The Actual News:
Ok, this is just a quicky update for today, but I spent some time to redo the Trainers for my Neo Redux-style blanks. Take a look!
The one major thing I did was move the type of the Trainer card—whether Item, Supporter or Stadium—from the bottom to the top. You can see what I previously had for them below:
This was mostly because I think having them on the top makes them easier to see which Trainer card is which. Consider when the Evolutions TCG set was released which (basically) reused the Classic Base Set layout, it also had the Trainer type up at the top:
…however, they didn’t add any color to them to differentiate Items and Supporters (and Stadiums, if they were included). Speaking of other differences, because I placed the Trainer type all the way in the top, the area that WOULD have been used for it is instead used for the Trainer subtype, such as “Pokémon Tool”, “Technical Machine”, “ACE SPEC”, etc. Consider that normally this text would actually appear in the rules text; the Blastoise Spirit Link is a good example of the word “Pokémon Tool” being down in the rules text instead of up above next to the card name, like how it was back in the day. Again, for comparison:
Here in the older Trainer cards, the subtype was placed by the card name instead of in the text box.
So overall, I chose to make these blanks compatible with the modern form of the TCG while also incorporating certain elements from the old style, instead of COMPLETELY adhering to either one TCG layout style or the other. It’s my way of referencing both but also giving it my own spin. And I guess, if anything too, it’ll also help make it obvious to anyone else in case someone prints out my fakes and tries to use them as official cards… which, not surprisingly, has happened before.
Anyways, I’ve been considering starting work on the GS Space World fake card set anyways, even though I don’t have ALL the blanks finished, only because I do at least have SOME of them finished. Lemme stew on that for a bit, mostly because the blanks I already have done still need to be tweaked a bit; like with these Trainer blanks, I might fiddle with the type color used in the top “TRAINER” box, like maybe make it less bold and colorful. That aside, I will say that my next step is to actually design the first set and determine which cards will be part of it… but that’ll be a discussion for another post. Catch you next time!