SixPrizes (“6P”) has evolved over the years. It began as a collaborative effort between Jeremy Maron (aka jermy101; 2005 World Champion) and me (Adam Capriola; teammate) during the summer of 2009. Our goal was to create one Pokémon TCG strategy article per day to be viewed and discussed by our readers. I recognized at the time that it was difficult to find legitimate information on PTCG strategy without spending hours upon hours (often futilely) rummaging through online message boards. Pojo.com was an awesome resource that put out reputable, spirited content in the early 2000s, but it had since declined in terms of quality. I was inspired to conjure the jubilant founding ethos of Pojo, and hence SixPrizes (ready or not) careened onto the web.
Many changes have happened to SixPrizes along the way:
- Jeremy, seeking a cold weather climate, receded from Pokémon in late 2009. Pablo Meza (our teammate in 2005) substituted for Jeremy temporarily, but by early 2010 I was managing SixPrizes full-on solo.
- Running SixPrizes alone proved to be difficult. At that point, I was in my final year of undergrad (as a chem. major), had little free time, and was learning web development and marketing on the fly. I could not keep up with the goal of publishing one new article per day. Seeing this, the incredible community we’d quickly formed here stepped up and became our chief contributors. Readers became writers, I edited, grappled with software, and 6P became a hotbed for PTCG information.
- In September 2010 I launched Underground, our membership program, which is ultimately what has enabled 6P to have its longevity and continually publish quality content.
- In 2017, I burnt out. Eight years of editing articles and managing 6P had wore on me. Rather than shutter the site, Christopher Schemanske and Alex Hill agreed to manage its day-to-day operations. Christopher had been working closely with me since early 2014 (in the capacities of editing articles and moderating our forums, later making his writing debut in April 2015). Alex had been writing on and off for 6P for much of its history and was an active voice in the Pokémon community. I stuck around part-time to provide guidance and tech support.
- In August 2018, Alex stepped down from operations, and Christopher’s tenure came to a close in January 2019. The future of the site was uncertain that winter, but it is fortuitously on the up and up again.
- Currently, I am managing SixPrizes solo.
I hope you enjoy your stay, and please contact me if you ever have any ideas, comments, or suggestions. I am always trying to improve 6P.
Thanks and best,
Adam Capriola (owner of SixPrizes)