SUNDAY, JAN. 23,
|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
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,
|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 As of March 23, that list is no longer maintained.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 email@example.com. Check Onelist for details on how to join.
SUNDAY, JULY 25,
|END GAME RULES PROPOSAL - 5:43pm,
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:
GAME (Proposed 7/20/99)
The time for each round of tournament play should be 20 minutes before End Game is
Option: You may choose to use a d6 to add some additional minutes to prevent timing by
(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.
Thunder Castle Games
SUNDAY, JULY 25,
|NEW NEXUS SITE OPEN - 5:33pm,
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.
(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
- 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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,
|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
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.
Sales and Marketing
SUNDAY, JULY 25,
|TCG WEB SITE BACK ONLINE - 5:17pm,
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:
SUNDAY, JULY 25,
|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,
|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,
|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!
|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).
|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.
|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
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.
|NEW LOCATION AND NEW FEATURES - 5:54am,
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!
DECEMBER 20, 1998
|SLOW NEWS MONTH AND HOLIDAY SHUT-DOWN - 9:15pm,
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.
|ARMS AND TACTICS FAQ v1.1 ON SD WEB SITE - 10:28pm,
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
|FOUR HORSEMEN FAQ v1.0 RELEASED - 6:34pm,
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.
|TCG CHATROOM BACK ONLINE - 2:09am,
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.
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.
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
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.
|TCG CHATROOM DOWN; BARNES CHAT UNAVAILABLE - 5:43pm,
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.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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!
|SECOND LA CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIER COMPLETED - 11:53pm,
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.
|WEEKLY POLL ADDED - 5:32am,
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!
|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...
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
RULES TRIAL PERIOD ENDS TODAY - 4:50pm,
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.
|STEVE CROW WEB SITE DOWN AND BACK AGAIN- 6:50pm,
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.
NOVEMBER 12, 1998
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.
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!
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.