Hello, everyone! Today, I have a special project I've been planning for quite some time now. I've officially created a private Showdown server for Lake Valor! So now, we have our own little space to battle. But what else does this mean? Well, we can add new Pokémon, items, abilities...but most importantly, we can add new playable tiers with our own custom rules. In this thread, as of right now, we'll be creating a Pokémon Showdown format as a community. We can make several changes if we want, including but not limited to the following (let me know if your idea isn't on here) - - Creating, removing, or modifying Pokémon, moves, abilities etc - Making custom changes to the type chart - Adding new rules or mechanics (similar to how AAA/Almost Any Ability allows you to use whatever ability on whatever Pokémon) What we could end up doing is just adding one new rule and centering everything around that, something along the lines of AAA. As for what the rule would be, we aren't required to follow this, but I have an idea that we can follow if everyone in this thread likes it... Spoiler: My Idea I think it would be best if we were to center this around the previously made Fakemon over Lake Valor's contests as a bonus prize for winning and to promote more submissions. There is a downside, though... ...for the few Pokémon we have, there's way too many repeating typings. Jeydis's proposed solution was to make it like CAP where all OU Pokémon plus the new ones are legal, but the issue with this is that some of the Pokémon here likely won't fit very well into OU, so you'd have to put some bonus restriction on the Pokémon to let them see some use, and this might potentially restrict future competitive contests' rulesets. I think we could have the community submit a certain number of Fakemon as well, maybe 2 or 3 per person, and balance the meta around all of those while manually keeping the type diversity in check. Problem with that is that it might be difficult to make restrictions with so few Fakemon, and not everyone may end up willing to create so many. also if you want a link to that spreadsheet click here I'd like to mention again that we don't have to do any of the above. We don't have to use LV's contest winners at all. This is just me shooting out my personal favorite idea I've had. If we want to pick 30 Pokémon and balance them, sure. If we want to mix two existing metagames and balance that, sure. There's a lot we can do here, and don't let the fact that I'm shooting out an idea dissuade you from posting your own in the thread. I'd love to hear what you all come up with! This thread won't just be used for one format, though. We might end up expanding our horizons and allowing people to submit individual projects where only one person can make changes, and we might end up making more formats after we're done with the first one. As for the server, click or copy/paste this link if you want to go there (http://lake-valor.herokuapp.com-80.psim.us/). Just note that this server most likely will not be up when I'm away from my computer due to the fact that I'm using free software for this, and if I'm working on programming something for it, the server will constantly refresh and will end up being practically unusable. Please DM me on Discord if you want to use it and it's constantly refreshing or not loading. That's about it. @KnightBlader, @Mango and I will be watching over this thread to give opinions on ideas and to gauge whether or not they'd be good for a competitive scene. If you have any other questions, feel free to DM me on Discord.