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!
Monday was the Fincastle Gym’s Cosmic Eclipse pre-release at Just Games Lexington. Check out this footage of both Noah S and Gym Leader Joel opening their kits and building their decks.
Cosmic Eclipse Event at Just Games Lexington
Join us this weekend at Meeples Cafe in Lynchburg on Saturday, 10/26/19 and then in Fincastle at the library on Sunday, 10/27/19, for 2 more Cosmic Eclipse pre-releases and the annual costume contest in Fincastle. See you at the Gym!
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
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
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!
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 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
Gym Leader Joel has always enjoyed the late-season tournaments in Pokemon organized play, in both the TCG and VGC. On top of enjoying playing in them, he has enjoyed considerable success in tournaments this time of year. Why is that? Gym Leader Joel does not devote much time to deck sites that spout about “The 3 Tops Plays” for the next event, as those seem to be efforts to dictate the format, rather than aid players with helpful info. This often leaves Joel a step behind in terms of what to expect early on in a season. However, by this time of the year, he has had time to step back and absorb what has been going on and build decks that handle most, if not all, of the format. Joel regrets not being able to play this year’s Roanoke event, but as the Fincastle Gym has too strong of an obligation to helping the Regional weekend go as planned, playing is just not a possibility this time. So, in this environment where secret decks or strong lists kept close to the vest are virtually impossible, here’s a look at what he was heavily considering playing. Continue reading
Today we are going to look at our last deck in our Bargain Bin series. One reason it fell to our final spot was due to some price checking. We were afraid that because it features a “promo” card, that it might slip out-of-bounds in terms of pricing. The other reason we waited was because it was a concept deck up until about 2 weeks ago. By that, we mean that it only existed to us in theory, and there were no online version to peek at. Our 1st attempt at the deck was not worthy to post, as it was very inconsistent. Gym Leaders Logan and Joel took turns tweaking the list, trying to get this potentially deadly combo to work (without Shaymin EX, which is a stumbling block that every player is going to have to face in about 5 months). What we have here is the best that we could do and frankly, it’s pretty interesting. Two nights ago in the PTCGO, I watched Logan fall behind to a Darkrai/Giratina list only to flip the game on his opponent, taking his last 4 prizes in one attack, as the opposing player was locked, watching this one wreck the powerful meta deck. Continue reading
Let’s see if we can frame this one in terms of the timeline of the Fincastle Pokemon Gym. Gym Leader Logan had not yet qualified for his 1st World Championships. Gym Leader Georgia, well, was not a Gym Leader. She played of few games here and there, but had not become powerful female World Championship level player that little boys all over the country dreaded facing (because they knew they were getting ready to have the butts handed to them… BY A GIRL!!!). Gym Leader Marthe was not an organizer. In fact, she had just become a judge and had only helped out in a few small events. Speaking of events, the 1st Battle Roads to be held in our area had not come yet and we were still campaigning to get our 1st Roanoke area pre-release. Our Gym Leader Challenge was a brand new concept and our days at league usually consisted of multiple leaders fielding challenges all day at league, sometimes to the tune of 5 or 6 challenges in a single league meeting. That is what was going on in Fincastle the last time that Chris L won a gym badge. Continue reading