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12/18/10 4:01:00 PM
#1: this means only one thing: get Epona into a damn contest already.


Need another reason why? Cue the relaunch of the board's first rally since Character Battle 8 (one led by your local moderator nintendogirl1 in previous years)...!

This sig-space should be replaced by any number of GameFOX-sigs I made to support Epona from LoZ:OoT to make the next Character Battle.
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12/18/10 4:01:00 PM

The following rally may contain LoZ-spoilers not suitable for all ages

LoZ:OoT - external image
LoZ:OoT for the 3DS - external image
LoZ:MM - external image
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For those of you familiar with Epona, there isn't much that needs to be said. For those of you unfamiliar, shame on you. I'll touch on why Epona's cool and why she should reach the next Character Battle.

Why like Epona? She's your loyal companion like no other character in the Legend of Zelda series, that's why! She helps you travel, race, and attack with her to support your journey. You may also talk with her when you're in wolf-form, plus you can call her from nearly anywhere on command at any time as long as you play her soothing song...

...I know your nostalgia's invoked. Remember the first time you saw her grown up after you got the Master Sword? Or jumped Gerudo Bridge when it was broken? Or shot arrows to kill a Poe while riding her? Me too.

Furthermore, she has become a staple in the LoZ-series. She first appeared in the most celebrated game ever made -- Ocarina of Time. She returned later in the Nintendo 64's lifespan for Majora's Mask, and you even start with her and name her in Twilight Princess. She can be found with smaller roles in games such as Minish Cap and Four Swords Adventure, too. She has been a regular LoZ-character since the series took its 3D-transition, and at one time or another we've all relied on the trusty steed.

Why should she make a contest? Because we can always use more worthwhile newcomers and Epona's well-respected in the LoZ-series. She should beat Midna and crush Tingle, which is a good start for any newcomer. No other new LoZ-character makes sense to rally for next, either. Sheik? Ineligible. Dark Link? Clone. Happy Mask Salesman? Bomb. King of Red Lions? Horseback-riding > sailing! Navi? HEY, She may be able to garner a bit of joke-support as well for being a horse in a contest of characters, though I think she's become more than just a horse to avoid that kind of vote.

How many newcomers can you think of that would beat Epona, anyway? Considering Link just won his sixth contest, Ganondorf was the runner-up for the Villain Contest, Zelda was in the championship for the Female Bracket, LoZ won the Series Contest, LoZ:OoT won BGE2 while LoZ:TP won its 2004-2006 division, and both LoZ:TP and LoZ:MM just easily won their divisions in the's hard to say Epona doesn't have a chance at doing well!

Ultimately, Epona is a character that we have shared more time with than we probably realize, which can make her stronger than we probably realize. She's a newcomer with an interesting range and good potential to be respectable in the contests. We've had over a decade of great gaming memories with her, and more are coming. We already know she will be in the LoZ:OoT-remake for the 3DS, and imagine if we see Epona in LoZ:SS, too...

Let's ride together, for Epona.

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12/18/10 4:02:00 PM

T H E S T A B L E ™
1) HaRRicH
2) nintendogirl1
3) Haguile
4) Menji76
5) Blairville
6) KanzarisKelshen
7) Random_Guy_42
8) Agent M
9) Gaddswell
10) Surskit
11) UltimaterializerX
12) VeryInsane
13) ProphetProfit
14) Mugen no Jyuunin
15) metroid13
16) General_Zimbad
17) tee316
18) VincentLauw
19) Mer_Mer_Yes_Mer
20) Tornadoman78
21) matman
22) Coffee Ninja
23) Sess
24) HatecreW_
25) GodOfGaming
26) Cerebral Ninja
27) Da_J
28) RPGGamer0
29) Dark Young Link
30) McNagah
31) special_sauce
32) Mr3790
33) Silver_Ermine
34) Super Sonic 5
35) Jeff Zero
36) freacX
37) SubDeity
38) KamikazePotato
39) red sox 777
40) CeraSeptum
41) Mia_Wright / darkx
42) cteswhatever
43) MajinZidane
44) th3l3fty
45) poisson
46) LeonhartFour
47) Kotetsu534
48) XxSoulxX
49) Ultimaphazon
50) KingKracko
51) The Real Truth
52) Djungelurban
53) firefdr
54) GreatWallofUK / Meeks54 / MWC
55) Team Rocket Elite
56) Regaro_Ukiera
57) BlAcK TuRtLe
58) Chaosmon
59) Yoblazer / PartOfYourWorld
60) WarThaNemesis2
61) SuperWhiscash / Kibago
62) Somebody worthy of a cute girl's attention.....

--> Eighty (80) pledges from Board 8 to support her getting into the contest by the end of CB9's nomination-period - 76.25%

--> Ten (10) pledges from Board 8 within the rally's first week - SUCCESS
--> Ten (10) pledges from Board 8 during the month of June - SUCCESS
--> Five (5) pledges from Board 8 in a week to celebrate HaRRicH's birthday - DOUBLE SUCCESS
--> Place in the top four of the Nomination Rally Tournament's round robin - FAILURE (lost via head-to-head tie-breaker for fourth place)

<3 Epona.
Heart Epona.
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12/18/10 4:03:00 PM

Coutn me in.

Philly is the greatest city in the world. Go Flyers! Also WC is better than me.
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12/18/10 4:04:00 PM

Count me in as well.
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12/18/10 4:05:00 PM

I'm the original Epona bandwagoner so I should really be at slot #0 for this list. I said we should have Epona back in the days when we argued about the Vyse fodder line and how Epona wouldn't even pass that! Oh how times change...

Currently playing: Resident Evil 5, FFIV:The After Years, KHDS, LoZ:Spirit Tracks
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12/18/10 4:06:00 PM

I'll join.
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12/18/10 4:13:00 PM

Alec, Evillord, leo -- you three are the Bombchu-diggity. You get the first three carrots I have to give...

...after therealmnm gets his. You've been behind Epona getting in since 2004 and I didn't realize you were even around anymore, so I'll do you and nintendogirl the pleasure on the next update of placing you both in the very top of the list. Enjoy the view!

"Support Epona because we've run out of good ideas." --Leonhart
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12/18/10 4:35:00 PM

I'm in.
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the icon ownz all
12/18/10 4:40:00 PM

i'm in

I lost my testicle to AlecTrevelyan006 and all I got was an unbalanced sack.
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12/18/10 4:41:00 PM

Definitely, I'm in.

Figley, are you on fire?
Brawl FC: 1375 6990 9787 - Pit, Ice Climbers, Olimar, or Pokemon Trainer cause Disc Read Errors.
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12/18/10 4:46:00 PM


Already in and by god I plan to stick to this

It's one for all and all for one
We work together, common sons, Never need to wonder how or why...
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12/18/10 4:49:00 PM

Lets do this.

lol opinions
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12/18/10 4:53:00 PM

Im in.

When is the next CB do we know? Im guessing it'll be like April time?

Gamertag - XxBradKennedyxX
Has stopped playing irl for this format!
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12/18/10 4:53:00 PM

You have my nomination

Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups
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12/18/10 4:55:00 PM

count me in!
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12/18/10 5:03:00 PM

still in.

Maple Leafs: 5-2-1 / Raptors: top 3 pick plz / Jays / TFC: legit DPs plz / Argos - 10-10 /
Platinum (legalhacks) - 0775 7164 7136
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12/18/10 5:05:00 PM

Know what else is cool about today? The ONE 3D Zelda game without Epona has been confirmed as the weakest.

Coincidence? **** NO.

Watch and you'll see... some day I'll be... part of your world!
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12/18/10 5:07:00 PM

#14 is an alt of mine.

"Luxe, calme et volupte." - Charles Baudelaire, The Invitation to the Voyage
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12/18/10 5:58:00 PM

Hell yeah I am in this.

Lucasarts is run by a bunch of monkeys
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12/18/10 5:59:00 PM

okay, I burst out laughing at T H E S T A B L E so you've got my vote

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12/18/10 6:01:00 PM

I'm definitely in.

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12/18/10 6:19:00 PM

Axem, icon, todbot, 695924, melikepizza, PokeStalker, UberPyro, whatis, Ryoko, ten are my largest class of people to get carrots all at once yet, I believe. Nibble as a team, and perhaps imagine you're wearing the Bunny Hood while you do so.

Regaro and SuperWhiscash, glad to still have you two on-board! Here are the very same carrots I gave you before. You may be saying to yourself "Wait, I ate mine"...I know, and you're welcome for the extra effort.

Mumei, good to know about the alt. In that case, here's another carrot...but you gotta call it by a different name than what you're used to, like your alt.

Where's your horse?
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12/18/10 6:35:00 PM

I also just noticed we are only six pledges away from the major goal of eighty, which is pretty amazing.

Take seven seconds to think of Epona's Song, please.
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12/18/10 6:41:00 PM

Im in I guess.

Set signature in options page.
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12/18/10 6:45:00 PM

In for sure.

Dr_Football may not actually be a doctor..
...but he did stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night.
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12/18/10 6:52:00 PM

I'm in.

But in return, you should all nominate Vault Boy.

Mega is all like 'pew pew mother****ers' and X us all like 'pew pew but only if I have to' -ChidoriNoJutsu
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12/18/10 7:12:00 PM

I'm in, but I'd prefer Dark Link tbqh. He'd make an awesome wild card.
Tofa7 - LoZ-LoD | Hardcore
"Thank you, thank you, no applause necessary, just send money..."
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12/18/10 7:14:00 PM

Still on board! Hopefully this train works out better than that SotC>MGS3 train...

~~ Sig wanted. Inquire within. ~~
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12/18/10 7:15:00 PM

Epona lost out to Otacon, right? Check out the EXEMPLARY job that series has done here. Great thinking guys; I'm sure Otacon will make a VERY INTERESTING contest entrant.

Watch and you'll see... some day I'll be... part of your world!
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12/18/10 7:17:00 PM

She's got my vote.

I'm going to be drilling you hard. ~ Ray at Mina
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12/18/10 7:18:00 PM

Count me in

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12/19/10 12:45:00 AM

Vital, rikku2, Pondos, Tofa, disturbed, Yankees...I'm proud to have ya on-board. Carrots age like wine, so I think you'll enjoy these.

Da_J, way to go on reconfirming! I'll give you a carrot and a high-five.

T H E S T A B L E ™

1) nintendogirl1
2) therealmnm
3) HaRRicH
4) Haguile
5) Menji76
6) Blairville
7) KanzarisKelshen
8) Random_Guy_42
9) Agent M
10) Gaddswell
11) Surskit
12) UltimaterializerX
13) VeryInsane
14) ProphetProfit
15) Mumei / Mugen no Jyuunin
16) metroid13
17) General_Zimbad
18) tee316
19) VincentLauw
20) Mer_Mer_Yes_Mer
21) Tornadoman78
22) matman
23) Coffee Ninja
24) Sess
25) HatecreW_
26) GodOfGaming
27) Cerebral Ninja
28) Da_J
29) RPGGamer0
30) Dark Young Link
31) McNagah
32) special_sauce
33) Mr3790
34) Silver_Ermine
35) Super Sonic 5
36) Jeff Zero
37) freacX
38) SubDeity
39) KamikazePotato
40) red sox 777
41) CeraSeptum
42) Mia_Wright / darkx
43) cteswhatever
44) MajinZidane
45) th3l3fty
46) poisson
47) LeonhartFour
48) Kotetsu534
49) XxSoulxX
50) Ultimaphazon
51) KingKracko
52) The Real Truth
53) Djungelurban
54) firefdr
55) GreatWallofUK / Meeks54 / MWC
56) Team Rocket Elite
57) Regaro_Ukiera
58) BlAcK TuRtLe
59) Chaosmon
60) Yoblazer / PartOfYourWorld
61) WarThaNemesis2
62) SuperWhiscash / Kibago
63) AlecTrevelyan006
64) Evillordexdeath
65) leo3leo
66) AxemPink
67) the icon ownz all
68) todbot1
69) 695924
70) melikepizza
71) PokeStalker
72) UberPyro64
73) whatisurnameplz
74) Ryoko
75) BrettEagles
76) VitalVI
77) llrocksrikku2
78) Pondos
79) -Tofa7-
80) disturbed0ne
81) Yankees
82) Also part of a historic contest rally.....

--> Ten (10) pledges from Board 8 within the rally's first week - SUCCESS
--> Ten (10) pledges from Board 8 during the month of June - SUCCESS
--> Five (5) pledges from Board 8 in a week to celebrate HaRRicH's birthday - DOUBLE SUCCESS
--> Place in the top four of the Nomination Rally Tournament's round robin - FAILURE (lost via head-to-head tie-breaker for fourth place)

--> Eighty (80) pledges from Board 8 to support her getting into the contest by the end of CB9's nomination-period - SUCCESS [101.25%]

WE DID IT, TEAM -- EIGHTY PLEDGES, YIPPY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I can't overstate the pride I have for this; way to go on coming together like this. Doc Louis only managed thirty-seven pledges pre-nomination, and it still doubled up with seventy-something (77?) nominations by the end of the nomination-phase. If we somehow managed something similar here, Epona would get an outstanding seed. Doc Louis also reached the vote-ins and we all agree Epona would do significantly better in a vote-in scenario than Doc, so the promise-land of bracketdom is well within our reach. It also doesn't hurt that a potential Guru-winner (Black Turtle) is considering supporting Epona with his Guru-nom, which would be a major benefit if it actually happens...

...but we cannot settle until we achieve the ultimate goal: Epona must get into a contest. Therefore, I have to give us another stepping-stone goal in the meanwhile...

--> Ninety (90) pledges by the end of 2010 - 81/90

...we've blazed through twenty new members today, but we need to keep the coals warm from this hot-streak through this cold holiday season. Given the success of the two LoZ-games left and the contest-interest at this point, I believe we can break this goal and even then some...but it's on you guys to make it happen.

Again, way to go team. =)

What has four hooves, three major LoZ-appearances, two eyes, and a song?
EPONA for CB9!
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12/19/10 12:57:00 AM

god, get rid of this rally we don't need ****ing epona in the contest for god's sakes

"I would totally audition to be Extha's best friend" - Mer
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12/19/10 1:04:00 AM

Epona > Sephiroth next contest.
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12/19/10 1:09:00 AM


"I submitted brackets on all [224] of my accounts so they would get the 10 free Karma for beating SBAllen's score." - Luster Soldier
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Colonel Alloy
12/19/10 1:11:00 AM

god, get rid of this rally we don't need ****ing epona in the contest for god's sakes

Oh thank goodness, I was worried I'd read this entire topic and not see one voice of dissent.

Your Life *SPOILERS!* -- The main character dies at the end.
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12/19/10 9:18:00 AM

Sorry ExTha, I'll better use my energy for something far wiser like getting FIFA into the next game-contest.....

"Support Epona because we've run out of good ideas." --Leonhart
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12/19/10 10:19:00 AM

Bump for a strong opening from LoZ:TP.

*obnoxiously encourages you to nominate Epona*
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12/19/10 10:27:00 AM

I'm in, sure

~AHylian is Still Alive~
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BlAcK TuRtLe
12/19/10 10:29:00 AM

I'm in.

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12/19/10 10:31:00 AM

Yeah count me in. Just be sure to post a reminder when nominations open.
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12/19/10 10:45:00 AM

Peace___Frog and MeteorExF, it will be my honor to give you each a carrot. Would you like yours whole or pre-chopped?

BT, you're already on-board, but I've got plenty of carrots to give. Here, have a second complimentary carrot on me.

So what if she's a horse? She's got your back anyway.
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12/19/10 10:49:00 AM

Count me in!
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12/19/10 10:51:00 AM

Waluigi shall get the next carrot. Some may say "that's because he was next in line," but I say it's because he possesses so much courage and wisdom that I can't help but give him one.

Get to work on that power though.....

Epona: your #1 bet to cause great/terrible upsets in CB9.
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12/19/10 11:42:00 AM

Yum, a carrot! *munch*
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12/19/10 7:02:00 PM

Yum indeed.

Epona: pulling off the "horse-face" better than Sarah Jessica Parker since 1998.
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12/19/10 9:33:00 PM


Nominate Epona...or else.
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12/20/10 5:35:00 AM

Come on and join today!

Nominate Epona the very first chance you get!
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12/20/10 4:17:00 PM

Come getcha' some.

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