Take to the streets you mad geeks! It’s a time of public celebration, wild revelry and dancing in the streets. Make your obeisance to Dionysus, Bibulous, and Xenagos, rattle your beads and show us your… sick dance moves. Here is our procession of festivals from fiction, parades and holidays that drive people out of their houses to join together and rejoice.
Another month has passed, which means it’s time for us to have another look at our Japan Crate. Of course, last month being October, there could only be one suitable theme – Halloween! As some of you may be aware, we were doing short stories and the vast majority of articles were Halloween-inspired. When we received our Japan Crate for this month, we immediately realised that we were in for a treat, as the box was purple instead of the usual red. We knew what this meant – As we looked over the box and saw the words “HAPPY HALLOWEEN!” on the side, with a cute little ghost image. So, to the delight of Japan Crate only, I received a Trick box.
It was a happy Hallowe’en. And it wasn’t even Hallowe’en.
Let it be known that I do not cosplay often… read “ever”, so even my low-energy effort as the “Quest Giving NPC” still took some work but it’s not easy to carve a question mark out of styrofoam, get it painted yellow and affixed to a headband securely enough in between all the writing and full-time-job-having. It didn’t quite work out as planned, and five minutes after settling into Sweet and the quest marker was in three useless pieces. I took my frustrations out on Murray’s Magic deck and an oversized milkshake.
Kudos to Murray for his cosplay, he endured his wig, makeup and heels for most of the day, boosted along by the compliments of strangers. Sat next to him I felt woefully under-dressed. (more…)
Last week, dear reader, we spoke about the dangers of answering the door during All Hallows’ Eve. A time considered by many to be a fun, but devilishly devious. Where degenerates roam the streets, knocking on doors and demanding a delightful treat for making you get out of your cosy, warm living room and to face the dark abyss beyond the door. But not all dangers leave the house. For some, a Wonderland full of games and joy is as bad as a world of hurt and anguish.
With Halloween fast approaching, you may be wondering what costume you could pull off. Should it be a wicked witch, a powerful vampire or hey, perhaps throw a bedsheet over your head and say ‘oOoOo’? But if you want something that looks great, is low cost and is great for anyone, then look no further. Here are 3 ideas for Halloween costumes this year, that anyone can do.
Last week, we warned you of the horror’s of All Hallows Eve, by telling you the tale of Ness and Paula as they encountered the pumpkin villain, the Trick or Trick Kid. But what happens when you’re offered the chance for a treat? What happens when someone says those three fateful words to you: Trick or Treat? After last weeks’ horrific tale, this week comes one even more frightful, as we dive deep into Rapture.
Blah! We vant to suck your blood– Oh dear, that’s the worst vampire cliche ever.
We came, we saw, we drank and we dined. GeekOut Bristol Meet was as loud as ever, seemingly slightly busier than usual and with a competition that really seemed to gnaw at everybodies necks. So whilst we were being so merry, time went by so quickly as we had games on the go, people discussing everything, including a rather deep conversation about life in the conservatory. Deep stuff, guys.
As we approach All Hallows’ Eve, tales of ghosts and ghouls become commonplace. Today, I wish to tell you a tale of a young man and a young lady, by the names of Ness and Paula, who fought off unspeakable evils. But before they could take on true evil, they had to overcome fear itself. This time, it wasn’t a ghost or a ghoul, but rather it was the wickedness of humanity itself, with an injection of the macabre. This is the story of Ness and Paula encountering the Trick or Trick Kid.
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.