Every now and then, I can’t help but pick up a game that wants to continuously evolve. Over the years, since release, Pokémon Go has provided an experience that few other mobile games can come close to. There are a number of reasons for this, but the main one I think stems down to the games array of events. From the community days, to just random events, the game always manages to draw you back. Plus, with a title so centric around health benefits, it’s hard to find a better game for mobile to want to play.
Since the first smartphones came out, there has been a rising demand for more and more games. They’re an amazing distraction and when one of them takes off, they get massive – arguably more so than a PC or console title does. However, one thing I’d like to chat about is the recurring theme in smartphone games – About how all you need to do to play, is to wait, or to just tap the screen a million times. Whatever happened to innovation – Or are we about to see a new surge of innovative titles?
Alright, admittedly, anyone who’s ever seen a picture of me will be aware that I’m quite a chunky person. I’ve always been pretty big, but recently I’ve gotten to a point where I’ve decided that I’ve had enough of it. Whilst I could be like everyone else, by heading to a gym and just working out non-stop for ages, I figured I’d want to start it off a bit simpler – Get myself back into the spirit of good health. Naturally, food becomes a part of a health kick, but overall, I wanted to make sure I wouldn’t get bored. This is my routine – and how you can kickstart your own health spree – If you’re looking to lose a few pounds!
You know, this is a weird article for me to write, as I stopped playing Pokemon Go actively around a year ago. I kept it installed for all this time, before I finally uninstalled it a few weeks back. However, when Jake asked me to go on out for a long walk with him, to just walk with him to catch Pokemon, I figured it’d be an interesting day out. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve walked around the centre of Bristol many times before, but I figured there’d be a buzz about the area, especially since the game was so popular upon release. How much of that magic was retained? How much of that sense of community is even still there? As we walked, I found out some shockingly fun truths about the Pokemon Go spirit in 2018.
We’re back once again with another update of Pokemon Go, a game which has kept going through the thick and thin of it. It’s lasted well over a year, with the game still attracting millions of players to it on a regular basis. The last update was done back in June of this year, where we were introduced to the raid mechanic. Now we’re back once more, but this time around, things have gotten spooky once more! Of course, last year, we saw Gastly’s, Haunter’s and even Marrowak’s (Sorry Gen I players for those sad memories!) What do we get for this year’s Halloween special?
A very short article, as by the time you read this I will already be on-route to Kitacon Quest 2017. I think I’ve undergone more preparation for this convention than any before, and even as a non-cosplayer I’ve undertaken more work than one might call necessary for – what some might call a holiday.
In my hubris I have elected, not only to prepare a one-shot Pokethulu game, but to create a full Pokenomicon filled with horrors of my own creation, featuring alongside a handful of competition entrants from last month’s GeekOut Shrewsbury competition. And because I am the sort to over-do things when I’m organising a game for people whom I’ve either never met or see very infrequently, I had to invest in a better audio recorder to immortalise the game for all to hear, and high quality paper just to really finish the job.
If you’re interested, come find me today (Thursday) and volunteer. I have five places to fill, and once all are claimed and we have a quiet place to sling dice then we shall begin. If asked nicely a second game may be held over the weekend.
Disclaimer – If you join in the Pokethulhu game your voice will be recorded and you are likely to be photographed. Also I stand up while I run games, that’s apparently a thing I have in common with Patrick Rothfuss. You have been warned!
I’m currently finishing a few talking points for the DMing 101 panel. After last year – where I worked through my prepared material in about twenty minutes – I have more plans and more to discuss in order to give my second effort at hosting a panel the semblance of better organisation. We’ll try and keep the panel on topic until we run out of material and questions from you guys, and then I reserve the right to have the whole thing descend into story-swapping, which can be educational in its own right.
Tim and I will be completing the Top 10 for Sunday 27th in person! Based on the results of your vote in our last list, and we will be recording the efforts of compiling the list at the Warwick Art Centre this very weekend, meaning that you will get to hear the bitter arguing, the deliberating, the nitpicking and quibbling. The Top 10 will be based on your second place winner from the last poll.
I will also be coming equipped with Magic decks, Raid passes for Pokemon Go, and a general willingness to talk to anyone.
Time draws near, I will see you soon…
This week we got our hands on the biggest update in Pokemon Go since the release of Gen 2, a hint at things to come, but can it be the saving grace the game so desperately needs? Interest has waned dramatically over the twelve months since initial release despite regular changes and improvements, extra features and events, and often the execution of the so-called improvements has been the cause for concern, lacking foresight, too hastily rushed out, or just not well received by some faction or division of the player base.
Anyway, let’s have a look at what’s new: (more…)
In the 90’s, the Pokemon Trading Card Game (TCG) took the world by storm. Little boys and girls from around the globe were collecting these pocket monsters and, instead of being in a big chunky GameBoy, they were actually in the kids pockets in the form of trading cards. From Pikachu up to Mewtwo – Then in the 00’s we went into Gen II. Later, it went into Gen III, then IV, V – And so on and so forth. The point is, it got bloody expensive. But what if you want to get into the hobby, but don’t want to pay a premium? The Pokemon Company have the solution for you.
While plenty of people seem to have gotten as far as they wanted to with Pokemon Go having caught as much as they could and thoroughly scratched their nostalgic itch, Niantic are still finding ways to keep the game engaging for those of us still enjoying themselves. This week marks the start of the first in-game event to celebrate Hallowe’en, embracing two of the best-known factors of the festival.
All the spookiest generation 1 pokemon will be more common until the first of November. However, the list Niantic advertised seems to have been added to somewhat; while the announcement tells us to look out for more ghost-types (Gastly, Haunter and, Gengar) along with Zubats, Golbats, Drowzees and Hypnos, I for one have spotted a couple of other well themed additions. These may be different depending on your location, if so tell us what you’ve seen on our Facebook:
Cubones and Marowaks seem as common as Rattata around here right now, the skull-wearing little ground-type seems to be running rampant. Coupled with it’s tragic pokedex entry and relation to the haunted Lavender Tower it’s the perfect fit for the Hallowe’en. I’ve also noticed a dramatic rise in the appearance of Meowths (although no Persians as I can see) which took me a few minutes to connect in my head, they may not be black cats but as a witch’s familiar it’s nicely in keeping with the theme.
It’s a great opportunity to fill up any gaps this handful might represent in your pokedex, or an easy way to ramp up that Gengar you’ve got sitting on a gym nearby. I think future Hallowe’ens could get even more interesting as new generations and even more eerie monsters start haunting our streets; Spinarak, Ariados, Murcrow, Misdreavus, Houndour and Houndoom could make for a more terrifying experience next year.
Candies aplenty! If you don’t need anything on the list above then you can still reap the spoils of the week by getting out there and catching a few extras. The candy return for catching and transferring a new catch has doubled, meaning any new pokemon you collect can yield up to eight making it so much easier to reach those difficult demanding final forms. If you’re harvesting Pidgeys and Weedles for some power levelling, you may want to expand your horizons this week because it’ll be easier than ever to use Rattatas and similar for their XP. It might also mean making some serious progress on that Garydos or that annoying final Eevee evolution you’ve been struggling for.
However, if you’re struggling to even find the pokemon you so desperately need, all is not lost. “Buddy” pokemon now gather candy four times faster! That means you can potentially gain six candy for your Bulbasaur before you can hatch a five-kilometre egg. I’m not saying you should be playing while you’re taking the kids out Trick-or-Treating, but it’ll make a trip into town a lot more productive…
In so far as procrastinating is productive.
This bodes well, and I’ve already been enjoying the game just that little bit more for having some accelerated pace to my progress, especially as my level gets ever closer to may age. Christmas may yet see an influx of ice-types that I sorely need, and may also include presents of some variety; and if Niantic are clever they’ll make it easier to hatch eggs over Easter, or maybe just give out some incubators to everyone.
I’d like to see a few graphical changes made over the event periods too, like maybe decorating stops as Christmas Trees, or covering the battle-screen with a layer of snow. I’d have liked to have seen some themed changes on the battle-screen over this event, maybe changing it to resemble the shadowy world surrounding Gengar in the current loading screen.
The Hallowe’en event ends on November the first, All Hallows itself, which means you can play through this weekend as well without missing out too much. If you’re still playing, happy Hallowe’en, and happy hunting.