The 'Shroom:Issue 129/Pipe Plaza
Hello readers, and welcome what is my final edition of Pipe Plaza. I have been a 'Shroom writer since 2013, and it was mid-2014 that I took over Pipe Plaza alongside Paper Yoshi (talk). It was great working with Paper Yoshi, and he helped show me the ropes before he eventually departed. And under my stewardship we have seen some highs and we have seen some lows.
I've seen Pipe Plaza made up of solely two section at times, and I was there when we only received one vote in the section of the month poll, and that was my own. But I've also seen Pipe Plaza have over 10 regular sections for what felt like the longest time, and my proudest achievement was being the director when we got third in the MarioWiki Awards. It seems a shame to be leaving it with these achievements, but I leave its stewardship in the hands of someone who will be incredibly passionate about it. Because it's passion that I feel I may have lacked in the past few months, and although Pipe Plaza may seem to many to be the boring part of our newsletter, it holds a special place in my heart, and it is so much more than that. Pipe Plaza is also losing FunkyK38 (talk), who has stepped down from Tip of the Month.
However, this address isn't entirely made up of sadness and reminiscing. As I leave my Pipe Plaza career, I wish you all a very successful future one. And speaking of the future, many of you may be aware that I am studying as a journalist, and that I did some work experience, and continued to contribute to that place after my stint there. Well now they've offered me a brilliant weekend position with them, so I leave one writing career to hop into another one.
I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Now enjoy Pipe Plaza, as I turn out the lights for one last time.
Section of the Month
Tip of the Month
Greetings, readers. It is bittersweet to be saying that this is my last Tip of the Month, as I will be leaving this section after this issue. Therefore, I will feature some tips that are always popular: tips to help you join the 'Shroom's team as a writer!
-Good spelling and grammar are a must. We've gotten a lot of submissions, and the ones that have poor spelling and grammar are docked points. We understand if you misspell a word here or there and don't catch it, we're humans too, but if it's hard to read because there are so many errors, it doesn't reflect well on you.
-Have a good flow for your article. If your section has to deal with long blocks of text, break up walls of text into shorter paragraphs so your readers don't lose their place. One of my own personal pet peeves is when writers expect you to read a long wall of text without getting lost. Make it manageable.
-Limit your swearing. Yes, you are allowed to swear, and yes, you can use a template warning box to warn readers that your article contains profanity. But keep in mind that there are younger readers still on this site, and even some older ones who would rather not read excessive profanity.
-Make your demo the real deal. If your application is approved, your demo will be used in the 'Shroom as your first section in the new position. So make sure it's your best work!
-Take comments to heart. If your application gets rejected, take a look at what the team found wrong with your article and re-work it with that in mind. We've had writers before re-submit demos without changing very much, and it's always hard to give better criticism when the same problems are repeated. If you want more clarification on something, don't be afraid to message the lead of the team you want to join, and ask them for help. It's what we're here for.
-Have fun. This is most important. You really have to have passion for what you do. Be motivated to write the best that you can each month, and make people smile! Be creative and bring some new life to a team!
It's been fun, readers! I hope my tips have been overall helpful over the years, and maybe soon you'll get someone new to take up the job!
Written by: Alex95 (talk)
Greetings everyone! Alex95 here to tell you all about an upcoming game and my thoughts about it. Minecraft releasing on the Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, and Nintendo Switch was monumental, as the game is primarily owned by Microsoft's second party studio, Mojang. While the cobblestone wall between companies are being picked away, there's another company that decided to get in on the action: Square Enix. Dragon Quest Builders has already been released on PlayStation platforms and Dragon Quest Builders 2 has been announced for a Spring 2018 release on the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4. So let's jump right in and take a look at what could have…oh wait.
Odds are, you've played or at least seen Minecraft. A sandbox-styled game where you place blocks of various materials, build structures, fight zombies, craft spells, and blow up your previously constructed structures. It sounds like a "Choose Your Own Adventure"-styled role playing game, and Dragon Quest Builders aims to focus more on the role-playing game part. The game currently in the works is Dragon Quest Builders 2, but is simply titled Dragon Quest Builders for the Nintendo Switch, and is essentially Minecraft with Dragon Quest elements. You can still place blocks and fight monsters, but now you'll be doing it in the land of Alefgard. The game focuses more on the RPG elements than Minecraft does, such as side-quests, talking townspeople, and a story that ties it into the first Dragon Quest game.
In the original Dragon Quest, at the end of the game, the villain Dragonlord asks the hero, the descendant of the legendary Erdrick, if he would join Dragonlord in his quest to take over the world. The hero chooses "no", defeats Dragonlord, marries Princess Gwaelin, and leaves to parts unknown, happily ever after… Or did he? Dragon Quest Builders goes the "what if the hero chooses Yes" route. Alefgard has fallen, Dragonlord has betrayed and defeated his new buddy, so now it's up to a new hero to put everything back together. Literally. Block by block, it's your job to rebuild Alefgard from the ground up, save the residents of the world, and defeat the Dragonlord once and for all.
If you've played the first Dragon Quest Builders, you'll notice some changes in this one. Multiplayer is the big addition, allowing four players to rebuild Alefgard together. The Windbreaker from Dragon Quest II lets players guide from high elevations, dashing is now implemented, slopes are built into the physics engine, animals like dogs are found in various places, and waterfalls are added due to fan demand. Players are also accompanied by a young Malroth, which is the final boss of Dragon Quest II. With that alone, it appears Dragon Quest Builders takes place shortly after the first Dragon Quest, before the events of Dragon Quest II.
This game looks like a lot of fun! I'm a fan of Dragon Quest, but haven't really been able to get into Minecraft, so this looks like a perfect way for me to get into the genre. Even if you haven't heard of Dragon Quest, but you're a fan of Minecraft, this is also a great title to pick up. If you're not a fan of either, then well, I can't help you there. You can learn more on the Dragon Quest Wiki on their DQB pages. Until next time, see you around!
Hey guys, welcome back to the Forum Update! I'm MCD, and let's get straight into it - this month we're looking at September, October and November!
Bold means a new entry. Italics mean inactive for at least a month. Bold and italics haven't been seen around these parts for the last 300 years.
Thread(s) of the Month(s)
September's Thread of the Month went to mario 64 in a nut shell by TheFreshPrince - containing a number of fun pictures from the Super Mario 64 online multiplayer mod that got popular earlier this year. Runners-up were Sifi's Knuckles is even more of a liar than we thought. and Shokora's Recyclable Lord Bowser images.
finally, we're learning something useful in film class by Nabber won October's Thread of the Month. quick, throw this in topic storage by SiFi and is this goomba wearing shoes by 2257 get special mentions.
Finally, November's Thread of the Month went to Luigi 64DD's The definitive MarioBoards Thinking emoticon, which contained a lot of worthy candidates for the title (and also the first use of the word "emoticon" that I've seen in a while). mariowiki.png by Banjonator1 was close behind, as was Mario games found on Osama bin Laden's hard drive by YellowYoshi398.
On the other hand, the Mafia won Stargazing's Star Mafia (Lounge), without losing a single member of their team. Stargazing noted that he wasn't 100% happy with how the game went, but on the whole found hosting it enjoyable.
"im just sad i never got to kill shoey" - Freakworld
Thanks for reading.
Poll Committee Discussion
Hey there everyone, it's your local 'Shroom Director. I'm here writing the Poll Committee Discussion this month. I've never done it before so bear with me but I'll try my best to do it justice! Let's just get right into it and see what there is to cover this month.
How do you feel about Mario Party: The Top 100's minigame selection? (Meta Knight (talk), November 12th, 2017)
Do you think it's time for a brand new Nintendo handheld system? (Henry Tucayo Clay (talk), November 19th, 2017)
Super Mario Odyssey has now been available for over a month. What are your thoughts on it? (The Pyro Guy (talk), November 26th, 2017)
Nintendo and Illumination Studios, the makers of Despicable Me, are reportedly working on a Mario movie together. Do you think Illumination was a good choice? (Lord Bowser (talk), December 3rd, 2017)
Which of these Mario games released in 2017 would you want most for the holidays? (LudwigVon (talk), December 10th, 2017)
That's all for now! Be sure to keep voting in the polls on the front page (as well as 'Shroom Section of the Month polls)! Happy holidays everyone, and be sure to read us next month when The Pyro Guy (talk) will be writing! For now though I'll see you all later!
Written by: Yoshi876 (talk)
We've covered Marioguy101 quite a bit, but one thing that we haven't covered is Mafia. This game is one of the community's favourite pastimes, at least untilcame along. However, there are many inexperienced people who do play and may not know what they're doing, which sadly can cause some irritation. Happily however, there's a section that might make all that frustration go away, enjoy!
The 'Shroom Report
HI, everyone! I'm your rational Statistics Manager, Tucayo, here with a brand new edition of The 'Shroom Report! As a reminder, in the Milestones section, writers will get mentioned every 10 team sections and every 50 overall sections, teams will get mentioned every 100 sections, and The 'Shroom will get mentioned every 500 sections. All information is based off our Historical Sheets. This section will cover Issue 128.