pokemon is a card game, video game, and T.V. show. i will talk about all of them in this instructable.
Step 1: Card game
the rules are pretty easy to learn. they have got more complicated and changed as the game evolved but they are pretty simple.
1. your deck has to have 60 cards
2. you can only have up to 4 of each pokemon in your deck.
3. you can only have up to 4 of each trainer in your deck (that might have changed)
4. on your turn you can do the following (in this order).
1. pull card
2. play trainer/evolve/attach energy
4. attack (once)
5. you can not evolve a pokemon you just put out
6. you can not attach more then one energy per turn.
thats the basic rules. you can get more in depth in the rule book (comes with each deck)