Hey, Gamers! So, most of you have probably picked up on the fact that I’ve been pretty into Pokémon recently. I’m still struggling to put into words how much it means to me, but when I eventually do, that’ll be its own post. It’s something incredibly special to me. And those of you who have been around for a while might know that Josh is actually into the Yu-Gi-Oh TCG. He got me into it too (it’s actually how we started hanging out), but it’s always been his thing. Sure, I have cards that I’ve bought for myself and I’ve even attended a tournament (one of the worst experiences I’ve had with people, but that’s another story), but it was always Josh’s special interest. It was never something that I was interested in because I wanted to be, it was more because I wanted to share something with him and spend time with him.
Josh likes Pokémon, he’s even the reason I even started watching Pokémon in the first place… but this is different. Pokémon is one of those things that I sit back and wonder how the hell I went my whole life without being completely immersed in it. Like, it’s a honest wonder how I went so long not being interested in it. I even had friends who loved Pokémon.
Since Josh collects Yu-Gi-Oh cards and I wanted to immerse myself more into the world of Pokémon, I thought about it for about a week before deciding that I wanted to get into the Pokémon TCG. Maybe not so much the meta, I know a lot of TCGs are very much “I have money so I have the best cards”, and I’m not so much in it for that. I just want to collect something that I love and maybe play a few casual games with people if they’re interested. It was never going to be – and likely never will be – a serious collection. Like everything else on my blog, I just want to keep it casual.
So with that, after about a month on trying to look at what the best thing for me would be (and learning the game via Pokémon TCG Online), Josh and I allotted some money to it and took the plunge. I got a box, a binder and I think 2 booster packs because Josh picked up some Yu-Gi-Oh booster packs so I got some too.
The box I picked had Arceus on (I think I had just finished Shining Pearl and I believe we had watched all of the Sinnoh movies), as well as Charizard, Shaymin and Whimsicott. It was the Brilliant Stars ‘Build and Battle Stadium’, which came with two decks so Josh and I could battle right away. It came with a bunch of booster packs (I think it was 8), and I believe it was 40 energy cards.
I just wanted to do a little review for anyone who’s interested in the game the same way I am. I was really impressed by it and think it’s a great start to my collection. It was a great first purchase; I was lucky that I chose this as it meant that we could battle right away and I could also enjoy organising my cards into a really complicated system that fell apart the moment I got a new card. It was perfect for what I wanted, which was just a good starting point. I know my collection will likely never be as big as Josh’s Yu-Gi-Oh collection, or as impressive as the collections I’ve seen on Reddit… but it’s mine and it makes me happy. I’m excited at the prospect of advancing my collection now that I have started it.
I have since bought more Pokémon cards. I bought the Battle Academy that had the Pikachu, Cinderace and Eevee decks (although I’d just call it a dark deck that was missing an Umbreon) and the Astral Radiance Elite Trainer box (the one with Darkrai). I got my first V Star card from the Elite Trainer box, which was Husuian Typhlosion. The feeling that I have when I get new Pokémon cards is something I hadn’t previously experienced. I even get excited when I get a duplicate. It makes me so happy and excited.
I wanted to add a personal note to this post, for those who want to know. Josh and I have been together for nearly 5 years now, but I feel like I’ve began to understand him better. His love for Yu-Gi-Oh is always something I’ve… accepted and I thought I understood it, but since I’ve started playing Pokémon TCG, it’s like I understand him on a whole new level. I feel like it’s made us closer and it’s… nice. I like it a lot.
But that’s it for this post, Gamers! The next post should be the June update, and it’s a big one because we played a whole lot in June. Remember to like this post if you liked it, follow this blog for more gaming content, check out my socials to be social and come chat with Josh and I on Twitch when we stream @2nerds_1game (everything should be linked somewhere). See you next post, Gamers!