Pokémon Trainers, Let the Collecting Begin!
Trading cards have long been popular, but ever since the rise of strategic trading card games like Pokémon TGC in the early 1990s, their popularity has simply exploded. Pokémon TGC is a cool collectible as well as a methodical card game in which players (Trainers) must catch, name (if they want), and train various types of Pokémon creatures to defeat their opponents’ Pokémon in strategic, though friendly, gameplay. There is even a Pokémon World Championships, if you think you’re good enough!
Pokémon cards represent over 700 different types of Pokémon creatures that are currently available. In fact, at present there are over 27 billion different Pokémon cards in circulation, though some individual Pokémon are far more rare than others. For instance, there are only a few of the Pikachu Illustrator card from 1998 in existence worldwide. The newest Pokémon characters are those from the Sun & Moon Series, of which there have been several new booster packs already this year.
Winning the Pokémon TCG Game
Pokémon TGC revolves around building a customized deck of 60 individual cards made up of your favourite Pokémon creatures and doing battle against your friends with their own specialized decks. Pokémon cards may be acquired by purchasing preset themed decks that help new players to learn the basics of gameplay, though booster packs are also available that allow players to create more diversified and specialized decks over time. Of course, players may also trade Pokémon cards with friends and opponents to strategically build the strongest team of Pokémon possible.
There are multiple ways to win at Pokémon TGC. One is by knocking out as many of your opponent’s Pokémon as possible. Trainers are able to do this by attacking and damaging enemy Pokémon with their own Pokémon creatures. With enough sustained damage, an individual Pokémon is knocked from the game, allowing you to draw a Prize card. Capture all six Prize cards and you win the game, though winning is also possible by knocking out all of your opponent’s Pokémon so that they either have none remaining on the field of play or none left in their deck to draw from on their next turn.
Pokémon is strategic, fun, and a great way for kids to socialize and make new friends (or frenemies). You can shop for Pokémon cards utilizing a variety of different criteria, including type (tins & box sets, booster boxes, booster packs, and starter decks), rarity (rare, uncommon, or common), age (5-7 years old, 8-10, 11-13, and 14-17), status, and price. New expansion sets are released frequently, so the game always remains fresh and exciting. If you choose to play Organized Pokémon, be aware that older card sets are sometimes retired from competition as new sets take their place.
Educational Aspects of Pokémon TGC
Pokémon TGC also has a number of educational benefits for kids. It incorporates both reading and basic math, as well as strategic and critical thinking. Reading is a vital part of…