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Weekly 1E Roundup - 10 SEPTEMBER 2020

by Charlie Plaine, Director of First Edition

10th September 2020

Nathan Samuels

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

The first ever 1E Cup, hosted by First Edition Creative Manager Paddy Tye (KazonPADD), kicks off on Monday, September 14th. This online tournament, played under OTF Complete Constructed rules, is a single-elimination online tournament. Players are knocked out once they lose until only one, the champion, remains. Per the tournament description, "For each Full Win you get (not Mod Wins), you will win a randomly selected TrekCC Foil! We want people playing for Full Wins here, not Mod Wins. As Gul Dukat said 'A true victory is to make your enemy see they were wrong to oppose you in the first place. To force them to acknowledge your greatness!'." As of the writing of this article, there are ten (10) pre-registered players and Paddy is looking to have sixteen (16) to complete the bracket. Sign up and claim the inagural cup!

This Day in Trek

Today is the sixty-ninth (69th) birthday of veteran character actor and three-time Trek guest star Harry Groener. He's appeared on The Next Generation as Betazoid Tam Elbrun, and followed that up with an appearance as Magistrate Drang on Voyager. His third and final role in the universe of Star Trek was on Enterprise, appearing in the final two-part story as Nathan Samuels. However, outside of Trek, his most famous role is likely that of the Mayor on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the "big bad" of the show's third season. Happy birtday, Mr. Groener!

Jean-Luc and Beverly

Tournament Reports

Tuesday Night Tribbles continued last week, on September 1st, with five (5) players seeking victory. It would be claimed by Dan Hamman (SirDan), with 403,365 tribbles playing a deck he's called Stem Cell Research to a total of 301,658. Michael Van Breemen took 4th, with 151,110 and Maggie didn't make it onto the board, but both of their decks are linked on the tournament page if you're looking for options.

Last Saturday, September 4th, saw three (3) players play in an OTF Complete Constructed event - a single day online tournament. Jon Carter (pfti) won the day with a Kazon Battle deck. Michael Van Breemen (The Ninja Scot) took 2nd with a Vulcan deck, while Sebastian Kirstein (Caretaker's Guest) played an unknown flavor of Federation. You can read brief tournament reports from both Jon and Michael on the tournament page itself.

In Koblenz, Germany, four (4) players gathered on Saturday, September 5th for a Tribbles regional. Tjark Ott (tjark), the host, also claimed victory with 911,542 tribbles to his name. Second place was taken by Benjamin Liebich (monty42) with 453,103, while third and fourth places were taken by Johannes Mette (Johannes Mette) and Marco Puelsch (Galen), with 322,358 and 160,211 tribbles respectively. You can check out all four decks on the tournament page.

On Labor Day, Monday, September 7th, Maggie Geppert (jadziadax8) held a belated birthday bash and Regional event, the 1E portion of which was a Warp Speed tournament. No decks are posted so it's unclear which card pool they were using, but Maggie emerged victorious and undefeated at the top of the standings. Her victims - I mean guests - all tied at 6 victory points each. Brian S (JeBuS) took 2nd on tiebreakers, Jason Beyer (sevencrdspud) took 3rd, and Michael Moskop (comicbookhero) took 4th - but I hope they all had fun.

But the 1E event was preceded by a Tribbles match that saw eight (8) players gather to breed some fuzzy balls. Local legend Eric Bieche (biecheer) claimed victory with 927,975 tribbles - a full four hundred thousand more than any other competitor. The visiting duo of Amber Van Breemen (Marquetry) and Michael claimed 2nd and 3rd, with 553,031 and 550,000 tribbles respectively. Al Schaefer (ltkettch17) rounded out the top 4, just behind the Van Breemens, with 542,437 tribbles. Maggie herself came in 5th, Sandy Barnabas (sandy) claimed 6th, Rocket Boy had 7th and Brian S (JeBuS) avoided the pity tribble with 1,213 total.

Consume: Outpost

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

As mentioned in the Big News above, the 1E cup, hosted by Paddy Tye (KazonPADD), will kick off on Monday, September 14th. It's an OTF Complete Constructed event, but will be run as single elimination instead of Swiss - once you lose, you're out. But, you'll win a virtual promo foil for each Full Win you claim, so the further you make it the better your prizes will be!

And, of course, Tuesday Night Tribbles continues with the next event on September 15th, 2020. These weekly events kick off at 7 PM Pacific / 9 PM Central / 10 PM Eastern each week, and are all eligible events for Subspace Championship Series prizes. Check it out if you'd like to play some fun events during the week!

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)

Smiley (Virtual Promos)

The Time Capsule

Crossover, the first expansion of the Mirror block, was announced this time five years ago, in 2015. This block was the third of the originally planned blocks, and featured a prominent spotlight on the Mirror Universe. With tons of new missions, and new play engines for the Terran Rebellion and the Klingon-Cardassian Alliance, Crossover breathed new life into this quadrant and set up more fun for the [OS] and [22] versions of the Terran Empire in later expansions. Check out all of the articles written about Crossover for a fun trip down memory lane.

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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