Backstory: Thoughts on Pokémon Thoughts

When I get back to writing posts here regularly, I’m planning on “rebooting” my series on the newest Pokémon game. I started out writing about it as I was playing — and without knowing much about how its story mode would develop.

I was unprepared for just how different, in subtle but very significant ways, Sword & Shield would be from every other Pokémon game from the past 20+ years. It has surprising approaches and storytelling goals that give the player a fresh narrative experience. The game has learned a lot from all its previous generations and evolved into a new form, just as pokémon themselves do.

I want to focus those differences to highlight why I found the game so different. As before I’ll try to concentrate on the narrative, not the mechanics of the game, though the interaction between those two aspects of playing Pokémon are part of new experience.


Meanwhile though, much of my time continues going to other projects, particularly a couple computer graphics classes I’ll be teaching this semester. When things settled down I’ll be back to posting about Pokémon and my other usual topics.

Backstory: 12/27/2019

This is a new category of posts where I’ll talk a little about what’s going on with this site, mention some recommendations, etc.

I have just finished adding all the write-ups for Horror on the Orient Express, the big weird horror tabletop roleplaying game I’ve run the past few years. There’s an introduction to what it was all about, descriptions of what happened in each session, and some commentary I wrote on the process of developing and running the game.

I’m also going to continue adding to the Curious Recommendations page. Currently it lists some of my favorite podcasts. I’ve just added the YouTube channel Ask Lovecraft and Voluminous: The Letters of H. P. Lovecraft

My wife Amy has a Holiday Special episode of her podcast up, where she tells a monolog about why the 1951 movie version of The Christmas Carol is the best.

A Brief Plug

I’d to briefly recommend my wife Amy’s new podcast, where she is presenting audio performances of some of her playwriting. There’s a full length one-man show, some scary stories, and just up now for this month, several short comedies.

You can listen for free at Patreon and for as little as $1.00/month access bonus content as well.

For more information please see Continuous Dream.