Join us at Top Cut Comics – Loves Park
5600 N. 2nd St Rockford IL 61111
on Saturday, May 23rd for 3 Very Special Events!
A TCG League Challenge Tournament
A VG Premier Challenge Tournament
and the Book Launch for Tale of the Twin City Vampires
for all the details on each of these awesome events, click for More info
For the TCG Mauville League Challenge Tournament – click here
For the VG Omega Series #1 Premier Challenge -
(Jump down to VG Details)
And from 12:00 to 4:00 the Launch Party of Edison T. Crux’s newest book
Tale of the Twin City Vampires
Benjamin Hall has a deadly secret—one that threatens his very life. After returning to his childhood home of Minneapolis, Benjamin comes face-to-face with his worst nightmare; the sinister entity lurking inside his head. Multiple-Personality Disorder? Or possession by a fallen angel? Only one thing is for certain; his other side has plans for the body they share. Plans that involve Benjamin waking up hours later with blood on his hands. Meanwhile, bodies are turning up drained of blood with two distinct wounds on the neck. As the death toll rises, Benjamin has to wonder—is he the Twin-City Vampire?
Come meet and talk with Edison, the Author, get your copy of his book right at Top Cut Comics, then have it Autographed while you hear all about his other books and what’s coming up next!
Edison T. Crux is a storyteller, devoted husband, loving daddy, and coffee enthusiast. He also happens to be my son! He grew up in Beloit, WI, living in a haunted house across the street from a cemetery. Although his writing can be dark or serious, in person Edison is a very upbeat and silly guy. He currently lives with his wife and children in Beloit, WI. His books are available at Top Cut Comics, at Amazon.com and at his website, www.wisconsinwerewolf.com
Sign up for his newsletter and check out the teaser trailer video at www.twincityvampires.com
(We’ll also have a Mauville League Challenge and a VG Premier Challenge)
Join us for our Omega Series #1 Premier Challenge
Top Cut Comics – Loves Park
5600 N. 2nd St
Rockford IL 61111
Registration 2:00 – 3:00pm
Entrance fee: $5
REMINDER: players need to compete with the latest version of Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. The current and latest update is v1.4 from April 22, 2015. Instructions on updating can be found here.
The Standard format double battle using 4 out of 6 Pokémon in your Battle Box is the standard tournament format for Play! Pokémon Premier video game events unless specified otherwise.
* Team list required, link here to fill out ahead of time and bring with you, or we’ll have them there if you come early.
* Only Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire Game Cards or downloadable versions
are permitted for use.
* Players may use Pokémon from the National Pokédex, from No. 001–719, that are caught in the
game, transferred from a previous Pokémon title, or received at an official event or distribution
* All Pokémon must have a blue pentagon on the summary screen.
* Check below for the list of which Pokémon may NOT be on a player’s team, which includes many legendary Pokemon
* Pokémon must be placed in the Battle Box.
* Pokémon are allowed to Mega Evolve.
* Pokémon may not hold the item Soul Dew.
* Pokémon above Level 50 are permitted, but they are auto-leveled down to 50 for the duration
* Players may use Pokémon with Hidden Abilities.
* Players may use items that have been officially released via Pokémon X, Pokémon Y, Pokémon
Omega Ruby, Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, the Pokémon Global Link, or an official event or
* No duplicate Pokemon (same Pokedex #) or duplicate items
* The following Pokémon may not be on a player’s team:
o 150 – Mewtwo
o 151 – Mew
o 249 – Lugia
o 250 – Ho-Oh
o 251 – Celebi
o 382 – Kyogre
o 383 – Groudon
o 384 – Rayquaza
o 385 – Jirachi
o 386 – Deoxys
o 483 – Dialga
o 484 – Palkia
o 487 – Giratina
o 489 – Phione
o 490 – Manaphy
o 491 – Darkrai
o 492 – Shaymin
o 493 – Arceus
o 494 – Victini
o 643 – Reshiram
o 644 – Zekrom
o 646 – Kyurem
o 647 – Keldeo
o 648 – Meloetta
o 649 – Genesect
o 716 – Xerneas
o 717 – Yveltal
o 718 – Zygarde
o 719 – Diancie
POKÉMON VIDEO GAME TOURNAMENT RULES (from the Pokemon Website)
This section contains tournament rules specific to the Pokémon video games. All attendees are expected to comply with the applicable sections of these rules while attending a Play! Pokémon tournament.
1. Game Versions
Only legitimate versions of Pokémon Omega Ruby or Pokémon Alpha Sapphire can be used in Play! Pokémon tournaments. This includes Game Cards and downloadable versions of Pokémon Omega Ruby or Pokémon Alpha Sapphire. Players are restricted on which region Game Cards they can use, based on the country where they are playing.
Players at European events may only use European Game Cards.
Players at North American events may only use North American Game Cards.
Players at the World Championships may only use Game Cards that are legal in their home markets.
1.1. Game Systems
Players may use any system in the Nintendo 3DS™ family of systems during the competition. This includes the Nintendo 3DS™, Nintendo 3DS XL™, and Nintendo 2DS™. Players are responsible for bringing a charger that is compatible with their system.
Players at European events may only use systems in the European Nintendo 3DS™ family.
Players at North American events may only use systems in the North American Nintendo 3DS™ family.
Players at the World Championships may only use Game Cards and systems that are legal in their home markets.
1.2. Game Patch and Updates
Players are responsible for ensuring their version of Pokémon Omega Ruby or Pokémon Alpha Sapphire has the latest game patch downloaded prior to the start of the tournament. Players may be penalized, including disqualification, in the event their game does not have the latest update.
2. Team Restrictions
Players may only use Pokémon that are legal for the tournament format. Players are responsible for ensuring that their team adheres to any restrictions set forth by the tournament format and this document.
2.1. Illegally Manipulated Pokémon
The use of external devices, such as a mobile app, to modify or create items or Pokémon in a player’s Battle Box is expressly forbidden. Players found to have Pokémon or items that have been tampered with will be disqualified from competition, regardless of whether the Pokémon or items belong to that player or were traded for. POP recommends players only use Pokémon that they have raised themselves and items that they have received through normal gameplay. It is always the player’s responsibility to have legal Pokémon and items during the competition.
A player’s Battle Box may be checked at any time for illegal Pokémon. Any player who fails this check may be immediately disqualified and be unable to participate in the tournament.
2.2. Trainer and Pokémon Names
Players are responsible for using appropriate names for their Trainer character and any Pokémon placed in their Battle Box. Players must avoid the use of potentially inappropriate, obscene, or otherwise offensive words or phrases when naming their Trainer or their Pokémon.
3. Battle Box Team Registration
Before the first round of a tournament, Battle Box team registration may occur. All players must set up their Battle Box, including all Pokémon and held items they intend to use, before they register for the tournament. This Battle Box will then be locked by a member of the tournament staff. After the Battle Box has been locked, players are not allowed to change their Pokémon or items at any time during a tournament. In addition, after the Battle Box is locked, players may not select “Cancel Participation” unless they intend to drop from the tournament.
3.1. Untethered Battle Box Team Registration
At tournaments where Battle Boxes are not locked electronically, players must submit a physical team list prior to the first round of the tournament. A player’s team must still be placed in the Battle Box, and the team must match this team list during the tournament. Once round 1 has begun, a player may not remove or move any Pokémon or items from the Battle Box.
4. Time Limits
Tournament staff is responsible for running a timely event. To assist in this effort, POP has established guidelines for time limits during various portions of the event. Players may take notes at any time during their match but must begin each match with a blank sheet.
4.1. Pre-game Time Limit
Players will have 90 seconds to view their opponent’s team and select their Pokémon.
4.2. Mid-game Time Limit
Any mid-game effects, such as selecting a move or retreating Pokémon, are to take place within the 45 seconds allocated per turn.
4.3. Match Time Limits
Single-game matches will be 15 minutes. For best-of-three matches, each game in the match will be 15 minutes.
4.4. Untethered Time Limits
At tournaments where Battle Boxes are not locked, the time limits outlined in sections 4.1–4.3 will be enforced by judge ruling. Time limits may be extended or adjusted at the Tournament Organizer’s discretion but must be communicated prior to the beginning of the tournament and may never be shorter than the time limits outlined in 4.1–4.3. Ties may be broken manually by a judge in accordance with section 6.1. Increased pace of play may be enforced at the discretion of a judge.
5. Technical Issues
Over the course of a tournament, a player’s game connection may become disrupted in a number of ways.
5.1. Single Frozen Game State
If one player’s game system is stuck in an unfixable frozen game state, the player whose game system is frozen will receive a game loss.
5.2. Double Frozen Game State
If both players’ game systems are stuck in an unfixable frozen game state and it cannot be determined which player’s game or system is responsible for the frozen state, both players will receive a tie for that game.
5.3. Game State Disruption
Players should attempt to fix any game disruption by checking their 3DS systems and making sure they are aligned properly. If issues persist, contact a judge for immediate assistance. If consistent disruptions are determined to be due to actions on the part of a player, the judge may issue an appropriate penalty as outlined in the Pokémon Penalty Guidelines.
6. Match Resolution
A player wins by making his or her opponent’s final Pokémon faint.
If a player’s final Pokémon used Selfdestruct, Explosion, Destiny Bond, or Final Gambit, and both players’ final Pokémon faint as a result, the player who used the move loses that game.
If a player’s final Pokémon used Double‐Edge, Volt Tackle, Flare Blitz, Take Down, Submission, Brave Bird, Wood Hammer, Head Smash, Struggle, Head Charge, or Wild Charge, or was holding Life Orb, and both players’ final Pokémon faint as a result, the player who used the move wins that game.
If both players’ final Pokémon faint due to a weather condition, such as Hail or Sandstorm, the player whose Pokémon faints last wins the game. This includes the effects of Perish Song.
If a Pokémon’s Ability (such as Rough Skin, Aftermath, Liquid Ooze, or Iron Barbs) or held item (such as Rocky Helmet) results in both players’ final Pokémon fainting, the player whose Pokémon had the Ability or held item wins the game.
A player who selects “Run” during a battle will count as the loser of that game, whether selected intentionally or not. Players may not intentionally play a match to a tie nor agree to record a match as a tie without playing.
Should the time limit expire before a player makes his or her opponent’s final Pokémon faint, the winner of the game is determined based on the criteria below.
1. Remaining Pokémon
a. If one player has more remaining Pokémon than the other, that player wins the game.
b. If both players have the same number of Pokémon remaining, the result of the game is determined by average percentage of HP remaining, as described below.
2. Average Percentage of HP Remaining
a. If one player’s team has a higher average percentage of HP remaining, that player wins the game.
b. If both players’ teams have the same average percentage of HP remaining, the result of the game is determined by amount of HP remaining, as described below.
3. Amount of Total HP Remaining
a. If one player’s team has a higher total HP remaining, that player wins the game.
b. If both players’ teams have the same total HP remaining, the result of the game is a tie.
6.2. Sudden Death
If a game ends in a tie during the single-elimination portion of an event, a single Sudden Death game is played to determine the winner of the match. Players are required to gain an advantage in number of remaining Pokémon over their opponent. Tournament staff will evaluate the game at the end of each turn to determine if an advantage has been gained. After each turn has been completed, the tournament staff will determine the number of Pokémon that each player has remaining.
If both players have the same number of Pokémon remaining at the end of the turn, the game continues for another turn.
If a player has more remaining Pokémon than his or her opponent at the end of any turn, that player wins the game.
6.3. Determining the Outcome of a Best-of-Three Match
Use the following criteria, in order, to determine the outcome of a match that is unresolved after any given game has ended. After one of the criteria has been met, none of the others are applied.
The players proceed to game 2.
If the winner of game 2 also won game 1, that player wins the match. If the winner of game 2 did not win game 1, players proceed to game 3.
The winner of game 3 wins the match.
7. Headphone Use
Headphones may be worn by players only if they are wired and plugged directly into their game system. The headphone wire must be clearly visible.
POKÉMON VIDEO GAME TOURNAMENT FORMATS
Pokémon Organized Play supports several tournament formats for sanctioned play of the Pokémon video games. This document covers each of the approved formats and their variations. Tournaments that do not use one of the formats described here may not be sanctioned.
8. Standard Format Style
All sanctioned Pokémon video game tournaments require players to assemble a team of Pokémon, with items, prior to the start of the event. The Standard format for all Play! Pokémon Premier tournaments is Double Battle.
8.1. Double Battle
In Double Battles, each player selects four Pokémon from his or her party of six to battle with. At the start of the battle, players send out the first two Pokémon in their party, making a total of four Pokémon on the battlefield. Gameplay continues until a player makes all four of his or her opponent’s Pokémon faint.
9. Standard Team Construction Rules
When building a team for a Play! Pokémon tournament, all players must adhere to these standard construction rules.
A player’s team cannot contain two Pokémon with the same Pokédex number.
Each Pokémon on a player’s team can hold an item, though no two Pokémon may hold the same item.
A player’s team cannot contain two Pokémon with the same nickname.
A player’s team cannot contain a Pokémon nicknamed with the name of another Pokémon (for example, an Unfezant named “Pidove”).
Pokémon may only use moves that have been learned through one of the following methods:
o By leveling up
o By TM or HM
o As an Egg Move, through breeding
o From a character in the game
o A move already known by a Pokémon received at an official Pokémon event or promotion
10.2. Blue Pentagon
In addition to the requirements outlined in section 10.1, Pokémon used in the Standard format must have a blue pentagon in the Pokémon summary screen. This indicates that the Pokémon was caught during regular gameplay, hatched from an Egg, obtained within the game, or was officially gifted in either Pokémon X, Pokémon Y, Pokémon Omega Ruby, or Pokémon Alpha Sapphire.
AGAIN A REMINDER: players need to compete with the latest version of Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. The current and latest update is v1.4 from April 22, 2015. Instructions on updating can be found here. (OR BELOW)
How to Update Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire
Applies to: New Nintendo 3DS XL, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL, Nintendo 2DS
Step by step instructions for how to update Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire.
As of April 22, 2015, a new software update for the Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire games has been made available. We recommend that all Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire players download and install this update.
Users should download the software update prior to using the following online features:
- Connecting to the Internet using the Player Search System
- Using Wonder Trade
- Using Game Sync
- Connecting to the Global Trade Station
- Redeeming a Mystery Gift
This update also includes the previous updates.
Ver. 1.4 [Released 04/22/15]
- Adjustments have been made to make for a more fun gaming experience.
Ver. 1.3 [Released 04/01/15]
- Adjustments have been made to make for a more fun gaming experience.
Ver. 1.2 [Released 12/03/14]
- Fixed the issue in which the game freezes during the end credits after entering the Hall of Fame in certain game data.
Ver. 1.1 [Released 11/25/14]
- Adjustments have been made to make for a more fun gaming experience.
- This update must be applied in order to use the Internet features of Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire.
- Save data will still be available for use after downloading the update.
- After downloading the update, please do not delete the update data. Update data can be viewed in the “Downloadable Content” area of the Data Management menu.
- Once the download is complete the update will automatically be applied.
- The update data will be saved on the SD Card inserted in your Nintendo 3DS system.
What to Do:
- Perform a system update to ensure that you have the most up-to-date version. How to
- For information about connecting your system to the Internet, click here.
- Start the Pokémon Omega Ruby or Pokémon Alpha Sapphire game while connected to the internet and a message will display notifying you of a software update.
- Select “Update” from the touch screen, or press the Y Button.
- Select “Download Now” from the touch sceen, followed by “Yes” to begin downloading the update immediately.
- Alternatively, select “View Details in Nintendo eShop and Then Download” to launch the Nintendo eShop and view additonal details about the update before downloading.
- Once the update is complete, start the Pokémon Omega Ruby or Pokémon Alpha Sapphire game and check that it has been updated correctly. If the version number shown is 1.4, the update has been successful.
Get in some practice before MW Regionals next weekend! See you there!