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I went with Flame Mammoth as a loose reference to Mega Man Battle Network, another series in the vein of Pokemon, Digimon, and all that. Sure, the reploids don't appear in that series (that I know of), but that's why it's a a loose reference. A nod, really.

Taking what the readers have said about Pokemon, I let the Flamemamon attack first -- speeds and levels vary between monsters, so this made sense. Plus it left Blacula bitch again, which is always funny.
 
Sleepy
2015-02-10 01:42:31 
Mega Man Battle Network is an alternate universe where instead of robotics being the field pioneered by Dr. Light, the Internet was what was jumpstarted. Some Mega Man X characters do have namesakes/alternate version that not only appear but are heavily involved in the plot. However, Flame Mammoth is definitely not one of them. I haven't played Pokemon, but while MMBN is very loosely in the same genre, the battle gameplay is very different in that it's real-time in MMBN and not turn-based. Battles in MMBN take place on a 6 x 3 grid were the player's character and the enemies each have half of the grid. In MMBN, levels have nothing to do with how fast one moves or attacks. I do agree the names are silly.
Delta Pangaea
2015-02-10 04:17:50 
Bah. I love Battle Network, but I've got nothing to say about it. Well, it's fun as all hell in any case. Plus, I think it's the only Megaman series to have an actual definitive 'The End'
Mike Finkelstein
2015-02-10 16:24:02 
Well, I did say "loosely".
    

When evil spreads across the land, and darkness rises and the monsters roam. When the creatures of the night make beautiful music, and the things that go bump in the night go bump with greater enthusiasm. When the world is in peril and is in need of a hero...

These guys are, sadly, the best the world can hope for. These are the adventures of the heroes of CVRPG. They mean well, they try hard, and occasionally they do the impossible...

They actually do something heroic.