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

by Maggie Geppert, Vice Chairman

19th September 2017

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Commander, how is it that we were not informed of the presence of the second Romulan on Galondon Core?

Commander Tomalak: A simple misunderstanding, Captain Picard. I was obviously misinformed as to the size of the craft. I assure you, I intended no deception.

                                                                        –from “The Enemy”

In this series, I will show off some beginner level decks that people have sent to me.  Today’s deck is Matt Hayes’ Romulan Chess deck.


Romulus is here, along with HQ: Secure Homeworld.  The only Neutral Zone mission to work with Always a Chess Game is Iconia Investigation.  Scoring an extra 5 points is always nice.  Genesis Planet is also here with Unstable Matrix seeded on it to turn it into a space mission. Investigate Sighting II allows you to access an additional outpost. Quash Conspiracy is always a great Romulan mission, since you can complete with any one Tal Shiar person. Finally, Study Lonka Pulsar is the last space mission.  If you want to go all planet you can complete Romulus, then Iconia Investigation.  You can use the 5 points from Always a Chess Game to Convert Genesis to space.

Other Seeds

Continuing Mission is present to give everyone the TNG icon.  The seeded free report engines are Attention All Hands for [Univ] personnel, the Continuing Committee for Tal Shiar and Office of the Proconsul for a variety of [Rom] bigwigs.  The Nexus is an intriguing addition to this deck.  I assume it is supposed to be self-seeded so that you can get Dr. Tolian Soren to the far end of the spaceline and score those 20 points. With mission specialists and these extra points, I think it’s possible to get a two-mission win with this deck. It might also be fun to put in Amargosa Observatory, which came out since this deck was built.  That would make Trilithium Raid really cool (see below) as a self-seeded dilemma.

I don’t really have any dilemma combos to share this time, but I did want to point out some of the great synergy between the seeded dilemmas and the draw deck.  First off I’d like to highlight an old favorite, Scout Encounter.  This classic from First Contact will allow you to get a Scout Vessel and two [Univ] personnel.  Given that this ship only has weapons and shields of 3, I would probably choose to move away, rather than battle.  Next I’d like to look at Undercover Agent.  This dilemma will fetch Selok (a Treachery mission specialist!) from your Q’s Tent.  After that, it’s a great wall.  Finally, I’d like to draw your attention to Trilithium Raid.  Be careful where you seed this dilemma, because you want to be able to get your personnel on a facility at this location.  It’s especially good if you’re playing against an opponent with a Nor, since you can download six personnel to a station!

Draw Deck

Tomalak appears to be one of the key personnel for this deck.  He can download any Captain’s Order.  Get It Done appears to be the chosen target for the download.  This is a very flexible card, allowing you to boost attributes of personnel or range of your ship for the cost of a couple of TNG personnel.  It also allows you to get back things from your discard pile.  Ambassador Spock, Data and Picard are also important personnel for this deck, bringing excellent skills and big attributes to your mission attempts. 

Looking elsewhere in the Tent, I spy Space Boomer, which gives my ship a range boost.  This tells me I need to do Genesis first and do that conversion to space.  I also see The Art of Diplomacy, which is downloaded by Proconsul Neral.  I like that he extends its use to [Rom] personnel.  It might not be a bad idea to put in his other download, Live Long and Prosper, to use for its drawing capabilities

Can anyone tell me how to get Always a Chess Game out of the Q’s Tent?  I can’t figure it out.

What I’ve Learned from This Deck

Dilemma combos aren’t everything.  This deck seems to have some flexibility to what you put where.  I didn’t see any obvious combinations, but there are plenty of filters and walls to be had.  I really like the new picture for Blended, BTW.

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Mission (6)
30 V1x Cloaked Mission
12 V1x Genesis Planet
R1x Iconia Investigation
R1x Quash Conspiracy
R1x Study Lonka Pulsar
18 P1x Investigate Sighting II

Seed Deck (30)
8 V1x "God"
VR1x Armus - Skin of Evil
1 V1x Blended
3 V1x Captain's Holiday
2 V1x Chula: The Chandra
7 C1x Emergency Conversion
4 R1x Executive Authorization
5 V1x Forsaken
7 V1x Friendly Fire
3 V1x Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges
10 V1x Precision Piloting
9 V1x Regime Change
R1x Scout Encounter
17 V1x Subspace Shock Wave
11 V1x Temptation
6 V1x The New Resistance
10 V1x Trilithium Raid
11 V1x Undercover Agent
93 VP1x Q's Tent: Civil War
P1x Space-Time Portal
3 V1x The Nexus
2 V1x Unstable Matrix
R1x Continuing Committee
R1x Office of the Proconsul
14 V1x Romulan Outpost
21 V1x Attention All Hands
22 V1x Continuing Mission
2 VP1x Tribunal of Q
18 V1x Assign Mission Specialists
U1x HQ: Secure Homeworld

Draw Deck (46)
U1x Romulan Disruptor Rifle
15 V1x HQ: War Room
17 V1x Masaka Transformations
10 V1x Surprise Party
R1x Berlingoff Rasmussen
25 V1x Dr. Tolian Soran
14 V1x Orderly Mavek
P1x Suna
38 V1x Agyer
46 V1x Alidar Jarok (Homefront II)
39 V1x Ambassador Spock
U1x D'Tan
C1x D'Vin
31 VP1x Data (Things Past)
U1x Dr. Koramar
C1x Jaron
41 V1x Jean-Luc Picard (Engage)
94 C1x Jenok
42 V1x Kell (Engage)
45 V1x Mareth
U1x Mirok
C1x Palteth
46 V1x Parem (Engage)
47 V1x Proconsul Neral
C1x R'Mal
49 V1x Relam
47 V1x Sela (Life From Lifelessness)
U1x Sirol
48 V1x T'Jev
49 V1x Tacil
U1x Taibak
C1x Takket
R1x Taris
U1x Tebok
U1x Telak
31 V1x Tomalak (Homefront III)
50 V1x Toraan
R1x Toreth
C1x Varel
R1x Major Rakal
P1x Tallera
P1x Sisters of Duras
C1x D'deridex
C1x Scout Vessel
R1x Terix
35 V1x Trolarak

Q-Tent Side Deck (13)
U1x Frame of Mind
C1x Romulan Disruptor
18 V1x Space Boomer
13 V1x Always a Chess Game
26 V1x Get It Done
37 R1x The Art of Diplomacy
U1x Vulcan Mindmeld
P1x Reflection Therapy
C1x Galathon
U1x Pardek
C1x Selok
C1x D'deridex
VR1x Cha'Joh

Q the Referee Side Deck (11)
2 V1x Temporal Vortex
17 V1x General Quarters
5 V1x Mirror Image
8 V1x Villagers With Torches
20 V1x You Are a Monument
15 V1x It's Only a Game
16 V1x Obelisk of Masaka
17 V1x Panel Overload
29 U1x Q the Referee
21 V1x Strategema
25 V1x Scorched Hand

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