The Gym Goes To YouTube!

The Fincastle Gym and Dark Moon Cards & Games are thrilled to announce the launch of our YouTube channel!  This has been something that Gym Leader Joel has wanted to do for quite some time, but just did not have the time and more importantly, the understanding to do.  You know what it’s like trying to explain to your parent/grandparent how to use their first smart phone?  Well, it probably wasn’t that bad, but it is in the same ballpark.  And in no way, shape or form have we fully figured it out.  For right now, we have a camera, a channel and some editing software, and we’re fine with that for now.  What we’ve noticed over the last several years here is that the migration of the world to the smart phone has decreased the desire and ability of people to absorb long written articles, like the ones that we have focused on since 2012.  As times change, so must we.

Before we go any further, here is the link to the channel:

Dark Moon Cards & Games – YouTube

Our plan is for the channel to provide a mix of media for our leagues (both in Fincastle & Lexington) and to share with you many of the products available in our store (Dark Moon Cards & Games), as well as products only available at conventions we attend.  Unfortunately, the launch has been more Wright Brothers than Space X… we planned to launch the site with several videos at once, not knowing that thanks to SW Virginia internet speeds, it would take 3 days to upload 6 videos.  At any rate, our first wave of material includes product reviews of the Porygon Z GX box and the Hidden Fates Elite Trainer Kit and the accompanying opening of those items.

We will try and capture at least the finals of our League Cup this Sunday, October 6, and bring you that content as well.  At future league meetings, we will try to pick up some games, or a featured match on days that time and attendance allow.  We have no intention of becoming a deck analysis site, as one more lamb bleating on a mountain already full of sheep won’t offer you anything but more sheep breath.  If we play something fun or come up with something different, we may share it on the channel.

The majority of future posts here will simply be to alert you to new content on the channel.  So, please check back here as often as you like.  To help us continue our long running league and business, we’d also like to ask that you “Like” as many videos you’d like (that’s like a lot of likes) and “Subscribe” to our channel.  We will work to improve our content and video quality as we gain some much needed experience.  We’re always open to ideas, so feel free to contact us with any suggestions.  Head over to our channel when you get a chance.  Until next time, see you at the Gym!

No League Sunday 6/2/19!

We at the Gym are still here and almost out of the woods of what has been the most overwhelming schedule we’ve ever had.  Updates and articles are on the way.  However, there is NO LEAGUE this Sunday, 6/2/19, in Fincastle.  Check back soon.  See you at the Gym!

2018 Halloween Costume Contest and Mid Season Showdown Results

Sunday, Oct. 21 at the Fincastle Pokemon Gym was quite the busy day.  We opened with a Mid-Season Showdown, a video game tournament that falls between the levels of local Premiere Challenges and Regional Championships.  As that event was entering its Top 4 playoff, players arrived and began to open their Lost Thunder pre-release packs and prepare for the fun tournament.  Several of those players came in costume to vie for the title of costume contest champion.  As always, we were amazed at some of the entries.  Lets look at all of these events and see how things turned out. Continue reading

MSS, Lost Thunder Pre-Release & Halloween Costume Contest This Sunday!

This Sunday at the Fincastle Pokemon Gym will be a day that should satisfy just about anyone’s Pokemon needs.  If you like the video game and play in the Mid-Season Showdown, you might match up against the #6 ranked Junior in the World (that’s right, we said the World).  If you follow the Trading Card Game, then surely you want to be one of the 1st to get cards from the newest set, Sun & Moon: Lost Thunder.  If costuming and cosplay is your thing, then come vie for the title of Costume Contest Winner.  That is about as full of a day of pokemon as one can fit into the metropolis of Fincastle! Continue reading

Changes At Gym For 2018-2019 Season

The Fincastle Gym Leaders are working through some new schedules, which includes an increase in the number of shows that our store, Dark Moon Cards & Games, attends.  As they are on the weekends, they obviously conflict with our league at times.  We’ve been working up our plans to post here, which was delayed thanks to a recent loan from a friend.  Gym Leader Joel (the author of these articles) was loaned a copy of “God of War” by a friend and has admittedly been drawn into the story-line of the game over the last two weeks… playing when he should have been writing a few posts.  What you can you do… it’s a really cool game.  Hopefully that tidbit of info might explain if Gym Leader Joel tries to summon you with a hearty, “Boy!” during league play.  At any rate, here are a few changes at our league. Continue reading

No League Sunday 9/30

MolEHTu Don’t forget there is no Pokemon League this week at the Fincastle Library.  That doesn’t mean you have to skip a trip to the library though!  Their annual Book Sale is going on Friday and Saturday, so please stop by and support our community Library.

The Gym Leaders will see you back next Sunday for League as usual, and then we’ll head into a flurry of local Trading Card and Video Game Events.  Stay tuned here and check out the Upcoming Events page for details.

2018 World Championships Recap & Photos From Nashville

The Fincastle Gym Leaders came back home from their trip to the 2018 Pokemon World Championships in Nashville, TN.  Upon returning, we immediately had to pack up for GEXCON, in D.C. on the following weekend, so we are unfortunately delayed in getting this report out.  While not competing in the main event, Gym Leaders Joel, Logan and Georgia did try their hand at the Nashville Open, a regional-level tournament held on Saturday.  They were also there to cheer on Ridge and Anna Radtke, as they competed in their first Video Game World Championship.  Overall the weekend was a really cool.  There were a multitude of things to see, including a massive Mega Construx Blastoise accompanied by its previous forms, a diorama to end all dioramas, a decked out Pokemon Center full of unique things to buy and of course, lots of Nashville themed decorations throughout the hall.   The weekend full of competitions had its strikes and gutters, ups and downs for The Gym.  As the Dude once said, you know, sometimes you eat the bar, and, sometimes uh, you know….  Alas, The Gym abides. Continue reading

Fincastle’s Own “Generals” Ready For World Championships

The Fincastle Pokemon Gym is proud to announce that two of its own are on their way to the 2018 Pokemon World Championships in Nashville, TN, this coming weekend, August 24th – 26th.  Siblings Ridge and Anna Radtke have both qualified for the video game event in their respective age divisions.  They are the charter members of The Gym’s team, Hee-Haw’s Generals, and are the first active members of The Gym to earn invitations to the event under the tutelage of its founders, Joel & Marthe Honts and their children, Logan and Georgia.  Logan and Georgia have earned a combined 6 invitations to past World Championships, stretching back to 2011.  In 2016, Georgia became the 1st from Fincastle to earn an invite to the video game event.  Georgia, who qualified for both the trading card game and video game championships in 2016, was forced to choose between the two, ultimately picking the card competition.  This year marks the first time local players will compete in the video game event. Continue reading

League Challenge Results & Congratulations to Noah R, v1.0!

The Gym Leaders have been busier than one-eyed cat watching two mouse holes.  Gym Leader Joel hoped to post this last week, but could not get free time to do so.  With that being said, it’s time to catch up on happenings at The Gym.  Yesterday, we hosted a League Challenge in Fincastle, while three of our leaders were battling at a League Cup in Charlotte.  Last Sunday (8/12), we had another first-time winner of a Gym Leader Challenge.  Let’s get to the details. Continue reading

Pokemon 2018 TCG Rotation – Sun & Moon-on!

The Pokemon Company and Play!Pokemon announced its 2018 TCG rotation… back in May.  Why?  “Why” is an often asked and rarely answered question for a lot actions taken by the corporation.  Our speculation as to this “why” is similar to the scenario of the “Top Cut” website (remember the original online site with “Pooka”, where all net-deckers went to get their lists).   The Top Cut was taking too much internet traffic away from Pokemon.com.  So, Pokemon hired Pooka (the site’s creator) to write and commentate for them, thus improving their service and eliminating a competitor.  Of course, dozens of other sites popped up in his absence and the entire community had to embrace net-decking just to keep up, thus turning to many other internet sources.  Mission not accomplished.  Our annual rotation article is our site’s biggest draw, and the subject in general draws lots of traffic to various YouTube channels and other sites.  So, Pokemon’s response is… just throw it out there in May.  Solid plan.  The discussion of “why’s” is not why we’re here today, so let’s move on to the reason we are here, the rotation. Continue reading