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    Sad ASB in our Memories

    What was your ASB history?
    What/who do you miss from ASB?
    What do you think made the subforum so great?
    What do you think made it fall?
    What would you do if you were a 16-year old, fresh TPMer n00b, and it was something like 2001-2004, and you saw ASB?

    I might post my answers later. Maybe even double-post since the Postcount doesn't rise.

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    Default Re: ASB in our Memories

    Honestly, I've never done ASB on TPM.

    But for the short time that I ran my own Pokémon forum (two years or so), I was pretty active in ASB. It was a fancy kind of RPG in the end, giving you a lot of freedom to describe battles. The downside was that it was a lot of work.
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    I remember AVMA's PokéPage!!

    As for myself, I didn't get what ASB was until 2008 or so. I knew it would be time-consuming, but as it rose to one of the most notable subforums, I decided to join it as I started to have more time from my mental rehabilitation, meaning spring 2009. I didn't even have an internet connection of my own with my laptop back then!

    I became extremely addicted, although it was really rare for me to win any of those matches. For instance, I won Ayeun once by using Rollout. My arch rival was probably MeLoVeGhOsTs, I faced him like thrice and even was by his side in one Double Battle! My biggest achievement was that I invented ASB Name Rater.

    I really would like to see TPM ASB back, but for now, it seems unrealistic. First of all, there are no active users, second of all, there are the glitches, third of all, the BB Code has changed multiple times so table reffing has become difficult, and so on.

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    I have plenty of memories of ASB...I remember being in the first ASB (which had signature moves, and back then I was a ref and a battler, though my battling skills weren't as good as they eventually became in the current ASB), and in the current one too. In the current one I eventually decided to give reffing another shot, and for a time I reffed in the current ASB. I liked being a strong and fierce battler; I thought with my skill, I might be strong enough to become a gym leader or even take my "rightful" place among the strongest of this ASB's battlers. While I am sad that ASB is pretty much no more, I am proud of my accomplishments there (including winning the We're Not Dead contest, which was both a tryout and an unexpected win where I didn't know my own strength, and coming a close second in the Mega Evolution tournament after coming sooo close to defeating Oslo, who was my opponent in that tournament's final round).

    I have actually thought of bringing ASB to the people of another forum they frequent to see if there might be some interest, but even then, considering I never was a moderator here on TPM, not to mention that the only moderator of the current ASB I have contact with is DarkestLight, I'm not so sure if bringing the idea to another forum will even be feasible. Even if it happens, I'm probably going to be the only veteran there.
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    Default Re: ASB in our Memories

    Quote Originally Posted by Austrian ViceMaster Alex View Post
    But for the short time that I ran my own Pokémon forum (two years or so),
    Wait... ? Was that PokéRealm? I remember at least you and Silver Ledian from there. I did Pokemon anime episode preview translations from Japanese to English for your forum!

    Back on TPM ASB, I must mention a special battle where I challenged my favourite Legendary Pokemon, Blademaster's Articuno. I was lucky and managed to beat the god of ice once with my Bronzor.

    Here's the entire glorious battle.

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    I tried ASB twice. The first time, when I was still rather new to the forums, I made a team with signature moves which was never approved because I couldn't explain the sig moves well enough. Then, years later, when signature moves were no longer a thing, I tried starting a new team. I had a couple of battles. I just couldn't stand the system, sorry. In my experience, it was all about waiting for days at a time just to see what the ref came up with, and the outcome of the battle was decided by the ref, so basically I was just giving the ref some writing cues. I didn't like it, so I left again.

    There was also a time when AC/CC was closed by Little Pikachu, and when I tried to defend it she said it was the same thing as ASB. I had to carefully explain the differences and why I found AC/CC fun, and not ASB, and in the end she finally understood and let us return to our activities.

    However, what I did like a lot was Lune, the ASB-inspired fanfic written by Karin, a.k.a. Charizard04621. I wish she had finished it. And I also liked some of the conversations in the cafe subforum.

    So... that's my ASB history. I can't say what made the forum great, nor what made it fall - althugh I would bet its fall, like that of most other forums, is closely related to the massive exodus of members from TPM.

    As for what I would have done if I had been 16 in the early 2000's and found ASB... I would have probably tried to come up with a team and got it rejected like I did when I was in my early 20's.

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    Default Re: ASB in our Memories

    Quote Originally Posted by Mikachu Yukitatsu View Post
    Wait... ? Was that PokéRealm? I
    I think that's what it was called. It's been so long I barely remember.
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