This is a genuinely serious question looking for considered responses and pros vs cons lists. My apologies in advance, but I am more interested in hearing from gamers who push cardboard in real-life games, including regular kitchen-table gamers. I think actual face-to-face, real-life, human-interaction across a table massively increases pressure, stress and tension, dramatically influencing in-game decisions. Online stuff often just feels too disconnected and theoretical, by comparison. For the record, I play/have played (in no particular order) Magic: The Gathering, Vs System, Summoner Wars, Warhammer: Conquest LCG, Mage Wars: Academy, Epic Card Game, Rune Age, and some others that I can't remember right now. I still play the odd game of Top Trumps, as well, of which I own seven official sets and two home-made ones. This is on top of numerous board games and roleplaying games. The reason why I mention all this is because I am making a genuine enquiry and am not idly throwing stones. I am very interested in finding out why adults are playing the Pokemon TCG. Watching YouTube, there are plenty of adult gamers playing very serious games of what has always been advertised as a children's card collecting hobby. Although the adults do not seem to be the majority, they are also not exceptions to the rule, either. There is also a reasonable level of depth in strategy and tactics, although I am perfectly willing to debate whether this is more or less than a Magic: The Gathering benchmark. I have seen the cards and a lot of them have cutesy names with a lot of cutesy art, originally intended as merchandising for a TV show. BUT... It is very clear that plenty of people have made a significant investment of time and money in playing Pokemon, in preference to an officially-adult game like MTG. Just as much as why people started, I would also like to know why they have continued. In short, what makes/keeps this fun? My apologies in advance if these points have already been asked and answered elsewhere. Ta, Cardboard Carnage.