By nick15 [January 13, 2019 - 22:54]
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Fake Edition Packs

Happy New Year Everyone!

As part of the SUPER AWESOME TWENTY YEAR POKÉMON AAAH! ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS happening this year as part of Pokémon Aaah!’s 20th Anniversary celebrations which I’m celebrating this year, I’d thought I’d go back to the very beginning and take a look at my very first fake card set, the aptly name Fake Edition. Now if you don’t remember, Fake Edition is quite literally the very first Pokémon TCG fake card set, EVER. I made 200 cards over the course of a year (June 1999 to June 2000), and it ran the gamut between plain ol’ cards to tournament-worthy Trainer cards, to cards based on the Pokémon anime/cartoon series. To be honest I sorta made it up as I went along, but frankly that’s not much different than what Media Factory did with the sets back in the day.

That said, a lot of these cards were made for the game as it existed in 1999-2000. Nearly 20 years later and not only is the game still going strong, but there has also been a bit of a power creep… probably to render the cards which ruled the roost back in the day useless (lol imagine trying to run a classic Haymaker against some modern deck!). Now I actually still sorta pay attention to the game… kinda… it’s on-and-off… but I at least buy new packs now and again and play the Pokémon TCG Online game every now and again. So I’m at least fairly familiar with the current power level of modern cards.

So with that knowledge, I’m gonna go back and take a look at my old cards from Fake Edition, see if they’re still viable today, maybe give them a little update to keep them playable for today’s formats (albeit on text, I don’t have the time to remake them), and maybe even share some of my thoughts and memories about the cards. I’ll try to make this a fairly regular update deal, as well as cover the cards in the same chunks I originally post them in, and at least make a page in the sidebar (under Pages & Junk section) in case you missed some older ones. Sound good? Anyways, let’s get crackin’!

PS: Wow! I sure am posting a lot this year! At this rate I should end up writing, what, 100 posts this year?

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  By nick15 [December 15, 2018 - 02:29]
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(I decided to split my “Thoughts and Review” post into two. Read “Part 1″ if you want to read my opinions on why I’m not worried for the future of the Pokémon series.)

As mentioned in Part 1, a lot of the arguments against this game are mostly done out of fear and not with a level head. But that said, I won’t deny that some of the dumps against this game are warranted… especially given all the information said about this game, meaning those issues really have no excuse. However, in the end, I think Let’s Go a fun interpretation of the classic Pokémon format, and although it could do a few things better, I’d rather have it than not. I look forward to more games in this format, and I also feel that the haters are focusing too much of their energy on a baseless fear of the potential future.

Let’s get to the actual finer details, shall we?

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  By nick15 [December 14, 2018 - 05:38]
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(Wow, am I actually posting something new that isn’t just some kind of “I’m still alive!” post?? I sure am! In fact, I’m thinking of doing this a bit more often… maybe encouraging you guys to visit the site twice a year instead of just once! Ahahaha. … That said, this post is just my thoughts on the future of the Pokémon series. For the actual review, check out “Part 2″.)

OK so here it is, the most controversial new Pokémon game to come out since Ruby/Sapphire‘s lack of backwards compatibility and almost all of the extra features that were introduced in Gold/Silver. In fact, Gen 3 was such a step backwards that it took Gen 4 just to bring those missing features BACK! …. Anyways, for all the hate Let’s Go (LGPE) has gotten, I must say that…. some of it was warranted. But maybe not a much of it to be honest, as the things about this game that do legit bug me don’t really break my enjoyment of the game all that much. (I’ll cover those specifics in my review in Part 2.)

Even so, I won’t ignore the fact that a lot of people don’t seem to like this game. I’ll admit that I haven’t studied the main arguments against it in full detail, even though a lot of what I’ve seen has largely been “it’s different, so I hate it”. However, it’s too easy to be the kind of exclusionary asshole that says “well this isn’t meant for YOU” and ignore everything they have to say, just like what some Star Wars fans have been saying to other Star Wars fans who disliked The Last Jedi. I don’t think its fair to other fans to act that way, because for me, Pokémon is a game which everyone should be able to enjoy, and not just a select few. Therefore, I wanted to take their dislike of LGPE seriously.

So when I asked about this on 4chan/vp/ (check the bottom posts), I learned something that I didn’t pick up on before: that, for some Pokémon fans, Let’s Go spells doom for the future of the Pokémon franchise. While I get their concerns, I also don’t think anyone who feels that way has anything to worry about in the grand scheme of things. Allow me to explain.

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  By nick15 [November 10, 2018 - 23:14]
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Ahahahaha, yeah… I guess my posts on PA! are done basically yearly. Whoops! … Anyways, I’ve got a few things I’d like to share with all y’all.


The 20th Anniversary of Pokémon Aaah! – April 10th, 2019

2019 is an amazing anniversary for two important moments in Human history. First off, on March 1, 1919, Koreans committed themselves to the first public act of defiance against Japanese occupation in the first major protest, which included the reading of the Korean Declaration of Independence. Called the “March 1st Movement”, it will celebrate its 100th Anniversary next year.

But what is arguably the more important anniversary for 2019 is the TWENTIETH Anniversary of Pokémon Aaah!! That’s right, nearly two decade ago, on April 10th, 1999, I started the Pokémon website that would forever change the face of the Pokémon fandom FOREVER. … Or at least the Pokémon website that would change the face of fan created Pokémon TCG cards FORthe subsequent FOUR EVER years. Still, it was a momentous website, full of fun, drama, fans who were upset so I showed them the door because I thought that fan opinions weren’t valuable, and me trying to fix my mistake by making the forums more democratic… only to then turn into a benevolent dictatorship. Yay PA!

AAAANNNNNYWAYS…. I created an event on the PA! Facebook account. However, I still haven’t figured out what exactly I plan doing that day. Maybe we can do a YouTube livestream where you guys can ask me questions and I answer them, or maybe we can marathon a few Pokémon movies, or we can look over some old photos, or I can share some of my old Pokémon TCG cards, maybe set up a Pokémon Gen 6 and/or Gen 7 Wonder Trade… or maybe all of those at once! I’ll figure something out… but whatever I end up figuring out, it’ll be happening on and/or around April 10th, 2019.

Be there or be square!

SAUCE: Facebook

 


GS Beta Fakes

What’s this?? A new fake card?! By ME?!?!???

That’s right, Ladies and Germs!

The recent reveal of the “Space World ’97″ Pokémon GS Beta and all the Beta Pokémon in it has made my hype levels shoot through the roof. Like, I remember learning about them back in the day, so it’s nothing less than a straight-up dream come true to finally put actual faces to the names and confirm certain other facts (such as “Yoroidori” being a beta name for Skarmory). My initial concern was that this was just an elaborate hoax, but its effectively confirmed as the read deal.

Well, it went without saying that I MUST make fake cards for them, as I probably would have made fakes for them back in the day as well. So I ended up dusting off some of my old Neo blanks (perfect for the Gold-Silver era), even making up some new ones—Fairy, Dragon, Supporter, and Stadiums—and made this fake for one of the “new” beta GS Pokémon. I’ve also decided to name the set of GS Beta fake cards “Neo Apocrypha”, based on the Biblical-esque names of the Neo Sets (at least Genesis and Revelations), combined with the fact that some alleged gospels and other books were less “official” than the main ones in the Bible, and thus were considered as “apocryphal”.

Anyways,  fake card is of one of the removed Pokémon, originally named “Norowara” in Japanese. That name could be translated in Englisg as “Kurstraw” (curse + straw) or “Voodle” (voodoo + needle). And although Norowara is only a Ghost-type Pokémon, I’m using the Fairy blank because I feel like it would have gained the Fairy-type in in Gen 6 had it survived.

Anyways, I hope you enjoy it, and I’ll be sure to share any other fakes I make here on the site and on the PA! Facebook as well.

SAUCE: Facebook

 


Subscribe, Friend, Add… whatever it may be… but do it to me!

And finally… I’ve already posted a link to the PA! Facebook account, but here’s one to the PA! YouTube. Why not subscribe to it? Actually, yeah, please subscribe to it! Because how else will you join in on the PA! Twentieth Anniversary livestream??

And finnnnnaaally… do you play Pokémon GO? Of course you do. We all do. In that case, if you could add me to your friendlist, I would be ever so grateful!

But thats basically it for the time being! Thank you for time and support, and I guess ill see you next year at the 7th Anniversary News Post! …though hopefully we can all meet up doe the PA!20 celebration! Huzzah, good times.




  By nick15 [February 24, 2017 - 23:27]
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Hey everyone! Last August, Pokémon Worlds took place in San Francisco… and there was NO WAY I was gonna miss this! However, the event was closed to the public, which meant that I almost didn’t get a chance to visit it! Fortunately, I had my friend (and Judge), Eskil (aka Tego, once upon a time), help me get in as a volunteer, and I then decided yo record the event in VR for everyone else who didn’t get to go.

And so, here it is!

Its not only a 360 video, meaning you can pan your mobile device around to see everything aroind you… but it’s also a 3D-360 video, meaning that, with a pair of Google Cardboards or similar VR headset, you can actually enjoy the event as of you were really there!

I hope you enjoy it!





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