Okay … so, yes, taking a break from formal IT work for the dissertation, but I have a lot of work to do – and relaxation is required. To relax, I often play Pokémon Go.
Although Pokémon Go is not Free Software, it is a very fun game.. Moreover, the surrounding community is steeped in Free Software, for example, pvpoke.com and the use of Telegram as one of the official communication platforms for Silph tournament play. During my dissertation break, I will be spending my limited relaxation time playing the game and, specifically, playing PvP.
Recently, my local chapter coach (ByChance93) and I were able to set up an official club on Silph called the NM Fight Club, designed to be an off shoot and extension of the work of Cruces PvP TDs. We named the club after the Facebook group which ByChance93 had used to coordinate battles, especially after COVID struck. To the extent possible, I use Free Software to manage the community, leveraging Telegram instead of Discord to run the battle communications, and using a GNU/Linux computer with which to stage everything from. Sure, I wish the game was Free Software, however, I cannot control that.
For now, this will afford me some R&R in between writing and researching. If there are any other POGO geeks and/or PvP geeks out there … hope to see you at the fight club some time.
[Update: The Fight Club was so successful that we decided to merge the efforts together. Althouth I love Telegram, we did not want to have multiple sites/apps to conduct tournaments, so we remodeled and cleaned up the original Cruces PvP TDs, and opened NM Fight Club to the public on Discord. Enjoy!]