WIP The Game of Champions by Lamora - M - Pokemon

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  1. Lungs

    Lungs KT Loser Prestige DLP Supporter

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    Title: The Game of Champions
    Author: Lamora
    Rating: M
    Genre: Adventure
    Status: WIP
    Fandom: Pokemon
    Pairings: Genfic
    Summary: There are many trainers in the world; they exist in degrees, from dabbler to legend. But only one can be the very best - one man, one Champion. I am that one. I am that man. My name? Red.
    Link: WbA and Ffn

    There is simply no way this hasn't been rec'd before, but somehow, it hasn't.

    Easily one of the best Pokemon fics to ever grace the fandom, I think. There's just a level of sheer awesome that I rarely ever see nowadays.

    It's the story of Red - the character you play in the original Pokemon games rather than Ash, the idiot you see on TV. It's written in the form of him speaking to you, narrating his life story and everything he's done in his life, starting from a well developed backstory for his journey from Pallet Town and a simply fantastic view of his rivalry with Blue.

    It's currently around maybe 30-40 thousand words, and he updates constantly if not rapidly.
     
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  2. Fenraellis

    Fenraellis Minister of Magic

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    Huh, it hasn't been, eh? Well, I have found it to be immensely enjoyable when it does actually update, and I don't even read Pokemon stories in general.
     
  3. Aekiel

    Aekiel Angle of Mispeling Prestige DLP Supporter

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    Agreed, it's a fantastic story with an intriguing protagonist and an awesome plot being hinted at. 5/5
     
  4. 1and1is3

    1and1is3 First Year

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    The plot is slow paced, to me that is. The story moves along slowly, but each chapter and scene are brilliantly written.
     
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  5. Churchey

    Churchey Supreme Mugwump

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    The characterization and story so far are amazingly brilliant.
    What separates this story from most others is the world-building the author continually develops along side/on the side of the main plot. The storyline seems to be progressing a little slowly but that is so Red/Pikachu have time to be properly characterized and to develop an actual relationship before tackling any battles.
    5/5
     
  6. Kang

    Kang Denarii Host DLP Supporter

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    A superb Pokemon fic - easily in the top 3 of the fic's fandom. Read this right now.
     
  7. Red

    Red Groundskeeper

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    I won't bothering reiterating what else has been said so far. It's a great fic, if you like pokemon go read this. 5/5
     
  8. Carmine

    Carmine Unspeakable

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    Just read the new update now. Don't want to sound like a fanboy or anything, but this is so fucking awesome. Amazing. 5/5.
     
  9. Diomedes

    Diomedes First Year

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    Brilliant. The author has taken the time to create and explore a complex world with even more interesting characters. It is a little slow paced but the luxuriant language prevents it from being tedious. Easily 5/5.
     
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    Airilife Top 1 Percent Prestige

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    Yeah the violence reminds me of the manga but I love how different it is as well 5/5
     
  11. Lamora

    Lamora Definitely Not Batman

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    New chapter is up on FFN. Feel free to give it a look.
     
  12. Knyght

    Knyght The Chosen One

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    This story got me back into Pokemon when I first read it a few years back. As in, I actually paid for a brand new handheld to play Pokemon games because this was just that good. 'Bout time I give it a review after my latest read.

    Red is, perhaps, one of my favourite protagonists. A young man with a grand dream matched by the strength of his ambition and a willingness to get his hands dirty (to a degree) to accomplish it. Considering most interpretations of Red are the stereotypical "brash and naive hero" of the anime and manga, it makes this version stand out all the more. The writing style really appeals to me as it supports his role as a silent protagonist even though we know he communicates with people like anyone else, much like in the games.

    Then there's Blue who somehow manages to combine the immaturity of his game/anime counterpart with the brilliant mind and will you'd expect from a future Champion, creating a rather amusing character.

    Pikachu being such a mean little fucker is just cherry on the cake.

    The world itself finds the right kind of balance in terms of how dangerous living with pokemon can be, as opposed to being weirdly safe or excessively violent, and those uniquely powerful pokemon that I enjoyed seeing in Traveler such as Brock's Sky-Eater and Misty's Aion. Especially since it appears that some pokemon are just too damn dangerous to capture such as the aptly named Titanomachy.

    The way that pokemon grow in this one is quite unusual which is, ironically, because it's a just a realistic interpretation of how that should work. Like Bulbasaur literally growing razor leaves by giving it a specific diet or evolution being a gradual change instead of a rapid transformation, making it a lot trickier for trainers to help their pokemon reach the height of their power.

    I do question where Red got some of his skills/knowledge such as how to break an unruly pokemon into a tamed monster or how to play the trading game to earn a profit. Is that taught in their schools, a product of working on Oak's ranch or from Red's personal preparation for his journey? As far as we know, he's never left his hometown yet acts like he has practical experience. Any of those answers would be acceptable, it's just that I don't know for certain.

    Aside from that, my only disappointment is that it feels like we've only just scratched the surface of what has promised to be an epic story. We still at the starting point of what's to come and it's maddening the situation that Red has been caught in with Team Rocket and his captors.

    Doesn't make it any less enjoyable to read though. Anyone with even the slightest interest in Pokemon should read this. No exceptions, no excuses.

    5/5