Okay, so I'm exaggerating, but we were still headed towards a huge loss of face when some brilliant dumbasses decided to argue about which Pokémon site was better, with mucho "That site sucks, this other one is so much better!"... when many admins from said sites were in the chat. Obviously that was a problem, because they wouldn't want to be associated with TSG in the future. So I took matter into my own hands, and used the perfect technique to derail the discussion - the same "Hi Chugga!" I tried a few days ago with a lot of success. And guess what, the fansite argument stopped. Right. There. Of course, Chugga spam is more annoying, but far less harmful to the community in the long run.
As for the chat itself, it was far worse than it usually is. Maybe it's because we were on the front page of so many sites, but it was bad. Spammers up the wazoo (including bible thumpers!), trolls whose vocabulary was limited to "sex", "virgins" and assorted words, and perhaps the worst, sexual harassers (yes, I just used that term). Whenever poor Ruju would come on camera, she'd be assaulted with obscene comments, and it would not stop until she disappeared... if we were lucky. There were the usual Chugga spammers, of course, but aside from my two bombshells they were surprisingly tame this time around. Maybe they were just too busy gawking at Ruju.
Nonetheless, this was a TSG marathon, and it came with its highlights. Britt's shoutcasting session while Lugia was being caught may well be the single greatest moment in the group's history, with a catchphrase that we'll remember for a while - and that I promise to milk for all it's worth in the future. The weird thing is that Britt sounded a lot like me when I try to catch a legendary in my LP, to the obvious difference that he might've just pretended to know his stuff a little. But that's part of the charm of the whole thing!
Once again, auctions brought in a lot of money. I won't mention them all, especially not the Groudon nickname and the Marill figurine since I already did so a few days ago, but the Terrakion nickname brought in several thousand dollars and ultimately went for over two grand (and I completely missed that, much to my everlasting dismay). I don't think anyone thought that was going to be topped, until the very end of the marathon where a Revolver Oshawott figurine went for over THREE THOUSAND DOLLARS, and ProtonJon himself was in the thick of it until the very end.
In the Pokémon catching department, it didn't look so good early on, especially after a power outage during the first night which saw a substantial loss of progress, but a huge rally in the last few days, and especially the last few hours, caused an epic comeback that caused us to go down to the wire. And just like how we barely succeeded in 2009 by factoring in the fact that the marathon started ten minutes late, we barely succeeded this time by factoring in the minutes lost by the power outage. And trust me, those last few minutes were nerve-racking, with an annoying happiness evolution (Lopunny) that took an aggravating amount of time and a Croagunk that just wouldn't show up on the binoculars of the Great Marsh. Bear managed to find one after a looooong while of looking, traded it away to whoever was playing the other version, then started looking for a Toxicroak while the Croagunk was being leveled up. Ultimately it was the latter that managed to get the elusive overgrown froggy in the nick of time. The good news is that the capital blunder of 2009, which resulted in a mad rush of trading, restarting and leveling a Chikorita to 32, wasn't repeated this time.
So in the end, that's 646 Pokémon caught in 168 hours, as well as over $57000 raised for ACT Today. A successful event across the board, which delayed my opportunity of playing Conquest by a few days, but that I would love to relive anytime. Conquest can wait. Such entertainment can't.