I'm Sophie, 20 years old and from the Netherlands.
I absolutely loved Pokemon from all the way when I was just 3 years old. I watched the anime at first, and when I was about 8 years old I got Pokemon Emerald for christmas together with a Nintendo DS. I didn't actually even know that Pokemon games existed up till then. I had only watched the anime and seen some commercials for the videogames on tv without knowing what they were like exactly. This grew my fascination for Pokemon even more.
When I was a child I got my first Pokemon TCG booster pack from my mom's friend together with my sister. I'm not sure why she gave me one but she knew I liked Pokemon, so I guess that's why. It was from the EX Power Keepers set.
I quickly forgot about them after that, but I always had this huge fascination with them from the moment I saw them.
Throughout a few years I never got to open too many booster packs because my parents did not support the hobby and let alone did not give me much pocket money for anything at all. I never even got an ex or Lvl. X card despite opening a total of about 20 boosters as a child. I think the best I got was a few holos. At this point I honestly wonder if the toy shop was weighing the packs somehow.
Skip to 2016, I was 17 years old and absolutely did not have any interest in Pokemon cards anymore. Then I saw a tweet from someone I was following with some cards and it somehow instantly revitalized my interest in them. I ended up buying like 8 packs in total, just like when I was I didn't get any EX's haha.
It seems like the Pokemon TCG is infectious. Because now another 3 years later, this May I got back into the trading card game when I suddenly just had this big urge to buy some cards. I can't even remember where this urge came from, I just realized I had money all of a sudden and that I could buy lots of cards. I ended up starting out with a booster box of Unbroken Bonds and an ETB. Then it evolved into some other booster boxes proceeded by attempting to collect the XY Generations set through single cards currently with only 12 cards still missing.
Other than that, since Pokemon Emerald I have owned and played the following Pokemon games: Diamond, Platinum, White, White 2, X, Omega Ruby, Moon, Ultra Sun..
The only ones out of these that I bought but didn't beat were X and Moon for some reason. I just didn't have the time for it anymore and always wanted to get back to them but never have.
As you can see, Pokemon has been a big part of my life always, I'm happy to be collecting cards again and I hope I can participate in some discussions here with the nice people at PokeBeach
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