The Penn State Pokémon Society

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The Penn State Pokémon Challenge

Every semester, our club hosts a FREE 2-day weekend event called the Penn State Pokemon Challenge (PSPC).  This event is meant to mirror the mechanics of the Pokemon games:  earn badges, go on side quests, and challenge the Elite 4.

  

On Saturday, 10 gym leaders (or equivalents) are placed around campus.  Their teams are usually mono-typed singles teams, but theme teams, doubles battles, triples battles, and rotation battles have been known to make an appearance.  Challengers have between 8 and 9 hours to roam around campus, complete side quests, challenge the gym leaders, and earn badges.  Those that obtain 8 or more badges earn the right to challenge the Elite 4 on the second day of the event.  


On Sunday, the worthy challengers battle through the Elite 4.  A challenger must defeat all four E4 members consecutively to be able to battle the Champion.  If the Champion is defeated, then a new Champion is crowned.  The winner of the event earns the right to be the Champion during the following semester's event AND get his/her name on the "Hall of Fame" plaque.

Details about Spring 2017 PSPC:

DATES:  Saturday, April 1st and Sunday, April 2nd

LOCATION:  Penn State, University Park

You will begin at 106 Boucke, then travel all over campus to battle Trial Captains and Kahunas.  A great map of central campus to help you get around is on Penn State's website. A Town Map will also be provided on the day of the event.
EVENT DETAILS:

On Saturday 4/1:
- At 9:00 AM SHARP, meet in Room 106 Boucke at Penn State, University Park. Participants will receive a Trainer Passport depicting their starting region, a Town Map, and other information to get them started on their day long event. They must acquire one Z-Crystal in that region, or wait until noon before advancing to another region. Participants will have all day to travel to the gyms spread across campus, found on the Town Map.

- There will be a universal lunch break 1:00-2:00.

- Z-Crystals are earned by defeating Trial Captains, while Stamps are earned by defeating Kahunas. The Kahuna of each region may only be challenged once one has defeated both trial captains in the respective region. Either can be challenged by a Trainer any number of times, but the Trainer must go to the back of the line in order to re-challenge. Trainers reserve the right to alter their team in between Gym Leader Battles while still abiding by Singles OU Rules.

- To qualify for the Elite Four on Sunday you must obtain at least 4 Z-Crystals and 3 Stamps. Earning this or more will give a challenger the opportunity to challenge the E4 more than time as follows:

4 Z-Crystals + 3 Stamps = 1 Attempt
6 Z-Crystals + 3 Stamps = 2 Attempts
6 Z-Crystals + 4 Stamps = 3 Attempts

- The challenge ENDS at 6:15 PM. New battles CANNOT be started after 6:15 PM. Meet back in 106 Boucke at 6:30 PM for further information regarding the second day. If you have acquired enough Z-Crystals and Stamps to challenge the Elite 4, you MUST be back by 6:30 PM.

On Sunday 4/2:

- Trainers who earned the required amount of Z-Crystals and Stamps on Saturday will meet in the HUB promptly at 10 AM. Attempts at the Elite 4 are determined as seen above. After your attempts run out OR you lose to the champion, you are no longer able to challenge ANY of the Elite Four. Challengers who complete the Elite Four will challenge the current Champion for the honor of having their name and team engraved on the PSPC Plaque.

***Insightful Information****

- Story events may occur, and may stand in the way of acquiring all Z-Crystals or Stamps. Be prepared! Also, challengers will have the option of participating in NPC events such as the Game Corner, Lottery Corner, and the Pokemon Trainer Academy.

-  Item Cards will be returning for this semester! You can earn trainer cards through the Game Corner, other NPC events, and even through Gym Leaders. Some cards will be removed, and new ones will be added, so keep an eye out!

Rules:

-  ALL BATTLES adhere to Sun and Moon singles Smogon OU, regardless of their format. Trial Captains and Kahunas may apply unique rules as they see fit.

- Campus has been separated into three areas: Akala, Ula’Ula, and Poni. A trainer’s assigned region acts as a starting point. Players must begin their day by battling one of the Trial Captains in their region and cannot leave said region until they earn a Z-Crystals or noon passes.

- You may switch your Pokemon throughout the day. You are not restricted to using the same team at any point in time.

- Gym Leaders and other NPC Events may have unique rules for their battles regarding format or usable Pokemon. Some Gym Leaders or NPCs may have other rules or tasks that must be completed before a challenger will be accepted for battle. 

- Penn State Pokemon Society does not condone any sort of cheating or harassment. You will be disqualified from the event if this occurs. 

- Though stall is a viable play-style, it is unrealistic in this setting. Because challengers have a limited amount of time to attain 8 or more badges, we ask that challengers refrain from using this style. It not only detracts from the time you yourself have available, but also the time of your fellow challengers. If a gym leader senses that a challenger is trying to force an endless battle, they have the right to decide the victor after 20 minutes of play. 

****Closing****
If you have any questions please email Victoria, the PSPC head, at [email protected]

PSPC Raffle

Trainers, do you want to have a shot at winning some cool prizes? Well you're in luck, because the raffle is making another appearance this semester!  Prizes include Pokemon plushies and more! To be entered into the raffle, all you have to do is buy at least 1 ticket. Tickets cost $2 for 1, or 3 for $5. We will be selling tickets on throughout Saturday, October 15th in the Game Corner (109 Boucke). The winners will be drawn on Saturday when the event concludes at 6:30PM in109 Boucke.  For further information, please contact us at [email protected], or head over to our Facebook event page, Penn State Pokémon Challenge Fall 2016.

Spring 2017 PSPC Leaks

This doesn't look like a traditional Trainer's Card........what could this be? Stay tuned to find out more

The pieces are coming together.........

Fall 2016 PSPC Materials

There will be 10 Gym Badges this Semester. Stay tuned for designs!

Item cards have been updated. Take a look:

SECRET RARE

NEW

BACK FOR ANOTHER SEMESTER

Watch this awesome video for an idea of how this event works!

 
 

The Hall of Fame

Spring 2017:

Current Champion: Adam Warfield

Pelipper

Kingdra

Ferrothorn

Tapu Koko

Pheromosa

Mega-Metagross

Fall 2016:

 Geoffrey Sauk

Landorus-Therian

Gyarados

Scizor 

Rotom-Wash 

Heatran

Mega-Gardevoir

Spring 2016:

Geoffrey Sauk

Landorus-Therian

Gyarados

Scizor 

Rotom-Wash 

Heatran

Mega-Gardevoir

Fall 2015:
Royal Downs III
Heatran
Bisharp
Landorus-Therian
Latias
Gyarados
Mega-Venusaur

Spring 2015:

Shane Besong

Deoxys-Defense 

Dragonite

Blissey 

Aegislash 

Greninja 

Mega-Mawile

Fall 2014:  

Andres Morales

Gliscor

Togekiss

Ferrothorn

Gastrodon

Terrakion

Mega-Scizor

Spring 2014:  

Andres Morales

Gliscor

Togekiss

Ferrothorn

Gastrodon

Terrakion

Mega-Scizor

Fall 2013:  

Patrick Kowalski

Jirachi

Zapdos

Conkeldurr

Latias

Starmie

Tyranitar

Spring 2013:  

Andres Morales

Gliscor

Blastoise

Ferrorthorn

Infernape

Togekiss

Dragonite

Fall 2012:

Tony Jones

Gyarados

Ferrothorn

Mamoswine

Tentacruel

Hydreigon

Breloom

Spring 2012:

Alex Valente

Tyranitar

Scizor

Tentacruel

Excadrill

Gliscor

Mamoswine

Fall 2011:

Tony Jones

Tentacruel

Politoed

Hydreigon

Hitmontop

Kabutops

Ferrothorn

Spring 2011:

Andres Morales

Togekiss

Ambipom

Dragonite

Swampert

Starmie

Bronzong

Fall 2010:

Fil Fernandes

Swampert

Gengar

Garchomp

Blissey

Infernape

Breloom

Spring 2010:

Fil Fernandes

Swampert

Gengar

Garchomp

Blissey

Infernape

Breloom