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Of Pokémon Gyms and Teams

This is yet another addition to our blog series on Pokémon Go in Fairfax County Public Libraries. Search up the tag “pokemongo” to look for more!

In our last post, we talked about PokéStops and the exciting addition that they bring to the game. Now, we will discuss the other new twist on the old that Go developers have implemented into this recent phenomenon: Gyms and Teams!

When a player reaches Level 5, he or she is given the option to join one of the three teams: Instinct, Mystic, and Valor.

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There aren’t any real differences between these three teams—besides their characterizations (Instinct being fun, carefree; Mystic being intelligent, cool-headed; Valor being fiery, powerful), there are no special benefits to joining any.

(Some would argue that certain teams are better than others due to there being more players in one—often it’s Mystic, or Team Blue, that people claim to be the greatest in numbers. However, it should be duly noted that the “power” constantly shifts between the three teams in different areas, so there’s no guarantee of this.)

(The author would also like to encourage any upcoming players to join Valor, or Team Red! It’s the best one and you won’t regret your decision!)

So what’s the point of joining a team?

Besides basic team pride (#TeamRed5Ever), there is a purpose for becoming a member of one of these teams.

There are things in the game called “Gyms.” You might have noticed them around on your map—they’re tall and looming and they often feature one scary Pokémon and some color.

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Gyms are a concept taken from the original Pokémon games—a player can take their Pokémon and battle other trainers at these gyms, earning XP and other benefits. In Go, Gyms are held by a certain team—this is why most Gyms have a certain color beacon. (If they don’t, move over and claim it!) Gym leaders are the trainers of the highest-level Pokémon in that area—their Pokémon is the one featured at the top of the Gym tower. If your team holds a Gym, you can offer up help by stationing one of your Pokémon there and reinforce the strength of that Gym.

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The strength of your hold on a Gym is determined by your reputation. Reputation can be increased or decreased, depending on the number of battles your Gym has won/lost. The higher the reputation, the higher level your Gym is. Higher-level Gyms can hold more “reinforcement” Pokémon and are thus harder for other teams to battle and defeat. We will discuss the mechanics of “battles” in a later post.

Tips:

  • You can battle a friendly gym! When you win a battle, instead of pulling down its reputation, you actually help the Gym raise it!
  • You can attack an enemy Gym with other team-members—as another feature that complements Pokémon Go’s purpose to make video game more interactive and social, groups of a similar team often come together to attack at once. This is especially effective when the enemy Gym leader and company are higher-level.
  • Some Fairfax County Public Libraries are also Gyms:
    Herndon, Centreville, Chantilly, KingsPark, Kingstowne, Martha Washington and Lorton.

 

PokéStops 101

This is yet another addition to our blog series on Pokémon Go in Fairfax County Public Libraries. Search up the tag “pokemongo” to look for more!

Of PokéStops will explain, as its title implies, what “PokéStops” mean in the Pokémon Go gameplay.

First, it should be good to reiterate that the purpose of Go is to let players have a much more interactive, get-out-there experience with the classic Japanese game of Pokémon. In order to capture creatures, one must physically walk or bike (or drive, but make sure to never Pokémon Go and drive!) around the neighborhood to find them.

By capturing more creatures, you level up. When you, the Trainer, are at a higher level, you tend to stumble across similarly higher-level Pokémon (as indicated by their CP, or Combat Power). This feeds into the cycle of getting stronger for the sake of getting stronger.

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But for what, you ask? This game that has the nation (and soon, world) obsessed can’t possibly be this simple, can it?

And to this, we answer, of course not! There’s so much more!

Although Pokémon Go is still considered to be in its very early stages (obvious by its frequent server crashes and limitations in many basic features/customization options), one can’t forget about PokéStops !

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PokéStops are simply local landmarks (usually, though the Internet has shown us rather strange ones) that, when the player gets in close-enough proximity and spins the “coin,” will provide special items like Pokeballs, Revives, Potions, Eggs, Raspberries, and more.

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These items often become more useful later on in the game, when the player has entered more battles or must catch higher-lever Pokémon. Using these PokéStops will also earn you additional XP.

Furthermore, lure modules can be attached to a PokéStop by a benevolent player and, for a limited time, the area will be spawning Pokémon after Pokémon! (This is indicated by the pink petals.)

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There are plenty of PokéStops around our area. Many libraries, especially, are actually PokéStops as well! Reston Regional Library actually has two—as mentioned in our last post, both our main building and the David Holland sculpture out front are PokéStops. Come drop by and play with us!

Other libraries that are also PokéStops: Dolly Madison, Fairfax, George Mason, Kingstowne, Kings Park, Martha Washington, Oakton,  and Richard Bird

Pokémon Go at the Library?

I bet you have been hearing about the Pokémon phenomenon! So I just would like to let you know that the Fairfax County Library System is being part of it! This will be the first in a series of posts that feature FCPL’s partaking in this fun new game.
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Did you know that the Reston Regional Library hosts two Poke-stops? One is the library itself and the other is the sculpture outside of the building made by David Holland.
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The first one of the TAB registered volunteer that gets and sends me a picture of a Pokémon in Reston Library (outside or inside) will be able to claim a prize!
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To Go-players in the general Fairfax County area: please read this article below:
It’s very important to understand that there are still safety considerations that go along with playing this game. Remember to be aware of your surroundings and don’t trespass library property after 9 PM!

Upcoming Library Events

The month of July is going to a buzz of events at the Reston Library! Here’s a list of them below—making sure to mark down your calendars!


TAB Meeting

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What: Teen  Advisory Board Meeting
Where: Conference Room
When: July 14th, 7:00 – 8:30 PM

Train Your Brain

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What: “Come to Reston Library and enjoy playing chess, Sudoku, puzzles, and other games!”
Where: Meeting rooms 1/2
When: July  16th, 1:30 – 3:30 PM

Codeducate Comes to Reston

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What: Learn coding with Codeducate at the Reston Library—all skill levels welcome!
Where: Meeting rooms 1/2
When: July 30th and August 6th, 11:00 – 1:00 PM
(Remember to bring your computer!)

Ongoing Teen Programs at Reston Library!

In case you didn’t know, the Reston Regional Library holds various clubs and meetups on an ongoing basis. Anyone is free to join! Here’s the summer schedule run-down:


Chess Club

The Chess Club is held on Sundays from 2:00-3:00 PM in the Teen Area, coordinated by America Reichel.

Meetup dates are on March 6, April 3, June 5, July 10, and August 7.


Writing Workshop

The Writing Workshop is held on Saturdays from 12:00-1:00 PM in the Teen Area, coordinated by Kathleen McCarty.

Meetup dates are on Feb 13, March 12, April 9, June 11, July 16, and August 13.


Otaku Club

The Otaku Club is held on Sundays from 2:00-3:00 PM in the Teen Area, coordinated by America Reichel.

Meetups are on March 9, April 17, June 19, July 24, and August 28.


YA Spanish Bookclub

The YA Spanish Bookclub is held on Saturdays from 12:00-1:00 in the Teen Area, coordinated by Andrea Carrillo.

Meetup dates are on February 27, March 26, April 30, June 25, July 23, and August 27.


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Group picture from one of our previous meetings!

 

The TAB meeting schedule for the remainder of 2016 is as follows:

July 14, August 11, September 8 and 22, October 13 and 27, November 10 and 17 and December 8

Please note that while there’s usually one or two meetings every month, there will be no meeting in June. The next one will be on July 14th, so mark your calendars!


Remember, you can earn service hours through the TAB or by participating in one of the clubs! For more information, contact restonlibtab@gmail.com