Conversation Between Bakken31 and Buffel Saft
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  1. Buffel Saft
    2 Days Ago 10:59 PM
    Buffel Saft
    Hey!
    - It's going well, I just need to finish the rematch teams (which make up about half of the trainers in the game somehow) and fix a few bugs in the battle engine and it'll be ready for a release. Need to make a "standard" version too, but I might see how much demand there is for that first. Gen 8 mons are included now but are currently unobtainable, but this will make save files from future versions compatible with version 1.0 saves. I've also just expanded the bag so it can hold every single item in the game, and added a new key item that acts as a portable Poke Center (it has limited uses, but can be recharged whenever you visit an actual center).
    - Normal difficulty is actually closer to Drayano hacks, the only difference between Normal and Hard is that trainers on normal don't have EVs, but they will in Hard. If normal turns out to be too hard I might add a casual setting for people who want it. Insanity will be similar to Radical Red and Unbound Insane with some added nonsense (currently thinking totem boosts for some trainers' Pokemon), but it won't be in the initial version of the hack as I want gen 8 to be ready to go before working on it.
    - Currently the difficulty is set at the start and can't be changed, but I'll probably add a way to lower it in the future.
    - I actually haven't seen any of the new Snap, will need to take a look!
    - Yeah I've been keeping an eye on Dray's twitter, hope he's looking after himself. Will be interesting to see how he solves his Sylveon dilemma!

    I hope so! I had fun making it either way, if anyone else enjoys it I'll be happy. Should be more accessible than my 3DS hacks too so it'll be interesting to see how much that matters.

    Have fun with Bayonetta!
  2. Bakken31
    3 Days Ago 2:29 AM
    Bakken31
    Hello.

    -How's your Emerald hack going?
    -I imagine for the difficulty settings in your Emerald Hack:
    . Normal: same as Gaia, Dark Violet, or GS Chronicles...
    . Hard: Drayano hacks and Unbound Expert...
    . Insanity: Radical Red and Unbound Insane...
    Correct me if I'm wrong.
    -Can we change the difficulty during walkthrough like in Unbound (Lower the difficulty but not going back to higher one before post-game), or we only choose in the beginning of the game?
    -What do you think of New Pokemon Snap? I would like to play it on Yuzu/Ryujinx (If I have better PC settings) since I did some photography in my hikings.
    -Check Drayano's twitter, well he didn't finish his SGSS update, but the news he brought us are surprising..... although he should take his time so he won't stress himself.

    I'm sure that your Emerald Hack will be loved by most Pokemon fans (especially when they burnt out from official games), but like other romhacks, I imagine there'll be some who'll dislike it for some reasons, but we can't please everyone, but still, your game has the potential to be one of the best romhacks.

    But just take your time while I'm playing Bayonetta 2 on Cemu (Wii U Emulator), so take care.
  3. Buffel Saft
    January 19th, 2021 9:26 PM
    Buffel Saft
    Hey, I'm not sure what I want to do ROM hacking wise after Emerald. Probably won't add gen 9 to it, but I kinda want to try a custom region hack at some point. Don't know if I'll have enough free time for something like that, or even which game I'd base it on (probably Emerald, unless the Platinum decomp is usable by then).

    Those aren't bad, might need to clean up the outlines on a few of them though. Still need to finish gen 8 moves and abilities before worrying about second frames, but I'll keep them in mind for later.
  4. Bakken31
    January 19th, 2021 2:27 PM
    Bakken31
    Hey.

    -I imagined something, and wanted to ask you:
    When/If Generation 9 of Pokemon comes in 2023/2024 or later, will you add Gen 9 Pokemon/elements in your Emerald hack, or maybe in new gba hack or Ds one if it's possible to expand the pokedex, or you'll forget about it and do something really important in your life?
    -There's someone called PorousMist326 who posted its own Galar second frames in Gen VII sprites thread if you want to use it, maybe there'll be more.
  5. Buffel Saft
    January 3rd, 2021 6:12 PM
    Buffel Saft
    Hey, that was something I'd planned but wound up scrapping as I didn't like the map I'd made for it. The current plan is to add a graveyard and/or haunted house to Dewford instead, so there'll still be an early game ghost area.

    Happy New Year! Hope this one's better than last year!
  6. Bakken31
    January 3rd, 2021 12:20 AM
    Bakken31
    Allright:
    -In your Emerald hack, I imagine there's gonna be a haunted house in Petalburg forest (Cut required) where we catch some Ghost-type Pokemon earlier.

    Sorry for being late, but:
    Happy new year, and best wishes!
  7. Buffel Saft
    December 25th, 2020 2:56 PM
    Buffel Saft
    Hey!
    Oh nice, he's finished the last two starter sprites then?
    - I hadn't planned to include Looker, but might do something with him if I can get a RSE style version of his theme into the game. Wouldn't be the same without it!
    - I haven't ported anything from the CFRU but I think some of my QoL features are same as the ones it includes.
  8. Bakken31
    December 21st, 2020 12:13 PM
    Bakken31
    Hey.

    Allright:
    -I don't know if you know already, but LeParagon finally completed all Gen 8 sprites I believe, let's wait for some more icons.
    -There's another one about Gen 8 items icons in this site:
    https://www.pokecommunity.com/showthread.php?t=443397
    -Will Looker be in your Emerald hack for some interesting sidequests?
    -Does your Emerald hack have some QoL elements from CFRU or some FireRed decomps?
  9. Buffel Saft
    December 17th, 2020 1:55 PM
    Buffel Saft
    - I've got a custom HM system that lets you deal with HMS in a few ways:
    * You can teach a Pokemon the HM move and use it like in vanilla
    * You can just have a Pokemon in your party that can learn the HM, and it will be able to use it in the overworld without actually knowing the move
    * If you don't have any Pokemon that can learn an HM (except Flash and Fly), you can call a gym leader's Pokemon to use the HM for you (basically the Poke ride system)
    - Yep, you can even choose between a few different modes for the rematch: singles, doubles and legendary (which will allow them to use "ubers" legendaries)
    - I haven't actually played any this year, but from what I've seen it'd be either Radical Red or Unbound. Won't know until I've actually played them though!
  10. Bakken31
    December 17th, 2020 12:57 PM
    Bakken31
    Thanks for your responses, ok:
    -Will it be a good idea to add/implement HM rides like in Dr Seuss's GS Chronicles?
    -Will it have an E4/League rematch like in ORAS?
    -What is your favorite romhack of this year?
  11. Buffel Saft
    December 15th, 2020 12:06 AM
    Buffel Saft
    Responses in bold! Copied your whole message so I could keep track of all the questions:
    -Pokecommunity didn't complete all new Gen V icons, so I found a link for you:
    https://drive.google.com/drive/mobile/folders/1xxOEbLr1mD-RDqWS9g1t7bOas-QeUrGE?usp=drive_open
    Thanks!
    -I guess your Emerald hack will have 85-90% of pokemon that have second frame sprites in the first release version, right? and is it hard for you to create some custom second frame sprites for some pokemon that don't have it yet?
    Not quite that many sadly, closer to 50%: every Pokemon from gen I-IV and most of V have second frames, but the rest are all single frame animations. I can make second frames but it's very time consuming, so I haven't made any custom ones yet (that'll be a version 2+ thing I think)
    -I prefer the design of Pokemon & stats menu to stay originally as it is instead of HGSS and/or BW styles (like in Radical Red, Theta Emerald Renev & maybe Unbound), and for pokedex, well maybe a new PokedexPlus from this site but with Emerald design, but it's up to you.
    I'll be keeping most of the Pokemon menus close to their original design. At some point they'll need to be modified a bit to support longer move/Pokemon/ability names, but I'll try to keep the general look. I'll be using The Xaman's Pokedex though, it's like having all the hack's documents in game!
    -Are May & Brendan's pokemon teams different (aside from starters)?
    Yeah, they got completely different teams aside from their starter and Swellow; there wasn't much to work with there lol.
    -Does it have a rival battle inside the Pokemon League before battling the E4? (Like Barry/Sinnoh rival battle in the Pokemon League (DPPt))
    I had that in my old 2012 version of Emerald, still deciding if I want to have it in this one too! There's a daily rematch with them in the post game at least.
    -Does Scott from Battle Frontier have some battles in this hack to demonstrate players?
    No, but I'll be adding battles with the Frontier Brains in the main game as a way to get certain items.
    -I know it's obvious, but I want to say that I'm sure that in this hack, trainers in the Victory Road have mega evolutions like in EXWY, RRSS, & PSPM.
    Yep! Some Ace Trainers even have them a little earlier this time.
    -Does this game have Medal challenges like in B2W2, or maybe a challenge like this in Pokenav?
    Nothing like that yet, maybe in future versions.
    -Will there be some mirage spots/places like in ORAS, maybe with some legendary encounters?
    No mirage spots, but most Legendary Pokemon have new locations added just for them.
    -Will there be some Item/Money sidequests like in Alola games?
    Yeah, I'm still working on those - there's an "interesting" one to get the Gyaradosite involving a lot of Magikarp.
    -Does Safari Zone have 6 areas before E4/Post-game, or still 4 areas?
    All six areas are available before post game.
    -I hope we can revive prehistoric pokemon by giving fossil items, instead of catching them as wild pokemon (Theta Emerald Renev).
    Yep! The fossil guy can revive all the fossils, and you can get as many of each as you want (though they're pretty rare after the guaranteed ones).
    -I wonder if you can add some new trick house puzzles.
    I hadn't actually considered that, it's a good idea. Could add a few more in the post game.
    -Is Soothe Bell available earlier in the game so we can evolve Pokemon that requires friendship easier, and because to evolve it, it takes a long time in Gen 2 & 3, longer than the next generations.
    Yep, it's available somewhere around Petalburg Woods, along with a Friend Ball, which instantly grants caught Pokemon enough friendship to evolve.
    -What was your hardest part when your were working on your Emerald hack, and what will be the hardest part when you'll be working for some next versions?
    So far it's been the code for Rotom's form change; it turned out to be a lot more involved than I thought, so it took a couple of tries to get it right! I want to add inverse and 6v6 modes to all the Frontier facilities, so I think that'll be the hardest thing to do in later versions.
    -Before the release of ORAS, fans were listening to RSE soundtrack with some excitements, this year (or these days), I'm doing it the same but for your Emerald hack, listening to some Hoenn songs before playing the first version, or the version with Gen 8 Pokemon. (Crazy, I know ^_^)
    Haha, I have the RSE soundtrack on as background noise while working on the hack sometimes. Helps to get in the mood!
    -Are you working on your hack too much, or are you working on it sometimes and have some important and free moments like work, other hobbies, family & friends, going out...etc ?
    Probably working on it too much, but I make time for all those other things too so I don't burn out. Got a 4 week holiday coming up so that'll be a lot of hacking time!

    There's a very good chance gen 8 mons will be ready to go before I have a first release ready, so I might just delay the hack a bit to have them in version one. Will see how much I get done this week.
  12. Bakken31
    December 13th, 2020 1:48 AM
    Bakken31
    Ok:
    -Pokecommunity didn't complete all new Gen V icons, so I found a link for you:
    https://drive.google.com/drive/mobile/folders/1xxOEbLr1mD-RDqWS9g1t7bOas-QeUrGE?usp=drive_open
    -I guess your Emerald hack will have 85-90% of pokemon that have second frame sprites in the first release version, right? and is it hard for you to create some custom second frame sprites for some pokemon that don't have it yet?
    -I prefer the design of Pokemon & stats menu to stay originally as it is instead of HGSS and/or BW styles (like in Radical Red, Theta Emerald Renev & maybe Unbound), and for pokedex, well maybe a new PokedexPlus from this site but with Emerald design, but it's up to you.
    -Are May & Brendan's pokemon teams different (aside from starters)?
    -Does it have a rival battle inside the Pokemon League before battling the E4? (Like Barry/Sinnoh rival battle in the Pokemon League (DPPt))
    -Does Scott from Battle Frontier have some battles in this hack to demonstrate players?
    -I know it's obvious, but I want to say that I'm sure that in this hack, trainers in the Victory Road have mega evolutions like in EXWY, RRSS, & PSPM.
    -Does this game have Medal challenges like in B2W2, or maybe a challenge like this in Pokenav?
    -Will there be some mirage spots/places like in ORAS, maybe with some legendary encounters?
    -Will there be some Item/Money sidequests like in Alola games?
    -Does Safari Zone have 6 areas before E4/Post-game, or still 4 areas?
    -I hope we can revive prehistoric pokemon by giving fossil items, instead of catching them as wild pokemon (Theta Emerald Renev).
    -I wonder if you can add some new trick house puzzles.
    -Is Soothe Bell available earlier in the game so we can evolve Pokemon that requires friendship easier, and because to evolve it, it takes a long time in Gen 2 & 3, longer than the next generations.
    -What was your hardest part when your were working on your Emerald hack, and what will be the hardest part when you'll be working for some next versions?
    -Before the release of ORAS, fans were listening to RSE soundtrack with some excitements, this year (or these days), I'm doing it the same but for your Emerald hack, listening to some Hoenn songs before playing the first version, or the version with Gen 8 Pokemon. (Crazy, I know ^_^)
    -Are you working on your hack too much, or are you working on it sometimes and have some important and free moments like work, other hobbies, family & friends, going out...etc ?

    Too many questions, I know, if you can't respond to all of what I wrote, that's okay.
  13. Buffel Saft
    December 9th, 2020 8:57 PM
    Buffel Saft
    I probably will use some of those, there are some definite improvements over the PC ones.
    - No rustling grass etc. in the hack yet, but I've always liked that feature so maybe in version 2.
    - The E4 and Champion are done! I'm currently working on the AI and filling out rematch teams for all the trainers that have them. Haven't got multiple teams for the league trainers yet, but that's on the to-do list.
  14. Bakken31
    December 9th, 2020 3:10 AM
    Bakken31
    And some more:
    -In this thread ( https://whackahack.com/foro/threads/sprites-con-second-frame-para-pokemon-emerald.64674/ ), the OP announced there are some (or few) new Gen V second frames if you want to check it out, there's a mediafire link in the first post, but also make sure to go to the same thread sometimes for some new Gen 7 & 8 second frames.
    -There's also another thread about other Pokemon sprites and their Gen V like backsprites:
    https://whackahack.com/foro/threads/pack-de-sprites.60199/
    But I'm not talking about backsprites, what I'm talking about is there are some Gen 6 & 7 front sprites that look better than the pokecommunity ones, so I have an idea, why don't you make some of these as second frames for your romhacks, or/and some as first frames (and pokecommunity ones as second frames), and then you'll decide which frames they fit.
    But hey, it's your game, I'm just giving you some ideas.
    -Does your Emerald hacks has Rustling grasses, Dusty grounds, and Bubbling water spots like in BW/B2W2?
    -I guess you're working on Hoenn E4 & Champion right now, and each has different teams like in Renegade Platinum & Radical Red, right?
  15. Buffel Saft
    December 8th, 2020 12:39 AM
    Buffel Saft
    Ooh thanks for that, wasn't aware of those threads. Some of those second frames are pretty good, and a lot of the others wouldn't be too much work to tidy up.