The Fincastle Pokemon Gym is a league sponsored by Play!Pokemon and is a great place to play both the Pokemon trading card game and the video game. Every week we have free play (play who you want) for the TCG. Video game play is available only on the first Sunday of each month. Card trading is allowed
at the end of each session from 5:00 pm-5:30 pm. Trades must be approved by the Gym Leaders.
The Gym has four Gym Leaders, all available to challenge for gym badges, but also available to teach new players how to play and develop their own decks and strategies. The league is free to all players. Play!Pokemon provides promo cards that may be earned by simply playing games (win or lose). The Gym also provides free cards to all those who attend. These cards are matched sets of basic pokemon and evolutions or sets of support pokemon. All you have to do for these is attend and participate. The Gym also hosts TCG tournaments from time to time, which have a variety of cool prizes for the winners and something for everyone who enters.
What you'll need to play:
Bring a Pokemon starter deck and your card collection to your first meeting. Starter decks can be purchased at Wal-Mart, Target or similar stores and include a complete 60-card deck of Pokemon Trading Cards. Included in your Starter Deck will be 60 cards, a play mat, instruction book, Pokemon coin and game markers. Most importantly, they include energy cards, which are necessary to play the game. In order to participate in official League Play, your cards will need to be one of the series listed below:
The Modified format for the 2013 season will consist of the following expansions:
Black & White
Black & White—Emerging Powers
Black & White—Noble Victories
Black & White—Next Destinies
Black & White—Dark Explorers
Black & White Trainer Kit
Black Star Promo Cards BW01 and higher.
Read the back of your starter deck carefully – there is a full list of all the cards included. Make sure to pick a deck that includes Pokemon that you like since this will probably be your main deck for a while. (World Championship Decks are not the same as Starter Decks and are not allowed in League Play.) Do not buy booster packs from dollar stores or flea markets as most of those cards are fakes and also not legal for play.
There is no entry fee or cost to join the league. Older cards (those not in the series above) will not be used in Gym play, but are great for trading and practicing to make new decks. Exceptions to this rule are cards that have been reprinted in the new series above (like Rare Candy, Double Colorless Energy and Professor Elm’s Training Method, to name a few.)
All ages may participate in this fun, free event. Parents are encouraged to participate also!
For more information, visit:
Join the Fincastle Pokemon League Group on facebook by clicking here: http://www.facebook.com/groups/115660305129135/?fref=ts