Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Charles Logan, Needs Help

I wanted my first spoiler for 24 TCG First Edition to be unique and a little off the wall. Charles Logan sure is unique and very much off the wall. Logan was introduced in Day Zero as the iconic character in one of the three Insurgent decks. If you watch the incredible season 5 of 24 you know that Logan is not exactly helping the good guys despite being the Chief of State. However in season 4 (and again later on) Charles Loganw while a little incompetent, isn't only in it for personal gain. He is trying to help stop Habib Marwan, he just isn't very good at it.

This version of Logan represents the season 4 persona. Logan is the President but he does need help. You can sacrifice him to search your deck for a President or Vice President. Right now Logan can help you search for David Palmer, Wayne Palmer, or James Prescott. Eventually that list will grow to include the likes of Noah Daniels, Hal Gardner, or even another version of Charles Logan, not to mention some of the foreign Presidents that show up on 24.

I picked Logan to spoil for two reasons. First is the alternate uniform. Season 5 of 24 is the favorite in the office so most versions of Charles Logan will be Insurgents. However we do love the alternate uniform leeway we're allowed with 24 TCG. With so many characters changing allegiances there will be many characters switching back and forth between CTU and Insurgents, not all the time but enough to keep it interesting. We started it with Mike Novick and a few more get different versions in First Edition. In fact one of them was spoiled at Gen Con.

The other reason I wanted to spoil Charles Logan was his keywords. Some of the keywords in 24 TCG are very easy to understand what they mean and represent, others not so much. Some of the more common questions at Wizard World Chicago and Gen Con Indy were "what does Almeida mean" or "Why doesn't Alexis have the Drazen keyword". I will go over all of the more subtle 24 TCG keywords on my first Designer Blog on Friday. Until then, feel free to speculate what Gifted means, which is actually pretty easy. The hard part is figuring out where it comes from.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Chad's Storming Terrorists

This is the deck Chad Storm used to win the first 24 TCG Championship. He defeated David 2 games to 1 at about 3:45 in the morning after playing 24 TCG since 11am the day before, what dedication.

Wave of Terror

Habib Marwan, Master Terrorist x2
Sherry Palmer, Out for Number One x1
Nasir Trabelsi, Aggressive Terrorist x2
Dmitri Gredenko, Ultranationalist x2
Hasan Numair, Bomb Specialist x1
Victor Drazen, Mad With Vengeance x2
Masher Abu-Marzuq, Handler x2

Head Shot x2
Dedicated to the Cause x2
Fearless x2

Ak-47 x2
9mm Parabellum x2
Kevlar Vest x2

David's Infiltrating Terrorist Deck

Or are they terrorizing Infiltrators. This is David Gerspach's Gen Con Championship 24 TCG Runner-Up Deck. David mixed Infiltrators and Terrorists along with some of the pumps and high war number cards available in his deck.

Wave of Terror

Habib Marwan, Master Terrorist x1
Nasir Trabelsi, Aggressive Terrorist x1
Mandy, Sexy Assassin x1
Assassin, Shadowy Killer x1
Nina Myers, Professional x1
Kevin Carroll, Alan York x1
Alexis Drazen, Hard to Kill x1
Ahmed Amar, Young and Dedicated x1
Dmitri Gredenko, Ultranationalist x1
Ira Gaines, Mercenary x1
Hasan Numair, Bomb Specialist x1
Victor Drazen, Mad With Vengeance x1

Getting Personal x2
Well Trained x2
Backstabbing x1
Fearless x2

Arm The Nuke x2
Infiltrate CTU x2

M-4 Carbine x1

Monday, August 20, 2007

Gen Con Preview Championship

In the early hours of Sunday morning we crowned our first champion for 24 TCG, the Gen Con Preview Champion. Since the game isn't completely out yet, it is only the Preview Day Zero Tactical Packs it was only the Preview Championship. We'll crown our first World Champion at Gen Con Indy in 2008.

Since I've had this job I've now crowned three Champions at Gen Con Indy and they've all been the same person, Chad Storm. Chad Storm won the first FMA TCG World Championship in 2006, he successfully defended his title on Friday evening to become the 2007 FMA TCG World Champion, and on Sunday morning he was the first 24 TCG Champion.

Chad was able to outlast over 40 players in the swiss event and make the top 4 at the number four seed. Chad defeated Sean Gaboury and then played David Gerspach who had just played Erik Markanian (I will double check the name spelling when I get to the office on Tuesday so I apologize if they're wrong). Chad and David went the full three games, David taking Game 2, Chad winning Game 1 and the deciding Game 3. Erik was playing a mixed Insurgent deck, not really set up to one specialty. Sean was playing a mixed Analyst/Agent deck, Analysts for support and Agents to score points. David was playing a mostly Infiltrator deck with a few strong Insurgents splashed in like Victor Drazen and Habib Marwan.

Chad was playing a straight Terrorist deck with only Sherry Palmer splashed in. I will update both David's and Chad's deck when I get a chance.

Gen Con was great, hope to see you next year.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Gen Con Championship

Over 30 players signed up for the 24 TCG Gen Con Championship constructed event. It started at 8:00pm and is now set up with the Final Four. There are three Insurgent decks and one CTU deck in the Final Four. I will try and keep you updated but this is my third 16 hour day in a row, I'm a little out of it :)

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Gen Con Update

Or lack of updates. The wireless network in the Budweiser Lounge this year aren't very good, I can't update as much as I would like to.

I will update as much as I can over the next few days but I am spending 16 hours a day between the tournament hall and the exhibit hall.

Keep checking, pictures and stuff are going to come, I promise.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Wizard World Chicago, Day Three

We finished up our first show for 24 TCG with a bang today. I don't have a full update because frankly breakdown tore me up. I will update tomorrow after the long drive from Chicago to Indianapolis and when we get settled. I have some more pictures and of course funny stories to tell. Of course my stories aren't actually that funny but I'll keep writing them anyway.

We had two sealed tournaments today, one with 6 players and another with 12 players. One was won by a Jack Bauer Agent deck and another by the David Palmer Statesman deck.

On the deck design forums I put up my Gunslinging decks which finished Wizard World Chicago a nice 8-0.

Hope to see everyone at Gen Con Indy.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Wizard World Chicago, Day Two

I do apologize for the lack of an update. I left my camera at the booth because I had to run to dinner with the InQuest and Wizard people and we literally just got back. It was a great crab place somewhere in Chicago but talking shop for 4 hours after the show can be a little tiring. I will give what rundowns I can remember from the 55,000 person Saturday that is Wizard World Chicago.

We had two sealed deck tournaments, one with 8 people and one with 6. One was won by a Jack Bauer deck and one was won by a David Palmer deck.

The constructed tournament had 20 people and a really nice guy from Iowa won the iPod Nano. I really do apologize but I can't remember his name or what deck he was playing.

I played my first three Gunslinging games and won them all. Two of them were pretty big wins for me but one guy took me to the limit. His Terrorists were giving my Infiltrators fits. He was up 12-0 and 19-4 but I was able to come back and win 24-16.

I will have a better update tomorrow.

Friday, August 10, 2007

24 TCG Tournaments

The first two sealed deck tournaments happened today and a great time was had by all. We had 12 players for the first event and six for the second event. Both are great totals for a game that doesn't actually release until Wednesday and held at a comic book show.

First Tournament
1 - Jack Bauer - Agent Deck
2 - Nina Myers - Infiltrator Deck

Second Tournament
1 - Nina Myers - Infiltrator Deck
2 - Charles Logan - Conspirator Deck

The Nina Myers decks were both played by the same player, a long time supporter of TCGs I've worked on, Doug. We have three tournaments tomorrow so we'll see how things continue.

Wizard World Chicago, Day One Pictures

Here are some more pictures from Wizard World Chicago.

24 TCG finally on sale!

And boy is it moving.


And more demos.

Wizard World Chicago, Day One

Just a quick update. The first pack of 24 TCG ever sold!

Every second does count.

The first ever 24 TCG tournament.

With 12 players!

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Wizard World Chicago, Day Zero

I don't really have anything to update for Wizard World Day Zero other than Preview Night was rather bland. Most people for Preview Night are looking for a specific thing and we didn't have any hard to get exclusives so we just gave demos.

The pictures is to show you how hard our volunteers work for us. Chaz at San Diego Comic-Con busted his butt so much that he was sleeping at the booth before it opened. Chaz loved it so much he decided to come back for some more at Wizard World Chicago. I should have more pictures tomorrow.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

On the road, Day One

Not since Harold and Kumar (who turns out was a terrorist and gets his own 24 TCG card) went to White Castle has there been an adventure to the level of Jdub and TMac's Midwest Adventure. We left today and will be here in the Midwest for the next 12 days. Three different hotels, two states, tons of miles and thousands of happy convention goers. It should be a great time!

Today was pretty simple, flying to Chicago (via Washington, DC, wtf) and getting the booth set up. Of course the flight was late from DC to Chicago and almost none of our stuff was at the booth so today was pretty wasted. Welcome to life on the road and working on conventions. Stuff like this happens all the time. Tomorrow should hopefully be better, well it better be since the show opens at 4pm.

But at least today wasn't a total loss. What kind of job can you get where you get to see the Washington Monument, Capitol Building, and the Sears Tower in the same day.

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Last Spoiler Day

This will be the last Spoiler Day before the release of the Day Zero Tactical Packs next Wednesday. Day Zero is our preview set don't worry, spoilers for First Edition, our big release will start soon. I know, I get sad as well at the end of spoiler season but it also means you get physical product in your hands. Man I love cracking packs.

Now onto the spoiler itself. There isn't much to say really. The M-4 Carbine is a staple in both the 24 show and real world special forces use so it should be for the 24 TCG as well. This card is a beast, adding Lethal to anyone who you feel needs it. Those of you who have done some work with the demo decks know how strong Lethal can be and now anyone can be Lethal.

We're leaving for Wizard World Chicago ( cards) tomorrow and then Gen Con Indy after that so make sure to check this blog for all of the cool updates of demos, tournaments, prizes, and of course celebrity sightings ( mmm...Tricia Helfer). If you can make it either show I'm sure you'll have a blast.

I will try to post my Gunslinging decks before Gen Con to give you guys a heads up and give you a better chance to hopefully win a few copies of the elusive Gunslinging promo card. Now I must get back to work and prepare for a nice first class flight tomorrow, flying first class is the only way to travel. Well before I leave here is another spoiler for all of your FMA TCG or LOTR TCG fans.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

The penultimate Spoiler Day!

For the second to last Spoiler Day I decided I should show off one of my favorite cards. This guy is actually in First Edition but he is one of the rare winner promos and will be given out starting next weekend at Wizard World Chicago. I know the street date for 24 TCG Tactical Packs is August 15 but we'll have limited quantities at Wizard World Chicago starting August 9.

Back to this brutal, game changer. Well there isn't much to say about him, he just kills characters. He won't score you many points but combined with Nina Myers, Mandy, and Shot In The Back you can start knocking off your opponents characters.

I'm still trying to upload some more pictures of San Diego Comic-Con but I'm having a hard time coming up with PG or even PG-13 rated pictures. I guess the naughty nurse and the 50 Resident Evil models in skimpy red dresses impaired my picture taking abilities. Actually I keep leaving my camera at home, I should remember it before too long.

The one thing I am sorry about is missing the camera at key celebrity times. I was giving a demo when Jessica Alba, yes the Jessica Alba (I'll be in my bunk) came by the booth. Other great celebrity sightings by Press Pass at SDCC '07 included Ali Larter, Masi Oka, Steve Carrell, Summer Glau, the entire case of Kyle XY, the entire cast the new Terminator TV show, the entire cast of Bionic Woman, Jamie Bamber, Louis Lombardi, Andre 3000, I'm sure there are others, man I love Comic-Con!

While Jason isn't looking I'll sneak another spoiler. This is actually the first card I wrote for 24 TCG, the Analysts were the deck I wrote first. I knew I wanted them to be able to score points outside of missions and use equipment so why not take advantage of both.