Pokemon The Journey of Janice

So this is a slightly different kind of post. A regular visitor of this site, Allen Chingonzoh, has posted a story idea which can hopefully, one day, be turned into a great ROM hack! For those of you who don't know, Allen has written many excellent walkthroughs for hacks such as Pokemon Adventure Red Chapter and Pokemon Flora Sky.

So without further ado...

Detailed Write-up (Pastebin)
Detailed Write-up (GDrive)
Audio version (archive.org)

Below is a short excerpt of the idea. The actual story is provided in a walkthrough fashion in the detailed write-up.

Story

Janice, her 4 friends Gina, Rose, Ryan and Kelvin have graduated from high school together with other 16-year olds and it is time for them to receive their Starter Pokemon and go off on their journeys as Pokemon Trainers. But unlike the others Janice already has a Pokemon, a Pidgey that has been another dear friend of hers for a while now. When Janice asks Pidgey if it would like to tag along with her on the big adventure that awaits all Trainers...Pidgey couldn't be more excited to go on its own journey with Janice. So it begins.

Features

  • Story-driven game which is set in a new region called Petra that is located somewhere between Johto and Hoenn. It is split into Eastern Petra and Western Petra. A vibrant region influenced by other famous regions but has grown to shape its own identity based on the pockets of culture that its people, towns and cities provide.
  • New characters plus possible cameos from well-known ones!
  • New Team group known as Ace Team that is well-known and liked by many of Petra's denizens for the work which Ace Team does to take care of Pokemon as well as help Trainers, whether they are just starting out or are veteran Trainers who want to stay on top of their game. But every group or organisation has its share of bad eggs...
  • A post-game arc which has to do with a dark chapter in the Petra region's history.
  • Gen 1 to 3 Pokemon + pre-evolution and next evolution forms that were introduced in other Generations. Regional variants too and maybe some Petra exclusive variants too e.g. female Mime Jr. evolves into the Petran female Mr. Mime a.k.a Madamime (Madam Mime) and more.
  • Trade evolution and Pokemon now evolve either by Evolution Stone, regular levelling up or levelling up while holding certain items (they won't be consumed after evolution) e.g. Kadabra evolves into Alakazam by levelling up while holding a TwistedSpoon.
  • Pokemon can follow players in the overworld, this helps to raise the Pokemon's Friendship level.
  • Pokemon can learn 5 Moves instead of just 4.
  • Battle Abilities can have overworld effects e.g. leading your party with a Pokemon that has Intimidate will have you only encountering wild Pokemon of the same level as or higher than that Pokemon.
  • EXP. is earned for catching Pokemon.
  • Pokemon earn a little extra EXP. for defeating foes that have type(s) advantage over them.
  • EXP. Share is now an Option players can switch on or off.
  • Gen 8 battle mechanics or better.
  • Detailed PokeDex which includes Evolutions, Stats etc even for Pokemon that players have only Seen (modelled after the Pokemon Crystal Clear PokeDex).
  • Physical/Special Split.
  • Mega Evolution.
  • Day/Night cycle. Daily events and tasks issued by certain characters and the various branches of the Pokemon Research Society.
  • Unlimited Bag capacity.
  • Register Select up to 6 Key Items.
  • One Fishing Rod. Some Pokemon you'll find along shores and water's edges, others you find as you move further out into the water, with levels rising the further you go from land.
  • Itemfinder/Dowsing Machine that is modelled after the one from Pokemon Unbound: has a visual indicator that changes based on the distance between player and hidden items.
  • New Key Item known as a Storage Drive (given to players at the start of their journey) which works as a portable PC.
  • Gen 5 Repel mechanic.
  • Reusable TMs.
  • HMs can be forgotten to learn new Moves. No Gym Badges required in order to use HMs outside of battles. As long as players have the specific HM, the Move can be used outside of battle by any party member whether they can actually learn the Move or not.
  • 8 Gyms + a tournament format for the Petra Pokemon League.
  • Victory Road is no longer a dungeon leading to the League, instead it will be a timed "survival game" that players must win in order to qualify for the League tournament.
  • No time limit, no Safari Balls for Safari Zone. Players can battle or catch Safari Pokemon with any other Poke Balls. Trainers are also present in the Safari Zone, from members of the staff (Researchers, Zone Rangers etc) to regular Trainers who are there trying to find rare Pokemon. New area in the Safari Zone has prehistoric Pokemon (accessed only after earning Badge #5).
  • Cheat-friendly for players who simply want to have fun playing the game with codes or just enjoy testing codes out.
Detailed Write-up (Pastebin)
Detailed Write-up (GDrive)
Audio version (archive.org)

Please provide feedback by commenting on this post or by contacting Allen via:
Pokecommunity thread
allenchngnzh22[at]gmail[dot]com (replace [at] and [dot])

Comments

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    1. It's still in the idea phase. A team needs to be formed before work can start.

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  2. Nice idea looking forward to it, but I think PC anywhere can be laptop that accessed in menu if it's not bothersome to make...

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    1. Are there any ROM hacks that you've played or seen where PC anywhere was a working feature in the game? Because I only know of the code that allows for PC access from anywhere, but I haven't found any ROM hack that had it as a Key Item for example. So hopefully if it can be done in Journey of Janice, that would be fantastic :) same with the Key Flute.

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    2. Sorry for late reply..
      Try check out emerald enhanced at pokecomunitty..
      It's say when you clear quest you remote access PC..

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    3. Okay. What I have in mind for Journey of Janice is that players would have remote PC access during the main game and not just after clearing it. That's what the Storage Disc Key Item would allow

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  3. This is a great story. Im reading the detailed idea and it has potential

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  4. Lol almost done the detailed plot. Someone needs to fund this idea. It would be a great rom hack

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    1. If people are willing to fund it, that would be insane :D thank you for taking the time to get through the story. It was a journey on its own, pun intended..?

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  5. I like it, very cool idea, plus an interesting starter choice

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    1. Thanks for that :) one of the early images I had in mind when I came up with the story was Janice riding a Bike on an open road, with Pidgey flying by her side. Two friends travelling together to explore the world around them.

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  6. need more mega evolution games

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  7. Hi everyone, I wanted to say I'm grateful for the feedback you've given so far, even the Unknown who needs more Mega Evolution games haha. The idea is out now, here, at the PokeCommunity and on Reddit too...all that can be done is to wait until some creative people step up to work with me and hopefully we get something started. Like I told Knuckle San, I'm new to this whole thing so any help you can give will be greatly appreciated.

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  9. HEY ALLEN CHINGONZOH
    Your idea is good and me and my friend can add mega evo in the game.
    But i think the problem is with rayquaza s mega form because he needs dragon asset but i can fix this later.
    If you agree with us please reply or send the rom after creating we can add mega evo in the game.

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    1. Thanks for reaching out J Steven :)

      You don't have to worry about Rayquaza, because I didn't have any plan to have it in the game...it's not even in the story. Mega Evolution would mainly be for the arc where Janice battles Andre for the League Championship and the post-game mini arc where she takes on challengers like Harris. Would you still be willing to include Mega Evolution for that? Plus, at the moment all that's there is the idea...I haven't found anyone yet whom I can team up with to work on the rom.

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  10. (Note that i am not a jolt steven the maker of pkmn omega red)
    After playing pkmn unboun bt demo for two mintue i saw a mega rayquaza and i haven idea we can use,
    GREEN ORB=AS RAYQUAZAS MEGA STONE
    What do you think ALLEN CHINGONZOH and we also use red and blue orb for groudon and kyogre.

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  11. This is definitely a game I look forward to playing. I've always wanted to play a game with Pidgey as the starter 😊

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    1. Thanks for that :) just need to assemble a good team first to get started on the game.

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  12. Will there be an option for a male protagonist or just janis?

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  13. It'll sadly most likely be just a female protagonist since it I'd called "The journey of Janice" unless Allen comes up with something for a male protagonist but I don't believe that'll be the case here plus Allen is trying to tell a story here with this specific character as well and most likely no name change since once again telling a story with a specific character here but anyway, it would pretty much ruin the story if there was a playable male protagonist or name change for Janice, I could be wrong but only Allen knows the answer

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    1. Hi there Ninten11, Shadow_Kaiser :) yes, no option for a male protagonist in this one. But If you check the post-story section in the Notepad doc, I put in a couple of story ideas which feature a male protagonist, so please have a look at those and let me know what you think. They were ideas which came while I was working on this one.

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  14. Evening everyone :) I've had some edits to do to the Notepad doc, so here is the new updated link: https://www110.zippyshare.com/v/gZT4TpjX/file.html

    For those of you who prefer using PasteBin, here's the link: https://pastebin.com/qH6vk7NL

    I'm posting notes on the Journey of Janice thread at PokeCommunity, just to keep things active, so be sure to check them out after you're done with the Notepad doc.

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    1. No, you would mainly play as Janice. But there is a point in the story where I brought up the idea of playing as other characters for some key battles during the final arc for example Janice's friends Kelvin and Ryan...and Johto Gym Leader Morty and his friend Eusine. If it is possible in the game version, then you'll get the chance to play as those characters among others. What do you think of this?

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  18. Really good idea, can't wait to play it!

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    1. Thanks for that :) it is still in story mode unfortunately, no luck yet finding people to work with. The waiting and hoping continues!

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  19. Hello again :)

    I've got some news to share with you. Been going back and forth with a couple of moderators over at PokeCommunity and they finally agreed to let me post the story of Journey of Janice in the the FanFiction & Writing section, specifically in the Writer's Lounge. Although it's not a fanfic style story but basically an expanded form of an idea for a potential game, it is still a story and so my hope is it will be read by people I can finally team up with for the game version. All the game-related notes and elements are in the original version of the story which you'll get in the Notepad doc files that are linked at the top of this page. Other notes are found in the thread I started for Journey of Janice at PokeCommunity, the link to the thread is also at the top of this page. Let's see how things go, if you're someone who can help and has experience with these ROM hacks or fan-made games, please contact me. The idea is there, I'm eager to work with people, so what's left is finding the people. Thank you to everyone who has offered feedback and is looking forward to playing the game version.

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  20. Any updates as to wen this game will be fully developed

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    1. This is still in the idea stage. As far as I know, a development team is yet to be formed and no work has started.

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    2. I'm not even sure now if maybe there's information I should've included when I first posted the idea or I should be specific about the kind of people I'm looking for. But since I haven't heard from anyone yet, I don't know. It would've really helped to hear from someone or more who know how getting a team together happens. So for now I'll try with this plan to get the story posted. I've rewritten the first 5 chapters and sent them to the moderators, because the original version basically looks like a walkthrough for what would be the game version, so it can't be posted in the Fanfic section. Still waiting to hear back from the moderators.

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  21. Hey there everyone, I've got the link for the Journey of Janice thread that will be in the Fanfiction & Writing section at the PokeCommunity:

    https://www.pokecommunity.com/showthread.php?t=427531

    I'll keep it updated as often as I can. Please check it out and let me know what you think. Make use of the notes which you will find in the Notepad doc version as well as in the Launchpad section thread, the link is up above this page. Thank you :)

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