Dec. 19th, 2016 11:36 pm
marchionessofmustache: (ロマサガ3・ウォード ♥ 普通)
Sooo I had a really good soup today. Dens made soup and it was really good. Potato soup. So good.

Also I have kinda stopped playing Pokémon for a bit because I'm letting a bunch of Alakazams level up idly in the Pelago and I don't really have anything else to do for now, til I can use them to synchro-catch some pokes lol.

I actually played unsaga lolol. Which I guess you can tell because the previous entry was an update to the play diary.

SaGa SCARLET GRACE is coming soon! It came out on the 15th. I'm just waiting for my shipment.

I'm anxious about upcoming holiday stuff. I hate our family xmas thing. It's not really that terrible it's just very long and boring and uncomfortable. My dad likes to stay until like 4AM and crap. And we get there at like noon. So we're there for so long... and I'm always so tired mentally and physically by like... 5PM lol.

And like we used to go to our grandparents' house but they're not really healthy enough to host it anymore, so we go to my cousin's house, and normally at our grandparents' house, everyone is split between two rooms because there's not really a lot of room.

But like... at my cousin's house last year she like... put a bunch of chairs in her living room (which is huge wtf) in a circle and said we had to sit there and talk to each other like a normal family and was like really demanding about it lol. And like wouldn't let people use their phones and stuff??? Of course I always bring my laptop (no joke I like bring a whole setup, my surround sound headset and a controller and mouse and all kinds of stuff LOLOL) and like set up on the stairwell where no one goes and like... play games the whole time and try to not listen to anyone because everyone just spews all kind of racist/misogynist/etc. bullshit the whole time, expecting me to agree and I do not want to fight these people lol.

Anyway, the stupid chair thing was a disaster because most people didn't want to sit in their stupid circle and so a bunch of people were just like... wandering around and standing in the kitchen. And there was nowhere to put my computer lol. And so I just went outside and froze.

I'm not really sure why I go. I feel bad about the idea of not going. And I know they will be mad if I don't go. But what I don't understand is why I care because I don't care if they're mad at me and the only time I see them is at this xmas thing so if I didn't go I wouldn't have to deal with them being mad or whatever anyway???

But I think I feel bad because even though my dad pretends like he doesn't care about stuff, I think he would be sad if I didn't go. And I genuinely care about how my dad feels and don't want him to be sad. He suffers enough because of me lol x_x;

But yeah then after that I will come to Dens and stay for an extended time, through New Year's. And at some point I have to get all my taxes ready because I need to file them like ASAP to avoid complications with paying self-employment taxes (I think I have to file by Jan 2, but you can't start filing until like Jan 1 ?!?!? So I need to get it done so I can just FILE on Jan 1, but I can't access some stuff I need to file til Jan 1 and YEAH TAX SYSTEM IS DUMB)

I would just say taxes are stupid but as a socialist I love taxes but as a communist I hate taxes and I am a very confused person.

Anyway I am thinking after I finish this Mythe run of UN:Saga, I may do a run of a different game instead of another UN:Saga run lol. And then come back to it. But maybe I can do play diaries of all SaGa games XD Like maybe do a RSG3 or Minstrel Song play. But I think I already talked about this here actually. But yeah IDK.


Dec. 13th, 2016 11:00 pm
marchionessofmustache: (ロマサガ3・ウォード ♥ 普通)
I need to post here more lol. I was all like YEAH ACTIVE LJ AGAIN and then now I never post.

I guess firstly I should say that I'm upset about the massacre in Aleppo earlier. I felt sick reading about it this morning. I don't really have anything to say about it other than it is very sad and hurts my soul and I'm afraid for the future of humanity. But I feel like I need to mention it at least...

I don't even remember what I've done since the last post but I've finished Pokey Sun and I'm almost done with the Pokedex. I just need a few exclusive things from the other version but no one else I know playing that version is near being able to get me those things lol. I don't really want to go on until I get them though because shiny charm and I want my eggs to have better shiny chance.

That's about it really, as far as games.

I haven't been working on the programming tut here because after getting pretty far into it and wanting to change the order of a couple articles, I realized quickly how horrible it would be to make changes in this format the more pages that existed.

So I'm working on creating an actual web site to host them. So I'm still working on it, but not in the way of creating content right now. So the uh 'test' release of the first project will be postponed a bit. Though it shouldn't take me too long to get it up and running now.

I know the very minimum about HTML (pretty much what I learned by being an LJ user lol and a tiny bit more from building a little web applet that was mostly JavaScript once...) and almost nothing about CSS (I just... understand it in concept but have never actually tried using it). I knew nothing at all about PHP (fortunately it's a lot like JS and now I'm wishing I would have just went with nodejs, but it's nice to learn new stuff I guess) and I only understand the syntax of SQL (like, as in making databases or whatever dynamically with it) but not how to actually implement it functionally. So on top of learning 4 programming languages all at once, I also had to teach myself how to use IIS to locally host the site for testing, including configuring PHP for it which was a huge hassle.

Now I'm wondering if I should have learned ASP instead of PHP or used server-side JS instead... it's all.. very... exhausting hahaha.

I've adjusted to Prozac pretty quickly. I don't feel like I'm having really any positive effects from it yet but I pretty much just had side effects for like two days. Prozacs are really cute, they're like little white teardropish shapes. They are way cuter than Wellbutrin. They're also a lot easier to swallow. they pretty much dissolve since they're not SR so they just get soft and I can chew it if I have to (I haven't had to though)

On KhanAcademy I've made a ton of progress. I finished all of algebra and trigonometry. Now I'm doing pre-calculus. Which includes probability and statistics which I hate. If Jimmy, Sally, Sarah, and Billy all want to sit in the theatre but Sally and Billy won't sit next to each other because they had a fight, how many seating arrangements can you make??? LOL. I really hate it... I think I'm getting the hang of it, though.

In Imperial SaGa, I ended up spending my Kr on an event where you could get Dantarg or Kzinssie. I got neither. I am very upset lol. I've been listening to science podcasts while grinding though which is good because I get to listen to things and the grinding doesn't feel tedious at all. Since I did buy two races with the kr, I got 22 characters. I'm keeping one, and the other 21 I'm going to grind to crowns and dump them in the jutsu facility. With the kind of strength Doll is displaying, I think that once I finally get access to the top jutsu, she will become very powerful... as will jutsu in general. It seems like late-game and with enough effort, jutsu will start to outshine waza. Maybe. I don't know. With waza you have to worry about accuracy so it takes a lot longer to power them up, but the base power starts higher. So I feel like with jutsu once you get them powered up to around waza level of strength, they will power up faster since you don't have to do accuracy and mess with the give-and-take of accuracy and power. You just constantly boost power.

SaGa SCARLET GRACE is coming out tomorrow. I don't know how long it will take for me to get my copy. I paid for the cheapest shipping which I think can take like... a month? Plus at this time of year it will probably take longer... so... I shouldn't get too excited about playing it any time soon lmao XD

Also I need to add Kahuna Hala and Buzzwole to the humpchart lolol.


Nov. 22nd, 2016 03:38 pm
marchionessofmustache: (ロマサガ3・ウォード ♥ 普通)
OK, so I haven't really been posting here the last few days? I think? Because new Pokémon came out XD I haven't been doing much of anything else. I've been making sure to do my KhanAcademy every day though as not to break my stream XD

And Imperial SaGa added a bunch of content and I missed the beginning of some of the events >_> I hope there's enough days left in the event to get all the daily login bonuses, at least. There are two events going on, one is a RSG2 story event, and the other is a Dragon's Dogma Online cross-promotion event. For the DDO promotion, there's just daily login bonuses... every other day is 100kr (!!) and the other days are promo characters of RSG characters in Dragon's Dogma cosplay/roles?

Here is Katalina *_* I think there's a Monica coming up too? I forget, I barely looked at it XD But once I saw the Katalina I was like "Oh, these are actually cool!!"

The characters are useless to me though so I'm just training them quickly and dumping them into jutsu facility lmfao XD But once you've obtained a character, you get them in your little character book thing so you can look at their artwork any time XD

So there are login bonuses for that AND the other event, which has 100kr on the first and last day (kinda common for events) and premium items on the other days (the common ones).

The event isn't really a great place to train and the event shop just has some nice axes but that's about it. So I'm not really bothering with it. Just want the login bonuses XD Might grind up enough to get the cheaper of the two axes at least, though, since I gotta train up these promo characters anyway.

They also added this new type of mission in addition to daily missions... basically it's all-time missions where you're rewarded for reaching certain milestones in the game. And most of them are retroactive, so when I logged in after the update, I got a TON of stuff. And most of the rewards are krowns (kr are the premium currency lol) so I now have enough kr to pay for two 11-man races (which is like... by far the most expensive thing you can spend kr on -- it's a character gacha that gives you 11 characters for the price of 10, and the rarity is always red or better). I'm gonna wait til there's a special gacha that gives only club characters OR they add UNLIMITED:Saga content and there's a series gacha for that, or if there's just some promoted-chance character that I really like ... but they'd probably have to also be useful to the team because at this point I'm kinda 'stuck' with how much I can advance without getting better characters of the highest rarity :\


I've been doing much of nothing but Pokémon lmao. It's really fun... I was not expecting it to be that great since the last two games kinda let me down and I felt like the series was going in a direction I didn't really like, but I feel like it kinda turned around with this one and so far it's been a really great experience. IDK if I'm enjoying it more because I was not hopeful so I didn't have anything to be disappointed about, or because it's actually just really really good. Probably a mix of both.

Almost all of the new Pokeys are super cool and I love them. There are several new bugs and bug-likes which is great. I haven't seen any new mustache pokeys though hahaha. Though the new Ratata kinda looks like it has a little mustache...

There's a lot of cool new features like PokePelago (basically a place to get idle rewards, which you can set up by adding your benched pokeys to it) and Festival Plaza (an place to interact with other players similar to Joint Avenue of BW2). There's also this thing now that wild pokeys will sometimes call for help, and another wild pokey will join the battle. This is usually just cute or useful but sometimes it's a huge pain. Basically since I realized that there are some pokeys you can only catch by having another pokey call them out for help... and some of them have a super rare appearance rate.

There's this one thing that eats Corsolas apparently (its name looks like Meanie so I'm just going to call it Meanie because I can't remember the actual name) and it seems to only appear when you are battling a Corsola and the Corsola calls for help... the Meanie might appear instead of another Corsola.

It took me about 30 minutes just to find one Corsola -_-; And then you have to hope it calls and the Meanie comes out!! They don't always call for help but they have a chance of doing it once per turn if they are alone on the battlefield. So it can happen I assume unlimitedly in a single battle, but... once I was battling a Bonsly to try to get a Sudowoodo to come out and I went through like 40 calls for help where Bonslys came out (and three Happinys...) and no Sudowoodo. Of course, I'm just ASSUMING that's how you find Sudowoodo... but all the other baby pokeys seem to call their parents (Pichu can call Pikachu, Magby can call Magmar, etc.)

I also think it's possible for Eevee to call Umbreon or Espeon... which the idea of catching a wild Espeon or Umbreon is just... so wild lol.

But yeah this feature is mostly cool but when you're trying to get a rare helper to 'drop' it's frustrating as hell -_- especially since the pokey that calls for them is already rare to encounter in the first place. And after a while into the battle they seem to stop wanting to call for help? I had an Eevee and threw one of those... annoying balls at it (IDK what it's called but it flusters them and makes them call for help more) and it called for like 4 helps but after that I went like 10 turns and it never called again?? Usually they call like... idk it seems like more than 50% of the time lol. But I think it might be a different rate per Pokémon, and I think some never call for help? IDK. I thought maybe the effect of the orb thing wore off, so I threw another and it said it had no effect. -_-; I need to buy more of those, too, because I'm out now. I waited to make sure I could get more before ever using them.

But yeah, another really cool new mechanic is Ride Pokémon, which is basically instead of getting Hidden Machines and being forced to teach your pokeys map skills, you now summon these like borrowed pokeys to use map skills, but you can also ride them around!! So like before you'd have to waste a move slot on one of your pokeys for busting rocks on the map. This was usable in battle but it was pretty weak. Most of the HM moves were not useful in battle. And you only get 4 moves per pokey... so when you need to give like 7 different map skills to your team... this gets frustrating fast. Plus you have to make sure your team even has pokeys that can learn the map skill. So you are pretty much forced to use something that can swim, something that can fly, etc. Really frustrated for a game that is all about having 800+ possible party members when you're forced into using ones from certain categories. I mean, you can get around wasting your moves/party members by having dedicated map skill pokeys, but then you'd have to go to a town to swap out your party every time you needed a map skill, then travel all the way back to where you needed it. Get like 40 minutes into a huge cave and realize you need to push a boulder but no one on your team can? Hahahahahaha fuck you.

So this new thing is that you get this like thing that calls "Ride Pokémon" to you, which are pokeys that don't battle but essentially are like vehicles you can summon at any time, and they have map skills. Like you first get a Tauros that can smash rocks. What's also cool is that they travel much faster than your run speed without you having to hold down a button (Tauros is kinda fast but SUPER fast if you press the run button, which is when it also crushes boulders). Riding them is really fun and it also gets rid of the need for a bicycle (I don't know if there is going to be a bike or anything in this game though).

My favorite Ride Pokémon is Stoutland, and not only because it's a giant dog with a huge mustache, but because it runs super fast (like as fast as Tauros while charging!) normally, and if you hold run button, he walks slow and can sniff out hidden items!! And they even use this in cute ways, like you can sniff in these holes and some Pokeys will pop out. I love it!

I have a Ride that lets me swim in the water (now called "paddling" instead of "surfing" XD) but I've also encountered some like... boulders that are blocking paths in the water so I guess either that pokey will get an upgrade later, or there will be a second pokey for swimming (maybe a Sharpedo? XD)

The fishing mechanic is different now, which is probably the most disappointing thing. Instead of getting different types of rods, there's now just one rod, and you can only fish in dedicated fishing holes. Each time you zone-in to an area, a specific fishing hole will have these like ripples coming out. If you fish there, you have a better chance of catching something other than Magikarp (otherwise you are pretty much just going to catch Magikarp...). And it's always the same hole every time. And you can still wind up with Magikarp X_x It's really annoying. So basically to catch a Pokémon in a cave, you have to run all the way out of the cave and back in, go to the fishing hole, fish ONCE, and hope you get the thing you wanted. But you still have like 40% chance of Magikarp or something, and if there's other things in that spot, you have to hope it's not those either. Once you have fished in a rippling spot, you have to zone out to get it to ripple again X_X; And if you approach it too quickly or accidentally get too close to it, the ripple goes away, too. So you have to be careful not to mess that up. Overall the fishing is a huge pain.

Pokémon Amie (the thing in the last two games that let you pet your Pokémon to raise their affection) got a sort of upgrade with the new Pokémon Refresh. Gone are the minigames you could play with your Pokémon to increase their enjoyment. I miss the minigames because I really liked them (especially the berry-picker one). But the way it was designed, you could max out your Pokémon's affection all at once (even though it took a while), because feeding a pokey would lower its enjoyment and playing a minigame would lower its fullness so you could just do them back and forth, making to pet them in between, and get to max affection. Max affection gives you bonus EXP, and chance of critical hit or evasion when you should have had none, or recover from status effects out of nowhere, stuff like that.

Anyway, the new version has all the same petting features from before... you still get to pet them and feed them treats (now "beans" instead of the ... pokepuffs or whatever the last ones were called... treats seem to change with every game XD) and watch them eat and stuff and it's very cute and fun. But now their hunger and enjoyment only go down over time and with battles. So you can't just do it all at once. But the new feature is that sometimes after battles, you'll get a 'care' request thing. And you can click it and it will take you to Refresh, where your Pokémon will have a problem and you can groom them or clean them. For example, if they have lint caught in their fur/feathers you can comb it out. Or if there's mud you can wipe them with a towel. There's a hairdryer for when they get wet, and a brush for when they are caked in dirt. Doing these care things will grant you extra affection without raising the enjoyment (which is now raised just by petting), so you can get more affection. Petting won't increase affection while enjoyment is full (and they won't eat treats when their hunger is full), so this is the only way to get extra affection. Plus it's very cute and fun. Also there's a medicine swab that will cure status effects! So no need to waste your berries or items to heal status outside of battle (you still can/should use them during battle, of course).

There's a new café feature that seems mostly just for fun, a lot like the café from Animal Crossing. Basically you can go to a café and order a drink and the barista will chat with you and tell you some lore about the game or just say cute things. There's a lot of different drinks and he'll tell you about the drinks too. Different cafes seem to have different drinks and they might change per day too? Anyway, once per day when you visit a café, you'll get a complimentary biscuit (treats that were a signature from previous games, like Lava Cookie) and beans. Beans are the treats you give in Pokémon Refresh and once you can go to PokePelago you can use them there, too.

PokePelago is another new feature which I really like. I said before but it's basically an idle area of the game that you can check on sometimes, and set up to work how you want it. It's a series of islands you can develop to do different things using the pokeys that are not in your party. When you first start, there's just an island for farming beans. There's a big beanstalk you can shake and beans fall out. Your benched pokeys will play on the island all day and sometimes gather beans. You can also put beans in a basket which will make the pokeys happier and increase their chance of finding beans or even finding playmates, which are wild pokeys who will join you if they enjoy playing with your pokeys on the island (!!!). So basically you can catch Pokémon and farm beans idly with this!!

You can spend beans to develop the islands, upgrading the ones you already use or developing unused ones into usable ones. I have all the islands now I think but most are at the lowest level. You also have to have a certain number of pokeys in your box before you can develop certain islands. I spent like 30 hours focusing on catching various pokeys in the beginning so I have a lot and was able to build all the islands. But I can't upgrade them all yet because I need more pokeys and more beans.

The second island you get is for growing berries (yay!) which is always one of my favorite things. Sadly it takes a lot of fun out of growing berries, unless it gets more interesting later. You pretty much just plant and wait, and your pokeys tend to the fields. I think giving them beans just makes them harvestable faster. Before, in some games, you could make fertilizers, plant them in formations to try to get hybrids, and had to water them yourself. It was a lot more work and dedication but I thought it was really fun. Now it's just... this. But still, it's growing berries which I love XD

The next island is a treasure cave island. You can basically just send your pokeys on an adventure into the cave, and they'll come back out with items. I think one expedition takes 24 hours. Not anything all that amazing, but it's free idle items, so that's cool. The bean basket probably just makes it go faster? Though like 20 hours instead of 24 seems pointless haha. Maybe it makes them get rarer items or more items or something? IDK, I just got it today.

Another island is a training island. Basically you can leave pokeys here to level up or EV train idly! You actually pick the pokeys for this one (the other ones seem to be populated with just whatever you have not in your party) and let them play on the island, and the island caretaker provides them with juice that helps them grow in a certain way, and you choose the juice. So like if you choose EXP juice, all the pokeys playing on the island will gain EXP idly. Really nice for developing all those pokeys that you want to evolve for their dex entries but don't plan on using in your party. So I have 6 in there right now. I think each time you upgrade the island you can have a new set of six, and then you can choose different juice for each set, too.

The last island I can remember (I think this is all but idk) is a relaxation island Basically it's just a hot springs for your pokeys to relax in. You can choose which 6 pokeys to send on vacation here, too. It seems like all it does is raise their happiness. So I put in a bunch of pokeys that evolve by being happy, like Bonsly, Eevee, and Zubat.

The islands are just little single-screen things you look at and can touch with your touch screen, rather than being like in-game areas you walk around in. The little menu sprites of the pokeys are what appears on the screen, and you can poke them with your stylus to see them close-up and view their summary if you want. Overall it's VERY cute and very useful.

I also mentioned the Festival Plaza which I loooooooooove. I loved the Joint Avenue from BW2. I think Joint Avenue was a bit cooler in theme, but it seems this one is better overall maybe. Joint Avenue was a big tunnel that you got to develop into a shopping mall, and it was an actual area in the game world. Every time you interacted with people using multiplayer version, they'd become an NPC visit your Avenue, and they could set up a shop there if you wanted them to. Different players would host different shops, and you could level them up by introducing other players to the shop. As you leveled up your shop, you also leveled up your Avenue and got more features for it.

Festival Plaza is like this, but it's not an area in the game world itself (you just kind of... warp there from the menu and there's no real indication where this is supposed to be lol), and instead of a shopping mall, it's a festival with stalls (which is only different in aesthetics). Now to get new shops, you sometimes will be introduced to them through the festival king or whatever when your plaza levels up.

This is a little sad because it means you just get shops at random, and the NPCs running the shops are just generic NPCs. before, it would be the people you interacted with in multiplayer, so you could have shops run by all your friends. Now, your friends just hang around as visitors. The shops also don't level up, you have to hope you roll a better version of a shop X_x; There might be a way to level them up later, though. Joint Avenue continued to add new features/abilities as you played and leveled up your avenue, and my plaza is only level 15 or so. You can get it to over 100 I think?

Now you get Festival Coins that you can spend at the stalls, instead of just using regular money. And your visitors will randomly want to interact and you'll get FC for interacting with them. most of the time, they will ask you to recommend a shop, and you'll have to guess where they want to go based on the clue they give (I want to go somewhere Pokémon can play -> Take them to haunted house or bounce house lol). Sometimes they'll just want to tell you about their accomplishments (I caught 33 Pokémon in one day!) or ask you questions about yourself, which will fill in entries on your profile (they get deep like how do you interpret love or whatever LOL it's weird). Most of the time it's just free FC, but sometimes they'll ask to be taken to a shop and say "guess what I want" or something and you have no idea what they want and if you take them to the wrong shop, you won't get anything. And sometimes they want to be introduced to another visitor that has a certain ranking. This is kind of confusing to explain but basically all of your visitors have a 'ranking' in each area of the game (and there are a ton, like catching rating, battling rating, fishing rating, etc.) and then all of your visitors are organized into a sort of leaderboard for each one, and the people will get mad and not give you FC if they ask to be introduced to another visitor with a certain rank or whatever and you don't pick someone with a high rank or in the top of the leaderboards or whatever? And you can't really see their individual rankings at the time of choosing who to introduce and it's like... how are you even going to memorize all that... especially since the people you don't mark as VIP will change out regularly so it's always different...

ANYWAY, introducing people to shops doesn't seem to level them up :\ But as I've leved up my plaza, I've gotten new abilities, like now I can ask people to recommend shops to me, and it seems like they will tell you a random shop they have in their plaza, and you can choose to host it in your own plaza, too. So if you sat around and asked people all the time, you might find some good shops. If it's like Joint Avenue, there will be exclusive shops to each version of the game, so you'll need to probably ask people who have different versions, too...

Another feature I got was to ask people about fashion and THIS IS THE BEST FEATURE lmfao. Basically you can ask people about their outfit and they can let you get clothing items from them. This is great because clothing store inventory seems bad?? And there are clothing items exclusive to each game... and clothing is kind of expensive in general. But I love dressing up the character XD So I really like this.

There's also this new thing called "Missions" which ... are kinda dumb but somehow very fun. Basically you get these "Festival Tickets" which let you host a mission, or you can join other people's mission. A mission is like... a little minigame where you run through your plaza and you have a limited time to talk to the NPCs and try to get... correct answers. Depending on the mission, what this means will be different. For example, there's one called "(Language) Lesson" where you have to run around and only talk to people who speak a certain language (they'll have a little bubble above their head that says Hello / Goodbye / Thank You in their language). If you talk to the correct people you'll get points, and if you talk to the wrong people, they'll tell you how stupid you are and how disappointed they are in you and it will take a long time and waste your time and you get no points. Another example is "Type Matchup Mission" where you have to run around and talk to everyone, and they'll tell you a Pokémon type, and you have to choose a move type that would be super-effective against that type. Choose wrong and they tell you how stupid you are and how disappointed they are LOL. These are fun because they are worth more FC overall. Another one I've seen is type enthusiasts, where you'll get a theme like "find bug enthusiasts" and it's like the language one where they'll have a bubble that says "I love (Pokémon name)!" and you only talk to the ones who love Pokémon of the theme type. ANYWAY you get a lot of FC potentially for doing these. You'll get ranked from 1 to 5 stars based on your score, and then there's a group rating from 0 to 5 stars based on everyone's combined score. You get FC for each star. Some missions don't pay a lot, but the type matchup one is 5FC per star, which is the most I've seen, and if you play on your own it's not hard to get 25FC from getting 5 stars. And if other people join you'll probably get at least one group star, so that's 30FC. I haven't seen more than like 2 group stars though... it seems really hard to get?

Anyway, you can spend the FC at the shops and so it's actually a useful place and not just a "look at all the interactivity!" place. Here's examples of some shops and what they do:

Restaurant - Take your Pokémon for a meal and boost their base stats depending on the meal type
Haunted House - Pokémon finds a random item while challenging the ghost house
Lottery Corner - Get a random item every day, potential to get super rare items
Goody Shop - Buy bundles of useful items instead of money
Dye Shop - Turn white clothing into colored clothing

There are other kinds, too, and there are variations on the shops, like different restaurants with different types of meals, or dye shops that specialize in certain colors. There are also different NPCs that can run them. I like when I get the male veterans because they're hot daddy types XD

But yeah I spent way too long explaining that O_o

There's another new battle mode called Battle Royal (not Royale lmao) which the game literally describes as a "Pokémon Foursome." In this four players each battle each other at once, and once one player runs out of pokeys in their party, the players are ranked based on how many kills they got and top player wins the Royal. Seems fun but I haven't really had a chance to try it yet. Seems like it would be hard to develop a decent strategy for it? You'd want Pokémon that can take a beating as well as Pokémon that can go fast... but those things are usually mutually exclusive qualities XD

Another interesting thing about the game is that the idea of a gym challenge is gone. Now you have these ... trial challenge things instead. It's similar to the idea of gyms, but also quite different. Basically, on each island, you have a series of trials you must undergo (basically like little subquests) before you can challenge the Kahuna of the island, who is kinda like a gym leader. While gyms did kind of function as little subquests with puzzles and stuff before, trials seem a bit more elaborate (well, at least aesthetically) and can contain entire dungeons or minigames. And at the end of trials, you fight a Totem Pokémon which is not really like a gym leader at all. Basically the trials/kahunas are the main storyline instead of the gym challenge. I don't know if there's an "elite four" or whatever at the end (I'm trying to stay largely unspoiled XD) so I don't know what happens after all of this. But I do know that the main story revolves around taking the island challenge where you go to all 4 islands and complete the trials and face the Kahunas. There are also these like island guardian deity things of each island? Like they are special pokeys and apparently finishing the challenge at the island pleases them or something. I'm guessing this will work into the story later.

The first Kahuna is a part of the storyline from the beginning and he has a big belly and a big white mustache:

And basically is quite lovely. One of your friends who is also taking the challenge with you is his son? Grandson? I forget. He calls him "tutu" which I think is a Hawaiian word that is like an affection term for grandparents? So I guess it's grandson. There are a lot of Hawaiian words in this game lol. I'm learning things!

As for the story, I like it so far but the kind of 'main plot' has not really been revealed. Generally in Pokey you have some kind of like individual goal you're trying to accomplish of becoming a champion/taking a gym/trial challenge, and then there's like a plot involving other characters that unfolds as you proceed through that. It's still very mysterious at this point, though.

You have two friends who travel around with you, Hau (the grandson kid from before) who is also taking the challenge, and is super hyper and obsessed with eating malasada. And then Lillie who I LOVE LOVE LOVE and is super mysterious and cute. She protects this weird special Pokémon that she carries in her bag, and some bad people seem to be after it? And she hates Pokémon battles because Pokémon can get hurt and her Pokémon doesn't even know one move (which is, gameplay-wise, impossible XD) and you kind help her out as you travel around, too. She's super cute and I love this little trio of friends. Since the 3rd generation of games, the cast has revolved around a little group of friends that are all on their quests together but for different reasons. Usually there's some kind of friendly rival with a similar goal to you, and then other kid or kids who have other goals and are traveling, and they're all really cool and cute. I really like Hau and Lillie, especially Lillie.

Also Lillie seems relevant to the main plot because they put so much mystery into her Pokémon, and then the game's opening cutscene was just her running away from people who were like... attacking her or something?

Also there's a 'bad group' called Team Skull who... I have no idea what their purpose is yet (they just seem like a petty gang at this point -- stealing and stuff), and there's another like "good group" called Aether, which has member Colress from BW2 (!!!) and they seem to be a scientific research group that's also dedicated to righting Team Skull's wrongs.

However, I'm a little suspicious of them, because I feel like the people chasing Lillie in the opening cutscene were Aether people? But that was so long ago, and you don't actually learn about Aether until way later. It's also interesting though because the Professor and other 'good' characters seem to be very trusting and involved with helping Aether, and the professor's wife is even an Aether researcher. And Lillie seems to be okay with being around Aether people so maybe I'm just remembering it wrong XD I just remember the opening having lots of white.

Anyway I love Lillie and the characters so far and can't wait to see what happens. Aether and Skull seem interesting and I want to know more about them. The Team Skull lackeys are cute and I love their O_O faces they make when you say shocking things. There's also a running gag that no one takes them seriously and it's so cute and funny. Like they'll do something that should be very threatening or alarming and everyone is just like "Oh it's just Team Skull" and goes about their business LOL.

The only complaint I really have about the game so far is that the areas are quite small. This is only a half complaint, though, because despite being small, they feel very 'alive.' So there's a lack of exploration over a large physical area, but the bits you get to explore are very interesting. But many areas are disappointingly small and I am left feeling very unaccomplished afterward. Generally every dungeon and path in the game so far you can travel from one end to the other in like 10 seconds at the most, with a little handful of off-the-path stuff to 'explore' but there's really not any exploration there. It's just "oh look, an item off to the side" or "I can fish here" or "If I step off the road here, there's a place to look for Pokémon." I haven't felt like I really have been able to explore anywhere yet.

Being said, though, I've had a lot of fun trying to find all the Pokémon as I try to fill the Pokedex despite all that. I feel like going through the areas the first time, everything seems so small, but when going back and trying to fill the dex, it's like all the areas combine into one giant explorable area. I guess because you're not seeing them as tiny areas between two checkpoints/story events/whatever, but as one big area.

And the only new feature I'm not impressed with is the camera thing. Pretty much it's a super watered-down Pokémon Snap. There are like 'hotspots' for taking pictures, and if you get your 'camera' thing out there, you'll be able to take a picture of that limited area. You can't even move around, just turn a little. There will be a Pokémon there wandering around, and basically you just keep your camera zoomed in on it and wait for it to face you and do a special animation, which can take forever, and then take pictures. No other way to interact, just waiting and snapping. As you level up your camera, you get... better zoom. That's it LOL.

After you take six pictures, you can submit one to upload online (not IRL, like ... a fake in-game "online") and you'll get 'likes' on it (which are just like... a scoring system). So like you submit a picture and you'll get like 2953 likes or something. Once you've gotten a certain total number of likes, your camera gets upgraded. That's it. There are no rewards for doing this other than upgrading the camera? And the pictures you take you can save to your SD card but they are boring and the quality is horrible (like I think they get resized to like 160x90 pixels for the thumbnail or something and then scaled back up from the thumbnail so your pictures are like ridiculously grainy and ugly and have like compression fragments everywhere??? it's absurd) so like there's literally no point to this feature other than the feature itself. And it's not all that cute? Like most of the Pokémon do NOTHING but walk around slowly, and now and then like... jump and smile or something? Some don't even do ANYTHING but like wander in circles. And it takes a ridiculous amount of likes to level up your camera later, like... generally with the L4 zoom, I can get on average pictures with like 1,000 to 2,500 likes. The BEST pictures can get around 5,000-7,000 likes (and I got one with 11,000 like once) but these require 1. a rare Pokémon appear and 2. spending like 5 whole minutes trying to get a good shot of it. And you need 1,500,000 likes to get to the next level of camera................ So this is an obnoxious and annoying feature. If the Pokémon did a variety of cute things or were more interactive or if you got some kind of rewards to use outside the camera minigame, it would be cool. But it just feels so pointless, but I feel compelled to level up the camera because it's THERE, which is annoying lol.

Anyway, that's how I feel about new Pokey. I think I have around 40 hours in the game already (got it on Friday lol) and my team is a little over level 30 each. I named all my Pokeys after US Senators from Indiana (this theme came from the fact that I wanted to name my starter pokey "Donnelly" lol shoot me). There are only 5 current or former US Senators from Indiana that are still alive with unique names (there are actually 6 but two have the same name lol) so for the 6th one I chose Harrison (for Benjamin Harrison) since he became president, and he was elected into the Senate at the same time James Garfield became president, who rivals Ulysses Grant as my fav historical president.

The namesakes with the pokeys that are named that:

Joe Donnelly: Decidueye (Grass/Ghost owl that looks like it's wearing a hooded cape thing, SO COOL, I think it's not supposed to be dead but more like a necromancer?!)

Dan Coats: Grimer (new Poison/Dark form of Grimer that looks like radioactive and super toxic, I love it)

Evan Bayh: Ribombee (BUG/FAIRY it's based on a bee fly and is super cute and has the coolest new move I've seen)

Richard Lugar: Charjabug (Bug/Electric bus. It's literally a bus. I love it tho.)

Dan Quayle: Lurantis (Grass type that imitates a bug appearance. Basically a big plat flower thing that looks like a mantis, super cool and it's like pink and white theme!)

Benjamin Harrison: Araquanid (Water/Bug super sexy giant underwater spider thing like I can't even explain how awesome this thing is it's like 5'11' and drowns Pokémon with its face bubble head thing and like... wow)

^ Though of all arachnid-themed Pokémon this is probably the least sexy. But uh... Ariados and Galvantula are just... GUHH

I might change some out later in the game if I find something even cooler, but I really love all of these. But I mean like you're limited to the pokeys you can find in one area at the beginning, so I have all these early-game pokes. So who knows what I'll find. I found this thing called Wimpod that is so cute but I accidentally made it run away and now it won't come back ;n; but I'm guessing it comes back once a day or something idk???

SO THAT'S MY POKEY STUFF. Gonna go back to playing now lol.

Oct. 18th, 2016 10:40 am
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Pokémon Sun and Moon demo is live :D I'm downloading it now~~~


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