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Organized Play Guide Update - OPG 4.4

by Kris Sonsteby, Director of Organized Play

25th March 2019

Version 4.4 of The Continuing Committee's Organized Play Guide (OPG) is now available for download from the home page and takes effect immediately. As this document has not been signifiantly altered in over four years, the Organized Play team has made exhaustive efforts to incorporate all of the interim rulings, community suggestions, and alternative formats that have transpired in the interim. In addition, an effort was made to "speak with one voice" throughout this updated version of the OPG, as this document has had countless authors over the past ten years. Thus, even if a specific paragraph is not notated as being [NEW] or [UPDATED], chances are there have been some minor word choice or puncuation changes made in the interest of consistency. Lastly, as the most recent update read predominately as a Second Edition document with notations for First Edition and Tribbles, the formatting has been modified such that the OPG now holds all three games in equal regard.

 

For reference, the following is a brief summary of the major changes from version 4.3 of the Organized Play Guide that are found in version 4.4:

[UPDATED] 1.3 – Questions and Comments:

The contact methods were updated.

[UPDATED] Section 2 General Guidelines:

The threshold for sanctioning was reduced from four to three players. The threshold for registration was reduced from six days prior to 24 hours prior.

[UPDATED] Section 4.1.2 – Draft

Product used for these events has been expanded to include tournament director compiled boosters (i.e. a Cube Draft) and the time limits for constructing a deck at the draft's conclusion were expanded slightly.

[UPDATED] Section 4.1.3 – Sealed:

Resources for where tournament directors may find starter decks has been added, and the time limits for constructing a deck from sealed product was expanded slightly.

[UPDATED] Section 4.2: Card Pools:

Excelsior and Hall of Fame were formally added as supported card pools.

[NEW] 4.2.7 – Excelsior:

Commentary describing the Excelsior Card Pool was added.

[NEW] 4.2.8 – Hall of Fame:

Commentary describing the Hall of Fame Card Pool was added.

[UPDATED] 4.4 – Optional Scenarios:

Public Play Testing and Biermeister were formally added as supported optional scenarios.

[UPDATED] 4.4.6 – Bend the Rules:

Commentary surrounding this scenario and the manner players may donate items in order to activate special abilities was added.

[NEW] 4.4.7 – Public Play Testing:

Commentary describing the Public Play Testing scenario was added.

[NEW] 4.4.8 – Biermeister:

Commentary describing the Beirmeister scenario was added.

[UPDATED] 5.1 – Printable Card Policy:

Unilateral printabilty of all Star Trek CCG cards was formally spelled out.

[UPDATED] 5.1.2 – Tournament Legality of Virtual Cards and Errata:

White border preview cards produced by The Continuing Committee that are released in tournament kits are now legal for tournament play.

[UPDATED] 7.1 – Tournament Directors Participating in Their Own Event:

Both the secondary and tertiary tournament director may assist in scoring games and pairings, as needed, at the primary tournament director’s discretion.

[UPDATED] 7.2 – Initial Pairings:

The time limits for in-person tournaments of all three games was formally spelled out.

[UPDATED] 7.5.1 – Possible Match Results:

Win conditions for a modified win in First Edition was formally spelled out.

[NEW] 7.5.2 – Tribbles Match Results:

The player or players whom emptied their hand first scores points equal to the number of Tribbles in their play pile. The player with the most points at the end of the fifth round is the winner.

[UPDATED] 7.8 – Tournament Conduct:

Commentary describing tournament conduct for First Edition, Second Edition, and Tribbles was added. Examples were incorporated where necessary.

[UPDATED] 10 – Match Play:

Each individual game played under the match play system will follow the time limit set forth for the chosen game and format.

[UPDATED] 11 – High-Level and Specialty Tournaments:

Commentary outlining The Road to Worlds, and specifically Trek Masters, was added.

[UPDATED] 11.1.1 – Regional Championships:

Event allocation will be by application to the respective Continental Play Coordinator.

[UPDATED] 11.1.2 – Continental Championships:

Event allocation will be by bidding to the respective Continental Play Coordinator, or by allocation in the event no bids are received.

[UPDATED] 11.1.3 – World Championships:

Event allocation will be by bidding to the Director of Organized Play, or by allocation in the event no bids are received.

[UPDATED] 11.2.1 – National Championships:

Event allocation will be by application to the respective Continental Play Coordinator.

[UPDATED] 11.2.2 – Trek Masters Championships:

Event allocation will be by bidding to the respective Continental Play Coordinator, or by allocation in the event no bids are received.

[UPDATED] 11.3 – Specialty Tournaments:

Commentary describing release tournaments and Chair's Challenges was added.

[UPDATED] 11.4 – Applications or Bidding to Run an Event:

The time frame to apply to host a Regional was expanded. Bids to host a higher level event will be solicited via a frontpage article.

[UPDATED] 12.1 – Forming a League:

The threshold for forming a league was reduced from four to three players.

[UPDATED] 12.2 – League Schedule:

Commentary describing the two league options, a full 12-event league and a condensed 6-event league, were added.

[UPDATED] 12.6 – Playoffs:

Commentary describing the playoffs for the condensed 6-event league was added. Tie-breakers for determining the league champion were modified.

[UPDATED] 13 – Guidelines for Online Play:

Support for all three games was formally spelled out.

[UPDATED] 13.1 – Software Required:

Voice communication methods as a pre-requisite for online play were expanded.

[UPDATED] 13.3 – Online Time Limits:

The time limits for online tournaments of all three games was formally spelled out.

[UPDATED] 14 – Video Policy:

The result of a filmed match is final and may not be altered. However, penalties issued in accordance with the Code of Conduct may be retroactively applied.

[UPDATED] 15.2 – Contact Information:

The contact information for members of the Organized Play team and Chief Ambassador were updated.

 

These are all of the version 4.4 changes that were deemed material and therefore denote either a [NEW] or [UPDATED] in this thread.

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