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Pokemon Go Girls 
25th-Jul-2016 11:15 pm
Katie and Julie are anxiously awaiting an opportunity to go out and play Pokemon Go with me. The problem is that I need to figure out enough about the game so that they don't get frustrated. This could be a challenge.
26th-Jul-2016 05:13 am (UTC)
Have fun!

They say that Pokemon Go has been downloaded 75 million times in less than three weeks. I am astounded.
26th-Jul-2016 09:45 am (UTC)
I've added it to my phone so that I could get to the point of knowing what I'm talking about.
The main point to be aware of is that you don't need to worry about going into Gyms until you're at least 5th level, because they won't let you in.

When you go to a Pokestop swipe your finger left to right across the round image of the monument/location it's attached to and it will drop items (mostly pokeballs until you get more experience). Touch them to pick them up.

Your phone vibrates whenever a new pokemon appears near you for you to try to catch - touch them on your screen and you get the catching screen. Flick the Pokeball towards them and if in lands in the (shrinking) green circle then you catch the pokemon. Sometimes they escape even after you've caught them. Sometimes you get more chances to catch them and sometimes they vanish in a puff of smoke.

More advanced pokemon have orange target circles rather than green ones and they are more likely to escape until you reach a higher level.

Each pokemon comes with a certain amount of candy specific to that kind of pokemon. You want to catch multiples of the same kind of pokemon to build up your stash of that candy because you use the candy to get them to evolve.

You sometimes get eggs from a Pokestop. You have to put them into an incubator and walk the distance they specify before they will hatch. The further you need to walk the better the pokemon inside the egg. You get 1 incubator to start with.

To see what you have click on the pokeball icon on the 'walking around' screen and it brings up options including Items and Pokémon - to see your eggs go into Pokémon and then click the second tab for eggs. To incubate an egg touch it and it gives you an option to put it in an incubator.

Incubators only work while it's tracking your walking, so you need to set your phone to not turn off while you're walking with the phone in a pocket and not actively hunting pokemon. You can do the walking in stages over days - it does not have to be all at once.
26th-Jul-2016 11:05 am (UTC)
It's pretty much like Ingress just with critters. Pokestops = Portals are usually the same spots.
26th-Jul-2016 05:54 pm (UTC)
Do people play both games simultaneously? I mean, as long as you're at a Pokestop, you might as well switch over to Ingress and do whatever people do at a Portal.
27th-Jul-2016 10:56 pm (UTC)
I've noticed a fairly large number of new Ingress players round hereabouts since PoGo was released. That may just be coincidence, though.
27th-Jul-2016 03:30 pm (UTC)
They eat battery-charge like WHOA. Carry spare battery packs, or a charging cable and know where coffee-shop power-outlets are.
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