So normally I rant on and on about some silly strategy or what cards you should be keeping an eye on but this week I want to get emotional. On Christmas Eve my mother was explaining to my aunts the kind of turnout my game store has for Pokemon events, “Over 90 kids! All older than 16!”. My aunt replied with a statement like “Over cards? Pokamons are still popular?!”. I stepped in and explained to her my draw to the game. I tried to explain what a meta-game was and how the fun of playing competitively and matching wits is challenge. The more I think about it, it is only a small draw that comes from that competitive high. The bigger draw for me is the nostalgia. There is an eight year old Vinnie inside me that still jumps around when I now pull a full art card. He still gets nervous in the thrill of the heat of a Pokemon battle. He still would trade any non-holo for a holo because shiny cards are better. At the end I’m going to post a link to an article by Steve Bogda where he talks about pulling his first Charizard and completing his Pokemon set, its amusing and comforting to know I’m not the only one hanging onto this kind of nostalgia.
Milwaukee Cities for the Pokémon TCG was this past weekend. This was probably the best tournament that @WhimsyTackle crew placed in. Most importantly, I wanted to give our TCG Editor, Vinnie, a huge shout out. Vinnie is the first and only member in our group to place and get Top Cut. For those of you who don't play the TCG, Top Cut is the final rounds of the tournament(s). While Vinnie didn't go all the way to the end, it was still a huge accomplishment. Congrats Vinnie!
I would also like to take a moment to apologize about the lack of a Podcast. We've been trying to get a pretty huge Pokémon dude on the episode, but schedules keep conflicting. We will have a new show by the end of the week, we promise! As well as 3 more shows this month. We are dedicated to bring you 4 more shows before 2012!