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What is a Pre-release? Watch and learn!

Check out Dark Moon Cards and Games’ latest video explaining what a pre-release is, what happens during one and why we value these events.

What is a Pre-release?

Join us a one or all of our upcoming Cosmic Eclipse releases and come see Joel this weekend at the Baltimore Comic Con. Continue reading

10/6/19 League Cup Match – Noah S vs John H

Remember Napster?  If you were born after 2000, then you surely don’t.  Nowadays, you can go to Amazon, purchase a song and download it in about 20 seconds, if it takes that long.  At the turn of the last century (makes it sound like a very long time ago), you went to Napster, chose the song you wanted to illegally download, then watched and waited for 2.5, maybe 3 hours or more while your 3 minute song downloaded over your dial-up connection.  It was painful.  And what does have to do with this match?  Well, thanks to where we live, the forgotten part of our county on the forgotten side of the state of Virginia, uploading a video to YouTube takes me back to the days of Napster.  We have three matches from Sunday.  We started uploading this one last night at about 10pm.  It finished this morning a little after 7am.  I think our connection to the internet involves some fishing line, a few cans and some Bisquick.

With that being said, here is the first match from Round 3 where one of our junior competitors, Noah S, faced senior, John H.  Both were among our 6 players that qualified for Worlds in August.  More videos are on the way… very slowly.  Enjoy.

Noah vs John – Round 3 – Fincastle League Cup 10/6/19

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!

January 2018 VGC Premier Challenge Results

The challenges facing the “powers that be” at Pokemon vary from season to season.  When it comes to deciding the format and rules for each year’s VGC season, those decisions are very consequential, as once they are released, that’s what you get for the entire year.  There are no major shifts in the format like there are in the TCG as various sets are released throughout the year.  Sometimes the VGC format is pretty wide open and sometimes it becomes painfully narrow.  Two seasons ago, the addition of the “Primals” (Groudon and Kyogre) was devastating to the format, as it narrowed it so much that almost all of the top 32 teams at the Virginia Regional Championship were identical.  Inversely, the 2017 season was much more open, seeing a much wider variety of teams take the top spots at events throughout the year.  2018 is here and so is the new Ultra Sun & Moon format.  Each new season usually brings a surge of new players with it with the hopes that the season will provide a fun, different and creative environment for the players.  While we can’t see the future, we like the 2018 format and its possibilities.  Continue reading

Blue Ridge Regional Championships – Battle Fiesta & Side Events

The next aspect of the Blue Ridge Regional Championships that we are going to look at is the planned TCG and VGC Side Events.  Side events have been a staple of the Regional Championship format since we at the Fincastle Pokemon Gym have been playing the game.  Typical “sides” have been 8-person, single elimination pods in formats ranging from Standard to Expanded to Theme Deck contests.  In more recent Regionals, Day 2 (usually Sunday) has included a League Challenge.  While these are great additions to the main events at these weekends, we are looking for (and have found) some great ways to expand those options and, in the process, bring you the 1st event of its kind on the east coast (maybe USA…, 1st that we’ve heard of anyway).  The Battle Fiesta events are exciting new events for us to try out.  We’ve read some amazing articles from American and European players that have been lucky enough to travel to Japan to compete in the real thing.  Their tournament reports make for some fascinating reading.  On both Saturday and Sunday, we will hold Japanese-style Battle Fiesta contests.  Let us break down some details on all of these events. Continue reading

No League Sunday 12/7 – VG Premier event 12/14

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.

Pokemon WorkoutCheck 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.

More Phantom Forces Fun

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