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AMA-Con 2014 Gaming Tournament Registration

Are you a licensed gaming store owner with a gaming tournament you wish to run or a new game you’d like to demo?  The AMA-Con 2014 Gaming Tournament Form is now available for download.  Please fill out and return your completed forms and all registration fees to:

Amanda Hope Shelburne     Amarillo Public Library    413 SE 4th Avenue   Amarillo, Texas 79105
2014 Tournament Host Registration

AMA-Con 2013 Schedule of Events

10 PM             Wristband Sales Open

Pokémon Registration Begins in the Regency Room


10:50               Book Cart Drill Team Opening Performance


11 AM             Doors Open!                                                                                                                                       Anime Viewing Room Opens with Kimba the White Lion

                       Tournament Registrations Begin in the Regency Room


11:15               Making a Comic with Will Terrell

  • Do you like to draw? Are you interested in making your own comic?  Join Lubbock artist Will Terrell as he shows you how to make it happen!

12 PM             Steampunk Poetry – Stephen Sanders

  • Join Steampunk poet Stephen Sanders of BlackBead Books as he shares his work, inspired by the world of  Steampunk.

Wonder Women! Film Screening

  • The untold story of American Superheroines!  Sponsored by KACV.

Magic: the Gathering Tournament Begins

12:30               Q&A for Aspiring Artists w/ Jon Hughes

  • Join Jon Hughes, founder and CEO of Overground Comics, in a Q&A session discussing his work in comics and how you, too, can get started!

1  PM              Warmachine Hordes Tournament Begins

Astro Boy in the Anime Room

2 PM               A Twist on the Classics Panel

  • Join author Anita G. Howard (Splintered), artists David Wenzel (The Hobbit graphic novel) and Orpheus Collar (The Red Pyramid graphic novel), and moderator Monica Smith Hart as they discuss how classic/traditional literature is adapted for today’s readers and have your questions answered during the Q&A session.

                       Yu-Gi-Oh! Tournament Begins

                        Speed Racer in the Anime Room

2:30                 Vanguard Tournament Begins

3 PM               Wonder Women! Film Screening in the Anime Room

  • The untold story of American Superheroines!  Sponsored by KACV.

                       Victorian Agents: Owls of the Ironwork Isle Discussion

  • Join author Stephen Phillips and artist Will Terrell as they discusstheir new Steampunk detective adventure comic, set in Victorian England, and have your questions answered during the Q&A session.

3:30 PM          Steampunk Poetry – Stephen Sanders

  • Join Steampunk poet Stephen Sanders of BlackBead Books as he shares his work, inspired by the world of  Steampunk.

4 PM               Origin in the Anime Room

Amtgard LARP Combat Demonstration

  • Have you ever wanted to fight like a ninja or a medieval knight?  Come join members of Amtgard, Inc. and the Barony of Evermore Hollow of Canyon, Texas as they tell you all about Amtgard’s Live Action Role Playing and watch as they demonstrate their fighting prowess!

4:30                 The Dark Side of Steampunk with Airship Horizons

  • Presented by the crew of Airship Horizons, this panel covers a more gothic style of Steampunk, inspired by works of HP Lovecraft, Mary Shelley, and Bram Stoker.  Panel discussions will also include building a “Bad Guy” Steampunk persona and Dark Steampunk characters The Dark Cardinal Asthea and Ren Asthea of the Dark Ministries.

5 PM               Slayers: Book of Spells in the Anime Room

5:30                 Youth Cosplay Contest

5:45                 Youth Cosplay Winners Announced

6 PM               Adult Cosplay Contest

Rose of Versailles in the Anime Room           

6:45                 Music of Sci-Fi Concert with the Partycles

  • The Partycles present a show created especially for AMA-CON!  From Sci-Fi theme songs to popular music used in Sci-Fi movies and television, this concert will rock!

7 PM               Summer Wars in the Anime Room

7:45                 Post Apocalypse Report Live Podcast

  • Come and listen as Chris Anderson, Bryan Oliver, and Tanner Willis record their podcast the Post Apocalypse Report live from AMA-Con 2013!  Filled with interviews with various artists and vendors, a discussion of the event, and much more, this podcast is sure to have something fun for everyone.

8:30                 Geek Prom with DJ Sea-Tron

  • Get your geek on and dance the night away at AMA-Con 2013’s “Geek Prom” with DJ Sea-Tron!  In true prom fashion, we will announce our “court” of Adult Cosplay Contest winners!

                        Adult Cosplay Winner Announcements

10PM              AMA-CON Closes

AMA-Con 2013 Schedule of Events

Pokémon Tournament Rules and Guidelines


All participants must pay the $5.00 AMA-Con admission fee in order to participate.

Any registration will be held on-site starting at 10:00AM. Registration will be limited to 32 contestants per age group and registration will be held on a first-come, first-serve basis. There will be no pre-registration process. Contestants under the age of 16 must sign up for the JUNIOR Tourney, and contestants ages 16 and over must sign up for the MASTER Tourney. Contestants who register for the MASTER Tourney must bring valid photo identification with birthdate to registration or they will not be permitted to compete. JUNIOR Tourney contestants are encouraged to bring valid school identification with them, but if this is not possible, a parent or guardian must be present at registration.

Contestants must have their tourney Pokémon team assembled before time of registration. Judges will evaluate each Pokémon team to be sure it conforms to tourney rules. Judges will also make a record of contestants Pokémon team, held items, and Pokémon’s moveset. If a team does not meet Tourney standards, they will not be able to register and compete in the AMA-CON 2013 Pokémon Tourney; the team may be adjusted and resubmitted to the judges for approval, however the contestant must restart the registration process. Once a team has been recorded and approved by the judges, contestants may NOT adjust their Pokémon teams or items. If a contestant is caught adjusting their team or items after it has been officially registered or during tourney gameplay, they will be automatically disqualified.

Contestants will provide their own Nintendo DS, Nintendo DS Lite, Nintendo DSi, Nintendo DS/i XL, Nintendo 3DS, or Nintendo 3DS XL, and a valid North American game cartridge of Pokémon Black, Pokémon White, Pokémon Black 2 or Pokémon White 2. Contestants may not play with teams located on game cartridges of Pokémon Pearl, Pokémon Diamond, Pokémon Platinum, Pokémon Heart Gold, or Pokémon Soul Silver. AMA-CON 2013 cannot provide equipment (DS or 3DS system and/or Pokémon game cartridges) to tourney contestants. Contestants will be responsible for the management of their tourney hardware. AMA-CON 2013 is not responsible for lost or stolen handheld game consoles, game chargers, or Pokémon game cartridges.

Tourney bracket placement will be determined by random selection. Players will be expected to uphold the Amarillo Public Library’s Code of Conduct for the duration for the tourney. Violations of the Code of Conduct may result in disqualification from the AMA-CON 2013 Pokémon Tourney. Tourney matches will be monitored by judges.



This tourney requires players to assemble a team of Pokémon, with held items, prior to the start of the event.

Pokémon above level 50 will be brought down to level 50 for the match while those below 50 will maintain their level status.

Tourney battle will be conducted in single battle format. In single battles, each player selects six Pokémon on a team. Players will view their opponent’s team and then select three Pokémon to use to battle each opponent. Matches will be conducted 3 versus 3. Game play continues until a player knocks out all three of his or her opponent’s selected Pokémon. Tourney battles will be limited to 10 minutes of gameplay. Should a battle go over the 10 minute limit, please see TIEBREAKERS/SUDDEN DEATH rules.

When building a team for a Pokémon tournament, all players must adhere to these standard construction rules :

– A player’s team cannot contain two Pokémon with the same Pokedex number.

– Each Pokémon on a player’s team can hold an item.
– A player’s team cannot contain two Pokémon with the same nickname.
— AMA-CON 2013 requires all competing Pokémon to have family-appropriate nicknames.
– A player’s team cannot contain a Pokémon nicknamed with the name of another Pokémon (ex. an Unfezant named ‘Pidove’)
– Pokémon  may only use moves that have been learned through one of the following methods:

— by leveling up
— by TM (Technical Machine) or HM (Hidden Machine)
— as an Egg move through breeding
— from a character in-game.
— move learned as a result of an official Pokémon event or promotion.
– Pokémon may not know the moves SKY DROP or DARK VOID.

– Players may use Pokémon with Hidden Abilities that have been officially released via Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version, the Pokémon Global Link, or an official event or promotion.

Only Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version game cartridges are permitted for use. Players may use Pokémon from the National Pokedex, from #001 – #646, that are caught in the game, transferred from a previous Pokémon title, or received at an official event or distribution.

To promote fairness. the following Pokémon may not be on a player’s team : Mewtwo (150), Mew (151), Lugia (249), Ho-Oh (250), Celebi (251), Kyogre (382), Groudon (383), Rayquaza (384), Jirachi (385), Deoxys (386), Chatot (441), Garchomp (445), Dialga (483), Palkia (484), Giratina (487), Phione (489), Manaphy (490), Darkrai (491), Shaymin (492), Arceus (493), Victini (494), Reshiram (643), Zekrom (644), Kyurem (646), Keldeo (647), Meloetta (648), or Genesect (649)

To promote fairness, the following clauses will be put into effect for the duration of the AMA-CON 2013 Pokémon Tourney.

– SPECIES CLAUSE : No two Pokémon on a team may be of the same Pokedex number.
– LAUNCHER CLAUSE : Contestants will not be permitted to use items via the Wonder Launcher in battle.
– ONE HIT KO CLAUSE : One-hit KO moves (Horn Drill, Fissure, Sheer Cold, and Guillotine) may not be used.



Single-battle matches will held at a 10 minute limit. Each game will be timed individually and monitored by judges individually.

A player wins by knocking out his or her opponent’s final Pokémon.

If the player’s final Pokémon used Selfdestruct, Explosion, Destiny Bond, or Final Gambit, and both players’ final Pokémon are knocked out as a result, that player loses the match.

If a player’s final Pokémon used Double-Edge, Volt Tackle, Flare Blitz, Take Down, Submission, Brave Bird, Wood Hammer, Head Smash, Struggle, or Wild Charge, or was holding Life Orb, and both players’ final Pokémon are knocked out as a result, that player wins the match.

If both players’ final Pokémon is knocked out by a weather condition such as Hail or Sandstorm, the player whose Pokémon is knocked out last wins the match.

If a Pokémon’s Ability or held item, such as Rough Skin, Aftermath, Liquid Ooze, Iron Barbs, or Rocky Helmet, results in each player’s final Pokémon being knocked out, the player with the Ability or held item will win the match.



Should the time limit (10 minutes) expire before a player knocks out his or her opponent’s final Pokémon, the winner of the game is determined by the criteria below.

If one player has more remaining Pokémon than the other, that player wins the game.

If both players have the same number of Pokémon remaining, the result of the game is determined by the average percentage of HP remaining. If one player’s team has a higher average percentage of HP remaining for total Pokémon, that player wins the match.

If both players’ teams have the same average percentage of HP remaining for total Pokémon, a Sudden Death match will occur.

A single Sudden Death game is played to determine the winner of the match. Players are required to gain an advantage in number of remaining Pokémon over their opponent. Tournament staff will evaluate the game at the end of each turn to determine if an advantage has been gained. After each turn has been completed, the tournament staff will determine the number of Pokémon that each player has remaining.

If both players have the same number of Pokémon remaining at the end of the turn, the game continues for another turn.

If a player has more remaining Pokémon than his or her opponent at the end of any turn, that player wins the match.



The tournament will function on a Swiss Style Tournament bracket system, with 1st place winners in each bracket receiving a certificate and “bragging rights”.  Since this is a Pokémon-sanctioned tournament, winners’ stats will be included in the national database.


If you have any questions, please contact Summer Fenwick at or call (806) 378-3089.

Cosplay Announcement!

Cosplay Announcement! This year’s competition will recognize three winners in three categories: Steampunk, Comic, AND Anime! There will be winners in each catergory for entrants age 13 and up AND 12 years old and younger. If you are not sure which category works for your cosplay–we’ll leave it up to you. You can enter a costume in one category only.