Friday, February 1, 2013

Best Brower Defense game of 2012! Fundraiser continues, other ways to donate! Soft level cap to 20!

Want to get the Shiny Starters? Shiny Zorua? Shiny legendary dogs? Shiny Mew? or any other shiny pokemon in the game? Adopt them today using SnD coins! Click here for more info.

Visit the PTD: Pokemon Center - a place to trade pokemon, get your Daily Code, adopt Pokemon, view your items and change your avatar!

Welcome to the Sam & Dan Games Developer Blog! This is a really late blog post this week. Like every week I was very busy but I did get some things done which is good. First of all let's talk about how great you guys are.

PTD 1 was voted BEST Browser Defense game for 2012!
We couldn't have done it without you guys voting for us! We really appreciate it! For those of you asking you don't really win anything for this but it is an honor to be recognized :)

Fundraiser
The fundraiser is still ongoing and will be around for a while. The good thing about doing this on the blog instead of a site like Kickstarter or Indiegogo is that we don't have a strict deadline. That is not to say that we won't bring our funding to Kickstarter at some point, just right now isn't the right time for us. The funding has been picking up, mainly due to the Shiny Legendary prize that I recently indirectly announced with the poll above. We passed the 1% point which I'm happy about, on to the next percentage :) With the new prize announced this also means we are in phase 2 of the funding. Each new prize will mean a new phase. The phases just means that there are new prizes yet to be announced. So let's look at some info!


Other ways to donate
Many of you have mentioned that you don't own credit cards or that you don't have money to donate but would still like to help out and get some prizes. Well I stumbled about a potential way to make this happen. Pretty soon I will be able to offer a way that you can watch an advertisement video and in return I get tiny amount of money (usually 1 cent or less) that I will count as a donation from you. Granted to reach $5 or more it will take a lot of video watching and time but at least you will be able to get access to the early alpha and help us get closer to our funding goals. I will also use this as a way to get daily coins and possible other items for the games such as berries or tms. It's a way that you can help us keep going while only spending a few minutes of your time.
 
Still working on Cosmoids
I honestly barely got any work done on cosmoids last week. The most I've been able to do is make some story scenes for the beginning of the game. Game development is not easy, it has a lot to do with momentum. You want to get the ball rolling on a project and then it becomes much easier to keep going on it. On the other hand I don't want to rush this project just to meet my own deadlines. Deadlines are important to help push a project but if you have to sacrifice the quality for it then it might not be worth sticking to those deadlines. There was a saying "A delayed game is eventually good, a bad game is forever bad."
Pokemon Tower Defense 2
This week for PTD2 we have the soft cap level raised to 20. Incase you don't know the soft level cap is the level in which pokemon will stop learning new moves. For the pokemon that we have in the game so far including Karrablast it took 27 new moves to reach this level cap. I did a giant list and to go from 20 to 100 it would be 172 new moves. It would take a long time for the soft cap to reach 100 and that would also mean that there would be no new levels to play. With developing PTD2 the way I am and with you guys being able to play the game at this point I can't just focus on one area in the game and push that all the way through. For example if I continued the story levels but didn't add to the soft cap we wouldn't have great moves to pick from. If I just added 1v1 levels then you would never be able to catch any new pokemon. It is a tricky balance

Like Cosmoids I didn't get to look at any of the bug fixes this week. They are still in my radar but I'm not sure exactly when I will be able to take care of them.
Weekly Progress
My Status: Not Working.
Cosmoids: The Legend of the Wish Maker
Early Alpha v.001 Progress
  •  Level 1 (0%)
    • Graphics (0%)
      • Backgrounds (60%) 
        • Title Screen (100%)
        • Authentication Screen (0%)
        • Room (100%) - Movie Scene
        • Island (100%) - Movie Scene
        • Level 1 (0%) - Island Path Area
      • Units (100%)
        • Boy (100%)
        • Caterpillar (100%)
        • Moth (100%)
        • Man (100%)
      • Attacks (0%)
        • Bug Repellant Bomb (0%)
    • Programming (30%)
      • Framework (100%) - Basic code that handles changing screens, adding popups, mouse clicks, keyboard input and running the game.
      • Title Screen (100%)
      • Authentication Screen (0%)
      • Movie Scenes (100%)
      • Tutorial (0%)
      • Level 1 (0%)
        • Attacks (0%)
          • Bug Repellant Bomb (0%)
          • Tiny Bites (0%)
        • Waves (0%)
      • Win Screen (0%)
      • Lose Screen (0%)
      • Pre-Level Information screen (0%)
PTD2 Alpha v1.33.1 Released!
  • Mystery Gift
    • Change link in game
    • Change Graphic in game
    • Change Server Code
    • Get link and code from sponsor
    • Change Blog Links
    • New Pokemon - Karrablast
PTD2 Alpha v1.33 Released!
  •  Soft Level Cap to 20!
    • New Moves
      • Whirlwind
      • Wing Attack
      • Aerial Ace
      • Round
      • Flame Wheel
      • Copycat
      • Faint Attack
      • Acupressure
      • Razor Shell
      • Iron Defense
      • Sucker Punch
      • Mud Bomb
      • Confuse Ray
      • Natural Gift
      • Follow Me
      • Shadow Sneak
      • Cotton Spore
      • Bullet Seed
      • Reversal
      • Avalanche
      • Swords Dance
      • Pluck
      • Acid
      • Ice Fang
      • Magical Leaf
      • Sky Attack
      • Psychic
  The next blog post will be on monday. As always let me know what you think!

103 comments:

  1. What would you like to see next?

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  2. MJBFFLNDATMJBFFLNDATNiQqUaATTTFebruary 1, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    lucario maybe? (friendship)

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  3. Hey Sam, since I have a credit card, but not a paypal account, how can I donate any money? I mean when you buy SnD coins, you have the possibility of paying with your credit card, even if you don't have a paypal account; however with the donation there is apparently no opportunity of doing so.

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  4. Happiness and evolution stones

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  5. Definitely happiness. Maybe Togepi as well. ;)

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  6. just looked at it and there is a small link next to the log in that lets you pay without a paypal

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  7. I think it's time for friendship to show up

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  8. What do I do when I donate do I send you an email or something and then u send me one?

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  9. But the prize (Rayquaza shiny and other) is just for who donate now or maybe in the future when we can watch some of videos to help ?

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  10. But the prize (Rayquaza shiny and others) is just for who donate now or maybe in the future when we can watch some of videos to help ?

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  11. Usually watching the videos will only be worth a few cents, I suppose if you watch enough you can earn enough to get a legendary

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  12. Once you donate we get an email from paypal with your info and then we send you an email within 24 hours

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  13. Sam we want:-
    Happiness
    Running Shoes or Cycle
    importing PTD1 pokemon (It may take time to get all the moves but you can postpond the story level for a week or two and add all the moves. Many people already have lv 100 non-hacked version ptd2 pokemon!)
    Berry Shop

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  14. Cosmoids! A little disappointed the first version isn't finished, though I understand the desire for quality. Here's to getting that done soon!

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  15. How about HM Surf? Or at least an Old Rod...

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  16. guys the hm surf is u need 3 bagde for get it and use it (check pokemon sliver or gold )
    now we can see hm flash and how about the tm we win tm when we get the badge and the item not problem must be in the future and and happiness evolved poke sam in johto have money poke evolved with item or happiness or stone and sam pls tell me what is the next gift ???

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  17. & pls sam WE NEED BATTLE TRAINER FOR MORE FUNNY

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  18. running shoes/bicycle to go faster, happiness and evolutionary stones for evolutions, we get a tm after beating the gym leader, togepi and possibly a game corner in the future?

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  19. and importing ptd1 pokemon in ptd2 in goldenrod city

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  20. Sam, I posted this fundraising idea before, but maybe you might not have not read it - Quite similar to the video idea actually:

    Even though they might be pretty annoying, you could try implementing CPM (Cost Per Mille) Advertising like LineBucks to generate more revenue. For example, when people try to go to the Pokemon Center, they will first be shown a small Ad which they must wait 10 seconds to skip (I'm not sure how the rate is calculated, something like 10,000 hits = $1), but with your popularity, it might generate you quite a fair amount of money (You can check out the different CPM services to see where you get the best deals) - Hope that helps :)

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  21. Sam have you got a relative called Samuel Otero? If you have what does he do for a living?

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  22. evolution stones / items, and happiness so some pokemon can evolve too.
    running shoes / bicycle
    And I was wondering why you can't earn money by beating wild pokemon, like in PTD1, and why you can't buy HM's / TM's , I know you haven't add all the moves in the game yet but you could add the HM/TM's with the moves that are already in the game.
    Oh and btw sorry if my english isn't very well, I'm not from the USA or UK. (=

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  23. He is Samuel Otero. Sam for short.

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  24. The same stuff I posted the last 2 or 3 times you asked this.

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  25. I found it so funny that when I used Copycat on Falkner's Pidgeot, Igglybuff attacked my other Pokemon instead. I didn't expect that -- bad Igglybuff!!! :D

    Also, Night Shade is still doing damage to Normal-type Pokemon... are you following the Gen I rule on this one?

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  26. I've been having a bug where one of my pokemon gets turned into another species... it keeps the same face and name, but its level, moves, type, and the moves it learns as it levels change to that of another pokemon. Please fix this soon!!!

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  27. Big idea Sam! (it is slightly far fetched but hey, so are all my ideas) You could make it so that to put ptd1 Pokemon into ptd2, you have to pay! like 30p for 1 pokeswap and 50p for 2 pokeswaps. Or alternatively, you could do it with SnD coins...


    Reply if you want :)

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  28. MJBFFLNDATMJBFFLNDATNiQqUaATTTFebruary 2, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    no it is friendship ( well so says bulbapedia) "It evolves into Lucario when leveled up with high friendship during the day." is what it read.

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  29. MJBFFLNDATMJBFFLNDATNiQqUaATTTFebruary 2, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    When are we gonna move on to the blocked area, i think which leads to a cave? About moving on, what is the next gym (please make it water gym, so i can get a Gyarados to finish my team (which consists of Typhlosion, Ampharos, Drapion,Zoroark, Riolu which i need friendship to level up and the missing Gyarados ). only reason why i want a water gym is for Gyarados which if your gonna talk about water your gonna need the most powerful non-legendary water type Pokemon, RIGHT? But friendship comes first, that should be the main focus... it's important, but Gyarados is also good to.

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  30. Um the next gym will have bug type pokemon. And the next gym leader will be Bugsy the bug type gym leader. ( hope that helped ).

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  31. MJBFFLNDATNiQqUaATTTFebruary 2, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    Damn it, how do you know? I was so exited. :( But thanks.

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  32. Played pokemon crystal

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  33. Happiness. I want a lucario.

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  34. A fix to whatever bug that turned my Lv.30 Quagsire into a lv. 20 Skiploom and my lv.20 Shadow Skiploom into a lv. 8 Shadow Hoppip. Preferably with a return of the Quagsire and Shd.Skiploom.
    Other than that the same as the last few posts I've made.

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  35. The problem is not that people are unwilling to pay and they need more incentives, but a lot of the fans are younger and can't really give money online. Doing so would be quite unfair to them. Besides, there is a balance to be found between offering a free game and generating revenue, and I highly respect Sam for maintaining PTD and PTD 2 as free to play. I would hate to see him charge for a feature that he's already promised, and I am quite certain that he won't.

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  36. MJBFFLNDATNiQqUaATTTFebruary 2, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    Just finished playing crystal.... and there was no gyms of water... So does that mean that mean that there will be no gyarados, unless it mystery gift. Sam, we will play all gyms right, so all pokemon will be.bb involved in this game?

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  37. Mud-Slap does no damage and does not lower accuracy.
    Also, I've seen some level 7 Rattata have much higher defence that other lave 7 Rattata (i.e. my level 20[25] Trapinch's Bite OHKOs regular level 7 Rattata but sometimes I see them take one hit with still about 33% of their max. HP to spare.).

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  38. Be patient and please, try to improve your grammar.

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  39. Hi Sam,

    I love the idea of watching ads to donate, I always liked it when games had such a feature so you could get some premium coins or something like that. I'm sure it would be a succes, rapidly increasing the amount of donations.

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  40. i would like to see happiness and put riolu to the breeding center and make an evolution to riolu

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  41. -_- i am not prefect in english but i can talk

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  42. when i was playing crystal i caught the red gyarados in the lake of rage. so apparently which everyone might have to wait for. oh i did know if you really want to see a water type gym in crystal beat all 8 gyms and the elite 4 then go to professor elms lab to get the s.s. Anne ticket then go to olivine city and go to the boat you couldn't get on before and take the boat all the way to kanto which will drop you off to vermillion city. if you want to know where it is then check on the map you got in cherrygroove city.

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  43. Sam can you places a non-shiny Rayquaza on the Adoption center!..I really want one but I don´t know if I can right now and if I wait your offer might run off...so can you??

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  44. Happiness and TM (at least the first gym one)

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  45. Sam! We need Avatar chat!! But add catchable pokemon, like any kind of poke. You can be able to catch, battle and talk! Go to pokemonlake.com to understand about the catching and talking, but add walking and battling to it.
    THX FOR READING

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  46. Hey, sam, will the next gift automatically be shellmet, because how will karrablast evolve into escavalier?

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  47. sam, i lost my female zoroark lvl31 and my shiny furret lvl16, and now i have a furret lvl6. FURRET LEVEL 6??? how??? bug??? please fix it, i dont want to lose more pokemons

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  48. what is the money being used for? your personal living expenses? or are you paying yourself and your team?

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  49. with the ads, when we click them, do you get money if we click it multiple times or do we have to come of and come back on each time?

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  50. I would really like you to make a failsafe if we forget to save the game, so if we hit back or escape it automatically saves. It should also save automatically after catching a shiny/shadow or leveling up 10+ times?

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  51. Servers probably can't handle automatic saving that often

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  52. you should only click on them if you want to see what is inside the ad

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  53. game servers, paying the team, paying myself

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  54. possibly but it will be more than $5

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  55. yeah I think it will be great for those who don't have a credit card

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  56. could be crits, also they might be lowered level. Was your opponent immune to mud-slap?

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  57. that or daily coins

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  58. hahaha, good point on the night shade, I fixed it just now but it won't show up until the next update

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  59. we use something like that with the ads you see on the pokemon center

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  60. there's an error in sucker punch's description. it says "it can damage it's target" and the correct would be "it can damage its target"

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  61. there's an error in sucker punch's description. it says "it can surprise it's target" when the correct form would be "it can surprise its target"

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  62. I'm not trying to offend you, I'm just asking you to consider imporving you English

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  63. fixed it on my side so it will be fixed for the next update

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  64. Somebody AnonymousFebruary 4, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    Insides of buildings!!! Stop putting this off, please.

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  65. Somebody AnonymousFebruary 4, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    It is happiness, check the games.

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  66. HI! SAM.. how about we can trade legendary pokemon in pokemon td 1 to pokemon td 2 legendary dont have gender right ??

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  67. I still would need to add their attacks and their info over to ptd2

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  68. it's part of the story that everything is empty

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  69. You are going against your own rule! You stated that ones who pay will have an somewhat of an advantage in the game, in the way that specifics would be more easily obtainable, yet, in less than half a year's time, you are giving out "exclusives" to funders. If you are going to do this, I am not upset that this is unfair, as many games are "Pay to Win", but it does take trust away from us people who play your game. I understand that you want to steady your income to focus more on this game, but that gives no right for you to go against your own word. If you want to encourage people to help fund your website, try to make rewards available in a less costy method, even if it seems impossible or massively time consuming, such as the SnD coins method.

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  70. being able to trade to pokemon tower defense and vice versa

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  71. MJBFFLNDATNiQqUaATTTFebruary 4, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    Sam, when is happiness/friendship gonna apply in this game, i was really hoping for it in this update that i evolved my Riolu all the way, hopping he would be happy enough, but nothing happened, so i realized that you probably didn't set happiness up yet, and now i have to breed him with my chimchar. Anyways when do you plan to apply happiness/friendship during the day?

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  72. Don't take this too far. People don't need to "pay to win". The game has been extremely do-able so far, and there is no reason that you would need a Rayquaza (or any legendary) to beat the game. Sam is consciously gearing the game toward players who are just picking it up, and don't even have previous mystery gifts (which are another "unfair advantage" given to people just for playing the game). This is why he will often offer two versions of battles (e.g., Sprout Tower, Faulkner, Lugia), with the first one being easier, and the second being more of a challenge. Not to imply that mystery gifts or legendaries are required for the second version of each, but that more strategy or training is certainly required.


    Furthermore, Rayquaza is no different than the ability to buy a legendary dog in PTD 1 with SnD coins, obtainable through supporting Sam. Although they could be obtained through sheer luck in the daily gift, that is not a reliable way for people to get them and hence I would not really call fair, because some people could get the daily gift every day and still never get an SnD coin. If instead you are referring to the survey offers, Sam is looking into similar non-monetary ways of supporting him for the campaign. Thus there really is no difference between the advantages of SnD coins and the advantages of supporting Sam in the campaign.

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  73. I notice a problem in pokemon center, when we click por exemple, to create trade, it takes to load the page and sometimes, expires the page, sometimes is fast, but the most times is slow.

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  74. yeah, the server can get slow if a lot of people are trying to access it at once

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  75. I want to add it this week if possible

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  76. I think @lekkin:disqus hit all the points really well but I wanted to add on. I don't think you need a legendary at all to beat the game and I would never balance the game to this extend. Like Jordan mentioned we had the legendary dogs and shiny mew available only to people that could buy them with snd coins or get really lucky at one point. So in a way it's more of a luxury than "pay to win". Also keep in mind that in the future regular Rayquaza will be available to capture just like mew was in ptd1. Granted since rayquaza is gen3 you won't see it for a while.

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  77. id very much like to see some sort of autofill button, where you program in all the pokemon to spots on the field automatically (not in any designated spot per pokemon, just in a random order) this would be awesome for training purposes!

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  78. Add-on to previous reply:
    and whatever bug erased Wooper, Quagsire, Mareep, and Flaafy from my pokedex.
    Could you have done a hack tag purge that misread some of my team? No, that wouldn't explain why I got an extra Skiploom or why Shd.Slkiploom deleveled into a Shd.Hoppip.
    I don't need the Shd.Skiploom replaced now anyhow. I already worked the Shd.Hoppip up to a lv. 30 Shd.Jumpluff, but I have yet to catch a new Wooper to grind up.

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  79. Cosmoids Creatures for your PTD2 account??? Noooo, we want true pokemon...

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  80. Sam
    Make a pokedex for myster gift please! Many people collect those also!

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  81. it's an interesting idea

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  82. I think it's unfair for the people who cannot buy SnD coins, and that means you have to complete the daily challenge, if you want to adopt a pokemon, it costs 1 SnD coins and 100 daily coins, and then you only have a shiny hoothoot for example. thats not fair , it means you have to complete 100 daily challenges and that takes like 100 days and then you only have a shiny hoothoot or sentret.

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  83. Actually, you can get 10 daily coins per day by doing the daily task, so that's only 10 days. Completely reasonable. Of course, you are working off the assumption that it's only fair for people to pay for shiny hoothoot if people can earn shiny hoothoot without paying. That is itself an assumption that I dispute. After all, shiny hoothoot does not provide a real in-game advantage, since regular hoothoot is easily available. You might argue that the experience boost is unfair, but it basically provides a way for people to exchange money for time, which is completely reasonable. Furthermore, Sam designs the levels so that neither SnD coins nor exorbitant amounts of time are necessary. Finally, all pokemon can be traded in the trade center, so you have ways to obtain them outside of either daily coins or SnD coins.


    Note that I speak from the perspective of one who has never bought SnD coins, and I find myself placed at no disadvantage whatsoever.

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  84. I know but the hoothoot was an example.

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  85. Can you make Kyogre on cerulean city easier. i cant beat it

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  86. Something weird just happened, I was training a Phanphy and
    it got to level 15. I had a Gastly at level 12 beforehand. Then I went to the Pokémon
    center to release some Phanphy (I caught too many). After I released some, I
    couldn't find my level 15 Phanphy and my Gastly was strangely level 15. So I
    went back on to my account, but that level 15 Gastly was like a regular Gastly
    (stats, abilities, etc.). The weird thing was, that level 15 Gastly had all the
    attacks my old level 15 Phanphy had (Rollout, Flail, Defense curl, and Odor
    Sleuth). In the end, I had a weird level 15 Gastly with Phanphy attacks, and a
    missing level 15 Phanphy. It's okay I guess, since I could just train another
    one. What happened? I don't want it to happen again (like on a level 100). This
    is the second day I've been playing PTD2.

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  87. i got in the ruins but now i dont know what to do

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  88. I got two problem:

    1. I gave a dawn stone to a ratta & cannot take it back ......


    2. When my pokemon evolve , the dex of that lower class would disappear

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  89. http://download-pc-full-games.blogspot.com/2013/10/road-rash-full-version-pc-games-free.html

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