Today, I decided, after watching other people do this on youtube and deciding it looked like a lot of fun, to begin my very own Pokemon Nuzlocke Challenge. What is the Nuzlocke Challenge you ask? There are two basic rules:

1) You may catch the first Pokemon you see when you enter a new area. If it's not a Pokemon you like then tough, that's kind of the point. Also, if you cause this Pokemon to faint and are unable to catch it, there's no second chances, move on and try again in the next new area you come to.

2) If any Pokemon faints in battle, it is considered dead and must be removed from the party forever. Most people will generally release these Pokemon back into the wild to symbolise their demise, but some people will store them in the PC box as a kind of memorial to those that have passed on during the journey.

While not a rule exactly, it goes without saying there should be no save-scumming. That would defeat the whole purpose and it would no longer be a challenge. Saves are only permitted when you're turning off the game so you can continue playing later. It really wouldn't be as much fun to cheat now, would it?

So, those are the basic rules, and I set out on my journey! I'll be logging my journey in my blog as I travel through the game, highlighting the ups and downs and whether I'm eventually victorious or ultimately a complete failure. This should be fun!

I rolled a dice to select my starter Pokemon, and ended up with a Mudkip, who I named Skipper (it's general consensus to name all your caught Pokemon, for the sake of forming a stronger emotional tie to them). I had my first new friend! Since I didn't at this point have any poke balls, the rule for catching Pokemon wasn't yet enforced so I completed most of the opening tutorial until the game gave me some to use. Now I could set out to make some new companions for the first leg of my journey.

Travelling to routes 101, 102 and 103, I gathered up my first three travel buddies; a Poochyena named Steve, a Wurmple named Mr. Wiggle and a Wingull named Clive. With my party ready, we ventured out into the great beyond to see what adventures await us (or something equally over-dramatic)!

So there we have the opening of my Pokemon Nuzlocke Challenge. I'm looking forward to continuing and updating this blog to my progress in the future. Until next time!

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