NORCAL REGIONAL POKÉMON TCG CHAMPIONSHIP FUN, FANTASTIC, FREE, and FAMILY FRIENDLY Saturday April 16, 2011 The Elks Lodge 375 North Pastoria Avenue Sunnyvale, CA 94085 8:00am - 8:45am - mandatory deck, sleeve and deck list checks and registration* 9:00am - 9:15am - announcements 9:15am (fingers crossed) – round 1 begins *if you are not in line with a deck list with cards in the exact order indicated on your list by 8:45am, you may be entered into the tournament with a round 1 loss. There will be a 30 minute lunch break, probably between rounds 3 and 4. There will also be a dinner break, probably coinciding with Masters Top Cut deck checks. The Elks Lodge has delicious, affordable, cooked food available onsite. We will run all rounds allowed. Top cuts will be as large as allowed. This is is big, fun tournament. While Juniors and Seniors finish earlier, we expect to finish with Masters before midnight, making this a one day tourney. Tournament play will require a 60 card deck comprised of cards from Diamond & Pearl-Majestic Dawn, Diamond & Pearl-Legends Awakened, Diamond & Pearl-Stormfront, Platinum, Platinum-Rising Rivals, Platinum-Supreme Victors, Platinum-Arceus, Rumble, HeartGold & SoulSilver, HeartGold & SoulSilver-Unleashed, HeartGold & SoulSilver Trainer Kit, Black Star Promo Cards numbered DP22 and higher, and Black Star Promo Cards numbered HGSS01 and higher. No fake cards, copies of cards, or proxies are allowed in play. A deck list is required, the list must match your deck card for card, and the deck list must be in the exact order as your deck or we will not check your deck. Your deck list is your registration into the tournament. No deck list, no entry, it's that simple. Please note that you are responsible for what's in your deck. It is strongly suggested that you take care in sleeving your deck, making sure that all 60 sleeves match in all aspects, size, color, hue, opaqueness, and may not have memorizable patterns of wear, scratch, bent corner or be reflective. Many sleeves will fail check. Save everyone time and have new legal Pokémon TCG approved sleeves. Preconstructed theme decks will be available for purchase for those that don't have the correct cards or have no cards at all. Sleeves will also be available for purchase at the event. Prize support typically involves incredibly generous scholarships and trips to the U.S. National Championship for the Champions of each age group, with prize support for many players. Susan Bartlett, super PTO, also makes available terrific Pokémon treats throughout the day in the form of drawing prizes. This year's Raffle Prizes include a full booster box of Call of Legends, and one of each of the Black and White video games. There will also be drawings for Pokemon swag, including hats, binders, playmats, and maybe a pokeball or two. Directions from San Francisco: 1. From S Van Ness Avenue, Merge onto US-101 S via the ramp to I-80 E/Oakland/San Jose, and drive 38.0 miles. 2. Take exit 396A to merge onto N Mathilda Avenue toward Sunnyvale. Drive .8 miles. 3. Turn right at W Maude Avenue. Drive .2 miles. 4. Turn left at N Pastoria Avenue. Drive .2 miles. Directions from Hollister (so famous it’s on shirts!): 1. From San Felipe Road, turn left at CA-25 N/Bolsa Road. Drive 10.9 miles. 2. Turn right to merge onto US-101 N toward Gilroy. Drive 43.1 miles. 3. Take exit 396B for N Mathilda Avenue toward Sunnyvale. Drive .2 miles. 4. Merge onto N Mathilda Avenue. Drive .7 miles. 5. Turn right at W Maude Avenue. Drive .2 miles. 6. Turn left at N Pastoria Avenue. Drive .2 miles. Directions from Sacramento: 1. From the Capitol Mall, go west onto CA-275 W. Drive .8 miles. 2. Keep left at the fork and merge onto I-80 BUS W. Drive 2.6 miles. 3. Merge onto I-80. Drive 41.1 miles. 4. Slight right at I-680 S (signs for Benicia/San Jose). Drive 58.2 miles. 5. Take exit 12 for Mission Blvd/State Route 262 toward I-880. Drive .2 miles. 6. Keep right at the fork, follow signs for Mission Blvd W and merge onto Mission Blvd/State Route 262 S. Drive 1.0 miles. 7. Take exit 8C to merge onto CA-237 W toward Mountain View. Drive 6.4 miles. 8. Take exit 3B toward Sunnyvale. Drive .3 miles. 9. Turn left at N Mathilda Avenue. Drive 1.0 miles. 10. Turn right at W Maude Avenue. Drive .2 miles. 11. Turn left at N Pastoria Avenue. Drive .2 miles. Directions from Oakland: 1. From 5th Street, take the ramp onto I-880 S. Drive 32.9 miles. 2. Take exit 8C to merge onto CA-237 W toward Mountain View. Drive 6.4 miles. 3. Take exit 3B toward Sunnyvale. Drive .3 miles. 4. Turn left at N Mathilda Avenue. Drive 1.0 miles. 5. Turn right at W Maude Avenue. Drive .2 miles. 6. Turn left at N Pastoria Avenue. Drive .2 miles. Directions from P!P HQ: 1. From 333 108th Ave NE, head N toward NE 4th Street. Drive 102 feet. 2. Take the 1st right onto NE 4th Street. Drive .3 miles. 3. Turn right to merge onto I-405 S toward Renton. Drive 13.6 miles. 4. Take the exit onto I-5 S toward Portland. Drive 707 miles. 5. Slight right at I-505 S (signs for Interstate 505 S/Winters/San Francisco). Drive 33.2 miles. 6. Take exit 1B on the left to merge onto 1-80 W toward San Francisco. Drive 15.2 miles. 7. Slight right at I-680 S (signs for Benicia/San Jose). Drive 58.2 miles. 8. Take exit 12 for Mission Blvd/State Route 262 toward I-880. Drive .2 miles. 9. Keep right at the fork, follow signs for Mission Blvd W and merge onto Mission Blvd/State Route 262 S. Drive 1.0 miles. 10. Take exit 8C to merge onto CA-237 W toward Mountain View. Drive 6.4 miles. 11. Take exit 3B toward Sunnyvale. Drive .3 miles. 12. Turn left at N Mathilda Avenue. Drive 1.0 miles. 13. Turn right at W Maude Avenue. Drive .2 miles. 14. Turn left at N Pastoria Avenue. Drive .2 miles. As a game of skill, the Pokémon TCG is enjoyed for its complex strategies, entertaining characters, and atmosphere of friendly competition. While the objective of a Pokémon TCG tournament is to determine the skill level of each player involved, our ultimate goal is to ensure that every participant has fun. It is this attitude that Play! Pokémon wishes to emphasize during Pokémon TCG events. Regardless of the size of the prizes on the line, adherence to the Spirit of the Game helps to ensure that all participants, including players, spectators, and event staff at a Pokémon TCG event, have an enjoyable experience. This spirit should guide the conduct of players as well as the tournament judges as they interpret and enforce the rules. The Spirit of the Game is composed of the following tenets: *Fun: The Pokémon TCG is a game, and games are meant to be fun for all parties involved. When a game ceases to be fun, players find other things to do. *Fairness: Games cease to be fun when players break the rules to achieve victory. A player should prefer to lose a game than to win by cheating. *Honesty: Players of any game should strive to act honestly while playing that game. If a player inadvertently breaks a rule during a game and becomes aware of the error before his or her opponent or a judge, that player should make the opponent and the judge aware of the misplay. *Respect: Players, spectators, and staff should be treated with the same respect that players would expect for themselves. Distracting an opponent or a judge to gain advantage shows disrespect to everyone involved in a Pokémon TCG event. *Sportsmanship: Winning or losing with grace is vital to the enjoyment of a game. The desire to continue playing a game can be soured by players that berate their opponents after winning or losing a match. *Learning: Players should strive to help each other increase their Pokémon TCG play skills. It is not a player's responsibility to make his or her opponent's plays for that opponent. However, discussing strategies, offering deck tips, or constructively critiquing game play decisions after the match has been completed helps both participants to become better players. note: Thanks to the several folks from other regions who had their announcement formatting, or verbiage, lifted for this announcement.