Conversation Between Bakken31 and Buffel Saft
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  1. Bakken31
    April 20th, 2021 1:55 PM
    Bakken31
    -I imagine two scenarios about your emerald hack releases:
    1-
    Initial version -> Gen 8 Pokemon in the next release -> Insanity (& maybe casual) difficulties in the next release -> and so on...
    or 2-
    Initial version -> Gen 8 Pokemon & Insanity at the same time in the next release -> and so on...
    Which will be?
    -Will the EV training & Grinding like in Solaceon Town (Renegade Platinum) be in your hack?
  2. Buffel Saft
    April 15th, 2021 4:44 PM
    Buffel Saft
    Haha it's fine, don't worry about it!

    - Yeah I'd need a midi download, don't enough about music to convert it myself. It's a good rendition of the theme though!
    - Game corner prices are as follows:

    Spoiler:
    .set PORYGON_COINS, 5000
    .set MUNCHLAX_COINS, 4000
    .set VULPIX_COINS, 2000
    .set SANDSHREW_COINS, 2000
    .set RATTATA_COINS, 1000
    .set MEOWTH_COINS, 2000
    .set GRIMER_COINS, 2000
    .set DIGLETT_COINS, 2000
    .set GEODUDE_COINS, 2000
    .set RAICHU_COINS, 4500
    .set MAROWAK_COINS, 4500
    .set EXEGGUTOR_COINS, 4500
    .set STARTER_COINS, 2500
    .set DOLL_COINS, 1000

    There's no way to evolve non-alolan forms into alolan forms yet, so they can just be bought with coins for now. Starters are cheap because it's the only way to get them and there are a lot of them!
    - That'd be doable, I could even port that feature over from the CFRU if needed.
    - It's hard to choose a favorite soundtrack but it'd be between DPPt and BW. Gen 6 has some great overworld themes and Guzma's battle theme was pretty good in gen 7 (Lake of the Sunne and Victory road were good too!).
    - Even though Platinum's my favorite Pokemon game Gen 5 is my favorite gen too. I've played blaze black 1 and 2 waaay too many times, and there's so much to do in the vanilla game too.
  3. Bakken31
    April 14th, 2021 5:20 AM
    Bakken31
    Thanks for the answer, and I know you were kinda cringed by my long text, so I apologise again.

    Anyway:
    -I remembered I asked you about Looker, and you answered that you'll find his theme first, so I found one:
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ulaLt7Y_S_U
    But too bad there isn't a MIDI download..... I wonder if Pixel Platinum's one will be a bit similar...
    -I read the conversation between you & Outwiller about Mauville Game corner, so my guess is: some regional forms have low prices, Starters & Porygon have high prices, and do shinies can be sold like in Radical Red, or keep out of it so we can create shiny pokemon from game corner by breeding? I prefer the latter.
    -It would be cool if there's something to customize by choosing songs for each place, battle, encounter... etc (I didn't remember well when I showed you something like that), I found some youtubers that made great GBA demixes:
    MezmerKaiser & UberTuberBackPacker..... Well the former have MIDI download links BTW, and I listened to all of their DPPt demixes and Imagined how it will sound like in Pixel Platinum.
    -And yes, I love listening to musics, whether in video games or not, and Pokemon is no exception, even fans have different reasonings to like and listen to their favorites, so here's my own OST ranking:
    Spoiler:
    11-FR/LG
    Spoiler:
    Personally, I don't like how it sounds compared to R/B/Y, but some are not bad like Champion battle theme, some Sevii island songs.

    10-OR/AS
    Spoiler:
    I prefer R/S/E, but there are some that I like more than the originals (Sootopolis & Deoxys...), and Zinnia's themes are great as well, even Primal & Rayquaza battles.

    09-R/B/Y
    Spoiler:
    Trainer battle, Pokemon Center, Cerulean, Gym battle, Vermilion, Celadon, Route 11, Champion battle

    08-Sw/Sh
    Spoiler:
    Even though I never played it (and won't), We can't deny it has some bangers.
    Slumbering Wield, Motostoke, Gym battle, North wild area, Stow-on-Side, Ballonlea, Circhester, Piers battle, Marnie battle, Eternatus Phase 1, Zacian/Zamazenta Battle, Freezington, some legendary battles in Crown Tundra

    07-S/M/US/UM
    Spoiler:
    Home, School, Team Skull grunt, Trial, Kahuna battle, Mantine Surf, Akala routes, Ultra Recon Battle, Konikoni night, Malie, Guzma, Guzma battle, Po Town, Lusamine battle, Seafolk, Poniponi routes, Tapu battle, Legendary battle, Ultra Beasts battle, Ultra Necrozma Battle, Mount Lanakila, Title Defense battle (Kukui), Staff Roll (USUM), some battle themes in Rainbow Rocket episode

    06-G/S/C
    Spoiler:
    Wild battle, Trainer battle, Violet, Gym battle, Rival battle, Azalea, Goldenrod, Game corner, Dark cave, Ecruteak, Dance Theater, Route 38, Team Rocket grunt, Buena's Password, Eusine, Lake of Rage, Legendary beast battle, Route 26, Lance & Red, Staff Roll, High-speed ship, Kanto Trainer battle, Kanto Gym battle, Route 2/Viridian Forest

    05-D/P/Pt
    Spoiler:
    Rowan's theme, Lake areas, Wild battle, Pokemon Lab, Pokemon Center day, Market, Trainer battle, Oreburgh, Oreburgh gate, Gym battle, Team Galactic grunt, Eterna Forest, Eterna Day, Hearthone Day, Hard contest dance, Route 209 Day, Route 210 Day, Game Corner, Route 213, Canalave Day, Route 216 Day, Snowpoint, Mt. Coronet, Distortion World, Cyrus battle, Giratina battle, Sunnyshore Day, Pokemon League outside day, Pokemon League inside, Cynthia piano theme, Cynthia battle, Battle Frontier, Route 225, Route 228, Battle Arcade, Battle Factory, Frontier Brain battle
    Well, most day versions, I prefer them more than the night ones.

    04-HG/SS
    Spoiler:
    Route 29, Wild battle, Market, Trainer battle, Violet, Gym, Gym battle, Rival battle, Azalea, Team Rocket grunt, Buena's Password, National Park, Game Corner, Pokeathlon Finale, Route 38, Eusine, Lake of Rage, Route 47, Ho-oh battle, Route 26, Lance & Red, Staff Roll, High-speed ship, Viridian, Viridian Forest, Route 3, Cerulean, Kanto Wild battle, Kanto Trainer battle, Kanto Gym battle, Hoenn Legendary battles, some Battle frontier themes

    03-X/Y
    Spoiler:
    Welcome to the adventure, Aquacorde, Santalune forest, Santalune, Gym battle, Route 4, Lumiose, Pokemon Lab, Sycamore, Couriway, Route 8, Team Flare grunt, Cyllage, Bicycle, Geosenge, Shalour, Tower of Mastery, Surf, Power Plant, Laverre, Route 15, Dendemille, Anistar, Lysandre battle, Legendary battle, Route 18, Snowbelle, Victory Road, Diantha battle, Staff Roll (Kiseki)

    02-R/S/E
    Spoiler:
    Welcome to the adventure, Littleroot, Pokemon Lab, Route 101, Wild battle, Oldale, Rival battle, Trainer battle, Petalburg, Route 104, Team Magma & Aqua grunt, Rustboro, Gym battle, Dewford, Slateport, Game Corner, Bicycle, Verdanturf, Route 113, Mt. Chimney, Surf, Route 119, Fortree, Route 120, Lilycove, Pokemon Contest, Mt Pyre outside, Magma & Aqua Hideout, Dive, Maxie & Archie battles, Legendary battle, Sootopolis, Ever Grande, Victory Road, Elite 4 battle, Champion battle, Battle Frontier, Battle Factory, Battle Dome, Battle Pike, Frontier Brain battle, Deoxys battle

    01-B/W/B2/W2
    Spoiler:
    Title, Let's go together, Rival battle (BW), Nuvema, Juniper, Pokemon Lab, Route 1, Wild battle, Accumula, Plasma's Maneuvers, N, Route 2, Trainer battle, Bianca, Cheren, Gym battle, Gym leader's last Pokemon (especially B2W2), Dreamyard, Team Plasma grunt, Nacrene, Skyarrow Bridge, Castelia, Route 4, Relic Castle, Nimbasa, Bicycle, Musical Hall, Lostlorn Forest, Alder, Driftveil Drawbridge, Driftveil, Cold Storage, Route 6, Mistralton, Surf, Icirrus, Dragonspiral Tower, Legendary/Roaming battle, Opelucid (B&W), Route 10, Victory Road, League, Elite 4 battle, N's bridge, N's castle, Decisive N battle, Ghetsis battle, Farewell, Staff Roll (BW), Entralink, Aspertia, Rival battle (B2W2), Floccesy (Town), Virbank, Virbank Complex, Virbank Gym, Pokestar Studio, Neo Plasma battle, Corless, Join Avenue, Nimbasa Gym, Pokemon World Tournament hall, PWT finals, Mistralton Gym, Reversal Mountain, Undella (Autumn, Winter & Spring), Route 12, Lacunosa, Village bridge, Shadow Triad, Marine Tube, Humilau, Route 22, Infiltrating the Plasma Frigate, Corless battle, Insane Ghetsis battle, Route 23, Iris Champion battle, Cynthia battle (PWT), White Treehollow, Staff Roll (B2W2)
    My god, so many songs that I can't forget, Gamefreak really managed to do some epic soundtrack in its time.


    Never heard too much about LGPE ost so that's why it's not in it.
    So, what's yours?

    -What's your Favorite Generation? Mine is 5, I like both Black & Black 2, the story is very interesting, Unova is my favorite region, and it has my favorites:
    Spoiler:
    Serperior, Samurott, Gigalith, Leavanny, Whimsicott, Scrafty, Sigilyph, Archeops, Gothitelle, Galvantula, Eelektross, Chandelure, Haxorus, Mienshao, Braviary.
    In this roster, there are some Pokemon that can't please everyone (Garbodor, Vanilluxe, Stunfisk...etc), but also some that look cool (Excadrill, Scolipede, Krookodile, Accelgor, Bisharp...etc)

    And of course, the nostalgic soundtrack (In my opinion).
  4. Buffel Saft
    April 8th, 2021 3:59 PM
    Buffel Saft
    Hey, not bad!

    My favorite thing's adding new features in C; things like Rotom's form change and the nature changer were pretty fun to get working. Least favorite thing is finding bugs, especially in the battle engine. Sometimes they're quite tricky to fix!

    Personally I don't use items in battle anymore, but that's mostly just to make sure my trainer battles aren't too hard. I figure if I can beat them without using any items, then other people should be able to beat them with some item use if needed. I try not to use them in other people's hacks too (and won't use revives in battle), but sometimes I'll use a healing item to get past something like Mira's Porygon 2 in Renegade Platinum. I also don't mind boss battles taking a few attempts in a difficulty hack, that's part of the fun!

    Also Sacred Ash can't actually be used in battle, it's just a nice QoL thing to cut down the time you spend healing while going through an area.
  5. Bakken31
    April 6th, 2021 8:24 AM
    Bakken31
    Hey, how's it going?

    -What's your favorite and least favorite thing about your Emerald Hack work?



    OK, time for a long text wall:
    Remember the rules I wrote about my previous playthroughs of your hacks?
    -No overlevelling above Gym Leader/Boss/Champion's ace.
    -Set style.
    -5 healing items per battle (Trainers, Rivals, Leaders, Grunts... etc), better than Item-spamming.

    I know that most people who playthrough their favorite games (Official or Hacks) tend to play with No-Item in battle rule (in regular play or nuzlocke), because it would be too easy otherwise, and that's understanble, because it makes them learn some strategies, but also some people want to use same amount of items as oppenent's, and they won't heal until an adversary does, so that's fair. But the thing is, when I play Drayano hacks, your hacks, and maybe some of difficulty hacks, I always use the (5 items per battle) rule, because there are some battle that block my way (and losing like 4 or 5 times or more maybe) like Burgh's gym battle in BBVV, Calem/Serena battles with Protean Greninja on their teams, 1 after 1 Team flare battles in Lumiose City, Guzma in Æther Foundation, 2 last trainers (Veteran & Ace) in Mount Lanakila (Victory Road)... etc (Although these battles should not be nerfed, so they should stay as they are even though I'm not veery veery good), and I use items like potions, full heals, revives..... yep, that's right, revives, but I used few/some of them in battle that are very difficult to me, so I don't want to waste so much time and repeat too much before I win some battles, even though I know it's a cheap strategy, it's just that I don't have too much patience when I play difficulty rom hacks (I know you may disagree with me, so let me know, but don't worry, I used sacred ashes only OUTSIDE of battles), but there are some fans (or more than some) that can clear these difficulty hacks without items in battle, Regulars or Nuzlockes, I'm a bit ashamed of myself, but I respect their efforts, congratulations champs.....
    I'm not the best with battle strategies, even though I know the typing, the stats...etc, but I don't use legendaries, and I rarely use Pseudo-legendaries.
    The funny thing is, I played Pokemon since 2001 (my first game was Red), and till now, I always used items in battles, but I played with item restrictions (per battle) last years (5 or 6 years), If I want to play with no items, I prefer to do in Battle facilities (Frontier, PWT, Tree... etc).
    Well I don't consider myself a real gamer, I'm just an individual who likes playing video games even though I like some challenges to spice up a bit and I enjoyed playing hard games like Classic Megaman games (without savestates, thankfully they have passwords), Bayonetta, Castlevania Rondo of Blood, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Viewtiful Joe, some fighting games and shmups... etc, and doing some 1cc runs (No continue) of some of my favorite arcade games in MAME (but it takes practice), and I also enjoyed games that I can relax like Mario games, Spyro & Crash from PS1, Classic Sonic games, Tetris...etc

    Sorry for this long test, and I know, I'm overthinking too much.
    In summer, maybe I will do a regular playthrough of Renegade Platinum (Classic Mode), same rule-set, but 3 healing items per battle to spice up a bit, and when the gen 8 version of your Emerald hack is released, I'll play it in Hard mode with the same rules.

    If you disagree with some of my points, let me know.

    Oh, in Pokemonhalloffame subreddit (even though i don't have a reddit account), I found two guys reviewing your Prismatic Moon game, and they enjoyed it:
    https://www.reddit.com/r/PokemonHallOfFame/comments/dyvjoa/prismatic_moon/?utm_source=amp&utm_medium=&utm_content=comments_view_all
    https://www.reddit.com/r/PokemonHallOfFame/comments/ko10a5/prismatic_moon_team_barely_made_it_through/?utm_source=amp&utm_medium=&utm_content=comments_view_all
  6. Buffel Saft
    March 28th, 2021 10:51 PM
    Buffel Saft
    Hey!

    - The three big things are not having to deal with Advance Map (porymap is sooo good), how easy it is to change almost anything (E.g. editing the title screen in pokeemerald was just replacing a png file) and access to proper source control for the entire ROM. That last point makes it really easy to find bugs, and makes it impossible to permanently break something. The CFRU simplifies a lot of things and is really good, but it still comes with some of the old binary hacking drawbacks. Also there's no Emerald version of it!
    - Hard has "proper" EV spreads for trainers; they won't have more than the 510 limit, and they won't always have 252/252/4 spreads either, though those are the most common spreads for bosses.
    - Those are really good! I've already made a custom Milotic one so that's ok. Haven't decided what the other new megas will be yet, other than Flygon and Lapras (still haven't got a design for Flygon).

    I'm looking forward to SGSS too! Might try doubles hard mode just to shake things up a little; if it's anything like Blaze Black's doubles and triples it'll be pretty fun.
    Hopefully Pixel Platinum gets finished! There have been a few attempts to demake Platinum, not sure if any made it to the end.
    Emerald's not too far off now, my test playthrough is at Mt. Chimney (found plenty of bugs so far, glad I decided to do a test run). Not sure how much longer Gen 8 will take as I'll have to do a lot of the item and ability effects myself.
  7. Bakken31
    March 28th, 2021 5:13 AM
    Bakken31
    Hey

    -What are things that make you prefer Decomp Pokeemerald more than Binary CFRU?
    -When you said Hard haves EVs and Normal doesn't, do you mean only 2 stats have 252 EVs or all stats have 252 EVs in Hard?
    -In this playlist:
    https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLmXog07nrD56dH9F2ETntuJGL9sHbH2ax
    There are some custom Mega cries if you want to take some of these by recording and give them credits, but too bad I can't find the Milotic one for you :(

    I know I'm gonna sound crazy but, there are three romhacks that I look forward to play them:
    -Drayano's Sacred Gold & Storm Silver v2 (I'll play in Hard mode - Doubles), but I'll wait until Mikelan98 updates by adding proper gen V moves & abilities so maybe I'll play Storm Silver 649 patch.
    -Pixel Platinum (the one that I gave you a YouTube link), not only the video amazed me, but also I read some cool content infos in the comment section, but first I'll play Renegade Platinum before the release.
    -And of course, your Emerald hack, you already know how I'm exited to play it, but I'll wait until the version with Gen 8 Pokemon is released, and I'll play it on Hard Mode.

    But hey, take your time, take care, and enjoy your life. ;)
  8. Buffel Saft
    March 18th, 2021 6:26 PM
    Buffel Saft
    - It doesn't, but I might look into adding that. Never really noticed that Emerald didn't have that feature!
    - That's pretty cool!
    - Looks like that's coming along nicely, the music is done well.
    - It should work on any good GBA emulator. Never tried MyBoy but I don't think there will be any issues with it.
  9. Bakken31
    March 16th, 2021 9:20 AM
    Bakken31
    OK

    -Does it play Rayquaza cry when we press a button in the title screen?
    -I found some video about Poke Radar in Pokeemerald if you want to check it out: https://youtu.be/CjOt0v-1ADk
    -Someone posted a video about its early project of Pixel Platinum using Pokeemerald, check it if you want to support it: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=4miBaMQ3Qug
    -I'm playing my favorite GBA games on my android with MyBoy!, but will your Emerald hack will work in this emulator (MyBoy!) without problems? If not, what would you recommend (I think there's not an android version of Mgba).
  10. Buffel Saft
    March 11th, 2021 2:17 PM
    Buffel Saft
    Hey, I'm good. How've you been?

    - I've finished the rematches, now I'm just making some changes to the AI and doing a test playthrough to catch any obvious bugs. Other than that version 1.0 is pretty much done.
    - Maybe. I've set the ROM up so that saves from the current version will be compatible with the version that adds gen 8 mons, but any new forms won't be accounted for so that'd be a save-breaking update. I'd prefer to avoid those for as long as possible!
    - Yep! They're all backed up online too; the 3DS ones are on google drive of course, and Emerald is on github. Very unlikely I'll lose them!
    - Ooh I do want to check those out, Mr Dollsteak's second frames are always really good.
    - I mostly use mgba and citra (for Emerald and 3DS games), but I've also got a hacked 3DS and a flashcart so I can play all the DS and 3DS games on hardware. Drastic on Android is pretty good but I don't really use it much. I do want to get dolphin set up for some of the older Fire Emblem games too, still haven't played most of them. Definitely have to do the important things before playing games!
  11. Bakken31
    March 11th, 2021 3:09 AM
    Bakken31
    Hey, How's it going?

    -I guess the rematches in your Emerald romhack are almost finished.
    -Will you add maybe some new pokemon (maybe) and formes from 4th gen remakes & Legend of Arceus in your romhack when these games are released?
    -Do you keep your romhacks (Emerald & 3DS ones) safe in your external hard drive? just in case if your PC is affected by Viruses or something like that.
    -Mrdollsteak updated with more Gen V 2nd frame sprites in Sugimori Palettes if you want to check them out (I know I annoyed you with 2nd frames haha).
    -What emulators do you play your favorite games (PC or Android)? I really enjoyed playing Mario Kart 8, Super Mario 3D World, and Bayonetta 2 on Cemu (Wii U Emulator), and I'm playing this week or month Viewtiful Joe & F-Zero GX on Dolphin (Gamecube & Wii Emulator)...... but sometimes I need to do some important things aside of playing video games ^_^'
  12. Buffel Saft
    February 24th, 2021 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!
  13. Bakken31
    February 23rd, 2021 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.