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So, You're New to Voyager?

by Maggie Geppert, Vice Chairman

31st May 2018

Mortimer Harren: We never should have left Voyager.

Captain Kathryn Janeway: I've got news for you, Crewman. Voyager isn't exactly a safe haven. We've been chased across the quadrant by far worse than whatever is out there - the Vidiians, Species 8472, the Borg... But I guess, if somebody's hiding down on deck 15, they may not be aware of it.

                                                                                                - from “Good Shepherd”

The only Voyager deck I have ever built is a Species 8472 deck, which I didn’t want to review again.  I decided to turn to the Voyager experts this week for help and today’s deck comes from Stefan Slaby, who is well-renowned for playing that faction. This one is built around the 5-Space Voyager (5SV) deck archetype that came out in Lower Decks.  Before I look into the specifics of this deck, I’d like to walk the beginner through a typical first turn of a Voyager deck.

1. Draw your seven cards.  Look at hand. U.S.S. Voyager, Home Away from Home, which allows you to play personnel and equipment, is not there.  Sigh mightily.

2. Start your turn by using Caretaker’s Array to discard a card from hand to download Finding Our Way.  This is the card that lets you play Voyager (and lets you put Voyager back somewhere if it gets hit by Where No One Has Gone Before).

3. Spend one counter on Finding Our Way and then spend the rest of the turn drawing cards and hoping you have playable events.

4. During the Order phase, download Voyager.

5. At the start of your 2nd turn, play Voyager with two personnel aboard.

This doesn’t always happen this way.  At my last tourney, my buddy Brian had Voyager, Tuvok, Chief of Security and Chakotay, Steadfast Commander in hand first turn.  I sighed mightily.

Missions

William Telfer, Misguided Hypochondriac

As you can see from the above, Caretaker’s Array will appear in every Voyager deck.  The key to the 5SV variant of Voyager is playing with Alsuran Sector, Utilize Abandoned Relay Station.  As you can see, this mission sets up an alternate win condition for anyone who’s willing to risk not commanding any planet missions and can get three [Voy] icon personnel in their deck.  If you can Repair Null Space Catapult, you can use it to get to another mission on the same turn.  Orlitus Cluster, Astronomical Survey works well with all the low-cost personnel who populate the 5SV decks, see below.  Finally, Alpha 5 Approach, Transport Crash Survivor is here to tamp down on players trying to attempt with fewer than six personnel.  This will also hurt you as well, since you can’t then microteam Caretaker’s Array.

Draw Deck

The 5SV theme also revolves around the weenie personnel from the episode Good Shepherd.  These personnel all have a very low cost for their skills and attributes.  Their cost will go up for each planet you command.  Mitchell has a nice little Easter egg in his lore.  Mortimer Harren, Reclusive Genius will allow you to exclude corresponding commanders from random selections, an ability I have come to appreciate lately when playing Dominion.  Tal Celes, Imprecise Analyst boosts herself in the presence of a corresponding commander. And speaking of those corresponding commanders, we got new personae of Janeway and Chakotay in Lower Decks.  Chakotay, Steadfast Commander will help you power through that fourth mission late in the game, as he reduces attribute requirements of a mission by two for each completed space mission you command.  Kathryn Janeway, Mindful Keeper can keep your weenies from being stopped by dilemmas, again, helping you power through multiple missions in one turn.  She also commands the Delta Flyer which is pretty cool.  With all those space missions around, it’s nice to have a second ship around to split up your crew.

Homeward Bound

I didn’t mention William Telfer, Misguided Hypochodriac previously because he needs a bit of attention on his own.  For the cost of 5 points, he can download any interrupt once per turn.  This download really powers the 5SV model because it allows you to get out Homeward Bound.  Unstopping stopped personnel at a [DQ] mission is very powerful, because you can move on and attempt additional missions with a full complement of personnel.  This is actually what got both Billy and Homeward Bound in the sights of the Errata Team.  Completing three missions in one turn is a bit above the power curve, after all.

Dilemma Pile

This dilemma pile appears to be a pretty standard attrition pile with a touch of Chula and a bit of murder.  The draw deck features a large number of low-cost events like Thirst for Knowledge and Exceed Engine Output, so the 8-cost dilemmas Whisper in the Dark and Tsiolkovsky Infection are likely to have a large part of their cost reduced.  I can also see from the pile that Stefan was expecting to see a lot of other 5SV decks around, because he has packed three copies of Moral Choice as well as many more space dilemmas than planet ones.  I particularly find the inclusion of Alternatives to Fighting intriguing.  I haven’t seen this dilemma in play before.  I wonder about its hit rate.

Final Thoughts

This is a big deck.  I didn’t mention that before, but it may be intimidating for a new player.  I would suggest to a new person that if you want to try out 5SV with a smaller deck, you could probably remove the engagement cards, and copies of some of the other events that have three copies in the deck.


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Missions
Space
21V14•Alpha 5 Approach, Transport Crash Survivor
34V18•Alsuran Sector, Utilize Abandoned Relay Station
10U46•Caretaker's Array
34V22•Orlitus Cluster, Astronomical Survey
24V22•Repair Null Space Catapult


Draw Deck (85)
Event
17V253x Delirium
4R492x Endangered
7R202x Exceed Engine Output
10C271x Finding Our Way
20V22x Firestorm
14C313x •Good Shepherd
35V63x Miracle Working
4C662x •Party Atmosphere
1U1043x Point Blank Strike
1U1053x Precise Attack
5P123x Security Drills
30V171x Self-Replicating Roadblock
0VP872x •Surprise Party
34V123x •Thirst for Knowledge
2C693x Unexpected Difficulties
Interrupt
17V401x Bridge Officer's Test
20V81x Genetronic Treatment
34V153x Homeward Bound
Personnel
Federation
10U612x •B'Elanna Torres, Straightforward Engineer
10U642x •Cavit, Apprehensive First Officer
10U653x •Chakotay, Bridge Between Two Crews
10R661x •Harry Kim, Eager to Please
34V313x •Kathryn Janeway, Mindful Keeper
10U711x •Kenneth Dalby, Insubordinate Crewman
10C761x •Marie Kaplan, Observant Officer
34V323x Mitchell
34V332x •Mortimer Harren, Reclusive Genius
13U723x •Revised Chakotay, Imposturous First Officer
20V291x •Rudolph Ransom, Devious Captain
10U801x •Seska, Cardassian Agent
12R842x •Seven of Nine, Efficient Analyst
34V342x •Tal Celes, Imprecise Analyst
14R861x •The Doctor, Emergency Command Hologram
24V343x •Tom Paris, Competitive Pilot
10R852x •Tuvok, Chief of Security
34V352x •William Telfer, Misguided Hypochondriac
Non-Aligned
10U931x •Kes, Curious Ocampa
24V372x •Neelix, Valued Guide
8R871x •Shran, In Archer's Debt
14U1041x •Tuvix, Symbiogenesis
Ship
Federation
24V461x •Delta Flyer, Rebuilt "Hot Rod"
10C1123x •U.S.S. Voyager, Home Away From Home
Dilemma Pile (50)
Dual
29V12x Adopted Authority
8R12x Agonizing Encounter
29V22x Artificial Ability
36V32x Brave Words
1C152x Chula: Echoes
1C162x Chula: Pick One to Save Two
14U43x Chula: The Chandra
30V23x Chula: The Game
40V32x Dragon's Teeth
6P62x Hard Time
24V61x Insurrection
14C73x Moral Choice
3U231x Restricted Area
3U262x Secret Identity
4R272x The Dreamer and the Dream
2C251x Timescape
Planet
10C122x Necessary Execution
4R303x Whisper in the Dark
Space
36V13x Alternatives to Fighting
3R123x Gomtuu Shock Wave
1R423x Personal Duty
3R221x Quantum Filament
4R283x Tsiolkovsky Infection


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