This will now be our IC thread, so place in-character posts here. OOC posts can go
And what’s this?
This is a play-by-post game using the Pokemon Tabletop Adventure (PTA) rules. The players will be assuming the roles of Pokemon trainers from all walks of life, including Researchers, Coordinators, Psychics, Ace Trainers, and several other specialties.
Aren’t there already three other threads running this game?
Yup, and by assumed popular demand, now there’s a fourth.How do you join?
If you can post at least once daily, you’re welcome to submit a character. Please keep in mind that while there is a once-per-day minimum on posting, you’re encouraged to post more than that. The pace of the story will be determined by the availability of the players; there are very few times when I’m not near a computer.
How many players are you going to take on?
Eh, I don’t know, probably five or six. Maybe more, we’ll see.Game Rules
Here are compiled notes of many of the game’s rules, put together by Marshmallow. There are files on the main rules of character creation, class features, and information concerning how the various abilities of Pokemon are used in-game.
The first three will be the most important for character creation.Main RulesMeet the ClassesMain Features ListExtra Class/Advanced Features ListItems ListPokemon Abilities ListPokemon Capabilities ListPokemon Moves List
Along with creating the stats of your character, be sure to create their backstory and pick their starter. Acceptable starting Pokemon are those that evolve at least once and are capable of learning at least a couple decent moves. If the Pokemon in question is something really rare and/or powerful (concerning type, starting movelist, etc) there had better be a very
believable reason why the character has it. If you pick a Pokemon whose starting movelist isn’t very combat-worthy (Abra comes to mind), then I will provide Egg or TM moves to give them a fighting chance.
The creators of previous PTA threads included lists of example potential starters, separated by region. I won’t include them here, but you’re welcome to check the OP of their threads to see the lists.
Starting items will differ slightly from character to character, but for a baseline let’s assume everyone begins with 5 Poke Balls, 1 Great Ball, 3000 Pokedollars (you can spend this money buying items during character generation), travel supplies (clothes, something to sleep in, etc), and things that fit their character (personal items or tools of their trade). Things for the last category should be within reason
Please include a list of non-legendary Pokemon you would like your character to encounter during the game (No more than 10, please).
This game system is based off the Pokemon Manga more than the anime or games, just like the other PTA games in the forum. I’m going to quote notsoy from the CF Leftovers thread because he pretty much hits the nail on the head for the explanation of what this means both for the story setting and the in-game rules:
What about the location and setting?
What this means is that the world as a whole is much more dangerous than you may be thinking. Wild Pokémon and unsavory fellows alike will be all too happy to attack en masse, or to attack you instead of waiting to see the Pokémon you send out...unless you defuse the situation before it comes to that, of course. And if things go south and you go down, let’s hope your teammates can bail you out…or that you pass the saving throw against death.
Furthermore, PTA standard for settings is a required minimum age of 18-21+ in order to receive a Trainer's license. This means that anybody who is currently licensed as a Pokemon trainer is at least that age, including the Gym Leaders and almost anybody at a Pokemon Gym. After all, what kind of sick fucks would let their 10-year old kids muck around in the wilds near untamed monsters, especially when two-foot tall rats can bite through concrete?
PTA contains the structures and rules to do most anything you normally do in a Pokémon video game – trade, battle, explore, capture, breed, etc. There are also tons of other things to do in the PTA framework – depending on your class, you can tinker with or create special Poke Balls (among other things), teach Pokémon moves they normally couldn’t learn, temporarily befriend wild mons and use them seamlessly as allies of the moment, or many other things. Speaking of which, one such feature is that your Pokémon have innate capabilities that can provide much utility, often subsuming the need for the video games’ HMs as travel devices – between a Blastoise and Metagross, you can rip obstructive trees out of the ground, traverse the seas and skies in style, and push or break any rocks that get in your way without needing specific moves for those tasks.
The story is set in the Sinnoh region (from the Diamond/Pearl/Platinum games), approximately three years after the events of said games occurred.
With summer having just started, there has been a region-wide announcement of a monument unveiling at Lake Verity, near Twinleaf Town. This is part of a special joint effort by the Sinnoh Pokemon League and the Sinnoh Historical Society to “keep the legends of our home fresh in the hearts and minds of the young and old alike.” There will be similar events at both Lake Valor and Lake Acuity at the same time, a simultaneous unveiling of three new monuments.
To prevent the events from being glossed over by the general public, all the players involved have orchestrated the announcement of several “side-events” that will be happening alongside the unveilings: Pokemon contests, trainer tournaments, technology expos, and special shows hosted by various well-known celebrities. To drum up even more excitement, they've taken to calling it the Guardians' Festival.
While the unveilings have garnered some attention, the side-events have fostered an overwhelmingly positive response. With something for practically anyone whose life deals with Pokemon, the Guardians' Festivals will, without a doubt, draw in huge crowds from across the whole region.
If you have any questions concerning anything about the game, please don’t hesitate to ask.
Also, thanks to notsoy for the quote and thanks to Marshmallow for all the information together so we could play this game in the first place.