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Pokécharms

Your source for Pokémon fan works, Trainer Cards, and news.

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A couple of days later than planned, but with all of the latest news and site updates I figured it was appropriate. Regardless, the votes have been tallied, the winners decided, and prizes/extras prepared. The three top winners will be contacted via PM about their winnings - which, hopefully, all three of them can benefit from.

The full list of participants and their poems can be found in the comment jump. Some of the voting was pretty close, but luckily the top three winners came out cleanly. Determined by our various members who voted, here are our Haiku masters:

3rd Place - Silver Magpie

2nd Place - Shocari...​
[img align=left]http://www.pokecharms.com/trainercards/cards/18-5-2009/58345c19743f6974aa1aa4024074bf35.png[/img]I'm sure you'll all be glad to know that the Trainer Card Maker is finally back online and running again after a brief server switch last night. :)

Apologies for anyone caught in the downtime last night - the site itself was only unavailable for about an hour, but propagation of the new DNS settings among ISPs may mean you've had to wait longer for the site to reappear. By now, though, everyone should be on the same page.

Obviously, I haven't had the time to do much to the TCM over the past while - so it's still in need of updating. I can't guarantee that there'll be a Platinum update to it that soon (it takes an entire weekend with solid hours of work to update it on that scale), but hopefully not before too long.

The TCM going back online marks just the...
Well, following the announcement of the now excruciatingly anticipated G/S remakes, we've given the site a minor makeover to celebrate.

For the next couple of weeks, the new default for the site will be this Heart Gold/Soul Silver inspired theme, so I hope you like it. :)

As setting this to the new default over-rides everyone's custom settings regarding themes, you should be aware that if you wish to maintain your custom selection after the default is reset (or go back to it now, even), you must do so manually. Apologies for the inconvenience it may cause to those using the custom themes - but only a few select themes will be used this way, so it will be an irregular occurrence.
[img align=right]http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y101/Linkachu166/HGSSScreenShot-1.png[/img] The Official Japanese Pokemon Website has finally updated their Heart Gold and Soul Silver page to reveal images and tid-bits of information previously mentioned in Coro Coro magazine. Included is new artwork for the Johto Starters and Ho-oh/Lugia, artwork of the playable characters, and various screen shots. Nothing new, but still worth a look. Check out the comment jump for the images.

To recap what we already know:
- The PokeGear has been redesigned and will now be displayed on the bottom touch screen with the click of the X or Start buttons.
- Starter Pokemon follow behind the hero outside their PokeBalls ala Pikachu in Pokemon Yellow. To what extent this feature will be utilized has yet to be fully stated.
- Much like FR/LG, 3D...
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Here's the official site.

So Sunday's announcement will be about Pokemon Heart Gold and Soul Silver. Here are the logos:

Not much else to say. Let the excitement commence.
[img align=left]http://www.pokecharms.com/gamesprites/dp_artwork/250.png[/img]Pokemon Sunday, Japan's live action Pokemon catch up show has announced that they will be announcing something in their 'Game' section of the show next Sunday in a preview that also featured Gold and Silver inflatable balls adorning the set.

While there's no confirmation yet, obviously, the various hints towards it that have been running throughout Generation IV - and heating up with this summer's movie featuring the Johto starters and the Notch Eared Pichu - make it almost inevitable that a G/S Remake or Johto based game will be announced next week.

It's also been reported that Junichi Masuda, the sound director and overall director of the Pokemon games since D/P, will be making an appearance on the show next week to announce the game.

We'll make sure to keep you all updated on any announcement. In the meantime, with the probability of G/S remakes finally coming on their way (and presumably seeing...
[img align=left]http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y101/Linkachu166/pokecharm.png[/img]A month late, but never forgotten! Even though certain life-related events have kept me preoccupied for the past month or so, I always intended to see this through.

So, now that's finally happening :)

A big thank you to Prof. Cinders who originally posted the Charms Day Haiku Contest for me while I was away on vacation. She also organized all of the entries, of which 15 have been approved for voting. They should all be fairly spot on Haiku-wise, but even if a couple aren't I let them go. If you entered the contest but do not see your entry posted, chances are it broke the rules far too much to be included. However, your participation was greatly appreciated, and I thank everyone who took the time to try.

Now, down to business. The 15 included entries can be found in the...
[img align=right]http://www.pokecharms.com/random/darkraigoaway.jpg[/img]It's been reported today that Pokemon USA and Pokemon UK will be merging to become THE MEGAZORD Pokemon Company International. President Kenji Okubo, current president of PUSA will control PCI and will report to the main headquarters of the Pokemon Company in Japan.

Essentially, this means the UK is screwed for any more events. This new company will control the entire Pokemon franchise outside of Asia, while Pokemon UK was expected to control the whole of Europe and was incompetent at that to begin with. Most of Europe got a poor showing of any events, and even though the Shaymin event in the UK this Easter has been a pretty good run - it's a rarity and is looking to become even more of a rarity after this merger.

Now that the entire non-Japanese world is under the control of one single company, it's more or less guaranteed that the...
[img align=left]http://www.pokecharms.com/gamesprites/dp_artwork/493.png[/img] Granted, this event isn't one I can see many people here being able to go to since it's all the way over in Japan, but the magnitude of it certainly deserves a mention. With the arrival of Movie 12, known as Arceus: To a Conquering Spacetime, anyone who has pre-ordered tickets to see the movie will also be given a shiny Pichu, currently referred to as "Pikachu-coloured Pichu." It is Lv.30, holds an Everstone, and has the moves Charm, Endeavor, Volt Tackle and Charge. It will be available for download between June 19th and July 17th, again, only to those who have pre-ordered tickets for the movie.

OK, so that might not be what people expected from this, but Pichu isn't the only Pokemon being given away. As expected, being distributed at movie theatres from July 18th is the mighty Arceus, the star of Movie 12. It will be Lv.100 and will be holding the currently unavailable Rowap Berry, and like Darkrai...
Today, I had planned to launch this new design, a new upgrade to the forums and the brand new Pokedex. However, the Pokedex is lagging behind, and as such may not be finished for a while now as I've got a TONNE of other work to get done.

But, even though the Dex isn't going to be too forthcoming too quickly, I figured it was time to get this design and upgrade underway regardless.

This design is built to handle a lot more than the previous one and should be a lot more versatile - so I'm looking forward to keeping it fresh throughout the rest of the year.

Incidentally, the TCM's back up for now... we'll see how hard it hits the site for now - but hopefully it can stay up for a bit longer this time (especially as now I'll be spending less time working on the Dex and thus less time personally hammering the site myself).


This is stage one of a big upgrade to Pokecharms this year - and it is really needing it now - later in the summer, we'll be upgrading to a new server...