If often feels as if I voice my short comings throughout my articles here on NoobGrind, as well as admitting facts about myself that I’d really just rather not say. I’m still going to go ahead and admit them to our readers, however; I never learnt how to play Pokemon Trading Card Game (TGC). This would have been fine, had I not had a collection of a couple of hundred throughout my Primary School years, an impressive figure given my age and, from what I can recall, never actually having purchased a pack. This badge of shame further haunts me, considering Pokemon Yellow was the first ever game that was ever bought for me; My first ever game. That, and a Gameboy Colour (or Color, because America). The impact that game had on me has never quite left me, and continues to fuel my expensive hobby to this very day.
Bringing this back to Pokemon TGC, my younger brother recently picked up Pokemon cards, and requested that I play with him. I sheepishly informed him that I had no idea how to play, so I sat down whilst he taught me the rules, or rather, his rules. His rules were mostly correct, minus a few… convenient changes, but regardless, I thoroughly enjoyed it and it felt as if a childhood wrong had been righted. I learnt the official rules, and low and behold, I wanted more. Problem: I had no cards.
Enter Deck Maniacs. Our friends over at DeckManiacs.com kindly sent us a copy of their December Pokemon box for us to review, and I immediately claimed this box as my own so that I can start my collection again. Sorry guys. After opening the box, I was immediately greeted with a bright Green tissue paper, wrapping the contents within the box to maintain the neat form that the team had envisioned, as well as a price breakdown, a feature of the loot box that I am hugely grateful for. As is the way with monthly loot boxes, you quality of the content you get varies. To keep a high level of content available to your subscribers, as well as keeping it varied so that consumer boredom doesn’t set in, is an incredibly tough challenge but, as I’m sure you can guess from my tone, the team at DeckManiacs.com seem to have managed it. I will admit, as a new player, I was hoping for a deck for me to start with, but that’s just me being picky. My boxes contents, for those of you that are wondering, are as follows:
- 12 Booster Packs – RRP £43.08
- 1 pack of Ultrapro Sleeves – RRP £2.49
- 1 Life Pad
- Total Value – £45.57
This, for me, is a crucial inclusion to any loot box. Honest transparency helps any consumer know that they are getting a great deal, which only helps future subscriptions all around. With each month costing £29.99, or available at reduced rates if you pay upfront for a 3 or 6 month subscription, you can be assured that they will always reach their minimum goal of content costing more than £40 RRP. Whilst I lament knowing that Pokemon TGC has properly caught my attention, albeit 16 years too late, I am equally grateful that boxes like this exist, and that the company behind them know what people want, and are happy to go above and beyond for their customers.
For those interested, Magic The Gathering boxes are also available at the same rates, and I have also been informed that future themed boxes, such as Yu-Gi-Oh, are being planned.
Review unit supplied by www.deckmaniacs.com.