Pokemon Chat Report - Thursday, December 07, 2000
by Ka-Lok Fung - Scrye Contributing Editor


master_trainer_pat says, "OK Time for another flurry of rulings and ruling reversals for your favorite trading card game..."
master_trainer_pat says, "First, let me clarify something I said last week. I believe I said that I thought you could choose 'colorless' as a basic energy type, this is incorrect; I've been told by R&D that 'colorless' doesn't count as abasic energy type."
master_trainer_pat says, "Second, I've had quite a few requests for help with downloading the contest entry form for the B-Day Pikachu contest. Most users complain of getting a 'blank' page when they download the entry form. This is usually a sign that the user has an older version of Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on their computer. To get the download to work properly, all you have to do is uninstall any older versions of Acrobat Reader on your computer and then download and install Adobe Acrobat Reader 4.0."
master_trainer_pat says, "Note: I cannot send you the contest entry form via e-mail, but I would be glad to walk you through the above process if you're having trouble getting the form downloaded. Contact me at Wizards of the Coast Customer Service line 1(800)324-6496 if you have any questions."
master_trainer_pat says, "One last thing before we get started. We've been told not to answer specific Neo Genesis rules questions until after the product goes on sale, so please save your Neo rules questions for another chat session, we don't like skipping over questions, but we will do so if we get alot of these requests."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #2 from the_real_edwin:
         what time is it in the pacific time zone?
master_trainer_pat says, "3:01"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #3 from chickorita1:
         I was carefully reading Ditto's Pokemon Power and it says: '...you may treat any energy attached to Ditto as Energy of any Type. Now, this leads me tobelive I can turn it into a double colorless or a Potion Energy or Even a Steelenergy! (Neo) Have
master_trainer_pat says, "You can only choose a basic energy type, so while could choose Darkness you will not get the added effects that are normally providedby a Darkness energy card."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #4 from chickorita1:
         I saw at the ESTS a Neo Genesis Display. The theme decks were called 'Hot-Foot' and 'Cold-Fusion'. Are these the offical names for the theme decks?
master_trainer_mike says, "Maaayyyyyyyybe :)"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #5 from chickorita1:
         Does League 2 have the same format? (Ex. 10 points for a game, 10 more for a win, 10 for Trading a card, etc.)
master_trainer_pat says, "Similar yes."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #6 from chickorita1:
         Can't you convince someone at wizards to hold a pre-release tourney forGenesis? (or a prerelease card!)
master_trainer_mike says, "It's the wrong time of year, most merchants are too busy to run one during the holiday."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #7 from chickorita1:
         Is the Maril giveway free or do you have to buy something? (Urg!) And is this promo Maril the same as the one handed out in the Japanese comic, 'Coro Coro'?
master_trainer_pat says, "It's free, but we don't know if it's the same as the one in COro Coro(a Japanese card game magazine)"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #8 from an_angry_bothan:
         WASSSSSSUUPPPPP????
master_trainer_pat says, "WaaaaSaabee!"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #9 from paokkk:
         Will Marill Promo card be handed out at Wizards store???
master_trainer_mike says, "oh, that is SOOO passe :)"
master_trainer_pat says, "Any stores that had the Leagues this year."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #10 from paokkk:
         Will NEO GENESIS be selling at all Wizards store on Dec. 16?
master_trainer_pat says, "We hope so, yes."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #12 from marril2000:
         IS this the TRUE neo layout? You ask, "Mike was the Marill promo in this picture real? http://www.geocities.com/marril2k2000/02news/01tradingcardnews/Marrilpromo.jpg"
master_trainer_mike says, "Dunno :)"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #13 from paokkk:
         Any promo mews?
master_trainer_mike says, "We already gave out promo mews!!"
master_trainer_mike says, "BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #14 from paokkk:
         When will a new gift box be release or any plan on a new gift box?
master_trainer_pat says, "The Thunderstorm Giftbox was this year's box set, we don't expect to see another til next year some time."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #15 from thundrchld:
         are you able to get more tha one promo marril from the store on december 16?
master_trainer_mike says, "Technically its one per person."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #16 from thundrchld:
         are teh stores allowed to charge for the marril?
master_trainer_pat says, "They should not be charging for the Marril...if some do, you should contact us here and let us know."
master_trainer_pat says, "We'll beat them over the head with plush Pikachu."
master_trainer_mike says, "PLUSHACHU!!!"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #17 from chickorita1:
         do you guys do this chat in Seattle or are you somewhere else?
master_trainer_mike says, "We are south of Seattle a bit."
master_trainer_mike says, "Can see the Space Weedle from here though."
master_trainer_pat says, "Sometimes we are in a different space though :)"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #18 from thundrchld:
         also you are allowed to flip for koga's kuna and if you flip heads, youcan imediately evolve it...
master_trainer_mike says, "Yup!"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #19 from dark_gyarados:
         if I bought the new neo boosters on your site would I get them in a week or two or on Jan 15?
master_trainer_pat says, "Dunno."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #20 from teamcompendium_02:
         Last week you said that many cards (Lass, etc.) don't require shufflingtheir deck if they don't have any cards in their hand. But, a previous ruling for Gambler said that you DO have to shuffle (May 11, Q131). Please clarify & confirm. Thanks.
master_trainer_pat says, "Read every card...on Gambler it specifically states 'shuffle your hand into your deck' since your 'hand' can be a 'hand' of zero cards you could shuffle if you had no cards in your hand in this case. However, cards that say trade a card in your hand for one in your deck, and you don't have one to trade; you can't shuffle in that case. Lass says 'shuffle all Trainer cards in your hand back into your deck. If you have no trainers, you can't shuffle your deck."
master_trainer_pat says, "How 'bout them apples?"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #21 from zapdos1:
         Is this card the actual Marril Promo Card? http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=521052281 If so , I personaly like the design
master_trainer_mike says, "Can't say."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #22 from teamcompendium_02:
         Last week MT_Pat said that you can use Pokemon Breeder on the same Pokemon where you played a Giovanni (Q208). However, a previous ruling said that you cannot use Breeder with Giovanni (Oct 5, Q75). Please clarify & confirm. Thanks.
master_trainer_mike says, "You can play Breeder after playing Giovanni, so if you are desperate to evolve to Giovanni's Nidoqueen the turn you played the female Giovanni's Nidoran, first I'm sorry about the state of your deck,"
master_trainer_mike says, "second, you CAN do that, so you could play a giovanni's basic, play the Giovanni trainer and then play Breeder to go to a 2nd stage Giovanni Pokemon all in one turn."
master_trainer_mike says, "But why would you want to??"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #23 from gooman:
         is there any official neo release date yet?
master_trainer_pat says, "The 'official' date would be January 16th 2001, but most stores that order diredtly from us should have some for sale Dec 16th 2000."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #24 from teamcompendium_02:
         Suppose a face-down card is active (via Lt. Surge's Secret Plan), and opposite Clefable which then attacks with Metronome. The card is then flipped over and it's not a basic Pokemon; does Metronome get to use the next active's attack or not?
master_trainer_mike says, "Yes it does, just by announcing you will use Metronome, you must flip over the face down card. If it is discarded you MUST choose an attack off of the next active Pokemon for Metronome."
master_trainer_mike says, "You CANNOT decide NOT to use Metronome as you already stated that choice. It is just clarifying exactly what you are Metronoming."
master_trainer_mike says, "This is a bit different than we answered last week and is now the official answer."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #25 from hyper__x:
         what are the pictures on neo booster pack?
master_trainer_pat says, "The only one I know for sure is Typhlosion."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #26 from teamcompendium_02:
         You've already ruled that "Scoop Up" triggers the "need to know" clauseof Lt.Surge's Secret Plan and the face-down card must be flipped over (Nov 9 Chat, Q567). Does the same apply for "Switch" too? (Sorry, just trying to be thorough).
master_trainer_mike says, "Yes it does, any trainer played on the face down card, regardless of what it is, causes you to flip over and verify the card."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #27 from paokkk:
         Any plan for glossy cards like Japanese ones??
master_trainer_pat says, "Sorry, nothing we know about now."
master_trainer_mike says, "We just deleted some of your questions as they were all about Neo. You sent them before the announcement so its ok."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #32 from paokkk:
         Do you have a collecting of Pokemon card??How big is it?
master_trainer_mike says, "Bigger than a mouse, but smaller than a house"
master_trainer_mike says, "Wider than a box, and cleaner than my sox."
master_trainer_mike says, "(can you tell I'e seen the Grinch 3 times already???)"
master_trainer_pat says, "A 'collection' maybe? Yes, both Mike and I are avid collectors...I have every English card...plus many of the Japanese holos."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #33 from nickandneo:
         Promo news?
master_trainer_pat says, "Well, of course the B-day Pikachu is the big news this week."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #34 from thundrchld:
         why can't wizards hold prerelease torunies but charge for them.. decipher does this stuff and they make good money from this
master_trainer_mike says, "Pokemon is aimed at a younger audience. We have no desire to charge them to play."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #35 from porygon_maniac17:
         Could you put a Double Colorless on Erika's Oddish and then use Venusaur's Pokémon power to transfer it to another grass type so it would count as two grass energies?
master_trainer_pat says, "You could Energy Trans it but it will not count as grass energy on the Pokemon you trans it to, because it will only be grass energy while it on Erika's Oddish"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #36 from paokkk:
         What time of the year will Neo 2 come out?
master_trainer_pat says, "Whoa, you're getting ahead of yourself again. How about waitin' til we have Neo Genesis out first?"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #37 from nickandneo:
         What? Neo:Genisis is comming out in January? Did I hear right?
master_trainer_pat says, "Not quite...Jan. 16th is the 'official' date. You should see some in stores starting Dec. 16th"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #39 from gooman:
         where is Mike?
master_trainer_pat says, "He's right there. See I'll poke him with a sharp stick."
master_trainer_mike says, "OWWWW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
master_trainer_mike says, ""

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #40 from thamaster:
         It is unfair! Howcome the birthday pikachu comp. is only for US and canadian residence?? What about us british...etc!
master_trainer_pat says, "I'm sorry, but due to some legal restrictions that's all we could do at this time. The UK may see a similar contest at a later date."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #41 from articuno21:
         What's the phrase this week?
master_trainer_pat says, "We're workin' on it...MIke?"
master_trainer_mike says, "Crispy, Thick and Crunchy."
master_trainer_mike says, ""

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #42 from nickandneo:
         Hi Mike! Is your split-personality there? Mine is. It is a Bellsprout named Neo!
master_trainer_mike says, "He's here!"
master_trainer_pat says, "Whoa Dude"
master_trainer_mike says, "SHHHH No I'm not!!"
master_trainer_mike says, "YES"
master_trainer_mike says, "NO NO NO"
master_trainer_mike says, "YESSSSSS"
master_trainer_mike says, "NNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOo"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #43 from thundrchld:
         any promp news? ;)
master_trainer_pat says, "nothing new sorry."
master_trainer_mike says, "nah, only slow stuff"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #44 from nickandneo:
         Can you do announcements again?
master_trainer_pat says, "Sure at 4 like usual"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #47 from the_real_edwin:
         One day can Wizards do a crossover promotion? Example: make a Goku picture into a pokemon card thats not allowed to be played in tournament. i would like to see something like that.
master_trainer_mike says, "No"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #48 from chickorita1:
         Which do you prefer McDonalds or Burger King?
master_trainer_pat says, "Neither"
master_trainer_mike says, "Well, I like the freshness of BK but I grew up eating kangaroo burgers fomr Micky D's, so I have a split decision."
master_trainer_mike says, "So I demand a recount!!!!"
master_trainer_pat says, "D'oh! Still too early for that stuff."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #49 from articuno21:
         Can we get you guys anything for Christmas? If so, what, and where do we send it?
master_trainer_mike says, "That's sweet :)"
master_trainer_pat says, "Whirled Peas."
master_trainer_mike says, "How about learning to play non-haymaker decks???"
master_trainer_pat says, "I mean World Peace..."
master_trainer_mike says, "I'd love to see that :)"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #50 from paokkk:
         Plans for Vending sheet???
master_trainer_pat says, "Not quite, we should have some news early next year..."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #51 from chrisbo:
         If I use Trainer "Blaine" to attach two Fire energy cards to Blaine's Ninetales, will "Healing Fire" allow me to remove two damage counters?
master_trainer_pat says, "Yabba Dabba"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #52 from chrisbo:
         May I choose not to use Blaine's Ninetales' "Healing Fire" when I attach a Fire energy onto it? Or is it always on since the power does not say "you may" (on the other hand, it doesn't say "you must" either)?
master_trainer_pat says, "Nope, you have to remove a damage counter if you attach a Fire energy"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #54 from chrisbo:
         If my opponent uses Rocket's Scyther's "Shadow Images" attack, can the Sabrina's ESP trainer card be used to re-flip the Shadow Images check? (providing that my active is a Sabrina’s pokemon, of course)
master_trainer_pat says, "No, you can only use Sabrina's ESP to reflip coins on_your_ Pokmon's attacks. Not flips required by the defending P-mon."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #53 from paokkk:
         How many Wizards store are in Minnesota??
master_trainer_mike says, "2."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #55 from an_angry_bothan:
         are you still eating my people with wine?
master_trainer_mike says, "What are you saying?!?!?!?!?!"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #56 from the_real_edwin:
         when can we expect our B-day pika in the mail after the drawing day?
master_trainer_pat says, "We're not the ones to ask about that, sorry."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #57 from paokkk:
         Any more promotion like the golden border Mewoth?
master_trainer_pat says, "Not that I know of."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #58 from porygon_maniac17:
         What's better, Koga's weedle or Base Weedle? (your opinion)
master_trainer_pat says, "Kaga's Weedle... is slightly better in my opinion"
master_trainer_mike says, "Koga's Weedle!!! Better evolution chain."
master_trainer_pat says, "Koga...sorry."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #59 from paokkk:
         Plan for any more GYM promos?
master_trainer_mike says, "Not that we know of."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #60 from soslowpoke:
         is the Marril promo #29?
master_trainer_pat says, "Yes, it's # 29"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #61 from magmar2000:
         What do you think Mike and Pat? Snow this weekend or not? :D
master_trainer_mike says, "Here in Seattle???? Geez if we get an inch everyone panics."
master_trainer_pat says, "Probably not, it's rare when we see any in the city."
master_trainer_mike says, "I am a Vermonter so I call this "dust" at best."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #62 from soslowpoke:
         Is the 9 card japanese promo set included in neo genesis?
master_trainer_mike says, "Dunno."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #63 from paokkk:
         Plan for the Japanese holo trainer GRAND PARTY???
master_trainer_pat says, "No plans at this time."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #64 from paokkk:
         Or any more trainer coming?
master_trainer_mike says, "Que?"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #65 from porygon_maniac17:
         Are any other vending cards going to be released in upcoming sets or aspromo's? (Like Master Ball and Max Revive in Challenge)
master_trainer_pat says, "hmmmm...no comment."
master_trainer_mike says, "CRISPY, THICK, and CRUNCHY!!!!"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #66 from the_real_edwin:
         is there going to be another promotion like the space weedle but with adiiferent pokemon? or no comment?
master_trainer_mike says, "We are looking into some other possibilities. I suggested building a Nidoking Dome and then blowing it up."
master_trainer_pat says, "Local jokle..."
master_trainer_mike says, "Now everyone looks sideways at me........."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #67 from shigeru:
         Do you have any (Even rough estimates that have no sound foundation whatsoever) on the release of Neo II?
master_trainer_pat says, "2001 or 2002."
master_trainer_mike says, "Sometime after Neo Genesis is released."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #68 from paokkk:
         I mean promo trainer??
master_trainer_mike says, "Oh"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #69 from hyper__x:
         question any news on the next neo set
master_trainer_mike says, "It will be CRISPY, THICK, and CRUNCHY!!!"
master_trainer_pat says, "No sir. No news whatsoever."
master_trainer_mike says, "or perhaps MINTY FRESH!"
master_trainer_mike says, "Definately one of the two."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #70 from soslowpoke:
         does Ditto copy all the affects of Baby Pokemon?
master_trainer_mike says, "Yup. So if you have a Ditto opposite a Cleffa. You must flip to see if you are even allowed to EEEEK!"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #71 from crazy_nut_man:
         when is neo gensis coming out?
master_trainer_pat says, "initial release is Dec 16th"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #72 from crazy_nut_man:
         what attacks does marril (promo) have??
master_trainer_mike says, "You'll have to wait and see."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #73 from crazy_nut_man:
         when is neo coming out?
master_trainer_pat says, "soon crazy nut man"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #74 from porygon_maniac17:
         Is there Neo Promo's from in the complete set of Neo. (the one's in thebinder)
master_trainer_mike says, "Guys, we will not comment on the exact composition of an unreleased set yet."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #76 from articuno21:
         The day Neo comes out, and we order from the Wizards online store, willit be here by Christmas?
master_trainer_pat says, "That's not something we can answer...contact the online store."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #77 from lugia_1986:
         is there going to be 9-card set release
master_trainer_mike says, "Maybe someday in the future."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #78 from crazy_nut_man:
         is their tm's in the new Pokemon League??
master_trainer_pat says, "No TM's this time..."
master_trainer_mike says, "But there will be Challenges each and every season."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #79 from crazy_nut_man:
         What do you believe is the best neo card and why?
master_trainer_mike says, "Sorry but we really won't comment on Neo until you have a chance to see it yourself."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #80 from crazy_nut_man:
         do you like Base Set 2 Gastly?
master_trainer_pat says, "I prefer the Fossil because of the energy retrieval effect...check it out."
master_trainer_mike says, "Not bad, I would use Destiny Bond to take out the offending Wiggly or other built up Pokemon."
master_trainer_mike says, "Kind of like Goblin Grenades."
master_trainer_mike says, "Hopefuly you trade your small Pokemon for a big one though."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #81 from acekhang:
         What is the next promo?
master_trainer_pat says, "Sorry, dunno."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #82 from soslowpoke:
         Will we get a promo in the next Nintendo Power?
master_trainer_mike says, "Haven't heard anything."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #83 from the_real_edwin:
         can u tell us a location of where we can find the components of the Neotheme decks
master_trainer_pat says, "We can't comment on it right now sorry."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #84 from lugia_1986:
         are the stores in Canada going to have Neo Shippment in time
master_trainer_mike says, "They should if they ordered from us directly."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #85 from crazy_nut_man:
         What is probably the most useable pokemon card??
master_trainer_pat says, "Oak"
master_trainer_mike says, "Professor Oak."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #86 from pikabruce:
         Suppose a face-down energy card (via LSSP) is your "active Pokemon", facing Ditto with 10 damage, you flip your card over (because Ditto needs to know what to Transform into) and discard the energy card. Is Ditto also discarded?
master_trainer_pat says, "No, you immediatly bring another Pokemon up from yourbench."
master_trainer_mike says, "There is no time where Ditto isn't anything (just like previous rulings)."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #87 from acekhang:
         What is the next W stamped card?
master_trainer_pat says, "We don't know."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #88 from crazy_nut_man:
         Is wizard/ dci going to Ban cards???
master_trainer_mike says, "No plans to ever do so."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #89 from an_angry_bothan:
         mike has sane are you?
master_trainer_mike says, "I is has sane as you am."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #90 from porygon_maniac17:
         Is ditto still the card w/ the most questions or is Lt. Surge's plan now becoming the most "frustrating" card to deal the question with?
master_trainer_pat says, "Yes. Ditto is a _good_ card."
master_trainer_mike says, "Yes but at least Ditto is useful. Lt Sureg's SecretPlan is "a really stupid card" ."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #91 from chrisbo:
         Sabrina's Gaze says, "Each player shuffles his/her hand into his/her deck and draws a new hand of the same number of cards." So if someone has a zero-card hand, they still have to shuffle, right?
master_trainer_pat says, "That's right Chrisbo. Your hand can be 0."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #92 from marril2000:
         MTM what did you think of the Purity & Echidna's Unowns STS promo
master_trainer_mike says, "It is a cool card but technically copyright infringement. For their sake they had better not EVER try and make any money with them."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #93 from hyper__x:
         are there gonna be any vending promos?
master_trainer_pat says, "Don't know."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #94 from articuno21:
         How do you organize your collections? I use binders.
master_trainer_mike says, "I prefer the precarious stacking method."
master_trainer_pat says, "Me too"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #95 from acekhang:
         Any new info. on neo genesis?
master_trainer_mike says, "Nope, just what is on our web site."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #96 from porygon_maniac17:
         Could you evolve the special B-day Pikachu into a Riachu or Dark Riachu?
master_trainer_pat says, "Nope...if there was ever a B-Day Raichu...then ok."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #97 from nickandneo:
         For the English Neo, are you going back to the "starz" foil or the sloppy "Razz" foil?
master_trainer_mike says, "We never go backward. Always move on!!!!"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #98 from crazy_nut_man:
         will there be a foil b-day pika??
master_trainer_mike says, "Yup, check out our web site for details on the recent promotion."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #99 from articuno21:
         I sent my contest overnight on Saturday. Should I get a Birthday Pikachu?
master_trainer_mike says, "I have no idea."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #100 from thundrchld:
         well from q34... u don't want to charge kids.. then why do you charge us money to get booster packs and theme decks to play?
master_trainer_mike says, "That is a silly question."
master_trainer_mike says, "McDonalds charges you for their food, not to just gointo their building or play on their swings."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #101 from marril2000:
         MTM how will I know if I got a promo B-day Pika if I mailed in?
master_trainer_mike says, "Guys, I am sorry but we have no details. I will tryand get some more specifics for next week though."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #102 from hyper__x:
         how many weedles cards were used for the space weedle?
master_trainer_mike says, "The Space Weedle itslef used about 600+. The Wall of Weedles that goes behind it used the remaining 400+."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #103 from bulbasaur2000:
         i can't get the send-in form for the b-day pikachu off your site. is there any way besides that?
master_trainer_mike says, "Nope, make sure you have the latest version of Acrobat Reader (version 4) installed on your computer."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #104 from crazy_nut_man:
         do u think that the east coast sts came out the way dci/ wizards wantedit to??
master_trainer_mike says, "We were very happy with how it turned out."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #105 from soslowpoke:
         What color is the stamper for league year 2?
master_trainer_mike says, "No idea."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #106 from porygon_maniac17:
         If an attack asks you to put a damage counter on Giovanni's machamp andit already had 90 points of damage on it, could it still use it's Pokémon Power?
master_trainer_mike says, "Yes it could, it is triggered from an opponent's attack. But if you MOVED a counter onto it like with Gengar's Curse, it would NOT be triggered."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #107 from soslowpoke:
         how will we earn B-day Pika in league 2?

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #108 from soslowpoke:
         what is the point system like in league year 2?
master_trainer_pat says, "By earning points similar to the promo cards last year."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #109 from shigeru:
         What date is the opening of Pokemon League-Season II?
master_trainer_pat says, "January 6th"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #110 from pikabruce:
         If Jan. 16 is the "official" release date, does that mean Neo cannot beused in DCI tournaments before then?
master_trainer_pat says, "As soon as they're available you can use them in tournaments"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #111 from porygon_maniac17:
         Any plans for a commercial advertising Neo: genisis?
master_trainer_mike says, "In the works right now."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #112 from acekhang:
         What card will be the next prerelease?
master_trainer_pat says, "We don't know."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #113 from calathon:
         Is the Japanese card that pictures Sabrina holding up a MasterBall and staring at the viewer the same as "Sabrina's Gaze?
master_trainer_mike says, "Dunno."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #114 from an_angry_bothan:
         mike can you poke pat with a sharp nife?
master_trainer_mike says, "Why would I want to do that."
master_trainer_pat says, "No."
master_trainer_pat says, "No."
master_trainer_pat says, "No."
master_trainer_mike says, "Now a sharpened Weedle card, maybe."
master_trainer_pat says, "Owww"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #115 from articuno21:
         Is Mike sleeping or something? He doesn't seen very active
master_trainer_mike says, "Mike was eating a very late lunch."
master_trainer_mike says, "Mike is done now."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #117 from acekhang:
         What is the next topdeck magazine about?
master_trainer_mike says, "Neo!!!!"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #118 from calathon:
         Is the Japanese card that shows Misty holding a Staryu with a watery background the same as "Misty's Tears"?
master_trainer_pat says, "Yes."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #119 from calathon:
         Can you play the Trainer "Blaine", Oak to get your energy, and then place the two Fire Energy on your Blaine's Pokemon?
master_trainer_pat says, "Yes, you can because Blaine says 'this turn' on it."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #120 from nickandneo:
         What stores are Neo:Genisis is going to be sold at December 16? Both not online and Online.
master_trainer_mike says, "Most places that have always sold our cards. Book stores, software stores, Toys R Us, etc."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #121 from porygon_maniac17:
         Any plans for promo's when Pokémon the third movie comes out?
master_trainer_mike says, "Maaaayyybe"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #122 from acekhang:
         Will WOC have neo genesis on dec. 16?
master_trainer_pat says, "Wizards Stores will."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #123 from crazy_nut_man:
         wut is ur favorite pokemon card and trainer??
master_trainer_mike says, "I am starting to like Koga's Weezing combined with Koga's Ninja Trick. Very hard to ever hit me."
master_trainer_pat says, "Here's a surprise---Scyther and Professor Oak."
master_trainer_mike says, "Wow..............would have never guess that............................."
master_trainer_mike says, "zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz"
master_trainer_pat says, "Keep eatin your chip bub."
master_trainer_mike says, "Hey! I have a Sharpened Weedle card and I'm not afraid to use it!!!"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #125 from thamaster:
         Do you think there will ever be a Neo gym series, cuz i wanna see the Brocks Crobat etc..
master_trainer_mike says, "Never heard of one."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #126 from crazy_nut_man:
         when and where is the next sts??
master_trainer_mike says, "Too early my man. plans are only getting started."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #128 from zapdos1:
         If you release Tropical Islands set in english , you have to call it " Orange Islands "
master_trainer_mike says, "huh?"
master_trainer_pat says, "Why would we have to do that?"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #129 from articuno21:
         What's your guy's favorite song? I might sownload it on Napster!
master_trainer_mike says, "There's a cool Pokemon Neo rules song that.....OOPS!!!!"
master_trainer_mike says, "never mind!!!"
master_trainer_pat says, "Currently I like the Offspring's Original Prankster."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #130 from nickandneo:
         Isn't Crispy the same as crunchy?
master_trainer_mike says, "You would think so wouldn't you???"
master_trainer_pat says, "KFC says they're different."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #131 from calathon:
         If a Baby Pokemon is to be considered as a Basic while in play, and it's Basic is to be considered as an "evolution" if it evolved from the Baby, wouldthe Stage 1 be considered a Stage 2 for game purposes like Breeder?
master_trainer_mike says, "That is a Neo rules question!!!!"
master_trainer_mike says, "BAD!! BAD!!!!!"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #132 from porygon_maniac17:
         Could a Muk or Goop Gas attack turn off a Baby Pokémon Power?
master_trainer_pat says, "Don't be asking those questions..."
master_trainer_pat says, "Here's the announcements again..."
master_trainer_pat says, "First, let me clarify something I said last week. I believe I said that I thought you could choose 'colorless' as a basic energy type, this is incorrect; I've been told by R&D that 'colorless' doesn't count as abasic energy type."
master_trainer_pat says, "Second, I've had quite a few requests for help with downloading the contest entry form for the B-Day Pikachu contest. Most users complain of getting a 'blank' page when they download the entry form. This is usually a sign that the user has an older version of Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on their computer. To get the download to work properly, all you have to do is uninstall any older versions of Acrobat Reader on your computer and then download and install Adobe Acrobat Reader 4.0."
master_trainer_pat says, "Note: I cannot send you the contest entry form via e-mail, but I would be glad to walk you through the above process if you're having trouble getting the form downloaded. Contact me at Wizards of the Coast Customer Service line 1(800)324-6496 if you have any questions."
master_trainer_pat says, "One last thing before we get started. We've been told not to answer specific Neo Genesis rules questions until after the product goes on sale, so please save your Neo rules questions for another chat session, we don't like skipping over questions, but we will do so if we get alot of these requests."
master_trainer_pat says, "That is all."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #133 from articuno21:
         When can we expect a list for Neo?
master_trainer_mike says, "After it is released."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #134 from thundrchld:
         what were the purposes of those 8 different challenge sheets...
master_trainer_mike says, "To make you think outside the haymaker box."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #135 from crazy_nut_man:
         can baby pokemon evolve??????????????
master_trainer_pat says, "Not tellin'."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #136 from shigeru:
         Can you implement a large-scale plan involving every Base and Base Set 2 Gastly on the planet and a nuclear warhead?
master_trainer_mike says, "Dude, you need to get out more."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #137 from thundrchld:
         on destiny bond.. if the opponent uses it can't they just GoW or pass for tehir turn? then the gastly would be basically useless
master_trainer_mike says, "Sure!"
master_trainer_pat says, "Yes."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #138 from ikendall:
         do you know which expansion sets are legal in UK League play?
master_trainer_pat says, "No, contact uk@wizards.com"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #139 from nickandneo:
         Gastly? Not bad? On destiny bond, you waste a lot of energies!!
master_trainer_mike says, "Only use it as a defensive measure!!!!!!"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #141 from lugia_1986:
         how many error of Blane's Charizard has been printed (or aprox. how many)
master_trainer_mike says, "All of them came out that way."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #142 from hyper__x:
         which do you think is better, oak or sabrina's gaze?
master_trainer_pat says, "Oak."
master_trainer_mike says, "Depends on what you are trying to do, but usually Oak."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #143 from marril2000:
         I am talking to Ech from the Promo Fake card! Here he as something to say: echidnadsn: don't worry Mike, we're in it for FUN that's all. Glad you likedit!
master_trainer_mike says, "Cool :)"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #144 from crazy_nut_man:
         What is the best combo for Sabrina's Alakazam
master_trainer_pat says, "Use it with Base Set 2 Gastly??? Naw."
master_trainer_mike says, "or Movie Mewtwo"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #145 from shigeru:
         Is Wizards seriously going to allow B-Day Pikachu to be openly used in tournaments? It is very easy to lie about a birthday.
master_trainer_mike says, "Nope, it will NEVER EVER EVEEEEEEEEEEEEEER be tournament legal."
master_trainer_mike says, "EVER!!!"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #146 from crazy_nut_man:
         wut is ur favorite combo deck??
master_trainer_pat says, "I really thought the Tickling Machine Deck was prettyfun."
master_trainer_mike says, "I try to play a variety of decks, it gets boring if you stick with the same think over and over and over."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #147 from lugia_1986:
         do the people jsut draw 30 000 entry forms or the first 30 000 entry forms
master_trainer_mike says, "It is the first 30000 we receive."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #148 from ikendall:
         can you use LSSP to make Wiggly's Do The Wave stronger, or does it get flipped and discarded?
master_trainer_pat says, "Yes. Counting the Pokemon doesn't cause you to flip it over."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #149 from crazy_nut_man:
         wut is space weedle??
master_trainer_mike says, "Where have you been man????"
master_trainer_mike says, "A fan and frend made project, a copy of the Space Needle made out of sent in Weedle cards."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #150 from zoink300:
         When will DCI rankings be updated?
master_trainer_pat says, "contact dci@wizards.com"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #151 from lugia_1986:
         about the Neo symbol, the overlap white star, isn't that a symbol of promo for NEO in Japan
master_trainer_mike says, "Dunno."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #152 from porygon_maniac17:
         Is there a new gym leader shirt for league 2? If so, what's it look like?

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #153 from a0030war:
         will there every be a central sts
master_trainer_mike says, "Yes there will be, haven't seen it yet."
master_trainer_pat says, "We don't know yet, we'll give you any info we can track down though."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #154 from crazy_nut_man:
         Will there will be a new rulebook when Neo comes out?
master_trainer_pat says, "Yes."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #155 from thundrchld:
         when u register at the league.. is the elague supposed to send the cardu sign up with to wizards.. becuz my local place didn't and i am wondering if thats why i am not yet on the dci page since i already aplyed in 3 DCI events including the STS which i got 15th palce in
master_trainer_mike says, "Yes they should have sent in your information. You can send an email to dciappeals@wizards.com explaining what events you have beenin and your dci number so they can look into it."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #156 from crazy_nut_man:
         If a say Pichu steps into play right? Then their is a Base Set Machamp,do they have to flip in order to put a damage counter on Pichu?
master_trainer_mike says, "NO NEO QUESTIONS!!!"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #157 from crazy_nut_man:
         When is the Next Sts coming to Califonia?
master_trainer_pat says, "No word on the next STS yet."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #158 from porygon_maniac17:
         Are there plans for a victory road season 2?
master_trainer_mike says, "Dunno"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #160 from porygon_of_borg:
         Does Erica's Dratini's pokemon power affect basic pokemon evolved from babies?
master_trainer_pat says, "Sorry, no Neo questions yet."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #163 from crazy_nut_man:
         what is the best Gym Challenge cards, besides TR Zapdos?
master_trainer_pat says, "Rocket's Mewtwo is OK."
master_trainer_mike says, "Chaos Gym"
master_trainer_mike says, "Blaine's Charizard"
master_trainer_mike says, "The Koga's Weedle run and Koga's Ninja Trick."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #165 from crazy_nut_man:
         Are their any plans of printing any more NEW promo mewtwo?
master_trainer_pat says, "Nothing yet."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #166 from lugia_1986:
         do any of you guys have Neo 1, 2 and 3 9-cards binder, if so can u sellsome to me or trade
master_trainer_mike says, "Yes we do and no we can't"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #167 from porygon_of_borg:
         If you use Metronome on Sabrina's Alakazam's Mega Burn, can you not useMetronome, not use Mega Burn, not use a Metronome of Mega Burn, or none of/multiple of the above?
master_trainer_mike says, "You can't use this attack during a turn after you used it. Even Metronoming it is the same thing and you CAN'T do that."
master_trainer_pat says, "You can Metronome a different attack though"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #168 from hyper__x:
         what is the next top deck promo?
master_trainer_mike says, "Dunno"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #169 from programmerman1:
         When will a card list for Neo: Genesis come out on your site?
master_trainer_pat says, "Well after the Neo Genesis is released...we can't give you an exact date."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #170 from crazy_nut_man:
         If my opponent is playing a Blaine's pkmn, i'm playing ditto, can i play use blaine?
master_trainer_mike says, "Yes you could."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #171 from porygon_maniac17:
         Which card do you think should be banned, if any?
master_trainer_mike says, "Lightning energy."
master_trainer_mike says, ""

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #172 from lugia_1986:
         do u guys have icq or Yahoo Messenger, if so what is your # or your user name
master_trainer_pat says, "Nope"
master_trainer_mike says, "Nope, sorry."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #174 from crazy_nut_man:
         which if your favorite Mewtwo (your opinion)?
master_trainer_mike says, "The WB Mewtwo is pretty tough."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #175 from crazy_nut_man:
         Is there going to be Orange Islands for Pkmn League??
master_trainer_mike says, "No idea."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #176 from porygon_maniac17:
         Do you have the right's to other CoroCoro Comic Promo's other than Marril?
master_trainer_pat says, "Not that we know of, furthermore we don't even know if that's the one from Coro Coro."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #178 from lugia_1986:
         how come you guys don't make every single cards that Japan have, I think that is just too bad
master_trainer_mike says, "Different markets, different values."
master_trainer_pat says, "How come they don't sell carbonated milk in America?"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #179 from crazy_nut_man:
         What happen if there is 2 Muks in play, will they turn off each other'spower??
master_trainer_mike says, "No, it says ignore all other powers EXCEPT Toxic Gases."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #180 from crazy_nut_man:
         What is your favorite Brock's Pokemon??
master_trainer_pat says, "Brock's Lickitung is OK."
master_trainer_mike says, "Brock's Onix is a decent stall card."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #181 from crazy_nut_man:
         What is your favorite Misty's Pokemon???
master_trainer_mike says, "Misty's Poliwag!!"
master_trainer_pat says, "Poliwag...no doubt"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #182 from crazy_nut_man:
         what is your favorite Lt. Surge Pokemon??
master_trainer_mike says, "LV 28 Electabuzz."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #183 from crazy_nut_man:
         what is your favorite Erika's Pokemon??
master_trainer_mike says, "Erika's Dratini!!"
master_trainer_pat says, "Erika's Oddish(lv. 10) is pretty good too."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #185 from crazy_nut_man:
         What is your favorite Blaine's Pokemon??
master_trainer_pat says, "Blaine's Charizard."
master_trainer_mike says, "Blaine's Charmander is good too."
master_trainer_pat says, "or Arcanine"
master_trainer_mike says, "For Sabrina I like the Gengar's."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #186 from thundrchld:
         are you guys gonna start adding cardlists of all the cards in each of the sets like decipher does?(sorry i came from palying stccg)
master_trainer_mike says, "We already did that in the precon decks."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #189 from crazy_nut_man:
         what is your favorite Giovinni Pokemon??
master_trainer_mike says, "There isn't one."
master_trainer_pat says, "Not too many of those"
master_trainer_mike says, "Weak!!!"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #190 from scrye_fung:
         On the issue of Neo Rules questions. You can't issue any because WotC R&D hasn't finalized them yet?
master_trainer_mike says, "No, because the product is not yet out."
master_trainer_mike says, "We have been having lots of rules meetings already."
master_trainer_mike says, "It is our poilcy to not discuss a set until the public has access to it."
master_trainer_pat says, "You don't have the rulebook to refer to when we give you a ruling, you'll just want to know why. You won't have any place to reference it."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #191 from crazy_nut_man:
         will there be an evolution for Rocket Scyther??
master_trainer_pat says, "We have not seen one yet."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #194 from lugia_1986:
         didn't u guys fixed the Blaine's Charizard when you guys discoverd the error and about the Basic Zapdos, I have two of them and one background is blue (which I see of that in the internet) and one of mine is PURPLE, and my firends told me that the pruple one is a error card, is that true, if now how come I geta different backgoround color
master_trainer_mike says, "I've heard the error will be fixed for overseas releases (like for the UK) so it is possible that you might have seen an early version of one of those. It was never fixed for the States."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #195 from porygon_maniac17:
         Have you noticed that atleast one version Pikachu and Riachu were released in every set?
master_trainer_mike says, "They didn't always have both (Fossil didn't have Pikachu) but there was one or the other at least."
master_trainer_mike says, "Pikachu is one of the world's most recognized characters."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #196 from crazy_nut_man:
         Can your plus power a basic pokemon to do more damage to Erika's Dranti??
master_trainer_pat says, "Nope, you figure the effects of trainers before P-monPowers on the defending P-mon."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #197 from crazy_nut_man:
         Can we use the Victory Road System for the New Pokemon League??
master_trainer_mike says, "Dunno."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #199 from a0030war:
         so there might be a central sts because i was woundering i would like it to come to oklahoma
master_trainer_mike says, "No pans figured out yet."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #200 from purity1:
         mtm you asked us to email you cards we don't know yr address
master_trainer_mike says, "Sure. You can send us mail to attention: Master Trainer Mike or Master Trainer Pat c/o Wizards of the Coast PO Box 707 Renton, WA98057"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #201 from lugia_1986:
         r u guys to going to run a Orange Island League after 2001 or Leauge 2
master_trainer_pat says, "Dunno yet."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #202 from shigeru:
         Is Wizards working towards being able to eratta overpowered cards like Wigglytuff?
master_trainer_mike says, "There are things in motion but not for errata."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #203 from crazy_nut_man:
         Kog's Weedle is cool isn't it?
master_trainer_mike says, "Yup!"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #204 from ikendall:
         if Ditto coies Mega Burn, then is benched and brought back as active, can it then use Mega Burn twice in a row?
master_trainer_pat says, "Nope"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #205 from programmerman1:
         Where's Imakuni's Doduo and ______'s Chansey? I want 'em!
master_trainer_mike says, "In Japan."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #206 from articuno21:
         Could you charge for tournaments if you wanted to?
master_trainer_pat says, "Yes, I guess so, but we don't want to."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #207 from magmar2000:
         How does it feel to know that Hasbro is kinda blaming the TCG for bad earnings? ;-) The cards are still selling good, they just overpredicted.
master_trainer_mike says, "Feels lousy. Why didn't they mention how THEY are doing??? Hmmmmm?????"
master_trainer_pat says, "It doesn't make us feel really good, no."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #208 from royalcharizard:
         Assuming all coin flips are heads...Can you use a Sabrina's Psychic Control to use a Sabrina's Psychic Control in your opponents discard pile and use it to get a card from your own discard pile?
master_trainer_pat says, "No, it wouldn't work."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #210 from rob_cat_pz:
         lets say theres a card called weepinbell's tower from the Seo set, which reduces all colorles pokemon by 30, would lets say a card called ditto get that effect, or would it do normal damage
master_trainer_mike says, "Dude!! That is not very CRISPY, THICK, and CRUNCHY of you!!!"
master_trainer_pat says, "It depends whether Ditto is copying a colorless P-monor not."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #211 from crazy_nut_man:
         What is your favorite Base Set card?
master_trainer_mike says, "Weedle."
master_trainer_pat says, "Oddish."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #212 from crazy_nut_man:
         What is your favorite Jungle Card?
master_trainer_mike says, "Eevee"
master_trainer_pat says, "Duh. Scyther"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #213 from crazy_nut_man:
         what is your favorite fossil?
master_trainer_pat says, "Articuno"
master_trainer_mike says, "Haunter"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #214 from crazy_nut_man:
         what is your favoirte TR??
master_trainer_mike says, "Dark Blastoise"
master_trainer_pat says, "Dark Vileplume."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #215 from crazy_nut_man:
         what is your favoirte gym leaders cards??
master_trainer_mike says, "Mistys POliwag"
master_trainer_pat says, "Rocket's Scyther, Hitmochan and Zapdos. easy."
master_trainer_mike says, "Rocket Scyther is cool."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #216 from crazy_nut_man:
         ANy plans for Base Set 3??
master_trainer_pat says, "Nothing to announce right now."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #217 from magmar2000:
         Mike said "It is our poilcy to not discuss a set until the public has access to it.".... You guys sound like Apple Computer now... Are you sure you aren't Steve Jobs? ;-D Nah, Steve wouldn't even say this much. :-D
master_trainer_mike says, "I did own an Apple II+ once, does that count?"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #218 from scrye_fung:
         MTM, MTP. WotC had to know that it was bound to receive these questios.You asked for them because you issued the rules document ahead of time on your _own_ website but yet refuse to answer rules questions based on this document.
master_trainer_mike says, "So you would rather not have ANY time to think aboutthe rules changes before the cards come out? Just spring it on you at the lastminute??"
master_trainer_pat says, "You don't even have the full rulebook yet."
master_trainer_mike says, "Besides not everyone has read or seen it yet and if you haven;t actually seen the rules on the cards, it is all moot anyway."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #219 from lugia_1986:
         so which one is the miss print for Zapdos, the purple background or theblue back gound
master_trainer_pat says, "Neither of those is a misprint, slight color variations do not a misprint make."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #222 from programmerman1:
         I would like to put out one more time that you should bring something, ANYTHING, to the Omaha, NE area (other than the nearly-everywhere League).
master_trainer_mike says, "So you suggest we move the mountain to you insetad???"
master_trainer_pat says, "Suggestion noted."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #223 from a0030war:
         is there ever going to be a prop 15 3c
master_trainer_pat says, "There was for the East Coast STS."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #225 from pikachu_zap:
         when can we have another Pokémon Trivia contest?
master_trainer_mike says, "Dunno but I will suggest it to the chat folks."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #229 from crazy_nut_man:
         Where can offical metal flipping coins??
master_trainer_pat says, "Thunderstorm Giftbox."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #230 from royalcharizard:
         OK, then could you use the Sabrina's Psychic Control to centinue using SPCs in your opponents discard pile just to stall?
master_trainer_pat says, "You'd be called for stalling..."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #231 from turbocharizard:
         AGH! I'm late again! Oh well, here goes: There is a rumor out there that Infogrames bought all of Hasbro. Is this true? And does that include the Wizards part?
master_trainer_mike says, "They only purchased Hasbro Interactive, not us."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #233 from turbocharizard:
         What excactly is the official Neo date?
master_trainer_mike says, "There is no official date but Dec 16th for the firstrelease."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #234 from programmerman1:
         What's your favorite Weedle? Any set, any language, any promo.
master_trainer_mike says, "So far Koga's Weedle."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #235 from hyper__x:
         what is the CRISPIEST, THICKEST, AND CRUNCHIEST card out there
master_trainer_mike says, "WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEDLE :)"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #236 from crazy_nut_man:
         Do you play with haymaker?? If no, what kind??
master_trainer_mike says, "Only when forced to."
master_trainer_pat says, "Sure"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #238 from turbocharizard:
         On your website, it says 'select' stores for the Marril card. Does thisjust mean the ones that hold the TCG league?
master_trainer_mike says, "Yup, all stores that held last years league."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #239 from turbocharizard:
         Are there any new promos announced other than Marril?
master_trainer_pat says, "Nope."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #240 from programmerman1:
         Why did you (Wizards) release a second Base set, unlike your Japanese counterparts?
master_trainer_mike says, "Because the earlier sets had gone out of print and you still needed access to the older cards to play."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #241 from crazy_nut_man:
         Where can i get extended rules?? For example cards like Clefable's Metronoming rules.
master_trainer_pat says, "Try the Team Compendium rules site on PokeGym."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #242 from turbocharizard:
         What's this about the different colored Zapdos?
master_trainer_mike says, "Just ink issues."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #243 from programmerman1:
         Already moved one [mountain], wouldn't mind having it back! :-)
master_trainer_mike says, "Hey!! That's MY MOUNTAIN!!!"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #244 from turbocharizard:
         You should have made the trivia a little more challenging. ^_^ (Maybe an advanced and beginner section the next time?)
master_trainer_mike says, "I'll pass that suggestion along."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #245 from lugia_1986:
         does the Neo have all 250 in it??
master_trainer_pat says, "Neo Genesis doesn't have all 250."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #246 from a0030war:
         is there a cd rom disk for pokemon like there is for magic the gathering
master_trainer_pat says, "Only a demo game."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #247 from scrye_fung:
         MTM. Statistically I can be pretty sure that over 90% of these chattershave seen these rules; I'f they can come into the chat, I'm sure they also havethe brains required to view a PDF file (or look at the HTM version on Pokemn AAh) . MTM, yes, I would have rathered to receive some info than no info at all but perhaps WotC should consider issuing the _full rules document_ before Genesis is released; just like what Decipher does. I'm pretty sure GAMEFREAK wouldn't object to that.
master_trainer_mike says, "Gamefreak does NOT want us ruling on cards not yet released!!!!! P{lain and simple."
master_trainer_mike says, "Besides, the cards change somewhat as they are translated and this causes various rules problems that are still being worked out."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #248 from electabuzz_13:
         Will the next STS hold a qualifier in Chicago? (this is more of a request than an inquiry)
master_trainer_mike says, "Dunno guys, sorry."
master_trainer_pat says, "Suggestion noted."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #249 from rob_cat_pz:
         any plans for Neo prerelease?
master_trainer_mike says, "Nope"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #252 from lugia_1986:
         how come some cards don't have "shados" on them
master_trainer_pat says, "There was a printing change between the first couple print runs for Base Set."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #253 from electabuzz_13:
         Do you guys plan to release the Vending Card Set before the next STS?
master_trainer_mike says, "No plans on vending set as of yet."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #254 from a0030war:
         have you ever played with a magmar maker
master_trainer_pat says, "Don't know what that is."
master_trainer_mike says, "Not familiar with that deck archetype."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #255 from nickandneo:
         What does the word "Neo" come from? Is it a language meaning "new"? My "split-personality" would like to know what hi s name means.
master_trainer_mike says, "Check out dictionary.com."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #256 from turbocharizard:
         And please repeat the announcements before you leave. Thanks.

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #257 from hyper__x:
         do you guys play any other card games besides pokémon?
master_trainer_mike says, "We will :)"
master_trainer_pat says, "Yes."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #258 from scrye_fung:
         Ok no rulings. Fine. Then can you at least explain what the Char counter is? (this was not explained in your Genesis rules addendum)
master_trainer_mike says, "Not yet, sorry :)"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #264 from lugia_1986:
         how did u guys get every single America cards
master_trainer_pat says, "trading."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #266 from royalcharizard:
         If you have people autographing cards at the next STS, please do it when people in the tournament actually have time to wait on the line for it, it wasreally annoying that i couldnt do that at the ECSTS.
master_trainer_pat says, "We have no control over when special guests may decide to sign autographs."
master_trainer_mike says, "crazy_nut_man, please leave"
master_trainer_mike says, "you are ruining the chat for everyone with your childish antics"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #303 from lugia_1986:
         do u guys buy 1 full box of booster packs
master_trainer_mike says, "We are actually given the cards as we need to play them to learn them."
master_trainer_pat says, "First, let me clarify something I said last week. I believe I said that I thought you could choose 'colorless' as a basic energy type, this is incorrect; I've been told by R&D that 'colorless' doesn't count as abasic energy type."
master_trainer_pat says, "Second, I've had quite a few requests for help with downloading the contest entry form for the B-Day Pikachu contest. Most users complain of getting a 'blank' page when they download the entry form. This is usually a sign that the user has an older version of Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on their computer. To get the download to work properly, all you have to do is uninstall any older versions of Acrobat Reader on your computer and then download and install Adobe Acrobat Reader 4.0."
master_trainer_pat says, "Note: I cannot send you the contest entry form via e-mail, but I would be glad to walk you through the above process if you're having trouble getting the form downloaded. Contact me at Wizards of the Coast Customer Service line 1(800)324-6496 if you have any questions."
master_trainer_pat says, "One last thing before we get started. We've been told not to answer specific Neo Genesis rules questions until after the product goes on sale, so please save your Neo rules questions for another chat session, we don't like skipping over questions, but we will do so if we get alot of these requests."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #305 from programmerman1:
         Why have no chat transcripts since before October?
master_trainer_mike says, "Bill edits them then they go through a rather long process."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #304 from electabuzz_13:
         which one of you cool guys was judging at the Lt. Surge King of the Hill Battle back at the ECSTS?
master_trainer_mike says, "Not sure, but I'll try and find out."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #306 from nickandneo:
         Who's Bill?
master_trainer_mike says, "He is our master Librarian in charge of all the cards we have here."
master_trainer_pat says, "Bye guys...see ya next week."
master_trainer_mike says, "Ok, since we are out of questions, we must go back to playing with the Neo cards to learn all of their rules nuances to be prepared for Scrye Fung and the rest of you."
master_trainer_mike says, "Have a great weekend!"