Friday, November 11th, 2005 @ 9 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

I almost fell off the face of the earth. I was holding on real tight to one of the tips of Antarctica, and was going to fall off, but some Eskimo peoples saved me and pulled me up. Then, I had to find my way back to America, and these little penguins floated me over. Then they "fainted" from the warm water we have here in California, which they are not used to. :p But I'm back!

Actually, as usual, school has been keeping me busy. Thank goodness that all of this Scarlet Letter madness will end next week, and I will not be spending two hours a night reading a chapter and taking notes on it, even though I must admit I like the book (the only book since 'To Kill a Mockingbird' I have liked that they have forced us to read in school). Oh, also, my brand new laptop was destroyed by me when I knocked a full cup of water on to it, so that kind of pulled me back these past few days. Luckily, it's under warranty, and Toshiba is going to send me my fixed laptop in three weeks (even though that's way too long for me). Unluckily, I lost all of my data, so I have to go back and re-type all of my school notes that I have taken everyday in class. :( So, more inactivity, which is just what this site needs in all of our daily updates! :p

On the waters of the empty ocean, a man looks out to the horizon and sees something coming, something that will arrive in the very near future. The mirage seems to be the holder of a promise that something will be completed soon, although this mirage is unclear to the viewer standing on the sand, as he does not even know how he is able to come to the above conclusion of a promise coming. In the sky above the mirage, eighteen orbs of light are displayed, some in groups of three, one in a group of four, and some orbs all by themselves. The viewer is left in utter confusion, as he does not know what he is seeing or what the message is. As he begins to walk away, one of the orbs of light begins to fade away, although it has not faded away completely. The viewer continues to watch, and we are left to wonder what this strange mirage's message is conveying. Next to him on the sand appear seven orbs, which begin to flash in response to the fading orb...

Oh, also, added the old commenting system back. The forum thing just wasn't working out.

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Thursday, November 3rd, 2005 @ 8 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

The Next Japanese TCG Set
Today we have some exclusive news! Once again, for the fourth set in a row, we are revealing what the new set's name is! The next Japanese set will be named The Holon Phantom, and will be the predecessor expansion set to "The Researching Tower of Horon [Holon]." The set will be released on January 17th in Japan, and the theme for the set will be Pokemon in the inner part of Holon (and Holon is in the inner part of Eidolon Forest, so we're going really deep here). This set will also continue the new type of delta speces Pokemon, which could be showing that they are here to say. As I said for the Researching Tower of Horon background info, delta species Pokemon were referred to as the "fourth type," as in saying that it is the new type of Pokemon to come to the TCG that will stay. Well, this next set confirms that theory, and if another set is to have delta species Pokemon, we can be sure they will be around for a while. So, what could this set involve? On the same day in Japan, a Deoxys deck box holder will come out, which could be a clue that a/some Deoxys [Delta Species] will come out. But who or what is the Holon phantom? As I posted for the Researching Tower of Horon set, the researchers involved with the delta species Pokemon were also responsible for looking for Mew in Eidolon Forest, which is where the tower is. If you are a fan of the Japanese Pokemon anime, you may know that Mew is referred to as the "Phantom Pokemon." So, could the set somehow involve Mew, again? Mew is in Eidolon Forest afterall, and Holon is also in Eidolon Forest, so you never know. What else could it involve? Maybe ghosts? Maybe some secretive Pokemon? Deoxys? Legendary Pokemon? Only time will tell, but you can be sure that with this set, we will be your #1 source for it, as we have been with the past four Japanese TCG sets.

Also, all information on the set will be found on [this page], as I did with The Researching Tower of Horon and EX Delta Species (in the future, you can access the link in the left menu under 'Japanese TCG Sets').

EX Delta Species Theme Deck Lists
RainbowGym has kindly sent us the EX Delta Species theme deck lists! To see the lists, you can visit our [Theme Deck Lists] section and click on "EX Delta Species."

Two New Forums
I have added two new categories to the forum, and I hope that at least one of them becomes successful. The first forum I added was the Weekly Quiz Discussion, which is where everyone can discuss those two quiz polls in the right menu after they have finished (not opened yet). But that's not as important as the next one. I have set up an Apprentice forum where you can set up matches, post your contact info, and do basically whatever you want in finding and battling other people. To read the introduction thread, [click here]. If you haven't registered in the forums, click "Register to Post" under this news story. Then, post in the Apprentice forum to get started!

I will try to have another update by the end of the week, which should include all of the Delta scans, a new article by Flaming_Spinach, and some other goodies.

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Wednesday, November 2nd, 2005 @ 10 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Dropping in real quick. This has literally been my ONLY free hour for the past week and a half. I am tired of getting emails and threats about updating my site, although I don't blame you guys, so I will be telling you more than you ever wanted to know about what school has been doing to me these past few weeks. Maybe you will be able to understand why it's so hard to put an update together now. ASB has been keeping me pretty busy after school, as Homecoming is coming up, and we have been getting a lot of homework thrown at us. In English III Honors we are reading the Scarlet Letter and have to read and take notes on multiple chapters each night (average hrs per night: 2-4) , in Int. Science III Honors we are working on a major lab that will be due this Friday (45 mins - 1 hr each night), in Alg. II there really hasn't been anything other than the daily lessons (20-30 mins), in AP US we have had to do a video project that takes forever when you have an old fashioned camera (all day Saturday and Monday, several hours after school), plus a HUGE six chapter test is coming up this Friday in which I am trying to study for. In Spanish III, we have had an art project where we have to draw a famous piece of artwork and memorize one full page of Spanish for a presentation (2 hrs per night to draw and practice), and in AP Psych we are starting our IB experiment tests (1.5 hrs per night). Also for Speech and Debate, I am trying to get an expository speech together on Anime, which is a 10 minute, MEMORIZED speech with 20+ posters, but that hasn't gone well so far as I am being swampered with homework. I have been up until almost 2 AM every night, and barely have anytime to do anything fun, although I do get around to visiting my favorite message boards every now and then. So yeah, you don't want to be me. So, before some of you start bashing me over AIM/E-mail/PM's, please consider that I am also a fellow human being and that I also have feelings and that I also DISLIKE SCHOOL VERY VERY MUCH RIGHT NOW. I have 10 fingers just like you, I watch television when I can just like you, I have two younger brats just like a lot of people, and I also occasionally have a period of time in school where I get uncontrollable amounts of homework. So next time you decide to send me a rude message, DON'T, even if I have not updated in a week. I know when I have not updated in a week, trust me, and I don't need to be reminded of it. So x5, yeah.

And sometime this week, I will have an actual update. No broken promise on that.

*goes back to reading Ch. 10 and 11 of the Scarlet Letter where Chillingworth is trying to mentally harm Dimmesdale since he now knows who Pearl's real father is*

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Monday, October 24th, 2005 @ 8 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

EX Delta Species Scan Situation
The scans are not done yet. I have finished 63 of them, and am going to recieve the entire rest of the set tomorrow, which will give us all of the scans for the set. I'd rather do them all at once so that it will be easier for me to edit and watermark them; otherwise, it will take me too much time. I also now have to create a new watermark logo and re-create all of the numbers I used for placing the watermark on the scans since I accidently deleted them off of my old laptop when I was trying to move them to my new one yesterday. Who knew that if you left a laptop sitting for one and a half months it would hard delete files instead of putting them into the Recycle Bin...

Apprentice Patch Updated
Thanks to Venusaur, we now have an updated Apprentice patch for EX Delta Species! To download the patch or the entire Apprentice program with the patch built in (if you are a first timer to Apprentice), you can visit our [Apprentice Program] section.

New/Old Header!
I have put up a Halloween header, but it's the same one as last year. I did not have any time this year to make a new one, so I just figured the old one was good enough. You will probably have to clear out your cache to see it, as I had to do, or you will be seeing Haunter and a moon in front of an ocean wave. It's supposed to be Haunter and a moon in front of dim stars. Now I wonder how many people will miss this update and come here in a few days wondering what is going on with the header. :p

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Saturday, October 22nd, 2005 @ 7 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Just got back from my pre-release, and boy do I have a headache. I ate some extremely disgusting chicken nuggets, and they gave me a headache for some reason. :p I really do not have the energy right now to do any work (someone give me a Boost), so I will just hold off on the scans until the morning, since it's already 10 and I'd be up until 2 or 3 doing the scans. I promise the scans will be up late in the morning tomorrow, as well as my own commentary on the set, so check back here.

*drops dead in bed*

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Friday, October 21st, 2005 @ 6 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

EX Delta SpeciesEDIT #3: Oh, forgot to mention. There is one ex per box, and one shining per three boxes. The scans will be sent to me in an hour, but I will already be gone for my pre-release, so I'll just get up all the scans tonight when I come back home.

EDIT #2: The set list is now up! There are a couple of intentional errors in it so that I will be able to know if someone copies the list, so steal and die! :p The EX Delta Species list can be found by [clicking here]. More scans will be up tomorrow (high quality ones, of course, and they will possibly be up in the morning, though the chances of this happening are about 40%), so be sure to check back tomorrow morning, Pacific time, and tomorrow night!

EDIT #1: Here are 21 scans. Since they are kind of small, they will not be included on the scans page, since I will most likely be able to get them scanned in high-quality tomorrow. The set list will be coming in about 45 minutes, and remember, tomorrow we will have a ton (yes, 2000 pounds) of scans (read the previous news story).

[Azumarril]
[Tyranitar]
[Holon's Magneton]

[Ditto]
[Ditto (as Pikachu)]
[Ditto (as Pikachu)]
[Ditto (as Charmander)]
[Ditto (as Charmander)]
[Ditto (as Bulbasaur)]
[Ditto (as Squirtle)]
[Ditto (as Mr. Mime)]
[Ditto (as Geodude)]

[Holon Farmer]
[Holon Lass]
[Holon Researcher]
[Holon Ruins]

[Flareon ex]
[Jolteon ex]
[Vaporeon ex]

[Kyogre*]
[Metagross*]

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Thursday, October 20th, 2005 @ 7 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Oh, right, EX Delta Species pre-releases are starting this weekend. I will be attending one on Saturday with a few friends, so we will be getting a lot of cards to scan. I also know for a fact that two people will be sending me scans early Saturday morning, and if the whole time zone thing works out, I can get them up before I go to my pre-release. Also, tomorrow, we *might* have some early information and scans up, though the chances of this happening are about 40%. If nothing goes up tomorrow, I will most certainly have the scans, set list, and information up on Saturday night. So, be sure to check back here both tomorrow and Saturday!

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Sunday, October 16th, 2005 @ 9 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Researching Tower of Horon Half-Deck Scans
Thanks to De0xys997, we now have ALL of The Researching Tower of Horon half-deck scans! To view the scans, you can [click here], or in the future, go to the left menu under "Japanese Sets" and click "Horon Half-Deck Scans." Looks like those photos of Pokemon art I took at Worlds were for this set, and that another Pikachu will be in the main set, since it is the only art we have not seen on a card yet out of those five I took a picture of.

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Tuesday, October 11th, 2005 @ 9 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

The Professor Test is Upon Us
According to Mike Liesik, OP Coordinator, the professor test should be going up this Friday for people to take. He also mentions "Any Professor with an expiration date of 9/1/05 to 10/15/05 will have their expiration date extended to 11/15/05. I've asked the web team to have this done as soon as possible, as Professors begin expiring this Wednesday." For the new professor test, there will be changes to the exam structure, as shown below:

Old Exam:
25 questions
20+ questions correct to pass
30-minute time limit

New Exam:
40 questions
32+ correct to pass
45-minute time limit

Looks like the test will be a bit harder this time around. So, be sure to take those tests on Friday by logging in to your [My Pokemon] account!

Regional Pins
For those of you that attended a Regional Championship back in June, you should be getting a surprise in the mail from POP any day now (or you already did). They will be sending you a yellow envelope with a note inside of it, along with a Regional pin! You can read the note by [clicking here], which explains why we are just recieving the Regional pin. The Regional pin can be seen by [clicking here]. It is a nice shade of blue, and is similar to the other pins we have recieved in the past, except for its color. Thanks POP for the nice surprise!

Ken Sugimori Trainer Gallery Updated
The [Ken Sugimori Trainer Images] gallery has been updated with the Battle Frontier Brains' images. They are extremely high resolution and can be found under "Hoenn." Thanks goes to Porygon for discovering these images.

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Saturday, October 8th, 2005 @ 9 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

The evil treachery that is school has let me escape its mighty walls of books to come and update for you all tonight. Funny thing happened the other day. I put my backpack on one of those standard school desks with the table and chair connected to each other and the little book holder/foot rest thing under it, and when I put my backpack on the table part of the desk, it tipped the entire thing desk over completely. When everyone turned to see what the huge bang was, one could see my backpack on the floor and the desk in three pieces. I think I am going to need back surgery when I get older.

Ken Sugimori Trainer Artwork Galleries
I finallllllly finished the page coding and renaming of all of the Sugimori trainer files today. Meowth346 originally had them on Pokemon Forever, but he shut down his site and gave them to me to use here. So, I have now organized them into two sections. The [Ken Sugimori Trainer Images] gallery contains stand-alone images of Pokemon people, and the [Ken Sugimori TCG Trainer Images] gallery contains Sugimori artwork from Trainer cards in the TCG. Enjoy these rare images and feel free to use them for your own, personal use.

Researching Tower of Horon Half Decks
Bangiras has translated all of the Researching Tower of Horon cards from the Vaporeon, Jolteon, and Flareon ex theme decks for the set. To view the spoilers, you can [click here], or go to the left menu under "Japanese TCG Sets" and click "Horon Half Decks" for the future.

New Featured Article
Flaming_Spinach has done a Featured Article on the top 10 cards of EX Unseen Forces. The article discusses the cream of the crop cards from EX Unseen Forces, and why they deserve to be in the position they are in and why they are good cards. To read his article, you can visit our [Featured Articles] section.

New Way of Commenting
The news articles were down today as I did a painstaking re-doing of the entire news system. What did I change? Well, not much. I just made it so that when you comment on a news story now, it takes you to a topic in the forums for that specific news story. I thought it was impossible to do this, but then last night while I was watching the third Inuyasha movie, it came to me and I figured out how to make it work. A pretty simple concept, but hours of work to make it work. All old news has been archived and I will put it back up soon in the News Archive section. So, comment now and try it out! If you are not registered on the forums, you will need to in order to comment on any news stories. To do so, just click "Register to Comment" on the bar below this paragraph.

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