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The Bulbagarden forums (also known as Bulbasaur's Mysterious Garden forums or BMGf) are the official discussion forums of Bulbagarden. They run on vBulletin software, currently running vBulletin version 4.2.0. The forums were made public on January 1, 2003, when Archaic re-launched Bulbagarden.
The forums are arranged into 12 categories: the Bulbagarden Welcome Center, which covers announcements, rules and allows new members to introduce themselves; Current Events, which covers upcoming main series games (and occasionally anime); Pokémon News, for the discussion of news reported on Bulbanews; Pokémon Video Games, a place to discuss Pokémon video games and organize Pokémon battles and trades via Wi-Fi; Pokémon Media, the place to talk about the Pokémon anime, manga, TCG, merchandise and other media; Pokémon World, the place for shipping and general Pokémon world discussion; The Creative Corner, an area for writers, artists, and musicians to share their work and critique that of others; the Bulbagarden Game Corner, a place for roleplaying games and simple fun games; Large-Scale Forum Games, which is an area for Bulbagarden's official RPGs, the URPG and Fizzy Bubbles; Bulbagarden Projects, which is for discussion of the other areas of the Bulbagarden network; The World Beyond, which deals with non-Pokémon discussions; and the Development Zone, a place where members can suggest ways to improve the forum.
The forums have a number of traditions, including the masquerade parties held at Halloween and Christmas. Christmas Contests have also become popular, with the first large-scale contest taking place in 2009. The tradition was repeated in subsequent years with a larger Christmas Contest that included over a dozen pre-order Generation V game givewaways.
The Outside the Box forums have a number of long-running Bulbagarden traditions, including the Conversational Chat Thread, the Picture Thread, the Random Messages thread, and numerous other forum games.
The forums are the host for two inter-forum Roleplaying Games, Fizzy Bubbles and URPG.