Games – Ohio Newsletter: August 2018

Hey all,

If you are active in any trading card games, you may know that it is championship series season. So things are slowing down a bit as people experience championship burnout. Otherwise, I am still waiting on Official Tournament Store status from Konami and Pokemon has yet to allow sanctioning for Premier Challenges for the Autumn 2018 season. Right now, short of an occasional non-hobby shop event, I am keeping everything that I am doing to the local area. Thus, I do not have much going on this month. If you run a north-central Ohio hobby shop and wish to hold a Pokemon event, contact Jimmy Gurney.

Starting this month, Comics Are Go (Sheffield Village), Level Two Games (Avon) and Warhost Games (Avon Lake) are teaming up to cross-promote a game that each store only offers.

HeroClix: Saturdays @ 1 PM
Comics Are Go (5188 Detroit Road, Sheffield Village, OH 44035)
https://www.facebook.com/comicsaregoshop/

Pokemon: Tuesdays @ 6 PM
Level Two Games (37319 Detroit Road, Avon, OH 44011)
https://www.facebook.com/leveltwogames/

Dragon Ball Super: Saturdays @ 2 PM
Warhost Games (32848 Walker Road, Avon Lake, OH 44012)
https://www.facebook.com/WarhostGames/

Right now, on Tuesdays from 6 to 9 PM, you can find me at Level Two Games in Avon. We have FREE CardFight: Vanguard, Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh leagues. If we have enough players, we can swing into a tournament. I am looking for something to fill Thursdays at Level Two Games starting in September, other than the new Transformers Trading Card Game, which is already planned. Maybe video game related or live streaming? Have ideas, let me know via Games – Ohio’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/messages/t/160899470640578).

Upcoming Events:

CardFight: Vanguard Shop Tournament (August 2018)
COST: $5 USD | REG: 6 PM | START: 6:30 PM
https://www.facebook.com/events/209274986597734/

CardFight: Vanguard Champions of the Asia Circuit Sneak Preview
COST: $20 USD | REG: 6 PM | START: 6:30 PM
https://www.facebook.com/events/381604608912108/

Pokemon League Challenge (Aug. 30 – Avon, OH) [Season #1]
COST: FREE | REG: 6 PM | START: 6:30 PM
https://www.facebook.com/events/220535101981780/

Pokemon Premier Challenge (Sep. 6 – Avon, OH) [Autumn]*
COST: FREE | REG: 6 PM | START: 6:30 PM
https://www.facebook.com/events/936771613159458/

* This is the third time that I have pushed this event back. I am waiting for 2019 season sanctioning to open. The competitive Pokemon video game scene is much smaller than the trading card game, so its event options and window is also smaller.

– Anthony Haslage

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Games – Ohio Newsletter: July 2018

Howdy all,

It looks like winter turned into summer here in Ohio. I am told that we had two weeks of spring, but I must have missed it. I have a few things going on in July…

GameStop Annual Pokemon TCG Tournament (Jul. 21 – Elyria, OH)
– GameStop is providing prizes for the top three overall players. Do not worry, if we have a lot of players, we will be holding the tournament at a nearby restaurant.
COST: FREE | REG: 12:30 PM | START: 1 PM
https://www.facebook.com/events/1882355121830157/

CardFight: Vanguard Shop Tournament (Jul. 24 – Avon, OH)
– Each paid participant will receive a special tournament pack.
COST: $5 USD | REG: 6 PM | START: 6:30 PM
https://www.facebook.com/events/657108991296160/

Pokemon SM-Celestial Storm Pre-Release (Jul. 24 – Avon, OH)
– This is a great event to either start playing Pokemon or return to the game. Pokemon Professor Jimmy Gurney will be on hand to help you build your decks!
COST: $25 USD | REG: 6 PM | START: 6:30 PM
https://www.facebook.com/events/1850635175230437/

[2018] Pokemon Premier Challenge (Jul. 28 – Avon, OH) [Summer]*
– Back by popular demand, play UltraSun and UltraMoon competitively with others!
COST: FREE | REG: 4 PM | START: 4:30 PM
https://www.facebook.com/events/936771613159458/

CardFight: Vanguard The Destructive Roar Sneak Preview (Jul. 31 – Avon, OH)
– This is a great event to either start playing CardFight: Vanguard or return to the game.
COST: $20 USD | REG: 6 PM | START: 6:30 PM
https://www.facebook.com/events/202026503948093/

[2018] Pokemon League Challenge (Jul. 31 – Avon, OH) [Season #3]*
– The top player in each age division will win a booster pack.
COST: FREE | REG: 6 PM | START: 6:30 PM
https://www.facebook.com/events/1317898484980401/

* At the time of this post, the ability to sanction was unavailable due to point tallying for the Pokemon World Championships. We will attempt to sanction the events at a later date. If we can, they may award points for the next calendar season-year.

Just a reminder that I am at Level Two Games every Tuesday in July from 4 to 10 PM running CardFight: Vanguard, Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh leagues starting at 6 PM. If we get enough players for any of the games, we can hold either free or $5 USD tournaments, assuming that no special events for that game are occurring at the same time. Starting in August, we will be expanding to Thursdays. As of this time, I am not quite sure what to do on Thursdays. If you have any ideas, please let me know via the contact form (https://gamesoh.wordpress.com/home/aboutgo/contact-go/) on Games – Ohio. Thanks.

One last thing, as of this month, Comics Are Go (Sheffield Village), Level Two Games (Avon) and Warhost Games (Avon Lake) are teaming up to cross-promote a game that each store only offers. Here is what they are cross-promoting beginning in July!

HeroClix: Saturdays @ 1 PM
Comics Are Go (5188 Detroit Road, Sheffield Village, OH 44035)
https://www.facebook.com/comicsaregoshop/

Pokemon: Tuesdays @ 6 PM
Level Two Games (37319 Detroit Road, Avon, OH 44011)
https://www.facebook.com/leveltwogames/

Dragon Ball Super: Saturdays @ 2 PM
Warhost Games (32848 Walker Road, Avon Lake, OH 44012)
https://www.facebook.com/WarhostGames/

– Anthony Haslage

Games – Ohio Newsletter: June 2018

Hey all,

It is that time of month again where I send you an e-mail letting you know what events I have coming up. You can check out the upcoming events by scrolling down.

I am now at Level Two Games (http://www.LevelTwoGames.com/) every Tuesday from 4 to 10 PM. Starting this month, we will be holding leagues for CardFight: Vanguard, Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh at 6 PM. As you can see below, special events will typically occur during league hours. If Yu-Gi-Oh turns out to be successful, we will commit to buying sealed product.

Speaking of Level Two Games, I have had Discord channels set up for the games that I run. You can join via this URL: https://discord.gg/45UkuSs

Just a reminder, Jimmy Gurney (jimmy[at]kemony.com) has taken over as the premier organizer for Pokemon in North-Central Ohio. If you need event assistance, feel free to reach out to him.

– Anthony Haslage

-=[ Upcoming North-Central Ohio Events ]=-

CardFight: Vanguard Unite! Team Q4 Sneak Preview (Jun. 19 – Avon, OH)*
COST: $20 USD | REG: 6 PM | START: 6:30 PM
https://www.facebook.com/events/1904753856211309/

[2018] Pokemon League Challenge (Jun. 26 – Avon, OH) [Season #2]
COST: FREE | REG: 6 PM | START: 6:30 PM
https://www.facebook.com/events/177968269708007/

GameStop Annual Pokemon TCG Tournament (Jul. 21 – Elyria, OH)
COST: FREE | REG: 12:30 PM | START: 1 PM
https://www.facebook.com/events/1882355121830157/

Pokemon Sun & Moon – Celestial Storm Pre-Release (Jul. 24 – Avon, OH)*
COST: $25 USD | REG: 6 PM | START: 6:30 PM
https://www.facebook.com/events/1850635175230437/

CardFight: Vanguard The Destructive Roar Sneak Preview (Jul. 31 – Avon, OH)
COST: $20 USD | REG: 6 PM | START: 6:30 PM
https://www.facebook.com/events/202026503948093/

CardFight: Vanguard Champions of the Asia Circuit Sneak Preview (Aug. 28 – Avon, OH)
COST: $20 USD | REG: 6 PM | START: 6:30 PM
https://www.facebook.com/events/381604608912108/

* Kidforce Collectibles, Ground Zero, No Limit Gaming, Recess and The POP Shop should also be holding Celestial Storm Pre-Releases. Next month you should be able to check out their social media and/or websites for details. The POP Shop is also be holding the Unite! Team Q4 Sneak Preview. That information should now available via their social media.

Visit our website for more details: http://GO.Haslage.Net/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GamesOH

Games – Ohio Newsletter: May 2018

On Saturday, May 19, 2018, Pokemon Day will reside in downtown Lorain, Ohio in association with Lorain Better Block. From noon to 8 PM, Pokemon players from everywhere are invited to participate in Pokemon-related activities. There will be Pokemon GO Tours, casual trading card and video game play as well as a Pokemon Quiz Show for the kids where they can win promotional Pokemon trading cards. There will also be additional promotional items distributed first come, first served provided by Warhost Games located in Avon Lake. We will be headquartered in the Lorain Arts Council building near the corner of Broadway Avenue and West 8th Street. We hope to see you there!

SCHEDULE @ Lorain Arts Council (Tentative):
12:00 PM – Lorain Better Block Begins

1:00 PM – Pokemon GO Tour #1: Walk around downtown Lorain with a safety guide to the local Gyms and PokeStops. If a Raid breaks out, battle it with the group!

2:00 PM – Pokemon Quiz Show #1: Children, age 12 and under, will be asked a series of Pokemon-related questions of varying difficulty taken from the television series, movies and video games. For each correct answer, they will receive a Pokemon League promotional trading card.

3:00 PM – Pokemon GO Tour #2: Walk around downtown Lorain with a safety guide to the local Gyms and PokeStops. If a Raid breaks out, battle it with the group!

4:00 PM – Pokemon GO Scavenger Hunt: Using Pokemon GO, walk to and take a screenshot of five Gyms and/or PokeStops from a list of available options. Participants must have spun the icon, turning it purple, for the screenshot to be valid. While supplies last, the earliest participants that have been confirmed to have completed the tasks successfully will win a Lorain Proud t-shirt and a Pokemon League promotional trading card.

5:00 PM – Pokemon GO Tour #3: Walk around downtown Lorain with a safety guide to the local Gyms and PokeStops. If a Raid breaks out, battle it with the group!

6:00 PM – Pokemon Quiz Show #2: Children, age 12 and under, will be asked a series of Pokemon-related questions of varying difficulty taken from the television series, movies and video games. For each correct answer, they will receive a Pokemon League promotional trading card.

8:00 PM – Lorain Better Block Ends

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/events/2001764203408405/

You can help us promote this event by downloading, printing and distributing its promotional materials, available in JPG and PDF formats. – https://drive.google.com/open?id=1-nrhPTSBC9ckiwHb8tKv5DHPTjSzMJV6

Games – Ohio Newsletter: April 2018

All,

I have been an officially sanctioned independent organizer for a number of game companies going as far back as 2002. As of the end of April 2018, I will be no longer independently organizing sanctioned events for any game companies. Occasionally, I may assist a convention, hobby shop and/or organization that is holding an event. I may also request support from the game companies for the aforementioned events, but I will no longer organizing events solely on my own.

The fact is, during the last five years, the number of hobby shops in North-Central Ohio has increased to the point that what I do is not in as high of demand than it used to be. Many of the game companies have been transitioning the sanctioning and organization of their events to the hobby shops. Plus, as the years have gone on, I have found it increasingly more difficult to find jobs with enough flexibility in their schedules to allow me to organize events. Thus, Games – Ohio will be shutting down in October 2018 and I have already begun the process of replacing myself with other organizers.

Beginning in May, Jimmy Gurney will be replacing me as the North-Central Ohio Pokemon Tournament Organizer. He will be assisting local hobby shops with their Pokemon Leagues as well as organizing the events of those without a tournament organizer. Gurney, as well as AJ Schumacher and Ryan Patterson, have been given ownership of the relevant Games – Ohio owned Pokemon Facebook groups and pages. In addition, local independent organizers for HeroClix and CardFight: Vanguard have been given ownership of the relevant Games – Ohio owned Facebook groups and pages. Any other Games – Ohio owned Facebook groups and pages that I do not find someone else to take over will be deleted between now and October 2018.

That being said, it does not mean that I will stop playing games. Beginning Tuesday, April 3, 2018, I begin working at Level Two Games in Avon. I will be employed at the store in hopes to grow its player bases for CardFight: Vanguard, Dragon Ball Super and Pokemon. I believe that I may also be able to assist the hobby shop in other avenues. If you are interested in joining me at Level Two Games on Tuesdays at 6 PM, we will be running CardFight: Vanguard, Dragon Ball Super and Pokemon leagues and tournaments at that time.

Thanks to everyone for all of the years of fun!

– Anthony Haslage

-=[ Upcoming North-Central Ohio Events ]=-

Pre-registration is now available for the Pokemon Pre-Releases and Pokemon Day listed below. Seating at the Pokemon Pre-Releases is limited to first come, first served!

[2018] Pokemon League Challenge (Apr. 17 – Avon, OH) [Season #3]
COST: $5 USD | REG: 6 PM ET | START: 6:30 PM ET
https://www.facebook.com/events/232802060628426/

Pokemon Sun & Moon – Forbidden Light Pre-Release (Apr. 24 – Avon, OH)
COST: $25 USD | REG: 6 PM ET | START: 6:30 PM ET
https://www.facebook.com/events/183075955627948/

Pokemon Sun & Moon – Forbidden Light Pre-Release (Apr. 26 – Avon Lake, OH)
COST: $25 USD | REG: 6 PM ET | START: 6:30 PM ET
https://www.facebook.com/events/179931016113511/

Pokemon Sun & Moon – Forbidden Light Pre-Release (Apr. 29 – Berea, OH)
COST: $25 USD | REG: 1 PM ET | START: 1:30 PM ET
https://www.facebook.com/events/355568558185374/

Pokemon Day 2018 @ Lorain Better Block (May 19 – Lorain, OH)
COST: FREE | REG: 12 PM ET | START: 12 PM ET
https://www.facebook.com/events/2001764203408405/

VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT: If you live around Vermilion, a hobby shop near you seeks a Pokemon TCG Professor to spend approximately three hours a week assisting the store owner with running a Pokemon League. You may earn Professor Points, promotional materials and other perks. If interested, message Games – Ohio (https://www.facebook.com/messages/t/160899470640578) and someone will get back to you.

Visit our website for more details: http://GO.Haslage.Net/

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