When GO Fest NYC was introduced, I used to be so hyped that I purchased my tickets IMMEDIATELY. I had been dying to go to an in-person occasion in Pokémon GO as a result of I had heard so many good tales from others who had been to at least one earlier than. On a regular basis main as much as the nineteenth, I had been occupied with what number of shinies I'd get, and the way the occasion seem like in-person.
I solely reside an hour away from New York Metropolis, so I had been there numerous occasions and knew all the nice locations to spend my Metropolis Expertise. I reached Manhattan a bit late although, due to the visitors on the highways and the Lincoln Tunnel. NYC has at all times been one of many busiest and most crowded locations on Earth. It's a very talked-about place for vacationers, and likewise for Pokémon GO gamers! Each single PokéStop within the space was lured up, and the presence of so many trainers made raiding a complete lot faster and simpler.
Upon arriving to New York on Saturday, I spent most of my time enjoying within the Higher East Aspect. It was fairly stunning wanting on the East River and staring into the dense metropolis of Brooklyn. This space was rather less crowded in comparison with Midtown Manhattan, however I personally loved enjoying subsequent to water.
I ultimately needed to run off to Central Park as a result of apparently there was a Hundo Nosepass “callout”. I did handle to get to it earlier than it despawned, however it wasn't a Shundo sadly. Nonetheless fairly cool! After that, I stayed in Central Park for an hour or so. Had some sandwiches for lunch, sitting down within the open grass. Sure, it was fairly refreshing, a relaxation to my legs and I used to be getting hungry anyhow . After lunch, my GO Plus+ did all of the work, whereas I used to be exploring the Central Park observatories and gardens. Finally, it was time to move to Randall's Island Park for my Park Gameplay. It was a 40-minute stroll by Ward's Island Bridge, however I made it earlier than 3PM.
Since this was my first ever in-person GO Fest occasion, seeing hundreds of gamers enjoying Pokémon GO was completely surreal. I had by no means seen so many individuals strolling and laughing and looking at their telephones, attempting to catch shinies. I reside in a suburban space so discovering others who performed Pokémon GO was nearly not possible. Merely wanting on the quantity of those that had been there had me emotional.
I spent most of my final 4 hours assembly up with my pals to do some particular trades that we had deliberate months earlier, and strolling across the park.
I additionally spent a while on the “Meet The Artist” station and obtained to study some stuff from the designers and animators for Pokémon GO! They even gave me a paper “Memento” to make myself! After which I ran off to take a selfie with Pikachu!
The remainder of my Park Expertise was spent strolling across the Park, finishing discipline analysis and doing raids – whereas my GO Plus+ was busy catching and spinning.(Sure, 5 shinies did run sadly, however it caught me a lot extra!)
Personally, I imagine that this occasion was a HUGE success. I actually like this “Exploration” facet of Pokémon GO. It makes us benefit from the stunning locations round us, and meet new pals who've the identical pursuits and hobbies as us.
The occasion setup was general fairly strong. The Workforce Lounges had been a very nice addition – you can chill on the market, have some enjoyable with trivia, and accumulate your Workforce Pins to point out help, and I did simply that. The Water refill Stations and the massive PokéStop recharge space had been actually helpful too. One thing else that I actually appreciated had been the flags situated across the park indicating the precise habitats.
The town expertise was fairly good too. NYC is already a sizzling vacation spot for individuals to go to and discover, and I'd argue that due to GO Fest – there have been much more crowds. Crowds of individuals chasing in direction of a hundo or leaping into raid lobbies.
Nevertheless, the Verizon Outage on Saturday was an enormous drawback. Anybody who had Verizon community on their telephones couldn't log in to the sport throughout their park hours. The three prolonged hours had been good, however they sadly didn't make up for the misplaced Park time.
Randall's Island Park is likely one of the lesser identified parks in NYC. Not solely that, it was additionally very troublesome to succeed in there. The occasion was situated solely on the highest portion of the island, which required a number of strolling should you had been coming by the Ward's Island Bridge. Many of the officers and guards there had no thought, both! When me and some others requested them in regards to the exits and different areas in regards to the park, they didn't know. I hope that is fastened by subsequent 12 months!
General, the positives of this occasion outweigh the negatives so I contemplate it successful!
Time flew by so rapidly, that finally GO Fest was over. I used to be form of bummed it needed to finish, however as all of them say – “Don't cry as a result of it's over – smile as a result of it occurred”. (Dr. Seuss)
Ended the day with tons of shinies to go dwelling with, my toes being useless, 0 PokéBalls within the stock and a 12 hour sleep (that my GO Plus+ counted as 7 lol).
I already can't look ahead to GO Fest 2024. Hope to see you there subsequent 12 months, coach(s)!
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