Archive for April, 2015

Press Release: Barrett Arthur Keys is Crowned Top Duelist at Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Bogota

April 26, 2015

Duelists from across the Americas and the globe descended upon Colombia to wage epic card battles at this past weekend’s Yu-Gi-Oh! CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES (YCS) Bogota event. Inspired Duelists of every age participated in the premier-level Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME (TCG) event, presented by Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. (KONAMI), ready to show off their impressive Dueling skills for the chance to be crowned the YCS Champion. In the end, it was Barrett Arthur Keys from North Hollywood, CA, United States who outpaced the field to claim the coveted title of YCS Champion and Dragon Duel Champion Owen Lopez Garcia from Bogota, Colombia who took home the Dragon Duel Champion’s title.

The city of Bogota put its best foot forward as it hosted Yu-Gi-Oh! players from across the region who battled throughout the two-day tournament. The YCS events are amazing platforms for Yu-Gi-Oh! Duelists wanting to assess the latest big-match strategies and card combinations against their opponents. Throughout the weekend, many in the field of players showed refined skills and a splash of luck, but it was the elite players that emerged to win top honors.

Keys confidently battled his way into Sunday’s Top 16 Draft with his own first-rate Nekroz Deck. Then, after three rounds of Single Elimination with their newly drafted Decks from Battle Pack 3: Monster League, it came down to an exciting playoff with 2010 World Champion Galileo de Obaldia from La Chorrera, Panama. Keys’ combination of precise play and smart risk-taking helped earn him the title of YCS Bogota Champion.

In addition to the title of YCS Champion, Keys returned home with a stellar set of prizes that included a YCS Championship Trophy, an Ultra Rare YCS Ascension Sky Dragon Prize Card, an exclusive YCS Top Cut Game Mat, a PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, and an invitation and paid travel to their 2015 World Championship Qualifier tournament!

In the Dragon Duel, an event for Duelists born in 2002 or later, Owen Lopez Garcia used his Sealed Deck all of the way to the Championship. Garcia picked up some great prizes, including an invitation to their 2015 World Championship Dragon Duel Qualifier tournament.

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Press Release: Stephen Jesus De Lara Wins Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Chicago

April 19, 2015

Duelists from across North America descended on the Mid-West ready to wage epic card battles at this past weekend’s Yu-Gi-Oh! CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES (YCS) Chicago event. Inspired Duelists of every age participated in the premier-level Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME event, presented by KONAMI, ready to show off their impressive Dueling skills for the chance to be crowned the YCS Champion. In the end, it was Stephen Jesus De Lara from Santa Ana, California who outpaced the field to claim the coveted title of YCS Champion and Michael Sakowicz from Naperville, Illinois who took home the Dragon Duel Champion’s title.

Chicago continues to shine as one of the best places to host enthusiastic Yu-Gi-Oh! players from across the nation as it is in close proximity to the downtown area and minutes from two major airports. Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series events are amazing platforms for Yu-Gi-Oh! Duelists wanting to assess the latest big match strategies and card combinations against their opponents. Throughout the weekend, many in the field of players showed refined skills and a splash of luck, but it was the elite players that emerged to win top honors.

De Lara confidently battled his way into Sunday’s Top 16 Draft with his own first-rate Nekroz Deck. Then, after three rounds of Single Elimination with their newly-drafted Decks from Battle Pack 3: Monster League, it came down to an exciting playoff with Barrett Keys from North Hollywood, California. De Lara combination of precise play and smart risk-taking helped earn him the title of YCS Chicago Champion.

In addition to the title of YCS Champion, De Lara returned home with a stellar set of prizes that included a YCS Championship Trophy, an Ultra Rare YCS Ascension Sky Dragon Prize Card, an exclusive YCS Top Cut Game Mat, a PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, and an invitation and paid travel to the 2015 World Championship Qualifier tournament!

In the Dragon Duel, an event for Duelists born in 2002 or later, Sakowicz used his Sealed Deck then switched to his HERO Deck in the final matchup to beat Jackson Sayre, from Lindenhurst, Illinois, in a head-to-head playoff. Sakowicz picked up some great prizes, including an invitation to the 2015 World Championship Dragon Duel Qualifier tournament.

 

Press Release: Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG World Superstars Available April 17

April 12, 2015

Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. (KONAMI), a leader in the trading cardgame category, tapped into its international card cache for the release of the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME (TCG) World Superstars booster set. World Superstars springs onto the global scene April 17.

Featuring an all-foil set, World Superstars collects 50 cards previously available only in Japan and Korea. With dozens of new cards from the Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal era, Duelists can now boost the power of their Xyz Monsters like never before, with new Chronomaly, Star Seraph, Heroic Challenger, Gagaga, and Galaxy cards.

For Duelists who may be tired of counting-up all those Xyz Monsters, fear not, they can also get their hands on new anti-Xyz weapons! Pendulum cards can be protected with Pendulum Impenetrable, and even “Number” monsters can be bounced back to the Extra Deck with Numeral Hunter.

Adding to the special allure of this set, World Superstars contains a unique bonus for collectors. Every year, eight finalists at the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG World Championship win special prize cards created especially for that event. Included in this set are reprints of both prize cards from the 2012 World Championship in Tokyo: Legendary Dragon of White and Legendary Magician of Dark! These cards are too powerful to allow in regular play, but give a modern Xyz spin to two famous monsters from the dawn of Dueling, and make a great addition to any Duelist’s cardcollection.

Each five-card World Superstars pack contains four Super Rares and one prismatic Secret Rare (a special version of Secret Rare not seen in many years) for an MSRP of $3.99.

The World Superstars booster set contains 52 cards:
34 Super Rares
18 prismatic Secret Rares

 

Press Release: Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Comes to the Chicago Area

April 3, 2015

Located just 20 minutes from downtown Chicago, the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL is perfectly suited to host the throngs of competitive Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Duelists as they arrive to wage card battles at the Yu-Gi-Oh! CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES (YCS) Chicago. Presented by KONAMI, the YCS is a traveling, premier-level Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME competitive tournament, a game made famous by the Yu-Gi-Oh! TV animated series.

Beginning April 11 and 12, confident Duelists ranging from novice to sage, older veterans, will compete for a plethora of exciting prizes. The first place winner will receive an Ultra Rare version of the latest, most sought-after prize card: Ascension Sky Dragon. To this day it remains one of the rarest Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG cards in existence!

On a journey toward being a part of Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG history, Duelists will enter the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center on Saturday morning knowing they have the precise combination of luck and strategy for a shot at glory and prizes. Duelists will put their practice and Deck-building skills up against some of the best players the game has to offer for the chance to advance to the Final Round on Sunday and the opportunity to Duel for the title of YCS Champion.

With the newest products available to the public – The Secrets Forces booster set, the HERO Strike Structure Deck, and Premium Gold: Return of the Bling – YCS Chicago will be an incubator of sorts for live game-testing as Duelists unveil brand new strategies and Decks. Duelists will need to devote extra attention to see how the inclusion of the new cards from these products impacts the YCS standings!

YCS Chicago will be the fourth YCS to feature Duelists who have qualified for VIP treatment via the VIP Qualifier tournaments only available at Top Performing Official Tournament Stores (OTS). VIP Duelists will receive free entry to the YCS, reserved seating, additional match coverage, and a two-round bye in the Main Event. Duelists should contact their local OTS leading up to YCS Chicago to see if they will be holding a VIP Qualifier tournament or check the official Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG website for store locations.

Pre-registration for YCS Chicago will run from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Friday, April 10 and registration will continue promptly at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 11. Upon registering, Duelists will receive five Secrets of Eternity booster packs for participating in KONAMI’s YCS Chicago. Round One will start at 10:00 a.m. and the top ranked YCS finishers will earn invitations to participate in the 2015 World Championship Qualifier. Players will use their constructed Decks until the Top 16 are determined, then the Top 16 Duelists will draft cards from Battle Pack 3: Monster League and will use Decks built solely from this product to compete for the Championship. For those Duelists unfamiliar with drafting, KONAMI has created a series of helpful videos

Event Address:
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
Conference Center Level 2
5555 N. River Road
Rosemont, IL 60018

Accompanying the Main Event, KONAMI will be conducting Dragon Duels (for Duelists born in 2002 or later). The Dragon Duel tournaments on both Saturday and Sunday will be sealed, using Battle Pack 3: Monster League, where each Duelist is given nine sealed Battle Packs to make a new Deck. The top four finishers in the Dragon Duel events will receive winners’ medals, a Dragon Duel T-Shirt, and a 2015 Regional Game Mat. Top-ranked finishers will also win an invitation to the 2015 Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier. The two victors from the Saturday and Sunday tournaments will face off in a best two-out-of-three match using their own pre-constructed Decks in the Advanced Constructed format, to determine the weekend’s overall winner and a chance at the ultimate prize: to hoist the Dragon Duel Champion’s trophy and the coveted title of YCS Dragon Duel Champion! Entry to the Dragon Duel tournaments is free to qualified players.

A new Public Event, debuting for the first time at YCS Chicago, is the Beta Format Win-A-Mat. This Special Format Win-A-Mat will be a new challenge for Duelists, in which the number of Summons per turn are reduced. Duelists will use Advanced Format rules for Deck Construction and are allowed a maximum of three Summons per turn: one Normal Summon/Set, one Special Summon from the Extra Deck, and one “other” Special Summon. The complete game play details can be found in the YCS Chicago FAQs.

Additionally, a full range of other Public Events such as Regional Qualifiers, 3 vs. 3 Team Dueling, ATTACK OF THE GIANT CARD!!, Win-A-Mat, Battle Pack, and Battle City Tournaments will be held through the weekend.

The Main Event winner, the two runners-up and winners of Sunday’s two Public Event playoffs will each be awarded a YCS prize card. The Main Event winner will take home an Ultra Rare version of the Ascension Sky Dragon prize card, with the other winners bringing home Super Rare versions. Additionally, the top ranked Duelists will win a Top Cut Game Mat for this event that matches the artwork of the Ascension Sky Dragon card.

Prizing Information:
1st place – Ultra Rare Ascension Sky Dragon YCS Prize Card; Trophy; Paid travel to their World Championship Qualifier (if underage, then winner and guardian); YCS Top Cut Game Mat; PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system; and an invite to their 2015 World Championship Qualifier tournament
2nd place – Super Rare Ascension Sky Dragon YCS Prize Card; 32 GB Tablet PC; YCS Top Cut Game Mat; and an invite to their 2015 World Championship Qualifier
3rd place – Super Rare Ascension Sky Dragon YCS Prize Card; Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft; YCS Top Cut Game Mat; and an invite to their 2015 World Championship Qualifier
4th place – Xbox One system; YCS Top Cut Game Mat; and an invite to their 2015 World Championship Qualifier
5th – 8th place – Nintendo 3DS XL system; Download code of Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal World Duel Carnival; YCS Top Cut Game Mat and an invite to their 2015 World Championship Qualifier
9th – 16th place – 24 booster packs of Secrets of Eternity; YCS Top Cut Game Mat; and an invite to their 2015 World Championship Qualifier

If attendance exceeds 513 Duelists:
17th – 32nd place – YCS Top Cut Game Mat and an invite to their 2015 World Championship Qualifier

Duelists unable to participate in YCS Chicago can check out online coverage of the event provided by KONAMI staff.

Press Release: Mangaka: The Fast & Furious Games of Drawing Comics Now on Kickstarter

April 2, 2015

Jason Thompson and Jumana Al Hashal are proud to announce the Kickstarter launch of Mangaka, a creative fast-paced card game where players draw stories combining wild Themes and an ever-growing number of fleeting Trends!

In development since 2011, Mangaka is a new twist on creative games with an anime & manga theme. Designed by former VIZ Shonen Jump editor Jason Thompson (Manga: The Complete Guide, King of RPGs), produced by Jumana Al Hashal, and playtested at anime conventions, comic conventions, libraries and game stores, Mangaka lets you challenge your friends and your creativity in a battle against time.

Start by drawing three Theme Cards to determine the subject of your comic. With 180,000 possible combinations of Themes, each game is different. Then, you and the other players must draw comics and express your Themes before time runs out. Fleeting Trend Cards add another dimension of strategy: your fickle audience may demand Science Fiction, Fantasy, Shojo Manga, Sports, Destruction or any one of 52 Trends. Each round the number of Panels and Trends goes up, forcing you to make tough decisions under deadline to get it all done…if you can! When the final round ends, every player has a comic of their own creation…but only the person with the most Fame tokens earns the coveted title of Mangaka!

“Our goal was to make a game that combines the fun of making comics with your friends with the strategies of a great card game,” Thompson said. “The fact that you only have a few minutes to draw levels the playing field between people who draw a lot and people who don’t. The point is to get the idea across and have fun exercising your creativity…and devising strategies to get the most Fame. Each round has more Fame in play than the round before, so the outcome is up in the air till the very end!”

Mangaka features beautiful art by Ike (manga artist of Nekomusume Michikusa Nikki and illustrator of the tabletop RPG Golden Sky Stories) and Eric “Woof” Muentes (@woofycakes; illustrator and lead artist of the Steam game Blue Revolver). The Mangaka logo kanji was drawn by sumi-e artist Masaharu Eguchi.

The Kickstarter intends to raise $25,000 which will fund the remaining art and production costs for a complete game in box: 52 Trends, 104 Theme Cards, 200 Fame Tokens, 4 Pens and 64 pre-printed Comic Pages (or download and print more from the Mangaka web site). Stretch goals include customized timers, additional Theme Cards and more. In addition to the game, backer rewards include stickers, buttons, posters, a specially printed hachimaki (headband) reading “MANGA,” custom comics and sketches by Eric and Jason, and a set of 5 beautiful “Manga Trophies” sculpted by US Shonen Jump illustrator Adam Burns.

Mangaka is a game for 1-8 players. For more information, contact Jason Thompson atjason@mockman.com or on Twitter at @mockman.