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Anime of the People

Back in the day, we had Life, Clue, Stay Alive, Connect Four, and, if feeling adventurous, Monopoly. We sure didn’t know of any competitive arena for our board-game time-killers.

Today, Yu-Gi-Oh! -- a trading-card meta-game based on a fictional competition that drives the plot of the popular Japanese anime series – takes childhood pastimes to a new level. Hundreds of youngsters and not-so-youngsters (many undoubtedly dressed as Yu-Gi-Oh! characters) will descend upon Phoenix Convention Center for the Cascade Games, a regional qualifier for the Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championships. The top four players advance to the national finals. The tournament starts at 10 a.m. and costs $15 to enter.

Visit the website for lots more info, including this priceless piece of advice: “It could be a long day. We suggest bringing a bottle of water.”

Sat., March 22, 10 a.m., 2008

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