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To be merry and in love…

by Sean O'Reilly, Staff Writer

14th February 2019

“This human emotion, love, is a dangerous thing, Picard, and obviously you are ill-equipped to handle it. She’s found a vulnerability in you. A vulnerability I’ve been looking for for years. If I had known sooner, I would have appeared as a female. Mark my words, Picard, this is your Achilles heel.”

Love.

Jean-Luc Picard

The emotion causes strong responses in humanoids to make them act irresponsible. Even a stoic Vulcan will sometimes shed a tear upon losing someone they loved. (Though they won’t admit to feeling “love.”) 

Star Trek series mostly focused on exploring the unknown, whether it is outer space or the space between one’s ears (be they pointed or not).

Jean-Luc Picard once admitted regret over not starting a family. He put duty as a Starfleet officer over personal relationships. That is, until he met Vash.

The archeologist was a liar and a thief who knew how to win over a man’s heart for her own benefit.

in the episode “Qpid,” Q quickly realized Vash opened up a previously-unknown vulnerability in the U.S.S. Enterprise captain. The omnipotent being decided to play a little game in Sherwood Forest to explore love in depth.

Q transformed Vash into Maid Marian, Jean-Luc into Robin Hood, and the Enterprise’s bridge crew in Robin’s band of merry men (except Worf who protested he wasn’t merry.)

That brings us to two cards revealed today: Jean-Luc Picard (Reluctant Swashbuckler) and Vash (Duplicitous Damsel).

The design team wanted to represent both characters as they appeared in “Qpid.” We made them both Federation with a TNG icon. This was done for game balance to limit the number of decks they could go into because of their abilities.

You will note neither Jean-Luc nor Vash has a command icon. We felt they didn’t deserve one because they are not commanding a ship.

Since Q brought them into Sherwood Forest, we gave them both the Q keyword. We felt this to be appropriate as the only other personnel to be part of a Q-induced scenario, Jean-Luc Picard (Unraveled), also has the Q keyword.

Each affiliation has its own “flavor.” Romulans try to prevent cards from coming into play. Bajoran like to manipulate the past (the discard pile). TNG Feds help both players.

Vash

In that vain, when you play Reluctant Swashbuckler or Duplicitous Damsel, each player can download a copy of Vash or Jean-Luc-Picard respectively.  What is interesting about the ability, is you are not limited to downloading the Sherlock Forest version of their persona.

Jean-Luc’s ability plays off Robin Hood’s idea of stealing from the rich and giving to the poor. You score 5 points when he is about to be stopped by a dilemma, if Vash is present. We limited the ability to once each turn so it could not be abused in combination with William T. Riker (First Officer).

Vash is a damsel in distress that will do anything to save herself. She is willing to “pay” to keep from being killed or captured. This is represented in her ability.

As for their skills, we played off the Sherwood Forest characters they are playing.

Robin Hood is an honorable man, who is leading his bunch of merry men. He may break the law, but he only does it to secure the freedom against a tyrannical king.

In trying to escape from her captors, Vash is very diplomatic and treacherous. She knows how to manipulate men and is willing to do so for her own gain.

That wraps up the expansion full of love in all its forms. I hope you enjoy our special Valentine’s Day treat and can’t wait for you to unwrap some more “gifts” later this year.

If you are interested in trying out a few of the new Qpid cards, I put together the following Federation deck using personnel and their romantic partners or spouses and cards using images from "Qpid." The dilemma pile doesn't play in Sherwood Forest, but play a different game with your opponent.


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Missions
Headquarters
1S161•Earth, Cradle of the Federation
Planet
13U45•Gateway, Historical Research
1U174•Iconia Investigation
Space
5P21•Collapse Anti-Time Anomaly
7U49•Investigate Destruction


Draw Deck (47)
Equipment
1C652x Engineering PADD
1C702x Science PADD
Event
2R352x Common Ground
6P182x Disadvantage Into Advantage
35V71x •New Life
0VP871x •Surprise Party
47V51x Transcendent Farewell
Interrupt
16V272x Uninvited
Personnel
Bajoran
32V91x •Odo, Surreptitious Ally
Federation
8U711x •Benjamin Sisko, First Officer
4R1331x •Beverly Crusher, Chief Physician
4R1341x •Data, Pinocchio
4U1351x •Deanna Troi, Ship's Counselor
7C651x •Dr. Leah Brahms, Holographic Representation
4U1371x •Geordi La Forge, Conn Officer
11P171x •James T. Kirk, Original Thinker
47V81x •Jean-Luc Picard, Reluctant Swashbuckler
18V251x •Jenna D'Sora, Veteran Security Officer
46V221x •Julian Bashir, Visiting Colleague
13U661x •Keiko O'Brien, Botanist
35V251x •Lwaxana Troi, Psychic Tutor
2R1281x •Miles O'Brien, Transporter Chief
28V351x •Richard Castillo, Assuming Command
26V351x •Robin Lefler, Pragmatic Specialist
3U1811x •Sarina Douglas, Cataleptic Conundrum
28V381x •Tasha Yar, Requesting a Transfer
47V91x •Vash, Duplicitous Damsel
1R2881x •Wesley Crusher, Prodigy
4R1491x •William T. Riker, First Officer
0VP121x •Worf, Chief of Security
Klingon
40V391x •K'Ehleyr, Uncertain Emissary
Non-Aligned
11P231x •Carol Marcus, Intelligent Scientist
26V441x •Juliana Tainer, Unknowing Automaton
3R1911x •Kasidy Yates, Maquis Smuggler
15V401x •Kes, Experienced Ocampa
24V371x •Neelix, Valued Guide
7R1041x •Noonien Soong, Often-Wrong
Ship
Federation
22V521x •U.S.S. Bozeman, Well-Preserved Antique
28V521x •U.S.S. Enterprise-C, Temporal Linchpin
1C3933x U.S.S. Excelsior
Dilemma Pile (40)
Dual
47V11x A Bad Case of par'Mach
1C153x Chula: Echoes
8U63x Chula: Move Along Home
1C163x Chula: Pick One to Save Two
14U43x Chula: The Chandra
13R43x Chula: The Dice
30V23x Chula: The Game
19V13x Chula: The Precipice
30V33x Chula: Trickery
16V53x Chula: Unfortunate Roll
47V21x Hostile Takeover
47V31x Nothing to Lose
1S431x Pinned Down
3U263x Secret Identity
18V61x The Captain's "Guest"
2C252x Timescape
40V83x Unfamiliar Etiquette


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