So a couple of days ago I arrived in the lush, vibrant, tropical Alola region. I’ve already met some of the locals, picked up some pets, and are starting some kind of rite of passage involving Kahuna’s and Idols and whatever else. Oh and also nearly died trying to help this little puffball on a bridge that was being attacked by annoying birds, and if the local guardian spirit hadn’t jumped in at the last second I’d be at the bottom of a very large chasm. Something about this place is very familiar but at the same time it is all new, not sure how to interpret that yet. Anyway, I think I need a few more minutes of sleep, as long as the cat doesn’t try waking me up again to give me a present.
My adventure yesterday began with, well, the usual. Getting up, finding a ton or Rattata in the house and then off to run errands full of Pidgey and more Rattata. A laid back day, which is good because it was unbearably hot outside. The Gym we had taken the night before fell to Team Instinct over night but by the time we made it over to the park to retake it, another member of Team Valor had taken it back. We added a couple of pokemon to the gym to help defend it and wandered around trying to pop some eggs, but the real world mosquitoes became a real pain so we head home. Not two minutes after leaving Team Mystic sneaks up and retakes the gym. That doesn’t hold though, as not long after that another Team Valor trainer retook it and set a CP1000 defender on top of it, where it has stayed since then.
My only real pokemon pick up yesterday came when a wandering Squirtle wandered into my house. Two pokeballs later and I have completed my first personal quest, I have all three starters!
Will today be different? I don’t know yet, but I do know that I have to keep going, because this is everything I’ve trained for since I was 17.
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I woke up this morning and began my training, or at least that was the plan. Server issues? OF COURSE THERE ARE SERVER ISSUES! About a hour later I log in and discover myself in a hellish purgatory of unexistance, my avatar appears on the map that is fully laid out, but there are no pokemon near me, and i wont stop trying to situate myself to my GPS position. I can’t access Pokestops or Gyms, they just appear as blank locations. What is this? Where am I? Oh well, looks like today is going to be a short entry.
A couple of hours later, as I am out running errands with the girlfriend, I am able to log back in and everything is right with the digital world (wait, would that be gimmick infringement?) so we begin to take a tour of our town, picking up a few pokestops near the house and attempting to reclaim the gym near our home for the might Team Valor. We each take turns attacking and trying to reclaim that gym. Every time we get the leader down to 1 HP it just stops taking damage and denying our rightful reclamation of our gym. It was during this event that we met our first members of Team Valor who had tried to do the same as us, and discovered the server glitch as well that denied our victory. We exchanged war stories, they set up a module and we caught a few extra pokemon. We would come back to this gym and reclaim it as our later, when the servers were cooperating again. Again back home for now.
We decided to go back to the park from yesterday, maybe just do a lap or two around the closely packed pokestops of the park. Arriving, the park looked busy, a birthday party, some people at the skate park, and…wait, why are all of those random pairings and groupings just wandering aro…oh my god…we were not the first ones to find the park! Not only that but the other groups were tossing out Modules and drawing tons of pokemon to the area. Again we make nice and talk to everyone, that is the great thing about this game, people TALK to one another, they take their nose out of their devices and look at the wonder that is natures beauty and interact with other people. It’s almost like that is what Nintendo intended, for people to actually interact. We spend about an hour gathering items and making some friends, even if they are in that OTHER team, and just sharing this thing that brings us together. Again, back home.
About that time my two cousins show up. One, having never played any kind of Pokemon game in his thirty-ish years, and the other a child of the generation immersed in the lore and the marketing giant that is pokemon. With them in tow, we attempt to retake the local gym again, and during our trek another member of Team Valor had reclaimed it, but had left an extremely weak Abra behind to defend it. We roll in and back it up. It is ours again, for now, but only one thing is certain. War, war never changes…(there I go crossing franchises again.)
to be continued…
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So it’s pretty late here, after a pretty taxing day, but as I kick back and watch an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000 I am just drawn into some thoughts about some random stuff. So join me in the walk through my mind..
1) I spent this past weekend watching a couple of cartoons series that have some buzz. One, completely earned. Gravity Falls was everything I had heard and more, I’d recommend you check it out. The other? Meh it was ok. Star vs the Forces of Evil had some real hits but about the same number of misses. The season finale showed some depth and gives me hope that season two will finish working the bugs out.
2) While Cinematic Titanic and Rifftrax are great, the jokes are usually better that the original MST3K series or at least seem more worked out, nothing can cheer me up like Mike or Joel and the bots mocking Manos the Hands of Fate or Hobgoblins.
3) I keep moving toward starting the podcast but my own insecurities hold me back, so to compensate I’m going to run a Twitch Channel test tomorrow and see if I can get over this irrational stage fright.
4) When did fans forget what storytelling is? Hydra Cap is just the most recent event that had fans calling for the heads of the writers/creators. Everyone jumps at the first bump in the story instead of waiting till the rides over. I guess it’s one of those things that happens when we have an instant gratification mentality thanks to the internet.
5) Yup wrestling is fun to watch sometimes.
Just some of the rambling in my ADHD brain.