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An Old Friend

by Michael Shea, Chief Ambassador

24th May 2018

“Odo, I used to think all your problems stemmed from the fact that you were a changeling, isolated from your own kind, forced to live among strangers who didn't understand you. You couldn't eat, you couldn't drink, you couldn't sleep, you couldn't make love. Was it any wonder you had such a bad disposition? But you're not a changeling anymore. You're one of us. Life is yours for the taking. All you have to do is reach out and grab it. But do you? No. Because solid or changeling, you're still a miserable, self-hating misanthrope.” – Quark, The Ascent

Everyone’s favorite misanthrope finally makes an appearance in Far Beyond the Stars. I give you, Odo, Vigilant Staffer. Odo This version of Odo was a real treat to design, and one of the cards in the set that changed the least from pitch to production. When Nathan and I settled on our design goals for the set, we were both pretty sure we wanted an Odo. But, we also didn’t want to recycle something that had already been done before. Thankfully, we came up with the idea to round out the Staffer team from one of the fans’ favorite Deep Space Nine episodes, Season 5’s Trials and Tribble-ations. We hope you’ll be pleased.

“Another glorious chapter of Klingon history. Tell me, do they still sing songs of the great tribble hunt?” – Odo, Trials and Tribble-ations.

This Odo’s text is simple. Like the rest of the Staffers, he may play aboard your [TOS] ship. When your [Pa] personnel present is about to be killed by a dilemma, he can be returned to his owner’s hand to prevent that. He’s right at home in a TOS/DS9 Staffer deck, but he could also be used for skill prevention in a [Pa] Bajoran Resistance deck. He also sports two rare skills, Acquisition and Law, which should come in handy against skill piles or Maquis lock-out decks.

“Physiologically, you're completely human.” – Dr. Julian Bashir, Broken Link

Perhaps the most fun we had designing this Odo was that we got to make him a species other than Changeling. During the initial pitch, I remembered him as being identified as a solid, so we assigned him the species of Solid, thinking we’d just added a new species to the Trek universe. You can imagine our disappointment when we consulted the script for Broken Link only to realize he was just another Human. But, being faithful to Trek is something that matters a great deal to both Nathan and I, so Human this Odo became.

The deck attached to this article utilizes today’s spoiled card in a thematic way, plus adds yesterday’s Arne Darvin, Hero of the Empire to get the maximum effect out of the dilemma pile. Arne Darvin Tragic Turn is added to the pile for a bit of a surprise, and because an Infestation pile with Mranga IV can afford the expense.

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


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Missions
Headquarters
12U40•Earth, Lush and Beautiful Home
1S191•Qo'noS, Heart of the Empire
Planet
38V15•Iota Geminorum IV, Relocate Polygeminus Grex
38V17•Maranga IV, Ecological Crisis
Space
38V16•Kavis Alpha, Research Binary Star


Draw Deck (50)
Equipment
4C322x Emergency Transport Unit
1U712x Starfleet Type-2 Phaser
Event
14C281x •Five Year Mission
4R741x •Storage Compartment
0VP2211x Tacking Into the Wind
Interrupt
12U361x Driven
Personnel
Bajoran
44V21x •Odo, Vigilant Staffer
Federation
0VP1601x •Benjamin Sisko, Command Staffer
12C611x •Christine Chapel, Medical Assistant
39V101x •Christopher Pike, Bold Commander
12C623x Evans
12C641x •George Stocker, Starbase Commodore
22V361x •Giotto, Security Chief
26V342x Haadok
16V361x •Helen Noel, Enterprise Psychiatrist
13C631x •Hikaru Sulu, Savage Security Chief
12R661x •Jadzia Dax, Communications Staffer
11P172x •James T. Kirk, Original Thinker
12R711x •Julian Bashir, Medical Staffer
17V613x Karl Jaeger
12R722x •Leonard H. McCoy, Chief Medical Officer
12U761x •Matt Decker, Vengeful Commodore
12U771x •Miles O'Brien, Engineering Staffer
12R781x •Montgomery Scott, Chief Engineer
17V633x Nagata
30V481x •Nilz Baris, Agricultural Undersecretary
12C821x •Richard Daystrom, Influential Scientist
24V331x •Ronald Tracey, Delusional Captain
12R851x •Spock, Science Officer
25V431x •Worf, Clandestine Staffer
Klingon
44V113x •Arne Darvin, "Hero of the Empire"
Ship
Federation
12U1171x •U.S.S. Constellation, Dead Hulk
12C1183x U.S.S. Constitution
12R1191x •U.S.S. Enterprise, Beautiful Lady
24V481x •U.S.S. Exeter, Fleet's Finest
Dilemma Pile (30)
Dual
17V63x He Wasn't Nice
13U1015x Infestation
0VP1643x The Weak Will Perish
0VP1993x Tragic Turn
Planet
3C13x A Bad End
Space
3C83x Don't Let It End This Way


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