The Fincastle Gym was trying to work out opening up league this Sunday, 3/25/18, but it looks like the weather may be a factor this weekend. Rather than planning on having it and then having to cancel it last minute, we are going to concede and simply plan on not having it. We will definitely be back at the Gym the following Sunday, 4/1/18. All of the leaders will be there that weekend and it looks like the wave of nor’easters will hopefully have run their course by then. So join us next weekend on Easter Sunday afternoon if you can! Check back soon for details about events in April and beyond. See you soon at the Gym!
The month of March is just about kaput for the Gym, at least as far as league events go. The Fincastle Pokemon Gym will not hold league for the next two weeks, for sure, and perhaps three, depending on what happens with our robotics team. So, for now, there is NO LEAGUE on Sunday, 3/11/18, or the following week on Sunday, 3/18/18. We are not sure how things will play out over the last weekend in March, so we will leave that date open for now. We will make an Continue reading
The Fincastle Gym Leaders (and Dark Moon Cards and Games) are on the lookout for some cards… and maybe you have them in your collection! While this isn’t exactly “Cash for Clunkers” – we would like to open up an exchange program where you can redeem some of your cards for brand new packs of Ultra Prism! Continue reading
The Fincastle Pokemon Gym is excited to announce that we are extending “Bring-A-Friend” month to include the month of February. We missed league last weekend as Dark Moon Cards and Games, the Gym’s card store, was vending at the Star City Anime Convention. As it so happened, we would have likely missed league anyway because of the random weather on Sunday. We had a great time at the convention and we will be vending again this Saturday, 2/10/2018, at the Big Lick Comic Con at the Berglund Center in Roanoke. Following this convention, we will return to Fincastle for league and a League Challenge at our regular time on Sunday. As a reminder, here’s how “Bring-A-Friend” month works. Any existing trainer can bring a new player with them and introduce them to the game and league play. If they do, that new player will receive a free starter deck, compliments of the Gym. The trainer that brings a friend will receive a booster pack as thanks for helping our league grow. If you have never been to the Gym and wish to visit us on your own, come join us. If you bring yourself, you may choose either the deck or a pack. If you have never visited us and would like to AND you bring someone with you, you and your friend may work it out as to whom is bringing whom, and divvy up the deck and pack. Come see us at Big Lick on Saturday (we are against the wall near the stage) and bring your friends to play at the Gym this Sunday.
The Fincastle Pokemon Gym is kicking off 2018 by bringing back one of our old favorites. The month of January at the Gym is what we once called “Force Your Parents To Play” month. Our original idea was meant to get the parents of gym trainers to give the Pokemon TCG a try for two major reasons. The first reason is pretty simple. We believe that getting involved in anything that your kids do and spending time with them is always a good thing. Many parents are quick to write this game off as something they’ll never understand. However, usually after a game or two, they get the hang of it. The second reason is for those who want to go beyond casual play and try their hand at the competitive tournament scene. One thing that we’ve seen hold true over the years is that the majority of, if not all of the competitive Junior and Senior players have parents that are heavily involved in the game. Either way, if you can talk you parents into joining you, you will both get some goodies from the Gym. Continue reading
As many of you know from reading past articles on this page, we like to tie the themes and ideas that we write into pop culture, mostly in the form of movies, both popular and obscure. The reason behind this is that the author (Gym Leader Joel) loves all genres of film. To call him a film buff would be like calling Count Von Count a numbers guy. No, Joel is a film fanatic. Joel will deify a movie over shooting a short sequence better than others that have attempted the same, or over detailed camera work, even if the film itself is lackluster. Needless to say, when film makers put it all together and make a masterpiece, Joel is blown away. So it is with this is mind that he is sharing a Christmas message from the Gym that is directly from a movie that remains his favorite above all others. Continue reading
As we have described many times before, the Gym Leader Challenge is a facet of the Fincastle Pokemon Gym that is exclusive to our league. We have single-type decks of each type in the TCG available to test your best decks against. The concept was born to follow the adventure that video game players experience while playing through the story mode of each edition of Pokemon video games. Gym Leader Joel has been brainstorming a bit about how to up the reward for whomever completes Gym Leader Challenge #400 at the Fincastle Pokemon Gym. We hit a new high at #300, where we supplied a fully built, competitive deck to the winner (Plasma Lugia EX). Knowing that we don’t have unlimited funds, we believe he has found a cool way to achieve that. Continue reading
It was not officially Halloween yet, but it surely felt like it at the Gym on Sunday. Our combination pre-release/costume contest always stirs our Halloween spirit as we have had some awesome gatherings over the last few years. This year did not disappoint. As a matter of fact, we’d say that everyone “upped” their game, to the point we had to turn to some of our seasoned league trainers to help break the judging deadlock and decide the winners. Those who have walked away with the top spots in previous years had some real competition this time around. Continue reading
It’s October, which at the Fincastle Pokemon Gym means Fall pre-release time. The upcoming set, Crimson Invasion, looks like it will add some cool new cards, including the Ultra Beasts from Sun & Moon, but that’s not what we’re most excited about. To us, October means it’s time for Halloween and more importantly, our league’s costume contests. Our small but hardy group has turned in amazing costume ideas over the years. We can’t say for sure whether our favorite part is seeing everyone else’s entries or making our own, but either way, we can’t wait for them to get here. Continue reading
The Fincastle Gym is counting down the days on another great year. This our 7th year has been an interesting one for sure. We watched as Gym Leader Georgia turned in a dominating final year in the Junior Division, placing in several Regionals, winning a State Championship, claiming the highest finish ever by a Gym member at the National Championships and becoming our 1st player to earn World Championship invitations in both the TCG and VG. Her dominating Continue reading