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So, You're New to Non-aligned?

by Maggie Geppert, Vice Chairman

28th September 2017

The Doctor: I'm not like you. I wasn't programed with killer instinct.

Iden: You have no right to judge us. You don't know what it's like being prey. Maybe if you did... you'd realize we're more alike than you think.

                                                                                                - from "Flesh and Blood"

There are a lot of options if you want to play an all Non-aligned deck in Second Edition.  You could choose to build a deck around Thieves.  There are a wide variety of [NA] Smugglers who complement a Thief deck.  You could try an android deck, if you like skill gaining.  You could pair your androids with [NA] Borg personnel and try out the new League promo, Assimilator. Today I’m going to look at a (mostly) [NA] faction that has its own headquarters, Holograms.

Missions

Grid 296, Holographic Training Facility is the headquarters mission that really pulls the hologram faction together and allows it to have some coherence.  Prior to the introduction of this HQ, people usually played their holograms to Athos IV, as this allowed you to play the [NA] personnel and most of the Revised Voyager crew.  You actually don’t have this option any more, since Athos IV was errataed to remove the ability to play [Fed] Treachery personnel there.  Another great thing is that this HQ is in the Delta Quadrant, so it’s easier to get to the two hologram missions, Liberate Photonic Servants and Settle Holographic Colony.  The text on Settle Holographic Colony is very important to this deck.  Use this mission every turn to draw a card.  Once you get out some Holoprograms, then you will want to the rest of its text to put holograms on them.  Depending on what skills you get out, you’ll probably want to complete Aid Maritime Sovereignty after Liberate Photonic Servants, as its ability to take a dilemma back is a nice little bonus.  Finally, Alpha 5 Approach is here in its usual role of preventing microteaming.

Draw Deck

Holoprograms are the key to this deck and the key to Holoprograms is getting three cards on top of them.  This is one of the reasons Settle Holographic Colony is so important.  Holodeck Arch is here to download them.  There are only two Holoprograms currently available to us.  Photons Be Free gives a cost -2 discount to the first hologram played each turn.  Hunters’ Training Program will beef up your wimpy holograms, giving them attributes +1.

There are a number of personnel who interact with your Holoprograms.  Iden, Lustrous Demagogue is the most powerful, as he gets to place Holograms on them and then draw cards for free.  If you have more than three cards on your Holoprogram, you may want to consider using The Doctor, Brilliant Template to play your Holograms from on top of them.  Weiss, Glaring Tactician will save your Holograms from being erased and puts them back in the holodeck.  Kejal, Radiant Mender will protect your Holoprograms from event destruction.  Finally, James Moriarty, Awakened Nemesis will allow you to gain skills from personnel on your Holoprogram. He also has Leadership, which is a skill in short supply on Holograms.

Holograms also have some of the best support cards in Second EditionCluttering Irrelevancies is so good it’s already received errata.  Choosing any skill to gain during a mission attempt AND getting an attribute bump is clutch, even if you have to return that personnel to your hand at the end of the mission attempt.  Deleted Subroutines is a great way to get all your Revised personnel around An Issue of Trust.  Finally, Not Easily Destroyed is kill prevention you can use over and over again.

Dilemma Pile

This draw deck is a little more advanced than some of the other decks we’ve looked at in this series, so I thought I’d make the dilemma pile super simple, and you don’t get any simpler than a Chula pile.  Chula: The Game is the setup.  Once it’s on your opponent’s mission, you stop a personnel automatically whenever a Chula dilemma is revealed. Chula: The Chandra will always stop at least two personnel.  If you’re worried about needing some skill dilemmas, The Precipice and Trickery both require them.  And for a little non-Chula fun, I decided to put in Intelligent Design.  I generally hope I can’t stop someone so I can get the attribute boost for my Holograms.

This dilemma pile does have a few drawbacks.  If your opponent is playing with either of the Stakoron missions, you’re in trouble because all of them will be cost +1.  It also has some trouble playing against the Chuckles Brothers, since there’s no drawback to unstopping personnel from these dilemmas.  It’s also easy to whiff on dilemmas or use too many, so I’ve included Heightened Perception in the draw deck to help out with this. Essentially, you can give out one dilemma at a time until you’ve stopped enough personnel to kill the attempt.  At cost 4, many people believe that this event is too expensive, but Holograms are pretty cheap, so you can afford it for this deck.


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Missions
Headquarters
36V20•Grid 296, Holographic Training Facility
Planet
16V28•Aid Maritime Sovereignty
25V22•Settle Holographic Colony
Space
21V14•Alpha 5 Approach, Transport Crash Survivor
25V20•Liberate Photonic Servants


Draw Deck (53)
Event
5P61x Heightened Perception
25V102x Holodeck Arch
25V112x •Hunters' Training Program
8C362x Not Easily Destroyed
25V152x •Photons Be Free
0P331x Unexpected Difficulties
0VP151x Unexpected Difficulties
Interrupt
7U392x Cluttering Irrelevancies
29V292x Deleted Subroutines
Personnel
Federation
7C651x •Dr. Leah Brahms, Holographic Representation
20V181x •Equinox Doctor, Unethical Medical Hologram
13U721x •Revised Chakotay, Imposturous First Officer
13U731x •Revised Doctor, Mass Murderer
13U741x •Revised Janeway, Cold-Blooded Killer
13U752x •Revised Kim, Interrogator
13U761x •Revised Neelix, Hedgehog Ops Officer
13U771x •Revised Paris, Female Ensign Chaser
13U791x •Revised Tuvok, Evil Instrument of Destruction
Non-Aligned
18V351x •Anastasia Komananov, Russian Seductress
21V151x Automated Server
29V381x Brian Evethers
7U991x Calisthenics Opponent
8C821x •Cyrus Redblock, Civil Criminal
38V371x Dar
21V161x Doran
21V172x Garren
38V381x •Hippocrates Noah, Visionary Mastermind
25V452x •Iden, Lustrous Demagogue
39V141x •James Moriarty, Awakened Nemesis
21V181x K'wov
25V462x •Kejal, Radiant Mender
0VP481x •Mona Luvsitt, Valet
21V191x Sumek
25V472x •The Doctor, Brilliant Template
7R1111x •Vic Fontaine, Vegas Crooner
25V482x •Weiss, Glaring Tactician
Ship
Non-Aligned
10C1172x •Baxial, Salvage Ship
25V543x •Olarra, Chariot of Light
Dilemma Pile (26)
Dual
1C153x Chula: Echoes
8U62x Chula: Move Along Home
1C162x Chula: Pick One to Save Two
14U43x Chula: The Chandra
13R42x Chula: The Dice
30V23x Chula: The Game
19V11x Chula: The Precipice
30V33x Chula: Trickery
16V53x Chula: Unfortunate Roll
34V53x Intelligent Design
2C251x Timescape


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