In 2002, the Pokemon Trainers Club (now known as the Free United Club of Kids) hosted their first Duel Monsters Tournament as an homage to the Duelist Kingdom tournament on the hit anime Yu-Gi-Oh! The tournament playoffs were filmed for the first season of the parody series Ni-Ki-Oh!

Now, Cracked Egg Studios is hosting a sequel tournament unlike no other. This is a tournament for the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game, but the rules have been drastically altered to allow for a fun and interesting game.

It will be held over two weeks during this August. The fee is $3 either in advance or at the door, which will go towards overhead costs and a pot for the champion. Tournament packs and a special promo card will be given to each entrant who plans to compete.

The tournament will consist of two rounds: a qualifying round and the playoffs. At the beginning of the qualifying round, each competitor will be given 2 star cards. Competitors will wager these star cards on duels. You must earn your place in the playoffs by collecting enough of these star cards.

The qualifying round will take place from Monday, August 6 to Friday, August 17. The playoffs will take place from Monday, August 20 to Tuesday, August 21.

The opening day August 6 will feature a short Ni-Ki-Oh!-related performance, followed by a hosted concert for the band Gorath Ur and the Riding Yaks, who have become famous for their songs about the internationally beloved HoJeong Park.

Specific rules for the tournament will be posted this weekend at the CES web site.

RSVP for this event and send an e-mail using the contact us form (with your name, location, and that you plan to attend) to confirm your place in the tournament. (You must do both!)

Happy dueling!