D Nuzlockes Pokemon Y – Part 1

Hello readers,

I’ve done it. I’ve bought Pokemon Y. After about 800 hours of Pokemon X, getting Shiny Charm, and having a lot of competitively finished Pokemon, you may wonder, “Why the heck did you buy Pokemon Y???” The truth is, I’ve been watching random Nuzlockes on Youtube… and I keep saying, “I could do better than this guy!!” The matter of the fact is ANYONE can talk big… its another thing to DO big. Or something. “What’s a Nuzlocke?” you ask from under a rock. Well, a Nuzlocke is when you play a fresh  game of Pokemon, any generation of the main titles, and you follow specific rules that make it harder to beat. To quote Bulbapedia:

  • Any Pokémon that faints is considered dead, and must be released.
  • The player may only catch the first Pokémon encountered in each area, and none else. If the first Pokémon encountered faints or flees, there are no second chances. If the first encounter in the area is a Double Battle in dark grass, the player may choose which of the two Pokémon they would like to catch.
  • While not exactly a definite rule, the general consensus is that players must also nickname all of their Pokémon, for the sake of forming stronger emotional bonds.
  • Also not a definite rule, but the general consensus is that a black out/white out is considered to be “game over”, even if there are Pokémon left in the PC.
  • Strongly implied, though not explicitly mentioned in the comic, is the stipulation that the player can use only Pokémon they have captured themselves, meaning traded Pokémon, mystery gifts, etc., are prohibited. Trading and retrading the same Pokémon (for the purpose of evolving a Graveler, for example) is something of a gray area, and may fall under optional rules. As of White: Hard-Mode Episode 3, it is implied that the player can accept Pokémon that are received freely from NPCs.
  • Also strongly implied is a prohibition against voluntarily resetting and reloading the game when things go wrong. Being able to do so would render all of the other rules pointless.

So how am I going to do this Nuzlocke? I am going to modify them a little bit, to make it harder on myself, but keep some Pokemon for my collection… Here are the rules I will be following:

  1. Any Pokemon that faints is considered dead, and I will place those Pokemon in a PC box labeled dead.
  2. The first Pokemon I encounter in a new area is the one I will catch. I will include Gift Pokemon as being a Pokemon I can catch in that area. I won’t be trading any Pokemon though, since that’s a trade and not a gift. If the first Pokemon is one I already have in the Pokedex, then I am entitled to catch something else if I want. If I get into a Horde encounter as my first battle, and its a mixed Horde, I will take whatever was left in the battle. I will also not be breeding.
  3. I will nickname every Pokemon I obtain.
  4. White out/Black out means I lost the entire Nuzlocke. If this happens, I might restart and do a Wonderlocke or Egglocke instead for funsies.
  5. I won’t reload the game EVER. So I can’t undo a death, a game over, or try to get a better Pokemon first in an area.

In terms of how I will present this Nuzlocke… well, I don’t have a capture card. Those are stupidly expensive! Like… extremely expensive. To me anyway. I will be using my sad phone quality to take pictures… Miiverse doesn’t allow you to post screenshots from Pokemon X/Y for whatever reason. 😦  Now… onto the Nuzlocke!

Part 1 – The Road to Santalune City

Our adventure begins with Professor Sycamore giving us the usual Pokemon intro. He’s much different than the previous professors in that he is clearly suave, and if you read into the game… he is probably trying to get you to leave your house to spend quality time with your mom. For our first steps, I have indicated that I am, in fact, a female with a beautiful tan. They don’t really have a mocha in between, which is more like me, but I can’t complain about X/Y’s increased customization. I can only hope Gen 7 has even more options. I have dubbed this character “D The Gamer”!

Vaniville Town

SAMSUNGAfter my weird dream where a professor tells me about how I should leave my house, my mother’s Fletchling rudely awakens me. Seriously! I’m pretty sure my torso is covered in puncture wounds. I get up and get dressed, ready to deal with life. Downstairs, my mother is hurrying me out the door… Outside, in Vaniville Town, I am welcomed by my new friends Calem and Shauna. They tell me to come meet them in  Aquacorde Town. I decided to hang out on my mom’s Rhyhorn for a little while. SAMSUNGI hope I can catch one of these in the future! I think Rhyhorn is a pretty cool Pokemon. I run out and commence the meeting with our newfound best friends.

Aquacorde Town 

After our introductions, these scrubs are trying to give me a nickname! For one, I hardly know any of you guys. For another, D is clearly my nickname. Being the mature adult that I am, I told them what they could call me.

Nothing can go wrong.

Now its time to pick our starter!! Now, most people will randomize their starter, but I am going to be different. I’ve already played through X twice, once with Froakie and again with Fennekin. So, yeah, I’m going to go ahead and choose Chespin. I didn’t like Chespin at ALL the first time I saw  him. He seemed like… a complete weirdo. I also didn’t like Oshawott, so I might just not like bipedal cute monsters… maybe? Either way, I choose Chespin! This Chespin turned out to be female. I’m going to name it Mercides… after my World of Warcraft Paladin… don’t judge me.

Oh boy! I hope I don't die first!

Oh boy! I hope I don’t die first!

I receive the Pokedex from our buddy Trevor, whom I still believe to actually be a little girl cross-dressing. You don’t need to worry, I won’t tell anyone. Anyway, Trevor tells us the Pokedex will help us understand Pokemon on a deeper level. Kid is a total nerd. Tierno gives us a letter from Sycamore to our mom, which I hope isn’t a love letter. After our late lunch, Shauna decides to challenge me to battle. Look, Shauna, you have a type disadvantage and, unlike previous generations, our starters have a move of their type! Shauna’s Froakie turns out to be female as well. Is this a thing?

The face of a killer.

Needless to say, I one shot this thing. My Chespin might not be too bad actually despite being of a Rash nature (ugh + special atk – special def). I run back to my mom’s house, and give her the letter. She doesn’t really tell me what is going on, but she is suddenly giving me all my clothes in a bag and is telling me to get lost. Wow, that’s extremely rude mom! I’m what… 10? 18? Actually, its pretty hard to tell with these sprites. I guess it is time to get away from your murderous Fletchling anyway.

On our way out the door, Rhyhorn bids us farewell. I am sure he wishes he could come with us since our mom apparently never races Rhyhorn ever again. Seriously, she is a Rhyhorn racer! I was hoping I could grow up to race Rhyhorn too! Oh well, I go back into Aquacorde Town and talk to everyone. In this town, someone mentions that you can pet your Pokemon.

Ah, Pokemon-amie. I think I might use Pokemon-Amie if only to add some drama to this Nuzlocke, because playing Pokemon-Amie is boring and sucks. The best part is petting  your Pokemon, but I don’t want to sit here petting someone for 20 minutes. I will grind that later, if I still have my Chespin. I suppose this is the rule I will add:

  6. I may use Pokemon-Amie to max out affection once per badge. So, when I get the first badge, I will be allowed to use Pokemon-Amie once.

That will surely cause me tears and regret. Delicious! I’m also purchasing potions in this town… so here is another rule:

7. I am allowed to use 1 HP restoring item per battle. Unlimited uses outside of battle.

Yay! Extra despair and hopelessness. Well, I am sure it will all work out for the best. I decide against buying Pokeballs, since we are about to get a lot anyway. Onward to route 2!

Route 2

On route 2, I first encountered a Pidgey. Lucky me, I don’t have Pokeballs, so I don’t have to count this as the only Pokemon I can catch. A few steps ahead, and we get into our little Pokemon Capture tutorial. Apparently Calem and Shauna have no idea that I am basically a 6-time world champion. Er, you know, because I’ve already beat this generation. Calem shows us his extreme, leet catching skills as he throws a Pokeball at Bunnelby. I really hope the first Pokemon I run into isn’t a Bunnelby…

I caught a Fletchling as my Route 2 Pokemon! Yes! I really love Fletchling for many reasons. Interestingly enough, this one has a Hasty nature, which is pretty decent. I accidentally hit “No” on nicknaming this Fletchling. Yikes! I will definitely nickname him once we reach the Name Rater. I will tentatively call him “Bob”. Why? Its an easy go to name for me. After grinding a bit to get “Bob” to level 5, I enter Santalune Forest…

Santalune Forest

You know what that means. I get to catch another Pokemon! Before I even step foot into the new area, Youngster Austin challenges me to a battle! Geez, its a good thing I grinded a bit. I dispatch his level 5 Zigzagoon with no causalities. Phew! Inside Santalune Forest, I first encounter a Fletchling… Since I already have one, I am going to let this one go. My second encounter is a female Pikachu! Wow!

Doesn't it figure this picture turns out a lot better than my other ones?

Doesn’t it figure this picture turns out a lot better than my other ones?

I have named her Claudia, and she is a Mild mannered Pikachu. My friends all know I dislike Pikachu, but the truth is I love Raichu. Of course, I am not sure how long it will take before I can evolve her into one. Still, its nice to have an Electric-type this early in the game. Pikachu/Raichu have some pretty good early game stats for doing the Pokemon main game. Hopefully it will last me until I get a ‘better’ Electric-type! One letdown of X/Y is that there aren’t really that many new Pokemon. I hope in this Nuzlocke I can catch a lot more X/Y specific Pokemon than old gen ones. I am so happy, though, that none of the elemental monkeys showed up. I HATE the Pan* monkeys. They are probably the laziest Pokemon designs ever. I also don’t really like monkeys…

I hate their faces... Especially Panpour.

I hate their faces… Especially Panpour.

I’m pretty lucky Shauna is kind enough to follow me through Santalune Forest, as speaking with her heals up our Pokemon. It allows me to grind my Pokemon enough to feel good about my chances with these trainers. One of the coolest things about Santalune Forest is how nostalgic it feels. I don’t have a direct way to compare it, but the layout reminds me so much of Viridian Forest. Its fun how the friends in X/Y run around the forest alongside you, getting into battles and whatnot. One of my biggest peeves with this  game is how the Super Friends weren’t always visible doing their own things. After the battles with youngsters and lasses, I make it out of Santalune Forest with all my Pokemon in tact.

Route 3

The gang decide to split up, as everyone has different goals. Calem is our only true rival out of this bunch. A lot of people felt a lot of sympathy for Serena, but I personally think Calem is trying way too hard to be cool.

On this route, we have a couple of children that I am going to take lunch money from. This is something that has always been super weird about Pokemon… winning prize money from 5 year olds. Its not even remotely fair, but I guess these kids DID challenge me to a battle… and I guess this is like Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, where if you don’t follow some archaic Pokemon rules someone shows up and takes you to jail. So, okay small children, bring it!

Yes... Yes, you did.

Yes… Yes, you did.

We are on a new route, which means new Pokemon! PLEASE NOT BIDOOF. I beg of you, Helix Fossil. Don’t give me Bidoof.

I am not even going to bother taking a nice picture of YOU.

I am not even going to bother taking a nice picture of YOU.

Yes. I found Bidoof. I hate this Pokemon. Ughhh, so I accidentally murdered it because I lost all ability to pay attention to this one fight. Yup, no Route 3 Pokemon for me. I don’t even care!! I know it could have been an HM slave, but I dislike Bidoof so much. Anyway, I have more children to take money from!

Of course, the next trainer I fight has a Bidoof. Its like this game wants to remind me that I missed my chance to get a cute Azurill. This route is full of children. Sorry, but I need your Pokedollars more than you do, kids!

Santalune City

It is kind of hard to call this place a city, but I’ll bite. I try to go to the Pokemon Center to heal my Pokemon, but Tierno interrupts me as soon as I walk in. He explains how to use this combo Pokemon Center & Mart to me. Tierno is actually a funny character, and I wish we had gotten to actually see his Pokemon Dance Team. Kind of odd his Corphish is a part of that team though.

I check every nook and cranny I can remember having an item, plus I pick-up the roller skates from the girl guarding the doors to the gym. I could attempt the gym challenge now, but all my Pokemon are roughly level 10. Since I can’t head to Route 4 before beating the Santalune City Gym, I decide to head over to Route 22.

Route 22

I am having a dilemma as I enter this route. Do I want to catch a Pokemon here? Later in the game, this area has higher level Pokemon I could capture via flowers or fishing. Before I make a final decision,  I might as well clear out all the trainers in this part of Route 22.

A Rising Star’s Litleo nearly took out my 3 Pokemon. I have this problem where I… sometimes… don’t pay 100% attention. I have no idea why, but Claudia the Pikachu AND “Bob” the Fletchling almost ended up dead! I was forced to switch in Mercides, my Chespin. The Litleo must have embered, because the next thing I know its in the red too from a Super Effective hit. Um… my bad. I did end up using a potion to save Mercides the Chespin, just because I felt Roll Out would take care of Litleo. I did beat the trainer without anyone fainting, but this was pretty close! Claudia got a nice work out with the Lass on this route. The Lass had all Water-types, which is totally okay with me.

Decided I wouldn’t try to catch a Pokemon on this route after all. There is something hiding behind a HM CUT-able bush, but I don’t have that HM yet anyway. Consider Route 22 still open for business later in this Nuzlocke. I’ll instead spend my time grinding on Route 3, where that dumb Bidoof still lives. I’ll end this part of my Nuzlocke here. Next time, I’ll be done grinding and take on the Santalune City Gym. This is a Bug-type gym, and “Bob” the Fletchling will probably be the MVP here.

Feel free to comment about Nuzlockes you’ve enjoyed, possible rule changes or additions I will have to make in the future, or even leave a comment on the Pokemon you think may be the first to die… Hopefully in the future I will have a better way to take pictures of this Nuzlocke. I’m incredibly disappointed that Miiverse only seems to exclude Pokemon X & Y screenshots.

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Why does D love Pokemon?

Chibi_Christmas_Flygon_by_bandgeekizzle

Hello readers,

I have been a PokeFan since the original Red & Blue, and I have played every game (sans Sapphire, Ruby, and Emerald) to completion. It is hard to explain why I am still into the game series. I find myself at an age where my interests are shifting away from single player RPGs to multiplayer competitive games, and a lot of things, like movies, which I enjoyed before as a kid seem to just totally suck now. So why has Pokemon stood the test of time for me? Why do I feel like I need to become the Pokemon Champion in every new region Game Freak has to offer?

There are no easy answers, but I can say that Pokemon has remained the same while still changing some features. Many folks argue that every iteration of Pokemon is the same, and for the most part it is true. The main Pokemon series (not counting Snap!, Mystery Dungeon, and other spin-off game series) has a tried and true formula. They let you pick a starter, then you go on a journey where you have to face gym challenges in a linear sequence. Along the way, an evil Team will stop you every once in a while and sometimes you catch a legendary on your way to the Pokemon League.  Game Freak releases some powerful, pseudo-uber Pokemon, and yet the coolest Pokemon all seem to have the worst stats.

Garchomp

Sometimes, they unseat your favorite Pokemon in terms of uniqueness and power… I will avenge you, Flygon!!!

So why do we continue to flock to this game series? I believe it is because Pokemon gives us something to talk about. While the game is: 1. fun 2. has cute, awesome, and/or badass creatures and 3. has a competitive scene, I think Pokemon is one of those fandoms that is just really easy to be a part of. You don’t even have to be wildly into Pokemon in order to talk about it with another person, so long as you both share a fierce hatred of Zubat. Pokemon also has an incredibly diverse fanbase, and honestly sometimes it can be surprising who is into Pokemon. It isn’t just a nerd thing, but almost entirely its own separate entity from Nerddom. Not only that, but you can share your Pokemon, literally, with others. There are several Pokemon communities, such as Reddit, that are planning on spreading the holiday cheer with Delibirds holding rare candies and other goodies on the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. That is pretty awesome.

"Here's your candy! Good luck hitting 100!"

“Here’s your candy! Good luck hitting 100!”

I guess you could say I really like the community around Pokemon, the humor you can find in Pokemon Memes/WebComics, and how cute/awesome most of the Pokemon are. With X and Y, the community has this wonderful opportunity to be closer than it ever was before. These games are probably as close to a Pokemon MMO we are ever going to get, and honestly the features for Wi-Fi are pretty amazing. The fact that I usually get 2-3 perfect IV Pokemon from Wonder Trade is a testament that most trainers out there are trying to fill up that open, free trading with some interesting Pokemon. Even though I already have my Eevees, including my coveted and rare females with 4-5 perfect IVs, I still love it when I get an Eevee from WT. I usually end up sending them back out, but it is nice to see people contributing to the Greater Good.

So Happy Holidays to my fellow Pokemon Fans! I will post my Friend Code later in case any of you wants a Vullaby.

 

D’s Top 3 Reasons Why Golurk is AWESOME! (Spoiler Alert: This is about Pokemon X and Y!)

GOLURK

Hello readers,

It comes as no surprise to most of you that Pokemon is one of my favorite games. The games are extremely addicting and the Pokemon are usually either cool, cute, or AWESOME! In the case of Golurk, he is all 3. Golurk was originally introduced in Gen 5 and could only be obtained by capturing a Golett in Dragonspiral Tower. In X and Y, Golett can be found on Route 10 just before Geosenge Town.

A little side story, I have recently restarted my X & Y adventure in order to experience the journey all over again. On my revisit, I decided to use completely different Pokemon and Pokemon I hadn’t used before.  By the time you could catch Golett in Pokemon Black & White, it was late game and I already had my team. I am not the kind of person that switches Pokemon around a lot late game, so I never used our ghost-robot friend. When I ran into Golett during my second play through, I chanced using him on my team despite not really knowing much about him. He ended up being a vital part of my team. I did cheat a little by letting my boyfriend teach him Power-Up Punch and Earthquake near the third gym, but his ability to abuse Power-Up Punch and take hits hasn’t ceased to amaze me!

Now that I have a Golurk, I think I will breed a competitive one in the post-game. Golurk is simply awesome, and I want to share that with everyone! Here are 3 reasons why Golurk is AWESOME!

Number 3: Golurk has a unique typing!

Golurk and his pre-evolution are the only Pokemon to date that have Ghost/Ground dual typing. This typing is unique in that it allows him to neutrally hit most anything that isn’t a dual flying/dark type with STAB moves. This guy here Super Effectives other Ghosts, Psychics, Electric, Fire, Poison, Rock, and Steel Pokemon! Meanwhile, he boasts 3 immunities: Electric, Normal, and Fighting. To top it all off, he super resists Poison and only takes 1/4 damage to Poison moves and regularly resists Rock and Bug moves.

“So what?” you may be asking me. Here’s what: Golurk can tank and kill certain threats out on the field that cannot Super Effective him whatsoever. For example, a lot of people are using Mega Mawile, Mega Kangaskhan, and Mega Gardevoir! Not only does Golurk resist some of their STABs, he can outright tank them wearing an Assault Vest with a proper EV spread. As I was researching Golurk, I found a video of a Golurk eating up a Mega Gengar’s Shadow Ball. First of all, Mega Gengar has a base of 170 Special Attack. Second of all, Mega Gengar users probably go 252 Special Attack EVs unless they are crazy. Golurk being able to take that hit is pretty awesome. Such is the power of Assault Vest.

Now, of course I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that Golurk does have 5 weaknesses. He sadly takes super effective damage from other Ghost, Grass,  Ice, Water, and Dark-type Moves. On the plus side, none of these are x4! Still, Golurk takes super effective damage from some of the most common attacking type moves in the game. You better believe most special sweepers will carry Shadow Ball, Ice Beam, and Scald if its worth learning. Golurk, for those who don’t know, is also one of the heaviest Pokemon in the game! You definitely won’t want to take a Grass Knot if you can avoid it.

I would love to dive into the type match-ups further, but without a reliable damage calculator for 6th gen I can’t really give nice numbers.

Number 2: Golurk has two awesome abilities!

Golurk has 3 total abilities. He can regularly be found with Iron Fist and Klutz, and his dream world ability is No Guard. I don’t think there is a use for Klutz on Golurk so I won’t even talk about it. Iron Fist and No Guard are pretty awesome for Golurk. Iron Fist increases the damage of punching moves by 20%, whereas No Guard means no moves used by and against Golurk can miss. Personally, I favor Iron Fist due to the amount of use you can get out of it in Golurk’s move pool.

In X & Y, Golurk has access to these interesting moves: Shadow Punch, Focus Punch, Hammer Arm, and Power-Up Punch. We don’t currently know his Egg Moves this gen, but last gen he could get: Drain Punch, Fire Punch, Ice Punch, and Thunder Punch. On top of these, Golurk also has access to Stone Edge, Earthquake, and Phantom Force. I don’t like Phantom Force too much myself, and I would opt to use Shadow Punch over it.

Number 1: Gorlurk can learn FLY!

Golurk can fly because reasons. Also, no idea who this artist is... if you know, let me know so I can properly credit!

Golurk can fly because reasons. Also, no idea who this artist is… if you know, let me know so I can properly credit!

Bet you didn’t see that one coming! Yes, our lovable giant can learn the HM for Fly. Not only can he pack a powerful punch, but he can learn FLY, proving that he is not like the other lazy members of your party for the main play through.  Golurk is powerful enough that he is ready and willing to sacrifice his last move slot for you.

Is there anything more awesome than riding on a giant robot that loves you? Answer: No.

I hope I have inspired other Pokemon Trainers to give some love to Golurk. He is an awesome Pokemon with special qualities you won’t find on other Pokemon. He’s a ghost/ground robot that likes to punch people while he flies through the sky. He is quickly becoming one of my most favorite Pokemon, and I can’t wait until my competitive Golurk is complete.

D does a lot of stuff! Gaming/Reading

Hello readers,

I have been up to quite a lot of stuff lately. I’ve picked up two new games and finished a few books. To recap what you already know:

  • I purchased Pokemon and X-COM: ENEMY UNKNOWN
  • I finished reading A Storm of Swords, Warm BodiesNeverwhere, and At the End: A Post-Apocalyptic Novel
  • I am finally going to get to read books alongside my book club, Bad Wolf Bookclub at Tumblr — The Night Circus
  • I played actual PvP games in League of Legends and didn’t do so bad

POKEMON

With Pokemon White 2, I’ve beaten the 8th gym. I have to say, Pokemon has a great RPG plot going on. Its target audience aside, I am really enjoying the game. I traded up a bunch of my Pokemon from my Pokemon White game, so my main team consists of: Whimsicott, Galvantula, Braviary, Flygon, Krookodile, and Jellicent. I have quite a few Pokemon on reserve, such as Chandelure.

I love Chandelure, so stylish!

There was also a confrontation with Lord Dennis, as I call him, as well as other cameos. If the Pokemon trend continues, I hope the next generation has even more story elements added to the mix. Maybe even allow us to design our own character? Multiple story line trees? Elderscrolls: Pokemon Edition? I know I am wishing for a lot, but I hope that the writers for the game continue to flesh out the Pokemon world. Its completely possible to have deep subjects in children’s fiction, I know. Have you ever seen Avatar: The Last Airbender? Once I finally gave it a try, cause I was in the anime or bust group before, I came to love it. Such a full and rich world with real conflict. I can always wish!

X-COM: ENEMY UNKNOWN

I picked up X-COM last weekend too. Boy, is that game just SO MUCH fun. The micromanagement of research and equipment, the strategy of whom to take with me on a mission, the complete fear of losing any of my characters (whom are named after IRL loved ones), and, of course, missing a 99% shot while I am right in front of the alien — THAT’S X-COM, BABY! At first, I was totally worried about the remake, because the first thing we were shown was an FPS game. A complete betrayal, as Internet Personality Guy Spoony would say, but the Civilization guys got their hands on the game and worked to bring X-COM to 2012. X-COM was originally a game that came out in the early 1990’s. It was pretty much the best game ever made for the PC for that entire decade. Yeah, I played Doom, Duke Nukem, and other games, but X-COM was the only game that made me actually scared to make a single move.

The original X-COM had two core gameplay elements. The TBS and the spreadsheets.

I get tingly just thinking about it.

The player could see all of X-COM’s expenses right down to what you paid everyone monthly including scientists and engineers. The player could also see which countries were contributing to the X-COM project and which ones seemed to be waning in support. The original X-COM also utilized a system of time units and every thing you did during battle aside from a few small actions cost time units. Some of your soldiers could have a lot of time units or could be totally restricted. Stats seemed to be generated at random, but usually you wanted to make your team have the best of the best. You could also have a squad as big as 20some people, but you could also get majorly boned if the game loaded your Skyranger in a bad place. For example, as soon as the map loads, an alien throws a grenade STRAIGHT into your plane. This causes panic sometimes, but mostly your soldiers are likely to die, because there is not enough room for all of them to make it out alive.

The X-COM remake takes the essence of all that, but streamlines it in a way that is both easy to get into and challenging. Instead of Time Units, there are 2 actions per turn (where attacking first will end your turn, so be wise). Instead of hiring and firing scientists and engineers, you must earn these personnel or build more laboratories/workshops. They also made it extremely clear, at all times, how countries felt about your operation around the world. There was also a reduction in the amount of units you could take with you on any given mission. From 22 to 6 total. WOW! Yet, the game is pretty balanced for the casualcore and diehard fans of the series. Playing on Ironman in any mode is likely to cause balding. Ironman is a mode in which you CANNOT revert to previous saves. Once that team member dies or that country leaves X-COM — its for good. This adds a whole new level of difficulty and drama to the game.

I am having a buttload of fun playing X-COM and trying to 100% every mission I encounter (or at least get away with 15/18 civilians in Terror Missions). I haven’t bothered to do priority missions yet, since I am too busy building enough Titan Armor to accommodate EVERY soldier in my barracks, but so far the combat seems pretty legit. Also, a minimeme has been born from the frustration and nerdrage this game has induced.

BOOKS

I have been reading so many books lately. My head is bubbling from all the fictional knowledge. I feel like I know WAY too much about the geography and history of the Song of Ice and Fire series (alternatively known as the Game of Thrones series). I know where the Twins are located and why its an important, strategic location. I know about how Rhaegar made Lysanna the Queen of Beauty and Love (I believe that was the title) and how it may have been the trigger for starting Robert’s rebellion. I also have a few theories about Jon Snow’s origin, because I have a lot of doubts about him being Eddard’s child.

I have also finished a charming book called Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion. The story takes place from the POV of a zombie guy. His name is R, because he honestly can’t remember his entire name. He is lucky, though, because most zombies don’t even have that much to go on. He’s an average guy, married with kids, gets hungry and sometimes eats folks, and enjoys a good laugh with his buddy M from time to time. One of the driving forces behind the story is the REASON zombies eat people. Its not much of a spoiler, but zombies eat the brains of the living in order to feel alive and thrive on the devoured’s memory. Zombies don’t really have memories of being alive. They don’t recall their 8 to 5’s or family, but they can relive ALIVE moments by eating the brain of a living person. This stirs R into a journey of understanding as he rescues a living girl whose boyfriend’s brain he’d just eaten. Its a completely heart-touching story that was a breeze to read! I finished it in a single day, because I simply couldn’t put it down. I won’t tell you more except to buy it or check it out! Its worth your time if you love zombies or strange stories.

Neverwhere is everything I expected it would be. It seems like it could be a graphic novel on the same level as The Sandman. Its about common man Richard Mayhew. He’s got no spine, but he is fine with what his life is like. He does everything his girlfriend asks of him. Richard’s life is changed forever as he stumbles onto a dying girl — that apparently everyone around him just wants to ignore. Doing her a favor causes everything to go haywire for Richard, so he has to embark on a reluctant journey in order for things to be normal and samey again. People often accuse Neil Gaiman (the author) of writing the same story over and over, but honestly, its just that his style conveys the story of normal vs weird so well. I can’t wait to bite into Stardust. 

At The End: A Post-Apocalyptic Novel was terrible. THE END.

D plays Pokemon White 2: The First Gym! (SPOILERS: PIKACHU EVOLVES INTO RAICHU!)

Hello readers,

As some of you may know, Pokemon Black and White 2 came out yesterday. These games are the first ‘true’ sequels in the Pokemon franchise that take place two years following the events of Pokemon Black and White. I’m going to talk freely, so avoid if you for some reason are reading this but haven’t played Pokemon Black and White yet. Pokemon Black and White is probably the ‘best’ games in the series not counting the new games, because I haven’t beaten them yet! The Pokemon battles with trainers and Gym Leaders seemed a lot tougher with NPCs employing a modicum of strategy as well as possibly having awesome EV values figured into their stats. Of course there were still some Pokemon you could steamroll, lolol Patrat, but for the most part the game had a scaling difficulty. If you are like me, your Pokemon are just at the right level most of the time. I don’t grind too much in Pokemon anymore, so Black and White kicked my butt towards the end. The final boss of the game also had the most cheesy dragon-type ever — Hydreigon. He was like a mid-high level 50 Pokemon whereas all the Pokemon trainers I had fought before him only had Pokemon ranging between45-50.

I think his name was Dennis.

There was also the story of Black and White. Yes, a story… IN A POKEMON GAME! I know, right? Mind blown. Instead of generic evil group trying to generically do evil things with Pokemon, or argue about more water vs more land, Team Plasma was about Pokemon Liberation. The leader of the group, N, was a young man that had a gentle heart… and it was really hard to see him like a bad guy. He had some good points about the relationships between Pokemon and the humans. Trainers use their Pokemon to battle other Pokemon for sport. N and Team Plasma were basically the Pokemon PetA of the Pokemon world. There is also the IRL eeriness of how illegal dog/cock fighting is in the United States. That’s simply animal abuse, so isn’t Pokemon battling Pokemon abuse? I was actually interested in seeing how the game tried to combat the allegations of Team Plasma.

Did anyone else feel that way too? I know L in Death Note is totally different from N in Pokemon… but it just… kind of seems like a nod.

Annnd they resorted to making Team Plasma an evil organization under the guise of loving Pokemon. N was an unsuspecting innocent being used as the poster boy for a false cause. N does realize, however, that Pokemon want to protect their trainers and develop deep bounds with them. That was kind of a let down to what could have been a very philosophical debate about the nature of Pokemon battling… then again this game has an intended audience of 11 year olds.

ON TO THE SEQUEL FINALLY GOD

I purchased Pokemon Black and White 2 for my boyfriend and myself yesterday with a couple of friends. We all started our journeys together in Aspertia City like a bunch of dorks and spent a good amount of time making fun of the loooooooong tutorial. I was wondering if Bianca, the main tutorial NPC and character from B&W, was going to ask me if I knew how to poop and if I wanted to be shown how.

I chose Snivy as my starter and started playing the game. I did name him Smugleaf and I know you all know why:

Not only does he look smug he also looks like Excalibur from Soul Eater. More outside Anime references or just coincidence?

Route 19 doesn’t have any interesting Pokemon. Just full of Patrat and Purrloin. Nothing against Purrloin, because I can see how it would appeal to some Pokemon trainers, but Patrat looks like he’s on drugs. All the time. You get ambushed by the former champion of Unova, Alder. He literally jumps off of a cliff just to stop you in your tracks and tell you to go help your rival, Hughes, go do whatever. I was half paying attention since I was still contemplating how the heck Alder survived jumping off of a cliff. You walk through a little town called Floccesy Town. That name was so weird that I did a little research, aka Bulbapedia, and learned that the name derives “From floccus, a type of cloud whose name is Latin for “a tuft of wool…” This is awesome, because there is a Lon Lon Ranch on Route 20 called Floccesy Ranch which has tons of Mareep in it. I was so excited to see and catch one, because Mareep is one of those Pokemon I wish I could use competitively. Ampharos, Mareep’s final evolution, would have so much potential if its speed stat wasn’t so abysmal. Maybe if my friends want to run some UU/NU battles, I will finally have my dream come true.

I also caught myself a Lillipup, cause its cute and looks like my IRL dog except brown, a Psyduck, a Huge Power Jolly Azurill (which I will be saving until I can turn him into something amazing), and a Riolu. YOU HEARD ME. You can catch two baby evolution Pokemon in the wild at the Lon Lon Ranch. That blew my mind so hard when I saw the Azurill the first time. It makes me excited about what else you can catch in the wild that traditionally someone had to give you or you had to breed. I heard you can catch Eevees in the wild… and that just tickles me. Veterans of the series will know why.

After helping my rival rescue a Herdier from a Team Plasma member (HEY, I BEAT YOU GUYS ALREADY) I got access to the first gym! All the way back in the starting town of Aspertia City. I made the long trek back training my Pokemon to all be about level 13 except the Psyduck. Lon Lon Ranch is filled with Mareep and I didn’t want to take the chance. I found out the first gym is a normal-type gym run by our former rival Cheren from B&W. That was pretty awesome and his Lillipup almost gave me a run for my money. Lillipup, why you so strong???

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My Lillipup also has the Pick Up ability… and he’s given me like 5 Revives now. That doesn’t seem all that great to some people, but man, I am pretty stoked about this development. I might keep him as Lillipup a little bit past his evolving state just to keep the ability. I want to find rare candies for later use in the game. Like Azurill.

With the first badge unlocked, you can progress past a mean Mountain Climber on Route 20 to head toward Virbank City. First he fights you to demonstrate how tough it is out there. Like honestly!? He prevents me from going further to the right on Route 20 until I get the Basic Badge, and now he wants to battle me to show me how unfair stuff is? He pulls out a Riolu, which you only had a 5% chance of finding at the Lon Lon Ranch, so for a lot of people this might be a moment of “woah… woah…” Luckily I Thunder Waved him with my Mareep and switched to my Lillipup to clean up after some Work Ups.  Lillipup is basically 5th Gen’s Starly.

Moving past the Mountain Jerk, you can find Dark Grass… and get bugged by Bianca again to learn about the properties of Dark Grass. Basically you get into double battles with wild Pokemon sometimes. It was there I caught a Venipede, simply because I find it very adorable. Venipede is similar to Mareep in my mind. They have decent stats ish, but there is something missing.

All in all, I’ve been having fun playing Pokemon White 2. I am excited to see what other Pokemon are available to me so early in the game. Catching a Riolu, the first Riolu I ever had in a game, is just so amazing to me. I want to be able to replace my Psyduck, Venipede, and possibly my Mareep later on.

Have fun and take care of your Pokemon!

I will never catch a Patrat.