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On Second Thought: A look back at Symbiosis

by Ross Fertel, Second Edition Brand Manager

10th January 2019

This past year I’ve posted a monthly blog on the site.  Here are a few paragraphs of the latest entry.


Symbiosis came out March 23, 2018.  The set made your deck work better with itself having things for the beginning, middle and end of the game.  This is as good a time as any to look back and see how things came out.


Technically, the timing for this would be better in March, but we’ll have some other things to talk about then.


One of the things that’s been sitting in the design file has been a card that has a little more oomph if you have it in your opening hand.  Costing them correctly was a very big hurdle, since the bonus has to be included in the cost, but the effect won’t always happen.  Actually, more often than not, you can count on it not happening.  This concept of ‘jumpstarting’ languished in the cut file for some time.


Thankfully, the design team for Symbiosis did a great job of working around this by putting them on nouns.  Even if you don’t get the bonus, you still get a solid card to play with attributes and everything.  The one card forcing me to be very careful with my words is the U.S.S. Oberth.  It’s on the Federation template and one of the few cards that doesn’t have a reporting icon, probably the only such card that won’t have the Future icon for a while as well.  This means that Deep Space Nine Earth, The Next Generation and The Original Series have the easiest time getting this out.  The Borg and Starfleet can as well, but it doesn’t really pay off in the end.  Looking at decks this card is in, The Next Generation is really making use of it, but Deep Space Nine Earth has pretty solid representation as well. 


If you want to read the rest, check it out on my blog.

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