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Retirement

This post has been a long time coming but after months of inactivity I think it only fair I make an announcement than continue the silence. As the post title suggests, I am officialling announcing my retirement. This means I will no longer be actively developing the Adoption Agency. What it does not mean, however, is that the Adoption Agency is closing. The server is paid up for well over a year at this point so the Adoption Agency isn’t going anywhere. Nor am I.

The Pika Club has been around since 1999 so will be 14 years old this year. Since I am 23 this means TPC has existed for more of my life than it hasn’t at this point so as you can imagine it’s a hard thing to give up. I used the Adoption Agency (and its predecessors) as a means of teaching myself how to code and I used to develop it in my spare time outside of school/university. However since graduating I no longer have the spare time I used to and the code it’s based on (phpBB) is outdated at this point. I want to branch off into other areas of coding, such as actual video games. As a hobby project I created entirely in my spare time and offer completely free of charge I can no longer justify sacrificing the spare time I have nowadays like I once could.

I’ve updated the live version of the Adoption Agency to include the new modifications I was working on for 2.3. Unfortunately no new ‘big’ features are included since a few were under development but none are complete enough to be released.

As I said, though, I’m not going anywhere. I do still like coding and I really enjoyed making something a lot of people got entertainment out of. The AA is certainly not one of the bigger adoptable sites, but it did develop a close-knit community of regulars which is truly what kept me going for as long as it did. I’ll still be hanging around the forums and I’ll still fix bugs. I’m not ruling out any new development, either. But if it happens, it will be one new feature at a time rather than the large ‘updates’ that were used up to this point. I’d really like to release all the inaccessible Pokemon and finish the 2.3 ‘big’ features as believe me, there were some cool ones. But no promises.

Thanks for the memories,
Pikachu3828

March 3, 2013 · Pikachu3828 · No Comments
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Pokémon X & Y Announced – First full 3D Handheld Games!

Pokémon X and Pokémon Y have just been announced as the next games in the main Pokémon series and are coming to 3DS worldwide in October 2013! 5 new Pokémon have been shown so far, 3 of which have been named and appear to be the new starters.

Also shown is what appears to be 2 new legendary Pokémon, although no names was given.

 

 It’s early days yet but from what little has been seen so far, Pokémon X & Y seem to be even more revolutionary than Black & White. I’f you’d like to see some footage of the game in action, then check out the Nintendo Direct announcement video below. Footage of the new games starts at 7:20

January 8, 2013 · Pikachu3828 · One Comment
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Adoption Agency 2.2 Released and General Software Updates

I am pleased to announce the release of the Adoption Agency version 2.2 as well as a number of software upgrades. These have now all been complete and there should be no issues but please get in touch if you run across any.

The Adoption Agency 2.2 update includes the following new features:

  • Mining has been completely revamped
  • Auction House – You can now auction off your Pokémon
  • Gifting – You may now send gifts of money, items or Pokémon to other users!
  • Pokémon history – A much requested feature, you can now check up on the click history of any Pokémon
  • Favourites – You now have a favourites list you can add any Pokémon to for easy click access
  • Interact links are now red or green depending on whether you’ve petted a Pokémon within the last 24 hours
  • New quests, achievements and Pokémon
  • Natures – Pokémon now have natures! Natures can alter a Pokémon’s abilities. For example, Pokémon with Hasty natures mine ore faster than others!
  • Pokérus – Pokémon can now become infected with Pokérus. There is a small chance of them catching it organically and it can be passed on to your party Pokémon if you interact with an infected Pokémon. Currently this only makes Pokémon mine faster but will be expanded to more features in the future.
  • Country flags – Your country is now recorded based on your IP. This has two major benefits: Pokémon gain slightly more EXP when interacted with by a breeder from a different country to their owner, and when two Pokémon with OTs from different countries breed there is a slightly higher chance of the egg being shiny.
  • Pokénet – You can see on the top right of the page there is now a place to post status updates. These will be displayed on your profile page and in the future I’m hoping to add the functionality to follow other breeders so you can keep track of what your friends are doing!
  • Plus more! I can’t give everything away ;)

November 1, 2012 · Pikachu3828 · No Comments
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What’s new in Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2?

Two brand new adventures for the Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS have just been released, Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2, which will be exciting news for anyone who has enjoyed any of the titles in the Pokémon games series so far.

Diehard fans of Pokémon games and of the predecessors to the new titles, Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version (released in March 2011) may be asking – what’s different about the new versions of the games? Let’s take a look.

Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2 may carry on where the previous games left off, but an awful lot has changed in the last couple of years.

 

Locations

The locations you travel through as you progress in the game are amongst the biggest changes in Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2.

The action is still set in the region of Unova, as you may remember from the original Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version. However, there are many new locations to explore in the new version of the game, as well as changes to familiar places for you to check out. You’ll find many of the new locations when you start the game and start to explore the Western side of Unova.

One exciting new area you’ll encounter in the game is the Black Tower and White Treehollow in the Black City and White New Forest, where there are chances to purchase rare items and keys for the eKey system.

The new locations in Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2 also feature new Pokémon for you to collect, and some of these Pokémon you won’t have been able to get in the earlier versions of the game.

 

Pokéstar Studios

Another exciting new feature of Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2 is Pokéstar Studios, which can be found in Virbank City. This bustling, vibrant location will give you lots to see and do, but make sure you visit Pokéstar Studios where you will be able to create your own hit movie. You can only do this once you’ve defeated Gym Leader Roxie and her Poison-type Pokémon, but once you’ve won the battle and made your film, you’ll be able to move on to the next location.

 

Legendary new Pokémon

The ultimate aim of Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2 is to discover two new Legendary Pokémon, Black Kyurem and White Kyurem. These Dragon Pokémon have devastating new Ice-type moves and abilities, so are well worth tracking down!

 

Pokémon Dream Radar and Pokédex  3D Pro

Pokémon Dream Radar and Pokédex 3D Pro are two brand new downloadable games that will be exclusively available for players enjoying the game on a Nintendo 3DS console. Pokémon Dream Radar is a virtual-shooting game which allows you to catch Pokémon to add to your Pokédex in Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2. Pokédex 3D Pro, on the other hand, gives you access to all the information you need on each Pokémon to become a Master Trainer via the National Pokédex.

October 24, 2012 · Pikachu3828 · No Comments
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New Videojug videos

WhoKnows_WhoCares has completed another round of video guides for Videojug, ranging from topics like ow to catch Budew to How to get Oak’s Letter. In total there are 20 new videos. You can view the full list of videos available by clicking here or by visiting our profile page on Videojug.

August 26, 2012 · Pikachu3828 · No Comments
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Release Dates!

Some release dates have been announced for Pokémon Conquest and Pokémon Black/White 2 in the west!

Pokémon Conquest, which has already been released in North America, has been given a European release date of July 27th 2012.

Pokémon Black/White 2 will be released in North America on October 7th 2012 and on October 12th 2012 in Europe.

June 29, 2012 · Pikachu3828 · No Comments
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Pokémon Black/White 2 leaked ahead of Japanese release

Ahead of its official release date in Japan tomorrow, Pokémon Black/White 2 has already leaked. We’ll be bringing your more updates as they become available now that the game is playable.

For the time being, here are some screenshots to whet your appetite:

June 22, 2012 · Pikachu3828 · No Comments
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Forum Update

Our forums recently got a much needed update. The most obvious difference is the new layout, called ‘Pokémon Forever’ which replaces our  old ‘Sky’ layout which is several years old at this point.

A screenshot of our new forum layout.

A screenshot of our new forum layout.

In addition to the new layout, there are several new features and general tweaks to increase usability. These changes include, but are not limited to:

  • RSS feed support for forums and topics
  • Quick reply feature
  • Post content on topic title hover
  • PM/rank progress bars

June 17, 2012 · Pikachu3828 · No Comments
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Adoption Agency Version 2.1.5 Released

Version 2.1.5 of the Adoption Agency has been released. For those unaware, there is a forum topic here that will explain more about 2.1.5 but essentially it is more of an upgrade of existing features than adding new ones.

Changes in this update include:

  • New Breeding Centre – There is more to the breeding centre now than simply leaving Pokémon there for an hour.
  • Trading Centre Upgrade – You can now find trades easier and be much more specific with your trade requests.
  • Mass Migration Box Feature – You can now mass move Pokémon between boxes for easier and faster sorting.
  • Bag Sorting – Your bag is now sorted and categorised, making for easier navigation.
  • Greater Preference Control – You now have greater control over your AA experience by being able to set preferences when editing your profile such as only allowing certain people to trade with you.
  • Upgraded Friends List – Your friends list now shows which of your friends are currently online.
  • Hall of Fame Return – The Hall of Fame has returned and is more comprehensive than ever!
  • Design changes – Some design elements have altered, such as a font change and new footer design. Javascript is also now required to use the AA properly.

Version 2.2 is now currently in development which will include all brand new features.

May 4, 2012 · Pikachu3828 · No Comments
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Pokémon + Nobunaga’s Ambition and Black2 & White2 news

Right, lets get the easy stuff (that I forgot to post, sorry) out of the way first. Pokémon + Nobunaga’s Ambition, the strategy DS game that gives all the waring characters of the Nobunaga’s Ambition franchise some Pokémon to fight with, WILL be geting an english translation. This is suprising as the Nobunaga’s Ambition series is vastly unknown outside of Japan. That said, so was the Mystery Dungeon series when Pokémon got introduced to it and it became a worldwide hit. In America, the game’s going to be called Pokémon Conquest and here’s a shot of the box art:

The US will be getting the game released on June 18th. The game has also just recently recieved a rating for release in Austalia, indicating a Pal Release. The game will be getting a G rateing but interestingly its been rated under the title Pokémon + Nobunaga’s Ambition, so whether the game will change its name closer to release or if its being released with its Japanese name is currently unknown. What’s also unknown is any details on a European Release, chances are high, however there’s no details for Europe yet.

Right, lets get onto the really cool stuff. CoroCoro magazine has started to surfice on the internet and this month, Lots of Black2 and White2 news is inside. Pokémon Smash is due to reveal this info this Sunday in Japan, historically its not revealed much more so this is all the infomation we’ll probably have for a few weeks, but Pokémon Smash is due to have some video action of B2&W2 so we’ll hopefully be able to link you to that at the weekend.

So that’s the world map… and there’s a fair bit of Ice covering it. Why? Maybe because Kyurem has done something to the world, Maybe its something to do with Global Warming… or maybe its an effect to hide parts of the map so we can be surprised later on. Why would we need to be suprised. Well despite that B2&W2 are still set in the Unova region, the games are actually set 2 years after the first and as such, there’s been a few changes around the place. We know that there are new area’s of the map, as well as changes to existing places, Route 4, for example, not only has the road between the Nimbasa and Castelia been completed, but there looks like there’s a setlement popped up. And the moat that surrounds the Entra Link has dried up. There’s a lot of minor differences between this artwork and the original Unova Artwork, including Liberty Guarden, where Victini is found… maybe Victini wont need an event this time around?

other info from this page, Black Kyurem and White Kyurem’s both height and weight’s are revealed. Black Kyurem is 3.3m tall and 325 kg while White Kyurem is 3.6m tall and 325 kg. We also know that Black Kyurem will know Freeze Shock while White Kyurem will know Ice Burn.

Lastly on this page, details on the new Unova Pokédex. In Black and White, it was hinted that some, if not all, of the none Unova Pokémon had escaped from the transfer lab. Well now they’re becoming Nationalised as a lot of Pokémon are added to the Unova Dex. Cranking up from 156 to 300, its adding pokemon such as Psyduck at 026, Riolu at 033, and Metagross at 246 (with thier evolutions at assuming the numbers next to them). The dex is also adding Arcanine, Lapras, Eevee, Mareep, Tyranitar, Buneary and Weavile (along with thier Evos, presumably) amongs others old and new in the dex.

The next page shows characters. On the right are the two new trainers, male and female, that you’ll have to chose from in Black2 & White2… While the guy in the red shirt on thier left is the new Rival. Aparently in one of the boxes he’s quoted as saying ‘From now, I’m going to rage!’ – so he’s going to be a bit more anger managment issues than the last rival. He is, however, still a childhood friend of the rival. The girl with the guitar will show up in an Anime Episode in Japan in June, She’s Homika, a new Poison Gym Leader. Her gym is aproriatly a Club where live bands play.

Although you could see these two new characters on the last image, this is a better shot of these two. The tanned guy in the tight blue swimming costume is Shizui, the new Water Gym Leader. Akuroma is the new researcher, who’s looking into Pokémon Strength (probably in general and not the HM move as I first thought when I read that) – he’s described as a bit mysterious.

One of the new towns will be Hiougi City, its on the south West of the map and shown in images at the top left of the scan above. It’s going to be the new starting city for our new trainers. Its got a cool lookout area, and contains a Trainer School and a Pokémon Center. Again, changing the rules of Pokémon games, no player has started off in a City, or had a Trainer School or Pokémon Center in thier home town… so 3 new firsts in one place! The bottom of that page shows off some of the new buildings around Unova. The coolest one, an underwater tunnel you can walk through, with Mantine that floats by over head… even if there are no other fish that float above you – that is awesome in my book!

The issue also contained little info about the next Pokémon movie, Kyurem & The Sacred Swordsman Keldeo, and the Pikachu Short, Meloetta’s Sparkling Recital. Nothing major here, but it does highlight Meloetta’s secondary form, the Pirouette Forme, so that’s cool

That’s all we’ve got for now. Any more pops up we’ll throw it up and hopefully, at the weekend we’ll have some video of Black2/White2 in action.

April 12, 2012 · WhoKnows_WhoCares · No Comments
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