To 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
The 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
XY-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
The Gym has been quite busy over the last few weeks. From Thanksgiving until now, we have hosted the majority of our TCG City Championship tournaments, with strong attendance at each event. We were hoping to keep that going as this weekend’s VG event at the Gym drew near. Sunday did not disappoint, as we had 22 players for the Premier VG tournament at the Gym. We had players from Christiansburg, VA Beach and North Carolina join our batch of regulars, making the event fun but very competitive. The day did not end there, as the Gym Leaders took on a pair of challenges for gym badges during league time following the tournament. A very busy day at the Gym indeed, but that is how we like it. Let’s look at what went down. Continue reading
The Gym Leaders will be out of town this weekend, so no league at the Fincastle Library on Sunday, 12/7. Don’t neglect your Pokemon training, though – we’ll be back Sunday 12/14, ready for our first Video Game Premier Challenge.
Check in for players is from 12:30 – 1 PM.
Online Registration: http://labs.pokegym.net/register/14-12-000102. There is a $5 entry fee for all players, to cover the cost of prizes.
Players need to bring a completed Team List to the tournament for check in. Blank forms will be available at the tournament.
Quick rules overview. (For complete rules, please click here.)
- Tournament uses the Pokemon X and Pokemon Y games only.
- Pokemon must have a blue pentagon in their summary screen.
- Pokemon must be from the Kalos Pokedex (MewTwo, Diance, Xerneas, Yveltal, and Zyguarde are not eligible)
- No two Pokemon can be the same species.
- No two Pokemon can hold the same item.
Regular league play will continue after the video game tournament.
As 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
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
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
It 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
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