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The Pokemon Edition of Blast! Create Your Own Collectable Card Game Paperback – April 1, 1999


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  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Pride & Imprints (April 1, 1999)
  • ISBN-10: 1883573319
  • ISBN-13: 978-1883573317
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,452,901 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alexander Gekko is a twenty-something game designer. He is originally from the American Southwest, but now travels the country in an old airstream trailer.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 20, 1999
Format: Paperback
Though I really enjoyed giving this book out to the children of my friends and to my own five year old daughter, I wanted to make a mention about age. I just photocopied the card templates included with this book and gave a pile of them to my daughter. She drew her own Pokemon (adorable!) creatures with colored pens and then I had them laminated and cut them part. She had a lot of fun and I consider the cards a "keeper" in my Baby Scrap Book. I also gave the book to a co-workers son (Michael, 13) who loves computers and Michael reported back that he loved it. He made more than a 100 cards with pictures he got off the Web and has "mastered" the games. However, when Michael's brothers (8 and 10) tried the book out they were frustrated because they just wanted something that made cards for them with little work on their part. So, I think the book is great for either very little ones who like to draw or older children who are driven and self-directed. This is not for pre-teens (or teens for that matter) who want the quick and easy craft.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 7, 1999
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I didn't understand that you have to have Publisher98, Acrobat or Photoshop to use the disk that comes with this game. If you don't have these programs then you need to use the paper templates that they give you. This was confusing. But then I read the book and figured out that I could make all the games with just the paper templates. It was like the ulitmate model building and I worked on the cards for WEEKS and loved every minute of it. I actually made pokemon cards, star wars cards, and a set of spider cards for my brother.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 5, 1999
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This is a shameless rip off. The only reference to Pokemon is how he too collects the Wisard cards and toys and is familiar with the TV show. He tell you to download images off the web or scan them in. All that is offered is rules to play a card game. The disket contains templates that are only squares or ovals evenly spaced. Any one can do that on Power Point or any other Program. There are no images, only pages stapled together. The disk is a floppy.
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I'll agree with my pal Nic on this one (see review) but I want to add that I think this kit is best for either very little Pokemon fans or for teen-agers who are good at computers. This is what I mean: The kit works best if your photocopy the templates and let children draw their own Pokemon (like my 5-year-old daughter did), or if you have an older child (12-years-old+) who already has a collection of Pokemon artwork from the web. I've given the kit as gifts to four different little Pokemon fans in my life, other than my daughter, ranging in age from 6 to 13 and they all found a way to make the kit work for them. But if you're looking for a point-and-click program this isn't it. This books gives you rules how to play the great games and easy guides to help you make the cards. If your Pokemon fans don't have a creative streak prepare for the worst :)
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 11, 1999
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You have to be good to figure this book out. I couldn't do it so I gave it to my sister. She used the paper samples of cards. She made 150 copies of the sample with the oval. Then she pasted pictures of Squirtle, Bulbasaur and Pikachu on them. Then she laminated them at Printing Services (like a Kinkos) and cut them apart. Her deck is amazing. Now she's making me one with Poliwhorl and Zubat. I don't know what the disk is but the paper samples work great.
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By A Customer on May 16, 1999
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This books comes with directions how to make and play a game called MetaMark. In this card game you get to design creatures that evolve -- just like Pokemon. You can even use pictures of Pokemon if you have them, but I designed my own Pokemon. I've never found a card game with better play. (This book is also saddle-stitched, which means it's bound with heavy-duty staples, so you can roll it up in your pocket and it won't get crushed. I like this about this kind of book.)
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By A Customer on May 14, 1999
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I'm so tired of buying craft kits for my friends' kids and having them be glorified toys. This little book actually walks people through making a bunch of their own games -- with complete rules for every kind! No, there aren't Pokemon pictures included (as another reviewer complains) that would be, um, illegal. This is just what it says: a kit to make card games with "your own pictures." Thank you, Mr. Gekko, for another do-it-yourself hit.
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By A Customer on June 18, 1999
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Keep in mind number one that this book is 40 pages long. That is 32 cents a page! If you read this page, you will have already read all that the book has to say about Pokemon.
I say this could have been a great book because the concept is great. However, if you read this ad, you already have the idea that you could make your own Pokemon cards. Don't buy the book, just make them!
All in all, a disappointment.
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