Pokemon TCG: Best Way To Get Cards

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This Blog post is all about the different ways to get Pokémon Cards and costs and benefits!

Here we go!

Booster Packs & Boxes
So this one is pretty self explanatory.
You can buy single packs of different Pokémon cards or buy a box instead.

Normally boxes work out cheaper, in Australia its about $150-$169 for a box.
Booster packs go for $5-6 depending where you get them and some do deals for 4 or more.

This is pretty random and not the best way to go to get particular cards.

TCG Card Shops or Hobby Shops
This is more common in America as far as I am aware, though in Melbourne Australia only one shop I have found sells individual cards to help build decks.

Good Games in Melbourne has this service and has a large stock from Basic cards to EX cards.

Prices vary though a great way to build a deck of particular cards.

Trading Between Friends

Seems a pretty obvious thing though its pretty common for most to overlook this process.

Don’t need to tell you about this I guess?

eBay, Gumtree etc
This is a common way for people to acquire cards.

I have done this method myself and found as long as you do your research you are pretty safe in this method.

Obviously you can’t win them all and things happen though for me, its perfect. A lot of the cards I want are overseas so how would I get them any other way.

Iv used two providers based in Australia for now. Leave a comment if you want their details!

There are probably a heap more you could use.

Good luck building your decks guys!

じゃあまたね
Ja mata ne!
See you later!

AKB49 Manga: Thoughts

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Genre: Shonen
Year: August 2010 – Ongoing
Current Volumes: 24
Plot: Wanting to help his crush, Minoru follows Yoshinaga to the Japanese idol group AKB48’s audition for moral support, and to his delight she is chosen to progress! Along with himself. Now he has to lead a double life as a girl!

Thoughts:
I found this manga fun and vibrant with a great story line. Not only did it give great insight into it’s main characters, it really gave a meaning to every character it introduced. Art was great and story, although over dramatised it really showed life of an idol and how intense it is to get to the very top.

8/10

じゃあまたね
Ja mata ne!
See you later!

Pokémon TCG: My First Competitive Match

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OK, so here is a run down really quick of how I got to where I am now:
1. Bought the Cards
2. Played the Online Pokémon TCG game
3.Built my deck

First Match

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OK so this is where my first competitive game is, Next Level Games in Dandenong in Victoria, Australia.

Next Level Games is a group of shops around Melbourne, Australia serving many different table top games.

They have all there offerings on the calendar on there website which is below.

http://www.nextlevelgames.com.au

Deck
I will running a mixed deck with 4 EX cards and an array of basic Pokémon and Stage 2 Pokémon.

Game
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Day was a little disappointing as there were not many players at all.

Good thing I had a mate there.
Great to get back to Pokémon Cards after 15 years!

More to come!

じゃあまたね
Ja mata ne!
See you later!

Pokémon TCG: Building My Deck

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So, this is the hardest thing i have done since I last beat the elite four and got all my Pokémon to level 100….
(Nerd Daydream)

This is both strategy and luck.

So here is a break down of the cards that build your deck.

Pokemon
You start off with Basic Pokémon cards and then just like the game you can evolve them.

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So with Vulpix, you see a lot of different writing on the card like:
HP, Weakness, Attack and Retreat.

These are pretty simple as its written on the card.

Trainer Cards
There are Supporter, Item and Stadium.

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As you can see, all trainer cards have writing on them. They can range from drawing cards, healing Pokémon to boosting certain Pokémon types.

Energy Cards
Energy cards are needed in the game to power up your Pokémon, of course there are different types of energy just like there is different types of Pokémon.

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Again match the Pokémon Type with the energy card and your halfway there. The other energy is white colourless energy. They can be any energy card you want.

Example Below:

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Groudon needs 3 ground energy cards and 1 colourless energy card. So if I put 3 ground and 1 fire, that would be ok.

EX Cards
Ex Cards are the most powerful in the game and are normal basic cards. Which means you can put and Charizard Ex without evolving it from Charmander.

They are super cool and super tough.
Here is the four in my deck.

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Well that’s it for today guys!

I am off to prepare for my first Competition ☺

じゃあまたね
Ja mata ne!
See you later!

Pokemon TCG: Bought My First Cards

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OK the story so far!
I want to get into competitive pokemon and since I am OK with game and not so good with IV training and Breeding iv decided to give TCG a go.

OK so I bought the following:
1 x Primal Clash Trainers Box containing x Primal Clash booster packs, Energy Pack, Damage Dice and damage counters=

5 x Roaring Skies booster packs

1 x Chespin Deck box (YOLO)

Total: $101

OK, so what do we do next.

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Well I went straight onto Pokémon TCG online to learn the game mechanics. With the booster packs you get redeem codes for the online platform. Pretty simple.

After that you have some thinking to do. What type of deck do you want, what do you want to have as your supporters, trainers and items. I am still thinking this all over.

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Now I will not lie. Competition TCG is intensely costly. So don’t say I didn’t warn you. Probably the best thing is to make a budget to get your deck, and then organise a how you are going to but booster packs. In bulk is how most people do it due to small discount.

I’ll let you guys now how I set my deck up and when I am entering my first tournament.

Just don’t tell my fiancée how much money I am spending hehe.

Well then!

じゃあまたね
Ja mata ne!
See you later!

Pokémon TCG: Learn with me!

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Pokémon Trading Card Game or TCG for short is a card based battle game, the aim is to knock out the opponents cards, earn 6 prize cards before your prize cards fall.

Pretty simple right?!

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Now, as a Pokémon fan I have of course owned these cards at one point or two in my life. Right now I have a collection of Pokémon Starter cards from all regions.

As a lot of people I don’t want to just play solo and would like to branch out into competitive Pokémon, though I suck at breeding and IV training, so I though why not go into Pokémon TCG.

It combines luck, good deck building and running the right stratergy.

Today I am buying my first competitive deck and in these next few blog post will go through my progress and some how to’s and tips!

Wish me luck!

じゃあまたね
Ja mata ne!
See you later!

Nikko, Japan: Our Experience & Tips

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Nikko, Japan
日光市

Population:  90,701

Wow how quick time flies. I have blogged about 4 locations in Japan myself and my fiancée have travelled and now we are on the last one. Nikko at the time we travelled was a far cry from its summer crowd. It was quiet and cold with snow covering the mountains and most places closed. So for this blog I will tell you the two places we travelled and some awesome locations for the summer.

Transport:
Train
There are two train lines in Nikko. One JR line and a privatised line which services further east of Nikko and its region.

Bus
There are many tourist buses in Nikko going to different parts of Nikko’s surroundings from World Heritage areas to Hot Springs. Be aware Nikko’s tourist buses charge differently and your best to get a bus pass from the Nikko Train Station (Non JR Station).

Sightseeing

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Nikko Towncentre
Nikko Town Centre was a typical tourist centre, alot of food and gift shops. As I have said earlier we didnt get to go in season which would have mean Nikko was in full swing. Saying that, it did not stop people comming day after day and kept the lines at the bus stop nice and long.

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World Heritage Bus Route
Nikko’s buses are the best way to view the area. We got an english guide from Nikko Station which put us in great stead. There is A LOT to do on those buses and its not the fastest thing in the world meaning you would probably need to go through and pick what is most important to you!

Shrines and Hot Springs
There we a lot of cool shrines around Nikko and its surrounding area aswell as hot springs and lakes. The maps you can get of the bus route lists out really cool places to go and how long it will be to get there. Plan your time wisely as there is alot to see and do in the right months!

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Food
Food was plentiful and fresh! Nikko was the first time we had gone into a major grocery chain in Japan and were blown away by the variety and prices which were available. We also had to stop off at a Chemist due to myself catching a fever during our stay at Nikko.

I would have loved to spend more time in Nikko though we had to get back to Tokyo to fly out!

That concludes my Japan Travel Blog, Thank you for coming along on the ride with me. I cant wait to get back to Japan and keep exploring a country I love!

Going to branch out abit in my next blog!

Look forward to you reading my work!

じゃあまたね
Ja mata ne!
See you later!