H1Z1 Pro League rehearsals and welcome reception

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After a long two weeks of preparation with the team house and bringing in our new players, the day is finally about to come. Our team house is finally in livable condition (though it still needs a substantial amount of additional furniture), the players are ready to perform and compete for the first show, and all the visiting Tempo Storm staff members have arrived in Las Vegas and have all gotten lodging settled.

People were originally prohibited from posting photos of the rehearsal stage to the public because they didn’t want untasteful pictures of a construction area being released (this is also why I didn’t do day-to-day vlogs with the team). However, as the stage neared completion, they lifted that ban, so I was able to snap a few photos during our team’s rehearsal:

H1Z1 Pro League - Rehearsal

H1Z1 Pro League - Rehearsal

In celebration of the premier of the H1Z1 Pro League, Twin Galaxies set up a welcome reception atop the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in the VooDoo Lounge. Although I’m not really a fan of parties, I still attended for the sake of getting some free food and taking photos of the Las Vegas Strip from a really tall building. Our Chief Business Development Officer and one of our social media specialists also came along, so I attended to accompany them as well.

We arrived early enough that the sun was still up and we were able to see the buildings. This is a photo facing southeast from the Masquerade Tower at the Rio; the most notable buildings present are those composing CityCenter, as well as the Panorama Towers and the Martin beside it:

Las Vegas - CityCenter, Panorama Towers, The Martin

After-the-fact, I realized that I probably should’ve brought along my tripod and set up my camera for a time lapse of the sunset and all the lights coming on, but unfortunately, I didn’t think of that idea early enough. Instead, I just have photos from after sunset – this next photo is at a similar view southeast; the one following it shows the more northern side of the Strip:

Las Vegas CityCenter at night

Las Vegas Strip at night

One of the Rio’s attractions is the VooDoo Zipline that extends from the top of the Masquerade Tower all the way to the Ipanema Tower. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to catch anyone riding it, and I wasn’t really too interested in riding it myself, but this is what it looks like:

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(Full album: https://www.flickr.com/photos/adamparkzer/sets/72157694126820331)

 

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The H1Z1 Pro League is coming

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I think saying that April has been and will be a busy month is a catastrophic understatement. With Tempo Storm setting up a brand new team house in Las Vegas, the prep and opening week of the H1Z1 Pro League, Ninja’s Fortnite event at Esports Arena Las Vegas, a ton of people coming in from Southern California to Las Vegas for these events, the new Hearthstone expansion The Witchwood and two new Meta Snapshots in two different languages to go along with it, plus a massive change to Tempo Storm’s operations division, my schedule is going to be pretty packed.

With the H1Z1 Pro League being the biggest thing coming up for me right now, I’ve been traveling back and forth from my apartment to the Las Vegas Strip to take care of incoming players and attend H1PL-related events and seminars. Yesterday was the official induction of all 75 new competitors into the H1PL during the orientation.

H1Z1 Pro League Orientation

H1Z1 Pro League Orientation

H1Z1 Pro League Orientation

And of course, at this point, it wouldn’t be a real Adam Parkzer blog post without some food photos … this was some of the catering they had for the attendees (couldn’t get photographs of everything because a lot of it was in covered containers right up until people started grabbing at the food):

H1Z1 Pro League Orientation - Catering

H1Z1 Pro League Orientation - Catering

H1Z1 Pro League Orientation - Catering

(Full album: https://www.flickr.com/photos/adamparkzer/sets/72157665766074197)

 

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I guess I’m collecting Pokémon cards now

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Pokémon was the first game I actually really got into as a kid, but I was only ever a fan of the Game Boy games and not the Trading Card Game (TCG). I never really found much pleasure in collecting or possessing material goods in general, and that tendency continues on to this day as an adult – I’d much rather have money, knowledge, and electronic possessions rather than large collections of physical souvenirs.

The only Pokémon TCG card I ever owned was a random Psyduck that I think a friend gave me for free. I didn’t really see the purpose of owning them, because at that time, I didn’t even know how to properly play the card game. I also thought it was a complete waste of money to own Pokémon trading cards (the magnitude of wastefulness probably also amplified by the fact that I didn’t actually make any money back then).

 
As a small child, my favorite Pokémon was Eevee. I felt like flexibility, adaptability, and diversity was a very important characteristic, and Eevee was able to do that – it could evolve into a fire, water, or electric type. I started liking Eevee even more when Pokémon Gold and Silver came out and I discovered that Eevee could now also evolve into a dark or psychic type as well.

I still like Eevee to this day, and Eevee remained my favorite Pokémon for a while – not only because I still liked the concept of Eevee, but also because I didn’t really pay that much attention to Pokémon to really know much about the hundreds of new Pokémon that were being released since the Johto expansion. However, I’ve recently been paying closer attention to the new Pokémon games and the mega evolutions, and I discovered a Pokémon that I think is my new favorite – Absol.

One clear advantage that I think Absol has over Eevee is its appearance. If you know me in person, you know that I really like white clothing (most of the casual t-shirts I wear are white, and I have a thing for white jackets). A secondary favorite color of mine is anything on the grayscale spectrum. Our good buddy Absol happens to naturally be both of those colors, all while having a stylish and fashionable fur arrangement and horn accent. Ask me to pick a favorite “real” color that isn’t white, gray, or black, and I will say I like the ferocity and power of the color red … and Absol’s shiny form just happens to be red.

Absol also has some empathy-inducing lore behind it. Absol is considered to be the disaster Pokémon because every time people see it come down from the mountains, disasters occur. Surely, Absol is the one causing them, right? Of course, Absol is actually misunderstood – it comes down from its natural mountainous habitat to warn civilization about natural disasters coming because it’s able to sense it, not because it’s causing the destruction itself.

 
Even though I’ve never been a fan of collecting cards, and I still don’t really have much of an interest in doing so, I never said that I was actually against it. In an attempt to explore different opportunities and try out things I never got to do as a child (even though I didn’t actually particularly even want to do this as a child), I decided to start a very small Pokémon card collection of only Absol.

Why Absol? I would obviously pick one of my favorite Pokémon, but I decided to go with Absol instead of Eevee because I didn’t want to create a snowball effect of wanting more and more Pokémon cards. My mission is to try and collect all the Absol cards, and once that is complete, I can put the project on hold, admire my collection, and wait until more new Absol cards come out in future expansions. If I were to do that with Eevee, I would have a very easy progression to wanting to collect all the Eevee evolution Pokémon cards as well, and I’m trying to do this as a side hobby purely for fun, not to drain my entire entertainment budget into it. And even then, Absol still has quite a few cards available; not only are there multiple versions of Absol printed, but all of them come in different languages as well.

I’m looking to spend no more than about US$100.00 on my initial purchase (which would include a binder, sleeves, and as many cards as possible), then spend no more than about an hour a week searching for good deals on card vendor and auction websites to try and round out my collection. I would imagine that the time investment would start waning down to just a few hours a month once I get a hold of all the cards in common circulation, and have narrowed down the empty slots in my collection to just rare foreign cards.

 
When I want to do something, I tend to go all-in, so I spent a bit of time doing some research on all the Absol cards in print right now. I’ll be using this as a reference for how much more progress I need to make to complete my English and Japanese collection, before moving on to foreign languages (which I’m finding may include, but is not limited to, Korean, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, Polish, Dutch, and Russian). I also have the cards listed in order of release date, which is how I will be organizing my physical collection.

I’ll be coming back to this blog post once in a while and making some edits to the table – checking off cards I purchase, and adding more cards that I discover exist.

 

Card name Expansion Release date Rarity Number
 
Forina’s Absol
Movie Commemoration VS Pack 2003 . 07 . 19 008/019 🇯🇵 $6.00
Movie Commemoration VS Pack 008/019 🇯🇵 €9.60
Pokémon Card Gym Official Start Lottery 040/ADV-P 🇯🇵 $17.50
 
Absol
EX Dragon 2003 . 11 . 24 Rare Holo 1/97 🇺🇸 $5.99
EX Dragon Rare Reverse Holo 1/97 🇺🇸 $3.89
Rulers of the Heavens Rare Holo 048/054 🇯🇵 $6.57
 
Absol
EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua 2004 . 03 . 15 Rare Holo 96/95 🇺🇸 $7.79
7-Eleven Pokémon Fair campaign 034/ADV-P 🇯🇵 $9.81
7-Eleven Pokémon Fair campaign 035/ADV-P 🇯🇵
 
Absol
EX Legend Maker 2006 . 02 . 13 Rare 15/92 🇺🇸 $0.49
EX Legend Maker Rare Reverse Holo 15/92 🇺🇸 $0.99
EX Legend Maker Rare 15/92 🇫🇷 $6.52
Mirage Forest Rare 072/086 🇯🇵 €6.99
 
Absol
EX Holon Phantoms 2006 . 05 . 03 Rare 18/110 🇺🇸 $1.93
EX Holon Phantoms Rare Reverse Holo 18/110 🇺🇸 $2.59
EX Holon Phantoms Rare 18/110 🇩🇪 $3.52
EX Holon Phantoms Rare 18/110 🇫🇷 $5.41
Mightyena Quarter Deck 006/015 🇯🇵 $3.00
 
Absol ex
EX Power Keepers 2007 . 02 . 14 Rare Holo ex 92/108 🇺🇸 $8.99
EX Power Keepers World Championship 92/108 🇺🇸 $0.99
World Champions Pack Rare Holo ex 060/108 🇯🇵 $11.09
 
Absol
Secret Wonders 2007 . 11 . 07 Rare 21/132 🇺🇸 $0.99
Secret Wonders Rare Reverse Holo 21/132 🇺🇸 $2.39
Secret Wonders Rare 21/132 🇩🇪 $3.35
Secret Wonders Rare Reverse Holo 21/132 🇩🇪 $4.10
Secret Wonders Rare Reverse Holo 21/132 🇫🇷 $5.41
Shining Darkness Rare DPBP#417 🇯🇵 $4.46
 
Absol G
Supreme Victors 2009 . 08 . 19 Rare Holo 1/147 🇺🇸 $1.49
Supreme Victors Rare Reverse Holo 1/147 🇺🇸 $1.69
Supreme Victors Rare Holo 1/147 🇫🇷 $5.41
Beat of the Frontier Rare Holo 064/100 🇯🇵 $5.00
 
Absol G LV.X
Supreme Victors 2009 . 08 . 19 Rare Holo LV.X 141/147 🇺🇸 $3.49
Supreme Victors Rare Holo LV.X 141/147 🇩🇪 $6.72
Beat of the Frontier Rare Holo LV.X 065/100 🇯🇵 $5.00
 
Absol
Triumphant 2010 . 11 . 03 SuperRare Holo 91/102 🇺🇸 $2.99
Triumphant SuperRare Holo 91/102 🇩🇪 $10.65
Triumphant SuperRare Holo 91/102 🇫🇷 $9.62
Lost Link SuperRare Holo 027/040 🇯🇵 $9.99
 
Absol
Plasma Freeze 2013 . 05 . 08 Rare 67/116 🇺🇸 $1.99
Plasma Freeze Rare Holo 67/116 🇺🇸 $0.79
Plasma Freeze Rare Reverse Holo 67/116 🇺🇸 $0.59
Plasma Freeze Rare Holo 67/116 🇫🇷 $4.31
Spiral Force R 033/051 🇯🇵 $4.00
 
Absol
Roaring Skies 2015 . 05 . 06 Rare Holo 40/108 🇺🇸 $0.49
Roaring Skies Rare Reverse Holo 40/108 🇺🇸 $0.49
Roaring Skies World Championship 40/108 🇺🇸 $0.25
Roaring Skies Rare Holo 40/108 🇫🇷 €4.50
Roaring Skies Rare Reverse Holo 40/108 🇫🇷 €5.50
Emerald Break R 034/078 🇯🇵 $4.99
Emerald Break R 034/078 🇰🇷 $4.99
Premium Champion Pack 077/131 🇯🇵 $4.49
 
Absol-EX
Mega Absol-EX Premium Collection 2015 . 05 . 29 XY62 🇺🇸 $2.49
Battle Festa 2014: 12 Play Point prize XY-P 🇯🇵 $19.50
 
Mega Absol-EX
Mega Absol-EX Premium Collection 2015 . 05 . 29 XY63 🇺🇸 $2.69
Mega Absol-EX Premium Collection Oversize XY63 🇺🇸 $3.49
Mega Absol-EX Premium Collection Code Card 🇺🇸 $1.49
Battle Festa 2014: 12 Play Point prize XY-P 🇯🇵 $19.50
 
Absol
Alola Collector’s Pin 2-Pack Blister 2016 . 11 . 18 Holo XY178 🇺🇸 $4.00
Pokémon Card Gym Karen Night Battle 🇯🇵 $10.00
 
Absol
Guardians Rising 2017 . 05 . 05 Rare Holo 81/145 🇺🇸 $0.79
Guardians Rising Rare Reverse Holo 81/145 🇺🇸 $0.49
Guardians Rising Rare 81/145 🇩🇪 $4.34
Guardians Rising Rare 81/145 🇫🇷 €5.00
Guardians Rising Rare Reverse Holo 81/145 🇫🇷 $2.10
Strength Expansion Pack Sun & Moon 038/051 🇯🇵 $2.50
 
Absol
Team Up 2019 . 02 . 01 Rare Reverse Holo 88/181 🇺🇸 $2.29
Team Up Rare Holo 88/181 🇺🇸 $1.95
Team Up Rare 88/181 🇫🇷 $5.41
Team Up Rare Holo 88/181 🇫🇷 $5.09
Team Up Rare Reverse Holo 88/181 🇩🇪 $3.86
Dark Order 2018 . 10 . 05 Rare 023/052 🇯🇵 $3.99
Tag All Stars 2019 . 10 . 04 Rare Holo 075/173 🇯🇵 $2.49
Tag All Stars 2019 . 10 . 04 Rare Reverse Holo 075/173 🇯🇵 $4.49
 
Absol
Cosmic Eclipse 2019 . 11 . 01 Uncommon 133/236 🇺🇸 $1.18
Remix Bout 2019 . 07 . 05 C 043/064 🇯🇵 $1.99
 
Absol
Grimmsnarl VMAX Starter Set 2020 . 03 . 27 001/020 🇯🇵 $4.07
Champion’s Path 2020 . 09 . 25 Uncommon 038/073 🇺🇸 $0.54
Reverse Holo 038/073 🇺🇸 $1.08

 

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Hearthstone Esports Superstars

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It’s been a good 1+ month since my last event, and I’ve had a chance to relax and recover for a while, so for the past few days, I decided to attend the Hearthstone Esports Superstars event at Esports Arena in Santa Ana, CA.

There were a handful of Tempo Storm Hearthstone players in attendance, so I did some photography work while I was there. You can click here if you want to check out the full photo album on Flickr; I’ve also included some highlights below.

Stage - Competition area and gameplay screen

Caster desk

reynad's first match

reynad on stage

 

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