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A Special Preview for 2022

by Charlie Plaine, Director of First Edition

1st January 2022

Happy New Year everyone! I wanted to give you a sneak preview of something we've been working on for the past year, and a look at what will be the next expansion for First Edition. You may have heard that Paradise Lost, featuring new cards for Khan and Sybok, is due up next; however, we have something else to bring you first. Today, I'm thrilled to announce - and preview - The Motion Pictures Remastered. This virtual remastering of Decipher's last full-size 1E expansion has been treated with care and attention to detail by our volunteers over the past year, and we think you're going to be thrilled with the results.

If you aren't familiar with a remastered expansion, let me explain what that means. At its core, a remastered expansion is a virtual reprint of the original product. In addition to going through and providing high quality images for printing, we give every card a look through a modern lens. Our Rules team works hard to make sure the cards say what they mean and work how they should, removing glossary entries as they go. Likewise, our Creative team makes sure the lore is complete and correct - especially since its so much more important now than it used to be. The Motion Pictures Remastered is the 3rd in our series of remastered expansions, after 2018's Enterprise Collection Remastered and 2021's Official Tournament Sealed Deck Remastered.

We're still putting the finishing touches on this project, so I don't have a release date to announce at this time. But, barring any major shake ups, it will be the next expansion we release in the first part of 2022. However, I do have several preview cards to show you today. This will give you a taste of the types of things you'll see in the finished version of The Motion Pictures Remastered. Let's take a look at 5 preview cards:

You might have noticed the new icon, called the Sha Ka Ree icon, on Spock Son of Sarek in Second Star to the Right. As many of you deduced, this is a new way to identify members of "Team Sybok" that will be leveraged quite a bit in Paradise Lost. Don't worry, you'll hear a lot more about it when we get to that expansion's release. But, as part of rolling this new mechanic and icon out, the original "Team Sybok" folks get the new icon and updated gametext in The Motion Pictures Remastered, as you can see on Caithlin Dar. This is an example of a card with some rules and/or gametext change, but no changes in creative elements.
On the other hand, Wajahut is an example of a card that has had creative elements change without any rules text changes. Though that isn't to say that there aren't changes to gameplay, because Wajahut is now an "augment." This term exactly represents Khan and company, but was introduced during Enterprise and wasn't available when The Motion Pictures was released. While this means that Khan, Wajahut, and their fellows will be able to use cards like Augment Aggression and Absolute Power, it doesn't take anything away from the existing Khan mechanics. You'll see more about this later this year.
While the two previous cards were changed for rules or creative reasons, some cards were changed by both departments. Consider Transport Inhibitor, which the Rules team worked hard on to clean up its wording and make the function of the card clear. After all, the original version asked your cardboard to do things instead of you! But since the card was being worked on anyway, the Creative team took the opportunity to use the proper name of the ship, U.S.S. Enterprise-E.
A small number of the cards were changed because of decisions made over the years by our Design Teams. The change here is subtle, but the card's download has been switched from a "Klingon [CF] personnel" to a "[Kli] [CF] personnel." This change only makes it so that any Klingon species personnel couldn't be downloaded by this ship, unless they were [Kli] of course. You might also notice that, since the card was changing anyway, creative updated the name of Enterprise-A to the proper U.S.S. Enterprise-A.
When all is said and done, about 60% of the cards in The Motion Pictures Remastered are being updated. And most of those changes are small ones, typically updating names in lore. But there are also plenty of cards being reprinted with no changes, like James T. Kirk. But, thanks to the hard work of our Art Team, these cards all look amazing. This is one of the cards the Art Team felt was most improved over the original, which is why I wanted to show it off today.

We hope you've enjoyed this small taste of what's coming in The Motion Pictures Remastered. These reprints will make the [CF] cards even more accessible and even more high quality with the newly updated images that will be available. And with Second Star to the Right just released, and Paradise Lost and the TNG Movie Expansion coming even later in 2022, there couldn't be a better time to release this remastered expansion. We hope that you had a safe yet fun New Year's Eve, and are really looking forward to 2022. Happy New Year, 1E fans! Have a great weekend!

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