Quick tips for beginners and parents
Pokemon has been an excellent opportunity for my family to spend time together. Iíve been going with my daughter to the "Pokemon League" for several weeks and have really enjoyed watching her evolve from a confused beginner to a self-professed Pokemon master.
We have created a set of rules and a series of steps to help my daughter play her best. I believe these items are important for parents who do not understand the game and may want to see what Pokemon is capable of teaching (with some guidance), for new players who need to have a tool to help remember EVERYTHING that needs to be done during a turn, and for advanced players who like to help others learn this addicting game. Anyway, onto the rules:
To help my daughter learn to play, I created an acronym (a word formed from the initials of a sentence) for REPEATS. This is a great way to help new players structure their turn and prevent confusion and frustration:
R Remove Condition
E Examine deck and draw a card
P Play Pokemon
Evolve any Pokemon that WERE NOT PLAYED this round
E Energy Card (play one)
A Activate Pokemon (Retreat your Pokemon if you want)
T Trainer card (play any and all trainer cardsóbut read it first to make sure it helps!)
S Start Attack.
To help young players, Iíve created a document that has the above steps in a box the size of a trading card. Put it in a sleeve and you have a miniature guide for beginners.