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tiger
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posted July 10, 2003 01:52 PM      Profile for tiger   Email tiger    Edit/Delete Post Report This Thread to Moderators
[teach]
Wizards, I would just like to say that you were the ones who helped us all with a great card game. I started Pokemon with the Red Version in the early months of 1998 and found what a great game it was. I then found that you had made a trading card game tributed to it and I thought it looked cool and was worth a shot. I was never really into card games back then so "booster pack" and "starter deck" were new terms for me. I started with the standard Machamp starter deck and showed my friends at school. We played during lunch hour and thought it was an awesome game. I attended my first League in fall of '98 and found myself going there every Saturday possible. Now 4 years, and thousands of cards later I find that Nintendo decided not to continue with you. I usually stand by Nintendo in their decisions, but this was one I could not agree on. I will miss the card quality (The new cards feel like flimsy paper left in a puddle for a day), DCI tournaments, and Promo cards you inspired me to collect. As our league dwindled down to a small few who still enjoyed Pokemon, and the many who played Yu-Gi-Oh! I knew it would come to an end someday. All good things come to an end, unfortunately. I want you to know I have sworn off the new cards and will only buy packs of Skyridge and down. Thank you for all the years of Leagues, tournaments, cards, and fun that you have gaven me. Thank you for my appreciation of good card games. Thank you for an awesome website and a great forum. I will miss you all and wish you the best of luck in the future. Thank you Wizards of the Coast. Thank you.

-Tiger (D.J.) [Wink]

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Otaku

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posted July 10, 2003 02:27 PM      Profile for Otaku   Email Otaku    Edit/Delete Post Report This Thread to Moderators
[teach]
Actual, TPC chose Nintendo, and that was bsed on bids, to my understanding (if I am wrong please correct me. Not buying the new cards, unless you would be buying them in place of WotC cards, doesn't really help WotC. In fcat, it's most likely to hurt you and those who play the game in your area. In my area, we rode out the First part of the Yu-Gi-Oh fad (it's still big, but it is slowly coming down). Sometimes BZ has more people than the sanctioned weekly Yu-Gi-Oh tournement. The new cards do seem... flimsy. I think I can live with it (did they up the pack count or anything that might explain the same pack price but lower-quality merchandise?). I haven't bought any of the new set yet... but that's just do to a lack of funds. I do feel that WotC did a good job, and Pokemon was my first "real" TCG as well (I tried a Overpower before that, but but never understood it or basic TCG concepts [Razz] ). I will miss WotC involvement, but Nintendo is trying to emulate what it can of WotC set-up: Both League and Professor programs (or equivalents) are being set up. So it is good to appreciate what WotC has done with the game, but don't stop just for this. Stop only if you can't enjoy the game anymore.

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posted July 10, 2003 02:56 PM      Profile for WizPoG_Pop   Email WizPoG_Pop    Edit/Delete Post Report This Thread to Moderators
quote:
Originally posted by Otaku:
[teach]
Actual, TPC chose Nintendo, and that was bsed on bids, to my understanding (if I am wrong please correct me

Well, unless you heard directly from any of the parties involved, I don't think we can say exactly what the details were.
Even with my Non-Disclosure Agreement, I'm not privvy to those details.

I will note that the Pokemon USA TCG division did not even exist until after WotC was told they were not getting renewed. At least, it was not publically known to exist.

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posted July 10, 2003 04:48 PM      Profile for Dark and Vile   Email Dark and Vile    Edit/Delete Post Report This Thread to Moderators
quote:
Originally posted by tiger:
[teach]
I started Pokemon with the Red Version in the early months of 1998 and found what a great game it was.

Actually, Pokemon Red and Blue weren't released until September 1998.

quote:
Originally posted by tiger:
[teach]
I attended my first League in fall of '98 and found myself going there every Saturday possible.

The base set wasn't released until Jan. 1999. League didn't start until a bit later.

It's always interesting to hear people talk about how long they've been playing the game, but the TCG has only been around in the US for 3 1/2 years. It sure seems like a lot longer. Maybe it's because it has taken such a strong hold in our "entertainment time."

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posted July 10, 2003 05:14 PM      Profile for The Fish King   Email The Fish King    Edit/Delete Post Report This Thread to Moderators
Nice to hear from you Tiger...

It's good to know there are still dedicated players here in Utah...

I hope to see you wherever a Nintendo League will be set up.

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posted July 10, 2003 05:41 PM      Profile for Raymond Lalic   Email Raymond Lalic    Edit/Delete Post Report This Thread to Moderators
After reading, my mind went back to memory lane of my first attandance of the game four years ago. I was clobbered by kids and adults alike by their deck 4 consecutive times and my first win is by an knocking out my opponent's one active pokemon.

I grew up with the game (the only TCG I play because of very simple rules) and met new friends. The game was a hit here in my country and even though the number has become lesser, the loyalty of the expert players were enormous, but some few have come back and some wanted to come back (well those came back could not win continously like before because of the new cards of EX [Evil Smirk] ). Many of my friends say it is getting back to be stronger.

Wizards have made this game what is it now and I thank them a LOT [bow] . Transition is nearing and we have to face with all heart and continue to support and play the game under Nintendo. Some of the programs will continue and new ones are cooking up to make this game sustainable and appreciative.

To wizards my millions thank in behalf to the players (although it has been may times) and to Nintendo a era of Pokemon TCG will come with you, make it more stronger for many years.

All of this makes my head roll!!!! [ROFL]

Stay cool,
Raymond

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posted July 10, 2003 05:50 PM      Profile for Otaku   Email Otaku    Edit/Delete Post Report This Thread to Moderators
quote:
Originally posted by WizPoG_Pop:
quote:
Originally posted by Otaku:
[teach]
Actual, TPC chose Nintendo, and that was bsed on bids, to my understanding (if I am wrong please correct me

Well, unless you heard directly from any of the parties involved, I don't think we can say exactly what the details were.
Even with my Non-Disclosure Agreement, I'm not privvy to those details.

I will note that the Pokemon USA TCG division did not even exist until after WotC was told they were not getting renewed. At least, it was not publically known to exist.

ACtually I was going (by ever-fallible) memory of that press staement WotC sent out on the subject. I guess I read into it excessivley.

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posted July 10, 2003 07:25 PM      Profile for baby*j   Email baby*j    Edit/Delete Post Report This Thread to Moderators
Well since this is a topic dedicated to saying thank you
to WOTC for the card game I'd like to say that Pokemon was [and still is] a positive thing in my life.

Its gave me new friends,a new hobby and
made school fun [which is a rarity, I can tell you [Razz] ]

Thanks WOTC! Pokemon is a legend and you
helped make it one of the best [Wink]

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tiger
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posted July 14, 2003 09:05 PM      Profile for tiger   Email tiger    Edit/Delete Post Report This Thread to Moderators
Sorry dude. You're totally right about the years. It just seems like such a long time since I started. I know that one day, if I have children they'll find a box in my attic of these cards and maybe it will start all over again. (LoL) Anyway, hey I'll still play if I can find a League of more players in Utah. Thanks for the correction. [Smile]

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posted July 15, 2003 07:41 AM      Profile for The Anaconda      Edit/Delete Post Report This Thread to Moderators
Hey don't worry about finding a new league. Our leage just shut down temporarily because of Summer Drag, and if it doesn't end up opening after the period, well The Fish King and I will just find a store to start a new league (Chris says he already had one store ask him to start a league for them...)

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posted July 15, 2003 08:41 AM      Profile for Gym Leader Blaine   Email Gym Leader Blaine    Edit/Delete Post Report This Thread to Moderators
quote:
Originally posted by tiger:
Hey I'll still play if I can find a League of more players in Utah. [Smile]

There a places still to play in Utah. On Saturday we had 19 players at the Press Box tournament. Plus the SLC Professors are working on having a big tournament in August as the going away DCI party. SO there are still a lot of places still to have fun, just got to know were to look [Wink]

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posted July 18, 2003 09:38 AM      Profile for Light-Umbreon   Email Light-Umbreon    Edit/Delete Post Report This Thread to Moderators
Does anyone think this topic should be a "sign in sheet" for all of us who want to thank wizards for their time in contributing all they could to this game??? It's been a long 4 year trip of playing.......from my first league of a bustling bunch of younger players to my last, a few, about 10 or so league members playing and getting promos. I've been to some parts of the challenge series and Super Trainer Showdown,having fun, meeting friends, and now thinking about it, wizards lost their license just as I was going to be a professor. Oh well, I wanted to give my final goodbye on Pokegym because, well, the big two are VERY far from my home, like most big tourneys, but oh well.......I will continue to try to play this game, even with a anti-tcg enviornment it seems like, or at least anti-pokemon and leagues for it. Hopefully though, like wizards did, nintendo will have tournament support too. Even then, Nintendo's decision was a bad one, because the only reason really is the e-reader compatibility, adding more to the connectivity focus that almost every gamer is losing interest in nintendo for. Still, it won't be the same tourney support, and I thank wizards for their great and thought-to-be never ending support for this game. Thanx wizards for a great game!!!!! The game, wizards and us the players will never truly be "the way we were" so let's remember the great contributions wizards put into this TCG institution and try to play the game and keep it going even though we know it won't be the same. So, as my most likely last sentence on Pokegym, I'de like to say: THANKS WIZARDS FOR THE GOOD TIMES AND TRYING TO KEEP THIS GAME GOING 'TILL THE END!!!! [ROFL] [Wink] [Razz] [Bounce] [pileson] [Angel] [Frown] [Crowd]

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posted July 18, 2003 11:34 PM      Profile for White Gryphon      Edit/Delete Post Report This Thread to Moderators
Thank you, Wizards. You helped me, as well as several other people, to become more social, having to interact with other players in order to enjoy this game to its fullest. You helped me, as well as several other people, to learn to appreciate the joys of learning from others and passing on that knowledge through teaching others. You helped me, as well as several other people, to become better people. And in some way we couldn't have done it without you. Thank you.

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posted July 19, 2003 08:58 PM      Profile for The Fish King   Email The Fish King    Edit/Delete Post Report This Thread to Moderators
Thank you Wizards of the Coast, Master Trainers, and other Poké-Bodies (a.k.a. people that are Pokémon players) for the obsession that warped my life into one of complete Pokémonness.

In other words, thanks for keeping me off the streets and out of the bottle.

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posted July 21, 2003 05:57 PM      Profile for Raymond Lalic   Email Raymond Lalic    Edit/Delete Post Report This Thread to Moderators
I know this is a tribute for pokemon and its beginnings on WOTC. But not about bragging that Nintendo taking over and something negative about that. [NoNoNo]

Of course there will be changes in the way Nintendo in running the TCG but these are not very big ones. The important thing the game is still alive and continue to give players the fun and friendship they had. It not yet the end of it you know. That's all!!!

All of this make my head roll!!!! [ROFL]

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posted July 23, 2003 04:48 AM      Profile for ukpokemonpro   Email ukpokemonpro    Edit/Delete Post Report This Thread to Moderators
A tribute to the Pokemon TCG sure it's a great game that has given me and others much pleasure.

But this sycophantic tide of tributes to WotC would seem misplaced outside the US.

Sure you have had some great farewell tourneys and thanks to WotC US we have had the chance to run a couple here in the UK too. But on the whole WotC UK have made a real fudge up of Pokemon in the UK and Europe has faired little better too.

If it were not for MTM I would still have no June Battlezone Kits and July is non-existant too! It seems as WotC UK's involvement with Pokemon ends they have again taken their eye off the ball. I cannot get hold of anyone at WotCs Head Office and calls and messages are again going unanswered.

Bill Jones in their Warehouse remains as ever a star but he cannot send out what he doesn't have.

We suspect that June and July BZ kits may not even have been ordered!

So it seems WotC UK are going to leave us with the same bad feeling we have had over the last 4 years... Promises not kept, league kits undelivered, nothing happens unless we moan like heck!

So Thanks for a great game and an awful 4 yrs...

Here's to Nintendo and the next 4, I mean after all I can always buy Scrye to get the Promo's and it's easier than hunting them down on eBay [Bored]

[ July 23, 2003, 04:50 AM: Message edited by: ukpokemonpro ]

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posted July 24, 2003 09:17 AM      Profile for SACBUTtheSACBUT   Email SACBUTtheSACBUT    Edit/Delete Post Report This Thread to Moderators
Well, i havent played Pokemon in about 2 years. I stopped halfway through fossil. i was mostly a collector, but I styill enjoy just looking at my big collection (big to me). I really wish Pokemon would rise again so I could actually have some worth in my hands, to think of all the money i spent!!! My friend has been playing Yu-gi-oh for awhile and just quit. LoL, he wants to keep his cards. its like 'Dude! Dont get screwed like i did! SELL SELL!" Hehehe. But yeah, The game was never bad, it was just a "fad" like most things like this are. Thats why I started up on Magic a few months after I stopped collecting Pokemon. The game has been going for 10 years strait as of this saturday. But yes, I am glad I did play pokemon for a time, it was fun, and i still enjoy selling off old cards and my misprints. hehehe

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posted July 25, 2003 05:38 PM      Profile for John Kulp   Email John Kulp    Edit/Delete Post Report This Thread to Moderators
After my experiences at Origins,I was rather uncertain on posting but this I wouldn't mind get off my chest so to speak. I remember when I first started this game I constantly outwitted by the one who taught me. At the time I didn't know how to make a proper deck being that Pokemon I wanted weren't dubbed yet and I was stuck. The League then entered my life although it was alright for me,the impact and my creativity didn't come until a year later,when I experienced a humilating comeuppance. Then I re-evaluated myself and why I keep playing. Back to Basics,no fancy tricks,just me is what I realized. That and the proper sets(Rocket,Gyms,Neo Gen and later Dest)gave me what I needed and from that I become one of the dominant forces in my area but I don't play for that reason. I play the game because it helped make a very and semi-continuing difficult period of my life less painful and frankly boring. I of course can't forget the people can I? There were several people who entered my life because of the game I'm happy I met. And was saddened when they left my life from time-to-time. Some more than others. But with the good came the evil. There are many people who entered my life because of the game who tried very hard to make my life a living hell. People who play for the wrong reasons and the way they play as well. To this day I still feel the effects from each of those encounters and their various attempts to break me. Moving on...as I reflect on those points in my life to now,I often wondered why I haven't quit this game when it came to dealing with such adversity like losing constantly early on and those ruthless people among other things. It's because I have YET to find a game that is half as interesting or half as fun as Pokemon. The closest was Sailor Moon and was disappointed when it buckled. Makes me glad that only one card game rules my life instead of two or more as witnessed in Origins. I have nothing left to say expect for two things:It's a wonderful game but it's just a game. I know I'll be ignored as I have been ignored in the past on this board but that's OK I've said my peace. Time to move on and support Nintendo's efforts with the game to whatever it may be. I leave you now with this message which inspired me and will continue to inspire me for the rest of my gaming days.

"Rocket-Dan yo Eien ni!!!"

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