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  1. Hello there! "Formal" introductions I guess... Greetings all! I am the creator of The Backbone of Interpol and simply known as Backbone! So, who are you? I come in peace from Canada, a first year uni student hoping to make a fine addition to community. I cannot stress out how shocking it was for me to discover about a year ago that full on custom fangames even existed, especially that of Rejuvenation's and Reborn's calibre nor are getting the proper attention it deserves! Everything from field effects, crests, 18 gyms, more intense difficulty and a focus on a largely coherent story. That's probably not even half of it but I believe you understand by now where I am coming from... Hoping to pursue a technology related university degree and likely some tech firm job, interests are pretty broad: programming languages like C++/java, PC Building, UI, 2D/3D digital art and design. Outside of that and Athletics such as Hockey, retro games and lots of banter are some of my pastimes. Sucker for Marvel/Star Wars with a tinge of Pacific Rim1 on the side and more. Anything you're responsible for? Only thing (yet) would be the story of a character I am hoping to potentially build a comic around: The "Backbone" of the International Police or simply referred to by the codename of Backbone. It would in theory elaborate on something mostly shrouded in mystery in Pokemon: The International Police, famous members being Looker, Anabel and (former) Nanu. To flesh out the organization, to give more feasibility to why "kids" have saved a few regions or sometimes the whole world with there being only 1-2 agents seen on the case (i.e. Sinnoh, Unova, Kalos, Alola and even Kanto). In short, infighting inside Interpol (International Police) broke out due to lackluster action taken to deal with the evil Team's, Cult's and other criminal organization, this would mark a separation between the more traditional and militant members of Interpol. These more militaristic members would form the Backbones, think of vigilantes similar to that of "The Masked Children" from the Pokemon manga but "usually" recruited through more humane means like adoption as they still had a moral code, though was in a way flawed. "The Backbone" would be the 15th recruit and sole survivor after disaster strikes, who would reluctantly having little means to rebuild what was lost, would work for the International Police out of necessity. The International Police is known to be more of a agent-like force with the likes of Looker and Anabel, though the proposal was with no international military and crisis left and right would be that (many years later), "The Backbone" would be tasked with finding a solution to the more "international-scale" threats, such as Cyrus of Team Galactic and way later on threats similar to Lin/MadameX and their teams Meteor/Xen. If you had to choose one of your posts as your way to introduce yourself, which would it be? Nothing yet, I hope to update this soon with one. What can I talk to you about? Very open to generally anything, be it your interests or recent news or your questions if I believe I could be of assistance. Closing Statements? You survived reading this? Big respect! Aside from that, I hope to help grow this community and hopefully be here to see the day it gets the semblance of recognition it deserves! These fangames are phenomenal and this passionate and kind community is equally so! I hope you are staying happy, healthy and safe in these trying times! Thank you for your time, Backbone out! - Backbone
  2. Update 3: The summary sheet The camo on the mugshot I think could use some work, but considering it was an attempt of a original character from scratch with little knowledge on pixel art I'm pretty happy with this. I hope this inspires more creative work in this community. Please feel free to use this as a reference, though crediting me would be appreciated The on/off is for the lighting on the visor meant for stealth/vision If you are confused on what this is, you could consider it to be a sifi knight/samurai hybrid suit because plot armour is overrated, also so you could wrestle a Machamp or tank a Rock Slide if need be
  3. Here are some of the .pdn files for reference as requested:

    By far the trainer card sprite was the longest to make as you had to think of the design, but after that most didn't take long 🙂

    Also, if you're wondering why there are only 1-2 references under each sprite, they are the main concept while I had many other sprites also open in new paint documents to use as references to pick colors and so forth. Hope this helps!



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    2. RosaHeart


      yeah it said it wasn't a proper bitmap or something.

    3. Backbone


      Apologies then, I’ll get back to you as soon as I can with a solution but it may take some time. 🙂

    4. RosaHeart


      is no prob. been trying my hand at editing walk sprites for character using the same character the trainer sprite based off of. It's been....slow going lol.

  4. For the creation process, there's this one that I found created by Light-Fox that seemed to be the easiest for me to understand and basically covers all of the fundamentals: In my case, had about 4 reference sprites for poses and after that had to do almost all of the "editing" part by hand using a concept photo which happens to be my profile picture as a reference, mostly because my "character" is basically all armored and no sprites existed that are remotely similar! Yay! Will also send a few of the .pdn files that can be opened w/ paint.net, though I will warn you the layers are very unorganized so the guide will be more helpful
  5. Thanks! Your sprite seems most impressive as well! It took way longer than it should've as I had to make the armor/helmet from scratch, but surprisingly was able to do it all with just paint.net and can share the .pdn if you wanted to see the process for yourself. Update 2: Retextured a Volcarona sprite and edited my walk sprite so it would be riding the back of it (to resemble something like Lin on Hydreigon) to use as a Bike/Surf sprite but found out that like Ridley from Smash Bros (before Smash Ultimate) it's too big so I had to scale it down to 50% to get it to work. It looks hilarious though! Also here's some screenshots of the sprites in Reborn/Rejuvenation. Will make summary sheet next. Volcarona mount regular size, had to scale it down 50% as it was about 20% too big to fit over the bike sprite and any bigger would distort the image. Should make a video sometime to show how hilarious it is to speed around on a 50% size sprite! Backbone takes on the task of dealing with Team Meteor so Looker could take a vacation for the first time in years! Victoria wants to battle someone wearing 250lbs of metal! Youngster Joey wants to know your location!
  6. Update 1: Finished trainer v.s mugshot & back sprite, just leaving the Overworld sprites: Run, Bike, Surf, Fishing & Fishing while Surfing
  7. That is true, was just trying to share if it helps that when I went through that gym despite the x4 weakness I had a sturdy graveler that was surprisingly invaluable despite such weaknesses. As for status, there is that risk but can pay off though its more of a desperate, unreliable last resort. There's always Telluric Seeds and Prankster Murkrow which would likely work much better.
  8. Much appreciated! Only took an entire day on krita/paint.net Should have probably learned to use GraphicsGale or Asesprite, perhaps one day!
  9. imo... Aelita because she bestows justice against the blasphemous heathen Texen! Madame X Heretic #27 because like Lin Heretic #26 she's actually intimidating... and Tesla because do I need to explain?
  10. These would not be ideal but Graveler for having both study and moves like rollout worked well for me but are inconsistent. Status one pokemon during most double and focusing non-status ones usually would work but is difficult to pull off on this gym. Still imo the hardest gym battle, try what is suggested above if you haven't already. Good luck! Edit: Specified that these suggestions are heavily luck based at best. Easiest method would likely be the Cherrim and Jumpluff strat listed by Darkhorse.
  11. Greetings! Relatively new to the community recently, I've gotten into spriting after a few playthroughs of Reborn and Rejuvenation, and would like to dedicate a thread to showcase the progress of the sprites that I am creating for a character. It would be great to receive feedback as well as inspire others even! Might differ from some of the typical sprites but can't say much aside from I tried really hard to make something original: "The Backbone of International Police" or simply referred to as CODENAME: Backbone. Note: Currently finished Trainer Card and Overworld Walk sprite, will next work on V.S & other overworld sprites such as Run, Surf etc Update #1: Finished trainer v.s mugshot & back sprite, just leaving the Overworld sprites: Run, Bike, Surf, Fishing & Fishing while Surfing Update #2: Created Volcarona mount to use while Bike/Surf, will make summary sheet next. Update #3: Summary sheet completed, may make some edits to refine sprites like the mugshot Update #4: Fixed mugshot to a certain extent Credit goes to Reborn's developers for the inspiration, specifically the Knight trchar148 sprite. I give permission to use these as long as you ask and give credit, will upload without watermark if asked.
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