Event: Getting a Starter Pokemon!
Professor Aspen's Lab
For players and trainers wanting to begin the traditional route, this is the starting event for you. There are a couple ways to go about this. The first is to generate three random starters from different regions at the time of revealing (see below). The second is to predetermine which pokemon each trainer is getting based on preference or choosing. The third is mixing the ideas by allowing the player(s) to choose, and then generate the NPC starters from the list.
Some characters will start with a pokemon that isn't a "traditional starter", or was obtained in a different way due to a back story. If this is the case, then skip the event in favor of an adventure or have the player arrive after the selection happens unseen by the NPCs.
: "Well hello there! I was hoping you'd stop by soon, [Player's Name(s)]. You came at the perfect time. My colleague, Dr. Briar, is here with his nephew, Timothy. Timothy is beginning his own journey to collect all 8 gym badges, just like you!"
: Hello there, [Player's Name(s)]. It's nice to meet you.
: Hi. Nice to meet you. (Offers his hand to be shook)
: Dr. Briar has brought three [Or Appropriate Number] starting pokemon from several different regions for you to pick from. We were just about to look at them and I'm excited to see what he brought.
: Are we ready?
: We were waiting for one more trainer, but since [Rival's Name] isn't here yet, one of you should go ahead and pick first.
: I don't mind, you can go first.
: I've collected the following pokemon from all over. I've brought the grass starter from [1d6], the fire starter from [1d6], and the water starter from [1d6].
Use the following list when figuring out which pokemon are available. Roll a d6 at the mention of each location, and select the corresponding type for that region.
1- Kanto, 2- Johto, 3- Hoenn, 4- Sinnoh, 5- Unova, 6- Player's Choice
Example: "I've brought the grass starter from... *Player Rolls a 4* Sinnoh region, a Turtwig!"
Under the Hood: Preparing for this could be quite scary, since there are 15 different possible outcomes. We recommend using the previously included base builds for a Water Type, Fire Type, and Bulbasaur (Grass Type) to begin, and modify based on the specific information. Remember, Bulbasaur is Grass/Poison, so a pure Grass starter would gain 2pp in the switch. And any grass starter that doesn't have vines would lose those as well.
Chikorita - Flip the +1toughness/-1defense trade off around.
Snivy - Flip the +1toughness/-1defense trade off around. Trade Attack Focus ranged for Improved Initiative. Trade attacks and additional limbs "vines" for physical grass attacks and elongation, dropping the -4 for no hands. Trade off points in Fortitude into Reflex.
: "Don't be shy, [Player's Name(s)]. Go ahead and pick the one you want.
*Everyone waits for Trainer to select*
: That's a great choice. I guess if you're taking that one, I'll take [Chooses Starter with type disadvantage to Player's]
: Professor Aspen! I'm here! Am I too late?
: "[Rival's Name]! You're just in time. Come in and meet Dr. Briar, his nephew Timothy, and your fellow trainer(s) [Player's Name(s)]. This pokemon here, is for you.
: Thank you, Professor Aspen. I'm very excited for this! I've been thinking about it since you invited me here. So, is anyone up for a battle?!"
*For a two on two battle (more than one PC), Timothy Thorn joins the fight on the Rival's side.
Professor Aspen agrees to officiate and the group moves out to the large, open backyard. There is a large tree inside the battle area and can be climbed with a DC 10 check. It is equal distance from both trainers. Otherwise, the yard is clear of objects or obstacles.
: "The battle is to knock out or six bruises. Opponents must stay in the backyard. Leaving or being knocked out is considered a loss. Good luck to everyone."
: "I can already tell my pokemon is tougher than yours. Get ready, cuz we're not going easy on you!"
- Round 1 - GM calls for Initiative
Round 20 - Aspen declares a tie
: Congratulations [Winner]! I have to say though, you both/all performed very well.
(win): "Ha! If this is any indication, this journey is going to be a piece of cake."
(lose): "That's okay, I know what I need to do to beat you next time."
: "I hope you both learned something. Your bond with your pokemon is incredibly important. Battling is a way for you to become closer and learn to better understand each other."
: "I'm actually headed to Brook Town next, are you both going that way? Why don't we go together?"
: "I can't. I actually have some errands to run before I'm ready to leave town. I'm sure I'll see you there though. See ya! Thanks Dr. Briar, Professor Aspen. I'll check in and let you know how I'm doing soon."
: "Well, how about you [Player's Name(s)]? Do you want to go together?"
>>Timothy joins the group, either by group acceptance or annoyingly following.