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  1. Octavius

    Strawpoll of the _____

    Which is the TRUE master race??? https://www.strawpoll.me/15718838
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    Pokemon Empire: Official Game Thread

    As you all might of guessed (based on the fact that I'm the one giving these updates), the key team member we are missing is indeed the lead dev of Pokemon Empire, ssbCasper. And he'll be gone for at least another month, maybe more. So unfortunately, development is pretty much at a halt. The rest of the team will do everything we can in his absence, but we ultimately won't be able to progress in certain areas of development without him. So yeah. It sucks. But we wanted to let everyone know ahead of time instead of just disappearing for a month without any explanation. And don't worry, we'll still be here; and we might still post every now and again. But until further notice, we'll mostly just be taking any suggestions or contributions you guys have, and are still inviting anyone interested to join our EPL discord to come hang out with us and play some Pokemon. Until next time, be well, stay safe. And long live Pokemon Empire.
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    Pokemon Empire: Official Game Thread

    Oh, and one more unrelated thing! We wanted to invite anyone interested to join our EPL, or Empire Premier League! The EPL is a draft league Pokemon battling format that operates pretty much the same way as the Pokemon GBA. If you're unfamiliar with the GBA, check it out on YouTube. You basically draft and use a team of Pokemon from all the different Smogon tiers for an entire season, like a sports team would. It isn't just the usual showdown ladder grind. Anyways, for season 1 (which we're just finishing now), we had membership reserved to the Empire dev team itself. But now we're looking to add a few new teams for season 2! So if you're interested, post a reply or pm me and I'll get you started! It'd be really cool to meet some of you guys, hang out a little bit, and play some Pokemon.
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    Pokemon Empire: Official Game Thread

    Hey everyone! Kind of a somber update today: We're still working on coding the game and making events work properly. Unfortunately, we've been missing a key member in this process for effectively a month now. So the going has been really slow in both communication and implementation. And as a result, we probably won't be as active here with updates and such until we either find another team member or another one of us devs becomes a master coder in RPG Maker/Essentials. On a more gameplay-focused update, we're also exploring what we want to do with level caps. So far, the consensus is to 1. use a level cap system and 2. more or less replicate Rejuvenation's current system. And that means making Pokemon unable to gain experience once they reach the current level cap (which is determined by the player's number of badges). We feel like this system promotes the most fair and balanced play by both challenging players to use diverse teams and preventing them from over-leveling and cruising past battles designed to be difficult (like gym leader and rival battles). Additionally, we're looking for ways (outside of re-balancing) to allow players to use a greater diversity of Pokemon throughout the game. These include Pokemon best known for being defensive or supportive, but lack any real offensive power (for example: blissey, bastiodon, even wobbuffet to an extent). These also include what are called 'suicide leads', or fast pokemon that like to stack entry hazards and/or use moves like endeavor and explosion to gain a strategic advantage. These Pokemon can be really useful team members in tough fights, but struggle to gain experience over the course of most of the game because they can't sweep through all the youngsters and hikers as effectively or easily as an infernape or gardevoir can. To help remedy this on a large-scale basis, we're giving access to an exp. share early on in the game. Secondly, we're looking at ways to implement new exp. share items. For example, an exp. share that grants exp. to a pokemon even if it's fainted (useful for a 'suicide lead' type of mon) and an item that gives ALL the experience to the holder instead of sharing it. And while we understand that these types of items will most likely be used outside of these intended purposes, it still stands that they give Pokemon that aren't just 'fast mons that hit hard and sweep' the chance to be successful throughout the game. And geez, I'd say more about this, but this post is running really long! So I guess I'll leave it at that for now!
  5. Hey everyone! We're just finishing up season one of the EPL, or Empire Premier League! The EPL is a draft league Pokemon battling format that operates pretty much the same way as the Pokemon GBA. If you're unfamiliar with the GBA, check it out on YouTube. It's a really fun way to battle by drafting and using a team of Pokemon from all the different Smogon tiers! It isn't just the usual showdown ladder grind. Anyways, for season 1, we had membership reserved to the Empire dev team itself. But now, we're looking to add a few new teams for season two! So if you're interested, post a reply or pm me and i'll send you over some information. Hope to hear from you soon!
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    Pokemon Empire: Official Game Thread

    Happy to announce that mapping is 100% completed!!!!!! We're still using a few placeholders for some sprites and have a couple animations, icons, and a bunch of other little things to knock out, but all the maps are finalized for ep1. Now we just have to make the game work. So on that note, if anyone reading this is or knows anyone who is a talented scripter or eventer in rpg maker XP, we would love to take on a new team member to help expediate that process. So, if that's you, shoot me a pm and I'd love to show you behind the curtain of pokemon empire!
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    Is Flygon a Bug or Not?

    @Jess Do you think Flygon would be better competitively with a Dragon/Bug typing (and access to different abilities) than a Dragon/Ground typing? Or what if it got tinted lens instead of compoundeyes? I think tinted lens would be just as good, if not better (especially if flygon were a special attacker).
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    Is Flygon a Bug or Not?

    Flygon feels like a smorgasbord of ideas that were all thrown together. It's like Gamefreak couldn't decide on an overall direction for it, so they just gave it a lot of different traits and hoped players would love it for whatever it ended up being. And what it ended up being is a physical attacking, dragon/ground type with levitate. Called the 'mystic' pokemon, some of its lore reads "Because its flapping wings whip up a cloud of sand, this Pokémon is always enveloped in a sandstorm while flying. Red covers shield its eyes from sand. The flapping of its wings sounds something like singing. Because the “singing” is the only thing that can be heard in a sandstorm, this Pokémon is said to be the desert spirit". Huh. Well that's kind of weird. I guess levitate makes sense as Fly-gon can, in fact, fly; but based on its lore it should also definitely get abilities like sand veil or shield dust. It's also apparently a 'spirit' of some sort and is known for singing. Yet it's a physical attacker. I would expect a 'singing' spirit to be more specially inclined. And, even though it's known for making noise, it doesn't learn any sound-based moves... except... It technically does! Flygon's pre-evolution, Vibrava, learns Bug Buzz by level up! And that makes a lot of sense, given that Vibrava's lore states "Vibrava’s wings have not yet completed the process of growing. Rather than flying long distances, they are more useful for generating ultrasonic waves by vibrating." Cool! So Vibrava doesn't really fly, but Vibrava's only ability is Levitate. So what's up with that? And while Bug Buzz seems like a move that makes sense on this pokemon species based on its lore (maybe Perish Song would be another), neither Flygon, Vibrava, or Trapinch are actually bug-type at all. Trapinch is ground, and Vibrava/Flygon are dragon/ground types. And despite not being bug-type, they are exclusively in the Bug Egg Group! What the heck!? So look at these guys. What in the world are they? The first two evolutions definitely look like bugs. Even Flygon still looks like a bug, but definitely bears many more lizard-like traits (like its arms). It's kind of like this species has a metamorphosis between each stage, ultimately emerging as this 'singing' desert bug-lizard. But it's also said to be a spirit. Whatever that means.. So what do you think Flygon is? Or, what do you think it should be? What typing should it have, what abilities or moves should it be able to use? how should its stats look? And how do you make sense of its pre-evolutions? I'm curious to see what you think.
  9. Octavius

    Who beat you the most times?

    In my opinion, Corey (at least with the poison mist field) has always been Reborn's gatekeeper. I had nothing for his crobat in my first run. And of all my friends who played back in the day, the only friend who had an easy time of him on their first run had a Guts Luxray. As for the 'other' category that I selected: it was for Ciel. If that was one of the options, I didn't actually see it, so my bad. Otherwise, I vividly recall being stunned by Ciel in my second playthrough. I was carried by my Mamoswine in that gym in my first run, so I went in overconfidently. But without a really powerful super effective priority move like Mamo's ice shard, I got speed checked and acrobatics spammed into a loss. Pretty sure that was one of, if not my only loss in my second playthrough.
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    Pokemon Empire: Official Game Thread

    After realizing how out of place the conventional Pokemon Center looked in comparison to the rest of Polaris Point's rustic, lodge-like interiors, we decided we needed to give it a facelift. What do you think?
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    Pokemon Empire: Official Game Thread

    New post is up on the Pokemon Empire Club Page. If we have anything smaller like blurbs about art or gameplay, we'll most likely be posting them there. Stop by or join if you haven't already:
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    Strawpoll of the _____

    Wanted to do a poll regarding what types of cool features you would like to see in a Pokemon Empire: http://www.strawpoll.me/14957429
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    Pokemon Empire: Official Game Thread

    Hey everybody! Just a quick update: we've been diving into a lot of the nitty gritty game development work over the past few weeks, so there unfortunately isn't a whole lot of particularly interesting or sexy things to share with you all. Specifically, we've been doing a lot of eventing, coding, mapping, compiling unique tilesets, and discussing things like character development and dialogue. Ultimately it's a slow process (especially with this being the first episode), but we're going to try and update this forum--hopefully this thread AND the Pokemon Empire club page--more regularly to keep everyone informed (and hyped) about what things we are working on and some of the cool ideas we're kicking around and figuring out how to implement. And one of these cool ideas we're kicking around is having a tavern unique to each town that will have multiple features: both showing off some unique aesthetics as well as affecting overall gameplay. So check back in soon if you want to see just exactly what we have in store for you! Until then, take care everyone.
  14. Happy Birthday and Happy New Year :D, i hope that you will have a great day and even an amazing year ;) 

    1. Octavius


      Wow, thank you very much! Same to you! God bless.

    2. LykosHand


      You're welcome :D and thanks a lot ;)

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    Pokemon Empire: Official Game Thread

    And unlike teasers for some of the other Pokemon in Empire, here is a complete Dex Entry for Santadelie. Wait, what do you mean you don't recognize some of its moves or abilities? Well, Santadelie will have some new and unique capabilities! First of all, it's signature move, "Present" is getting a buff. Present: 75 power 95 accuracy Physical Ice-type has a 10% chance to explode, dealing 200 damage when used on allies, heals them for 50% Max HP