Let The Records Play - A Pearl Mixtape Challenge

Vivid Stardust

~ Like Stars In The Sky ~
Join Date
Nov 9, 2018
Vivid, Apollo
So, as y’all have probably guessed, all of my other challenges and runs besides the two I’m about to start are on hiatus. I’m not necessarily canceling them (except for maybe my US casual run, but we’ll get to that in a bit), because I still really want to do them, especially Sayonara Nostalgia and Aquinas’s Revenge. I haven’t thought about them for months, and it’s been a rough semester, to say the least.

But despite that, I’m doing something called National Novel Writing Month, and even though the goal is 50,000 words for that month, I really wanted to overachieve and push my limits (although I should know that ends badly because I had to drop a class because I tried to push my limits in school this semester). So naturally, I’m writing 200,000 words. That’s...a lot, I admit. I’m probably not going to get through all of that. But maybe this time, I will. I’ve been attempting NaNo off and on since I was 13, and I’ve never won, but it’s worth a shot. Anyway, the best way to get to 200k is to do multiple projects. (Besides, I don’t want to write one 200k novel or two 100k novels. That’s just not my style, especially since I’m going in with little to no planning.) Now, I’m already planning on writing two 50k novels, two 25k short story collections (Three out of four are cyberpunk. The last one is a mafia-style murder mystery novel because I’ve kinda always wanted to write that kind of story.), and probably 20k worth of lyrics (because I want to write lyrics anyway, and this gives me an excuse to do so). But you may be thinking, “Hold on a second, Vivid, that’s only 170k. What about the other 30k?” And then you’re probably going to think, “Oh no; you’re going to try to attempt a Pokémon challenge to get those last 30k, aren’t you?” You would be half right. I’m going to be doing this challenge, and a casual run that will be posted in the casual run section of this form. Maybe with a one month time limit, I can actually finish a challenge run and a casual run, learn how to draw Pokémon, and finish NaNoWriMo for once all in one go. Or not. You know.

I will be finishing the three challenges I posted on here eventually! I don’t know about my casual run, since 1) it’s been months since I played it (at least with my challenges I either haven’t started them or have barely started them so it’s not like I’ll have to remember much), and 2) I lost my notes for the next chapter multiple times. So yeah, that one might not get finished.

Anyway, enough nonsense about writing and pushing myself harder than I probably should! I’ve been wanting to do this challenge for a while, and it’s time to finally attempt the ruleset I made literally at the beginning of the year. Everyone, it’s the very first Mixtape Challenge, “Let The Records Play”! (Unless I started one on here before and forgot? I don’t think I did.) It’s also a comic! Heck yeah! The word count goal will be 15k, and I’ll be including the word count for each chapter.

Now, what are the rules of a Mixtape Challenge? Here they are, copied from my post on the rules thread.

1: If you wipe, you have failed the challenge.

1a: Cheren Clause: Due to how the first rival battle usually goes (ie Tackle Fest), if you lose to your rival in the first battle of the game (Cheren and Bianca both count as your rival for BW), the game is not over, and you can keep going!

2: You can only use three Pokémon types total! You must choose three of the 18 types available at the start of your challenge and only catch Pokémon of those types. Note that dual types are okay, even if the Pokémon doesn’t get the right type until evolving. So if you’re doing Flying as one of your types, you can use the Charizard line.

2a: You can only choose one out of Fire, Grass, Water, Normal, and Flying. This is because Grass, Water, Normal, and Flying are all really common, and it’s not fair to choose three of the most common types. Also, it’s not fair to have access to 2/3 sides of the Fire/Water/Grass triad.

2b: Less of a rule and more of a recommendation, but please make sure you have a decent selection of Pokémon with the three types you chose!

3: You can only catch one Pokémon per route. Note that you do NOT have to catch the first Pokémon you run into.

3a: Shiny Clause: If you run into a shiny, you can catch it and use it, even if it’s not one of the types you chose at the start or you already caught a Pokémon on that route. Shiny Pokémon are cool!

4: You cannot use revives. What? You thought you could get through this challenge by spamming revives? Think again! Besides, you can use Pokémon Centers all you want!

5: You cannot use items during gym battles! Held items are okay, though!

6: You win the challenge when you beat the champion in most games (this means Ghetsis in BW by the way). The only exceptions are the Johto games, where you need to beat Red too, and X/Y, where you need to beat Az.

What types will I use? Well, I’m probably going to be determining that through either RNG or just asking, “Hey, what types should I do?” on one of the Discord servers I’m on. It’s going to be hard no matter what because Pearl doesn’t have the best balance of types. Several monotypes can only be done in Platinum according to the Monotype spreadsheet, and while I have Platinum, I really want to do this on Pearl. Pearl was actually my first Pokémon game, but I never finished it, and I want to finish it!

Because I’ll be writing this comic during NaNoWriMo, I’ll be starting this run on November 1st. (or possibly a little later, because that’s a lot of drawing!) I will be attempting to get a little bit ahead as far as notes for this challenge so I can just start writing a script as soon as November starts. (As in, I’ll be starting to play through the game sometime in the next week so I can get ahead a bit.) However, the notes I write for this run (aka the summary) will not be counted for the 15,000 words I’ll be writing.

With all of that said, I’ll see y’all when November starts!