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Donald
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posted 11-25-2002 01:33 PM      Profile for Donald   Email Donald      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
At least some of Versus Books's strategy guide for it will not suck, in my opinion.

Here's why.

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To: DonaldFAQ@metacrawler.com
Subject: Interestd in working on an Official Strategy Guide?
From: Howard Grossman (address deleted so you don't fill his mailbox with Goatse)
Date: - Thu, Nov 21 2002 12:17:27 PM0800

Greetings,

I was looking through GameFaqs and I noticed you wrote a pretty extensive FAQ on Pokemon. I work for Versus Books, which is one of only a few companies that create official strategy guides. My company is known for its hard-core content and design. I hope you are familiar with some of our guides such as the Zelda and Pokemon series.

I’m writing you to see if you would be interested in working with my company to help create the best Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire Guide. Part of my job is to recruit the hottest new talent (and you definitely qualify) to create the best guides on the market.

Please let me know if you would be interested in working with our company on a freelance basis.

Obviously, you would be paid to work on this project and if this works out well we could have you work on a lot more books in the future.

Please feel free to write me or leave a number so we can talk about this opportunity directly.

Thanks for you time and keep creating great FAQs!

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Howard Grossman
VP of Editorial
Versus Books

^^^^

Getting paid to write about Pokemon - a dream come true.

Discuss.

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Thom Burr
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posted 11-25-2002 01:48 PM      Profile for Thom Burr   Email Thom Burr   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
If there is ANYONE who deserves something like this is, it is you, Donald. Your GSC and S2 guides are the best out there. Relentlessly informative, yet whimsical and entertaining.

This could be the start of a professional writing career for you. Make sure you get lots of money out of them.

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gruco
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posted 11-25-2002 01:55 PM      Profile for gruco        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Congrats, dude. Go for it. And do you best to make sure it's the best damn guide on earth.

Really, it's a great opportunity. You should be hitting the town tonight.

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Dark_Herakurosu
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posted 11-25-2002 05:13 PM      Profile for Dark_Herakurosu   Author's Homepage   Email Dark_Herakurosu   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I've never actually read any of your guides, and neither do I plan on playing the new pokemon games, but yah good luck.

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Does this mean you'll be getting an advance copy of English RuSa, Donald? Or is the book going to be released after the games? If you get a copy, but have to sign a no-disclosure agreement, I will weep. I WILL WEPP, AND MY BITTER, BITTER TEARS WILL FLOOD THE LANDS, DROWNING ALL THOSE WHOSE SEATS DO NOT FUNCTION AS FLOTATION DEVICES IN THE EVENT OF A WATER LANDING!

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Jman
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posted 11-25-2002 06:51 PM      Profile for Jman   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
*shakes off cobwebs*

Yeah, how do you post again?

Er, anyway, I had to post to congradulate Donald. This is an excellent opportunity for you, man. It couldn't have happened to a better writer out there, in my oppinion. Writing walkthroughs on games would be an awesome job, I hope you can make a living out of it!

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posted 11-25-2002 07:34 PM      Profile for TeLeFonE   Email TeLeFonE   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Lucky Bastard. All those hours spent playing pokemon has finally paid off for you. :x Like Thom Burr said.. if anyone deserved to get a chance like this, it would have to be you. ;]

Congrats... and good luck.

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Coxy
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My brother would probably go buy it, byt we only get Prima guides here.

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Wow...grats, Donald. Make Canada proud!

(Erm..you wouldn't mind mentioning my name in the book, right? [Razz] )

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I'm jealous, way to go man
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Pokegod
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posted 11-26-2002 12:17 AM      Profile for Pokegod     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Show em how it's done!

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Live long and prosper.

Congrats!!! [Big Grin]

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Sudowoodo
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Whoa, cool!

Congrats man!

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posted 11-26-2002 03:58 AM      Profile for Porygone   Email Porygone   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Congrats!

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YOU'RE WINNER!

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veloS
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posted 11-26-2002 04:01 AM      Profile for veloS     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
veloS is jealous. Good show man.

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OrientalNoodle
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posted 11-26-2002 09:32 AM      Profile for OrientalNoodle   Author's Homepage   Email OrientalNoodle   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Congratulations. That's even better than me getting to the Finnish Championships (Suomen Mestaruus in Finnish :) as the commentator.

At least there's going to be at least one guide with reliable info.

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Congrats

Non-Disclosure all the way. Big N doesn't want anyone talking before they do. You'll end up with a dead Remoraid on your car if you do talk about it, or a Ponyta head in your bed.

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posted 11-26-2002 10:31 AM      Profile for Ancient Egyptian Cat-Gonk   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I EXPECT TO SEE ONE MENTION OF GODDISH IN THERE.

Hell, could you even slip in the URL to AH?

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Draco the spirit dragon
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posted 11-26-2002 02:59 PM      Profile for Draco the spirit dragon   Email Draco the spirit dragon   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
at last there going to be accerly decent stratagy in a pokemon stratagy guid ....

You probaly landed your self a decent carer if you don't mess up!

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always expect the unexpected!

I've desidered since I can't get my Nidoking Gorkamorka into R/S he's be killed and reincarnated as a Metagross.

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Judging by his previous Pokemon FAQ's, Donald should be a millionare by Tuesday. Ok, maybe I'm exaggerating, but...

Buy each of us a Ferrari [Razz]

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posted 11-26-2002 04:43 PM      Profile for Mana Lugia   Author's Homepage   Email Mana Lugia   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Good job, Donald!

Like said before, Make Canada Proud! ^_^

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posted 11-30-2002 05:45 PM      Profile for psykloak1   Author's Homepage   Email psykloak1   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
::jealous:: lol, thats so cool man!

Forget prima, from now on I buy Versus books! lol...

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posted 11-30-2002 05:48 PM      Profile for Tenshi no Myu   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Same here, I'm going to go out of my way to get the Versus guide now ^_^ It'll be nice to have a PkMn guide that doesnt have parts in it that make you want to chuck it across the room in disgust [Big Grin]

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Donald
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posted 12-09-2002 11:34 PM      Profile for Donald   Email Donald      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
News on the Donald is a soon-to-be-rich-bastard front:

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To: <donaldfaq@metacrawler.com>
Subject: Versus 'Pokemon' Possible Work
From: "Craig Keller" (withheld) Add to Contacts
Date: - Mon, Dec 9 2002 6:04:45 PM0500
Cc: (withheld)


Hi Donald --

I believe Howard Grossman recently got in touch with you about
the possibility of providing content for a forthcoming Versus book
on 'Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire.' I know that you did
comprehensive work on Gold/Silver/Crystal for FAQs on the Web,
and also assume that these were done at your own pace and over
a substantial amount of time for the use of the massive Pokemon
community online. Taking into account that you're a full-time
student, and that you have a part-time job as well, we'd like to
know whether you would be capable of writing content dealing with
monster-analysis and various Q&A's about aspects of Ruby and
Sapphire.

At this point, we're looking for someone who is capable of doing
all of this, and is able to provide updates and samples of progress
on a daily basis, and, importantly, is able to be contactable as well
on a daily basis via either email or voice, or both. Actually,
perhaps even more importantly, is the matter of whether you would
be able to write this content while adhering to a timeline that
allows for your text to be edited and flowed into the guide layout
throughout the production cycle.

Please write back to both Howard and me and let us know if you're
willing and able. We are talking to a few people at this point for
providing content support, so a definite decision on who we'll
actually use will probably be made over the next day or two, based
upon whose amount and degree of commitment works best for
us. At that point, we can then move forward with making a deal.

Oh, one big question as well -- have you been playing Ruby and
Sapphire, and are you able to read Japanese? This is important,
because, as you're well aware, the game isn't yet available in
English.


I can see it now - "WHAT THE FUCK? DONALD, THESE AREN'T THE MAX STATS!!" and I'll be like "lol noobs, I'm going to Brady".

And maybe I'll be summoned to California for a meeting and will have the opportunity to take a swing at Casey Loe. That'd be cool. [Big Grin]

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Rolken
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To take another tangent on this - I think it's ubercool that Versus is reaching out to people who actually know what they're talking about to "write content." I have the RBY guide, which sucks, but no one really knew what was going on then underneath the hood; does anyone know if they do/did likewise for other games?

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The Versus Games books tend to just focus on the walkthroughs-the part of the game where it's just "Step 1, Step 2, Step 3, you win" types of instructions, which is why they normally turn out good guides for most video games.

With Pokemon, however, the battling part of the game requires actual strategy, and can't just be taught like a walkthrough can, but the publishers didn't really understand this. We (or at least Azure) got our knowledge of max stats and the game's inner workings through hacking the programming, which I doubt a little video game guide publisher is up to doing. They just caught a few Pokemon of each species, Rare Candied it, averaged out the stats, and claimed those were the max stats.

It wouldn't be all that easy to write a step-by-step guide to intelligent battling, either-I suspect saying "Pikachu sucks; evolve him" will end up with lawsuits and angry hordes of 3rd grade children at your door.

Also, admitting that you have a ROM might not be the most intelligent course of action. What's Versus Books' official stance on ROMs?

But if we can finally get a decent strategy guide...that'd just be awesome. And Donald might become the new "Pokemon Celebrity", now that the whole "OMG IAN GARVEY WTF" thing has died down.

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Bulbasaur3000
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posted 02-14-2003 10:38 PM      Profile for Bulbasaur3000     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Versus Books = kaput

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Dark_Herakurosu
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posted 02-15-2003 06:51 PM      Profile for Dark_Herakurosu   Author's Homepage   Email Dark_Herakurosu   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
OMG DONALD WTF!!!oneone111!!!1!one!


As for something constructive, erm.. There's nothing Donald can do to stop Versus Books from sucking. For one, the heads of their established fans would explode.

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Donald
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I can't do anything about their suckage because they're out of business.

Their suckage led to their downfall. [Frown]

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The Muffin King
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Why don't you try contacting Prima?
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Does someone have a link to a story about what happen to Versus?

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