Wow! When we started doing more and more community events I never saw us knee deep in creek water dragging tires out of the mud. That said, thank you eternally to everyone that came out to support our Earth Day clean-up at Olmos Basin Park. If you haven’t seen the gallery yet, visit here.
For a full break down of all the rewards from Earth Day you can check out this article by Forbes (who cover Pokemon Go for some reason) and we highly suggest you hit up the Quarry or the Pearl to collect Wailmer while they’re spawning with a higher rate of getting a shiny.
My first raid bus was on August 12th, it was a RaidTX bus and it was their first bus here in San Antonio. I was the guest of a team leader and as soon as the bus started you could tell no one was really in charge, no one was really sure what to do first, or where we should start.
I don’t deny that I stepped up, and I have been accused of “taking over” that first bus. I won’t argue that from some points of view that’s what it looked like. Some might say I stepped up to fill a need, others might say I overstepped. I felt like someone needed to call out our destinations, and so I stepped into the role of navigator – which I’ve now continued to do for over 300 Legendary raids from August to now the end of October.
That fist San Antonio bus from RaidTX left a lot to be desired,
On September 8th we hosted a full day on our Charity Raid Bus for Pokemon Go – such a full day that we had to hire two charter buses to carry more than 100 players around San Antonio to catch the Legendary Bird Moltres. If we were lucky some would be “shiny”. Sadly, one of the passengers – Ryan Wilson – didn’t feel that his bus reached enough Pokemon and he filed an “item never received” chargeback via his credit card.
Our charity effort had raised $800 for an animal rescue that we work with often, much of this was raised when we raffled off a Nintendo Switch along with a handful of other prizes. Unfortunately, that $800 total dropped to $755 once Wilson filed his credit card chargeback. The ticket to the event ran $25 and when you file a chargeback via your credit card vs just opening a dispute with PayPal, PayPal issues the vendor (that’s us) a $20 fee for them to deal with that person’s financial institution.
What a whirlwind these past few weeks have been. To say we are hitting peak Legendary season is an understatement with more than two months to go and MewTwo just starting to show up in select cities.
We have decided to expand the Trainer Tol experience due to our success with so many sold out raid buses. As we are raising money exclusively for charity ($4,722 raised to date) we decided to build our own event/store system rather than continuing to use Eventbrite. They charge us around $300 per weekend to sell 200 tickets and we’d much rather those dollars go directly to the charity – so here we are!
We will also be using this platform to post game updates, and my goal there is to keep the advice incredibly simple, and have it be the top of line stuff that matters most. I don’t intend to be the next Pokemon News site but we will cover the stuff that you MUST know to make the most of Pokemon GO.