or various smaller images we wanted to put on the cards. NinoskaFlores has helped in the design room, and there are many of you who I can't name due to sheer mass that have contributed various smaller tasks. I'd like to thank you all.



Now, to celebrate this year's TCG Anniversary I've created a new category on your MyCards page.

This new Keepsakes category is an expansion on the original TCG idea where members will be able to collect various items that aren't directly TCG related but still are worth the collectable.

Many of you have suggested in the past that the TCG get a category where we create Moderator trading cards and cards that relate to the various aspects of the site. Until now, I've had a hard time with this. Trying to create trading cards and templates with new designs on them that only relate to the site is much harder than you'd think, but last night I had a great idea and so I've planned another approach to remedy this.

This new Keepsakes category will allow members to collect other small tokens about the site that aren't trading cards. These objects will include Booster Pack wrappers, posters, dolls and an endless possibility of new items.



For example, when you buy a booster pack, you will have a 1 in 10 chance that the pack's "wrapper" will still be in tact enough to collect them. Full Wrappers can be recycled for a few points back. Trashed wrappers will be recycled for only 1 point. Then in the future I might make a forge for them .

Other items, such as Posters and different Smash memorabilia that aren't necessarily trading cards, will be collected through different means other than just buying booster packs. As of right now, these items aren't added to the TCG yet and the means of collecting them hasn't been put into work yet, but in time they will be.



Thanks again everyone! I'm glad that this year has been as good as it has, and I hope to keep it going.