Welcome to the Wonderful World of Pokémon!
In this nostalgic parody adventure, we improvise our way through the classic Pokémon Red/Blue/Yellow journey, collecting badges, stopping Team Rocket, and catching wonderful creatures called Pokémon.
All your favorite memories from the original Game Boy games of Red & Blue are here, blended with that of the iconic anime cartoon as new trainers from Pallet Town embark across the Kanto region.
Inspired by legendary trainers Red & Blue, young teens Candace, Skip, and Xander are given a Pokédex from Professor Oak and set out to collect 8 Gym Badges and “catch them all”. But the Pokémon World is very strange. Families are unstable. Blood sports are legal. Law Enforcement seems to have no idea what their doing. And why is everyone repeating themselves? Far from home, our trainers will have to learn true teamwork to make it through this perilous journey to become “the best like no one ever was”.
Meet The Dream Police.
Our three trainers are young schoolmates in Pallet Town. Puberty is in full swing, and life as a Pokémon Trainer seems like a distant fantasy. At least it did, until now. Fate has brought each of them a lovable starter Pokémon and Professor Oak has given them all an Encyclopedic Pokédex. It’s not often that Trainers battle in teams, but technically more than half of them are up for the challenge. The team name “Dream Police” comes from the fact that it is literally Xander’s legal middle name—a direct reference to the song by Cheap Trick.
Just a 14 year-old nobody from Pallet Town (his words). He’s quiet, anxious, and dislikes being the center of attention. Most of his time is spent skipping school to help his single mother with chores around the trailer that they live in. Xander knows close to nothing about Pokémon, though he does pal around with a Mudkip (“Muddy Waters”) that he adopted after finding it mysteriously ran over and left for dead in a ditch behind his trailer park. Years ago, Xander's father set out to "make it" with his Cheap Trick cover band, promising not to return home until he could provide a better life for his wife and son. He has not been heard from since and is presumed a failure.
The spitfire Ace Trainer. Age 13. She dreams of following her Aunt Clair’s footsteps in becoming a bad ass Pokémon Trainer and Gym Leader—if only her controlling parents would let her. She’s the only child to a successful politician father and lawyer mother who despises a life dedicated to Pokémon. A turning point in Candace’s childhood was being gifted a Vulpix (“Pixie”) from her Aunt Clair, despite her parents wishes. She has since raised the Vulpix in secret. Candace has difficulty making and keeping friends due to her no-nonsense personality, a burning passion to always be #1, and mild-but-frequent outbursts of rage and violence.
+15 All Types
The happy-go-lucky skater. Age 13. He’s an enthusiastic youngster who enjoys finding solutions and fighting for his friends. Though his mother has always been loving and supportive, the same can’t be said for his older brother Cedric, a traveling businessman. Despite this, Skip remains positive and dreams of great adventures. One day when exploring down the river of Pallet Town, he encountered a young Dratini who had lost her way. Skip and Dratini befriended each other and have since built an inseparable bond. Undoubtedly this is Skip’s proudest achievement and what he thinks about the most.
Character artwork by Arianna Cabebe.
Still being developed alongside the show, the music for Pokémon: Pen & Paper Version features almost all of the classic chiptunes as composed by Junichi Masuda with fresh arrangements and additional pieces of original score.
I wanted to keep true to the 8-Bit nature we remember as kids, while still adding lively twists of post-rock guitars, bassoons, and booming drumbeats to fill and accompany a rich sound design.
Its been both a huge lesson, working with Mr. Masuda’s legendary compositions, and a complete treat, getting to mix a bunch of sonic elements together that I love.
Some highlights from the score are available to stream right here. Once complete the whole album will be available to download for free with an optional donation.
Pen & Paper RPG System
This is still on the way. But we do have this Twitter thread covering the basics.
20 Sided Stories has absolutely zero affiliation with Nintendo, The Pokemon Company, Game Freak Inc. or anything in the official Pokemon franchise whatsoever. This is a non-profit parody piece created in fair use and all products names, trademarks, and copyrights are the property of their respective owners.