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September 5, 2013

Trading Card Game Pokemon

Hey guys, I wanted to talk to you guys a little bit about the Trading Card Game Pokemon. I know that it’s been a big thing since the early 1990′s and there are so many kids and adults going into it as if it were trade or career. Be that as it may I wanted to cover some of the history of the Trading Card Game Pokemon.

So bear with me as we go deep into the history of the Trading Card Game Pokemon. The Pokémon Trading Card Game (Pokémon TCG) is a collectible card game based on the Pokémon video game series, first published in October 1996 by Media Factory in Japan. In the US, it was initially published by Wizards of the Coast, the company that produces Magic: The Gathering, in December 1998. Nintendo took over publishing in June 2003. It is one of Nintendo’s last remaining strong links to its heritage as a playing card company.

In a game of the Pokémon Trading Card Game (commonly abbreviated as Pokémon TCG, or simply as TCG), players take on the role of a Pokémon trainer, using their creatures to battle. Players play Pokémon to the field and use their attacks to reduce the opponent’s HP. When a Pokémon’s HP is reduced to 0 it is knocked out and the player who knocked it out takes a Prize card into their hand. A player may win the game in 3 ways; by collecting all of their prize cards (initially 6, some cards can increase this), if their opponent runs out of Pokémon on the field or if at the beginning of their opponent’s turn there are no cards left to draw in the opponent’s deck. This is in most cases of how the game should work in every match of the Trading Card Game Pokemon.

Players begin by shuffling their decks and drawing seven cards. Both players check to make sure they have at least one Basic Pokémon in their hand. If not, they must reshuffle and redraw and the opponent may draw one additional card. Once both players have at least one Basic, they both play 1 or more Basic Pokémon to their play field, 1 in the Active spot, and up to five on the “bench” (representing the 6 maximum carry limit from the video games). Players then take the top 6 cards of their remaining deck and place them to the side as their Prize Cards and flip a coin to see who goes first. (Note: Many players use dice instead of coins, even numbers representing Heads, odd numbers representing Tails.)

Play alternates between players who may take several actions during their turn including playing new Basic Pokémon, evolving into higher level Pokémon, playing Trainer cards, playing energy (of which one is generally put down; further, it is needed to use most attacks), using non-attack Pokémon abilities and retreating their active Pokémon. At the end of their turn, a player may use one of their Active Pokémon’s attacks, provided the prerequisite amount and types of energy are attached to that Pokémon. Game effects from that attack are activated and damage is put on the defending Pokémon (some attacks simply have game effects but do not do damage). If the damage exceeds the defending Pokémon’s HP, it is knocked out (i.e. discarded along with any attached cards) and the active player takes a prize card and ends their turn.

As with almost any card game, the “Golden Rule of Card Games” applies, stating that “whenever a card’s text overrides the game rules, the card takes precedence“.

For example, the game rules state a player may only play one energy card per turn, but several Pokémon abilities allow additional energy to be played if that card is in play.

Basic Pokémon are the basis of all decks (which consist of 60 cards). Without them a player cannot play the game, since both players begin the game by placing a Basic Pokémon in the active position on the playing field. Each Pokémon card depicts a Pokémon from the video games. Each player may have up to six Pokémon on the playing field at a time: one “active” Pokémon and up to five on the bench (these are considered to be in reserve, but they can still affect gameplay). Each Pokémon card has a name, a type, and an amount of Hit Points, most Pokémon feature attacks that deal damage to the opponent’s active Pokémon, or occasionally, their benched Pokémon; still others perform different functions, such as manipulating players’ possession of cards.

The vast majority of these attacks require Energy, which comes in the form of Energy cards, though the occasional Pokémon may have an attack that requires no energy (these attacks typically are weak or perform a function other than damage).

The two types of Pokémon cards are Basic Pokémon and Evolved Pokémon. Basic Pokémon are Pokémon that have not evolved, and can be played directly onto the bench. Each deck must have at least one Basic Pokémon to be considered legal. In contrast, an Evolved Pokémon cannot normally be placed directly onto the field; they must be played on the corresponding lower-stage Pokémon. Stage 1 Pokémon evolve from Basic Pokémon, and Stage 2 Pokémon evolve from Stage 1 Pokémon. As a Pokémon evolves, it gains HP and can use Energy more effectively.

Baby Pokémon cards, introduced in Neo Genesis, are a special kind of Basic Pokémon, sometimes distinguished by a Poké-Power called “Baby Evolution.” Baby Pokémon have low HP, but their attacks have strange and sometimes very powerful effects. Baby Pokémon with the Kick ability can evolve into another Basic Pokémon, specified on the card. When a Baby Pokémon evolves into what would normally be a Basic Pokémon, that Basic Pokémon counts as being an Evolved Pokémon for the purposes of cards that affect Basic Pokémon and Evolved cards differently. Variations of Basic, Evolved, and Baby Pokémon cards have appeared in many sets, usually indicated with a word before or after the Pokémon’s name. Secret Rare Pokémon cards are some of the rarest cards. These cards include Pokémon EX, X, Gold Star (cards with a gold star after the name) also known better as Shiny Pokémon, Prime cards, Full art cards, Legend cards, and others. Here are some about each.

The Diamond & Pearl set introduced a new type of Pokémon Card, Lv.X cards. Lv.X cards would replace the previous EX cards but it is still possible to use both. Lv.X’s are considered neither Basic Pokémon nor are they considered Evolution Cards, but simply xtreme Pokémon Cards. They are placed on the Pokémon Card in which the name specifies (i.e.: Lucario to Lucario Lv.X). In turn, though, Lv.X cards are not “named” cards. That means that only 4 altogether including regular and Lv.X’s are allowed. They can also only be placed when the Pokémon is active; players may use all powers and attacks on the Lvl.X card in addition to the powers and attacks printed on the card it was attached to.

Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver|HeartGold SoulSilver replaced “Lv.X” cards with Pokémon “Prime” but it is still possible to use both. Prime cards function exactly like any other basic or evolution card, but are generally more powerful and feature a distinct composition style in regard to artwork and are secret rares. Prime cards are distinguished by a specific silver border foil pattern in spikes.

Also introduced in the HGSS series were Pokémon Legends. These cards depicted legendary Pokémon, however they were used as a combination of 2 cards. Initially just Ho-Oh and Lugia, subsequent set Legends depicted 2 separate Pokémon on each set of cards such as Deoxys/Rayquaza and Entei/Raikou. Because of this, Legend sets depicting 2 Pokémon have more than 1 Pokémon type and are worth 2 prize cards when knocked out.

Pokémon Black and White once again abandoned the previous sets special card (Prime) and introduced Full art cards. These cards have identical stats and abilities as other cards in the set, but have no borders and rather feature art along the entirety of the playing card. Pokémon Black and white also brought back a better type of EX only with legendary or Special Pokémon like Keldeo, Deoxys, and more. There were also shiny texture cards that had special numbers to show how rare they were. There were also full art EX’s.

The trading card game pokemon seems like it’s complicated, but with some practice you can become the very best and become a Pokemon Master with each passing day. If you’d like to see more and learn more about the trading card game pokemon you can watch these crazy videos from the Championships and other craziness that goes with the trading card game pokemon.

That’s all I have for you guys for now on the trading card game pokemon. Make sure to check back often for new stuff just like trading card game pokemon and other pokemon news.

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