Desk Diary: The PokéSpice Must Flow

Published in Blog Posts by Trainer Tol
August 08, 2019

For many years I’ve been a big fan of Danny Choo and his Desk Diary series of blogs. Growing up, my mother was a grade school teacher and we’d be out buying school supplies at Staples and I’d pick up the most recent copy of GamePro magazine. One of my favorite parts of these magazines was always seeing the nerdy offices of those in the gaming industry.  These offices looked like a toy store exploded, with props and figurines everywhere.

My consulting company Image Freedom is turning ten in September (yes I actually do real work too!) and I’ve always prided myself on having at least one of the nerdiest desk setups in all of San Antonio. Figured I’d rant a little bit about my desk setup and how my workspace has had to adjust to the Trainer Tol hat and the tools we’ve plugged in to make life easier on this little side job of ours.

Regal Robot Mandalorian Skull Added To The Office

I just added the massive Mandalorian Skull piece to the office from Regal Robot.

Does The Trespassing Lawsuit Hurt Pokémon Go?

Published in Blog Posts by Trainer Tol
February 18, 2019

Do you remember when Dratini used to nest? Back in 2016 when the game wasn’t even a month old Dratini was a rare but insanely lucrative nest. Dragonite was the end all and this lead to San Antonio players flooding into the Legends on the Green Apartment Complex. As you can imagine this was not popular with the management of the apartment complex and we started to see signs urging Pokémon Go players not to trespass.

During that same summer similar scenes played out around the world, Dratini nests and rare spawns found via maps were attracting trespassers who wanted to add the powerful Dragonite and other rare mon to their Gym busting rosters.  If you’ve been seeing articles about lawsuits it’s important to note these lawsuits are not new, they are a class action lawsuit filed against Niantic back in 2016 because of cases of trespassing like our visits to Legends on the Green.  The main plaintiff being homeowners in a luxury Florida community where Dratini could be found in abundance at the game’s launch.

Say Aloha to Alolan Form Pokémon!

Published in Game Updates by Trainer Tol
May 21, 2018

I wondered if they would do this as a tie in when Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon were released, but apparently Niantic is going to randomly drop Alola form Pokémon on us in the near future. An official news item has been added to the game stating:

“Trainers, sunny days are ahead! Whether your forecast calls for rain or shine, we’re celebrating all around the world by introducing some special Pokemon from the tropical Alola region to Pokémon GO! Get ready for some of the Pokémon originally discovered in the Kanto region to appear in their Alolan forms! These unique variants were first seen in the Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon video games, and they will make their way to Pokémon GO in the coming weeks. Keep an eye out for news related to this exciting change – and don’t forget to tell your friends! Stay safe, and happy exploring!”