5/17 VG Results and Congratulations x2!

yakTo say that the Fincastle Gym was a little busy on Sunday is kinda like saying that a yak is a little fuzzy.  We opened the day early with a VG Premier Challenge that drew in players from as far away as West Virginia and Lexington.  We had 20 video game players in at the tournament, followed by a full house at league.  Over the course of league time, we fielded 6 Gym Leader Challenges, 4 VG and 2 TCG.  Two trainers walked away with badges when it was all said and done.  We’ll get to that in a minute.  Let’s look at the video game results first. Continue reading

VG Premier Tournament Sunday 5/17 at 1 PM!

leedaThe Fincastle Pokemon Gym is hosting a Video Game Premier Tournament on Sunday (May 17th).  Registration will be from 1 – 1:30 PM.  Entry to the tournament is $5.  Play will begin shortly after registration closes and will be a “swiss” tournament (meaning you’re not out if you lose a match).  The number of rounds and top cut will be determined by attendance.  We will hold league at our normal time.  If the tournament is still going on, feel free to find someone to battle.  The Gym Leaders will be available to help you or battle once the VG event is done.  Here are a few reminders of VG rules and pokemon that can/can’t be used. Continue reading

Congratulations Eric, v3.0!

...almost there....

…almost there….

The majority of the larger organized pokemon events are completed for the 2014-15 season, save the last 2…  the National and World Championships (remember that Play!Pokemon seasons basically run from World Championships to World Championships, or August to August).  With most of the season behind us, we hope to be able to get back into a groove at the Gym, meaning having everyone ready for challenges, with VG teams and TCG decks ready, as well as being able to post here a little more often.  We are working on our update for Gym Challenges, but we want to double-check our numbers before we post them.  We’ve still managed to work in a few over the last weeks.  This past Sunday at the Gym, we fielded 1 TCG and 1 VG challenge.  Both were learning experiences, 1 for the challenger and 1 for the leader.
Continue reading

Roaring Skies On Sale Today!

2015 - JRHS Robotics - Build Season (92)The Fincastle Pokemon Gym wrapped up its last weekend of pre-releases on Sunday in Cornelius, NC.  Traditionally, attendance at releases of the spring sets tends to be a bit low, we assume owing to the sheer number of activities people are involved in during the spring season.  Take us for example:  right now we are in the midst of baseball & softball, horseback riding, dance, in addition to running pokemon events and keeping up our Dark Moon Cards store.  To add a little more weight to our Continue reading

Roaring Skies over Fincastle

 x75-rayquaza-ex.jpg.pagespeed.ic.eI4oNLvNM8XY-Roaring Skies, the next set in the XY series, is coming this weekend.  Dragon lovers will want to be sure to load up on all new EX and Mega-EX Dragon-type pokemon!  Roaring Skies brings Rayquaza-EX (and its Mega Evolution) in multiple forms (one Colorless and one Dragon-type).  Other EX Pokemon in the set should include Shaymin, Thunderus, and Latios. This set is the second of the XY series to include the new “half-art” style, where the main pokemon image spills out of its usual box and into the area where Abilities and Attacks begin.  In addition to the “full-art” cards, where the image takes up the whole card, these “half-art” cards create a new artistic category for collectors and players alike.  Continue reading

Congratulations to Trainers x3!

goat3With the addition of the VG Gym Leaders, the challenge table at the Fincastle Pokemon Gym can get quite busy.  And so it was this past Sunday at the Gym.  The Gym Leaders took on a total a 5 challenges on the day (2 TCG, 3 VG).  We battled a mix of trainers that ranged from new to both the VG and TCG, to those who are more experienced and on to those who might teach us a thing or 2 in the process.  In the end, we were only able to hold off 2 of the 5 trainers in the hunt. It started to look like the fainting goat association with all of the KO’s and fainted pokemon.   Here’s what went down. Continue reading

Congratulations Dean, v2.0!

whaleIt ‘twas a whale of a day this past Sunday at the Fincastle Pokemon Gym.  At noon, we kicked the day off with a TCG league challenge.  After several rounds of tough competition, we wrapped things up and transitioned right into our regular league play.  Gym Leader Joel was up for another challenge, this time against his Fire-type deck, which is one of the oldest gym decks in circulation. Continue reading

Dark Moon Cards and Games

Glowing black planet in outer spaceThe Fincastle Pokemon Gym is always looking for ways to change, improve and grow.  Being that our unique league is the combined brainchild of Gym Leaders Marthe and Joel,  we don’t ever jump into an idea without having a plan (usually Joel comes up with an idea and Marthe figures out how to actually make it work).  Not a bad combo.  As both leaders are kept busy by full-time jobs and by raising fellow Gym Leaders Logan and Georgia, in addition to running Premier events throughout North Carolina and western Virginia, you can easily imagine that additional changes are pretty slow down the pipeline.  After quite a bit of planning, the Fincastle Gym is very excited to announce our next venture, or step, if you will (maybe towards a storefront one day), Dark Moon Cards and Games. Continue reading

Congratulations Eric, v1.0!

fireWith the recent advent of the Video Game Gym Leader Challenge, the Fincastle Gym Leaders have had their hands full over the last few weeks at league.  Thankfully, the addition of our 2 new VG Gym Leaders, Dean and Noah, we have been able to keep things rolling and handle quite a few challenges.    Our hope in adding an expanded VG element to our league, is that we would attract more experienced players to join us on Sundays.  So far, so good.  The VG leaders have opened our league’s new venture by going 4-0 over our first 4 challenges.  However, we knew that several of our new players were playing enough games at league to earn their 1st challenge (16 games of either TCG or VG or any combo thereof earns the right to challenge the leader of your choice) and that when those players came calling, that any of the leaders would be likely to fall. Continue reading

Congratulations Nathan, v1.0!

The Fincastle Gym, after being busy with City Championships and Premier VG challenges,  has returned to the norm.  The norm being,  having its gym leaders knee-deep in challenges.  We have fielded multiple challenges, both in the TCG and VG, over the last few weeks.  The Gym Leaders have, for the most part, held their own.  However, against more experienced players, holding off a challenge from a trainer playing your weakness is a tall order for any player.  And of course, if we’re writing about it, that means another trainer broke through with a win. Continue reading