Happy October!

( Oct. 01, 2016 )
And welcome to our first monthly update! Unlike our weekly updates, there won't be any quick news, deck releases, or wishes being granted so this will be formatted/presented in a different way than what we've been doing so far. Some of you might find these kinds of updates boring but I promise there is a use for them even if it's just to inform you guys when monthly things have been reset (like donations), make announcements about new events and features when they're available, crowning the Spotlight Member for the month, and other stuff like that!


So let's start with the monthly housekeeping! First of all, the Monthly set of site games have been updated (the forum games will be updated as soon as the mods can get to them) so you're all free to play those again for October. This includes Birthday Party so if you're celebrating a birthday this month, make sure you grab your present and apply for a Birthday Achievement Badge! Sadly this means we're no longer celebrating August or September birthdays so those of you who had one but didn't pick up your gift will need to wait until next year. :(

Next, donation limits have been reset so everyone is free to claim and donate 5 more decks (or 6~8 if you have adoptions with the correct character skill!) this month! Please make sure you claim your October decks in the October thread as the September thread is now closed. As for those of you who failed to get your September donations in on time, your claims will be removed from the spreadsheet and are now free for anyone to claim! Of course, you may also claim those decks again but only if no one else has beat you to them!


Now it's time to announce our Spotlight Member for October, and also the very first Spotlight Member ever! Who will it be?

Congratulations, Kairi! Please pick up your reward and make good use of your benefits before the month is over! Once you've decided on which 2 decks you'd like to be made and/or released (preferably sooner than later if possible ;;) please PM me with your choices and I'll make sure those are made and released for you before the month is over.


Next on the agenda is the start of a new event! As I'm sure you're all aware, Halloween is this month so of course we need to have an event (which to no one's surprise is our very first event)! Please check out the event page for more information and to find out how to participate. Any questions about the event can be posted in the Event Q&A thread on the forum!

Once you've done that, feel free to grab your compensation candy which is what what you would've received if the Weekly + Biweekly Set B games had the candies included! When the Weekly set is updated next week along with the Biweekly Set A games (as well as the Biweekly Set B games once that's updated the week after), you would just play them like normal as the candy will be included in the reward log already!

(Also please let me know if you can't see the Halloween 2016 event forum as I was playing around with permissions for that and don't know if it worked or not...)


We have one for the new month and two featuring our old layout and our new layout (which I hope you guys like?! It's pretty much the complete opposite of the old layout in terms of its colour palette but I thought it was fitting for the season...)!

Event Achievements: ev-201610, ev-layout01, ev-layout02

The Event Achievements page has also been updated with the new cards so check that out too if you'd like!


Will be the weekly update that'll be posted on October 5 by Aqua!

Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get the Hanami Decks activity ready to reveal today since time escaped me this month somehow so I apologize! I'll once again aim to have it ready before next month but if not then definitely before the year is over, I swear lol. Coming up with tasks is harder than I thought...

I've also been considering adding new tasks for Milestone Points as per suggested by a few of you so once I have that sorted out, I'll announce as well! In the mean time, if anyone has any suggestions, please let me know!! We also have a new General Suggestions thread so if any of you want to make suggestions regarding the TCG, leave them there!

And that's it for me! I hope. I feel like I'm forgetting something but I just really want to get this posted ASAP because I feel like I and this update will burst if I hold off for any longer... SO UNTIL NEXT TIME!!

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It's a little cold...

( Sep. 28, 2016 )
New Members: Amanda, Bommiie, haleyrenee, Lara
Level Up: Cami (Level 2); Cassidy (Level 3); Hotaru (Level 2); Natsu (Level 3); Story (Level 2); Wing (Level 2)
Masteries: Ajisaitea (mai, rainbowdays, rankalee, genjosanzo); Aki (faidflourite, arashinarukami); Amanda (genjosanzo); Becca (grandopening); Cami (honokakousaka); Cassidy (ichigohoshimiya, utauhoshina, iwasamecafe, procellagravi, inspring, yohtomoe, julymermaids); Jessica (ranshibuki, haruhifujioka, kotoriminami, cutelook, rankalee); Josie (shinobusengoku, arashinarukami, makototachibana, magenanashiro); Jules (arashinarukami, reijisuwa, sorey, tomoyodaidouji, mai, yohtomoe); Jun (makinishikino, blackmagiciangirl, nepgear); Kayori (blackmagiciangirl, renjinguji); Lee (megumitadokoro); Mina (renjinguji, inspring, rukimukami, sakurakinomoto, ichigoamano, magicianscourt); Minty (mai); Mio (gamushararomantic, renjinguji, tsumugikotobuki); moe (crowarmbrust, crowarmbrust, kougyokuren, mamitomoe, sorey, kotoriminami, mikleo, sayakamiki); Natsu (rinhoshizora, tokiyaichinose, honokakousaka, eliayase, rainbowdays, celestialrecord, satoshiisshiki, beachvolleyball, kougyokuren, yohtomoe, windyday); Samu (ichigohoshimiya, loveaquarium, mikleo ); Story (haruhifujioka, kougyokuren, tobiokageyama, trainingcampsleepover, kobatohanato); Wing (rinhoshizora , honokakousaka, kougyokuren, celestialrecord)
Referrals: Cassidy (x1); Kairi (x1); Lara (x1); Pick up your reward here!
New Affiliates: La Musica
Games: Weekly, Biweekly Set B

Wishing Tree

Dina"since i started school on 9/13, i wish for everyone to get choice cards numbered 09 and 13!" No restrictions or limits (ie. makinishikino09, makinishikino13 would be allowed).

Mina"September is autumn, so I wish that everyone can get some free orange/red cards!" Since September is the ninth month, everyone may take 9 cards but they must either have a red or orange border OR are predominantly red or orange in the image. No more than 2 per deck for this one!

As always, make sure you comment with what you took for both of these wishes as well~

Deck Release

You may take a total worth of 8 cards but no more than 2 per deck!
Donators & Deckmakers can take 1 extra card from any deck they donated or made.
If you want to swap pulls from this release, feel free to use this update's New Release Pulls thread!
For random cards from the new decks, feel free to use the Update Randomizer!

Donators can take the card(s) they donated from this deck.
If your donation is the master badge, you can take any card from the deck as your donation.
The deckmaker can take 1 extra card from this deck.
If you want to take any card from this deck that isn't your donation, it will be included in the 8 cards you can take from this update as part of the new deck release.


I HOPE YOU GUYS ARE READY FOR A WALL OF TEXT!!!!!! Please don't hate me after this...

First, let's start off with something easy! Staff Pay has been updated for those of you who have picked up more jobs and new pages have been added for those of you who are now staff members (with the exception of Hanami Decks staff as those will be added once that activity has been rolled out)! If I miscalculated or missed anything please let me know. I also added a couple of links on the sidebar under "Site" and updated the Staff List so check those out if you'd like!

Second, you may have noticed that Upcoming Vote was not updated today and this is because we will be making some changes to it! The main change is that Upcoming Vote will now be updated every other week.

Since this was updated last Wednesday, it won't be updated today meaning that the game is "closed" and we won't accept any new votes until it opens and updates again next week! As such, the votes we receive whenever Upcoming Vote is updated will be split up to cover 2 weeks worth of releases so if something you voted for wasn't released one week then it will most likely be released the week after.

The reason for this change is because the amount of votes we get each week is much more than the amount of decks we release each update so it's a bit more challenging to find a balance where everyone has something they want to collect and making sure that older decks which aren't voted for as much, if at all, are released and not sitting on the Upcoming List for long!

In addition, we're also going to try releasing only 1 deck per series in each update! This is to not only help create the balance mentioned prior to this but also so that the TCG has some variety. Other than these changes though, the actual voting itself will still remain the same! You'll still vote for your top 3 decks ranked in order of priority/preference, etc. so hopefully doing releases this way will work out since I do this for my other TCG and it seems to be working just fine!

Next, I want to talk about something that was brought up recently in the past week regarding what is and isn't allowed! At the moment, Sakura is solely focused on series of Japanese origin and source so we will only accept decks and make custom graphics featuring characters from series that are of fall under that focus.

As a result, anyone who had custom-made content featuring non-Japanese series will not be asked to change them because this started with my mistake in not noticing the series weren't of Japanese origin/source. However, no new graphics featuring these kinds of series will be made going forward! In the future, this focus may expand because I know there are other series of Eastern origin that many of you would have interest in collecting or using for custom stuff (heck, there are even some I'd like to see!) but as I originally started this with the intention of only featuring Japanese series, I'd like to keep it that way for some time at the very least.

Because there were some misunderstandings about how things were worded and what was and wasn't mentioned, I've also updated the relevant information pages (Sakura 101 and Cards & Masteries) with clarification on this. If you guys have any other questions regarding this, just shoot me a PM or make a post in the General Q&A thread! Hopefully you guys will understand where I'm coming from since I'm not saying no to non-Japanese series forever but for the time being, I will be enforcing this.

Another thing I want to mention is my decision on whether multiple decks for a single character would be allowed since I don't think I ever made a clear decision and/or announced it if I did make one. The short answer is "it depends on the series and will be judged on a case-by-case basis" but for a bit more information and explanation, please check out this thread on the forums and leave any questions related to that topic there!

Lastly (and some of you might be thinking "she still has stuff she wants to say?!" but I promise this is the last bit of information I have for today!) is that if you guys EVER have any complaints, suggestions, or just want to bring something to my attention that you'd want me to consider then please just contact me directly!

I can't read minds and I do not go out of my way to look at personal social media accounts or whatever to see if anything's being said about the TCG but if you guys don't tell me things then I won't know! Because I'm an admin and I make the decisions/rules, I'm aware that I may seem unapproachable and come off as someone you can't talk to if something's bothering you or you want to suggest something but I want to assure you guys that that's not the case here!

Honestly, I'd love to hear what you guys have to say even if I can't promise that anything will change or be done but at least knowing what you guys want or are thinking about will help me when I do need to make decisions or changes! I can even create a general suggestions thread on the forums if that's something you guys would be interested in (and if so, let me know in the comments!) but the point I wanted to get across is to please please please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, concerns, or even just want to chat!

Finally—and I really mean FINALLY—the last thing I have to say today is just another reminder for August and September birthday babies to pick up your birthday gift and apply for a Birthday Achievement Badge before the month is over or else you'll miss this opportunity and have to wait until your birthday comes around next year!

Coming Up

I'll be posting another update on October 1 to take care of the monthly stuff and post some announcements before Aqua returns with the weekly update on October 5 so look forward to seeing me again in a few days!! And also, I deeply apologize for this novel of an update. I tried to shorten it as much as I could but I didn't do very well as you all can probably see... STILL, I HOPE YOU GUYS READ IT ALL BECAUSE IT'S IMPORTANT INFORMATION!!

Go ahead and take choice cards spelling out WHY as a little apology gift because why do I not know how to keep things short and sweet? No more than 1 per deck, however, so don't forget!! Comment with what you're taking as well, please.

AND THAT'S IT FOR REAL THIS TIME. I'll leave now before I find something else to write a report on!!

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