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Default Re: The URPG Times: Special TPW Edition (4/12-5/3)

Interview with KantoMasta

How long have you been involved with the URPG?

I think I've been signed up for like 2 years, because I joined BMGF and URPG at relatively the same time.

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself (Positions held, interests, etc)?

Well, I'm hoping to become a Ranger in the Park here pretty soon, and possibly a Gym Leader. I really like the Park, battles, and just getting to meet all the people on here.

What are some of your favorite features included in the game?

O hai, I think I already answered that. The Park and battling are my favorite, along with being on the Times.

How do you feel about the community?

I really like the people here and think they are very friendly. Although some of our AIM conversations might be a little whacked,
they are some great people. :-)

Is there any advice you'd have for newer players?

Dont make your starter a Pokemon you can buy in the Mart. They are easy to buy, and there is a great selection of non-Marts.

What are some of your favorite memories in the time you've spent playing the URPG?

Hmm..... Probably my first ever time through the Park, and just the fun battles I've had with a lot of people here.

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Interview with WebMaster;

How long have you been involved with the URPG?

I've been involved for 13 months as of May 3.

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself (Positions held, interests, etc)?

I was promoted to approver on October 4 which was the day after my six month mark. I've also run a tournament in my URPG career, and I'm a Senior Ref now. I'm currently the Sunnyshore Gym Leader and former Hearthome Gym Leader.

What are some of your favorite features included in the game?

Definitely how you can customize your Pokemon. You aren't just restricted to four moves here.

How do you feel about the community?

I love the Rangers. I've been one since August, and we're a close knit family. I've had some conflicts with people but nothing has stood up to this point.

Is there any advice you'd have for newer players?

ASK ME TO REF!!! jk Just make sure you get AIM and practice all the time. It's the only way to get better (or you can study for the Ref test for three months like I did and pass it on the first attempt).

I can second joining AIM as a recommendation. I've found that I enjoy logging into the URPG chat on a daily basis. It's a great way to meet and chat with the other players. (AND YES, GO REFBOT, GO!!)

How long have you been a Ref/Judge/Ranger/Grader for?

I've been a Ref since July 14 which is about 9 months. I've been a Senior Ref for six days now. I became a Judge even before I was a ref (May 30th; about 11 months now). I passed my Ranger test on August 7 so I've been one for about 8 months. Grader was my most recent job if Senior Ref doesn't count having it for about 3 months (February 12).

What attracted you to that (those) position(s)?

Ref was the highest paying job in the URPG so that's what hooked me. Judging seemed easier than reffing, and then I realized how dead the Contests section is. I enjoyed my first Park run with Chainy, and I talked with some of the elites and got tested and passed within 24 hours of taking the quiz. Grader was just to complete my collection lol (and make a little more excessive cash).

What are some of the challenges of being a Ref/Judge/Ranger/Grader?

I always miss Lefties on the first turn of reffing. XD Judging has almost no activity. It's hard to keep focus while rangering as real life can get in the way. For grading, my wages suck and one of my grades was overturned so I don't have any motivation.

What do you like most about the position(s)?

Reffing has brought in tons of cash; my lifetime wages are about 1.1 million. Judging pays instant wages. With rangering, you can basically do whatever you want in the battles. Grading, I guess looking at people's stories is interesting.

Having been a Gym Leader in two different Gyms, you must have fought quite a few battles as leader. Are there any particular battles you recall as having been particularly intense?

My battle with Monbrey in Sunnyshore Gym went down to very last Pokemon for each of us. I never though I'd hold my own against the legendary Lavaridge leader.

That sounds like a truly epic battle. Who came out on top?

Monbrey won that. He had more damage on me and I needed luck for the last turn. Didn't work.

Luck can be a fickle mistress, indeed. What would you say the most important strategy is for balancing all of the options each Pokemon has available to them?

I don't think you really need a balance per se. It's just all about unlocking a Pokemon's true strength.

So, it's best to look at a Pokemon's strengths and play to their potential?

Yes. Look at where the high stats lie and find ways to tinker with your strategies accordingly.

Have there been any difficulties for you balancing so many positions? I could imagine that being daunting.

Some positions I'm just more active in than others. I haven't rangered in a while due to schoolwork but I'll probably take a run or two after I get done with school.

I'm sure that the other Rangers will be glad to see you back. I'm looking forward to taking a run with you, at some point.

Yes, we're overloaded with runs currently. I'm still in the [Park Lords] chat so I'm still part of that family.

What excites you the most about the coming expansion?

Probably that for once I won't be the "new crowd". I might actually get my own apprentice this time.

I think I'll still be considered a part of the "new crowd" for a while after the expansion. Haha. Finally, any closing words?

Ummm ask me to ref? lol I guess just stay active and every member can go far if they do so.

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Interview with Soulmaster;

How long have you been involved with the URPG?

Since the end of February but only really active as of a few weeks ago.

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself (Positions held, interests, etc)?

I don't have any positions but I am working on becoming a Judge and a Ref right now. My main interest here is battling. Since I don't really do the others. I am always open for a battle.

What are some of your favorite features included in the game?

Oh this is a hard one. I don't think I can pick any one or two things as my favorite they are all good.

How do you feel about the community?

It is a great community that can handle just about anything. The leaks about the expansion, for example - I came in here right when they were happening. When it was leaked that there would be an expansion, which was the biggest news in like forever, the way the staff handled it was excellent.

Is there any advice you'd have for newer players?

Keep at it and just try to be active wherever you can and try your hardest. Oh and learn types, that has gotten me many times recently.

What about judging and reffing is it that interested you?

Um to be honest when the committees came out and I saw they were looking for people to be variuos professions judging looked like it was the easiest so I chose that one and reffing.

What do you like most about judging and reffing?

Hmm, well since I haven't actually done either it is kinda a moot point, but reffing first - it is one of the most important professions here (and a good way to make money ;) ) and judging even if it doesn't have that many it is still an important part in the URPG.

Yes, both are very vital to ensuring the URPG runs smoothly. What excites you most about the choices in professions you've made? Are there any battlers or contestants you're looking forward to serving as a Ref or Judge for?

Just helping people out. No, not any one person. I just want to do it for as many people as I can.

Some of the records for reffing and judging are fairly lofty. Are there any you're looking to break over the course of time?

Hopefully I can break any if not all of them.

What are you looking forward to most about the upcoming expansion?

All the new members coming. Hopefully we will get a lot of new members.

I'm looking forward to that, myself. It'll be fun watching them all join such a great community. (: Finally, what is it about the URPG that first hooked you?

Well I was first on BMG and I saw it, looked at it and just all of the different things you can do here is what hooked me I think.

The multitude of features in this game are truly astounding. I feel as though there's something here for everybody. (: Any parting words of wisdom (or lulz)?

Live long and prosper. *Vulcan salute*

/Vulcan salute. Thank you for your time!! :D

Glad to do it. :-)

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Interview with SLC04;

How long have you been involved with the URPG?

I joined PE2K in August 2007, and began playing URPG not too long after that.

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself (Positions held, interests, etc)?

I'm a Judge, and leader of Mikan gym. Two or three months ago I had my temporary Ref license.

What are some of your favorite features included in the game?

Of course, I love battling but I still have a soft spot for Contests, being a Judge and all.

How do you feel about the community?

It's awesome! I've made a lot of great friends over the years, and I've laughed loads in [URPG Chat]. If it wasn't so good, I wouldn't stay here.

Is there any advice you'd have for newer players?

Take your time settling in, and make some friends with some of the older members. Get them to help you with anything you need, and you'll slowly learn. If you have any questions, ask me. :>

How long have you been a Ref/Judge/Ranger/Grader for?

I've been a Judge for just over a year and a half.

What attracted you to that (those) position(s)?

To be honest, I just wanted some kind of position. I didn't have the patience to be a Grader or Ranger, and I had failed the Ref test several times. I passed the Judge quiz within one or two tries, and since there wasn't a test back then I got the job pretty quickly.

What are some of the challenges of being a Ref/Judge/Ranger/Grader?

I'm still quite a slow Judge, so some Contests take a long time. Some are quite boring, too. Oh, and not that many people do Contests so it's hard to find people.

What do you like most about the position(s)?

The pay is a lot better than Referee pay, but it's just that no one does them :P

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Interview with Buoy;

How long have you been involved with the URPG?

I joined back on the 17th of April in '10, but I sort of disappeared for eight months. When I returned, I'd changed my username so no-one knew me and basically got another start at URPG. So yeah, I've been around for quite a while now, though it's nothing compared to some of the 'vets'.

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself (Positions held, interests, etc)?

Hi! My username is Buoy (or Buoysel), and I am a Grader, Ranger, Judge (R/S/E and D/P/Pt only ;_;). I'm also here to help anyone who wants help. ;> I'm interested in collecting Normal-type Pokémon at the moment, since that's my favourite type, and I'm very into the National Park and writing. I'm not a good battler. OR REFEREE. In fact, I've failed my ref test seven times to date, but with eight attempts (I got a temporary license on my seventh go), making me one of the most fail-y referees ever. Maybe. I like grading a lot as well as taking people on National Park runs, but I don't get the opportunity so much any more. I'm told that I am a 'vibrant' person (pfft, yeah right). I enjoy poking people with my non-opposable thumbs and I am generally friendly, although a little sarcastic from time to time. I think it's because of my terrible sense of humour. UM, YEAH.

What are some of your favourite features included in the game?

I adore FFAs. It's the only form of battling that I can do any good at, usually, so that's what I like doing if there's one on. I also enjoy the variety of scenarios within the National Park, and inventing stories is pretty cool, too. Grading, my main source of URPG income, is a useful way of keeping myself in the know of writing while helping others and even getting to read, something that I enjoy. BEING A RANGER IS AWESOME. I get to randomly roll Pokémon for trainers to encounter and throw said Pokémon at trainers in unexpected ways -- usually insane ways, because that's how I roll. I do pretty much what I want as a Ranger, and that's awesomesauce.

How do you feel about the community?

They're all nice enough people once you learn how their malicious comments are their disguises for love. THEY'RE LOVING PEOPLE. Some cause problems more often than not, but, at the end of the day, we're like a criminally mad family. If I was related to all these people. Which, thank Allah, I am not.

Is there any advice you'd have for newer players?

EAT YOUR GREENS. Um, no. Try to have fun, I guess. Don't feel pressured to follow what other people do or have done because it seems like everyone should do it. If you find you're not good at something, don't worry. There's bound to be at least one thing in URPG you'll excel at -- one day, you might even be awesome like me. Also, don't start with a Pokémon or capture Pokémon you don't like simply for the fact that they might be competitively better or for the fact that everyone uses them. If you like a Pokémon, you should capture it or use it -- it doesn't matter if other people call them 'crap' or some other sorts of names (you know the ones). The point of Pokémon is training the Pokémon you love to their best and using them to their full potential -- all 'mons can achieve something if you do just that. I'm a prime example of using generally unused Pokémon, like Chimecho. ;}

How long have you been a Ref/Judge/Ranger/Grader for?

I was a Referee for a week sometime back in March. I've been a Judge since early last July, a Ranger for a year (A YEAR TODAY AS I WRITE THIS YAY) and a Grader since late last July.

What attracted you to that (those) position(s)?

Being a Ranger attracted me first, since I'm a big RP geek x]. I loved the idea of being able to make fun things happen for other people in an RP -- like being the GM of a major roleplay or something. I liked the idea of being this cool, adventurous guy who led trainers through wild areas to see what creatures they could find. I LIKE ADVENTURES, MKAY? A friend of mine, SLC, started doing a lot of Contests last June/July time, and I liked doing them at the time, so I decided that I wanted to become a Judge (well, that's what he'll have you believe -- I wanted to become a Judge shortly after I became a Ranger, since I'd been doing Contests at that point, too). I'd wanted to become a Grader, though, since returning from my eight-month hiatus (and even before that, methinks, as I'd already written two stories before disappearing and I remember vaguely attempting the Grader test at the time). However, until I met Bumblebee, I didn't know how to word my advice, but he taught me the basics of grading and I took it from there myself. I wasn't sure why I was attracted to grading, really. It was probably since I liked writing so much.

What are some of the challenges of being a Ref/Judge/Ranger/Grader?

Um. A lot if you want to be a ref. There's a lot of things to take in mind when reffing, and the reason I fail so much is because I still haven't got into the habit of using them all. More people are better at that sort of thing than I am. With Judging, there are quite a few gimmicks in it, so you have to be careful to get the smaller details right. It's a little intricate, but it's easy if you know what you're doing.

Being a Ranger requires a lot of patience with your Trainers -- they don't always post as regularly as they ought to, and sometimes you yourself may have problems starting a post to reply to your Trainers. You may need to rebuff your trainers from time to time, as they might not always get how things work, or they might be a little demanding of you, but you hold your breath and stay patient with them -- you need to be a bit of a people person in rangering, from what I've experienced. You also need to have good judgement -- was that combo realistic enough for a Pokémon of that nature to perform? Is that move really wise in the current environment, or can it even be used there? Is that trainer being a little too rude or disruptive? Was that post good quality?

Being a Grader requires even more patience, and more judgement than being a Ranger requires. You need to be patient enough to read through a story, ones that might not actually interest you, even ones laden with grammar problems (which can be off-putting, believe me). You have to be able to know what to say to the reader that will tackle their most major problems and tell them how to make it better in a way that suits their style of writing, not calling them out on every error or giving them advice to make their style a style you prefer. You need to know the subtle boundaries that writing involves, and judge whether the story is really good enough to capture the Pokémon aimed for. Introductions, plots, characters, dialogue, grammar, description, length (in some cases) and Pokémon difficulty are only some of the factors that play a part in grading, more particularly in the decision to pass or fail. In any profession, though, you just need to have common sense -- that's the most important quality.

What do you like most about the position(s)?

The ability to help others, frankly. I'm always looking for an opportunity to help, even if I might not always have the time to. That's what being in any position means to me -- just the capability to help people in the URPG through my professions.

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