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2016 North American Continental Championships

by Daniel Matteson, Tournament Director

9th December 2015

About a year ago, I had the honor to announce that Trek Masters: Orlando would be taking place in April of 2015. This turned out to be an enthusiastic success, and was a great weekend for both our local Cardassia region players as well as the travelers from all over the country. 

Players from Texas, Tennessee, Washington State, Illinois, Ohio, Massachusetts and more came. We graciously appreciated all those that made the long trip to Florida to play Star Trek CCG with us.

Since that event, I've had a number of players ask me when we would get another high-level event in Orlando.  Another Masters perhaps, or even something larger?

I'm very happy to finally be able to answer those questions today. The North American Continental Championships will be migrating to Orlando for four action-packed days of Trek on June 23-26th, 2016!

If you live in Florida or have visited us in the past, you already know what a great location Orlando can be to host a high-level Star Trek CCG event. The city and surrounding region have plenty to offer, such as numerous theme parks, nearby beaches, shopping centers and fantastic nightlife. Orlando is one of America's vacation spots thanks to Florida's warm weather (and I think a certain cartoon mouse may also have some influence), so the city has hundreds of places to stay, many with competitive rates.

Florida is also home to Kennedy Space Center, the launching center of America's space program. KSC is a short drive from Orlando and is a worth a day trip. You can tour an actual launch control center, see Launch Pad 39B, Space Shuttle Atlantis, and an actual Atlas V rocket. You might even get to see an actual launch up close (launches can also easily be seen from Orlando).

Another reason to hold a high-level event in Orlando is our talented players. Florida is home to two regular playgroups with players of all skill levels that enjoy the game. Many top players live in the area; in fact, our own local players (Geoffery Peterson for Second Edition and John Kinney for Tribbles) were able to win two out of three of Trek Masters: Orlando's events, and many players here are hungry for another chance to show what they can do in a high-level environment.

As with Trek Masters: Orlando before it, North American Continentals will be jointly managed by three talented directors. One of Cardassia's regional ambassadors, Rick Kinney (T-Ricks), will handle the majority of our Second Edition events. Tampa player, Sean O'Reilly (Jono), will cover Tribbles games, while I will handle our First Edition offerings.


HOST VENUE

The entirety of our four days of events will take place at Campus Cards and Games, a store owned by local player Eric Robinett (rycar60), who we are thrilled to be collaborating with again.

 

Campus Cards & Games is a large game store with plenty of table space, dozens of board games for open gaming, and even a beer bar. It's a fantastic location to play some Trek and we're glad to be back there.

Here is the venue information for our events:

Campus Cards & Games
12226 Corporate Blvd.
Suite #130
Orlando, FL 32817
phone: (407) 730-3161

 


SCHEDULE

Below is our full schedule of North American Continentals championships and side events. Note that specific times and formats may be subject to change based on the number of players participating. Some side event formats may also be modified based on demand. If you have any questions or comments, you can contact me at OKCoyote on the forums or at (321) 795-6874, by phone or text.


THURSDAY,  JUNE 23

5:00 pm - Second Edition (side event)
Format: Standard Constructed
Rounds: 3
TD: Rick Kinney (T-Ricks)

9:00 pm - Tribbles (side event)
Format: ...with Troubles
TD: Sean O'Reilly (Jono)

FRIDAY, JUNE 24

12:00 pm - First Edition Continental Championships Qualifier (Day 1)
Format: OTF Constructed
Rounds: 5
TD: Daniel Matteson (OKCoyote)

1:00 pm - Second Edition (side event)
Format: Academy Constructed
Rounds: 3
TD: Rick Kinney

8:00 pm - Tribbles (side event)
Format: Standard (no Troubles)
TD: Sean O'Reilly

SATURDAY, JUNE 25

11:00 am - Second Edition Continental Championships Qualifier (Day 1)
Format: Standard Constructed
Rounds: 6
TD: Rick Kinney

12:00 pm - First Edition (side event)
Format: Block Constructed
Rounds: 3
TD: Daniel Matteson

7:00 pm - First Edition Continental Championships Finals (Day 2)
Format: OTF Constructed
Rounds: 3
Notes: Day 2 will be Swiss rounds. The top 4 players from Day 1 advance (or top 8 if we have 32+ players). You may change decks prior to day 2.
TD: Daniel Matteson

8:00 pm - Tribbles (side event)
Format: ...with Troubles
TD: Sean O'Reilly (alternate: Rick Kinney)

SUNDAY, JUNE 26

12:00 pm - Second Edition Continental Championships Finals (Day 2)
Format: Standard Constructed
Rounds: 3
Notes: Day 2 will be Swiss rounds. The top 4 players from Day 1 advance (or top 8 if we have 32+ players). You may change decks prior to day 2.
TD: Rick Kinney

12:00 pm - Second Edition (side event)
Format: Premiere/Call to Arms Sealed+
Rounds: 3
TD: Daniel Matteson

5:00 pm - Tribbles Continental Championships
Format: Standard (no Troubles)
TD: Sean O'Reilly

Entry fees and prizes will be announced later. However, if you recall, the prize support for Orlando Masters was extensive and we are already starting to gather some great prizes for Continentals.

 


DECKLISTS

As with all high-level events, deck lists are required for all Continentals events. Please have your deck list ready to turn in at registration time. If you have an earned bye, you'll still need to be present at registration to officially enter. You may change your decks for Day 2. If you qualify, please have another deck list ready at that time.

 


A wide variety of board/card games (or additional Tribbles games) are available and can be played to help cover gaps, late night play, or anyone looking for something else to do while at the location.

Rick, Sean, and myself are once again thrilled and honored to be hosting this event, and looking forward to seeing you here in the summer! We are hoping everyone who made the trip to Florida last April will come again and because Orlando is easy to travel to from cities in Canada and Europe, players will be willing to travel far for what is sure to be a great event.

Putting my Social Media Manager hat on for a moment:

For the latest updates, and discussion of the 2016 North American Continental Championships, follow along in the Continentals forum on the TrekCC message boards. You can also discuss the events on Twitter as the date approaches, using the hashtag #TrekNACC.

Whether you're coming to cash in your Regional byes, jumping in for some casual side events, or just excited to meet a diverse group of players, there is something for everyone here in Orlando, come June. Make your travel plans now, and happy gaming!

 

 

#TrekNACC #ForCardassia

 

 

 


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