Check out the final match, a best 2 of 3 match between Seth Poore, playing “Green’s Reshizard” against Logan Honts playing “Pikarom”.
League Cup Finals
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!
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Tagged Fincastle Gym, Fincastle Library, Fincastle Pokemon Gym, League Challenge, National Championships, Pokemon League Cup, regional championships, Standard Format, trading card game, World Championships
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
Posted in Fincastle Pokemon Gym Meetings, Pokemon Organized Play events
Tagged cosplay contest, costume contest, Fincastle Pokemon Gym, Lost Thunder, mid-season showdown, pokemon costumes, pokemon GX, Pokemon Halloween Costume Contest, Prerelease, Sun and Moon
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
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
The Fincastle Pokemon Gym’s card store and retail business, Dark Moon Cards and Games, just launched a new and updated website. We are going to be taking our show on the road a little more often over the next few months and of course will be hosted our 3rd Roanoke Regional Championship this November. Updates on where we’ll be and what is new at Dark Moon and The Fincastle Gym can be found there. From that site you can link directly to our store, our Facebook page, this site and our Regionals site. All of our events are listed there, as well as here. Speaking of events… Continue reading
As many of you have seen, The Fincastle Pokemon Gym was awarded its 3rd Regional Championship right here in Roanoke, coming this November. That of course leaves us a bit confused when we try to reference it, or the recent one. Both take place in 2018, so we can’t just say the “2018 Blue Ridge Regional” anymore. It’s bad to confuse old people like that. While we are working on branding, we thought we’d share some photos from the Memorial Day event, as we’ve finally had time to sit down and organize them. We will follow-up soon with some more info on the November 2018 event.
We want to jump right into the cool stuff… the Cosplay Contest. Last year, our 1st cosplay competition, was a lot of fun, as we had a small group excellent entrants. This year was the real deal. As we stated before, we are so glad that we had an experienced judge, Mera Babineaux to evaluate the contestants. There is no way we could have picked the best out of this group on our own.
****All of these amazing photos are thanks to the event staff photographer: Doug Morisoli.
Here are a few more of the event.
We will be back with some info on our next event. Check back here often. We also will have a League Challenge (Standard Format) at the Gym at our regular time this Sunday, 6/17. See you there!
Well, they are finally here. The Fincastle Gym is thrilled to be hosting our 2nd Regional TCG and VG Championships here in Roanoke this weekend. We hope that you’ve had a chance to check out our articles previewing everything going on over the weekend. Here are a few quick reminders for anyone attending or thinking about dropping by and checking it out. Entry into the hall is FREE!!! You can come in at any time and check out our many vendors (12 total), cosplay contest and side events. If you want to register for either main event (VG or TCG), you still can… just follow this link. If you can’t come and want to watch the battles on stream, follow this link to see Critical Hit‘s coverage of the VG and TCG on Twitch. If you are new to the game or interested in learning, this is a great chance to see what it is all about. As always, if you follow this page and want to chat with the author (Gym Leader Joel), come by the Dark Moon Cards and Games booth and say, “Howdy.” And of course, there is no league this Sunday in Fincastle. See you this weekend at a much bigger gym!
The Fincastle Gym Leaders have been around. We think that we pretty safe in our self-assessment in saying that we are pretty knowledgeable when it comes to all things Pokemon. Knowledge is a many-pronged entity that is both sought out and accumulated. A lot of what we know are things that we have both studied and practiced. Some of it is information that we’ve gathered by just being around for a while. What we’re saying is, we’re old. And we are okay with that. Our regional on Memorial Day weekend is in the Expanded format, which includes almost all cards dating back to the base Black & White set. If you pay attention to the tournament circuit and TCG discussions on multiple platforms (podcasts, web pages, YouTube, etc), then you likely know a good bit of what this entails. However, if you have played primarily at the Gym or are a new player to the TCG, there are a whole bunch of cards that you likely do not have and may have never seen that are used heavily in the format. What we are planning to do over the next few articles is introduce you to (or remind you of) some of these powerful older cards that may benefit you when building an Expanded deck. Continue reading
The Fincastle Pokemon Gym is proud to host its 2nd Regional Championship Event in Roanoke over the upcoming Memorial Day weekend. As we did last year, we are striving to incorporate special events as part of that weekend that you cannot experience anywhere but here in the heart of Virginia. We tried a little bit of everything last year, from Pokemon GO tours, to photo booths, to the 1st attempt on US soil at a Japanese-style Battle Fiesta. This year, the organizing team of the Fincastle Gym (Joel and Marthe) and Pam & Dave Tuskey have refined the weekend to focus on what worked best last year. Gym Leader Joel will be detailing the plans for the weekend over the next two weeks, and hopefully slipping in an article or two on the Expanded Format in between, so check back here often to see our latest posts. You can also follow our links to the main Blue Ridge Regional site and Facebook pages (Gym’s and Regionals) for registration info and additional details. On to the 1st event in this series, the Pokemon Cosplay contest. Continue reading