Vox asks:

Could you link the start of the X nuzlocke? I found you via tv tropes…

You found me via… what, seriously?

Well, this should give you what you need: https://pokemaniacal.com/tag/x-nuzlocke/?order=asc.  I should warn you, though, that I never finished that story and currently don’t intend to, so you should be prepared for disappointment.  I don’t think the TvTropes page has been updated in several years, and even then it kinda gave disproportionate prominence to a project that was never really my main “thing.”  I… could update it myself, but, well… it just seems kind of crass, doesn’t it?  Editing one’s own TvTropes page?

Anon the Mon asks:

Are you ever going to release part 3 of your Uranium nuzlocke, or did you forget you started that?

Oh, I 100% forgot I started that and am 100% not going to continue it. Honestly it was a mistake to start a Nuzlocke when what I was really interested in was exploring the new Pokémon. And there were external factors, like the game basically didn’t function on Mac OS when it was released (not sure if that’s changed) and it was a hassle to change operating systems whenever I wanted to play it.

A man from Michigan asks:

Would you like to meet Serebii’s creator, Joe Merrick?

That would be fun!  I mean, there’s probably not going to be a lot of opportunities.  He lives in the UK; I live in the US for now, and would eventually like to return to New Zealand to live and work in the long-term.  There’s conventions and stuff in the US, but I’m usually not in a position to take time off for them.  But, I mean, in principle, yeah.  You kinda have to have a lot of respect for the guy; serebii.net is one of the most comprehensive resources the Pokémon community has, and Joe gives really sober, down-to-earth coverage of Pokémon news.

Also my new ‘boss,’ Paul at PokéJungle, is engaged in a long-standing Twitter campaign of lighthearted trolling against Joe, so clearly I would have to seize the opportunity to join in somehow.

Ash=Cash to GameFreak asks:

Hey, love your playthrough journals, have you ever done one on Pokemon X or Y, if so, I can’t find it here, and are you planning on making one for Sword and Shield?

I did, but it’s part of the 700-odd posts that I haven’t yet re-filed into WordPress’ category system following my relocation from Tumblr.  This link should work, though, assuming I gave all the posts the same tag at the time of writing: https://pokemaniacal.com/tag/xandy/?order=asc.

I’m probably not going to do a full narrative one for Sword and Shield, just because (even though they are fun) they take longer than I honestly think they’re worth.  The one I did for Sun and Moon really started to drag and kept me from getting down to business on the Pokémon reviews, which was a pretty big contributing factor to why I’m still finishing up my generation VII articles now, and probably won’t have time for everything I still want to write.  I’ll certainly write something for Sword and Shield, but it will probably be a much more pared-down “first impressions” sort of thing in the vein of what I did for Alpha Sapphire (you can find that here https://pokemaniacal.com/category/playthroughs/alpha-sapphire-playthrough-notes/?order=asc; Jim the Editor has just gone through these and jazzed them up with some new graphics for my team rosters, which is nice).

Rebecca Panks asks:

Do you ever do play-throughs where you have to stick to particular rules? Like the Nuzlocke challenge? If so, what are your favourites and what are the ones you vow never to do again?

I’ve done a few Nuzlockes.  They have… ended poorly.  One of them featured an Illumise spontaneously exploding.  Sometimes Jim the Editor will pick teams of terrible Pokémon for me (honestly, though, I don’t think I’ve yet had a Pokémon challenge experience that made me really firmly swear “never again”).  Once I even wrote a Nuzlocke story, which I never finished, and honestly I don’t know if I’m ever going to have time to finish it (maybe I should just tell everyone what I had in mind for the rest of the story, I don’t know).  But anyway, if you don’t mind that it cuts off about 3/4 of the way through the story, or think you might want to start bugging me to finish it instead of the other things I have in mind to do, you can read it here.

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