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February 2023

All Hands to Battle Stations!
by Dan Hamman, Lead DesignerFebruary 8th
A trio of cards from Nemesis present some interesting deck building options.

July 2022

Beginner Decks
by Lucas Thompson, AmbassadorJuly 22nd
New or returning to the game? Check here for beginner decks for you and your friends.
Beginner Deck: Bajorans
by Lucas ThompsonJuly 22nd
This is the strategy article for the Bajoran beginner deck.
Beginner Deck: Ferengi
by Lucas ThompsonJuly 22nd
This is the strategy article for the Ferengi beginner deck.
Beginner Deck: Khan
by Lucas ThompsonJuly 22nd
This is the strategy article for the Khan beginner deck.
Beginner Deck: Androids
by Lucas ThompsonJuly 22nd
This is the strategy article for the Android beginner deck.
Duplicates and Infiltrators
by Maggie Geppert, Staff WriterJuly 18th
The Kirk 'droid isn't just for 'droid decks.

October 2021

Beginner Deck: Voyager
by Lucas Thompson, DesignerOctober 15th
This is the strategy article for the Voyager beginner deck.
Beginner Deck: Maquis
by Lucas Thompson, DesignerOctober 15th
This is the strategy article for the Maquis beginner deck.
Taking Care of Delta Klingons: A Decklist
by Benjamin Rostoker, Caretaker Set DesignerOctober 8th
Check out one take on a Delta Klingon deck post-Caretaker
Taking Care of Equinox: A Decklist
by Benjamin Rostoker, Caretaker Set DesignerOctober 8th
Check out one take on a Equinox deck post-Caretaker
Taking Care of Holograms: A Decklist
by Benjamin Rostoker, Caretaker Set DesignerOctober 8th
Check out one take on a Hologram deck post-Caretaker

May 2021

Some UPDATED thoughts on 1E Dilemma strategy
by Mr. SloanMay 27th
UPDATE! Forum user Mr. Sloan gives some ideas on First Edition dilemma strategy.
Challenge Deck: Next Generation Insurrection
by Lucas Thompson, DesignerMay 7th
Let's take a look at the Next Generation Insurrection Challenge Deck.
Challenge Deck: Dominion War Cardassia
by Lucas Thompson, DesignerMay 7th
Let's take a look at the Dominion War Cardassia Challenge Deck.

April 2021

Hall of Fame Challenge Decks
by Lucas Thompson, DesignerApril 23rd
Welcome to the Challenge Decks project!
Challenge Deck: Dominion War Earth
by Lucas Thompson, DesignerApril 23rd
Let's take a look at the Dominion War Earth Challenge Deck.

February 2021

No Recent Decks #3: Secret Mission
by Nathan Miracle, Staff WriterFebruary 6th
Engage cloak!

November 2020

Defending the Federation's Turf
by Maggie Geppert, Staff WriterNovember 11th
Bring the fight to you on AR-558.

October 2020

Make My Deck Better; Megaborg
by Maggie Geppert, Executive OfficerOctober 2nd
I suck at this game. Help me make my decks better.

September 2020

No Recent Decks #2: Quark's Treasure
by Nathan Miracle, Staff WriterSeptember 5th
Find a hidden treasure with Commander Quark!

August 2020

No Recent Decks #1: Parting Shot
by Nathan Miracle, Staff WriterAugust 6th
Take a look at some of the worst cards in the game, starting with Parting Shot!

July 2020

Make My Deck Better; Bassen Rift
by Maggie Geppert, Executive OfficerJuly 31st
I suck at this game. Help me make my decks better. Today's question is Bassen Rift.

February 2020

Beginner Deck: TOS
by Lucas Thompson, AmbassadorFebruary 21st
This is the strategy article for the Original Series beginner deck.
Beginner Deck: TNG
by Lucas Thompson, AmbassadorFebruary 21st
This is the strategy article for the Next Generation beginner deck.
Beginner Deck: DS9
by Lucas Thompson, AmbassadorFebruary 21st
This is the strategy article for the Deep Space Nine beginner deck.
Beginner Deck: Enterprise
by Lucas Thompson, AmbassadorFebruary 21st
This is the strategy article for the Starfleet beginner deck.
Beginner Deck: Borg
by Lucas Thompson, AmbassadorFebruary 21st
This is the strategy article for the Borg beginner deck.
Beginner Deck: Klingon
by Maggie Geppert, Executive OfficerFebruary 21st
This is the strategy article for the Klingon beginner deck.
Beginner Deck: Dominon
by Lucas Thompson, AmbassadorFebruary 21st
This is the strategy article for the Dominion beginner deck.
Beginner Deck: Cardassian
by Lucas Thompson, AmbassadorFebruary 21st
This is the strategy article for the Cardassian beginner deck.
Dilemma Pile Customization
by Lucas Thompson, AmbassadorFebruary 21st
This is the first Dilemma Pile Customization article in a series of three.
Dilemma Pile: Teching Against Your Opponent
by Lucas Thompson, AmbassadorFebruary 21st
This is the second Dilemma Pile Customization article in a series of three.
Dilemma Pile: Making It Work With Your Deck
by Lucas Thompson, AmbassadorFebruary 21st
This is the third Dilemma Pile Customization article in a series of three.

January 2020

Ferengi Vice
by Cameron Corbett, with Help from DadJanuary 20th
And the student shall surpass the Master...

September 2019

Intimidate, Threaten, Deter
by Fritz Meissner, AmbassadorSeptember 26th
Make your opponents avoid your menacing battle plans to their detriment with Strategic Tug-of-War.

July 2019

Future Pike Instructs People at K7
by James Monsebroten, Staff WriterJuly 3rd
An article outlining a General Order 7 deck that utilizes Sherman's Peak.

June 2019

I Know Why "The Cage" Plants Sing
by Matthew Zinno, Staff WriterJune 28th
Building a Federation deck around Preserver Obelisk

January 2019

Online Sealed Series #1: PaQ AttaQ (Part 2)
by Daniel Matteson, Director of CommunicationsJanuary 30th
Last week we introduced the Online Sealed Series and looked at an example cardpool. This week we'll mold it into a functional (?) deck.
Online Sealed Series #1: PaQ AttaQ (Part 1)
by Daniel Matteson, Director of CommunicationsJanuary 22nd
The 2019 Online Sealed Series begins January 28th! Let me introduce you to the first event, PaQ AttaQ.

October 2018

Now Recruiting for War Games
by Ross Fertel, Second Edition Brand ManagerOctober 8th
Looking for awesome people to work on a special project creating pairs of decks ready to go for epic matches against each other.

August 2018

Coming of Age: Evolution
by Paddy Tye, First Edition Creative ManagerAugust 25th
What are the next steps after using the Coming of Age starter decks?

June 2018

Excelsior Act 2 Preconstructed Decks
by Fritz Meissner, AmbassadorJune 21st
Continentals Excelsior side events are just around the corner! We give you four decks to take along if you don't know the format.

May 2018

The Greatest Hero of the Klingon Empire
by Nathan Miracle, Hall of Warriors TouristMay 23rd
A a tour of the Hall of Warriors and see our greatest warriors!
Catching Up With the Cardassians
by Nathan Miracle, Staff WriterMay 21st
The Cardassian Liberation Front scores a victory over the Dominion!
Rebel With a Cause
by Nathan Miracle, Nostalgic TrekkerMay 18th
Take a walk down memory lane with this new Far Beyond the Stars spoiler!
The Ends Justify the Means
by Michael Shea, Chief AmbassadorMay 17th
Cardassians get a new verb to help in mission completion in Far Beyond the Stars!
Beware Saber Bears on Kang's Summit
by Nathan Miracle, Totally Not a FounderMay 16th
Meet the man who led the Klingon Empire's forces against the Cardassians and the Federation!
The Changing Face of Evil
by Michael Shea, Chief AmbassadorMay 15th
Far Beyond the Stars gives war a chance with two new persona of a familiar villain turned antihero turned villain and his hijacked ship.

April 2018

Under Pressure
by Paddy Tye, First Edition Creative ManagerApril 18th
Pressure... pushing down on me, pressing down on you

March 2018

The Occupation of Bajor
by Michael Shea, Chief AmbassadorMarch 19th
One of the darkest events depicted in the Star Trek universe provides new incentive for a dual headquarters build.
Captive Pursuits
by Michael Shea, Ambassador and DesignerMarch 12th
Keevan: I only have one further question for you. Is there a doctor in your unit? Garak: Yes. Nog: Garak! Keevan: Don't be too hard on him, young man. He just saved your life. Take them to a secure area. Third, I have a mission for you. I want you to find the Starfleet unit. But do not engage them. Locate them, assess their strength, and then report back to me. Remata’Klan: I understand. Keevan: No, you don't. But that's all right. It's not important that you understand, only that you carry out my instructions precisely. Remata’Klan: Obedience brings victory. Keevan: Yes. Yes, it does. Go

January 2018

Yes, I Am Serious
by Dan Hamman, Offbeat DesignerJanuary 1st
And don't call me Shirley

December 2017

The Never Ending Sacrifice
by Michael Shea, AmbassadorDecember 9th
Cardassians are masters of sacrificing something now to get what they want later. This Second Edition deck highlights the merits of sacrifice.

November 2017

Nowhere to hide. A deck for the advanced players.
by Niall Matthew, the Cybernetic SexecutionerNovember 11th
A Borg deck for the advanced players.
Playing First Edition Borg
by Niall Matthew, Inserter of TubulesNovember 7th
Never played Borg before? This deck will guide you in the right path...

October 2017

There is a New Power Rising!
by Michael Shea, PrefectOctober 19th
"I've been waiting for this moment for five years."
Cry Havoc!
by Michael Shea, DesignerOctober 9th
“One day the Klingon Empire will fall before the Jem'Hadar. And when that day comes, and piles of Klingons lie dead at my feet, I will think of you standing here impotent and weak, and I will laugh.”

September 2017

Vulcan Spies
by James Monsebroten, Staff WriterSeptember 19th
A Vulcan deck using IDIC: Courage of the V'Shar
Vulcan Scheming of a White Christmas
by Charlie Plaine, Live Long and Prosper Lead DesignerSeptember 17th
Not sure what to do with the new Vulcan affiliation? Use this deck based on the Schemes of the High Command as a starting point!
We're the Syrranites. We Don't Lie.
by Matthew Zinno, Logical DesignerSeptember 15th
An in-depth look at the cards which make up the Syrranite sect.
All Vulcans Allowed
by Matthew Zinno, Staff WriterSeptember 12th
Step 1, play your Vulcans. Step 2, get your Vulcans to the spaceline. Step 3, Logic!

July 2017

Affiliation Survey for Excelsior v0.3
by Matt Kirk, Project Excelsior LeadJuly 3rd
What affiliations would you like to see added to the Excelsior pool? Let us know!

June 2017

Excelsior v0.2 Playtest - Starter Decks Now Available
by Matt Kirk, Project Excelsior LeadJune 30th
Need an idea of how to get started in Excelsior? Today we're bringing you four different decks to try for the public playtest in two weeks at North American Continentals.
All Vulcans All The Time
by James Monsebroten, Freelance WriterJune 24th
A Kolinahr deck article.
The Darkness Drops Again
by Matt Kirk, Second Edition Creative ManagerJune 1st
Romulan interference gets some vital tools to slow down an opponent.

May 2017

A Gaze Blank and Pitiless As the Sun
by Maggie Geppert, QueenMay 31st
Zero Hour features two cards to help make your Borg more massive and persistent than ever.
Mere Anarchy
by Matt Kirk, Second Edition Creative ManagerMay 30th
The Maquis are looking to expand their territory beyond the Demilitarized Zone.

April 2017

Return of the Augments
by Matthew Zinno, Staff WriterApril 7th
The Broken Bow Klingons honor the ones who came before.

March 2017

An Archer, By Any Other Name
by Prisoner Paddy, Broken Bow designer and In ContemptMarch 25th
Oh Boy! Look what trouble Jonathan Archer has leaped into now…

September 2016

The Trouble With Tribbles
by Nathan Miracle, DesignerSeptember 7th
The troublesome thing about tribbles, is tribbles are troublesome things!

March 2016

Fear Will Keep Them in Line
by Matthew Zinno, Staff WriterMarch 23rd
The brutality of the Mirror Universe, seen through James Kirk's eyes.
Mr. Tucker, Turn on the Nitrous
by James Cream, Staff WriterMarch 18th
Free playing personnel is always an interesting Enterprise.

November 2015

Spotlight On: Klingon Style...
by J, Writing Team ManagerNovember 19th
A new article series where we take a look at interesting, recent decks.
The Manchurian Deck
by Nathan Miracle, Assistant DesignerNovember 13th
"Assassins don't like varying their methods." -Odo, Improbable Cause
Facelift: Old Ship, New Tricks
by Fritz Meissner, Staff WriterNovember 12th
Fritz mixes metaphors and the flavour of last expansion into today's Face of the Enemy spoilers.
A Glorious Mission
by Ben Hosp, 2E Game DesignerNovember 10th
When I was a boy, initiating combat at a headquarters was just a beautiful dream, but now it's Science Fact!
The High Cost of Living
by Ross Fertel, High Cost Staff WriterNovember 9th
Face of the Enemy offers new ways to play with your expensive toys. Deanna's mom bring some stuff over to play with.
Gimme More Dumb
by Ross Fertel, Smart WriterNovember 3rd
Dumb Waiter opens up new possibilities for the most smartest of players.

September 2015

The Regent's Flagship
by Matthew Zinno, Staff WriterSeptember 18th
A deck article using one of the new Crossover engines for the KCA.
Both Sides of the Mirror
by James Cream, Staff WriterSeptember 11th
A Terran Empire deck using a few of the new toys from the newest First Edition expansion.

June 2015

Ready... Fight!
by Charlie Plaine, ChairmanJune 29th
Learn a little bit about the origin of the Tsunkatse cards and how they all finally came together.

April 2015

New Deep Space 9 Virtual Starter
by Torbjörn Lindquist, AmbassadorApril 10th
With the release of Strange Bedfellows comes a new virtual starter. My initial thought when looking through the card list was to make a Dominion starter with the new Dominion HQ. But I then realized that the new headquarter is not at all starter friendly, so I with Deep Space 9 instead, since they got so many new personnel.
The Die is Cast
by Mike OShogay, Staff WriterApril 2nd
The Gamma Quadrant has a lot of opportunities for a lowly scientist in the intelligence business.

January 2015

The Stars Are Made of Latinum
by Matthew Zinno, Staff WriterJanuary 29th
The Ferengi seek profit (what else?) in The Gamma Quadrant.
What if the Dominion Never Left the Gamma Quadrant?
by Matthew Zinno, Staff WriterJanuary 23rd
A look at a deck that stays in the Gamma Quadrant and just solves missions.
The Green Is Better When It's a Little Purple
by James Cream, Staff WriterJanuary 16th
A build around the Romulan/Cardassian Treaty and Enabran Tain's joint adventure.

December 2014

The Front Line
by James Cream, Staff WriterDecember 13th
The final article in our series celebrating the release of the 20th Anniversary Collection.
Paranoid Jeopardy
by Jonathan Engel, Guest WriterDecember 12th
Sometimes to get the right answers you have to ask the right questions.
General Korok
by Matthew Zinno, Staff WriterDecember 5th
General Korok joins the ranks of the freed Borg.
Leader of the Sect
by James Cream, Staff WriterDecember 3rd
What the Kazon need more than anything, is a reliable way to jump start their primary play engine. The XXth Anniversary Collection beams in something even better than Transporter technology.

November 2014

Suder's Rage
by Mike O'Shogay, Staff WriterNovember 30th
Today Mike O. analyzes Brad Daurif's contributions to the Voyager and Equinox deck types.
Commodore Decker
by Commodore Matt Decker, StarfleetNovember 29th
Attention, all hands! Commodore Decker, reporting for duty.
by Matthew Zinno, Staff WriterNovember 23rd
For the new Twentieth Anniversary set, we have an old Jem'Hadar who comes from the Dominion set ... or Call to Arms.
Lwaxana Troi
by Charlie Plaine, ChairmanNovember 21st
Daughter of the Fifth House, holder of the Sacred Chalice of Rixx, heir to the Holy Rings of Betazed and now sporting a Deep Space Nine property logo!
Split Second
by Charlie Plaine, ChairmanNovember 20th
"What do you call that shot?"
Declan Keogh... Didn't Even Know He Had a First Name
by Mike O'Shogay, Staff WriterNovember 18th
Today's Second Edition spoiler reveals a new commander/ship pair for the 10th Anniversary Collection. Let's see what deck Mike O. built for them.
They'll Assimilate the Enterprise, and then Earth
by Niall Matthew, Assimilated CounterpartNovember 17th
The Borg acquire a deadly new card to help in their quest to conquer the Federation.
by Niall Matthew, AmbassadorNovember 13th
Travel back in time to 1996 and experience the power of an underused side deck.

September 2014

Dominating The Alpha Quadrant
by Nicholas Yankovec, Dominion DorkSeptember 8th
How do some of the new cards impact on the Omarion Nebula?
I Must Not Fear - Fear is the Mind-Killer
by Tyler Fultz, Balance of Terror Assistant DesignerSeptember 5th
ES9 and Paranoia
The Effect of the Dominion War on Earth
by Mike O'Shogay, Staff WriterSeptember 4th
Today, Mike O. guides us through an Earth Space Nine build using the brand new Balance of Terror tech.

July 2014

Thunder Road: Racing in the Street
by Mike O'Shogay, Staff WriterJuly 22nd
Today Mike O. time travels back to the very first Second Edition meta, a time when there were only 415 cards from which to customize a deck. A simpler time and perhaps a better one.

June 2014

Cargo Runs Reshape the Quadrant
by Matthew Zinno, Staff WriterJune 14th
A Maquis-themed deck featuring our favorite Cargo Runner, Kasidy Yates!

May 2014

Thunder Road: Spirit in the Night
by Mike O'Shogay, Staff WriterMay 21st
Today, Mike O. is inspired to build a whole new deck from Return to Grace cards.

February 2014

Thunder Road: Glory Days
by Mike O'Shogay, Staff WriterFebruary 24th
Take a trip back to the good old days with Mike O. as he looks at what things were like right when Decipher concluded the game but before the Continuing Committee took over with Virtual cards.

December 2013

Thunder Road: The Promised Land
by Mike O'Shogay, Staff WriterDecember 12th
In today's deck design article, Mike O. decides to invest in the future of Ferenginar.
Alliance for Global Unity
by Matthew Zinno, Staff WriterDecember 5th
A Bajoran deck that uses the new card engines from Emissary.

November 2013

Beyond the Final Frontier
by Niall Matthew, Staff WriterNovember 30th
Journey to the Gamma Quadrant and discover the rewards to be had with this Federation/Bajoran article complete with a solver deck.
That's What Jadzia Ended Up Saying
by Michael Moskop, Creative ThinkerNovember 25th
What happens when creativity breeds more creativity?
Freedom is Slavery
by James Cream, Staff WriterNovember 22nd
Black is White, War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength.
Building Voyager (part 2 of 2)
by Matthew Zinno, Staff WriterNovember 13th
An in-depth look at the choices behind each card in the Talos-winning deck.
Building Voyager (part 1 of 2)
by Matthew Zinno, Staff WriterNovember 11th
A look inside the planning of the winning deck for last summer's Talos "affiliation draft".
The Worlds Experience.
by Niall Matthew, Staff WriterNovember 6th
The Sexecutioner describes his World championship debut, everything from deck design to behind the scenes...

August 2013

Thunder Road: Dancing in the Dark
by Mike O'Shogay, Staff WriterAugust 6th
In today's deck design article, Mike O. offers up a taste of forbidden fruit: a Dual HQ Deck.

July 2013

The Line Must Be Drawn Here!
by Matt Zinno, Guest WriterJuly 15th
Today, tactical expert Matt Zinno walks us through a few different methods for countering battle heavy strategies.
History of the Star Empire in the Mid to Late 2360's
by James Cream, Staff WriterJuly 10th
What makes Romulans able to compete at a major event like a Regional? Today we'll visit the Romulan homeworld to find out.

June 2013

Thunder Road: Born to Run
by Mike O'Shogay, Staff WriterJune 25th
Today we get to find out what Mike O. brought to the Iowa regional, and even more importantly; how to play it.

March 2013

Thunder Road: Growing Up
by Mike O'Shogay, Guest WriterMarch 26th
Today, in an all new episode of Thunder Road, Mike O takes us back to a big event with a big finish.

February 2013

Thunder Road: Blinded by the Light
by Mike O'Shogay, Freelance WriterFebruary 8th
shag08's Blog series Thunder Road moves to the front page with this article featuring the Romulan Dissident deck type.

February 2012

The Path of the Prophets
by James Cream, Staff WriterFebruary 1st
A look at one of the more powerful affiliations in First Edition: the Bajorans. The Prophets are truly with them.

January 2012

Cloaked Achievements
by Rogue Shindler, Achievement MasterJanuary 25th
As we lead up to one year anniversary of achievements, the achievements master reveals hints on how to claim those elusive hidden achievements, and new tools to help.

November 2011

Warp Speed Ahead
by Stephen Lee, Staff WriterNovember 14th
Everyone's in on the First Contact party. A Resistance is Futile spoiler with decklist!

September 2011

Virtual Starter Decks IV: Cardassian/Dominion
by Matt Zinno, Guest WriterSeptember 12th
Fourth (and, for now, last) in a series on Virtual Starter Decks.
My Road to Worlds - Part II - Deck Design
by Jeremy CommandeurSeptember 8th
How the Deck Works - First turn set up, scoring strategy, engines, dilemmas strategy and countering popular decks.
My Road to Worlds - Part I
by Jeremy CommandeurSeptember 7th
The purpose of this article is to chronical my journey to World Champion and to provide some insight and perspective on high level organized play, not to brag or show off. If you don't like it, feel free to complain anonymously on the internet. :-)
Virtual Starter Decks III: Starfleet
by Matt Zinno, Guest WriterSeptember 5th
Third in a series on Virtual Starter Decks.

August 2011

Virtual Starter Decks II: Ferengi
by Matt Zinno, Guest WriterAugust 29th
Second in a series on Virtual Starter Decks
Virtual Starter Decks I: Federation and Romulan
by Matt Zinno, Guest WriterAugust 22nd
With so many Virtual cards being released by the Continuing Committee (including the new Homefront II expansion), it's possible to build all-virtual decks....

July 2011

She's Back!
by Johannes Klarhauser, AmbassadorJuly 22nd
Sela has returned from her holiday trip to Cardassia...

June 2011

Warp Speed! A guide to Voyager sealed deck play: for beginners, by a beginner.
by Danny Nuttall, Guest WriterJune 13th
Since December I've taken an awful lot from the community. It's time, therefore, to give something back. A lot of the content of TrekCC and its forum discussions are at quite an advanced level. These articles will hopefully stand apart from others as they are written by a beginner, for beginners.

March 2011

The Alpha and The Omega
by Stephen Lee, Staff WriterMarch 31st
or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Particle 010. A Shades of Gray spoiler with decklist!
Contender or a Pretender? World Championship Deck-Building Strategies
by Nathan W, Staff WriterMarch 29th
With regional season quickly approaching, it's time to time to come up with that championship-caliber deck. But how do you know if it's a contender or a pretender? Look here for answers from the game's top players on deck-building practices.

February 2011

Ready to Die
by James Cream, Staff WriterFebruary 9th
What do you need to become a Star Trek CCG: First Edition player? Two copies of the Enterprise Collection and a printer should be enough to build this competitive Starfleet deck.

December 2010

Red Shirt This!
by James Cream, Staff WriterDecember 10th
Reg and the B Team take the lead on a dangerous away mission in an all new episode airing this week.

September 2010

Notes on the Multiplayer Team Tournament - Part 2
by Thomas Schneider, European OP CoordinatorSeptember 24th
Take a look at the endless possibilities the Multiplayer Team Tournament has to offer. Part 2: The "friendly" way.
Notes on the Multiplayer Team Tournament - Part 1
by Christian ZipperSeptember 22nd
Take a look at the endless possibilities the Multiplayer Team Tournament has to offer. Part 1: The "unfriendly" way.
Stop Kirk Contact
by Stuart MarshSeptember 21st
First Edition deck list with strategy piece. With a name like "Stop Kirk Contact," how can you not check it out?
"Death... is Only the Beginning..."
by Kris Sonsteby, Staff WriterSeptember 6th
Assimilation, a fate worse than capture or death, has long been a strategy shrouded in mystery and speculation; it is often feared, but very seldom faced. Now that Peak Performance has arrived, that all could change.

August 2010

Never Pay Retail
by James Cream, Staff WriterAugust 26th
The intent of this article is to introduce the Ferengi affiliation to players who might not have tried them yet, especially newer players. The low price for these cards makes the Ferengi a great place to start in the game.

April 2010

A Holo(deck)
by Peter H. Møller, HoloaddictApril 27th
"I awaken into this world fully programmed, yet completely innocent, unaware of the hardships I will endure or the great potential I will one day fulfill."

March 2010

Burn the Turn
by Nathan W, Staff WriterMarch 18th
Give Tragic Turn a Sun Tzu-inspired Judo Chop
Cardassia Takes Command
by Kenny NguyenMarch 16th
The Central Command has inspired a resurgence in the popularity of Cardassian decks. Read all about one such deck.
Outside the Cube
by Kevin Jaeger, Creative ConsultantMarch 4th
Whenever you feel like you are getting bored playing the "same old, same old" or you just don't want to play Tier 1, I suggest giving yourself a mandate to do something atypical. Think outside the cube.

February 2010

Five Fever, Front Line Winner
by Nathan W, Staff WriterFebruary 26th
"They're greedy, misogynistic, untrustworthy, little trolls, and I wouldn't turn my back on one of them for a second."
"Neither would I. But once you accept that, you'll find they can be a lot of fun."

December 2009

Forging The Empire: A Starfleet Battle Deck
by Charlie Plaine, ChairmanDecember 28th
Imagine a fleet of NX class starships imposing the will of humanity across the galaxy...
Rule of Acquisition #52
by Kevin Jaeger, Creative ConsultantDecember 21st
The past Ferengi that appeared in the Enterprise episode "Acquisition" were definitely followers of the 52nd Rule of Acquisition - "Never ask when you can take." By working together, they can take "the direct approach.
Allegiance: A New Archer
by Johannes Klarhauser, Staff WriterDecember 18th
An Alien/Human/Ikaaran personnel completes the Starfleet team in Allegiance. Is she worth playing?
Allegiance: Kirk and His Enterprise
by James Hoskin, Staff WriterDecember 11th
Completing the week of text spoilers from the 1979 film Star Trek: The Motion Picture, here is a picture (without the actual pictures) of the Admiral and his ship. Then, an idea for a deck to make use of the whole Motion Picture team from Allegiance.
Jolan Tru Article Series: Strategema's Bane
by Austin Chandler, Staff WriterDecember 8th
This is the beginning of a regular article series about card extras, strategy, and deck design. In this article, we discuss dealing with an opponent's Strategema card.
"If I Were Federation Commander..." Part II
by Kevin Jaeger, Creative ConsultantDecember 1st
In Part I of this article, you were teased with hints of a new O'Brien, you got to see a great new Quark, you found out that there -- sadly -- isn't a new Jadzia, and together, we got the first part of the deck built before coming "Under Siege." In Part II, we will finish the deck, see the rest of Team DS9, and throw down a Gauntlet.

November 2009

"If I Were Federation Commander..." Part I
by Kevin Jaeger, Creative ConsultantNovember 30th
If you are someone who desperately wishes the Deep Space 9 faction had more competitive deck designs, then you need to read this two-part 'article with decklist' piece. If you just want more information on "Allegiance", you should read this article. If you are looking to save money on car insurance, get lost. Brad's opinion notwithstanding, this is a great article. :)
Allegiance: Anything to Get Home
by Charlie Plaine, ChairmanNovember 27th
Check out the rest of the Equinox crew, and see how they work in action.

August 2009

Naomi's Fabulous Temporal Voyager Deck
by James Hoskin, Staff WriterAugust 10th
Take the new Naomi Wildman. Mix in a pile of Temporal events. The result? You've got yourself a fresh new Voyager deck. Fabulous!
Federation Point Shenanigans
by James Hoskin, Staff WriterAugust 5th
With six new cards released today, let's see if we can use Jenna D'Sora, Nella Daren and Rayna Kapec together in a deck.
Neela and the Battling Assassins
by James Hoskin, Staff WriterAugust 4th
This Side of Paradise introduces a second Bajoran assassin. Now you, too, can build a Bajoran assassin deck.

July 2009

Alynna Nechayev (Adamant Admiral)
by Johannes Klarhauser, Staff WriterJuly 31st
If she wants it done right, she'll have to do it herself.
Top 5 and the Not Quite Top 5 Decks
by Kevin Jaeger, Players' RepresentativeJuly 14th
With only a month left to go, reigning World Champion Kevin Jaeger discusses the Top 5 decks that could make YOU the next world champion...and the Top 5 decks that while good, probably will NOT make you the next world champion.

May 2009

Minnesota Regional Report
by Kevin Jaeger, Players' RepresentativeMay 1st
Kevin Jaeger gives you a blow-by-blow account of his weekend at the Minnesota Regional. You've already been hearing about it; here are the gory details.

April 2009

Favor the Caretaker's Array
by James "RedDwarf" Hoskin, Staff WriterApril 17th
Most decks aim to complete three missions to win a game. This Voyager deck is designed to complete Caretaker's Array four times, but that still is not enough to win the game. Good times...

February 2009

by Charlie Plaine, ChairmanFebruary 27th
Explore the Delta Quadrant with the Klingon Empire, in this deck inspired by Raise the Stakes.
Embracing all Spacelines: Guide to Multi-quadrant Deck Design, Part One
by Austin Chandler, Staff WriterFebruary 22nd
Dominion in the Delta Quadrant? Vidiian in the Gamma? Hirogen in the Mirror Universe? If you think this is a bizarre concept, you are absolutely right. However, it can be fun to do and we’ll learn how in this series on multi-quadrant deck designs. Each article in this series will focus on building a deck around this idea and putting it through its paces against popular deck constructs.
The Romulan Art of War
by Michael van Breemen, Freelance WriterFebruary 9th
The clever combatant imposes his will on the enemy, but does not allow the enemy's will to be imposed on him. - Sun Tzu

January 2009

Deck Building 101 - The Basics, Part 1
by Stephen Lee, Staff WriterJanuary 26th
Start the new year with Deck Building 101 and a deck design!
A Different Kind of Hirogen Deck
by Jeremy Commandeur, First Edition DirectorJanuary 13th
Hirogen going back in time to hug a tree and save the whales. Hirogen taking over Empok Nor and Processing Ore. Hirogen solving Earth. Hirogen hanging out with Lore, Dixon Hill, Morn and the Orion Syndicate. Hirogen cashing in some latinum. Hirogen with no Delta Quadrant missions. Do I have your attention? Good. Let's look at a different kind of Hirogen deck.

December 2008

Tough Little Ship
by Stephen Lee, Staff WriterDecember 22nd
No, the Riker boys aren't gushing about the U.S.S. Defiant again. Identity Crisis spoiler and deck design!
The First Couple of Identity Crisis
by Jeremy Commandeur, First Edition DirectorDecember 12th
This week's Identity Crisis cards are Leeta and Rom. What makes them special in my mind is that I include Rom and Leeta in almost all of my Bajoran decks and almost every Ferengi deck I build. Few dual-affiliation personnel have such strong utility for both of their affiliations.

November 2008

Garak to the Rescue
by Stephen Lee, Staff WriterNovember 23rd
"...never underestimate my gift for survival." -- Call to Arms. This article contains an Identity Crisis spoiler and a deck design!

October 2008

Federation Surprise - Essen '08
by James "RedDwarf" Hoskin, Staff WriterOctober 8th
Mr G. Costanza of New York City found success when he did the opposite of what his instincts told him. You could win a Getting Under Your Skin foil if you try his technique.
Patrol Bonus Zone - Essen 08
by Kevin Jaeger, Staff WriterOctober 1st
Plan on attending Essen? Need an idea for a deck that could win you a Getting Under Your Skin foil? Have I got a neat deck idea for you!

September 2008

A Bolian and a Borg Walk Into a Bar
by Michael van Breemen, Freelance WriterSeptember 25th
Have only four different people in a deck, encounter zero dilemmas and complete three missions in one turn. Intrigued? Read on.

August 2008

Reyga, Part 2: Revolutions
by Kevin Jaeger, Staff WriterAugust 5th
I know Kung Fu.

June 2008

Temporal Incursions are Forever
by Kevin Jaeger, Staff WriterJune 23rd

April 2008

In For a Trim
by Johannes Klarhauser, Staff WriterApril 8th
Have you ever wondered where Sisko got his hair cut between Deep Space Nine seasons three and four? Johannes Klarhauser has a theory...

March 2008

Maquis: The Kings of Disruption
by James "RedDwarf" Hoskin, Staff WriterMarch 27th
The Code of Conduct prescribes a Level 2 (Turn Loss) penalty for any "...behaviour that is disruptive to a player...", so shouldn't this apply to anybody playing a Maquis deck?
From Bajor with Love
by Kevin Jaeger, Staff WriterMarch 24th

February 2008

Rogue Borg Ambush
by James "RedDwarf" Hoskin, Staff WriterFebruary 29th
You're happily going about your own business when all of a sudden some Rogue Borg drop out of nowhere and win the game. Talk about an ambush!
The Long Journey...Away?
by Kevin Jaeger, Staff WriterFebruary 11th
All it takes is one new card to take a strategy from "nearly impossible to pull off" to "user friendly." Kevin Jaeger follows in Johannes Klarhauser's footsteps and talks about another uncommon that opens the door to...

January 2008

Genesis of a Deck
by James "RedDwarf" Hoskin, Staff WriterJanuary 29th
So, you're looking at the new expansion and a couple of cards catch your attention. Just how do you go about turning that evil glint in your eye into a full-on deck? In this article, you'll get to see the thought processes that go into the genesis of a deck.
Watch the Wheel, Not the Girl!
by Johannes Klarhauser, Staff WriterJanuary 16th
An inconspicuous uncommon from What You Leave Behind allows us to have a Ferengi family reunion aboard Deep Space Nine. Time for Johannes Klarhauser to revisit one of his favourite cards.
...It's What You Commandeer
by Kevin Jaeger, Staff WriterJanuary 3rd
What You Leave Behind contains a dozen new missions. Kevin Jaeger takes a look at his new favorite mission and argues that maybe it's not what you leave behind?