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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