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

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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/

North-Central OH Play! Pokemon: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PokemonOH/
Pokemon – Ohio: https://www.facebook.com/PokemonOH
Games – Ohio: https://www.facebook.com/GamesOH

Games – Ohio Newsletter: March 2018

All,

This past weekend, Games – Ohio was running the tabletop gaming at Wizard World Comic Con Cleveland 2018 with volunteers from a number of local hobby shops as well as Ultimate Team-Up and Dice Squad. The end result was successful enough for Wizard World to offer Games – Ohio the opportunity to run tabletop gaming at Wizard World Comic Con Columbus 2018 in June. Thanks to everyone who participated this weekend. Another thanks to Bandai Namco, Bushiroad, Pokémon and Wizards of the Coast for the prize and tournament support!

Our WWCC CLE 2018 Tournament Winners*:
– Pokemon Video Game: Laura G.
– Pokemon TCG #1: Josh K.
– Pokemon TCG #2: Mackenzie F.
– MTG #1: Michael J.
– MTG #2: Linus B.
– Dragon Ball Super: Christine B.

* They win a weekend pass to the WWCC CLE 2019!

We are relaunching the Pokemon TCG Online Tournaments to be weekly starting on March 10, 2018. A short and sweet six-hour run time with up to 64 players. Prizes can be acquired from local hobby shops as well as a few online locations. In addition, at month’s end are two Pokemon premier events. Finally, I have updated the North-Central Ohio Weekly Events (http://www.haslage.net/cms/north-central-ohio-weekly-events/) list.

Pokemon TCG Online Tournament (Saturdays – Online)
COST: $5 USD | REG: NOW! | START: 4 PM ET
https://www.facebook.com/events/480656879002858/

[2018] Pokemon League Cup (Mar. 31 – Avon Lake, OH) [Spring]
COST: $5 USD | REG: 12 PM ET | START: 1 PM ET
https://www.facebook.com/events/1874896682771299/

[2018] Pokemon League Challenge (Mar. 31 – Avon Lake, OH) [Season #2]
COST: $5 USD | REG: 3 PM ET | START: 3:30 PM ET
https://www.facebook.com/events/1858071827560536/

Games – Ohio Newsletter: February/March 2018

All,

This coming month we have a number of events occurring locally across a number of games including CardFight: Vanguard, Dragon Ball Super and Pokemon. In addition, at the start of March is the Wizard World Comic Con Cleveland 2018, which has a lot of games that include CardFight: Vanguard, Dragon Ball Super, HeroClix, Pokemon (TCG/VG), Magic: The Gathering, Yu-Gi-Oh and tabletop gaming. It is a full weekend of gaming!

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

Dragon Ball Super League & Tournament (Feb. 21 – Avon Lake)
COST: $5 USD | REG: 6 PM | START: 6:30 PM
https://www.facebook.com/events/323982591409260/

[2018] Pokemon League Challenge (Feb. 26 – Sandusky, OH) [Season #1]
COST: $5 USD | REG: 4 PM | START: 4:30 PM
https://www.facebook.com/events/142253436576772/

[2018] Pokemon League Challenge (Feb. 27 – Avon Lake, OH) [Season #1]
COST: $5 USD | REG: 6 PM | START: 6:30 PM
https://www.facebook.com/events/923491317807953/

Wizard World Comic Con CLE 2018 Gaming (Mar. 2-4 – Cleveland, OH)
COST: FREE+ USD | For REG/START times and convention tickets, check the Facebook page.
https://www.facebook.com/events/157092098177221/

[2018] Pokemon League Cup (Mar. 4 – Sandusky, OH) [Spring]
COST: $15 USD | REG: 11 AM | START: 12 PM
https://www.facebook.com/events/101520504007768/

CardFight: Vanguard Divine Dragon Apocrypha Sneak Preview (Mar. 4 – Avon, OH)
COST: $20 USD | REG: 2 PM | START: 2:30 PM
https://www.facebook.com/events/2098190107077504/

CardFight: Vanguard Divine Dragon Apocrypha Sneak Preview (Mar. 10 – Sandusky, OH)
COST: $20 USD | REG: 4 PM | START: 4:30 PM
https://www.facebook.com/events/710586739143816/

VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT: If you live around Vermilion, Avon or Avon Lake, 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.

Games – Ohio Newsletter: January 2018

Hey all,

With the new year fast approaching, I have a lot of information to throw at you. Most of it is Pokemon related, but I have included schedules for north-central Ohio hobby shops for everything supported by Games – Ohio (GO), short of Magic: The Gathering (MTG). Every hobby shop runs MTG, mainly on Fridays, and some even run multiple formats, so I have omitted listing it because it is a LOT of information. You can drop by GO’s website and game-related Facebook pages for specific event information.

Two Pokemon related items worth noting is the Pokemon Circuit Series (PCS) and the Ohio Pokemon Invitational (OPI). Registration is now open for both. The PCS is for players who play in league tournaments at member hobby shops. The OPI is for players who play in premier tournaments organized through The Pokemon Company International. Both culminate in a season-end event where the best players are invited to compete. The PCS runs quarterly and the OPI runs annually. The information for these circuits can be found at Haslage.Net‘s home page, under the Pokemon League listings.

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

GO Monthly Pokemon TCGO Tournament
COST: $5 USD | REG: Jan. 1, 2018 @ 12 AM ET | START: Jan. 5, 2018 @ 12 AM ET
https://www.facebook.com/events/1497040750417140/

Pokemon Sun & Moon – Ultra Prism Prerelease (Jan. 21 – Sandusky, OH)
COST: $30 USD | REG: 12 PM | START: 1 PM
https://www.facebook.com/minutemengamingevents/events/

[2018] Pokemon League Challenge (Jan. 21 – Sandusky, OH) [Season #3]
COST: TBD | REG: TBD | START: TBD
https://www.facebook.com/minutemengamingevents/events/

[2018] Pokemon League Challenge (Jan. 31 – Avon Lake, OH) [Season #3]
COST: $5 USD | REG: 6 PM | START: 6:30 PM
https://www.facebook.com/events/1668971229851101/

VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT: If you live around Vermilion, Avon or Avon Lake, 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.

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The league information for the north-central Ohio hobby shops can be found at Haslage.Net‘s home page.