City Championship and Premier VG Dates Set!

1782126_10203615823130332_6469858072838378211_nAs you all know, Gym Leader Marthe, in addition to being one of the Fincastle Gym Leaders, is also the Premier Tournament Organizer for western Virginia and North Carolina.  Running an event may seem difficult and a little chaotic at times.  However, the most arduous tasks that Gym Leader Marthe takes on is the scheduling of events and the securing of locations to hold events.  This winter is the City Championship season, which includes several Premier VG events (a new addition from Play!Pokemon).  Marthe just received confirmation on her last event, so all dates and locations are final.  Full details, addresses, etc, are posted in the “Upcoming Event Details” tab at the top of the page.  Here’s a look at everything coming soon. Continue reading

Project Shiny Charm

Finally…. it is done.  The Gym Leaders have not posted much here in the last few weeks, but it has been for a good reason (we hope).  Instead, we’ve been trading on the GTS, riding tirelessly in circles around the Lumiose Tower, flying back and forth to Camphrier Town and then riding up and down Route 7, waiting for dittoeggs to “be discovered” (I think our Ditto definitely deserves a vacation).  From there we’d go battle in the Battle Chateau and with the Elite 4 to level up newly hatched pokemon.  What has all this been about?  It will take a little explaining, but it was to create a trading database at our league to help anyone who is trying to do so, complete the National Pokedex on their video game.  We’ve dubbed it, Project Shiny Charm. Continue reading

More Phantom Forces Fun

Over 30 trainers attended the Phantom Forces Prerelease at the Fincastle Library on Sunday, November 2.  Well, maybe we should say over 30 Pokemon and trainers – since we had several of those show up as well!  Our first Pokemon Halloween Costume Contest was a huge success – and so much fun, too!  Take a look at who showed up at the Gym. Continue reading

Trick AND Treat and another Trick


Don’t forget there are two more Phantom Forces Prereleases this weekend.  Saturday 11/1 at Gaming Underground in High Point, NC and Sunday 11/2 at the Fincastle Library Meeting Room.  See details here.   Plus, the time changes (Fall Back) on Saturday night, so be sure to change you clock before bed so you aren’t late to the Fincastle Event. Continue reading

Belated Philadelphia Regionals Results

1016377_10203615504282361_3896094658622883013_nIt seems like a while ago now…. because it actually is.  Over the weekend of October 4-5th, the Fincastle Gym Leaders took their show on the road to Philly for the 1st Regional TCG and VG tournament of the 2015-2015 season.  Gym Leader Marthe served on the staff, in charge of deck-checks for both days of the TCG event, no small task as their were over 500 competitors (507 to be exact).  On that subject, this is how the TCG event broke down by division.  There were 348 Masters, who played 9 rounds on day 1, with the top 32 returning on day 2 for more and then a top cut.  There were 107 Senior competitors, who played 7 rounds and cut to a top 8.  There were 52 Juniors, who played 6 rounds, also cutting to a top 8.  A dreadfully long day for all involved, but seems to be as good as it will get for a while, as Play!Pokemon seems to be content with the best 2 of 3, 50 minute, egregious # of rounds, format.  Gym Leaders Georgia, Logan and Joel all dove in head-first (one in each division).  They were joined by the Gym’s top trainer, Hunter H, who also entered the Seniors competition. Continue reading

Congratulations Rob, v3.0!

procIt’s been a little while since we’ve had the chance to talk about Gym Leader Challenges.  As far as that goes, it’s been a while since we’ve looked at any of the Gym Leader decks.  Over-hauling the decks is on our perpetual “to-do” list, but seems to be one of those things that gets passed over for other things.  Honestly, now is a pretty good time to get some challenges in.  As long as we have something put together, we’ll take on a challenge.  Once a deck is beaten, it goes into the “shop” for a rebuild.  If we’re writing about it, then you know there is another damaged gym leader deck in the deck garage for repairs. Continue reading

Greninja Season Supplies Finally Here!

latemanThe saying goes, “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”  On the other hand, the mailman can’t deliver what he doesn’t have.  Good news for all Fincastle League members and the top finishers in the Fincastle Greninja League Challenge from September 7th.  The League supplies for our Greninja season have finally arrived!  And yeah, we pretty sure this is how they actually got here… Continue reading

No League This Sunday, 9/28/14.

The Fincastle Gym is on the road this weekend.  If you enjoyed the double-header event in Fincastle earlier this month, then you should take a little road trip with us this.  The Gym is bringing a pair of double-headers to Raleigh, NC, this Saturday and Sunday.  4 league challenges in 2 days…. it doesn’t get much better than that!  On Saturday the 27th, the Gym is organizing the Garner McDonald’s league challenges for the Greninja and Delphox seasons.  The 1st tournament will be Standard Format (registration from 10:00am – 10:45am) and the 2nd tournament will be in the Extended Format (registration from 2:30pm – 3:30pm).  On Sunday the 28th, the Gym is organizing the Raleigh league challenges for the same seasons.    Sunday’s event, registration and format schedule is identical to Saturday’s.  The best part is that all events are at one location.  Event Horizon Games in Raleigh, NC, is hosting all 4 events.  If you want to get in some quality testing in both formats, then Event Horizon Games is where you want to be this weekend. Continue reading

Results, Results and Results

dhThe Fincastle Gym Leaders are in the process of doing a little catch-up work. We’ve had several events over the last month but were unable to post results on any of them as our laptop died a slow death.  Now we’re back in business and want to congratulate the winners of several tournaments.  We’ll start with Sunday’s video game tournament and then look back to our Delphox and Greninja double-header league challenge. Continue reading

Video Game Tourney Sunday 9/21!

Mr MagooYay, we have a computer again…. (can you hear the excitement in Gym Leader Joel’s voice?).  In case you can’t tell, Joel is a real lover of technology… kind of in the same way that most people love skunks.  We at the Gym are a little disturbed at how easily the loss of an electronic device (i.e. our laptop) can completely cripple one’s ability to carry out day-to-day tasks.  That being said, our new computer (supposed to be “in-store” on the next day from the time of order) has arrived (now 6 days after the order date).  The timing of this computer crash was bad for us at the Gym, as this Sunday’s video game tournament was to be our 1st Premier VG event.  Gym Leader Marthe is frantically working to get “TOM” (the pokemon program used to manage and record tournaments) up and running on our new laptop.  Once some vital data is transferred from our old hard drive, we’ll be good to go. However, that will not happen by this Sunday.  Fear not… the tournament will still take place. Continue reading