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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The Pokémaniacal New Year’s Speed-Nuzlocke-stravaganza IX

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So… we meet again.

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NOOOOOOO!  NOT EVIL STEVE!  HE- wait, he was a mob boss who smuggled illegal weaponry, bought and sold slaves, and has literally threatened to kill us a dozen times.

Nonetheless… true evil never dies, and his spirit shall have revenge…

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The Pokémaniacal New Year’s Speed-Nuzlocke-stravaganza VI

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Thanks to the secret chemical compounds obtained/stolen from Team Rocket by Evil Steve, Dr. Chrim’s experiments on Specimen X have been successful.  Soon his true power shall be unleashed!

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Side effects may include dry mouth, nausea, sore throat, vomiting, psychosis, and transformation into a gigantic sea dragon.

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The Pokémaniacal New Year’s Speed-Nuzlocke-stravaganza V

New Year’s Day

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A haggling dispute with Slippery Sue’s contact at the other end of Rock Tunnel has led to bloodshed.  She and Evil Steve will need to find somewhere else to offload our stolen goods.  Meanwhile, Detective Doug thinks this was all a clever sting operation.

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The Pokémaniacal New Year’s Speed-Nuzlocke-stravaganza IV

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Though Slippery Sue’s numerous contacts, an independent contractor has been hired to deal with the trees in our path – paid in cash and onions.

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Hmm…

We could go fight a difficult battle against a master of Electric Pokémon to win a shiny bit of plastic and permission to fly in Kanto…

…or we could take a lucrative contract smuggling goods through Rock Tunnel.

Laters!

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