in Articles, Reviews by Ali Al-Karam

Hey there, readers, ever interested in learning more about how pokemon are related to the world that we live in? This column will be covering the origins of certain pokemon while comparing and contrasting them with their real-world relatives. I’ll also try to add my own original photography of the species I cover (when available near me in sunny California).
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in Articles, Fandom, Reviews by Velocity

Hey, y’all! It’s your friendly neighborhood Velocity, here with another thrilling installment of Weekly Reading!


Today I’d like to feature The Canalave Library, by none other than… You! The Canalave Library is a compilation of legends that explore why Pokemon are the way they are today, and the best part is that all the legends are made by our very own forumites! For instance, how do you think Charmander got its fire? Because the Pokemon Company made it that way? Boring! What if it got its flame from trying to eat Moltres’s feathers? Now that’s pretty interesting, am I right?


As a lover of folktales and legends, I have to say that the Canalave Library has got to be one of my favorite site projects. I always look forward to the next story. It’s neat to see so many writers all putting their talents together to make a huge pile of stories! Every one of them that’s been submitted is excellent. I recommend anyone who likes folklore to check it out – you won’t be disappointed.


We now have a spiffy standard image, but we would still like to have someone around who can create little customized images for each fanfiction. Please contact me or HKim for more information. Thanks for reading, and have a great day!


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in Articles, Reviews, URPG by ChainReaction01


 
Hey, for those of you who haven’t met me, I’m ChainReaction01, and I’m writing reviews of Pokemon in relation to the Ultra Role-Playing Game, a text-based RPG which is played right here on the PE2K Forums. If this article interests you in any way, you should go check it out!
 
This fortnight I figured we’d take a look at one of the game’s old favourites: Aerodactyl, one of the rare Fossil Pokemon. He’s been powerful and feared all the way back since Generation I, and that hasn’t changed in the four Generations since. Sure, he’s got his weaknesses, but he’s also got his strengths too. Unfortunately, as you’ll see next week, he’s just as hard to get in the URPG as he is in the games. Arguably even more so.
 
But let’s leave that discussion for next week. This week, let’s look at how useful Aerodactyl can actually be, so you can decide whether or not you actually want one before trying to earn it. (more…)


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in Fandom, Forum, Reviews by Velocity

Hello! Sorry about my absence last week. I was planning on setting a new record in timeliness, but I literally had no computer access until Sunday night, and then I only had time to check messages.


Regardless! This week I’m featuring a fic called Survival project, by our own diamondpearl876. This fic is relatively new and doesn’t have very many chapters up, but don’t be discouraged by that! It’s a Journey story, but told rather differently than usual – seeing as how it’s from the perspective of the journeying Trainer’s party! Survival Project follows a boy named Sai and his Pokemon, who so far are a rather anxious Sentret named Senori and an adventurous Totodile named Kuiora, through the Johto region. Sai is no usual Trainer of Pokemon – he caught his own first Pokemon, Senori, by fighting him with his own hands. From what can be gleaned, Sai is an odd boy. Not only did he catch his first Pokemon using a Pokeball and his fists, Sai seems to be completely oblivious to the normal way of doing things, a fact that is certainly going to make an interesting Pokemon journey indeed.


So, I recommend Survival Project to you! It’s got great descriptions, characters full of interesting, and is in general a good substitute to a generic journey fanfiction! I hope you enjoy it, both what’s up now and what’s to come!


In other news, we may be considering an artist to help with Weekly Reading, but nothing has been decided yet, and we’re still happily talking to anyone who’s interested! Just contact me or HKim if you are interested. Thanks for reading, and have a great day!


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in Articles, Reviews, URPG by ChainReaction01


 
Last week we took a look at the Pokemon Charizard, and how much of an asset it can be in your Battling and Coordinating career. This week, prepare to tackle the ordeal of earning one…
 
Stories:
 
Charizard is Demanding-level Pokemon, so you’d need to write a very good story to capture one. Normally I’d look at Charmander, as it’s the lowest evolution stage in Charizard’s family, but since Charmander is buyable in the PokeMart if you’re going to pull a Charizard out of a story you might as well do it in style.
 
First off, any story involving Charizard will need a fleshed-out storyline in addition to developed characters and interesting descriptions. Considering the fact that it can be hard to identify with a very powerful protagonist, I advise you to look at making Charizard an enemy to defeat. Perhaps it’s a dragon that killed the protagonist’s parents in battle, or it’s a legendary wyrm that all warriors aim to defeat. However you involve it in the story, make sure you try to utilise as many of Charizard’s moves as you can. Start with a close-up battle where the dragon can use Slash, Earthquake, Fire Punch, etc, and then have it take flight and use long-range moves like Flamethrower, Solarbeam, and Air Slash. (more…)


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in Fandom, Reviews by Velocity

Once again I find myself in the awkward position of having to apologize to the three people who actually read this! Thanks to recent shenanigans I have had little to no time to work on Weekly Reading and when the time came to actually post something, I forgot to!

Anyway, the fic of the week is from fanfiction.net for a change – I warned you I would find fanfiction on other sites as well! It’s Alphabet Soup, by CoffeeIncluded. As you can see from the introduction, it’s a transcription of the Black and White games. It’s more than that, though – it expands on characters’ personalities and histories, adds description and dialogue, especially on the part of the protagonist, and is just generally awesome. It fits snugly in the ‘Pokemon journey’ genre, with a bit of comedy mixed in for kicks and giggles. It’s especially hilarious in the way it portrays the protagonist – taking Hilda from a silent hero to a hyperactive, music-loving wild child who sings at the top of her lungs at 5:30 am and willingly helps her friends destroy her room in a one-on-one-on-one Pokemon battle. Alphabet Soup is a funny, wild ride that takes ‘game transcription’ for a new and generally awesome spin. I recommend it to any BW fan with time on their hands and whimsy in their hearts.

In other not-so-news, we’re still looking for an artist to create preview images for the Weekly Reading articles! Please contact me or HKim if you are interested! Hope you enjoyed your Weekly Reading! Peace, love, and hot dogs!


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in Articles, Reviews, URPG by ChainReaction01


 
Hey, for those of you who haven’t met me, I’m ChainReaction01, and I’m writing reviews of Pokemon in relation to the Ultra Role-Playing Game, a text-based RPG which is played right here on the PE2K Forums. If this article interests you in any way, you should go check it out!
 
Anyway, for the next couple of weeks, I’ll be investigating one of the most famous Pokemon: Charizard. The fiery red dragon is the only non-Legendary Fire/Flying, so he is useful in filling niches. However, as you’ll see, he can do much more than cover weaknesses. Furthmore, he’s rather easy to obtain in the URPG, so you can get a good Charizard up and running without too much effort. This week we’ll look at how Charizard can help you in Contests and Battles, and next week we’ll talk about how to get one. (Continue reading…)


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in Articles, Reviews, URPG by ChainReaction01


 
Last week we took a look at the Pokemon Lucario, and how useful it was in the competitive aspects of the URPG. This week we’re going to find out how you can obtain one. It might even be easier than you think!
 
Stories:
 
Lucario itself is a Demanding-rank Pokemon, but it’s standard practise to write for the lowest evolution stage of a Pokemon, so we’ll look at Riolu for writing purposes. Riolu is Complex, which is where the fanfiction needs to be really fleshed out. At this rank, the Graders are looking for interesting plotlines, cohesive characters, and good, consistent description. This can be really hard to pull off all at the same time, especially for beginning writers. It’s generally not advised for people to try writing at the Complex level until they’ve had a few Medium or Hard rank stories passed. Some examples of stories with successful Riolu captures are:
 
Profile by Nyurgh

Healing Aura by Hiding in Plain Sight

The Journey Home by Alaskapigeon
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in Articles, Reviews, URPG by ChainReaction01


 
Hi! I’m ChainReaction01 and starting this week I’m going to look at different Pokemon and how they work in the Ultra Roleplaying Game that’s played right here on PE2K. These reviews will take place in two-weekly cycles: the first week I’ll look at how useful the given Pokemon is in the competitive aspects of the URPG, and in the following week we’ll look at how you can obtain the Pokemon.
 
For this first couple of weeks, I’ll be looking at one of the Pokemon mascots, Lucario, and how useful they are in the URPG as a whole. Lucario is well-recognised, even outside of Pokemon fandom in general. This is possibly due to its inclusion in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and its pre-Generation IV reveal. (Continue reading…)


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in Articles, Reviews by winstein

At last, this is our last Poison-type review on Pokémon for now, for Generation 5 is currently the end of the line. Like previous Generations, there isn’t a lot of new Poison-types, giving them the perception that they are the type that receives the least attention among them all, even Fire and Ice (four families, despite also having only seven new additions). Oh well, it’s already done, so with that, we shall look at the three Poison-type families in Generation 5. If you’re ready, let’s do this!
 
 
 

Venipede, Whirlipede & Scolipede
 
Height Comparison – Venipede, Whirlipede & Scolipede

 

It had been a long time since we have a Generation where we are introduced to a three-staged Poison-type since the first one. Sure, we have some others, but those others were expansions of existing families (Crobat, Budew and Roserade). These Pokémon are no doubt based on centipede, but they have some shared characteristics with millipedes too.

 

Centipedes are poisonous insects, but compared to scorpions, they aren’t as deadly, since they do not have a sharp stinger, but even then, their bites are best avoided. Likewise, Venipede have deadly bites, and it’s certainly a much needed defence against predators like birds to prevent becoming prey. Real centipedes do not have good eyesight, so they also sense their surroundings with their antennae. Venipede also searches its surroundings with its antennae (and tail).

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