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April 2024 First Edition Game Changes Update

by Paddy Tye, Department of First Edition

2nd April 2024

Happy April everyone - hope you avoided any April Fools jokes yesterday!

Today is the first Tuesday of the month (where the first Monday was a holiday), which is the regularly scheduled day for card pool changes: bans, unbans, errata, and watchlist amendments! As James mentioned last month, we're rotating who on the 1E Executive Committee will make these monthly announcements.

A large proportion of today's errata all revolve around one word: Starfleet. Starfleet had been used in the lore of Federation cards since Premiere, but once the 22nd Century Starfleet affiliation was added to the game, it did add an element of potential confusion. For example, can Federation affiliation Calloway use a Starfleet Phaser Pistol? As it happens, no, and until now there was a specific rule (Rule 13.1.3.0.1: Starfleet on Federation cards) to cover this possibility. Six of today's errata remove that potential issue by using the Starfleet affiliation icon in place of the word "Starfleet" on several key cards: Starfleet Phaser Pistol (and VP), Espionage: Starfleet on Vulcan, Espionage: Vulcan on Starfleet, Treaty: Starfleet/Vulcan, and Phase Cannons

The remainder of today's errata are fixes from the Balance team. These see the return of Make a Difference Again, an update to Wrong Door for consistency with last month's Shielded icon changes, and an update to Arandis to be consistent with the Horga'hn errata from May 2023.

Six further cards have also been added to the Watchlist: The Genesis Device, Preserver Obelisk, Assign Mission Specialists, Distant Control, Obsession, and Dr. Tolian Soran - with a large focus on the ease of acquiring bonus points. While the Balance team examine these in more detail, keep an eye out for future monthly updates to see if any changes have been made!

Thanks to all the volunteers who helped create these changes: the Art Department, the Balance team, the Creative team, the Playtesting department and the Rules team! All your efforts are much appreciated!

Today's changes in detail:

Errata

Starfleet Phaser Pistol (and VP)
Changing to use the affiliation icon.

[SF] use only. Each of your personnel present is STRENGTH +2 (+3 if that personnel has SECURITY). (Cumulative.)

Espionage: Starfleet on Vulcan
Changing to use the affiliation icon.

Plays on your [VUL] mission. Your [SF] personnel may attempt this mission. Discard after mission completed.

Espionage: Vulcan on Starfleet
Changing to use the affiliation icon.

Plays on your [STA] mission. Your [Vul] personnel may attempt this mission. Discard after mission completed.

Treaty: Starfleet/Vulcan
Changing to use the affiliation icon.

Seeds or plays on table. Your [SF] and [Vul] cards are compatible.

Make A Difference Again
Removing the Workhorses of the Fleet download.

Plays on table. Once each turn, when you play James T. Kirk or a [CF][TNG] personnel, you may draw a card. You may ignore [AU] when playing [CF][TNG] cards, and once each turn, one such personnel may report for free. You may not draw cards after you begin executing orders (except your normal card draw).

Wrong Door
Updating to reflect the [Shield] icon change to Revolving Door.

If opponent just used Iconian Gateway, redirect the exit to another planet. OR Nullifies one Q's Tent played from hand. OR Move Revolving Door to a different non- [Shield] [Doorway].

Arandis
Updating her Horga'hn related special skill. Lore was also updated to clarify species and gender.

Opponent's Horga'hn affects all players.

Phase Cannons
Changing to use the affiliation icon.

ATTACK bonus +2 if you have a [SF] ship firing.

Modern Ban List

Make A Difference Again
Following this month's errata, this is now removed from the Modern Ban List.

Watchlist

The Genesis Device
Added to Watchlist - concerns around ease of scoring extra points.

Preserver Obelisk
Added to Watchlist - concerns around ease of scoring bonus points.

Assign Mission Specialists
Added to Watchlist - concerns around ease of scoring bonus points.

Distant Control
Added to Watchlist - concerns around power level.

Obsession
Added to Watchlist - concerns around ease of scoring bonus points.

Dr. Tolian Soran
Added to Watchlist - concerns around ease of scoring bonus points.

Coming Soon

Work continues behind the scenes on more errata and other changes to cards (including Empok Nor and Cybernetics Expertise), as well as the next First Edition expansion Lifesigns (focusing on Vidiians).

Next game change is scheduled for Tuesday 7th May, 2024 (owing to holidays on Monday 6th May).


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