The 'Shroom:Issue LXX/Pipe Plaza
Director's Notes (Paper Yoshi (talk))
Hello, everyone, and welcome to the January Issue of Pipe Plaza!! Last month's issue was a great one, and I'm sure the readers enjoyed it. Of course, that wouldn't be possible without the continuous support of the Core Staff and all the regular and guest writers, so I would like to thank everyone who contributed in one way or another to the latest Holiday Issue.
Speaking of contributing to the paper, there are still two vacant sections in the Pipe Plaza team, – Featured and Anniversary Announcements – so please be sure to sign up for them!! The application form can be found in the sign up page, so all you need to do is fill it in and PM me your application on the Super Mario Boards. The Core Staff members will then proceed to review it within the following week while voicing their opinions, ultimately deciding if you are fit for the position(s).
Section of the Month
Last month's Section of the Month poll got 22 votes, the same as November.
The December Section of the Month, with 6 votes (27.27% of the total), is...
...Projects Seeking Contributors, for the first time!!!
Projects Seeking Contributors, written by the newest Pipe Plaza member, YoshiKong (talk), covers projects from the Wiki Collaborations forum board and any wiki discussions that need attention. YoshiKong was the first Pipe Plaza writer to be awarded the SOTM prize in his first section.
The second-placed sections were Monthly Report and Mario Calendar, with 5 votes (22.73%), while Upcoming Games got third place, with 3 votes (13.64%). All three sections are written by myself, Paper Yoshi (talk).
And that's all for this month's notes! Now go on to the other sections!
Monthly Report (Paper Yoshi (talk))
Hello, and welcome to this month's issue of Monthly Report! A new year has started, which means there are twelve months of statistics ahead of us. Here are the wiki's stats for November and December, the last two months of 2012, and January, the first month of 2013, followed by comparisons between those sets of statistics:
(Credit goes to Stooben Rooben (talk) and Super Mario Bros. (talk) for the table coding. Stooben originally created it when writing this section back in Issues XXIII, XXV and XXVI, and SMB based his coding for Issues XXXIX, XL and XLI – which I am using in this issue – off of Stooben's coding.)
Community Report (YoshiKong (talk))
Hey and welcome to the Community Report. I'm filling in for Bop1996 this month, as he is busy with school stuff. Hope you're back soon Bop! So to start, these are the most recent changes we have had to Super Mario Wiki Policy.
If you have any questions or concerns about these polices, feel free to post a comment on this forum thread. Next up, these are the most recent proposals which have reached a consensus.
And these are the current proposals in progress.
The following are the most recent changes to user rights.
And that's it for this month's Community Report. We wish you a happy and prosperous 2013, and all the best to Bop1996 with his real life duties.
Forum Update (MrConcreteDonkey (talk))
Hey guys, welcome to the first Forum Update of 2013! Since it's the start of a new year, it goes without saying, but I'll say it anyway: Happy Haitian Independence Day! I can't help but think there was something else...oh yeah, Coptic and Russian Orthodox Church Christmas! But enough celebration, let's see what went down in December on the Super Mario Boards. Is your blood not boiling with pure excitement?
"Do not bump old topics unless you have something relevant to say or contribute. information irrelevant to the topic or replying to an old quote will be considered spam. As well, do not cause a riot if a user has bumped or created a thread if the said user has something relevant to say. If the user has made a post in an old topic that violates this rule, simply report it to the moderators."
IceShadow1199 was banned permanently on January 3rd. He was banned for violating rule 8 (no flaming, trolling, harassing, racism etc.) after many warnings and temporary bans.
Post-Damage Invincibility was also permanently banned, for obvious trolling and disturbing the peace. He was banned on January 13th.
YamiHoshi earned a temporary ban for infractions on rule 8 (racism) and rule 11 (inappropriate content). She was banned for 30 days, and her ban expires on February 3rd.
A ridiculous amount of new smilies were added. First came :drosh:, which was
Next came :drybow:...
Finally, :metal: and :blooper: were added.
Also, the forum logo was covered in snow for the festive season:
Doesn't it make you feel...uncomfortably cold?
Green signifies the user is at a higher position than last month.
Mafia and Forum Games
Projects Seeking Contributors (YoshiKong (talk))
Hey and what's up? Welcome to Projects Seeking Contributors. This section will bring attention to any new and active projects on the wiki where input and general discussion are needed. Let's start with the most active and recent projects seen on the Wiki Collaborations forum board.
And that's it for the forum's Wiki Collaborations. Once again, see the forum board for the complete list. Next up, we have the discussions which are currently taking place on article talk pages. These can be seen at Category:Talk pages with unresolved issues. The list is as follows.
And that's all for this months Projects Seeking Contributors. If you think you could help out with any of the issues above, please take part in the said discussion taking place. We'll be updating this section next issue with any new discussions that need attention.
Tip of the Month (FunkyK38 (talk))
To help keep your account safe from hackers, choose a difficult password to replicate. "Mario165" would not be the best choice, but "MaRiO36lUiGi92" would be a good choice. Mixing capitals and lowercase letters and adding numbers are both good ways to keep your account safe. If a difficult password doesn't work for you, try changing your password once in a while.
Mario Calendar (Paper Yoshi (talk))
Hello, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to Mario Calendar! It may look like this issue isn't special at all, but this is the first January Mario Calendar I write for the paper, so I guess that counts as being somewhat special. The list is rather short, but many well-known games were released sometime during January. These are the Mario, DK, Yoshi and Wario games released in the first month of the calendar year:
And that's all for now! I'll see you again right away, in Upcoming Games, so keep reading!!
Upcoming Games (Paper Yoshi (talk))
Hello, fellow 'Shroomers, and welcome to another issue of Upcoming Games!! This month, we'll take a quick look at the next installment of the WarioWare series, Game & Wario, which is set to be released in all regions by March 2013. It was covered by the President of Nintendo, Satoru Iwata, in a Japanese Nintendo Direct video posted last month.
Game & Wario, the ninth WarioWare game, will include 16 minigames, which will support up to five players. Additionally, every minigame will involve the Wii U GamePad in a certain way. In his Nintendo Direct video, Mr. Iwata focuses on two of those minigames. The first one, called Fruit, was featured in Part 2 of our 2012 Special E3 Coverage. It pits one player against a team of 1-4 players. The single player must choose a character to be the "thief"; he or she will then proceed to walk around town and steal fruit discreetly while the other players, the "detectives", try to spot him or her on the TV screen. After the time runs out, each "detective" must try to guess who is the "thief" by taking the GamePad and choosing one of the suspects.
The other game featured in the video is called Gamer. It is a single player minigame in which the player controls 9-Volt. 9-Volt wants to play video games on bed, but his mother won't allow him to do so. Thus, the player is tasked with playing WarioWare-styled microgames on the GamePad while paying attention to the TV screen to make sure 9-Volt's mother isn't nearby. If she comes into the bedroom to see if 9-Volt is sleeping, the player must put the GamePad away. The game ends when 9-Volt is caught playing games on bed or when he runs out of lives in his own game.
Three Mario games have been released for the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console since the last issue. The Game Boy Color version of Wario Land II and Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, for the Nintendo Entertainment System, were released in North America on December 20th and 27th, respectively, while Super Mario Bros. 3, also for the NES, was released in Japan on January 1st, 2013, the first day of the year.
And that's all for the first Pipe Plaza of the year! See you in February!!
"Stay tuned to Upcoming Games for news on the games you'll be playing soon!"