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Playing First Edition Borg

by Niall Matthew, Inserter of Tubules

7th November 2017

Before we begin, let me warn you that there is no such thing as a basic Borg deck. Not only are they very download heavy, they also play differently too. But with a deck like the one below, you'll learn the basics in no time.

Before I explain the deck, lets run through what Charlie said in yesterdays article...

1) The Borg do not attempt missions. Instead, they scout missions via Borg Only Objectives. This is important for cards which specifically mention those terms, like Friendly Fire or Dead End

2) In order to score points, most Borg Objectives require the player to probe. That means the player peeks at the top cards of their deck, and if any icons match those on the Objective requirements, the Objective is complete. simples.

3) Bonus points. Borg ONLY score points through cards which have the Borg only icon.

4) Dilemmas. Borg ignore gender related Dilemmas and all requirements which specifically mention mission attempts. 

Right, that's the basics out of the way. Let's look at the deck below.

First, during the seed phase, seed the Transwarp Network Gateway closest to Earth. Your main play engine is They Will Be Coming, which allows you to play a universal personnel for free directly to your Cube.

 

Turn 1

Play the Shades of Grey Borg Queen.

Play a Borg drone for free.

Use the Queens special skill to download We Are The Borg for Seven of Nine and Two of Nine.

Download We Are the Borg again and place on table.

 

Turn 2

Persona swap the Queen

Use Seven of Nine to draw a card, then use the Borg Queen to convert that card draw into Three of Nine.

Play a Borg drone for free

 

This is the standard set up that most Borg players will use. The next step is now scouting missions. Establish Gateway is the Seeded objective. Though if you feel safer going for a planet first, then A Change Of Plans will easily sort that. Your aim is to complete three Objectives to win, with the final one being Assimilate Homeworld. Don't forget to download Resistance is Futile via Data of Borg for 100 points.

I've added some simple tricks to the deck so you can get used to some download chains which are more complex compared to a non Borg deck.

Construct Starship + Transwarp Hub: If Earth is too far away, download this facility to a Nebula to jump to the other side of the spaceline

Fifteen of Seventeen + Adapt: Allocate Resources + Alas: Poor Drone: A complex way of getting up to two additional card draws per turn. But later in the game, this combo is worth setting up.

I cannot stress enough how much I love Borg Scout Vessel! If your hand is full of Borg and you don't have any other means to get them out, then this ship will save the day.

Don't forget to flip Mission Debriefing to slow your opponents mission attempts. I've added ways to indirectly assimilate some of the opponents personnel.

 

So to conclude, this deck will give you everything you need to understand how the Borg work in an intermediate level. There are far more complex decks out there, like Stop First Contact, or a straight up assimilation deck where the players goal is to only assimilate the opponents personnel. 

 

They are a complex affiliation, but with patience and practice, they can be mastered by anyone.


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Mission (6)
Mission
32 V1x Espionage Mission
20 V1x Evade Borg Vessel
R1x FGC-47 Research
18 V1x Free Orion Slaves
12 V1x Genesis Planet
R1x Study Nebula

Seed Deck (30)
Dilemma
2 V2x Authorized Access Only
U2x Borg Servo
4 V2x Defrosted Menace
U2x Edo Probe
5 V2x Faux Pas
124 VP2x Female's Love Interest & Garbage Scow
13 R2x Hull Breach
9 V2x Maglock
8 V2x Quantum Leap
13 V2x The Ghost of Cyrus Ramsey
Doorway
1 V1x Q's Tent
15 V1x Temporal Conduit
10 C1x Transwarp Network Gateway
Event
51 U1x Mission Debriefing
Incident
R1x Long Live the Queen
45 V1x New Arrivals
23 V1x Service the Collective
17 V1x They Will Be Coming
Objective
99 VP1x Construct Starship
46 C1x Establish Gateway

Draw Deck (40)
Event
P1x We Are the Borg
Personnel
Borg
R8x Borg Queen
32 V8x Borg Queen (Shades of Gray)
11 V4x Data of Borg
C2x Eight of Nineteen
C1x Eleven of Nineteen
54 C1x Eleven of Twelve
C1x Fifteen of Seventeen
44 V1x Four of Fifty
58 C1x Nine of Fifteen
59 C1x Nine of Twelve
60 R+1x Second
61 R+1x Seven of Nine (The Borg)
45 V1x Ten of Fifty
64 R+1x Third and Fourth
46 R+1x Third of Five
65 R+1x Three of Nine
66 R+1x Two of Nine
67 C1x Two of Twelve
Ship
Borg
C2x Borg Scout Vessel
R1x Locutus' Borg Cube

Q-Tent Side Deck (13)
Equipment
11 U1x Borg Data Node
13 C1x Borg Vinculum
Event
7 V1x Adapt: Allocate Resources
18 U1x Alas, Poor Drone
P1x We Are the Borg
Facility
Borg
19 V1x Transwarp Hub
Incident
30 R1x Resistance Is Futile
Interrupt
10 V1x A Change of Plans
32 C1x Adapt: Negate Obstruction
Objective
27 V1x Assimilate Homeworld
C1x Assimilate Planet
110 U1x Divert Power
Personnel
Borg
25 V1x Twelve of Thirteen



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