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Wednesday 1E Roundup - 15 MAY 2019

by Charlie Plaine, Director of First Edition

15th May 2019

Welcome to the Wednesday 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've got an event coming up and you'd like to be featured in this column, feel free to contact me at cplaine@gmail.com or on the forums via PM to MidnightLich.

The Big News

We've had a lot of new and returning players join our forums recently, and it's generated a lot of questions, answers, and discussions. We all know that First Edition is a complicated game - after all, it's turning 25 years old this year! But recently, Jason Tang (Pants o.t. Tal Shiar) has started a discussion about the biggest issues facing the game. As the Director of First Edition, I'm very interested to know what everyone, from the most seasoned veteran to the most casually interested newcomer, feels are the biggest barriers to the game. This kind of frank and honest feedback will only help to improve the game, so I invite everyone reading this to weigh in.

The Road to Worlds

There weren't any regional events this past weekend, but two weeks ago we had two. We looked at the sealed deck event in San Diego, along with Johnny Holeva's winning [TNG] Klingon deck. This week, let's take a look at the Omarion Nebula Regional winner Alex Dixon's [22] [Rom] deck.

Omarion Nebula Regional - Beccles Bloodbath winner Alex Dixon (alexd)
Deck Title: i'm a moron (Alex's deck is also attached to this article below.)
Deck Archetype: Interference
Play Engines: Drone Control Room, Protect the Timeline
Draw Engines: Finally Ready to Swim, Remote Interference, Temporal Almanac
Bonus Point Mechanics: Assign Mission Specialists

Drone Control Room

Alex's Commentary:
Why did you choose the deck that you used? What other decks did you consider using?

I chose this deck to use because I don't play battle very often and thought it might surprise my opponents. I was also considering a Delta Quadrant Klingon deck.

How did the relatively recent ban of QI or errata to Temporal Benefactor impact your deck choice?
The ban of QI and errata to Benefactor didn't make a difference to my choice of deck.

What sorts of decks were you hoping to face while playing your deck? What decks did you hope not to face?
I was hoping to face solvers. I didn't want to face other Romulan decks or battle decks.

Prior to this tournament, did you have much experience playing this deck (or decks like it)? Did you learn anything new about it when you played it this time?
I have played a similar deck before. I learnt that I need to read cards properly when making decks. (Author's note: Don't we all!)

Did you use any situational cards (cards that you wouldn't expect to be useful in every game)? Are there any whose usefulness exceeded your expectations? Were there any that you wouldn't include if you played the deck again?
I didn't use any situational cards.

What steps did you have to take to adjust to the relatively small pool of personnel available to report to Drone Control Room?
I added a few non aligned personnel to fill some of the gaps. That is one of the reasons for the deck title as it was pointed out to me that I could not play them to the Drone Control Room.

What would you nominate as the MVP card from your deck?
I would nominate Space-Time Portal as the MVP for this deck as it turned out to be the only way I could play the Non-Aligned personnel (through an [AU] drop).

This Day in Trek

Alexander Courage, the composer famous for much of the music in the original Star Trek series, including the iconic main theme, left us eleven years ago today. The theme was originally recorded under the name "Where No Man Has Gone Before," and has gone on to appear in some way in every series and movie titled Star Trek. Mr. Courage was reccomended to Gene Roddenberry by none other than Jerry Goldsmith, who was unavailable to score "The Cage" at the time. He had a long career that included three Emmy nominations and saw him work on not just Star Trek, but Star Wars as well. Thank you for your wonderous gift to all of us, Mr. Courage, and may you continue to rest in peace.

Tournament Reports

It was a quiet weekend, with no tournaments scheduled over the weekend. However, much to my surprise, there appears to have been a tournament on Monday, May 13th. Robin Honeycut (robin1234) hosted the event that saw five (5) players square off across three rounds. Mark Panna (Shambinks) won with a Vulcan deck he titled "I Command the Vulcans to get High". Second place went to Raymond Mang playing a Federation deck titled "Full Complement of Amber," which was borrowed from Amber Van Breemen (Marquetry) if I had to guess. Robin took third place with a [TNG] Ferengi deck, and took a few minutes to write a tournament report as well. Rounding things out were Tyler Clark and Amanda Guether who played Klingon and Federation respectively. All in all, what a fun way to spend some time on Monday!

If you played in any events, scheduled or unscheduled, formal or casual, let us know! We'd love to feature your events in this column! Send me an email or a private message, and I'll be happy to advertise your event or games to the world in a future column. My contact information is at the bottom of every column each week.

Tournament Previews

Upcoming Championships
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Regional Championship
Sunday, 19 May
OTF Complete Constructed
Manassas Park, Virginia, USA
Regional Championship
Sunday, 19 May
OTF Complete Constructed
Acton, Massachusetts, USA
Regional Championship
Sunday, 26 May
OTF Complete Constructed
Auburn, Washington, USA
Regional Championship
Sunday, 26 May
OTF Complete Constructed
Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA
Trek Masters Series
Saturday, 8 June
OTF Cube Draft (Limited)

It seems that we're alternating weekends, as this coming weekend will see two regionals while the previous weekend had no events at all. This weekend there are events in Chicago, Illinois and Manassas Park, Virginia - both in the United States. Five (5) players are pre-registered for the Deep Space 9 Regional in Chicago, hosted by Executive Officer Maggie Geppert (jadziadax8). Last week we looked at most of the players, except recent pre-registrant Jason Beyer; Jason has a history of playing Borg, but his only other tournament appearance this year was with a Federation deck. I suspect that everyone will have fun, no matter who ends up on top.

On the East Coast, Ben Hosp (bhosp) hosts a Sector 001 Regional in his home in Virigina. Aside from himself, Austin Chandler (DarkSabre) and Phil Schrader (pschrader) are preregistered, guaranteeing enough for a tournament. Austin, as our Social Media Manager, is one of the best connected players in the game, and that only reinforces the threat he brings as the highest rated preregistered player. He's had two tournament wins this year to date, with Kazon and Federation decks, so his talents cross multiple affiliations. Ben and Phil are both intelligent, deliberate players and either one could eaisly win the day. This will be an event to watch.

The following weekend, there are regionals in Acton, Massachusetts and Auburn, Washington, hosted by Lucas Thompson (edgeofhearing) and Justin Ford (Resistance-is-Futile) respectively. Following that, there's a Cube Draft Trek Master Series event in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, followed by a Borg Regional and the Austrian National Championships.

Finally, we're less than two months away from both the North American and European Continental Championships, both taking place on Sunday, June 23rd, 2019. The North American Continental Championships are being held in Atlanta, Georgia and currently show eleven (11) pre-registered players, while the European Continental Championships are in Manchester, United Kingodom and have five (5) players scheduled. There's still time to earn some byes from Regional events and make travel plans to attend these events, so don't delay. We'll start taking a look at players and possibilities for these events as they get closer.

Short Takes (In Other News)

The Time Capsule

Five years ago, James Monsebroten (Orbin) was announced as the winner of Make it So. In that reality show style competition, aspiring designers took on challenges and worked to win a spot on the First Edition design team. James emerged on top, and will be seeing the release of the first expansion he's lead, The Cage, in coming weeks.


That's all for this week's brief 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 March 2019. 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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