in News, Trading Card Game by Charizard Michelle

Dark Exploers

 
Pokemon TCG players can look forward to the next Pokemon TCG set, Dark Explorers, to be released May 9. Starting this Wednesday, TCG players can start harnessing the powers of Tornadus-EX, Kyogre-EX, Raikou-EX, Groudon-EX, and the impressive Darkrai EX along with several new cards.

TCG players have been waiting months in order to use Darkrai EX‘s Dark Clock ability to freely retreat pokemon such as Terrakion and Mewtwo EX. Raikou EX has also been heavily anticipated due to it’s Bolt Volt attack which can be used to strike an opponent’s bench for an impressive 100 damage. That is enough to knock out several of the popular game engines in the current format. Another noteworthy card will be Heatmor who will be able to help shut down the popular Durant deck. It’s Hot Lick attack requires a single Normal Energy which will make it easy to fit into any deck.

Players can look forward to several new support cards to help give their decks an edge in future games. Dark Patch will serve as a way to help accelerate Darkness energy on to a player’s Darkness pokemon. Dark Claw will give their Darkness Pokemon an additional boost in attack. The fossil pokemon have gain a helpful card in the form of Twist Mountain which will allow them to be place on the bench a little easier. Ultra Ball and Random Receiver will be great items to help players gain much needed Pokemon and Supporters. This set also includes the reprinting of Supporters such as N, Professor Juniper and Cheren and the Item cards Rare Candy and Pokemon Catcher.

Fans of the Pokemon TCG will have several things to look forward to on May 9 when the set is released. The next few months will be interesting as these cards make their way into the current Pokemon TCG format.


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in Events, News, Trading Card Game, Video Games by Shiny Jolteon

All of you Darkrai fans, this is your chance to get one on your Black and White game from a Wi-Fi distribution starting on May 9th!

Just released yesterday from Pokemon.com, this Darkrai is an event to celebrate a new TCG expansion, featuring Darkrai-EX and many other Dark type Pokemon, such as Sableye, Umbreon, and Zoroark. This event also celebrates a new TCG website launch, Pokemon.com/EX.

The Darkrai distribution is part of information about new EX cards. Tornadus-EX, Groudon-EX, and Kyogre-EX are mentioned.

While exploring Pokemon.com/EX, you can also watch the full length movie, Pokemon the Movie 12: Rise of Darkrai on the main website. Watch Dialga and Palkia battle one another, and watch how Darkrai is misunderstood by so many, as he is actually a very kind, lighthearted Pokemon.

Be sure to check out Pokemon.com for new updates! Get your DS ready for May 9th, and check out the epic movie, Pokemon: The Rise of Darkrai!

Source: TPCi


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in Trading Card Game by Charizard Michelle

PKMN Dark Exploers

The next set in the English Pokemon TCG will be called “Dark Explorers”. The set is to be released on May 9th, 2012 and is mostly based on the Japanese TCG expansion, “Dark Rush”.

Dark Explorers will continue with the release of the Pokemon EX cards started in Next Destinies. So far Darkrai EX, Groudon EX, Tornadus and Raikou EX have been confirmed to be release with this set. Zoroark and Cofagrigus will be featured in the structure decks for Dark Explorers to keep up with the darkness theme. It is suspected by the name of the set and the Japanese expansion that it is based on that it will focus heavily on the Darkness type and support for the type.

Below is the description for the set:

What’s out there in the darkness, waiting to be discovered? Play the Pok√©mon Trading Card Game: Black and White – Dark Explorers expansion and find them all! In addition to more Pok√©mon-EX like Tornadus-EX, Raikou-EX, and Groudon-EX, the shadows are filled with other exceptional surprises, like Darkrai-EX and a host of Trainer cards that will knock your opponent’s lights out! When you play Black & White – Dark Explorers, you’ll not only explore the darkness, you’ll rule it!

Source: Bulbnews


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in News, Trading Card Game by Charizard Michelle

Dragon

According to PedgiPress, a new Japanese Pokemon trading card game set is being released in January 2012 called Dragon Selection. This will be a smaller set compare to others but all the cards within it will be holographic.

What makes this set worth mentioning is that for the first time since over 10 years ago, a new pokemon type will be introduced to the Pokemon Trading Card Game. A translation for the description of the set states:

‚ÄúAll shiny cards! Introducing the Dragon type!‚ÄĚ

This could mean some big changes for the Pokemon TCG. A Dragon type could provide challenges for players depending on their strengths and weaknesses they have. This type is warranted because many Dragon type Pokemon have been introduced since First Generation such as Salamence and Garchomp. It is worth mentioning that the flagship legendary Pokemon for this generation are Dragon types as well.

Not many details are known about this set but based on the packaging, these Pokemon will be be in it: Druddigon, Haxorus, and Rayquaza.

The last time a type was added to the Pokemon TCG was when Dark and Steel type pokemon were introduce in the Second Generation in 1999.


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Good Game Spawn Point is a show that reviews video games. It airs every weekend on ABC3. Its latest episode (episode #33) featured a Pok√©mon TCGO review. If you want to see the game’s review, read the report below!
 

Two issues the Good Game hosts had with the virtual simulator was the lack of free content and the fact that the game relies too heavily on coin flips. The entire game is free to play and hours upon hours of content is available, you would only need to pay money if you get tired of using the same three decks but this never was really an issue for myself, especially considering I managed to beat several online opponents who had custom decks they purchased just using one of the three free ones.

On the issue of coin flipping, it does make a portion of the game based on pure luck but then again coin flips have been there from the beginning and it’s an integral part of the gameplay, this also adds a layer of strategy where having cards like Victini in your deck allows you to re-flip if you’re unhappy with the results.

Overall though reviews are of course subjective so it is up to you to decide how much you agree with the overall score of 13.5/20. Have you enjoyed Pokémon Trading Card Game Online and what would you rate it?

 
Source: PokemonAus


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in News, Trading Card Game by Neko-chan

 
Pokémon Trading Card Game Online is an online TCG game. It was in its beta stage for the past few months, and only a limited amount of people had access to it. The Pokémon Company International has just launched the public beta version of the game yesterday, everyone can take part in it without any worries.

To play this game, you will need to create a Pok√©mon Trainer Club account. When you’re done creating the account, visit Pok√©mon Trading Card Game Online website, and start enjoying the game!


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As the Dragonite family are the Pokémon of the Month, an analysis on their role in the popular Pokémon Trading Card Game seems only appropriate.

 
Dragonite and its family has appeared in the TCG several times – Dragonite itself having 16 unique cards, and Dragonair/Dratini only having 14 unique cards. With the exception of Dragonite δ, Dragonite ex δ, and Dark Dragonite, this family of cards has always been Colorless. This is because in the TCG, Dragon and Flying are represented by Colorless. Despite their weakness to Ice and Rock in the video games, the Dragonite line is consistently weak to Colorless, representing Dragonite’s weakness to Dragon as well.
 
The Dragonite family has had above average (if not high) success competitively in the Pokémon Trading Card Game РDragonite was a primary component of the Dragtrode and Metanite decks, and rose in popularity after the 2010 World Championships in SP decks.
 
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in Trading Card Game, Video Games by Kenny_C.002

Pokemon TCG Online is the first online Pokemon TCG, officially supported by Nintendo. Of course, in the world of online TCG, to be the best, you have to beat the best. The best and most powerful competitor of this online feature would of course be Magic Online by Wizards of the Coast and Hasbro. Given that there is an existing system, how does the Pokemon TCG Online compare to the juggernaut of its time?

Before I begin, I must make note here that this is a personal critique of the game itself as I have experienced it as a long time player of other online trading card games without answering the question of whether or not this game is better or worse than Magic Online stylistically. I take with me lessons from those games and directly apply them here in this game. I also have to make note that this game is flash-based, leading me to note that often times there will be problems with the game that is due to the choice of the medium itself rather than anything else. So yes, you will have to wrestle with the game suddenly not loading and disconnecting. It’s even stated on the loading screen.


Proof of the pudding.

As I opened the Pokemon TCG website, I was greeted with colourful cartoons and many flashing signs. The layout itself was quite good and easy to find. The bright orange buttons in two different places. It was, in fact, very easy to navigate here. All of the usual features were well displayed and were easy enough to figure out at first glance and I appreciate the effort to be user friendly. There were some glitches in the log in a couple of the times I was there, where I kept getting logged out immediately, but those seem to be exceptions rather than the rule.


Honestly, we’re all just clicking ‚ÄúPlay Now‚ÄĚ or ‚ÄúRedeem a code‚ÄĚ most of the time anyway.

As I clicked play, I was instantly transported to the trainer challenge game, where I could use some (bad) preconstructed decks to challenge the league of computers with increasingly superior decks. You know, this is a nice touch to the introduction of the game itself. It affords the players to play some games without much pressure to learn some things about this game. This is actually a lot better than the multiplayer-only options that Magic Online has, and as we all know: the new player area is plagued by experienced players who wanted to terrorize newer players. In this sense, I think the developers did a great job in handling the problems that a game made exclusively for multiplayer experience by giving you the option of playing against a computer AI.

I knew that in order to intimidate my opponents into submission, the first thing to do is to make the greatest avatar in existence, so I clicked some buttons and got my character a Pure pwnage-based avatar complete with bandana and sunglasses. Clearly that is the only way of doing this. I would presume that you can unlock more things with in-game currency that you earn from playing games, though that feature hasn’t been implemented yet. I would also presume that you can also just pay real money to get some of these cosmetic changes, similar to how League of Legends worked. Overall I think this bare-bones tactic works for this kind of a game. There isn’t a need for anything fancy here. (Read More…)


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Pokemon Online Trading Card Game Logo


We’re hosting a a raffle on the Pokemon Elite 2000 Forum in which five people will win a booster pack code which will allow them to access the Pokemon Trading Card Game Online closed beta.

To enter, you must post an image of a Pokemon card featuring your favorite Pokemon in this thread.
 

Rules

 

  • You may only win 1 code.
  • The five winners will be picked randomly.
  • The contest will end on the midnight between July 9 and July 10 (Pacific Time).

 
PE2K Raffle Thread
 


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Lucas Ayala holds up Pokemon Cards


The Power of One is proven once again. Lucas Ayala, a 9-year-old in third grade, managed to overturn his school’s ban on Pokemon cards. He wrote a letter to the school teachers and administrators to allow the cards in school.

“I thought I could make my teacher realize Pokmon was educational,” Ayala said. “The letter was supposed to be a joke but then my teacher gave it to other teachers…. It was amazing.”

According to the NY Daily News:

Lucas’ well-crafted, handwritten argument touted the positives of the hugely popular game, which involves collecting cards that have different rankings and powers and trading them with friends.

He explained to his teacher, Jennifer Toti, that the game – which features a deck of 60 cards and dice – taught him about addition, subtraction and multiplication and he suggested it could also be used in school math classes.

Toti had taught her students at Our World Neighborhood Charter School in Astoria how to write persuasive letters as part of the third-grade curriculum. She was so impressed at the way Lucas argued his point, she sent his note all the way to the top.

“I knew nothing about Pokmon,” Assistant Principal Dr. Richard Welles said. “But I did some research and it confirmed what Lucas said. There’s a great deal that’s mathematical about it … so I wrote to the staff saying that we can, under certain circumstances, promote it.”

The ban on Pokmon was lifted at the elementary school last month for third-graders and above, during recess and in some math classes.

 
Source: NY Daily News


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