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Pokemon — Let’s Go!

Details were released yesterday about Pokemon: Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee. It seems to be a 3D sorta-kinda-remake of Pokemon Blue-Red-Yellow with some Pokemon Go elements and a drop-in multiplayer feature.

The response was a bit mixed from what I’ve seen. The Pokemon pureists groaned about seeing their beloved RPG series tainted by Pokemon Go. And some folks, me included, just saw it as a fun spin-off of the series with some neat overlap with Pokemon Go.

The pureists were somewhat pacified with the announcement that a new generation core game is in the works for the Switch for 2019. This is awesome news, too. Hopefully that makes everyone happy.

As for me, though I picked up Pokemon Blue back when the game first released a looooong time ago, I find it hard to go back to play the old style Pokemon games. I tried. It takes an old Game Boy, a screen that’s hard to see, and batteries.

I never finished my copy of Blue. I adore Pikachu. I skipped last year’s release of Sun/Moon remake. I’ve been trying to get back into Pokemon Go. So, I could use a new Pokemon game.

Color me interested. I don’t really mind if they’ve made the game easier to make it more appealing to kids. And while I’m not the greatest at the Pokeball toss in Go, I can deal with it. I haven’t been buying many full-priced Switch games this year, so I went ahead and plopped my pre-order down for Let’s Go Pikachu on Amazon.

I also downloaded the new Pokemon Quest (haven’t played yet) and caught several Alola Exeggutors today. 😉

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Pokemon Go: First Legendary!

I guess I should be paying more attention to the Pokemon Go news. It says right in the newsfeed that you get a chance to catch Zapdos for finishing up field research quests. Somehow, it still took me by surprise when it appeared.

Not a bad surprise, but it did take just about every Ultra Ball I owned to finally catch it! I’m not a raider at all, so I’ve not really had a chance to catch cool Pokemon like this. It was a really awesome way to start the week in Pokemon Go. 🙂

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Vegas Pokemon Conglomeration

Apologies in advance, this is going to be a really random post. Mostly, it has reference to a number of recent posts I’ve made, and a little to do with geeking and gaming. So, I figured it was relevant enough to ramble about.

Yesterday was my birthday. Syn, who has been my best friend for many years, was cooking something devious up, and I knew it. She mentioned it the night before, but I had no clue exactly what she meant to do.

Last night, she dropped the bomb on me: She bought me VIP tickets and a Photo op with my favorite band in the whole world – The Moody Blues. In Las Vegas. This September.

I was beside myself — mostly because it wasn’t cheap (but she had it in her head to do this, so I accepted the gift as graciously as I could). And then I thought of the planning I’d need to do for the trip.

And finally, the fact I really need to get into better shape before going on another trip. I spend my work time sitting in an office all day, and the time after that on the computer at home… and have for many years. I’m embarrassed to admit that my personal endurance and level of activity are both rock bottom, and have been for a while.

I mentioned in my post yesterday that I needed to start paying more attention to diet and exercise now that I’m not as young as I used to be. (Git off my lawn! :p ) And there’s nothing like a trip that requires being out of your normal elements to show you just how out of shape you are.

We had thoughts of attending the FFXIV Fan Fest again this year (not sure if that’s a thing that’s going to happen or not), and I told myself that I needed to get more active so I could feel better when I was in Vegas. Well, now I have show tickets, and am going to meet my musical heroes face to face. I really need to start moving!

And that leads back to Pokemon Go.

Yesterday, I joked and said that catching my first shiny was a sign that I needed to get back into the game. Well, here’s another sign that I need to get back to it, for health’s sake.

The nice thing is that there’s now a Pokestop in the local mall. Summer is starting up full force already — it’s going to be 90+ degrees today — and braving the heat at the local park is just too much (and dangerous).

While the park is much better due to having 2 gyms and several stops, having one stop in the air conditioned mall gives me a reason to walk the mall. Previously, the mall didn’t have a stop, much less many Pokemon to speak of (it was odd – lots of Pokemon in the parking lot, few inside the mall itself). I hope that’s changed!

Anyhow, that’s my ramble for today. I’m taking tomorrow off in celebration of my birthday, so I’m going to have a long weekend. Hopefully I can spend some time with Death Road to Canada and have something to write at you guys next week. 🙂

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Pokemon Go: First Shiny!

I know it’s been a while since I’ve written about Pokemon Go. I’ve been a little out of touch with the game for a while, but I’ve kept it on my phone, and I check the news from time to time.

I keep thinking I should get back into it since it’s added things that sound fun — like quests, weather and things. And lots of Pokemon I haven’t caught yet. I wasn’t that into the whole raid thing, but I’ve heard good things about all the newer changes.

I guess this is a sign.

We went out to the local Mellow Mushroom for my birthday lunch today. The fountain there is one of my most visited Pokestops. I just haven’t been in a long while. In fact, I’m so low on Pokeballs that it’s one reason why I haven’t played much.

So, as we were eating, I was spinning the stops and catching whatever random Pokemon popped up. I’m not very familiar with the 3rd gen Pokemon, and I wasn’t paying much attention to what I was catching. I was more interested in getting stuff I didn’t have and filling that “Catch 10 Pokemon” quest.

Later on, I logged back in to review the quests I had (which I haven’t done much with) and see what I caught. That’s when I noticed an odd icon next to one of them.

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Hold on a second… could that be?

An actual Shiny Meditite?

Can I just say this is the first ever shiny Pokemon I’ve caught in any Pokemon game. I mean, aside from the one time someone transferred a Shiny Steelix  to me that was infected with Pokerus.

And on my birthday, too!

I guess it’s a sign I need to get back into this game. 😉

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Pokemon GO: Ditto & Gen II Pokemon

It’s been about a month since I’ve seriously played Pokemon GO to any extent. I was mildly interested in the Valentine’s thing, but had other things on my mind at the time, so it passed me by.

I did know, however, that a few things were going on this week. First, Gen II Pokemon were released yesterday. This was the big thing everyone has been waiting for, naturally.

To go along with that, they also cut the cost of the Pokemon storage upgrade in half. Seeing I don’t have that many coins since I’m not a very competitive player, I was happy to pick up the first upgrade at 100 coins.

On my lunch break today, I decided to see what new Pokemon I could wrangle up. This was my first Gen II:

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What I found interesting here was rather than just needing candy to evolve, this Pokemon also requires a Sun Stone. Looking around, I read that these are new drops at Pokestops. I like this idea, as long as they aren’t too hard to get.

I then caught a:

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and a

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Then, something completely unexpected happened. I tapped on a Sentret with the thought of “Ooh, Gen II!” in mind. I noticed that it was kinda pink in color, but didn’t think much about it (I’m not super familiar with Gen II).

Turns out, Sentrets can be Dittos in disguise! And yes, this was my first Ditto, after all these months of Pidgies and Rattatas.

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The rest of my lunch break went like this:

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So there seems to be a pretty good selection of Gen II out there even in what you’d consider the “normal” spawns.

I also noticed the other week that the Sprint/Radio Shack store in our local mall now has a new Pokestop. This makes me super happy, because our mall was, strangely enough, a dead zone to Pokemon unless you were in the parking lot. This made no sense at all, and was super discouraging because I was looking for a cool place to walk at the end of last summer, and had to rule the mall out.

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Now, not only does it look like we have spawn there, but a Pokestop as well. I really need to start walking and catching Pokemon again!

Oh, I also noticed they significantly changed my trainer’s outfit!

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Pokemon Go: SantaChu Get!

I finally got my Santa Pikachu tonight! I’ve been looking for days, but didn’t give up. Driving home from work, I was slowly driving past the local Target and saw one in the parking lot. I quickly pulled over and nabbed him!

He was a toughie, and took a few ultra balls to catch. I was getting a little worried he’d run away, but he didn’t! 🙂

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Pokemon Go: Hunting Santa Pikachu

The newest updates to Pokemon Go have renewed my interest in the app once again. The rain, however, has kept me inside and unable to go walking/hunting as much as I’d like.

Santa Pickachu

Most notably, the holiday event has brought us a Pikachu with a Santa hat. I’ve only ever caught/seen one Pikachu before this, so they’re pretty rare here to start with. In fact, they’re still fairly rare here, even with the event happening.

I’ve seen a Pikachu show up on my tracker twice since the update, but have been unable to find it both times. Yesterday, while shopping for groceries at the nearest Target (which has a Starbucks that did not become a Pokestop… bummer…), I saw a whole slew of Pokemon hanging out.

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None of them are Pikachu…

It’s nice that there does seem to be an increase in spawn, but none of these were what I was looking for.

Still haven’t found a Ditto, either!

Tracker Updates

Speaking of the tracker, I’m finally seeing the new tracking system they’ve added to the game. Honestly, it doesn’t do much to help me. If you’re close enough to a Pokestop, the tracker lets you know what’s hanging out at the stop. Everything else is still pure guesswork.

Since I’m rarely at a place that is near enough to a Pokestop, I’m still just as much in the dark as I’ve always been about Pokemon location. I guess it’s nice if you live in a city, though.

Gen 2 Arrival

We’ve also got new Gen 2 Pokemon in the game… but only from hatching eggs. And only from eggs that you received after the Gen 2 update. This is where I stand on this…

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Gotta hatch em all.

Old eggs. Every one of them.

Thankfully, I do have a few incubators that are working to speed up the process. I was using those even before the update came out, so I hope I can get to walking and get some of these hatched to pick up some new eggs.

Also, is it just me, but I haven’t found a 10K egg in a LONG, LONG time…

Those who are playing, are you having any luck scoring a Pikachu? 

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Pokemon: Go for Halloween + Sun/Moon Final Starter Evolutions Leaked

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I’d heard about the Pokemon Go update previously, but lots of thanks to Wilhelm for reminding me about the Halloween event! I know that it only lasts for a few days, but I have to say that the bonuses it gives was enough to entice me to pick the app back up (though I already had plans to use it more with the cooler weather rolling in).

So they’ve added a number of spooky Pokemon to the list that show up more often, and you get double the candy for captures and transfers. Your buddy Pokemon also gains candy at a highly accelerated rate. See video below.

While they list a number of ghost type Pokemon here, I’ve also noticed a vast increase in Meowth and Cuebones.

How is this working? Oh man… the game is so much more fun this way. I launched it to see what I could see and actually have been able to catch Pokemon from my desk at work, which was never the case before this. I can walk around my work parking lot and just rack the catches up because the spawning Halloween Pokemon have a high rate in between the Pokemon who are generally out there.

2016-10-26-15-25-09Look at this guy. Right out there in the parking lot next to my desk at work.

I took advantage of the double candy rates, too, cleaning out my stock of commons and earning some evolutions I didn’t have before.

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And, of course, catching all the ghost type Pokemon that I’ve never seen anywhere else before…

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It’s exciting to see my Buddy Pokemon earning candy so fast. I’ve been out there walking as much as I can since the weather is nice and the rewards are high.

I earned a new achievement from all this yesterday…

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And I leveled up, too!

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Yes, I know. Only level 19. But I’m not in a rush. 🙂

Pokemon Sun and Moon Evolutions

So it seems that the final evolution for the Sun and Moon starters have been leaked, and then released right after I wrote this. I’m a little disappointed that the previously-leaked designs were actually true. Early stages mean nothing if the final evolution, which you’ll be looking at for the rest of the game, isn’t appealing.

I wanted to pick Litten as my starter, but I’m just not a fan of the final evolution. I loved it all the way up until that point. So, while I’ve never picked a grass type Pokemon starter before, I think this time around, I’ll go with Rowlet. I was teetering on picking him anyhow, so let’s see how this goes!

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I haven’t yet checked out the demo, but I hope to this weekend.

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Pokemon GO: Starter Buddy Challenge

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If I haven’t been playing Pokemon Go as much as  used to… it’s not so much that I’m done with the game, but that I’m waiting for the weather to cool down so that I can enjoy my time outside without melting in the summer heat. I really can’t wait for fall to get in swing so that I can catch Pokemon more comfortably.

When Syn visited a few weekends back, I took her out to our local Veteran’s Park and we had a good time as I taught her the ropes of the game. There were happily some lures out and enough Pokestops, one which surprisingly spawned Psyducks consistently (it never had before). She was able to level up to 5, whereupon she chose to go with Instinct of all teams. Ah, well.

But in playing that weekend, I found I was still excited about catching Pokemon and having a good time. That’s why I’m happy I finally got the Buddy Pokemon update yesterday.

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If you haven’t heard about this newest feature, this allows you to choose one of your Pokemon to make a walking buddy. As you walk with them, they will find candy, which you can use to evolve them and make them stronger over time. Different kinds of Pokemon find candy at different rates, with the rare Pokemon taking longer. You can change your buddy at any time, so no worries about picking the “wrong” Pokemon.

I really like the idea behind this system because it does several things:

  • Level up Pokemon when you’ve only ever seen/caught/hatched one of them
  • Level up Pokemon that take a long time to earn candies for (Magikarp)
  • Encourage people to move around and not just sit and farm a few adjacent Pokestops

I knew exactly what I was going to do with my Buddy Pokemon slot.

The Starter Buddy Challenge

I chose Charmander as my starter, just as I did back in the Pokemon Blue days. I’m happy I did because in all this time that I’ve played, I haven’t seen a hint of another Charmander anywhere nearby. Not even a shadow. I’ve caught a Pikachu, Bulbasaur and Squirtle in the wild… but never another Charmander.

This means I’ve never earned any candies for my Charmander, nor have I found a stronger one to replace my starter. He remains in my roster, one of the weakest Poekmon that I own, just like this:

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For me, my starter is special and I’m sorta glad that I haven’t found any to replace him. Because now, with the Buddy system, I can challenge myself to level up my Charmander purely from walking and traveling around with him! I know it’s going to take a long time to do as I’m not always the most active person, but this gives me a goal and an incentive to get out and be more active on top of just catching Pokemon in general.

In fact, I’m pretty stoked about this prospect and hope that I don’t accidentally hatch another Charmander along the way. I’ll let you know how the challenge progresses over time. Don’t look for any updates soon, though. I have a lot of candy to gather…

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Pokemon GO One Month Later #blaugust2016

This post is a part of Blaugust 2016!
2016-08-09 08.44.54 I began my Pokemon GO journey back on July 6, the night of release in the US. So it’s officially been over a month since I began playing. I wanted to check back in on the game that’s become a phenomenon, and talk a bit about the progress I’ve made.

I’m currently level 17. However, I’ve long since stopped trying to level. I heard too much about how Pokemon get harder and harder to catch as you keep leveling, and that just doesn’t sound like fun. I know that there’s currently a bug that makes catching things more difficult than they need to be, too. I’ve felt it myself as I’ve played, and I’m hoping they squash that bug soon.

I still play a little bit every day, even if it’s to stop and snag some Pokeballs from the local Pokestop on my way home from work. Pokeballs are my number one issue in this game. I don’t live in a big city, and to hit a place with several Pokestops, I have to actually go to a park or some place that I wouldn’t normally go on my daily routine.

Unlike some lucky folks, there’s no Pokestops within walking distance of my house. My Pokeball stash tends to run on the low side, which is stressful with the current bug that has me wasting way too many Pokeballs on low level catches.

So, playing this game takes travel and effort on my part. Now, this wouldn’t be a problem except for the fact that it’s the dead heat-stroke of summer in the deep south of America. I understand that the team wanted to release the game when kids were out of school and people were traveling.

However, common sense tells you that when the heat index is 106 degrees outside, it’s not a healthy time to be touting around the park in the sun. The past few weeks have been so hot that we’ve hardly seen it cool down at night. But you’re not supposed to be in the parks at night, anyhow. My town doesn’t have any Pokestops that I’m aware of in a sane indoors area, like some malls in other cities have, either.

So, though I may not agree with all the changes the devs introduce to the app, the major thing that’s keeping me from playing is summer heat right now. It’s been a really fun experience, I’ve had a great time at the Pokehunt event my company held a few weeks back, even. Once fall comes around, and the weather cools down, I’m going to be all over exploration and stopping by the park for walks after work.

Until then, here’s a list of my best Pokemon so far. I don’t have any of those super-powered Pokes, but my collection is improving slowly every day. That’s all I really need to keep me playing.

How’s your Poke Adventure going?

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