Conversation Between Bakken31 and Buffel Saft
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  1. Buffel Saft
    August 20th, 2020 11:42 PM
    Buffel Saft
    Hey good to hear things aren't too bad in Algeria.

    - I've changed quite a bit of dialogue so far, but it's mostly to accommodate new features (e.g. your rival asks which region the Pokemon in Birch's suitcase come from, which is how you decide which set of starters you want to choose from). There are a few new NPCs from ORAS that use their ORAS dialogue too, like the guy that hands out the false swipe TM. I haven't updated team Aqua or Magma to their ORAS versions though.
    - Yeah I have a few ideas for an extended post game, nothing concrete yet but it won't be the Delta Episode.

    Radical Red looks really good, I'll definitely give it a try at some point. Never played anything with Skeli's engine so that'll be interesting.
  2. Bakken31
    August 18th, 2020 6:01 AM
    -Do you change some dialogues in your Emerald Hack? Are some dialogues are by yourself and/or inspired by ORAS?
    -Would you add a Delta Episode or an alternative story in the post-game ?

    Anyway, did you hear about Pokemon Radical Red? I don't know if I'll play it or not but it's an interesting challenging Romhack if you want to check it out.
  3. Bakken31
    August 16th, 2020 3:45 PM
    Thanks for the information, just take your time with your Emerald hack, because people would love to play your game with Quantity and Quality.

    Well my country (Algeria) has increased some cases, but we're not in lockdown (yet again), there's still people walking with or without masks, some of us take precautions, and it's not as bad as France right now.
  4. Buffel Saft
    August 16th, 2020 3:07 PM
    Buffel Saft
    Hey, it's been a busy month; I'm in New Zealand and we were almost back to normal until last week (we're back in lockdown now, but fortunately only in one city for the moment). How's it going in your country?

    - Some Pokemon do have quieter cries than others, but only if they're that way in the official games (e.g. Golurk). I processed all the cries myself so if any are too quiet it's an easy fix.
    - I've gone with a different approach for the HM problem. They should hopefully be worth using; you can find useful items (berries, stones, fossils etc.) and Pokemon you can't get elsewhere in Cut trees and breakable rocks. Strength boulders are still a pain, but I'm looking into adding a Poke Ride style system alongside HMs so you won't need to give up a move slot if you don't want to.
    - Haha, I wish I was up to Sootopolis! I've just finished Flannery and will hopefully get Norman and some of the Surf areas done today.
    - Maxie and Archie have slightly different teams from their PSPM counterparts (possibly including Kyogre and Groudon though - still thinking on that one).

    Looks like a fun team, and having Snow Warning will help a lot in EXWY's Elite 4. Good rule-set too, that's similar to what I use when testing my hacks (only difference is I use no items in battle - it helps to make up for me knowing how the trainers will act beforehand).

    I likely won't be done with Emerald before Dray is done with Storm Silver 2.0 (looking forward to playing that), but I might release an early version without the updated Frontier and post game.
  5. Bakken31
    August 15th, 2020 3:43 PM
    How's it going Buffel, it's been a month
    How are the people in your country (United Kingdom I guess?)

    -Do all pokemon have same volume tone of cries? Because in Pokemon Unbound Battle Tower Demo, I heard half of 7th gen pokemon have lowered volume cries, especially Blacephalon for exemple
    -Would you remove some "Cut" trees & "Strenght" rocks...etc like Drayano did in his Renegade Platinum?
    -Well, in your Emerald Hack, I guess you're working on a Sootopolis part right now, right?
    -Do Maxie & Archie in your Emerald Hack have same teams as in PSPM (Minus Groudon & Kyogre) ?
    ... I think that's it

    Well I never Played Vanilla/Original X & Y, so in August 1st 2020, I began to play Eternal X (Legal Normal) on Citra (PC) (Better late than never) with some rules of mine:
    -"Set" mode
    -Level gap so I won't overlevel above highest level of each Gym Leader/Boss
    -Item limit of 5 in-battle

    Difficult but fair (for me), and I'm having fun with it (I know fun is subjective), even though Calem's Greninja is so OP (but I don't want to ask you to nerf it, I can beat it even though it's hard)

    My Eternal X Team (just after beating Anistar Gym Leader Olympia last time):
    -Delphox Lv61 (Male, Calm, Magician)
    Flamethrower, Will-o-Wisp, Psychic, Psyshock
    -Blastoise Lv61 (Male, Relaxed, Rain Dish)
    Surf, Water Pulse, Dark Pulse, Strength
    -Leavanny Lv 60 (Female, Relaxed, Chlorophyll)
    X-Scissor, Leaf Blade, Poison Jab, Swords Dance
    -Slurpuff Lv 60 (Female, Lax, Unburden (I have more than 150 Sitrus Berries by planting) )
    Play Rough, Belly Drum, Energy Ball, Cotton Guard
    -Aurorus Lv 60 (Female, Bold, Snow Warning)
    Blizzard, Freeze-Dry, Ancient Power, Earth Power
    -Hawlucha Lv 60 (Male, Lonely, Unburden (thanks Ability Capsule))
    Acrobatics, Power-Up Punch, High Jump Kick, Fly

    And after I finish this run, i have my list for my next Pokemon runs in order:
    - Prismatic Moon (Standard)
    - XG: NeXt Gen (Pokemon XD Romhack)
    - Maybe your Emerald Hack (Normal Mode, then Hard Mode for some Monotype runs later maybe)
    - Blaze Black
    - Blaze Black 2 (Normal Mode first, then Challenge Mode if I want to do Flying or Bug Monotype run)
    -Renegade Platinum
    -Storm Silver (Hard Mode, and Drayano is working for an update)
  6. Buffel Saft
    July 8th, 2020 10:20 PM
    Buffel Saft
    Hi, hope you're doing well!
    - I'm actually using a custom EXP system, so it's a mix of both. Still testing it out, but right now this is how it works:
    - Whenever you get EXP, every Pokemon on your team gets 25% of it, even if they didn't battle. If a Pokemon was on the field or holding an EXP. Share, it also gets the remaining 75% of the EXP (so 100% total). Might drop the EXP Share
    bonus to 25% at some point though, will see how it goes.
    - Maybe! I'd like to give them their own themes, but I've never done any music hacking so we'll see how it goes. There are a few trainer themes I want to add too, so hopefully it's not too hard.
    - I'll definitely consider using alternative sprites if they look better, and I'll be making a few myself too (e.g. I'm not a fan of the Araquanid sprite in the resource thread, so that's been replaced).
    - I worked from home during quarantine, so it actually felt pretty similar. Sitting at my desk all day did make it hard to stay there and work on Emerald in the evenings though!
  7. Bakken31
    July 8th, 2020 9:28 AM
    Good morning/afternoon/evening!
    -Is the EXP. Share in your Emerald hack like in Gen 2-5 or Gen 6-7?
    -Will Wondertrade be in it?
    -Will legendaries (Except Gen 3 ones & Mew) have their own battle themes (maybe with Gen 4-5 soundfonts) like Skeli did in his romhack Unbound?
    -After Leparagon posted new sprites (including Dracovish), I saw another one's (GriloKapu) Dracovish (in the same thread & same page) that looks more appealing than Leparagon's (just my opinion), well it's up to you
    -How does it feel to work on your Romhacks (especially your Emerald hack) during quarantine compared to days before quarantine?
  8. Buffel Saft
    July 1st, 2020 10:15 PM
    Buffel Saft
    - Yeah, evolution moves were one of the first things I added, though my implementation is a little messier (still works just as well!).
    - Adding some sort of music player is an interesting idea, I might have to look into that!
    - Drayano's Blaze Black and Volt White were what first got me into playing ROM hacks, so his hacks are definitely the biggest influence. Also, Luuma's Altered Emerald had some pretty creative Pokemon changes in it, so there are a few things inspired by that too.
  9. Bakken31
    July 1st, 2020 12:30 PM
    Hey what's up?
    -I don't know if it's already in your Emerald hack, but I saw a video about evolution moves in pokeemerald, and there's a Github link in the description:
    -And another one about BGM & Sound library so people will enjoy it by checking out, there's also a Github link there:
    -What Romhacks and/or who is the RomHacker that inspire you to make your interesting games?
  10. Buffel Saft
    June 22nd, 2020 4:57 PM
    Buffel Saft
    No problem!
    - I'll probably go with something similar to ORAS and have some sort of side quest to get both bikes.
    - If we find out more about Kabu at some point I might do something like that; just being from Hoenn isn't much to work with.
    - I'm planning to have difficulty settings; normal will be somewhere around BBVW2 challenge mode (maybe a bit easier) as the trainers won't have EVs, Hard will be similar to PSPM, and Insanity will be ridiculous and unfair.
    - May and Brendan will always have Hoenn starters. There'd be far too many teams to make otherwise (48 for every rival battle!). Their teams will include other Pokemon from newer generations though.
  11. Bakken31
    June 21st, 2020 3:19 PM
    Thanks for the info
    Well, I forgot to tell you more things:
    -I saw somebody on youtube made a bicycle Mach & Acro at the same time if you want to use it:
    -I wonder if few people in Lavaridge Town will talk about Kabu in your hack (cuz I heard Kabu is also from Hoenn)
    -I think the difficulty of your Emerald hack will be as hard your PSPM hacks, or Drayano's Renegade Platinum or BBVW 2 Challenge Mode, what do you think?
    -For May/Brendan rival battles, will their starters be one of 8 generations (depending on what we choose) or only Hoenn ones? It's ok if you don't want to spoil
  12. Buffel Saft
    June 21st, 2020 3:15 PM
    Buffel Saft
    - Yeah, the DLC moves will definitely be added at some point.
    - Not at all, I think they might even have contest data in Egg's battle engine already. If not it'll be easy to add some.
    - The Cram-O-matic's not a planned feature for now, but maybe in future versions.
    - Yeah, Route 105 and 106 already have grass patches where you can find Inkay and a few other Pokemon.
  13. Bakken31
    June 20th, 2020 10:35 AM
    -I heard there's new moves from DLC if you want to add them
    -Would it be hard to modify Gen 7 & 8 moves for Pokemon Contest?
    -Will the machine like Cram-O-matic be in this hack?
    -Would you add some wild grasses in some of water routes? for example: in Route 106 (North of Dewford Town), you can encounter some pokemon in the wild grass such as Wingull, Inkay, Clobbopus...etc
    I imagine the fans will say that your Emerald hack is better than Sword and Shield and play it more than those (and I understand why)
  14. Buffel Saft
    June 14th, 2020 9:02 PM
    Buffel Saft
    Hey, I've been busy, but busy in a good way. Hope all's well with you too!
    - I hadn't actually thought about adding new Regi puzzles for those two, but now that you mention it I'll definitely have to do something!
    - Yep. All wild battles in grass are doubles right now, but that's just for testing. I do want to add proper doubles grass patches at some point.
    - I could definitely have colorful flower patches for Flabebe. Right now it's found on flowering berry trees, but I haven't implemented a way to get all the different colors yet.
    - I probably will add mid-battle trainer messages. Even though they're mostly pointless I do like them as a feature.
    - I'll leave the name as a surprise for now, but I've decided on one already!
    I didn't know there was a switch emulator already; it definitely looks expensive to run. Hopefully my Emerald hack lives up to your expectations!
  15. Bakken31
    June 14th, 2020 4:50 AM
    Hey Buffel Saft, how's it going?
    -Do you plan doing new spots for Regieleki and Regidrago in one of your next updates ? I wonder what kind of puzzles will be...
    -Does it have Wild Double Battles?
    -Could you make colorful flowers so we can encounter Flabebes depending on its color like Spherical Ice did in his Gaia Romhack?
    -Will you add Mid-battle Trainer messages in important battles like in Gen 4 & 5 games?
    -I wonder what your Emerald Romhack will be named: Sky Emerald, Ascent Emerald, Elevating Emerald... mmmm...
    .... Anyway, I wanted to play some 8th gen games these days, but I can't afford a powerful PC to play these in Yuzu/Ryujinx, but since you gave us informations about your Emerald Hack, I would play it instead of ORAS & SwSh (even their romhacks) because I'm sure it'll be complete with contents, and that'll be one of my favorite Pokemon romhacks along with your XY & USUM ones and Drayano60's DS hacks