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Origins Game Fair 2017

June 12, 2017

Origins Game Fair returns this Wednesday June 14th to Sunday June 18th at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio.  Origins is the longest-running and largest convention for people who enjoy games.  There is so much to do over the five days that I could go on for pages, but I am of course just going to focus on anime and Japanese related events and games.

The Anime Track is being ran by Wasabi Anime again this year.  They will be running events from Thursday to Sunday.  They will be showing Anime Music Videos ever day, a manga library, and a viewing room sponsored by Viz, Funimation, and AnimEigo.  Though I will say last year the library was a big disappoint me quality and selection.  Let’s hope for more this year.  Panels for this year cover such topics as Voltron, Yu Yu Hakusho, Transformers, tea, a Cowboy Bebop listening party, Anime Name That Tune, and many more.

They will also be running sessions of various anime related games for free; Mangaka, Ryuutama, Golden Sky Stories, Maid RPG, and Tanto Coure.  All the other games at the con will cost at least $2, most will cost even more.

For Collectable Games, both Konami and Pokémon running many sessions of their games.  Demo games to learn Yu-Gi-Oh or Pokémon, tournaments of various styles and levels, and plenty of pick-up games.  Also games and tournaments for Dice Masters, which had a Yu-Gi-Oh set.

For Role Playing Games there are a few that are of interest to this blog including some sessions of Kuro and sessions of Advanced Dimensional Green Ninja-Educational Preparatory Super-Elementary Fortress 555 (ADGNEPSEF555) where you play in an anime-themed cross-dimensional grade school.  It is very weird.

There will be some Pokémon LARP sessions using DSes and a LARP for the ADGNEPSEF universe.

For Miniatures Games, you will have four chances to play a Starblazers game and learn Infinity a new manga inspired game.  Heroclix will have some tournaments to play in, they also had a Yu-Gi-Oh expansion set.

If you are interested in board games, they have you covered there too.  Cool Mini or Not will be running games and tournaments of Arcadia Quest and Masmorra Dungeons of Arcadia.  Japanime Games will be doing learn to plays and tournaments of Tanto Cuore (various sets) and Heart of Crown.  The games available to try are Pokemon Master Trainer, Resident Evil Deck Building Game, Hatsune Miku (a new co-op game), Cowboy Bebop: The Board Game, Era of the Ninja, Super Dungeon Explore, and more.

Plus do not forget all the dealers that will be there with many of the above games and others.

Origins is a great convention to go to, but it does take a bit of money to go and survive.  But it is worth it.

 

Press Release: Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Pittsburgh May 13-14

May 12, 2017

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s second largest city, Pittsburgh, prepares to host the upcoming Konami Yu-Gi-Oh! CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES (YCS) Pittsburgh on May 13-14. Duelists will experience epic head-to-head card battles against one another during this ultra-competitive weekend-long tournament with participants from across the United States and Eastern Canada.

Duelists will be competing for an exclusive prize card awarded to the weekend’s top finishers – Number 93: Utopia Kaiser. Different from the regular cards found in booster packs and other Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG products, Number 93: Utopia Kaiser can only be obtained by finishing in the top three spots at a Main Event of a YCS, or by winning a special Public Events playoff tournament. This makes Number 93: Utopia Kaiser highly coveted by the mass of Duelists around the world that will participate in the high-level competitive YCS events during the course of the season.

Moreover, the top-ranked Duelists will win a YCS Top Cut Game Mat for this event featuring artwork of the new prize card.

For those eager to get things started, pre-registration for YCS Pittsburgh will run from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. on Friday, May 12 and registration will continue promptly at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 13, with Round One starting at 10:00 a.m. Upon registering, Duelists will receive five of the recently released Maximum Crisis booster packs for participating in KONAMI’s YCS Pittsburgh. Players will use their constructed Decks all the way to the final match. The top-ranked YCS finishers will earn invitations to participate in their 2017 World Championship Qualifier (WCQ), plus earn valuable World Qualifying Points, that may earn them a spot in the 2017 Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG World Championship. Duelists can find the answers to many of their questions here: YCS Pittsburgh.

Event Address:
David L. Lawrence Convention Center
Hall D & E
1000 Ft. Duquesne Blvd
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Accompanying YCS Pittsburgh’s Main Event, KONAMI will also be conducting Dragon Duels (for Duelists born in 2004 or later). The Dragon Duel tournaments on both Saturday and Sunday will be sealed using Battle Pack: Epic Dawn, where each Duelist is given ten sealed Battle Packs to make a new Deck. The top four finishers in the Dragon Duel events will receive a Dragon Duel Medal, a Regional Deck Box, a Dragon Duel T-shirt, and a 2017 Regional Game Mat. Top-ranked finishers will also earn an invitation to their 2017 Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier.

The two victors from the Saturday and Sunday tournaments will face off in a best 2-out-of-3 head-to-head matchup using their own pre-constructed Decks in the Advanced 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 Pittsburgh Dragon Duel Champion! In addition, the Dragon Duel Champion will also receive a Super Rare set of the Darklord YCS prize cards. Entry to the Dragon Duel tournaments is free to qualified players.

A full range of Public Events such as 2017 Regional Qualifiers, Ultimate Duelist Series Qualifiers, School Tournament Series, 3 vs. 3 Team Dueling, ATTACK OF THE GIANT CARD!!, Win-A-Mat, Sealed Starter Deck and Structure Deck, Duelist League, Yu-Gi-Oh! Day, and Generation Duel Tournaments will be held through the weekend.

Prizing Information for YCS Pittsburgh:

  • 1st place – Ultra Rare Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Prize Card: Number 93: Utopia Kaiser; Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Trophy; Paid travel and accommodations to the winner’s 2017 World Championship Qualifier; Invite to and VIP Status at the 2017 World Championship Qualifier tournament; PlayStation®4 Pro 1TB system; Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Top Cut Game Mat; 30 Ultimate Duelist Series Points; World Qualifying Points*.
  • 2nd place – Super Rare Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Prize Card: Number 93: Utopia Kaiser; PlayStation®4 Pro 1TB system; Invite to the 2017 World Championship Qualifier tournament; Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Top Cut Game Mat; 10 Ultimate Duelist Series Points; World Qualifying Points*.
  • 3rd place – Super Rare Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Prize Card: Number 93: Utopia Kaiser; PlayStation®4 Pro 1TB system; Invite to the 2017 World Championship Qualifier tournament; Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Top Cut Game Mat; 10 Ultimate Duelist Series Points; World Qualifying Points*.
  • 4th place – PlayStation®4 Pro 1TB system; Invite to the 2017 World Championship Qualifier tournament; Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Top Cut Game Mat; 10 Ultimate Duelist Series Points; World Qualifying Points*.
  • 5th–8th place – PlayStation®4 500GB system; Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Top Cut Game Mat; Invite to the 2017 World Championship Qualifier tournament; 10 Ultimate Duelist Series Points; World Qualifying Points*.
  • 9th– 16th place – 24 booster packs of Maximum Crisis; Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Top Cut Game Mat; Invite to the 2017 World Championship Qualifier tournament; 10 Ultimate Duelist Series Points; World Qualifying Points*.
  • 17th–32nd place – Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Top Cut Game Mat; Invite to the 2017 World Championship Qualifier tournament; 10 Ultimate Duelist Series Points; World Qualifying Points*.

*The number of World Qualifying Points for the Top Cut is awarded based on the total number of WCQ invites awarded at YCS Pittsburgh after final standings. For example, if there are 32 WCQ invites, the Duelist who comes in 1st place will earn 32 points, the 2nd place Duelist will earn 31 points, and so on, down to the 32nd place Duelist who will earn 1 point.

For those unable to attend YCS Pittsburgh, Duelists can follow blog-type online coverage of the event at http://www.yugioh-card.com/en/events.

Press Release: Toronto to Host First North American Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series of the New Dueling Season

August 23, 2016

It’s Time to Duel! Konami launches the new North American Dueling season for its premier level Yu-Gi-Oh! CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES (YCS) in Toronto, Ontario August 27 – 28. This ultra-competitive weekend-long tournament gives hundreds of Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Duelists across Canada and the United States their first chance of the season to show off their Deck-building skills and strategies and to compete with their peers. The Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG is a card game involving strategy and skill made famous by the Yu-Gi-Oh! manga and animated TV series.

In addition to the intense back-and-forth of competitive Dueling provided at a YCS event, a brand-new exclusive YCS prize card for the weekend’s top finishers will make its début – Number 93: Utopia Kaiser. Different from the regular cards found in booster packs and other Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG products, Number 93: Utopia Kaiser can only be obtained by finishing in the Top Three spots at a Main Event of a YCS, or by winning a special Public Events playoff tournament. This makes Number 93: Utopia Kaiser highly coveted by the throngs of Duelists around the world that will participate in the high-level competitive YCS events during the course of the season.

Additionally, the top-ranked Duelists will win a brand-new YCS Top Cut Game Mat for this event.

Pre-registration for YCS Toronto will run from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. on Friday, August 26 and registration will continue promptly at 8 a.m. on Saturday, August 27. Round One will start at 10 a.m. Upon registering, Duelists will receive five of the recently released The Dark Illusion booster packs for participating in KONAMI’s YCS Toronto. Players will use their constructed Decks all the way to the final match. The top-ranked YCS finishers will earn invitations to participate in their 2017 World Championship Qualifier. Duelists can find the answers to many of their questions here.

Event Address:
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Exhibit Hall G – South Building
222 Bremner Blvd.
Toronto, Ontario M5V 3L9

Accompanying the Main Event, KONAMI will also be conducting Dragon Duels (for Duelists born in 2004 or later). The Dragon Duel tournaments on both Saturday and Sunday will be sealed using Battle Pack: Epic Dawn, where each Duelist is given ten sealed Battle Packs to make a new Deck. The top four finishers in the Dragon Duel events will receive a Dragon Duel Medal, a Regional Deck Box, a Dragon Duel T-shirt, and a 2017 Regional Game Mat. Top-ranked finishers will also earn an invitation to their 2017 Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier.

The two victors from the Saturday and Sunday tournaments will face off in a best 2-out-of-3 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 Toronto Dragon Duel Champion! In addition, the Dragon Duel Champion will also receive a Super Rare set of the Darklord YCS prize cards. Entry to the Dragon Duel tournaments is free to qualified players.

Additionally, a full range of Public Events such as 2017 Regional Qualifiers, Ultimate Duelist Series Qualifiers, 3 vs. 3 Team Dueling, ATTACK OF THE GIANT CARD!!, Win-A-Mat, Sealed Starter Deck and Structure Deck, Duelist League, Yu-Gi-Oh! Day, School Tournament Series, and Generation Duel Tournaments will be held through the weekend.

Prizing Information for YCS Toronto:

· 1st place – Ultra Rare Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Prize Card: Number 93: Utopia Kaiser; Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Trophy; Paid travel and accommodations to the winner’s 2017 World Championship Qualifier; Invite to and VIP Status at the 2017 World Championship Qualifier tournament; PlayStation©4 system; Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Top Cut Game Mat; 20 Ultimate Duelist Series Points.

· 2nd place – Super Rare Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Prize Card: Number 93: Utopia Kaiser; PlayStation©4 system; Invite to the 2017 World Championship Qualifier tournament; Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Top Cut Game Mat; 10 Ultimate Duelist Series Points.

· 3rd place – Super Rare Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Prize Card: Number 93: Utopia Kaiser; Xbox One console; Invite to the 2017 World Championship Qualifier tournament; Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Top Cut Game Mat; 10 Ultimate Duelist Series Points.

· 4th place – Xbox One console; Invite to the 2017 World Championship Qualifier tournament; Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Top Cut Game Mat; 10 Ultimate Duelist Series Points.

· 5th–8th place – Nintendo 3DS XL Console; Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Top Cut Game Mat; Invite to the 2017 World Championship Qualifier tournament; 10 Ultimate Duelist Series Points.

· 9th– 6th place – 24 booster packs of the current booster release; Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Top Cut Game Mat; Invite to the 2017 World Championship Qualifier tournament; 10 Ultimate Duelist Series Points.

· 17th–32nd place – Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Top Cut Game Mat; Invite to the 2017 World Championship Qualifier tournament; 10 Ultimate Duelist Series Points.

For those unable to attend YCS Toronto, Duelists can follow round-by-round with online coverage.

 

Press Release: Konami’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game at San Diego Comic-Con

July 17, 2016

Comic-Con International: San Diego attendees will want to make booth #3713 their leadoff stop so they can be the first to see what’s new from Konami during the world-renowned five-day show July 20 – July 24. Year after year the company is right in the thick of things, offering pop culture fans the latest and greatest from the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME as well as other new booth features and fun activities.

Always a fan favorite, KONAMI will once again have the green screen photo booth. A Comic-Con must-have, fans can create their own exclusive one-of-a-kind Yu-Gi-Oh! Token Card. They can choose from 6 different card backgrounds, with Dueling legends Yugi, Jaden, Yusei, Yuma, Yuya or the 2016 Comic-Con International: San Diego logo – suitable for use during Duels!

Looking for a Con exclusive and the latest Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG products? Head over to the booth’s retail counter early in the show to get KONAMI’s Comic-Con International Exclusive Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG game mat before it sells out! Available for just $30, this collectible game mat features awesome imagery of Yugi and Kaiba along with Amulet Dragon and Mirror Force Dragon!

There will be plenty of products for sale too. Fans wanting to add to their card portfolio can purchase new and popular Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG products every day of the show while supplies last, including the recently released Rise of the True Dragons Structure Deck, Shining Victories Special Edition and the brand new Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions Movie Pack.

Attendees wanting to learn the game can take a seat at a game table to get a Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG demonstration from the experts! Those completing a demo will receive a show exclusive coupon good for $3 off the purchase of Starter Deck: Yuya (redeemable only at KONAMI’s booth during Comic-Con). Players wanting to tweak their Deck-building strategies can get helpful hints from KONAMI’s many Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG experts on-hand throughout the show. Plus, players feeling lucky and confident in their Dueling skills can Duel the Master as he sits on his royal throne, for a chance to take home some other prizes!

Know all the Yu-Gi-Oh! cards and characters? Fans can test their Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG prowess as they peruse the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG card display. Featuring hundreds of cards highlighting the different eras of Yu-Gi-Oh! – “The Fusion Era,” “The Synchro Era,” “The Xyz Era,” and “The Pendulum Era” – and cards from the most recent products Shining Victories, The Dark Illusion, Rise of the True Dragon Structure Deck, and Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions Movie Pack, this show of cards is sure to please old-school Duelists and new players alike.

Duelists looking for more opportunities to show off their Dueling techniques can visit the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Organized Play Room #16B on the Mezzanine level where KONAMI will host a variety of Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG events from Thursday through Sunday including Win-A-Mats, 2017 Regional Qualifiers, ATTACK OF THE GIANT CARD!! and more! Dragon Duel Tournaments, for children born 2004 or later, will take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday only. And best of all – these tournaments are free to Comic-Con attendees!

San Diego Comic-Con hours:
Wednesday, July 20: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (Preview Night; some booth activities not available)
Thursday, July 21: 9:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Friday, July 22: 9:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 23: 9:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 24: 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Press Release: Konami Brings Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series to Origins

June 2, 2016

Registered Players to Receive an Exclusive YCS Origins Participation Game Mat

Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME (TCG) Duelists and Origins Game Fair attendees are in for a special treat when show sponsor Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. (KONAMI) brings the Yu-Gi-Oh! CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES (YCS) to Columbus, Ohio. This premier-level event will be held on June 15-19, with the Main Event scheduled for June 18-19, during the five-day show at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

At YCS Origins, hundreds of Duelists from across the country will be eager to put their Deck choice and game strategy to the test, hopeful that they have what it takes to win every round, progressing to Sunday’s Final Round for the chance to hoist the YCS Champion trophy.

Pre-registration for YCS Origins will run from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Friday, June 17 and registration will continue promptly at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 18. Upon registering, Duelists will receive five Shining Victories booster packs for participating in KONAMI’s YCS Origins and an exclusive YCS Origins Participation Game Mat. Round One will start at 10:00 a.m. and the top-ranked YCS finishers will earn invitations to participate in the 2016 World Championship Qualifier, scheduled to be held in Pittsburgh in July. Players will use their constructed Decks all the way to the Championship. Duelists can find the answers to many of their questions here: http://www.yugioh-card.com/en/events/2016/YCS_Origins.html.

Both seasoned Duelists and those getting into the game have a chance to compete for a variety of exciting prizes at YCS Origins. Among the prizes, the first place winner will receive an Ultra Rare version of the latest, most sought-after prize card: Minerva, the Exalted Lightsworn – one of the rarest Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG cards in existence!

Accompanying the Main Event, KONAMI will also be conducting Dragon Duels (for Duelists born in 2003 or later). The Dragon Duel tournaments on Thursday through Sunday morning will be sealed using Battle Pack: Epic Dawn, where each Duelist is given ten sealed Battle Packs to make a new Deck. The top four finishers in the Dragon Duel events will receive winners’ medals, a Regional Deck Box, and a 2016 Regional Game Mat. Top-ranked finishers will also win an invitation to their 2016 Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier. On Sunday afternoon, the 1st place winners of each of the Dragon Duels from Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday will compete in a 4-Player Advanced Format- Single-Elimination Tournament, 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! The Dragon Duel Champion will also receive a previously issued Super Rare YCS prize card. Entry to the Dragon Duel tournaments is free to qualified players.

Another not-to-be-missed YCS Origins event is meeting two of the most popular actors from the original Yu-Gi-Oh! animated series! Darren Dunstan, the voice actor for Maximillion Pegasus, and Wayne Grayson, the voice actor for Joey Wheeler, will be available at specific times during the weekend to sign autographs so fans should bring their favorite Pegasus & Joey cards and make sure to get their YCS Origins Participation Game Mat autographed! Additionally, the actors will be participating in the Q&A session in the anime track on Saturday evening at 6:00 p.m.

During the five days of the Origins Game Fair, KONAMI will also be hosting a series of Public Events and is pleased to début a new Public Event at YCS Origins, the Generation Duel, in which players can play a Deck based off of one of the five Yu-Gi-Oh! animated series. Additionally, a full range of Public Events such as 2016 Regional Qualifiers, Ultimate Duelist Series Qualifiers, School Tournament Series, 3 vs. 3 Team Dueling, ATTACK OF THE GIANT CARD!!, Win-A-Mat, Sealed Starter Deck and Structure Deck, Duelist League, Yu-Gi-Oh! Day and Battle City Tournaments will be held throughout YCS Origins.
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 Minerva, the Exalted Lightsworn prize card, with the other winners bringing home Super Rare versions. The top ranked Duelists will also win a Top Cut Game Mat for this event.

Prizing Information:
· 1st Place – Ultra Rare Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Prize Card: Minerva, The Exalted Lightsworn; Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Trophy; Paid travel and accommodations to the winner’s 2016 World Championship Qualifier; VIP Status at the winner’s 2016 World Championship Qualifier; PlayStation®4 system; Invite to the 2016 World Championship Qualifier tournament; Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Top Cut Game Mat; and 20 Ultimate Duelist Series (UDS) Points
· 2nd place – Super Rare Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Prize Card: Minerva, The Exalted Lightsworn; 32GB Tablet PC; Invite to the 2016 World Championship Qualifier tournament; Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Top Cut Game Mat; and 10 UDS Points
· 3rd place – Super Rare Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Prize Card: Minerva, The Exalted Lightsworn; Xbox One console; Invite to the 2016 World Championship Qualifier tournament; Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Top Cut Game Mat; and 10 UDS Points
· 4th place – Xbox One console; Invite to the 2016 World Championship Qualifier tournament; Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Top Cut Game Mat; and 10 UDS Points
· 5th – 8th place – Nintendo 3DS XL; Invite to the 2016 World Championship Qualifier tournament; Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Top Cut Game Mat; and 10 UDS Points
· 9th – 16th place – 24 booster packs of Shining Victories; Invite to the 2016 World Championship Qualifier tournament; Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Top Cut Game Mat; and 10 UDS Points

Event Address:
Origins Game Fair
Greater Columbus Convention Center
Battelle North
400 N High St
Columbus, OH 43215

Origins Game Fair and Otaku Hobby Gaming

May 30, 2016

Orgins Game Fair is this June 15th through the 19th at Columbus Convention Center in Columbus.  It is one the largest gathering of gamers and games in the country and they have some anime/Japanese themed games and events for all.

Last year they started Anime themed programming by partnering with Wasabi Anime, local anime conventions, and others.  This year they have expanded that programming.  There will be panels, screenings, workshops, a manga library, and more.  They will have events Thursday through Saturday only though.  They have the use of three rooms for events and the library.  Special events include an Anime Name That Tune game show, Trulie Awesome Show (an anime inspired comedy duo), and playing anime games with the maids of Cafe Peitet Joy.

The Special Media Guests for this year’s con are two anime voice actors, Darren Dunstan and Wayne Grayson.  Darren has voiced on Yu-Gi-Oh! (Pegasus), the 2003 TMNT (Splinter), Chaotic (Kaz), and several other 4Kids productions along with doing voice direction for a number of series.  Wayne has done voice work for over 20 years, his best know work though is Yu-Gi-Oh! (Joey), Utena (Ruka), Samurai Deeper Kyo (Benitora), and the 2003 TMNT (Michelangelo).  The two of them will only be there for Saturday and Sunday, helping to judge the costume contest, holding a Q&A, and a signing on Saturday.  On Sunday they will be in the Konami area of Battelle Hall all day.

Bushiroad, Pokémon, and Konami all have plenty of tournaments going on, all different styles and sizes.  Special promoted ones include Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Origins to win a prize card “Minerva, the Exalted Lightworn”, Pokémon Unlimited Tournament celebrating 20 years of Pokémon and Pokémon TCG Win-a-Trip Tournament to go to the 2016 World Championships in San Francisco, Cardfight!! Vanguard G Team League Spring Fest 2016 Regial Qualifer, Weiss Schwarz Neo Showdown Spring Fest 2016 Regional Qualifier, and Future Card Buddyfight Buddy Challenge Spring Fest 2016 Regional Qualifier.

There are a few RPGs with anime themes.  Kuro from Cubicle 7 has three different sessions to play, all starting at 8am though.  Plus some Big Eye Small Mouth sessions, fantasy and post-apocalyptic ones.  Windmill Game Co is running several sessions of their game Advanced Dimensional Green Ninja-Educational Preparatory Super-Elementary Fortress 555 (ADGNEPSEF555), which is designed as a free for all anime inspired game where anything should happen set in a school.  They will also have game of it based around wuxia and henshin heroes too.

For those interested in LARPS there are some anime themed ones.  The Pokémon company’s LARP is just having you challenge other players with your 3DS or 2DS and a copy of X, Y, Omega Ruby or Alpha Sapphire to collect gym badges to then beat the Elite Four and the Champion to win a prize.  It goes on all day on Thursday through Sunday.  Not really a traditional LARP unless you put some character into, which I think would be a lot of fun.  A more traditional LARP is ADGNEPSEF555: The Movie!! The LARPening!!! on Sunday starting at noon.  Inspired from the above RPG.

On the miniature side of things we have some unique items.  One man has modified rules from other games to make his own Starblazer’s space game (two sessions) and Area 88  fighter plane game (one session).  Cool Mini or Not has some “miniature figure board games” to check out too.  Arcade Quest about playing a guild of heroes fighting evil, Rivet Wars a sort of WWI battle with cute and wacky figures, and Kaosball a fantasy sport league.  Plus Super Dungeon Explorer and Ninja All-Stars from Ninja Division.

Board throughout the long weekend include Kitsune: of Foxes and Fools (the only game actual using the Anime track listing), Lanterns: The Harvest Festival Tournament, King of Tokyo games, Hanabi, and Samurai Spirit.

There will also be videoing too.  Pokémon handheld, Mario Kart, Pokken, Smash Bros, Street Fighter, and a retro game challenge tournaments are all planned.

Early Bird registration pricing ends tomorrow, so sorry this is so late.  Ribbons, generics, and event registration will not be available online.  Badge Registration will remain open through the show though.

This is a con for all fans of gaming to check out at least once.  Though it can get a bit expensive of five days.  I will actually be at this one.  I have not been for a few years so I am excited for it.

Press Release: Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Comes to New England Over Memorial Day Weekend

May 22, 2016

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Duelists from up and down the Eastern seaboard are readying their Decks and organizing their card portfolios in anticipation of Yu-Gi-Oh! CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES (YCS) Providence. This premier-level event is presented by Konami May 28 and 29 at the Rhode Island Convention Center.

Over the course of the weekend, hundreds of eager Duelists will fill the hallways of the convention center, each hopeful that they have the right balance of cards and honed strategy to win every round, progressing to Sunday’s Final Round for the chance to hoist the YCS Champion trophy.

Both seasoned Duelists and those getting into the game have a chance to compete for a variety of exciting prizes at YCS Providence. Among the prizes, the first place winner will receive an Ultra Rare version of the latest, most sought-after prize card: Minerva, the Exalted Lightsworn – one of the rarest Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG cards in existence!

Pre-registration for YCS Providence will run from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 27 and registration will continue promptly at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 28. Upon registering, Duelists will receive five Shining Victories booster packs for participating in KONAMI’s YCS Providence. Round One will start at 10:00 a.m. and the top-ranked YCS finishers will earn invitations to participate in the 2016 World Championship Qualifier. Players will use their constructed Decks all the way to the Championship.

Event Address:
Rhode Island Convention Center
Hall C
One Sabin Street
Providence, RI 02903

Accompanying the Main Event, KONAMI will also be conducting Dragon Duels (for Duelists born in 2003 or later). The Dragon Duel tournaments on both Saturday and Sunday will be sealed using Battle Pack: Epic Dawn, where each Duelist is given ten sealed Battle Packs to make a new Deck. The top four finishers in the Dragon Duel events will receive winners’ medals, a Regional Deck Box, and a 2016 Regional Game Mat. Top-ranked finishers will also win an invitation to their 2016 Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier. The two victors from the Saturday and Sunday tournaments will face off in a best 2-out-of-3 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! The Dragon Duel Champion will also receive a previously issued Super Rare YCS prize card. Entry to the Dragon Duel tournaments is free to qualified players.

Throughout the weekend, a full range of Public Events such as 2016 Regional Qualifiers, Ultimate Duelist Series Qualifiers, 3 vs. 3 Team Dueling, ATTACK OF THE GIANT CARD!!, Win-A-Mat, Sealed Starter Deck and Structure Deck, Duelist League, Yu-Gi-Oh! Day and Battle City Tournaments will be held.

KONAMI is also pleased to debut a new Public Event at YCS Providence, the Yu-Gi-Oh! School Tournament Series! This event is designed specifically for school-based teams who want to attend and have fun competing at KONAMI premier-level events. Players from the same school can register to compete for a variety of prizes. The Yu-Gi-Oh! School Tournament Series are conducted as Advanced Format, Constructed Decks, Swiss Round events, with a Playoff Top Cut and prizes awarded at the end of the final playoff round played.
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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 Minerva, the Exalted Lightsworn prize card, with the other winners bringing home Super Rare versions. The top ranked Duelists will also win a Top Cut Game Mat for this event.

Prizing Information:
・ 1st Place – Ultra Rare Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Prize Card: Minerva, The Exalted Lightsworn; Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Trophy; Paid travel and accommodations to the winner’s 2016 World Championship Qualifier; VIP Status at the winner’s 2016 World Championship Qualifier; PlayStation®4 system; Invite to the 2016 World Championship Qualifier tournament; Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Top Cut Game Mat; and 20 Ultimate Duelist Series (UDS) Points

・ 2nd place – Super Rare Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Prize Card: Minerva, The Exalted Lightsworn; 32GB Tablet PC; Invite to the 2016 World Championship Qualifier tournament; Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Top Cut Game Mat; and 10 UDS Points

・ 3rd place – Super Rare Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Prize Card: Minerva, The Exalted Lightsworn; Xbox One console; Invite to the 2016 World Championship Qualifier tournament; Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Top Cut Game Mat; and 10 UDS Points

・ 4th place – Xbox One console; Invite to the 2016 World Championship Qualifier tournament; Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Top Cut Game Mat; and 10 UDS Points

・ 5th – 8th place – Nintendo 3DS XL; Invite to the 2016 World Championship Qualifier tournament; Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Top Cut Game Mat; and 10 UDS Points

・ 9th – 16th place – 24 booster packs of Shining Victories; Invite to the 2016 World Championship Qualifier tournament; Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Top Cut Game Mat; and 10 UDS Points

Press Release: Atlanta, Georgia is Home to the First Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Event of 2016

January 23, 2016

Since the last North American Yu-Gi-Oh! YCS in November 2015, hundreds of Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Duelists have been waiting and preparing for the next chance to show off their skills and strategies and compete with their peers. On February 6 and 7, their wait will be over as KONAMI presents YCS Atlanta, the first North American premier-level event of 2016 at the Georgia International Convention Center.

YCS Atlanta gives veteran Duelists and those just getting into the game a chance to compete for a variety of exciting prizes. The first place winner will receive an Ultra Rare version of the latest, most sought-after prize card: Minerva, the Exalted Lightsworn – one of the rarest Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG cards in existence!

The Georgia International Convention Center will host hundreds of hopeful Duelists during the weekend, each one confident that they have the right mix of cards and strategy to win round after round and advance to Sunday’s Final Round and the opportunity to Duel for the title of YCS Champion.
Pre-registration for YCS Atlanta will run from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Friday, February 5 and registration will continue promptly at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 6. Upon registering, Duelists will receive five Breakers of Shadow booster packs for participating in KONAMI’s YCS Atlanta. Round One will start at 10:00 a.m. and the top ranked YCS finishers will earn invitations to participate in the 2016 World Championship Qualifier. Players will use their constructed Decks all the way to the Championship.

Event Address:
Georgia International Convention Center
Hall D
2000 Convention Center Concourse
College Park, GA 30337

Accompanying the Main Event, KONAMI will also be conducting Dragon Duels (for Duelists born in 2003 or later). The Dragon Duel tournaments on both Saturday and Sunday will be sealed; using Battle Pack: Epic Dawn, where each Duelist is given ten sealed Battle Packs to make a new Deck. The top four finishers in the Dragon Duel events will receive winners’ medals, a Regional Deck Box, and a 2016 Regional Game Mat. Top-ranked finishers will also win an invitation to their 2016 Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier. The two victors from the Saturday and Sunday tournaments will face off in a best 2-out-of-3 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! In addition, the Dragon Duel Champion will also receive a previously issued Super Rare YCS prize card. Entry to the Dragon Duel tournaments is free to qualified players.

Additionally, a full range of Public Events such as 2016 Regional Qualifiers, Ultimate Duelist Series Qualifiers, 3 vs. 3 Team Dueling, ATTACK OF THE GIANT CARD!!, Win-A-Mat, Sealed Starter Deck and Structure Deck, Duelist League, Yu-Gi-Oh! Day 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 Minerva, the Exalted Lightsworn 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.

Prizing Information:
1st place – Ultra Rare Minerva, the Exalted Lightsworn 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 2016 World Championship Qualifier tournament
2nd place – Super Rare Minerva, the Exalted Lightsworn YCS Prize Card; 32 GB Tablet PC; YCS Top Cut Game Mat; and an invite to their 2016 World Championship Qualifier
3rd place – Super Rare Minerva, the Exalted Lightsworn 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 2016 World Championship Qualifier
4th place – Xbox One system; YCS Top Cut Game Mat; and an invite to their 2016 World Championship Qualifier
5th – 8th place – Nintendo 3DS XL system; YCS Top Cut Game Mat and an invite to their 2016 World Championship Qualifier
9th – 16th place – 24 booster packs of Breakers of Shadow; YCS Top Cut Game Mat; and an invite to their 2016 World Championship Qualifier

Press Release: Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Lands in San Jose, California November 7 & 8

November 1, 2015

More than one thousand Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Duelists attended the Yu-Gi-Oh! CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES (YCS) in Dallas last month and many are now headed to San José, CA for the last North American YCS of 2015. KONAMI presents this premier-level event for the massively popular Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG November 7-8 giving players an additional opportunity to vie for the coveted title of Champion before year’s end.

YCS San Jose gives Duelists of all ages, novices and veterans alike, a chance to compete for a bounty of exciting prizes. The first place winner will receive an Ultra Rare version of the latest most sought-after prize card: Minerva, the Exalted Lightsworn – one of the rarest Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG cards in existence!

Hopeful Duelists will enter downtown’s Parkside Hall on Saturday morning self-assured that they have the right combination of cards and strategy to win round after round and advance to the Final Round on Sunday and the opportunity to Duel for the title of YCS Champion.

With the newest products, the High-Speed Riders and Dimension of Chaos booster sets adding suspense to the Duels, YCS San José will be an excellent environment 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!

Pre-registration for YCS San José will run from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Friday, November 6 and registration will continue promptly at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 7. Upon registering, Duelists will receive five Dimension of Chaos booster packs for participating in KONAMI’s YCS San José. Round One will start at 10:00 a.m. and the top ranked YCS finishers will earn invitations to participate in the 2016 World Championship Qualifier. Players will use their constructed Decks all the way to the Championship.

Event Address:
Parkside Hall
Exhibit Hall A & B
180 Park Avenue
San José, CA 95113

Accompanying the Main Event, KONAMI will also be conducting Dragon Duels (for Duelists born in 2003 or later). The Dragon Duel tournaments on both Saturday and Sunday will be sealed, using Battle Pack: Epic Dawn, where each Duelist is given ten sealed Battle Packs to make a new Deck. The top four finishers in the Dragon Duel events will receive winners’ medals, a Regional Deck Box, and a 2016 Regional Game Mat. Top-ranked finishers will also win an invitation to their 2016 Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier. The two victors from the Saturday and Sunday tournaments will face off in a best 2-out-of-3 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! In addition, the Dragon Duel Champion will also receive a previously issued Super Rare YCS prize card. Entry to the Dragon Duel tournaments is free to qualified players.

Additionally, a full range of Public Events such as 2016 Regional Qualifiers, Ultimate Duelist Series Qualifiers, 3 vs. 3 Team Dueling, ATTACK OF THE GIANT CARD!!, Win-A-Mat, Beta Format Win-A-Mat, Sealed Starter Deck and Structure Deck, Duelist League, Tag Dueling, Yu-Gi-Oh! Day 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 Minerva, the Exalted Lightsworn 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.

Prizing Information:

    • 1st place – Ultra Rare Minerva, the Exalted Lightsworn 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 2016 World Championship Qualifier tournament
    • 2nd place – Super Rare Minerva, the Exalted Lightsworn YCS Prize Card; 32 GB Tablet PC; YCS Top Cut Game Mat; and an invite to their 2016 World Championship Qualifier
    • 3rd place – Super Rare Minerva, the Exalted Lightsworn 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 2016 World Championship Qualifier
    • 4th place – Xbox One system; YCS Top Cut Game Mat; and an invite to their 2016 World Championship Qualifier
    • 5th – 8th place – Nintendo 3DS XL system; YCS Top Cut Game Mat and an invite to their 2016 World Championship Qualifier
  • 9th – 16th place – 24 booster packs of Dimension of Chaos; YCS Top Cut Game Mat; and an invite to their 2016 World Championship Qualifier

 

Press Release: Konami Heads to Dallas Area for First Stateside Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series of The New Duelling Season

October 8, 2015

Continuing to excite Duelists around the globe, Konami brings its Yu-Gi-Oh! CHAMPIOSNHIP SERIES (YCS) tournament to the Dallas, TX area as it begins a new season of Dueling in the United States. KONAMI’s YCS, a premier-level event for the massively popular Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG, will be held October 3-4 at the Arlington Convention Center.

At the YCS Dallas, Duelists of all ages, novices and veterans alike, will compete for a bounty of exciting prizes. The first place winner will receive an Ultra Rare version of the latest most sought-after prize card: Minerva, the Exalted Lightsworn – one of the rarest Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG cards in existence!

YCS Dallas kicks off the Dueling season in the States and begins the journey to the World Championship in 2016. Aspiring Duelists will enter the Arlington Convention Center on Saturday morning believing they have put in the hard work and built the right Decks to have a shot at glory and prizes. Duelists will put their 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, the Synchron Extreme Structure Deck and Clash of Rebellions booster set adding suspense to the Duels, YCS Dallas will be an excellent environment 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!

Pre-registration for YCS Dallas will run from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 2 and registration will continue promptly at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 3. Upon registering, Duelists will receive five Clash of Rebellions booster packs for participating in KONAMI’s YCS Dallas. Round One will start at 10:00 a.m. and the top ranked YCS finishers will earn invitations to participate in the 2016 World Championship Qualifier. Players will use their constructed Decks all the way to the Championship.

Event Address:
Arlington Convention Center
1200 Ballpark Way
Arlington, TX 76011

Accompanying the Main Event, KONAMI will also be conducting Dragon Duels (for Duelists born in 2003 or later). The Dragon Duel tournaments on both Saturday and Sunday will be sealed, using Battle Pack: Epic Dawn, where each Duelist is given ten sealed Battle Packs to make a new Deck. The top four finishers in the Dragon Duel events will receive winners’ medals, a Regional Deck Box, and a 2016 Regional Game Mat. Top-ranked finishers will also win an invitation to their 2016 Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier. The two victors from the Saturday and Sunday tournaments will face off in a best 2-out-of-3 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! In addition, the Dragon Duel Champion will also receive a previously issued Super Rare YCS prize card. Entry to the Dragon Duel tournaments is free to qualified players.

Additionally, a full range of Public Events such as 2016 Regional Qualifiers, Ultimate Duelist Series Qualifiers, 3 vs. 3 Team Tournament, ATTACK OF THE GIANT CARD!!, Win-A-Mat, Beta Format Win-A-Mat, Sealed Starter Deck and Structure Deck, Duelist League, Tag Dueling, 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 Super Rare YCS prize card. The Main Event winner will take home an Ultra Rare version of the Minerva, the Exalted Lightsworn 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.