UK Great Encounters Pre-Release

Discussion in 'Tournaments & Events Worldwide' started by Russfierce, Jan 19, 2008.

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  1. Russfierce

    Russfierce New Member

    Just to confirm there will be a Great Encounters Pre-Release in Poole on 10 February.

    The venue is
    The Grasshopper, 141 Bournemouth Road, Parkstone, Poole

    Cost £15 TBC
    Start 10 am

    We are also holding a City Championship (Cost £5) on the same day so this is sure to be a busy Pokemon day of fun. I intend to run Pre-Release early with City Championhips to start at around 1pm. I will also run a second Pre-Release after the City Championship for all thoe who haven't made the top cut!

    Hope to see you all there!

  2. ukpokemonpro

    ukpokemonpro New Member

    UK - - Rainham Kent - Pre-release

    Great Encounters Pre-release
    Saturday 9 February 2008
    The Rainham and Wigmore Community Centre
    Granary Close (off Station Road)
    Rainham Kent
    ME8 7SG

    Doors open 12pm
    Tournament start 12-30pm

    Cost £15

    Tournament Organiser: Ben Ward
    email: [email protected]
    Tel: 07949 359750
  3. Freddy K.

    Freddy K. New Member

    Sometime soon-ish there'll be a Leicester one too =)

  4. NoPoke

    NoPoke New Member

  5. Dragon9

    Dragon9 New Member

    Will there be a GE Pre-Release in London at all?
  6. venomex

    venomex New Member

    Ummmm no.

    There are only 5 official (with promo support etc) in the UK.

    They are:

    GE_UK Pre Releases:

    Fanboy 3
    Phoneix Games
    Clifton Road Games

    There are reasons for this, which I am not going to go into here. However these are all, mostly, due to be held on the 9th February, with the release date of the product on the 14th (So would be tournament legal after this date). Future Pre Releases would be in line, in regards to size, as previously held events (Applications welcome from all TO's, etc), and would have to be held at roughly the same time as the US Pre Releases and before the US release date (which will match our own.). There will also be application forms to use to apply for these events, which would be sent roughly 1/2 months before the release.

    Some stores "may" decided to run there own pre releases, however these would be more "Launch" Releases as the would be shipped for the release date and can not be sold before the 14th (outside a pre release event). However these events are a) Not premier and b) Have NO promo support.

    I am aware that in the past Pre Releaes have been seen as a way of getting stock, etc, officially before it is grey imported into the UK. However, with the release date the same, and product avalible for shipping in time for the release date, this is no longer an issue, as the product will be officially availble from the distrubutors, grey imports will loose the advantage of "availibility" which has happened in the past.


    Last edited: Jan 27, 2008
  7. amphyrules

    amphyrules New Member

    No London prerelease?

    strange lol.
  8. NoPoke

    NoPoke New Member

    Chris (Venomex) the grey market exists because of cost. Simultaneous release especially at an advantageous cost to the players and promo support goes a long way to reducing the belief in the player community that importing is cost effective.

    Fewer pre-releases and no promos means more grey importing. :(

    Its a business 101 thing!
  9. venomex

    venomex New Member

    Grey Imports should not hit the UK untill well after the US/UK Release date (And we will be watching for before Embargo sales more closely then before...)

    Bottom line is official release date the the 14th Feb.

    US Stores will not sell these products before that date, or they would be dealt with by Pokemon US.
    UK Stores/People should not sell these products before the release date, even on grey import.

    Pre Release product is soley for Pre Release Tournaments, not for just getting the stock before everyone else.... - rules 101.

    BEFORE the release date, you should be able to get the product from the official distributors.

    AFTER the release date you can sell these items.

    However, I would also like to add that two other Pre Releases have been added - Crawley and now Aldershot - however ALL pre releases will be very closely montiored.


  10. ukpokemonpro

    ukpokemonpro New Member

    Basically, if I have this right then:

    For future pre-releases, we go back to simultaneous release dates: Ours match the USA - Gotta be a GOOD THING :biggrin:

    Pre-releases simulatneous with the USA - GOOD THING :biggrin:

    Businesses grey importing to be monitored and dealt with as needed by local trademark and copyright holders - Business Thing to protect their markets

    More pre-releases in future - GOOD THING :biggrin: should encourage players to get their cards via pre-releases and not personal grey imports - Protects OP in home market - Another GOOD THING :biggrin:

    Limited pre-releases this time round - NOT GOOD THING :nonono: - but better than ONE ONLY AFTER THE EVENT LAST TIME :biggrin:

    Many more GOOD THINGS than Bad - HURRAY!

    You can never stop grey importing for personal use but in the future with more pre-releases there will be less need for players to do this :thumb:

    All in all sounds better than it was last time round and this next set looks good to me..
  11. PokemonSteve

    PokemonSteve New Member

    Venomex, can you look in your PM box.
  12. NoPoke

    NoPoke New Member

    I received confirmation last night that additional product has arrived in the UK. So Crawley Great Encounters pre-release is a GO!.

    Great Encounters Pre-release
    Saturday 9 February 2008
    St Edward the Confessor Social Club
    Hilcrest Close
    Pound Hill
    RH10 7EQ

    Motorway: M23 jn 10A
    Rail Three bridges

    Registration 10-15am
    Tournament start 11-00am

    Cost £15

    Tournament Organiser: Ian Fotheringham
    email: [email protected]
    Tel: 079414 11599

    please pre-register as places are limited.

    Mutant and other side events also on offer :)

    1 Steven K
    2 Nicholas F
    3 Christopher F
    4 Nigel E
    5 Jane F
    6 Chris McG
    7 Dennis H +one
    9 Ilona H
    10 Adam H
    11 Ian E
    12 Andy S
    13 Luke B
    14 maureen B
    15 david W
    16 +1
    17 Simon C
    18 Glen C
    19 Crawley B
    20 Ken S
    21 Christopher S
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2008
  13. Ultima

    Ultima New Member

    Oh man, all on the same time? And I have to be away too.
  14. Freddy K.

    Freddy K. New Member

    woot! for (Phione)ix Games Leicester! =)

  15. Roddish

    Roddish New Member

    Great Encounters Prerelease in Manchester

    Hello everyone

    We've cleared some space on the weekend of the 9th to make sure the Fan Boy Three Great Encounters Prerelease is actually a PRE-release. On the 16th we'll have a constructed tournament with a sealed side event for those of you unable to cope with the date change.

    Where: Fan Boy Three, 17 Newton Street, Manchester
    When: noon, Saturday the 9th of February
    How Much: £15
    Prizes: every player guaranteed at least a booster and a promo of prize support, with extra boosters for top in age group

    Hope to see you at Fan Boy Three on the 9th for what promises to be a Great Encounter!

    Roddish & Dave
  16. NoPoke

    NoPoke New Member

    [DEL]I still haven't been able to establish how much the Crawley pre-release will cost. All I can say is that the maximum will be £18 and fingers crossed for £15. Only five days to go too.[/DEL]

    Worried, me? Of Course not : just check out the avatar LOL.

    Okay cost will be £15 YAY!
    Last edited: Feb 6, 2008
  17. Freddy K.

    Freddy K. New Member

    Please note that there IS one in Leicester this Saturday, 9th February. w00t! Start time 10am approx.

    Church Gate, Leicester.

    I'm sure someone from (Phione)nix Games will confirm soonish anyway :smile:

  18. NoPoke

    NoPoke New Member

    Thanks to all who turned up.. especially those that travelled a long way.

    30 players. Nice to have the numbers returning to their previous levels after the recent hiatus in OP.

    The Mutant went well too :D
    Last edited: Feb 10, 2008
  19. afirule

    afirule New Member

    No problem Ian! :biggrin:
    Great seeing everyone and a great time had!

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