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  • i don't suppose you remember me, do you?

     

    i think it's been like, five hundred pandemic years or something since i've posted here. as many of you know from cass's previous posts, since around september of last year i've been focusing on a different project.

    gosh, that took a while, didn't it?

    once again, i want to thank everyone for their patience as always... but uh, we finally got a demo for that out, so maybe, possibly, go try it out, if you haven't already?

     

    we'll begin actively developing starlight for real once reborn is finished but i felt like it was important to finish the demo before reborn was done so that the community didn't feel like it had no choice but to just die once the game was finally out for real. i think there's been an expectation for some number of years that once 19 is done, the community will be. and uh-- nawh. but to make sure that didn't happen, and to make sure people could see what they might have to stick around for, i felt it was necessary to get that going sooner rather than later, and then come back to finish postgame.

     

    this was, in retrospect, a mistake.

     

    not for any """real""" reason, to be clear-- but the mental burden of putting reborn and everyone on hold or trying to split focus between two projects was a lot heavier than i expected. aside from keeping the devblog warm while i've been away, please appreciate cass for generally keeping me sane through the last year or so, because some of the stress had really been starting to get to me. i'm still working on shaking that off, tbh, but it'll be fine. on the other hand, i know i was getting pretty tired towards the end of making the main story, and i feel like taking a break for starlight has helped me come back to the project with a clearer head, more ready to finish it out properly.

     

    that is to say, if it wasn't clear enough already: reborn will now be actively developed again.

     

    another advantage to having taken time off from the project is that i've learned a few things, mainly about myself. and how to actually play nice with a team, since i haven't been very good at doing that in the past.

    but the main thing i've realized is that i hate to-do lists. they are soul-sucking. i feel a lot better about things when i am looking at problems in the game and fixing them on the spot rather than looking at a list of problems about the game several hundred lines long and just kind of getting overwhelmed.

    this is unfortunate for me as a person who has mainly organized her work in the past almost exclusively through to-do lists.

    now y'all don't care that much about my personal organization, that's stuff i have to figure out, but the point of this is that uh those task bars? that used to be on the right there?

    they're not coming back.

    because all that is is just one giant public to-do list. 

    a constant reminder of all of the things i still have not done and still have to do breathing down my neck.

    i know they're cool, i know they're useful for communicating to everyone how far along we are.

    and maybe we can figure out something similar

    but for my own sanity

    no.

    nope.

    they're cancelled, and they're staying cancelled.

     

    in return i'll try to like, actually post or something once in a while. 
    but, like, no promises. i still prefer to spend time doing the thing rather than talking about doing the thing. 

     

    okay, so, the million dollar question: when will e19 be released?

    and i still don't have that answer. no one has that answer. the only answer to that that exists is 'sometime in the eventual future'

    but we'll like, keep you in the loop one way or another. there will have to be testing before it releases, starting with internal testing. so that might be a good indicator of it's coming up.

    just hang tight until then y'all

     

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    13 minutes ago, Storm said:

    i sure hope cass keeps writing some posts nonetheless. they were hilarious and a good read. glad that you are finally going full steam on reborn. will be waiting

     

    oh i will. don't worry.

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    Suggestion: instead of mercilessly slaughtering the bars and smoking them like the cattle they supposedly are, how 'bout you rework them in some fire rap beats?

     

    More seriously, this is a fine enough change, I'd say. It's been said time and time again that the bars in their percentages were basically made up since there's little way to actually judge the workload until its 100% complete anyway, so this'll even save on some time messing with superficial formatting to boot! This should free a teensy bit more than just your sanity, don'cha think?

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    16 minutes ago, Kenneth said:

    Great! Everyone is appreciated! Please though, do not forget to adress the movesets/movepol "issues", like certain pokemon not learning moves they should (especially from tutors). Cheers!

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    A wild Amethyst appears, quick use Masterb... Oh I already used that to catch Bidoof.

     

    A way to prevent looking to much at to do list is to make a random button that pulls something from the list.

    That keeps the to do list (they are useful after all) but reduced the amount you have to look at them.

    If you do I do recommend a priority list for the thing that just have to happen first (but you most likely already have that).

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    We love and appreciate Cass for keeping you sane, keeping us tamed and entertained! But more importantly, banning the progress bar, feel NO SHAME because those are insane giving everyone mental pain! Ok rhymes aside, go at your own pace! We made it this far so we can still go a little further! Good lucks Ame and dev peoples!

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    Hi again, indeed~

     

    Just want to say, I think this was a good call.  Like I told cass before I left last time, if you decide to put Reborn on hold or anything involving the progress bars, I'd support it.  That hasn't changed, just like the best answer you being able to give about Reborn's final release is "it'll be done when it's done."

     

    But honestly...reading your post was sorta like reading into what I'm dealing with right now.  Only difference is, I don't have a partner or friends or anyone like cass to help keep me sane for the reasons I mentioned before when I PM'd you.  When stuff like this happens, I have to deal with it alone and that's how it's always been.  So I can relate to the stuff you talked about, at least to an extent.  Even with support from others, it's never easy, is it?  But I'm glad you don't have to deal with this stuff all by yourself, either.

     

    Just take your time, Ame.  You got this~

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    30 minutes ago, Zumi said:

    for any future commenters;

     

    1. please respect the decision to remove the progress bars and take the devs' feelings in consideration before you start moaning about how it's not the way you like it
    2. just because reborn is back in development does not mean it's time to start making demands of people again!!!!! don't be entitled

     

    i will personally clown on each and every single one of you who decides doing any of these two is haha funny or a smart idea

     

    Can I help with the clowning?  Because it's annoyed me a bit too--enough that I had to speak out publicly despite not being comfortable.

     

    EDIT: Don't even know what happened with this double post, I was trying to edit my original one

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    Welcome back !

     

    Take care of yourself, all dev team, this game is so great cuz you do it enjoying the process. Sooo i'd rather wait 10 years for a game you worked on with joy than wait 3 months for something you just wanted to get rid off. And we have Starlight meanwhile.

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    I'm not interested in knowing when it will be released. Take the time you need, no pressure. It will be worth the wait.

    I'll be there to see the rest of Reborn's story unfold with great interest.

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    Welcome back Ammy! It's very nice to have you back dear!

     

    Regarding the time you went amiss and this whole "when will e19 be out?" thing? Don't you worry.

    Unlike many of those who are around here since the begining, i arrived pretty 'late' (i first played reborn at e15). But being honest? I've loved this game from the very first moment i played it, it really got into me. The story, the characters, the memes, the songs, all of it! So, i think i can speak in behalf of the community when i say: take your time. We'll be here to see the conclusion of it.

     

    PS: Never forget the RAWR b00ty! *winky* *winky* (god, i never laughed so hard when i saw her lol)

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    1 hour ago, Krellian said:

    Regarding the time you went amiss and this whole "when will e19 be out?" thing? Don't you worry.

    Unlike many of those who are around here since the begining, i arrived pretty 'late' (i first played reborn at e15). But being honest? I've loved this game from the very first moment i played it, it really got into me. The story, the characters, the memes, the songs, all of it! So, i think i can speak in behalf of the community when i say: take your time. We'll be here to see the conclusion of it.

    Seconded.

    I found this game even later, 2 years ago shortly after e18 released, and it already feels like I've been waiting a long time lol.

     

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    this was, in retrospect, a mistake.

    I dissent!

    Dear Ame, don't be so hard on yourself. You mention that working on this other project has refreshed you for the final stretch, and I consider that a very good thing. We want you at your best. Besides, it's not like no progress was made on Reborn during that time, as your loyal friends like Toothpastefairy and Marcello and your lover Cass have done much-needed work in optimization for speed, AI improvements, etc. This polishing of the engine is something that should have been done anyway, and now you get to finish the game with these improvements already in place for you to build upon.

    I also approve of the self-reflection and reorganization you have done to improve your general well-being. Remember the changes you made.

     

    Best Wishes,

    An Admirer

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    Yes! all according to cake...

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    Also super glad that you're back.   Take all the time you need! It will definitely be worth the wait. But more importantly who took my spaghetti!?!?

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    Congrats on the release of Starlight Divide's demo, Ame! Glad to see your hand in development on Reborn is also picking up with a refreshed vigor. I see no issues with the progress bars being chucked for your sake and sanity. I don't have to be a developer to understand that things take time to be done and done well, and I hope you're not given too much grief about a release time going forward. I applaud and appreciate you and your teams efforts and dedication to making Reborn the best you can make it! Thanks again for Pokemon Reborn and may your development be as thorough as you need it! :)

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    Good to see you back in business on Reborn :)

     

    Believe me, even longggggg after EP19 AND any Postgame content have been released, I don't think anyone will be deserting the community.

    So many people on here have become friends, and Reborn has so much content that its replayability factor is through the roof!

     

    Pokemon Reborn - Years in the making, a lifetime of entertainment!

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    Awesome Amethyst, I really appreciated Pokemon Reborn, especially when Gardevoir left news of Darkrai driving off in a van with Mew sticking its head out the backdoor of the van :'), also my pokemon squad I'd use at the very beginning up to now. i never did upload images on google before x'D, Team,; Absol/Blaziken/Gardevoir{ Faith}/ Lumineon/ Flygon and NoivernHVILfVOw29CHW_C-YQ3pIY3SyCz8FYObxGQzCMH3

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    Oh hey, and here I was wondering if something had been posted regarding this since last september. Got my 6th sense on point. 

     

    Anyway you do you developers, I'm just happy the game is/will be coming along again, from none other than the big honcho herself. Back to my slumber I go then.

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    No rush at all. Glad to have you back Ame. I always look forward to the things that you and the team come up with. I hope everyone has been as well as you can be with how the world is in this day and age. Much love to all of you. 

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    Heyho,

     

    Thanks for the update. It is very much understandable that Starlight had to take priority in the past.

     

    I started the game while being an engineering student. Now it's almost two years working in the industry. 

    In that time I realised, if you have to put a project aside, it's always best to stay clear with your communication about the progress.

     

    Some people, myself involved, I'm sure we're lured into a false sense of "progression-estimation" by the progress bars, so I very much think a clear statement about the general progress is a step in the absolute right direction.

     

    Edit: meant to say "...giving a statement once in a while..."

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    I'll just briefly hop out of these shadows here to say: Welcome back!

    And as much as we all eagerly anticipate e19, nobody wants you and the rest of the team to work themselves into the ground.

    So please, take care of yourselves and each other!

     

    ...

     

    Yeah, that's about it. I'll resume my lurking duties now. Bye bye! 👍

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    Ahw hell yeah! Hopefully it'll be smooth sailing, and you can focus on only one project at a time soon.

     

    As for the side bar thing, using it for memes sounds like a great idea to me. Or alternatively, if you think it works, maybe you can use it to create positive reminders of what you recently finished? Like, 'we fixed an AI problem, look at us go!' or '15 more bugs have been squashed!'. Dunno if that works as a good opposite of the 'to-do list stress' issue, so yeah...

     

    Anyway, Imma go see how this Starlight Divide demo is doing

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    Yea it was pretty obvious that's what was going on from the other posts. After Reborn's done I'll still be sticking around for Rejuvenation and even Desolation is back now which is probably the biggest surprise of the year. Might give Starlight a try eventually just out of curiosity but probably not until Reborn is done.

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    Hi, first of all, thank you for your hard work with Reborn. There is no need to rush, we waited till now and we have no problem waiting more for this great game.

     

    When I finished ep. 18, I was very anxious and checked development blog every day. I did that because this game is so great that I wanted more if it. But now, I wait patiently. I will gladly wait for quality. I know that new episode was not released for a long time, but it is okay. I will wait because I know Reborn will be worth the wait. 

     

    Meanwhile, I will finally finish Desolation. And maybe I will give Rejuvenation another chance.  U will not be bored, so please, take all the time you need.

     

    Of course, when the ep. 19 is out, I will drop everything I do and start playing right away. But that is another story...

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    Glad to hear that you're going for the development for it! I hope you feel better though, as your mental health is important. Take your needed breaks and I hope that all goes well! :)

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    Welcome back, Ame! Excited to hear things are being worked on, both Reborn and Starlight. 

     

    RIP Progress bar, slain by Ame, you will be missed. (joking aside, I get it. If it's causing you extra stress, it's better to do away with it and just focus on things the best way for you.)

     

    I'll be eagerly awaiting Ep. 19 whenever it comes out!

     

    #cute from heydaydreamer28

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    I don't think I have ever posted before, but I just need to let you know that this game has been the single best Pokemon experience I have ever had the pleasure of playing through. Take as much or as little time as you need to finish it, but the news that you are working on it again is absolutely thrilling! This game (and Rejuvenation) has been some of the most fun I have had with Pokemon, both solo and as a competition with my brothers. Keep up the excellent work! I absolutely cannot wait to play E19 :) Thank you for all that you do <3

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     Hi i just wanted to say thank you for the reborn team for developing such an amazing game. This is the best pokemon fan game that i have played :) . I first played this game around E16 i think(i remember Fern with the contrary serperior). I havent tried the Starlight divide demo but would try it soon :). Anyways im sure the long wait for Pokemon reborn final episode will be worth the wait.

     i really hope you all are doing well during these times.  I really cant wait to play E19 :)

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    Thank you Ame for finally continuing the work on Reborn. And thank you Cass for always being here for the community!
    Also a big thanks to the rest of the team. Those AI code lines sure are a slim boy now.

    While more or less patiently waiting for Reborn to be finished I will check out Starlight Divide. Hype!
    Best of luck with your work!

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    To be honest, I'm just happy with you simply working on it again at your own pace, I know how painful it is to see something you like as a simple chore you have to finish, so, just go at your own rhythm and have fun along the way, I simply want a product that gives me hours of entertainment and irradiates love and passion from every pixel, so, keep up the good job I'll be waiting eagerly for those posts.

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    most rewarding pokemon game ive played and 1 of the top 10 i have ever played already download starlight and loving it. look forward to everything you guys do never stop. if there is a donations bar let me know would love to reward you guys for the hours of pain and love i have for your stuff.

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    Having been playing this game for as long as I can remember, I am so glad to see you working on development once again. I hope the break served you well. Cheers to the team and the amazing community.

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    On 12/27/2020 at 2:11 AM, aaa said:

    most rewarding pokemon game ive played and 1 of the top 10 i have ever played already download starlight and loving it. look forward to everything you guys do never stop. if there is a donations bar let me know would love to reward you guys for the hours of pain and love i have for your stuff.

    hoping i'm not too late here-- there is such an option! you can support the project and get updates about here! the site says starlight, but it's reborn too~

    https://www.patreon.com/amethystvl

    tysm for thinking of us!

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  • did you know that you can pronounce "gracidea" the same way as "quesadilla"?

    you shouldn't

    but you can.

     

    update: apparently this is how canon pronounces it. i hate this. it's so cursed. stop. stop. stop. why? why? why?

     

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    so apparently the new ai is finished???

    there might be a post soon????

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