Sunday, October 7
So I’ve been a part of nearly every collectible card game…well, ever. Mostly what happens is they come and go. We all get really excited for about 3 months, we spend money we don’t have on them, we see some cool tournaments, and then poof. Or there’s like 3 people left in town willing to get together and play them. It’s the truly rare and exceptional game over these 25 years that sticks around. I’m looking at you, Yu-Gi-Oh!
I remember the first time a distributor told me about this game. They said it was the next hotness coming out of Japan. I shrugged. I was more than skeptical. After the explosion that was Pokemon, everyone and their sister were trying to capture lightning in a bottle. But we brought in Blue Eyes, White Dragon and we quickly realized that that skepticism was not founded at all. Fargo-Moorhead just exploded with Yu-Gi-Oh! popularity. From competitive entry fee events here at Paradox to Big Nick’s wildly successful Saturday tournaments, this game was a runaway sensation. Really, it has been ever since.
Now it’s time to celebrate 25 years of Paradox. That’s a hell of an accomplishment and you are the reason why. Yeah, I went out and got Regionals, came up with TV prize tournaments, and tirelessly sanctioned and reported Locals and Sneak Peeks. But it’s your game. You’ve always known more about it than me. Through it’s ups and downs you’ve always been there playing. I’ve met and made so many lifelong friends from this game I can’t even count. I’m humbled and lucky to have been part of it for so long. I know that there have been more than a few times that I didn’t give the game the attention it deserved and I’m sorry for that, truly. But it’s always been there and found it’s way back to the spotlight over and over.
Ok, here we go. We’re gamers and what we care about at the end of the day is sweet sweet events. And boy do we have one cooked up.
Yu-Gi-Oh! – A Paradox 25 Anniversary Tournament
Entry Fee: $20
Registration: 12N / Start Time: 1PM
Format: Constructed / Swiss Rounds / Cut to Top 8
1st Place: FREE ENTRY for 1 year to all OTS Premier Events (OTS Championships, Regional Qualifiers, Sneak Peeks, and any other sweet event!).
Top 4: 1 Yu-Gi-Oh! Booster Box
All Participants: Your choice of 4 OTS Booster Packs or 5 regular Booster Packs.
Door Prizes: Giveaway drawings for leftover play mats from Sneak Peeks and any other event we have around, $25 Gift Card (minimum 1 and based on attendance)
Whew. That’s a heck of an event. We invite you to join us for a great afternoon of gaming, memories, nostalgia, and making history.
Check this link for details and don’t miss our family picture Sunday, October 7 at 2PM to commemorate history!