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Into the Final Frontier, Part 9 - Joining the Interstellar Community (1 of 1)

by James Hoskin, Staff Writer

12th March 2009

Over the previous eight parts of this beginners' series, we've offered advice on playing the game and on building your own decks. All that is left to do is to point you in the direction of other players and resources so that you can become a part of the Star Trek CCG community.

Congratulations! You have already taken the first step, by visiting this website. www.trekcc.org is the home of The Continuing Committee, which is in turn the new home for Star Trek CCG. While you may know about the regular articles that get posted, one of which you are reading now, did you also know there are many other resources available? Once you have registered with this site (it's free, and takes less than two minutes), you'll have full access to the forums and the chat room. They will allow you to discuss the latest expansions, ask rules questions, read tournament reports, check the latest rulings, review deck lists, trade cards, and more.

The online deckbuilder (login required) gives you the opportunity to build and publish decks for others to see (and maybe comment upon). If you are not familiar with all of the cards, then you can browse through the card lists. They feature the Decipher era cards of Second Edition through to What You Leave Behind, as well as the virtual cards released by The Continuing Committee. To date, The Continuing Committee has released four virtual expansions: The Undiscovered Country, Favor the Bold, Raise the Stakes and This Side of Paradise. In total, these feature 225 new cards that you can print and play with to your heart's content. You can even get in on the act and help the community design a card (login required) for an upcoming virtual expansion.

Did you also know that there is a tool to help you find other players? The player map (login required) shows you visually where every player (blue pins) and tournament location (yellow pins) can be found in the world. Why not update your tournament profile (login required) and add yourself to the map? If everyone does this, then you could find several players like you, who play on their own or with friends, just around the corner.

Once you have added yourself to the map, you can find tournament locations near to you through the list of host venues (login required). If one of them is a store, they may be able to help you contact other players or collectors, to see if they are interested in playing or trading. You could also ask permission from the store manager to leave a message so that any future customers can contact you.

When you have found some other players, you may want to participate in your first tournament. Hopefully, your local store will be running them. If they aren't, then you can use the host venues list to find one that is close to you. Each tournament listed should offer a phone number and/or an e-mail address with which you can contact the tournament director ("TD").

If you can't find a tournament, then you could try posting in the tournament listings forum. There will probably be someone willing to help you find other local players and/or a tournament. It is worth letting the community know that you want to play, just in case there are other new players who have read this article like yourself.

Having found a tournament that you would like to play in, what should you do next? It's probably best to contact the TD running the tournament to let him or her know you plan on attending. That way, they can let you know should anything change at the last minute. They may even bring along extra cards to give to you.

When taking your deck to your first tournament, you'll probably need something to carry it in. Decipher manufactured cardboard boxes, with tops that are approximately 10 cm (4 inches) squared, for several of their games. If you have one, or can find one in a shop, then why not create, download and print your own customizable box top cover to show off your favourite affiliation.

Besides your deck, there are two other things that you may need at the tournament: an entry fee and a deck list. The entry fee will usually cover rent for the venue and any additional prize support. The Continuing Committee provides tournament kits for TD's to purchase, so that several players can leave with a prize. These prizes include foil promos, virtual promos (example below), metal collectable skill badges and raffle entry tickets (for a quarterly draw to win rare foil promos.) A deck list, printable through the online deckbuilder, is only needed for high-level championship events; so you probably won't need one for your first tournament! Just to be safe, though, you should contact the TD to see what you need to bring with you.

All that is left to do is to attend the tournament. It is advisable to get to the venue at least 15 minutes before the published starting time. That way, the TD can meet you and let you know what to expect. Most importantly, don't be afraid to ask for help. Every player there will remember what their first tournament was like, and I'm sure every one of them felt just as nervous about it as you will.

Good luck!

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Alternate Image Virtual Promo

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