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I'm Hunting Wabbits

by Charlie Plaine, Dreaming About 1E Decks

29th November 2017


One of the things Cristoffer (former 1E Brand Manger Cristoffer "Smiley" Wikker) wanted to make sure happened in the Warp Pack: Holiday 2017 was that we supported some [DQ] decks. We knew that we hadn't given fans of the Delta Quadrant much since the start of the block era, and as this was a non-block project, it seemed like a good time to give [DQ] fans some love. If you follow us on Facebook, you've already seen Dr. Pel, a new Federation / Vidiian personnel (she'll be revealed Friday here). Today, let me show you Mellis, the Hirogen entry in this boutique product.

I didn't really have an idea for a Hirogen card when designing this Warp Pack. There were specific decks I wanted to help for Bajorans, Borg, Klingons, etc. but nothing for Hirogen. So I started putting together Hirogen decks, talking to Hirogen players, and just browsing through their cards. It was during a perusal of the database that I found Hunting Group. "What a cool card," I thought to myself. Color me surprised when I saw the "Recent decks using this card: None" text on the bottom of the card page. Of course, it didn't take long to figure out why: this card was expensive. It gives you nice mission requirements and access to almost every space mission in the game, but at the cost of a card play or a seed slot, it was too much.

Mellis was born as I read over this card, and the responses from the Hirogen players I'd talked to. If there was a way to get this card out easily and cheaply, it could be worth playing. Originally, Mellis was a random Hirogen that would special download Hunting Group, but the word was sent - loudly and clearly - that wasn't good enough. Hunting Group, if it's going to be made good, has to be able to be played on all of your space missions. Thus, Mellis became the source of free Hunting Groups for Hirogen Decks, allowing you to play one each turn for free. Oh, and did I mention he's an Alpha-Hirogen, and thus a free play?

With Mellis and free Hunting Groups in hand, what kind of Hirogen deck did I want to put together? I thought it would be fun to design a deck to go to the Alpha Quadrant and smash face, blithely ignoring You Are a Monument. There are two [DQ] missions, Answer Distress Signal and Hunt Alien, to give you options while you're building up forces in the DQ. I'd aim to solve Hunt Alien, so you can then head to the Alpha Quadrant and focus on the space missions there.

Unfortunately, you need to seed the Barzan Wormhole and Wormhole Negotiations to get to the Alpha Quadrant, but seeding Operate Wormhole Relays helps with the travel. Hunting Group will make it fairly easy for your Hirogen to solve Wormhole Negotiations, but it's still a highly stealable mission. Make sure to include an extra dilemma or two to protect it from theft.

The other Alpha Quadrant space missions are both low printed points, and thus make Hunting Group easier, but give you good bonus point options. Battle of Sector 001 requires your whole feel to have come through, but is worth a whopping 50 points. Likewise, Kressari Rendezvous is worth up to 45, depending on how many Talons you have out. The final mission, Accept Ambassadorial Invitation, sports a [HIR] icon so you can attempt it, but it's also 40 points so give it a little protection.

I hope that you'll enjoy leading Mellis and his Hirogen Hunting Groups on a rampage throughout the galaxy. Let me know what you think of the skeleton and the ideas here. If you use this as an inspiration for your own deck, please post it! We can't wait to see what you guys do with these cards, and if you like these little jumping off points, so let us know! Tomorrow will be the last preview card and the last deck skeleton before release day - a plain, simple, support personnel for [DQ] decks everywhere!

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Mission (6)
18 V1x Accept Ambassadorial Invitation
81 U1x Answer Distress Signal
9 V1x Battle of Sector 001
38 U1x Hunt Alien
S1x Kressari Rendezvous
R1x Wormhole Negotiations

Seed Deck (6)
30 R1x Barzan Wormhole
93 VP1x Q's Tent: Civil War
10 V1x Temporal Micro-Wormhole
37 V1x Hirogen Outpost
18 V1x Q the Referee
61 VP1x Quark's Isolinear Rods

Draw Deck (40)
13 U5x Holodeck Door
34 VP1x Space-Time Portal
15 C3x Hirogen Talon
U1x Disengage Safety Protocols
28 C1x Hirogen Hunt
30 C1x Rituals of the Hunt
48 C3x Hunting Group
76 C1x Davar
77 R1x Decaren
78 R+1x Donik
79 R1x Gann
81 C1x Harkan
82 R1x Idrin
83 C1x Jetarn
84 R1x Jorik
85 R1x Karon
86 R+1x Karr
94 P1x Mellis
88 R+1x Netek
89 C1x Ranjen
90 U1x Takirac
51 R+1x Iden
54 C1x Doran
56 C1x Harath
57 R+1x Kejal
62 C1x Dar
63 C1x Wodek'idan
74 R+1x Weiss
120 C1x Garren
125 C1x Hunting Vessel
126 R1x Venatic Hunter
Hirogen/Non Aligned
129 R+1x Olarra

Q-Tent Side Deck (7)
14 U1x Hirogen Disruptor Rifle
15 C1x Hirogen Talon
26 V1x Holo-Projectors
30 C1x Rituals of the Hunt
69 R+1x Lewis Zimmerman
94 P1x Mellis
126 R1x Venatic Hunter

Q the Referee Side Deck (2)
18 V1x Q the Referee
28 V1x Defend Homeworld

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