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Hi there everyone, and welcome to the Pokémon Trivia section! If you're looking for a place to relax and have fun with your fellow members, then this might be the place for you! Before you begin to venture around this section, please take the time to read through the following guidelines and familiarize yourself with them. Thanks a lot! ^^
Keep all games Pokémon-related!
Since this is the Pokémon Trivia section, every game must be related to Pokémon in some shape or form. This may include the characters, the actual Pokémon themselves, or just about anything else you can think of from the Pokémon franchise — even the items! That being said, try to keep your individual posts related to Pokémon as well.
If a game is NOT related to Pokémon, it belongs in Forum Games instead.
Follow each game's formula!
Most games here have their own special formula which should be followed at all times. Just make sure to read the game's instructions/examples, and you'll be fine! Side-comments are more than welcome as long as the rest of your post still follows the game's formula.
Open discussion is generally permitted in games that do not have a specific formula, such as Pokémon Choice Quest. If possible, try to keep discussions within the context of the game.
In addition, please refrain from double-posting (making multiple posts in a row within a thread). If you were the last person to post in a thread, please wait for another person to post there before you can post in that same thread again. There are a few exceptions to this rule, which may be evaluated in a case-by-case scenario.
Treat everyone around you with respect — we're all here to have fun, after all! Please don't argue or pick fights with each other in the games. If you don't like the way someone posts, do NOT call them out for it! If they aren't misbehaving or breaking any rules, then you'll just have to be patient with them. (If you really need to talk to someone about their posts, you should contact them in private instead. Just remember to stay polite and civil when doing so!)
If you see someone being rude or breaking the rules, then just use the Report Button at the top corner of their post. Again, please don't call them out for it.
On another note, do NOT use any of the games as an outlet for conflict! That being said, please don't add other forum users as "characters" or "objects" in any of the games (unless you actually have their permission). Doing so can make other people feel uncomfortable, which we should try to avoid here.
UPDATE: The thread revival rule will no longer be enforced, but we still encourage you to post in more recent threads (if possible) rather than digging up excessively old threads.
If a game has been inactive for one month (30 days), then you have a choice to either revive it by posting there (if you were NOT the last poster), or you can create a new version of the thread.
If a game already exists and the last post was less than 30 days ago, please do not make a new thread for it until 30 days (or more) have passed since the last post. Before starting a new thread, it would help if you first looked through the current games to check if there is already an active version existing.
Also, please try not to create games that are too similar to any currently active games. For example, we'd like to avoid having multiple "Hurt & Heal"-styled games active at the same time. More unique games are encouraged!
Thread Creation Guidelines
When creating a thread, please make sure to ask yourself the following questions.
"Are the instructions clear? Do they make sense?"
Having clear, easy-to-follow instructions is one of the most important parts to creating a game. If people can't understand your instructions, then they will be less likely to play. Please be sure to elaborate on how the game is supposed to work, and try to organize the first post so that it makes sense. It's also highly recommended that you include a few examples that accurately reflect how the game should look. In many cases, seeing accurate examples can help people understand the game's formula a lot faster!
(Thread creators have the right to clarify the instructions of their thread, as well as the right to manage that game's rules. This does NOT give thread creators the right to "mini-mod," so please do not attempt to handle rule-breakers yourself. Again, just report rule-breaking posts instead! Any abuse to the management of a thread's rules may be overturned by a moderator.)
"Is this game playable? Is there a formula to keep this game running?"
When creating a game, take into consideration if the game can be easily kept alive by the players themselves. If players can keep the game alive by posting back and forth, then great! However, if a game is overly restrictive, then it probably won't last for a very long time. Also, while this is a rare case, if you are planning to start a host-based game where you are the host, be prepared that the game's lifespan will depend on your commitment as the host.
"Is there sufficient content to the game?"
Games in this section should have the right amount of content to keep them fun! However, they shouldn't be too difficult or complex, as they could become tedious over time. Likewise, simple games are fine, but they also shouldn't be too simple. For example, if there was a game where players only make one-word posts (or number-only posts), then there would be little significance in playing the game.
Remember, try not to make your posts too violent, gruesome, or inappropriate.
All of the global PokéCommunity rules (found here) also apply to this section, so please read through them thoroughly.
If you have any questions, or if you need any help/advice for creating a game, feel free to contact the staff and they'll be happy to help you!
Enjoy yourselves, and be sure to have an awesome time hanging around this section! ^^
Rules written and "revised" by Revise Librarian (lame pun intended), based on the previous rules used by Franceschi and Ash.
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