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The Pokémon Trading Figure Game, or PTFG, is a collectable miniatures game, similar in some aspects to games like HeroClix. The objective of the game is to move one's Pokémon from your side of the game field to the "goal" square on your opponents side. Players take turns moving and attacking with their Pokémon until one of them wins.
The game rules themselves are fairly simplistic, as currently written. It looks like what's been presented thusfar are only "starter rules", with some text and icons on the models (referencing things like the Pokémon type, and what the Pokémon evolve from) not actually being used in the current rules. Given this fact, it's fairly difficult to come to any real clear judgement on the rules, but the game does seem like it has enough of a layer of complexity to satisfy most gamers.
While this spin mechanic has been criticised by some for making luck too much of a factor in games, I believe this is a non-issue. Afterall, it's not like there isn't luck involved in what you draw in the card game, or in your attack hitting or not in the video games. Just as in these games also, with the right choice of Pokémon, it appears fairly easy for a player to reduce the luck element involved in their attacks.
The figures are sculpted by [http://www.kaiyodo.co.jp
Kaiyodo], a Japanese company well known for their collectable figures, though this is the first time their products have been used in a game to my knowledge. All figures appear to be hand painted.
Thusfar, the figures are only available in 2 different packages, the starters and boosters featured in [[
Pok%C3%A9mon_Trading_Figure_Game_previewed|our earlier preview]]. The [[ Pok%C3%A9mon_Trading_Figure_Game_approaches_release|Battle Starter Set]], featured in our more recent article, has still not been released to the public, though will apparently be made available in Australia from October of this year.
There are 42 standard figures in this initial "Next Quest" set, listed below. In addition to the above, there is a "Special Crystal Subset" of the EX Rare figures, and a "Special Pearl Subset" of the Rare figures. There is an additional figure, the Referee from the Battle Starter, but this figure is not listed on the "Next Quest" checklist found in the starters. It's unknown at this point if this figure will count as a "Secret Rare" of the set, or is part of the next set.
Included with the games are special trainer cards, which players can use to impact upon the game in various ways. While it was thought up until now that these cards would only be available from starters, I've found them randomly inserted in some boosters as well. This insertion in the boosters is fairly uncommon though, though the actual rarity of finding them is as of yet unknown. The packs I've purchased which included cards seemed to include less rare figures, but if this is connected with the inclusion or exclusion of figures is something I can't say for certain at this point in time.