Poké Party in Harlan


The game “Pokemon Go” is all the rage, with folks of all ages enjoying the smartphone-based game. Harlan Tourism and the Harlan County Public Library are throwing a Poké Party for all interested at the Harlan Center.

Harlan Center event setup representative Ashley Bledsoe said the festivities start at 7 p.m. on Friday.

“It goes until midnight,” Bledsoe said. “Every hour on the hour, the person that is over the Pokemon gym in different locations downtown will receive an iTunes of Google Play gift card worth $10…the person that is the overall gym leader in the Harlan Downtown area for the event will get a $50 gift card.”

There will be a Pokemon cosplay contest, where if you come dressed as your favorite Pokemon character or Pokemon, organizers will take a picture, your name and your number, and at the end of the night the secret judges will call and let you know who won the contest. The grand prize for the cosplay contest is a $25 iTunes or Google Play gift card.

“There will be movies downstairs, there will be concessions upstairs,” Bledsoe said. “We will be handing out cheat sheets and tips on how to play the game better. We encourage everybody to come out.”

Bledsoe pointed out the game promotes outdoor activity and has children socializing with each other.

“It’s really been great for the community and to get people active again,” Bledsoe said.

Bledsoe explained Pokemon was developed in the mid-1990s.

“Pokemon is short for pocket monster,” Bledsoe said. “They’re little creatures with different names and they all have different powers. The premise of “Pokemon Go” is to walk around to different locations and find these little pocket monsters and capture them…once you capture them, you try to increase their level so that you can go to the different gyms in town and fight other Pokemon.”

Also starting at 7 p.m., the convention center rooms will be open and Pokemon: The Movie will continue to play throughout the night.

There will be space at the top of the Harlan Center for anyone interested in playing the Pokemon trading card game as well as board games and card games provided by the Harlan County Public Library. The trading card game will be bring-your-own-cards.

The Poké Party is open to all ages.

Reach Joe P. Asher at 606-909-4132 or on Twitter @joe_hde.

Joe P. Asher|Daily Enterprise The courthouse lawn is a popular place for Pokemon hunting these days, and Tucker Sullivan and his mom Ashley took advantage of a sunny day on Wednesday to go in search of the elusive digital critters. When he isn’t hunting Pokemon, Tucker is a student at Harlan Independent Elementary School.
http://harlandaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_PokePic2.jpgJoe P. Asher|Daily Enterprise The courthouse lawn is a popular place for Pokemon hunting these days, and Tucker Sullivan and his mom Ashley took advantage of a sunny day on Wednesday to go in search of the elusive digital critters. When he isn’t hunting Pokemon, Tucker is a student at Harlan Independent Elementary School.
‘Pokemon Go’ inspires Friday night event

By Joe P. Asher

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HOW TO PLAY ‘POKEMON GO’

NEW YORK (AP) — Ready to hit the streets in search of a Pikachu?

The “Pokemon Go” smartphone game has become a phenomenon since its debut nearly two weeks ago. The appeal stems partly from how easy it is to play.

Here’s what you need to know to get started:

SIGNING UP AND SIGNING IN

Download the free “Pokemon Go” app from the Apple or Android app store. It’s now available throughout much of Europe, along with the U.S., Canada, Australia and other countries.

You can then sign in with a Pokemon Trainer Club account, if you already have one from playing the old-school “Pokemon” trading card game online.

For the rest of us, a Google account will do. After you customize you avatar by picking out clothes, color and gender, you’re ready to play.

SO, IN A NUTSHELL, HOW DO I PLAY?

Your avatar appears on a digital map, mirroring your movements as tracked by your phone.

It’s like a bare-bones version of Google Maps, with no names attached to the streets, rivers and parks. A compass points north. You can see in all directions by spinning your character around.

Look around, and you’ll see floating light-blue blocks that signify “PokeStops.” These could be anything from the entrance to a park to fancy stonework on a building — all in the real world.

Tagging these spots by spinning the PokeStop’s photo disk on the phone earns you “Poke Balls,” which you can use to throw at and collect Pokemon, along with other items.

As you’re glued to your phone, avoid bumping into real-world obstacles. Have some fun along the way.

CHASING MONSTERS

Pokemon appear on your grid from time to time. There are 128 listed in your profile to start, including Pikachu, the cute yellow rabbit-like creature that has long served as Pokemon’s poster child.

Tapping on them gives you a close-up view and allows you to fling your Poke Balls at them. The idea is to bop them on the head and capture them inside the ball.

Many people like the app’s use of augmented reality , a blending of the real and virtual worlds. The Pokemon seem to be right in front of you, thanks to your phone camera capturing what’s in front of you and displaying the Pokemon on top of it.

This has resulted in some pretty funny pictures on social media, but Pokemon are sometimes easier to catch if you turn this feature off.

If you’ve run out of Poke Balls, just look for more PokeStops. You can also buy Poke Balls and other useful items with coins you earn along the way. Or spend real money.

HIGHER LEVELS

Once you reach Level 5, you can join one of three teams: Instinct (yellow), Mystic (blue) or Valor (red).

Then, head over to your nearest gym, which are virtual representations of real-world locations, just like PokeStops. You might run into other players here, too. Gyms held by your team can be used for training. You can allocate some of your Pokemon to defend them and use others to fight with Pokemon from other teams and wrest control of rival gyms.

As you move up levels, you’ll get more powerful versions of Poke Balls. And you can collect candies and stardust to make your Pokemon stronger and more apt to succeed in battle.

 

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