Pokemon Chat Report - Friday, January 26, 2001
by Team Compendium

wizo_ginger says, "Teeuwynn, do youh ave an opening comments?"
teeuwynn says, "Hi everyone! My name is Teeuwynn and I'm a game designer/developer in Wizards R&D. I did a little bit of..."
teeuwynn says, "work on Neo Genesis (I did the Cold Fusion PCD for example)."
master_trainer_mike says, "look"
teeuwynn says, "Mike and I will do our best to answr your questios. /ga"
master_trainer_mike enters.
master_trainer_mike says, "Hey gang!"
master_trainer_mike says, "Whassup?!?!?!!?"
teeuwynn leaves, heading for another room.
master_trainer_mike leaves, heading for another room.
master_trainer_mike says, "I run a chat like this every week."
master_trainer_mike says, "Hey gang! We;ll get started soon :)"
master_trainer_mike says, "Howdy partners! Master Trainer Mike and Teeuwynn ofR&D are here to answer your questions."profpoke says, "im thinking they might reset it but what do i know ;)"
master_trainer_mike says, "I'll post them and help answer when needed."
master_trainer_mike says, "Ok, I'll start :)"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #222 from glpokemonmaster1:
         On the Surfing and Flying Pikachus, are their names just Pikachu or does it have Fly, Surf in front?
master_trainer_mike says, "Their name is as written on the card, so Surfing Pikachu is called Surfing Pikachu :)"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #223 from trovtwo:
         Could you guys post a magazine devoted to Mt mike pat and dp steve?
master_trainer_mike says, "HAHAHAHAHA!! Teeuwynn can we do that???"
teeuwynn says, "Hmmmmm......I'm not sure we're authorized! : )"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #224 from dark_pichu:
         what does a Recycle Energy do?
teeuwynn says, "Recycle Energy provides Colorless energy...."
teeuwynn says, "...and it has the added benefit of coming back to your hand if it leaves play. So, if it's attached to a Pokemon.."
teeuwynn says, "...that gets knocked out, your energy isn't lost to the discardpile. /ga"
teeuwynn says, "Remember everyone, this chat is for Neo Genesis questions only!"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #232 from elf_girl:
         what is the address I can (real) mail you at?
master_trainer_mike says, "You can send mail to cust serv at Wizards of the Coast PO Box 707 Renton, WA 98057"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #241 from trovtwo:
         Have you guys ever written topdeck articals?Such as?
teeuwynn says, "I've written a lot of Top Deck articles. I've written some articles on Magic: The Gathering and I've done..."
master_trainer_mike says, "I've written 4-5 or so. The Neo center spread in the last issue of Top Deck for example."
teeuwynn says, "...alot of theme deck articles on Pokemon"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #243 from trovtwo:
         Wiull neo2 be called neo exodus!!??
master_trainer_mike says, "We don't know yet what it will be called. MT Pat suggest Neo 2:Electric Boogaloo....."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #245 from trovtwo:
         Do you know a few days ago was the anneversary of the poke chat?
master_trainer_mike says, "Really??? Cool! Happy Anniverasy to us."
teeuwynn says, "That's pretty cool! Wahoo!"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #254 from trovtwo:
         Can you play poke dice insted of poke coins?
master_trainer_mike says, "That is up to you and your opponent."
teeuwynn says, "If you both agree, it's cool"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #262 from bloodix:
         Do you discard the 3 blains quizes after using them? Because people arenot discarding them when I dont see on the card that says put back in your hands!
master_trainer_mike says, "You do discard them after you play them."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #263 from supertrainer_tim:
         Hi, what is your favorite card and the one you think most effects the game right NOW! =)
master_trainer_mike says, "Cleffa!!! Everyone plays with Clefa."
teeuwynn says, "Professor Elm's a very good card. If you use it at the right time you can get BIIIGG card advantage"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #269 from zackarino:
         Did you make a 1st edition Sneasel? If so how, with the colors in all?
teeuwynn says, "Yes we did!"
teeuwynn says, "The 1st edition symbol is black...but it's a darker black with a bit of a lighter outline around it"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #279 from scrye_fung:
         Hey Teeuwynn ... What is the most memorable part of working on Neo: Genesis for R&D?
teeuwynn says, "Hmmm....for my part of doing Genesis, I'd say working up the two theme decks. Theme decks are fun..."
teeuwynn says, "to put together and play against each other."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #280 from cyborg_raptor:
         Why does Cleffa's Eeeeeeek have 7 "E"s?
master_trainer_mike says, "Because 8 would have been too many."
teeuwynn says, "And 6 would have been too few!"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #284 from haymakermaker:
         Why are there metal coins in the neo decks?
master_trainer_mike says, "more accurate........"
teeuwynn says, "Because they're cool, they flip well...and we like them! (When we're not doing rock, paper, scissors!"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #286 from trovtwo:
         How are you mike?
master_trainer_mike says, "Fine and you?"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #287 from scrye_fung:
         What current projects for Pokemon are you working for Teeuwynn? Any _hints_ at least
teeuwynn says, "Well.....I've done some work on more theme decks for the next Neo...coming soon! Also, I've been working on.."
teeuwynn says, "some more league activities for the new Pokemon legue."
master_trainer_mike says, "BTW, if your question is not coming up it is becauseit is off topic (WHICH IS NEO only) and is being deleted."
master_trainer_mike says, "Thank you and have a nice daye."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #289 from jay_lv99:
         How do you cure Char?
teeuwynn says, "Getting knocked out cures Char : )....or you could evolve the pokemon or remove it from play somehow"
master_trainer_mike says, "set the oven for less time???"
teeuwynn says, "heeheehee"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #291 from trovtwo:
         Can you make an rainbow energy a dark or metal energy?
teeuwynn says, "Yes you can, but you don't get the special effects on the Dark and Metal energy."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #292 from warlord_zap:
         With Sneasel do you flip coins for YOUR pokemon in play or all pokemon in play?
master_trainer_mike says, "All YOURS (as stated on the card)."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #293 from psybuzz:
         does dark energy still add 10 extra damage wheater the pokemon is dark or not?
master_trainer_mike says, "Yup."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #294 from calathon:
         was the change on Slowking on purpose, or an error?
master_trainer_mike says, "On purpose."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #295 from profpoke:
         Since this is a Neo Chat, If you attached a Metal energy to Lt. Suges Electrode, and activated his power by an opponents attack, if the attack did damage would Electrode deal 10 or 20 damage to each active ( because it states that the "power" deals 20 to each active, so im thinking it does 10 to LSE and 20 to opponents...)
teeuwynn says, "It was done intentionally. We like to do a bit of balancing"
master_trainer_mike says, "It would do 10 to each Pokemon (the metal eneragy would reduce the damage done)."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #299 from scrye_fung:
         What was the best part in making Neo: Genesis Teeuwynn?
teeuwynn says, "It's always fun to fool around with the new Pokemon. Of course,Neo: Genesis had a bunch of new pokemon ..."
teeuwynn says, "...so it was even more fun than usual."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #301 from profpoke:
         Does EcoGym allow Energy attached to a Ditto on your bench to be returned to your hand if your opponent SER or ER'd it ( like DCE or Potion )
master_trainer_mike says, "No, those are colorless!!!!!!"
teeuwynn says, "As long as it's not colorless. So....DCE and Potion are colorless. So, no"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #302 from unown_master:
         skarmorys attack states Flip a coin, if heads, all damage done o skarmory during your opponents next turn is reduced nby 20. In what order do you reduce the damage, due to attack and then Metal Energy, or Due to metal energy and then attack?
master_trainer_mike says, "as stated in the order of figuring out damage in therule book"
master_trainer_mike says, "first the meatl energy and THEN the effect from the last attack are figured."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #303 from trovtwo:
         What is the best card in neo gen.?
master_trainer_mike says, "Whooper!!!!!!"
teeuwynn says, "Okaaayyy Mike"
master_trainer_mike says, "BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #304 from trovtwo:
         Why didn't you have a neo starter set?
teeuwynn says, "Neo has a bunch of good things going on, but the Starter Set isonly for the basic product...It's to introduce"
teeuwynn says, "new people to Pokemon. After they learn about it, they can check out the new sets like Genesis"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #305 from trovtwo:
         Why wasn't neo gen. the final booster pack in topdeck?
master_trainer_mike says, "We didn't have them in time for the printing."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #307 from profpoke:
         Is Lt Surges Electordes power triggered by poison/char/dark damage?
teeuwynn says, "Char would trigger the effect, poison and dark energy would NOT"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #308 from trovtwo:
         Can you put a dark energy on a Team rocket promo meouth and not take dark damage every turn?
master_trainer_mike says, "Nope!"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #309 from evil_mewtwo1:
         I have a question for you. Does Philoswane's first attack end if eitherpokemon is benched and is it for onlyone turn? See kids have been comboing it with Markrow.
master_trainer_mike says, "It is not for only one turn. Comboing it with Murkrow wrosk well (we've been playing trhat here since the get go)."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #310 from unown_master:
         Can you explain "Pokémon Tools" to me?
master_trainer_mike says, "They are a type of trainer card that you attach to aPokemon and they remain with it until triggered or used."
teeuwynn says, "So, they only help the one pokemon."
master_trainer_mike says, "You can only have 1 tool attached to any one Pokemonat a time."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #311 from psybuzz:
         does dark energy still do 10 extra damage even if the pokemon its attached too is not dark?
teeuwynn says, "Yup"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #312 from unown_master:
         Whats your oppinion? Oak, Elm or Cleffa?
master_trainer_mike says, "For what? Dance partners???"
master_trainer_mike says, "Oak lets you play trainers after you use it but you lose your hand."
master_trainer_mike says, "Elm lets you shuffle your hand back but no more trainers that trun so not good for tariner combo decks."
teeuwynn says, "But elm is good for decks that use a lot of cards fast from thehand, since you cna get such great card"
teeuwynn says, "advantage out of it"
master_trainer_mike says, "Cleffa works well when trainers get shut down but makes you use an attack to use it."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #316 from haymakermaker:
         Using Pokémon March (or challenge), can you find a Baby Pokémon?
teeuwynn says, "Yes, babies count"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #319 from soslowpoke:
         Why didn't you put the 9-card promo set in a separate binder?
master_trainer_mike says, "We wanted those cards to be more accessible so we added them into the Genesis set."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #321 from soslowpoke:
         Teeuwynn-are you gonna work on theme decks for the next expansion?
teeuwynn says, "I have worked on theme decks in the past. I'm working on one for the next Neo set."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #322 from trovtwo:
         Are there official char counters and if so were are they?
master_trainer_mike says, "Yes and they come in the Hot Fot theme deck."
master_trainer_mike says, "err foot"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #324 from profpoke:
         Why didnt you put all the rares in one theme deck ;)
master_trainer_mike says, "because ice cream doesn't have bones...."
teeuwynn says, "Well.....part of Pokemon is collecting, and that would make it a bit tooooo easy"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #326 from syko111:
         is sprout tower trying to downsize wigglytuff? and whats the new funny word for the week?
master_trainer_mike says, "SNARKY!!!!!!"
master_trainer_mike says, "look it up on the websters web site. DMT Mike said it wasn't a word (same with DP Steve) and they were proven WRONG!!!!"
teeuwynn says, "Sprout Tower downsizes all colorless Pokemon, and the Wigglytuff deck could be affected..."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #327 from haymakermaker:
         Aren't you afraid of getting holo's dinged up by the metal coins?
teeuwynn says, "In the packages, they're separate from each other. When flipping, you can either be a bit careful or use"
teeuwynn says, "card sleeves if you're really worried"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #328 from profpoke:
         Have the paper coins been banned? I thought that might have been why yall switched to metal coins.
master_trainer_mike says, "No they haven't."
teeuwynn says, "Nope"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #329 from trovtwo:
         mike,in your poke pullout you made Typhlosion ...not number one why is that?
master_trainer_mike says, "Keep in mind, I wrote that article long before I even had the cards to play. Typhlosion is a good card but not the best in the set (most usable) imho."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #331 from soslowpoke:
         how theme decks do u estimate there will be for the next neo expansion?
teeuwynn says, "I believe there will be two theme decks."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #333 from psybuzz:
         what do you use as a char counter?
teeuwynn says, "Well, I wouldn't use live flames or hot coals...but anything else might work"
master_trainer_mike says, "I prefer using small pieces of donut.............."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #334 from soslowpoke:
         have you made any other theme decks in the past?
teeuwynn says, "Yes, I have....Ummm I did the original Brushfire deck. And a couple of others."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #335 from warlord_zap:
         Teeuwyn, how do you pronounce your name?
teeuwynn says, "I get this one a lot. It's pronounced "George." No...Just kidding. It"
teeuwynn says, "It's pronounced TAY-uh-win"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #336 from americanmew:
         Question about deck building. I have 4 Sneasels in my deck, and 3Ampharos, 3 Electabuzz, 3 Cleefa, 4 mareep. How many Lightning energy should I use? Ihave 4 Rainbow, and 4 dark in already.
master_trainer_mike says, "I would recommend at LEAST 10 but depends on your trainer mix and what you are trying to accomplish."
teeuwynn says, "Generally, look at the percentage of cards of a particular type(Water, etc.) and make sure your energy matches"
teeuwynn says, "But sometimes you need to vary it a bit if you have some Pokemon that really need a lot of THEIR color energy"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #337 from trovtwo:
         have any of you done artwork for any pokemon cards?
teeuwynn says, "No. The artwork is all done in Japan."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #338 from trovtwo:
         What dose neo mean?
teeuwynn says, "Neo means "New""

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #340 from syko111:
         which is better Mary or Bill?
master_trainer_mike says, "I prefer cousin Bilbo myself."
teeuwynn says, "Bill lets you draw 2 cards...without any down. It's usually better than Mary (unless you have a reason for"
teeuwynn says, "needing to get cards back into your deck.)"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #341 from tooppsee:
         How can rainbow energy count for a darkness energy? Tell me where in the neo rulebook that it says that darkness energy is basic energy.
master_trainer_mike says, "Where does it say it is NOT a type???"
master_trainer_mike says, "It staes that Darkness and Steel are two new types of Pokemon cards. It does say that their energy cards are NOT basic cards because they have extra abilities."
master_trainer_mike says, "You can infer from that that Darkness and Steel ARE basic types (else why would we have that sentence??)."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #342 from lugia_vegeta:
         the dark energy card can not do damage to dark type or a pokemon with dark in its name,my question is,does that go the same with the unevolved teamrocket forms?ex:squirtle does not have dark in its name,but does it still count as adark pokemon since
teeuwynn says, "Squirtle would take damage because it is NOT a Dark Pokemon...even though it's evolutions may be"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #343 from unown_master:
         Could you attach Dark energy to BS Machamp, so Its Pokémon Power does 20 damage to the defending?
master_trainer_mike says, "No, as Darkness energy only adds to an attack, NOT apokemon power."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #345 from soslowpoke:
         So if i knock out my opponent's pokemon while eco gym is in play, thoseenergys dont go bak to his/her and?
teeuwynn says, "Yep"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #346 from trovtwo:
         Will this type of chat happen every poke week?
master_trainer_mike says, "Nope, but we do run the weekly chat Thursdays from 3-5 pm PST."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #347 from psybuzz:
         if you were to use a super potion on a pokemon with eco gym active would the energy go back into the hand or in the discard pile?
teeuwynn says, "EcoGym only works when an attack or effect discards ANOTHER player's energy. Not your own."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #349 from unown_master:
         have either of you ever played a big part in the design of a card? If so which ones?
master_trainer_mike says, "Not cards that have been released but you should seesome of the fakes we play with :)"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #350 from trovtwo:
         IS there going to be any special pokemon neo site updates soon?
teeuwynn says, "We can only do development on Pokemon"
master_trainer_mike says, "We are working on lots of new web site content, coming soon."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #351 from syko111:
         does a metal energy and a darkness energy counteract each other? the 10damage from darkness and the 10 less from metal counteract?
teeuwynn says, "No. Darkness doesn't do damage. It places a damage counter"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #352 from trovtwo:
         Who comes up with the pokemon card commercials,you Mike?
master_trainer_mike says, "ummm no, I owuld make them even sillier."
teeuwynn says, "Gleemax"
teeuwynn says, "The mysterious R&D brain in a jar"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #356 from profpoke:
         How would one become a R&D dude?
teeuwynn says, "Or Dudette?"
teeuwynn says, "Well, we require a college degree (minimum) and you need to really love games. Then you have to be good at"
teeuwynn says, "making and evaluating games. We have a test called "Vapor Ops" which we use to have people develop a fake"
teeuwynn says, "set of cards. And then we ask them a lot of questions about it!"
teeuwynn says, "If you pass....you might make it in"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #355 from unown_master:
         why did Neo Pre-constructed theme deck take so long to arrive?
teeuwynn says, "Sometimes it just takes a while to get everything right. A lot of people and machines are involved in the process"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #365 from lugia_2001:
         Can you attach a Pokemon Tool and a Defender on the same Pokemon at thesame time?
teeuwynn says, "Yes, you just can't attach 2 tools to the same pokemon at the same time"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #368 from trovtwo:
         Could you ever block out a baby power?
teeuwynn says, "Not at this time."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #381 from profpoke:
         Do you ever get tired of answering repetitive questions? Or do they train you for that kinda stuff (^_^)
teeuwynn says, "In R&D we get trained to argue. : ) That's why I'm not in Customer Service."
master_trainer_mike says, "Hmmm, we LOVE answering the same question over and OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>"
master_trainer_mike says, "Ok, time to go, thanks for stopping by gang!"
teeuwynn says, "thanks everyone for all the questions! I hope you liked the chat. I've got to go get ready for my business trip to Europe now"
master_trainer_mike says, "Thanks to Teeuwynn for guest chatting with us!"
teeuwynn says, "Bye everyone!"
master_trainer_mike says, "Thank you all for coming, see you next Thursday samePokemon time, same Poke channel."