AIMING A LITTLE HIGHER
We're very sorry the Operation LOW BLO bulletin makeover wasn't the resounding success we were hoping it would be. We also apologize for implementing such a major change without requesting your feedback beforehand. As you know, we make it a policy to put any proposed changes to the core play system to a vote, but in this case, we wanted to give everyone a happy surprise, and failed to realize that a vastly different appearance could be just as disruptive as changing core rules.
The good news is that our new system is far more flexible than the old, so we were able to get things back on track quickly, thanks to input from several of you. (Watch for an improvement to matches in which titles change hands, as suggested by manager Zach Gargus.)
Please do not blame the LOW BLO task force members for any of what has transpired recently. This project was our idea, not theirs, and they were just as shocked and disappointed by our initial design as the rest of you. The two-column YJL bulletin is proof that using three columns in an effort to reduce postage costs was solely our doing.
In addition to our attempt at saving on postage, we also wanted LOW BLO to happen because it reduces our reliance on equipment which is no longer being produced, and although it takes longer to create the bulletins, they have the potential to look much nicer (with the right design, of course), and we can have full-color PDFs for our website. We never intended those crooked, scanned-in PDFs to be the final version for our online players, but they were the best we could do at the time. Our new PDFs allow you to select and search for text, and you can zoom in without the fonts looking bad. In short, LOW BLO helps us prepare for the future and gives us more possibilities to support the ideas you come up with.
This week, we will be manually redoing the Iron and Steel Federation league bulletins in the new (old) format, and mailing the print versions out to everyone again. We hope that will be a solid first step in making up for our mistakes and regaining your trust. We're grateful for the patience and understanding you've shown during this difficult time.
WHAT'S NEXT FOR THE GENERATION NEXT LEAGUE?
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IWA RINGSIDE MAGAZINE (updated 1/20)
"2020 kicks off, and we have a huge issue as we reveal our Annual Achievement Award winners in each league, as well as the winners of the IWAR-wide awards. This issue is loaded with history, stats, and we also announce the details of the four big events happening this spring: the Four Corners Invitational 3, the Von Erich Classic 3, the 7th Johnny B Cup, and the 24th Marano Memorial Tag-team Tournament.
"The IWAR World Championship defenses enter their final rounds this cycle:"
- IWAR World: Joe Boring (CWL) vs. R.A. Rude (BRL)
- IWAR World Tag: James Carnage & Jesse Tombstone (IWL) vs. Jane the Vixen Red & Matthew Van Slaughter (BRL)
- IWAR Revolution: R.A. Rude (BRL) vs. Kennedy Cage (IWL)
"The IWAR Tubecast has returned, and of course we have the IWAR Gold Strategy Workshop through Facebook Live that you can watch -- and, hey, we got the double-27s drop right, and then we got the 28s right... so we must be doing something right.
"Thanks to everyone who helps make the IWAR so much fun. If you haven't joined up yet, stop and check out the IWAR leagues (BBL, BRL, CWL, IWL, and NWL) to see what you are missing."
-- IWAR Commissioner Matt Riley
For the latest issue, right click HERE and choose "Save Target As..." (you will be downloading a PDF file with a size of 5MB).
THE PIONEER LEAGUES WANT YOU!
Our most recent pioneer leagues (the BKL, BOL, HAL, NML, WTL, and ZZL) now feature free wrestler creation, as long as you are active that cycle. Come check them out!
Please note: transfers are not allowed, and there is a limit of 6 wrestlers per league.
UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT!!!
"Welcome to the new Lone Wolf League for 2020!!!!!! It's under the management of the illustrious Commissioner Chucklestein, and his crack staff. The Lone Wolf League is going to see numerous big and exciting changes to its structure, commissioner's championships, and so much more!!!!!! With a full color magazine-style look, be sure to check out the toughest league in the Imaginary Wrestling Association today!!!!!!"
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THE BRONZE AGE (updated 1/6)
"This cycle, Siouxsie 'Blood' Moon defends the Bronze Age World title against 'Crimson Curse' Sadako Saeki -- in a ring of fire match! Who will emerge from the ashes as Conqueror? As if that weren't enough, we also have the triple-threat finals to crown the first Knights of the Bronze Age. To add on even more to the last cycle of 2019, the Big One contest will conclude, and someone will earn $15 in Bronze Age credit! Of course, there are peeks into each league's latest activity, and information on our recent league champions and highest strategies. Each Bronze Age commissioner has a regular tubecast with the incredible IWA Flip, and links to the latest episodes are inside. With three of the top leagues in the entire IWA, we want to express our thanks to all the managers who provide some of the best trash talk around! Happy New Year!"
For the latest issue, right click HERE and choose "Save Target As..." (you will be downloading a PDF file with a size of 3.3MB).
GET PRIZES IN THE COL!
COL Commissioner Yunick is in the COL conference room, having a meeting with his assistants. He is in front of a chalkboard.
Matt: "The old SWL, and new COL, averages this many cards per cycle. (He points to a graph, which shows that the COL could use some more activity.) We want to get closer to this! (He points to a graph of another league, which clearly has more activity.) Any suggestions on how we're going to look more like the active leagues, and less like our own?"
Assistant Becky: "Perks. Everyone loves free stuff. Why not increase the amount of free matches you hand out to 40 a cycle? You have yet to even touch your free matches from 2018. Think of how far your second World title will go, alone, not to forget your World Tags, World Sixes, and Feds. You are loaded with free matches. You aren't going to use them all; might as well give them out to others."
Matt: "That is a great idea! I'll give five each to the manager of the league champ, TV champ, highest regional, league tag, league six, and if someone has an off cycle, I'll give them five too, just because I'm such a great guy!"
Assistant Emily: "Free matches are nice, but what about cash prizes? $12 free deals to two separate COL managers a cycle? Many managers barely spend that; they'll be playing this league for free."
Matt: "Girls, you are full of great ideas. What are you going to come up with next, the cure for HIV?"
The group laughs. Then they share a hug. And then get back to work, which includes advertising for the COL, IWA-wide.
Some information about the COL:
- It starts this cycle.
- It is in the Bronze Federation.
- It has specialty status (American).
- You can run 1 to 25 wrestlers.
- Free matches and cash prizes are handed out every cycle. They start this cycle.
- All prizes handed out must be used in the COL.
- A system will be used to determine the top three managers for 2020, all of whom will get a cash prize at the end of the year. The system does consider roster size.
- Being the Celebrities Only League, all wrestlers must be celebrities. This includes singers, actors, reality stars, athletes, politicians, authors, and wrestlers.
- The commissioner report is loaded with celebrity references. This includes celebrity drama, bios, quotes, even a celebrity wall of shame, which starts soon.
If you've always wanted to run celebrity wrestlers, the COL is for you! See you soon.
A BELT TRULY WORTHY OF A CHAMPION
"It's here! I present to you the concept art for the GCL Global Heavyweight Championship title that was JUST ORDERED and will be in our possession in about two weeks for the 2020 GCL Wrestler of the Year!
"This can be yours! The GCL starts THIS cycle in Jade! Remember, there is a 6-wrestler limit, and stable initials ARE allowed. This is the very first cycle, so only the wrestler creation fees are due, and your wrestlers will be placed into the battle royal for free, which will not only determine the regional champions, but also crown our very first GCL Television Champion! In order to go for the League and North American (normally TV) titles in cycle #1, you must submit a match against a jobber. Whoever defeats a jobber by the most points takes the league title, and whoever defeats one by the second most becomes the North American (normally TV) Champion.
"Stay tuned for production photos and a video unveiling of the title, coming soon!!!"
-- Commissioner William Maxwell
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"THE FIRST RULE OF THE WWL IS... THERE IS NO WWL!"
The only league in the entire history of the game where ANYTHING GOES! Ever wanted to have 100% creative freedom with your wrestlers and angles? Want to tap into a side of your character that you've always wanted to explore? Want a league where the competition is TOP NOTCH and unrelenting? If this sounds like you, then WICKED CITY awaits! Email me today for more information, and become a part of the IWA's best kept secret! Viewer discretion is advised!
DISCLAIMER: The IWA is only responsible for the WWL-related content on our website.
WANT TO WIN A REAL CHAMPIONSHIP BELT?
"Hi, I'm William Maxwell, commissioner of the Global Championship League, also known as the GCL. The GCL is a new Elite league in the Jade Federation which utilizes a 6-wrestler limit. All 6 wrestlers must have original names, and while female wrestlers aren't allowed, stable initials ARE! There will also be no transfers.
"The GCL will award a REAL GCL Global Heavyweight Championship belt to the 2020 Wrestler of the Year. This belt features 2mm brass plates on a real leather strap -- a $150 value! This belt will be the most sought-after belt in all of IWA history. Pictures will be available soon.
"The fun doesn't stop there! The GCL Championship Committee has put together the perfect structure for the GCL Commissioner Championships! No one will be overlooked, and there will never be any favoritism, as the contenders will be essentially chosen by the managers of the league! Please head over to the GCL Facebook page, or see the following press release for more detailed information!" (This link will open in a new browser window. The IWA is not responsible for its content.)
For the press release, right click HERE and choose "Save Target As..." (you will be downloading a PDF file with a size of 243KB).
VERY RARE LOOK...
...at "The King of Reality" Cedric King's plans for what he hopes will beethe future of the IWA. Will his prototype league beea literal game changer? May beeso! Read the interview and decide for yourself.
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THE UNOFFICIAL HOW TO WIN IN THE IWA GUIDE
Learning the ropes in a game where those ropes are imaginary can be confusing, but this unofficial How to Win in the IWA video is here to help. Join IWAR and BRL Commissioner Matt Riley as he walks you through the fundamentals of the game to help you get a better grasp of the IWA.
Click HERE for the YouTube page. (This link will open in a new browser window. The IWA is not responsible for its content.)
SPECIAL EDITION OF THE IWA RINGSIDE MAGAZINE (updated 7/11/17)
"The Unofficial History of the IWA, as brought to you by the IWA Ringside Magazine. This special edition is loaded with pictures, stories, and nostalgia from over 30 years of the IWA."
For this issue, right click HERE and choose "Save Target As..." (you will be downloading a PDF file with a size of 14.1MB).
The current bulletins from all our leagues are now available on our League Champions page. These PDF files are updated the same day the federation results are posted and include everything the snail mailed versions have, with the added bonus that some feature trash talk pages in full color.
Match results are also available in HTML format from that same page, for those who want a searchable option.
If you want us to continue providing results this way, contact Kimberly and tell her you'd like to "go green." We'll stop sending you printed bulletins, which will help keep our prices low, and you'll get the warm, fuzzy feeling that comes from knowing you just helped save the planet. Everyone wins!
Keep a copy of every email you send us. If you do not receive a reply within 48 hours (not counting Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays), resend your message. Kimberly replies to all legitimate email.
Also, make sure to email any matches, strategy changes, etc. at least 24 (and preferably more than 48) hours before your league will be processed.
RANKINGS AND ACTIVITY CHANGES
Your wrestler's number of stars, current point flow, and previous strategy total are now used as additional tie-breakers in our league rankings system. The new progression is as follows: activity status (active or inactive -- see next paragraph), having at least one win, number of wins over losses, total number of wins, number of stars, amount of imaginary money, number of ties, point flow, and strategy total from the previous cycle.
Also, each wrestler must initiate a one-on-one match to be considered active. Tag-team matches, six-man matches, and battle royal entries do not count toward activity. Inactive wrestlers cannot compete for major titles, so if you'd like to see your grappler's name in the IWA Report, don't forget to have him sign at least one singles match!
NEW ROOKIE LEAGUE POLICY
From now on, managers may not create new wrestlers or transfer existing wrestlers into rookie leagues without permission from both the league commissioner and IWA Management. This protection does not expire after a certain number of cycles: it ends when it is agreed that managers in the league are ready to compete against more experienced players.
We hope this change will provide those who are new to the game with a chance to hone their skills on a more even playing field.
The Special Leagues page contains a list of our rookie leagues.
AN EXCEPTION TO OUR STABLE INITIALS POLICY
Our policy against changing stable initials after a league has been processed, but before The IWA Report has been published, failed to address the special nature of the World Wrestling League. Since this league does not allow stable initials, managers are prevented from gaining recognition for their group on an IWA-wide basis should they win a major title.
Attaching stable initials in The Report alone should have zero impact on in-league angles and storylines, since the WWL doesn't even use them (and by "them" we mean stable initials; the WWL certainly uses angles and storylines!). Because we are also able to afford our snail mail players the same option, we see no reason to prohibit managers from having Report-only initials in this league.
Several members of the WWW stable pointed out this shortcoming in our policy, although it just as easily could have been any other stable had its wrestlers won major titles from that league. We're glad this special circumstance occurred at the beginning of the year since it allows all groups to start on equal footing. (Remember that the January issue of The IWA Report actually lists the major champions from the final cycle of the previous year.)
NEW POLICY FOR CHANGING NAMES AND/OR STABLE INITIALS
Effective immediately, wrestlers may only change their names and/or stable initials at the time their league is processed. As usual, Kimberly has been too nice in honoring requests, and we feel the situation is getting out of hand. Allowing these changes to occur between bulletin mailings can create confusion, and leave managers who choose to play via snail mail feeling "out of the loop" or like less-valued members of our wrestling family.
We want to use the Internet to provide conveniences for all who play our game, but that must be balanced with keeping the emphasis on the league bulletins -- where the action is! When wrestlers are permitted to change these attributes between bulletin mailings, it makes online activity just as important as league activity; it's as if time doesn't "pause" between bulletins #34 and #35 like it should, but instead continues on in some arena that exists only on the Internet. That's obviously not fair to our snail mail players.
So from now on, wrestler information must remain a reflection of what is printed in the league bulletins. This should ensure that everyone -- whether online or not -- will be on the same page. You can decide for yourself if that was intended to be a pun. :)
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