Pokemon Chat Report - Thursday, February 06, 2003
by Team Compendium


master_trainer_mike says, "Hi gang!"
master_trainer_mike says, "There are still some good questions from last week as well as the new ones so I'm going to just hump right in!"
master_trainer_mike says, "MT Pat will be here in a moment."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #834 from soslowpoke:will you possibly include any extra promos for the TO to give out to staff at sbz?
master_trainer_mike says, "The SBZ kits come with extra displays of Aquapolis product for the TO and Head Judge to distribute as a thank you to the staff."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #835 from enik_the_sleestak:if I were to use AQ Tentacruel's or AQ Magneton's powers to attach a darkness energy to opp's cleffa, it would pretty much doom the cleffa right?
master_trainer_mike says, "Not really. Sure that Cleffa would take 10 damage at the end of your turn, and it might be hard for them to remoive as Cleffa does not have a Retreat cost"
master_trainer_mike says, "but there are other things they could do, such as evolve it (yeah right!), or Scoop It Up or something like that."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #836 from m_p_douglas:If we have a big store that has lots of tables, go ahead and run one big Age Modified Swiss Tourney, correct? Even if there are two areas to run the event in? I am assisting a Master Professor with this so I just wanted to be sure what you want.
master_trainer_mike says, "SBZ is set up for the locations to run 1 tournament, with players of all ages participating in it."
master_trainer_mike says, "A few locations may have split it into two trounaments for the different groups (they could do that if they wanted) but they still only get one kit with the same amount of prizes."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #837 from pokesensei:Hi Mike,due to technical problems,I couldn`t get in til a few minutes ago.I heard SBZ is now two events?!4- and 15+?Please explain the resoning as to why it`s decided to be this way. :-)
master_trainer_mike says, "See previous answer. We asked them to run one tournament only."
master_trainer_mike says, "Some places needed to change this due to space or staff issues. They can do that, but they still only get 1 kit for support."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #838 from chrisbo:For Team Play, if I use Mirror Shell (similar text to Agility) must I designate which player's active pokemon it affects or will it affect *any* active pokemon that attacks Dark Wartotle?
master_trainer_pat says, "You must designate an opponent."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #839 from daytongl:The Delegate Shirts are still available to BZ Leaders who have run the events for a minimum of 3 months, correct?
master_trainer_mike says, "Yes they will be."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #840 from farbsman:So are the two age divisions combined at the SBZ?
master_trainer_mike says, "Yup. One tournament for players of all ages, using the age modified swiss system."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #841 from ukpokemonpro:Can you tell us who is looking into the UK's BZ situation as we were told 3 weeks ago that we would get the kits in the next week or 2.
master_trainer_mike says, "They are looking into it. Apparently there have been some internal issues that we can't go into."
master_trainer_mike says, "They are trying to get them over there."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #842 from m_p_douglas:I opened the new Preconstructed Theme Decks for Aquapolis, and was shocked... THREE Professor Oak's Research in the Abyss deck. WOW!!.....and then you put in one Town Volunteers in too!
master_trainer_pat says, "Right on!"
master_trainer_mike says, "Hey! I TRY to build good decks under the necessary limitaions imposed for these decks. Hope you like them."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #843 from ipnuaj21:In TMP IF Dark Wartotle used mirror shell (has similar text to Agility) it only affects the opponent's defending pokemon that was chosen as 'attacked' and not both defending pokemon?
master_trainer_pat says, "You would designate which opponent you wanted the Mirror Shell's effect against."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #859 from gym_leader_blaine:so what happens if a SBZ TO decided to run it unlimited instead of modified
master_trainer_mike says, "They had better not. I understand there was some comunnication errors and we are sorry about that."
master_trainer_mike says, "However, a TO that chooses to run a premiere event in a way different than what we asked of them will not be asked to ever do one again."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #860 from chrisbo:Any word on when the "Complete Card Reference" for Aquapolis will be published?
master_trainer_mike says, "Guys, to be prefrectly honest, this isn't that high on the pole. We are frantically working on future expansions that take priority. I will look into it."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #861 from chrisbo:For Aquapolis Magneton's "Magnetic Flow" power, if the opponent only has one pokemon with energy attached to it, can I move just that one energy? Or does there *have* to be two pokemon with energy attached in order to use this power?
master_trainer_pat says, "As the card states, you must choose 2 of your opponent's Pokemon that have energy attached"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #862 from chrisbo:For the Aquapolis Umbreon's "Shadow Moon" power, do I have the option to NOT shuffle any of my opponent's cards into their deck after looking at their hand, or is it mandatory? In other words, can I choose "zero" cards?
master_trainer_pat says, "You could choose zero."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #863 from chrisbo:For Aquapolis Elekid's Energy Kick, who chooses which Pokemon to move the Energy card to, the attacking player or the defending player?
master_trainer_pat says, "They choose where to put the Energy"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #864 from chrisbo:If Pokemon Park is in play and 2 Energy cards are being attached via "Harvest Bounty", can 2 Damage Counters be removed?
master_trainer_pat says, "Yes."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #865 from chrisbo:If Pokemon Park is in play and I use "RainDance" to attach several Energy cards at a time, can I remove a Damage Counter for each energy I attach?
master_trainer_pat says, "hmmm...you spend alot of time on these don't cha?"
master_trainer_mike says, "Wow! Let me blow the dust off of my old Rain Dance deck!!!"
master_trainer_pat says, "Yes, you could."
master_trainer_mike smirks.

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #867 from chrisbo:If an attack stops a Pokemon from being moved out of the active spot by Retreating, Trainers or Powers, will Warp Energy allow you to move it?
master_trainer_pat says, "Stuff like Jaw Clamp, you mean?"
master_trainer_pat says, "That attack itself doesn't mention the effect of an Energy card."
master_trainer_pat says, "So I believe that Warp Energy would still work in that case. Can you remember the names of the other attacks that do the same thing?"
master_trainer_pat says, "I would want to check and see if they read differently."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #866 from chrisbo:If Apricorn Forest is in play, is flipping to add to the Bench mandatory or can a player choose not to flip? And if mandatory, if they have no basic Energy cards in their hand do they have to show their hand to prove it to their opponent?
master_trainer_pat says, "The coin flip is optional. If you flip the coin then the rest must be done. If you don't have an Energy at that point, you should show your oppoenent your hand to prove you were fibbing (just a little, right?)"
master_trainer_mike says, "If you don;t have an energy, you wouod not choose to flip and continue with it."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #868 from beedrill30:I have a Murkrow against an active Aquapolis Jumpluff with one damage counter, can I Feint Attack Jumpluff and not have to flip for its PokeBody?
master_trainer_mike says, "Yes."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #869 from daytongl:The SBZ FAQ says that all players will get the lanyards and promo. Is this a change to the initial info that the kit will support 50 players?
master_trainer_mike says, "No, the kits come with materials to support 50 players. Even last years Gym Challenges mostly had less than 50 players."
master_trainer_mike says, "So, there are mnaterials to support the first 50 players to be clear."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #870 from gym_leader_blaine:How do us Master Professors get signed up to run all the Pokemon WOTC tournaments in our area so they dont always go to the Premium Magic TO in the area?
master_trainer_mike says, "If you are a TO, and you want to start running premiere events, you need to write in and let us know. You can let Linda know when you sanction events through her, or you could email the Professor list and I can apss it on."
master_trainer_mike says, "Keep in mind that you must have some experience before we will give such an event to you in most cases."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #872 from enik_the_sleestak:aquapolis electrode's swift attack says to ignore all effects on def. pokemon etc. etc. Does this mean it ignores baby power?
master_trainer_pat says, "Swift Attacks do not cut through the Baby Power."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #871 from indigomaster33:so is the top 8 of the SBZ to be run in match play?
master_trainer_mike says, "Nope, single elim, one game mastches as usual."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #873 from marril2000:hey mike, i always wondered, what excatly are the limitations you are restricted to when creating theme decks?
master_trainer_mike says, "Actually, I wrote an article about this. Check it out on our web site."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #876 from gym_leader_blaine:Any news or ideas when you thinks Wizards own Pokemon set that you guys have been working on will be out?
master_trainer_pat says, "We still have it down in the basement in a jar."
master_trainer_pat says, "Hopefully we can go get it and dust it off sometime soon."
master_trainer_pat says, "Seriously, no word on it yet."
master_trainer_pat says, "But you never know..."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #874 from daytongl:Auqapolis Jumpluff's PokeBody - Does it block the entire attack (such as with Tyranitar's Trample) if it is on the bench and flipped Heads for the PokeBody?
master_trainer_pat says, "Jumpluff just prevents the damage and other effects of attacks."
master_trainer_mike says, "Done to itself only!!!!!"
master_trainer_mike says, "It does NOT prevent the effects form the attack to others!"
master_trainer_mike says, "It just protects itself."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #875 from dugtrio_1951:My opponent has a Dark Tyranitar against my Aquapolis Jumpluff. He/she uses Mountain Smasher, and I flip heads for Fluff. It does no damage to Jumpluff, but do I still discard cards from the top of my deck?
master_trainer_mike says, "Yes you do. Jumpluff's Fluff ONLY prevents affects of attacks done to it!! Like Agility for example."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #877 from dugtrio_1951:I have an Aquapolis Jumpluff on my Bench and my opponent uses a Pokémon that has a Spark attack, targeting 10 damage to Jumpluff. I flip for Fluff and get heads. Does the entire attack get prevented, including the base damage to my Defending Pokémon, or just the 10 damage to Jumpluff?
master_trainer_mike says, "Same answer."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #878 from dugtrio_1951:My opponent is attempting to use Magneton's Self Destruct attack and I have Aquapolis Jumpluff on my Bench. If Fluff gets heads, would all damage to Magneton, my Active Pokémon, and all Benched Pokémon on both sides be prevented?
master_trainer_mike says, "Same answer."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #879 from dugtrio_1951:Can an active Light Dragonite pay its retreat cost with an attached Boost Energy?
master_trainer_mike says, "Yes you can, though you are not paying the Retreat Cost, you are using the comes into play ability of the Warp Energy."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #880 from neo_fox:Whats the ETA for Skyridge... or do you guys have no comment?
master_trainer_mike says, "Aprilish."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #881 from cyberdude:what sets are after aquapolis? - do you know when they'll be out in australia? have ruby and saphire come out yet? do you know when they'll be out in australia?
master_trainer_mike says, "I don;t know abot Australia, sorry."
master_trainer_mike says, "Skyridge is the next set after Aquaplois."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #882 from mysterioustrainer:You mentioned you guys were busy with future expansions, so I am assuming nothing on Challenge Series. Oh well, patience stays strong.
master_trainer_mike says, "I wish we had answers for everything (why do fools fall in love? for example) but when we do, we will tell you :)"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #884 from chrisbo:Re Q863 Huh? Which "they" gets to choose where to put the energy for Energy Kick?
master_trainer_pat says, "The opponent they use it against."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #883 from cyberdude:with the 3rd league - it's designed around 32 players - but there aren't any spairs in the league kit - if we get 32 players - then 2 leave - then 2 more come - we have to order another kit - will the following leagues have extra?
master_trainer_mike says, "Nope, the kits are made for 16 players. If you have more than that, get extra kits."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #887 from mysterioustrainer:MTM was the M. Professor List updated recently?
master_trainer_mike says, "Yes it was."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #888 from nopoke59:your active light Dragonite is knocked out. Any recycle Energy attached to it gets put into the discard pile rather than returning to your hand
master_trainer_pat says, "Correct."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #890 from neo_fox:What ever happened to the Meowth Balloon Pat made... will we get a chance to see it?
master_trainer_pat says, "That was Dark MT Steve, the balloon is still here but it's looking pretty sorrowful right now."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #892 from gym_leader_blaine:so to run Premiere Pokemon events I need to email Linda Roberts to get my name on a list? Right?
master_trainer_mike says, "What I meant is that you need to let us know if you are interested in becoming a premiere TO. That does not guarantee that you will become one but it is poa"
master_trainer_mike says, "part of the process"
master_trainer_mike says, "It also comes down to where you are located (if we want events in that area), your experience (how many events you have run in the area and your history)"
master_trainer_mike says, "how well you rreport event results and so on."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #893 from nopoke59:how many new sets is Wizards working on?
master_trainer_mike says, "Ahhhh, we wonders don't we?"
master_trainer_pat says, "Hmmm.."
master_trainer_pat says, "1 or 4"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #894 from wizo_pokemom:how long does it take for a store which has been delegated and says it wants to be contacted by merchant services to set up an account?
master_trainer_mike says, "Our sales department is mucho busy. They told me a few days ago that they had been unable to contact those stores right away but are doing so now."
master_trainer_mike says, "If a store wants to get involved with our programs, their best bet is to contact us (the contact info is on the sales sheets I sent the Delegates to give to the store)."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #895 from purity1:are any of you all going to be involved in the neopets tcg?
master_trainer_pat says, "Hmmm,"
master_trainer_mike says, "I am the OP Manager for that game."
master_trainer_pat shakes her/his head.
master_trainer_mike says, "Guess all the years of working with you guys made me the one :)"
master_trainer_mike says, "Lots of other people wil be involved as well of course."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #896 from neo_fox:Last time I went to the WotC store near me, I was told that someone found a Corner of of the Warehouse filled with Base Set 1 and that every WotC store got a case to sell them... how does anyone not notice that many old cards laying around?
master_trainer_pat says, "You ever see that warehouse at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark?"
master_trainer_pat smiles.

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #897 from pokemonbigguy:In the upcomming Super battlezone, do under 14 compeate against over 15 class? If wizards is palnning on thier own set does that mean that there will be any plans for ADV and the new 135 pokemon
master_trainer_mike says, "There is only one tournament, it is run using the age modified rules which means that it attempts to pair players of the same records with players of similar ages."
master_trainer_mike says, "There is a trophy for the highest finishing player age 14 and under (Junior Champion), and the highest finishing player age 15 and up."
master_trainer_mike says, "There is also a Good Sportsmanship Award for the best Sportsman aged 12 and under."
master_trainer_mike says, "Also lots of aquapolis to go to the top 8 players and oversied promos for the top 16"
master_trainer_mike says, "and the first 50 players all get badges and a promo card as well."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #898 from dugtrio_1951:RE #879 What are you talking about with Warp Energy? I was wondering if you can use BOOST Energy to retreat with. (It says you can't on the card, but does that effect/rule/whatever turn off from Light Dragonite)?
master_trainer_mike says, "Warp...Boost....after a while they all look the same."
master_trainer_mike says, "If you have already assumed that the Boost energy is not discarded because of Light Dragonite's Pokemon Power, then the answer is the same."
master_trainer_mike says, "All text on a Special Energy card is ignored under that Pokemon Power so yes, you could discard it to Retreat it."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #900 from mysterioustrainer:whats neopets TCG?
master_trainer_pat says, "See this link: http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=company/pr/20030204a"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #899 from pokemonbigguy:Is there going to be any more super battlezone or just hte ones on feb 15 or 16
master_trainer_mike says, "If these go well, you may see them again. So behave yourselves!! :)"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #901 from michel1be:Will Neopets available in Europe too ?
master_trainer_mike says, "Too early to say."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #902 from gym_leader_blaine:thanks for the information on the Premiere TO. I will email Linda tonight and let her know that I am intereested and see what I have to do to start the process.
master_trainer_mike says, "Cool!"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #903 from neo_fox:RE:#896 So... you guys have the Ark next to or near Pokémon Cards... every fear it might burn through them?
master_trainer_mike says, "Next to the car that runs on water"
master_trainer_pat says, "We could have the Hope Diamond in there...no one would ever know..."
master_trainer_mike says, "and near the light bulbs that never burn out"
master_trainer_pat smirks.

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #904 from espy87:Any news on the GC/SCs yet?
master_trainer_mike says, "Nope"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #905 from marril2000:so, any word on the word/quote/flavor of the day?
master_trainer_mike says, "That is so 2002."
master_trainer_mike says, "2003 is the year where we can act silly in all new and different ways each week!"
master_trainer_mike says, "wakka wakka wakka"
master_trainer_pat says, "I think we should have a monkey of the day..."
master_trainer_mike says, "Kierin says we should argue about donuts again"
master_trainer_mike says, "please ignore him"
master_trainer_pat says, "Is a Lemur a monkey?"
master_trainer_pat says, "If so it should be the Monkey of the Day."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #906 from marril2000:hmm... if you had the ability to change any one card in the game that has already been printed (any card just saying that TPC said go for it), what would you change and why?
master_trainer_mike says, "How about changing the HP on Hitmonchan???"
master_trainer_mike says, "BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA"
master_trainer_pat nods solemnly.
master_trainer_mike says, "I kill me......"
master_trainer_mike says, "user error"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #907 from farbsman:Can you tell us what Promo #53 Suicune does yet?
master_trainer_pat says, "We think it is functionally the same as the one in Aquapolis...it will have a different bar code on it though and different art..."
master_trainer_mike says, "It plays the theme song form the movie!!"
master_trainer_pat says, "We think that the bar code will play the theme song from the movie or something"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #908 from pokemonbigguy:Does it mean that a person under 14 years old could win the senior trophy and the junior trophy if they took first place?
master_trainer_mike says, "No..... The highest finishing player aged 14 and under gets the one, the highest finishing player age 15 and up gets the other."
master_trainer_mike says, "You can't be both!!"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #909 from chrisbo:Re Q906 Oh yeah, that reminds me... How *are* we supposed to play the new promo Hitmonchan? With 60hp or 70hp?
master_trainer_mike says, "I had to bring it up........"
master_trainer_mike says, "For now, play these cards as they are printed."
master_trainer_mike says, "We will get an official answer soon."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #911 from mysterioustrainer:So can we use Base Set Hitmonchan in Modified?
master_trainer_mike says, "Yes you can!"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #912 from gym_leader_blaine:so can we still play the old Hitmonchan from base set with the 70hp?
master_trainer_mike says, "Yup!"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #913 from farbsman:Do the trophies for SBZ get rewarded after the swiss rounds and then the cards are played for for first, or do the trophies get rewarded to the top finishers of the top 8 tournament
master_trainer_mike says, "You chould run the complete event and then give out all of the prizes."

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #914 from daytongl:RE: 911 We play it with 60 or 70HP?
master_trainer_mike says, "You play the card as it is written!"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #915 from pigdeon_of_death:Re: 909 Meaning if we had the promo in our MF decks, it would have 60 HP, and base would have 70?
master_trainer_mike says, "For now, yes!"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #916 from dugtrio_1951:So now we have Hitmonchans with both 60 and 70 HP legal in Modified? o_O
master_trainer_mike says, "FOR NOW!!! YES!!!!!!!"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #918 from espy87:How many people are dumb enough to play the 60HP one?
master_trainer_pat says, "That's not very nice..."

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #919 from mysterioustrainer:Yes MTM you had to mention Hitmonchan so that we reign chaos on your cubicle
master_trainer_mike says, "Chaos rain!!!!"

master_trainer_mike presents the speaker with question #917 from cyberdude:is there still a pk compendium? if so, what's the url?
master_trainer_pat says, "The Cubicle of Chaos!"
master_trainer_mike says, "Where it has always been."
master_trainer_pat says, "MT Mike's Cubicle of Chaos has caused his computer to crash so he has effectively left the building!"

master_trainer_pat presents the speaker with question #920 from marril2000:any sketched out locations for worlds 2003?
master_trainer_pat says, "There are a few ideas, but nothing to announce yet."
master_trainer_pat says, "All the other questions are about BZ stuff..and since it is 4:00 I'm going to get going too."
master_trainer_pat says, "We'll be here next week, see you then."