The PAX Pokemon League

PAX Pokemon League scarf

Did you know that there’s a PAX Pokemon League with gym leaders, badges, Elite Four, and champion? I didn’t until my friend, Alex, posted a link on Facebook to a Kotaku article on it. It’s such an amazing idea.

At PAX, volunteers are acting as gym leaders and can be identified by green scarves (hopefully they don’t mind me borrowing the image used at the top). People can challenge them to Pokemon battles in Pokemon X and Y to earn their badges. There are a few basic rules, but it boils down to “don’t be cheap, and have fun.” The gym leaders can award badges at their own discretion, so you don’t necessarily have to defeat them to earn the badges.

It’s a neat event that embraces the fun and dedication of fans. Alternate reality games like this one are particularly interesting and engaging, bringing some real world activities to otherwise virtual games. It reminds me a bit of the WoW quests I’ve seen at Anime Expo years ago (that were subsequently banned) or even the Geeky Hooker’s CritterDrops, in which she drops crocheted critters and leaves tips on Twitter so people can find and adopt them. (I didn’t manage to get any at SDCC, but there was a lot of competition.)

It’s too bad there wasn’t something like the PAX Pokemon League at SDCC; I would have loved to participate. On the other hand, it’s good on my wallet because it would have made me purchase the game. It’s a great idea, and I hope more things like this continue to happen.

Playing Poker Night at the Inventory

Poker Night

Poker Night at the Inventory by Telltale Games has been holding my attention quite a bit lately. I know it’s not new, but I just got around to playing it this month. It’s a perfect game to be played while I’m playing World of Warcraft’s boring parts. I don’t read Penny Arcade, so I wasn’t familiar with Tycho, but Poker Night gives me a decent idea of his personality. The interactions between the four characters are entertaining, and of course, playing poker is fun too.

Sometimes at the start of a new game, one of the characters won’t have the $10,000 buy in. Instead, they’ll use collateral. If you eliminate the character that used collateral, you win the collateral. My first goal (besides just beating a tournament on normal and then on hard) was to obtain all the pieces of collateral. At the time, I didn’t realize that they were items in Team Fortress 2. In fact, I kind of despite all the collecting and crafting that’s warped the launch TF2 that I loved (and I’m not the only one), but that’s a story for a different post. I just wanted to collect them because they were something to collect.

Once that was done, I set my sights on earning all of the achievements. I currently have 16 out of 20, and I think it’s about time I drop that goal, because I’m getting bored. I’m still missing these achievements:

  • Straight Flush: Win a hand with a Straight Flush.
  • Four of a Kind: Win a hand with Four of a Kind.
  • Down to the Green: Win consecutive all-ins.
  • Three Wise Men: Win a hand when you have three of a kind comprised of three kings (of any suit).

There are two things that make me want to keep playing. First, there are still some pieces that I need from LFR in World of Warcraft. LFR is a sort of easy mode raiding. I won’t talk details of WoW here, but there is a benefit to me doing them every week, but it’s extremely boring and easy. I can tap one key on my keyboard and do quite well, and I like to play something else at the same time.

The other reason is that I haven’t learned my opponents’ tells. In fact, I wasn’t even sure if they existed. I had to check on Google to see if the characters have any. Yup, they do. I’m just bad if I haven’t noticed. I know I’m unlikely to pick up on all of them, but I’d like to figure out some on my own!

For now, I’ll keep playing a tiny bit. But then again, there’s always Poker Night 2!