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 is thrilled to announce that the Regional Championships are returning to Roanoke in 2018! The Regional will return to the Berglund Center on Memorial Day weekend, the 25th through the 27th of May, 2018. Pokemon confirmed this with us prior to their announcement this past Wednesday and informed us that our TCG event will be in the Expanded Format. We are planning on returning many of the features from this year’s event, like the vendor marketplace and a variety of side events including Battle Fiesta style tournaments. We have other ideas in mind to expand the weekend experience, including several Friday evening events, which we will share soon on the Regional website as we solidify those details. Roanoke was one of the biggest and most diverse Regionals of the 2016-17 season. It is our goal to outdo ourselves for next May’s event. Check back here and on the Regionals site for details as they come! See you at the Gym!
The Fincastle Gym has hosted back to back weekends of competitive events at its home base in the metropolis of Fincastle. Two Sundays ago, the Gym held a VG Premier Challenge, gathering a good showing of skilled players. Masters battled it out over 4 rounds and then cut to a top 2 to determine the champion of the event. This past Sunday, the Gym hosted its 3rd League Challenge of the season. Our cast of regulars were joined by some Juniors and Seniors players making their 1st appearance in Fincastle. The current Standard Format has proved to be just that, pretty standard, as the decks present provided no surprises. Gym Leader Joel tried to shake up the match-ups (with no avail) and unfortunately for 1 player, altered the results. Continue reading
Okay, so last Sunday did not go as planned. We hope that everyone received the notice of league cancellation in time. That’s the biggest drawback of our league location is that we are required to pick up a key every Saturday and return it on Sunday after league. In instances like last weekend, we got caught up and could not get to the library in time to get the key… and no key means no league. We apologize to any who did not see Facebook or league emails in time. On the positive side, all of the Gym Leaders were able to visit the Lexington league on Monday and spend time playing with its trainers. We are pleased to see the large group of very promising Juniors in attendance in Lexington, and we hope extend the “Generals” program to the fledgling league soon. At any rate, we are back on track for this Sunday and will have league and a VG Premier Challenge at our regular league time. Continue reading
Wow. What a fun couple of weeks at the Gym! We always enjoy the weeks that surround new set releases and the accompanying pre-release tournaments, as they are nice breaks from the competitive season. However, no other events, for us anyway, ever seem to hold a candle to the October pre-releases and our costume contests. Yes, it gets pretty noisy… and yes, the Fincastle Library room was hotter than a billy goat butt in a pepper patch, especially for those in costumes, but it is worth it for us to get to see the creative side of many of our trainers. Looking at some of the amazing efforts put forth by our trainers, we wonder if we should “re-class” our contest from that of a costume event to a cosplay event. We think some of our guys and gals could compete with the best at area anime conventions and comi-cons (at little more about that later). Continue reading
Do you remember those little ol’ things called Gym Leader Challenges? Yeah, we still have them. Not at the level that we used to, though. At one time, the Gym Leaders were trying to see how many challenges they could fit into one league session. Over the last few months, if we field 1 per meeting, that has been a busy day for the Gym Leaders. So what’s different? Not that much at the Gym. However, over the last year, as Play!Pokemon has expanded the number of events available across the country, the down-time between events has shrunk drastically. It seems that League Challenges, City Championships and the big events (States/Regionals) take place just weeks apart. That, coupled with the advent of the new league format, has really put the brakes on Gym Leader Challenges. Needless to say, the Gym Leaders experienced a mild sensory overload as they fielded two VG Challenges at once today after the League Challenge. Continue reading
The Fincastle Pokemon Gym was thrilled to take its show on the road, up the interstate to Lexington on Saturday. The Gym hosted its 1st Pokemon open house at the Rockbridge Regional library and drew quite the crowd. The Gym Leaders entertained a group of about 35 players, collectors and parents Saturday afternoon. While some players learned to play the TCG for the 1st time, others did a little coloring, made a few trades, played some VG battles and just learned about what we do. The Fincastle Gym leaders supplied a few rounds of door prizes, drawn periodically over the afternoon for those who came by. We also had the opportunity to help a few players make some new decks from the cards in their collections. We at the Gym had a great time and hope all who attended did as well. The only thing we forgot was to get the camera out and take some dang pictures! Continue reading
As the TCG State Championship series wraps up this weekend, so does a very impressive run from the Fincastle Pokemon Gym’s best. Gym Leader Georgia entered the series with her World Championship invitation already in hand, so for her, the State Championships were a chance to test out some different ideas. Gym Leader Logan, on the other hand, entered the series looking to secure an invitation to Worlds, a concept that he was not even on his radar as he began this season. As they frequently do (a fact that we sometimes take for granted), both Georgia and Logan went above and beyond. Continue reading
The Fincastle Pokemon Gym is off to another busy weekend. This Saturday, 4/2/16, Gym Leader Marthe is running the North Carolina State TCG Championships in Mooresville, NC, followed by the VG Midseason Showdown on Sunday, 4/3/16, at the same location. There will be side-events that will be announced on location. In addition to the TCG and VG events, the Gym will be manning the vendor location for Dark Moon Cards & Games. This is our 1st venture in on-site sales, so come by and check us out. We have both card singles and booster packs for sale. We have TCG gaming supplies, promotional items, Pokemon plushes, buttons and pins. We will also have a limited buy list available, with an emphasis on limited, as this is our 1st attempt and don’t want to get in over our heads.
Check out our “Upcoming Events” tab for details on both events or follow us on Facebook. Of course, with all that going on, we unfortunately will not have our league meeting this Sunday in Fincastle. We will, however, be back next Sunday, 4/13, at our regular time. If you can’t wait until then, then come join us this weekend in Mooresville. If we don’t see you this weekend, then we’ll see you next time at the Gym
Finally…. it is done. The Gym Leaders have not posted much here in the last few weeks, but it has been for a good reason (we hope). Instead, we’ve been trading on the GTS, riding tirelessly in circles around the Lumiose Tower, flying back and forth to Camphrier Town and then riding up and down Route 7, waiting for eggs to “be discovered” (I think our Ditto definitely deserves a vacation). From there we’d go battle in the Battle Chateau and with the Elite 4 to level up newly hatched pokemon. What has all this been about? It will take a little explaining, but it was to create a trading database at our league to help anyone who is trying to do so, complete the National Pokedex on their video game. We’ve dubbed it, Project Shiny Charm. Continue reading