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All Aboard for Gene's Wagon Train!

by Paddy Tye, First Edition Creative Manager

10th June 2019

Risk is Our Business

When Gene Roddenberry launched his "Wagon Train to the Stars", he envisioned a future for humanity which wasn't focused on wealth, war, greed, poverty or acquisition. Instead these adventurers had a simpler motive: the betterment of mankind.

One episode from The Original Series which captures the motivations for personnel living in the Federation's utopian universe, is "Return to Tomorrow", with Captain Kirk's "Risk is our business" speech.

 "They used to say if man could fly, he'd have wings. But he did fly. He discovered he had to. Do you wish that the first Apollo mission hadn't reached the moon, or that we hadn't gone on to Mars and then to the nearest star? That's like saying you wish that you still operated with scalpels and sewed your patients up with catgut like your great-great-great-great-grandfather used to. I'm in command. I could order this. But I'm not because, Doctor McCoy is right in pointing out the enormous danger potential in any contact with life and intelligence as fantastically advanced as this. But I must point out that the possibilities, the potential for knowledge and advancement is equally great. Risk. Risk is our business. That's what this starship is all about. That's why we're aboard her."

The card version of Risk Is Our Business from The Cage applies this concept to game terms too.

Firstly, if your Federation Original Series ship and crew takes risk with your efforts to explore space (leaving them "exposed" to potential dangers - ie uncloaked, unphased, undocked, unlanded) they get rewarded by an extra card draw at the end of your turn. This sort of pay-off will be familiar to anyone who has used Federation Flagship: Renewed as a draw engine in an Enterprise-E deck.

Secondly, if your ship and crew (that's ANY ship and crew - this part isn't tied to specifically playing Federation or Original Series) takes risk by attempting missions (the "enormous danger" Kirk mentions in relation to contacting new civilizations) you are first rewarded with a bonus download. These downloads comprise a variety of tools, examined in more detail below:

Where No Man Has Gone Before Prepare Landing Party

At the end of the day, whatever risks you face, The Cage has plenty of tricks to help you out!

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