AlexanderTheAwesome, That's great! You're correct but there still can be some friendly rivalry which makes it easier for wanting to improve!
I don't run anymore but once in a while I do walk for two hours or more when going to places. That way I save the subway's money and do some exercise!
AlexanderTheAwesome, BCR-on hasn't started yet, but I can for sure say I prefer HGSS-on over the BW-on. EX cards are way too overpowered, and stifle a lot of creativity because people write out stage 1 and 2s because they can't stand up against them. HGSS had Prime cards that were just a normal stage 2 card but with a different rarity. They normally had better abilities. I like it because every set we would get 3-4 new decks that actually showed at tournaments. Was it an amazing format no. I would consider MD-on the last really good format.