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Suddenly I've become more sympathetic to non-technical management

My son has discovered Pokemon cards and now all I hear about is “Look, this one’s got a Damage of 7 and an Energy of 10.”

“Really? You don’t say.”

I have no idea what he’s talking about and it all seems overpriced.

That said, there’s one important difference, which is that my professional effectiveness doesn’t depend on what he’s doing with his cards (unless I’m really confused), so I have a slightly better excuse.

Here’s an example from the official Pokemon site:

Put Dialga LV.X (Great Encounters, 105/106) onto your Active Dialga and hold onto your seat as the Temporal Pokémon wreaks havoc on the game. The Time Skip Poké-Power on Dialga LV.X gives you the option to have your opponent flip two coins. If both are heads, your turn ends. If both are tails, your opponent’s next turn will end after he or she draws a card. Before using Time Skip, perform all other actions except attacking just in case you lose the coin flips. In addition to this time-altering Poké-Power, Dialga LV.X can dish out 80 damage with its Metal Flash attack. Dialga LV.X can’t use Metal Flash two turns in a row, but don’t forget that on your next turn you can use any attack, Poké-Power, or Poké-Body from its previous level!


  1. Jason Yip says:

    Sympathetic perhaps but nonetheless if you want to be a great leader of Pokemon trainers, you’re going to have to learn how to play. 🙂

  2. brian says:

    Arun’s into Pokemon too. I went into the great little games shop by the British Museum, where they know everything about all games. The man in the shop told me that you can’t understand Pokemon if you’re over 12, but it’s perfectly clear to anyone under that. I bought a World Champion deck, and read the accompanying booklet with baffled wonder.

  3. Then I must keep him away from that shop:)

    The whole thing is quite scary. I can’t imagine the discussions at the Pokemon design office.

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