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Kickstarter is looking for a Games Content Strategist to work at its office in Brooklyn, evaluating games projects, writing about them, and promoting them through various online outlets.. The company is also looking for a Games Intern for a 3 month research project. There’ll be a lot of detail work online and either previous academic study of games or 3-4 years of professional experience with games is required.

Recruiter Aardvark Swift is searching for a Marketing Manager to work at The Pokemon Company in London. The successful applicant will familiar with media for 4-14 year olds across Europe.

Steamforged Games (Guild Ball, Dark Souls) is looking to fill two positions: Commercial Brand Coordinator and Retail Support Manager, both in Tukwila, Washington. The former will focus on marketing, the latter on retailer account management.

Esdevium Games, part of the Asmodee Group in the U.K., has openings for a Finance Manager, an HR Officer, and a Sales and Customer Service Account Handler. The last of those is about sales to the hobby channel.

University Games, located in the Mission area of San Francisco, needs someone to fill the dual role of Receptionist and Office Manager.

The Stars Group is working to develop a state-of-the-art Artificial Intelligence that could learn to play a variety of games. Toward that end, the company is recruiting for a Poker AI Research Engineer and a Graduate Poker AI Research Engineer.

Cubicle 7 needs an Office Assistant in Swindon, U.K. to help with customer service, order handling, and administrative tasks.

Tabletop Tycoon (Game Salute, Myriad Games, Ship Naked) is staffing up in Londonderry, New Hampshire. The company has job openings for an Account Manager, an Assistant Account Manager, full and part-time Fulfillment Staff, and a General Manager. The Account Manager and Assistant Account Manager will be responsible for sales and logistics for Ship Naked. Fulfillment Staff will handle packing and shipping. The General Manager, who will run everything, is expected on-site 7:00 AM-7:00 PM.

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The latest expansion in the Sun & Moon line of Pokémon TCG products, Guardians Rising, hits shelves on May 5th. The new set contains over 140 new cards including Tapu Koko-GX, Tapu Lele-GX, Kommo-o-GX, Lycanroc-GX, Metagross-GX, Sylveon-GX, Toxapex-GX, Vikavolt-GX, and more. More Alolan variets of original Pokémon will also be tossed into the mix.

The two new theme decks will feature the Legendary Pokémon Solgaleo and Lunala.

Guardians Rising will be available in booster packs, Elite Trainer boxes, and theme decks.

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While I may not be a huge fan of Monopoly in general, but my kids are. Not only are they fans, but they really like licensed versions of the game. USAopoly’s MONOPOLY: The Legend of Zelda Collector’s Edition as been a huge hit in our household for quite some time.

How excited was I when Hasbro said they had mailed me out a copy of USAopoly’s MONOPOLY: Pokémon Johto Edition? Not as excited as I knew my kids would be. Pokémon is huge in our household, and my kids were in even more of a Pokémon froth with the release of Pokémon Sun and Moon.

So how is it? Really well made. It’s colorful, dripping with Pokémon artwork and theme, and has really nice Pokémon tokens that the kids constantly fight over. It’s hours upon hours of Pokémon MONOPOLY fun.

Seriously, though. If you like MONOPOLY, and you like Pokémon, this edition of the game is for you.

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Pokémon TCG: Sun & Moon Launches Feb 3rd

The release date for the Sun & Moon Pokémon TCG set has been announced! Launching on February 3rd, 2017, the set features 140 all-new cards. Over 40 brand new Pokémon unique to the Alola region are included in the set, as well as many Alolan variants of classic Pokémon. New Pokémon GX cards are now in play as well – rare Pokémon each with an attack so powerful it can only be used once per game!

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In my latest unboxing video I take a look at the Pokemon XY Evolutions set, easily one of my favorite sets in recent years. Of course it probably has a lot to do with nostalgia, but still! This is a great set for both new and old players and a great way to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Pokemon and the end of the XY block of cards.

Unfortunately, my stream quality was cut down quite a bit. I’ll be recording a new video soon and post it up on my YouTube account for those who want a better look at the cards.

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I recently received three great new Pokemon TCG items in the mail. The first, the Pikachu Battle Tin, contained a special, foil Pikachu-EX card along with some booster packs.

The second two items where Mythical Pokemon Collections, Victini and Keldeo. Each of these includes a special, foil card of their namesake, a collectable pin, and two Pokemon Generations booster packs.

Check out the video above to see me unboxing the contents of each in the Pokemon TCG Online client. I manage to pull a couple great cards out of the boosters, but the real star of this show is the cards for which each item is named for. The Pokemon Company continues to put out these collectors items that are actually worth purchasing, have a great value, and satisfy the itch to catch’em all.

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pokcmon-tcg-xy-evolutions-website_homepage2Pokémon: XY—Evolutions was released today and The Pokémon Company is celebrating with a 90’s themed website.

For those who missed our previous coverage, Pokémon: XY—Evolutions celebrates 20 years of Pokémon by revisiting the original Pokémon cards. All the cards from the original Pokémon set have been made modern with higher HP and stronger attacks. That’s all that’s been updated, though, as the art and card layouts are exactly like they were in 1997! Of course, there are some new cards, like EX and BREAK cards, tossed into the mix.

Ready to be warped back to the age of dial-up and DHTML animations? Head on over to to see the “new” Pokémon TCG site in all its glory.


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MeloettaThe next box in the Pokémon TCG: Mythical Pokémon Collection, featuring Meloetta, will be in stores on December 1st. Like the previous boxes in this excellent series, it will contain:

  • A never-before-seen foil promo card (featuring Meloetta)
  • Collector’s pin
  • 2 booster packs of Generations
  • An online code to unlock the contents of the box in Pokémon TCG: Online

The Pokémon TCG: Mythical Pokémon Collection: Meloetta comes in at $12.99, just like the previous collections. Just like the previous collections, it’s a great deal.

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Pokémon TCG XY Wraps up with Evolutions

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The final expansion in the Pokémon TCG: XY Series, XY—Evolutions, celebrates 20 years of Pokémon by revisiting the original Pokémon cards. This expansion has the look and feel of those classic Base Set cards, with updated game logic and stats. Long-time and new Pokémon fans alike can see Pokémon-EX in the Base Set frame, offering a nostalgic twist on these powerful cards.

The new set will contain over 100 new cards, and includes cards such as Mega Venusaur-EX, Mega Charizard-EX, and Mega Blastoise-EX, Dragonite-EX, Ninetales BREAK, Machamp BREAK, and Mega Slowbro-EX. The two new theme decks, Pikachu Power and Mewtwo Mayhem, will feature fan favorites in new and updated fashion.

Evolutions will hit Toys R Us shelves on October 30th, Gamestop shelves on October 31st, and other retailers on November 2nd.


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Pokemon TCG November Releases

pokemon_logoNovember is a big month for the Pokemon TCG with 4 new releases.

The first is the Pokémon TCG: 2016 Collector Chest Tin. Priced at $29.99 with a street date of November 1st, it’s a lunch box filled with:

  • 5 booster packs
  • 3 foil promo cards: Volcanion, Magearna, and Shiny Mega Gengar-EX
  • A Pokémon coin
  • 2 sticker sheets
  • A mini album to store your cards
  • A Pokémon notepad and 4 pencils
  • A code card for Pokémon TCG Online

Next up are the Pokémon TCG: Gengar EX Box and Pokémon TCG: Kangaskhan EX Box. Each of these includes an EX foil promo card featuring the Pokémon on the box, an oversized promo card of the previous EX card, 4 booster packs, and a code card for Pokémon TCG Online. I haven’t seen a specific street date but do know that they’ll be priced at $19.99.

Last, and certainly not least, is the Pokémon TCG: Alola Collection. Priced at $29.99 with a street date of November 11th, these are the first Pokémon TCG product featuring new Pokémon from Pokémon Sun and Moon. Each collection includes:

  • 3 special foil promo cards featuring Rowlet, Litten, and Popplio
  • 1 of 2 foil oversized cards featuring a Legendary Pokémon-GX: Solgaleo or Lunala
  • 1 of 2 sculpted figures featuring Solgaleo or Lunala
  • 1 of 2 collector’s pins featuring Solgaleo or Lunala
  • 5  booster packs
  • A code card for Pokémon TCG Online

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