Please note: we are currently NOT accepting new members. Sorry! Hey all! Alright, gonna keep this one basic since there's a few different plots we could roll with here, but I thought I'd throw this out there. As all my fellow Poké-Fans know, 2016 marks the 20th anniversary of the beloved franchise. "The Year of Pokémon" will see the arrival of Pokkenn Tournament on Wii U, the newest instalments in the core franchise, Pokémon "Sun" and "Moon" version, and also the release of the original games on the 3DS Virtual Console (Red, Green, Blue and Yellow). So, to hold myself over until the release of the new games, I thought it would be a fun idea to launch a Pokémon themed RP! But before we get going, I'm gonna list a few 'rules' that will pertain to this idea; 1. Instead of the traditional 6, I always allow up to 8 Pokémon in an 'active' team. That doesn't mean you have to fill your team completely, but it gives us a bit more flex room (as some trainers choose to keep Pokémon out of their Poké Balls. Ergo, they can carry 6-7 'in ball' Pokémon, while the 8th rides around with their trainer outside). 2. Combat will be mediated by either one of three ways; Dice Rolls (1-3= Miss, 9-10= Critical Hit, 4-8= Varying levels of damage), GM decision making (meaning I'll decide who wins/loses the battle, but if I were to battle then I'll allow my Co-GM (or another player if me and the Co-GM are fighting/I don't have a co-GM) to decide who wins what, just so I don't always favour myself. But even if it's just me, I try to be fair and I know what beats what). 3. This RP will feature an entirely new region. The potential for 'Fakémon' to show up is pretty low as of now, but if we decide to throw in a few new Pokemon (aside from the obligatory new Legendary), then I'll add a few. 4. Pokémon has grown up with its audience, and that's something I always liked. They still appeal to newcomers, but they're just as loyal to the veterans who managed to 'catch 'em all'. Even the Trainers are beginning to get older, with the 'newest' trainers from X/Y being slated as 17 (according to Internet discussions/interviews with the creator/clues in the game and ignoring the fact the anime makes everyone 10). That being said, this RP will continue that trend, allowing the ages of our characters to be anywhere between 17-19 (that's a large enough gap for being 'young' before we start getting into proper 'adulthood'). 5. While I'm not against seeing familiar faces turn up in these RPs (old gym leaders like Brock/popular game characters such as N), I WON'T be allowing you to play pre-existing characters (ex. Red/Blue/Yellow/Leaf, May/Brendan, Dawn/Lucas, etc). However, I WILL allow you to use certain player character appearances (assuming you request to use them, but I'll provide a list of definite "no" characters later on). 6. The word 'starter' is being very loosely used here. You can pick any of the 21 'official' starting Pokémon, or, you can pick one of the 668 current Pokémon (that number is the total roster without legendaries/event Pokémon). However, be mindful of what stage in their evolution they are (if we decide that our characters are just getting their starter, it's unlikely that any of them would have a Charizard at the beginning of the RP). With those out of the way, let's get into the idea! The general concept is more or less your standard Pokémon game. Focusing on the 'team' Rival system that X/Y had, the 4-6 of us would have either recently gotten our starter Pokemon/decided to head on a Pokémon journey of our own. We could have varying reasons for doing the journey (becoming a Pokémon Master, winning lots of contests, entering the Poké-Film industry, training to be a Gym Leader/the new Elite Four Champion, learning the in's and out's of Pokémon breeding, or even just to further increase the bond between yourself and your Pokémon). Along the way, we'd come along a group of baddies who have some kind of sinister plot (perhaps we bring back Shadow Pokémon, or we can decide on a 'team goal' later on), but more or less it would be a fun 'road trip' kind of RP where our characters all bond along the way and we have fun with various side-plots and enjoy telling a unique and fun story within the world of Pokemon. If that's not your cup of tea, then we can always discuss various other ideas to roll with! However, I'd prefer not doing anything set in a historical context (ex. Medieval/Feudal Japan Pokémon) or something akin to the Mystery Dungeon franchise (mainly because my fancy right now is on the 'trainer' stories and not the 'Pokemon/Gjinka' stories). But I'll be accepting about 4-6 people for this RP, so just let me know if you're interested! Also, post your starter Pokémon down below so we can reserve you at least 1. OR, we could try something new if we decide to open the RP when we're getting our starting Pokémon, where I lay out 6 different starter Pokemon (assorted from each region) and you all pick at random which Poké Ball you take, making your choice in starter Pokémon completely random (and if you're not as happy with your selection, you can opt to exchange it either with another player or with the 'Professor', who will give you a list of 3 additional Pokémon to pick from). If we go with picking our starter Pokémon, my starter will be good 'ol Pikachu!