This year’s April Fools’ day prank was a two part effort involving myself and Mathew Webber. The scope of the pranks included both the K.W.C. and the forums, hitting Toho Kingdom visitors on multiple fronts. One of those pranks being a new match. The other was a spin on the threads and moderation of the site’s forums. As a result, this year’s summary is broken up into two parts. Read below for more details on both, and feel free to leave a comment to share your thoughts as well.
Hello longtime fan of Tohokingdom, first time reader, or someone that is caught in-between… again. As with every year, Tohokingdom unleashed its newest April Fool’s joke upon the world, and this year the staff of the K.W.C. were lucky enough to take control. Unlike in years prior with “Match 200” or Giant Condor vs. Everyone; 2017 took the joke in a strange new direction. But before I dive any deeper, let me explain where this crazy idea originated.
Around October, with the critically acclaimed release of Match 185, I was hit with a dozen random ideas for the K.W.C. due to the matches’ premise and bending of the rules. Of these ideas, one was a new April Fools Match featuring the writers fighting each other in a battle royale to the death. The idea was brought forth by Alex Williams, a longstanding Verifier of the K.W.C., and its premise I liked. Upon discussion with Andrew Sudomerski, the Editor of the K.W.C., we decided to modify it slightly by having Christian Salabert & Thomas Fairchild as the two antagonists who return to retake the K.W.C. We contacted the two, and with their approval the idea gained full steam. Alex and I quickly began working on this around December, and then…. Then things stalled.
It wouldn’t be until mid-March before both parts were integrated, and even then it was far from complete. Jackson Morris was tasked with making a Shin Godzilla vs. Everyone banner, but creative differences led to the eventual Star Godzilla vs. Shin Godzilla banner. Multiple verifiers were asked to create their own fight scenes, but only one ended up contributing.What I thought would be a collaboration piece of different writers, ended with myself contributing a majority of the work which in the end I think helped keep the story, pace and writing consistent between myself and Alex.
In regards to my inspirations for “Match 195”, there are quite a few depending on the section. The most evident is the K.W.C.C., a podcast run by Andrew and the backdrop of the match, which I would highly recommend you to check out. In regards to TK Ville, the idea was based off of a forum member by the name of Kubo who created a fantastic fan fiction series called The Toho Kingdom Forum Adventures. I loved the idea of Toho Kingdom being its own city, and with this match I finally had the chance to pay homage to his work. The other inspiration for me came from an unlikely source. A fantastic series called One Punch Man. This is especially evident in regards to Tom and Christian’s characters with one being overpowered yet restrained while the other is far weaker yet is constantly the one doing the leg work. I would also highly recommend listening to the “The Ruler”, “Dark Energy” & “Saitama Theme” in regards to Tom’s transformation, the final Tom vs. Tyler fight and the Tom vs. Anthony fight respectively.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the final result, and I want to thank everyone who contributed to this project. We may continue this series, we may not. Whatever course is taken though, I highly recommend everyone always keep your eyes out for what the site has to offer on March 32nd!
In an attempt to listen to user feedback as well as to better connect with the community, the Toho Kingdom Forums was turned into the totalitarian dictatorship people make it out to be. This includes a slight revamping of the rules to where the warning system was changed to a “3 Strikes Policy” where at 3 warning you would receive a permanent ban. However to off shot this, upon receiving 2 warnings you were to be banned for 1 week and warnings expire after 90 days instead of 1 year. The banning procedure was also changed. If you are to be banned for either 2 or 3 warnings you would be at the end of the first day of the new new month (April 1st in this case). The “Comments, Suggestions and Error” Section was renamed to “Questions for the Totalitarian Rule” and the entire sub-forum was promptly locked, as no problems exist anymore.
In addition to this, a few new rules were put into place protecting the Moderation staff from accusations and to uphold our new tyrannical image. Such examples are;
- Arguing with a Moderator will result in a warning
- Being a smart alec (ass) to a Moderator or Staff member will result in a warning
- Intentionally starting drama or inciting it and/or participating in any of the above will/can result in a warning and/or a free ban (determined at the time by the staff member.)
Also listening to more requests from the user base, the “Whine Thread” was brought back along with a “Spam Thread” for users to get out all of their bad posting habits. This was grouped into a sub forum within the “General” forum but however, was stuck in “Read Only Access” unless you were part of the Forum Staff or a member of the Forum Police.
Part of this new forum was the creation of the user group “Forum Police”, which can be seen to the right. A group of users composed of members who the staff held in high regard, are ex-forum staff themselves or trusted users. This group’s job is to mark posts indiscriminately as “Infractions”. Upon a notification of an “Infraction”, members of the forum staff will take over and administer the correct punishment. Not everything is doom and gloom however, as several threads got caught up in the chaos and have been renamed to various things as well as several topics.
In order to contain the upheaval of chaos and to enforce the iron fist, a fmoderator was bumped to “Admin Status” (Admin in Rank Color Only). This being Beef Bigshot. He promptly attempted a coup but was exiled. Chris55 was given this “Admin status” was well as a fancy “Site Staff” logo. Members of the Admin Team and Moderation Team also received flashy new rank images.
Some of the board names were also changed as part of the process. Below are the boards as they looked on April 1st, 2017.