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july 18 another update is up, which you can read about here! the most exciting news of all: pride fest is now here in jinoa! please be sure to read the event info, as well as the details of each scenario. that being said, we hope everyone will have lots of fun!

june 6 june updates are now up! you can read more about them here. in addition, we have updated the rules and the site store. check the latter out for new categories, such as eggs and mega accessories. keep a look out, because we have a few more things we'll be rolling out soon too! wish you all the best!

may 30 otms are now up! vote for them here. in addition, julianna is now traveling through jinoa and is offering rare trades for any trainer who can get her the pokemon she desires. check it out here!

may 7 thank you for your patience everyone, but the may update is now up! check out this thread regarding information about mega pokemon, event prizes, and more. also be sure to post in this month's activity check if you don't want to be deleted!

april 15 attention! the flash event has been extended to april 30th, and a new pokerental system has been added for the event as well. check it out here! in addition, the otms are now updated; be sure to congratulate everyone who won!

april 2 happy april everyone! check out the new updates here to find out about cool new details such as a pokefinder app, advertising incentive, and a new flash event! in addition, everyone make sure to vote for this months otms here!

march 26 jinoa now has 2 new pokemods. everyone, please welcome lotte and blur to our pokemod team! 🎉🥂

march 25 attention! we now have a new live preview for our bio form, thanks to cassie. everyone please be sure to send her lots of love and check out the app form.

march 17 happy st. patrick's day everyone! to celebrate the holiday, we'll be running a special event: lucky's shamrock n' roll! to find out more details, click here. in addition, for a limited time, everyone who posts will obtain twice as many pokepoints. so what're you waiting for? get to posting!

march 10 hey guys! it's been little more than a week since the site's re-opening, and we're doing great so far. we've made some more updates to the site, including new directories, rule changes, new skins, and now we're currently hosting an egg giveaway! if you want more details, click here! in addition, mod auditions are still open and we're still encouraging everyone to advertise. happy saturday everyone!

march 7 jinoa now has a new skin! it's titled memories which can be found at the menu at the bottom of the main page. the purpose of this skin is a bit more minimalistic, and should be helpful for those who find the main skin's text too small to read. if you find any kinks, please pm lecc or tag her in the discord chat.

in addition, please welcome our old pokemod canary back to jinoa! if you're interested in becoming a pokemod too, check out this thread.

march 4 gen 7 is finally making it's way to jinoa! the wild pokemon list has also been updated to reflect this. not all pokemon have yet made the cut-off, but keep your eye out for future updates if you don't see your favorite gen 7 pokemon just yet.

feb 28 re-opening of jinoa! we made a new skin titled 'new beginnings' but if you want to go back to the old skin, just click on the menu at the very bottom of the page.

also, if you see a broken img or need something archived moved back, just pm lecc.

for more information on the updates, click here. thanks!! we're looking forward to rping with all of you!

august 25th check out the update on our new application form and tweaks to our team rocket system here.

august 8th the activity check is officially over and say congrats to our brand new pokémods, canary and venus! in addition, make sure to vote for your otms here as well as post with your characters in the ongoing flash event in cubic city.

august 3rd. there's a flash event in cubic city. earn a prize for participating in it here.

the activity check ends on august 8th.

august 1st. jinoa is having its first activity check + otm nominations! it ends on august 8th, so be sure to post in the thread before then.

the travel + mod request rules have been modified. read about it here.

mod auditions will end on august 3rd, so if you're interested, check out the thread here.

july 27th. mod auditions will end a week from now on august 3rd. if you're interested in auditioning, check out the thread here.

july 18th. staff are holding auditions for two pokémod positions, check out the thread here.

july 16th. the egg giveaway has ended! stay tuned for more things in the weeks to come.

june 23rd. jinoa has been open for a whole week! thanks to everyone who has joined so far. we have a new skin called "zero" + a new custom profile with more custom fields to fill out. if you see any funky coding please let staff know.

the egg giveaway will run until july 16th, so be sure to check it out!

june 15th. welcome to the grand opening of the jinoa region! to celebrate, we're hosting a month-long giveaway. for more information, check out THIS thread.

also, don't forget to join the jinoa discord! it's a great way to communicate between members. more information can be found HERE or by pming one of us!

member otm
koi
character otm
couple otm
diodore hardy x deidre madden
thread otm
census
trainer
♂ 07
♀ 13
○ 01
coordinator
♂ 04
♀ 08
○ 00
breeder
♂ 05
♀ 03
○ 00
rocket
♂ 07
♀ 06
○ 00
civilian
♂ 05
♀ 03
○ 00
total
♂ 28
♀ 32
○ 01

 
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GENERAL RULES
ONE. please be respectful toward all staff, members, and guests. you don't have to like everyone here, but you do have to remain civil with them. this is the first and most important rule on jinoa.

TWO. jinoa is a one account per character site. your first account should be your out-of-character account with your alias in all lowercase letters (i.e. admin) without any additional symbols or numbers. this is the account you use to post in out-of-character boards with the exception of character applications and pc inventories, which should go under the account of the character that they belong to. after that, you may register your character's account with their name in all lowercase letters (i.e. firstname lastname). you are allowed to have up to 3 characters at the same time unless you purchase additional character slots from the store.

THREE. activity checks will be held every other month from the 1st to the 7th to clean out inactive threads and characters. we understand that not everyone can post all the time, but we do ask you post with each character at least once per activity check. in addition, we encourage you to try and log into all your accounts daily or whenever you have time to visit jinoa.

FOUR. the hover sidebar is 200 width x 300 height and can be changed by going to 'my controls' → 'edit avatar settings' or by going to your profile and clicking 'edit avatar settings'. the 100 width x 100 height image and the fields where you can link to your characters application / plot page / inventory can be found under edit profile info. characters must have at least a sidebar picture in order to be accepted.

FIVE. you must keep an updated pc inventory for your character(s) on jinoa. you should use your pc to keep track of pokémon your character has obtained and the items you've bought from the store. we mostly rely on an honor system when it comes to the store items you've bought matching up to what you've written down in your pc, but staff can look at your character's in-store inventory if necessary.

SIX. jinoa is a pg-13 forum. this means you cannot have graphic sexual content in your threads or pms. please fade-to-black if required or take it off-site. violence is allowed, but avoid excessive gore. in some cases, this may also include conversations in the chat box, per staff's discretion.

SEVEN. please refrain from uploading and hot-linking images from imgur.com. the website's terms of services prohibits the hot-linking of images on roleplay forums. while this rule is not strict, images linked from imgur may become broken and cause complications in the future.

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APPLICATION RULES
ONE. unfinished (or wip) applications are allowed to be posted in the character creation board, but you only have two weeks to finish them before they are archived. this is to help the board from getting too cluttered. however, if you miss the deadline, you can always pm a staff member to have it moved back. once you have completed your application, post in this thread to notify moderators of its completion.

TWO. we make use of character slots on jinoa! every member gets 3 free character slots, but having more than 3 active characters at a time requires you to buy additional character slots from the store. that said, you can make as many characters as you have the time and activity for.

THREE. all characters are allowed to have up to three premade pokémon, but their levels cannot be any higher than 30. your premade cannot be a legendary, pseudo-legendary, or an evolved pokémon that doesn't evolve by level 30 (i.e. a level 30 charizard). if three level 1-30 pokémon aren't enough, there are items in the shop that allow you to make additional premade pokémon or premade pokémon over level 30. concerning movesets for these pokemon, try to remain realistic. in accordance with the godmodding rule, don’t make a moveset that is too overpowered or unrealistic such as a level 1 dratini with draco meteor or a level 1 charmander with 5 egg moves. each premade pokémon is allowed 1 egg move and 2 tm moves. in addition, if your pokemon has a hidden ability it must be stated in the bio otherwise it will be assumed they have their regular ability.

FOUR. as far as defects for premade pokemon go, remain reasonable. defects are anything that is outside the pokedex-regulated bounds of "normal". this may range from pokemon "variations" aka shiny pokemon to a spoink holding a different type of gem. cosmetic defects are fine, but anything else is banned until further notice.

FIVE. you can only create human characters on jinoa. no pokemorph, gijinka, or pokémon characters are allowed.

SIX. the minimum age for characters is 16 years old. now that team rocket is in the region, most parents won't allow their young children to go out on a journey alone. there are some circumstances where we will accept characters younger than 16, but you must pm an admin or global mod and get their permission first before you make the character's application.

SEVEN. your character is not allowed to carry any weapons (guns, swords, knives, etc) on their person while they're in jinoa. if your character needs to defend themselves, they can use their pokémon!

EIGHT. you cannot make canon characters on jinoa, even if they're from a different series. you cannot make a character who is related to canon characters or any of jinoa's npcs, either.

NINE. your character's application must be accepted by a staff member before you can begin roleplaying them. this should generally take between 24-48 hours. if you have not received a response after 48 hours, please feel free to contact a staff member to notify them of your application.

TEN. applications should be posted under the character account it belongs to, not under your out-of-character account.

ELEVEN. members may use any real life/animanga/comic book/etc character for their face claim. face claims cannot be reserved, but you can claim one after your application is accepted here.

TWELVE. event pokemon (such as ash's greninja) that are not just aesthetic differences are not allowed as premades. in addition, trainers cannot have legendary pokemon or ultra beasts as their premades either.

THIRTEEN. considering jinoa is partially a slice-of-life rp, you may rp your characters relatives or connections in threads as NPC's. however, do not abuse this rule or we may ban the use of NPC characters in threads. your NPC should never take up more in a post/thread than the character that you are posting with. (ie. don't write 1 sentence of John, and then 3 follow-up paragraphs of Jane, his wife) NPC characters, in this context, should always be background characters. if you would like to write more with your character's relatives, you may always post an adoptable in the wanted ads here.

FOURTEEN. regarding spies, infiltrators, etc. to team rocket, we will be not allowing these characters on jinoa at this time without explicit admin approval. this is mainly because team rocket is undercover in jinoa to begin with - the general population believes that team rocket is just an old fairytale and was destroyed alongside crystal town - and so it would be unrealistic for a character to infiltrate them at this time.

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ROLEPLAY RULES
ONE. no godmodding or powerplaying. godmodding is when you make your character (or pokémon) invincible or "perfect". an example would be a pokémon who avoids all or most of the other pokémon's attacks in a fight. powerplaying is when you control another character without the other roleplayer's permission. an example would be having your pokémon attack another pokémon and saying they landed the hit without letting the other roleplayer choose the outcome. to avoid powerplaying, you should always try to leave actions that affect another character or pokémon open-ended enough that the other roleplayer has freedom to decide how their character reacts.

TWO. the minimum word count for regular posts is 250 words, though we always encourage you to write more than the minimum if you can. this minimum word count is strongly encouraged, but does not apply to rapid-fire threads. please note that you won't earn any pokédollars from posts with word counts below 200 words. if you're struggling to meet the word count minimum, feel free to pm one of the staff members to see if they can help you lengthen your posts. in addition, all your posts - in character and out of character - must be in english.

THREE. you're free to roleplay a (non-legendary, non-pseudo-legendary) wild pokémon in a thread, but only as long as the pokémon can realistically be found in that route or town. however, you can only catch and earn experience from wild pokémon modded by staff.

FOUR. please follow a posting order in threads. if you were the third person to reply to a thread, please wait until the first and second person have replied to the thread again before posting. this keeps threads from becoming too chaotic. if you've been waiting a while for the person before you to reply, pm them and ask them if they're going to reply or if they want to be skipped. if, after a week, they haven't replied to your message, pm a staff member to get the posting order sorted out.

FIVE. we allow posting templates, but make sure they aren't hard to read before using them. if the person you're roleplaying with asks you to change your posting template, please be considerate and do as you're asked - you can always save that posting template for another thread. in addition, you must use legible font colors in your posts. no neon colors or colors that are hard to make out against the background color. we currently allow doHTML, but please ensure that your codes do not effect the layout of jinoa.

SIX. please keep in-character conflict in-character. if a character dislikes yours, don't take it as a personal insult. a character's feelings do not reflect the feelings of their roleplayer. if you are having issues with another roleplayer, please sort it out through pms or contact a staff member to help moderate the situation.

SEVEN. traveling through the boards is nonlinear, but please try and be realistic. don't have a character travel from cubic city to victory road in a day. you can find more about travel here.

EIGHT. liquid time is allowed on jinoa. your character can be in as many threads as you can keep track of, though there should still be continuity between your threads. if your character loses a pokémon in one thread, they shouldn't have it in the thread after it. regardless of how many threads you have, your pokémon can only be in one battle at a time.

NINE. like in the games, your trainer can only carry up to six pokémon with them in a thread. members are required to post their current pokémon team at the beginning of each thread. the party you choose for each thread is up to your discretion and can be changed after every thread if you want, but you can't switch your team mid-thread. the rest of your team goes into the pc. eggs count as pokémon like they do in the games which means the more eggs you have with you in a thread, the less pokémon you can have with you. trainers, coordinators, and their team rocket equivalents can have up to five eggs with them (and one pokémon), but breeders can fill their party with six eggs if they so desire. roleplayers should consider the risks of having no pokémon in their character's party before committing to a party of only eggs.

TEN. last but not least, pokemon on jinoa speak in pokespeech. meaning, pikachu would say "pika pi pikachu" or something of the like. in addition, most characters on jinoa can understand pokemon to some extent to make rping easier. however it is up to you, the roleplayer, to decide what extent your character may understand the pokespeech. some people may understand their pokemon word-for-word, especially if they've been with them for a long amount of time, while other people may not understand pokemon at all.

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CHATBOX RULES
ONE please don't spam or advertise in the cbox. as a general rule, if your name is the only one in the cbox, you're probably spamming. multiple messages of jumbled letters counts as spamming as well. if you want to advertise your site, please do so here.

TWO do not impersonate other members or staff, even if it's meant to be taken in a joking way.

THREE conflict and arguments will not be tolerated in the cbox. these are situations which should be dealt with privately. as such, do not purposefully aggravate people in the cbox. if you don't like someone, your solution is either to ignore them or privately message them. if staff notices tension or conflict in the cbox, we will ask you to take it to pms or privately discuss it with us. continual aggravation or arguments may result in warnings or bans.

FOUR please don't repeatedly ask a mod or member to reply to your thread in the cbox or discord. if you are still waiting for a moderator, please post in the mod thread located here. if you had already received a response and it has been more than 3-4 days since their last post, politely send them a pm to remind them it's their time to post.

FIVE gif icons are not allowed in the cbox because they can be headache-inducing for some people. for the comfort of our members, we ask that you choose a static icon instead.

REGARDING DISORD discord is an off-site messenger that members can use to contact each other. compared to skype, aim, slack etc. this messenger can be accessed either on your browser or by downloading the app on your phone/computer, and you can easily contact other members and/or staff without having to give out your personal screenname. if you would like to join our discord, just click here.

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