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Weekly 1E Roundup - 20 AUGUST 2020

by Charlie Plaine, Director of First Edition

20th August 2020


Welcome to the Weekly 1E Roundup, a weekly column looking back at the past week in the worlds of First Edition and Tribbles 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- and Tribbles-related goings-on. But for now, let's get into the column and see what's been going on in the worlds of Tribbles and First Edition!

This Day in Trek

Today is the 73rd birthday of veteran character actor Ray Wise, who has appeared twice in the universe of Star Trek. He first appeared as Liko, a native Mintakan, during The Next Generation - and while his character does not have a personnel card, he's featured prominently on the Archer dilemma. Several years later, Mr. Wise would appear as Arturis during Voyager's fourth season, who does appear as a personnel from the Voyager expansion. He's appeared in over a hundred television shows and movies, including Twin Peaks, 24, Burn Notice, and RoboCop. I hope you'll all joining me in wishing Mr. Wise a happy birthday!

Tournament Reports

American Nationals, held online this year due to COVID-19, came to an end after five (5) weeks and saw Jon Carter (pfti) claim the title. He piloted the same deck that won German Nationals earlier in the year, a [Maq] [TNG] [NA] deck that used Computer Crash to disrupt many of the popular decks in the metagame today; you can read Jon's tournament report for more details. Paddy Tye (KazonPADD) was the runner-up with a [TNG] [Bor] deck. Brian Sykes (Armus) took 3rd with a [DS9] Here By Invitation deck, and he gives great detail on many of his games with his tournament report. Rounding out the Top 4 was Brian S. (JeBuS), also playing a Computer Crash laden Klingon deck. Check out the tournament page to see four (4) other tournament reports and a deck list from all eighteen (18) players that participated. Yours truly fell in square in the middle of the pack, but I had a lot of fun doing so.

Computer Crash

Two weekends ago saw the kick off of the (not a) world championship series with the online biermeister tournament - an OTF tournament that also involves much drinking. Jon Carter won again, Sebastian Kirstein (Caretaker's Guest) took second, Michael Van Breemen (The Ninja Scot) came in third, and Niall Matthew (sexcutioner) came in fourth. You can check out all of their decks, as well as Jon's brief report on the event, on the tournament page.

Also taking place on August 8th, in Madison, Alabama, was a kid-friendly event at the home of Brian Sykes. Each player used one of the Coming of Age [TNG] starter decks, modified by Brian to use The Squire's Rules. Brian ended up winning with the [Fer] deck, followed by John Corbett (KillerB) with the [Kli] deck. Brian's son Allen came in 3rd with the [Rom] deck, while visitor Raymond Linton (RayJ) came in 4th with the [Fed] deck. These decks look like some low-effort but high-fun decks to play for your next casual event.

Turning now to the world of Tribbles, Kris Sonsteby (LORE) won the Tuesday Night Tribbles event held on August 4th, playing a deck he's used several times this summer, and breeding a total of 622,413 tribbles. Jeremy Benedict (flrazor) came in second with 522,222 tribbles and using a deck titled Say What Again...Again. Maggie Geppert (jadziadax8), the host, played Ehrmagerd, Poniez! - a deck with all the new rainbow powers - to third, with 500,212 tribbles. Dan Hamman (SirDan) also played a similar deck to a solid 4th place with 460,201. Eric Robinett (rycar60) scored 410,000, Richard New (The Guardian) had 380,000, and Kevin Jaeger (Hoss-Drone) had 250,000 piloting unknown decks.

Returning to Alabama, seven (7) players battled in Brian Skyes' house, with Brian winning the day with 900,000 tribbles. Brian played a Bonus deck that also uses the rainbow powers to score tons of bonus points, and it worked out well for him. John Corbett (KillerB) took 2nd with 682,741, while their children claimed the rest of the positions, all scoring at least 100,000 points of their own. Congrats to Micah, Cameron, Connor, StarPrincess2010, and Allen for what I hope was a fun event.

Back to the world of Tuesday Night Tribbles, Lore extended his winning streak to two (2) with another win on August 11th. This time, he played a Bonus deck to breed a total of 611,032. Maggie bred 453,233 and took 2nd with Its a Red Line on a White Canvas Mk. III, a fast little Go-Stampede-Discard deck. Michael Van Breemen took 3rd with I Want to Play to get 384,565, Dan Hamman tried out his rainbow deck again and claimed 350,000 tribbles. John Paul Veasey (elveez) played an evade and retreat deck to 251,254 tribbles and Jeremy Benedict played his repeating deck to 250,100 total tribbles.

100 Battle

Finally, the (not a) world champion Tribbles event ran on Saturday, August 15th, with three (3) players. Jon Carter claimed the (not a) world championship title, breeding 1,449,148 tribbles with the deceptively named Not a Battle Deck which was, in fact, a Battle deck. Thomas Kamiura (bosskamiura) took 2nd with 700,020 tribbles, and Michael Van Breemen took 3rd with a Just Score deck, also deceptively named, earning 460,142 tribbles for his house.

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!

Tournament Previews

We've got nothing scheduled in the world of First Edition this coming weekend, but our friends in Florida have a Tribbles event scheduled after their Second Edition tournament on Saturday, August 22nd. Currently, five (5) players are signed up to play at Campus Cards & Games 2 in Winter Park, Florida, including Sean O'Reilly (Jono), the event organizer. Joining him is scheduled to be Rick Kinney (T-Ricks), Eric Robinett (rycar30), Joseph Bazemore (Cmdr Xym), and Martin Drake (Warrior50), all of whom are in the eight-digits club.

And, of course, don't forget about Tuesday Night Tribbles. This weekly tournament, the next of which is on August 25th, regularly bosts four (4) or more players. Maggie Geppert hosts these each Tuesday evening at 7 PM Pacific, 10 PM Eastern. I highly suggest joining in if you can, as you'll not only have fun, but be eligible for fabulous prizes.

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!

Urgent Warning

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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