It took a while to get to that point. Winning a feature match on the mothership against a $24,000 Pro Circuit Runner-Up, while flipping cards on my own face, did not happen overnight. We built this history, as a community, card by card, brick by brick.
I propose a project. I will catalog and coordinate the effort. You give me dates and events. Triumphant tourneys, sloppy afterparties, local legends. Tell us your Vs. Sytem stories, and they will be included in the document. Together we will give the world a hobby-based history lesson they will never forget.
If you need a slap in the memory, most of our top level competitive chronicles are housed in that link. Click around in there for basic time checks if you need to. You can post your entries in the comment section of this blog, or in the thread on Realms. I will update the master list daily, here on the blog, in the comment section of this post. We will choose a random historical contributor each week for a series of special prizes. That’s right, you can win rares and tee-shirts just for posting your good times.
I want to include everything from Pro Circuits to kitchen tables, so tell me any highlights you can remember, placing them on the timeline. I will start with some basic bones, and the community can help flesh out the rest. This will be big fun, here we go…
January 1, 2004: Upper Deck announces a Million Dollar Pro Circuit for their new Vs. System trading card game, in the pages of Inquest Magazine.
February 12, 2004: VsRealms.com is launched, creating a community center that quickly catches fire.
April 1, 2004: Vs. System’s first expansion set, Marvel Origins, is released.
(Flash forward to August 18th, 2007, and you will find Craig Gibson, the absolute master of Coverage Photography, snapping the shots you see above. The Comprehensive History of Vs. System project is underway right now, and it continues in the comments. See you there.)