Just a few days ago there was a theft of Pokemon Ultra Prism pre-release stock from Asmodee UK, not from the warehouse, but while it was in transit. This is a terrible thing and markedly diminishes the initial stock of this new set of Pokemon cards being released next weekend. While Asmodee UK is working hard to regroup and get new stock produced, it has already impaired their ability to supply stores with stock for the release event. In total 80 stores have been affected by this and Asmodee UK gives a full list of the stores on their news site. Hopefully if you are in the UK your store isn’t on this list, but you can rest assured that Asmodee will do all that it can to get the cards into your stores as soon as possible.
Origins is one of the biggest conventions in the US for gaming, and they have been giving out their awards for the best each year. The different categories include family games, role-playing games, card games, game accessories, board games, collectible games (CCG, TCG, etc.), miniatures, and finally a Game of the Year. Some of the past winners include great games like Codenames, Imperial Assault, and 7 Wonders Duel, so you know bad games aren’t getting these awards. But that’s enough background information, here are the nominees for the 2017 Origins Awards:
Speechless by Arcane Wonders (designed by Mike Elliott)
Role-Playing Game (10 Nominees)
7th Sea: Second Edition by John Wick Presents (designed by John Wick, Mike Curry, Rob Justice, Mark Diaz Truman, Jesse Heinig)
Curse of Strahd by Wizards of the Coast-D&D (designed by Jeremy Crawford, Tracy Hickman, Laura Hickman, Adam Lee, Christopher Perkins, and Richard Whitters)
No Thank You, Evil! by Monte Cook Games (designed by Shanna Germain and Monte Cook)
Star Wars: The Force Awakens by Fantasy Flight (designed by Tim Flanders, Corey Konieczka, and Sam Stewart)
Shadowrun-Seattle Sprawl by Catalyst Game Labs (designed by Raymond Croteau, Jason Hardy, James Meiers, O.C. Presley, Scott Schletz, R.J. Thomas, Malik Toms, Thomas Willoughby, CZ Wright, and Russell Zimmerman)
Symbaroum by Järnringen and co-published by Modiphius Entertainment (designed by Martin Grip, Mattias Johnsson, Mattias Lilja and Johan Nohr.
Storm King’s Thunder by Wizards of the Coast-D&D (designed by Jenna Helland, Adam Lee, Mike Mearls, Christopher Perkins, and Richard Whitters)
Star Wars: Edge of the Empire-Special Modifications by Fantasy Flight (designed by Blake Bennett, Tim Cox, Jordan Goldfarb, Sterling Hershey and Monte Lin)
The One Ring: Horse: Lords of Rohan by Cubicle 7 (designed by Shane Ivey, Andrew Kenrick, T.S. Luikart, Francesco Nepitello, and James Spahn)
Volo’s Guide to Monsters by Wizards of the Coast-D&D (designed by Jeremy Crawford, Ed Greenwood, Adam Lee, Mike Mearls, Kim Mohan, Christopher Perkins, Sean K. Reynolds, Matthew Sernett, Chris Sims, and Steve Winter)
While traditionally the gold anniversary is 50 years, the Pokemon TCG is celebrating it’s gold anniversary a little early. The Pokemon TCG has been a consistent mainstay of the trading card game scene and while it hasn’t taken off like Magic, sticking around for 20 years is still an accomplishment. So to celebrate they are reissuing the original Pikachu card from the first set, but this time in solid 24-karat gold. This beauty weighs in at 11 grams and comes with it’s own display case to show it off, mainly because it is not legal for tournament play, and who wants a card made of money in their deck? The current asking price is 216,000 yen (about $2,100) and the orders for this card will only be open until the 7th of November. To read more about this card and to order your own copy, you can check out the translated post on Rocket News 24’s site.
Today, Pokémon Company International unveiled its first-ever Super Bowl TV commercial. The ad will air during the beginning of the third quarter of Super Bowl 50.
The ad, shot in Rio de Janeiro, celebrates the millions of Pokémon fans around the world encouraging them to strive to achieve their dreams and Train On.
The ad is part of a yearlong campaign celebrating 20 years of Pokémon. Not only has the Pokémon video games sold over 275 million copies, but we also have a successful Pokémon trading card game, and oh yeah, TV show spanning 18 seasons!
A 30 second ad will air during Super Bowl 50, but you can view the full add below. Enjoy and see if you can catch them all! To read more on the 20th anniversary of Pokemon including special content head to their site here.