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In The Cards: "Improbable Cause" and "The Die is Cast"

by Michael Shea, Designer and Volunteer

22nd May 2020

ODO: "I've had enough of your dissembling, Garak! I am not Doctor Bashir and we are not sparring amiably over lunch. Now, you dragged me into this investigation and you are now going to cooperate with me."
GARAK: "Dragged you in? I don't know what you're talking"
ODO: "You blew up your own shop, Garak! Well, I don't think I've ever seen that particular expression on your face. Is it surprise?"

It may be one of the pivotal moments in the relationship between Elim Garak and Odo. It is certainly one of Deep Space Nine's most memorable exchanges. Odo confirms what we've suspected all along - that Garak used the destruction of his tailor shop to get the Constable's attention in an effort to save his own life. But, it also leads to a second, and much bigger reveal. We finally learn that Garak was, indeed, at one time a member of the dreaded Obsidion Order. What follows is a tragic story of temptation and hubris set against a backdrop of a conflict that will sew the seeds of the Dominion War to come.

Quite A Coincidence

There are a number of cards inspired by these two episodes. So, this week, I thought I'd try something a bit new and attempt to rate a limited selection of these cards in terms of their fun, power, simplicity, and usefulness. Obviously, the opinions that follow are mine alone, and you may or may not agree. I welcome discussion and debate on any or all of them. In some of these entries, I've also linked decks from other players. You may enjoy copying them, learning from them, or building your own versions of them.

Odo, Constable

Elim Garak, Agent of the Obsidian Order

I hope you've enjoyed this walk through a few select cards from "Improbable Cause" and "The Die is Cast". Below, you'll find a fun deck I've thrown together that incorporates many of them. The deck might not win many competitive tournaments, but it's fun to play and thematic too. Feel free to copy it or alter it and use it as you will.

And, speaking of play, the ongoing pandemic doesn't mean we have to give up our shared hobby. There are a number of online events happening over the next several weeks. I hope to be playing in my first online event this Saturday (time and technology willing). Perhaps I'll see some of you there.

For more general information on online play, see these articles. If you have questions about Second Edition online play, you can probably also get on the forums and ask questions - any number of players will be happy to answer your questions. Dates and registration links for each event are as follows:

2020-05-23 - 11:00 AM

2020-06-01 - 09:00 AM

2020-07-03 - 12:00AM

Live Long and Prosper.

- Michael Shea, The Prefect


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Missions
Headquarters
0VP269•Cardassia Prime, Hardscrabble World
1S195•Romulus, Seat of Power
Planet
1U149•Access Relay Station
Space
1S176•Intercept Renegade
3S101•Rescue Prisoners of War


Draw Deck (54)
Event
1U1001x "Observer" from the Obsidian Order
43V73x •Covert Collusion
4R511x Far-Seeing Eyes
4U551x •Getting Under Your Skin
6P231x High Command "Motivation"
2U461x •Kotra
1U1061x •Prejudice and Politics
3C501x Quite a Coincidence
0VP2211x Tacking Into the Wind
33V183x •The Die Is Cast
Personnel
Cardassian
4U1161x •Aamin Marritza, Honorable Patriot
4U1171x •Broca, Grovelling Lackey
24V261x •Dukat, Ambitious Commander
0VP1372x •Elim Garak, Agent of the Obsidian Order
0VP793x •Enabran Tain, "Retired" Spymaster
18V221x •Korinas, Observer from the Obsidian Order
1U2441x •Lemec, Posturing Negotiator
1R2481x •Ocett, Dogged Rival
1C2502x Rogesh
39V82x •Seska, Pragmatic Agent
16V331x •Telle, Macet's Aide
30V451x •Yteppa, Obsidian Order Asset
Non-Aligned
7U991x Calisthenics Opponent
21V161x Doran
37V181x Garren
38V381x •Hippocrates Noah, Visionary Mastermind
Romulan
0VP451x •Data, From the City of Rateg
22V441x •Karina, Hindering Analyst
49V511x •Letant, Sneering Liaison
1R3611x •Lovok, Tal Shiar Colonel
4C1703x Mareth
3C1952x Mullen
13U1001x •Rekar, Tool of the Tal'Shiar
22V451x •Ruwon, Hindering Analyst
1U3681x •Selveth, Tal Shiar Pilot
38V441x •Vreenak, Scornful Senator
Ship
Cardassian
1U3863x Keldon Advanced
Romulan
1U4092x D'deridex Advanced
1R4141x •Serrola
Dilemma Pile (34)
Dual
29V11x Adopted Authority
40V13x Bread and Circuses
22V11x Code Forty-Seven
0VP92x Hard Time
17V62x He Wasn't Nice
30V71x Pawn Against Pawn
0VP2352x Polywater Intoxication
0VP1501x The Dal'Rok
0VP1642x The Weak Will Perish
0VP631x Timescape
Planet
1C133x Captain's Holiday
38V103x Surface Defense
38V113x Underlying Influence
Space
38V83x Pattern Loss
2U223x Stolen Computer Core
38V133x Vanishing Act


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