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post Dec 11 2016, 03:51 PM
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It's December! The rather bitter 2016 is finally ending, but not before we get to enjoy some of the best holidays the year has to offer.

Being an adult without children, I've found Christmas hasn't really meant all that much to me anymore. The best part of the holiday now is simply the nostalgia... remembering what it was like each of my childhood years, the family I rarely ever see now, and the traditions I partook of.

The last twelve months, as the Bounsweet in this season of South Park have shown us, have been filled with different types of nostalgia, and bookended with Star Wars releases. With that in mind, I propose we go out with a nostalgic bang.

Sun and Moon recently had an incredibly successful launch, and we're working hard to get all of the new Pokémon added to GPX, but let's not forget how most of us felt when we played those first games while watching the first season of the show. I'd like to hold tribute to the original 151 Pokémon (...or at least the ones that are easily obtainable).

The Hanukkah event
  • Begins: Thursday, December 22nd at 11:55pm EST (site reset), which is two nights before Hanukkah begins.
  • Ends: Sunday, January 1st at 11:55pm EST (site reset), which is the night Hanukkah ends.
This month, we'll be bringing back our Hanukkah event, with a twist. Normally you'd receive 1 coin for every Fire-type you hatch, but this year you'll receive 1 coin for every Generation 1 Pokémon egg you hatch. If the egg you hatch happens to hatch with a Gen 1 sprite ("Red/Blue", "Japanese Red/Green", and "Yellow"), you'll earn 5 coins. 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.

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Scavenger Hunt
This month's Scavenger Hunt will start mid-month as always, running the entire second half of the month, but you'll only earn 20 coins for completing a task once the Hanukkah event starts (so the 23rd to the 31st).

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
We're finally doing this again! Feeling nostalgic? I know, I know, we did it last year... but that was the New Year's Exchange, totally different. This will happen over Christmas weekend, and I will post additional information around that time, but it'll work about the same as last year's New Year's Exchange... hopefully without any of the same issues.

New Year's Raffle
It's been so long since we've done one of these! The way this worked on New Year's 2012 was you'd have a day to be as active as possible, and for every 2012 points of Activity Score earned, you'd get one entry. We then handed out a certain number of legendary eggs, and you'd have a chance to get one based on the number of entries you earned. I'll post more information about this later, but since Hanukkah ends on New Year's Day, it may be based on your Coins instead of a single day's activity. Stay tuned!

I'm feeling festive so I may try to have some other surprises for you all this month! We hope you all have a safe and wonderful holiday season, no matter which holidays you celebrate, and I'm sorry if yours has never been represented by GPX -- you still matter to us!


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post Dec 11 2016, 04:04 PM
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QUOTE(Zerxer @ Dec 11 2016, 08:51 PM) *
  • Prize information relating to the Coins will be announced later, but likely the same as last year.

That's really good to hear - now people can be sure about what they'll get for what they put in. That was the only bad thing about the coin events last year and earlier this year.

I look forward to everything that's in store! And let me be the first to thank you and all the staff for everything you've done for the site and its users this year. happy.gif


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post Dec 11 2016, 04:04 PM
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Woah that sounds like we're up for quite an amazing and event-filled ride grin.gif
Thank you so much for organizing this all and I'm very much looking forward to participating

This is THE perfect time to start shiny hunts for Generation 1 Pokémon

As for the raffle I think I'm either entering a legendary or a shiny I've gotten
Because those are always fun to get I suppose, and I think the person on the receiving end might also be happy with one of those.
Especially with all the new members suddenly getting active, if I can help them fill their dex then it's certainly worth it.



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post Dec 11 2016, 04:40 PM
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Glad to see the new events. I'm super hyped about all of these!
I will probably enter a legendary for the raffle. Most likely a Hoopa or a summonable one. I don't have any other extras.

I hope I will be able to gather a lot of coins, and get some of the best rewards. That Shiny Legend Voucher Plus from last year is very attractive grin.gif grin.gif


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post Dec 11 2016, 04:48 PM
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I got a shiny Zergoose from the exchange last time. Since I already had both forms shiny, I will give it back this time. Hopefully someone will appreciate that. It's also female.

Also looking forward to making a profit off of the dreidel again like I did on most days last year.


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post Dec 11 2016, 04:54 PM
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QUOTE(Zerxer @ Dec 11 2016, 04:51 PM) *
The Hanukkah event
  • Begins: Thursday, December 22nd at 11:55pm EST (site reset), which is two nights before Hanukkah begins.
  • Ends: Sunday, January 1st at 11:55pm EST (site reset), which is the night Hanukkah ends.
This month, we'll be bringing back our Hanukkah event, with a twist. Normally you'd receive 1 coin for every Fire-type you hatch, but this year you'll receive 1 coin for every Generation 1 Pokémon egg you hatch. If the egg you hatch happens to hatch with a Gen 1 sprite ("Red/Blue", "Japanese Red/Green", and "Yellow"), you'll earn 5 coins. 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.


So, I'm guessing this means that you shouldn't hatch Pichu, Cleffa, Igglybuff, Elekid, Tyrogue, Smoochum, and Magby? Because while those grow up to be Gen I pokemon, they are actually Gen II. {As well as Mime Jr and Happiny, but those are Gen IV pokemon who grow up to be Gen I.} Did I miss anyone else?

And also? My Christmas Exchange will be the Diancie I got earlier this month. I mean, that IS why I did the exploration in the first place, dontchaknow.


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post Dec 11 2016, 06:26 PM
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I'm so happy the Secret Santa is back! Can't wait to read more about that!
Gotta decide what I'm putting in this year.

And yay for the Gen1 for the Hanukkah event! I have a few Gen1 shiny hunts going, so I'll focus on those ones!
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post Dec 11 2016, 06:50 PM
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Sounds fun! The Hanukkah event will be awesome! I know which pokemon to hatch a crap ton of cat.gif


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post Dec 11 2016, 07:18 PM
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Very excitement. grin.gif I love doing events. Lots of work but lots of fun and entertainment.


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post Dec 11 2016, 08:33 PM
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Oh my GOD I am so PUMPED for this. Like, really REALLY pumped. Maybe I'll actually try my hardest at these instead of half-ass trying like the few others years grin.gif

I can see Magikarp being a top contender but then you deal with houring eggs.. Hatch+ forever? lol. Much excite!

My xmas exchange I'll throw in the Sh. Dialga I got last year. May as-well try and finish up the summonable legends for shinies; I'm missing all of the Hoenn stuff so some of those would be nice.

Man if I can get top of the coins and get that Sh. Legendary Voucher Plus I can finally finish that Sh. Kyurem hunt.. crying.gif


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post Dec 11 2016, 09:05 PM
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That top prize from coins earned is VERY inciting. Literally planning how to do it now.


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post Dec 11 2016, 10:28 PM
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yay! Thanks for this happy.gif! Looking to be active once more grin.gif!
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post Dec 11 2016, 11:56 PM
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Oh sweeet, hyped for this for sure!


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post Dec 12 2016, 01:15 AM
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QUOTE(RicFule @ Dec 11 2016, 03:54 PM) *
So, I'm guessing this means that you shouldn't hatch Pichu, Cleffa, Igglybuff, Elekid, Tyrogue, Smoochum, and Magby? Because while those grow up to be Gen I pokemon, they are actually Gen II. {As well as Mime Jr and Happiny, but those are Gen IV pokemon who grow up to be Gen I.} Did I miss anyone else?


Correct. The egg itself has to be of a Gen 1 Pokémon.


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post Dec 12 2016, 01:16 AM
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THANK YOU for organising all these events this month! I'm wondering how I'm gonna participate in everything but I'm sure I'll figure it out. wink.gif Happy Holidays, GPX+! Thank you for a lovely six months haha.


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Can't think of a more fitting theme for these events... For myself, at least - it's nostalgia that made me type in the link to GPX+ after 3 years of being away. I was even sure there was another big wipe, like back in the day, and all the pokemon in my boxes had new owners now. Surprised they weren't, and here I am, hooked again, glad to be back.

Being an adult without children, somehow Christmas is still a big deal to me. And I'm happy about it, because I see my future with a person that has never celebrated Christmas (due to his religion), I want to bring all of the wonderful traditions to our relationship so that he can experience the magic.

And that's why reading this thread filled me with excitement, I am going to participate in everything I can! Thank you so much for organizing all of these, and for keeping this amazing website up for another year!


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post Dec 12 2016, 04:34 AM
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post Dec 12 2016, 09:57 AM
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Oh wow! This sounds very exciting indeed! Guess I"ll have to brush up on the Gen 1 Pokemon. blush.gif It definitely sounds like a fun month so thank you for all your extra hard work on this! Hopefully I'll be able to participate enough to obtain a nice gift at the end of it all. Not sure what Pokemon to use in the gift exchange. I will have to see who I have in shiny form and whom I can spare in shiny form. Hopefully there will be something cool enough to make someone's day.

Sounds like December 2016 will be challenging yet fun on GPX. So thank you for thinking of us! love.gif


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post Dec 13 2016, 11:13 AM
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Wow how did I miss this announcement?

I am SO pumped for everything posted here, especially the prizes being similar to last year. It means I need to get enough points for that sweet Shiny Legend Voucher. I really want to get a non-summonable shiny legend so what better way than to earn coins!

Christmas isn't the same anymore when you can just BUY the things you want. I'm no longer a child who has to wait for my birthday or Christmas to get things. I can go to a store any time I want. The only thing different is we now do everything for my niece, we don't need to get gifts, she's all that matters now happy.gif.

I'll probably put the shiny Groudon I got in last year and hopefully get something new for the Pokedex.

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post Dec 15 2016, 08:18 PM
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I see your Secret Santa Exchange and I think somebody will be happy to know I'm planning to submit a Shiny Dracowwymsy.

So if you've got shiny novelties lousing around, now's the time to enter them. As long as it's not a Shiny Dracowymsy, of course... then again, that would mean neither you nor I would need one... How about Shiny Bidofo?

That's a thought; what happens when an odd number of Secret Santa eggs are exchanged? A voucher related to the kind of pokemon offered to one lucky person?

Sadly, I don't have any G1 shiny hunts going while I prep up for Hannukah (think I'll hatch some Spearow). But what the heck, we love Shiny Pokemon no matter how we get them.

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