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What do you think of the new End Game Rules?

They're Great!
They're good, but they need some work.
I don't like them, but they're better than First Blood.
They both suck! Just flip a coin!
I don't play in Tournaments.

 

SUNDAY, JAN. 23, 2000

NEW FORUMS ON STEALTH DAVE WEB SITE -  1:45am, PST
Wow, this hasn't been updated in a while! There's a new section to the Stealth Dave web site... FORUMS!!! Now you can post messages about Highlander and other cool stuff right here! The forums link is at:

http://www.stilldesigning.com/forums

I'll be adding links to the navigation menu soon, as well as some minor updates to the site.  Most of the new improvements will be fairly minor; updated menus, and a publishing script to make this "news" section easier to update (and *hopefully* get it updated more often! ;-). I'm also working on Tournament Director 2.0, which will be faster, more reliable, and add a couple of new features. Stay tuned!

SUNDAY, JULY 25, 1999

SWAPS LIST NO LONGER ON MONOTREME.COM -  5:00pm, PST
The Highlander Swaps mailing list is no longer being hosted on Monotreme.com, Vincent J. Murphy's server that hosts the Highlander Discussion mailing list. As of March 23, that list is no longer maintained. There is a new Swaps list that is being hosted on
Onelist, a web site that hosts free mailing lists for the priveledge of placing ads in all mailings. That address is highlanderswaps@onelist.com. Check Onelist for details on how to join.

SUNDAY, JULY 25, 1999

END GAME RULES PROPOSAL -  5:43pm, PST
Sam Orlando has announced new rules to end games quickly in a timed match situation (i.e. Tournament play). These rules are currently under review and are meant as a replacement for the First Blood rules. From Sam's post:

END GAME (Proposed 7/20/99)

The time for each round of tournament play should be 20 minutes before End Game is called.

Option: You may choose to use a d6 to add some additional minutes to prevent timing by players.

(Note: This set time is to make sure games don't last longer than 30 minutes and allow us to easily run an entire tournament within the 4 hour slot times during conventions. You may modify or not use a time allotment for your tournaments as you see fit.)

When time is called during a game, play continues as normal until the player who went first at the beginning of the game begins his next turn.

At this time, both players shuffle their hands into their Endurance and draw up to their Current Ability. Any draw prevention or cards triggered by this draw are nullified. Exhaustion may still occur.

Play then continues with the following stipulations

* Any Ability Gain or Ability Increase effect during End Game is nullified.
* Any player not playing an attack during his turn will lose 1 Ability during his Ability Adjustment Phase of that turn. If his opponent has a card in play preventing him from playing an attack, this Ability Loss is nullified.
* Any player drawing cards loses 1 Ability for each card drawn. If his opponent has a card in play which forces him to draw cards, Ability Loss for the cards drawn is nullified.
* The first player to begin his Attack Phase with an Ability of zero or to lose his head loses the game.

Sam Orlando
Thunder Castle Games

SUNDAY, JULY 25, 1999

NEW NEXUS SITE OPEN -  5:33pm, PST
There's a new Nexus web site designed by yours truly, Stealth Dave, now open at Thunder Castle Games' web site! All Tournament Requests and Results Submissions are now done online. All upcoming tournaments are now listed online, as well as the complete results of all tournaments submitted through the new site. Here's the press release:

That's right, there is a new Nexus Web Site running the new Tournament Director software created by David E. Still at Still Designing.

http//www.tcgames.com/cgi-bin/nexus/main.asp
http//24.124.30.5/cgi-bin/nexus/main.asp

(Use the latter address until the Domain Name is working)

All you need to access the site is a 3.0 or greater version of either IE, Netscape, or AOL with JavaScript enabled (4.0 or greater IE or Netscape recommended). The new site includes

- Updated Nexus Rankings
- List of ALL upcoming tournaments around the world!
- Listings of all recent tournament winners
- Complete tournament results listings, including Tournament grid
- Complete Nexus History, including past rankings adjustments
- Request Tournament Sanctioning ON-LINE
- Submit Tournament Results ON-LINE

You can search for tournaments by Region or by Tournament Director. If you're a Nexus Member, you can request Tournament Sanctioning by entering your Nexus Number and your local Zip Code. Search for Nexus listings Alphabetically, by Nexus Number, by Last Name, or get a list of the current Top 50 players in the world! You can even request Towers In Time tournaments!!!

The new site also automates many of TCG's functions, including updating ratings and creating Prize Package and Prize Winner letters, which will allow TCG to speed up prize mailings and tournament requests! If your tournament has special needs, just type them into the Notes for TCG section of the Tournament Request Form.

If you have outstanding tournament results that you have not yet sent in to Thunder Castle Games for tournaments between 6/15/99 and 7/31/99, you can submit those tournaments on-line by Requesting Tournament Sanctioning for that tournament again and then submitting the results through the on-line forms.

Please direct any comments, suggestions, or errors that you find to dave@stilldesigning.com. Special thanks goes out to the crack team of Beta-Testers that helped ensure that the new Nexus site was ready for the masses. You will be able to find their names in the on-line documentation, which will be on-line by the end of the week.

SUNDAY, JULY 25, 1999

THUNDER CASTLE GAMES NOW OWNED BY SQUARE PLANET -  5:23pm, PST
Thunder Castle Games is now owned by Square Planet! Here's the press release that was sent to the Highlander Mailing List:

STOP THE PRESSES

HOLD THE ORDERS
THERE ARE THINGS HAPPENING IN KANSAS CITY THAT NEED YOUR ATTENTION

THUNDER CASTLE GAMES IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE ITS PARTNERSHIP WITH SQUARE PLANET, INC.

Square Planet, Inc. a software and web developer is producing in conjunction with Thunder Castle Games the online HighlanderTCG game system and is taking over the development and maintenance of the Thunder Castle web site and introducing the online Tournament request and submission system. As well as developing an exciting Highlander online project yet to be announced.

Contact numbers for Square Planet are at the following numbers

Voice 816-525-4625
Voice 816-525-4890
Fax 816-525-4564

These numbers will be good for contacting Thunder Castle Games as our new offices are in the same building. Just let them know who you want to talk to and you will be transferred to the appropriate party.

The past few weeks have been both hectic and exciting. Many of you may have tried to contact us at the old number and gotten a no longer in service or disconnected message. Well no more. The new phone system is in place and we are anxious to get back to you our customers and our supporters.

The website is being updated with the exciting new online Tournament request and reporting system. This new system will greatly streamline the request, processing, and updating of tournament information. Not only will it allow you to see what tournaments are upcoming, but the location, director, and results of tournaments as well. I believe that once you see this rocking new tool you will find it to be exciting and useful.

The way it will work is in order to enter a tournament request you must enter in your NEXUS number and zip code then all the information for that tournament. You must also have an email address for this because confirmation will be automatically sent to your via email. You will be assigned a tournament code and a tournament password. Once the event has occurred you will have two weeks to input the results from the event. We will go in once a week and print out the tournament winners and process the Quickenings and get those out. The neat thing about this system is that you will have up to date NEXUS rankings also because it calculates them for you when you enter the winners and losers for the tournament. Once the tournament results have been submitted you can go and look at the tournament and see how you placed against your opponents.

Highlander Online; that's right Highlander TCG online. It will play just like the game you play now and you will have the capabilities of using this tool for deck construction and trials for tournament play with the cards you already have in hand. These are exciting times and we guarantee that you will enjoy the ride.

We are almost sold out of the Duncan and Methos Collections. We have approximately 175 of each set left so if you have been thinking about getting one, now is the time they are almost gone. Never to be sold again by TCG.

We look forward to your calls and questions.

Terry Eldred

Sales and Marketing

SUNDAY, JULY 25, 1999

TCG WEB SITE BACK ONLINE -  5:17pm, PST
After their problems with ISP upgrades, the TCG Web Server is back online. However, the Domain Name, tcgames.com, is not yet pointing to the correct address. Until this problem is corrected, you can reach the TCG Web Site directly through its IP address at:

http://24.124.30.5/

SUNDAY, JULY 25, 1999

NATIONAL CHAMPIONS FOR STANDARD AND SEALED DECK -  5:13pm, PST
Congratulations to Wayne Ellis and
Daniel Robbins, the new National Champions for Standard (Wayne) and Sealed Deck (Daniel) Highlander. National Championships were held over the 4th of July weekend at Origins.

SUNDAY, JULY 25, 1999

NEW NATIONAL DIRECTOR FOR NEXUS ANNOUNCED -  5:06pm, PST
Paul Senft announced his resignation as National Director for the Nexus League on July 4 (I told you I was behind). Thunder Castle Games has announced that Tomi Griesenauer is the new National Director.

I would like to personally thank Paul for all of his work in Highlander as National Director, and am sorry to see him leave.

At the same time, I would like to welcome Tomi Griesenauer. Tomi was previously the Great Lakes Regional Coordinator before stepping in as National Director.

SUNDAY, JULY 25, 1999

NEWS IS BACK - 5:00pm, PST
After months of neglect, mostly due to other project combined with a lack of real news, the News section of the Stealth Dave Web Site is back, and there's a lot to catch up on!

THURSDAY, MARCH 11, 1999

HANDBOOK RELEASED! - 1:07am, PST
This is the moment we've all been waiting for! The new Handbook is finally here! Weighing in at a mere *27* pages, this document replaces ALL previous FAQ, Errata, and Rulings documents. The Handbook is available in HTML or Acrobat PDF (2.1 or greater).

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 1999

JULES KERREY IS THE NEW LA CITY CHAMPION - 10:20pm, PST
Congratulations to Jules Kerrey for becoming the new Los Angeles City Champion! Jules was undefeated in the tournament with his Duncan deck, finally beating Kris "The Riddler" Boerman and his Xavier Super-Cheese deck. Decks were varied from Kane Quickening Monster to Katana Exertion Monster and Duncan and Connor Head Shot Decks. Fun was had by all. Thanks to all who participated.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 1999

LA CITY CHAMPIONSHIPS THIS WEEKEND - 2:55pm, PST
The LA City Championships are THIS WEEKEND!  The actual Championship tournament is Sunday, February 14 at 1:00pm. You can still qualify on either February 12 (today!) or February 13, so get down to the Windham Hotel at LAX Airport! We're in the Penthouse! For an interactive map to the convention, go to the LA City Championships web site and click on the MapQuesttm icon next to the OrcCon tournament dates.

NEW RULES POSTED - 11:13am, PST
The new Rules for Highlander: CCG are now available at the Stealth Dave Web Site. They print out very nicely in only 7 PAGES!!! The Arms And Tactics Rulebook is still available for reference here.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 1999

NEW LOCATION AND NEW FEATURES - 5:54am, PST
If you haven't notice yet, the Stealth Dave Web Site has MOVED! The new URL is:

In addition to a new, easier to remember address, the site has some new features! First, the entire site has been made-over to the new format that you see here with the black background, as opposed to the red bricks. And most importantly? SEARCHABLE SPOILERS!!!

That's right! You can now search for spoiler text for certain cards by Title and/or Edition. At present, I have found several errors in the spoiler database, but I will hopefully have those fixed soon.

What can we expect in the future?

  • Searchable FAQ / Handbook (when released by TCG)
  • Searchable Card LISTS (see a pattern forming here?)
  • New Rules and other documents as made avaiable by TCG

Now that Stealth Dave has a new toy, there's no telling where he'll stop!

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 20, 1998

SLOW NEWS MONTH AND HOLIDAY SHUT-DOWN - 9:15pm, PST
As you can see by the dates disparity below, December has been a slow month for Highlander news. :) It's going to get a lot slower, since I'm going on vacation and will be unable to update my web site. I will be able to receive e-mail, however. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to every one!

THIRD LA CITY QUALIFIER HELD - 9:11pm, PST
The third qualifier for the LA City Championship was held at Coastal Games in Torrance today. Congratulations go to Jules Kerrey and Adam Crites for qualifying.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 1998

ARMS AND TACTICS FAQ v1.1 ON SD WEB SITE - 10:28pm, PST
I missed it somehow, but TCG managed to get some information on their web site before I did. :) Regardless, the Arms and Tactics FAQ v1.1 is now available for your perusal. There are several new rulings that deserve reviewing from this document.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4, 1998

FOUR HORSEMEN FAQ v1.0 RELEASED - 6:34pm, PST
Hot off the presses, TCG released the Four Horsemen FAQ v1.0 to the Highlander Mailing List. It will also be posted to the TCG Web Site soon, and, of course, it can also be found here on the Stealth Dave Web Site. This also updates Errata to Four Horsemen cards.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 1998

TCG CHATROOM BACK ONLINE - 2:09am, PST
The TCG Chatroom is working again. Apparently ParaChat fixed whatever problem they were having.

SEARCH ADDED TO STEALTH DAVE SITE - 1:37am, PST
You can now search the entire Stealth Dave Web Site for specific topics! This includes ALL FAQs, Rules, Errata, Spoilers, and anything else you can find on the Stealth Dave Web Site! Currently this feature is found only on the NEWS page, but as I change over to the new layout, you will be able to search from any page.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 1998

NEW PROMO IN RAMIREZ PREVIEW - 11:38pm, PST
Preview magazine reports that the next expansion set for Highlander: CCG will be the Ramirez Edition, which will be a 200 card set. Preview also reports that Inquest: #47 will include a Ramirez-specific card titled 'A Perfect Way To Start'.  Thanks to Shawn Casson for this news.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 1998

TWO KRONOS NEMESIS FOUND - 7:13pm, PST
That's right, there are two Kronos Nemesis that were printed with the set. You can find the text for both versions in the Four Horsemen spoilers.

MAILING LISTS ARE BACK UP!!! - 4:20pm, PST
Just when the symptoms of withdrawl were starting to subside, the source of our addiction has returned. That's right, Vincent and Eljay have returned and they brought the mailing lists back with them. While about 80% of the traffic has thus far been SWAPS posts, I'm sure that people will start dissecting the new Four Horsemen set soon enough.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 1998

TCG CHATROOM DOWN; BARNES CHAT UNAVAILABLE - 5:43pm, PST
The Java Chatroom hosted by TCG is experiencing technical difficulties. This has resulted in the postponement and possible cancellation of Jeff Barnes' scheduled chat. I'll let you know more details on rescheduling when I get them.

SHAUNCON REPORT - 5:12pm, PST
Better late than never, here's a breakdown of Jonathon Halperyn's Shauncon report:

  • Thundercon promo was released, but only one per attendee, unlike the mass quantities of Dragon Con promos that were released at that convention.
  • A new TCG "Rip" card was released for TCG employee Keri Smith. These cards were also not distributed en masse, but were handed out regularly after tournaments.
  • The Swordmaster System is getting a slew of new licenses, including Vampirella, Lady Death, Shi, and Conan. These games will all be compatible with each other through the Swordmaster system.
  • The latest Castle News was released. In addition to updated Nexus Rankings, the issue includes a Tournament Guide with "floor rules" and other resources for tournament directors.
  • MASTER FORMAT - As many had thought (and feared), the new "Master" Format is about 10 pages of errata to give every card in the game their own "Easter Egg" icons. I'm not even going to try to explain what the Easter Eggs mean here; it would take too long and I'm still not sure myself. As soon as I receive it, I will try to post the rules for the Master Format in its entirety.
  • And last but definitely not least, Jerry Cook is the new Missouri State Champion! Congratulations, Jerry!

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 1998

SECOND LA CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIER COMPLETED - 11:53pm, PST
The second qualifier round for the LA City Championship was played in Costa Mesa today. Congratulations go to Kris "The Riddler" Boerman and Tim McCann for qualifying, playing a Kastigir Cheese deck and a Fitz Fast Talk / Rapier deck, respectively.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 1998

WEEKLY POLL ADDED - 5:32am, PST
I've added a weekly poll to the news site.  Each week I'll choose a new topic for the poll, which could be anything from "Who's your favorite 'K' persona" to "Do you like TCG's latest proposed rules?"  The first poll is a browser poll so I can get a better idea of what my audience is, and hopefully give you a better site as a result.

SHAUNCON XVI - 2:25am, PST
Yes, I know it's been a slow news week, but there's no mailing list and IT'S ONLY HIGHLANDER!  Sheesh! :)  Anyhow, Shauncon starts today!  In addition to gobs of Highlander tournaments, we also can (reportedly) look forward to:

  • Missouri State Championship
  • Release of the Thundercon promotional card
  • Rules for the new Master format (and what do those darn Easter Eggs mean!)
  • SwordMaster Fantasy Roleplaying, TCG's new RPG system, debuts!

While I am unable to attend Shauncon due to financial reasons, I do have my agents working the floor and will hopefully be receiving updates throughout the weekend! :)

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 1998

FOUR HORSEMEN SPOILERS POSTED!!! - 6:46am, PST
With some help from Jonathon Halperyn (thanks, Jonathon!) and an extreme bout of insomnia, I've managed to pull together almost all the spoiler text for the Four Horsemen set!  Just think of all those things you can do to your Monkey...

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 1998

FIRST LA QUALIFIER HELD - 4:55pm, PST
The first qualifying round for the Los Angeles City Championship was held this afternoon. Congratulations to Stealth Dave (me!) and Josh Isely for being the first two players qualified for the championship tournament in February!

RULES TRIAL PERIOD ENDS TODAY - 4:50pm, PST
The proposed rules trial period for October 14 - November 14 ends today.  As of this posting, these rules have not been adopted by TCG; or at least they haven't announced it as such on their web site.  With the Mailing List down, it may be a little while before the next rules trial period.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 1998

STEVE CROW WEB SITE DOWN AND BACK AGAIN- 6:50pm, PST
Steve Crow's web site on GeoCities was down for a short time, and with it the Rulings FAQ and the Card of the Week archives.  It's back now.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 1998

NEWS PAGE
Yes, this page is the NEWS of the day!  Here I plan to bring you all the news that's news in the world of Highlander: The Collectible Card Game!  If you've got some news about the Highlander: CCG world, let me know!  What do I consider news?  Find out right here.

MAILING LISTS DOWN
Not exactly "news", but I've got to start somewhere! :)  For a two week period starting November 11, the Highlander Discussion List, Highlander Swaps List, and the Highlander Playtest list will all be down.  The reason?  Monotreme.com's sysops, Vincent J. Murphy and LauraJean Neafsey are getting married!  Congratulations!

JEFF BARNES TO HOST CHATS
Jeff Barnes will be hosting some chats in the TCG Chat Room (just like the subject says... amazing =).  Here are the times and topics as laid out by Jeff:

I volunteered to hold two *one-hour* chats on Monday nights at 8-9 ESTin the TCG chat room. If it runs over, cool. Listed subjects I have here:

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16
8:00 Arms and Tactics Strategies
8:30 Beating the Collections

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23
8:00 Highlander on a Budget
8:30 The Most Abusive Cards in the Game... And How to Abuse Them

With the Four Horsemen Pre-Release tournaments coming this weekend, you can expect some spoilers to be spilled at these chats!

FOUR HORSEMEN PRE-RELEASE PARTIES
That's right, boys and girls!  TCG's latest expansion is going to appear at preview tournaments across the country!  Check TCG's Pre-Release page or check with your Regional or City Coordinator for a pre-release tournament near you.

This is a new section that I am trying as an experiment.  With this new section, I hope to give players, judges, and enthusiasts of Highlander: The Collectible Card Game a one-stop shopping guide for the latest news regarding Highlander and Thunder Castle Games.  What constitutes news?  In general, anything official from TCG, new web sites devoted to Highlander: CCG, Championship tournaments, major conventions, etc.  What doesn't constitute news? Individual rulings by TCG, minor updates to web sites (although major updates do count), corner store tournaments, Cards For Sale pages, etc.  Ultimately, I decide what's news on this page. :)