Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone! Despite officially announcing my retirement nearly 2 years ago, I still visit here from time to time and it pleases me greatly to see people still enjoying the Adoption Agency despite no longer being updated. This year we continue our Christmas tradition, but I have decided to bundle some surprise extras along with Delibird as a Christmas gift to everyone! I have just updated the AA to 3.0.4 which adds support for gen VI Pokemon and optimises the site layout for mobile and tablet devices.

Visit Delibird

Delibird will be staying for longer than usual this year to give everyone a chance to visit and receive his gifts.

I have some time off work so expect some more surprises in the coming days between now and early 2015! Since I am adding to code that has not been updated in a long time, there may be some errors here and there, especially with the introduction of gen VI Pokemon. As always, please report any bugs you find in the appropriate forum and I will do my best to fix them.

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 However since graduating I no longer have the spare time I used to and the code it’s based on (phpBB) is outdated at this point.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

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 ;)

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

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.

Munchlax Calculator Update

Some time ago I added a little tool to this site called the Munchlax Calculator which allowed you to work out which honey trees you could slather honey on to attract Munchlax in Pokémon Diamond/Pearl/Platinum. I left it and forgot about it for a long time until recently when it was brought to my attention that it was: 1) the number 1 result on Google for “Munchlax Tree Calculator” and 2) it was receiving decent daily traffic. As such, I decided to remake the calculator layout as it was very bare bones and did not even link back to our homepage before.

The new Munchlax Calculator

I have also added our Random Team Generator script to the tools menu as I did not realise it was missing. You can use our random team generator to create a random team of between 1-6 Pokémon using filters you specify.

The first update to the PHPokédex is also planned within the next few months to add some new features and improve user accessibility.

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from The Pika Club to everyone who celebrates and a happy holidays to everyone else! For those of you that are Adoption Agency members, you should check out the latest update on the AA’s index page for a Christmas gift.

For our non-Adoption Agency viewers we have not been keeping up with the latest Pokémon news very well for which I apologise. We completely failed to inform you of the latest upcoming Pokémon game, Pokémon + Nobunaga’s Ambition. This is a SRPG which sees you help conquer imperial Japan with the aid of Pokémon! Check out the trailer below:

 

We shall attempt to keep you abreast of the latest news but both administrators are incredibly busy with their lives in general. I am in my final year at university so must devote most of my energy to that, meaning that I cannot devote as much time to TPC as I would like. Most of my focus with The Pika Club is now aimed at the Adoption Agency. If you would like to help out The Pika Club by providing news updates and/or Pokémon content for us then please do contact us.

Pokémon Musicals Guide Added

We’ve now got a guide up for Pokémon Musicals in Pokémon Black/White. While they’re not as involved as contests, your participation is required in them if you wish to complete your Trainer Card and they are a fun distraction from the main game. Given the lack of information on Pokémon Musicals despite the length of time Pokémon Black/White has been out I hope this guide is useful.

Click here to go to the Pokémon Musicals Guide.