Kazzius said:The most obvious thing about Infected Desires that makes it stand out amongst other screenshot runs is its used of edited screenshots. The main use of the edits has been to include the Pokemon in Sine's team, to give a greater feel of the impact their characters have on the story. It really makes the story feel more alive. Not only that, but the edits have also been used to help show the mood of the story and how the main character is feeling throughout the story. This very simple change to standard screenshot runs makes a strong impact and really gives the run a visual novel feel.
Though at first glance the run seems to have a common post-apocalyptic scenario, the run then goes to focus on a much rarer plague variant and fully fleshes out the effects its had, which can be easily seen in the rules of the run, and is naturally integrated into the plot. The characters are interesting and makes for an interesting and entertaining read. With an interesting story, rule-set and use of images this run is definitely one to check out!
Diaper McDiaper said:Well, I think I'd rather start saying that Just Your Typical Nuzlocke, regardless of what the title may say &/or predict, isn't your typical Nuzlocke. First, this is a randomized run, so you know that that's one twist to the mid that won't just change in-gameplay difficulty drastically, but the whole focus of the story. And, what comes with randomized runs? That's right - fatuous, adorable Pokémon, Trainers with low sense of logic, and hilarious jokes that will just rock your socks out of laugh.
I also think that what makes Just Your Typical Nuzlocke special (besides the ruleset and use of comedy) is the artstyle. Simple, keen artstyle that won't necessarily "smear" the experience but make it much more interesting and delightful to read, causing you to enjoy this little comic even more. Now, if any of the things I have said in here haven't contributed to you wanting to read Xanthus' run, then my mission has failed. But! If you are genuinely wanting to read this awesome comic, then go and show this isn't Just Your Typical Nuzlocke.
Qazplmer said:American Pie by Wwarborday is the best storylocke I've seen on the forum in a while. The first thing you notice when you start reading is that, well, it's not set in the Pokemon universe. Like the title states, it takes place in America. It's also set in an "apocalyptic" future, which is also cool to see! Wwarborday's writing style is also beautiful, and it's amazing how good they are! Here's the first few sentences of American Pie, to show you how easily it is to get entranced by this writing.
It obviously doesn't feel like a nuzlocke or anything Pokemon related, does it? And you'd think it would stay this way for a while and deviate from a typical "pokemon" experience, but all of a sudden things get thrown at you. The pet snake the protagonist, Annie, had? Well, they're now a Snivy. Out of nowhere. Some freaky stuff, and it's amazing to read.My mother kills herself on a Wednesday afternoon while the world ends.
My father calls me Wednesday night, tells me that she's in critical condition at the hospital.
"<She drove during bad rain,>" He says in Mandarin. He hates speaking in his heavily accented English.
We grieve for my mother's condition and when he hangs up I snort and roll my eyes. My mother, driving in bad weather? She used to get mad at me for driving when it got too windy. She did this on purpose. She took the cowards way out.
It's a very unconventional story, which seems rare these days (It's honestly really hard to come up with something completely brand new!), but Wwarborday constantly kills it with coming up with new ideas and executing them perfectly. American Pie keeps you wanting to see more, and it's always a treat to see a new chapter come out (even though there's only been two chapters so far). Because of the fact that there are only two chapters, it's extremely easy to catch up. If you miss out on reading this, you're missing out on one of the greatest runs I've ever read on this forum.
Squiggy Azalea said:So... this run's about how the main character, Julia, seems to act under the will of Giratina--yes, the overgrown antimatter lizard itself--and how Giratina itself wants Hoenn to be split in half. Spooky, I know.
So yeah, Julia's with the devil of the pokemon world (if you count Giratina as one, otherwise Yveltal fits as well), and it's not going to be a fun time for Hoenn.
Another thing I'd like to talk about this run is the hack Mewtwo is playing the run: Royal Emerald. It's definitely not one of the most common hacks to be nuzlocked around, so it's a nice to see some different hacks once in a while.
Oh, one last thing: I'm also a big fan of how Mewtwo managed to involve his custom rule in the plot. I'd like to share more about it, but that would spoil a bit of the run's plot, and BOY DOES IT HAVE IT. Go check it out!
SeaMaid + BigRedLittleWolf said:
Making a whole series, let alone one single run, is tough work.
Even the introduction takes a while to figure out. What inspired you? What do you have to offer? Why should the viewers stay around? Most of us take up many words, perhaps too many, describing these things to the audience in the hopes that it will build a connection, or simply out of passion for our projects.
... And then there's the intro to Drymus's Delving. said:So I've noticed that there are several hacks that get significant exposure on these forums.
Then there are hacks that don't.
So the objective of this Nuzlocke series
which may or may not have a length of one installmentis to randomly select a hack I've never heard of, and Nuzlocke it.Doesn't get simpler than that, does it!
And after having read through the entirety of its first installment, Drymus's Delving I: Pokemon Gold Sinnoh, I definitely wish there will be more in the future.
I have three reasons in particular that I like this run so much. First: the commentary is effective. It would be far too easy to delve into getting angry at just about everything in this hack (more on that later), and while some of the worse parts do get through to them, they generally keep spirits high by making jokes here and there. Or, in some cases, you could even say they crack the jokes:
From update 2 said:
Oh, yeah, I was supposed to bring you your breakfast...
It's more that just rare. It's raw. You should try cooking it first. I hear it does wonders for the taste.
Which brings us on to the second reason: watching the madness of Gold Sinnoh unfold was a bit like turning a cooking show on, only for the equipment to malfunction several times throughout, leaving the final product a hot, unrecognisable mess. (In other words: the what-factor.)
"What is Gold Sinnoh supposed to mean?" I thought to myself before I started reading. "Are we getting a rehashed Heart Gold, or are we getting all the GenIII and GenIV 'mons in a Gold cartridge and - *gasp* did they somehow squeeze the Distortion World in there?! Sign me up!"
But then... within five minutes, Oak was telling us all that "Sinnoh's exclusive Pokemon [sic] won't be seen at all." Within ten, we had our first wipe (more on that later.) Within the next updates, the game's plot became an epic battle between people stuck in "virtuality" bragging about their friends count online and using smileys in the day-to-day speech, and those who wanted to go back to the good old pre-Facebook days. Meanwhile, our rival (lovingly nicknamed Mr. Punch) didn't do shit despite Team Rocket having travelled to Sinnoh along with him.
Another thing: Drymus goes through the trouble of speaking to nearly every NPC, too. In most runs, this wouldn't be necessary. In this one, however, the NPCs aren't exempt from the madness. Some of them are far too enthusiastic about acting as roadblocks, for example. (The "Oh boy!" man later on comes to mind.)
As for that wipe I mentioned... Well, that brings us to the run's third strong point: the gameplay.
Normally, that would be an oxymoron coming after a wipe in the first update. But take another look at the beautiful drawing Red drew up for this feature. When do you think the encounter depicted there took place? Mid-game, end-game?
Now look at the levels in this screenshot. said:At that level, Ember's the only thing I need to worry-
There is only one word that can describe what I am feeling right now.
Why.So yes. Jolteon was Drymus' starter, and this screenshot was, in fact, from the second battle of the run.
Did Drymus wipe to the sudden Smogonite? Drymus did wipe to the sudden Smogonite. But the run wasn't failed due to the series' Determination clause. This clause meant that if they wiped before getting four badges, the run was to be restarted rather than failed.
So they restarted. Chose Jolteon again. And guess what? They didn't give up, and never wiped again, despite all the odd and outright illegal movesets thrown their way. In fact, there was at least one sweep in Drymus' favour (though I shan't mention who was on the receiving end due to spoilers).
In fact, as I write this, the final update against the E4 came out just a couple of hours ago. And it was glorious.
So what are you waiting for? I say, get to this run while it's fresh out of the oven!
kopycat101 + Kadew said:
There are some runs you just click on and start reading. And from the very first panel, you know that this isnt a false alarmthis is the real deal. This is a nuzlocke worth reading, a story that can engross you and will keep you on the edge of your seat, with characters that will make you care. With so many nuzlocke runs out there, being able to do this from the get-go is impressive. One run thats managed to do this is False Flag: A Heartgold and Soulsilver Nuzlocke.
The first we see from False Flag is the cover image. Covers can be very important for runs, giving a quick snapshot about what a run is about in one neat package. Theres the saying that you shouldnt judge a book by its cover, but with any story or comic, thats what the reader does before they start reading.
The cover is gorgeousboth of them. The first (and original) cover image depicts the dual protagonists, Keahi and Don, holding the silver wing and the rainbow wing. In the background, there are silhouettes of a typhlosion and feraligator that look ready to attack one another, as well as the fierce Legendary birds Lugia and Ho-Oh. Its very well-drawn, and plays a lot on parallels and mirror images, both visually and symbolically.
The second cover was created for False Flags one year anniversary, revamping everything and creating an even more impressive cover image. It depicts the dual protagonists interacting with their respective Legendary birds. Don is sitting on a cliff with Ho-Oh in the sunlight, while Keahi is crouched by a small lake under the cliff with Lugia. The background looks something straight out of a storybook or painting, with beautiful lighting and loose brushstrokes.
The covers arent the only impressive thing. The first update sucks the reader into the story right away. During the night, a totodile pursues a crobat across the sea from Kanto, the atmosphere already tense and ominous. The two soon get into a rather heated fight in a forest. The paneling lets us flow through the sequence as the two mons start to duke it out in a dynamic fight scene with a lot of nice movement. First update in, and the viewer is already given an awesome Pokémon battle!
The scene transitions to a young woman looking for someone in the woods. An intro dialogue box reveals her name, Rezi, and the fact that she is a sentret. Not only does this nuzlocke have wonderfully drawn Pokémon, but it has Gijinka in it as welltwo for the price of one! False Flag sets up that Gijinka can take the form of their Pokémon counterparts, showing the readers organically through the update.
Each character, from their first appearance, show distinct personalities. Don is shown to be determined and an impressive fighter, Rezi is hotheaded and jumps into action, and Keahi is helpful but a bit laidback. They all have unique designs, and youre able to connect each Gijinka with the Pokémon they represent. Elements from the Pokémon are translated excellently into parts of the humanized Gijinka.
Even their Pokémon forms have interesting deviations from the canon designs, or have certain traits that differentiate them from other mon of their species. Don has one golden and one red eye, as well as dark blue spots under his eyes, while the crobat he was chasing sports an earring.
On top of the great characters, awesome action sequences, nice worldbuilding, and an intriguing plot, the art is phenomenal. A stylish and sleek art style, matched with great coloring and solid designs, makes for a pretty package. Just about every panel has some sort of background or background detail to remind you of the environments, and they have a lovely painterly quality. When its night, the shading and dark tones are done just right, and it feels like youve stepped outside at dusk. When the characters enter a building, it feels like a real space theyre inhabiting and interacting with.
False Flag is still in its early stages, but it has four lengthy, fully-colored comic strips under its belt. I highly recommend you raise your flags for this phenomenal run!
SilverStrangeQuark said:What I enjoy the most about Hybrid is how it twists the Alola plot into something unique, dark, and engaging. It retains the look-and-feel of the region, as seen without rose-coloured glasses. The Ultra Beasts have a never-before-seen role as *the very protagonists* of the run, and the villains are serious, menacing, and strong. There is tension and suspence at the end of every single chapter: long as it may be, it inevitably leaves the reader craving for more.
Epsilon's language is very poignant and effective: she can convey powerful imagery and emotions through very few words. An example:
There's great focus on the Pokémon, in terms of both character development and battling. Battle scenes are brimming and brilliant! There is so, so much action going on in every single one of them, and creative choreographies that go well beyond the in-game animations without being unrealistically sensational. An example:Four agreed. A white hot sensation blasted through her veins:
Her irises flashed yellow for a second and she was off like a firestorm.
Hybrid is a full, all-encompassing experience that will entertain readers of many tastes. Go check it out!He threw back his head and roared, a frenzied sound that shook the very foundations of the facility and obliterated every single window. The golduck had a second to cower before he lunged, fangs piercing through its body like pins through a cushion. The sounds of bones snapping would have made Lillie throw up again if her stomach had had anything left. The gyarados spat the golducks limp body out, though in that motion all his rage dissipated from him, tears visible in his eyes as he leaned down to [redacted] and nudged her still form.
A big thank you to SilverStrangeQuark and silverif for writing these spotlights!silverif said:Nuzlocke, as a concept, is dark by nature. There is something unnerving about taking a beloved childrens game about cute monsters and injecting the power of death into it. But theres also something incredible about bonding with what essentially amounts to a bunch of code. These two ideas initially sound at odds with each other, especially in a storytelling format, exacerbated if comedy is factored in as well. Its hard to joke about death while still maintaining death as a serious threat.
This run marries these ideas perfectly, with a well-rounded cast of characters that will have you laughing about death one moment and then bitterly sobbing about it the next.
Glitcheds prologue immediately sets up the comedic nature of the run. By mixing dark and grim actions with light-hearted narration, we get something like this:
That's right. Metafiction successfully established Bidoof, longtime joke of the community, as a credible threat, and it is out for blood. That in and of itself is a hilarious running gag, but managing to get someone to laugh at the image of a Bidoof crunching on a Starly is fairly impressive.Within the tall grass, their commotion had gained a small audience: two or three Bidoof looked up curiously from their evening meal, their faces covered in blood and feathers from the remains of their prey. One of them held the head of an unlucky Starly in its mouth as it stood on its hind legs, its eyes brimming with renewed hunger.
At last, he walked by them, toward the tall grass, where by this point an entire colony of Bidoof had gathered to watch the episode, many of them covered in bits of Starly from their dinner. The horde of Plump Mouse Pokemon scattered as the professor approached them.
That said, dark comedy isnt the only style of comedy that Glitched employs.
Metafiction, as to be expected with his name, often blends in meta-jokes and breaks in the fourth wall in order to poke fun at himself, the run, and the games as a whole. These never fail to catch a laugh, but Metafiction also knows when is too much, as they never become overbearing either."Bunshin no jutsu!"
At once, two illusory clones of himself appeared on either side of him. The three Staravia flew into the air and circled around each other at top speed, in what would likely have been an amazing-looking sequence if this story were a comic and not words on a screen.
(From across the fourth wall, the author looked over at his "Shitty Fanfiction Checklist" and wrote a check in the box next to an entry that read "Obvious, Tired and Thoroughly Pointless Reference to an Anime I've Never Seen.")
That said, the real stars of Glitched are, unsurprisingly, the characters. Our hero, Victor, is a thoroughly developed asshole, though he does have his moments, and his jerkiness makes these moments of genuine compassion come across all the stronger.
And beyond him, the pokemon characters, each identifiable by their own color a la screenshot runs, are usually fleshed out characters in their own right. They are treated with just as much respect as Victor is in terms of narrative potential, as they have their own virtues and flaws to make them seem wholly, well, human.When he made it to the tall grass on Route 204, he was relieved to see that everyone was still in one piece--and had even grown a bit stronger in the process. He gathered everyone around again.
"Guys, I..." Victor swallowed. "I want to apologize. I know I haven't really been all that good at training you all so far. And we've already lost one friend because of it."
Footloose flapped down close to Nora's ear. "What...is he talking...about?" she whispered.
"Shh," the Shinx hissed back. "I don't know either, but he's having a moment, so keep it down."
That also doesnt include all the NPC characters such as Mars, Cheryl, and Cyrus, all of whom have their in-game appearances expanded upon to flesh them out further. The author knows when to deviate from the game in order to flesh these guys out more, and it is definitely worth it."I don't see why you get to laze about while I do all the foot work," Nora huffed. "You could be helping to scout ahead."
"I could, sure. But I don't feel like it right now." Screech shook out his feathers, which had collected a few fallen leaves. "Anyway, why are you complaining? I'm not that heavy."
"It's the principle of the thing." Nora sniffed the ground. She wasn't able to tell for certain what it was, but she smelled something artificial coming from that direction. "I think I've got something. I think it's--" She took a deeper sniff. "Yep...definitely a Potion of some sort. Want to go check it out for me to make sure?"
"...You're the worst."
Glitched is a fun romp through Sinnoh that will have you laughing and crying, preferably simultaneously. It is already decent way into its run already, boasting 26 chapters so far, so now is the perfect time to catch up!