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Rebel With a Cause

by Nathan Miracle, Nostalgic Trekker

18th May 2018

Let us take a trip in the Wayback Machine...

Confessions in the Pale Moonlight On November 24, 2004, Decipher announced the results of the Reflections Contest #2: Chaotic Quotes. This contest required participants to match bits of lore and images for (at the time) unrevealed cards. Back then I knew only a little about Trek (I came to the franchise through the game, not the other way around), but I knew how to Google phrases to find their respective episodes. Out of 49 correct entries, mine was randomly selected as the winner. My prize of a display box of Reflections arrived at my door in far less than the 8-10 week estimate.

At this point in time, I had only played Star Trek for about seven or eight months. I had a part time job, and much of my pay went towards college expenses. I could scarcely afford more than a few packs at a time, so you can imagine my excitement at opening a whole box! Even better, Reflections packs contained cards from all the previous expansions! My small and terribly incomplete collection received a sudden influx of 432 cards. From these cards I built my first truly viable decks.

Benjamin Sisko When I sorted through the cards, one grabbed my attention above all others. Confessions in the Pale Moonlight would allow my personnel to gain whatever skills I needed to meet dilemma and mission requirements. I kept forgetting to execute the order on Benjamin Sisko (Man of Resolve), but Julian Bashir (“Unnatural Freak”) could gain Treachery in a pinch. Jadzia Dax (Problem Solver) and Sarina Douglas (Cataleptic Conundrum) to kept pulling Confessions in the Pale Moonlight to the top of the deck. Every once in a while I even got the Maquis in on the fun as at that time Michael Eddington (Traitor to Starfleet) could play to Athos IV (Maquis Base).

Over time players switched to dilemmas which do not require skills, like Agonizing Encounter, or even which punish you for having a surplus of skill, like An Issue of Trust. Meanwhile we waited over four years for William Ross (“Temporary” Ally), the next [Fed] [DS9] personnel with a built-in way to gain Treachery. Confessions in the Pale Moonlight fell by the wayside, but it will always hold a special place in my heart. For that reason, so does today’s spoiler: Cal Hudson (Nostalgic Rebel).

Cal Hudson By the time Benjamin Sisko welcomed Cal Hudson to Deep Space 9 in The Maquis, Part I, the nostalgic rebel was already secretly working for the Maquis. This version of Cal Hudson represents his double life by giving him both the [DS9] icon and the [Maq] icon. His ability to hide his true nature comes through in his ability to lose one of his skills. When faced with a Personal Duty, Cal Hudson can take off his pips and pretend he does not have the Officer skill, much like a built-in Stricken Dumb.

Cal Hudson provides a useful personnel for the Maquis, but I find him more interesting in a Deep Space 9 deck. The following deck uses Confessions in the Pale Moonlight and easy 30 point missions. You can complete three missions and score extra points with Debate Over Dinner and Reliving the Past, or you can complete all four missions and use the extra points for Krim (Thoughtful Tactician) and Melora Pazlar (Independent Personality). The deck does not require any particular dilemma pile, though you might consider Consume dilemmas in case you do not need Debate Over Dinner on your own missions. I hope you enjoy this Deep Space 9 deck, but you may want to keep your eyes open for him to make a cameo appearance in an upcoming article.


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Decklist

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Missions
Headquarters
1S188•Mouth of the Wormhole, Deep Space 9
Planet
1U179•Investigate Massacre
7U50•Obtain Vaccine
Space
7U49•Investigate Destruction
1U182•Investigate Sighting


Draw Deck (45)
Event
24V132x Christening
2R373x Confessions in the Pale Moonlight
15V113x Debate Over Dinner
28V113x Reliving the Past
25V161x Tacking Into the Wind
Interrupt
2U871x Stricken Dumb
Personnel
Bajoran
33V321x •Keiko O'Brien, Pah-Wraith Hostage
17V521x •Kira Nerys, Lela
4R1041x •Krim, Thoughtful Tactician
33V341x •Sarish Rez, Ministerial Adjutant
Cardassian
44V41x •Dukat, Erstwhile Ally
0P21x •Elim Garak, Plain, Simple Tailor
Federation
2U1181x •Benjamin Sisko, Man of Resolve
44V81x •Cal Hudson, Nostalgic Rebel
41V191x •Chu'lak, Calculating Killer
33V401x •Elizabeth Lense, Valedictorian
42V71x •Jadzia Dax, Conversant Veteran
2U1241x •Julian Bashir, "Unnatural Freak"
40V321x •L.M.H. Mark I, Scintillating Personality
33V411x •Lojal, Investigative Ambassador
23V441x •Luther Sloan, Man of Action
33V421x •Lwaxana Troi, Extraordinary Ambassador
18V261x •Melora Pazlar, Independent Personality
3R1771x •Michael Eddington, Traitor to Starfleet
20V261x •Miles O'Brien, Vastly Outnumbered
30V491x •Paxton Reese, Stellar Cartographer
0VP111x •William Ross, "Temporary" Ally
Ferengi
20V361x •Quark, Vastly Outnumbered
Klingon
33V441x •Martok, Welcome Presence
Non-Aligned
1U3281x •Grathon Tolar, Hologram Forger
28V461x •Odo, Timeless
1C3391x •Pran Tainer, Atrean Seismologist
27V141x •Thadiun Okona, Outrageous Rogue
Romulan
33V451x •T'Rul, Guarded Attaché
Ship
Bajoran
24V411x •Xhosa, Sponsored Transport
Federation
19V152x •U.S.S. Centaur, Patrolling Ship
8R1151x •U.S.S. Ganges, One of the First


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