In lieu of a Pokémon review (because what even is my life right now, arghghghl; next weekend my students are handing in essays and I have to write an exam for the week after that), here is a message log with a conversation between me and Jim the Editor about game balance in Pokémon (and elsewhere). This is the kind of thing I might post regularly to a Patreon page, if I ever actually create one? So, comments would be useful.
Have you ever thought about running another of those make your own Pokémon projects?
Well, I’ve thought about it, but I’m not exactly short of things that I want to do, and I really don’t think there’s much that I bring to the table in a project like that. Like, plenty of websites exist, and plenty of people populate them, that specialise in designing Pokémon. There are also things like Smogon’s Create-a-Pokémon forum for communal efforts, which are run much better than I could hope to. I’d rather focus on writing my Pokémon reviews and anime commentaries, and finishing that Nuzlocke story, and I have other things in mind for after I tackle generation VII. It’s a very low priority, put it that way.