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Genocidal Plans

by Michael Shea, Chief Ambassador

19th May 2018

“You in the Central Command have neglected the security of our people and allowed peace with Bajor and the Federation to blind you to the real threat, the Dominion. I intend to remove that threat. Let history be my judge.” – Enabran Tain, The Die is Cast.

In 2371 Enabran Tain commanded a fleet of advanced Romulan D'deridex Class and Cardassian Keldon Class warships into the Gamma Quadrant to launch a preemptive strike against what he perceived to be the greatest threat to the Alpha Quadrant: the Dominion. His plan, carried forward and supported by elements within both the Obsidian Order and the Tal Shiar, was particularly Cardassian in nature – his intention was to element the Founders. Cardassians have a history of being comfortable with war crimes, and so the words, “let history be my judge” are particularly chilling when spoken by Tain as they call to mind some of humanities worst atrocities committed in the name of “securing the peace.” Unfortunately for Tain and his fleet, the Founders had been made aware of the plot, and the doomed fleet was heading into an ambush.

When we set out to create Far Beyond the Stars, our original pitch for 9 matched pairs of ships and commanders, and we also intended to make sure that each season of the series was represented by at least one matched pair and as many affiliations or factions featured in the series as possible were included. When it came time to give the Romulans some attention, we worked on several options, but the one that seemed most fun and most interesting was a green Tain and a matching Serrola. So, I present to you Enabran Tain, Prideful Director and the Serrola, the Tip of the Spear.

Enabran Tain

Serrola

Tain's Romulan affiliation is meant to represent his having turned his back on the Cardassian Central Command and the whole of the military hierarchy. That he chose to make his command post on a Romulan warbird and not a Cardassian cruiser is telling. Both cards support the interference strategy of New Romulus and Imperial Entanglements by adding a capture and a discard option to those builds. Will you use Tain to fuel your Psychological Pressuree, your Hidden Strings, or your Torture? Or, will you use your Serrola with a stop pile, like Chula, and perhaps the Gal Gath'thong and Keras to strip away an opponent’s resources. The possibilities are numerous, and we hope these cards bring some excitement to the Romulan interference mechanic. Playtesters received these cards well, and I hope Romulan players received these cards more warmly than the Founders received the joint fleet. I feel comfortable speaking for my fellow designer when I say I look forward to seeing what Romulan players do with these cards.

The deck below is built on the theme of Tain's ill-fated excursion into the Gamma Quadrant. It takes advantage of relatively new cards like Covert Collusion to get a needed ship to begin ferrying personnel back and forth to prepare for engagements or missions. Seska is here to power These are the Voyages and because she'll almost certainly play for free. The Die is Cast makes an appearance to help grease the skids at these Gamma Quadrant missions. I've even thrown a copy of Labor Camp just in case those bonus points are needed. Optimism in play to give this player the ability to draw without fear to get what the need, or to recycle a ship you need for Imperial Entanglements. The dilemma pile is pretty straight-forward. Interstellar Exigence is there to take advantage of having two headquarters missions. The Chula portion of the pile should gel well with the Serrola, and Unsound Logic makes an appearance if you’ve got Imperial Entanglements in hand.

Enjoy, and stay tuned for more from Far Beyond the Stars!


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Missions
Headquarters
1U153•Cardassia Prime, Hardscrabble World
1S195•Romulus, Seat of Power
Planet
1U149•Access Relay Station
Space
3S101•Rescue Prisoners of War
3U106•Stage Bombardment


Draw Deck (65)
Event
43V73x •Covert Collusion
40V131x •Hidden Strings
1U931x •Labor Camp
12U282x •Optimism
7R232x Provoked Attack
33V183x •The Die Is Cast
3R612x The Enterprise Incident
0VP1172x These Are The Voyages
Interrupt
35V143x Imperial Entanglements
44V12x The Enemy of My Enemy
1U1463x Torture
Personnel
Cardassian
1U2321x •Danar, Irascible Gul
1R2351x •Dukat, Military Advisor
0VP1371x •Elim Garak, Agent of the Obsidian Order
6P451x Goran
18V221x •Korinas, Observer from the Obsidian Order
1U2441x •Lemec, Posturing Negotiator
1R2451x •Madred, Calculating Captor
0VP2051x •Mila, Trusted Confidante
1C2503x Rogesh
39V81x •Seska, Pragmatic Agent
30V451x •Yteppa, Obsidian Order Asset
Romulan
23V511x •Donatra, Honorable Commander
44V122x •Enabran Tain, Prideful Director
27V171x •Geordi La Forge, Sleeper Agent
1R3611x •Lovok, Tal Shiar Colonel
35V363x Rasul
13U1001x •Rekar, Tool of the Tal'Shiar
35V371x •Retaya, Chemical Agent
19V131x •Romulan Impersonator, "Geordi La Forge"
24V391x •Sela, Supervising Operative
39V161x •Shinzon, Devious Tactician
1R3711x •Suran, Ambitious Commander
1U3741x •Taris, Deceitful Subcommander
1R3781x •Tomalak, Beguiling Adversary
2C1673x Toraan
2R1681x •Toreth, Cautious Commander
Ship
Cardassian
1U3862x Keldon Advanced
Romulan
1U4091x D'deridex Advanced
24V531x •Goraxus, Lying in Wait
44V182x •Serrola, Tip of the Spear
35V452x •T'Met, Timely Reinforcement
Dilemma Pile (35)
Dual
1C163x Chula: Pick One to Save Two
0VP1763x Chula: The Chandra
13R43x Chula: The Dice
30V23x Chula: The Game
30V33x Chula: Trickery
41V22x Dereliction of Duty
1S251x Equipment Malfunction
23V62x Inequitable Exchange
43V43x Interstellar Exigence
0VP771x Secret Identity
14U131x Shocking Betrayal
0VP631x Timescape
35V43x Unsound Logic
Planet
24V53x Greater Needs
Space
0VP893x Gomtuu Shock Wave


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