Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Coming back from a bad week, more PTD1 to PTD2 transfers, Sun Stone, Level 2 of Cosmoids!

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Last Week's Update/Server Issues
We had a crazy week last week, both in a good and bad way. Let's start with the bad. So instead of telling you the story how it unfolded I will just tell you what the problem was and how it caused all the issues that we had. Okay. So Databases need indexes. Imagine you have a giant book and it has no index. How would you find that page you are looking for without having to go through the whole book? You can't! So I had a tiny database (the one that keeps track of what events you had done in the story) that was missing an index. Initially the database was so small that it didn't matter. But as the game grew in size and in users this database grew. It has over 2 million entries and so every day as the database grew so did the slowdown. It got so slow that our host suspended our account. I told them to put it back up so I could disable all logins while I fixed the problem. I was really conflicted about all this. I'm no expert on databases or server administration so I had very little idea on where to start. Luckily I had bought this book called High Performance MySQL: Optimization, Backups, and Replication. While I didn't have the time to read the whole book or follow everything it had to say, it did give me some ideas on trying to find the problem and how to fix it. After doing some test to see how long each thing took to load I found that loading events was taking way too long even when I was the only user playing the game, which brought the discovery of the missing index on that database. Other than that I made some upgrades to the database engines (I changed from mysam to innodb, for those with database knowledge) that should let more people in at a time. There might be some side effects to these changes that I will have to fix but I'm pretty happy that we are somewhat back to working order.

The good stuff is the new content that I was able to bring to the game. I finally put in running shoes into the game which let you move at twice the speed. (Your pokemon will also move fast, I did have a version where your pokemon wasn't as fast and he would be left behind) You can get the shoes by talking to an old man in Cherrygrove City after you defeat Zapdos there. Another big and daunting task that I had was to add fishing. I actually go the chance to stream while I was making the fishing part and frankly I had no idea how I was going to add fishing. Luckily I'm pretty quick at thinking about how to solve problems and so I thought of a way to add it in and it worked out pretty well. You can now get an old rod or good rod by defeating the fisher man on the second part of Route 32 (Read the FAQ page for more detailed info). Once you have a rod you can go to any water source available in the game and fish on it (press spacebar or z) this will trigger a battle. Things like which rod you are using, which location you are in, time of day will affect who you get to battle with. I basically set it up to mimic the actual game. I'm really happy with how it turned out so I hope you guys can enjoy it.

On top of all of this I added all the generation 1 pokemon that you can capture in PTD2 to the PTD1 to PTD2 transfers. This includes: Jigglypuff, Wigglypuff, Zubat, Golbat, Bellsprout, Weepinbell, Victreebell, Geodude, Graveler, Golem, Gastly, Haunter, Gengar, Poliwag, Poliwrath, Krabby, Kingler, Staryu and Starmie. As I do every week there was also a Mystery Gift and a Giveaway pokemon. The Mystery Gift was electric ghost type Rotom and the giveaway was Plusle and Minun. If you got the code in time you would get 2 of each Plusle and Minun. One male and one female.

Last but not least Cosmoids had a nice update. I added more losing conditions, if you let enough bug creatures pass you will lose the level. You can tell how many lives you have left by the heart graphic on the top left. Evan, one of our freelance artist, also did a revision on the grass graphic for the first level. While I thought the original ones looked fine, Dan thought they needed more work. And so Evan did the job and they look great! The other thing I added was a fainting animation to the units. Instead of disappearing you will now see them flip on their backs and then flash before they disappear. These types of details go a long way in making a game. Each of them bringing us closer to a full game.

What's happening this week:

Pokemon Center Bugs
I need detailed information about the Pokemon Center Bugs with Breeding, Trading and Picking up pokemon. The more step by step information you can give me the better.

Mystery Gift
Like every week we will have a mystery gift and a giveaway for the runner up of the poll. You have one day to vote for which of the remaining types should be the new mystery gift. Then I will post specific pokemon that can be the mystery gift and giveaway.

PTD1 to PTD2 Transfers
My goal this week is to add a lot of Generation 1 Pokemon into PTD2. So this week I plan to add: Vulpix, Ninetails, Oddish, Gloom, Vileplume, Paras, Parasect, Venonat, Venomoth, Diglett, Dugtrio, Meowth, Persian, Psyduck, Golduck, Mankey, Primeape, Growlithe, Arcanine, Abra, Kadabra, Alakazam, Machop, Machoke, and Machamp. Adding these will make it so that you can get more than half of the Generation 1 Pokemon into PTD2!

Sun Stone
Since we are adding the Oddish family and Bellossom is part of Generation 2 then I'm also adding the Sun Stone so that Gloom can evolve into Bellossom!

Cosmoids Level Select Screen and Level 2
For Cosmoids this week I want to start work on Level 2. I really want each level to feel different than the others so each level will take some time to create. On level 2 is when you finally get your first creature, but please note that you won't be able to save just yet. Since we will have multiple levels we also need a level select screen. Very similar to PTD1 there will be different chapters. I'm looking forward to making this!

Weekly Progress

My Status: Not Working. Not Streaming. http://www.justin.tv/samsndgames

Cosmoids Released!

  • Level Selection Screen (100%)
  • Added new Title Screen Graphic (100%)
  • Added new Character Graphic (100%)
  • Level 2 (100%)
  • Added the level 1 intro cutscene (100%)
PTD2 v1.42.1 Released!
  • Mystery Gift (100%)
  • Make Bellossom's graphic bigger (100%)
PTD2 v1.42 Released!
  • PTD1 to PTD2 Transfer (100%)
  • Add New Pokemon to Trading Center (100%)
  • Add New Pokemon to Breeding Center (100%)
  • New Item (100%) - Sun Stone
    • Implement in game (100%)
    • Implement in Pokemon Center (100%)
  • Test New Pokemon, attacks, and abilities (100%)
  • New Pokemon (100%) - Vulpix, Ninetails, Oddish, Gloom, Vileplume, Bellossom, Paras, Parasect, Venonat, Venomoth, Diglett, Dugtrio, Meowth, Persian, Psyduck, Golduck, Mankey, Primeape, Growlithe, Arcanine, Abra, Kadabra, Alakazam, Machop, Machoke, and Machamp
    • Graphics (100%)
    • New Attacks (100%)
      • Sunny Day (100%)
      • Moonlight (100%)
      • Aromatherapy (100%)
      • Spore (100%)
      • Signal Beam (100%)
      • Earth Power (100%)
      • Tri Attack (100%)
      • Fake Out (100%)
      • Pay Day (100%)
      • Switcheroo (100%)
      • Power Gem (100%)
      • Soak (100%)
      • Covet (100%)
      • Karate Chop (100%)
      • Seismic Toss (100%)
      • Kinesis (100%)
      • Miracle Eye (100%)
      • Ally Switch (100%)
      • Telekinesis (100%)
      • Vital Throw (100%)
      • Low Sweep (100%)
    • New Abilities (100%)
      • Drought (100%)
      • Stench (100%)
      • Effect Spore (100%)
      • Wonder Skin (100%)
      • Anger Point (100%)
      • Defiant (100%)
      • Marvel Scale (100%)
      • Water Veil (100%)
    • Stats (100%)
    • Evolutions (100%)
  • Bug Fixes (100%) 
    • Fixed a bug with stat change buffs and debuffs (100%)
Thanks guys for sticking with us! As always let me know what you think on the comments below, on twitter or email us at support@sndgames.com Thanks!

674 comments:

  1. Good to be back..

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  2. Good to have you back!

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  3. Missingno. MasterApril 16, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    I'm guessing you have something planned for the King's Rock's introduction, if it's not coming in this update? My guess is we'll get it by the time the Slowpoke Well is in the game.

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  4. Missingno. MasterApril 16, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    Oh, and if Water wins (which is looking likely at this point), I'd like it if we could all vote for Basculin.

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  5. Great work! Now the pokecenter is really fast.
    Just two things (bugs maybe) I've noticed in the game:
    - During the fishing waves you cannot evolve pokemons ( They start evolving but in a few sec everything freezes).
    - When you give a pokemon an item like a friendship doll and you put the pokemon in your team, the pokemon itself disappears during the battle waves and everything freezes.

    Thanks again for your hard work.

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  6. Hey sam, when are you going to bring in the moves like fly, surf, rock smash, and flash into the game so that people can get past map obsticles. Like in the dark cave, if you use flash, it reveals a hidden passage way, or like in the ruins, where theres that door you can't get to unless you use rock smash on the rocks or surf on the water, like they do it in the ds games.

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  7. happening with ptd one, fix one porfavor.queremos returned the ptd please eeeeeeeeeeeee

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  8. this is fixed on the new v1.41.1 let me know if it works there

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  9. yeah it will show up in slowpoke well

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  10. Hey Sam, I'm not sure what you think about this, but I would like alternate pokeballs and potions to be added soon. It would make the game feel more complete.

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  11. Since the problem with the server, I've found it impossible for the game to load properly. Every time it does so, it freezes at a certain percentage with a message reading "There is an error loading the game, blame Sam." Unfortunately, this applies no matter which site I use to access the game. Should there be anything on my end which might be causing problems, then, by all means, feel free to make a suggestion.

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  12. Now they work perfectly, thank you.

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  13. Not sure if my previous post worked or not, so I'll try again. I'm
    having difficulty getting on to the game itself no matter which site I
    use. Every time I try to load it, all I get is a message saying that
    there's been a loading and to blame Sam. Any advise would be
    appreciated.

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  14. hey sam theres a glitch that when repeatedly trying to save on overcrowded servers can make multiple save files for 1 of your profiles my third one was damaged and now the game calls me a hacker and i cant even play ptd2 anymore as soon as i try to start storymode it calls me a hacker can you please fix this on account of i cant....

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  15. I cant play the first game (ptd 1)

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  16. Are you going to add the other Rotom forms in the future?

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  17. also theres a trainer to cheat you yout of your money snd coins wise i tweeted you but i dont know if you read those

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  18. Shadow unowns don't show as shadow in poke-center, when a pokemon is not successfully sent to profile due to server error or page reload etc, then it disappears from the pick up area & not found anywhere, same thing happens when we are unsuccessful putting pokemon up for trade, earlier they remained in the pickup area/ profile.

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  19. Sam, I'm not quite sure, but I think Breeding Center has stopped counting visits. Last night I visited my pkm i left there breeding, and it stated there was 1 visit left to hatch the egg. Today, when I visited, it said I still had one visit left. Is it just with me or you've heard someone else complaining about this?

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  20. I cant log on to my ptd2 account in the pokemon center. It keeps saying i have saved outside of the pokemon center log out and try again. I've done this many times and haven't gotten on yet

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  21. JOLLY OLD SANTA CLAUSApril 16, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    Vote for fighting type! We might get Sawk or Timburr and possibly Scraggy!!

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  22. Can we earn SnD coins by microcents? I've earned $1, and I want a SnD coin!,








    Sam, you ROCK for making a great game!!!!!

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  23. Missingno. MasterApril 16, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    We already got Scraggy. Besides, if we vote Water,we could get something cool like Basculin!

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  24. Somebody AnonymousApril 16, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    Keep in mind that you like things that you like things no one else like.

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  25. Somebody AnonymousApril 16, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    Basculin is not cool.

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  26. Hey Sam, glad everything is back up and running. Now that everything is back up and running though, I have a few requests for things I would like to see in coming updates whenever you have time. First, the FAQ section is missing a lot of Pokemon that are obtainable (all the fishing Pokemon are the most notable), so could you update that? Second, can you maybe increase the soft level cap, even if it's only two levels? I want my Bulbasaur to be able to pass Seed Bomb onto other Pokemon once you put in the mechanic for passing on egg moves, but leaving it unevolved is starting to bug me. Third is fixing the Pokedex glitch where evolving a Pokemon and then saving, exiting, and coming back in means you lose data for the pre-evolution. I know you are busy, so I'm fine if I have to wait on these updates for a long time, I just thought I'd let you know some things I'd like to see in the future. Glad the game is back up, and keep up the great work!

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  27. hey sam idk if this was stated, but what pokemon can you catch from the old/good rod? if you do not wat to say it is fine but the names would be great! so far ive seen poliwag, magikarp and krabby, just wondering if therre are more out there for us, thanks

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  28. BUG: Stat boosts aren't working properly. For example, when you use leer to lower the opponents defense by one stage, it seems to drop six stages and anymore after that makes your attacks weaker. There are similar things like this for all the stat boosts and drops.

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  29. Somebody AnonymousApril 16, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    No, Tyrogue is 2nd generation.

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  30. There needs to be an IP/Account limit on giveaways or something... I checked the trade center and some people have dozens of shiny Plusle and Minun for trade while people who were only two hours late missed out on them completely, like me :/

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  31. I want a buizel or shellos..!!! =)

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  32. Missingno. MasterApril 16, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    Uh... yeah, it is.

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  33. 3 quick things.
    1) Could you add the route names to the screen in PTD 2? The names of the levels in PTD 1 were the route names, and now we don't have an effective way to know which route we're on.
    2) Could you please add a dialogue to the fisherman, as in he respects your strength so he decides to give you his fishing rod? (and specify which one)
    3) In Cosmoids, I like the idea of chapters, but I also really liked the idea of the branching storyline you mentioned a while back. Will you be implementing both?
    4) I think it's fine to be letting us transfer pokemon from PTD 1 to PTD 2 now, but later, if we ever meet the protagonist from PTD 1, I think it would make more sense if, once you add such an update, he makes a comment where you are able to take any of his old pokemon and to just find them in the pokemon center. This would do two things. A) Prevent somebody from running through the game without caring about finding any Johto (I don't know how to spell the region, sorry) pokemon, and just using their level 100s to fly by the game. I realize that the effective level cap was created to slightly prevent this, but even at the effective cap, the level is easy, like you wanted it to be. Easy, but not too easy. The second thing it does is create an effective reason as to why you're getting these pokemon, even though you never even got them to begin with. It wouldn't make much sense if you start the game, have yet to beat the ?second? (maybe third, never tested it) level, and already have a lvl 100 team of kanto pokemon.
    Sorry, thats 4. Apparently I can't count.

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  34. 1) I like the idea of route names! I was often confused as well!

    2) He mentioned how and which rod you will get from the fisherman.

    4) A) That is not gonna help this at all. Due to the slow progress (and I don't blame Sam for it ;)) most people have high leveled Pokemon without transferring.
    B) In the actual Pokemon series, you are able to transfer Pokemon over, although it would be considered "Trading." It makes sense that we can get the Pokemon through the "Trading Center"

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  35. Uhh Sam, long time ago, if I remember correctly, I breeded a female Pidgey (shadow) with a male Golbat (normal) and that was the first time I lost the baby. Not sure if this is still happening.

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  36. I'm a bit curious, do you read the previous blog every time you post in a new one?

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  37. 2) I'm thinking of people who might find this game later. Sam still finds new players who stumble across these two (almost 3) amazing games. People who come later won't see the blog post, and won't know to go looking for it. They might beat the game without realizing they have a fishing rod.
    4) Same as before, people who come later would rather push through the game than worry about grinding, but if they immediately have the ability to storm past because they played PTD 1, and now have a lvl 100 team, I would think that most would rather do that. And I realize that this is similar to what happens in the actual series, but I just think it would be cool, and provide for another opportunity for a small amount of story. I'm just trying to give Sam input. That is, after all why he has this blog. He can choose to take it or leave it. We're just here to put out new ideas and to help through the process.

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  38. Increasing soft level cap is extremely hard, even if it is by one - he has to add all the moves able to be learned by every single Pokemon in the game. Also, even if he does, the breeding moves have not been implemented yet, and it not be able to do what you wanted; you would just have to leave your Bulbasaur unevolved. Next, the last glitch you said has been mentioned about, what, fifty times. He will try to fix the pokedex, but it will not happen for a while.

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  39. FIrst of all, he hasn't made those places, so he will not be adding the moves until they are added. Next, he is following (well, at least for the most part) the actual game and he will not add the HMs until the point you get them in the actual game.

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  40. I tell ya. Before we had the server problem, there was an unexpected unlimited Plusle and Minun giveaways that lasted probably 12 hours or more.

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  41. Sam, will you add dates/days to the game? Lapras, bug contest, and the item brothers and sisters...

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  42. Oh wow. Haha. People must have farmed them with alts then.

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  43. Well, mine is fine now! Time to breed Rotom!

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  44. Looks like I'm not the only one having the buff problem.

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  45. Sam, will you add dates/days to the game? Lapras, bug contest, and the item brothers and sisters...

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  46. Hmm Gotta check if mine works as well...

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  47. yeah this already happens with the fisherman

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  48. there was a bug with Pidgey a while ago

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  49. 1) Yeah
    2) There is dialog when you beat the fisherman about which rod you will get, you probably beat it before the update came out
    3) I don't know how the game will evolve as we make it so I can't say yes or no
    4) I get your concern but I think people being able to bring over their pokemon out weights any argument against it

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  50. it wasn't unlimited, the problem was nobody could get them so once somebody could there was still some left

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  51. weird, I'll check it out

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  52. your best bet would be to look at bulbapedia.com for which you can fish on each route :) (you are missing corsola and staryu)

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  53. 4) I'm just trying to give Sam an idea. I feel like I shouldn't take away from those already playing, so for now he should keep it, but if he decides to include the protagonist from PTD 1, then it would be an excellent place to remove access to transfers any point before, and then create an actual reason as to why you get another person's pokemon. While the current system would work, I personally consider my option to be better, because unlike the main series games (save for gold/silver and b2/w2) this is a direct sequel. Diamond and Pearl didn't necessarily come after Ruby and Sapphire, and Black and White didn't necessarily come after Diamond and Pearl. In the end, I'm leaving the choice up to Sam, and I'll be pleased with whatever he decides, because I trust his decision, and I realize he has other fans to consider as well. I also realize that the fanbase is an important part of these games, and if I don't speak up, odds are slim that he'd consider utilizing it. He has lots of other things on his mind, and he's not trying to come up with a different way to do something. If he chooses to stay where we are, then I'll be just as happy as if he takes my idea.

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  54. Regarding 4. I understand why you have the transfer now, and I agree that it should stay for now; it's fun for people to use their pokemon and get the reward from playing PTD, and it maintains interest in PTD 2. However, I think that when the game gets much closer to a final product (i.e., after 8 gym badges), it would be worth it to go back and change this, so that people cannot transfer pokemon right away. Instead, do it something like you can't transfer until you reach a certain point (in the handheld games, you can't generally transfer until after the Elite Four if I remember correctly, though you could put it in before then), or perhaps something more along the lines of the pokemon that transfer de-level, based on how many gym badges you have (e.g., with one badge, any transferred pokemon would show up at level 10, with 2, level 20, etc.).

    In short, allowing people to transfer level 100 pokemon at the beginning is just not a good design choice for a game, although it is fine for the development process.

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  55. I have just transferred some Pokemons from PTD1 to PTD2 but something is very disapointing, since now I allwauys transferred each pokemon from a family (like bellsprout, weepinbell and victreebell) but this time I lost my graveler and my haunter because they evolve as by trading.
    Would be great if you could find a solution to fix this problem before transferring Kadabra and Machoke.

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  56. Then how did I get one 12 hours later Sam?

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  57. Yesss!! Water! And it's actually winning! YAYYYYY!

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  58. I think it's sorta cool.

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  59. I want carvannah!
    If I spelled it right.

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  60. I caught a shiny basculin in my black lol

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  61. Missingno. MasterApril 17, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    I caught a Shiny Basculin in Black 2. Mine's Blue-Striped, what about yours?

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  62. Missingno. MasterApril 17, 2013 at 1:21 AM

    Yes. It is.

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  63. Missingno. MasterApril 17, 2013 at 1:21 AM

    Thank you! :)

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  64. Hey sam!


    I haven't transferred PTD1 to PTD2 yet so I just want to know if I transfer a hacked pokemon from PTD1 to my PTD2 will it still be hacked?

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  65. Sam you should introduce the TM called fly! EPIC MOVE! ON pokemon leaf green USA you can fly around on a pokemon and go to any route or town you have already been to. Oh yeah and introduce a Johto map. A map of Johto basically because I've forgotten where Route 32 is, lol.

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  66. I like that idea. I'm voting you up!

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  67. yes it will stay with the hacked tag

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  68. hmm interesting problem, I think the reason is that the evolution happens when you pick them up not really on the transfer I'll look into it

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  69. because nobody could get to them, I also added more than usual. If nobody can get to them because the server is really slow than they will just sit there and somebody can come in 12 hours later and get one no problem

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  70. Woah, ok, thanks.

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  71. Well, I can't say that, but, best game I've played on the internet!

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  72. Hey SAM, I think you're being unfair about the GIVEAWAYS, why would you make a limited GIVEAWAY now when few days ago MINUN and PLUSLE become unlimited to many players because of the BUG. Please think about this, please. . .

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  73. I agree, something like that really ought to happen.

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  74. Ashbyoy@live.com.auApril 17, 2013 at 4:47 AM

    Can there be an option where we remove the hacked tag?

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  75. Ashbyoy@live.com.auApril 17, 2013 at 4:52 AM

    Sam problem. It says under maintenance.

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  76. Sam also another thing. The other day I left my shiny Buneary and shiny ditto lv 40 in the breeding center with one more visit to go Today when I came to pick em up they were gone and now I can't find my shiny ditto anywhere. Not in trade request or breeding center or create trade parts. Please need help anyone.

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  77. No!!!What about buizel

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  78. And I think the problem with game loading is happening again

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  79. also shiny buizel is gold also the same with floatzel

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  80. sam the next time there is a grass type or fire type pokemon can we get snivy and tepig

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  81. Yeah we should since we already got shiny oshawott

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  82. Sam, feel free to ignore my previous messages; updating the flash player was enough to get the game loaded properly. All that's causing an issue now is the server capacity being filled up, but I'm guessing that's related to what's been going on with the game recently, so I'm not complaining on that front.

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  83. Dear Sam, the zoom/view in ptd is very difficult, could you make the
    screen wider? it would be lovely to be able to see the whole
    battlefield, almost everyone owns at least a 19" screen and i see this
    tiny battlefield/game not so much comfortable, thanks. also, could the
    game autosave after each level ( win or lose?) sometimes we play long
    and when we want to save, the server is down, like now, and you cannot
    save until you can get the servers working again.

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  84. There is a bug when you log in to ptd2 it says the server has reached its capacity limit. Please fix it because I badly want to get a shiny rotom.

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  85. Dear Sam,
    If the water type won, please add feebas and the prism scale so i can get milotic

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  86. Victor Rodríguez PascualApril 17, 2013 at 7:14 AM

    I have the same problem and the pokemon center is in maintenance

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  87. Víctor Rodríguez PascualApril 17, 2013 at 7:14 AM

    Me too...

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  88. Ptd2 IS 2nd generation

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  89. so the servers are busy, when are they going to be fixed is it more problems like last week?

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  90. In the original Gold and Silver you could transfer pokemon from generation 1 when entering the pokemon center in the town with the fourth gym badge.

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  91. AZALEA GYM? FOR WHEN

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  92. sam, do not put more mystery code, put two mystery gift for everyone.
    because if you can only do 500 users to the code, not fair.
    please i want you to do this. thank you very much

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  93. Hi Sam, Just have transferred some Pokemons from PTD1 to PTD2 but something is very disapointing, since now I ve allways transferred each pokemon from a family (like bellsprout, weepinbell and victreebell) but this time I lost my graveler and my haunter because they evolve as by trading.

    Would be great if you could find a solution to fix this problem before transferring Kadabra and Machoke.

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  94. Hi Sam, Hope it will be possible to transfer Kadabra and Machoke from PTD1 without they automaticaly evolve as by trading.

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  95. thanks alot aha

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  96. TM Fly and Surf are probably the 2 most important moves in classic pokemon games but they usually are available later in the game to unlock new zones, also hope Sam will find a way to use these moves.

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  97. same problem please fix it sam

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  98. Oh, okay. That's good! Can we check the date?

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  99. The games I was thinking of off the top of my head were Diamond/Pearl, Black/White, Ruby/Sapphire (although no transfers from Gold/Silver, it only allowed trade with Fire Red/Leaf Green after getting the national dex), and Pokemon Colosseum. I would say it's more a tradition in Pokemon to allow only a certain number of Pokemon in the game, and once the Elite Four is beaten to allow the Pokedex to expand to a National Pokedex, and at that time allow trading outside of the game/transferring.

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  100. Sam, I got a few suggestions.
    a) For the limited giveaways, maybe you can let us vote for it - as in like a separate vote.
    Some people who voted for the 1st choice Pokemon will choose a different Pokemon, and trust me, that would be a BIG difference.
    b) For the water type mystery gift (which seems like would be the case), maybe you can just add Rotom wash form! I know it's secondary water type and all, but now that we have Rotom, it might be time to add "forms"! You could add it as a separate Pokemon or something?

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  101. How about we focus on getting to Azalea first. If Azalea Gym were the next level then I'd imagine the game would end up being rather short, with so little time between gyms.

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  102. Same here, and I can't enter the game either.

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  103. You can actually zoom in on the browser level! For most browsers, this can be done by holding control while scrolling (at least it's true for Chrome, and I would guess other browsers). Alternatively, you can usually choose a zoom level from one of your browser's menus.

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  104. "Trading Center is down for maintanence... keep an eye on twitter and the blog for more updates... - Sam"


    didnt notice any info that the trading center is down again. is it because of the bugs some people had recently?


    anyway: IF WATER WILL WIN THE POLL (AT LEAST IT LOOKS LIKE THAT :P) THEN....


    ALL VOTE FOR FEEBAS, SO THAT WE CAN GET MILOTIC (if feebas will be in the list of cause xD)

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  105. First of all, it's HM not TM. Next, it is not just Pokemon Leaf Green (It existed since Pokemon RGBY and up to B2/W2) and it is not just USA (I have played plenty of games in other languages; they have it too.) Also, you can only go to towns you have already been to and not routes. Lastly, those should be implemented at about half way through the game because that is when the main series introduces them. It is just not correct to be able to fly anywhere when you are in third town.

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  106. Tahnks for your reply, but i mean i want to see the whole battlefield, not zoom in, basically zoom out and still have a decent view of the pokemons, when u use 75% zoom all pokemons become very small. so u cant se well

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  107. a) I get your point, but consider this. Suppose we have a vote and 40% vote for some pokemon, just as an example we'll use charmander, and 30% vote for squirtle (these are just hypothetical examples), and 20% vote for bulbasaur (the extra 10% goes to other pokemon). Perhaps if we take charmander out, the 40% who voted for charmander would vote largely for bulbasaur, and hence bulbasaur would be the giveaway. This is an example of the scenario you describe. But now let's see how many people are happy. If charmander is the mystery gift and bulbasaur the second mystery gift, the 40% who voted for charmander and the 20% who voted for bulbasaur will be happy (the ones who vote first for charmander and second for bulbasaur will be especially happy). That's satisfying 60% of the people. But if instead the giveaway is the second place pokemon, squirtle, then Sam satisfies the 40% who vote for charmander, as well as the 30% who vote for squirtle. As a result, 70% of the people are happy. Thus we see that just choosing the second place pokemon ends up satisfying more people than having a whole other poll possibly would. So I think the way that Sam does it now is probably the best.

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  108. A) PTD 2, or official name Pokemon Tower Defense Generation, includes all 5 generation Pokemon.
    B) Mystery Gift Pokemon will not include any Pokemon in 2nd generation because they will be available for capture later.

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  109. FEEBASSSSSSSSSSSSSS

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  110. That's what I'm talking about. Zoom out in the game itself so the pokemon become small, but then zoom in on your browser so that the entire thing gets bigger.

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  111. First, it is quite hard to understand what you are saying... A bit more of English PLZ?
    Next, No. The whole point of the limited giveaway is for Sam to see if these Pokemon will be common later on due to breeding.

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  112. ill try when game is working, thanks. smart idea, but still if it worked without a browser zoom it would be gr8

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  113. That is in ptd1, so before you transfer them unhack em.

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  114. b) No way, I would really prefer to be able to change it's forms, sooner or later.

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  115. He won't make feebas the mg just because water won?!

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  116. That's what I mean. No effense sam but some games on the Wii, Android etc are better. Please don't be offended!

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  117. Missingno. MasterApril 17, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    No...
    ALL VOTE FOR BASCULIN, SO THAT WE CAN HAVE THE FISH OF EPIC AWESOMENESS

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  118. Sam please can we have some new Pokemon to catch. Transfers are good and all but we have already had and trained those Pokemon. We, or definitely I, want new Pokemon to catch. Please Sam!

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  119. That is exactly what the fishing rod (which just came out) does! Why on earth are you complaining?

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  120. what happened with Litwick and ludvisc?. the few who did the code have many and no exchange or request trades impossible, it is unfair.
    perdón por mi pesimo ingles, es que uso el traductor de google que traduce mal.

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  121. Please another give away code today i want plusle and minun :')

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  122. I can't enter the game at all.

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  123. Dracōnem MagistrōApril 17, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    If this is me, please tell me, but I think the game is still down.

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  124. I also get your point, but the thing is that the second place Pokemon are limited. Let's say that 50% of the voters will get the limited giveaways. In case we do it the way it is now, it would be 40 happiness (I made it happiness, for the sake of doing it.)+15 happiness (Squirtle voters). If it is done according to my suggestion, it would be 40 happiness (Charmander) + 20 happiness (Charmander people who got Bulbasaur) + 10 happiness (Bulbasaur people). You gotta consider that it is worse to miss limited giveaway of Pokemon you like as compared to limited giveaway of Pokemon you don't care much about. So let's say that those who missed the giveaway Pokemon they voted for gets unhappiness. However, because the Charmander voters favourite Pokemon was Charmander and they got it, their unhappiness will be half as Bulbasaur/Squritle people. Also, those whose choice is not a mystery gift will gain unhappiness. So in the first scenario: 40 happiness (Charmander) + 15 happiness (Squirtle) + 15 unhappiness (Squirtle non-getters) + 20 unhappiness (Bulbasaur), resulting in 20 happiness. In the other scenario: 40 happiness (Charmander) + 20 happiness (Charmander people with Bulbasaur) + 10 unhappiness (Charmander people who did not Bulbasaur) + 10 happiness (Bulbasaur people) + 10 unhappiness (Bulbasaur people who did not get Bulbasaur) + 30 unhappiness (Squirtle people), resulting the same as above. If you wanna argue that the happiness of those who voted for Charmander and then Bulbasaur will get less happiness from getting Bulbasaur, then let's take that into account. But that would mean we would have to consider the happiness of the people whose choice was neither the mystery gift nor the limited giveaway, because they will feel some satisfaction. Of course, the 10% who voted for other Pokemon as well. That would be a quarter happiness, I guess.

    The first scenario:

    Happiness is: 40 charmander+15 squirtle-bulbasaur+

    Happiness is: 40 charmander+10 charmander-bulbasuar+10 bulbasaur+7.5 squritle-bulbasaur+0.25 other-bulbasaur. This is equl to 64 happiness.

    Unhappiness is: 10 charmander-bulbasaur+10 bulbasaur+30 squirtle+10 others.

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  125. Missingno. MasterApril 17, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    OK, why am I one of only THREE people who voted Basculin?!?!

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  126. Can´t load...omg i want Plusle and Minun :'(

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  127. hey, everyone vote for frillish it is a Water/Ghost type and it is strong

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  128. I apologize, I have to vote for frillish, the only reason I chose water, with water absorb it's immune to 3 types, I really love it. Also I can't believe nobody voted for emolga. I feel your pain.

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  129. Vote Wailmer, I want to see Wailord following the player.

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  130. Exactly the point, kind of...
    They will trade you regular ones, because they can get unlimited of those. Now, Sam tries to see if that will get the Pokemon distributed.
    And no, I don't speak Spanish or whatever.

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  131. Sam, u failed, u put mantyke in the poll

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  132. Vote for Wailmer! Support H.S.O.W.A. (Hot Skitty on Wailord Action)! Do it for the whales.. and cats!

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  133. Unfortunately, I reject your hypotheses for that scenario, because I don't think missing a giveaway generates unhappiness. For example, suppose I wanted squirtle and squirtle was the giveaway pokemon, and I missed squirtle. Would I be unhappy? Of course! But consider the alternative: I wanted squirtle, and the giveaway pokemon was bulbasaur. Then I definitely be more unhappy. If squirtle were the giveaway, at least I could trade or wait for a non-shiny to hatch and be traded at a reasonable offer. Then I would definitely gain some level of happiness by having squirtle in the game, even if I missed (since the giveaway pokemon are not in the game at all as of yet!). As a result, my analysis still stands.

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  134. For the next mystery gift it should be the Pichu Bros. if its electric :3

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  135. OK for giving the first place of the poll to Feebas because Milotic is one of the most appreciated pokemons but why voting for Buizel and Wailmer and not for Clampel that evolves in 2 strong creatures: Huntail and Gorebyss?

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  136. We have a big selection of water Pokemon. I guess it makes sense that our votes will be pretty varied especially when they are all pretty unique and no legendaries. So people vote for the guy you want and don't let us pressure you into voting for any Pokemon in particular.

    If you want to know what I voted for, so that you can decide to vote the same or different, then I'll tell you. I voted for Relicanth and I doubt that it will win. I chose it because it was my favorite choice, but it was a hard choice to make.

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  137. Sam, are u manipulating the poll? because some pokemon have less votes than an hour ago

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  138. what ,sam, I just when on the pokemon center

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  139. Why nobody votes for Lotad? he's inmune to fireeeeeeeee D:

    Anyway (idk if this is still happening) yesterday was a bug, when you try to battle a wild pokemon the battle freezes and you don't see any pokemon in your team, i hope you had fixed this c:

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  140. Missingno. MasterApril 17, 2013 at 9:23 PM

    GAAAAH! BASCULIN LOST VOTES?! WHAT THE HELL!

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  141. Somebody AnonymousApril 17, 2013 at 9:37 PM

    It would be interesting if we can control the flying Pokemon like how we control the avatar.

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  142. Somebody AnonymousApril 17, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    It's immune to fire? Really?

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  143. Somebody AnonymousApril 17, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    Because no one likes it.

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  144. Trading is possible, sure. But falling from high point hurts more than from lower point. My point is that by having Squirtle be the limited giveaway Pokemon, your expectation would increase, and if it turns out that you missed all the giveaways, then BOOM! you are right on the ground. The problem is that most of the times they don't have reasonable offers. Think about which is worse: having a certain Pokemon in the game and everyone except you having it, or not having the Pokemon in the game at all and no one else having it. Once a Pokemon has been a giveaway Pokemon, there will be no chance to get a shiny until it becomes available in the wild. Whereas if it is not a giveaway Pokemon, it is a possibility that it will be a giveaway Pokemon later.

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  145. I meant it just as for now, and the forms can be added later.

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  146. Will the stat modifiers be fixed in the next update?

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  147. When I looked at Wailmer's evolve form (which is Wailord), I was like "How can this incredibly huge thing fit in the game?"

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  148. Sam, will there be any use to the Pokemon Center? As in like the building
    I mean, we can trade in the trading center and the Pokemon are healed when a battle ends, so...
    Also, will you be adding different types of balls? Maybe the Pokemon health will turn red earlier?

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  149. Sam, when you put eggs moves?

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  150. Somebody AnonymousApril 17, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    I want a update to the story...

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  151. Somebody AnonymousApril 17, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    How will Payday work?

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  152. Somebody AnonymousApril 17, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    Sam, it is taking a lot of time to load the home page of the trading center, probably because I've many mystery gifts there. Therefore, I suggest that you make a new section in the trading center to keep those Pokemons there.

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  153. JOLLY OLD SANTA CLAUSApril 17, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    VOTE 4 TIRTOUGA!!!!!

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  154. It seems tirtouga got more votes and is in second, personally my favourite was frillish but I moved my vote to tirtouga, because there was a higher chance.

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  155. people can change their vote bright kid.

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  156. No, vote for Basculin!

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  157. Actually, I would have been very unhappy if I missed out on the plussle and minun giveaways, it would have took 6+ days to breed some trade slaves for it, and even still there's no guarantee. And to this day I'm still trying to obtain litwick.

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  158. Furthermore, I'd rather have had a litwick for a later gift than a giveaway, ever heard of delayed rewards?

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  159. I want pokerus C:

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  160. only way we'll get feebas is if it wins the vote for Mg wanted from people

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  161. vote for feebas and tympole !!

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  162. Yes, I have heard of delayed gratification, and that applies also to what I was saying if you had paid attention. After all, I suggested waiting for others to breed the pokemon in the case of missing the giveaway. As for why you haven't gotten a litwick yet, I can't say, but I've missed about half the giveaways and I've managed to get all the pokemon I missed with no problem by breeding the pokemon I did get from giveaways and offering them for the ones I missed. This includes litwick.

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  163. It's not just about the offers. You can offer trades to and ask for the pokemon in return. I've found that much more effective at garnering trades. For example, I've missed about half of the giveaways, but by offering pokemon I breeded from the giveaways I got, I was able to get the ones I missed. Particularly the newest one is usually the most helpful because it's the least distributed pokemon. And similarly, it's rather easy to trade for the shiny giveaways with other shiny giveaways.

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  164. Sam, there seems to be a glitch with the poll again. The total number of votes has decreased from earlier today. Might want to look into it.

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  165. You really likes to be the weird contratry guy huh?

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  166. I've been actually thinking about this, he might be really manipulating it, all the voting stuffs are just gimmick.

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  167. Damnit Sam! I just got my internet back for today and the Pokemon Center is shut down so I can't redeem Shiny Rotom!
    WHY SAM? WHYYYYYYYYY?!!!!!!!!

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  168. Well, my Pokémon just duplicated themselves, e.g. I got three similar Totodiles as well as two Golems (and even more).

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  169. You are right, prior tirtouga was at around 150 votes in 2nd place, now its at 40. Sam, just reset the poll and notify everyone, I think votes got lost in the system but voting again is ip locked. It's not fair at all, and now a crappy pokemon is going to win because it got the most votes first.

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  170. Sam, I'm finding the gift and giveaway voting systems unfair, in all manners, and I'd prefer if you just choose the gift from a random number generator, if it's already in the game reroll, when you get and applicable pokemon, add every member of its family. For the current system popular opinion wins, but majority doesn't rule, nor should it. Also the poll system has buggered out, previously there were over 400 votes to Feebus(which sucks) and tirtouga was second place with around 150. It's just not working. I would like you to reconsider the current system.

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  171. Also certain types aren't even in the poll, meaning one of my favourites; klingklang, will never be added.

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  172. Ik, but yesterday Wailmer, Buizel and Tirtouga had more than 100 votes, and now they have 60

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  173. Again!!!! Now Tirtouga has 37 votes!! It's not fair

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  174. klinklang was added in the steel type poll, but it didnt win...

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  175. Thanks, I can't access the old polls. Good to know.

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  176. Sam makes more of us happier this way. Sure some people, like me, and to a greater extent, Missngno Master, rarely get someone who they want ( carvanha is so cool), but it certainly makes more of us happier.

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  177. All types got a chance (if I can remember right) and it's going all over again. I don't think you've played the game from the start. That's where us guys who have get benefited (good offers from new people for old mystery gift pokemon.)

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  178. And furthermore, yes feebas sucks, but milotic is really cool (and so is wailord).

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  179. And P.S. you're apparently one of the people of the 5th generation who never got to the others, making the ones who have get sucky gen. 5 pokemon for the m.g. Do you even know anything about the first generation?

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  180. Umm, you van ' change' your vote.
    Ever noticed that little script?

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  181. And it's pretty good thing, it seems, that it's happened.

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  182. Vote carvanha!

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  183. No! Carvanha!

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  184. TRAINER SPECIALIZATION!
    Please?
    Anyone agree?

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