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The First Journey: A Professor Oak Adventure (PS:FE Prequel)


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In celebration of Pokemon’s 25th, and as a tribute to a friend, we are honored to present you a very special game:

 


-Postscriptum: the Prequel-

The First Journey: A Professor Oak Adventure


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Experience Kanto like never before! Witness Professor Oak’s personal journey!
Go back where it all began!


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It is the year 1947. Samuel Oak, a 20 year-old prodigy, has just returned back to his home country after spending three years in the world’s best university. With him, he brings science, technology, and the true spirit of trainerhood. On a mission to establish the first ever League in the East, Oak will have to adjust to local battling traditions, overcome bureaucratic hurdles, and introduce local uneducated Tamers to the proper way of doing things.



FIND OUT HOW IT ALL PLAYED OUT BACK IN THE 40ies! Gen 2? Gen 1 ? Nah, this is "Gen 0"....

 

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STORY:
 

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1947 Kanto is a place under heavy development. The concept of a “trainer” is relatively new – with most people who are on the creature business calling each other “Tamers”. They battle for money, they have the right to take another Tamer’s Pokemon upon winning, and they generally cause a great deal of pain to the locals.

 

Once Kantonians learned how to craft capsules (Pokeballs) out of Apricorns, a “creature craze” swept through the country. The rush of making easy money, putting responsibilities aside, and experiencing unprecedented freedom and strength captivated the youth. The frequent complains from seniors went unheard, students started dropping out of school, and gangs quickly formed.

 

In this chaotic environment, you are tasked with bringing to Kanto (and the entirety of the "Pokemon" nation)... not a ruleset, not a new way of battling, but an entire infrastructure that will eventually end up being responsible for the shaping of modern trainer conventions as we know them. Will you be able to bring law and order to the land, or will the wild environment of Kanto get you?

 


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FEATURES:
 

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- Inspired by the beta versions of Red and Green, (Trainers using whips, economy based around Pokemon, early lore or concepts that got scrapped, pokemon being closer to natural organisms than wee-wee-mythological multibeings from multiverses)

 

- Remastered Kanto that is visually closer to how it looked back in gen 1 (hey, no nostalgia pandering here, don’t go down the genwunner route, kthxbye). For instance, Route 1 has fields on either side, not trees as in Gen 3. Kanto is much more rural, as represented in older artwork.

 

- Manmade items are practically non-existent, you need to make Pokeballs from Apricorns (unreal time system means you can get a ball converted relatively fast), find berries or roots, and generally be economically-minded. You can buy Pokemon but you can’t sell them.

 

- Establish the first Gyms and the first League, by taking down Tamer groups whose activities can sometimes be... reprehensible

 

- The only evolution method known is “level up” evolution. At least to those who DO know that Pokemon can even evolve in the first place…

 

- Many Pokemon that are known to be rare today, are ubiquitous in this era. Well, not THAT ubiquitous, but much easier to find.

 

- Access your “Storage Boxes” from the menu. Well, computers don't exist yet, at least in Kanto, and there is no restriction forcing teleportation upon your ...balls… if you have more than six of them. So you can simply stuff those extra mons inside your bag.

 

- Organize your resources carefully. Berries aside, they are limited, and losing a battle means losing a lot of money. Healing services are both rare and expensive.

 

- A modified HGSS soundtrack that aims to replicate the OG feeling of Kanto music in an authentic way. What would the soundtrack have sounded like back then, if it wasn’t restricted by GB’s audio hardware? NOTE: The mobile friendly version won't support BGM looping. This due to Fmod incompatibility.

 

- Discover the background of various characters, from Koga to Bertha, and witness the transformation of a ragtag, loose group of Tamers into Gym Leaders.

 

- A heartwarming story that explains Oak’s background and his role in every future trainer’s journey

 

- Lore explosion for those who have played Postscriptum: Fated Epistle. You will get a lot of answers to many questions – some of which you never thought you’d have. The game is standalone but will be enjoyed to the max if you have already played PSFE. Please note that this game follows classic Pokemon conventions and does not adhere to the design choices adopted by PSFE.

 

- An attempt to tie the entirety of the “better” parts of Pokemon lore together (as is with the PS series) and explain why certain events happened the way they did.

 


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CHARACTERS:


 

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The four childhood friends:

 

Samuel

 

A 20 year-old prodigy whose intellectual prowess earned him the title of the youngest professor on earth. Returning from Unova, and now on a mission, he ventures out to open a laboratory and earn an official position in the University of Celadon. A bit grumpy and certainly not very warm. His childhood friends, who greet him upon returning, are eager to bring his heart back home.

 

 

Agatha

 

Agatha is a very sensitive woman whose aim is to become a nurse. Despite getting every single attempt to make Sam open up to her, shut down, she keeps going. A very giving person who borders on naivety. Always looks at the bright side of life.

 

John

 

Sam’s best (and perhaps only real) friend. He grew up with Sam’s father, whom he absolutely adored. Physically gifted, he always protected Sam from trouble, trouble that frankly, was caused in part by Sam’s social incompetency. Or perhaps, (and as counterweight to his fascination with objects) by his absolute indifference to people. John is very competitive and has an unwavering spirit. He secretly admires Sam for his intelligence, despite all his grandiose declarations that physical strength is all that matters.

 

 

Athena

 

Athena is a bit of a tomboy with a strong sense of adventure, and buttloads of energy. Sometimes “sense of adventure” becomes “total recklessness” and she ends up in trouble. John rescuing her all the time (yes, there’s a trend here with John) eventually got to her and she fell for him. She is the only person who can calm him down after a bad day.

 

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The four childhood friends, will eventually meet again. And it’s up to Sam to decide whether fun and work can coexist, and whether those four will get to relive their childhood bliss during an adventure that will hopefully make up for the three years Sam had been away (and for Sam's obsession with studying that led to total neglect of his personal life).

 

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SCREENSHOTS:

 

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DOWNLOAD:

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CREDITS:

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~CREDITS~

 

 

IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER:

 

Nintendo and Gamefreak


Pokemon Essentials by:

 

Maruno

Poccil

Flameguru

 

 

With contributions from:

 

AvatarMonkeyKirby

Marin

Boushy

MiDas Mike

Brother1440

Near Fantastica

FL.

PinkMan

Genzai Kawakami

Popper

help-14

Rataime

IceGod64

SoundSpawn

Jacob O. Wobbrock

the__end

KitsuneKouta

Venom12

Lisa Anthony

Wachunga

Luka S.J.

 

and everyone else who helped out

 

 

 

~ Testing and Ideas Team ~

 

Sandy

Ray2064

Manul

ArtilleryOctillery

RockyRock

CocoaButterKisses

DogzNDogz113

 


~Bughunting, Feedback, Ideas~

Skyter97

Dogboy2709

MikeCakes
Demice
Specific

 

 


~ Original FRLG maps  ~


JohtoBlaziken

 

 

 

~ Scripts ~

 

 

Hollow Ego - Simulated/Scripted Battle

Wonsul - Storage Access from Menu

Kurotsune, Amethyst - Text Skip

FL - Unreal Time System

Luka S.J., Tenshi of War - Animated Battlers

LostSoulsDev / carmaniac, PurpleZaffre, and Golisopod User - Location Signposts

Mr. Gela - Namebox

 

 

 

~ Graphics ~

 

 

Tilesets:

 

SirMalo's HGSS Rips for RMXP

La Pampa - Epic Adventures >

Tileset from Pokemon Epic Adventures (La Pampa)

made available as a resource in the french dev kit and fangame community.

 

Associated Crediting:

Alistair

Alucus

Bakura155

Bati'

Blue Beedrill

BoOmxBiG

Chimcharsfireworkd

CNickC/CNC

CrimsonTakai

Cuddlesthefatcat

Dewitty

EpicDay

Fused

Gigatom

Heavy-Metal-Lover

Hek-el-grande

Kage-No-Sensei

Kizemaru_Kurunosuke

Kymotonian/Kyledove

LaPampa

LotusKing

New-titeuf

Novus

Pokemon_Diamond

PrinceLegendario

Reck

Red-Gyrados

REMY35

Saurav

SL249

Spaceemotion

Speedialga

Stefpoke

sylver1984

ThatsSoWitty

TheEnglishKiwi

Thegreatblaid

ThePokemonChronicles

TwentyOne

UltimoSpriter

Warpras

WesleyFG

Yoh

Youri (Yuri / Nagato Yuki)

07harris/Paranoid

19dante91

27alexmad27

Akizakura16 - Interior Tileset

Kyledove - Some overworld tiles

SailorVicious - Some overworld tiles

Aveon Trainer's interiors

Heartlessdragoon (RSE Tile Rip)

RBRNNova - Tent tiles

hek-el-grande, light-pa, zerudez, phyromatical - Lava/volcanic tiles

Flurmimon - A few cave tiles

PeekyChew - Traditional Japanese Tiles

Mikenaria -HGSS Interiors

Rayquaza Dot - Some overworld tiles

 

 

 

Charsets:

 

Gen 4 OW Sprites by:

Neo-Spriteman

VanillaSunshine

PurpleZaffre & Maicerochico

AtomicReactor

Mighty Jetters -PMD Lapras Sprite Rip

 

 


UI:

 

aki - free summary screens

zygoat - Platinum Style Battle UI

 

 

 

Fogs:


Zuhn - cherry blossom leaves gif

 

 


Battle Backgrounds:

 

FinalArt

iametrine

carchagui

princessphoenix

Phoenix of Light92 - XY battle background rip

 


Base XY, RSE, S/M character Art Trace:

Nephae


 


~ Audio ~

 

Music:


Modified HGSS Kanto OST - by DogzNDogz113

HGSS Midis ripped by Exabyte U

Mt. Moon Midi: Nayuki Midi Rip from RBY, modified

Surf Track Base Midi: unnamed, from khinsider.com, modified

All music edited in FL STUDIO, using FLEX and Orion Vsti

 

Ending Theme: The End of the World by Skeeter Davis

Credits Theme: Starsailor - Way to Fall, Cover by Jordan Fox

 


"RPG Maker XP" by:

Enterbrain

Pokémon is owned by:

The Pokémon Company

Nintendo

Affiliated with Game Freak

 


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Questions and Miscellanous Information:

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GAMEPLAY LENGTH: 6-8 hours

 

Q: Is this game for me?

A: If you like story-driven games with a bit of challenge here and there, then yes. NOTE: This game doesn’t follow the usual PS design formula. The experience is much more conventional. As a result, this game can be fully enjoyed by a much larger audience. If you like it, consider playing its sequel, which is currently on episode 3. But be warned that PSFE follows drastically different design philosophies, some bordering on the insane, some on the excruciating, some on the quirky.

 

Q: Generation specifics?

A: Evolution: Levelup only, Gen6 mechanics, No Double Battles, evolutions of Kanto mons, eg. Scizor included (pre-evos are not). Psychic and Fighting types, as well as several Kanto-specific mons do not exist yet. Farfetchd is OP.


Q: Is this game complete?
A: Yes it is. Feedback on the writing and other areas is greatly appreciated!

 

Feel free to use this version of Kanto in your game as long as you credit JohtoBlaziken and La Pampa (and their associated credit list), goes without saying

 

 

Suggestion box:

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(This is reserved for feedback and ideas -  this game follows the conventional formula, and as such, feedback on "conventional" writing, presentation, and everything else in general, is greatly appreciated)
1. PostSaffron Events might benefit from more things to do before the finale
2. NPC dialogue too generic at times


 

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