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PHOENIX'S FAKEMON FAQ: CLICK THAT LINK AND READ IT ALL BEFORE ASKING ME ABOUT USING MY FAKES

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UPDATE 1/5/10 That's it! It's midnight (well, okay, a little later) over here, so the contest is now closed for entries! I just need a few days to get some other stuff out of the way first and then I should be able to start the judging. I'm shooting for having the results up by this weekend, so hang tight!

UPDATE 1/4/10: Less than a day left to get your entries in if you haven't already! Chop-chop!

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I've finally decided what I want to do to celebrate my insignificant 5000 pageview benchmark. I BET YOU CAN'T GUESS WHAT IT IS, ESPECIALLY NOT AFTER I JUST TOLD YOU IN THE TITLE

:pokeball: :pokeball: :pokeball: Overused to Original: the Fake Pokémon Concept Extreme Makeover Contest! :pokeball: :pokeball: :pokeball:

...hah, that's a mouthful. Other acceptable titles, should that be too taxing on your fingers, are "Overused to Out There" and "Overused to OMGWTFBBQ BEST IDEA EVAR"

So! You're a fakemon artist. You like Pokémon and think they're really cool and doesn't afraid of anything. But even as you look at the 493 little buggers that already exist you can't help but feel as though Game Freak has passed over some obvious/excellent choices, or that they've taken an interesting idea and totally butchered it. It occurs to you that you could make a Pokémon based on that missing concept, or one that's the same as an official concept but "better". You slave over it for hours, maybe even days or weeks, and you finally post your new fakemon on dA, sure that you've got yourself a spectacularly cool and original idea... only to find that fifty-four other fakemon artists have submitted something incredibly similar. Crap.

Has this ever happened to you? As an artist you strive to be new and original, but great minds think alike all too often and at least a dozen others will invariably end up with your "original" idea. This isn't stealing and there's nothing wrong with it--nobody owns the copyright to "bears" or "ants", and you're not intentionally trying to end up with something that's similar to someone else's work--but don't you just get sick of it after a while? Alternatively, maybe it hasn't happened to you all that often but you still see the same concepts over and over again on other people's pages and wish that somebody, anybody would just dare to branch out and do something different with these ideas.

There are two ways around this dilemma. You could create a fakemon based on something no one's ever used before (or very, very few people, anyway)--velvet worms, shrikes, kanchils, vaquitas, silverswords--and that is, as always, crazy awesome. And I just gave myself some serious fakemon ideabunnies, lol. But you shouldn't necessarily be so quick to dismiss those more common critters, those cats, wolves, koalas and pumpkin-things. Yes, they're totally overused, and in more than just fakemon designs, but that doesn't mean that they can't be turned into amazing and fun fakemon with a bit of tweaking. And that's what I want you to do. I want you to take those overused, overdone and overrated fakemon ideas and spruce them up by adding something new. Buckle up and get ready, my childrens, because we are going to give those boring old dirt-common fakemon an extreme makeover.

---------RULES (long rules are long but READ THEM)---------

1. Your entry must be uploaded to deviantART and must comply with the deviantART terms and conditions as well as common sense and etiquette (no stealing, etc.). For the sake of allowing as many viewers as possible to enjoy the contest entries, it is also requested that you not submit anything that should be blocked by any sort of mature content filter.

2. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to take an incredibly common, overused fakemon idea and put an amazing, original spin on it, add something new to the concept that really spices it up and makes it fun instead of "blah, another bog-standard fire lion". This idea can be related to a canon Pokémon (such as a baby Absol or Pinsir evolution) or be completely unrelated. Take, for example, this contest's mascot, Josuche. Josuche is based on a peacock. Everyone and their dog has created, or at least briefly thought about creating, a peacock fakemon, the vast majority of which are Grass- or Psychic-types. But with Josuche I did something different--instead of just some pretty bird, I took the peacock idea and combined it with Mu Puche, or Korean fan fighting. Now I have a Fighting/Flying-type with madd martial artz skillz and stiff, foldable feathers that it can use to slash, stab, strike or even fan stored toxins at its foes. Or the Lamlie line I uploaded a little while ago--not just wolves, but "wolves in sheep's clothing" that disguise themselves as Mareep or Flaaffy. My Zangoose and Seviper evolutions, Zanthera and Seviron, are not just a bigger mongoose/bigger snake but a tiger and a dragon. And I can provide other examples made by other artists if you like. A nice change of pace from the usual fare, no? Now you go do the same thing with something else that's been overused and abused. :D See the section after the rules for a list of ideas to get you started.

3. BUT! No more than 3 entries are to be related to any one canon Pokémon. If Contestant A enters a Scyther evolution, Contestant B enters a Scyther prevo and Contestant C enters another Scyther evo, then you, Contestant D, are out of luck--no more Scyther-family Pokémon will be accepted. I refuse to be overrun by twenty freaking Lapras evolutions, no matter how creative each one may be. This is first-come, first served, so if you're dying to create a baby for a certain Pokémon then I suggest you git 'r done quick and have a back-up idea just in case. OR just dodge the problem altogether and create something that isn't related to a canonmon at all. ;D ALSO: NO BABY KANGASKHAN. THE END.

4. The entry must contain only ONE Pokémon. This Pokémon can fall into any category you like (starter, legendary, gimmick, fossil, etc.) and be of any existing type, but it CANNOT be of a fan-made type, have more than two types or otherwise break the rules for a logical, canon Pokémon. Just make sure it's at least somewhat believeable, okay? You can, however, make up an ability or new method of evolution if you think your Pokémon requires it.

5. The entry MUST be a NEW deviation. You can reuse an old idea of yours if you think it fits, so that really cool Farfetch'd evolution you invented three years ago is fair game, but the image itself must have been created specifically for this contest.

6. Any visual medium is acceptable. Colored pencils, plushies, sprites, whatever. Just make sure that the image you submit to dA is as detailed and high-quality as possible, as I want to see all of the hard work that you've put into your concept. Don't sell yourself short by entering something blurry or vague!

7. On the subject of detail, any additional information you can provide can only help your chances. Don't just give me a name and a picture--elaborate! How did you come up with your awesome idea? Which attacks does it learn? What is its lifestyle like? If your Pokémon has any other evolutions/pre-evolutions/relatives, tell me a bit about them too (or even post pictures if you like). This isn't technically required, but I like to see detailed fakemon and fakemon artists that really get into their creations. This is your chance to take something blah and make it fun fun fun, so have fun with it!

8. There is no limit to the number of entrants and anyone is free to enter (SO DO NOT POST A COMMENT ASKING "Can I enter?" YES YOU CAN, JUST ENTER ALREADY). Each entrant is only allowed one entry, but you can edit it or even submit a new one to replace it as many times as you like up until the deadline. Please inform me of any major changes you may make to your entry.

9. All entries should be submitted to me via NOTE, as that is the most likely way for me to see them. I may not notice if you submit via a journal or userpage comment or anything like that.

10. The deadline is January 5th, 2010. Any entries submitted after that will not be accepted. This deadline is currently set in stone--you've got over a month to do this, so I see no need for extensions. If someone can give me an exceptionally amazing reason to extend the deadline then I might, but I don't foresee that happening and don't want to drag this on any longer than necessary.

Right. Now I promised you a little list of ideas to use as a jumping-off point, so here's a quick sampling of concepts/canonmon I would consider overused enough to qualify. There are definitely more out there, but if you can't think of anything then this should help.

Acceptable concepts include, but are not limited to:

Cats (general/domestic), Dogs (general/domestic), Dolphins, Wolves, Foxes, Lions (esp. Fire-type), Tigers, Tyrannosaurs, Raptors (the dinosaur kind/dromaeosaurs), Stegosaurs, Ceratopsians, Ants, Peacocks, Bears (esp. Fire-type), Rabbits, Bees, Robins, Bluejays, Pandas, Koalas, Pterosaurs, Pumpkins, Donkeys, Saber-toothed Cats, Gryphons, Werewolves, European Dragons, Chinese/Japanese Dragons

Something like an antechinus, on the other hand, would not be acceptable--I have never seen an antechinus fakemon before (moar ideabunnies! :3) and most people probably don't even know what they are, so clearly that is not an overused idea.

Acceptable existing Pokémon include, but are not limited to:

Lapras, Plusle/Minun, Solrock/Lunatone (esp. pre-evolutions), Luvdisc (esp. evolutions), Scyther/Scizor, Pinsir, Heracross, Absol, Sneasel/Weavile, Houndour/Houndoom, Castform, Smeargle, Meowth/Persian, Girafarig, Farfetch'd, (esp. evolutions), Eevee

Something like a Blaziken evolution, on the other hand, would not be acceptable. It could be a very cool fakemon if handled properly, but not many people bother with it as it breaks the canon three-stage evolution line limit. Therefore, it is not an overused idea.

IMPORTANT! If you are not certain that your idea would qualify as something "overused", please ask me before submitting your picture. I don't want to see anyone pouring their heart and soul into that antechinus fakemon only for me to have to tell them that it's too outright original for this contest. :( Wow, I bet that's something you never thought you'd hear.

---------------------JUDGING---------------------

I will be judging entries based primarily on their ability to follow the rules of the contest and their originality (so no, you're not going to win much if you submit Yet Another Generic Fire Bear and don't do anything to make it stand out). It's your creativity and ability to think outside the box I'm concerned with, not your artistic skill, so that's more of an afterthought. Skill does still count to an extent, though, so show me your best work!

---------------------PRIZES---------------------

Alas and alack, I am quite broke and so cannot afford to buy anyone a dA subscription or a DS game or anything like that. In order to do my best to inspire your creativity and make entering this worthwhile, though, I am offering:

1st Place: Five pieces of artwork by yours truly, done-up all fancy-like if you so desire. Phoenixmori-style fakemon, my own personal supersketchyawesome style (see here, here and here), or maybe just pencil sketches if that's all you want. Pokémon or animal subject matter is preferred, but if you're dying for a human or something we can work that out. You can also receive two lovely shiny Pokémon from this list for your Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, HeartGold or SoulSilver game, if you see some that interest you and have access to Wi-Fi and all that. You will also get one sketch from blazheirio889. Oh, and my undying adoration for your ability to take overused fakemons and make them AWESOME.

2nd Place: Three pieces of artwork by yours truly, as detailed above, and one shiny Pokémon, also as detailed above. You will also get one sketch from blazheirio889. And the undying adoration thing.

3rd Place: One piece of artwork as detailed above, one sketch from blazheirio889 and undying adoration.

Honorable Mention: One pencil sketch by yours truly, one sketch from blazheirio889 and, of course, the undying adoration.

That's about all I can give. :X If anyone else is feeling generous and would like to donate prizes, though, that would be amazing.

---------------------ENTRANTS---------------------

I'll add 'em in here as they note me. If you have submitted your entry via note and you're not on the list after 48 hours, kick me and I'll add it or ask you to send it again if I've misplaced it. If you have submitted your entry via some method other than notes... then note me, you dork, it's in the rules. :P

1. :iconkentblaze: Capoierant

2. :iconsilvan-raptor: Pheonawk

3. :icondarngoodbacon: Flornary

4. :iconkamdunbar: Shuckworm

5. :iconshiningsuicune: Lamarionn

6. :iconrenardchaton: Bitran

7. :iconrickraptor105: Woodrak

8. :iconsharkjaw: Shuckhill

9. :iconhonouguma: Rabbolt

10. :icontangilicious: Rabbolt

11. :icondark-houndoom: Koolar

12. :iconkinova: Lanoch

---------------------THAT'S IT!---------------------

...damn, that was long. But yes, that's it! If you have any questions, go ahead and ask them in the comments or a note or whatever. So start reimagining and reinventing your favorite tired old ideas, get them to me by January 5th, good luck, and have fun!
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Darngoodbacon Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010
Aegh!!! To-morrow!!!!!! :0!! I'm not where near done with the ones I want to be. I hope Flornary is enough to win...ish. I coloured that one way better than Florukey.
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KamDunbar Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2009
Can I change my entry? Because I was looking through some old drawings and found what I believe is the most original idea for a Shuckle evolution EVAR.
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phoenixsong Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2009
As long as you think you have time for it, yeah. I'll leave Tysoroo up just in case, though.
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KamDunbar Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010
Yay. :D I think I have a better chance of winning now.
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phoenixsong Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010
Well, I liked Tysoroo, but Shuckworm is really cool, too.
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:iconkamdunbar:
KamDunbar Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010
Do you think I'll be able to win?
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:iconphoenixsong:
phoenixsong Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010
Well, I still have to look everything over in detail, and I'm not going to say anything outright at this time, but I will say that it's impressive.
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Kinova Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2009
This sounds interesting. *imaginarybeardstroke* Could we use something based on folklore/legend etc.? Sea monsters and stuff?
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phoenixsong Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2009
The only criteria is that the idea you use has been done to death, so if you can find something overused that falls into that category then it's fine.
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Kinova Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2009
I was thinking something along the lines of the Loch Ness Monster; I've seen a few fakes around the Plesiosaur sort of area, but I was iffy on whether it was overused or just, er, used.
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phoenixsong Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2009
Hmm... I suppose it works. The sheer volume of Lapras fakes would make it overused by default, I guess.
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:iconkinova:
Kinova Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2009
Coo-el.
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:iconshiningsuicune:
ShiningSuicune Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2009
All finished. [link]
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phoenixsong Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2009
I was looking for people to note me the entries so things would be easier to keep track of *points to rules*, but at this point there's little sense being too picky about it. That's definitely... different, anyway. :D
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ShiningSuicune Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2009
Oh, I thought I noted it. Sorry! >.>; Thanks, though.
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Kentblaze Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2009
Glad this contest is finally getting the activity it deserves!
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phoenixsong Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2009
Feh. Next time I won't hold it during NaNo so I actually have time to advertise it properly. Live and learn.
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ShiningSuicune Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2009
I am so entering this with a Lapras prevo that will knock you off your toilet seat. P:
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phoenixsong Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2009
No. Bad ShiningSuicune. Go sit in the corner and don't come back until you think about what you've done.
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ShiningSuicune Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2009
*Comes back* I thought about it. :D Now to finish the crappy sprite.
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Dark-Houndoom Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009
>_> I must finish my fakemon!!
I've had about four different ideas, I just can't decide!! I'll have something up for this contest, don't worry!
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phoenixsong Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2009
You'd better. Or else.
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Dark-Houndoom Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2009
*cowers*
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Hansa88 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009
*wipes forehead after reading long journal*

So, I can't enter since I'm only home from my x-mas holiday the 1st of January. But I reallyreallyREALLY wanna enter. But again, the deadline was written in stone. If you change your mind though, let me know, and I'll join. I probably only need you to extend it to the 3rd of January or so...
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phoenixsong Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009
I may be able to extend it a little more; I would sort of like enough entries for all of the prize levels. >>; Let me see where things are by the 29th.
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Hansa88 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009
Okidoke :D Just let me know if anything changes
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RickRaptor105 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2009
I´ve got an idea for an unique duck Pokémon.

But I don´t know whether duck Fakemon count as over-used. Platypus Fakemon sure, but ducks...
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:iconphoenixsong:
phoenixsong Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2009
Hmm... I'd be willing to admit a duck Pokémon if you could get it in on time, sure. :)
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RickRaptor105 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2009
Finally managed to finish it :)
[link]
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:iconphoenixsong:
phoenixsong Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2009
Thanks! Cool idea. :) I kinda wanted you to note it to me, though, but at this point it's okay.
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renardchaton Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2009   Digital Artist
I'm drawing a fake right now.. I shall join! :<
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:iconphoenixsong:
phoenixsong Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2009
Ooh, I'm excited. :)
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:iconrenardchaton:
renardchaton Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2009   Digital Artist
you should beh. ;D
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KamDunbar Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009
Kangaroo lines are generic enough, right?
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:iconphoenixsong:
phoenixsong Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009
Sure.
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KamDunbar Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009
Even so, I'm not sure if my insane Mike Tyson kangaroo is very original... Mafiant is probably what I'll go with.
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phoenixsong Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009
That sounds amusing. :(

But whatever you'd feel best entering.
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KamDunbar Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2009
Alright then, Tysoroo it is.

MENTALLY UNSTABLE EAR BITING BOXING KANGAROO GOGOGO
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Darngoodbacon Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009
Le joining!
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phoenixsong Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009
Ah, good. I was just about to ask you if you'd be interested. :)
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Darngoodbacon Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009
You know I am! This is such a good idea! X3 But hey, while we're on this topic, do you have a template I can use for the background?

I tried to make one but it came out awful :L
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phoenixsong Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009
A template isn't necessary unless you really want one, though. Really, I just threw some bricks of color on top of one another in Photoshop for mine.
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Darngoodbacon Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2009
I think I made one I like enough! They just look nicer with the templates ^-^
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phoenixsong Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2009
Well, upload something and let's see!
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Darngoodbacon Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2009
On it! I'll be uploading and replacing them up until the very end. I hafta pick up production speed of Fakemon and Pokemon for the Pokedex...I need to buy all the materail for them before I go back to school :0 So much to do, friend...X3 But this contest fits perfectly into what I'm doing
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blazheirio889 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2009
Well, it's far too late for me to join. :/ Why couldn't I have seen this journal earlier...

But anyway, if it's a-okay, I'd like to donate prizes. One detailed pencil sketch from me for all winners would be fine, right? Assuming there are enough people entering 'n' all.
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phoenixsong Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2009
Actually, I'm going to extend the deadline if you're still interested in entering. It'd be awesome if you would, you draw such amazing stuff~

Or you can donate if you want to, too!
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blazheirio889 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2009
I have this portfolio due in about a month, and I still haven't started. So yeah, unfortunately it looks like I won't be able to enter anyway :< Sorry.

Though I'm still interested in donating, because I want to contribute to this contest as much as I can. There needs to be more Fakemon creativity! In fact, seeing as entries seem to be a bit slow, you wouldn't mind if I featured it in my journal, would you? You'll have to tell me the new deadline before I can stick it in my journal, though.
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phoenixsong Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2009
Aww, that's too bad. Good luck with the portfolio, though!

But yeah, prize donating would be great, as would the feature--it really does need more advertising, and I haven't had the time to spare thanks to NaNo. The new deadline is January 1st for now (hopefully I won't have to extend it again). I really appreciate it, Blazhy. :)
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blazheirio889 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2009
Thanks. I'll need it :x

Alright, I'm typing the journal up as we speak. And don't mention it; I want to see creative Fakemon probably as much as you do. By the way, Josuche is damned awesome. You're so much better at creative concepts than me :<
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