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Featured Official Tournament Store (OTS)

 

The Castle

5615 Troup Highway, Suite 101
(903) 581-2278

 


Winter is coming, but to us, it’s a great month to introduce The Castle, our final Featured Official Tournament Store (OTS) of 2016. About 10 years ago Trish Borel discovered that she had a problem. Her two boys really wanted to play Yu-Gi-Oh! but, unfortunately, the tight-knit community of Tyler, Texas, did not have a dedicated gaming spot. So she set out to resolve that issue herself! She started out small, taking up a small floor space in a local Hastings. Her group grew out of that in a short time span and moved on up to a local McDonalds. Eventually, she outgrew that and realized she needed a shop to call her own. The rest is history, as one might say…

Ms. Trish, as her players fondly call her, realized very early the value of the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG. “My son learned how to read because of this card game at an early age, and I tell everyone that,” she explained. The boys wanted to play and quickly grew tired of their mom reading the cards to them! Ms. Trish works “very hard to promote this hobby as a fun, social, encouraging environment that can help kids of all ages grow and learn!”

“We encourage new players from all of the schools in our area (elementary, middle, high school and local colleges) by word of mouth, by promoting events on Facebook and in the store, through flyers, as well as spreading the word that - we happily and for FREE teach the game at our store,” Ms. Trish explained proudly. Her Duelist community donates product that is in turn used to help the new players start their collections. Her more experienced regular Duelists will teach and mentor the newer players, providing an atmosphere where players can feel comfortable and welcome, but not overwhelmed.

 

We encourage new players from all of the schools in our area ... by word of mouth, by promoting events on Facebook and in the store, through flyers, as well as spreading the word that - we happily and for FREE teach the game at our store.

- Trish Borel

 

Ms. Trish is dedicated to teaching the game to anyone that wants to learn, including parents. She recently had a father come into the store that had sons who played the game. He had been trying to learn the game himself and was interested in getting his other children involved. She allotted time for them to come in together (all 7!) and between her and her dedicated community, they taught the family to play.

Not only does she encourage parents to learn to play, she also offers them a unique, and much appreciated service: a Wish List that any Duelist can create. Based off this “Wish List,” friends and family can easily purchase respective gifts for their favorite Duelists throughout the year.

Ms. Trish prides herself on her loyal community and the dedication that they have towards having a fun, learning and playing environment. She has “high expectations with regards to rules, especially towards promoting honesty, integrity, fair play and fun.” Her community is like one big happy family. They help each other, teach each other, and respect each other as one. “The kids make the store, for that we are blessed”, Ms. Trish stated happily. For these reasons, we are pleased to introduce The Castle as our December 2016 Featured OTS!

 


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