Hey, I got a well! Real Life: Spoiler Hey everyone, my name is Elmo. Yes, it actually is Elmo! Hence my username, “The REAL Elmo” :p I'm 22 years old, live in the land of 1000 lakes aka the mitt aka Michigan. I graduated from a community college this spring with two associate degrees in Math/Physics and Economics and am continuing my studies at Central Michigan University (CMU) to major in Math and Statistics (and at least a minor in Physics, maybe major if I get bored lol). Musically, I am a percussionist, and have been playing music for over half of my life. I'm currently working on the soundtrack to a movie which is set to release in October! I've lived here in MI all my live, and have only ever left the US once. I lived in Japan on an internship program for the summer of 2011 working on a tourist boat on lake Biwa. I was told recently that I actually have my face on a billboard in the Otsu train station, xD I had the fortune to meet an amazing person who was on the program as well, and as soon as we got back to the states we started dating! Over 2 years later we're still together, and I can only see me loving her more as time goes on. Pic! Spoiler [/HIDE][/HIDE] Pokemon: Spoiler Hooooooooo boy, this might take a while. My first taste of the pokemon franchise was actually thanks to a friend of my younger brother's. He had just gotten some pokemon trading cards as well as pokemon snap for the N64, and so of course some pokemon cards ended up in my house. I remember one of the first cards we got was this rhyhorn http://www.serebii.net/card/jungle/061.shtml which I think I still have somewhere in my room, lol. It wasn't long until we got a Gameboy Color and a copy of Pokemon Gold. I was instantly hooked. All I remember of my first E4 team was having an Ampharos, Butterfree, and a Pidgeot. It seems I was destined for NU even way back then, xD I kept playing the games casually until I discovered Serebii back during Ruby/Sapphire where I became obsessed with making the worst pokemon viable. Fun fact, I actually swept a friend using a curse Muk. He even used mostly legendarys including Rayquaza! I kept this up until my irl friend (who is known as Poliwaggle online) introduced me to Shoddy Battle in June of 2009 and gave me a fews teams to try out. This was the age of Garchomp, and I quickly discovered that I hated all the common OU mons (Bar Yanmega). This prompted me to begin my quest of using what I thought were NU mons in OU. Here's a sample team and battle. http://pastebin.com/1AAB5rjx http://pastebin.com/5ZMSgQ2t Needless to say, It was pretty bad >_> After a summer of just being silly in OU and UU on the main shoddy battle server I ran into someone else who was using NU and NFE mons. I have no idea who it was, but there's a good chance it was VoR himself, but he invited me to come hangout on the recently founded Project NU server. This started one of the most fun and informative years of my Pokemon career! My first teams were absolute crap (like my first hail team) http://pastebin.com/EqD2Z40g , but I slowly found my own battle style of gimmicks or weather (much to the hate of many people). I actually wound up in the finals of smogon's first NU tournament in the spring of 2010, but ended up choking and lost (in my defense, I had never seen a Specs Espeon ever before, lol.) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_3zE2p0Ttc The PNU server was taken down at some point I don't remember and we all moved over to Smogon's CAP server since they actually recognized NU as a metagame and gave us a ladder ;_; I had fun there, and actually got 2nd place in the kickoff tournament for Colossoil! 5th gen came, and with it a new simulator you might recognize, Pokemon Online! The Project NU channel was almost instantly founded and became the main hangout for a surprising amount of Auth. PNU ran Teambats to promote creativity in the NU tier back in the day (RestTalk Watersport Wailord STRONF), and found itself helping the creation of the lower metagames by running 5th gen Teambats for the at-the-time unofficial LU tier http://z6.invisionfree.com/Project_NU/index.php?showtopic=306 . Since then, I've always been here, lurking in the shadows. I've played in all the major non-OU tournaments PO has had, and done decently well in all of them. It's only in the past year or so here that I've been stepping up and contributing to PO in some official form or another (NU QC, LU Moderation, and others...) but I've always been here helping discuss random problems with other LU and NU'ers in Project NU, even if I hardly ever post on the forums >_> Oh, and I play VGC too! I've been to US Nats twice and plan on attending again for as many years as I can! [/HIDE] TL;DR I've been playing competitive mons since 09, Been here on PO since before LU was a tier, and plan on staying here for a long time ^_^ Shoutouts: I'ma try to give soundgif's to most people I don't say a lot about. Prolly won't be able to D: Project NU: Spoiler VoiceOfReason: A founder of PNU, and a pretty cool guy. Definitely one of the most influential players for me while I was learning mons. Pokemonnerd: A true online brother to me. I remember that we were basically completing each other's thoughts from the first day he came into PNU. Thanks for the fun years pnerd, and I look forward to many more even though you'll be less active thanks to your occupation. http://thebest404pageever.com/swf/Javelin_Missile_In_Afghanistan.swf http://thebest404pageever.com/swf/Inko_Steak_Flavor.swf Xdevo: Another of the PNU founders. Always a damn good battler, and another of my PNU bros. Daesy says Hi btw, and that you are her 2nd fav person on PO! http://thebest404pageever.com/swf/DancingColin.swf Master 12345: ANOTHER old PNU'er! Glad to see you becoming more active as 6th gen nears. Maybe we can reboot PNU together! Juggler: yet another PNU'er! I didn't know you were still around, sorry! D: http://thebest404pageever.com/swf/Czechian_pop-hit.swf VuvuzelaBzz: Remember, just two “z” 's. Much of the PO activity of PNU has been thanks to this guy. I've missed having you and a lot of the old PNU'ers hanging out talking about random stuff all day, especially when the random stuff resulted in hilarious bans (just don't do it again. Oak is always watching.....) Luck>Skill: It meant a lot to me when you told me that I was the reason you really tried so hard to get better in pokemon. You'll always be a PNU Bro to me. Hopefully you'll come back after your ban expires. In the meantime, I should really figure out where to find you to chat from time to time ^_^ http://thebest404pageever.com/swf/A_TROLL!.swf iris: Legendary battler. Sorry for all the hax D: http://thebest404pageever.com/swf/Fish_Slapping_Dance.swf New Breed: Good times have been had. Hopefully more can be in the future! Sorry for all the hax too D: http://thebest404pageever.com/swf/Unstoppable_Bread.swf Stofil: I'm still sad that you left, but everything has its time. I still see you logging onto steam games like every day though, xD Gl4ss: NU Master. Everyone can learn something from him http://thebest404pageever.com/swf/scientific_fus_ro_dah.swf parpar: NU guy. Almost always online, and always fun to talk to. Emac: Master of Mad, and freezes >_> http://thebest404pageever.com/swf/chocmongler.swf Meeps: Another old NU'er. always fun to play you dude http://thebest404pageever.com/swf/god_damn_trains.swf Derwin: Your persistance of only using normal types is truly legendary. Croak: Cool guy. Aurist: We should talk music more! http://thebest404pageever.com/swf/directions_there.swf Avatar Roku: Cool guy, good battler. we should talk more tho. http://thebest404pageever.com/swf/Octagon.swf BenXxX: I do not understand piercings. <3 [/HIDE] Indigo: Spoiler Coyotte508: Thank you for creating PO. Thank you for no longer running PO, lol ^_^ Professor Oak: Well met Oak. Thanks for putting up with everything over the years. We probably wouldn't still exist without you. You're totally my fav Brit and if I ever get the chance to visit England we should go have a pint http://thebest404pageever.com/swf/500M.swf BR: sad to see you step down. Probably the second most useful auth that's passed though PO http://thebest404pageever.com/swf/Mythbusters.swf Key: Cool guy. Troll less. http://thebest404pageever.com/swf/derping_around.swf Samphire: TY FOR REMINDER :D. http://thebest404pageever.com/swf/catttyy.swf fitzyhbbe: Yay LC :D MeowMix: Been passing with you more as of late. We should talk more http://thebest404pageever.com/swf/cat_hax.swf Hannah: We both like cute things. Should talk more ^_^ http://thebest404pageever.com/swf/kittywantssomemore.swf Tyki: Cool fellow LU leader. EXTREME GIFFFF http://thebest404pageever.com/swf/EXTREME_RICE.swf dr. fuji: My love for random side tiers is only matched by you. http://thebest404pageever.com/swf/Insane_but_Happy2.swf Celestial Phantom: I'm glad I was able to help you start your LU conquest ^_^ you'll always be a LU Bro to me http://thebest404pageever.com/swf/tf_toast.swf TIWSS: Awesome UU'er, and a great team leader. It was a blast being on the Blazikens with you ^_^ http://thebest404pageever.com/swf/miyamoto.swf Dude24: You got the groove bro. GL being a good TD http://thebest404pageever.com/swf/Catgroove.swf [/HIDE] Arcanines: Spoiler Finchinator: Good leader. Scouted me for like half a year before this POCL though. Was kinda creepy ._. http://thebest404pageever.com/swf/I_see_no_hope.swf Kyrk: Super fun guy who has always been there to talk to if need be. Haven't talked to you a lot as of late, but I really should. http://thebest404pageever.com/swf/hey.swf ßasedVictory: you started winning, good job! http://thebest404pageever.com/swf/theres_always_hope.swf Meh: Fellow LC'er <3 http://thebest404pageever.com/swf/Woolawakka.swf DracoMalfoy: One of the best battlers that I know. Glad to have you on the team http://thebest404pageever.com/swf/corgi_flight.swf Johnidel127: Glad to have you on the team too. Strong battler. _alexander_: Glad to be fighting alongside you again! More fun times will be had Bugzinator: You play UU in a way I could only imagine myself playing it. No Time, FIRE THE NUKE http://thebest404pageever.com/swf/Bomb.swf Problems: Uber it up! http://thebest404pageever.com/swf/JodlParty.swf AuroStox: http://thebest404pageever.com/swf/nope.swf [/HIDE] Other: Spoiler Poliwaggle: THANK YOU for introducing me to online mons. I would not be the same battler today if you hadn't shown me the way. You need to come play online more though :< http://thebest404pageever.com/swf/sexophone.swf IFM: We still need to go clubbing. You are Daesy's fav person on PO besides me btw, lol http://thebest404pageever.com/swf/The_Charleston_to_Daft_Punk.swf Topah: This man. THIS MAN. The spirit of my youth is strong with this one. GIMMICKS AHOY. DON'T LOOK BACK. PIERCE THE HEAVENS WITH NFE'S http://thebest404pageever.com/swf/cat.swf Spoovo: Thanks for all the work you do for QC and the Wiki! It's super fun to theorymon with you on FB too http://thebest404pageever.com/swf/he_ate_my_pencil.swf Clarion: http://thebest404pageever.com/swf/Super_Spice_Bros_2.swf[/HIDE] Sorry if I missed anyone D: Let the flood of questions begin!