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Fri, Mar. 19th, 2010, 12:45 am

Alright, I'm back from Fairbanks. Well, obviously. Sorry I've been quiet, I was preoccupied. Well, obviously.

And wouldn't you know it, Heart Gold and Soul Silver are out. Who beside Rai and I are playing it?

Fri, Mar. 19th, 2010 10:08 am (UTC)
ejia_arath03

*raises hand*

If only my brother could find his DS, I'd have a Gengar already. As it is, I have a foot-tall stuffed one that makes for a poor substitute.

Fri, Mar. 19th, 2010 10:48 am (UTC)
masstreble

Well, if you USE substitute, it would be great! ;3

Yeah, the trade-to-evolve ones are sad to play through with. Don't feel bad, I'd taken down Elite fours with them before, grumbling the whole time. As it stands, it looks like I'm going to have to wait until post-game until I can get a shiny stone for my Togetic. Bugger, I say. Oh, and I think I may be main-lining a Magmar, and so i believe I'm in the same position as you. Even better, you can raise a Magnemite, but you're not beating this game's Elite four with a Magnezone, I'll bet. With how they've added all these evolutions, you're screwed when you're playing a remake. Wait, how would one get a Glaceon or a Leafeon? You get an Eevee in this game, I know that much, because this is when they introduced Umbreon and Espeon.

I, uh, I didn't play Gold or Silver the first time around, so this is an double the adventure for me.

What do you think of the Voltorb tile game? Do you like it better than the classic slots?

Sat, Mar. 20th, 2010 04:11 am (UTC)
ejia_arath03

It is the unholy spawn of Card Pairs and Minesweeper. Theoretically, it's supposed to give you a trickle of coins without much risk, but Minesweeper makes me raaaaaeg.

So it's okay, but I do miss slots.

Sat, Mar. 20th, 2010 06:19 am (UTC)
masstreble

I despised all the incarnations of the slot games. I never could figure out what the hell I was supposed to be doing.

A lot of people have been comparing it to minesweeper, but the comparisons are superficial in gameplay. Remember, you're looking for the number tiles, not the 'mines' as it were. I couldn't figure out how to play it all until I realized that. Don't mess with rows that obviously have any tile cards in them, and try to make relatively low-risk flips that give you information. If it absolutely comes down to a fifty-fifty all or nothing situation, just take the coins by quitting and try again: I find that works out better coin-wise. I like it because it reminds me of Sudoku if anything, and I can idly play it while listening to the radio or whatever.

FYI: the dratini you get from there comes with dragon rage and twister. Seriously. I'm not training the one that I got because it... it would make me feel dirty. I may change my mind on that, I'm in the mid-game level-thirty funk; I'm committed to two pokemon on the team, but the rest I'm unsure of. Hmm. Maybe I should pull a full raid on the safari zone and scrounge all the areas I've been to thus far and see if I haven't overlooked any possibilities.

I spent a full month pondering which starter I was going to go with, and Rai made the same choice as me. I'm his RIVAL so instead I went with Feralgator. Well, you know, it will be in a few more levels. the G/S starters are awesome. Meganium is a tank, Cyndaquil is a nasty sweeper, and Feralgator can do just about anything as long as it uses his attack. Who did you go with?

Sat, Mar. 20th, 2010 11:07 am (UTC)
(Anonymous)

I took meganium. I love grass types even if they get shafted sometimes.

I hit that wall too, where there seems to be an overwhelming amount of choice available.

Mon, Mar. 22nd, 2010 08:59 pm (UTC)
masstreble

Meganium is awesome: they're really successful grass tanks. Also notable for being only a grass type, which was unique and amazing when G/S originally came out. Because, you know, they weren't grass+poison like most of the others. *Rolls eyes* Although grass/poison isn't actually a bad thing itself, it's just... crowded.

I have four that I'm really attatched to, namely Togetic, Faralgtr (natch), Growlithe (fire stone? where aaaaaare yooooou?!), and an Ampharos. I... I can't figure out what else I want to raise! I've tried a few alternates, but nothing really complements the others, or I've raised one of them twice kinda deals. Also, there are like a hundred water types at this point, most of them really cool in their own way, but there are too many.

Sun, Mar. 21st, 2010 01:34 am (UTC)
raiblu: Arrrgh

Everyone is so far ahead of me! Perhaps it's time I put in some effort and changed that. I'm just pulling into Goldenrod myself... which means I can catch marill soon. <3

Sun, Mar. 21st, 2010 07:59 am (UTC)
ejia_arath03: Re: Arrrgh

I think the reason I rejoiced getting near Goldenrod were the daycare and the ditto nearby.

Mon, Mar. 22nd, 2010 08:45 pm (UTC)
masstreble: Re: Arrrgh

So somebody else noticed how suspicious that was. XD Me, I have a tendency to have a lot of female pokemon, so with the exception of things like Eevee, I don't really do the hive-mother ditto thing too much. Although if you want to give a friend a child of your starter, it's the best way to go. Rai up there spent like twenty minutes restarting over and over again until he got a female cyndaquil. I was okay with a male feralgatr, so I didn't. Yeesh, they should just make it fifty fifty odds. What evolutionary advantage is their to having that many males, anyhow?! I'll bet it was why Eevees are so near extinction, if it wasn't for an army of trainers all maniacally breeding them.

You know, between us three, we have all the starters. Cute!

Mon, Mar. 22nd, 2010 08:51 pm (UTC)
masstreble: Re: Arrrgh

Hey, don't worry about it. I don't have too much better to do, and I've been playing it every day for lack of much else to do at night. *Shrug*

This installment has a ton of stuff to do pre-post game at any point. (Pre... post... game? Is that right?)