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Zerxer
post Dec 18 2019, 03:57 PM
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It's December once more! Time for some events! Gosh, I feel like time moves so much more quickly when I'm responsible for creating this December thread every year. Didn't I just do this?! oh.gif

I hope you all are having a wonderful holiday season and end of not only 2019, but of the 2010s decade! Wow. Be sure to take some time to reflect back on this decade as a whole: who you were, who you've become, and how you hope to improve in the coming decade.

Me? I had just left my teen years, ended the only life I ever knew in Pennsylvania and started a new life in Texas in a new relationship with Jen, and over the decade, I grew a lot as a person and started a new job that I love. I've now left my 20s and I am sure this upcoming decade has a lot in store. In fact, this coming February, Jen and I are finally getting married. happy.gif Starting the decade off right!

Alright, here are the events!

The Hanukkah event
  • Begins: Thursday, December 19th at 11:55pm EST (site reset), which is three nights before Hanukkah begins.
  • Ends: Tuesday, December 31st at 11:55pm EST (site reset), which is one night after Hanukkah ends.
We're again bringing back our Hanukkah event. In the past we've given 1 Coin for every egg hatched that met that year's theme. Previous years have included: Fire-types (lighting of candles theme), Generation 1 Pokémon (a nostalgia theme), and Generation 3 Pokémon (Pokémon GO theme).

This year, the hot news is the release of Sword and Shield. However, with these games came the sad news that not every Pokémon from previous games would be available in the Galar region... So we'd like to honor some of the Pokémon that are not yet available in Galar. There are actually quite a lot, so I've limited it to only Common types:

List of Common Pokémon not available in Galar (click to show)


You'll receive 1 coin for every Pokémon egg you hatch from the above list. If there are multiple forms, they're all included. You'll also earn 20 coins for completing a daily Scavenger Hunt task. These coins are completely separate from all other currencies on the site and are used to determine the prizes you win in the end (as well as for Spinning the Dreidel).

Additional information on the Hanukkah event (click to show)


Scavenger Hunt
This month's Scavenger Hunt has already begun and will run through the rest of the month, but you'll only earn 20 coins for completing a task once the Hanukkah event starts (see above start date and time).

Explorations
The two Christmas explorations, "The Twelve Days of Christmas" and "Secret of Christmas", have been activated and will run through the end of the month.

Secret Santa Exchange
Deposits will be open sometime on Sunday the 22nd and will last thru Wednesday the 25th, with the exchange itself happening after reset. I will post additional information around that time, but it'll work about the same as previous years.

New Year's Raffle
This will work the same as it did previous years: you'll have a day to be as active as possible, and for every 2020 points of Activity Score earned, you'll get one entry. We'll then distribute a certain number of vouchers for a new Pokémon, and you'll have a chance to get one based on the number of entries you earned. I'll post more information about this later, as always.


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post Dec 18 2019, 04:15 PM
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In fact, this coming February, Jen and I are finally getting married. :happy: Starting the decade off right!


On Velentine's Day, right? Right!?

Well, happy holidays - and thanks for sticking with the site for so long. Hope it's still bringing you joy. I know it is for me.


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post Dec 18 2019, 04:25 PM
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QUOTE(Cycloneblaze @ Dec 18 2019, 03:15 PM) *
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In fact, this coming February, Jen and I are finally getting married. :happy: Starting the decade off right!


On Velentine's Day, right? Right!?


Haha nope, about a week after that. It's a bit of a vanity date but also happened to be the day we first chatted.

Valentine's Day will remain GPX's anniversary!


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post Dec 18 2019, 05:58 PM
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Thank you for all the Site Events, Zerxer!

Congratulations on your upcoming wedding with Jen! :]


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post Dec 18 2019, 09:39 PM
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Those are some really cool looking site events! Looks like imma be on GPX a lot during the holiday period

As for reflection... there's not really much to reflect on I'd say.
I'm still the same old me, I'm still quirky, get excited over really small stuff.
There's still things I agree with, still things I disagree with

I just hope I can enjoy these current times for the rest of my life. The way things are now they're good.
I'm going places, made a couple new friends and I'm doing the things I've always wanted to do but never could before cause of ideas which were pushed onto me by relatives and old acquaintances.

I'm having a good time now and I'm grateful for that. and just because I'm not doing life by the books doesn't make it NG
This is the way I want to live my life. Fighting for what I think is good for me and reaching my own goals independently.


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post Dec 19 2019, 01:05 PM
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For my own sanity, and probably others' as well. I want a line separated list of the pokemon for the event. Instead of just making it for myself, I'm posting it here.
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I'm looking forward to participating in this event. These are best times of gpx. happy.gif


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post Dec 19 2019, 02:07 PM
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Congrats of getting married in Feb to both of you!!!

This year I got my promotion!


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post Dec 19 2019, 10:19 PM
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I'm on task 4 of Secret of Christmas and it gave me 2 farfetchd in my party? Can that be fixed or did I glitch something out?


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post Dec 20 2019, 12:10 AM
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QUOTE(Manchee @ Dec 19 2019, 09:19 PM) *
I'm on task 4 of Secret of Christmas and it gave me 2 farfetchd in my party? Can that be fixed or did I glitch something out?

Whoops, that's interesting. I've removed the one.


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post Dec 20 2019, 12:39 AM
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post Dec 20 2019, 05:37 AM
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Hey!

I would advice against spinning the dreidel for profit as the expected value is 0.875, ie a loss. But if you don't care much about losing more than winning, then spin for fun!

Happy holidays everyone!

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post Dec 20 2019, 12:58 PM
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Is the item to get Dreident going to be available at all during this time? That's one Novelty release that I missed while I was away at college and haven't been able to get since becoming active again ;;


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post Dec 20 2019, 03:07 PM
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QUOTE(jeanmichel @ Dec 20 2019, 04:37 AM) *
Hey!

I would advice against spinning the dreidel for profit as the expected value is 0.875, ie a loss. But if you don't care much about losing more than winning, then spin for fun!

Happy holidays everyone!


It's not a 25% chance for each of the sides. I've actually weighted them.

I sent all the odds of each spin to Raven and we crunched the numbers and it's more like an expected value of 1.20


@Manchee -- one of the prizes for Coins is always a handful of Scratch Cards, and you can get a Dreidel from that. I'll see if we want to put it in the shop at all too though.


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post Dec 21 2019, 12:31 AM
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I hope you all are having a wonderful holiday season and end of not only 2019, but of the 2010s decade! Wow. Be sure to take some time to reflect back on this decade as a whole: who you were, who you've become, and how you hope to improve in the coming decade.


Zerxer, I just logged in for the first time in like 3 years, in a down moment personally, this kicked my ass, in a good way.

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In fact, this coming February, Jen and I are finally getting married.


Congratulations to you both!


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post Dec 21 2019, 02:33 PM
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QUOTE(Zerxer @ Dec 18 2019, 02:57 PM) *
You'll receive 1 coin for every Pokémon egg you hatch from the above list. If there are multiple forms, they're all included.


It doesn't seem like Alolan forms of the Pokemon are included. I've hatched Alolan Geodude and Alolan Grimer, but haven't gotten coins from them. Was that intentional to exclude them?


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post Dec 22 2019, 12:19 PM
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QUOTE(Zerxer @ Dec 20 2019, 09:07 PM) *
QUOTE(jeanmichel @ Dec 20 2019, 04:37 AM) *
Hey!

I would advice against spinning the dreidel for profit as the expected value is 0.875, ie a loss. But if you don't care much about losing more than winning, then spin for fun!

Happy holidays everyone!


It's not a 25% chance for each of the sides. I've actually weighted them.

I sent all the odds of each spin to Raven and we crunched the numbers and it's more like an expected value of 1.20


@Manchee -- one of the prizes for Coins is always a handful of Scratch Cards, and you can get a Dreidel from that. I'll see if we want to put it in the shop at all too though.

Oh, thank you for the info!

I'll try spinning, that's a good trick!

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post Dec 22 2019, 01:22 PM
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I think I won't be getting tons of coins - I lose more, than I winX) but this is still so fun=)
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post Dec 22 2019, 07:57 PM
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I find my luck generally sucks with luck-based games, so I'll probably just stick with hatching eggs for coins seeing as I have vacation time and all; still glad this was brought back though, I'm going to see if I can get myself up into one of the good tiers like I did last time~


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Depositing Pokemon for the Secret Exchange doesn't seem to be enabled...


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post Dec 23 2019, 11:32 AM
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Sorry all, forgot to enable it yesterday.

You are now able to deposit a Pokémon to the Secret Santa Exchange!

Reminder that you can only submit ONE and it'll be reverted to an egg and no longer be yours.


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