Sorry for the delay on content. We’ve had back-to-back weekends of conventions and have been running around like the proverbial headless chicken. Anyway, we just got this order in for our next show, Louisville Galaxycon. If you like what you see, come visit us there. Enjoy the video, see you at the Gym!
Pokemon Order from Japan
Don’t forget to join us this Sunday in Fincastle for a League Challenge!
Check out our latest video to find out everything you need to know about the latest Tag Team box.
Pale Moon GX Box Review
Stick around until the end of the video to see what we got from the booster packs.
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!
As mentioned in our last post, we had quite the array of Gym Leader Challenges going on last Sunday. Gym Leader Marthe successfully defended her Lightning-type badge to start the day off. Gym Leader Logan, who arrived at league later after robotics practice, stepped immediately into a defense of the Water-type badge, which he also was successful in doing. Then there was Gym Leader Joel. When Joel’s day was done, he felt like he needed to call the fire department, as his Steel-type and then Grass-type decks were attacked by two well-built Fire-type decks. Continue reading
The Fincastle Gym had a busy day this past Sunday and, thanks to the school system shutting down for the week over weather that makes Gym Leader Marthe (a Wisconsin native) chuckle, our kids have been home all week, making it difficult to find time to finish this post. We have two interesting pieces of news to share, both about Sunday’s happening. The first is about a New Year’s resolution of sorts. For the majority of 2017, we adopted the schedule of hosting one TCG League Challenge and one VG Challenge each month. Gym Leader Joel thought it’d be a nice addition to post the results of those events to recognize the winners. So starting this week, we will do so. We won’t list descriptions of the matches, mostly because we can’t watch them all. However, for now, we will list the results. Our dream is to video tape both TCG & VG finals and Gym Leader Challenges and connect a YouTube channel to this site (which is not an issue of “how”, but an issue of finding the time to do so). For now, we’ll stick with listing the winners. Speaking of Gym Leader Challenges…. Continue reading
The Fincastle Gym Leaders were hoping that we could spark a little interest in our Gym Leader Challenges this past Sunday. That we did. We had a busy day fielding several attempts for badges. We also had several guests from our Lexington league join us, which made the afternoon extra cool. One of Lexington’s young trainers decided to jump into the fray and go after the Grass-type gym badge. We’re not sure who he surprised more, Gym Leader Joel or himself. 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
As our kids have grown older and their responsibilities have increased, we have trimmed the fat, in the parlance of our times, as to the amount of extracurricular activity they stay involved in. Rec league sports were fun when they were little, but the charm wore off as the routine of oversized teams, nowhere to practice and saturation of opposing coaches, parents and officials in need of therapy increased each year. We don’t have delusions of our kids becoming pro athletes and have never filled their heads with that nonsense. Robotics, despite the program being abandoned by Botetourt County, still proves to be a valuable endeavor as you don’t have to look far to see the demands from the growth of the tech industries in our area and nationwide, so they both are immersed in the new 4H backed team. Both kids still enjoy the pursuit of individual goals in golf (Logan) and dance (Georgia). The longest running activity in both of their lives (and ours) is Pokemon. While the format does change frequently, the game overall has not. They can easily drift in and out of the game competitively as their interest and time allows. The thing that keeps us involved, in this Gym Leader’s opinion at least, is character. Continue reading
In our last post, the Fincastle Pokemon Gym discussed our desire to light a fire under our long standing tradition of Gym Leader challenges, especially among our younger players. The ever-changing dynamics of league support from Play!Pokemon to local leagues has altered our ability to make challenges the priority that we want them to be. As the 2017 season comes to an end with the conclusion of the World Championships over the weekend, we were thrilled to not only have a young challenger seek a gym badge at Sunday’s league meeting, but even more so to have the 2nd youngest challenger ever seek a badge. Eddie R made league history in 12/16 by becoming the youngest trainer to ever win a gym badge in Fincastle at the ripe old age of 6 years, 8 months, when he won the Grass-type badge. This past Sunday, Anna R, who is younger than Eddie, won her 1st badge, narrowly missing the mark of “youngest ever” to claim a badge in Fincastle by a little over 4 months (she currently is about 7 years, 2 months). Continue reading
The Gym Leader Challenge is the Fincastle Gym’s longest running tradition. Shortly after beginning our league, Gym Leader Joel went to work on taking the core concept of every Pokemon video game to date and incorporating it into our gym. That concept is having Gym Leaders and type-specific decks available for its trainers to test themselves against. Originally, we scrounged the web for a supply of the 2008 league promo badges to reward our trainers for wins over gym leaders. That supply soon dried up, so we went to our trainers, held a contest and eventually created our own gym badges based on the design of Kelli Bowen, a trainer that was part of one of the many great families that have come and gone over the years at the Gym. We have documented every challenge we’ve ever taken… every win, every loss, every battle that came down to the wire. Those who have prevailed are immortalized on our Wall of Fame. Continue reading