particle asks:

What would you think about scalar-typing? To keep it simpler you could have half, normal, and double value typings. STAB, weaknesses and resistances just get multiplied by .5 or 2. Girafarig could be normal & half-psychic, golem could be double-rock, maybe something like bibarel could be strictly half-water.

My worry is that it sort of… makes the game more complicated without adding any actual strategic depth.  You’re still multiplying together a bunch of factors to figure out whether you can KO a given Pokémon with a given attack in one shot, or two, or three; there are still going to be some Pokémon that survive particular super-effective attacks and others that don’t.  The decision-making processes, both in team building and during battles, are going to be the same; there’s just more variables to keep track of.  I’m not sure there’s any compelling reason for it either; I don’t think there are any Pokémon that really need half- or double-strength types to properly express their identity.  Also, double STAB would be crazy powerful and the idea makes me nervous.  Pokémon already has some pretty big damage multipliers and I don’t think we need bigger ones.

P.S. Merry Christmas to readers who celebrate it, and happy solstice to those who don’t.  I’m just sitting here in my made-up paradise country enjoying the summer sun and the freedom to gather in groups with people outside my household, so… uh… don’t worry about me, and stay safe, everyone – especially those in the US and UK.

8 thoughts on “particle asks:

  1. That Merry Christmas reads like a Mayor delivering an address to a town in drought about solidarity in the community, all from his pool on his private island.

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    1. Granted, not quite as cruel because while Chris did rub salt in the wound he’s not personally responsible for our misery in any way (unlike a mayor who runs a town, is responsible for its vulnerable socioeconomic state, and is supposed to fight such emergencies).

      I mean. As far as we know he’s not responsible. I’m not on the dark council so I’m not aware of all the going ons.

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      1. You’re right, it reads more like a mayoral assistant, someone who isn’t responsible for suffering, but is still benefitting from his position within said suffering.

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  2. Wasn’t aware that you made it back to NZ and still thought you were in Ohio. The mention of being in a made up paradise country seemed real weird for a sec.

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      1. In March, just after my university shut down all in-person classes. They didn’t need me to be there physically for teaching anymore, so we figured it was best for me to leave, just in case… well… 2020 happened.

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