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So, You're New to Deep Space 9?

by Maggie Geppert, Vice Chairman

15th November 2017

Celestial Temple

The Deep Space 9 faction of the Federation has a lot of different options when it comes to crafting a deck.  A number of their people can turn treacherous and use Confessions in the Pale Moonlight.  They can play out The Siege from season 2 with their Vastly Outnumbered team or they can celebrate the diversity of affiliations who sport the [DS9] icon using the trilogy of common cards.  They are also quite good at exploring the Gamma Quadrant, having several cards that get bonuses for going there.

Distant Exploration


All four non-Headquarters missions are located in the Gamma Quadrant, which is useful for several cards in the deck, most notably.  Exploration is easier for [DS9] than any other affiliation, since you don’t have to add 2 to the span to go from Mouth of the Wormhole to any [GQ] missions.  All the other missions require high levels of cunning, which is the easiest attribute for [DS9] to have in high levels.  The first mission to attempt is probably Survey Star System.  This science-heavy mission gives you a nice little 5 point bonus for having Acquisition, Diplomacy or Treachery personnel in the solving team.  Then you probably want to attempt Fulfill Temporal Paradox.  This deck has a lot of non-Humans in it, so they are all attribute +1 when attempting.  The boost is why there’s a relatively high cunning requirement (>35) for a 30 point mission.  To finish things out, you probably want to do Access Relay Station.  This will bring you to a round 100 points for the win.  Investigate Rumors is here for the gorgeous picture (hey Ross, shiny promo soon???), since its span of 4 is pretty high for most decks.

Draw Deck

This deck has a couple of bonuses in it for using all [GQ] missions.  The first is the U.S.S. Defiant, Repurposed Warship.  When you play it you get five more counters to spend.  If you’re worried about staffing this bad boy, fear not.  I have stocked Nog, Communications Relay to turn all of your [Stf] personnel into [Cmd].  He also happens to be a Ferengi Engineer for Keevan.  Another card that will benefit the all-Gamma strategy is Bejal Otner, Wormhole Theorist.  Each mission could possibly net you five points for using one of his skills to complete it.  Similarly, Paxton Reese, Stellar Cartographer downloads a personnel and puts them in your discard pile when he uses one of his skills to complete a mission.  Finally, Distant Exploration will also net you extra points for traveling to the Gamma Quadrant.

I’ve shown you a couple of ways to score bonus points in this deck.  I’ve also included Promenade School in this deck.  I specifically tailored my personnel selection so that I have as many different species of [Fed] [DS9] personnel as possible to make it easier to get people to attend class.  With all these bonus points available, you might just be able to pull off the two-mission win, but I have found those to be elusive with this style of deck in the past.  If you don’t think you can pull together 30 bonus points, you might want to spend some of your extra points on Krim, Thoughtful Tactician.  Are you seeing a lot of Hard Time or The Weak Will Perish in your local area?  Use him to get them under your completed mission.

Holding Cell

This deck also stocks one of the most powerful protective events in the game, Holding Cell.  This card initially takes someone into custody.  Be careful that you know the exact name of the personnel you want to target.  One of my local players called Cunning Drone on me for Holding Cell.  Needless to say, I didn’t let him take my Computation Drone.  After that, you basically two free interrupt preventions before the Decay: 3 kicks in and the card is destroyed.  The cards on Holding Cell then get discarded.  Like I said, it’s powerful!

Dilemma Pile

This pile is built around Tragic Turn, but is a little more benign than the more popular All-Consuming Evil iteration.  The basic idea is to get TT out on the mission as soon as possible, and then play a lot of low-cost dilemmas that will always trigger it.  I’ve stocked it full of the 1 cost “do or die” dilemmas like Pillage and Plunder or Covert Extraction.  These dilemmas are great against people who prevent stops like Chakotay, Bridge Between Two Crews or T’Pol, Overbearing Observer.  If they prevent the stops, then someone gets killed. I’ve also stocked three copies of Skeleton Crew, since TT consumes 2 to start, it’s imperative that your opponent can’t microteam your missions.  Finally, I’d like to point out one of my favorite underused dilemmas in the game, Contaminating a Culture.  This one is a little expensive for the deck at a cost of 3, but it’s a nice random kill.  Just make sure your opponent hasn’t played any equipment.

In Conclusion

There are so many places you can take a [DS9] deck.  I hope this deck serves as a good jumping off point for all of the great ways to play them

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1S188•Mouth of the Wormhole, Deep Space 9
1U149•Access Relay Station
25V19•Fulfill Temporal Paradox
1U181•Investigate Rumors
3S108•Survey Star System

Draw Deck (46)
4C321x Emergency Transport Unit
33V71x •Hyperspanner
41V61x •Keevan
6P192x Distant Exploration
22V132x •Holding Cell
23V192x Promenade School
2C692x Unexpected Difficulties
4C992x Anneli
1C2141x Jabara
4R1041x •Krim, Thoughtful Tactician
6P401x •Odo, Curzon Odo
33V331x Rase Norvan
1R2231x •Rom, Diagnostic and Repair Technician
12U572x •Bejal Otner, Wormhole Theorist
1S2561x •Benjamin Sisko, Defiant Captain
25V371x Boq'ta
41V191x •Chu'lak, Calculating Killer
0AP161x •Elim Garak, Federation Agent
33V401x •Elizabeth Lense, Valedictorian
16V351x •George Primmin, Starfleet Security
1C2651x Hoya
10U671x •Jadzia Dax, Defiant Captain
1R2691x •Julian Bashir, "Frontier" Physician
6P501x •Kira Nerys, Starfleet Emissary
40V321x •L.M.H. Mark I, Scintillating Personality
33V411x •Lojal, Investigative Ambassador
23V441x •Luther Sloan, Man of Action
33V421x •Lwaxana Troi, Extraordinary Ambassador
18V261x •Melora Pazlar, Independent Personality
4U1441x •Miles O'Brien, Repair Chief
35V271x •Nog, Communications Relay
30V491x •Paxton Reese, Stellar Cartographer
1C2851x T'Lor
17V651x •William Ross, "Temporary" Ally
13R841x •Worf, Defiant Commander
19V152x •U.S.S. Centaur, Patrolling Ship
6P612x •U.S.S. Defiant, Repurposed Warship
18V451x •U.S.S. Sao Paulo, NCC-75633
Dilemma Pile (31)
29V11x Adopted Authority
4C61x Back Room Dealings
10R61x Contaminating a Culture
21V21x Dark Page
4C151x Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?
33V31x Indecent Proposal
24V61x Insurrection
14C71x Moral Choice
2C201x Racial Tension
3U283x Skeleton Crew
2C251x Timescape
5P33x Tragic Turn
31V121x Unconventional Consideration
10U51x Compassionate Interference
8C81x Cultural Differences
1S331x Kolaran Raiders
14U81x Neurogenic Field
21V61x Pillage and Plunder
1C441x Planetary Survey
1C571x Triage
1S171x Command Decisions
38V21x Covert Extraction
1C361x Magnetic Field Disruptions
14U91x Night Terrors
1C521x Systems Diagnostic
21V91x The First Duty
8C191x Warp Bubble Mishap

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