Hey RU and (hopefully) non-RU players! Here's a little something that will give you guys an incentive to post: Awards. Awards are designed to promote activity and competitiveness in the RU forum. Anyone can easily earn Awards by simply posting and showing activity and skill within various places around Smogon including the RU forum, #rarelyused, and the Pokemon Showdown RarelyUsed ladder. How to earn points in specific threads can be found at the bottom of the threads in bold gold. The people who won awards will have the awards that they earned in each round recorded in the post below. Each time you earn an award, you will not only get in the Hall of Fame, but you will also earn a set number of points. These points will add up, and the person with the most points at the end of the round will win a spot on the rotating council. These two points, contributing to RarelyUsed and earning spots on the council, will lead to greater things including badges! Awards: Most Creative Poster - 5 points Best Forum Poster - 5 points Best Thread Maker - 5 points Best Teambuilder (posting in: CCAT, RU Teambuilding, Research Group, etc.) - 5 points Best IRC Discusser (#rarelyused) - 5 points Individual Thread Awards: Winning a Mini-Tournament - 5 points Being a runner-up in a Mini-Tournament - 3 points Teambuilding Awards: Having your CCAT nomination be chosen - 2 points Getting a 3:1 Win/Loss ratio with the current CCAT team on the PS RU ladder (minimum of 20 battles on a fresh alt) - 5 points Having your set added to "What to use" in the RU Teambuilding thread - 1 point Having your set added to the Project RU Database - 1 point Most creative set (Individual Pokemon threads- ex. Gothitelle Discussion) - 3 points Alternate Points: The makers of each project have the option to award points for doing specific things in their specific project. How to earn these will go here. RU Forum Ladder Getting to Rank 2 once - 1 point Getting to Rank 3 once - 2 points Getting to Rank 4 once - 4 points Getting to Rank 5 once - 7 points Rank 5 users who stay in that rank for two months with at least 12 battles in Rank 5 during that two month period will earn 7 more points. Pokemon of the Week Each week, the "Best Discusser" and "Most Creative Poster" in this thread will receive 1 point. Research Week #12 Posting a viable set that completes one of the challenges above - 1 point Getting in the top 5 on the PS RU ladder with one of the above Pokemon - 2 points Getting in the top 5 on the PS RU ladder with one of the above Pokemon that meets one of the challenges - 3 points Core Crisis Posting 1 Pokemon that counters the above core - 2 points (per round) Posting 2 Pokemon that counter the above core - 1 point (per round) The Rarely-Rarely Used Contest Diamond Class - 7 points Gold Class - 5 points Silver Class - 3 points Bronze Class - 1 point It Will Rain - RU Collab Challenge! Each contribution to the Guide of RU Rain Offense - 1 point Best Discussion Sparker (weekly) - 1 point Top 5 in the Ladder Challenge - 3 points Points for regular awards will be given out at the end of the round and points for individual threads will be given out during the round. You can check out who's in the lead on-site, here. Whoever has the most points at the end of the round will earn a spot on the rotating part of the council. Multiple votes on the council will lead to the Tiering Contributor Badge . Furthermore, great contributions to the RU forum will lead to earning the Community Contributor Badge . Coming in first place multiple times (2-3) is an impressive feat, so an even better reward can might given for this (depending on your effort :p)! Points will reset after every new round. Projects: RU Forum Ladder Research Week #12 RU Pokemon of the Week RU Teambuilding Project RarelyUsed RU CCAT 4 The Rarely-Rarely Used Contest It Will Rain - RU Collab Challenge! Upcoming: Counter that RU Pokemon! Community Teambuilder - TBD Upcoming: New #rarelyused Challenges! - TBD Threads: np: RU Stage 11 October Usage Stats RarelyUsed Hub RU Viability Ranking Thread NUs in RU RU Lead Metagame Fallen Stars Taking a Look at BL2 These threads promote good discussion, and good posts will help you earn credit towards the Best Poster Award or Most Creative Poster Award. This list will be updated periodically with new threads. If you want an older thread to be added, just ask! Feel free to start your own projects as well! Good projects can help towards earning the "Best Thread Maker" award.