I know, the title makes baby Cthulhu cry.
I've been playing Pokemon Diamond a bit, lately, on the Nintendo DS. A while ago, I read on the Gaming Den about Pokemon d20, and then adding Pokemon to D&D, taking into consideration the effects they have on people's lives.
Think about it for a minute. They are, for the most part, wild wandering monsters. They attack things that move. People can make a living capturing and training these - indeed, there are worldwide contests and Pokemon are essentially the one thing the whole world is interested in. Furthermore, people who fail as trainers as kids (or decided to, you know, go to school) have to live ordinary lives and put up with the crap that people in the real world do. But they get Pokemon to do any jobs for them. So now they're a wandering monster, a job, a pet, a helper, an occupation and who knows what else. Add in legalised animal fighting and you're gold.
The people couldn't get by without them.
Now, imagine that some of them are a bit scarier (sure, some are just plain cute, still). And magic roams free. Berserkers (let's not call them Barbarians) charge into battle right alongside their Ryhorns, and knights ride atop their Rapidash or Fearows. Sorcerers create mental links with their Abras and perform magic with them, or simply cast spells on/alongside their Pokemon. Rogues team up with Pikachu so that the stunned enemies are easier to stab in the back of the head. And druids turn into Pokemon, or sit there constantly healing their own.
It'd be pretty epic. You could have huge wars between nations, fought with Pokemon (which seem practically unable to die, they merely faint) to save lives. You could still have D&D adventures, and you could also have your standard Pokemon routine.
Yeah, I know, I'm clearly a full supporter of having numbers and rules, even if they get ignored half the time. Oh well.
Does this sound interesting to anyone? I was thinking a small group, each would be a fairly low-level adult setting out as a team to (do quest for someone / help out military force / investigate something / catch 'em all), and everyone would start with their own level-appropriate Pokemon (note: not only would the actual critters from the game/show be available, but various d&d monsters that seem appropriate would also be added, and also Pokegirls - see below). More could be caught later on.
Note: I'm not into the whole furry thing, and the idea of sex with just about any of the Pokemon squicks me a bit. Maybe I could warm to it after the individual things grew personalities - I was surprised with how I have no problems with dragons, after all. If you want that kind of stuff, we could incorporate elements from "Pokegirl" (I don't even have to explain what that's about). Still, I envision this as fairly low on the Adult scale, mostly just being a bit of fun incorporating elements of d&d and Pokemon, and having a bit of a laugh.