Monday, 25 November 2013

North Wales' Pokémon Qualifier

This was arranged at somewhat shorter notice than other events, but we wanted to make our mark at Nintendo UK's Winter Pokémon Event on the 7th December, so after we had just hosted our Big Official Pokémon Event, we asked people to sign up for another event, deemed just "The Qualifier"!

This time we used a pre-registration idea, where people had to sign up via email to secure their place. We also used the app "Brackelope" to make things a bit clearer and more official. 
It worked quite well because exactly 16 people signed up, and 16 turned up on time too!
The slight downside of the smaller group was that the 5 people who knew each other were inevitably going to have to battle each other. Cue 1st round and the little guy got put against his own cousin!

The layout of the room was different to last time. We moved out the giant beanbags, and used the big tables as gaming tables. We had them next to each other in a line, so there were 8 chairs (4 opposite 4) - perfect setting for an official qualifier!

We did try and emphasise that anyone could attend and play whatever they wanted, so we also made a corner for "non-competitors". This seemed to go down quite well :)

This event was hosted by just Dylan & I, as Rhys really wanted to compete! 

Due to the number of 16, everything went really smoothly, bar one connection right at the start. We synchronised the "start battle" with a 3,2,1, GO!
We did a quick breather in between each round, and it got tense in the semi final.

Even though the top 3 places were all essentially the same prize, we still did the final, as the top 2 wanted to know who was the ultimate champion!

The 2 who came top in the last event ended up as 3rd and 2nd. A new guy came 1st.
Congratulations to  Chris "Koryo", Daniel "Zog" and James, and all the best for London! Do us proud! :D

We finished slightly early, so the Pokemon guys stayed for a bit and chatted about their teams and set up. The "non-Pokemon" lot decided to have a few rounds of Mario Kart just for fun. With only a few of us left, it meant both Dylan & I managed to get some Karting in too! :)

Round 1

Quarter Finals

Semi Finals!

3rd place play-off!
top 2!

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

North Wales’ Pokémon Qualifier! – Sunday 24th November

If you want to be in with a chance to win a golden ticket to Nintendo UK’s Pokémon Winter Championships in London being held in December then get along to our qualifier event being held at Academi in Bangor on Sunday 24th of November from 2-4pm. Don’t forget to check the event on Facebook for last minute updates!

The top three placing people at our event on Sunday will receive a ticket that qualifies them to enter the competition in London (We think you'll have to pay your own travel). The prizes for the London competition look to be quite amazing; including £500 cash, a limited edition 3DS XL and £100 eShop credit for first place. Second and third are nearly as good, and everyone that qualifies will receive £20 eShop credit and a t-shirt.


Make sure you register with us beforehand by sending an email to to secure your place in the competition. For those knocked out, or just turning up for the Streetpass hits we’ll likely be playing Mario Kart 7, and other multiplayer games like we did in the last official meetup at some point during the afternoon.

Additionally, myself and a few other people are intending to record the first episode of the SPNW Podcast at the event and we’d like suggestions as to topics we should cover for you guys! Let us know in the comments here, or on the facebook group!

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

North Wales' Official Pokémon Event (Official Meet #2)

This meet was planned for a Sunday, at the request of some from the previous event's feedback. We ended up choosing between the 27th October and the 3rd November. We chose the 3rd November after a vote, and planning was well underway a week after the first event!
Amongst our prizes from Nintendo, we acquired a few eshop vouchers, Pokémon plushes, and some other Pokémon merchandise. The merchandise was from Pokémon Black & White Version 2 due to licensing preventing us having merchandise from the newly released Pokémon X & Y. This didn't put anyone off though.... after all.... who can resist a very large Pikachu plush?! :)

This time, we booked Academi. this is a student-run venue in the centre of Bangor. We booked the "Cinema" room, and the "Meeting" room as a reserve. It was a nice and clean, quiet venue, but the downside was the lack of tables. There were two tables in the meeting room, so we grabbed them and moved them into the Cinema room for the day. We put the chairs around the edge of the room, and threw a selection of giant beanbags into the middle. We put some Pokémon posters along the walls of the venue so people could find us from the entrance (Posters obtained from older editions of the ONM!)

Leading the way...
There is a big screen for hooking up laptops and consoles at the front of the Cinema room, so we took advantage of that and put some slides up for the Pokémon Battle Tournament.

The Grand Final!

Everything kicked off just after 11am.

A pikmin was given for anyone who showed us a pink piece from the Pokémon X & Y puzzle panel upon entry to the venue. People also signed up to the Pokémon Battle and/or Mario Kart 7. Throughout the day we also sold raffle tickets. Due to there being no food provisions at the venue, we told people beforehand to bring their own food or pop over to ASDA in a gap (which was across the road). We did however provide a selection of biscuits and soft drinks for anyone who might have forgotten. People started off on the chairs, but as the day progressed and people got a bit more relaxed with the company, some ventured on to the beanbags :)

Pokemon Battles 1
Pokemon battles 2
The Pokemon battle went underway: double battle with flat rules. We had a knockout round for 4 players randomly drawn from a hat. This left us with 8, perfect for the Quarter final. We made some slides for each of the final rounds...
The final round was really tense and lasted quite a while, but eventually James came out top, and when given the choice of eshop credit or Pikachu, he just had to choose the 

Pokémon Battle Champion!

We had a bit of a gap, so Rhys led another Battle : Single, flat rules. Of course I hadn't factored this in, so had to swap some prizes around. I nearly ended up without any decent raffle prizes... eek! Another curve ball was thrown when the same people came out on top, and then 1st place forfeited. This meant that 2nd place got 1st prize, and ended up winning more in total than 1st place... this will be reconsidered for future events. If you forfeit a prize, 2nd place will still get the 2nd prize, and the forfeited prize will be saved until the next event.

Next up was the Mario Kart challenge. We had exactly 8 entrants. Due to Rhys having to forfeit his position at Event #1 due to being host, Dylan hosted it this time to give him chance to compete properly. He did indeed win this time, so there went the 2nd official Shell cup Trophy :) They raced 3 cups: Mushroom, Star and then special cups. It was quite a tense tournament until the final cup. Nearly everyone had voted for the special cup at the end, despite earlier in the day half of them saying they hated Rainbow Road! :P

Mario Kart Tournament.

Mario Kart Winner :)

On to the Pokémon Quiz. Courtesy of one of the Mario Fest 2012 guys, we came up with 20 questions and 10 images. People laughed at some of the easy questions and gasped at some of the harder ones. People seemed to be eager to try the image quiz too. Everyone loves a "Who's that Pokémon" right?! Everyone attempted it, and there was quite a spectrum of scores, but there was just a single point between 1st and 2nd place! Here, a Tepig was given away, as well as some collectible figures.

Finally, we did the raffle, and officially announced the winners (complete with a photo of them and their prizes.)

Fun was had by all it seems!

This was our last big event of the year, but we hope to have a few mini meets before Christmas, and some online ones too. Check out our group for upcoming events! :D