Welcome to the new & improved AGNPH!
The IRC at irc.agn.ph has been restored.
There was very little lost data and it was mostly a matter of setting up the new server, copying the data back, recompiling and starting it back up.
We apologize for the amount of time it took to bring it back. Thank you for your patience with the matter, and see you back on IRC.
Hey All! Just a quick update on our real-time chat servers.
As some of you may have noticed, the AGNPH irc server has been offline the past few days. Unfortunately, our server provider experienced a catastrophic event in their datacenter which took out the server that the IRC was running on. We don't know when it will be back online, but thankfully there's no data loss for any part of the site (Gallery/Fics/Forums/Oekaki). Until then, you can still connect to our IRC network via the other UCSN affiliated servers (these alternatives are listed on the IRC about page). The full list of servers is also available here.
In other news, we've also launched a new Discord server, for those of you that want a more modern chat space. You can sign up for an account at https://discordapp.com/, and then can join our server by clicking here. Both the Discord Server and the IRC Channel are linked together via a bot that can relay all your messages, so don't worry about missing out on the activity!
It's been a while since our last news post, so I thought I'd let everyone know what's new with the site.
First of all, we've finally updated the site's visual theme to something more... "retro". At least, for those of you who may remember the coppermine version of the site. This has been enabled by default for all visitors. If you liked the old appearance, don't worry! You can always change your theme at the bottom of every page, or in your account settings. Additionally, there's also a "dark" theme for those with light-aversion. We launched this a while ago but didn't really announce it, so feel free to try all the themes out.
Secondly, those of you using Firefox may have noticed some warnings on our login page about having insecure connections. But no longer! We've updated AGNPH to use secure https connections for all pages, so that pesky warning should no longer appear (and your connections can't be intercepted and read/modified, which is good too I guess).
Lastly, we've been working behind the scenes fixing minor bugs with the site here and there. If you see anything strange with the site or the new theme, let an admin know so we can fix it!
Hi all! With halloween now past us, it's time to showcase the stories written for the last Fics theme.
After some judging by the admins, I'm glad to announce Under Strange Skies as our theme's best submission. While we didn't have 5 different authors write in for the theme, we still decided that Dark Type will be awarded a smaller prize, just like the last time we had multiple authors write in. Their story along with the rest of the other submissions will be featured for the rest of the month, so be sure to read them all as well!
As for the upcoming few months, we have a new Fics theme for you all: Turning over a New Leaf. With new year's coming up it's that time of year to reflect on the current state of things, and perhaps seek out new opportunities or make big changes. And with Sun and Moon right around the corner, it seems everyone's not afraid to be bold (I'm looking at you, Exeggutor).
Write a story about choosing change over the status quo, taking new paths and bettering onself. We'll be using the same terms as last theme, with a minimum of 5 different authors needed to unlock the $50 USD prize (in eShop credit).
Due to the holidays, we'll allow submissions until January 7th, but don't slack off until right before the deadline! Remember to tag your story with the tag New Leaf.
Right! It is the first of September!
We have two items of news for this bulletin.
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.