Soul Swapped Challenge: Episode One

What if you took Soul Silver, and changed all of the rules? And what if by changing all of the rules, all I meant was randomizing the Pokemon in the game? That’s what the Soul Swapped Challenge is, because I just made it up. How random is it? Well, Zoey, our trainer (male character, female identity) chose Swalot as her starter. That Swalot has the ability “Cute Charm” which causes infatuation on contact. So this purple blob of a Pokemon that many consider a simple glutton is actually quite the charmer! That’s when I decided to commit to doing a Soul Swapped run.

When that Swalot grew up to Level 6, it had the opportunity to learn Captivate, a move that targets Pokemon of the opposite gender into lowering their Special Attack. Look at this fancy dude, he’s all about stirring up romance! Unfortunately, among Stealth Rock, Softboiled, Poison Jab, and Gastro Acid, I couldn’t find a spot in Swalot’s moveset for Captivate – as funny as it would have been.

I’ve never used a Swalot before, and perhaps I always thought it a second-rate Muk, but only a half hour into my game, I’ve grown to love this guy. Appropriate that Soul Silver is where I fell in love with Muk, that I’d come to like another Poison-type here in Soul Swapped. Swalot just straight-up roars at everything he sees, and hits it with the Poison Jab all ninja-like, despite his amorphous blobby physique.

The man who lives on Route 30 who isn’t Mr.Pokemon is trying way too hard to impress Zoey, giving her a bunch of nonsense about Apricorns and Apricorn Boxes and yeah, yeah, yeah, whatever Mr. Non Pokemon – we have a Togepi Egg to retrieve. Then again… it might not be Togepi in the egg. On next week’s episode: Zoey gets an Egg!

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What’s Up? (4/14/14)

Drones, Souls, and Rabbit Holes.

Six AM took its worst toll Sunday morning. Sleep deprived, I slept through my Ten AM Alarm meant to wake me up for Grounded (a one-woman show about a Drone pilot). Luckily somebody had my back, and I was able to see the show. Kelly McAndrew was excellent as the Air-Force pilot turned “Chair-Force” Drone pilot. Her loss of control and descent was incredible to watch, and I could have missed it all because of my worsening tendency to stay awake later and later.  I already feverishly dislike Six AM, but that incident on Sunday was the final strike, the rock bottom that’s going to make me swear off Six AM.

In looking to generate new Pokemon-related content for the blog, I’ve been writing “Soul Swapped” journals. I know I’ve recently said that I was going to do something called the Volt Switch Challenge; where I played through a randomized copy of Volt White, but that wasn’t incredibly fun – and a randomized playthrough of Soul Silver has turned out to be way more fun. In the time it took me to write two entries for Volt Switch, I wrote four for Soul Swapped. I’m going to stockpile entries in the Soul Swapped story so that I have content to release over the summer; I don’t want to set a date for when all of this is released, but maybe when I have five weeks of content I’ll feel comfortable about releasing it. I’m going to be busy, and generating new content is going to be harder than holding onto content for later.

Speaking of busy, the rabbit hole that is Finals week has begun its wrath today. Advanced Public Speaking is over, TV & Society is over; leaving three classes and four papers to complete by April 22nd. That’s roughly forty pages of work to complete in the next week. Expect things to be quiet here; maybe more quiet than usual, because I’ve got to get cracking.

What’s Up? (3/26/14)

It shouldn’t be any surprise to you that I’m writing after 3AM once again. But why? Why not go to bed if there’s nothing else that you need to do? Perhaps I just feel like it, or perhaps I’m writing here so late at night/early in the morning because I need to. That could explain why I don’t chose sleep over voluntary writing; the writing is not voluntary, it is a necessity.

What must I write that is so important that I absolutely need to lose thirty minutes of sleep over it? Well, it’s good news! Yes, good news that perhaps makes me a tad bit nervous, and a whole lot of excited. It’s such good news, that perhaps, I dare not go deeper into explaining it for fear that I jinx it. For what it’s worth, I’ll hint that a problem expressed in a recent edition of What’s Up? may finally be coming to an end.

Oh I know, I’m being a tease right? There are some things I can tell you about though! I finally had a chance to hear Dr. Lisa Brush speak on something; that something being Women in the Workforce. A presence during Gender Sexuality & Women’s Studies programs, she’s always asked interesting questions – and last night she also proved to be an interesting speaker. I also ran into somebody who, perhaps I wish I hadn’t run into, because whenever I do – I think about inviting her to hang out, even when exiling her from my life would probably be easiest. Finally; in a screwed up world where I somehow have four simultaneous games of Pokemon in my life (Pokemon Silver,  Twitch Plays Pokemon Emerald, Pokemon Black 2, and Pokemon Y), I’ve found the most joy in creating mono-type teams in Pokemon Y. The ability to access an easy-to-use Global Trade System, and the diverse Kalos region, has made assembling a Water-type team a few weeks ago, and a Fairy-type team yesterday fun, and as challenging as I want it to be.

Sometimes I feel embarrassed about how relevant Pokemon is in my life, as somebody turning 21 soon; and somehow the words of somebody I don’t even like ring true in my head. He said something along  the lines of, “not giving up something you love as a false gesture of your maturation,” and while again, I kind of hate this guy – he’s right in a way. The “mature” thing for me to do is accept and embrace that I’m going to be a 21 year old who loves Pokemon, as abandoning it just to prove I’m “all grown up” is actually the childish thing to do, and a mistake I wish I hadn’t made over ten years ago.

I twirl the glass cork through my fingers, I toss it into the air, I catch it in the palm of my right hand, “14” it says.