So its been a good 6 months since I really posted anything related to Pokemon Go here.
How are people doing if you are still playing?
I'm still playing, although the game had got a bit stale before Gen 3 finally dropped. It got to the point where I had obtained every Pokemon possible in Gen 2 apart from some raid only Pokemon I had missed. So it started walking Pokemon for candy which evolved again in Gen 4.
Gen 3 over Christmas was pretty interesting, especially with the Gen 3 starters spawning quite frequently. I had to play strategically and get 1000/1000 items in my bag, those been as many Pokeballs as possible and make them last over the Christmas holidays. Having only one Pokestop makes playing locally without many items a no go. Thankfully these lasted me quite well and I was able to re stock when visiting some family over Christmas as they had a lot of local Pokestops. So I just want out for 30 mins and stocked up on items which lasted me until the new year.
Normally I have no issues as I worked near many Pokestops so I just stock up before work if i'm early or after work if i feel like playing some Pokemon before I go home.
Dratini Community Day:
I went to the largest park in my town yesterday for the Dratini Pokemon Community Day event. It was a really good turnout with easily 100+ people there, which was surprising as it was so cold (1-2 degrees celsius), especially when the wind picked up.
Most people were there with there own groups of friends, myself included. Younger children were also there with their parents, who were playing the game with them which I thought was nice. However people would randomly see you were playing Pokemon and stop and chat for a few minutes. Everyone seemed to come together for the Rayquaza raid which spawned. So far it seems everyone who did that raid got an Ex raid pass for the same time in two weeks. So i'm hoping I can get back and get my first Mewtwo then.
I think in total I managed to catch around 120 Dratini over the space of the 3 hour event. In addition to a Shiny Swablu, 2x Bagons, a Beldum and the Rayquaza from the raid. 2x of my Dratini were also shiny, my cousin who was there managed to catch 11x Shiny Dratini! which was just crazy. He got 3x of them in a row too!
All in all I think the special community events are a good idea, it seems to re-create the effect of when the game first launched and everyone was out playing the game.