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#346677 Greetings!

Posted by Eclipse on 15 January 2017 - 10:27 PM

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...Best response I know.

DeviantArt, eh? You more of a writer or a drawer? LV's creative section has plenty to offer for both. What kinds of interests do you have, if I may ask?


#345717 Quick Questions & Answers

Posted by Eclipse on 12 January 2017 - 09:44 PM

Oh, that kind of ranking. That's what you meant.

In addition to what LostSpirit said above, if you don't go for a custom usertitle, the default usertitle that appears above your name will increase with post count, yes.
It will change about every 10 posts until you get to 100 posts, after which it will change about every 50, until you get to 1000. After that I don't know if it changes at all.

Oh, here, I found the list:




#345411 Bug Report Thread

Posted by Eclipse on 11 January 2017 - 09:57 PM

Forum Theme: Palette Town
Web Browser: Firefox 49
Operating System: Windows 7 Professional
Issue: All posts in any topic show that each member has 0 PokéPoints, regardless of actual amount. User profiles still display the correct amount, and PM chains are unaffected and show the correct amount too.
I tested several different forums and topics at random, both those that increase post count or don't, and the results were the same; "PokéPoints: 0" is at the end of everyone's post.

I don't know if this is affecting PokéPoint accrual, but I don't believe it is. Edit: It isn't. We're still earning PokéPoints at the usual rate; the amounts just aren't showing up on our posts.


#345039 Hey there!

Posted by Eclipse on 10 January 2017 - 08:43 PM

I'm a Pokémon fan. But if I wasn't, why would I be here?

I could think of a few reasons - LV may be primarily Pokemon-based, but that's certainly not all it is. For example, there is a rather engaging populace, and we love to share time and life together, not to mention a few laughs along the way. I may be biased, but I've met some rather fantastic people here, and you'll meet them too.

Oh, what am I saying? You already have.

It's a good thing to see another new face. Do you use DeviantArt for drawing, or writing? And what kinds of things do you like to write about?


#344246 Ask Endrew the Shelgon Guildmaster

Posted by Eclipse on 06 January 2017 - 05:02 PM

:: What's an example of something you would consider a challenge - and would you take it on or find another way around?

:: What do you consider your best resource for knowledge?

:: When will everyone take the Santa hats off?


#342539 Happy birthday, Bloom

Posted by Eclipse on 20 December 2016 - 05:43 PM

First post

This is the one magical day every year where everywhere you walk causes flowers to spring up in bloom, har har.

Now use this power wisely and to hilarious effect. I'll be watching the news for news of freak forests growing up overnight.


#342529 Christmas Cards Against humanity!

Posted by Eclipse on 20 December 2016 - 01:53 PM

I may be present at the time to participate. I can't promise for sure (as I may forget or have a different, more important commitment come up), but I will try to be there if able.

Edit: As it turns out, I do have another commitment - I will be going to meet with a few friends of mine about that time. Therefore, I will not be attending this event. I apologise.


#342274 Ask Endrew the Shelgon Guildmaster

Posted by Eclipse on 15 December 2016 - 03:00 PM

:: Do you have a favourite/preferred genre of video games? If so, which one is it and why?

:: Is there any quality you aren't (or haven't), that you rather would be (or have)?

:: Have you ever heard of die rings? Or perhaps more importantly, did you see the Kickstarter video for it when they were first introduced? Monkey or parrot?


#342105 The Newbie Lounge

Posted by Eclipse on 13 December 2016 - 04:29 PM

Hello, people of earth. So I kinda just stumbled upon this website while researching stuff about Pokemon and it peaked my interest. I probably won't be on much because high school sucks, but Christmas break starts soon, so that's fun. 
 
So some random things about me. I'm a shy, socially awkward, nerdy bookworm with an inferiority complex that really likes RWBY, Pokemon, music, and books. I say things that are somewhat intelligent sometimes, but it's mostly stupid humor or me overanalyzing things. I'm nearsighted so I can't read crap (and I should probably wear my glasses all the time, but I don't). I also like to write and I'm planning on writing a book someday. 
 
Also, you can just call me Lillie if you want. (That's my name. Or is it? MWAHAHHAHAHHA)
 
Otherwise, there's not much to me. Pleasure to meet you all.

Strange though I am, the thing that I notice first is that Lake Valor peaks your interest, as opposed to piques it. Though, if Valor peaks your interest, I suppose we would have to relocate to Valor Mountain!
Hair-splitting aside, hello and welcome. I'm not sure if you've been given a proper welcome, but I'd rather be safe than sorry. Would you prefer being addressed as Lillie or OurLadyOfWonderland? (I'm rather particular about getting people's names correct.)

I see you like reading and writing books alike! What sort of books draw your interest or capture your fancy? What sorts of things have you written yourself so far? And what kinds of subjects do you like to (over)analyse? These are all exciting questions that will be answered in the next episode.

I also have the odd suspicion that I've seen the character in your avatar before, but it might just be a passing resemblance; I'm not sure. In any case, if you need help with anything, like what things are found where, features you should be aware of, or so on, feel free to ask. I can answer pretty much any question you could think of - even how many licks it takes to get to the centre of a Tootsie Pop!

Please, enjoy your stay here - the longer you're about, the more pleased we shall be.


#341391 Ask Eclipse, the Pure-Black Dragon

Posted by Eclipse on 01 December 2016 - 05:30 PM

How did you learn so much?
I do a lot of reading, my friend! Textbooks, papers, Wikipedia - to me it's all information for absorbing and retention. I never know when information will be the most useful, so I try to gather as much as I can.



Is there a way you memorize things?

See question: "Do you find it easier to memorise information by reading it or by hearing it?"
 

What do you think about Yu-Gi-Oh 5Ds or have you heard of the series?

See question: "Have you watched some of the Yu-Gi-Oh! series; if so, which one was your favourite (Original, GX, 5D's, ZEXAL, or ARC-V)?"

What do you think about Stardust Dragon (the dragon in your avatar/sig)?
To be precise, that's Stardust Dragon/Assault Mode, though I chose that incarnation because it's my favourite, with the ability to negate any effect once per turn, not just those that deal with card destruction. Honestly, I think it's a very valuable effect to have on hand, since it can mitigate a lot of otherwise harmful effects. It jumps off the field for a bit to do so (and makes you more open to attack, but makes it harder to played around), but I believe it's well worth it.

What do you think of Red-Eyes Black Dragon?
He's always had a lot of toys to his name (REDMD, anyone?), but the newest set of support for him makes Red-Eyes quite dangerous, giving them good draw power, spot removal, a really nice way to say "No", and a way to slowly chip away at your opponent, the last one by far being the most deadly. Coupled with the more recent generic dragon support, I'd say things are looking up for Red-Eyes.




#340276 Goooood morning LV!

Posted by Eclipse on 16 November 2016 - 08:04 PM

Any tips for becoming a morning person?!

A lot of it has to do with sleep patterns. If you start adjusting the time you go to sleep steadily backwards, the time you wake up will also scale steadily backwards. It's not a miracle fix; it's a gradual transition. Cold turkey swaps to sleep patterns rarely if ever work, and sometimes - as a few people I know can attest to - actually make your sleep pattern worse.

 

I can't speak much beyond that as my sleep pattern has been fairly consistent throughout my entire life, so I'll cede the floor to someone who has changed his or her sleeping patterns before.

 

I've been trying to remain consistent with it as well, to be frank - I'm trying to wake up consistently at 6AM but it ends up being closer to 6.40AM most of the time, and that's a whole 40 minutes wasted with my eyes closed. (I don't like sleep. I just don't. It's just hours at a time spent doing nothing, never mind the strange dreams I get.)


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#340236 Staff Interview - LunarRabbitPikachu

Posted by Eclipse on 16 November 2016 - 12:40 PM

Welcome back to my office, my fellow Valourians! ...What? Don't look at me like that; I have an open-door policy.

In any case, for those who don't know me, my name is Eclipse, and I'm part of the Writers team at Lake Valor, publishing interviews every so often. For those who do know me, though, I just want to let you know that I publish interviews every so often.

If you may recall from my previous interview, I pledged to, ideally, interview somebody who doesn't have a mustache. I am now making good on that promise by interviewing LunarRabbitPikachu, our long-standing artist and role-playing moderator who, as far as I am aware, does not have a mustache. Speaking for myself, she's one of my longer-standing friends here, and she's always fun to talk to, what with the many alter egos bouncing around her head. And I'm sorry to disappoint any of her RP fans, but they are sitting quietly for this interview today.

Now then, shall we?

Questions asked by Eclipse, the interviewer, will be in this colour.
Answers given by LunarRabbitPikachu, the interviewee, will be in this colour.

::::

Hello again, Lunar. I'm glad you took the time out of your busy schedule to see me for this interview; it means a lot to me.
Let's begin with an introduction. Who are you, and can you tell the audience a little bit about yourself?

Hello!! My name is LunarRabbitPikachu, or you guys can call me Lunar, Luna, or Ashlee for short. I'm the gal who loves to role-play, play Pokémon games, and doodle Pokémon and anthropomorphic characters!

I'm not sure how you get 'Ashlee' out of 'LunarRabbitPikachu', but I'll take your word for it.
Speaking of which, how did you come up with your username? I'm sure there's an interesting tale behind it.

Well, funny story. The username is the specie of an OC I've had since I was in middle school. She's a white/turquoise anthropomorphic lunar rabbit during the day, but is changed to a lunar white Pikachu at night thanks to her curse. My avatar shows what she looks like in the day time most of the time ewe'

Ah, yes, I've seen your avatars have the same character in them often. Presently, it looks like she's the one on the right of your avatar, yes?
Let's talk about your earlier days. What initially brought you to Lake Valor? But beyond that, what made you stay at Lake Valor?

I was working on a Pokémon fanfic on Fanfiction.net and received an email from Achromatic about LV. At first I was unsure of what to do since I was really shy. However, I noticed a lot of topics that were Pokémon-related and had to join. But for the first few days, I was still very shy and did not talk much; plus, I started college and I had to focus on it too. But after a while and doing some RPs, I started to get to know some of the members on the site and it felt like home. Since then, I've been on LV everyday. :sweat:

College is pretty demanding, and so is Lake Valor, at times - there's a lot of people around and a lot of things to do, and it's very hard to get acclimated.
Do you have any fond memories of your early days, that really helped you ease into the site? Perhaps a certain topic or role play, or meeting a specific person?

Hmm... Where should I start? I actually have a lot of fond memories here in LV. I know the first role play I've done here is the Pokémon Roleplay, which I did with shinygiratinaz, TehAbsol, Cira, and TripleAAABattery. It was a lot of fun! And that kind of got me to make my own RP, but it didn't get very popular. :sweat: As time went on, I got to do a bit of one-on-one RPs with Aura. I also became buddies with Kouhai in one of the LV Buddy Events and we learned a lot about each other from liking Kingdom Hearts. X3

Those are some really excellent ways to connect up with people. I'm glad to hear that your initial foray into LV was so exciting for you!
Speaking of LV, what's your favourite part about Lake Valor, and why?

My favorite part about LV would probably be the Roleplay Institute and learning more about Pokémon. I love to role-play and create story plots with other members! As for Pokémon, I have been a fan of Pokémon for about 18 (once December 14th passes, it'll be 19) years. I've played all the games, watched the anime, and read their info and listened to their video game cries. When I arrived here, I realized how little I knew about what's going on and that there are competitive battles. So, I wanted to learn more about Pokémon and competitive battles along with making new friends.

Almost 19 years? That's actually pretty amazing, to see you with the franchise for so long. It also means that you've been a fan of Pokémon since you were about 2 years old.
That surprises me, as it's uncommon for someone to become a fan of something so early, so who or what introduced you to Pokémon to begin with, all those years ago?

The person who introduced me to Pokémon is *drum rolls* my mother. I kept hearing some strange noises and started to try to imitate them. When my mom noticed, she showed me Pokémon Red and how it works. Since then, I've been with Pokémon ever since. :)

It isn't often I hear stories about parents getting their children into video games, but those are always some of my favourite stories to hear, no matter how small they may be.
What is your current role(s) on Lake Valor? How did you come into it, and how do you feel about it?

My current role here in LV is Moderator of the Creative Corner, Portfolio, Roleplay Institute, Music, Computers & Technology, and Hangout Café sections. I was once a part of a group called the Mentors, a group of users who welcomed and helped new members around LV. I was asked by one of the staff members to help moderate some forums that were available, and I accepted it. When I became a Moderator, I felt a lot of responsibility on my shoulders which helps me feel more motivated.

I remember the Mentors! When I first joined the forum, I looked up to them, as something I could aspire to be. So I suppose you served as an indirect inspiration for me.
You've been here for a fair while now, so how long did it take you to 'get used to' Lake Valor? Or are you still getting used to it?

To be honest, I do not think I will ever get used to LV. After all, there are always going to be some changes going on around LV and who knows what's new. :sweat:

LV is certainly a very dynamic place, always moving and reacting to new events - but that's part of what helps keep things here fresh and exciting, I suppose.
Now, let's focus less on Lake Valor and more about yourself. Do you have any hobbies? What sorts of things do you enjoy doing?

I love to doodle from time to time, along with playing video games. I like to mostly try new styles of drawing anthro styles and new Pokémon. I sometimes read manga and fanfics, along with watching some cartoons and anime.

Your gallery on Lake Valor is fairly popular and frequented by many of the people here. I've seen how your works and style gradually change over time, so it is nice to see what you enjoy and are most comfortable with, drawing-wise.
When did you start drawing (or just entering the art sphere in general), and what inspired you to continue with it?

I started drawing when I was in 7th grade (13 years old). I was inspired by the Sonic art at first and noticed other people had made their own characters in that style as well. One day during school, I got bored and just randomly started doodling. After class was over and I arrived back home, my parents saw my art and were impressed by it. So, I started doing some more art of that style and got into anthro and Pokémon art on my 2nd year of college. Although, I never took a lot of art classes since my dad thinks I should be an accountant and focused mostly on those classes. But in time, I've learned to do art myself and that's how I got to it.

That's certainly a lot of time to get practise in. The more you do something, the more comfortable you become with it, and I can definitely see that. Now you're off at college taking art classes and really showing yourself to the world; you're doing a great job!
While we're on the topic, how do you want people to think of you, or remember you?

I guess I want people to remember me as the anthro rabox (mix of rabbit and fox) who loves Pokémon and role-playing. Even though, I am shy and quiet most of the time. ewe'

Just because you're shy doesn't mean you won't be remembered - the people who've been around you often will remember who you are, even many years from now.
Are there any particular qualities you really like about yourself?

I guess what I like about myself is that I tend to not quit when things get rough. I guess I got so used to being bullied back in the past, I usually learned to ignore it and just keep doing what I love to do.

Ah, determination. It keeps us going even in tricky or difficult times, and it's good to hear you have plenty of it to spare. Now if only it could be shared...
Last question, do you have any people (either here at Lake Valor or outside) that you like, respect, look up to, or otherwise admire? If so, why do you admire those people? (You can mention as many or as few people as you wish.)

I admire my mom the most. She was always there for me when I was in need of help or when she sees that I need help. Whenever I was upset or having trouble, she was always there to comfort me.

Your mother seems definitely very supportive. Between getting you into Pokémon and being there for you in time of need, it seems she's been a big part of your life.
I think those are all the questions I need to ask right now. It's been a pleasure to interview you, and I hope this helps the Lake to get to know you a little better. Do you have anything else you'd like to say before we bring this to a close?

Let's see.... I'M READY FOR SUN & MOON!!! WHO'S WITH ME?!! :D

::::

Who's with her, indeed.

And there you have it, ladies and gentlemen - thus concludes my interview with LunarRabbitPikachu. Some of this you may have already known, but I believe we've all learned quite a bit about her. I know she was a little apprehensive about being interviewed at first (probably because she was expecting a real-time interview), but she dove right into the questions wholeheartedly, and then some - I really appreciate you working with me, Lunar; it does mean a lot.

As always, thank you everyone for taking a bit of time to read my ramblings, and I hope they did help to enrich your day if only a little. Now then, I believe Lunar has run off to wait for Sun & Moon, which will hit the streets any day now, so I won't keep any of you any longer either. See you in the next interview!

◈◈ From the desk of Eclipse, the Pure-Black Dragon ◈◈




#340047 Miss Cereza Answers questions

Posted by Eclipse on 13 November 2016 - 10:42 PM

:: What is something you're very attached to, that isn't a living being?

:: Out of bold, italics, underline, or strikethrough, do you have a favourite, and why (or why not)?

:: White or wheat?


#340023 What are Event Points?

Posted by Eclipse on 13 November 2016 - 08:03 PM

Every so often at Lake Valor, we have special months throughout the year (usually February, June, October, November, and December) where we hold a bunch of events for members all across the forums to partake in. All of the events give out medals to the participants, as well as Event Points for people based on how well they place.

But what are Event Points, you may ask? Good question.

Event Points are, predictably, points you get for participating in events. On their own they don't have much value, but they increase in value the more you manage to accrue.

At the end of each event cycle (that is, when all the events for a month end, and prizes are distributed), all the members who participated in any of the events have all of their Event Points tallied up, and lumped together. Then, those members are sorted based on how many Event Points each of them earned.

The person who earned the most Event Points in a single event cycle gains 150 PokéPoints.
The person who earned the 2nd most Event Points in that cycle gains 100 PokéPoints.
The person who earned the 3rd most Event Points in that cycle gains 50 PokéPoints.

Regardless, any member who has any Event Points at all receives 3 PokéPoints per Event Point. This is in addition to the extra PokéPoints given out to first/second/third.
(For example, if you get 10 Event Points in an event cycle, and that was the most out of anybody, you'll get 180 PokéPoints - 3 times 10 for having 10 Event Points, plus 150 for having the most.)

Extra prizes (like adoptables) may be given out as well, depending on the cycle and/or event, though that is up to the event host's discretion.

Event Points are only good for the cycle they appear in, but there will always be a varied handful of events available during those cycles, so there are plenty of opportunities to grab more.

If you have any other questions, feel free to contact any staff member for more information.

Thanks for reading, and we hope you get the most out of celebratory Events here at Lake Valor!


#339178 My Lake Valor Memories

Posted by Eclipse on 04 November 2016 - 04:55 PM

2016 has been a downright hectic and eventful year for me at LV. So much has happened, ranging from good to bad to strange to exciting to sometimes outright irritating. It's also made me realise that, while here, I operate almost entirely on the principle of other people's need.

Many of you may not be aware of this, but I try to avoid attention like the plague. This is a bit less evident now, since my job description requires me to be visible, but if you had asked me if I had wanted to be a moderator earlier in the year, my response would have been a vehement 'no'. (To this day I still am not 'into' it; I'm staff because I am needed, not because I want to. But that's a separate issue...mostly.)

So my main memory from this year is actually how I became a Writer. Brace yourself; there's a very long story to go with this one.

As some of you are aware, I was the Member of the Month for April 2016. I have been the only member of LV to have been entirely colourless for the duration of that month, since Almandine-G in February 2015. (Maantijger was colourless at the very start of his month, but he then went on to have his nameglow changed 3 times in that month, so he's famous for the complete opposite reason - which is probably a better record to hold, actually.)

I did this on purpose. Ever since I've joined, colour has been a rather large intimidation factor for me, and perhaps for others as well. I see everyone around me jumping up in the ranks, getting VIP or whatever even just soon after they join, and it tends to create a stigma that you need a nameglow to 'be' somebody. And if I felt that way, I would believe a lot of new members would feel that way too, so I intentionally didn't do anything that would at all put me into a position of having any kind of nameglow. All in all, I was rather satisfied with this approach, as it could give people hope that you don't need a nameglow to be somebody. Indeed, almost everyone knew me, both then and now.

...And then something happened. Something big. Something I couldn't ignore.

Way back when, the Writers team consisted of 3 people: Aura; Iridescent Isabelle; and Zero Sifr. None of them are on LV as of the time of this posting, which is unfortunate, but I need to mention them for the sake of the story, especially the first two.
While I'd only seen Aura in passing from bits and pieces he did on the forums, I had been in regular correspondence with Isabelle since soon after she joined LV in general - long before she became a well-known face and joined the Writers team. I felt Isabelle was an absolute godsend since she and I were very much alike intellectually, so we hit it off very quickly.

Then once she posted her resignation letter both from the Writers team and from LV as a whole, I jolted.

The details of what she wrote really don't matter at this point - because from my standpoint it wasn't important what she said, just that she said it. So I sought her out to make sure she was doing okay, since she seemed very out of sorts. I wished to continue correspondence with her as a friend even after she left, and she said yes. And we still do.

Moving back to the LV lens, one thing that Isabelle did was starting off the tradition of Staff Interviews, an article series I followed religiously. She put out about one a month and I would always anxiously await the day she put them out. She and Aura would trade a few of them off, putting them in their own respective writing styles, though I was drawn more overall to Isabelle's style than to Aura's. (Right about this time is when Zero Sifr interviewed me for MOTM, actually.)

After she left and Zero was nowhere to be seen due to having one hell of a busy life, the question for me became "What's going to happen to the Staff Interviews?" Speaking for myself, I knew that Aura wouldn't deliver the same brand of quality that she could, and given how I'd talked with Isabelle often about it (and served as the occasional sounding board), that is when I made the decision to apply as a Writer, to pick up where she left off.

Every time before this point I'd considered that, I quickly rejected the possibility because the purported job description of Writers is to write articles that pertain some way to the Pokémon franchise - and, as you're probably aware, that's absolutely impossible for me to do. I knew that I could write things in general, for I had the ability - it's just that what they wrote on was foreign to me.
I'd actually pondered this not long after I joined the forums, actually - I talked with Azure at length about it, since she had recently become a Writer back then, and Azure was one of my very first friends here.

So then I applied, putting in the application that my approval would be contingent on the stipulation that I wouldn't be able to write Pokémon articles. And then I waited. And waited. And waited some more.
...Actually, I don't think I waited that long; it may have only been a couple days or so, but I was ushered in posthaste. I then set about learning all that I could about the Writers, and organising the group as a whole into a coordinating unit. It's rather weird to think that a lot of what the Writers do now is due to my hand in things, trying to bring all the writers together to collaborate.

Thus on 7 July 2016, the streak was broken, ending my 15-month time as a colourless. I lost one form of rapport, but gained another. It was probably the biggest change for me on LV, because - while I didn't know it at the time - that became my first step into the 'inner circle'. It's because not much about what I did actually changed - all that really changed was that I had a pink nameglow that said I was allowed to do certain other things. Beyond that I still was the same old helper I'd always been.

...And honestly, I still am. I'm green now, but this wasn't quite as life-changing as the process that brought me to pink. It's been the most significant occasion that's happened to me on LV to date. I've explained it in such detail here, because it's shifted me so much that I don't think I'll ever be able to forget it.