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So, I'm a New/Old First Edition Player, TNG Edition

by Maggie Geppert, Vice Chairman

5th September 2017

"I figured the hard part was over. I'd stepped out on a limb and it hadn't broken. Not bad for my first venture into scientific diplomacy.” – Dr. Beverly Crusher from “Suspicions”

In this series, I will show off some beginner level decks that people have sent to me.  Today’s deck is Ken Tufts’ Lean Mean TNG Fed Scientific Diplomacy.  The version at the bottom of the article is Shane Briarley’s from the 2015 World Championships.


While perusing the mission selection the first thing I notice is this deck is right up my alley.  I have always enjoyed the TNG episode “Suspicions,” so to see a deck built around it makes me happy.  I almost always built science solvers when I played Federation back in the day, so I feel very comfortable picking this up.  The deck notes say that this is a two-mission win deck, with Salvage Borg Ship (+ mission specialists) being the lynchpin mission, followed with any of the other space missions.  I would probably try to be thematic and attempt Host Metaphasic Shielding Test, but others may want to try out something else.

Other Seeds

One thing that really surprised me about this deck was a lack of Espionage Mission.  Having played during the Decipher era, where the only Fed free play engine was Office of the President, I am used to seeing Earth.  However, you have more options in the CC era and the free play engines here are Scientific Diplomacy and Attention All Hands.  Most of the personnel are Metaphasic Shield related or universal.  All those weenies are great to play because you can fill your hand back up with Continuing MissionAssign Mission Specialists and Assign Support Personnel are there to help get your weenies out faster.  The notes say that Sergei is your Support Personnel of choice, because he brings along Helena and can download Nikolai.  The mission specialists in the deck are all designed to make Salvage Borg Ship a 55 point mission.

For dilemmas, it’s nice to see that dilemmas in the CC era have made some really nice combos possible.  For instance, Denevan Neural Parasites + Hanonian Land Eel was always nice in terms of death and destruction, but adding in Deliberate Tactical Error really kicks up the death and destruction.  I mean, really – killing half the away team and then requiring 2 leaders, 2 [Cmd] or 2 [SCD]?  Awesome.  Of course, some times the old classics (Unscientific Method + Kelvan Show of Force + Scientific Method) are great too. There’s no seeded Space-Time Portal, so opponents are safe from Quantum Incursions.

Draw Deck

People.  Lots of People.  Get out Finest Crew in the Fleet to play pretty much anyone else who didn’t play for free from your seeds. Handshakes help you get to the things you need.  Play more Assign Mission Specialists to get out more weenies and score as many bonus points as possible on Salvage Borg Ship.  The biggest recommendation is get people out and GO.  You’re in trouble if you meet a battle opponent.  You should be outspeeding everyone.

Updating for Today’s Play Environment

I’ve been told that the Q the Referee side deck is not strictly necessary in today’s environment.  James Heaney says,

For a deck friendly to new players? You no longer need Ref cards to play a fun, competitive game of Trek. The abuse just isn't that strong, nor is it widespread. You'll want Ref cards in high-level play, but, for new players, the protection they provide is no longer worth the cognitive cost of learning how they work.

So, I would remove ALL Ref cards, change the Civil War tent to a normal Tent, and replace Tribunal with Jol Yichu if they have no AU door, or Quantum Incursions if they do.

That seems pretty straightforward.  Now I just need to print this out and give it a go with one of the local First Edition players here in Chicago.  I’ll let you know how I do.


I almost forgot to add that this was one of two [Fed] [1E-TNG] decks I was sent by players.  Paddy Tye sent me this one.  I can only assume the name refers to himself and a certain Scotsman who will be reigning down Anarchy this October at Worlds in Orlando.

Discuss this article in this thread.


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This deck is currently eligible for the following family or families of achievements:

Mission (6)
R1x Explore Dyson Sphere
39 V1x Host Metaphasic Shielding Test
C1x Repair Mission
P1x Reported Activity
44 V1x Salvage Borg Ship
3 U 1071x Study Rare Phenomenon

Seed Deck (30)
2 R1x A Fast Ship Would Be Nice
4 U1x Chula: The Game
U1x Dead End
2 V1x Deliberate Tactical Error
60 VP1x Denevan Neural Parasites
C1x Friendly Fire
8 V1x Gomtuu Shock Wave
11 R1x Hanonian Land Eel
C1x Hazardous Duty
P1x Hippocratic Oath
14 C1x Implication
10 R1x Kelvan Show of Force
12 P1x Male's Love Interest & Plague Ship
6 V1x Medical Crisis
19 VP1x Personal Duty
C1x Scientific Method
R1x Strict Dress Code
4 V1x The Arsenal: Divided
10 U1x The Clown: Guillotine
P1x Unscientific Method
93 VP1x Q's Tent: Civil War
C1x Federation Outpost
P1x Husnock Outpost
21 V1x Attention All Hands
22 V1x Continuing Mission
29 U1x Q the Referee
30 V1x Scientific Diplomacy
2 VP1x Tribunal of Q
C1x Assign Mission Specialists
39 C1x Assign Support Personnel

Draw Deck (43)
P2x Space-Time Portal
17 U1x Isomagnetic Disintegrator
U3x Kivas Fajo - Collector
47 VP3x Wall of Ships
25 V1x Finest Crew in the Fleet
62 U3x Handshake
C3x Assign Mission Specialists
54 V1x Beverly
R1x Deanna Troi
59 V1x Dr. Christopher
67 R+1x Edward Jellico
R1x Geordi La Forge
R1x Jean-Luc Picard
R1x Katherine Pulaski
R1x Keiko O'Brien
R1x Leah Brahms
62 V1x Lian T'su
63 V2x Lopez
64 V2x Martin
U1x Riva
71 C1x Sam Lavelle
65 V1x Seth Mendoza
C1x Sito Jaxa
U1x T'Pan
C1x Taitt
R1x Worf
26 V1x Dr. Reyga (Life From Lifelessness)
R1x Kurak
U1x Jo'Bril
46 V1x Morik
38 V1x Agyer
39 V1x U.S.S. Enterprise (Chain of Command)

Q-Tent Side Deck (13)
C1x Federation PADD
C1x Starfleet Type II Phaser
U1x Lower Decks
U1x Metaphasic Shields
U1x Alyssa Ogawa
C1x Christopher Hobson
C1x Gibson
C1x Mendon
U1x Nikolai Rozhenko
32 V1x Sergey and Helena
U1x Soren
R1x Roga Danar
C1x U.S.S. Nebula

Q the Referee Side Deck (12)
17 V1x General Quarters
5 V1x Mirror Image
20 V1x You Are a Monument
10 V1x Containment Field
15 V1x It's Only a Game
18 V1x Q the Referee
19 V1x Reactor Overload
24 V1x Oof!
25 V1x Scorched Hand
26 V1x The Juggler
27 V1x The Wake of the Borg
28 V1x Defend Homeworld

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