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Weekly 1E Roundup - 15 APRIL 2020

by Charlie Plaine, Director of First Edition

15th April 2020

Ancient Computer (Homefront VI)

Welcome to the Weekly 1E Roundup, a weekly column looking back at the past week in the world of First Edition as well as a preview of the week ahead. If you have questions, comments, or suggestions for content, you can contact me at cplaine@gmail.com or on the forums via PM to MidnightLich. I'm happy to write about your tournaments, get togethers, or other 1E-related goings-on. But for now, let's get into the column and see what's been going on in the world of First Edition!

The Big News

I hope that everyone reading this is staying safe and sane in whatever part of the world you call home. COVID-19 is unlike anything I've ever seen in my lifetime, and I would wager the same is true for most of us. Being physically distant can be hard, especially as we just passed Passover and Easter, holidays traditionally associated with gathering with family. And it makes it especially difficult to gather for Trek, even if most of us were doing so in small groups anyway. Please, stay home as much as you can, but stay connected with the people you love.

Fortunately, for getting your Trek fix in, there are options. Most of our online play is played through Lackey, an older but stable program that allows custom plugin development for a host of card games. Not only do we have plugins for First Edition, Second Edition, and Tribbles, but you can find plugins for dozens of other games where you can play online. It's an older piece of software and not perfectly suited for playing 1E, but it does work once you get used to it - and fortunately, we have lots of people that use it and are willing to teach you how to use it. For guidance, post in this thread and people will absolutely help you find your way.

Recently, our Director of Operations Brian S. (JeBuS) and his team created some new tools for Lackey and our own Deckbuilder. With these new toys, you can export decks from our site into a Lackey-friendly format, and also import Lackey decks into our site. This will make reporting your online games (and earning achievements and raffle tickets) even easier moving forward. Big thanks to Brian, Chris Lobban (Maelwys), Markus Eberlein (eberlems), Johan Skoglund (scox), and Andreas Limmer (Nava) who have worked on these plugins over the years.

Give online play with Lackey a try. It takes some time to learn, but once you get it down, you can play as much 1E as you'd like.

The Road to Worlds 2020

Speaking of Lackey, it was used to host the first COVID-19 prevented regional of the season. Originally scheduled to take place in Beccles, United Kingdom last weekend, host Paddy Tye (KazonPADD) worked with the Department of Organized Play to run this as a one-day, online regional instead. Johannes Klarhauser (Kaiser) took advantage and won victory on the day, piloting a cool [Rom] [OS] deck to victory. We'll cover the tournament in detail later, but Johannes was kind enough to answer some of my questions and we've got his deck to examine as well.

Lethal Lockdown (Online, Formerly Beccels, Regional) winner Johannes Klarhauser (Kaiser)
Deck Title: Empress of T'morrow (Johannes' deck is also attached to this article below.)
Deck Archetype: Midrange Solver
Play Engines: The Final Frontier
Draw Engines: The Neutral Zone, Strategic Base, Strategic Sector
Download Engines: Assign Mission Specialists, Defend Homeworld
Bonus Point Mechanics: Assert Authority, Assign Mission Specialists, Betray Captain, Consolidate Power, Test for Weakness

Assert Authority

Johannes' Commentary:
Why did you choose the deck that you used? What other decks did you consider using?

I just wanted to try out cards from the latest set, and the Romulan deck was the one I felt was most refined at the time. Another option would have been a squad of hard-hitting, trigger-happy androids.

What inspired the decision to combine the Emperor objectives with an [OS] [Rom] deck?
Naturally, I have always had a soft spot for the Kaisertest objectives, but have never actually brought them to a tournament. With TOS Romulans, there were several reasons to finally incorporate them:

  • The new six-mission Neutral Zone region setup offers a good, well-protected universal mission as starting point for Test A (Assert Authority).
  • Test C (Consolidate Power) can be completed at the same time as Test for Weakness, allowing you to double-dip for points with one action.
  • Combining them with Test for Weakness also allows you to discard a seeded Strategic Base, resulting in a very good source of card draws for the first three turns to build up a big Space-Time Portal drop
  • By the end of turn 3, Tests A, B (Betray Captain) and C have combined with Test for Weakness for a very hard to prevent 35 points. Even though by that time I would ideally be out attempting with most decks, I can simply do my thing, get a full mission's worth of points in the bag all for the cost of one dead personnel and the use of the Gal Gath'thong's download.

What sorts of decks were you hoping to face while playing your deck? What decks did you hope not to face?
I was hoping to meet peaceful decks that play in the alpha quadrant. I was hoping to avoid heavy battle decks, especially other Romulans. My dilemmas also relied heavily on my opponent running more than two space missions in order to be most effective.

Prior to this tournament, did you have much experience playing this deck (or decks like it)? Did you learn anything new about it when you played it this time?
I had played two test games with slightly different versions. On the whole I was happy with how the deck held up, but I realized that I don't pay enough attention to the exact wording on my opponents' cards in lackey.

Did you use any situational cards (cards that you wouldn't expect to be useful in every game)? Are there any whose usefulness exceeded your expectations? Were there any that you wouldn't include if you played the deck again?
Cloaked Maneuvers (which can be downloaded repeatedly with Praxus) was very close to being cut, and ended up being a big factor in one game. It was a dead card in the others, though. Quark's Isolinear Rods is also situational, but is necessary to keep the infrastructure of the deck working against Computer Crash (which I would expect to see often).

What was your toughest matchup of the day?
Like so often, all games were very close and only one turn or one misplay away from a loss, but I'd have to name Pope (princedetenebres) and his Romulan deck as the toughest match of the day. He had included some excellent tech choices, for example, using Revolutionaries with a seeded Dissident to attack other Romulans, or dropping an Ablative Armor on the Earth Outpost I had downloaded. I had already seen that move in our test match, but I didn't account for the card text properly (SHIELDS is not the same as DEFENSE...). (Editor's Note: Pope's tournament report, including a breakdown of his round 3 game with Johannes, can be read here.)

Did you consider using other tactics aside from Breen Disruptor Burst? Why or why not?
Not really. The Plasma Torpedo would probably do its job in most situations, too, but sometimes those 2 extra Range reduced mean the difference between a ship limping home or being stuck, while the Attack bonus of 3 instead of 2 is not as crucial. I thought about stocking some Evasive Maneuvers to increase my chance of killing Engineers, but losing the Attack bonus and reduction to Range and Shields, together with the unpredictability of a mixed Battle Bridge side deck, simply seemed not worth it.

Were the [NA] personnel skill fillers, or did you have more in mind for them?
Mostly they were there to fill skill gaps or provide skills and classifications in different combinations. They were also there to increase the number of females, as I couldn't bring myself to cut a dilemma for Creatures of Duty.

What would you nominate as the MVP card from your deck?
I'll have to go with the Kaisertest objectives that pave the way for a round-the-corner win. On the dilemma side I was also quite happy with M-113 Creature and Eminian Disintegration Protocol.

Do you have anything else you'd like to say about your deck?
It's [OS], but at least it's not [Fed] [OS].

As a follow up to that, what's your initial impression of [Rom] [OS] versus [Fed] [OS] ? Closer to where [OS] "should be"? Too early to say?
I've only had time to look at the full set for about a week, so it's hard to tell, and I'm not sure I'm qualified to say where [OS] "should be". [Rom] [OS] certainly have great skills and useful abilities (especially in the Neutral Zone), can battle most opponents without extra tech, but don't have those [Fed] [OS] superstar abilities like repeatable dilemma nullification or a dial-a-skill engine like General Order 7. Coming out in an environment where Five Year Mission is banned has made this very interesting, because it forces you to find other efficient ways to draw enough cards consistently, and opens up the chance to find worthwhile interactions in the full history of 1E. Had Five Year Mission still been available, I think the first impulse would have been to build a strictly OS deck that plays much like other powerful, but not necessarily very creative or interesting (for both the player and the opponent) decks.

34th Rule of Acquisition

Tournament Reports

As I mentioned in the Road to Worlds section above, the Beccels Regional was converted to a 1-Day Online event, which took place on Sunday, April 12th, 2020. The OTF Constructed Complete event drew six (6) players, many of whom got up - or stayed up - to extreme hours to participate. Johannes won the day with his [Rom] [OS] deck, described in detail above. Michael Van Breemen (The Ninja Scot) took 2nd, playing a Bajoran deck that keeps mostly to the Bajor region, probably to avoid rampaging Romulans in the Neutral Zone. As he wrote in his tournament report, he paired the deck with The Squire's Rules; as he describes it, "Squire is fun when you're playing Exhausted Trek. I recommend it."

Taking 3rd was Julius Melhardt (Clerasil ToB) who played a [TE] [SF] deck titled "Hail the Empire", taking advantage of Long Live the Empire! and Ensign Tamara, both from The Neutral Zone. Pope (princedetenebres) came in 4th, also playing [Rom] [OS] decks, with a desire to be more aggressive with his deck. And, as I linked earlier, you can read his tournament report for a game-by-game breakdown.

Paddy, playing in the tournament as well as hosting it, took 5th, and Glen "Lofty" Shipley (rameses niblick 3) rounded out the field with a [DQ] [Fed] deck titled "Full complement of holograms." All in all, it looks like an amazing day and might be setting precedent for future 1-day tournaments.

In another online tournament that finished last week, myself, Kris Sonsteby (LORE) and Niall Matthew (sexecutioner) were matched up in one of Kris' Spring Stampede OTF Complete Constructed events. Niall won with an innovative deck that was mostly Romulan, but splashed Ferengi to get the 34th Rule of Acquisition and Klingons to generate draws for it with a cloaked (and mostly untouchable) I.K.S. Kla'Diyus. Kris hasn't posted his deck yet, and I won't spoil it in case he's using it in any other current online tournaments. I decided to play outside my comfort zone and playing something more interactive, but not completely destructive - Kevin Jaeger's (Hoss-Drone) Black Hole deck. Though I didn't manage to win a game, I was pretty close against Kris and had a shot against Niall. But most importantly, I had fun and I learned a lot about how to play outside my comfort zone.

Treaty: Federation/Cardassian

Finally, we had the March Return to Talos IV event end recently. Hosted by, and won by, Brian Sykes (Armus), this event was an OTF Limited Constructed event using the "Golden Age: 1999" card pool of Premire through Rules of Acquisition. Six (6) players travelled back in time to play, with Brian winning with a Cardassian/Federation treaty deck. Second place was Stephen P. (Spectre9), who piloted a [Fed] deck called "Visiting Cochrane in the Golden Age" and also provided a tournament report. Rounding out the event was James Heaney (BCSWowbagger) playing Bajoran, Niall Matthew playing [Car] / [Dom] , Bruce Parrish (Captain Parrish) playing [Car] / [Rom] , and Austin Chandler (DarkSabre) playing Cardassian. Everyone obviously had fun, because they've scheduled a re-run in May, if you want to give this format a try.

We don't have any scheduled tournaments for this coming week. But if you have upcoming events, virtual get togethers, or anything else scheduled that's 1E related, let me know. I'd love to feature you and your friends in this column. I typically only see them if they're scheduled in our tournament software, so if you're not using that, please let me know!

Short Treks (In Other News)

First Edition March Madness

Dr. McCoy

And we have a winner: Dr. McCoy! The good country doctor held off every challenger to claim the throne. Even Seven of Nine, the 15 seed that couldn't be stopped, couldn't overcome the doctor's charm. McCoy (1) held off an early rally from Seven (15) to win the final match, 23-14. And so it ends, with Dr. McCoy and his dilemma nullification reigning supreme!

After six (6) weeks of votes, with an average vote count of thirty-nine (39) each poll, we've culled the field of sixty-four (64) down to just one. I want to thank everyone that voted, especially those of you that voted weekly, for making this a fun and exciting contest to manage. I need to extend special thanks to ChadC (Se7enofMine) and Dan Van Kampen (Iron Prime) for doing much of the legwork getting this put together, and giving me the needed push to get it going again.

Of course, there's still the matter of our last winner for the borderless promo giveaways. I'm happy to reveal that the final winner is none other than Lackey wizard Markus Eberlein (eberlems)! Congrats, Markus! You will join previous winners Brian, Eirik, Cristoffer, Maggie, and Rogue in claiming a virtual borderless promo foil of your very own. Orders for these promos are going in today, so you should be seeing them in the Promenade and (eventually) in your mailboxes very soon.

I hope that everyone had a lot of fun with this year's March Madness. I don't know for sure if we'll do this again next year, but if we do, you'll be sure to hear about it here.

That's all for this week's roundup of First Edition news and events. For more news, you can follow The Continuing Committee on Facebook, Twitter, or bookmark our front page. News about upcoming First Edition projects can be found in the most recent Project Status Update from March 2020. Join me this weekend on Saturday, April 18th, at 9 AM Pacific for the latest edition of my Office Hours. If you've got an event coming up and you'd like to be featured in this column, or if you have comments about this column's content, feel free to contact me at cplaine@gmail.com or on the forums via PM to MidnightLich. Until next week, may you expand your power in the universe and live long and prosper.

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This deck is currently eligible for the following family or families of achievements:

Mission (6)
C1x Covert Installation
22 V1x Evade Sensors
R1x Iconia Investigation
23 V1x Investigate Decaying Radiation
7 U 491x Investigate Destruction
U1x Patrol Neutral Zone

Seed Deck (30)
1 R1x Ankari "Spirits"
SR1x Cytherians
5 V1x Dead End
2 C 51x Disgraceful Assault
4 V1x Disgraceful Assault
1 V2x Eminian Disintegration Protocol
11 P2x Female's Love Interest & Garbage Scow
3 V2x M-113 Creature
7 V1x Misinterpreted History
14 V1x Rules of Obedience
23 C2x Spatial Rift
8 V1x Tricyanate Poisoning
10 V1x Trilithium Raid
20 V1x Alternate Universe Door
1 V1x Battle Bridge Door
1 V1x Q's Tent
10 V1x Temporal Micro-Wormhole
41 V1x Romulan Outpost
4 V1x Make It So
R1x Quark's Isolinear Rods
31 V1x Strategic Base
20 V1x The Final Frontier
17 V1x The Neutral Zone
29 V1x Assert Authority
18 V1x Assign Mission Specialists
28 V1x Defend Homeworld

Draw Deck (52)
12 V3x Strategic Sector
18 V1x Cloaked Maneuvers
30 V1x Alice Series
101 U1x Dr. Roger Korby
34 V1x Kirk-Android
98 U1x Martia
56 V1x Mea 3
36 V1x Rayna Kapec
106 R1x Ruk
37 V1x S'Salk
60 V1x The Keeper
49 V1x Vina
R1x Ambassador Tomalak
40 V3x Borix
109 R+1x Commander Charvanek
110 C1x D'vano
42 V1x Dividius
77 VP1x Dr. Telek R'Mor
111 C1x Gorrus
43 V2x Govas
96 R+2x Keras
44 V1x Mr. Spock (The Neutral Zone)
175 R1x Nevala
46 V1x Olicana
45 V1x Praxus
46 V1x Ptol
47 V2x Pytron
48 V3x R'Moog
48 V1x Subcommander Decius
112 U1x Subcommander Tal
49 V2x Telman
97 R+1x The Centurion
50 V2x Veznik
41 V1x Centurion Kirk
42 V1x Commander T'Pol
52 V3x Bird-of-Prey, Mk II
VR1x Decius
113 R1x Gal Gath'thong
129 C1x Battle Cruiser

Q-Tent Side Deck (13)
2 V1x Ready Room Door
P1x Space-Time Portal
16 C1x Classic Disruptor
13 U1x Classic Tricorder
C1x Romulan PADD
U1x Captain's Log
U1x Lower Decks
3 V1x Tactical Console
16 V1x To Boldly Go
13 V1x Earth Outpost
30 V1x Betray Captain
31 V1x Consolidate Power
26 V1x Test for Weakness

Battle-Bridge Side Deck (26)
9 V26x Breen Disruptor Burst

"Outside the Game" and/or Seed-Phase Downloads (3)
113 C1x Tagus
C1x Tallus
10 AP1x Commander T'Pol

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