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July 2007

 

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PE2K at Pokemon TCG National Championships (Saturday & Sunday)!

-07/11/07-

 

 

 

Here's the pictures I took from the Pokemon TCG National Championships, you can view the rest of the pictures in page 3 and 4 of PE2K's coverage of the Pokemon TCG National Championships at Origins: Pokemon TCG National Championships at Origins

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PE2K at Pokemon TCG National Championships (Friday)!

-07/06/07-

 

 

Here's some pictures I've taken of the Pokemon TCG North American Professor Cup, you can view the rest of the pictures in page 2 of PE2K's coverage of the Pokemon TCG National Championships at Origins: Pokemon TCG National Championships at Origins

 

Coming up next is the big event, the Pokemon TCG National Championships, which will be held on the 7th and 8th (Saturday and Sunday). So check back here in the news for more updates from PE2K at the Pokemon TCG National Championships at Origins!

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PE2K at Pokemon TCG National Championships (Thursday)!

-07/05/07-

 

 

 

Hi everyone! Hope everyone had a great Fourth of July! Today I'm reporting from the Pokemon TCG National Championships at the Origins International Game Expo in Columbus, Ohio. The Pokemon TCG North American Professor Cup will be held on July 6th (Friday), a tournament exclusively for Pokemon Professors (judges). And the Pokemon TCG National Championships will be held during July 7th-8th (Saturday and Sunday).

 

Today on July 5th (Thursday), the side events for the Pokemon TCG begun. This includes the Pokemon TCG League Play, Pokemon TCG Modified Constructed, Pokemon TCG Sealed Deck, and 8 person pick-up tournaments will occur throughout the weekend. At the Exhibit Hall, the Pokemon Trading Figure Game is available for demo. It won't be released here in the US until August 15th, so this is a great chance for fans to learn and play the game. They also gave out some free stuff for convention goers: posters of the Pokemon TCG World Championships, POP Series 3 packs, and inflatable Pokeballs. Unfortunately, they don't have any other Pokemon products for sale in their booth (though I did see other vendors there selling Pokemon cards).

 

Of course, the Origins International Game Expo offers many other events and exhibits, so I'll be checking out some of that as well.

 

For more pictures of the event, go here: Pokemon TCG National Championships at Origins

 

Check back here in the news for more updates from PE2K at the Pokemon TCG National Championships at Origins!

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Inside Bay Area: College Money is in the Pokemon Cards For This Kid!

-07/05/07-

Jason Chin, Winner at Santa Clara and Mountain View (PE2K Coverage of the Pokemon TCG City Championships)

 

Inside Bay Area has an article on Jason Chin, a very successful Pokemon TCG player who I've seen personally at the several Pokemon TCG tournaments that I have covered. I went to two different Pokemon TCG City Championships, and Jason won both of them (he has won a total of six City Championships according to the Pokemon Organized Play site). He's also won the California State Championships and Southwest Regional Championships. And now? He's trying to continue his success at this weekend's Pokemon TCG National Championships (PE2K will be there to cover the event!).

 

College Money is in the (Pokemon) Cards for This Kid (From Inside Bay Area)

In theory, Pokemon is an entertaining card game played with trading cards. But for Jason Chin, 10, the game is also helping him pay for college.

Jason has been playing Pokemon for four years, in part under the tutelage of his 13-year-old brother Daniel, and with friends at a Pokemon club. So far, the Mountain View boy has won $1,500 in scholarship money, and at the rate he's winning tournaments, he should be fairly well set by the time he walks into his first college class.

 

Awards and trophies are lined up end to end on the fireplace mantle in the family's home. He recently won a Southwest Regional Championship in Anaheim in April. This year alone, he has won four other competitions, taking home cash prizes and Pokemon supplies.

 

The Anaheim win also included plane tickets for Jason's family and free lodging for their Columbus, Ohio, trip where Jason will compete in a state championship this month.

 

Is he nervous? "Yes," he says. "Not about the competition, but about the long flight."

 

Yes, that could be a challenge, considering how much he wiggles and changes position as he sits on the couch.

 

But, it's good that he's not worrying about winning or losing. Pokemon competitions are part skill and part luck. The game involves dice rolling, so that's the luck part. He can't control that, so no use worrying about it.

 

The skill part is about knowing the card characters' strengths and weaknesses and developing winning strategies and defenses for them.

 

To read the entire article, go here: College money is in the (Pokemon) cards for this kid

 

PE2K Coverage - City Championships

PE2K was at two of the City Championships where Jason won, you can view pictures from both those tournaments here:

- Pokemon TCG City Championships - MV

- Pokemon TCG City Championships - SC

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PE2K Polls July: Pokemon Diamond/Pearl Features!

-07/05/07-

 

In this month's poll, we're asking you about your feelings on some of the features of Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl. Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl are known for it's many features such as the new Pokemon, new region, 3-D look, Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection for battling and trading, and day and night feature. But in this poll we're interested in how important you feel about other features such as the Poketch, Underground, Battle Tower, and Pokemon Super Contests? We want to know your opinion! Rate these features:

 

PE2K Polls July

1. How important is the Poketch to you?

2. How important is the Underground to you?

3. How important is the Battle Tower to you?

4. How important is the Pokemon Super Contests to you?

5. Which feature is most important to you?

 

Make sure to vote in all five polls!

 

How to Vote

To vote, you must login to the forum, or register for a free account to start voting. The last day for votes will be on July 31st, so be sure to get your votes in! Final results of the polls will be posted here in the news, and the new set of polls will begin next month as well.

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PE2K Polls June: Poll Results!

-07/05/07-

 

The PE2K Polls June asked fans about legendary trios. In their respective trios, the ones that came in first were Articuno, Suicune, Regice, and Azelf. With the exception of Azelf, the other three contain water type or ice type. What all four of them have in common is that they're all blue. When it comes to the favorite set of trio, Raikou/Entei/Suicune came in first with 43% of the vote, and Articuno/Zapdos/Moltres came in with a highly respectable amount with 34% of the vote.

 

1. Who is your favorite among these trio: Articuno, Zapos, Moltres.

52% - Articuno

29% - Zapdos

19% - Moltres

 


2. Who is your favorite among these trio: Raikou, Entei, Suicune.

30% - Raikou

19% - Entei

51% - Suicune

 


3. Who is your favorite among these trio: Regirock, Regice, Registeel.

16% - Regirock

45% - Regice

39% - Registeel


4. Who is your favorite among these trio: Uxie, Mesprit, Azelf.

19% - Uxie

19% - Mesprit

62% - Azelf


5. Who are your favorite set of trio?

34% - Articuno/Zapdos/Moltres

43% - Raikou/Entei/Suicune

7% - Regirock/Regice/Registeel

16% - Uxie/Mesprit/Azelf

 

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Pokemon Learning League: Partnership With NCMTC and Ed1Stop!

-07/05/07-

 

Press Release (07/02/07)

 

Northern California Educators, Administrators and Students Can Now Access Pokemon Learning League

Pokemon Learning League to be distributed through Northern California Media and Technology Consortia and award-winning Ed1Stop portal

 

Pokemon USA, Inc., has partnered with the Northern California Media and Technology Consortia (NCMTC) and Ed1Stop portal to provide educators, administrators and students with access to Pokemon Learning League, the standards-based suite of animated, interactive lessons in language arts, math, science, and life skills for grades 3-6.

 

The NCMTC has selected Pokemon Learning League as a new online resource to be used through its six member counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Sonoma. The consortia works together to carefully select resources that provide California educators with access to both subscription and free Web sites.

 

The Ed1Stop.net portal will make Pokemon Learning League available through all contracting schools in the following counties: Contra Costa, Calaveras, Marin, Napa, Santa Cruz and Solano. This portal gives educators, administrators and students the ability to access content during school hours or at home, and offers an organizational tool for lessons and resources with one point of access.

 

"Through the Ed1Stop.net portal, Pokemon Learning League will offer students engaging, motivating and challenging content, while providing educators with real-time monitoring and assessment tools that do not require time-intensive training," said Yves Saada, vice president of interactive media for Pokemon USA. "We look forward to working with the Consortia, and all participating schools this fall." About 50,000 students will be served through that subscription agreement.

 

"The Consortia and Ed1Stop portal chose Pokemon Learning League to be a part of our exclusive list of resources because we like how the lessons start with content standards, are well-planned with worksheets and teacher guides, follow a three-part learning method (Watch, Try and Apply), and are relevant to elementary and middle school instruction," said Rovina Salinas, manager, technology and curriculum integration, for the Contra Costa County Office of Education. "As the solution is Web-based, counties can easily add Pokemon Learning League to their online portals, giving teachers instant access to engaging learning activities."

 

In addition, the California Learning Resource Network (CLRN), an organization that provides educators with critical information needed to select supplemental electronic learning resources aligned to the California state standards, has reviewed Pokemon Learning League content. This successful review assures educators that Pokemon Learning League is a California correlated teaching tool.

 

Teachers can sign-up for a free one-month trial at http://www.pokemonlearningleague.com/. An annual subscription to Pokemon Learning League for one school is $995. District-wide and classroom subscriptions are also available.

 

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