Ev­ery­one wins with Yu-gi-oh

Ruapehu Press - - Out & About - FRANCES FER­GU­SON

Tau­marunui had its first of­fi­cial trad­ing card tour­na­ment.

Yu-gi-oh, a pop­u­lar chil­dren’s tele­vi­sion series and trad­ing card game in the late 90’s, was held at the RSA on Sun­day.

A small crowd of 12 reg­is­tered play­ers bat­tled it out in a series of four rounds be­fore mov­ing onto the semi­fi­nals and fi­nals.

Or­gan­iser Niels van Buel said he aims to build the num­bers of lo­cal play­ers and to in­tro­duce the game to a younger gen­er­a­tion.

‘‘Yu-gi-oh is classed as one of those nerdy games so I’m try­ing to or­gan­ise it for the younger gen­er­a­tion.

‘‘It’s not one of those things that sits in the back cor­ner and peo­ple laugh at.

‘‘I’m try­ing to get the younger gen­er­a­tion to come out and see.’’

Be­tween 130 and 250 peo­ple will com­pete at re­gional and na­tional cham­pi­onships in New Zealand.

Some series com­peti­tors brought along their com­pet­i­tive decks that would be used at a big­ger tour­na­ment.

The tour­na­ment was about hav­ing fun and

‘‘I'm try­ing to get the younger gen­er­a­tion to come out and see.’’

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