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Never Too Much Andreas Katsulas

by Michael Shea, Designer

27th April 2021

TOMALAK [on view-screen]: You see, Picard, after we dissect your Enterprise for every precious bit of information, I intend to display its broken hull in the center of the Romulan capitol as a symbol of our victory. It will inspire our armies for generations to come, and serve as a warning to any other traitor who would create ripples of disloyalty.
JAROK: All the communiqués, all the timetables, all the records. They were all fiction, written for my benefit. A test. A test of my loyalty. And you used me to lure the Enterprise into the Neutral Zone.
TOMALAK [on view-screen]: First, Captain, you will return the traitor Jarok, then you will surrender as prisoners of war.
PICARD: Do you seriously expect me to accept those terms?
TOMALAK [on view-screen]: No, Captain Picard, I expect you won't. You have thirty seconds to decide.
- quoted from Star Trek The Next Generation: "The Defector."



Today's batch of Heroes and Demons cards gives us our first new version of Tomalak since 2004's Fractured Time. Far too long for my taste. I've always been a fan of Andreas Katsulas. His work in Babylon 5 as G'Kar was a true highlight of the series. Just as in his role as the Narn Ambassador, Katsulas imbued his portrayal of Tomalak with the kind of intelligence, gravitas and dignity that made him seem like a worthy adversary for Jean-Luc Picard. As a boy of fourteen watching "The Defector", I had no trouble believing that Tomalak was the kind of tactician who could manage to lure Picard into a well-laid trap - a worthy accomplishment to be sure. And even though our heroes managed to foil the plot and escape unscathed, Tomalak lost none of his menace. He was sadly underutilized in my opinion - I think The Next Generation could have benefited from more screen time for Tomalak.

But, enough about my admiration for the actor and the portrayal. Let's talk about today's card: Tomalak, Smug Antagonist. This Tomalak is a cost-3 Romulan personnel with a [Cmd] - similar to Tomalak, Beguiling Adversary. His skills of Diplomacy, Leadership, Navigation, Officer, Security, and Treachery all feel very much in-line with the character and are useful for many standard fare Romulan missions. He is the corresponding Commander of the Deranus. But what makes this version of Tomalak really interesting is that he gets more powerful the more Neutral Zone missions are on the table. If a player builds their deck with four such missions, this Tomalak is an impressive 4-7-8 personnel. If that same player is lucky enough to face-off against another Neutral Zone deck, he could go as high as 8-11-12! Though, admittedly that last scenario is bound to be unlikely, it is still exciting to contemplate in the abstract.

Attached to this article is a simple Romulan deck built around a suite of Neutral Zone missions and some basic Romulan shenanigans. The draw deck uses Clear Ultimatum, Secret Agenda, Spock, Flirting with Danger, Subtle Influence, and Toreth, Cautious Commander for verb control and denial. The deck capitalizes on the text of this Tomalak and of the mission Patrol Neutral Zone to maximize the benefit of the mission suite, including the newly revealed Galorndon Core, which benefits from the control/denial element of the deck. Secret Agenda also doubles for skill gain utility. The dilemma pile is similarly simple. Filters like Guess Who's Coming to Dinner or Coolant Leak set up hammers like Gomtuu Shock Wave and Precarious Position. Necessary Execution is in the deck just in case Provocative Ploy succeeds in diverting an opponent from going space first. At 36/24 this deck is slim enough to play fast, or suitable for modification to include more Romulan shenanigans. I hope you enjoy the cards and stay tuned for more from Heroes and Demons.

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54V23•Romulus, Patient Stronghold
55V17•Galorndon Core, Execute Surreptitious Operation
35V17•Nelvana III, Compelling Threat
7U49•Investigate Destruction
14U59•Patrol Neutral Zone

Draw Deck (36)
27V42x •Provocative Ploy
19V62x •Subtle Influence
4C821x •We Are Back
7C383x Clear Ultimatum
22V242x Secret Agenda
1U3541x •Alidar Jarok, Conscientious Admiral
53V201x •Charvanek, Patriotic Commander
1S3561x •Cretak, Supporter of the Alliance
23V511x •Donatra, Honorable Commander
3U1941x •Karina, Intelligence Analyst
0VP2631x •Koval, Chairman of the Tal Shiar
49V511x •Letant, Sneering Liaison
3C1953x Mullen
14C1052x Nevala
13U1001x •Rekar, Tool of the Tal'Shiar
3R1971x •Ruwon, Intelligence Analyst
53V211x •Spock, Flirting with Danger
12R1081x •T'Auethn, Obedient Centurion
0VP1931x •Taris, Deceitful Subcommander
7C1141x •Tebok, Posturing Commander
55V491x •Tomalak, Smug Antagonist
2R1681x •Toreth, Cautious Commander
38V441x •Vreenak, Scornful Senator
1S4082x D'deridex
1U4103x •Deranas
Dilemma Pile (24)
0VP1112x An Issue of Trust
0VP1762x Chula: The Chandra
23V32x Coolant Leak
30V41x Discommendation
50V11x Garak Has Some Issues
0VP1972x Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?
0VP1671x Moral Choice
0VP2062x Pitching In
40V91x Weight of Command
0VP1142x Necessary Execution
1C562x Trabe Grenade
0VP892x Gomtuu Shock Wave
33V52x Precarious Position
0VP902x Where No One Has Gone Before

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