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I Must Not Fear - Fear is the Mind-Killer

by Tyler Fultz, Balance of Terror Assistant Designer

5th September 2014


One of the primary focuses of Balance of Terror is on the oft-maligned Deep Space Nine Earth HQ, or "ES9." Prior to the release of Jaresh Inyo in Extreme Measures, there were few reasons to choose it over DS9 proper or TNG Earth. The BoT designers (including myself) very much wanted to change this and make ES9 not only a formidable meta presence, but also give the HQ a thematic flavor that would differentiate it from the other Federation HQs. Charlie (our lead designer) will likely have more to say on this subject, but after a long debate, the team settled on using the Earth icon to represent some of the darker themes involving the Federation. The two-parter from Deep Space Nine, Homefront and Paradise Lost, was the obvious thematic setting with Leyton and his cronies plotting to usurp power from the elected government.

The centerpiece of the new theme for ES9 is Paranoia, a new unloaded keyword that can give you a powerful benefit on the cheap - but at a cost. Much as the citizens of the Federation had to balance their need for security with their freedoms, and so will you!

Below are some fun combos with the new cards and a deck that might help you express that nagging feeling that someone is watching you...

Lance Cartwright + Any Paranoia = Drop him to avoid a Paranoia penalty and then pump his stats with Sisko and Garak

A Treacherous Admiral + Power Loss + Luther Sloan = Unstop your DS9 personnel and then end the fake emergency with Sloan for more mission attempts.

A Treacherous Admiral + Power Loss + Promenade School or Martial Law = Stopped people earlier in the turn? Use them again!

Hollow Hospitality + 40-pt Missions = Feds have access to some excellent 40-pt strength missions. Layer Paranoia with Sisko and the Enterprise-J for some serious attribute bonuses.

Paranoia Events + 40-pt Missions = The combination of these two makes ES9 fertile ground for an Unfair Comparison dilemma pile, one of the more effective in the game.

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1U162•Earth, Home of Starfleet Command
1U194•Cardassia IV, Rescue Prisoners
9R6•Deliver Ancient Artifact
3U109•The Siege of AR-558
30V32•Starbase 718, Investigate Cryosatellite

Draw Deck (77)
4R401x At What Cost?
2R372x Confessions in the Pale Moonlight
4R491x Endangered
0VP603x •Energize
22V132x •Holding Cell
31V152x •Hollow Hospitality
0VP301x •Indebtedness
22V141x •Klingon Tea Ceremony
31V173x •Martial Law
4C633x Mutual Advantage
4C663x •Party Atmosphere
31V192x •Power Loss
23V193x Promenade School
5P121x Security Drills
14U391x •Standard Orbit
0VP871x •Surprise Party
13C373x These Are The Voyages
14R431x •U.S.S. Enterprise-J
2C692x Unexpected Difficulties
17V401x Bridge Officer's Test
1R1272x Escape
31V352x •Benjamin Sisko, Acting Head of Starfleet Security
25V371x Boq'ta
23V411x •Charles Whatley, Professional Admiral
0VP731x •Elim Garak, Federation Agent
26V333x •Enrique Muñiz, Dependable Troubleshooter
13R611x •Erika Benteen, Leyton's Adjunct
16V351x •George Primmin, Starfleet Security
4R1391x •Jadzia Dax, Problem Solver
5P283x •James T. Kirk, Living Legend
23V433x •Jaresh-Inyo, Federation President
2U1241x •Julian Bashir, "Unnatural Freak"
6P501x •Kira Nerys, Starfleet Emissary
15V331x •Lance Cartwright, Co-Conspirator
31V401x •Leyton, Suspicious Executive
23V442x •Luther Sloan, Man of Action
3R1771x •Michael Eddington, Traitor to Starfleet
1C2782x Mills
15V351x •Nog, Eager Ensign
31V411x •Oq'nab, Academy Commandant
26V361x •Solok, Calculating Rival
31V422x Sparber
17V651x •William Ross, "Temporary" Ally
13R841x •Worf, Defiant Commander
19V151x •U.S.S. Centaur, Patrolling Ship
1C3933x U.S.S. Excelsior
13R1181x •U.S.S. Lakota, Modified Starship
Dilemma Pile (41)
29V12x Adopted Authority
8R11x Agonizing Encounter
10R22x An Issue of Trust
23V31x Coolant Leak
4U142x Formal Hearing
13C91x Fractured Time
0VP93x Hard Time
13C111x Interphasic Effects
26V41x Intimidation
14C71x Moral Choice
26V81x Ominous Presence
22V82x Pitching In
14U131x Shocking Betrayal
17V122x Spatial Interphase
24V111x The Oracle's Punishment
22V93x Unfair Comparison
17V172x Well-Prepared Defenses
1R71x Assassination Attempt
24V52x Greater Needs
10C121x Necessary Execution
14R161x Sylvia
17V151x Unfair Terms
4R302x Whisper in the Dark
3R123x Gomtuu Shock Wave
17V111x Slightly Overbooked
4R282x Tsiolkovsky Infection

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