What do you do when Pokemon is dying in your state....

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  1. Hatter™

    Hatter™ Active Member

    The game is dying here... nobody plays anymore.. I dont really know what to do to get interest back in it
    :( im not a league leader or anything, jus ta player.

    Any advice..
  2. electrivire13

    electrivire13 New Member

    what state is it
  3. Hatter™

    Hatter™ Active Member

  4. SD PokeMom

    SD PokeMom Mod Supervisor Staff Member

    if people can't post anything more helpful than 'move', i strongly suggest not posting at all...

    back on topic please...

  5. drmario

    drmario New Member

    Well now that your a professor you could become a league leader and start doing more than just being a player.
  6. Lawman

    Lawman Active Member

    Get the local paper to cover a PR or tourney. Nothing beats free advertising! Does your paper have a weekly gatherings lising? Put the league info and times in that (even online too!). Go to a "_____Con" in your area (if there is one) and see about setting up a booth there for demos. You can print you or your league info on a FREE business card (go to www.vistaprint.com and look over the 42 free choices.) They only charge you S/H for the 250 free cards. Choose the slow method and it will cost about $5.50 or so. Plus, the cards get there MUCH faster than the 21 days it says. I got my orders in a week that way.

    Talk to friends, introduce them to the game. Tell the other league members to do the same. You can only grow something if you put in some time.


  7. drmario

    drmario New Member

    Putting a listing in the paper would help. Maybe try running some tournaments and stuff at your league. I know how you feel though, we once had a league and a few people showed up at it. Then we couldn't go there one week (there are 5 of us) and no one showed up anymore because we were most of the league. :p.


    Homeofmew - Wow that was really helpful : /

    Try to ask some of your already league members to invite their friends.
  9. metricus

    metricus New Member

    Offer something to people for coming and once they come they'll keep coming even though your not offering anything free any more.
  10. Azure Kite

    Azure Kite New Member

    What Mom meant was not "don't tell him to move", but basically, suggest solutions, not alternatives.

    Anyway, do you even go to a league? How many people are there if so? Its a good idea to start a new one. You cannot look at it as pokemon "dying", but simply in need of a revival. Yeah just do what lawman said, and tell your friends, and find ways to advertise. If you know any adults who have kids, tell em to bring their kids. Theres a variety of ways you can get your community back into Pokemon. Now get revivin'!
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  11. Hatter™

    Hatter™ Active Member

    We have like 20 players in the state... over 60% live near each other and are the people that go to league.. the rest live across town.. it wouldnt really matter if we started a new league because they still wouldnt play in it..
    80% of the players live within.. id say 20 miles of each other = /
    its sad
  12. ilikegengar

    ilikegengar Member

    Lawman and Drmario have great suggestions. Any place you can put a free note about your league is a great idea. We have a couple of parenting magazines in town plus the newspaper that allows a free listing of clubs and such. I think we get new players weekly-- almost 99% of them in the junior division, but hey, they grow, some have big brothers, etc.

    Several things to keep the kids coming back that have worked for us: we have an email list and send out weekly email reminders about league. At least monthly we have a fun tournament. This rotates. We sometimes have a sudden death tourney, 3 prize tourney with age groups (with us we do 8 and under, 9-10 and 11 on up). We have DS tournaments. Kids put their names in a hat and we draw for a door prize. (a couple of cards one time, a poster the next, maybe a pop pack, anything donated, etc.). Each time kids play they get to draw a card from the draw box. These cards are donated by players. Usually they are commons and uncommons, but the kids are happy to get something free.

    Talk to parents. Make them feel like their kid is coming to a safe place for league. This is where the email list is helpful too.

    If there is an opportunity for a community fair to have a booth about Pokemon, that's a great idea. I know others on the Gym have done that.

    You have a great store location! Perhaps your store owner can give discounts on packs to league members?

    What has brought our league the most members is one family showing up. We talk to them. They like the leauge. The kids have fun, they bring friends next time.

    Las Vegas has a growing population with lots of children. Pokemon should be a great hobby in your area. Good luck! Have fun. :smile:
  13. My friend DukeFireBird has a leauge in Nevada. Check the OP website for nevada leauges and youll probabily run across it. All i know about it is its near Las Vegas but not in the city.

    His screen name on here is: DukeFireBird so just ask and maybe he can also help you with advertising with your cause. Cant hurt to ask.
  14. Hatter™

    Hatter™ Active Member

    ^he's the one that runs the leagues here... he doesnt really go to the one on saturday because he works. and on sunday he goes.. but noone plays pokemon anyway, hes usually sorting his collection or playing wii
  15. Regis_Neo

    Regis_Neo Moderator

    Considering the Las Vegas area is so big, kind of surprising that not as many people play. Granted, if you were up in northern Nevada or something, it's probably pretty dead there. But Las Vegas and the surrounding area should be a good target to getting people interested I would think.
  16. Azure Kite

    Azure Kite New Member

    Did you make any attempts to reach out to the community about Pokemon, BEFORE you made this topic? Before you say Pokemon is dying where you live, you need to atleast TRY.
  17. pat460

    pat460 New Member

    The game is already dead here, in my opinion(here meaning NV because I also live there.) and heres why:

    A lot of the players dont get along with other players at league. For anyone who goes to league, you know what I mean by this.
    One of the store(gameworld) isn't really kid friendly. With all the people in there that are how they are, it just isn't the best place to be for little kids once yu-gi-oh starts.
    Several players(including me lol) are banned from stores or pop all together. not much to do about that at this point though.
    The game was getting boriing and pretty dumb becuase of the DP rules and the fact that you(as in madhatter) or your dad win every week, with almost no competition.

    ^just a few reasons. Dont even get me started on primeir events.
  18. Lucario EX

    Lucario EX Moderator<br>Fanfic Contest Host

    Try playing Unlimited, 30-card decks, 2-on-2, etc occasionally. IMO something unusual is almost always less competitive, therefore fewer players will be obnoxious about winning/losing. Less rivalry, less drama, less cussing and ranting about donks, ratings, top cuts, etc. Therefore, less parents and casual players driven away from the game. True, you wouldn't get as much practice for big tournaments, but nothing's perfect.

    I don't really know what the problem is, though. Clarification please?
  19. Lawman

    Lawman Active Member

    If you arent willing to try and do something about the gradual decline of OP in your area, then it will die and you will have no one to blame but yourselves. You have to try to grow the game. Everyone, when the numbers dwindle, need to invite friends and attract new players. Someone has to step up and do the groundwork to make a league succeed.

    Dont be part of the reason PTCG died in the area, be part of the solution to grow the game!

  20. Croatian_Nidoking

    Croatian_Nidoking New Member

    Have your local LL/LO read this article, see if there are any community events that interest you, and see if you can set up a few tables there.

    - Croatian_Nidoking

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