Thursday, February 4, 2016

Locals Report: January 2016


I have been to my local card shop a few times this year. I am only able to go there on Saturdays because of my busy work schedule.  Not a lot has changed at my locals. The player base remains the same for every game at the shop. We do not have tournaments for Cardfight!! Vanguard and Yu-Gi-Oh! at the moment. Yu-Gi-Oh! players do not consistently hang out at the shop. There are not enough Vanguard players to host a tournament.


The State of Vanguard at Locals

My local shop has a weak vanguard community. My friend and me normally are the only players at the shop. However, one of my buddies' friends came to the shop to play vanguard. He has numerous decks. He used his Gear Chronicle deck and Nova Grappler deck against my Seekers deck and Chronojet Dragon deck. My Seekers dominated his Gear Chronicle units. His Nova Grapplers got the best of my Chronojet Dragon deck. I only recorded our first game between my Seekers deck and his Gear Chronicle deck. Watch the game in the video above this paragraph!

Cardfight!! Vanguard has little life in my town. It is odd to see the product being sold, but the players are not around at hobby stores in town. There is still hope of building a strong community. Playing Vanguard catches people's attention. Random people at locals will briefly watch games and ask questions about Cardfight!! Vanguard. A guy asked questions about Gear Chronicle so he is clearly interested in the clan. I have taught a few people how to play vanguard, but I have never seen them at the shop again.

My First Booster Boxes 

I bought my first 30 pack booster box of Cardfight!! Vanguard. My friend purchased a Sovereign Star Dragon booster box and I bought a Moonlit Dragonfang booster box. We divided booster boxes with each other so we both had 15 booster packs from each box. I have purchased extra booster boxes and uploaded a few videos on YouTube. My most notable cards from the booster boxes are Conquering Supreme Dragon Dragonic Vanquisher "VOLTAGE", Dragon Destroyer Battle Deity Kamussusanoo, Darkside Princess, and Scharhrot Vampir.


What is UFS?

I have invested money and time into UFS. I recently purchased the MegaMan starter deck and Dr. Wily's starter deck. Most people at my local shop have heard of UFS. I am the only player at the shop. There is little to no chance of a community growing anything soon in town. However, a friend and me will start learning how to play UFS. We will record games at locals. Maybe people will notice us playing the game and try to join in on the fun.

Magic Continues Its Dominance Town

Magic the Gathering is still by far the most popular game in my city. There is not a single hobby shop in town without any Magic the Gathering products. A tournament is held every month. Almost every person at my locals plays in at least one format of Magic the Gathering. Magic players began to arrive in the afternoon to get ready for their tournament. I have purchased a few decks, but have not devoted any time to get into the game. Maybe one day I will venture further into Magic. I have more than enough cards to build a White deck for any format.

The Final Word

My locals strive on Magic the Gathering while other games take a backseat. I do not expect Cardfight!! Vanguard to break out in my area anytime soon. Hopefully the game will eventually start to grow at my locals. On the bright side, there are at least two people, who also play Cardfight!! Vanguard at my shop. That is better than nothing.