Hello everyone, I’m Xagor. I’m currently doing a Post-doc in Japan after finishing up my PhD at the London Centre for Nanotechnology (LCN) at University College London (UCL). For my undergraduate I did an MSci at UCL in Natural Sciences (Physical Chemistry and Atomic & Particle Physics), which I finished with a First.
I’ve had somewhat of an interest in Japanese culture since I was small, having grown up watching Godzilla movies. (I watched Destroy All Monsters so much the VHS broke…) Over time this has grown into an interest in anime, manga and other related products.
My first exposure to TCGs was, like many from my generation, Pokemon, but it wasn’t until Yu-Gi-Oh! that I began to get more seriously into this kind of thing. I’ve now been playing and judging (more the latter nowadays) Yu-Gi-Oh! at a competitive level for over 10 years. Throughout this time I’ve won the video game Nationals in 2003 and 2006, getting me trips to New York and Tokyo for the World Championships, came 2nd at the TCG Nationals in 2008 and 10th at Euros of the same year, and have judged at many high level events. These have included the UK Nationals, European Championship, several YCSes and the World Championship. Highlights included Head Judge for UK Nationals in 2012 and 2013 and YCS Toulouse, Assistant Head Judge for the European Championship 2012 and YCS Barcelona, and being invited to Worlds in Tokyo in 2012. More recently though I’ve gotten into the card game Weiß Scwharz, through basically a bunch of coincidences, and I’m hoping to be able to find more people to play it with.
I’ve previously written a couple of articles for Hyper Japan, on subjects such as Cowboy Bebop, Time of Eve, Yu-Gi-Oh! and Weiß Scwharz, but those articles don’t seem to exist anymore.