A Problem with the TCG fandom

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  1. Paperfairy

    Paperfairy New Member

    Friday, February 22, 2008
    To the webmasters and members of PokéGym and PokéBeach;

    Hello. My name is Justin, and I have been within the Pokémon community since the Japanese announcement for Ruby and Sapphire – whenever that occurred. Whilst I have not been within the Trading Card Game community for particularly long, I have recently begun playing the Trading Card Game again. In real life, I have an extremely limited budget and an even more limited card collection, and thus, I have developed a strong liking for programs such as Redshark. However, upon getting involved in these two communities, it has become drastically apparent that very few people are online to engage in these online battles.
    The boards on your respective forums that pertain to online battling are quite frankly, highly disorganized. This is disappointing and rather confusing for several reasons; PokéBeach, supposed supporter of Redshark seem to be failing in its duty to promote play within the program, and PokéGym, the community of seemingly serious battlers have few people who are indicating that they wish to engage in Redshark battles in order to test their decks. Many claim that an online community for battling is nearly impossible to formulate and maintain, but this could not be further from the truth – the competitive battling faction of the Pokémon fan base has an enormous amount of active players, and I have never been online and was unable to find a battle with another. The same applies for the Yu-gi-oh! Trading Card Game (despite its dying state) and its online counterpart, YVD.

    Thus, I would like to propose that perhaps the administrators and the members of these two communities collaborate on creating some sort of unifying league or online community pertaining to using Redshark as a means of battle. This would benefit, as far as I can see, many Pokémon TCG players. Newcomers would get a chance to get a feel for the game without having to spend lucrative amounts of money on cards they may never use – whereas, experienced players will have a twenty four hour access to an opponent in order to test a new deck, rather than having to wait until every Saturday, when their local league takes place.
    I would be more than willing to write up and create the blueprints for such a program, but before that begins, I would like to ask a few questions in order to formulate a design.

    1. Are you a casual or competitive player of the Pokémon TCG?
    2. How often do you play against other players?
    3. Do you attend a local league?
    4. If so, how often do you attend the aforementioned league and is the nature of the league competitive or casual?
    5. How long have you been playing the Pokémon TCG under its current rule set? (DP-on)
    6. How long have you been playing the Pokémon TCG in total?
    7. Would you be interested in a Redshark based online league?
    8. How often would you play in the league?
    9. Would you prefer a league similar to the league(s) displayed in:
    • the real life TCG,
    • the animé and manga,
    • the handheld Pokémon games, or
    • real life sports

    10. How old are you?
    11. Would you like the league to be segregated in any way?
    12. If so, by what factor would you like segregation to occur? By age? Skill level? Other?
    13. Would you be interested in moderator or administrative position within the league?
    14. How long have you been a member of the online Pokémon community?
    15. How long have you been a member of the online Pokémon TCG community?
    16. Are you a respected member of either community? If so, which one?
    17. If this becomes a reality, how would you like to be contacted? Please keep in mind that instant messaging programs are the worst way to do so.


    I would like to thank everyone for taking the time to fill out the above survey. I will personally read each response and follow up shortly.
     
    Last edited: Feb 25, 2008
  2. bullados

    bullados <a href="http://pokegym.net/forums/showthread.php?

    1. Judge.
    2. Once a week.
    3. League Owner.
    4. The League I own I've been going to for 2.5 years. I've been an occasional player in others for about 10 now. Mostly casual, but I'm trying to get a few competitive players at my League.
    5. Since the beginning.
    6. Since Fossil.
    7. Nope.
    8-9, 11-13, 17. n/a
    10. 22
    14. About 5 years.
    15. About 5 years
    16. No idea. Respect would be nice, tho...
     
  3. Jason

    Jason New Member

    1. Are you a casual or competitive player of the Pokémon TCG?
    Very competitive player

    2. How often do you play against other players?
    Many, many times a week

    3. Do you attend a local league?
    Yes, for many hours a week

    4. If so, how often do you attend the aforementioned league and is the nature of the league competitive or casual?
    Mostly competitive.

    5. How long have you been playing the Pokémon TCG under its current rule set? (DP-on)
    I been playing pokemon day and night since DP release in Japan :)

    6. How long have you been playing the Pokémon TCG in total?
    Many many years - since Nov 99.

    7. Would you be interested in a Redshark based online league?
    ...Meh. I prefer Apprentice.

    8. How often would you play in the league?
    Is this a repeativie question??

    9. Would you prefer a league similar to the league(s) displayed in:
    • the real life TCG, (yesss)
    • the animé and manga, (anime is lame, im all up for manga)
    • the handheld Pokémon games, (yes) or
    • real life sports (no)

    10. How old are you?
    20

    11. Would you like the league to be segregated in any way?
    What.

    12. If so, by what factor would you like segregation to occur? By age? Skill level? Other?
    What?

    13. Would you be interested in moderator or administrative position within the league?
    Yes, for a long time...But wont mention why.

    14. How long have you been a member of the online Pokémon community?
    Eight years

    15. How long have you been a member of the online Pokémon TCG community?
    Five years

    16. Are you a respected member of either community? If so, which one?
    Maybe.

    17. If this becomes a reality, how would you like to be contacted? Please keep in mind that instant messaging programs are the worst way to do so.
    IM progs are the best to reach me.
     
  4. Ardoptres

    Ardoptres New Member

    1. Are you a casual or competitive player of the Pokémon TCG?
    Competive.
    2. How often do you play against other players?
    1-4 times a week.
    3. Do you attend a local league?
    Yes.
    4. If so, how often do you attend the aforementioned league and is the nature of the league competitive or casual?
    Once a week.
    Casual mostly.
    5. How long have you been playing the Pokémon TCG under its current rule set? (DP-on)
    Since DP came out.
    6. How long have you been playing the Pokémon TCG in total?
    3 years, not in a row though.
    7. Would you be interested in a Redshark based online league?
    No. Redshark is boring.
    8. How often would you play in the league?
    I would not.
    9. Would you prefer a league similar to the league(s) displayed in:
    • the real life TCG,
    • the animé and manga,
    • the handheld Pokémon games, or
    • real life sports

    Yes.
    10. How old are you?
    14. 15 the 28th July.
    11. Would you like the league to be segregated in any way?
    Not really.
    12. If so, by what factor would you like segregation to occur? By age? Skill level? Other?
    .
    13. Would you be interested in moderator or administrative position within the league?
    Yes, always.
    14. How long have you been a member of the online Pokémon community?
    1 year and a couple months.
    15. How long have you been a member of the online Pokémon TCG community?
    Isn't it the same?
    16. Are you a respected member of either community? If so, which one?
    Online, I don't think so. (I don't know)
    In real life, yes.
    17. If this becomes a reality, how would you like to be contacted? Please keep in mind that instant messaging programs are the worst way to do so.
    By email i guess.
     
    Last edited: Feb 25, 2008
  5. Paperfairy

    Paperfairy New Member

    All three of you seem to be opposed to online battling, so I am going to assume none of you actually read anything beyond tl;dr, correct?
     
  6. SD PokeMom

    SD PokeMom Mod Supervisor Staff Member

    if they didn't read past the tl; dr then how are they answering your questions? it's rude to insult people who have answered your 'survey' just because you don't like the results you're getting.

    don't most 'competitive' players already use apprentice for online play? what would be the incentive for them to change over to redshark?

    who would run/adjudicate this? the 'gym already has the online battle thread, where anyone can post that they are interested in online play and people can make their own arrangements...what makes what you're suggesting 'better'?

    'mom
     
  7. Jedi_Amara

    Jedi_Amara New Member

    1. Are you a casual or competitive player of the Pokémon TCG?
    Both.
    2. How often do you play against other players?
    Every week.
    3. Do you attend a local league?
    League Leader.
    4. If so, how often do you attend the aforementioned league and is the nature of the league competitive or casual?
    Every week. A lot of our players are competitive for tournaments but we run league pretty casually.
    5. How long have you been playing the Pokémon TCG under its current rule set? (DP-on)
    ... since the rules came out? >_>
    6. How long have you been playing the Pokémon TCG in total?
    A year and a half.
    7. Would you be interested in a Redshark based online league?
    No, I use Apprentice.
    8. How often would you play in the league?
    I wouldn't. I'd use Apprentice.
    9. Would you prefer a league similar to the league(s) displayed in:
    • the real life TCG,
    • the animé and manga,
    • the handheld Pokémon games, or
    • real life sports
    ... there's no TCG league in the anime/manga. >_>

    10. How old are you?
    18
    11. Would you like the league to be segregated in any way?
    Skill level
    12. If so, by what factor would you like segregation to occur? By age? Skill level? Other?
    See above
    13. Would you be interested in moderator or administrative position within the league?
    No, I use Apprentice
    14. How long have you been a member of the online Pokémon community?
    Since 2002
    15. How long have you been a member of the online Pokémon TCG community?
    Since 2006
    16. Are you a respected member of either community? If so, which one?
    ... wtf? I'm a mod on the Pokemon Community forum, and have been for nearly four years.
    17. If this becomes a reality, how would you like to be contacted? Please keep in mind that instant messaging programs are the worst way to do so.
    No.
     
  8. Azure Kite

    Azure Kite New Member

    I read it all. First off, yes there are many serious players on thia website. Second, sorry if I'm just totally out of the loop AGAIN, but I've never heard of this "Redshark". I don't see how barely ANY of those questions will help bring about your wishes. Thirdly. Have you ever heard of Apprentice? Although I don't go on there myself, I do know thats where a lot of people go to simply test out they're decks online with other people. But I suppose I will fill out the survey anyway, as I have nothing better to do.

    1. Uh, I think I could be a little of both.
    2. Sometimes I play with my friends, but for the most part I only play at the League or at tournaments.
    3. Yup.
    4. Weekly. Its pretty casual.
    5. I've been playing since far before DP.
    6. I think I got into the League when the format was Magma/Aqua on. I've been collecting since before then though.
    7. I don't think so. Atleast not now. I'm happy with the League I go to currently.
    8. I wouldn't.
    9. Nope.
    10. 14.
    11. No.
    12. N/A
    13. I think that with the kind of small League I am in, the League organizer moderates and administrates things enough. But if I was in a big enough League, I think something like that could do some good in keeping the peace.
    14/15. I'll combine then questions. I've been a member of both I guess when I got on to the Pokegym. Check profile for the exact date, but it was sometime in 07.
    16. I don't think so. My super power is going unnoticed. Its just that I do so much I cannot be very good at anything. I still like it though.
    17. I wouldn't, but I would THINK that I would hear about it either here, or at my League.
     
  9. homeofmew

    homeofmew Active Member

    1. Are you a casual or competitive player of the Pokémon TCG? Competitive I guess :p
    2. How often do you play against other players? A lot?
    3. Do you attend a local league? yes.
    4. If so, how often do you attend the aforementioned league and is the nature of the league competitive or casual? League is always casual. T2ing at league is no fun :( You are gonna make some little kid cry!
    5. How long have you been playing the Pokémon TCG under its current rule set? (DP-on) since E-on I started being competitive(when POP took over wizards) I did play when there was the older sets like Gym Challenge formats ect.
    6. How long have you been playing the Pokémon TCG in total? Since Jan 1999
    7. Would you be interested in a Redshark based online league? Apprentice Maybe.
    8. How often would you play in the league? 1-2-3 times a week
    9. Would you prefer a league similar to the league(s) displayed in:
    • the real life TCG, I also play MTG but TCGs can get expensive :(
    • the animé and manga,Anime Clubs and Anime Conventions FTW
    • the handheld Pokémon games, or This is already done like JAA
    • real life sports like LARP or Anime Style Battling, this would be fun :D

    10. How old are you? 22/FEMALE :O!
    11. Would you like the league to be segregated in any way? No league is casual period. There are some leagues where if age segregation were take place it wouldn't be any fun :/
    12. If so, by what factor would you like segregation to occur? By age? Skill level? Other?
    13. Would you be interested in moderator or administrative position within the league?
    Pokémon? Nah I have learned there is so much backstabbing and power issues.. So I don't really care anymore..
    Loosing friends and people you thought were friends is really no fun :/
    14. How long have you been a member of the online Pokémon community?
    Since 2001 (PokeMasters)
    15. How long have you been a member of the online Pokémon TCG community?
    2003 ish I think.
    16. Are you a respected member of either community? If so, which one?
    I donno am I respected? XD
    17. If this becomes a reality, how would you like to be contacted? Please keep in mind that instant messaging programs are the worst way to do so.
    aim: [edit: deleted]
    e-mail: [edit: deleted...this info is already on your profile. do not post it publically]

    you also can call me on my cell # pm me <3
     
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  10. Mew*

    Mew* Active Member

    1. Are you a casual or competitive player of the Pokémon TCG?
    COMPETITIVE

    2. How often do you play against other players?
    Everyday

    3. Do you attend a local league?
    Yes

    4. If so, how often do you attend the aforementioned league and is the nature of the league competitive or casual?
    Every week for two hours.Casual, just a bunch of n00bs with random decks. :(

    5. How long have you been playing the Pokémon TCG under its current rule set? (DP-on)
    Well, the format is actually HP on, but whatever. I've been playing the whole format.

    6. How long have you been playing the Pokémon TCG in total?
    About two years (but nearly one year with tournaments, the earlier days I spent being a n00b with random unlimited decks), I used to be a collector as a little kid, but I occasionally enjoyed a round of Pokemon PLAY IT! on my PC :biggrin:

    7. Would you be interested in a Redshark based online league?
    YESSSSSSSSS

    8. How often would you play in the league?
    VERYDAYYYYYYYYYYYY

    9. Would you prefer a league similar to the league(s) displayed in: I DON'T EVEN CARE! I JUST WANT TO PLAY!!!! (so I guess the real life TCG):thumb:
    • the real life TCG,
    • the animé and manga,
    • the handheld Pokémon games, or
    • real life sports

    10. How old are you?
    15

    11. Would you like the league to be segregated in any way?
    Yes.

    12. If so, by what factor would you like segregation to occur? By age? Skill level? Other?
    Skills for sure! I need real practice!

    13. Would you be interested in moderator or administrative position within the league?
    YES!

    14. How long have you been a member of the online Pokémon community?
    Since July 2007

    15. How long have you been a member of the online Pokémon TCG community?
    Erm... a week or two lol

    16. Are you a respected member of either community? If so, which one?
    Well, I win so much I better be respected in the Redshark community, so I guess I'm respected. IDK about Pokegym

    17. If this becomes a reality, how would you like to be contacted? Please keep in mind that instant messaging programs are the worst way to do so.
    IDK, whatever everyone else goes with as long as it is effective
     
  11. Paperfairy

    Paperfairy New Member

    I apologize, I was not intending insult.

    I did not know that Apprentice had a large online fanbase. Again, I apologize.

    I am simply attempting to improve on the single thread and expand it into something better.
     
  12. Regis_Neo

    Regis_Neo Moderator

    Hmm...overall, I think the problem with an online league or something is that there are literally people from all over the world who visit here, and it's just too hard to really coordinate something to accomodate the different time zones and such.

    1. Are you a casual or competitive player of the Pokémon TCG? Both
    2. How often do you play against other players? Maybe a few times a month
    3. Do you attend a local league? Trying to
    4. If so, how often do you attend the aforementioned league and is the nature of the league competitive or casual? N/A
    5. How long have you been playing the Pokémon TCG under its current rule set? (DP-on) Since it started
    6. How long have you been playing the Pokémon TCG in total? Since it came out
    7. Would you be interested in a Redshark based online league? Yes
    8. How often would you play in the league? Whenever I have the spare time to
    9. Would you prefer a league similar to the league(s) displayed in: (Bolded preferences)
    • the real life TCG,
    • the animé and manga,
    • the handheld Pokémon games, or
    • real life sports


    10. How old are you? 19
    11. Would you like the league to be segregated in any way? Probably
    12. If so, by what factor would you like segregation to occur? By age? Skill level? Other? Age
    13. Would you be interested in moderator or administrative position within the league? Sure, why not?
    14. How long have you been a member of the online Pokémon community? For many years.
    15. How long have you been a member of the online Pokémon TCG community? Uh...for some years? Dunno how long exactly.
    16. Are you a respected member of either community? If so, which one? I am at the site I co-own, and I guess I'm...well, not in trouble here, lol.
    17. If this becomes a reality, how would you like to be contacted? Please keep in mind that instant messaging programs are the worst way to do so. I guess by PM.
     
  13. chriscobi634

    chriscobi634 New Member

    apprentice may have a higher player base, but redshark IMO is better then it.

    You should click the link on my sig if you want to battle some people on Redshark.
     
  14. Burninating_Torchic

    Burninating_Torchic New Member

    The serious, competitive players here play apprentice all the time.
    They just don't play it with people that aren't members of their secret deck-testing circles.
    That's why you don't see any organized leagues or anything going on on the Pokegym - the "elites" don't want to play with people they consider "noobs".
     
  15. (TYranitarFReak)

    (TYranitarFReak) New Member

    there you go!
     
  16. Paperfairy

    Paperfairy New Member

    Your site sparked this in the first place.

    I see. I did not know this. Thank you for the insight.
     
  17. tglilly

    tglilly New Member

    1. Are you a casual or competitive player of the Pokémon TCG? Both
    2. How often do you play against other players? about 2 day's a week
    3. Do you attend a local league? yes
    4. If so, how often do you attend the aforementioned league and is the nature of the league competitive or casual? Casual mostly
    5. How long have you been playing the Pokémon TCG under its current rule set? (DP-on) Since it came out
    6. How long have you been playing the Pokémon TCG in total? about 8 years
    7. Would you be interested in a Redshark based online league?Yes
    8. How often would you play in the league? about 2 times a week
    9. Would you prefer a league similar to the league(s) displayed in: Real life TCG
    • the real life TCG,
    • the animé and manga,
    • the handheld Pokémon games, or
    • real life sports

    10. How old are you? 22
    11. Would you like the league to be segregated in any way?Skill
    12. If so, by what factor would you like segregation to occur? By age? Skill level? Other?See above
    13. Would you be interested in moderator or administrative position within the league?Yes
    14. How long have you been a member of the online Pokémon community?under a year
    15. How long have you been a member of the online Pokémon TCG community?see above
    16. Are you a respected member of either community? If so, which one? I'm not online so that's a no
    17. If this becomes a reality, how would you like to be contacted? Please keep in mind that instant messaging programs are the worst way to do so. e-mail or pm
     
  18. master of puppets

    master of puppets New Member

    my replys are in bold.
     
  19. ~Blazi-King~

    ~Blazi-King~ New Member

    1. Are you a casual or competitive player of the Pokémon TCG?
    Highly Competitive.

    2. How often do you play against other players?
    At least once a day, and 6 hours on Fri, Sat, Sun.

    3. Do you attend a local league?
    Yes. 3.

    4. If so, how often do you attend the aforementioned league and is the nature of the league competitive or casual?
    Friday - Both
    Saturday #1 (1-3pm) - Casual
    Saturday #2 (4-8pm) - Both (Weekly Tournament)
    Sunday - Both (Weekly Tournament)


    5. How long have you been playing the Pokémon TCG under its current rule set? (DP-on)
    Since its release.

    6. How long have you been playing the Pokémon TCG in total?
    Since Jungle: So all but 3 months.

    7. Would you be interested in a Redshark based online league?
    No, dont like Redshark. I like Apprentice better.

    8. How often would you play in the league?
    If Apprentice based, everyday.

    9. Would you prefer a league similar to the league(s) displayed in:
    • the real life TCG. - Yes
    • the animé and manga. No
    • the handheld Pokémon games. No
    • real life sports. Yes

    10. How old are you?
    25.

    11. Would you like the league to be segregated in any way?
    No. I like playing against all skill levels, and ages.

    12. If so, by what factor would you like segregation to occur? By age? Skill level? Other?
    N/A

    13. Would you be interested in moderator or administrative position within the league?
    Possibly.

    14. How long have you been a member of the online Pokémon community?
    5 Years.

    15. How long have you been a member of the online Pokémon TCG community?
    If you mean Pokegym. 4 Years.

    16. Are you a respected member of either community? If so, which one?
    Yes. Pokegym.

    17. If this becomes a reality, how would you like to be contacted? Please keep in mind that instant messaging programs are the worst way to do so.
    I disagree...Anytime i'm online..I'm on AIM.
     
  20. bonslypwns

    bonslypwns New Member

    1. Are you a casual or competitive player of the Pokémon TCG?
    Competitive

    2. How often do you play against other players?
    Every week (league)

    3. Do you attend a local league?
    yes

    4. If so, how often do you attend the aforementioned league and is the nature of the league competitive or casual?
    once every week, casual

    5. How long have you been playing the Pokémon TCG under its current rule set? (DP-on)
    Since this format started

    6. How long have you been playing the Pokémon TCG in total?
    2 years

    7. Would you be interested in a Redshark based online league?
    Sorta, doesn't really work for me. I'm trying both apprentice and redshark...

    8. How often would you play in the league?
    every ttime i get i guess...

    9. Would you prefer a league similar to the league(s) displayed in:

    • the real life TCG,
    • the animé and manga,
    • the handheld Pokémon games, or
    • real life sports

    Uhm... not sure I get it, like the TCG though I guess.

    10. How old are you?
    you need to know this why? n/a

    11. Would you like the league to be segregated in any way?
    No, let people play different people, get a different feel, etc.

    12. If so, by what factor would you like segregation to occur? By age? Skill level? Other?
    none

    13. Would you be interested in moderator or administrative position within the league?
    Yes

    14. How long have you been a member of the online Pokémon community?
    3 years

    15. How long have you been a member of the online Pokémon TCG community?
    2 years

    16. Are you a respected member of either community? If so, which one?
    Yes, TCG. Also run my own team.

    17. If this becomes a reality, how would you like to be contacted? Please keep in mind that instant messaging programs are the worst way to do so.
    PM... e-mail.
     

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