The 411 on this Pokémon Craze and Hunting in Boerne
Pokémon Go is new and hot! We know that from the news and social media, but what is it and why do we care? Here is the run down, some resources to learn more & the skinny on where & why you want to hunt in Boerne.
First off, I’m a 32-year-old mom, a level 7 Pokémon Trainer, I’ve been playing casually for 72 hours & never “fought in a battle”. I’m not an expert nor do I claim to be. I will say that it’s been pretty fun, my kiddos are getting a kick out of it and we are getting out and about together.
Pokémon Go is a free-to-play, location based augmented reality mobile game. The game allows players to capture, battle, and train virtual Pokémon who appear throughout the real world. It makes use of GPS and the camera of compatible devices. Although the game is free-to-play, it supports in-app purchases of additional gameplay items. An optional companion Bluetooth wearable device, the Pokémon Go Plus, is planned fora future release and will alert users when Pokémon are nearby.
How to play to the max in Boerne:
The Boerne Parks & Recreation Department is offering a Pokémon GO Basics class on Monday, July 18th at 7:00 pm on Main Plaza (100 N. Main St.). Topics will include: How to get started, game basics, safety, where to go, tips and tricks on how to save battery, leveling your trainer, and much more! If you’re curious about how to play the game, want to know what on earth your kids are talking about or how to make sure you and your kids are staying safe while playing, this is a good way to get the inside scoop from someone that knows WAY more than me. This class is being taught by the Director of Boerne Parks & Recreation, Danny Zincke. I’d tell you what level he is but he’s so high up there it’s crazy. He knows his Pokémon!
Parks & Recreation has also issued a Pokémon challenge! They are offering prizes to folks that post photos of their Pokémon catches from local parks, the Library & the Visitor Center on their Facebook page. Take a peek for more information about the challenge on their page.
The Patrick Heath Public Library and the Boerne Visitor Center have also teamed up with Bear Moon Bakery to give away free cookies to those who come in the building to show off their catches from their properties!
- Visit the Boerne Visitor Center (1407 S. Main) where there are 2 PokeStops & 1 Gym or the Patrick Heath Public Library (451 N. Main St.) 1 PokeStop & 1 Gym.
- Take a photo of a Pokémon before you catch it.
- Bring your phone inside (during regular business hours) to show us the photo and we will give a you a FREE cookie certificate.
- Redeem your certificate at Bear Moon Bakery during normal business hours and enjoy!
Some may be skeptical but Pokémon can actually be GOOD FOR YOU!
- It gets you walking!
- You can get some fresh air and sunlight.
- It’s Educational! No really, there is information about the locations that host the PokeStops!
- It brings people together…Literally, in real life! We have met some interesting folks/trainers here at the Visitor Center this week
- It offers mini mental breaks without getting too far off track.
Check out the link above for more on all of these benefits.
PokeManners: Tips for Safety & Etiquette While Playing Pokémon GO
- DON’T HUNT & DRIVE! Should go without saying, but I’m saying it anyway! Hunt in teams and have a DD (Designated Driver).
- Avoid suspicious locations. Again, hunt in a group and avoid hunting at night. Be safe and make good choices. You wouldn’t typically walk down a dark alley alone, so don’t try it with your phone distracting you. It’s common sense really.
- Do not trespass while playing. If a business or location is not open, don’t try to enter the building to hunt for Pokémon in the building. Yes, that has happened here, in the Visitor Center and yes the alarm went off. Ugh!
- Be smart with your spending…yes some things can cost you as you progress in the game. Introducing: “In-App Purchase”
- Be aware of your data & battery use! The GPS component can be a drain. Hint: Battery Saving Mode in the settings. Also, carry a charger but please ask permission before plugging in and charging up in a business or public place. Again, it’s just good manners.
- Be respectful of where you are playing. Just because there is a Pokémon in a location it doesn’t mean it’s polite to hunt there (IE: The cemetery, church chapels, prayer gardens etc.)
- Park in parking spaces, not along curbs in a traffic lane if you have arrived at a PokeStop or Gym to avoid getting hit or causing a traffic hazard. This too, has been an issue here at the Visitor Center. Especially at the stop in front of our building (Ludwig Statue.)
- If you are camped out at a business or restaurant battling or hunting, it’s good manners to be a paying customer. Grab a drink or a snack. You know you’re thirsty. Pokémon hunting is hot work in this Texas heat!
- Pay attention while walking and hunting: A. You could run into someone or vice versa. B. You could miss out on something cool in a new location in the real world as many of the PokeStops & gyms are in attractive locations. C. Check out the Vibrate function in the settings to receive notifications while hunting so you can be alert to your surroundings.
Our followers shared their initial concerns when I first posed on Facebook and many “Trainers” spoke up and shared great experiences & resources to ease their concerns.
“People can track your location and make you a target for kidnapping”- Your location is not shared through the app. When creating your account, you can set your security setting as you wish. I put mine really high. Be alert, hunt in a group, know where your kids are going if you aren’t with them.
“They are collecting data from my phone”- The most recent update has remedied this concern.
“People are going to take nasty photos and show my kids through the app”- That is not possible actually. You can take photos and it saves them to your phone and then you can share the photos in whatever way you choose (Text, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc).
Here are some MORE good resources if you really want to know more now:
10 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Pokémon Go: (for the active player)
Regardless if you play or not, it doesn’t look like Pokémon GO is GOing anywhere anytime soon so be aware and happy hunting!