The Fincastle Pokemon Gym is the one of (if not the only) league in the country to offer the Gym Leader Challenge. After league players fill 2 rows on the season scorecard, they are eligible to sign up for a challenge against the Gym Leader of their choice. Gym Leaders use single-type decks representing each of the now 9 different types of Pokemon characters (except Colorless/Normal types). The prize for defeating a Gym Leader has been energy badges that we collected from the 2009 Energy-Cycle Season. As our supplies of those badges waned, we brainstormed ideas to replace them. Earlier this year, we held a design contest for our league members to create a new badge. Kelli B won the contest with her Zoroark design. The Gym Leaders then surveyed the surrounding areas trying to figure out how to turn her design into a badge. After a little collaboration with Blue Ridge Sign & Stamp in Roanoke, the quest was completed and now they are here! Now, available at the Fincastle Pokemon Gym, are the first (and perhaps only) league-exclusive Pokemon collectible. All you have to do to get one is beat a Gym Leader.
Defeating a Gym Leader is not impossible as you will see from the list below, but it ain’t easy. With the rotation, all of the Gym Leader decks either have been or are still being overhauled. There will be several available this Sunday and the rest will follow in the next few weeks. Just remember that to challenge a Gym deck (which is now in the Black & White-on format) your deck must also comply with the new format.
Everyone who has previously defeated a Gym Leader will receive the new version of the badge that you won. The only catch there is that several on the Gym’s “Wall of Fame” have not been to league in a while. So, if any of you want the new version of the badge you earned…. then I guess you will just have to come join us again at league (insert your own best evil laugh here…… Mwahahahaha!).
Whether you are still trying to win your first badge or you are one of our more accomplished trainers trying to complete the set, come down to the Gym and give it whirl. Win or lose, we know you’ll have fun and you’ll hone your skills as a trainer in the process. As always, we always look forward to your challenge. See you at the Gym!
Special thanks go to Kelli B for her design, Karen at Blue Ridge Sign & Stamp for coordinating the creation of the badges and to the Alderson, Bell, Crown and McCaleb families for their generous donation that we used to help fund the creation of the badges! Thank you all!
Gym Badges Earned (aka, The Wall of Fame):
- Austin W – Steel, Grass
- Tyler D – Lightning, Steel, Grass
- Chris L – Lightning, Fire
- James H – Psychic, Steel
- Tessa Y – Fire, Psychic, Grass, Lightning
- Angela Y – Lightning, Fighting, Psychic
- Dustin F – Psychic
- Brycen F – Psychic, Lightning, Fire
- Troy B – Lightning
- Jordan L – Grass
- Hunter H – Grass, Darkness, Steel
- Kelli B – Fire
- Eli T – Grass