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Fics - Theme for September/October
Posted Sep 2 2016 by Cyn

Right! It is the first of September!

We have two items of news for this bulletin.

Approaching Spring in the Southern Hemisphere, and Autumn up North. While we only got one story for the Abilities theme after the deadline, feel free to check out jniblick's story here.

Anyway! Kicking over to the theme for September/October. We are running a more out-of-this-world theme. Well, rather, quite the opposite! This season's theme is "Real Life"!

No doubt everyone's experienced the recent app addiction sweeping the world. With the Pokémon GO craze settling down a bit, we believe the fantasies surrounding it remain fresh. We present to you a simple question, "How do you think our world would be affected if Pokémon were real?" It's an open ended idea that raises many questions. Were they always part of our modern, realistic world? Were they suddenly introduced? We want to see all your imaginative answers!

As usual, we'll be looking for a minimum of FIVE authors writing stories to unlock the full prize ($50USD or equivalent in Nintendo eShop credit). Be sure to submit your stories before October 17th, and attach the tag "in_the_real_world" to your story. Winners will be announced at the end of October.

Hopefully by now you've all been able to browse or try out the newly-reopened Oekaki. As such, we're announcing our first ever relaunched Oekaki theme. The theme itself?... "Real Life!" Yes, once again!

Similar to the Fics, the general theme for the Oekaki is, "Pokémon meets Civilization". Normally, most pokémon might spend their whole lives never encountering humans or modern civilization. Show us the unique experiences of the lucky few that do! And remember, as with the Fics, art drawn directly on the Oekaki does not need to be adult-themed.

Make sure to say in your post that your drawing is for the theme, and get those pens/mice/fingers cracking before October 17th. If we get at least FIVE artists' work, the best piece will receive the same prize as for the Fics theme ($50USD or equivalent in Nintendo eShop credit).

AGNPH staff will judge both Oekaki and Fics submissions. We would very much love to see what you all create!


Edit: Theme entries are now closed.

Fics - Theme for July/August - Abilities
Posted Jul 2 2016 by Cyn

First of July!

And, to go along with that, announcing the results of last month's theme. We got a lot of great entries, and I'd like to congratulate Arcanine Reno for his great story Pretty in Pink.

Although we didn't reach the number of authors we aimed for, we decided to still give out a smaller prize of $20USD for the Nintendo eShop. Congrats to Reno again, and make sure to check out his story and all the others!

Our July/August theme are Abilities! Now, in the pokemon games, abilities may just be another battle mechanic. But what would life be like if it always rained wherever you were? Or you were a compulsive hoarder of a zigzagoon? Show us how abilities can affect those who have them, for better or worse!

This time, we’ll be looking for a minimum of Five authors for the full prize ($50USD eShop credit). So, drag your friends in! We expect to see interesting and creative stories with this theme! Post your stories under the tag Abilities. We’ll be cutting off entries on August 17, with final winners being announced at the end of the month.

Also, we encourage everyone to check out the new Oekaki section. Let us know what you like, don’t like, and what needs improvement. We would like to include it for some future themes, so artists can join in too!

As a final note, Flygon will be unavailable from the 3rd of July, through to the 11th of July. Feel free to contact any of the other admins if you have questions, or Cyn for any technical help with the site.

Edit: The site will go offline for server maintenance for a bit on Friday, July 8th.

Update: Story entries for the prize have closed now that the 17th has passed. If you already wrote a story for the theme, feel free to still post it! We'll feature any themed stories on the home page for a month so everyone can enjoy!

Alright! It is now the 18th of June. So! We're here to declare a few things!

First of all, of course, is that entries to the Changing Seasons Fics contest are now closed! While we didn't quite get as many entries as we had hoped for, we will not be leaving the winner that does win empty handed, with a consolation prize planned! We have learned from the experience of this theme, and will plan the next theme accordingly.

We will be judging the stories as of now, and will announce the next theme on the first of July. The winner of the Changing Seasons theme will be announced then, and the prize given.

Secondly, as a few of you may have been guessing, we have been doing a fair bit of work behind the scenes with regards to the Oekaki.

As a few of you may already know, the old Oekaki software had to be shut down, after most web browsers stopped supporting Java based web applets. In addition, it was becoming troublesome to actually maintain ourselves.

After we couldn't find any publicly available HTML5-based Oekaki packages online for use with AGNPH, we had decided to embark on our own. Thanks to the amazing work of Cyn, we now have a working Oekaki package! All the previous Oekaki submissions are still available, and we have backed up the animation files for all the older submissions. Importantly, accounts and comments are also still retained!

We are opening access to the Oekaki as of now, as a Public Beta. We encourage users to report any bugs found to us, in this forum topic!

Now, onto the third bit of news. Flygon will be unavailable from the 2nd of July through to the 10th of July, due to attendance of certain events. Be sure to contact Cyn, or other site admins, if you need assistance.

We hope you all enjoy! The Oekaki software needs a thorough runthrough, and we're going to have a fun time reading through the submitted Fics entries!