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Weekly 1E Roundup - 22 JULY 2020

by Charlie Plaine, Director of First Edition

22nd July 2020

Winn Adami

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!

This Day in Trek

Today is the eighty-sixth (86) birthday of actress Louise Fletcher, who brought the delightfully villainous Kai Winn to life on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Notably, Fletcher is the only actress to have appeared in Star Trek to have won the Academy Award for Leading Actress. She did so for Nurse Ratched in 1975 for her role in the film One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

Louise brought Winn to life across fourteen (14) episodes of DS9, first appearing in the first season finale. I agree with what Memory Alpha says about her performance, that "Her portrayal of the inflexible, wry character gave it the condescending edge the part required." Fletcher would go on to appear in every season of the show except one, the 4th, and became an integral part of the show's finale. Happy Birthday to you, and thank you for giving us the gift of such a wonderful character we love to hate.

Tournament Reports

We had a ton of Tribbles tournaments take place last week, so let's dive right in. Kris Sonsteby (LORE) won the Tuesday Night Tribbles event last week, on the 14th of July, breeding 833,245 tribbles with a deck he calls "I Fought a Minotaur to be Here... And Id do it Again ver 4.0." It looks like a good mix of old reliable tech like Go and Discard with some of the new powers - I'll be giving it a try! Meanwhile, Kevin Jaeger (Hoss-Drone) took 2nd with 512,213, Jon Carter (pfti) took 3rd with 361,013, and Dan Hamman (SirDan) took 4th with his eTribbles 2.0 deck. Rounding out the event were Michael Van Breemen (The Ninja Scot) with 200,000 points and Maggie Geppert (jadziadax8) who scored 100,000. Michael played a Bonus deck with a few new powers splashed in.

10 Generosity

Thursday evening in Las Vegas saw an impromptu Tribbles event that preceded the wedding of our very own Daniel Matteson (OKCoyote). Tammy Vititoe (tamtoe), one of Daniel's local players, joined the wedding party in Las Vegas and won this event with a total of 401,115 Tribbles. Michael Van Breemen took 2nd with an even 300,000, while the groom, Daniel took 3rd with a total of 222,363. Daughter of the groom Avery Matteson (averybean) took 4th with 200,001 Tribbles, while Ian Coleman (1ianmario) score 164,032, new player Zachary Riffle scored 160,002, and Amber Van Breemen scored 100,100 to round out the event. By the way, please join me in congratulating Daniel and his wife on their wedding!

Then, last Friday saw the American Nationals Tribbles Championship take place. Two preliminary tournaments took place, the first of which saw Kevin Jaeger defeat Kris Sonsteby, Dan Hamman, and Matt Kirk (CaptMDKirk) while the second saw Eric Robinett (rycar60) edge out Jon Carter, Jeremy Benedict (flrazor), and Markus Eberlein (eberlems). But those two tournaments were just the warms up for the main event, the American Nationals themselves. Kevin Jaeger would emerge as the American Nationals Tribbles champion, breeding a total of 1,495,671 Tribbles to claim his title. You can check out his deck here, or read his tournament report here. Eric took second with "I'm Here to Set the Bar" and 1,066,445 Tribbles, while Jon Carter also joined the seven-figures club with 1,050,000 Tribbles. All of the remaining players, except Jon, have linked their decks on the tournament listing, so check them out if you're looking for inspiration in your own events.

Finally, on Saturday, July 18th, five (5) players braved the real world to play some Tribbles after their 2E tournament. Eric Robinett claimed victory using his same deck that he played online the night before, breeding a total of 1,222,721 tribbles. Sean O'Reilly (Jono) got a respectable second place playing "Magic in the Air" to a total of 1,103,476 tribbles. Rick Kinney (T-Ricks) took 3rd place with Little Scores Add Up and 921,221 tribbles, while Martin Drake (Warrior50) claimed 4th place with 850,000 and "A different color Bonus deck". Rounding out the event was Joseph Bazemore (Cmdr Xym) with 831,184 tribbles and a deck titled "Lazy Day In Bed, Music In My Head."

If you're playing, getting together, I want to hear about it! Did you play online? Tell me about it! Play with family? Send me pictures! I'm happy to cover tournaments and casual games in this column - you just have to let me know. You can find my contact information at the bottom of every column, and you're welcome to email me, PM me, or just post on the forums. So if you're out there, playing First Edition or Tribbles in any way, shape, or form, tell us about it!

Holoprogram: Cafe des Artistes

Tournament Previews

After all the Tribbles action this past week, next week looks to be much quieter. Our only event is the regular Tuesday Night Tribbles event, continuing with a game schedule for the 28th of July. Joining host Maggie Geppert are the following pre-registered players: Michael Van Breemen, Kris Sonsteby, Dan Hamman, Kevin Jaeger, and Eric Robinett - a powerhouse lineup. But don't let that scare you - come on out and join the game. It's fun, and it's casual, and if history is any indication - you have a very good chance of winning your first night out!

Meanwhile, if you are in a part of the world where gatherings are allow, and 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)

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 June 2020. 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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