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13th Apr '16 3:18:45 PM aye_amber
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Maybe you've played enough ''[[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Pokémon]]''[[note]][[IncrediblyLamePun So You Want To Be A Master?!]][[/note]] and think it's about time somebody made the next one. Maybe ''ShinMegamiTensei'' captured your imagination and you want to write your own story about brave protagonists facing down impossible odds with the aid of supernatural beings. Maybe the idea of collectabeasts tickles your fancy, but what you really wanna do is [[{{Deconstruction}} tear 'em all down to show people what they're really made of.]] Now you wanna write a {{Mon}} series, and this guide's here to help you do that.

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Maybe you've played enough ''[[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Pokémon]]''[[note]][[IncrediblyLamePun Pokémon]]''[[note]][[{{Pun}} So You Want To Be A Master?!]][[/note]] and think it's about time somebody made the next one. Maybe ''ShinMegamiTensei'' captured your imagination and you want to write your own story about brave protagonists facing down impossible odds with the aid of supernatural beings. Maybe the idea of collectabeasts tickles your fancy, but what you really wanna do is [[{{Deconstruction}} tear 'em all down to show people what they're really made of.]] Now you wanna write a {{Mon}} series, and this guide's here to help you do that.



Let's have a little history lesson. While heroes have made use of monsters as assistants throughout storytelling history, the Mons series as we know it today really began with the original Megaten game. The UrExample series is likely ''TheBardsTale'', where you could enlist monsters to join your party if you left a few slots open. The TropeMaker is ''ShinMegamiTensei'' for the NES, where you could enlist monsters (read as demons) you face down in battle to join your side. The TropeCodifier, [[CashCowFranchise through and through]], is ''[[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Pokémon]] [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue Red]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue Green]]'', originally released on the Game Boy in 1996.

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Let's have a little history lesson. While heroes have made use of monsters as assistants throughout storytelling history, the Mons series as we know it today really began with the original Megaten game. The UrExample series is likely ''TheBardsTale'', ''VideoGame/TheBardsTale'', where you could enlist monsters to join your party if you left a few slots open. The TropeMaker is ''ShinMegamiTensei'' for the NES, where you could enlist monsters (read as demons) you face down in battle to join your side. The TropeCodifier, [[CashCowFranchise through and through]], is ''[[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Pokémon]] [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue Red]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue Green]]'', originally released on the Game Boy in 1996.



** Note that you could excise character levels or stat growth entirely, in which case your game will resemble ''MagicTheGathering'' or other collectible card games. It might be really cool to see a game where Com Mons are as important as Olympus Mons for the sake of victory--you need the former to bide time to send out or protect the latter, and Com Mons may even be more useful than Olympus Mons in some situations. Consider this, game designers of the future!

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** Note that you could excise character levels or stat growth entirely, in which case your game will resemble ''MagicTheGathering'' ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' or other collectible card games. It might be really cool to see a game where Com Mons are as important as Olympus Mons for the sake of victory--you need the former to bide time to send out or protect the latter, and Com Mons may even be more useful than Olympus Mons in some situations. Consider this, game designers of the future!



* Depending on if a mon comes first or their location does, their design should reflect the same vibes as their home world, even if only subtly. If your mons are a collection of robots, for instance, they may reflect a theme that makes it clear they are some form of artificial life, and may be more understandable that they live in equally artificial locations than not. If mons are portrayed like embodiments of the elements, however, they may live in more natural areas where there are hardly any signs of artificial "eyesores" that exist, and usually have hubs themed after each element that exists among the mons (example, a dark shadow and a dark part of the world, or a fire imp and a volcano). If your mons include both of these types and more, their world may be just as varied as they are. In the end you decide what's right for your mons, and if you decide a mon expy of [[{{Transformers}} Optimus Prime]] thrives in a homeworld set in a forest where there isn't another robot or computer in sight, then go for it.

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* Depending on if a mon comes first or their location does, their design should reflect the same vibes as their home world, even if only subtly. If your mons are a collection of robots, for instance, they may reflect a theme that makes it clear they are some form of artificial life, and may be more understandable that they live in equally artificial locations than not. If mons are portrayed like embodiments of the elements, however, they may live in more natural areas where there are hardly any signs of artificial "eyesores" that exist, and usually have hubs themed after each element that exists among the mons (example, a dark shadow and a dark part of the world, or a fire imp and a volcano). If your mons include both of these types and more, their world may be just as varied as they are. In the end you decide what's right for your mons, and if you decide a mon expy of [[{{Transformers}} [[Franchise/{{Transformers}} Optimus Prime]] thrives in a homeworld set in a forest where there isn't another robot or computer in sight, then go for it.



** ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' is THE HotBlooded contender, with more modern, MagicFromTechnology setting, with SavingTheWorld [[WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld ALWAYS]] became the focus. However it didn't start as a normal videogame, instead a SpearCounterpart to {{Tamagotchi}}

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** ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' is THE HotBlooded contender, with more modern, MagicFromTechnology setting, with SavingTheWorld [[WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld ALWAYS]] became the focus. However it didn't start as a normal videogame, instead a SpearCounterpart to {{Tamagotchi}}Franchise/{{Tamagotchi}}



* ''NaruTaru'', when you need horrifying {{Deconstruct|ion}}ive {{Mon}} series, [[MohiroKitoh you know the man]].

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* ''NaruTaru'', ''Manga/{{Narutaru}}'', when you need horrifying {{Deconstruct|ion}}ive {{Mon}} series, [[MohiroKitoh you know the man]].
24th Sep '15 11:43:02 PM Adept
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* Nearly every mon series to exist had played around with motifs, sometimes following every motif of the book for different groups of mons. Nearly any motif can be used on a mon, be it for the story behind a particular group of mons, or for the mon designs themselves. Some can cover every mon in the book, such as FightingFoodons whom is relatively mon-like where the mons are all some form of food, or ''Manga/DragonDrive'' where every mon are some form of dragon. Franchise/{{Pokemon}} and Franchise/{{Digimon}} are examples of covering a huge variety of different motifs, such as Digimon's devas being based on the [[EasternZodiac chinese zodiac]] and their bosses, the sovereigns, being based on [[TheFourGods the four directional gods]], or Pokemon's legendaries being based around grouped themes like the creation trio Dialga, Palkia and Giratina (who are embodiments of space, time and antimatter respectively), the elemental bird trio Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres (who not only represent ice, electric and fire, but are all [[CaptainObvious flying types and follow a spanish-number-in-name theme]]), or the lake trio Uxie, Mesprit and Azelf (who [[CaptainObvious not only are found in Sinnoh's lakes]], but represent knowledge, emotion and willpower respectively and their ability to take such away if mishandled).

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* Nearly every mon series to exist had played around with motifs, sometimes following every motif of the book for different groups of mons. Nearly any motif can be used on a mon, be it for the story behind a particular group of mons, or for the mon designs themselves. Some can cover every mon in the book, such as FightingFoodons Manga/FightingFoodons whom is relatively mon-like where the mons are all some form of food, or ''Manga/DragonDrive'' where every mon are some form of dragon. Franchise/{{Pokemon}} and Franchise/{{Digimon}} are examples of covering a huge variety of different motifs, such as Digimon's devas being based on the [[EasternZodiac chinese zodiac]] and their bosses, the sovereigns, being based on [[TheFourGods the four directional gods]], or Pokemon's legendaries being based around grouped themes like the creation trio Dialga, Palkia and Giratina (who are embodiments of space, time and antimatter respectively), the elemental bird trio Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres (who not only represent ice, electric and fire, but are all [[CaptainObvious flying types and follow a spanish-number-in-name theme]]), or the lake trio Uxie, Mesprit and Azelf (who [[CaptainObvious not only are found in Sinnoh's lakes]], but represent knowledge, emotion and willpower respectively and their ability to take such away if mishandled).
20th Sep '15 7:48:27 PM Adept
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** A series like Franchise/{{Digimon}}, DragonDrive or VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork is set in a normal earth-like world for the human trainers and a digital world where the mons live. In the former two cases, the physical representation of the digital worlds alter themselves into general elemental hubs that fit with the mons who live there (so you'll see things such as an urban city, volcanoes, a vast ocean, a jungle, etc, that may be programmed inside it), while in the latter case, the net navis live inside a world that appears very artificial and bizarre, constantly reminding you that you are inside the internet.

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** A series like Franchise/{{Digimon}}, DragonDrive Manga/DragonDrive or VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork is set in a normal earth-like world for the human trainers and a digital world where the mons live. In the former two cases, the physical representation of the digital worlds alter themselves into general elemental hubs that fit with the mons who live there (so you'll see things such as an urban city, volcanoes, a vast ocean, a jungle, etc, that may be programmed inside it), while in the latter case, the net navis live inside a world that appears very artificial and bizarre, constantly reminding you that you are inside the internet.
20th Sep '15 7:47:29 PM Adept
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* Nearly every mon series to exist had played around with motifs, sometimes following every motif of the book for different groups of mons. Nearly any motif can be used on a mon, be it for the story behind a particular group of mons, or for the mon designs themselves. Some can cover every mon in the book, such as FightingFoodons whom is relatively mon-like where the mons are all some form of food, or DragonDrive where every mon are some form of dragon. Franchise/{{Pokemon}} and Franchise/{{Digimon}} are examples of covering a huge variety of different motifs, such as Digimon's devas being based on the [[EasternZodiac chinese zodiac]] and their bosses, the sovereigns, being based on [[TheFourGods the four directional gods]], or Pokemon's legendaries being based around grouped themes like the creation trio Dialga, Palkia and Giratina (who are embodiments of space, time and antimatter respectively), the elemental bird trio Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres (who not only represent ice, electric and fire, but are all [[CaptainObvious flying types and follow a spanish-number-in-name theme]]), or the lake trio Uxie, Mesprit and Azelf (who [[CaptainObvious not only are found in Sinnoh's lakes]], but represent knowledge, emotion and willpower respectively and their ability to take such away if mishandled).

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* Nearly every mon series to exist had played around with motifs, sometimes following every motif of the book for different groups of mons. Nearly any motif can be used on a mon, be it for the story behind a particular group of mons, or for the mon designs themselves. Some can cover every mon in the book, such as FightingFoodons whom is relatively mon-like where the mons are all some form of food, or DragonDrive ''Manga/DragonDrive'' where every mon are some form of dragon. Franchise/{{Pokemon}} and Franchise/{{Digimon}} are examples of covering a huge variety of different motifs, such as Digimon's devas being based on the [[EasternZodiac chinese zodiac]] and their bosses, the sovereigns, being based on [[TheFourGods the four directional gods]], or Pokemon's legendaries being based around grouped themes like the creation trio Dialga, Palkia and Giratina (who are embodiments of space, time and antimatter respectively), the elemental bird trio Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres (who not only represent ice, electric and fire, but are all [[CaptainObvious flying types and follow a spanish-number-in-name theme]]), or the lake trio Uxie, Mesprit and Azelf (who [[CaptainObvious not only are found in Sinnoh's lakes]], but represent knowledge, emotion and willpower respectively and their ability to take such away if mishandled).
22nd Jul '15 5:12:37 PM nombretomado
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Broadly speaking, there are three common types of Mon games and two ways to do them. There's the ''[[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Pokémon]]'' approach, where you assemble a team of monsters and train them all at once, often swapping on the fly. There's the ''VideoGame/MonsterRancher'' approach, where you train one or a very small number of monsters at a time, and switching focus is more difficult or disadvantageous. And there's the ''MegaManBattleNetwork'' approach, where collecting new monsters is almost an afterthought, but ''customizing'' the monster you've got is paramount. Last, you'll have to decide if your game will be single-player focused or multiplayer focused. More on that in a moment.

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Broadly speaking, there are three common types of Mon games and two ways to do them. There's the ''[[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Pokémon]]'' approach, where you assemble a team of monsters and train them all at once, often swapping on the fly. There's the ''VideoGame/MonsterRancher'' approach, where you train one or a very small number of monsters at a time, and switching focus is more difficult or disadvantageous. And there's the ''MegaManBattleNetwork'' ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork'' approach, where collecting new monsters is almost an afterthought, but ''customizing'' the monster you've got is paramount. Last, you'll have to decide if your game will be single-player focused or multiplayer focused. More on that in a moment.



** A series like Franchise/{{Digimon}}, DragonDrive or MegaManBattleNetwork is set in a normal earth-like world for the human trainers and a digital world where the mons live. In the former two cases, the physical representation of the digital worlds alter themselves into general elemental hubs that fit with the mons who live there (so you'll see things such as an urban city, volcanoes, a vast ocean, a jungle, etc, that may be programmed inside it), while in the latter case, the net navis live inside a world that appears very artificial and bizarre, constantly reminding you that you are inside the internet.

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** A series like Franchise/{{Digimon}}, DragonDrive or MegaManBattleNetwork VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork is set in a normal earth-like world for the human trainers and a digital world where the mons live. In the former two cases, the physical representation of the digital worlds alter themselves into general elemental hubs that fit with the mons who live there (so you'll see things such as an urban city, volcanoes, a vast ocean, a jungle, etc, that may be programmed inside it), while in the latter case, the net navis live inside a world that appears very artificial and bizarre, constantly reminding you that you are inside the internet.



** MegaManBattleNetwork is a rare instance of balancing the number of exclusive moves with the number of shared ones, not by the true amount, but by the way the attacks work with the navis. Every navi has relatively equal potentials and skills (stats notwithstanding), but also have their own signature attacks. However, these signature attacks can be taken and copied in the form of chips, which can then be installed into another navi, teaching them that move.

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** MegaManBattleNetwork VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork is a rare instance of balancing the number of exclusive moves with the number of shared ones, not by the true amount, but by the way the attacks work with the navis. Every navi has relatively equal potentials and skills (stats notwithstanding), but also have their own signature attacks. However, these signature attacks can be taken and copied in the form of chips, which can then be installed into another navi, teaching them that move.
5th Jan '14 5:39:13 PM lalalei2001
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Broadly speaking, there are three common types of Mon games and two ways to do them. There's the ''[[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Pokémon]]'' approach, where you assemble a team of monsters and train them all at once, often swapping on the fly. There's the ''MonsterRancher'' approach, where you train one or a very small number of monsters at a time, and switching focus is more difficult or disadvantageous. And there's the ''MegaManBattleNetwork'' approach, where collecting new monsters is almost an afterthought, but ''customizing'' the monster you've got is paramount. Last, you'll have to decide if your game will be single-player focused or multiplayer focused. More on that in a moment.

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Broadly speaking, there are three common types of Mon games and two ways to do them. There's the ''[[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Pokémon]]'' approach, where you assemble a team of monsters and train them all at once, often swapping on the fly. There's the ''MonsterRancher'' ''VideoGame/MonsterRancher'' approach, where you train one or a very small number of monsters at a time, and switching focus is more difficult or disadvantageous. And there's the ''MegaManBattleNetwork'' approach, where collecting new monsters is almost an afterthought, but ''customizing'' the monster you've got is paramount. Last, you'll have to decide if your game will be single-player focused or multiplayer focused. More on that in a moment.



** Even outside of [[ElementalRockPaperScissors the elemental balance]], there could also be other factors that encourage you to diversify on your mon collection, such as in MonsterRancher where the cute monster girl succubi, Pixie, are very intelligent and excell in their abilities and move-point-drainage of the opponents, [[GlassCannon but are scared silly at having their frail bodies get hit]], parallelling the bulky Golems who high defenses and power allow them to pound opposing mons into next Tuesday with narly a scratch, but are about as fast as a snail stuck on frozen molasses and thus are outsped by the majority of other mons.

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** Even outside of [[ElementalRockPaperScissors the elemental balance]], there could also be other factors that encourage you to diversify on your mon collection, such as in MonsterRancher VideoGame/MonsterRancher where the cute monster girl succubi, Pixie, are very intelligent and excell excel in their abilities and move-point-drainage of the opponents, [[GlassCannon but are scared silly at having their frail bodies get hit]], parallelling the bulky Golems who high defenses and power allow them to pound opposing mons into next Tuesday with narly a scratch, but are about as fast as a snail stuck on frozen molasses and thus are outsped by the majority of other mons.



** A series like Franchise/{{Pokemon}} or MonsterRancher are set in a world where the mons live in unison with the trainers, and the humans not only have grown accustomed to the sight of these mons running around outside their backyards (or if they themselves are a trainer, inside their house) but utlize a mon's abilities to assist in the daily duties of life.

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** A series like Franchise/{{Pokemon}} or MonsterRancher VideoGame/MonsterRancher are set in a world where the mons live in unison with the trainers, and the humans not only have grown accustomed to the sight of these mons running around outside their backyards (or if they themselves are a trainer, inside their house) but utlize a mon's abilities to assist in the daily duties of life.



* [[RuleOfCool Mons have awesome powers the majority of the time]]. The more powerful the mon is, the more awesome their abilities usually are. Or so the unspoken rule goes among many mon-oritented titles. A mon typically has very flashy abilities sometimes drawn from their power, and other times caused by amplified parts of their body (such as their claws that release power beams reflecting their slash markings they leave). The choices of what kind of abilities the mon should have and in what manner they should use it vary between mons, but it always tends to reflect some aspect of them. For example, a mecha mon may primarily use abilities shot out of its cannons or guns, while a mermaid mon may manipulate or call on water to attack. This doesn't necessarily stop you from breaking this trend, however, such as with [[MonsterRancher Monster Rancher's Doodle]], [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin an animated doodle of a stick figure man]], who is so random that it rides around on a rooster-cycle, shoots its head at people, and [[MindScrew summons a ginormous woman's foot wearing a stiletto to step on people]].

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* [[RuleOfCool Mons have awesome powers the majority of the time]]. The more powerful the mon is, the more awesome their abilities usually are. Or so the unspoken rule goes among many mon-oritented titles. A mon typically has very flashy abilities sometimes drawn from their power, and other times caused by amplified parts of their body (such as their claws that release power beams reflecting their slash markings they leave). The choices of what kind of abilities the mon should have and in what manner they should use it vary between mons, but it always tends to reflect some aspect of them. For example, a mecha mon may primarily use abilities shot out of its cannons or guns, while a mermaid mon may manipulate or call on water to attack. This doesn't necessarily stop you from breaking this trend, however, such as with [[MonsterRancher [[VideoGame/MonsterRancher Monster Rancher's Doodle]], [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin an animated doodle of a stick figure man]], who is so random that it rides around on a rooster-cycle, shoots its head at people, and [[MindScrew summons a ginormous woman's foot wearing a stiletto to step on people]].



** MonsterRancher is another example that plays the exclusive move factor much more straight, as every species learn a list of signature moves unique only to their species or the subspecies whom their own species is dominant of. For example, a Tiger who is a hybrid of a Naga learns the same moves as a pure Tiger because they're both primarily Tigers. The exception include rare cases or systems involving a monster fighting alongside or in place of another monster as aid, allowing the primary fighter to temporarily use an attack that was exclusive to their aid.

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** MonsterRancher VieoGame/MonsterRancher is another example that plays the exclusive move factor much more straight, as every species learn a list of signature moves unique only to their species or the subspecies whom their own species is dominant of. For example, a Tiger who is a hybrid of a Naga learns the same moves as a pure Tiger because they're both primarily Tigers. The exception include rare cases or systems involving a monster fighting alongside or in place of another monster as aid, allowing the primary fighter to temporarily use an attack that was exclusive to their aid.



** ''MonsterRancher'' is the modest contender of all three, it was largely set on a world of MedievalEuropeanFantasy and basically a SliceOfLife example of the {{Mon}} genre.

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** ''MonsterRancher'' ''VideoGame/MonsterRancher'' is the modest contender of all three, it was largely set on a world of MedievalEuropeanFantasy and basically a SliceOfLife example of the {{Mon}} genre.genre. The anime was closer to ''Digimon'', with heavy focus on character development for humans and monsters, AnyoneCanDie being in effect, and a save the world plot.
25th Nov '13 10:27:00 AM SpaceDrake
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* OneGameForThePriceOfTwo: This is one you should probably be avoiding. ''VideoGame/{{Robopon}}'' had only one edition released outside of Japan, leaving the game incomplete. Further, wireless trading and other internet-enabled trading has basically erased version differences beyond what you can catch on your own. Stay away from this one and you'll look like a more sound investment.

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* OneGameForThePriceOfTwo: This is one you should probably be avoiding. ''VideoGame/{{Robopon}}'' had only one edition released outside of Japan, leaving the game incomplete. Further, wireless trading and other internet-enabled trading has basically erased version differences beyond what you can catch on your own.own; even ''Pokemon'' gets away with it mostly out of historical inertia at this point. Stay away from this one and you'll look like a more sound investment.
24th Oct '13 5:57:37 AM Larkmarn
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** ''MonsterRancher'' is the modest contender of all three, it was largely set on a world of MedievalEuropeanFantasy and basically a SliceOfLife [[XMeetsY meets]] {{Mon}} genre.

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** ''MonsterRancher'' is the modest contender of all three, it was largely set on a world of MedievalEuropeanFantasy and basically a SliceOfLife [[XMeetsY meets]] example of the {{Mon}} genre.
5th Sep '13 10:14:52 PM nombretomado
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* ''KamenRiderRyuki'', is {{Toku}} series with some aspect of {{Mon}}. The {{Henshin Hero}}es become stronger after get their contact monsters, can use their body parts as equipments, and summon them. It's deconstruction, the monsters have no loyalty to their masters and will ''eat them'' should the contact card is destroyed. The same thing would occur if the monsters aren't well-fed, meaning you must continue fighting to feed your mons, even if you want to quit - and more mons you have, it's just harder to feed them all. Oh, there's another way to get around this, the mons also [[ImAHumanitarian eat humans]]. At least one Rider is more than happy to lets his mon eat random people, it help cover his murder anyway.

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* ''KamenRiderRyuki'', ''Series/KamenRiderRyuki'', is {{Toku}} series with some aspect of {{Mon}}. The {{Henshin Hero}}es become stronger after get their contact monsters, can use their body parts as equipments, and summon them. It's deconstruction, the monsters have no loyalty to their masters and will ''eat them'' should the contact card is destroyed. The same thing would occur if the monsters aren't well-fed, meaning you must continue fighting to feed your mons, even if you want to quit - and more mons you have, it's just harder to feed them all. Oh, there's another way to get around this, the mons also [[ImAHumanitarian eat humans]]. At least one Rider is more than happy to lets his mon eat random people, it help cover his murder anyway.
4th May '13 5:15:34 PM lalalei2001
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* OneGameForThePriceOfTwo: This is one you should probably be avoiding. ''{{Robopon}}'' had only one edition released outside of Japan, leaving the game incomplete. Further, wireless trading and other internet-enabled trading has basically erased version differences beyond what you can catch on your own. Stay away from this one and you'll look like a more sound investment.

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* OneGameForThePriceOfTwo: This is one you should probably be avoiding. ''{{Robopon}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Robopon}}'' had only one edition released outside of Japan, leaving the game incomplete. Further, wireless trading and other internet-enabled trading has basically erased version differences beyond what you can catch on your own. Stay away from this one and you'll look like a more sound investment.
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