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Dragon Con 2018

by Michael Shea, Chief Ambassador

16th August 2018

After a year’s absence, Star Trek CCG is back at Dragon Con, with events being held August 31st, September 1st, and September 2nd!

I’m pleased to announce that this year, we’ve got a full schedule of events at Dragon Con 2018, which runs from August 30th through September 3rd. Before I go further, I must say that based on previous years’ event attendance, all of our scheduled events so far are Second Edition (2e), but I am certainly open and happy to add events for First Edition (1e) and Tribbles this year if the interest is there! Greg Hodgin (Tomalak) has graciously agreed to help me run the events. Before I tell you a little bit about Dragon Con itself, allow me to explain a little bit about each of our Trek events this year, for the benefit or new or returning players or for those who might be unfamiliar with one or more of these formats.

On Friday, August 31st, at 6:00pm there will be a 2e Slipstream tournament. A Slipstream event is a sanctioned event in which the winner of each game in each round is the player who the first score 50 points and complete one (1!) mission. Games are timed at 30 minutes per round. Within those conditions, play works the same way as it does in a standard constructed event and all tournament legal 2e cards are available for use in decks – this is a complete card pool event. the These events tend to move fast, and in my experience are ideal for Friday nights at the Con when players who may have raveled want to get in a little Trek but don’t have quite the time or energy for a typical tournament.

On Saturday, September 1st, at 4:00pm there will be a 2e Standard Constructed tournament. A Standard Constructed event is a sanctioned event and is perhaps the most common and most familiar of event formats. Games are timed at 60 minutes per round, with the winner being the first player to score 100 points and complete at least one space and at least one planet mission under normal victory conditions. All tournament legal 2e cards are available for use in these events – this a complete card pool event.

On Sunday, September 2nd, at 2:00pm there will be a 2e Sealed Deck tournament. A Sealed Deck event is a sanctioned event in which each player is given cards from which to make their deck on sight at the beginning of the event. Only cards given to the player may be used – no outside cards or decks are legal for this event. For Dragon Con – I will be bringing Premier and Call to Arms Starters and Boosters - so we will have actual physical product from the Decipher days with which to build our decks. Games are timed at 60 minutes per round, with the winner being the first player to score 100 points and complete at least one space and at least one planet mission under normal victory conditions. Players will be given 30 minutes at the beginning of the event to construct their decks using a randomly selected sealed starter and three (3) randomly selected booster backs. Players may alter their decks between each round using their original available cards, and if supplies permit an additional booster pack will be given to each player between each round.

In addition, I will also be demoing Trek 2e on Saturday, September 1st, at 1:00pm and Sunday, September 2nd, at 11:00am and I welcome any interested parties to come by and help with the demo and to be on hand to answer questions to potential players who might stop by. Also, if any of you 1e or Tribbles players would like to come by at that time and help demo those games, I welcome the support! Just let me know if you're interested and I'll make plans to reserve the necessary space.

All Trek events held at Dragon Con will be free of charge – there will be no fee to play or attend demos beyond what you’ve already spent to attend the Con. Prize support will be provided at my expense. Donations to the CC are welcome, and I will be collecting those at the event, 100% of which will go to the CC! These donations are completely optional and voluntary. While there are no fees attached to the events, pre-registration is still encouraged and appreciated in order to help me make sure I’ve got enough prize support and product on hand. Links to the registration pages for each event have been provided in the preceding paragraphs.

Now a little bit about Dragon Con. First, and for those who may not be aware, in order to enjoy the Convention or play in the events, you must have a membership badge. Happily, I can report that membership badges are still available for 2018! For the price of $140 you can get access to the Con from August 30th through September 3rd. Saturday-only badges are still available for $50 and Sunday-only badges are still available for $45. Membership badges can be purchased here. While hotels in the immediate vicinity of the Con have long-ago sold-out, there are still lodging options along Atlanta’s MARTA line (our mass-transit system) that make attending the convention still quite doable. Message me or comment on this article if you need help finding a hotel or planning your transportation. When you get hungry, there are plenty of dining options at the nearby Hub at Peachtree Center and in the surrounding area if you want to get away from the crowds for a time. Gus’ and Hsu’s are two personal favorites of mine!

Dragon Con bills itself as the country’s largest fan-based and fan-run science fiction and fantasy convention. It’s been located in Atlanta since its founding in 1987. In 2017 it had an estimated 80,000-plus in attendance! Trek headliners this year include Jayne Brook, John de Lancie, Walter Koenig, Robert Duncan McNeill, and Garrett Wang. Since I know we have a few wrestling fans on these boards, I’d like to report that Ric Flair and Sting will also be in attendance!

While you’re not playing Trek or snagging autographs and snapping pictures with your favorite stars, there are also hosts of panels to attend on subjects ranging from Alternate History to Wresting (that’s Wrasslin’ here in the South). As darkness falls over Atlanta, Dragon comes alive with themed parties as well, ranging from the family-friendly to the adults-only variety. And, be sure not to miss the annual Dragon Con Parade, which kicks off at 10:00am on Saturday and provides an opportunity for attendees to show off their best cosplay!

I realize there may also be some of you planning to attend with your family, who may or may not be planing on atending Dragon Con. Fear not, Atlanta has plenty to offer. The World of Coca-Cola, the Georgia Aquarium, CNN Studios, Zoo Atlanta, the Center for Civil and Human Rights, the Fernbank Museum of Natural History, and the College Football Hall of Fame are all conveniently located and accessable. In fact, for $76 ($61 for kids) you can pick up an Atlanta City Pass that will give you access to the World of Coca-Cola and any aditional four of the previously mentioned attractions. The High Museum of Art is currently showcasing exhibits on Winnie the Pooh and the work or Yuri Suzuki, in addition to the usual exhibits, which are fantastic! The Atlanta History Center offers a fantastic opportunioty to learn more about my city. Mission Escape Games offers a challenging and fun diversion. If you'd like a bit of culture, the players at the Atlanta Shakespeare Tavern will be performing Geoffreey Chaucer's The Canterburry Tales. If you'd like more information on any of these attractions, or if you'd like to learn more about other options to keep your families entertained while you revel at Dragon Con, please let me know.

I hope to see you at this year’s Dragon Con, and more importantly I hope to see you at one or more of our events! Travel safely and be well!

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