Hello fellow Trainers! My name is Steve and thank you for visiting our website. TCEvolutions really all started because of my oldest son Aaron. His love for Pokemon and the trading card game (TCG) is the true foundation of this small venture. His passion has not only motivated me to take a chance to start this business and produce TCEvolutions products but also to get involved in learning and playing this amazing game as well.
(photo credit: Doug Morisoli)
Like most players, we learned the game and calculated damage hit points using traditional dotted dice, where each dot represents “10” and you multiply mentally by the number of dots accumulated on your pokemon card to arrive at the total damage. However, in the early months of learning the game, my son (11 years old at the time back in 2016) was struggling with the mental math and often miscalculate. During one test play session, out of pure frustration he yelled: “WHY CAN’T THEY JUST PUT NUMBERS ON THE DICE!?!?!?!” ....I paused and looked at him for a minute and thought “Why not?” We immediately started exploring the possibility of making his idea a reality.
With my background in manufacturing CNC machined high-precision aluminum components, we called upon our CNC machine factory to try and bring this idea into reality. While the finished product might look simple, we actually struggled quite a bit with the first few production runs in trying to figure out a manufacturing process that would minimize the amount of throwaways due to blemishes and imperfections. We knew that the players expects nothing but perfection with each dice; from the grade of the aluminum, to the machine finish, the laser etching of the number, and the anodizing of color. After months of research and testing, we finally have our first prototype sample.
When we were finally able to introduce the first finished products to some of the players we know, some were amazed and immediately fell in love with the concept, some were understandably skeptical, while some simply didn’t want to try it. However, Aaron and I just believe that this creation will one day forever change this aspect of calculating and displaying damage in Pokemon TCG. This was confirmed when Pokemon ultimately launched their own version of the numeric damage counter that is now included in all their ETB products.
We continued our father and son journey in the Pokemon world and continue to introduce our products to more players in the community, putting ourselves out there to showcase our products to the top players and casuals alike. We listened to what the players wanted and offered more colors, with now 10 brilliant colors avaialble. We paid close attention to the player's feedback not just about our products but also about the game, which led to the creation of other items like the GX markers, Ability Markers, burn/poison markers and Vst*r markers.
In order get more players to try our products and continue to support this game that we love, we sponsored numerous regional's prize wall, local league cups and special events. We love meeting new players from around the world while continuing to strive to bring premium, high-quality Pokemon TCG accessories to the players.
Now our interest in TCG industry has continue to grow and in 2023 we have entered other TCG genres with the introduction of our drilled traditional D6 dice set, which can be used in a variety of games like Magic the Gathering, Yu-gi-Oh, and the new Disney TCG Lorcana.
We are truly grateful for this amazing journey, for all the friendships we have made and the support we have received for Aaron's innovation and for TCEvolutions.
Steve & Aaron Wang