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Weekly 1E Roundup - 6 NOVEMBER 2019

by Charlie Plaine, Director of First Edition

6th November 2019

Assimilated Vessel

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'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

The first Monday of November has come and gone, and with it were a small number of rules changes and one addition to the OTF Ban List. Among the rules changes are clarification with how Assimilated Vessel works when it isn't seeded; for example, when it's downloaded with Urgent Warning. The other changes removed undefined (and unneeded) cross-references in the Glossary and removed an entry that was mistakenly left in last month.

The only change to the ban list is to ban the card Persistent Individuality from OTF play. This white-border promo was never designed to be both tournament legal and widely unavailable, which it became as a result of the change in white border status earlier this year. This ban allows the card to retain its value as a tournament kit exclusive prize without warping games in which its used. The card will only be banned while this tension remains, returning to the card pool if the preview policy is updated or the card becomes otherwise printable.

The Big Chair with Jon Carter (pfti)

Yesterday, we announced that Jon Carter (pfti) has decided to step down as the Rules Manager after a record setting run in the position. Jon agreed to answer some questions about his time in the role, and what he feels he's leaving behind for his successor.

First of all Jon, thank you for seven years of service.
Thanks Charlie. It has been a fun and interesting ride. When I was asked to apply for the position after Allen, I knew I had big shoes to fill and that the job could be a crazy place. I think I was lucky that the stress and controversy of errata was removed from my direct control. It made it a pleasant and fun time reading the glossary far too often (there was a time I just left the glossary open on my home computer for over 3 months). I love the rules, I love rules lawyering, so I will always enjoy those processes.

Also, all of my success is the result of a great rules team. Not only did they contribute a lot to the process (far more than me), but they propped me up in moments where I was behind in the work.

I also loved the random questions I would get messaged. I would get to see some crazy deck ideas in the works (sometimes telling people the idea wouldn't work).

What made now the right time for you to step down?
I have not been happy with my engagement as the lead of rules for a while now. While we have kept things running, I have not had the planning or follow through to do the things I should be doing (:cough: finishing the DRG integration to card pages :end cough:). Given that rules are in a stable place, and Charlie and I were talking about the future directions of 1E it seemed that a transition would be easy and let the new Rules Lead help shape that future vision.

What do you consider your biggest successes in your time as Rules Manager?
Green Lighting James’s new rules book. It is the direction that rules should be taking, better more easily interactive rules documents. We can be better than PDF, so I am happy that got done (look for other documents to make this transition soon).

Otherwise, the named in lore rules were a big old mess, but we got it done. That was a good development moment.

Do you have a big regret? The rules change that got away, so to speak?
As already mentioned, finishing the DRG. Beyond that some ambiguity on what counts as what kind of mission. I think the game would benefit from variable point missions being steal-able if the move above 35. You shouldn’t get a protected 40 point mission because the last 5 points come from an asterisk that you can control.

What are you hoping to get done before you go?
There a few OTF changes that we are looking at. They have been tested and we are working on final wording. I think they will give players some new options without costing any of the norms or protections that have defined OTF. I hope to roll them out soon.

Where do you want to see the rules go in the next few years?
I think we should keep it fairly stable. Some weird jank is part of what makes 1E the game that it is. Part of my goal as Rules Master was to protect the flavor and weirdness that is 1E.

What advice would you give to your successor?


This Day in Trek

Carolyn Seymour, the English actress behind several memorable Star Trek roles, turns seventy-two (72) today. She appeared as four (4) characters across several episodes of The Next Generation and Voyager, including Romulan Commanders Taris and Toreth. Most recently, she's put her distinctive voice to work as a voice artist in games like Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Dragon Age: Origins, the Mass Effect series, and the Gears of War series. Happy birthday, Carolyn! I think I need to get Design going on a Mrs. Templeton card so we can have a Great Casting: Seymour achievement!

Tournament Reports

Did you play any 1E this past weekend? We didn't have any tournaments, but I saw a few of you posting about games on our site and on social media. If you post using the hashtag #showusyourspacelines, you'll be entered into a monthly drawing for one of our new, full-art, borderless foil promo cards. I'll draw a winner before next week's column, so get your posts from this weekend up before then!

An online tournament, part of Thomas Kaimura's (bosskaimura) League of Champions, did kick off on Monday. Four (4) players, including powerhouses Michael Van Breemen (The Ninja Scot) and Greg Dillon (Latok) are signed up to participate in the OTF Complete Constructed event. I'll do my best to follow this event as it progresses. Sometimes online events can be difficult to track, so feel free to remind me when this event concludes to write about it!

And remember, this column isn't just about official tournaments. We'd love to cover casual games too! If you'd like to have your 1E get together covered in this column, 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.

Tournament Previews

Ahead of the Space Coast Masters event this weekend in West Melborne, Florida, there will be an OTSD Sealed event on Saturday evening. Right now there aren't any players signed up, and it's likely most everyone there will be playing in the Second Edition events. But these days, it only takes three (3) players to make an official tournament, so who knows! We'll keep an eye on it and report back.

On Sunday, there are two (2) different OTF Constructed events outside of our two championships outlined below. The first, in Austria, might be on the move as the host - former world champion Stefan Slaby (Winner of Borg) - might need to move the event. But at least one other player is preregistered, Julius Melhardt (Clerasil ToB), so they only need one more to turn up. The second event, an OTF Legacy event (allowing backwards compatible cards) is scheduled in Livonia, Michigan. Jon Carter (pfti) is hosting, and has two (2) others preregistered, so it's likely this will be an event we cover next week.

Aside from these events, we have two major championship events taking place this weekend. The first is the 2019 Australian Continental Championship, an OTF Complete Constructed tournament in Burwood. Hosted by Kieren (Honest), players will battle across three rounds of swiss. Last week, we talked about Steve Hartmann (chompers) and Peter Hill (leonardmccoy) who might be a bit rusty, and now they'll have to bring their A-games to take on Greg Dillon, who's the #21 ranked player in the world. Greg might be the favorite, but I doubt anyone's skill will keep them from having fun. I'm excited to see what happens!

Deliver Message

Meanwhile, also on Sunday the 10th, Space Coast Trek Masters in West Melborne, Florida will kick off. Host Daniel Matteson (OKCoyote) has put together an amazing prize table and is hosting events all weekend. Aside from himself, powerhouse player Michael Van Breemen (The Ninja Scot) is preregistered and will be an obvious favorite. Maggie Geppert (jadziadax8) will also be attending and playing, and she's smart and someone to watch. And never, ever, count out the tournament host. Daniel has been dipping his toe into 1E design lately, and he's got some great skills.

If you have upcoming events, 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.

Short Takes (In Other News)

My Ship, My Crew

The Time Capsule

This time last year we announced The Gift, a nine (9) card virtual expansion based on the Delta Quadrant. One of the top complaints we heard during the years of block-style design was that there wasn't enough [DQ] content. This criticism is what inspired The Gift, as a way to reward the patience of fans of Voyager and the Delta Quadrant. Have any of the cards from The Gift made it into your decks?

Five years ago this week we announced the The 20th Anniversary Collection. This was a join project between First Edition and Second Edition, with each department making eighteen (18) cards inspired by Decipher-era expansions. It was a fun project with a fantastic theme that I'd like to return to some day.

Of course, if we travel way back in time to the intrepid year of 1994, we'll find ourselves at the birthday of our beloved game. Twenty-five (25) years ago this week, Star Trek: The Next Generation Customizble Card Game was released by Decipher, following up on their smashing success with the Star Wars CCG. Magic had invented the genre just a year earlier, and Decipher was one of the first companies to make licensed games in the same model. And now, a quarter of a century later, we're still here, still playing. Here's to the next twenty-five years!

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 August 2019. My next Office Hours will be scheduled for later this month, and something came up this week. 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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