You’ll excuse me if I was glad of a quieter GeekOut this month, it’s been an exhausting few weeks, culminating in being unwillingly decorated for Hallowe’en last Friday. The bruising is almost faded, the blood is almost gone from my eye, but I’m still exhausted.
Still, after a quiet start – just me and Cal for a couple of hours or so – I think we amounted to a little under twenty of us altogether, and a huge thanks to all of those who came, those who joined in the costume competition, and the two sentence horror story competition, and thanks to Nicole for demanding she run a game of Werewolf so that I’d sit and play a game for a short while.
Premeet – The Boiler Room
Pay not attention to the content of the notebook…
I had about half an hour or so to sit and get some work done before I was joined by Cal, not pictured are the efforts of the werewolf costume and the beard that could rival mine that will become more apparent later in the gallery. Not an awful lot to say here, other than the world was proverbially set to rights over coffee and raspberry milkshake before we moved on to a similarly empty Monty’s Tower.
First of all, congratulations to Hannah for winning the two sentence horror story competition, which was very heavily laden with in-jokes, I hadn’t realised how many of those we’d come to develop over the last year and a half. Hannah’s entry sickened me beyond words, and has left me with a greater trauma than any recent criminal activity made against my person:
There was an adorable puppy.
It died, horribly.
And you can see the photos, no guessing who won the competition for best costume, but considering where I found Cal in summer, I really should be more careful putting a costume competition on the docket.
All assembled personages have since been checked for signs of metamorphosis, and argyrophobia, results have proven inconclusive.
A New Toy
Regulars know Vinni by now, right? Possibly by face if not by name, for he has many. Well, aside from being the one local holder of a copy of Gloomhaven that I know about, he also works heavily with wood, and has previously brought custom game boards, and has also been spotted in the wild peddling wooden wares (check out Wreathen Works for more), and most recently he has constructed something for a friendly local dungeon master:
Serious cannot begin to thank Vinni for this one, a custom, fully branded GM screen made of black valchromat, sprayed and carved into shape, with plans to attach metal strips for the purpose of adding magnetised notes to the back some time after the Hallowe’en game at Whittington castle (for which one place remains if anyone is interested) where the screen will be making its glorious debut.
Next event is on the 29th of November, NaNoGeKo… which is a terrible pun! And no, no novel writing will be required, but writing discussion is actively encouraged, and if people are in the mood for a mini-round table, I’m up for it if you are. It will be a quiz month, and I promise to try and tone down the difficulty, still got a lot of fine-tuning to do.
See you then.
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?
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.