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1x1 Pokemon: Journey of the Brilliant Stars (IC thread--WavexSAF)

Discussion in 'Roleplay Institute' started by WavePearl, Apr 6, 2022.

  1. WavePearl

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    Here we go on our re-imagined TCG adventure!

    Solitaire Island...a place where TCG enthusiasts from around the Pokeworld gather for tournaments and TCG events of all sizes. The ultimate goal in Solitaire Island is the Rainbow Stadium in Klondike City, where those that have defeated all 18 Club Masters, and obtained all 18 Master Coins can face the four TCG Grand Masters, and earn four Legendary Cards.

    A group of friends arrived on Solitaire Island in hopes of journeying to Klondike City as a team, and earning the Legendary cards--Jirachi, the Prism Wish, Victini, the Star of Victory, Meloetta the Singer of Miracles, and Diancie, the Luminous Sparkle.

    But what they and the many other TCG players did not know a sinister force was on the move--Team Labyrinth.

    Team Labyrinth wanted to steal the Legendary cards, and use their powers for their own dark ambitions. Both players were not about to take this lying down, and so they came up with a plan to undertake a daring mission to infiltrate Labyrinth Island, storm Freecell Fortress, take down Team Labyrinth, and still finish the tournament on Solitaire Island at the same time. But Labyrinth Island more than lives up to its name, and it doesn't help the members of Team Labyrinth are always on the lookout for intruders.

    Can our heroes use their own TCG skills to defeat Team Labyrinth, reach Klondike City, and earn the Legendary Cards at the same time Or will Team Labyrinth succeed in bringing Solitaire Island to its knees?

    At the moment, you guys have arrived in Deuce City, where most visitors to Solitaire Island arrive, often by boat or by plane. Your first objective is to register for the grand tournament that will take you to Klondike City--and some familiar friends from across the Pokeworld wait to guide you on your adventure...
     
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    A ferry from Sunyshore City, Sinnoh, could be seen docking at Deuce City port. Newly arrived visitors had already been mingling with the hustle and bustle of the port city -- including Kenji, a Ransei-born redhead adolescent who grew up in Hoenn. Then why did he come from Sinnoh? Because that was the last place he had visited for the journey after his home region.

    So this is Solitaire Island, huh? Kenji mentally mused. He'd heard that Solitaire Island was practically a heaven for TCG enthusiasts. Hell, even TCG newbies would be welcomed there because according to a random passenger Kenji had talked to during the boat ride, there were a lot of helpful people who made Deuce City a newbie-friendly place in Solitaire Island. The problem is, where could he even find a guide to get him started...?
     
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    Advertisements for card shops, TCG MyTube series, podcasts and more were everywhere, including Six Spirits TV's own TCG series, "Jewels of the Cards". In the series, pro TCG players Ash, Misty, Brock, Serena, May, and Dawn explained how to play the TCG, reviewed sets, opened cards, played casual matches live on MyTube, gently poked fun at aspects of the game, broadcasted competitive matches, and even did dramatic performances that somehow worked in TCG cards into fantasy plots.
     
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    (I'll wait for Vicky (@Shadria) to show up here before formally registering to a TCG competition. Until then, tutorial time.)

    As much as Kenji loved fiction, he'd rather have a more practical approach this time around. He decided to pay a visit to a card shop that happened to have an exhibition match at the moment.
     
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    "Hi, and welcome to Prism Cards!" a boy in a red outfit and a matching bandana smiled as he put out boxes for the new Brilliant Stars set on display. "All Brilliant Stars individual packs are free as part of the release campaign!"

    There were a few vacant game tables open, but at the occupied table, the game was winding down--the girl at the Sapphire side had one prize left.

    (The boy that greeted you is Mark, the hero of the Game Boy TCG.

    The two people playing are two NPCs)
     
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    While the Brilliant Stars packs sounded compelling, Kenji wanted to see how things work first and foremost. So he went to the occupied game table just to watch the game happening there.
     
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    Judging from the girl's expression, even a newbie like Kenji could see that she was having a bad time. He couldn't decide whether her move was a good one or not -- might as well leave that to the pros.
     
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    (worldbuilding on Ash and the gang incoming)

    The girl's opponent studied his hand. "I play Professor Cozmo's Discovery." he reported.

    The referee next flipped a coin to determine which cards the boy would draw...

    (the Supporter he played)
     
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    (@Shadria hullo?)

    On the second thought, this is hopeless. Kenji's bright idea of watching a game with no context didn't seem to work out. Maybe he should've gotten a more hands-on approach?
     
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    A ship from Galar arrived, with several people coming off to explore the island. Victoria departed, aiming towards the nearest cardshop. Pawniard raced alongside her, keeping a valiant eye on potential trouble. "Hello?", she tried to play things calmly as she looked around. 'Surely no one here is going to notice you. They're all from different regions, anyways. And if they did, who were they going to call? Mom's customer service??' She approached a younger looking kid observing a on-going match. "Eeh..poor girl got herself in a tight corner. Maybe she can pull through with a great pull?"
     
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    That comment caught Kenji's attention. Turned out it was this purple-haired girl in a white collared shirt and blue skirt who said that. He tilted his head, wondering what she even meant by her comment just now.
     
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    (see the Six Spirits TV tutorial now? This acts as getting both you guys and your characters up to speed. There's also a little fun with Brock's musical skills and magic tricks throughout the tutorial.)
     
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    (Kenji, yes. Not sure about Vicky, though.)
     
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    "If you guys have never played the TCG before, I highly recommend watching the Six Spirits' tutorial series on MyTube." Mark suggested. "You can watch the tutorials all at once, or they have it broken down into different levels. Emerald Raikou and the others try to make it fun with some magic and music.

    (In this world, Ash and the gang are known as their Six Spirits personas. So Emerald Raikou=Brock)
     
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    "Okie, thanks," Kenji thanked the bandanna boy, then retreated to a corner of the card shop and browsed MyTube on his Pokenav Plus (subsequently Pokenav+). Took him awhile until he found the suggested series in a playlist specifically for beginners.

    (Given Kenji's origin, I'd say the Pokenav+ is Hoenn's equivalent of IRL smartphone. Also, Emerald Raikou here is Brock's screen name, right?)
     
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    (Yes, Emerald Raikou=Brock)

    Some upbeat music began as the title card for the introductory episode appeared: "Introduction to the TCG For Beginners."

    After a few seconds, the scene faded to Brock, nee Emerald Raikou, in the colorful and roomy Six Spirits TV studio. "Hi, Emerald Raikou here for Six Spirits TV. Over the next few weeks, we'll be posting videos meant for beginners to the Pokémon TCG. Whether you have a video game..."

    He snapped, conjuring a green 3DS on the table. "...a real deck of cards..."

    He snapped again, conjuring a Raikou theme deck in its box. "...are looking to play online..."

    "He snapped again, conjuring a laptop conveniently open to the official site for online play. "...or are just trying to follow what's going on in TCG tournaments or a TCG themed anime..."

    He snapped again, conjuring a TV with the channel logo on its screen. "...we'll teach you some of the basic terminology you'll need to know, the basic anatomy of a deck and a card, the basic rules of the game, how to spot fake cards, and some basic strategies to build your first decks from scratch. If there's a specific topic you're interested in, click the i in the sky to access our beginner's playlist. Otherwise, sit back and enjoy this deep dive into the TCG in an informative and fun way." The video ended there.
     
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    "Huh! Sounds like a neat idea." Vicky sat down, not that far from Kenji and pulled up the same from her Rotom Phone. "I know a bit but going over everything again isn't a bad move in the slightest. Especially here." Pawniard sat down next to her, filling the space between her and Kenji. "Pawni.." He glanced at her phone, then at the DexNav+, taking in that they were watching the same playlist.
     
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    The second video's title card read "TCG Terminology, Explained."

    The scene opened on Brock in the Six Spirits TV studio again. "Hi, Emerald Raikou here for Six Spirits TV. This is Episode 2 in our introductory series to the TCG for beginners. Before we get into explaining where to find cards, how to spot fake cards, the anatomy of a card and the playspace, and how to play, there's some terminology that will be helpful to know as you play and interact with the community. Some of these are official terms, and some of these are fan created terms or nicknames."
     
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    So now that girl from before sat not that far from Kenji and now looking at her Rotom Phone. Seems like she was watching the same playlist as him. Even moreso with curiosity ensuing on her Pawniard's part -- who decided to take a seat between them both.

    Kenji decided to just move along with the tutorials. After all, what better way to do so than sequentially?
     

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